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9.26.2017 is a great resource for purchasing your next car - and for every phase of car ownership photo by Kelsey Mays

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The lease on my trusty VW is almost up, and I will soon find myself in the market for another car. There are so many choices, and so many things to consider when you have a family that loves to camp and take road trips, and when you have to navigate through Austin traffic on a daily basis. manufacturer image

Thankfully consumers these days are not in it by themselves. When it comes to buying a new or used car, is not only a huge automobile listing site and connects buyers with dealers, but it is also a great resource for just about anything you need to know about the car buying process.  But the resources don’t end there… also helps you navigate every phase of car ownership.  You can find information on safety and recalls, the latest car industry news, and connect with repair and services. photo by Evan Sears

Those of you with kids or grandkids know the importance of proper car seat installation and safety. has certified child passenger safety technicians who install and write their Car Seat Checks. Click here to see how conducts Car Seat Checks and get some tips for parents on what can be a confusing (but important!) process.  

Check out for yourself whether you are looking to buy or sell a vehicle, want to follow the latest car news, or find repairs and services information.


Champagne-Themed Bachelorette Party

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My baby brother recently got married, and I was honored that his lovely bride invited me to be part of her bridal party for the special day.  The bridal party had so much fun leading up to the wedding (not to mention during the wedding weekend itself in Vegas!).  One thing these ladies quickly learned that we had in common was an affinity for the bubbly.  When it came time to pick a theme for our Marina Del Rey bachelorette party weekend, it was a no-brainer to have a champagne theme!

Not only was pink one of the wedding colors, but it also happened to be a favorite of the bride's.  Therefore, pink was a dominant color in the décor, along with gold to match the foil on the sparkling wine splits we had as party favors.  Here are all the details!


Fabulous Things to Do in London with Kids

Last year, my husband and I spent a romantic long weekend in London.  This year, we decided to head back to the U.K., but this time with the kids for a family vacation.  I shared about our Kia Optima Sportswagon and our journey to seek some family and personal history in the U.K. last week.  Over the coming weeks I will be detailing out lots of recommendations from our trip, but today we are focused on London!
Since the hubs and I got to experience more of an adult side of London, we wanted to focus our time there this year on things that the kids would especially enjoy.  We came up with a fun list of activities that we all ended up enjoying!
Why it's fabulous: This classy establishment has a traditional afternoon tea with a special kid's version (at a discounted rate).  The teas, champagne, and food were all delicious, and it gave the children an opportunity to experience the tradition.
Why it's great for kids: Not only is the kid's tea discounted, but it is very kid-friendly.  The food for the children's tea is very dessert-heavy, and the kids even get to leave with a small stuffed animal!


Business-class network security for your family and smart home with CUJO Smart Firewall

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If your house is anything like mine, you have a lot of devices connected to your home network.  We don't even have a completely smart home, but between our laptops, mobile devices, tablets, gaming system, smart TV, and Google Home (just to name a few), there are a lot of paths into and out of our network.  Not all these devices carry the same level of security protection as you can control on a laptop, for example, which leaves your network, other devices, and family members at a substantial risk of an information security breech.  With our homes and families as connected at home as they are today, your home network demands the same level of protection that we as consumers expect of businesses.  This protection is now available with the CUJO Smart Firewall from Best Buy.

CUJO is a smart firewall that protects your home network (and the attached devices) with the same level of security that is standard for businesses.  It connects to your home Wi-Fi router and scans and protects from things like viruses, hacks, and malicious websites.  It also has an integrated app that allows you to manage devices on your network, alerts you to new devices connected and threats, and even allows you to manage parental controls for online access on your children's devices!  For the techies out there, it is good to point out that it includes a 1GB Ethernet for speed!