What Drives Her Luncheon and Panel Highlights

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Women make up half of all car buyers. At the What Drives Her luncheon and panel, we listened to a group of experts in the automotive industry, including:
– Candice Crane from Hireology
– Kathy Gilbert from CDK Global
– Jody Hall from Steel Market
– The panel was moderated Bridget Brennan of the Female Factor
– The luncheon and panel was hosted by She Buys Cars

With women driving 70%-80% of consumer household spending and the fact that there are more women drivers than men, they shared with us how automakers are taking this into consideration when designing their cars. The fascinating thing was listening to them share how the industry has changed over the years, both for female employees and female consumers. They shared how there are many opportunities for women in the automotive industry. A key takeaway from Kathy Gilbert is for women to nurture their relationships in their careers.

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Watch the videos from the panel discussion:

Afterwards, we were invited to check out the #SteelMatters Concept and Technology Garage. There, we were able to test drive some of the newest cars.

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Watch our test drive videos:

For more information about the Chicago Auto Show, check out my recap here!

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Chicago Auto Show Recap

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Chicago Auto Show

It’s Chicago Auto Show time again in the Windy City and every year, it just seems to get better. This year is no exception. I had the opportunity to walk the floor during media preview day (before the large crowds descended) as a guest of She Buys Cars, Hyundai and Genesis. The one thing that really stood out to me is how they’ve really incorporated more family-friendly activities throughout the show floor, so if you’ve hesitated to attend the Chicago Auto Show with your kids – don’t worry, there are things to do and see that will keep them happy and occupied.

CAS Play Area

This play area is part of the Chrysler Pacifica booth.

LEGO Batmobile

This is a lifesized Batmobile made from LEGOs.

Variety of Automobiles:

Another thing worth noting is the variety of vehicles you will see at the Chicago Auto Show. Whether you are interested in compact cars, pickup trucks, speedsters or family vehicles, you’ll find it all there. You can climb into some of the vehicles and see how it would feel to ride in it. You can also take some of the vehicles for a test drive. There are test tracks where you’ll feel how it’s like to be in the car through different driving situations, like up a steep hill or around a sharp curve.

New Technology:

What I noticed the most is how many automakers are including the technology trends in their newest car models. For example, when we visited with Hyundai, they showed us how the new Hyundai Elantra models are able to communicate with your Amazon Alexa. Imagine talking to your Amazon Alexa to start your car and have it set to a certain temperature before you even take a step into your car!

Safety First:

As a busy mom, I also appreciate how safety has become a top priority for many automakers. For example, some have added more cameras around the body of the car so you can see obstructions on the sides and front, not just behind you. Since my oldest will be driving in just a couple of years, it gives me peace of mind that automakers are trying to develop ways to keep drivers safe when either the car senses that you are drifting out of the lane you should be in or someone in the lane next to you is drifting too close to you.

Visit the Toyota Drive Center to take your own ride through this course.

At the Chicago Auto Show, you’ll also have the chance to see luxury car models and concept cars. Some of my favorites are the Genesis G90 and G80.

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She Buys Cars:

We were lucky to walk the show with Scotty Reiss of She Buys Cars. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cars, so she shared commentary on the different brands and car models. Check out these Facebook live videos:

While you are at the Chicago Auto Show, make sure to stop by State Farm and check out their tiny roadhouse that is part of a pickup truck. You’ll be amazed at how much they fit into this tiny space.

Buy Tickets:

Visit the Chicago Auto Show’s website to buy tickets. The show runs until Monday, February 20th at McCormick Center.

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Valentine’s Day Twitter Party

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day coming up in less than a couple of weeks? Join us tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day Twitter party. We’ll be discussing all things Valentine’s Day, including gift ideas, date night ideas and more! There will be prizes, so RSVP and participate for your chance to win!

Here are the details:

Follow the hosts: @maritramos, @amissiontosave, @thesamicone, and @savings.

When: Tuesday, February 7th at 12 PM CT (10 AM PT/1 PM ET).

Where: On Twitter in the #SDCVday hashtag or on tchat.

What: There are several questions they will tweet and discuss. Be sure to use the hash tag #SDCVday to be eligible for the prizes.

RSVP: Submit your Twitter handle here to RSVP.

Eligibility: RSVP by adding your Twitter account to the link above, and actively participate during the Twitter party with the hashtag #SDCVDay on February 7th, 2017, from 10AM PT/1PM ET until 11AM PT/2PM ET. Winners will be chosen from the RSVP list using Random.org. Winners must be actively tweeting with the hashtag at the time they are randomly selected. Winners will be notified with an @ mention, and must respond via DM within 24 hours of being notified. If another winner must be chosen after the party is over, winner will be randomly selected from active participants during the party. There is a limit of one prize per household during the party. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your prize. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to official rules and open to United States residents.

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Parents’ Guide to Pokémon

Have your kids become a little obsessed with Pokémon? Do you ever feel like they’re speaking another language when they are talking about Pokémon? If so, I know just how you feel. All of my kids are into the Pokémon games and until this summer with Pokémon Go, I felt a little lost when they talked about it. Don’t worry – there is hope for us! Nintendo is hosting a Parents’ Guide to Pokémon, a special 101 tutorial geared specifically towards parents that will provide an overview of Pokémon and the two newest games – from the experts themselves!

Parents Guide to Pokemon

The YouTube Live session is on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm ET. To RSVP, sign up here: bit.ly/2kkP4fS.

If you would like more information about Pokémon, check out the Parents’ Guide.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day & $25 Olive Garden eGift Card Giveaway

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Valentine’s Day is in a few weeks and we have partnered with eight other blogs to give you some tips on how to make that day a special one, whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, your kids, friends, or flying solo.

Valentine’s Day Tip:

A fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to go to dinner and a movie. However, with the cost of movie tickets and dinner, sometimes it can be quite expensive. Here’s a tip on how you can save a lot of money when going out to the movies:
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2) Sign up for the rewards program at your movie theater of choice: AMC Stubs, Classic Cinemas, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Marcus Theatres, Regal Crown Club, and more.
3) While logged into Ebates, select Fandango. Link up your movie theater rewards program in Fandango. You will usually save on paying the convenience fee when purchasing your movie tickets PLUS you’ll earn points on your rewards program.
4) Use the rewards you’ve earned from your movie theater rewards program when purchasing concessions.
5) Another way to save money on concessions is to look for products that give you movie cash with purchase. We’ve noticed that cereals from Kellogg’s and General Mills sometimes offer free movie tickets or concession cash on specially-marked boxes.
6) Receive cash back from Ebates from your purchase.-

The prize:

$25 Olive Garden eGift Card

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$100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card Giveaway – 10 Winners! (Ends 12/21/16)

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Enter to win a Verizon Wireless gift card! Ten (10) winners will each receive a $100 Verizon Wireless gift card during this #VZWForTheHolidays giveaway.

The prize:

$100 Verizon Wireless Gift Card (10 Winners)

Enter to win:

Verizon Holidays Giveaway

Enter your email address on the form at the top of the page at Savings.com. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (12/27) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or Instagram. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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$100 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway – 10 Winners! (Ends 12/14/16)

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Do you have some home improvement projects that need to be finished? Could you use some great gifts this holiday? Enter to win a Home Depot gift card! Ten (10) winners will each receive a $100 Home Depot gift card during this #HDfortheholidays giveaway.

The prize:

$100 Home Depot Gift Card (10 Winners)

Enter to win:

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Enter your email address on the form at the top of the page at Savings.com!

Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or Instagram. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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Black Friday Weekend Ads – Check Out the Best Deals Before You Head Out!

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Black Friday Ads

Before you head out shopping this Black Friday weekend, check out the store ads and make your plan to save the most money!

Amazon:

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Groupon:

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Kmart:

Kohl’s:

Lowe’s:

Macy’s:

Sam’s Club:

Sears:

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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The 2016 holiday gift guide is out and included are some fantastic gift ideas from 20 stores. You’ll find gift ideas perfect for any age, gender, and interest. The featured stores are:
* AT&T
* Avenue
* BH Cosmetics
* Brooks Brothers
* Charlotte Russe
* Eastbay
* Footlocker
* Gap
* Home Decorators Collection
* The Home Depot
* Horchow
* HP
* Kohl’s
* Lane Bryant
* Macy’s
* Maurices
* Microsoft
* Missguided
* Old Navy
* Verizon

Check out the gifts I suggested from the Microsoft Store:

Microsoft Gift Guide
Microsoft Gift Guide

You can view the entire 2016 Holiday Gift Guide here.

What are some of your favorite gift ideas this year?

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