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About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. Andrea is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms. She also contributes weekly to BabyCenter's Blog, a Los Angeles iVoice for ivillage.com, has run the social media and blog for the children's retailer the Right Start, and is now living in Costa Rica. Connect with me on Google+

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Traveling in style with the Kia Soul

This summer we have been on an epic family road trip around the South and our first stop was in Orlando, Florida. Well, we needed a cool car to get around, so when the fine people at STI Drive offered for me to take the Kia Soul for a ride, I was like – heck yeah!  My kids are 7 & 9 and we are way past mini van stage and I was never a mini van mom anyways, but having older kids that can functional like normal human beings makes your car options really open up. You can see how easy my kids get into the Kia Soul and buckle up in my video about these cool inflatable booster seats, if you need proof.

My week driving the Kia Soul looked a little like this…

Kid Spot

This little hidden gem in Kissimmee was great for our kids, a pint-sized park among the other giant ones in Orlando. Fun Spot has two locations, Orlando and Kissimmee but we hit up the one in Kissimmee location and it was pretty much empty, but only because it was blazin’ hot outside. We were able to jump on all the rides without any long lines. In fact my kids rode the roller coaster at least 15 times without ever waiting in line!

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While I was having fun driving the Kia Soul, my kids got to take a turn behind the wheel of the the classic bumper cars. This is always a fun ride for the kids, it’s not scary and they are in control so the fun is all up to them!

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The go karts at Fun Spot is definitely one of the most popular attractions. My daughter was in for a big surprise on this particular course, because it had a steep drop she was not expecting! She got off the ride full of smiles and her eyes were lit up with excitement. She definitely got a taste of what it’s like to be behind the wheel and drive a little dangerously!

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Tilt-A-Whirl, a classic ride that I can’t really pass up, but I don’t remember getting so dizzy after this ride when I was younger! My daughter and I had so much fun giggling and trying not to lose our lunch.

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Dick’s Last Resort

Next stop in the Kia Soul was Dick’s Last Resort, this place is a hoot! We went here for dinner with both Grandma’s and everyone had a blast. You walk into this joint and it’s loud, colorful and so much going on. Dicks’ Last Resort is know for it’s sassy waiters and waitresses. They are sarcastic and rude on purpose, but it’s all meant to be in good fun. My husband and I ordered the famous I drank most of it, so he drive the Kia Soul safely home.

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Pirates Cove Mini Golf

Another favorite thing to do in Orlando is Mini Golf, because there was hardly any lines!  We went to Pirate’s Cove, because I love good pirate theme. I recommend going here closer to sunset when it’s not so hot, but we went in the early morning so it wasn’t too bad. Mini golf is another activity that my kids and the Grandmas both love, it’s truly fun for all ages!

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Disney World

Of course we rode It’s a Small World at Disneyland, it’s by far my favorite ride.There is something magical about this ride and you see something different each and every time you ride it. Travel is a big passion for me so I love seeing the world in this innocent and whimsical way!

The colorful Kia Soul rocked my world

The Kia Soul rocked my world that week. It was a cool and classy way to get around Orlando and the sassy yellow we could spot a mile away in crowded parking lots, so that was an extra bonus.This is a super stylish car that is perfect for urban families and families that have older kids when you no longer have to bring along the stroller.

This is also a great car for parents to have date nights with, because at some point you don’t want to valet the car that screams “I’m a parent” with juice boxes falling out when you open the car door. I’d also suggest this car for teen drivers, it’s a safe and sweet ride, all of their friends would be super jealous.

Read our review of the Kia Sorento SX - now that has room for strollers, coolers, tents and more!

My video of the Kia Soul is coming soon! I’ll walk you though the car and share more of my sassy thoughts with you!

 

 

 

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Vanity Fair and Women Who Do

I am super excited to announce my partnership with Vanity Fair Lingerie, not only is this a perfect fit {pun intended} but I honestly LOVE the product and the new campaign “Women Who Do™” because that  is exactly what we are all about. This is a powerfully uplifting campaign dedicated to praising and celebrating the everyday triumphs of women everywhere while highlighting the brand’s long-standing commitment to producing quality, luxurious lingerie.

I am not a brand ambassador a lot and I skip doing a lot of sponsored posts on Savvy Sassy Moms because my readers are and my brand is very important to me. I want to bring you honest content and things that I truly believe in and can stand behind. Which is why I am honored to be invited to be a brand ambassador for Vanity Fair Lingerie because I am wild about the product and could not agree with the mission more.

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Vanity Fair and Dress for Success

Vanity Fair has partnered with Dress for Success and is going on a LiftTOUR.  The LiftTOUR  will stop at 70 different locations in 12 major U.S. markets. where for every bra fitting they will donate a bra to Dress for Success.  This is so important because intimate apparel is a much needed item for the organization. Through this partnership, Vanity Fair hopes to provide women with the support they need to be successful.

It might seem simple, but “dressing for success” is so true.  Of course it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when you look good you feel good, giving you the confidence to believe in yourself and achieve more.  This campaign and partnership aims to create a movement where women always feel supported and lifted in their daily lives and are inspired to celebrate the collective power and perseverance of women everywhere. I think we can all get behind that!

“Right now, women everywhere are ‘doing.’ Women are running businesses, families, government and so much more,” said Lis Cravens, vice president brand management for Vanity Fair Brands. “Through our partnership with Dress for Success, Vanity Fair hopes to provide women with the support they need to be successful. Something as simple as a new, well-fitting bra can build confidence and make a great difference in the life of a woman.”

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The Vanity Fair LiftTOUR

The LiftTOUR will travel across the country conducting bra fittings at major retail locations, and for every woman fit, Vanity Fair will donate a brand-new bra to the local Dress for Success Affiliate.

The LiftTOUR will begin its journey in the hometown of Vanity Fair Headquarters in Bowling Green, Ky., and will travel to the following 12 markets: Dallas (July 22 –25), Phoenix (July 29 – Aug. 1), San Diego (Aug. 5 – 8), Los Angeles (Aug. 11 – 28), Milwaukee(Sept. 2 – 6), Chicago (Sept. 9 – 12), Detroit (Sept. 15 – 19), New York City (Sept. 23 – Oct. 3), Philadelphia (Oct. 6 – 10), Cleveland (Oct. 14 – 17), Atlanta (Oct. 21 – 24) and Miami (Oct. 28 –31). The complete tour list will be available on the Vanity Fair website, ForWomenWhoDo.com.

Watch this uplifting video from Vanity Fair and keep doing what you do!

Stay Social with Vanity Fair

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post and I am working as a brand ambassador for Vanity Fair Lingerie.  You will see a series of posts about this amazing campaign and their incredible products over the next few months.  All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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Stylish Laptop Bags by Alesya Bags

Finding stylish tech accessories is easy, but finding a stylish laptop bag can still be very difficult. Tech -savvy women want a quality bag that is practical but we still want it to look fashionable too! If you are a working woman who travels on business, has meetings through out the city each week, attends conferences or even works from home but travels to your local Starbucks to work on occasion – then I have found the perfect laptop bag for you!

Watch as I show you the Alesya Bags, this laptop bag perfectly combines functionality and style for the modern woman! I’ll walk you through each compartment of the Alesya Bag and show you how your laptop and all of your must have essentials fit perfectly into this stylish laptop bag. I could not do this bag justice by simply writing about it, I HAD to SHOW you!

The most stylish laptop bag on the planet!

* Video Correction: These bags are $289.00 but still worth every penny!

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$50.00 OFF the Alesya Bag use code “SSM” at checkout.
Offer ends 7/21/2014

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Alesya Laptop Bags

Stylish Laptop Bags for WOmen

Disclosure:  I was sent a bag for review. All my savvy thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Tracking PixelWyndham Vacation Rentals Summer travel is well underway and with July being National Vacation Rental Month, we’re celebrating with a few savvy travel tips and why you should consider staying in a Wyndham Vacation Rental. Our family has booked vacation rentals several times and I think it is one of the best ways to actually enjoy your family vacation. You can find homes all over the country and in popular summer destinations such as Myrtle Beach, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, Charleston Islands, the Emerald Coast and Hilton Head Island.

The biggest decision when planning a family vacation is, where are you going to stay? Especially if you are staying somewhere for a longer period of time or if you are vacationing with extended family or friends.

A few years ago we spent two weeks in Breckenridge, Colorado and rented a fabulous log cabin home that was big enough not only for us but for a variety of family and friends that came as well. Renting a vacation home allows you to really unpack, relax and settle in somewhere. Our family and friends were able to schedule and coordinate the days they wanted to stay within the two weeks. We cooked dinner every night and the adults relaxed in the hot tub on the porch while the kids watched movies inside. It was one of our most memorable vacations ever.

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One of the biggest reasons we choose to stay in a vacation rental is for the amenities many of them offer, such as fully-equipped kitchens, in-unit washers/dryers, private pools, and plenty of space so we don’t have to feel like we are all on top of one another. Traveling with kids, especially younger kids, there also tends to be a lot of gear that comes with them — not to mention clothes. Being able to do a load of laundry lets you pack a little less or saves you when your kids get sick, spill or make a mess out of their clothing.

You can experience all of those benefits this summer and still get the added bonus of hotel-like amenities at many Wyndham Vacation Rentals properties such as shuttle service, a concierge desk, and housekeeping. It’s truly a win-win and you can also save up to 35 percent off at WyndhamVacationRentals.com.

Savvy Sassy Travel Tip:

Watch this video and hear my #1 tip when staying at a Vacation Rental.
For more information on Wyndham Vacation Rentals visit their website and start planning your next amazing family vacation! 14383469936_208f538ab2_m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

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Does your child like to build with LEGOs and other fun construction sets? Well then, getting them outside this summer and keeping them engaged shouldn’t be a problem with Canoodle!

Canoodle Toy is a building set that connects pool noodles and allows your child to build structures and creative shapes. I had the opportunity to test out the Canoodle Toy this past weekend and it sure drew a lot of attention from the other kids at the pool. Many of the kids came over asking us what it was and if they could help us build!

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Building with Canoodle Toy

The Canoodle Toy comes with tools for connecting your pool noodles. You first start by screwing the noodles onto the screw like tool and then clip the hooks onto the circular shape. This allows you to connect up to four noodles into one round circular shape. the Canoodle Toy sets also come with a tool for cutting the noodles.  By cutting the noodles and making them shorter it is a little easier to build specific shapes, smaller structures, objects or animals. The structure we built was not anything in particular but the kids had a lot of fun swimming around the pool with it and pretending it was their ship.

The noodles may disconnect if the kids are pulling on it, but that was actually part of the fun! The kids have to reconnect it or decide to add on to it.That is another benefit of the Canoodle Toys, the kids have to work together!  I recommend at least 10 or more noodles. We bought ours at the Dollar Tree, so it they were only a $1 each.

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Connect-a-noodle with Canoodle

Canoodle Toy was created to encourage kids imagination, role play, creativity and team work. They definitely bring a new level of play to the basic pool noodle, especially if you have older kids. Not only is this connect-a-noodle toy cool, it’s educational and gives kids lots of creative possibilities.

To celebrate summer and give you an opportunity to stretch your child’s imagination this summer, we are giving away a Canoodle Toy prize pack to one lucky reader!

Canoodle Toy GIVEAWAY

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One WINNER will receive:

The giveaway will include 2 mini building sets and 2 3-piece sets. The mini building set consists of 4 canoodles, 10 connectors, 2 cappers, 1 slider, 1 twister, and one cutter. The more pieces you have, the more creative you can get with the structures.  Retail Value $92

Please enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Get Social with Canoodle

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Looking for something festive but still stylish to wear on the fourth of July? Well, we’re here to help with five fashionable outfits for the 4th of July!

The fourth of the July is an exciting summer holiday and the biggest celebrations of the Summer, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show your American spirit. The problem is, you want to wear something patriotic but you don’t want to look like a walking American flag, so how can you create a festive outfit without looking like a walking American flag!?

You do not have to go over board and chances are you already have something red, white or blue in your closet. Simply add a little festive flair with stripes, a cool vintage flag t-shirt or some fun accessories that will add just a hint of patriotic flair. These best thing about these outfits is that they can be worn long after the holiday weekend and all summer long.  Depending on your style, you can go nautical, vintage, preppy, casual or chic.

Which outfit is your 4th of July Style?

 

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So, which stylish 4th of July outfit would you wear?
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Summer is busy time for traveling and many of you might be hitting the road this summer for a family road trip, and if you are you’ll want to check out the latest BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat. The BubblBum Booster seats have been around for awhile, but they just came out with the latest style NEON, which is actually a black & white chevron pattern but they come in a handy neon pink or neon yellow drawstring travel bag.

Watch this video to see the new stylish pattern that BubbleBum has just come out with and I show you just how easy it is to inflate and install the booster seat. I even get a little help from two expert traveling kids!

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Savvy Sassy Moms puts the inflatable BubbleBum booster seat to the test and shows you just how easy it is to install and safely buckle in your child. The new NEON BubbleBum booster seats have a stylish black and white chevron pattern and come in a reusable neon drawstring bag that makes them perfect for travel.

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The BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat $29.99

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Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Summer is here and it’s time to plan that vacation you have spent all winter long dreaming about! Whether you are escaping to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains or down to Florida’s Emerald Coast, it is the perfect time of year to get away.

What better way to enjoy these fabulous locations than by booking a Wyndham Vacation Rental! From extra space and greater savings to convenient in-home amenities like fully-equipped kitchens and in-unit washers/dryers, Wyndham Vacation Rentals offer a range of valuable benefits.

Since July is National Vacation Rental Month (#VRMonth), Wyndham Vacation Rentals is celebrating with savings of up to 35% off. There’s nothing we love more than a good summer getaway, so we’re celebrating too! Join us for a Twitter party this Tuesday, June 17 starting at 8:00 AM PST/11:00 AM EST celebrating July as National Vacation Rental Month!

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Celebrate Vacation Rental Month!

#VRMonth TWITTER CHAT DETAILS
• Where: On Twitter, using the hashtag #VRMonth
• Hosts: @SITSGirls and Wyndham_Rentals
• When: June 17, 2014 from 8:00-9:00 AM PST / 11:00-12:00 PM EST
• Prizes: But of course! See below for the goodies we’ll be giving away.

Twitter Party Prizes

During the #VRMonth Twitter Party, we’ll be giving away three $50 American Express gift cards.

One grand prizewinner will also walk away with the package valued at approximately $100:

• Monogrammed Extra Large Colored Zip Top Tote Bag
• Monogrammed School Uniform Vertical Rugby Stripe Beach Towel
• Book: How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler

RSVP HERE!

To enter to win, participate with an original tweet (no retweets) using the hashtag, #VRMonth, in response to the Twitter party questions. (4) winners will be selected at random from those that reply to the questions.

Bonus time: We’ll be randomly selecting one winner from the below Linky to receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

Simply add your Twitter ID to the below Linky and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 18 or older. Sweepstakes ends 12pm ET 6/17/14. Void where prohibited.

For Official Twitter Party Rules, which govern this event, go here.

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Stylish Swimsuits for Moms

Finding the right swimsuit is always a bit of a challenge for us Moms, because most of us are not fitting into the skimpy bikinis from our twenties anymore but we don’t want to wear the dreaded Mom-suit either. We also have to keep in mind that we will be chasing after kids and hauling lots of beach gear, not just sipping a margarita reading a magazine.

The price of a swimsuit is another huge deciding factor along with the quality of the suit. The cheap swimsuits usually don’t last the entire summer, the padding in the tops can come out easily or the bright neon pink looks like a pale salmon after the first wash. So finding a brand that can master all these demands that women want in a swimsuit, can be very challenging, but lucky for you I have found Cabana Life.

Rashguards for Women

Not only do they have cute swimsuits but they also make the most stylish rashguards for women I have ever seen!  I’m not the only one who is a fan, apparently they are one of Oprah’s favorite picks too!  Whether you are looking for more sun protection or want to take to the waves, these rashguards are perfect for your summer style.

Real Swimsuits for Real Moms

I am not a swimsuit model but to show you that real moms can wear these swimsuits I’m modeling this gorgeous Cabana Life swimsuit below. The fabric is so soft and comfortable and I love the side tie of the bottoms on this suit.  But just be sure to tie it tight enough so your bottoms don’t fall down!  This is a very true to size swimsuit and I felt very comfortable in it. Sometimes swimsuits have too small of a cut for my bum, but this one covered it nicely without riding up or needing me to adjust it all day long.

The pricing of the swimsuits are $46 – $58 for the tops, $42 for the bottoms and $48 for swim skirts and $79 for rashguards. They also carry a beautiful line of beach cover ups, beach bags, shorts, shoes and other accessories!

Be sure to check out their kids collection of swimsuits and rashguards too!

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What do you look for in a swimsuit? What do you think of Cabana Life?
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House Hunters International Andrea Wanderlust LivingLast year when we decided to move to Costa Rica and we began telling everyone about our big move abroad, they all said the same thing…”You should be on House Hunters International!” We laughed and said yeah sure, but we got other things to do, like get rid of everything and pack! Then my husband went ahead and applied to be on the show and well….

We’re going to be on House Hunters International TONIGHT

To read more and get a sneak peek at tonight’s episode of House Hunters International head on over to Wanderlust Living. I obviously don’t want to give away what house we picked, no spoiler alerts here, but if any of you follow me in Instagram you either already know or you could figure it out by some of the pictures I’ve posted.

I’ll be on Twitter tweeting during the show - @savvysassymoms @andreafellman
So tweet me if you watch and tell me which house you think we should pick!

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Wednesday, June 11th
9:30pm CST / 10:30 EST / PST
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Do you watch House Hunters International?  Have you ever dreamed of living abroad?
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