Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda at the New England Auto Show

Car buying is such a tricky business. Dealing with high pressure sales people is not my idea of a fun day. That is why I love going to the New England International Auto Show to get a look at what is out there. This year I was lucky enough to be invited by A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda Motor Company to attend the Auto Show and learn more about the line of Honda vehicles.
We started out by learning more about the Honda Clarity!  This one is a beauty!  The Honda Clarity Electric Plug In. It is in it's signature blue color which I love! This car will go about 89 miles before needing to be charged. This car seats five and had quite a bit of room inside it. It also has several modes such as normal mode and sport mode.
Next we checked out the Honda Clarity Hybrid which you can plug in or gas up. This one is in a beautiful teal color which is it's signature color. A Girls Guide To Cars has an extensive review on their site which is great to read. It is wonderful seeing options like this coming to consumers. A Girls Guide To Cars is an excellent resource for investigating Car Brands with many extensive reviews including video.
We then moved on to the Honda Odyssey and I was amazed at the features it had and how they took family's needs in to their design. There is even WiFi and power ports at every seat which my kids wuld love! It has Cabin Watch and which allows you to have information displayed in front of you so you can see what is happening in the car. Cabin Talk has a microphone near you so that you can be heard in the back of the Odyssey. There is a Magic Seating arrangement to allow you to configure the two middle row seats. It is super easy to remove the center seat. I vowed when I was younger to never get a mini-van but looking at these great features it is tempting.
Photo Credit: Jeff Cutler Photo - This is me taking video
We also saw the award winning Accord. It is gorgeous and has Honda Sensing Technology.
With a family safety is key to me so I wanted to go in to the Honda Sensing Technology a bit which includes: 
Lane Departure Warning (LDW): LDW can detect unindicated lane departures from detected lanes. Alerts will flash and sound to help bring your attention to correcting the lane drift.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): If your vehicle begins to stray from the center of a detected lane without signaling, the steering adjusts to help bring you back to the lane center.*
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): If your vehicle detects that it is drifting too close to the side of the road without a turn signal activated, RDM alerts you with rapid vibrations on the steering wheel and then can provide mild steering input to help keep you on the road or apply braking to help keep you from going off it.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): ACC helps you maintain a set following interval on the highway, so you don’t have to manually change your speed. 
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™): Helps brake the vehicle when it senses an otherwise unavoidable collision with a vehicle detected in front of you.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Integrated with the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), FCW: Uses a small camera mounted at the top of the front windshield to detect the presence of vehicles in front of you. If the FCW system determines that you are at risk of a collision with a detected vehicle, it activates audio and visual alerts to warn you. If you fail to act, the CMBS™ can automatically apply brake pressure.
Honda LaneWatch™: Any time you signal right, the camera on the passenger-side mirror will turn on and display live video on your Display Audio Touch-Screen, revealing nearly four times more than the average passenger-side mirror.
Blind Spot Information System: When your turn signal is on and a vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane, the indicator blinks and a beep sounds until the area is clear or the turn signal is off.
There are some amazing cars and options out there! Make sure to check out Honda Motor Company and A Girls Guide To Cars to learn more!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by A Girls Guide To Cars and Honda Motor Company. As always all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Edaville Family Theme Park Christmas Festival of Lights Fun

I have been going to Edaville Family Theme Park at the holidays since I was a kid.  This past weekend we went to Christmas Festival of Lights and had so much fun.
It is so amazing the expansion that Edaville Family Theme Park has gone through over the last few years.  There is always something new to see.  We experienced Dickens Village which is beautiful.

This area also has the main man, Santa Claus!
We always have so much fun with so much to do including amusement rides, the train ride to see the lights, and Thomas Land!
Thomas Land has been a huge addition to the park with so many awesome rides.
 
So pretty with the snow falling.
The kids had a blast in the indoor play area too.
 So cool seeing Tidmouth Sheds with all of Thomas's friends.
Plus Thomas takes you around on the train ride.  The train ran every hour on the hour.  You can ride the train as many times as you want during your visit.

Evan especially loves going on the train.  Despite the light snow falling he decided we should go in the outdoor car.  He said it was the best view, which was true.  If you want a warmer ride go inside the train.
 Here are some views on the train.
 
 


 What better way than to get in the Christmas spirit?

 The kids will have a blast and so will the adults.
We had so much fun with our friends!

Make sure to head to Edaville USA this holiday season and in the summer too!
 Check out their website or Facebook page for times, prices and details.  It includes all of the rides and attractions, train ride and fun.
Disclosure:  Tickets were provided to me for review purposes of Edaville Family Theme Park.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Win 2 Tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln NH

I have an awesome giveaway for my readers again!  This time I am giving you a chance to win 2 tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH!  We went last year and loved it!  They plan to open in early January!
From going last year I learned you need to get your tickets in advance.  They aren't on sale yet but will be going on sale soon so keep an eye on the Ice Castles NH Website:  http://icecastles.com/lincoln/ The time is a half hour range that you can enter the Ice Castles and you can stay as long as you want.
Another cool thing to do is enter before the sun goes down to see the Ice Castles during the day and then stay as it gets dark to see the lights come on.

So pretty as the lights come on.

More about Ice Castles:
The Utah-based company creates magical winter experiences unlike any other.  Artisans spend 4,000 hours combined dripping and shaping icicles while embedding them with color-changing LED lights to create life-size fairytale playgrounds.  The breathtaking works of art have become a must-see winter attraction and social media sensation drawing more than a million people over the last five years to the company’s five locations in North America.  

Since 2011, travelers from all over the globe have flocked to Ice Castles’ locations to walk through the interactive castles.  The castles feature ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and towers that reach astonishing heights.  LED lights frozen inside 25 million pounds of ice twinkle to music, adding a magical ambiance to the already awe-inspiring structures.  The acre-sized ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire is projected to open the end of December, along with sister locations in Midway, Utah; Wisconsin Dells, WI; Edmonton, Canada; and Stillwater, Minnesota.  These magical winter wonderlands are becoming top travel destinations for the fairytale-enthused, millennials and families around the world.
I guarantee you will love it!

Enter below to win 2 tickets!!!

Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets to Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH for my family and four tickets for giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL Absolutely Mesmerizing

I have been to many Cirque du Soleil shows but I am happy to report that their new Ice Production CRYSTAL is in my top two.  This show is at the DCU Center until December 10th so get your tickets right away.  If I could describe this show in one word it would be "mesmerizing".
Crystal is the main character of the show and the show allows you to enter a dreamlike world powered by her imagination where creativity transforms the everyday into something extraordinary.  
It is so amazing entering Crystal's world.
For example here it is a pinball machine.

This was one of my favorite parts of the show with lots of performers skating around and jumping up on ramps.  It looked very similar to what people do on skateboards but they were on ice skates going up and down the ramps.  It was so amazing to watch.
The projections on the ice and their backdrop were amazing throughout the show.
The feats that these performers can perform is amazing.  I couldn't believe that this table is on ice!
I love these two performers, the strength they showed was amazing and no mat beneath them!
The music was gorgeous.
Crystal truly had so many performances I have never seen before and it is a truly unique show.
I can guarantee you will not have seen anything like it and never will in the future!
Make sure to get your tickets now!!!! 
Tickets are available for all performances at www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal 
Show Schedule:
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Disclosure:  I was provided with four tickets for my family to attend CRYSTAL and four tickets to giveaway for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.