July 29, 2014

15 Reasons I LOVE My Honda Civic

I love cars.  All different types of cars.  But I REALLY love my Honda Civic.  I've had her since 2006 (6/6/06) to be exact and I am definitely attached.  Maybe it's the experience I've had with her and how reliable she's been that I just can't think of getting rid of her and risking a new car that may not be as awesome. 

But for anyone considering a Honda as their next car, here are 20 reasons why I LOVE mine!

1. Great Gas Milage
It's no secret that Honda's are known for being great on gas, but I still can't believe that my 8 year old car is STILL a saint with that!  

2. Reliability
As long as you keep up with maintenance like oil changes and routine inspections, a Honda is generally a reliable vehicle.  I can vouch for this as the only things I've needed in the past 8 years were brakes, tires, a fuse, and a new battery.

3. Easy Maintenance
The beauty of a Honda is that a lot of people are very familiar with them so it's easy to find someone to do maintenance on one.  And if you're a girl and you want an easy maintenance car for you to learn on, I definitely suggest a Honda.

4. Affordable Maintenance
When you do need a part or two to keep your Honda running sound, the parts are affordable, even the factory ones.  This also makes it easier and quicker to get the parts you need.

5. Ease of Parking
Mind you I have a compact car but it's still easy to parallel park or to fit into narrow spots.  I always feel like it's easy to see what's around me too.

6. Spacious Interior
I know there are some older models that may be small but for the most part, even though a Honda can look compact, I always find the interiors to be designed with the average person in mind.  I have no problems fitting in my car or fitting my luggage when travelling.  And passenger that sit in the back have never complained.

7. 93,000 and Counting...
Friends used to joke with me that "She won't even be broken in until 150,000 miles" but I really do believe that now.  My car currently has 93k miles and I am hoping to get 300,000 out of her, hehe!

8. Sporty and Stylish Look
My car has a nice sporty sleek look and that's one of the main reasons I fell in love with her on the lot.  I see some oddly shaped vehicles these days but I'm always impressed with the Honda's!

9. It's Fun to "Modify"
I used black plastidip to make the chrome trim on my car black. A harmless, cheap modification of her appearance, and I also purchased Civic Si Factory Wheels and plastidipped those black and put them on.   Nice and simple upgrade!

10. Great Customer Service
Everytime I take my car in for service, the people at Bobby Rahal Honda are excellent!   And I'm also impressed with the great communication that Honda has with their customers with updating us on recalls, etc.

11. Practical Thinking
One of the things that makes sense to me is to make a vehicle reliable by putting more practical parts under the hood.  And with my car, it has a timing chain not a belt, which has often snapped in older vehicles.  I mean, it makes WAY more sense to use something that is more reliable and longer lasting in the newer models...like the chain!

12. Honda Owners are Like Family
It's always fun to find something in common with other Honda owners like how much you love your Honda.  It feels like you're all one big happy Honda family!

13. Honda Always Tweets Me Back
This may be goofy but I love when I tweet something and mention Honda and they respond back!

14. POWER!
Don't let my little car fool you, she can accelerate in the blink of an eye when I need to merge onto the highway and avoid tractor trailers. 

15. They Hold Their Value
If you ever want to resell or trade in an older Honda, they tend to have a great resale value as long as you maintain them properly.  This makes a Honda an even more worthy investment that other vehicles.

I could keep going but I would never sleep!

Do you have a Honda?  What's your favorite thing about it?

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Outfit of the Day: Blogging is My Cardio

So I am loving my new shirt from Whitney Ellen of I Wore Yoga Pants to Work. Each month she offers a new catchy phrase on the shirt of your choice (Dolman like I have, or tank top, etc.) and this month's is so catchy.

I mean I do run so technically running is my cardio but I loved the look of this shirt and the font is super cute too so I figured this was a great casual top to have.

It's very soft and I love the slouchy aspect of it.  I just threw a cute cami on underneath and voila!

So What I Wore:
Shirt - IWYP; Sandals - Kohls; Pants - Target; Cami - Express.

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July 28, 2014

A List of Reasons Why I'm Not Having Children + What NOT to Say to People Like Me

Ha, fooled ya.. 

You see, I was intending to sit down and develop a whole list of reasons as to why I am not having kids in my lifetime.... 

And then I sat down...

And for the first time in my life I couldn't come up with a list of reasons for a blog post like I usually do.  In fact, over the years everytime I've been asked to explain why, I couldn't  think of a list of reasons.

Why not? Well, you see a list consists of multiple items, and my reason is simple and clear.   It's just ONE reason. 


That's all.  No need to explain.  You can't explain a feeling, an instinct, an energy...you just KNOW it and FEEL it.  I've known this was my decision ever since I was in Elementary School.   

I didn't like playing with dolls, I would toss them out of my stroller and put a stuffed animal in.   Then one time I said to my mom that I didn't really want to have kids someday and would rather just have a bunch of pets.  

I love kids, and I enjoy being around my friends' kids but I just don't choose to have them myself.   And I don't think there's anything wrong with that, or with anyone who wants to have kids. 

Speaking of lists though, I COULD come up with a list of things NOT to say in response to someone saying they don't want to have children.   Like...

You'll change your mind someday.//Don't tell me what my mind will do.
Wait till you get a little older. //Don't tell me how to live my life.
When you meet the right person that will change. //Oh so it all depends on who you meet and marry? Uhhh no.
Do you think you will feel fulfilled your whole life?// Do you think I'll feel fulfilled for punching you in the face?
Who will take care of you when you're old? // Why does it concern you?

All of those are none of your business and you should never ask someone those questions.  

You should also not say things like...

I can't imagine life without children. // What if I said I can't imagine life WITH children?)
You don't know what love is until you have a child. //Really? So you are telling me that I don't know what love is? How do you know that I don't know what love is?
You would be a great mom.// I'm also a great human, thanks.

So, there you have it.  My boyfriend feels the same way as I do and always has.  My parents respect my decision and have never once made me feel uncomfortable about it.   So I'm happy and that's all that matters.  
How do YOU respond when people ask you that question?

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How Men Can Pay Better Attention to Grooming Detail

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When it comes to your man, he probably already knows the importance of detail when it comes to shaving and taking care of his face.  Most men will tell you that they DO care about nose hair and they try to trim it, even though it can be painful.   The trick is to find a product that doesn't make it painful and makes it easier than ever before. 

That's why my boyfriend loves the ToiletTree Heavy Duty Nose Hair Trimmer.   It's water resistant and has a design that allows your man to use it in the shower and get an easy rinse off.  It's also made of high quality steel rather than cheap plastic.

My boyfriend was so happy to see the LED light that is great for finding those hard to reach hairs.   He has thick hair so he was also impressed at the blade quality.  This product is also backed by a lifetime replacement warranty.

The whole thing operates on just 1 AA Battery and it's great for stray hairs not just in your nose but also the eyebrows, bear, and ears.  A smooth cut will leave your man happy and you'll enjoy your snuggle time with him much more I promise!!!

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July 26, 2014

My 4 Fresh Breathed Chihuahuas

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I love my babies so I take care of them just like I do myself, including when it comes to cleaning their teeth.  I use a toothbrush on their teeth daily but sometimes that isn't enough which is why I love that Chewy offers some smile-friendly chews for dogs.

These Natural Balance Dental Chews for Dogs help reduce plaque and tartar, fresh breath, and they are easy to digest. 

My dogs LOVE them!!!   It helps with their natural chewing instinct but it's also safe to enjoy because it won't break apart and get stuck inside their little bodies.  I love the duck and potato flavor because it's a huge hit with my fur kids!
 You can see the little grooves on these and how they can work to clean teeth as well as freshen breath.  These chewy treats also contain nutrients like Vitamin C which is important for immune function.  And of course they are made proudly in the USA!

Do you clean your dogs teeth? It's super important!

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July 25, 2014

Good Ideas for Gift Baskets

Good Ideas for Gift Baskets
There are many creative ideas for gifts to explore. Virtually anything can be done with a gift basket. Any basket can be picked up for a dollar at “the dollar store.” Gift baskets are fun to prepare, fun to give and fun to receive. Any gift is thoughtful, but placing items in a basket seems all the more special. The bonus is that gift baskets don’t need to cost very much either.

Shop gifts and more to place sample sized lotions, body gels and other products in a gift basket. Sample sized products are wonderful to use and give because it provides a nice way for people to try out products without having to buy larger ones. In addition, it provides a way to give a variety of lotions and other products to a person.

Coffee and a coffee cup set are wonderful to place in a gift basket. Virtually everyone loves coffee and it’s the most accepted beverage throughout the day. It is the most popular beverage people buy when they’re out. Coffee is the first drink people have when they awake. Coffee makes a home cozier. It is a gift that can be given for just about any occasion. It can even be given at a baby shower—for the mom, naturally.

Sons and daughters going off to college need some guidance on what to take with them. Some children have never been away from home or have lived on their own. What soon-to-be college students think they’ll need, and what they actually need may be entirely different. For one thing, they will probably need ample quarters to wash their clothes. They may need a bus pass to get around. Putting items like these into a gift basket is a nice way to give them what they’re going to need without sounding judgmental.

“Gift baskets” don’t have to take the form of baskets either. Any enclosed item that can store items and that is suitable for the person it’s being given to will do. For the new homeowner, the basket can be a box to store things. Place essential cleaning supplies in it to help set up their new home. For the neighbor, it can be a fruit bowl. For a newly married couple, it can be a tin pail filled with candy, popcorn and DVD’s for movie nights. Gift baskets are amazing gifts because they’re designed to be given to amazing people. 

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