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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Blogger Signups for Naturally Healthy Giveaway Hop Open

by Chrystal Johnson October 30, 2014

This December the Green Moms Network wants to help everyone live healthier naturally during the Naturally Healthy Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy 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 […]

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Dairy + Sugar Free Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

by Chrystal Johnson October 30, 2014

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Kiva Organic Stevia. When I spent a summer traveling around Asia through college, I fell in love with Japanese culture. After I graduated, I was supposed to teach English in Japan, but chickened out after I got a marketing job. One thing I always loved while […]

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Whimsical Mason Jar Ring Pumpkin Centerpiece

by Chrystal Johnson October 29, 2014

I had been seeing mason jar ring pumpkins all over Pinterest, and I was just dying to give it a try. I do a lot of canning and have a bit of a mason jar obsession. Once you’re done canning something, you remove the ring for storage, then what do you do with it? If you’re […]

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Chatsters Interactive Dolls are a Must Have Christmas Gift

by Chrystal Johnson October 28, 2014

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chatsters. The opinions and text are all mine. While ​Zoë says she no longer likes to play with dolls, Kaylee is going through an absolute doll craze phase. She wants every doll she sees. She loves carrying them around and pretending they’re her babies. […]

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Simplify Meal Planning with Plated

by Chrystal Johnson October 27, 2014

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Plated. I am a huge fan of cooking meals from scratch. I cook from scratch nearly every single night. However, I know some families face challenges in making that happen even though they’d like to. Between meal planning, making shopping lists, going shopping, prepping the food […]

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Mixed Berry Goat Milk Yogurt Smoothie + Kabrita Giveaway

by Chrystal Johnson October 27, 2014

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with Kabrita. From the time Zoë was born, she was sensitive to cow’s milk (even though she has always adored it). While I did breastfeed, I had to supplement with formula for a few months. I had the most troubling time finding a formula that didn’t upset her […]

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Brighten Your Child’s Lunch with Funkins Reusable Napkins {Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson October 26, 2014

Last year, I used far too many plastic baggies in Zoë’s lunch, and I felt bad every single time I did it. This year, I have made a very concerted effort not to send any disposable items in Zoë’s lunch box. I’m proud to say that 2 months into the school year, not a single […]

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Get Crafty Without the Mess with PomTree Kids {Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson October 25, 2014

We tend to get really crafty around here during the holidays – and we love to bake. There is always some sort of a mess from whatever project we’re working on, so it’s nice when I come across projects the girls can do that aren’t so messy. We recently received a couple of adorable craft […]

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