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Test Drive of the BMW X5

auto, GEAR By May 18, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

BMW X5This car positively purrs and it a fantastic ‘mom-mobile’.  The BMW X5 is roomy and offers a ton of family-friendly features that make it a great option if your bank account can handle the hefty price tag.

Kid’s Perspective: They LOVED the extra-large panoramic moonroof

– The bluetooth and phonebook sync with both our Blackberry and iPhone was exceptional and worked with the wisp of a touch.
– The forward-to-reverse on the gear shift is a bit counter-intuitive but it’s a BMW thing and you get used to it.
– Lots of room between 2 carseats
– Adaptive headlights follow the direction of the wheels for extreme safety
– Ambient lighting when it’s dark outside
– Sun-reflective seats so even when it’s burning hot outside, the seats stay cool.

Trunk: Clamshell-style and the lower part is quite high so hard to get stroller in if you’re short.  There’s a ton of room for groceries and a big stroller.

The Glitz: Carry the key in your purse and doors are unlocked just by touching the door handle.  I must for a mom carrying groceries, a toddler and a diaper bag.

The Glamour: You can get into the car in stilettos, drive fast and look sexy.

Would it Make a Good Push Present? Absolutely.

BMW Canada


What's in the Bag?: Kids' Activities for the Plane

GEAR, ROAM, toys By June 10, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Ka-Chow! The excitement is mounting as the kids and I depart tomorrow on a sneak preview of Cars Land at Disneyland Resort in Southern California.  Plane trips can be tricky and it helps to be prepared. Space is at a premium, entertainment is key, and yet you can also take the opportunity to do some teaching and nurturing.  Here’s what we packed:

1.  Mader, Doc Hudson and Lightening McQueen (a great way to educate and get them excited about what is to come.  You could do this with any destination – this of what you’d pack for Asia, Paris…)

2.  The Blackberry Playbook, complete with Montessori learning apps and a few games.

3.  Soy rock crayons.

4.  Big foam magnetic letters that the kids are having difficulty with – they will be a captive audience on the plane for learning their ‘G’ and ‘W’!

5.  A hackey sack for burning energy in the airport.

6.  An iPod with their ‘go to sleep’ music downloaded.

7.  Nemo waterwings to get them excited for swimming when we arrive.

8.  Again in the Disney theme, a few little green men from Toy Story.  They can stage battles for hours and we have so many we won’t miss them if a couple get left on the plane.

family travel tips

Family Travel Tips

LIVE, nourish, ROAM By December 27, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

If you are one of the very lucky to be headed anywhere on a family vacation, we have a few tips for you.  Planning ahead is definitely the cornerstone of traveling with kids.  That old Girl Guide/Boy Scout adage of ‘Being Prepared‘ can eliminate lots of stress… and there’s nothing quite like a good excuse to purchase mini makeup and a wrinkle-free dress for yourself..