Review of 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage


I was given the opportunity to review the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage.  I was really excited to get to drive it for a week because I knew NOTHING about Mitsubishi.  With a new teenage driver in the family and one that will be driving very soon, I was very interested in checking out this smaller car.  For the past 17 years I have only owned SUVs and Mini Vans because I was always toting kids around but the price tag on those types of vehicles is way beyond what I want to spend on a first or second car for my kids.


The first thing I loved about this car is that it gets up to 44 miles to the gallon on the highway (or 37 mpg in the city).  This makes it the perfect car for those that have to drive to work each day or for those starting off to college without a lot of money to spend on gas.  In fact, the 2015 Mirage is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered non-hybrid in America.


The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage can seat 5 and is protected with 7 airbags including side curtain airbags, driver’s side knee airbags and advanced dual-stage front airbags.  Plus with the 3-point seatbelts and head restraints for all seating positions, this car is built to keep you safe in the case of an accident.


Some of my favorite features of this car were the backup camera, the automatic climate control, the Bluetooth capability for hands-free phone calls, the CD player and radio, the navigation system and keyless push button startup.   I seriously love that you don’t need a key to lock and unlock your doors.  You just keep a remote “smart key” in your purse or pocket and it will detect that it is close-by and you just push a button to lock or unlock the doors.  That is so much easier than digging through my giant purse to find my keys that sank to the bottom.  Also you can NOT lock your smart key in your vehicle, it will beep to let you know and it will just not lock until the smart key is out of the vehicle.


For a smaller sized car, the truck is plenty big to load in groceries or other necessities.  Plus you can fold down the seats to give extra room for times that you need a little more space.

Depending on which features you add to your model, you can get the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for as low as $12,995 which makes it very affordable.  You can choose from colors such as Infrared (like I drove), Sapphire Blue, Kiwi Green, Plasma Purple, Cloud White, Mystic Black, Starlight Silver or Thunder Gray.

To find out more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage, head over HERE.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-620 Small-in-One Printer


The Epson Expression Premium XP-620 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier delivers unbeatable photo quality for vivid borderless photos up to 8×10 and outputs documents with sharp text.  You can also print high-quality graphics onto CD/DVDs.  The auto 2-sided printing saves time and money, while a dedicated photo tray and 2.7″ LCD mean your printer is always ready to print photos and more. Plus, you can share photos in more ways than you imagined. With the ultimate wireless connectivity, this ultra slim all-in-one prints from smartphones and tablets.  Do you want to share old family photos?  You can scan them directly to Facebook or the cloud.

Setting it up was pretty easy… I just used the step by step guide and it was ready to go in 6 steps:

  1. Unpack
  2. Plug in power and turn on
  3. Install ink cartridges
  4. Load paper (make sure tray is completely closed or it won’t print)
  5. Connect the Fax line
  6. Install software


When loading paper, there are 2 trays with slider bars so you can fit different sizes of paper and photo paper. Plus there are so many options to help create the perfect photos.


The first thing I wanted to print was tags for my Merry Kiss-Mas holiday jars (details on how to make them will be coming soon).  Its hard to tell from my photo but the colors came out so bright and pretty.  These tags are going to look GREAT on my jars.


The Print on CD/DVD feature is very cool.  This would be great for creating memory photo CDs and cute video DVDs for relatives at Christmas time and putting your child’s picture on the CD/DVD.  Or if you are into creating your own music, you could create a graphic for your CD so it isn’t just a solid plain color.  You can use your own photos or one of their stock photos.  I made one up to put all my kids pictures on from this year.


Because there are 5 ink cartridges, you only need to replace the color that has run out. No longer will you need to buy a high priced cartridge just because one color ran out of ink.  And the double sided printing will save you money on paper so with both of these features, this printer can pay off over time !

I love that you can print lab quality 4×6 photos in as fast as 20 seconds.  This way there is very little waiting when you want to share photos with family and friends that come over.

My favorite feature is that you can print wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone or computer.  And because Epson is a member of the Mopria™ Alliance – a non-profit membership organization working to promote the expansion of mobile printing. The XP-620 is Mopria-certified, meaning it will work seamlessly with the Mopria Print Service and the built-in Printing Framework in Android v4.4 or later (KitKat), allowing users to easily print documents, emails, photos or web pages regardless of brand, device or operating system.

You can purchase the EPSON Expression Premium XP-620 Small-in-One Printer from major retailer stores nationwide for only $149.99 (right now its only $99.99 on Amazon).

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Zoomer Zuppies Robotic Dogs #ZoomerLove


You might recall Zoomer, the robotic, trainable, and incredibly fun to play with dog from Spin Master! These adorable pups made their way to our world last year and this year, they are introducing a new addition to the Zoomer family, Zoomer Zuppies ! These super cute little dogs each have a name, style, and personality all their own.  They include multiple sensors that enable them to play games and sense nurturing touch that increases their emotion gages.  In other words, the more you nurture and play with them, the happier they’ll be and the more they’ll share with you!

You can choose from several different puppies including:

  • Roxy
  • Candy
  • Scarlet
  • Spot
  • Lilac
  • Gemma
  • Noble

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I received Scarlet which came with a sheet of stickers so I could customize her the way I wanted.

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She has sensors all over her body so she knows if you are giving her attention.  If left alone for too long, she will become sad and start to whine.  Kevin was cracking up at how sad she gets when left alone.

  • Tap or rub her head to give her attention
  • Press her back for different modes and to check for happiness levels
  • Press her nose for fun sounds
  • Chest detects hand movements

You can even play different activities with her such as Pixel Smash, Fast Hands, Higher Lower, Music Play and Guard Mode. And there are secret way to unlock tricks (found in the instructions).

This is sure to be one of the hot toys this Christmas so I will make sure to post when deals come up in stores !!!


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Surprise Mom for Christmas with the New Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away


Shark makes complete home cleaning more convenient than ever with the new Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away, designed to clean hard to reach places better than any vacuum ever before. With unprecedented mobility to reach under furniture, the new Powered Lift-Away offers consumers the ability to lift away the vacuum’s wand or pod so users can clean above floors and reach further under furniture.

The Powered Lift-Away mode was created with easy maneuverability in mind, to enable users to reach all the way under furniture and target dirt without any heavy lifting or moving. With new Fingertip Controls, the Shark also allows for a seamless transition between hard floors and carpet cleaning.

Designed with a HEPA filter and Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, the vacuum captures and holds 99.99 percent of dust and allergens to maintain a clean and healthy home environment for allergy sufferers.

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away includes the following features:

  • Rotator power nozzle with motorized brush that deep cleans and reaches further under furniture
  • Powerful LED headlights on the nozzle and handle to improve visibility under furniture or in dark, hard-to-see spaces
  • Fingertip Controls for easy transitions between hard floors, carpet and area rugs
  • Hard Floor Genie bare floor attachment picks up large debris and fine dust in one easy step
  • Extra-long 30 foot power cord provides maximum range for cleaning large spaces
  • Specialized tools to offer versatility in cleaning include a premium pet power brush, upholstery tool, flexible crevice tool and canister caddy


I was sent one of these to review and let me tell you, it is amazing beyond any other vacuum I have ever owned.  I used to have a Dyson for many years before it broke and I THOUGHT I had a good vacuum until I got this one.



I love having the ability to remove the front canister to fit under low furniture and shelves.  I actually have several pieces of furniture that I can now get under with this Shark vacuum cleaner.


The light on the front really helps me to see the dog hair on our wood floor.  Its actually kind of scary how dirty my floor was when I thought it was clean.  I just couldn’t see the dog hair and dust until now.  GAG !


Also being able to remove the debris canister makes it simple to empty.  With 2 dogs and 2 cats and 2 kids, I vacuum up a LOT of hair and dirt.  Being able to empty it easily is a big plus.

Another feature I like is that you can move from hard floors to a rug with just a slide of a button on the handle.  This is perfect for me because we have tile, wood floors and several rugs.


The Hard Floor Genie with terrycloth wrap-around is perfect for hard wood floors that get dusty.  In the front it sucks up debris while the cloth wipes up dust that the vacuum may have missed.  Once you have finished, you can easily remove it and toss it into the washing machine.

As you can see, this vacuum is truly AMAZING and I would highly recommend it to everyone !!!

Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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Sanus VTM21-S1 Soporte iPad Mount


The Sanus Soporte iPad Mount keeps your iPad safe, clean and protected, at home and on-the-go.    It comes with a case with magnetic backing, a base with hardware to attach it to a wall and a stand to keep on your desktop.  You can easily view your iPad Air at eye level in both portrait and landscape modes.  You can also mount it on a wall or under your cabinets.


The magnetic MagFit case will easily attach and detach your iPad from any metal surface you’d like. Place your iPad on the refrigerator so you can view recipes, email, your family’s calendar, etc.  Take your iPad to garage and attach it to your toolbox, so you can easily follow online directions for your latest project.


Its unique back surface is specially engineered to enhance your grip.  And because of how the magnetic is attached to the back, it is super easy to attach and detach the case to move it from surface to surface.


I received the mount for the iPad Air and absolutely LOVE it. I really like how easy it is to switch from a stand, to the fridge, to a wall mounted base.  This is perfect for me because I use my iPad to play games at night (Yes I am a Candy Crush addict) but also use it to read recipes while in the kitchen.  Being able to move it around easily is a big plus.

If you like to take your iPad with you, you may want to use this with the Apple Smart Cover which is compatible with this mount.

If you want to purchase this Sanus iPad mount, head over to where you can get it for only $78.99


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