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Easy DIY Doggie Crate Pad For Our Upcoming Road Trip

June 27, 2016

 
Wow, we are just days away from our Louisiana road trip adventure (with our dog).

As I have stated previously, my in-laws live in Louisiana, but my family and I really wanted to experience a few things that we have never experienced before, so we figured this was a great time to get it all in.

We are taking Numberly (our Boston Terrier) with us and that requires some planning all its own. Who knew that there were so many things that you needed other than food and water and the occasional potty breaks. But I have learned that she will need a place to rest and lay her head as well. I want her to be safe, so we opted for a travel crate. It needed to be small enough for the car, but big enough for her to have wiggle room. I consulted my friend (Tania with lolalambchops.com ) and asked her how was she transporting her fur baby. She gave me the details and then told me what my next course of action should be. She said to take Numberly to our local pet store and allow her to "try on" a few crates in her size to get an idea of what will work best. We took Numberly to two stores and finally figured out the type and size of the crate we would need. I ended up ordering online through Amazon, as the prices were a slightly more reasonable. 

Speaking of Numberly, I realized that with her new crate and cover she needed a bed (or padding), and after looking at the choices, I decided that I would construct one for her myself.

I wanted to share this easy DIY Doggie Crate Pad with you.  


Now Numberly can rest easy during our road trip and know that I wanted her to be just as comfy as we are. Now, if we can get her to not bite and rip it apart, we will be winners for sure!

From the looks of it, she seems pretty happy!
Until Next Time!

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Preparing For Our Louisiana Road Trip Adventure

June 26, 2016

The time has almost arrived. We are preparing for our upcoming road trip to Louisiana. Actually, my inlaws live in Louisiana, but my family and I wanted to take the opportunity to visit some landmarks in Baton Rouge and New Orleans that we haven't had the chance to visit or experience. I can not wait for my family to experience it all (as long as it is family and pet friendly). 


More information is on the way as it relates to our plans. 

Stay Tuned!

Until Next Time!

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My Week in the 2016 Mazda6 i Grand Touring!

June 24, 2016


I had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mazda6 i Grand Touring with DriveShop, and what a "trip" it has been!

My First Impressions
When I first laid eyes on the Mazda6 i Grand Touring, my first thought was, “so.... THIS is a Mazda?” The answer? Yes, yes it is. The vehicle makes me think of a luxury sports car, but it's actually a midsize sedan (Nice!).
What’s On the Inside?
It comes loaded with so many features, that I did not get to use them all. I am a dashboard girl and when I get into a new car, I am looking at the seating, the speedometer and other overall amenities. 
For me, I want to feel like I am piloting something special and the Mazda6 i Grand Touring did not disappoint. Some of my favorite features of the interior space was the Rearview Camera, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, Push Button Start, Dual Zone Auto Climate Control, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column, Multi-Function Commander Control, 7.0 Color Touch-Screen Display, the Leatherette-Trimmed Sports Seats, the HUD (Head's Up Display) and the Trunk Space. You will find that the Mazda6 I Grand Touring has something that everyone will find interesting and fit their needs. If I had more time, I am sure that I would have gotten to try them all.
What’s on the Outside is Important Too!  
As I said previously, I was super impressed with the exterior, because it was a beautifully styled vehicle. You will notice the 19-inch alloy wheels and the All-Season Tires and how they complement the style of the Mazda6 I Grand Touring. 
My Overall Thoughts
As soon as I got the keys, I had to take it for a spin and immediately and I loved what I experienced. I adjusted my seats and synced my phone so that I could take advantage of the Bluetooth® feature and got out my sunglasses. The car comes with the usual SiriusXM radio so I set my favorite stations and there was no need to listen to the music that was on my phone. The next day, I took my sister (and her children) to the airport and I knew this was a great opportunity to find out about the luggage space. I was actually surprised at the trunk space, and while it did not fit all of her luggage (she's an over-packer), we still made it to the airport right on time.

I also made it a point to get it on the freeway and toll roads to see how it handles. I just had to see if it had some “get up and go”. Guess what? It does! I was expecting what I usually experience when I drive a 4-cylinder vehicle, but with the 184-hp, 2.5L SKYACTIVE-G DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine with VVT, I definitely noticed a difference. I was expecting the ride to be lower to the ground, but believe it or not, I never felt like I was driving on the ground. I drive an SUV, by the way.  

What I Didn’t Like
There was one aspect of the vehicle that I did not like and that was the color of the seats. My two children (ages 13 & 8) are somewhat messy, and I do not know about you, but having a darker color would be nice to hide the multitude of sins that can occur with my kids at times (Haha! No seriously). 
Other than that, it is a great vehicle with some awesome features. 

For more information, be sure to check the 2016 Mazda6 i Grand Touring out for yourself on the Mazda website, or visit your local Mazda dealer. You won't be disappointed.

Until Next Time!

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