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    Celebrating Love With the 2016 Mazda 3

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Love is in the air…

    Yes, in my head I sang that. We just wrapped up Valentine’s Day weekend along with mini’s 6th birthday with the help of the 2016 Mazda 3. This isn’t our first time zooming around town in a Mazda so I already knew that I was going to be in love but how approps is it that the car was red?!?

    Lady Roulette… this @mazdausa drives soooooooooooo smooth I fell in love with her!!! #drivemazda

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    As with all the cars, I named her Lady Roulette. I don’t know why but that’s what spoke to me when she rolled up in my driveway.

    So what did Lady Roulette and I do while we were together? Everything!

    Celebrating My Little Love

    I can’t believe that my mini, my breath, my greatest achievement and the catalyst to my life being as challenging awesome as it is now turned SIX on the twelfth!!! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was picking my mom and her bestie up from returning from a cruise when I told her that I was having contractions. Me at 26 was waaaaaay less informed about all of this birthing stuff and I hadn’t even had Braxton Hicks contractions so I had no clue what I was in for. I sat on Facebook and chatted with my friend Lori, what was already a mom, about what contractions felt like and that was when she suggested that I start timing them. Less than 24 hours later, I was holding my mini who is now 6.

    We decided not to do a party outside of school since she opted to take the cash that we would have spent on it instead. I thought it was a winning deal because while party planning is so much fun, it can also be super tedious. But just because there wasn’t a party doesn’t mean that she wasn’t going to be treated special! For her birthday, I decided to go against the norm and make birthday donuts instead of cupcakes! Roulette and I zoomed around town looking for all the things I would need to make them both vegan and delicious. We made it happen:

    But when she woke up, I wanted her to feel special! So I zoomed around and got balloons that we weighted down with little gifts and a chalkboard that screamed “Happy Birthday!!!” Luckily for me, the trunk space in the Mazda was so unexpectedly big that I was able to leave the balloons in there overnight and not ruin her surprise! She loved her birthday treats that concluded with a formal tea at one of our favorite spots. She has been officially inducted into her sixth year of life!

    Celebrating The Love of My Life

    This isn’t my first time at the marriage rodeo (another post for another day ha!) but it is my final ride. I married the most amazing man. He’s an incredible friend, father, and mate and I wouldn’t trade him for the world because his idea of a night out on the town matches mine. Instead of doing the cheesy, romantic stuff for Valentine’s Day (not knocking it, it’s just not us), I surprised him with tickets for the Amazing Escape Room. I registered us for the zombie room (side note: I’m legit scared of zombies so I chose this room to make sure that should the apocalypse happen, I’m ready. This is also the reason I work out ha!). But on our way there, Roulette set the tone for us:

    Roulette, the @mazdausa I’m whipping this week, is setting the mood for the hubs and I’s #datenight #drivemazda #thanksmom

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    Amazing Escape Room

    I’ll go into a deeper review sometime soon but here’s our visit in a nutshell:

    • the zombie room is the hardest
    • it was tons of fun
    • we didn’t make it out alive

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    Granted we didn’t make it out of the room, but we still won since we were able to hop back into our cute Mazda to continue zooming about our evening.

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Celebrating the Mazda

    I really enjoyed this car! Now I typically drive a crossover vehicle that is more spacious but I loved that this car offered way more trunk space than I currently have.

    Pros:

    • The engine is eco-friendly. It gets a boost from self-charging battery source using less gas.

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

     

    • The interior is rather lush! I love the leather seats which make for easy clean up with kids and the red on black is sexy!!!

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    • The trunk space is something that any mother would love. I had a jogging stroller and two weeks worth of groceries in there!

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    • Great gas mileage. I put $5 in and was able to drive 85 miles!
    • Easy and safe messaging on the go

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here! I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    • Flip up speedometer so it’s easy to see your speed

    I love the all new 2016 Mazda 3! It was such a zippy car to zoom around in making my Valentine's Day and mini's birthday something to remember! Read more here!

    Cons:

    • Not enough space for 2 carseats + long limbed parents. We were quite literally squished with the 4 of us in there. My husband is 6’3 and I’m almost 5’6. Both our kids are off the charts with their height so we’re rather long people. We kind of felt like sardines in there!

    We had a lot of fun driving this car but I think it’s more for my peeps without 2 kids!

    Are you a car, SUV, or minivan lover??? 

    **I received the 2016 Mazda 3 for a week but the opinions expressed here are all mine.**

    2016 Mazda CX-5: Zoom Zooming Through Errands

    Adulthood is one perpetual errand after another. A driver’s license comes with the title of “Chauffeur” and there’s ALWAYS some place that people have to go at a certain time. This gets worse as your family size increases–hubs has to be here, abc there, mini there, and then there’s the things that I need to get done as well. I feel like I’m ALWAYS in a parking lot running to and fro. I had the recent pleasure (and I mean pleasure… like not in just the polite way) of whipping the new 2016 Mazda CX-5 around for a week that naturally was jam-packed with errands. No shade to my love Ruby Dee, but this Mazda (affectionately named Moonbeam) made my life so much easier!!!

     

    Doctor’s Appointments, New Daycare, and Groceries Oh My!

    While I had Moonbeam, we were ripping and running. I was especially busy this week because we had decided to put abc into half-day daycare. After calling around and getting the information that we needed, abc and I were Zoom-Zooming around town to see which daycare met my (our) requirements. Pulling up to each one of the places I felt confident in this beautiful specimen. With the help of Moonbeam, we decided on the perfect daycare for abc before zoom-zooming off to the doctor for her 15 month check up.

    Let’s start with that I can’t even believe that my once itty bitty baby is now a toddling, babbling, giggly wee person. It seemed like it was just yesterday she was born and now she has opinions! Well, she certainly had an opinion about the CX-5 and she approved of it!

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    little miss abc is all smiles in this sweet ride!

    Naturally, there were more errands to run this week. We stopped off at my favorite place–Trader Joe’s aka TJ’s–for some organic eats. Now, I love TJ’s. What I don’t love is the parking lot of TJ’s. I feel like both people and cars are constantly jumping in back of you as you try to pull out of a parking spot. It’s really ridiculous. Now while I’m normally riding in Ruby Dee I’m having multiple heart attacks as I miss one close call after another. But in Moonbeam? It was easy, breezy courtesy of their Rear Parking Sensors. I knew exactly when someone or something was getting to close to the vehicle before feeling like they were popping out of nowhere.

    2016 Mazda CX-5

    My Favorite Features

    All? I kid but not. I pretty much loved everything about this vehicle but here are my ABSOLUTE favorites:

    • Auto-wipers (yes, this is big for me and I never thought it would be.
    • Seamless integration to my iPhone phonebook via Bluetooth

      I pretty much talk to my mom all day ha!

      I pretty much talk to my mom all day ha! 

    • Built in remote start from your phone
    • Emergency braking assist (This is scary but super helpful. Someone stopped short in front of me and Moonbeam automatically stopped too! I wasn’t ready for how hard it braked but this is a really great feature to have)
    • Moon Roof (It was like a panoramic view! I kept it open pretty much the whole week!)
    • Joystick control for the menu

      2016 Mazda CX-5

      You control everything from this little control area! This is a gamers dream come true ha!

    • High Beam Control (when you make a turn, the headlights shift offering a better view)
    • Push button start
    • Heated seats (nothing like a warm bottom!)
    • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System‡
    • Extra leg space

    Features That Made Me Go #WompWomp

    This is a short list. Like really short:

    • The sound system was awful. It’s a Bose system so I was expecting great things and I was disappointed.

    I love a cross-over. I feel like they offer perpetual errand runners the best of both worlds–gas mileage of a car with space like an SUV (almost anyways!).

    What kind of car do you drive? Have you ever considered a Mazda?

    **I was given this vehicle for 1 week in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.**