2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review #DriveMazda

I had the opportunity to drive and review the new 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring! This is a beautiful vehicle, and I was very lucky to be able to enjoy it for 8 days.

Currently, my husband and I own a midsize SUV and a full sized pickup truck. My husband absolutely loves his pickup truck, however he is looking to purchase a sedan that will give him great gas mileage since he travels about 60+ miles per day. It was the perfect time to be able to review this gorgeous car!

 

 

 

My husband’s main concern is comfort, safety and gas mileage. Since I would also be driving this car my concerns would be comfort, safety and cool features! Let me tell you about the different models of the Mazda6 that are offered.

The Mazda6 is a very affordable sedan and is offered in 3 different trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The Sport starts at just $21,945, The Touring starts at $24,195 and the Grand Touring starts at $30,695.

Each of the Mazda6 models come with the same drivetrains: Skyactiv Technology that zeroes in on stronger, lightweight alloys and perfectly matched powertrain assemblies. Mazda6 features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 184 horsepower and 185 lb. ft. of torque. Six-speed automatic geared for both acceleration and performance. Also included is 4-wheel disk brakes, Electric power assisted steering, front wheel drive, G-Vectoring control, Independent front/rear suspension, stabilizer bars and 50 state emissions. A six-speed manual is available with the Sport and Touring models but not available on the Grand Touring. For Fuel Economy you are looking at around 35 highway and 27 city. My husband and I agree that this is perfect gas mileage to go back and forth to work.

Here are all of the features that come in the Grand Touring:

  • 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Dark Silver finish
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • EPA-estimated mileage city/highway (mpg): 26/35 (27/35 with Premium Package)2
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED grille accent lighting
  • High beam control
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®10
  • Active Driving Display
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Mazda Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and memory settings
  • 6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound Audio System with 11 speakers (including woofer)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription11
  • Smart City Brake Support9
  • Lane departure warning12
  • Lane keep assist13
  • Traffic sign recognition14
  • Mazda radar cruise control with close proximity warning15
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry
  • 6-way power driver’s seat
  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System4
  • 7-inch full-color touch screen display
  • Multifunction Commander control
  • Infotainment system voice command
  • HD Radio™
  • Aha™ internet radio integration
  • Pandora® internet radio integration
  • Stitcher™ internet radio integration
  • Radio Broadcast Data System program information
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • Rearview camera5
  • Rear seat heat and A/C vents
  • Leatherette-trimmed seats
  • Illuminated dual vanity mirrors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System8
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert8
  • LED combination taillights
  • Power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Power door locks and Power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Bluetooth®3 hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • Cruise control
  • Auxiliary input jack and USB port
  • Push button start
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains6
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)7 & Traction Control System (TCS)
  • MSRP $30,695

The Grand Touring that I reviewed also came with the below optional equipment: 

  • Cargo Mat
  • Gray Paint Charge
  • Door Sill Trim Plates
  • GT Premium Package
  • I-ELOOP Regenerative Engine Braking System
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Shifter LED Accent Lighting
  • Bright Finish Interior Trim
  • Nappa Leather Trimmed Upholstery
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel with Unique Stitch
  • Black Headliner
  • $2,500 extra cost for this package

Exterior review of the Grand Touring:

This model comes with alloy wheels and 19 inch tires which gives this car exceptional handling. I love the dark silver finish on the wheels. You can choose from 8 different paint colors. The car I reviewed had a machine gray metallic paint ($300 extra). It really looks beautiful and sparkles in the sunlight.  The front of the car to me looks very sports car like, and the body is very sleek looking. It really does look like an expensive luxury car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior and Safety features review of the Grand Touring:

As you can see, the features in this car are unbelievable! It pretty much offers whichever safety and comfort options that are available. This car is very roomy. My husband is over 6 feet tall and he had plenty of room as a driver and passenger. We have 2 children that are currently in backless booster seats, the kids had plenty of room in the back with the booster seats. One feature I love that you don’t often see in sedan cars is the rear A/C vents. This is a big deal to me because my kids always say they are hot and wish we had back vents in our current vehicles. My kids stayed comfortable with these vents in each car ride. This model is equipped with a 7.0″ color touch screen display with navigation and rear view camera. I don’t know about you, but for me the days of paper directions are gone! I need car navigation in my life! This system is super easy to use and highly accurate. This vehicle also came with heated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel! I was loving the heated seats and heated steering wheel on a very chilly 50 degree Florida morning. The smart braking system was very cool. If you set your cruise control and you are coming up to a car it automatically slows you down. Also I love the lane departure warning (multiple noise or vibration settings for this) and lane keep assist. One safety feature that this vehicle has that I have never seen before is a Active Driving Display. There is a little screen that pops up in front of the steering wheel on the dashboard. This screen shows you your speed plus any speed limit, stop signs or yield signs that the car can see.  It is chock full of safety!!

 

 

 

In conclusion: This model offers every comfort and safety convenience imaginable. I felt very safe in this vehicle along with my children. This vehicle would be perfect for my family due to the amazing safety features, and great gas mileage.  It is a very affordable car that rides like a dream. I highly recommend the Mazda6 Grand Touring to anyone looking for a safety packed luxury type vehicle at an affordable price with great gas mileage.

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*I received this vehicle from #driveshop for 8 days to review. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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SinfulColors Spring Nail Polish Review

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 KANDEE JOHNSON COLLECTION

Left to right: Mint Chip ~ Kanfetti ~ Pin up Pink ~ Strawberry Milk ~ Whipped Frosting ~ Candy Hearts

 

I love nail polish!  The rack on my office wall holds 120 nail polishes. My family thinks I have an obsession.  Truth be told, I share those polishes with my 24 year old daughter Megan.  In our collection, you will find, sparkle, iridescence, shiny beautiful colors and topcoats, but not one single matte in the bunch.   When I got the opportunity to review the SinfulColors Pretty Vintage Collection, which includes 8 matte shades and one sparkling glitter shade, I said “Yes Please!”

Left to right: Mint Chip ~ Kanfetti ~ Pin up Pink ~ Strawberry Milk ~ Whipped Frosting ~ Candy Hearts

Megan volunteered to be my tester for this polish since I had just received a french manicure and wanted to wear it a bit longer.  She’s a trooper!  I polished the fingers on her left hand with 2 coats of each color.  The top picture below is one coat of polish, two finished coats pictured on the bottom.  The matte colors dried very quickly, feeling soft and velvety to the touch. The light pink shade streaked a bit even after two coats.

 

On Megan’s right hand, I used one coat of the Whipped Frosting (matte white) and topped it with Kanfetti, a pastel blue, pink and green sparkling glitter. Kanfetti needed two coats to distribute the sparkles effectively, resulting in a fun, summery nail style.

My daughter agreed to keep me posted daily for seven days on the wear of the nail polishes.  The first check in, day one of the experiment, showed one tiny chip on Mint Chip (matte green) on her pinky nail.  The white nails topped with Kanfetti were still going strong at this point.  Pictured below are her nails after one week of wear time.

There was no base or top coat included or used in this review. Megan felt it lasted better than other polishes but would have liked to see how it performs with a matte top coat.  It chipped in smaller pieces compared to other polished she’s tried that come off in larger chunks.  She really loved the velvety soft feel and look of the polish. Sadly, the nail with Mint Chip was left stained upon removal with acetone and heavy scrubbing, which was a disappointment.  Perhaps the use of a base coat would have prevented the staining?  Overall, this collection has a retro vibe…fun, flirty and perfect for the upcoming Spring season.

 

SinfulColors Kandee Johnson Pretty Vintage polishes sell for $1.99, are made in the U.S.A. and are 5 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DPB and Camphor Free).  They are available January – April 2017 in retailers nationwide, including Walgreen and Walmart.

 

*Always full disclosure here!  Although some items are sent for review, compensation of any kind is never accepted in exchange for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.

TheraZinc Lozenges Will Keep you Healthy on The Go #Giveaway

Seems like everyone I know is getting sick! I was so sick the week before Christmas, and it seemed that it lasted so long and I couldn’t get any relief.

Even though the holidays are behind us, cold season is still in full swing. It can be difficult to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong as you head back to work, the gym, and your daily routine. Here are a few tips from Quantum Health to help you feel your best in 2017!!

 

 

    1. Go to bed early. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to suppressed immune system function.
    2. Wash your hands frequently. If you’re tired of hearing this old adage, check out the science behind hand-washing, as reported by the CDC.
    3. Put down the candy. Avoiding sugar is a great way to keep your immune system in fighting shape. Consuming sugar can suppress your immune system for hours after ingestion.
    4. Take a walk. Not only is this good for your waistline, but exercise provides a myriad of immune benefits, from flushing out bacteria to slowing the release of stress hormones.
    5. Keep a roll of TheraZinc lozenges handy. These delicious supplements combine elderberry and zinc to keep you feeling your best. They are easy to keep in a purse or backpack, and dissolve quickly in your mouth.

 

 

 Zinc Elderberry Lozenges in a Pocket-size roll.

With the addition of Zinc, these lozenges combine two popular, immune-boosting nutrients.*

Research from Europe suggests that Elderberry and Zinc provide the nutritional support your body craves.

Ingredients: Zinc (from Zinc Gluconate), Elderberry Powdered Extract Other Ingredients: Sugar, Dextrose, Fructose, Maltodextrin, Natural Flavor, Magnesium Stearate and Rebaudioside – A (Stevia Extract).

 

Recently, an analysis of several studies showed that zinc lozenges reduce the length of a cold by one day, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold. I am willing to try anything to help reduce cold symptoms. I was pretty excited when I was contacted to try out these Lozenges. I haven’t had a cold yet to really try them out, however the flavor and taste of the Elderberry is great. They are not chalky like some lozenges, and go down nice and smooth. I love that I can keep them in my purse. I am looking forward to really trying these our when I am sick with a cold or virus.

 

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*I received these tips plus a 14 pack of Lozenges in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Chefsteps Joule Sous Vide Review

My husband loves to cook. I always said he missed his calling in life, he should have been a chef. He loves kitchen gadgets and always buying new ones that come out.  I am very lucky that he does all of the cooking because, to be honest, I am NOT  a good cook. I always say I wish there was a simple way for me to cook with food coming out actually edible. Well, luckily for me I have found a way! Let me introduce you to the best cooking tool you could have in your home….Chefsteps Joule.

 

Joule is a rugged kitchen tool that’s made for everyday use. Its strong, durable body is made of extruded polycarbonate, and the top and foot are 316L stainless steel. There is no display to break, which also means Joule is half the weight and size of other sous vide tools, so you can carry it in your knife bag or store it in your top drawer. Joule preheats water way faster than other sous vide devices, and the LED is all the display you’ll need for information at a glance. Heat a pot of water. Or a Cambro. Or the kitchen sink. Capable of heating 20 liters of water or more and equipped with a universal clip along with a magnetic base, Joule works where you want it to work. With Bluetooth LE and WiFi control, you can cook from anywhere. When’s the last time you started cooking from work? Or the bus? Never, that’s when!

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What is Sous Vide?

Sous Vide is a French term that describes cooking food in a sealed bag, immersed in water that is kept in the exact temperature that you set. That means steak is never over cooked, chicken is always tender and briskets are fall apart tender.

When I first heard about Sous Vide cooking, I kinda looked at my husband like he was crazy. Cooking meat in a bag? Say what?! No thanks.. not for me. If I only knew then how much of a staple this would be in my kitchen. This little cooking tool is AMAZING. It will honestly change the way you cook forever.

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How to use the Joule:

Using the Joule is really easy peasy. As long as you have a smart phone, you are good to go. Just download the Joule app (free!!) for Android or IOS and connects via bluetooth. This app gives you easy step by step instructions on how to use the Joule to cook the best meal. You pick the recipe and it will tell you exactly what to do. I love that because I am the type of person who needs detailed step by step instructions on how to cook a meal. All the controls happen on the app, other than the On-Off button on Joule.

The first meal I cooked was New York Strip Steaks. We are BIG steak eaters in our house and my husband hates when his steaks are overcooked. So, the first thing you do is pick a recipe from the app. Then plug in and set the Joule in your water (The unit is waterproof – the entire thing can be submerged). This can be a pot, a bucket…anything you wish that the Joule will fit in. Since the Joule is small in size you do not need a giant pot to cook in.  How cool is that?! Then we seasoned each steak and pre-seared them per recipe. Put each steak in a separate zip lock style bag (another awesome thing is this does not require bags to be purchased from Chefsteps, you can put your meat in any type of ziplock bag you please). From there, we attach the bags to the sides of the pot with clips (we use chip style clips, thank you oxo) and you just press start on the app and then that is it! You just sit back and relax and wait for your meal to be done! So simple! When it was done we gave it a quick sear over the grill (you can also use a pan) and the steak was ready to eat. You will be able to enjoy the most perfectly cooked steak you have every had.

 

Is the Joule powerful?! Yes it is! Joule features 1100 watts of power. This is the most powerful Sous Vide on the market for home use.

 

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Usually when we cook steak or go out to a restaurant, we ask for medium or medium rare. With traditional grilling, we usually end up with overcooked meat. The Joule will never overcook. You will get edge to edge perfection. Our steak came out perfect as you can see from the photo. It was very tender and super juicy. My husband brought the Joule to work and cooked chicken, he said it came out super moist and flavorful.

 

Meat isn’t the only thing you can cook in the Joule. You can cook vegetables, eggs and desserts!! The possibilities are endless with all of the delicious recipes on the app.  The Joule makes cooking so easy, and the app is super helpful with the detailed instructions and pictures.

 

We are so happy with the ChefSteps Joule. It has changed the way we cook forever. We are very excited to try Prime Rib with the Joule for our Christmas Dinner!

 

ChefSteps is selling Joule for $199. This would make an awesome gift for someone who LOVES to cook (or wants an easier way of cooking, like myself)!

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*I received a Joule in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Leapfrog Holiday Gifts for Toddlers (Review) (Holiday Gift Guide)

 

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The holidays are here! If you are looking for educational and fun toys for your toddler and preschooler, look no further. Leapfrog has some great products, and I was able to review two of them.

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Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat

Get a jump on counting with 3 ways to play!

Twist, dance, leap, laugh, count and learn with the Learn & Groove™ Musical Mat—designed especially for active toddlers. Keep little ones moving and exploring with 50+ songs and phrases and 3 ways to play. Ages 2-5 yrs. $29.99.
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The Learn & Groove Musical Mat is for ages 2 years to 5 years. I have a 5 year old and 8 year old, my 8 year old even loves it since she understands the instructions and patterns. The Musical Mat is designed to help gross motor skills, music, rhythm and of course numbers. Both of my kids love music and dancing, so this mat is perfect. My kindergartner is learning numbers and patterns, so this is great for him.  I love that this musical mat encourages kids to get up and be active. With all of the songs and ways to play, the kids love spending time playing with this mat!

Count Along Cash Register

Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings—20 checkout items included! Ages 2-4 yrs. $19.99.

Product Features:

  • Count on big learning fun with a singing register pal that counts, talks and sings-20 checkout items included! Requires 3 AAA batteries (included for product demonstration only; replace for home use). For ages 2 and up.
  • Counting and imaginative role play combine with a register pal that comes to life with 50+ fun phrases and educational songs. Spunky, singing register has plenty of numbers, counting and role play skills in store.
  • Set up your store! Place food items on a table or shelves, give your customers their coins, and invite them on a shopping spree! Shop for milk and eggs. Scan the carrots. Insert the correct amount of coins or swipe a shopping card!
  • Total button tells you how many coins to insert in the count-along coin slot. Shop along to cool sounds and fun songs.
  • Includes cash register, 8 colorful food pieces, 10 coins and a shopping card. Skills learned include colors, counting, and numbers.
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This cash register had provided endless hours of fun for my kids. My kindergartner is learning how to count money by using it and some simple math. My 8 year old loves to shop with me so she is really loving to pretend she is a store cashier. There are many fun features, It has a smiling face that lights up when buttons are pressed. It sings, counts, tells you the number you are pressing and it adds up your total by pressing the pictured healthy food buttons. It has been providing my kids with endless fun.
 These would make great holiday gifts or birthday gifts! Check out all of Leapfrog’s educational toys by clicking here. 
*I received these products by being in the Leapfrog Blogger Program. All thoughts are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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