KIA Sorento :: Recommended Family Car

It’s been a joke around here for years that I should drive a bus. And these days, it has never been truer.

KIA Sorento

For months, we rented a 15 passenger van each day to pick up kids for football practice and for games on Saturdays, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to participate. Because my small 4-door sedan that seats 5? It just wouldn’t cut it.

And honestly, on a regular daily basis, it’s not cutting it very well with our 14 year old who is nearing 6 foot.

We recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Kia Sorento. And y’all. While it’s not the size of a bus, compared to my smaller 4-door sedan, it proved to be just what this momma needs.

Kia Sorento Review

With seatbelts for 8, I could haul nearly half of a football team. For real. While Bryan is all about the gas-mileage and practicality, one of my favorite features? The panoramic moon roof. It opened across the back seat, and made for great views on a clear night.

KIA Sorento Panoramic Sunroof

I will have you know – we put the cargo area to the test with a trip to Sam’s Club. Food to feed these growing teenagers takes up a lot of space. As does football equipment.

Here is a Vine video of just how much the cargo area of the Kia Sorento will actually hold ::

Features I Loved About the 2014 Kia Sorento

  • It was luxurious and sporty – all in one. The space offered was a dream for this mom of tweens and teens. As was the way it handled.
  • UVO – It’s the Onstar system for Kia. I am all about safety, especially with as much traveling as I do with the kids. This feature was very important to me.
  • Satellite Radio – There are actually 3 different Satellite Radio options with this model. Hello? A dream for my music loving teens. Especially on a road trip.
  • Blinkers on the side-view mirrors. It really is the little things, y’all.
  • Rear camera. Since our driveway is often full of bikes, skate boards, and rip-sticks, this mattered. Greatly. It often came in handy too in parking lots.
  • The seats were large and comfy. As simple as that sounds, comfort in a vehicle matters – especially on long trips. And both front seats were electronically powered – not just the driver’s seat.
  • The dashboard was like a candy store for kids. After a week, I know I didn’t take advantage of all this car had to offer. I am a fan of the radio and phone controls on the steering wheel. And the blue tooth ability to talk on the phone through the radio speakers. Hello, added safety feature.
  • We could also connect an iPod and operate it through the touchscreen interface.
  • Both front seats offered heating and AC controls, as well as the back seat. Despite the fact we live in south Florida, I am a fan of heated seats. Anything less than 70°, and I am cold. Bryan, not so much. So, the dual-control feature allowed for a win-win.
  • The third seat was optional. You can see in the video above that we laid the third seat for added cargo space. And the third row was roomy enough to fit tall teens, or an adult.

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

KIA Sorento

As a family, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the car and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a vehicle with space, but does not want to feel like you are driving a bus. And also does not want the investment of a large SUV gas-guzzler.

The 2014 KIA Sorento – a highly recommended mommy-mobile. That you will look forward to driving.

Every single time.

** I was given a 2014 KIA Sorento to drive for a week and share my experience. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own. Because y’all know I have them.**

Filed Under: Favorite Things, Reviews

Nail polish, a trip to the liquor store and moving boxes

Oh my gosh, my fingers are touching a keyboard and writing a blog post. Like a half-way real one.

Do I need to point out the obvious that it has been really quiet around here lately? On this blog. Not in my head, y’all. It’s noisy as all get-out in there, which is honestly why it has been quiet here.

The first couple of weeks after the holidays we were in recovery mode. We spent two fantastically-awesome weeks with our families in Arkansas, and came home to complete chaos. Unpacking and laundry from hell. I still haven’t recovered from that. Nor have I hung up all of the clothes from that trip.

Don’t judge. I’m keeping it real here.


We are moving.



Like – have to pack up all of our crap beloved possessions that have become comfy within these walls for the last 5+ years.

Which doesn’t sound like a long time to many of you, but I will have you know we have lived in this house longer than any other during our marriage.

And we have been together almost 18 years.

Eighteen years, y’all.

Eight. Teen. Years.

But that’s for another post.

So, in recent weeks? In the midst of football season being back in full-swing and an insanely-heavy workload, our house sold aaaaand we have a very limited time to move.

Fast forward a couple of dozen houses and my panic-mode to find a house, I fell in half-way love with a house last Monday. We both met with the realtor on Wednesday and made an offer. Finalized paperwork on Thursday, and hope to know something by the first of the week. In the meantime, feel free to pray. Because right now, I don’t have Plan B.

moving boxes

We have started collecting boxes. Kind-of.

Honestly? I have done next to nothing to prepare for this move.

A friend brought us a stack of boxes, a tape gun, and a couple of rolls of tape last week.

I snagged 3 boxes from Walgreens liquor store yesterday. But that was only because I was there for beer and lucked-up that they were setting empty at the front counter and the clerk said absolutely!

I considered that killing two birds with one stone. Or one trip, mind you.

This weekend was supposed to be when I dove deep into purging and sorting and making sense of life around here, but instead I have found myself burying myself in work and in complete denial that we are moving.

Oh, and I got a pedicure. Because sometimes sanity comes in the form of a seasonal color of OPI.


:: Ultimate Pinterest Party – find new, fun-filled Pinterest boards to follow – and add your own for others.

weekend links

:: Weekend links ::

One pot pasta. This is on our menu this week with rice pasta. Before I pack the stock pot.

I have a feeling my crockpot and I will be better friends than usual during this transition. And thankfully, I just found this slew of recipe ideas on Pinterest.

I love this idea for a wall. Or at least a portion of it.

Y’all know I am all about raising independent kids. Here are Ten Ways To Make Sure Your Kids Don’t Grow up all Moany and Dependent

And since I have been in the habit of trying new things - and because I do well just keeping kids alive – I am excited to add some of these to our surroundings. Ya’ know…. when we move.

Filed Under: Real Life