Kia Knows Power, my 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 review

I recently spent a week with this beauty! The 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6. If you follow me on social media, you already know I have mad crazy love for Kia, but this one, wow, she stands out! Not only is this SUV a beauty to look at, offers a ton of convenient options, and amazing comfort inside – but she has the goods under the hood!

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Of course the 2015 Kia Sorento offers all of the conveniences that Kia is known for; Power-Folding Outside Mirrors, Remote Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start with Smart Key and Immobilizer, FlexSteer™ Driver-Selectable Steering Assist, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Dual Front Cup Holders, 2nd-Row Center Armrest with Cup Holders, Rear Air Conditioning, Trip Computer, Integrated 2nd-Row Window Sunshades, just to name a few.

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Whether your packing for a weekend or just returning home from the grocery store, the 2015 Kia Sorento offers a huge amount of hatch space. Huge! And if more space is needed, there is an Under-Rear-Cargo-Floor Storage Compartment! The review vehicle I drove also had Power Liftgate with Programmable Height Adjustment. Open and close the Power Liftgate with a press of a button on the key fob or the liftgate it’s self. For added convenience, you can also set the opening height! Kia has no idea just how much this five foot one (on a good hair day) mom appreciated that button!

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Let’s talk safety! It amazes me that Kia somehow keeps finding ways to improve. Of-course the biggest safety option while on the road is always an attentive driver, but knowing that Kia works hard to keep improving on their safety features sure gives me peace of mind while my family is on the road.

Some of my favorites are; Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags on the 1st & 2nd Rows, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), Rollover Sensor, and the Front Active Headrests design to reduce the likelihood of neck, head, and spinal injuries during an accent. I love knowing that Kia has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Like a said, “peace of mind”.

Kia also sure knows how to bring the gadgets! Having modern options in a vehicle not only makes me happy, it makes me a better driver. In my opinion several of these options are as just as much a safety option as they are gadgets. Voice-Command Navigation with 8″ Display, UVO eServices & SiriusXM Traffic, Infinity® Surround Sound Audio System with Ten Speakers, External Amplifier & Subwoofer, HD Radio™, Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity, Rear-Camera Display, Trip Computer, EcoMinder® Fuel-Efficiency Indicator, 115-Volt Power Inverter and the all important for any road trip USB/Auxiliary Input Jack. I don’t know how we traveled anywhere with our teenager without it.

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The 2015 Kia Sorento sure is pretty look at, with her shiny, sparkly paint, and fancy grill and wheels, but don’t let her beauty fool you, she’s packed with power! We packed up and drove this SUV five hours through northern Michigan. It handled great on the freeway! Picked up speed in seconds. Not kidding, seconds! Drove up and down hill with ease. Not that I would ever drive over the speed limit, on an open and empty road, in the country, but if I did – I’d be able to tell you that this beauty flies smooth, and with impressive ease.

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Also impressive is Kia’s fuel economy. 18/25/- City/Highway is not bad at all for full size SUV! In-fact the only issue I had during my entire week of driving the 2015 Kia Soento is, at my height I have to readjust the mirrors often, to avoid blind spots. Also, I don’t know what it is but I found the driver seat belt slightly uncomfortable. Again, this could be height related. Both are issues that I’m sure I’d be able to work out over time of driving the car. Definitely wouldn’t be a deal breaker. The 2015 Kia Sorento is an amazing vehicle. If in your budget, I highly recommend a test drive.

Disclosure: I was delivered a 2015 Kia Sorento LX V6 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.

Learn more about Kia by visiting them online at http://www.kia.com

The Book of Life Prize Pack Giveaway #BookOfLife

The Book Of Life, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

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In celebration of The Book of Life, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive Book of Life Toys inspired by the film. Be sure to check out the colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.

Also be sure to check out the new behind the scenes clip “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes” .

You can see the official trailer in my previous Trailer Park Tuesday post.

Every time I see a clip or trailer for this movie, I spot something new and fun. My family is super excited to being seeing it together over opening weekend.

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The Book Of Life stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and opens in theaters everywhere on October 17, 2014!

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Visit the Official Website

Like ‘The Book of Life’ on Facebook

Follow on Twitter, Tumblr

Enter to win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a The Book of Life Prize Pack! Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Cost Plus World Market.

Prize Pack includes:

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Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 6TH. Winner must be 18+. Open to US Mailing addresses only. No PO Boxes.

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Earth To Echo landing on Blu-ray & DVD October 21st! #EchoInsiders Blu-ray #Giveaway

Earth to Echo is coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 21st!

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I really enjoyed all of the family activities surrounding this movie, but I missed seeing Earth To Echo while it was in theaters. So, I’m pretty excited to watch it at home with my family.

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

To prepare you for this adventurous, exciting and heart warming film, we have compiled a list of the best ways to spend time with your friends- outside and away from your cell phones!

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1. Pick Up Games There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends.

2. Bike Rides With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey!

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3. Hide N’ Seek
A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time.

4. Backyard Campout
Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores!

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5. Chalk The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures!

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Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Creating the Truck Scene
  • Casting the Characters
  • “We Made That!” The Making of Earth to Echo
  • Friends No Matter How Far
  • Six Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Enter to win !

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a copy Earth To Echo on Blu-ray. Enter to win by using the widget below. You’ll need a valid email address to enter. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on November 5th. Winner must be 18+ and live within the U.S. No PO Boxes please.

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

GoPro Cameras At Best Buy The Perfect Holiday Gift #GoProatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Our family really enjoys capturing our experiences together with photos and videos. So, giving someone the chance to do the same is like giving them the opportunity to relive life’s happy moments, over and over again. That puts shopping Best Buy for their new action cameras coming out this fall on top of my holiday gift guide.

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Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

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GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award?winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

GoPro HERO: Featuring high?quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.
Learn more at www.bestbuy.com/GoPro or visit your local Best Buy to check out the latest cameras in person.

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We’re excited at the thought of a GoPro experience, so we’re putting a GoPro on our own holiday list! With Best Buy price options starting at under $130, there is a GoPro camera for everyone.

7 Things on Sunday

Seven things I’ve done over the past seven days.

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1. Bought our granddaughter a new to her/used bedroom set.
2. Started reading a new book. Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry.
3. Watched The Calling on DVD, and enjoyed it.
4. Cried like a baby while watching Parenthood. Again this week!
5. Pulled our Halloween decorations out of the attic.
6. Received a pay raise at work.
7. Slept in past 9:00 am.

MAM anti-colic bottle review

With every new baby, or grand baby comes a whole new line of products. Thanks to science and researchers, we are learning new ways to keep our babies happy, and healthy. A couple of months ago we met our newest grand baby, Louise. Like a lot of new born babies, her digestive system is not yet her friend. There have been a lot of problems with gas, spitting up and unpleasant crying. This sure can make even the best of parents feel helpless. One thing that has helped through this difficult time is using the correct bottle. MAM sent us the below Anti-colic bottles to review with little Louise.

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Unlike the expensive bottles my daughter registered for, MAM anti-colic bottle are vented at the base to ensures babies can drink quietly and relaxed. Ventilation holes regulate the pressure balance. The milk can flow evenly – without bubbles, without foaming. Simply relaxed. This is proven to equal 80% less colic in babies!

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The measurement marks on the bottle are nice and clear for keeping rack of how fast baby is eating. The MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple makes switching between breastfeeding and bottle especially easy – Thanks to its patented silky soft silicone surface. Proven to be 94% effective of babies acceptance.

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MAM bottles are 100% BPA free and another awesome thing about them is that they’re built to sterilizes in only 3 minutes! Each bottle can be taken apart in 3 easy steps, sterilized in the microwave – quick and easy without a separate sterilizer. Also ideal for on the go, or visiting grandparents!

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It didn’t take long for our daughter to return the unopened bottles she received at her shower, and replace them with MAM Anti-colic bottles. They are way easier on Louise’s digestive system, helping her relax and get the nutrition and rest she needs. We love these bottles!

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Available in a single pack, double pack or triple pack?. We would highly recommend MAM Anti-colic bottles to any new parent or as a gift.

MAM started in 1976 – with the vision of high quality baby products that unify design, function and medical competence. Today MAM is the leading design brand in baby care and, with its premium products, present on five continents – in some cases as market leader. More than 50 million times annually, discerning parents the world over, choose a MAM product.

Learn more about MAM, visit their website, and be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Flash Giveaway! 4 pack of tickets to HalloWeekends @ Cedar Point! #BloggingatCP #Halloweekends

There is still time to experience this year’s HalloWeekends! Wither you’re wanting to go for the thrills, and super scary chills, or for the family fun Halloween experiences, I have a four pack of tickets to giveaway! But, you’ll have to hurry, as this year’s spooktacular adventure is starting to wind down.

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If you read my blog or follow me on any social media sites, then you already know of my love for all things Cedar Point. From spring through fall, anytime is a good time to visit the park for our family. But, one of our favorite times to visit the park is right now. For HalloWeekends. This year I had the chance to experience HalloWeekends during opening weekend, it was a blast with my daughter, her friends, and one of mine. We had a spooktacular good time! You can read about it here.

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Cedar Point goes full force when it comes to celebrating Halloween! Packed with live shows and exciting rides – Halloween family fun all day, and frightfully scary happenings at night, HalloWeekends is Cedar Point in it’s prime.

Enter to win!

One lucky Five Dollar Shake reader will win a 4-pack of tickets 2014 HallowWeekends! That’s almost a $200. value.

Enter to win by leaving a comment on this blog post saying that you’d like to win, and why you love Cedar Point.

Extra entries for sharing this giveaway! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+. Please leave an additional comment with a link to each share. You can do this as many times as you’d like.

Contest ends at 12:00 pm (EST) Wednesday the 15th. Winner will be contacted by email.

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Note - There are only three more weekends to use these tickets! HallowWeekends are open on Friday nights (after 6 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays now through Nov. 2, 2014. Cedar Point is now closed during the week. Tickets must be used this year.

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Cedar Point Blogger. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD 11/4 #FHEInsiders

Just in Time for the Holidays, Rio 2 is Back with a Limited Edition Sing-Along!

Sing-along with your favorites including: Billboards Rising Star Award® Winner Janelle Monae, Tony Award® Winner Kristin Chenoweth, Anne Hathaway, Grammy Award® Winners Bruno Mars & Jamie Fox & More!

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Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

Blu-ray™ Special Features

  • Rio 1 Refresher
  • Birds & Beats: The Singing Talents of Rio 2
  • I Will Survive multi-language music video

Rio 2 Sing-a-long Edition coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD on November 14, 2014!

Watch for more Rio 2 Sing-a-long fun, including free activity sheets and a Blu-ray copy giveaway to be posted soon.

FTC Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider. I receive free products and other benefits as part of this partnership. All opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.