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Volunteering with @Nissan @NYCommonPantry, Nissan Rogue, @RogueOneMovie #NissanRogueOne

23 Dec

I was excited that I was invited to help out Nissan and volunteer at my local food pantry “Common Pantry” New York’s largest-community based food pantry providing social services to communities throughout NYC. They are located at 8 East 109th St. 


Low income families can sign up to receive groceries such as fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, fresh bread, cereal, boxed items, milk, eggs, etc once a week. Common Pantry also serves meals to the homeless. 

A few volunteers took grocery orders from families on an iPad then orders came upstairs to where I was volunteering and I packed up the food in bags and handed it to them. I enjoyed packing bags and giving extra treats like a cupcakes, water and sandwiches. The community really appreciate this. For some this is all they have and I love helping people out. 

Even for Thanksgiving if you are signed up Common Pantry gives frozen turkeys and all the sides. The line goes around the  corner. When you live in a community where fresh fruits and vegetables are either expensive or nowhere to be found Common Pantry makes sure to take care of you. 

There are even working families who rely on Common Pantry for either the groceries or hot meals because they just aren’t making enough to feed their family. You should never feel ashamed to ask someone for help. I’ve told tons of people about Common Pantry. 

We volunteered for about four hours and after we hopped in the new Nissan Rogue, had a fabulous lunch at Maxwells Central Park then we were off to a screening of the new Star Wars Rogue One movie. I enjoyed the smooth ride in the Nissan Rogue. I can’t wait to test this baby out and go on a road trip. The movie was amazing. My son and I enjoyed it very much and all the concession snacks.


Don’t forget to check out: @nycommonpantry on Twitter and the Nissan Rogue @Nissan @NissanUSA

Website: http://www.nycommonpantry.org

http://www.NissanUSA.com

Huge thank you to Nissan and your great team, Common Pantry and Steven Oldham for an awesome day. 

Disclosure: Opinions are mine 100%. This post is not compensated. I was invited to this media/volunteer event. 

Weekend Family Fun in Philly With The 2016 Toyota Rav 4

28 Sep

I enjoy car loans and test driving around the mean streets of New York and going on weekend getaways and road trips with the family. The Toyota 2016 Rav 4  SUV showed up and I fell in love immediately with the size, the interior design and the color. If you’re from New York you know how bumpy the streets are. With the Rav 4 you don’t feel a thing. Smooth driving all week was what I was doing. 



When a car is delivered for a review it comes with a full tank of gas. I received it on a Monday and drove around taking care of errands and school drop offs with the kids. That Saturday was our family road trip to Philadelphia for a blogger event. Before our event started we toured the streets of Philly and the Museum. We made sure to get our Philly cheesesteaks and headed to the hotel after our event ended. We stayed the weekend in Philly and drove home Sunday. That full tank of gas got us there and back and I filled up a half tank in Manhattan for about $15. Can you say amazing? An EZ Pass also came with the Toyota Rav 4 courtesy of the company. That saved us a lot of money on tolls and we were very appreciative of that bonus. 



The Toyota Rav 4 is very comfortable and the heated seats kept us warm that chilly morning. I love the cup holders, in front and back, leather steering wheel, power moonroof and ECO Mode that helps maximize fuel economy. RAV4’s standard backup camera displays a real-time view of what the camera sees behind you on the 6.1-in. touch-screen display on the dash. Always great to have. 


The Entune Audio Plus system with Connected Navigation is standard on XLE and SE and ready to help you find your way. RAV4 is now equipped with the Scout GPS Link App, so simply pair your cell phone to get turn-by-turn directions.  I was happy to use this which came in handy. 


We left New York with 2 bags in the back and came back with loads of things. The trunk was full and the cargo space was perfect for all of our goodies. 

We give the Toyota 2016 Rav 4 eight thumbs up. Even though I have a big family and if I ever purchase a car or SUV I would need more seats but if I’m purchasing for myself this would be first on my list. I enjoyed driving and the kids enjoyed being back seat drivers. We miss it already and hope to drive it again. 
For more info head here: http://touch.toyota.com/rav4/2016

Disclosure: Thank you Toyota for loaning us the 2016 Rav 4 for a week to review. Opinions are ours 100% as always. 

NY International Auto Show Review 2016 #NYIAS 

31 Mar

Every year I head to Javits Center for the New York International Auto Show as Press, Mom, Auto Lover and Photographer. I scope for the  vehicles that I hope to own one day. There’s no pressure because I’m not walking into a car dealership. I’m leisurely strolling and carefully listening to what catches my attention. Is it the color, model, interior, exterior or features? Maybe it’s my kids saying “Mom we want that.”  

   
  
 
An advantage to being a blogger is I’m able to test drive quite a few cars through the awesome people from Drive Shop. I can say I have quite a few favorites and my list is growing bigger every year. I think I need to hurry up and win Cash 4 Life so I can own a few.  

What I love about the auto show is you’re surrounded by the best… and not all cars cost $2.5 million. There’s plenty of budget friendly vehicles for everyone. If you feel like a test drive unfortunately you can’t do that at the auto show. However, if you head to 11th Avenue there are plenty of car dealerships. Take a look at the pictures below. There’s so many to choose and this post would probably be two pages if I list the vehicles I want. Which one catches your eye? Any favorites? 

  
   
  

 
  

  
  

  

  

  

  
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle or just window shopping head to Javits Center now because the NY Auto Show ends April 3, 2016. There are lots of family friendly activities to do too. My kids and I enjoyed ourselves. I also enjoyed press day for the first two days. 

  
Tickets are available online or can be purchased on site. Clink the link for info: http://www.autoshowny.com/tickets/  Be sure to follow along @NYAutoShow on Twitter and Instagram. 

Photos above are mine. Photos below are courtesy of Auto Show. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I covered as press and press pass was given.