2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC Review

I recently spent a week driving a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC for review. The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is not only nice to look at, but a pretty nice ride too.

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The Outlander Sport offers a fun sporty experience, with the conveniences of a mid-size SUV. Perfect for day to day errands or small family road trips. The Outlander Sport has a 2.0-liter aluminum engine that uses MIVEC technology to balance power with fuel efficiency. Giving this vehicle excellent gas mileage (32 MPG HWY). The ECO Indicator Light also helps maximize fuel economy by illuminating when the vehicle is being driven in a manner that provides optimum fuel efficiency..

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The vehicle I had for review was loaded with all kinds of impressive features. Like FAST-Key, One-touch Start/Stop Engine switch, SiriusXM™ Satellite & HD Radio, MMCS Navigation system, Panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED mood lighting, Heated side-view mirrors, Heated driver & front passenger seats, driving distance to empty to name a few.

My favorite feature – FUSE Hands-free Link System™. Any option that helps keep my focus on the road is a must the next time time I shop for a new vehicle.

My husband’s favorite feature – The headlights! Featuring auto off/on control; stylish-looking LED running lights; and easy adjustable heights, I have to admit they are really cool. Being able to direct them to shine higher, or lower is a real nice feature. Especaily when traveling.

Our teenage daughter’s favorite feature – The Rockford Fosgate® Punch premium sound system that pumps up to 710 watts through nine speakers-including a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer. Because you know – it’s all about that bass!

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Let’s talk safety! Each year Mitsubishi seems to out-do their self by adding to and improving on an already impressive list of features.

Active Stability Control (ASC). This feature employs sensors that monitor the grip on each tire. If one wheel begins to slip due to ice, it automatically applies more pressure to the wheels with the most traction.

Rearview camera. This provides a wide-angle view of the area behind the vehicle, making it safer and easier to navigate out of tight parking spots and also helps to avoid hitting things while backing out of a driveway.

Anti-Theft Alarm System. The 2015 Outlander Sport SUV is equipped with an integrated anti-theft alarm system and engine immobilizer that automatically interrupts power to the most crucial electronic circuits.

7 Airbag Safety System. Including a Driver’s Knee Airbag.

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The Rear cargo compartment features cargo tie-down utility hooks, and has the option to lay flat over the back seats to optimize space. I didn’t have the need. For every day errands and grocery shopping, there was more than enough room. There is even a full size spare tire in the cargo floor!

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There is very little about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that I didn’t like. One being the lack of lighting in the back seat. The seat belts are not easy to buckle in the day light, and in the evening was almost impossible for two adults passengers. I also felt the Paddle shifters were more in the way and confusing than beneficial. They felt very out of place in this vehicle.

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The positivity definitely out shines the negative when it comes to the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and I would recommend it to a family of 4 or less. Or as an excellent second vehicle.

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Visit www.mitsubishicars.com to learn more, and to find a Mitsubishi dealer near you.

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC to drive for seven days. No monetary compensation has been exchanged. Photos used and the opinions express are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced in any way to write a positive review by Kia . I am disclosing this information as part of the legal FTC blogger regulations.

New Paddington movie video featuring some of your favorite celebrities #PaddingtonMovie

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

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The movie stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, and is in theaters now.

Hear from your favorite celebrities including Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Nicole Kidman in this new Paddington Movie video;

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7 things on Sunday: ways to pass the time while home sick

Since I’ve been sick for the past three weeks with a pretty bad case of pneumonia, I thought I would list seven ways to pass the time while home sick.

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1. Movies! Thank goodness we have the Xfinity X1 Platform with On Demand, it literally has thousands of movies to chose from.

2. Sleep. And lot’s of it.

3. Read. If you can! I started a book this week, but then the infection moved into my eyes. Making it hard for me to continue.

4. The internet. Thanks to email and Facebook, I still felt somewhat connected to the outside world while spending days upon days without leaving the house, or even my bed.

5. Planning. Laying in bed, not being able to work gave me some time to set a few goals. It also gave me time to plan a few steps in how to reach them.

6. Organize and clean out files. Just like house work without the physical strain, computer or even phone files need to be cleaned every now and then. If you’re like me it’s hard to find the time.

7. Snuggle. This is a favorite of mine. Our Basset Hound Roxy is a pro at snuggling. Our two cats aren’t too shabby either. When they want to that is.

How about you? Have something to add to my list? How do you pass the time while home sick?

Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real on Discovery Family Channel

From the origins of time, our world has been fascinated with dragons—ferocious, snake-like beasts with fiery tongues and powerful wings. This mythical monster appears all over the world, from Harry Potter novels and the Chinese New Year, to collegiate mascots and role-play board games. But what if these dragons were more than just legend? Watch dragons come to life in Discovery Family Channel’s DRAGONS: A FANTASY MADE REAL, a two-hour special that imagines what the world would be like if dragons did exist. Using stunning computer-generated imagery, along with true-biological science, viewers are given an exclusive look into dragons inside and out. Imagining everything from the different species of dragons, to their physical adaptations and behaviors, DRAGONS: A FANTASY MADE REAL tells the story of one of humankind’s oldest legends this Sunday, January 25 at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

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In this special, a team of fictional scientists are stunned when they discover a preserved dragon carcass hidden deep in a glacial ice cave in Romania. Using breath-taking CGI footage and top-notch special effects, DRAGONS: A FANTASY MADE REAL follows the scientists as they autopsy the body and gain incredible insight into the life of the dragon. Through the scientist’s forensic investigations, the drama that unfolded centuries ago comes to life, and the dragon legends told through human history take on new meaning.

We’re really looking for to watching this. Our teenage daughter is a big fan of dragons. Whither it’s animation, film or any kind of art work, if it features dragons, she’s usually all in.

Don’t miss Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, this Sunday, January 25 at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

Target Pharmacy makes my life easier with the Healthful Pharmacy App & Target e-GiftCard giveaway #TargetSponsored

Being a busy working mom, I often have to rely on an impressive bag of tricks to help juggle daily activities and all the little things that keep my family moving. We have very little time for getting sick around here. Yet- it happens, that’s for sure! When it does happen, one of my “impressive tricks” is Target Pharmacy. Whether in store, online, or via mobile Target Pharmacy really helps the pharmacy experience stay easy and enjoyable for our whole family.

The Healthful Pharmacy App is a big plus for this mom! If you haven’t tried it, you really need to. This app brings Target Pharmacy right to your fingertips, making it convenient for you to manage all of your Target Pharmacy needs. The interface is super easy to maneuver and use. I recently used the app to search our daughter’s prescription history and request a refill within minutes. I was also able to see that we’re really close to our next Target Pharmacy Rewards . Yay! All while sitting in a very loud room full of kids. The best part – the script was ready when I arrived to pick it up. No waiting. I like that.

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Target Healthful App features:

  • Transfer your prescription with our one-click transfer by photo
  • Easy prescription refills
  • Sign up and track your Pharmacy Rewards credits
  • View prescription history
  • Set up notifications/reminders to take your medications

Some other great Target Pharmacy features that makes my life easier are $4 Generic Prescriptions , on the spot Vaccinations , and the all important for our girls Free Medicine Flavoring . I also like that Target Accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare Part D, making it convenient for me to fill and pick up for my parents too.

Not using Target Pharmacy? Give it a try! It’s super easy to Flip Your Script!

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Bisquick® Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Whether it’s my grandma’s recipe from scratch or a quick and easy mix, it’s always welcomed fresh out of our oven.
It’s been a while since I shared a good recipe find. Below is my latest Banana Nut Bread recipe. Perfect for warming up during these cold winter temps.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (2 large)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
2 2/3 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom of 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
2. Stir bananas, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in Bisquick mix and nuts. Pour into pan.
3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

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This recipe worked out great. The bread was very moist and tasty. It’s not my favorite banana bread, but as of now – it s pretty close.

Do you have a favorite Banana Nut Bread recipe? I’d love to try it. Feel free to leave it in the comments or email me at shakingit@gmail.com.

- recipe credit Bettycrocker.com

New Strange Magic Family Activity Sheets & Cookie Recipe

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“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.

Strange Magic features the voice talents of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Alfred Molina and Peter Stormare, and more.

Stay connected!

Like Strange Magic on Facebook: http://facebook.com/StrangeMagicMovie

Follow Strange Magic on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StrangeMagic

Follow Strange Magic on Instagram: http://instagram.com/StrangeMagicMovie

Follow Strange Magic on Vine: @StrangeMagic

In celebration of this release, click on and print the below Strange Magic family activity sheets and yummy cookie bar recipe.

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I love that this movie has a different look to it. I have a feeling it’s going to be a big hit.

What do you think? Do you think you’ll go and see Strange Magic when it comes to theaters?

Happy Penguin Awareness Day! (Jan 20th) #PenguinsInsiders

January 20, 2015 is Penguin Awareness Day, and in celebration, I have an announcement to share! ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on March 17!

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They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love! Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

And for a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack on March 17 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is “a fun, smartly conceived film that will appeal to all movie-goers,” proclaims Bill Bregoli of CBS Radio. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A-” CinemaScore® and certified fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.

Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR features the voice talents of John Malkovich (“Crossbones” Red 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), joining Tom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights, who are reprising their roles as the Penguins from the beloved Madagascar franchise.

The Blu-ray™ and DVD feature hours of bonus materials that uncover the covert operations of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR including several exclusive featurettes, a deleted scene, a music video by Pitbull, a dance tutorial by tWitch, and more!

Jan. 20 is Penguin Awareness Day! For more info: http://worldpenguinday.com