Jill-E Designs Offers ( @JilleDesigns ) The Perfect #Camera Back For Any #Imagelogger #Dad2Summit

Jill-E-Designs-Messenger-Camera-Bag
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

 

As you know by now I take a ton of pictures and working with Samsung as a part of their Imagelogger program I have quite a bit of equipment too. That being said, the camera bags that I have are ones that now are too small for what I have. Thus, I was very excited to learn about a new company called Jill-E Designs, that has a ton of great bags, and for me camera bags too.

I was lucky enough for Jill-E Designs to send me what they call a Jack Camera Messenger Bag, but this messenger bag is bigger than any that I have ever seen, and is made directly for cameras. When I received it, all I could say was “Wow, this is awesome”. For a photographer, I want a camera bag that is not only safe for my equipment, but also something that looks good too, and this did both!Jill-E-Designs-Messenger-Camera-Bag

The Jill-E Designs bag has space for everything. As you can see in my pictures, it is completely large enough for lenses and even for multiple cameras (or at least it was for me. You have some flexibility on the inside to move some of the velcro sections around. On the outside of the bag you also have some great zipper sections for small items and even a section that could fit a smaller sized, 15″ laptop too. This was too small for my laptop so I ended up bringing my trusted backpack for that, but otherwise everything else fit well in this bag. You do have to realize that the bag is larger than typical messenger bags due to what you are transporting. That being said though I did not find it to be too heavy or bulky and it fits well in the overhead container of an airplane.

I took the Jill-E Designs bag with me for the first time to the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to show it off to some of the other Dad Bloggers that I knew there as well as to some of the other Imageloggers in attendance and all were quite impressed. While the price of this may be a bit higher than some smaller camera bags, the quality and style is definitely worth it!

 

 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

HASBRO ( @HASBRONews ) Ultimate Spider-Man Unboxing Video

Spider-Man
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

I am a HUGE superhero fan and on top of that my favorite of all time growing up and now is Spider-man. Whether it has to do with the fact that growing up I always felt a bit like the geek that Peter Parker was, or if in the bottom of my heart I too wanted to have the mutant spider bite me to get powers and save the world, I don’t know. However, this love for the comic, the artistry, the adventure and more has not waned over time and in fact, I have tried to pass this on to my own girls.

That being said I was very excited to receive a box from HASBRO toys the other day and inside it was an awesome surprise, as it was a box filled with cool Spider-Man toys! Below is a video of the unboxing of the toys!

 

 

 

In trying the toys out with my daughters I have to say that they are well built. I cannot say that the Spider Man Glove fit me very well (but it wasn’t supposed to – darn!). However the play-sets and characters were a ton of fun and my youngest really got into playing with these a lot more than I thought she would. She actually had Spider-Man hanging out with her Barbie dolls. Yes, I tried to video or take pictures, but I was banned from doing so unfortunately (as she is at that age I guess).

I love that HASBRO toys always seems to be at the forefront of superhero toys. It seems that every time that a new movie comes out or anything else new in the Marvel Universe explodes they are there and I for one am so happy that they are (See my post on the Guardians of the Galaxy Toys I tried out from them too). I say this not only for myself, but also for the new generation of kids out there who can let their imaginations soar and allow themselves the ability to see themselves as the hero, at least for the time being!
 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

CityPASS ( @CityPASS ) Shares The Complete City With You! #DadChat

citypass
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

Over the past month I have had the opportunity for work and for personal reasons to visit the cities of Tampa and San Francisco. That being said I wanted to not just be there for the business at hand but I also wanted to see some of what the city had to offer. While I did not have a ton of time in the cities, I decided to reach out to a company I had worked with one other time when I went to Chicago (Read about the trip here), CityPASS to see if they would be interested in working with me to try their product and allow me to see the cities, they were.

One of the things that I like about CityPASS is that they bring forth some of the most popular destinations within the city and make them accessible to you and your family at a reasonable price. CityPASS is a booklet of actual admission tickets, not coupons.  Guests can proceed directly to the main entrance, because San Francisco and Tampa Bay CityPASS is your actual ticket and you don’t have to stand in line to buy a ticket (Thus saving you time). Not only do you have the opportunity to access the sites, but at many of them you can get discounts on adding to the pass too. That being said, if you have the time to use the passes, you definitely can see and experience a lot of the culture, sights, sounds and more of the city when you are using the CityPASS tickets that you receive when you purchase your CityPASS booklet.

I also am impressed with the array of cities that they are working in now. You can see a full list here.

In the cities that I visited I tried out a few of the coupons, as I did not have time to use them all unfortunately. I will share a few of the experiences here, and hope that in the end you will find that you too will want to check out CityPASS the next time you are visiting one of the tourist locations that they frequent.

Clearwater-Marine-Aquarium

In Tampa, the one location that I wanted to share was the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This working hospital got notoriety due to the Dolphin Tale & Dolphin Tale 2 movies. Yes, this is the actual site where Winter and Hope are, and yes, I did get to see them both and it was very cool! The site itself is set up with numerous areas where marine animals are and live, and you can easily spend the day watching, learning and more with these animals. Know that the site is not large, but there are many activities and interactive sessions with trainers during the day, and it is through these that you can spread out your visit. I arrived just after it opened and found it to be very easy to maneuver around and the employees friendly and engaging. After a few hours it started getting busy as there were busses of people that arrived and they all started to fill the spaces. When this occurred I tried to move to other areas in the facility to not get too cramped between the people. There was also a second site that is included in the pass that you receive and that is to an off-site location that is about a mile away that is dedicated to the movie itself. The site has a ton of movie memorabilia, facts and more as well as a very cool interactive area that recreates the Hurricane that hit in the first movie. All-in-all this is a great facility that is great for families, couples or individuals. You will learn a ton and also have your heart warmed a bit as you see the two famed Dolphins too!

sf-cable-car

 

In San Francisco, one of the experiences that I loved the most was the Trolley Car rides that I took. Yes, the other locations that I visited were great too, but these cars are so iconic and something that I had not experienced in the past. The cars are exactly as you have seen, but how they work and stay on the steep streets of the city were amazing. They also bring you all over the city and allow you to maneuver easily without having to deal with the traffic that is all around. While yes, I did partake in a few other of the locations provided in the coupon book, this was on the top of my list coming in and leaving too!

All-in-all I have to again commend CityPASS for what it is trying to do. Getting people to truly experience these amazing cities is amazing and I for one have to say that for the price and for what you get, it is definitely worth it!
 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring Car Review

2015-Mazda-CX-5
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

About the Vehicle
he 2015 Mazda Mazda5 both seems like a car and a Minivan.

While the 2015 Mazda5 doesn’t have the cargo capacity of other minivans, it did get great gas mileage. I drove this quite a ways in my week with the vehicle, and I continually was getting mileage above and beyond the mileage that I get on my own 2008 minivan which was great. The vehicle also had great handling and was very comfortable too.
Mazda5
The 2015 Mazda5 has a four-cylinder engine, but that being said I still felt that it had the power that I felt it needed to do what I needed for city and highway driving. I had enough pep to get it up to speed in high traffic situations while at the same time getting 21/28 gas mileage in general.

2015-Mazda-CX-5

The 2015 Mazda5 had a modern sleek cabin that easily held six people. I liked how easy it was to get to the far back of the van. I had some people riding with me and they continually mentioned how much they loved the sliding passenger door and stylish interior made for a comfortable ride. They also loved all of the additional technology in the car that makes it quiet and many of the other nells and whistles that you need to for a smooth and comfortable ride.

My Take on the Vehicle

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

Chicken Soup For The Soul: Hope and Miracles #Giveaway

chicken-soup-for-the-soul-hope-&-miracles

 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

About the Book

These 101 miraculous stories of hope, faith, divine intervention and answered prayers will amaze you! As John Edward says in his foreword to the book: The personal stories you’ll read here about hope, faith, answered prayers and divine intervention are to me all about one thing – our connection to a higher power or divine source.

Good things do happen to good people! You will be encouraged and uplifted as you read these stories about powerful hope, miraculous healing, divine intervention, messages from heaven, answered prayers and beating the odds.

 

Purpose of the Books

After 20 years of bringing real people and their stories together to touch the lives of others, Chicken Soup for the Soul® has gone beyond the bookstore to become a world leader in life improvement. Chicken Soup for the Soul is home to the largest catalog of user-generated, life-changing stories. Through books, movies, DVDs, online resources and other partnerships it brings hope, courage, inspiration and love to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Chicken Soup for the Soul authors and readers belong to a one-of-a-kind global community that shares advice, support, guidance, comfort, and knowledge.

 

About the Company

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing also licenses the right to use its famous trademark to high quality licensees through IMG, the world’s premier licensing agent. The company is currently implementing a plan to expand into all media, is working with TV networks on several TV shows and is developing a major Internet presence dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century. For more information visit: http://www.chickensoup.com/.

 

Facts About The Reach of The Books

  • Total retail sales of Chicken Soup for the Soul branded merchandise have topped $1.3 billion.
  • The Chicken Soup for the Soul book series of over 200 titles has sold over 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul became the best-selling trade paperback series in the history of publishing.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul is one of the world’s most well-known brands– 88.7% of the US public not only recognizes the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, but knows what it is (source—Harris Polls).
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul holds the world record for having the most titles on the New York Times bestseller list at one time.
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul receives millions of monthly media impressions, with cross-promotion relationships in place with top media brands like King Features, Woman’s World, BeliefNet and others.
  • Many of the world’s leading consumer brands have looked to Chicken Soup for the Soul for co-branding opportunities, including American Idol®, Coke®, NASCAR®, Marriott®, Campbell’s®, Arby’s®, Golf Digest® and others.
  • Time Magazine called the Chicken Soup for the Soul series the “Publishing phenomenon of the decade.”
  • In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century.
  • In 2008, Chicken Soup for the Soul and dick clark productions entered into an agreement to develop a television series based on the brand.

 

My Take On The Book

Before I review this book, I encourage the reader to read the foreward  by John Edward and the comments by the two authors. It will give you some background into the stories in the book.
This wonderful book with its true short stories will produce tears, awe, hope, smiles and other emotions. We often only hear about the tragic events in our world. We often do not hear about the actual people involved in some of the events after they occur or all the hidden challenges people go through silently.
This book will give you a new perspective toward events in other people’s lives and even your life.
One of the stories I read was called “Jesse in the Sky”. It is the story of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.It is a story of loss but also a story of the courage this little six year old showed the world. It is also a story that shows hope, letting go, and remembrance. It is a very touching story told by his mother.
Another story was called “Precious Mess”. It will make you see that events in your life can be intertwined with others. It will make you realize there are angels who are watching out for us and understand our grief. It might help you to become more aware of God’s whispers outside of church.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL has become an amazing series of books. I think this new book will become a favorite.

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on February 28, 2015.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S or Canada.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Hope & Miracles Book

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

Organize and Promote Reading With One Step Ahead #DadChat

one-step-ahead-bookshelf
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

About the Bookshelf

Encourage a love of reading, with One Step Ahead’s kid-friendly sling bookshelf! It displays books face front, attracting young readers, and the soft, polyester oxford shelves give little hands easy access. One Step Ahead anchored the shelves so they won’t shift and staggered their depth to hold all size books. Plus, they also added two roomy storage bins! 29 1/4″L x 13″W x 31″H. For 18 months and up. Imported. Designed by OneStepAhead!

one-step-ahead-bookshelf

My Take on the Bookshelf

With my wife being a librarian, this was a perfect addition to our home as we have tons of books and our kids are always reading. The Bookshelf was sturdy and allows kids to have their books set up in a fun way so that they can easily find and display them. We also really enjoyed the pull out areas at the bottom of the bookshelf as we ended up using this for some of the extras that my youngest likes to “collect.” That being said we are definitely getting a bit more organized and Diva PJ’s room is looking much better too. My thanks to One Step Ahead for putting together a great bookshelf for a reasonable price that was easy to construct too, as I am not the handiest of people, but this one was not too difficult and even I could handle it.

On a different note, I would add that I could easily see this as a great addition to any elementary classroom too as teachers could easily add books to their classroom reading centers, display them easily and provide kids with easy access to reading too!
Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on February 16, 2015.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

One Step Ahead Bookshelf Giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

Finding A Great Valentines Gift With Florists.com #Giveaway #NX1

florists.com
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg
After being with someone for a number of years you get to have a better understanding of your partner and what they like and don’t like. That being said though, every Valentines Day you get to show either your creativity or your ability to show your love through what you know. That being said, it is so nice when you can find a site that has so much to choose from.

florists.com

I had the opportunity to be able to try out Florists.com and see for myself what they had and the quality of the flowers that were delivered. As I always want to be the romantic, I put in an online order and you see the flowers above that arrived and how good they look!

florists.com

I was impressed with how easy the process was and the flowers were beautiful and fresh looking. We have now had these for over a week and they still look great, so the quality itself was also amazing too!

SAMSUNG CSC

All of this being said, I have to say that I was really impressed with this site and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to surprise someone for Valentines day or for any day no matter what the occasion. Florists.com also has more than just flowers too. So give the site a glance and check it out for yourself. I think you will definitely be impressed!

For my readers I not only am having a giveaway (see below) but also have a special discount for you too!

25% off Valentine’s Day Flowers with Code: BEMINE25 Valid through 3/5/15

 

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on February 11, 2015.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

The BoxTrolls ( @theboxtrolls ) Show The Importance of Family & Friends! #BoxtrollsFamilyNite #PMedia #ad

#BoxTrollsMovieNite
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

#BoxTrollsMovieNite #BoxTrollsMovieNite

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

When The BoxTrolls came out in the theater, we were not able to see the movie, but that made all of us even more interested in seeing this movie now that it has come out on Blu-ray.

For any of you that have been readers for a while you know that my family loves movies, and my kids really get into animated/kids movies too. With that in mind I was happy to have the chance to head out to Walmart to be able to pick a copy of this movie. When I arrived at the store though I was surprised to find that I was picking up one of the last copies (the movie is THAT popular). I was happy that I was able to grab a copy for my family and while I was there though I also thought, how better to watch a long-awaited movie then to pop up some Pop Secret Movie Theatre popcorn and get ready for a fun evening.

#BoxTrollsMovieNite

When I got home with the movie (I had not told the kids I was getting it, I pulled them aside and my youngest was SO excited! I asked her what she was looking most forward to, and she said “everything!” My eldest is a bit more camera shy, but she was also excited too!

 

#BoxTrollsMovieNite

For me time with my family is precious. I am very busy with my professional job, my blog, and being involved in the community and in my kids’ schools too. With all of this, I sometimes do not have a lot of time to do special things like this. So being able to surprise the family and simply veg out, is sometimes better than any gift than I can give my whole family. That was definitely the case here.

When we watched The BoxTrolls I have to say that the makers of the film did such a great job! I was amazed at watching some of the special features and see how they took shot by shot to make the movie come together. The BoxTrolls was so intricately put together. I was impressed also with the story too as I loved the message of friendship and love that was shared in this. I also loved how the movie shows that the definition of family does not have to be what we always think it should be. The BoxTrolls also shows that we cannot always judge a book by its’ cover, as The BoxTrolls themselves were feared when they really should never have been feared, but instead they should have been thanked for all that they did!

While we watched the movie we also enjoyed the 10 count pop secret butter popcorn bthat I picked up too. I had never tried this brand of Pop Secret before. I was glad to be able to try it out and it tasted great! The Popcorn was light and melted in your mouth. The girls kept asking for more, and even though I did not make that much they asked in the end when they could have it again, which is always a great indictment on quality in my book!

I highly encourage you to get out to Walmart today to check out The BoxTrolls for yourself, as mentioned, these are flying off the shelves (at least from what I saw) so get them while supplies last, as your family will thank you later!

 

Some Activities My Kids and I Had Fun With Before Watching the Movie
Click Communications: BLOGGER BUTTONS &emdash;

Click Communications: BLOGGER BUTTONS &emdash;

 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

The 2015 Mitsubishi ( @MitsuCars ) Outlander: A Great Crossover #DriveMitsubishi #DadChat

2015-Mitsubishi-Outlander
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

About the Vehicle

Introduced just last year, the award-winning Mitsubishi Outlander – a recipient of last year’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest “Top Safety Pick+” safety rating* – gains a bounty of thoughtful design and feature improvements for the 2015 model year.

Moreover, with a starting MSRP of only $23,195**, the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander compact crossover features standard 7-passenger seating and is one of the most fuel-efficient CUVs available in North America at an EPA-rated 31 mpg highway (ES and SE FWD models).

Along with a long list of standard safety features, the stylish 2015 Outlander is available with a trifecta of advanced safety technologies including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

2015-Mitsubishi-Outlander

Power is provided by either a fuel-efficient 166 bhp MIVEC 2.4-liter 4-cylinder/CVT transmission (ES & SE models) or by a workhorse 224 bhp 3.0-liter V-6/6-speed automatic transmission (GT model).

The 2015 Outlander is available with front-wheel drive (ES) or Mitsubishi Motors’ outstanding Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system (SE & GT models).

New standard features on all 2015 Outlanders include FUSE Hands-Free Link System® and leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob.

Safety, style, refinement, fuel efficiency, capable performance – plus a host of welcome design and feature improvements for the new model year at a very attainable price point – help make the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander perhaps the best overall vehicle value in its class.

 

Standard Features

Feature Description 2.4 ES 2WD 2.4 SE 2WD 2.4 SE S-AWC 3.0 GT S-AWC
Mechanical Features
Engine
2.4L MIVEC SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine 3.0L MIVEC SOHC 24-valve V6 engine STD STD STD -
- - - STD
Transmission/Drive System
Continously Variable Transmission STD STD STD -
6-speed automatic transmission - - - STD
Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) - - STD STD
Front-Wheel Drive STD STD - -
Active front differential - - STD STD
Sportronic® Steering wheel paddle shifters - - - STD
Steering
Electric Power Steering STD STD STD STD
Exterior Features
Super-wide High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights - - - STD
Auto-off halogen headlights STD STD STD -
Auto-on/off headlights - OPT OPT STD
Fog lights with chrome accents - STD STD STD
Color-keyed power side-view mirrors with turn indicators - STD STD STD
Rear combination tail lights STD STD STD -
LED Rear combination tail lights - - - STD
Color-keyed front bumper with silver accent STD STD STD STD
Color-keyed rear bumper with silver accent STD STD STD STD
Color-keyed outer door handles STD STD STD STD
Roof carrier plug-in accommodation STD STD STD STD
Chrome beltline molding - - - STD
Front grille with silver accents STD STD STD STD
Short pole antenna STD STD STD STD
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch - OPT OPT OPT
Heated side-view mirrors STD STD STD STD
Front windshield speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers STD STD STD STD
Rear window intermittent wiper/ washer with defroster STD STD STD STD
Rain-sensing windshield wipers - OPT OPT STD
Rear privacy glass STD STD STD STD
Aero wiper blades STD STD STD STD
Wheel arch moldings STD STD STD STD
18-inch alloy wheels - STD STD -
18-inch two-tone alloy wheels - - - STD
16-inch steel wheels with full covers STD - - -
Temporary spare tire STD STD STD STD
Interior Features
Color multi-information display - STD STD STD
Monochromatic multi-information display STD - - -
High-contrast meter gauge cluster - STD STD STD
Gloss black instrument panel STD STD STD STD
Dual-visor vanity mirrors with illumination STD STD STD STD
Front map lights STD STD STD STD
Center dome light STD STD STD STD
Rear cargo area light STD STD STD STD
ECO indicator light STD STD STD STD
7-passenger seating STD STD STD STD
Drive mode selector (AWC ECO, Normal, Snow, Lock) - - STD STD
Leather seating surfaces - OPT OPT OPT
Deluxe fabric seating surfaces with stitching STD - - -
Combination leatherette and fabric seating surfaces - STD STD STD
Heated front seats - STD STD STD
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket - OPT OPT OPT
6-way adjustable driver’s seat STD STD STD STD
4-way adjustable front passenger seat STD STD STD STD
Front passenger seat back pocket STD STD STD STD
60/40 split fold-down rear seats with independent slide and reclining adjustments (2nd row) STD STD STD STD
50/50 3rd row flat fold-down feature STD STD STD STD
Front Dual-zone climate control - STD STD STD
Automatic climate control STD STD STD STD
Micron air filtration STD STD STD STD
Rear heater floor ducts STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped steering wheel STD STD STD STD
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped shift knob STD STD STD STD
Gloss black shifter panel STD STD STD STD
Leather-wrapped door, armrest, and trim panel insert - OPT OPT OPT
Wood-grain appearance trim panels - OPT OPT STD
Silver painted accents STD STD STD -
Soft-touch upper instrument panel and door trim STD STD STD STD
Chrome-plated inner door handle STD STD STD STD
Carpeted floor mats STD STD STD STD
Remote hood and fuel door release lever STD STD STD STD
Convenience Features
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit) - OPT OPT OPT
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume - OPT OPT OPT
6.1″ Touch panel display audio system (replaces std. audio system head unit) - STD STD STD
140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers STD STD STD STD
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription - OPT OPT STD
Digital HD Radio® - STD STD STD
FUSE Hands-free Link System® with Bluetooth® technology, USB port, and steering wheel controls STD STD STD STD
Rearview camera system - STD STD STD
Steering wheel mounted audio controls STD STD STD STD
Power remote tailgate - OPT OPT OPT
FAST-Key passive entry system with panic alarm feature - STD STD STD
Remote keyless entry with panic feature STD - - -
One-touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch - STD STD STD
ECO Mode switch STD STD STD STD
Cruise control STD STD STD STD
Power door locks and side-view mirrors STD STD STD STD
Power windows with driver’s side auto up/down feature STD STD STD STD
12-volt accessory outlets (x2) STD STD STD STD
Floor center console box with armrest and cup holders STD STD STD STD
Instrument panel lower-center storage STD STD STD STD
Door trim pockets with bottle holder STD STD STD STD
Rear seat center armrest with cupholders STD STD STD STD
3rd row cupholder and storage space STD STD STD STD
Underfloor cargo area storage STD STD STD STD
Cargo tie-down utility hooks STD STD STD STD
Retractable assist grips STD STD STD STD
Coat hanger at rear assist grip STD STD STD STD
Safety & Security
Adaptive Cruise Control system - OPT OPT OPT
Forward Collision Mitigation system - OPT OPT OPT
Lane Departure Warning system - OPT OPT OPT
Hill Start Assist STD STD STD STD
Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and brake assist STD STD STD STD
Active Stability Control STD STD STD STD
Traction Control Logic STD STD STD STD
Tire Pressure Monitoring System STD STD STD STD
Side curtain airbags STD STD STD STD
Front seat-mounted side airbags STD STD STD STD
Driver’s knee airbag STD STD STD STD
Advanced dual-stage front airbags STD STD STD STD
Three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seating positions STD STD STD STD
Height adjustable front shoulder belts with pretensioner STD STD STD STD
LATCH child-restraint system STD STD STD STD
Child safety rear door locks STD STD STD STD
Anti-theft security alarm system STD STD STD STD
Anti-theft engine immobilizer STD STD STD STD
RISE body construction STD STD STD STD
Front pedestrian impact crumple zones STD STD STD STD
Factory Option Packages
SE Premium Package - OPT OPT -
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Wood-grain appearance trim panels (door trim & instrument panel)
Black roof rails
GT Premium Package - - - OPT
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Silver roof rails
SE Touring Package - - - -
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system
Auto-on/off headlights
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
Power remote tailgate
8-way Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Wood-grain appearance trim panels (door trim & instrument panel)
Black roof rails
GT Touring Package - - - -
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system
Leather seating surfaces
Power glass sunroof with tilt & slide and one-touch open/close switch
8-way
Power adjustable driver’s seat with seat back pocket
Power remote tailgate
Silver roof rails
Port Option Packages
Navigation System OPT OPT OPT OPT
MMCS Navigation system with 7″ high definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® includes 2 annual map updates (replaces std. audio system head unit)
Interior Package – Piano Black OPT OPT OPT -
Aluminum/leather shift knob
Piano black accent panels and door switch panels
Interior Package – Black and Silver OPT OPT OPT -
Aluminum/leather shift knob
Brushed silver accent panels
Piano black door switch panels
Protection Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Scuff plates
Body side moldings
Rear bumper step protector
Liftgate protector
LED Illumination Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Floor Illumination (Blue LED)
Tailgate Illumination (Blue LED)
Interior lights
Cargo Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Cargo tray
Cargo net
Entertainment Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Rear seat DVD player
Remote control
Infrared wireless headphones
All Weather Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Remote engine start
All-weather floormats (4)
Towing Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Tow hitch
Trailer tow wire harness
Wind Deflector Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Side wind deflectors
Hood protector
Park Assist Sensors Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Front and Rear
Chrome Package - OPT OPT OPT
Door handle covers
Sideview mirror covers
Blue LED Illumination Package OPT OPT OPT OPT
Floor Illumination
Shift gate Illumination
Accessory Options (PIO)
Sunroof Wind Deflector - OPT OPT OPT
Roof Rack Crossbars OPT OPT OPT OPT
Fog lights OPT - - -
Wheel Locks - OPT OPT OPT
Mudguards – Front and rear mudguards OPT OPT OPT OPT
All Weather Floormats (4) OPT OPT OPT OPT
Tonneau Cover OPT OPT OPT OPT
Alloy Fuel Door OPT OPT OPT OPT
Large Rear Spoiler - OPT OPT OPT
Third Row Floormat OPT OPT OPT OPT
Body Side Moldings (Color Keyed) OPT OPT OPT OPT
Rear Park Assist Sensors OPT OPT OPT OPT
Updated 7/14/2014

 

My Take on the Vehicle

Below, you can listen to my thoughts on this vehicle. That being said there is a few things that I did not mention. I should also mention that I love the amount of safety that his vehicle has within it. With airbags, side airbags and so much more, the car is very safe and for that, a definite family vehicle.


 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

Kiditec ( @kiditec ) Is Great Fun for Young Children #DadChat #Giveaway

Kiditec
 photo disclaimer_zpsaa1cb05b.jpg

 

About Kiditec

Children’s imagination and inventiveness know no bounds. The same is true of kiditec. The ingenious Swiss construction toy offers no end of possibilities. Its creative potential is sure to set children’s pulses racing.

kiditec has made a name for itself in recent years, especially in kindergartens and schools. By popular demand, kiditec is now also available for the home.

The construction elements are available in two sizes:

L-Block

kiditec L-Line

Large, strong models built using large elements. All the elements can be plugged and screwed together. The strong screw connections allow the construction of models such as a multi-car ride-on vehicle, which the kids can zoom around the house on. Fun that’s guaranteed!

kiditec M-Line

The same properties as the larger elements. Depending on how old the kids are, the elements can all be plugged or screwed together. The individual elements can be combined and recombined in countless ways. The result is an endless series of very different models!

A whole new way to build

Whether plugged, screwed or superimposed: kiditec is infinitely adaptable. The strong construction system with its variety of screws and nuts allows for undreamed-of shapes and a vast array of ways of doing things. The system allows kids to decide what they want to make. On your marks, get set, go!

Easy plugging

45 degree angle

Easy screw connections

The slide-in nut

To screw wheels on

The slide-in axle

The construction bar

The kiditec clip

Hint: how to remove a nut

 

From the inside out – the ultimate 3D experience

As well as being able to build the usual way – from the bottom upwards – kiditec allows models to be built from the inside out. This 3D approach fosters spatial awareness and presents kids with new challenges that they enjoy tackling.

 

State-of-the-art, easy-to-follow guides

Many of the models come with guides. Simpler models come with picture or photo-based guides. The more challenging models can be built with the help of building instrucitions.

kiditec’s guides make construction fun for budding engineers of all ages; they also foster concentration and spatial visualisation.

 

My Take on Kiditec

As you will see in my review below, I really liked the Kiditec brand of toys. The inter-locking blocks stayed together better than any other building block set I have tried thus far as you actually lock them together. The blocks are large and easily used by small hands. This is a great set of toys for younger kids and opens the door to sets that are smaller and instructions that are more involved for the future. My youngest daughter loved playing with this set and while you see above one of the things that she created based on the instructions included, she got even more creative after this and made some other very ingenious creatures/inventions after this too. I highly recommend this brand to one and all. You will not be disappointed!

Giveaway

How would you like to win this for yourself or for your family? All you need to do is fill out the below form to be entered.  The contest will run for one week and will end on February 6, 2015.

Winner must be a resident of the U.S.

Kiditec Toy Giveaway

Winners are chosen at random, if you want all your chances counted, make sure you leave individual comments, not all of them in one!

Winner has 48 hours to contact me or another name will be chosen.

 

——————————————————————————————-

New to the Divadom or to Dad of Divas Reviews?

Please Subscribe to my RSS Feed! Subscribe in a reader

Questions?Drop me a line at dadofdivas@gmail.com

%d bloggers like this: