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Sunday, August 12, 2012

#back2school Day 1 $200 GC to Amazon!



The First Giveaway for the Back to School event is the Amazon $200 Gift Card. The giveaway starts at midnight on Aug 13th and will close on August 31st at 11:59pm.

Thank you to MySillyMonkeys (http://www.mysillymonkeys.com) for organizing this giveaway.

Back to School Giveaway time!


You may be wondering, Amanda you don't have kids that go to school as you have a three year old and an 8 month old so why are you doing this? Simple I have friends and relatives that are going through the Back to School drama and its hard out there when you need to save money. So during the 13-31 of Aug. a bunch of bloggers and thanks to MySillyMonkeys (http://www.mysillymonkeys.com) for organizing this giveaway.

Starting tomorrow win a $200 Gift Card for Amazon!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

sad to see it go #voltklout

Well it's been fun! The Volt left our driveway this afternoon to go off to another test driver. Hope they vacuum before it goes to the next house. So now pros and cons of the Volt:


Pro:
1. Easy on the pocket book. I didn't have to fill it up once. Granted it will reflect on the electric bill a few dollars more, however it beats $3.89 a gallon that I have to pay on my RAV4.
2. The optional DVD player is cool when not in drive.
3. Very good commute car especially in stop and go traffic. I gained a mile back in energy by the traffic and going down hills.
4. Super quiet. You could not hear the engine when it switched over from electric to gas. Grace fell asleep in it a few times.
5. Navigation in the drivers HUD. Awesome!! Did not have to hear a ding or crane my neck to see what was the next turn was.

Con:
1. Plugging it in every night. I know, I know its the nature of the plug-in cars just wanted to say it.
2, A bit of a tight squeeze for tall people. The steering wheel was a bit too tight on my legs and knees.
3. Family car it is not. Again its a commuter car or for those with out a family. I had a hard time with a stroller, a diaper bag and random toys then trying to fit one bag of groceries in the back trunk.
4. The controls, all be it slick and cool looking; are functionally impaired. I had a hard time with the touch panel and the controls that were touch sensitive. It doesn't have a child safety lock on it so my tot got into everything!
5. DVD player when in drive didn't play. My tot was disappointed so I didn't bring them after the first trip.
6. There is no option to turn just the radio off. The center console had an on/off button that controls everything so if I wanted that displayed I had to have the radio on. Maybe if I had more time I could have tinkered with it more.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I puffy heart the Volt #VoltKlout

Day two of the three days I have this car. Though its small for tall people with two kids in the back (Can't stretch out in the seat like a thug), its still comfortable with the leather seats. I really like the HUD (Heads up Display) in the car. Even with the side Navigation turned on it still displayed the turn by turn directions where I could see it and with out the pings that the Prius uses to alert you to the turns.

There is a lot of space for little stuff. The eye glass area is just above the center console and it actually has a voltage out let in there as well. In the center console there is a outlet there too and a USB dock for the iPhone or any other gadget that you can think of. There is actually a rear camera that I don't use because I don't have one in my car and I am going to have to say good bye to the car tomorrow (wiping away a tear).

Tot's perspective she thinks its a beautiful car and the only draw back is not seeing the movies while driving.

I think it needs more trunk space as I have my Orbit stroller in back and I doubt that I could do a full grocery run in it. I think a bit bigger car like my RAV4 is best when kids are involved. I wouldn't mind having it for a commute car if I needed one. As I did go to San Mateo and back still on the electric battery.

**Please note I was given the car for three days and was not paid to write reviews about it.**

Monday, August 6, 2012

#VoltKlout day 1

Wee I get a new car! At least for 2 more days. Me and my gals are riding big in the 2012 Chevy Volt! That's right a hybrid for me, its currently charging in the driveway. I didn't get the  red one (sort of disappointing, I was looking forward to driving one in that color) I got the white one instead. I guess its best that I did not get that color because I would have to explain to my husband why I have so many speeding tickets. Any way, the day kind of stunk because the address they had was wrong and it took up most of the day to get the car here. The guy was super nice and helped me with transferring the car seat from my car to the Volt. After that I grabbed a few DVD's (fully loaded with that feature), popped one in so my tot had something to do besides look out the window and drove off. 

To my tot's horror, the DVD screen went blank as soon as I put the car in Drive. I know its for the drivers safety however I am not going to sit in front of my home in 70 degree weather watching something we can watch inside the house. However the audio from the movie played and we went off on our day. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

He left for the week

I asked him to stay just one more night. He said no.

Waiting for the door to close

It's Sunday night. We had a great time as a family this weekend. We laughed we cried and we were a parental unit. I don't know when he'll hold my hand. I don't know when I'll get a kiss from him. I hate not knowing. I think he's going to stay the night tonight. But I am not sure.