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Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

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Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

How much do you love your essential oils? If you are like me you love using oils. Everyone has their preferred way to use oils. Many rely on them for healing, some may use them to make household cleaners and beauty products and my preferred usage is to fill my home with pleasant aromas (I’m a Mom of boys, so….)

Gurunanda has many essential oils and diffusers and now they have some portable diffusers so you’re oils can leave you pleasant aroma wherever you go. The Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential OIl Diffuser for the Car is more than just a unit that can fit in your car’s cup holder. It comes with a USB cord as well as a plug for the cigarette lighter unit of your car.

I see this essential oil diffuser as useful in a hotel room, in the RV and even at your personal work space. I have USB ports on my laptop so when traveling or at my home office I can plug in right near me and burn some lavender or peppermint if I have a headache or stomach aches. It has the ultrasonic mist so it is great for healing.

More Features include:

  • Water Capacity: 55 ml
  • No wick required
  • Overheating protection.
  • Auto shut off when water is low
  • Compatible with most laptops or USB wall/car outlets, cable included
  • ETL certified

Modes of Operation

    • Continuous mode – Mist lasts up to 4 hours.
    • Intermittent mode – Mist lasts up to 8 hours.

While visiting Gurunanda to learn more, see their new Essential Oils Roll Ons! I actually own a few roll ons and the Gurunanda Jasmine Kiss is by far my favorite scent. Every time my eye catches the bottle even if I’m just at home with no plans, I stop to open it and swipe my wrists or neck to just have the scent near me.

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3 Meguiar’s Holiday Gift Kits for Cars

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Shopping for the guys? That is such a feat and when they want something they usually get it themselves leaving few ideas. Last year I shopped hard for my husband on several gifts and the most popular was the gift our 9 year old gave him. I let him loose in the store to find his Dad a gift and he ended up in the car aisle and started grabbing cleaners.

My husband loves the Meguiar’s brand and so we grabbed a variety and a bucket and new microfiber towels and made a gift basket. You don’t have to stand in the aisle and guess what makes a complete car care kit because Meguiar’s has several kits already put together and ready to wrap.

3 Meguiar’s Holiday Gift Kits for Cars

 

  • Meguiar’s® Clean & Shine Car Cleaning Kit, sold exclusively at Kmart and Sears, includes Deep Car Wash, Gold Class™ Quik Wax®, Quik Interior Detailer and Perfect Clarity™ Glass Cleaner.

 

  • Meguiar’s® Complete Car Care Kit, sold exclusively at Walmart, includes a 16-ounce Gold Class™ Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner, 15.2-ounce Ultimate Quik Wax®, 15-oz Hot Shine Tire Foam, 24-ounce Perfect Clarity™ Glass Cleaner, 16-ounce Quik Interior Detailer Cleaner, 2.5-ounce Whole Car Air Re-Fresher Odor Eliminator – Spiced Wood, 16-ounce All Purpose Cleaner Spray, Car Wash Sponge and Microfiber Towel. 

 

  • Meguiar’s® Essentials Car Care Kit contains a variety of products you’ll find on any auto enthusiast’s wish list. The kit is exclusively available on Amazon and includes a 48-ounce Ultimate Wash & Wax, 15.2-ounce Ultimate Quik Wax, 15-oz Hot Shine Tire Coating, 24-ounce Perfect Clarity™ Glass Cleaner, 25 wipe canister Quik Interior Detailer Cleaner Wipes, Meguiar’s Yellow 3.5 Gallon Bucket, 8” x 10” Microfiber Wash Mitt, full size 22” x 30” Water Magnet® Microfiber Drying Towel and 3 full size 16” x 24” Supreme Shine® Microfiber Towels.

No matter your budget you can find the gift that will get used and a brand very well-known and loved by car enthusiasts. Meguiar’s Ultimate Quick Wax is the only wax my husband uses on all of our cars. I love the using the Hot Shine Tire Foam because spraying a layer on my tires adds that finishing touch to a clean car.

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Tips On Negotiating The Best Car Price

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Tips On Negotiating The Best Car Price

Almost more dreading than deciding on the car you want is the negotiating process at the dealership. We have 2 older boys and my husband and I can’t hold onto cars for long so we are typically in a car dealership a few times a year. Not only are we in a dealership for ourselves but because friends and family ask my husband to come car shopping with them because they know how much my husband loves the negotiation process. It is a bit of a weird obsession he has as a negotiator. So I had him help me gather our thoughts into 3 (proven by us over and over again) negotiating tips when buying a new or used car.

Do Your Homework

You have searched cars galore and now you have narrowed it down to a model or 2 you may be leaning towards. This is where you begin your pre-dealership visit homework. When you hear the words from finance at the dealership “We’ll make you a great deal”, do you really know what a great deal on that car is? Not if you haven’t done your homework. We like using Cars.com to search for fair market values on the exact cars we want to look at.

Grab a notepad and pencil and write down the make/model of cars you want to see. List the fair market value that matches the exact features/series for that car. Do this for all of the cars you wish to see so it is handy in a moments notice. Make sure you keep Cars.com or the Cars.com apps available incase you find yourself liking a different model than you anticipated. Now, you have a number and a “great deal” will be that number or below.

Note Your Bottom Line

You know the fair value so now you can find your best bottom line! This will be what you want to pay after your trade in or down payment, etc.. Here is an example of the tone you can use in negotiation (right away) when it comes to fair value and your bottom line. For this example I plugged my car into Cars.com – 2016 Honda CR-V Touring Edition. I then clicked on comparison tool and see that the lowest it has sold for is $34,156 and the highest is $35, 139 with an average price of $34, 648. That gives me a good start to find my bottom line.

“I have a … to trade in. My bottom line is $34, 700. I know that fair value is $34, 735  so I am not asking for too much to come in at my bottom line. I don’t care how you work the numbers. You can discount the car or change the trade-in value on my old car but I need that bottom line top be $34, 735 (after registration fees).”

They may try and say you need to put more down (hence, the price becomes more than your bottom line), but you can tell them to please go back and rework the cost and trade in to get you to that number you gave. You may have to have a down payment especially if the car you trade in is a lot lower in value. Know your comfortable down payment mark and if they are close-get them closer!

Be Prepared For A few Hours Time (and no kids)

Most dealers play a game of wearing you down. You come in with a fair value, a bottom line and down payment and they will still try and stay away from your mark. Be prepared to send the dealer back to the sales manager again and again and be prepared for the finance guy to be “busy” and make you wait for a response. This wears you down fast. You just want to accept and go home. We have never walked out of a dealership because we allowed them to break us down-ever!

Keep the kids at home or with a sitter and most importantly, be prepared to walk away with no car! We have done that more than once. When they play hard to negotiate we turn to a phrase something like this,

” Listen. We don’t NEED this car today. You are our first dealership stop. It looks like we are too far apart so we will be taking off. Thank you so much for your time.”

If you have to walk away it is most likely because that truly is going to become your best deal. We have done it and we have been called back with the deal we wanted. We have also used it as leverage for the next stop by explaining to their team that we walked on place one for being too far off. It is a process and you need to be prepared to spend hours and even walk away and start again. In the end, it is your money and your monthly payment that will become your reward for taking the proper time.

So, head on out. Cars.com is truly a must visit before you head to the dealership. My note above says this is a sponsored post, but I am serious when I tell you that we never head out to shop before using their website to do our homework. I am honored now that I can team up with them for this post. We use it to browse cars, read reviews and find fair values. Plus, when you tell a dealership you found the fair value on Cars.com it is hard for them to argue with you. Hold your ground, it will work out for you and your wallet.

I’m curious, did you learn something new here? Are you less intimidated to car shop now?

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Touch Up Your Car Imperfections with Chipex #Giveaway

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Last week my Chipex arrived and I was heartbroken. It came after I traded my car in. It was a last minute decision to trade in my taffeta white CRV and take advantage of the new 2016 finance offer we came across so I went on the hunt for someone I know with a Honda in taffeta white and found someone who had that color on a civic and went to work on those chips in her paint. There are 3 steps to the repair process and on the first spot which was the bumper, the tasks were only daunting in making sure you are doing each step correctly. However once you get through the first repair it becomes addicting as you want to fix all blemishes. She continued all around the civic catching all the rock chips and other blemishes. It blends so well you want to just keep finding spots to repair.

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This was the bumper fix. Just look at the difference! Now do you see why you become so fixated in finding every spot you can to rub in and polish out? Below is a door repair and hood repair. We got the same great results.

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The Chipex Steps are as follows (simply put):

  1. Apply the paint with gloved hands or included brush. Allow to dry 40 seconds to 5 minutes depending on area size and paint amount used.
  2. Apply a small amount of blending solution to the included cloth and gently run across area, removing excess paint. Let dry a few minutes.
  3. Apply a small amount of finishing polish to the included  microfiber cloth and run over treated area. Let dry to a haze for a few moments then remove with the same cloth

Chipex Screenwash

Now Chipex not only has these chip repair kits you can buy in any size and easily find you car’s paint color to get the right shade, but they have more. I also have the Screenwash. This solution goes right into your windshield wiper reservoir and does wonders on your windshield for the rain and freezing temperatures. The Screenwash repels rain from the screen, delivers clear vision in any weather, anti-freeze to -5 degrees and tips on lowering that freezing point are included and it removes smears.

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Since my car is only days old and under 50 miles, my reservoir is full right now. So, my husband stole it for his car. You simply add about 1/4 of bottle on first fill and less on the subsequent fills. There is even a window guide with markers so you add just the right amount each fill. Because this is our first fill, we filled until bottom of the first line as shown below. This only costs you $19.99 and will last for about 7 fills. That is a great value. Make sure you get your bottle for the rain and snow hit.

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Three Ways to Save on Car Repairs

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For many families, car repairs are the budgetary Bermuda triangle where money mysteriously disappears. Car repairs have a way of being urgent and unavoidable, especially if you need to travel around the suburbs. Unfortunately, there is no way to plan in advance what repairs you will need, when you will need them, or how much they will cost you. In fact, the only thing you can be certain of is that something is going to break at the worst possible time. When these costs do arise, there are a few ways that you can make them easier to handle.
1. Invest in Preventative Maintenance
Cars are complex machines. Seemingly unimportant issues can quickly morph into huge problems if they are left unattended. If you want to stop small problems from escalating, then you should invest some effort into creating a schedule for having regular preventative maintenance performed on your vehicle.
For example, you should be able to recognize when you need to get your oil changed, when your serpentine and timing belts need to be replaced, and when your tires need to be rotated. While there will be costs associated with some of these tasks, they will be predictable and minimal compared to the costs you will incur if you neglect to have them performed.
2. Choose Pre-Qualified Providers
Everyone has at least one story about getting ripped off by a crooked mechanic. If you do not know much about cars, then you are basically at the mercy of the experts. Some mechanics capitalize on this situation by charging unfair rates for their services. Even if you do suspect that you are being taken for a ride, so to speak, there is usually not much you can do about it.
However, it is entirely possible to find honest mechanics if you know how to look for them. In fact, some local auto insurance providers take the job out of your hands by compiling databases of area repair shops that they consider to be trustworthy. The next time you need to take your car in to the shop, find out if your car insurance agency offers this type of assistance. If so, you will spend less time shopping around for good service, and you will end up feeling confident that you are paying a fair price for a job well done.
3. Do Your Own Repairs
One of the strongest cost drivers for car repairs is the price of labor. If you are already handy enough to have a well-stocked tool box, then you can save a great deal of money by doing certain repairs yourself. For example, if you change your own brake pads, you will go to bed that night over $250 richer than you would have if you had taken your car to a mechanic. YouTube videos are extremely useful tools for learning to make these fixes, but you can also consult your vehicle’s repair manual for help.
The Road to Savings
Car repairs are unavoidable, but it is possible to at least ease the financial blow that they bring with them. Take maintenance and repair matters into your own hands when you can. When you can’t, use whatever resources you have available to you to find honest service providers. Remember, in the end, the most important thing is that your family ends up with a safe vehicle to take from Point A to Point B.

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3 Popular Holiday Gifts Ideas from Best Buy #HintingSeason

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Chances are you have more than one electronic item to buy as a gift this season. Kids of all ages and adults are all geared up these days to wanting the electronics that bring them games, entertainment, music and on-the-go gadgets. I am a Best Buy rewards member and when we shop electronics, we always use Best Buy first. We get great cash back with our rewards and the price matching they do is a smooth transaction every time. The knowledge of the employees is always outstanding and shopping Best Buy is an experience more than just another store stop. Whether the electronic you have on your list to buy is for gaming, music or the traveler, Best Buy has the top-rated brands.
For the Traveler

The Garmin and TomTom GPS unites are still a popular gift. We all know that GPS is available on our cell phones, but we also know the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. If you have a teen or a loved one who drives a lot, the GPS units can give you the peace of mind that they are not reaching for their cell phone while trying to navigate or even take calls. These units have come a long way since there original debut. They provide hands-free calling with bluetooth connectivity, weather and traffic updates. 
There are 3 hit GPS models you can choose from proving to be a popular choice at Best Buy right now. The Garmin 52LM has a 5.0″ display screen, lifetime map updates of 49 states, lane assist with junction view, displays your speed limit and arrival time and spoken turn-by-turn navigation. The Garmin 2597LMT also has a 5.0″ display screen, map updates of 49 states, lane assist with junction view, speed limit display and arrival times. What you get with tis unit compared to the 52LM is auto sort of multiple destination, choice of route set up, voice recognition and lifetime traffic updates. The 3rd option is the TomTom Go 50s with a 5.0″ display screen, text to speech, traffic updates, 3D maps (US, Canada, Mexico), advanced lane guidance and choice of route set up.
For the Music Lover

We all love our speakers and headphones so that we can listen to our playlists anywhere-at the gym, while cleaning house, washing our car or playing and cleaning outdoors and quality in the sound is a must for music lovers. I personally use the JBL Reflect brand of in-ear headphones for the gym. I love the comfort and they stay in my ear no matter what level of intensity I am working out at. If you have a music fan on your list, there are 3 popular gift ideas from the quality JBL line. 
The JBL Charge 2 is a wireless bluetooth speaker (the blue speaker in the photo above) that gives the bass they want with added features of a hands-free conference speaker phone and a social mode that allows up to 3 users to take turns playing their own playlists through this one speaker. Their is 15W power in this little speaker and 1-5/8″ woofer. The battery is top notch with its 6000 mAh lithium-ion battery. A popular choice for the social music lover such as a college student or in a workshop or gym where they may be around others who wish to show off their playlists with each other. The JBL Flip 2 is another wireless bluetooth speaker (the red above) is superb on sound clarity. It has the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation with a state of the art microphone system to pickup calls on the speaker. Great for the office worker or at home as you house clean or want background music. The third JBL gift idea is the Reflect Earbud Headphones (these are the exact ones I happen to use at the gym and LOVE them)! These headphones have a sweat proof ergonomic design and a 5-hour rechargeable battery. The reach of the cable is up to 40 feet. They are bluetooth connected and have magnetic clasping capabilities so that the headphones stay neat for storage. Great for the athletes and those who need an earbud to stay put comfortably with a lot of movement. 

For the Gamer



Will Xbox ever stop improving? Likely not! Microsoft does gaming right (and I’m not just saying that as a dedicated Seattleite). The Xbox One is a very popular choice this season and chances are someone you know is expecting one for the Holidays. Here is why the Xbox One is a popular choice in the chance you have not heard of all of the features.

The Xbox One supports the best exclusive game titles and connects you to all of your devices. You get access to the latest TV shows and movies through the apps as well as all of your media. It is equipped with 500GB of storage and a powerful network to flawlessly connect with more than 300,000 servers.


Remember Best Buy for your holiday gifts and don’t forget to scan your rewards card. That is free cash back to you on every purchase!

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free