kia-optima-hybrid-2015Earlier this month, I attended ShiftCon, a first of its kind blogger conference – it’s all about green living and the food movement. It’s the perfect conference for me, so I was beyond thrilled to be able to attend this year.

Since it was held in Los Angeles, I was able to drive there. I had to drive my kids all the way to San Diego to stay with my sister, and then all the way up to LA for the conference. Then of course back to San Diego to pick up the kids and back to my sweet mountain home after that.

That’s a lot of driving in one weekend. So I didn’t want to take our all wheel drive SUV to the conference – it uses too much gas! I was so fortunate to be able to drive the 2015 Kia Optima EX Hybrid over the weekend. I drove the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid last year and loved it, so I was thrilled to drive the latest year’s model.

The total trip was around 585 miles over the weekend. See – I told you it was a lot of driving! And guess what? I only used one tank of gas! I didn’t even have to fill up the car until after we got back home. Amazing, amazing, amazing. It made me feel good to drive a very green car to a green living conference :-)

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This December the Green Moms Network wants to help everyone live healthier naturally during the Naturally Healthy Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy MotheringEasy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner, from December 2-16, 2014.

Participating in this giveaway hop is a great opportunity to educate your readers on natural health alternatives.

Event Details

Begins: December 2, 2014 at 12:01 AM EST
Ends: December 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST
Price: FREE!
Giveaway Requirements: Min $25.00 prize value; anything that promotes natural health. Some prize ideas include organic or non-GMO foods, natural medicines, essential oils, movies or books that educate about natural health care.
Hashtag: #NaturallyHealthy

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