Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cars.com Tips for Picking a Car

This post is Sponsored by Cars.com
Buying a car is such a long and arduous process.  My husband in particular looked at cars comparing features, prices and style for years before he recently purchased his Dodge Charger.  Back in the day it involved many trips back and forth to different car dealerships.  Now with the Internet and resources like Cars.com the process has become a little easier as you can arm yourself with the right information before even entering in to the car dealership.  Read on for some tips from Cars.com to get your dream car.
Tip #1:  Do your research!
On Cars.com you can perform a search of different make/models and get more information including a Video Review!  The nice thing is you can see positive and negative reviews.
Tip #2:  Safety first!
Safety is of utmost importance.  Ensure you check in to safety features.  Especially if you have kids ensure you know how to install the car seats.  See some video and tips from Cars.com on how they conduct car seat checks.
Tip #3:  Make sure that you shop multiple dealers!
Make sure to visit multiple dealers to get a sense of prices, options, colors, and availability.  This will allow you to get the best price.
Tip #4:  Don't rush!
If you rush you are bound to over pay and maybe not get some of the options that you wanted.  Take your time, investigate what features you absolutely want.  For me it would be options ABS, Brake Assist and the color blue!
Tip #5:  Attend local Car Shows.  
This is a great way to see so many different makes/models of cars in one place.  Plus you can get in to the car and get a feel of the features it has.  The best part is no pushy sales people.
Tip #6:  Test Drive the car.
Make sure that the car is right for you by test driving it and getting a feel for how it is on the road.
Check out Cars.com before you purchase your next car!
Disclosure:  I was provided with compensation from Cars.com for this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Knott's Berry Farm Fun

Next up in our whirlwind trip to California is Knott's Berry Farm.  I love amusement parks but I also love great theming and they have both!  I love the different feel of each of the different areas of the park.  Plus Snoopy is there and the whole Peanuts Gang!
We started in Ghost Town which was so cool.  GhostRider was the first ride we went on which was a really fun wooden roller coaster.  It was a long ride which I liked, sometimes roller coasters are too short.
I love the whole feel of the park, plus there are people walking around acting like they are in the Wild West.
There are even some beautiful horses to visit and a horse drawn stagecoach.
I must say I had never seen a roller coaster where you ride a horse but they had it!  It is called the Pony Express and is one of the most unique rides I have ever seen.
Here is the horse you ride on.
One of my favorite rides was the Calico Mine Ride.
This unique trip through a gold mine with animatronics and awesome scenes was amazing.
They even have a full size train!  Evan loves trains so he was excited to ride.  Just be careful there may be some robbers on board looking for some people to rob.
The kids even ended up in jail.
Next we headed to Camp Snoopy.
Snoopy has always been one of my favorites so I was excited to see him.  It was a really hot day so all of the characters were in the little food spot near where they are shown on the map.  Just be aware of this to look a bit to the left of the character spot.
We even got to see all of Snoopy's friends like Peppermint Patty.
Linus and Lucy!
Sally!
And of course Charlie Brown!
There are so many rides for the whole family.  Camp Snoopy has a lot of the kiddie rides.
Of course there are thrill rides too.
Fun roller coasters.  
The Silver Bullet was a ton of fun!
Lauren and I went on this one called La Revolucion.  It was so much fun!
This ride looked super cute.
They also have a water park called Knott's Soak City but we were not able to experience that.
We also stayed at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel and got to say goodnight to Snoopy!
I highly recommend going there if you are in California.  They also have Knott's Scary Farm coming up.
Find them online:  https://www.knotts.com/

Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family to go to Knott's Berry Farm.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9/16/17: La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites Absolutely Lovely!

Next up in our whirlwind California vacation is our stay at the gorgeous La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites.  It is such a gorgeous place to stay with beautiful accommodations and the perfect location to visit La Jolla Cove and also for San Diego attractions.
We had a two bedroom suite which was perfect for our family.  We had so much space!  When you walk in there is a large area with a couch, chair and TV.
As you turn to the left there is a full kitchen with microwave, fridge, oven, stove, sink, glasses, silverware, plates and a small seating area.
There were two lovely bedrooms which each had their own full bathroom.  These rooms were airy and clean.
Here is the other bedroom.  You can see all accommodations options here.
There is a little deck you can walk out on to.
The view from the deck.
Here is a view of the front.
Right when we arrived we knew we had to head across the street to La Jolla Cove.  All I can say is WOW!
It is so gorgeous!
This will give you a sense of the proximity, here I am at La Jolla Cove and there is the Hotel right across the street!
What is absolutely amazing is all the cool seals!
They are literally every where you look.
So cute!
Basking in the sun on the beach.
Gorgeous views everywhere!
So amazing!
There are also wonderful amenities at the hotel.  You can start your day out with breakfast which is included and served on the roof top.
What a great way to start out the day!
There is outdoor and indoor seating.
You could make your own pancakes, or have bagels, english muffins, muffins, oatmeal or cereal.
Plus there was coffee, tea, and many juices.
Plus at the hotel there is a lovely pool area with hot tub, pool tables, and ping pong tables.
Here is the lovely pool which is heated.
The hot tub.
Ping pong fun.
I highly suggest staying at La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites if you are in California.
Find them online:  http://www.lajollacove.com/

Disclosure:  I was provided with complimentary accommodations at La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.