LEGOLAND California in the KIA Sedona

As an Official LEGOLAND Blogger, I received free tickets to the park for this trip. I also received a KIA Sedona to drive in partnership with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. 

We were so excited to go to LEGOLAND for the first time! My girls are the perfect age for it. They especially love Heartlake City, which is where the LEGO® Friends live. They had to get a picture with all of the girls:LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had a fancy new KIA Sedona to drive down in! This one had the rear DVD entertainment system for the girls. We loved it! Around Santa Barbara, my mom and I were commenting on what a quiet trip it was since the girls had headphones on. Just then, Lola YELLS from the back, not realizing how loud her voice was! It was hilarious :)KIA Sedona - karainthekitchen.comI caught Matt rocking out with it’s sweet sound system to some Boston :)

We were there for the unveiling of the brand new Freedom Tower in Miniland, USA. It’s their version of One World Trade Center in New York City and is the tallest LEGO® tower in the United States! It is made up of over 250,000 LEGOS!LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey had a brass band playing the national anthem and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty walking around on stilts. Lola wasn’t too sure about them, see her grabbing onto Ada’s dress in the picture? ;) LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey loved the live show in Heartlake City and then talking to the LEGO® Friends girls afterward.LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comIt really is incredible what they can create with LEGOS!! LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had such a blast, even with new little baby June along. She slept and we tried to keep her cool. The water park was excellent and clean. It’s worth it to buy the reusable cup and fill it up at the Coke machines throughout the day :)

Spring Break with the KIA Sorento

I was given a car to borrow and drive in collaboration with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% my own!

For Spring Break, we were fortunate enough to have the 2016 KIA Sorento to cruise around in! It was so much fun!! It drives like a car but has seating for seven. The girls loved the little back seats, it was like their own little play land!

KIA Spring Break

The Sorento took us to Los Angeles and the trip down and back was quiet and smooth. Some features I love:

  • cruise control that automatically slows you down when approaching traffic (super helpful on LA freeways)
  • lane deviation that tells you when you are drifting out of the lines
  • back up camera, camera in the front, and a bird’s eye camera angle to see if you are in the lines of a parking spot!
  • giant sunroof – literally feels like the entire roof of the car is a window
  • smooth as buttah ride

The KIA Sorento took us to the Los Angeles Temple, IMG_9045 Alameda Park in Santa Barbara, IMG_9196Nordstrom to try on the latest shoe trends,IMG_9223Sephora to try out red lips and rosy cheeks, IMG_9203and lunch at C’est Cheese! IMG_9184We also climbed Mt. Figeroa and went for a hike! It was all abloom with poppies and lupins, just beautiful! IMG_9337Sunset was unbelievable up there.IMG_9331Hiking while hugely pregnant with my little sidekicks!Thank you, DriveShop for the fun wheels to cruise around in for our Spring Break adventures!

Steve’s Central Coast Detailing

When we got our Tahoe, it needed to be detailed. You know how even when things are “clean” they still need to be cleaned to your standards? I deep clean every time we move into a new house no matter how clean it appears! Anyway, I’d looked online and saw great reviews about Steve’s Central Coast Detailing, so I messaged to see if he’d be interested in doing it for us.Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)Right off the bat, I was impressed with his professionalism. He and his employee showed up right on time and immediately got to work. On a holiday nonetheless! I loved that they came to my house, too. It was so nice to be able to get things done inside my home while I knew my car was being professionally cleaned right in the driveway. Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-2They worked hard and efficiently side by side. I loved that Steve had a card reader right there on his phone to pay with. Signed with my finger and had the receipt emailed to me. Easy peasy! He also offers gift certificates if you are searching for the perfect gift for someone!Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-3 I’m big on smells (read: very sensitive to them and creepily good at describing them), so I was pleased that the car smelled brand new when they were done and to see that it had piña colada air fresheners in it! One of my favorite smells. I just saw that he’s got a coconut & vanilla one now, too ;) Steve's Detailing (1 of 1)-4

If you are between San Luis Obispo and Santa Ynez on the Central Coast, I highly recommend Steve’s Central Coast Detailing. Check them out on Facebook & Instagram too, their work speaks for itself!

My Road Trip With a KIA Sedona Named Lady Luck!

I was given a vehicle to drive for a week in partnership with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

I have never been a minivan person. I love SUVs and said I would never drive a minivan! So when DriveShop offered to let me test drive the new KIA Sedona, I was excited but a little skeptical.

Lola and Maverick happily obliged to a photo shoot with Lady Luck. KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com-6It was perfect because my mom, sister, and I were going on a girls’ trip to Vegas! So we piled into Lady Luck and hit the road. KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com-5Favorite feature #1: I was so impressed with the cameras on this baby. I love the back up camera! The view on the right of the screen is a bird’s eye view. It came in handy while parking to make sure we were in the lines.IMG_3618KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com-4Favorite feature #2: The second row’s captain seats were recliners! Lindsay and I were lounging the whole way to Vegas.IMG_3397KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com

It was so nice and relaxing to travel with my feet up!KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.comMaverick and Lola totally approve of the Sedona. KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com-2KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.com-3Favorite feature #3: The speed limit icon on the GPS map. Incredibly helpful on a road trip where you are crossing through multiple states and speed limits. No more asking, “Does anyone know what the speed limit is here?”KIA Sedona Review - karainthekitchen.comFavorite feature #4: Trunk space. Here is how it looked with the back row folded down and just my stuff packed. You know I come prepared & Dr. Pepper is a must :)IMG_3367And here is how Lady Luck looked by the time we got to Vegas :) We stopped at the outlets in Barstow and Primm. IMG_3412Celebrating my 31st birthday at Serendipity 3! Love these ladies who I’m lucky enough to call family and best friends. IMG_3484And more celebrating at Mon Ami Gabi :) IMG_3520Came home to lots of kisses from the fam – Maverick included.IMG_3563You guys, my mind has been officially changed. I was really sad to give up the Sedona! I would totally drive this car. A MINIVAN!!! I can’t believe I just wrote that.

It has so many bells and whistles that made my life easier. The remote opened the trunk and doors, and I found myself really missing that backup camera once Lady Luck was gone. If you’re in the market, check out the new KIA Sedona…I think you will be pleasantly surprised! IMG_3622