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The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE Fits ANY Lifestyle! |Car Review|

Mitsubishi loaned this vehicle to LifewithTanay in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE and I’m just gonna be honest and say, I was pleasantly surprised. The very first vehicle that I drove for review purposes was the 2015 Mirage and the vehicle has definitely been upgraded since then! The feel was completely different, the trunk space was plenty and the inside still had that spacious feel despite being categorized a subcompact car.

As I was driving the Mirage I found myself asking WHO IS THIS CAR FOR?

And the simple answer I came up with is point blank: “ANY AND EVERYONE”. My family of 4 fit comfortably inside the Mirage with a stroller in the trunk, ample space for groceries and the babies loved jamming to Apple Music at full volume (dancing kids *shrugs*). I could easily imagine college aged me, driving this car around full of friends and with a $17,000 starting price point for the SE version, it makes it an amazing first car for parents shopping for their teens (if parents still do that). Active stability control, rearview camera and enhanced visibility are just some of the amazing safety features that the Mirage are equipped with making it an amazing car for first time drivers/car buyers. 

In short, if you need a vehicle at an affordable price, equipped with amazing safety features, that doesn’t lack the things you love like Bluetooth capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the 2018 Mirage G4 SE is a fit for you. To check out more features visit Mitsubishi’s website here

Have you ever driven the Mirage? What are some of your must have features in a vehicle? Leave a comment below! xoxo

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More Me Time | 2017.5 Mazda 6 Review

Special thanks to Mazda for allowing me to test drive the Mazda 6 Grand Touring for a week in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions (and shenanigans) belong to me. 

I spend basically ALL my free time with my kids. Like a…. “cant find an app on my phone that isn’t animated or ends with “Kids” because I’m always passing my phone over to the 3 year old” amount of time. Or a… “I sneak and watch all my shows at work because when I’m home I’m only watching Disney Junior” amount of time. So one of my goals for this year is to spend more time doing things that I love that doesn’t involve my kids. Don’t get me wrong I love them, but i need some time to decompress occasionally without Ryan’s ToysReview ringing in my background. 

When I got the opportunity to review the Mazda 6 Grand Touring I immediately fell in love with the interior, and then immediately panicked because it has the most amazing “parchment leather” interior and these little boys are a hot MESS. But I knew I was about to enjoy my time with the car even if I enjoyed it alone (which I did for the most part). The weather was disrespectful for most of the week but every time I got into the Mazda 6 I forgot about what was going on outside. 

The inside of the Mazda 6 really captivated me. From the infotainment system, to the 11 BOSE surround sound speakers, I never lacked comfort while inside (lets not even talk about the heated seats and steering wheel cause spring definitely hasn’t sprung around these parts). But I think the thing that fascinated me the most with the Mazda 6 is the focus on safety. The Active Driving Display clearly displays your speed, lane departure, and even has street sign technology so you can be aware of your surroundings without ever looking away from the road. 

And while the interior is amazing and beautiful they definitely don’t slack on exterior. Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion philosophy definitely rings true in their design of the Mazda 6. The exterior comes equipped with some awesome safety features as well that you can check out here

I definitely enjoyed having time to myself and exploring in the Mazda 6 Grand Touring. I’m not a stay at home mom but I definitely stay home A LOT and I’m learning how to separate myself without feeling the guilt. Having a cute car to drive definitely made this week easier. 😉

What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not “momming”? How do you decompress and spend me time? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below. XOXO

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Leveling Up My Mom Status | Mazda CX-9 Review

  Thank you so much to Mazda for allowing us to drive the 2018 Mazda CX-9 free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed belong to me. 

Thank you so much to Mazda for allowing us to drive the 2018 Mazda CX-9 free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed belong to me. 

You’re not really a mom if someone doesn’t confirm it once they get into your car. Such was the case when I had a chance to review the Mazda CX-9 during the holidays. First of all, if you’ve been around for any amount of time then you’d know I have a LOVE for SUVs. The first 3 row SUV I drove was the Kia Sorento and I continue to love that car TO THIS DAY!

So when I was given the chance by Mazda to review the CX-9, and I realized it was their 3 row SUV I couldn’t contain the excitement. A few days into having the car, on a trip to the store my friend was like “Wow this car is nice. It’s REALLY a mom car.” It could’ve been the view (below) that she saw once she was inside because the car had AMPLE space to store all our Christmas takeaways, but if the CX-9 is #Momcar goals then I’ll take it. *shrugs*

This car has to be what Mom dreams are made of. Gone are the days of the huge minivan, hello BOSE surround system, heated leather premium nappa leather (in the second row too!), and a completely driver focused experience. SKY-ACTIV and I-ACTIV technology provide some of the best safety features in vehicles of this class and put my obsessive mom worries to ease while driving. 

With most 3 row SUVs the downfall of having the third row is that you lose cargo space. That is definitely not the case with the CX-9. While we’re a family of 4, my extended family is HUGE and we made alot of stops over the holidays, we never were lacking trunk space for all the gifts we gave/received. Even with the third row up, the trunk was spacious and has the perfect amount of cargo space for….. Target hauls? 🙂

I definitely leveled up my mom status while driving this car and it comes really close to my love for the Sorento. If this is a perk of being a “real mom” then, ill take it! What kind of car do you drive? Are you looking to “level up” any time soon? 

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD starts at $40,470. For more information/spec check out Mazda’s official site here

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Starts ALL the Conversations

  I drove the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for a week in exchange for my honest review! Like always, all opinions expressed belong to me =)

I drove the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport for a week in exchange for my honest review! Like always, all opinions expressed belong to me =)

Something about birthdays, Atlantic City, and the Outlander Sport must be my thing. If you’ve been around for a while then you know back in February of 2016 I drove the 2015 Outlander Sport for my 26th birthday trip to Atlantic City with my boyfriend.

When my sister wanted to go to Atlantic City for her 30th birthday I knew the Outlander was going to be the perfect vehicle to take us on our road trip! The Outlander Sport has gotten a few upgrades since their 2015 model but a lot of the amazing things about the design have remained the same. I am still absolutely in love with their sunroof because…. amazing views & selfie lighting.

Two of the main upgrades to the interior of the car is the 7″ Touchscreen Display Audio System, and the Rockford Fosgate premium sound which boasts an impressive 9 speakers throughout the car which is perfect for the hundreds of HD radio channels you an listen to in the car.  

I’m not gonna lie, I have zero sense of direction so when I couldn’t find navigation I was really confused and low-key stressed out. But thats because this was my first time driving a car that was equipped with Apple CarPlay. Super convenient having so many of my apps open up right on the display including maps! 

The Outlander Sport turned out to be a big conversation starter, the octane blue metallic color is BEAUTIFUL and everywhere we went people were stopping us to ask about the car. If crossover SUVs are your thing, I’d definitely check this car out! 

The 2018 Outlander Sport turned out to be the perfect car for our weekend trip away. Pricing starts at $19,595 and you can check out all the specs here. Do you own an Outlander Sport? Have another Mitsubishi car that you love? Leave it in the comments below! 

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The REAL Rules for Roadtrips with Small Children

  Special thank you to Mazda as I received the 2017 Mazda CX-5 as a loan free of charge for our road trip in exchange for my honest review! All opinions expressed are my own! 

Special thank you to Mazda as I received the 2017 Mazda CX-5 as a loan free of charge for our road trip in exchange for my honest review! All opinions expressed are my own! 

So I’m not gonna lie, when it came to planning RJs birthday trip I was super excited. As the days ticked down and it got closer??? Dread! I just knew I was plum crazy for planning a trip that would take us 12 hours to drive to with a 3 year old and an infant that hates the car seat! Wtf was I thinking?? Truthfully when road trip day (night) arrived anxiety almost made me cancel. I just knew it was going to be awful and it wouldn’t be worth it. I was sooooooooo wrong. Taking a long trip with two kids this young though did make me realize that the rules of the road are completely different when it comes to traveling with kids. 

1. Be prepared to spend some time in the back seat. 

Comfort played a big factor when we were thinking about the long drive. I knew I’d have to spend some time in the back seat between two car seats consoling one kid or the other and I was happy it wasn’t a SUPER struggle in the car we drove for our trip. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 had a decent amount of space in the backseat even with 2 car seats back there. I’m not gonna lie though I’m still SOMEWHAT small even after having two kids haha. I don’t think my boyfriend would have fit back there.  

2. Speaking of time, don’t even watch it. It doesn’t matter when kids are involved.  

I tried to plan our departure time perfectly. Both times according to their sleep schedule. I convinced myself that if we left during a time they were normally asleep that we’d have more time with them asleep in the car and it’d make the drive a little less painful. I think RJ woke up within 1 1/2 of us driving down with a cheerful “Good morning Daddy!” Ready to take on the day… at 5am.  

3. Don’t put a limit on stopping. You will stop. 100 times or more.  

When we road trip alone, my boyfriend makes it a habit to remind me 1000 times that he IS. NOT. STOPPING. He’s obsessive about getting to our destination and he always says “I’m stopping ONE TIME”. Ask to stop again and die. Except this trip. We stopped. I can’t even remember the amount of times but it was ALOT. Thankfully, we only had to stop twice for gas since the CX-5 averages 26 highway mpg. We got to stop at bigger rest stops and didn’t have to worry about just getting gas and leaving. Kids need to stretch their legs and everyone was a lot more pleasant after taking a break from sitting for hours. We stopped at Chick fil a’s that had play places so RJ could run some energy off and I even let him run around a rest stop at 5am *shrugs*. Sorry not sorry. We had a long drive and he wasn’t hurting anyone. A couple 20/30 minute stops made a BIG difference in how the drive went. 

4. The drive is still part of your trip, use it as an opportunity to make memories.  

I quickly realized RJ was just excited to be on an adventure. He loved looking out of the sunroof at airplanes and pointing out different things in the sky, and he loved sticking his head out of the sunroof even more. He also loved sitting in the trunk which is super spacious in the CX-5. He called it his cave! This is definitely a time to relax and not be super crazy with the rules. Within reason and safety first of course! He wasn’t sticking his head out the sunroof while we were driving or anything LOL. 

So basically, like anything with toddlers/infants involved, there are no rules on road trips! As long as everyone is comfortable, not screaming their. heads off and everyone makes it to their destination then I’d call it a #momwin! 

What has your road trip experience been? Have you braved the road with small children? Interested in reading more about the Mazda CX-5? Leave your thoughts below!

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Day Trip to Sesame Place in the 2016 Mazda CX-5

I received this car courtesy of Mazda in partnership with Driveshop to drive for a week free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

At the end of April we had the opportunity to attend opening day at Sesame Place! I hadn’t been in forever so my excitement was REAL. It’s a little drive from NYC so when I was given the chance to drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 I literally wanted to JUMP in. I was too hype on drop off day and of course I couldn’t wait to start posting pics on Snapchat!! 

The CX-5 was a beautiful Soul Red just like the Mazda 3 I reviewed late last year. The inside was a cream and black leather interior and it was soooooo nice I almost didn’t want to let RJ in it (cause you know, toddlers!). 

After RJ and his daddy got everything situated in the car, we drove our 2 hour drive to PA in comfort! The heated seats in the front definitely came in handy when we were on our way home and it was chilly outside. I love some heated seats! LOL. The CX-5 came equipped with blindspot detectors, auto-windshield, SIrius XM radio and a whole lot more that made me feel extremely fancy! I loved driving the car in “Sport” mode (you’ll love it too if you like to drive fast, hehe). 

So ya’ll know I always have to talk about the gas mileage since my own car is a guzzler. The CX-5 boasts an impressive 35 highway MPG giving you the change to “conquer more highway on less fuel”. I was super excited when I was able to get half a tank of gas for $10… that’s with NYC gas prices! The only struggle I had during my week with the car was figuring out how to open the gas tank…. are they all on the floor now?! LOL 

Starting at $21,795 the Mazda CX-5 is the perfect family car and an amazing compact SUV. To learn more about the CX-5 visit here.

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I Fell in LOVE!!! – 2016 Kia Sorento SXL

I was given the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Kia Sorento SXL for a week free of charge thanks to the amazing people at Kia and Driveshop! As usual, all opinions expressed belong to me :). 

So let me tell you this past week or two has been pure madness!! My sweet little boy turned one October 23rd and we threw him a big party the next day so I had a gazillion and one errands to run and just could not find the time to update. I didn’t think it’d be right to give y’all a half-rushed/poorly written post just as a filler. So forgive me please! I’m back :). 

When I was given the opportunity to test drive the Sorento for the week I JUMPED at the chance because I was looking forward to all the extra space we’d have! Kia did not disappoint! 

 

Let me tell you when they say FULLY loaded! They mean it! Everything I could think of, the Sorento provided right down to the heated steering wheel  and the blind-side detectors that beeped to let you know if it was unsafe to switch lanes! As soon as the car arrived one of the first things I said was “I love this car”. I truly felt sad when it was time to say goodbye!

So of course mommy-brain and just business made me completely forget to take pictures of just how much space was in the interior of the car but LET ME TELL YOU! RJ got about 50/11 presents for his birthday and we were able to have the third row up, drive with 5 passengers and a car seat and still fit all the birthday presents and most of the decorations from his party. It is THAT spacious. I seriously have no complaints about this car.

One day when I’m about that SERIOUS mom life (read: once I have multiple kids) I told James we HAVE to look into getting a Sorento. I NEEDS THIS CAR! LOL.

*The 2016 Kia Sorento starts $24,900. For more details on pricing/features, visit here.*