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Cars.com Wants To See Your New Car Face! #NewCarFace

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This post is Sponsored by Cars.com. All editorial content is my own

Who likes new car shopping? Oooh sign me up for all of that and then some. No, not really. I am not a big fan of shopping for a new car, usually because I am not in a good place to begin with when it comes time to buy a new car.

Luckily for me, both times when I went to buy my own car, on my own, I had really great experiences. The last time I bought a car, I had the best salesman. He knew I had a car in mind, and some basic features that I wanted, and he took me step by step and made it easy for me. He even helped to get my window replaced when I got a small crack in it days after I left the dealership. I went around town after this and told anyone that would listen about my great experience. If I would have had a phone with me at the time I would have looked like this!

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Do you have a great car shopping experience? I think that we all should promote our best happy stories when it comes to car buying. Tweet, facebook, or instagram your best new car face and not only will we be spreading GOOD stories about buying a car, but you might get your car loan paid off by Cars.com.! That’s right with this cars.com promotion they could pay off your car loan. Now THAT is a reason for a great #newcarface selfie!!!

Post your New Car Face selfie on

  • On Twitter: Upload a photo of your new car + happy new car face. Use #newcarface and mention/tag @carsdotcom in your post.
  • On Instagram: Upload a photo of your new car + happy new car face. Use  #newcarface and mention/tag @carsdotcom in your post.
  • On Facebook: Post a photo of your new car + happy new car face on the Cars.com Facebook wall (as a new post). Be sure to use #newcarface for your entry to be valid.

For more examples of #newcarface entries, additional contest details and rules for to NewCarFace.com.

Rules for participation -

  • Participants can only submit 1 entry during the promotional period
  • Open to legal US residents (excluding MD, NJ and TN), 18+ who hold (or whose immediate family member holds) a qualifying vehicle loan or lease. Begins 7/29/14 at 8:00:00 am CST and ends 1/2/14 at 12:00:00 pm CST. Prize value up to $25k. Subject to the Official Rules at NewCarFace.com.  See Official Rules for full details, including eligibility criteria and qualifying vehicle restrictions. Sponsor: Cars.com, a division of Classified Ventures, LLC.
  • A “New Car” is considered a new or used car bought or leased on or after 1/1/2012.

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Happy Watermelon Day! Recipes and Ideas

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Happy Watermelon Day! What a fun day to have in the middle of a hot sticky summer. It might be everyday in Summer here in Southern California. If you are in the mood to celebrate watermelon day, today, I have a few tips and watermelon recipes for you to try out with your family and friends.

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Music in the Park: What to Pack

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TGIF Jazz In The Park photo via City Of Carlsbad Facebook Page

Summer time is a perfect time to enjoy the Southern California lifestyle.  During the summer months here in Southern California we have a lot of “in the park” events.  The Carlsbad Jazz in the park series is quite the must do with families and young professionals in the area.  Vista has the Moonlight Theatre plays that are outdoors, and there are countless other events that take advantage of our wonderful weather.   But what to bring?

In Carlsbad, during the Jazz in the Park events, you are allowed to bring wine along with outside food, and your own chairs.  The wine part is what has most of my friends excited.  When we all get together at one of these outdoor summer events we all pack a couple of blankets, one to lie on and another to wrap up in, just in case it gets a little chilly.  There will also be plenty of food.  Either sandwiches, or as I like to do, lots of snacks.  Don’t forget the napkins, some silverware and plastic bags for trash.

Food for music in the park summer series in southern california

I tend to like bringing either my cooler or backpack full of my on the go pantry staples.  Bela Sardines has a variety of flavors that I pair with either crackers or a baguette.  Then there will be a bag or two of the either the beef or turkey Perky Jerky, I am partial to the Hot And Bothered flavor.  You can also throw in some nice cheddar cheeses if you have a cooler with ice, and a fruit salad.  I will usually add in some hot wasabi peas for snacking too.  And if I can find them a can of the Wild Planet anchovies.

Don’t forget the WINE!  If you aren’t into carrying big heavy glass bottles that can break, I HIGHLY suggest you grab yourself some of the Friends Fun Wine.  This is great tasting wine or sangria in portable aluminum cans!  NO HEAVY GLASS BOTTLES! They’re convenient especially if you and your friends like different types of wines, no having to decide!  This whole set up is a great go to pack up for most of our get-togethers.

Do you have any outdoor events in your area?  I remember there being some out in Columbia, Missouri when I was staying there.  Let me know what you and your friends get up to during the Summer in the comments below!

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Cocktail Recipe Thursday: Cocktails For Oyster Day

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It seems that everything has their own day now. An up side to this, is OYSTER DAY!! I love oysters, and now that I am older I can even enjoy them raw. August 5th is officially oyster day and whether you like them steamed, barbecued, raw, or in a soup this is the day for you.

But what is a celebration without a few adult cocktails to pair up with the oysters? I have two for you today: Cliffdiver made with CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac and the Sazerac with absinthe and Pendleton whiskey.

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Cliffdiver – Paired with fresh oysters, this cocktail makes a splash!
1 ¼ oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac
½ oz. ginger liqueur
1 oz. apple juice
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
Granny smith apple and fresh ginger slices for garnish
Shake all ingredients together and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with slices of granny smith apple and a sliver of ginger.

sazerac cocktail recipe

Sazerac – This classic cocktail makes a pearl of a pair!
¼ oz. Lucid Absinthe
2 oz. Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye Whiskey
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
½ oz. simple syrup
Lemon peel for garnish
Add all liquid ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Rim the glass with the lemon peel, twist over the surface and garnish.

I like oysters and clams made with butter and white white and garlic. This would be a pair up with some nice crunchy bread. If you are having people over you should just completely go for the theme by turning on some Blue Öyster Cult (more cowbell), and have a cocktail with friends.

Happy oyster day!

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Song of the Day: Halt and Catch Fire Inspired Talk Talk “Talk Talk”

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Lee Pace as Joe Macmillan Halt and Catch Fire

Today’s song is retro in a whole different way. No Sinatra, no Rosemary Clooney, in fact it isn’t even vintage in the same way. I have become obsessed with a new show on AMC, Halt and Catch Fire. It is basically Mad Men in the computer age. I think they even use the same office set as Mad Men’s season 1 for the Cardiff Electric Dallas office.

AMC paired up with Spotify (which I have been using at work to listen to everything) to develop 80s playlists for each of the main characters. I have been listening to these playlists almost every day now and I love them! Each character, from Lee Pace’s sex-driven, success powered mysterious Don Draper-esque leading man Joe MacMillan, to the underground young programmer Cameron Howe (played by Mackenzie Davis), and even the COMPUTER, Giant, gets his own playlist (the party playlist).

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