Rockin Mama™ Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews 2016-05-27T21:45:55Z http://rockinmama.net/feed/atom/ http://www.rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo-32x32.png Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[The Mistake You’re Making When Washing Your Hair]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60785 2016-05-27T21:45:55Z 2016-05-25T21:41:38Z {Sponsored}

Wash your hair once a week, they say. With conditioner…and cold water. Just a quick Google search for “how to wash your hair” resulted in advice so conflicting, I started questioning if I should ever wash my hair at all. But then I realized that after a few days of running at the gym and even I wouldn’t be able to be around my hair.

Hair

I have thick, dark brown curly hair…a gift passed down from my father’s side of the family. When I haven’t put it through the blow drying, flat-ironing routine, it can be very difficult to maintain. Add in the fact that I have been coloring my hair for over 10 years and my hair care routine just became more complicated.

TRESemme

Admittedly, when TRESemmé approached me to try their complete 180 on the traditional hair care routine, I was hesitant. I already struggle with dryness…the consequence of using heat to straighten my hair and color to add dimension. Even if I don’t have time to shampoo, which has happened on occasion, I absolutely cannot detangle my hair without conditioner. If I wash it all out with shampoo, will my hair end up being a tangled mess?

My first question was why, which I’m certain is yours. According to TRESemmé, the traditional hair care routine (a shampoo wash followed by a condition and a rinse) often results in stiff, crunchy hair, weighty and lacking in luster and volume. With TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume line, you condition your hair first with the Pre-Wash Conditioner to soften it, then use their Shampoo to wash away excess weight from the hair.

The question begs…does it work?

Hair Color

The first few times I used TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume Collection, I noticed that my hair was softer than I expected and surprisingly easy to detangle. I don’t struggle with volume until I’ve gone a few days without washing my hair, which I expect is normal due to build-up of styling products, dirt, sweat and anything else in the environment that ends up on my hair. My hair did feel fuller and less weighted down, but I found that I had to use my serum to help with frizz and fly-aways.

Hair Care

When I set out to straighten my hair, the endeavor can be lengthy which is why I try to wear my hair curly a few times a week. My challenge has always been to find a styling product that enhances and refines my curls with a soft hold. TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume Mousse is ideal for achieving soft, touchable curls that aren’t stiff or crunchy, however, I found that I needed to touch it up mid-day (likely because I tend to use mousse very sparingly).

TRESemmé’s Beauty-Full Volume Collection and Reverse Wash Haircare System is ideal for those who struggle with flat, limp hair and are looking to create a more voluminous look. The collection is safe for color-treated hair, gently cleansing, conditioning and protecting it for a smooth, polished look. The collection is available at your local Walmart.

 

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Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[Try a2 Milk for Free and You Could Win a Trip to Australia]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60787 2016-05-26T18:53:14Z 2016-05-25T13:54:23Z This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

A visit to my local coffee shop involves more than just a decision between a latte and a mocha…my 2 favorite caffeinated drinks. I’ve never been able to tolerate milk comfortably, and yet despite the number of milk alternatives available, I still prefer my coffee with real milk.

a2 Milk Varieties

For the past 2 months I’ve been drinking a2 Milk®, a switch I made when this farm fresh milk free from the A1 protein launched in stores nationwide. This particular protein is supposed by researchers to be the source of Post-Dairy Digestive Discomfort. All conventional and organic milks currently available in the US include this particular protein except a2 Milk®. In order to achieve this, a2 Milk® partnered with U.S. family dairy farmers to increase the herd of a2 cows that naturally produce milk free from the A1 protein.

a2 Milk Infographic

a2 Milk® is naturally produced, as opposed to many milk alternatives that include chemical processing. Additionally, a2 Milk® contains more calcium than soy milk alternatives, more protein that almond milk alternatives and more potassium than rice milk alternatives. If you suffer from an upset stomach after you drink milk (and studies show that 1 in 4 Americans experience discomfort after drinking milk), you may find it easier to digest a2 Milk®.

Enter to win a trip to Australia!

a2 Milk® wants to send you and a friend or family member to Australia. Simply complete the short entry form before August 11th, 2016 and you’ll be entered to win a 5-night trip which includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and $750 to use towards food and expenses.

Try a2 Milk for Free!

After you have entered to win a trip down under, be sure to say “yes” when asked if you are interested in redeeming your receipt for free a2 Milk®. If you are one of the first 1000 to respond, you will receive an email indicating how to redeem your purchase receipt for free a2 Milk®.

  1. Purchase a2 Milk® at your favorite retailer.
  2. Return to Trya2Milk.com and upload your receipt.
  3. Fill out the form for processing.
  4. Once reviewed, you will receive your refund via PayPal within 4-6 weeks.

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I can’t wait to share with you some of our family’s favorite ways to enjoy a2 Milk®. For more information visit a2Milk.com or follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[Vegetable Tian Recipe]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60776 2016-05-21T04:43:08Z 2016-05-21T03:24:32Z {Sponsored}

One brisk Fall morning in Paris, I walked from the Pantheon to Notre-Dame Cathedral. Locals and savvier travelers encouraged me to spend some time exploring the Latin Quarter, and perusing the open-air market alongside locals nearly compelled me to take up residence in the City of Light.

Parisian chefs are known for using fresh, locally-grown foods in their dishes, and that trend has become increasingly popular across the globe. Beyond the common-sense notion that a local approach makes sense when it comes to availability, there are a number of added benefits. Here are 4 reasons to eat locally-grown food:

  1. Locally-grown food is nutrient-rich. The amount of time it takes forit hasn’t had to travel  locally-grown foods to reach your home is reduced since it hasn’t had to travel or sit inside a distribution center.
  2. Locally-grown food tastes better. Locally grown foods (particularly crops) are picked at their peak and often reach your local market within 24 hours. Foods that must travel to reach your local market are often harvested early which can diminish their flavor.
  3. Locally-grown food supports local farmers and growers. The money spent with local farmers and growers is reinvested in local businesses and services.
  4. Locally-grown food is more sustainable. Purchasing locally grown foods helps to maintain farmland and green spaces in your community.

Vegetable Tian Ingredients

Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to signage at my local grocery store for items that are grown in California. Walmart has increased the amount of locally grown produce and organic beef/fresh breads offered in-stores not only in response to customer request but to support local economies across the country and further reduce their carbon footprint. Every week, each store prints out a list of the locally-grown produce available for that week. I was able to purchase vine-ripened tomatoes, yellow onions, and organic thyme, to include with my Vegetable Tian Recipe.

Zucchini and Squash

With origins in the South of France, Tian hails from Provence and typically includes a variety of vegetables baked with their naturally occurring liquid until it has evaporated. I opted for a mix of onion, garlic, zucchini, squash and tomatoes. I then finished it with a blend of Panko bread crumbs, Gruyere cheese, and fresh thyme.

 

Vegetable Tian Recipe

Vegetable Tian Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 large zucchini, cut in rounds
  • 1 large yellow squash, cut in rounds
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tsp fresh Thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Prepare a 2 quart baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray
  3. In a pan over medium heat, sauté onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until soft
  4. Layer bottom of baking dish with onion mixture
  5. Toss sliced zucchini and squash with olive oil, salt and pepper
  6. Combine bread crumbs, cheese and thyme in a bowl
  7. Arrange zucchini, squash and tomatoes on top of onion mixture
  8. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes
  9. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over cooked vegetables
  10. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and top is browned
  11. Serve
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One of the things I adore about this dish is how simple, yet flavorful it is. You can use it as a side dish to compliment a protein or serve it as a vegetarian dish. You can vary the dish based on your favorite vegetables and cheese.

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Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[10 Beach Bag Essentials: What to Pack For a Day In the Sun]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60769 2016-05-20T14:07:02Z 2016-05-20T14:05:54Z {Post sponsored by Lunchbox but all opinions are my own}

Summer is sleeping through the 6 am alarm clock that I forgot to disable, eating ice cream before dinner, and night swimming past my kids’ bedtime. Those all-too-short 2 1/2 months of summer break are always spent exploring, creating memories together and  enjoying some much-needed downtime in anticipation of the coming school year.

Beach

Living in Southern California means we are often close enough to see the ocean. Sometimes, the marine layer is such that I can feel the salty breeze on my face as I walk out of our house in the mornings. We admittedly never spend enough time there, but several times throughout the summer, we’ll pack up a bag and spend an afternoon building sandcastles and chasing waves.

Beach Bag Essentials

Despite the fact that my kids are old enough not to require what often amounted to a small section of my house when we ventured to the outside world, I still find that a few essential make even day trips manageable. In partnership with Dove, here are my favorite Beach Bag Essentials, perfect for a day lounging around with friends or perusing the shoreline for seashells.

  • A roomy, stylish beach tote: This particular tote is from Jeanne Beatrice and is spacious enough to hold all of my beach essentials.
  • A large beach blanket and/or beach towels: Ideally, I like to pack both a beach blanket and towels so that we can dry off and not worry about disturbing our resting spot.
  • UV-blocking sunglasses: Shades are more than just a fashion statement. Choose sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and provide sufficient protection from the sun.
  • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, everybody should be wearing a broad-spectrum sunblock rated with an SPF of 30 or greater. Apply a sufficient amount, often, particularly after swimming.
  • Lip balm: I always find my lips and face to be wind-burned after a day at the beach, so I always carry a moisturizing lip balm with SPF to protect them from the sun and elements.
  • Wide-brimmed hat: Now that we know a thing or two about the sun’s rays, the chic, protective accessory you want to be wearing is a chic summer hat. Opt for one that has a wide brim and can offer some additional protection from the sun’s rays.
  • Deodorant: There is something about the ocean air (the salt perhaps) that always makes me feel like I need to take a shower. Fortunately, Dove Deodorant

    What is in your beach bag? I’d love to have you share your favorite items in the comments below.

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    I remember the day my TV screen seemed…off. It was subtle…and then it wasn’t and watching my favorite shows became slightly less enjoyable. Apparently my first generation flat screen TV didn’t get the new technology memo. Thus began my search for an HDTV that boasted cinematic quality.

    Vizio Outdoor Home

    Best Buy recently introduced the VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™ which will change the way you enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows. With an immersive 4K ultra HD display, it is the first to feature High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision, Ultra Color Spectrum, and built-in Google Cast. Plus, access to all of the features and content you love is in your hands with the 6″ Android Tablet Remote.

    Vizio SmartCast

    If you’re thinking of updating your home theater system, here are 3 reasons you’ll love the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display:

    1. A richer, immersive viewing experience: High Dynamic with Dolby Vision and Ultra Color Spectrum result in unmatched brightness, contrast and color. LED backlighting and 128 Active LED Zones ensure light uniformity and deep, rich black levels.
    2. A sharper, more detailed picture. A massive 8.3 million pixels results in stunning clarity and true-to-life detail.
    3. Ultimate control of what you want to watch. The included Android tablet remote comes preinstalled with the VIZIO SmartCast app which gives you the option of browsing movies, TV shows, music and Live TV across multiple apps at once with a swipe and a tap. And with built-in Google Cast, you can watch content from apps you enjoy such as YouTube and Netflix.

    The VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD Home Theater Display is now available at Best Buy starting at just $999.99. You can find out more information by visiting VIZIO.com/P-Series.

     

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    Circus Vargas Aerialists

    This summer, Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS, a brand new show filled with awe and wonder. Derived from the word illuminate, the show seeks to awaken the wonders of modern life and the imagination of every child. From flying aerialists and graceful acrobats to side-splitting clowns, iLUMINOUS is a musical, magical experience perfect for the whole family.

    Circus Vargas Contortionists

    Here is a quick preview of what you’ll experience when Circus Vargas presents iLUMINOUS:

    • High-octane Yeromenko on the gymnastic bars
    • Brother-sister roller skating daredevils
    • Patrick Marinelli flying high on the aerial straps
    • Athletic bouncers on the trampoline wall
    • Girl power contortionists
    • Musical funnymen
    • Light jugglers
    • Phosphorescent trapeze artists
    • Beautiful dancers
    • Glow-in-the-dark motorcycle stuntmen

    Circus Vargas iLUMINOUS

    Circus Vargas will present iLUMINOUS in 5 Southern California cities including Ontario, Burbank, Ventura, Santa Ana, and Irvine. Here is an overview of show dates and locations:

    ONTARIO: Thursday, April 28 – Monday, May 9

    • Ontario Mills Mall, 1 Mills Circle

    BURBANK: Thursday, May 12 through Monday, May 23

    • 777 N. Front Street

    VENTURA: Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

    • Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Bld., Ventura

    SANTA ANA: Thursday, June 2 through Monday, June 6

    • Westfield Main Place, 2800 N. Main Street

    IRVINE: Thursday, June 9 through Monday, June 13

    • Orange County Great Park, C Street

    Be sure to arrive 45 minutes prior to showtime for a pre-show where kids can join the circus. After each performance, families can meet the stars of iLUMINOUS.

    Circus Vargas Trapeze

    Ticket prices range in price from $15-70. Use the code MOM5 for $5 off each Child and Adult ticket in the Arena and Bleacher sections through June 13th, 2016. You can also find a limited amount of discount tickets on Goldstar. For more information visit Circus Vargas.

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    Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[Disney Newsies at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60729 2016-05-16T19:29:11Z 2016-05-16T19:25:44Z Three years ago, I found myself standing outside the Nederlander Theatre with a group of musical theatre geeks lovers hoping to score tickets to the day’s sold-out performance of Disney Newsies. When the show was announced, the Broadway run was slated for just 101 performances. By the time I arrived in New York City that week, I knew that the only way to see the show was to camp out in front of the theater waiting for the announcement of the day’s lottery winners. Our last night in New York City ended with a sprinkling of Disney magic and memories of one of the best musicals on (and off) Broadway.

    North American Tour Company Disneys NEWSIES

    Based on the musical film Newsies, the production is set in New York City and inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899. In true-to-life events, newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a 2-week long strike against some of the most powerful newspaper publishers.

    Disneys NEWSIES Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    In Disney Newsies, Jack Kelly is a charming newsboy and the leader of a band of teen “newsies” who dream of a better life, one that isn’t wrought with the hardship and frustration of living on the streets of New York.  When publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises the distribution costs of the newspapers to outsell his competitors, the newsboys organize a strike to protest. While you may find similarities between the film and the stage production, Disney Newsies debuts seven brand new songs composed and written by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman.

    Disney's NEWSIES

    Disney Newsies has been seen by more than 1 million people and was the highest grossing show on Broadway from 2011-2012. It has also won Tony Awards for Best Choreography, Best Original Score and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Music.

    North American Tour of NEWSIES

    Disney Newsies debuts at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 17th, 2016 and will run through May 29th, 2016. Single tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased online or in-person at the box office. Performances will be held Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m, and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. A limited number of discount tickets are also available on Goldstar.

     

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    Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[DIY Dinosaur Terrarium]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60705 2016-05-14T04:01:27Z 2016-05-14T02:27:13Z {Sponsored}

    I have a table that sits in my dining room, and every time I look at it, I want to toss it…or donate it…or give it a new home. While perfectly usable, the surface is scratched and distressed from years of projects and play. Some people pay for that look, so my friend says. So there it sits, waiting for me to breathe new life into it with a few hours and a can of stain.

    DIY Dinosaur Terrarium

    If you like to DIY, you’ll love how easy it is to transform nearly anything in your home into something new with Rust-Oleum paint and stain. This month, I received a mystery box, courtesy of Rust-Oleum, to participate in a DIY Challenge. My mission? To take a plastic Dinosaur Playset and 4 Mason Jars and transform them into something amazing. After some thought, I decided to glue the plastic dinosaurs onto the lids of the Mason Jars, stain them with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint for an easy DIY Dinosaur Terrarium.

    Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

    Instructions:

    Toy Dinosaur

    • Glue plastic dinosaurs to the lids of each canning jar. If you have difficulty getting them to adhere, sand the feet of each dinosaur and the lid where they will be glued. Allow to dry for 24 hours before handling.
    • Glue the ring to the lid. This will simplify the process of painting and ensure even coverage. Allow to dry for 24 hours before handling.

    Spray Paint Dinosaur

    • Spray the lids of each jar and allow to dry completely. You can apply additional coats, if desired. Be sure to wait until the first coat is dry before applying additional coats.
    • Fill bottom of each jar with rocks.
    • Moisten dirt before placing on top of rocks. This will prevent it from seeping through the rocks.

    Dinosaur Terrarium in a Mason Jar

    • Add plants, dinosaurs and anything else you desire to bring your Dinosaur Terrarium to life.

    Terrarium in a Jar

    • If your terrarium contains live plants, leave open and expose to sunlight.

    Dinosaur Mason Jars

    *Tips*

    • Remember to cover your surfaces completely before spray painting. The paint travels further than you might anticipate.
    • Spray paint in a well ventilated area. I prefer to do this outdoors.
    • To create a “sky” use duck tape to section off an area on your jar. Remember to cover all surfaces that you don’t want painted completely. Spray then allow to dry before removing tape.
    • An alternative to using these jars for a terrarium is to store toys, crayons, candy or anything else you desire.

    Dinosaur Terrarium

    Do you have an item in your home that needs new life breathed into it? Check out Rust-Oleum’s entire selection of paints and stains online or at your local Walmart store. And for DIY inspiration, visit RustOleum.com/Inspiration.

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    Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[3 Spring Looks You’ll Love]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60431 2016-05-26T21:02:23Z 2016-05-13T17:09:43Z {Sponsored}

    The temperature gauge on my dash read 89 degrees over the weekend, inspiring a quick closet survey to determine whether or not I’m summer-ready. Save a few dresses, I found that I could really use a Spring Wardrobe Refresh.  I live in jeans year-round because of their comfort and versatility. And admittedly, my short stature often presents a challenge when I’m shopping for shorts.

    In partnership with Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ I put together 3 Spring Looks You’ll Love. Their new Spring line features comfortable, stylish capris and shorts that fit well and flatter your curves in all the right places.  Paired with a few new tops, I then “shopped” my closet for accessories that would accent each style.

    Capris

    Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Marissa Pull-On Capris

    My first look features the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Marissa Pull-On Capris. Available in two denim shades, these mid-rise capris feature a pull-on waistband in place of a button/zipper for a smooth, consistent look from head to toe. Ideal for the transition between Winter and Spring, these capris are versatile enough to wear for casual gatherings with family and friends or an evening out. I paired these capris with Juicy Couture’s Asymmetrical Tank, a woven clutch, and a pair of cross-over strap wedge sandals.

    Bermuda Short

    Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Bettina Bermuda Short

    I’m always inclined to choose shorts that sit mid-thigh to help create length. My second look features the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Bettina Bermuda Short. At just $15.94, these shorts are a closet must-have this Spring, easily paired with tees, tanks, polos and more. I personally love their snug fit which hugs my curves. These shorts sit mid-thigh, however, the length can be adjusted with a simple fold of the hem. I styled these shorts with Juicy Couture’s Cold-Shoulder Shimmer Tee and a pair of black ballet flats. When I’m wearing neutrals and pastels, I like to add a pop of color like I did with this pink clutch.

    Karli Short

    Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Karli Short

    If you’re looking for a stylishly conservative look this Spring, I recommend the Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™ Karli Short. Their ultra-slimming look will flatter your figure while still ensuring a comfortable, day-long wear. Wear these shorts with Candie’s Cold-Shoulder Bodycon Top, a pair of wedge sandals and a white handbag.

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    Caryn Bailey http://rockinmama.net <![CDATA[Kia Sedona Review]]> http://rockinmama.net/?p=60671 2016-05-13T16:52:04Z 2016-05-13T16:50:45Z The one and only time I attempted to take my kids on a road trip in our 4-door Sedan was the last time. While comfortable enough for day-to-day driving, any free space was occupied with snacks, toys and books, and anything that wouldn’t fit in my trunk.  The minimal savings I might have realized were negated by the all-too-frequent stops we had to make for stretch breaks and the incessant requests to get-me-out-of-the-car and are-we-there-yet? Our regular road trips inspired my review of the Kia Sedona.

    Kia Sedona

    Confession: Minivans are intimidating. I’m not a tall woman, and the thought of parallel parking and backing out of spaces with blind spots makes me nervous. Fortunately, the Sedona offers a driving experience that fueled my confidence, and at the end of a one week, I felt like a minivan pro.

    Kia Sedona Console

    How does the Kia Sedona drive?

    One of the main concerns I hear from minivan skeptics is vehicle performance, second only to style (aka design). The Sedona offers a smooth, quiet ride without compromising power. One of the things I was surprisingly pleased with was how seamless it was merging onto the freeway, given the fact that I underestimated the Sedona’s power thanks to its V6 engine.

    Kia Sedona Grille

    Will I have to relinquish my sense of style? 

    The one recommendation I have when considering the Kia Sedona is to avoid discounting it based solely on its class as a minivan. Apart from the fact that this vehicle was named Best New Car Design at the 2014 New York Auto Show after its latest redesign, the design reminds me more of a hybrid between a large SUV and a minivan. Intricacies like a bold front grille and edgy chrome wheels set the Sedona apart from other minivans.

    Kia Sedona Cabin

    How comfortable is the Kia Sedona? 

    One of the things I adore about the Kia Sedona is how spacious it is. The second row features First-Class Lounge Seating which means the seats recline, offer adjustable armrests, winged headrests and retractable footrests. I wanted to be a passenger simply because of how cozy these seats are. If you’re planning a road trip and need additional space for cargo, simply stow the third row under the floor. Have a larger family or planning on carpooling? Simply reconfigure to make room for up to 8 passengers.

     Kia Sedona Dash

    What luxury features are available for the Kia Sedona?

    For day-to-day driving, I can get by with Maps on my iPhone and my favorite radio station. But road trips are much smoother when I have access to a variety of infotainment options including Infinity Premium Audio and turn-by-turn directions.

    Traveling with a family means that inevitably someone will get too hot or too cold. The Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control allows each area of the vehicle to enjoy customized heating and cooling. And if your child’s iPad needs to be charged, you can use one of several AC outlets located throughout the vehicle.

    Additional luxury features that surprised me include a glove box with built-in cooling (to keep drinks cold!), fast USB charging, heated front seats and seats that will warm you up or cool you down, depending on your preference.

     Kia Sedona Lane Departure Warning

    Kia Sedona Rearview Camera

    How safe is the Kia Sedona?

    Safety is a top concern for families when considering a new vehicle. Kia merges safety with technology to offer outstanding, innovative safety features such as Blind-Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning System, Electronic Stability Control, and Cornering Brake Control, all designed to prevent crashes. Having a rear-view camera has become an essential feature in any vehicle I consider purchasing. The Kia Sedona features Surround View Monitor which uses 4 cameras to provide a virtual 360° perspective which comes in particularly handy when you’re my height. This feature alone gave me the confidence to back up and maneuver tight circumstances without hesitation.

    Kia Sedona Interior

    The Kia Sedona will change your perspective on the family minivan. It’s stylish redesign, superior performance and substantial luxury features will inspire drives beyond the family road trip.

    For more information, visit Kia.com/Sedona.

     

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