Top 5 Things Women should know about Car Care

Barbara Terry PhotoHeading into spring cleaning season, there is no better time to consider tuning up your car by making sure you are equipped with everything you need to drive safely and maintain your vehicle’s condition over time.

America’s favorite female auto expert, Barbara Terry from Cars.com, wants all drivers to be more confident when dealing with service and repair. Barbara’s insight prevents drivers from associating the words “expensive” and “stressful” when servicing their vehicles.

Under the Hood with Barbara Terry

Top 5 Things Women should know about Car Care:

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1). There is a simple hack for checking your tire pressure:

Take a standard US penny with Abe Lincoln’s head on it. Insert the penny into a space between the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time for a re-fill.

2). When to change your oil, and what type to use:

You should change your oil every 6 months, or about every 3,000 miles. The intervals vary by manufacturer, so consult your owner’s manual and locate what type of oil to use. If you stick with the synthetic motor oils you will be able to go longer without having to get an oil change, but you should discuss the change with your local service representative before making the shift. A long distance commuter may consider an oils that is formulated for high mileage vehicles.

3). Radiator Fluid Levels:

Your radiator should always maintain a half-antifreeze/half-water mix. You can see the level of the fluid through your overflow container.

4). Research a good mechanic:

Mechanics can be tricky and often will underestimate women’s knowledge of car repair. Ask your family and friends for a recommendation before going into the service and repair center for the first time. You want the service tech representative to be specific about the repairs and explain why they need to be done and how you can keep up with maintenance over time.

5).Keep an Emergency Survival Kit:

Every driver should keep an emergency car kit in their car with a variety of items in case you experience a breakdown. You can never be too careful. You can use a tackle box, bucket or if you want to customize your own emergency car kit, that’s great! Some of the smartest items to include are:

  1. Box of Band-Aids, gauze and aspirin
  2. A flashlight with extra batteries
  3. Can of Tire Fix never hurts for a quick, temporary fix to that annoying flat tire
  4. You’ll always need jumper cables or a jump box, road trip or not, for a dead or weak battery
  5. Blanket in case you break down on the side of the road and it’s freezing outside

 

Happy driving! Smiles!

-Barbara

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How To Avoid Holiday Burnout

Every year we begin to see the holiday decorations arriving in stores, and we are suddenly filled with excitement for what is our favorite time of year.  Sadly, within a few weeks, things start to become more and more frustrating, and we suffer from burnout.  Here are our tips for How To Avoid Holiday Burnout this year.  With work, kids and every other responsibility floating around, it can quickly become tough to avoid feeling run down and tired of the season.

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HOW TO AVOID HOLIDAY BURNOUT

Just Say No: This can be the hardest part of the holiday season.  With party invitations abounding, and of course friends and family asking for help to organize events, it is tough to say no.  It is however, the time you need to stand firm and say no to things that just aren’t worth your time.  Keep your goals in mind, and if something isn’t ideal for you at this time, simply decline the invitation politely and enjoy your family time instead.

Focus On Family:  Rather than running around trying to please everyone around you this year, focus on your family.  Make sure that you are doing things your kids, spouse and select family members will enjoy and remember.  Create memories, enjoy laughs and relax with those you consider family.  Family doesn’t always have to be blood relation.  Whoever you feel is your family is who you should spend your time focusing on during the holiday season.

Skip The Gifts: Instead of buying tons of gifts this year, let everyone know that you will be spending your time and money helping others.  Volunteer at a local shelter, assist in your church Christmas production, or buy a family gift instead of the traditional gifts.  Let the focus become less on material things and more on the spirit of the season.

Turn It Off: Sometimes the burnout comes in the form of a few too many holiday themed sweaters, movies on TV or songs on the radio.  On occasion we simply need to turn it off and refocus on something outside of the holiday theme.  Stay in and watch fun summer movies, give yourself a citrus and coconut scented spa day at home, or mix up your favorite milkshake instead of eggnog.  We occasionally just need to turn things off and refocus to be able to enjoy the holiday season fully.

Don’t feel badly if you tend to have holiday burnout during the stressful last few months of each year.  With back to back holidays, parties and sudden changes of seasons it can be overwhelming to anyone.  This year use our tips for how to avoid holiday burnout, and rekindle your love for those sacred moments sharing memories with your children of years gone by.

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Frozen Gifts Ideas for Boys

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Frozen Gift Ideas for Boys

Shopping for our friends and family is an exciting part of the holidays, and it seems to be all about Disney’s Frozen again, and not just for our young ladies, but for the young men as well! Luckily, there are plenty of awesome Frozen gift ideas for boys so they won’t feel left out of the excitement.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time where we can all go shopping without guilt in the name of “holiday spirit” lol. The number one thing about the holidays in most people’s mind is their family EVEN those family members that drive you crazy you enjoy them that much more . If your anything like me you wait until there are AWESOME coupons, discounts and deals… so many holiday savings. We know that there are many last minute shoppers SO hurry over and check out all the savings AND get all those gifts for the family that you love! No need to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, just check out the coupons and deals on Your Life After 25’s coupons & discounts page. NOT only are we spreading the word about all of those amazing deals we are also giving you the chance to Win: Your Life After 25 Holiday Savings and Coupon Giveaway!

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Protect your vehicle with Car Connection Pro + 2 Winner Giveaway

Are you looking for that perfect gift for the person who has everything or can simply afford to buy whatever they desire on their own? Maybe something for the gadget lover who truly has it all? Or even treat yourself to a gift to help keep an eye on your vehicle’s health and even the driving habits of your teenage children. Look no further than the Audiovox Car Connection Pro.

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With Car Connection Pro, you can connect with your car like never before.

Imagine being able to connect and communicate with your family’s vehicles each day. With features such as vehicle location history, fuel savings reports, vehicle diagnostic reports and text blocking capabilities, there’s truly no better way to connect with your car than Car Connection!  

Along with all of the exciting features of Car Connection, we now offer the Car Connection Insurance Discount Program! Our Insurance Discount Program is an opportunity for all of our CarConnection customers to save hundreds of dollars on their auto insurance.  Simply click the link below and follow the instructions to be on your path to savings! http://www.mycar-connection.com/insurance/

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 Car Connection Pro features:

  • Monitors daily driving habits, generates reports and even gives fuel savings tips.
  • Diagnoses vehicle health before you go for mechanic service.
  • Monitor driver’s habits.
  • Offers a smartphone app for Android and Blackberry to limit texting while driving.
  • The ability to know where your vehicle is, or where it is heading. Track online or from your Smartphone in real-time.
  • Notifies you in the event your vehicle has been towed or moved.
  • Set safety zone boundaries and receive notifications and alerts when a boundary is breached.
  • Remote start from your smartphone or tablet device
  • Lock/unlock module
  • Driver Scoring

Coming soon: Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) that will allow the driver to designate who they would like notified if their vehicle, is involved in a collision and Roadside Assistance. Car Connection Pro will utilize the Sprint wireless network in the U.S. and the realtime monitoring capability will go through OmniLink.

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My family is worth protecting.

Car Connection Pro utilizes an innovative user interface accessible from your laptop, tablet or smart phone that allows you to monitor driving habits and vehicle location using Safety Zones (Geo-fences), stolen vehicle recovery, and even find your way back to your vehicle in a crowded parking lot with Car Connection’s built-in Lot Spot™ feature.

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Weighing the pros and cons of a monthly service fee and maintaining another smartphone vs the ability to track not only when your vehicle is in need of service but also the location of your child as they strike out on their own is really a no brainer. Having the Car Connection Pro functioning in full force will not only provide peace of mind but also help save money in the long run on pesky car repairs.

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Trunki Shark PaddlePak Fin Review and Giveaway

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Hunter is now 2 years old, and he has always been helpful with many things around the house, but just recently, he has begun to carry the bag that I pack for the boys when they go to their caregiver each day.  The bag that I was packing was perfect for my shoulder, but not exactly ideal for a toddler, and ended up often getting dragged behind on the floor, despite his efforts to hold it high.

That’s when I saw the PaddlePak, by Trunki.

Trunki has kids in mind with all of their products:

“We understand that whilst parents buy products, children make friends with them, so everything we create has the functionality that grown-ups value, and the personality that kids adore. We have a team of talented imagineers that are dedicated to making travelling with tots a doddle. They use ingenious design (and a little bit of fairy dust) to create products for every journey, whether it’s a day trip to the zoo, or a round the world trip.”

Some of their other products include adorable “ride on” suitcases, and fun character travel pillows, but what I needed now was a bag for my “big guy” to carry his belongings  to and fro.

As I was browsing through the available choices for the PaddlePak, I had trouble deciding between the adorable clownfish, the frog, the lobster, and the other designs.  That was until I saw the shark.  I knew right away that would be the bag for Hunter.  All summer at the beach he wore his shark t-shirts, and always chose his shark beach towel.  That was the one!

I could hardly take it out of the packaging before Hunter wanted the “SHARK!” (His PaddlePak name is actually “Fin”)

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Mommy had no idea there were so many great features to the PaddlePak when we ordered, but I can tell you that Trunki thought of everything.  It is not just an adorable bag, it has function, including:

  • Break away safety buckle
  • Reflective strips
  • Dry zip pocket
  • Trunki Grip for sunglasses
  • Water resistant fabric
  • Hanging loop
  • Accessories loop
  • Roll top closure
  • Padded mesh back
  • Internal dry pocket*
  • External bottle pocket*
    *Shark and whale PaddlePak only

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While I was getting acquainted with all of the features of the PaddlePak, Hunter just wanted to put it on.  So I packed up the bag with the boys’ things for daycare and let him put it on.  He lit up like a Christmas Tree!

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He proudly modeled the pack on the way to the car, and when we went to get INTO the car… did not want to take it off.  We then had to have a conversation about carseat safety and that it would not, in fact, be safe to wear the pack in his carseat.

Ever since the day his PaddlePak arrived, Hunter has wanted to carry his backpack everywhere, even when we have nothing to carry.  Before we leave the house, he proudly professes, “Mommy need my shark!” in his adorable little toddler voice.  He even gets compliments from the older kids at daycare and I think they may be just a little bit jealous of his awesome bag!

packonfrontbackWe can’t wait to use the pack at the beach this summer to take advantage of the water resistant design.  And before we know it… we will be ordering one for our little guy too!

You can order yours by visiting Trunki online and follow them on Facebook.

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One winner will receive a Trunki Shark PaddlePak Fin.

Giveaway ends October 21st at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

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$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway #GiveBackOctober

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One winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card.

Giveaway ends October 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canada, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclosure: All opinions seen in this publication are those of the writer and may differ from your own. MomtoBedby8.com may have receive product or payment as a condition of this publication. For questions or to have your product featured on Mom to Bed by 8, email Teri at [email protected]