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Even a Minivan Can Have Style

I love driving a minivan. It makes me happy. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not a mom who thinks parenting is a competitive sport.  I am just a practical person.

My children have grown quite a bit from when I first started driving a minivan, but my family still hasn’t outgrown its need. In fact, now that my kids are bigger, it suits us more than ever. With more friends and even more activities keeping them busy, I can haul kids and all their stuff around town like a pro. We have an endless array of sports gear, camping gear, bikes, groceries, or even a van-load of my kids’ growing crowd of friends.  I recently posted a picture online of my minivan loaded with Girl Scout cookies just to make my friends salivate.

However, even though I’m a practical parent, I still want to be pampered while I am at the helm. Fortunately the minivan makers are aware of my desires, and the new minivans are more luxurious than ever before.  Let’s start with the best.  US News and World Report ranks the new 2012 Toyota Sienna as number one out of the nine minivans it rated.

On their website, referring to their new Sienna, Toyota says, “Who says parenting requires sacrifice?” and I have to agree.  Looking at this new minivan makes me salivate. I picture myself with the 8-passenger option with a removable center seat for the middle row.  It has a two moon roofs, and a split screen DVD player for the kids. Those captains seats recline into loungers with a foot rest. I would plug my ipod into the USB port,  or crank the satellite radio option while I drive around town with pure pleasure, knowing my family is safe and comfortable too.

The minivan is here to stay and is still a great choice for a family. If you’re looking for practical purpose and luxury in a vehicle, reviewers recommend the 2012 Toyota Sienna. To find one near you check out Toyota Sienna Deals.  Yes, even a minivan can have style.

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February 23, 2012   2 Comments

Rolling Reviews from the Backseat – Dr Doom’s Fear Fall

Road Trip review from Big Bro, one of Road Trip Mom’s kids!

The most thrilling ride for me  at the Universal Studios Theme Park was in the Islands of Adventure park, and it is called Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall. You enter the ride with your party and are isolated from the other riders.  Before the ride begins, a scary voice comes on and tells you that all safety protocol will be ignored.  Then shoots you straight up into the air at what seems like a million miles an hour, and as soon as it gets to the top it shoots you downwards faster than gravity can pull you.

I had a great deal of fun trying to convince my younger sisters to go on it with me.  They were terrified at first, but after they went on it once they each went four more times. The ride is very intimidating to look at but it is a blast to go on. The lines were also very short when we went with little to no waiting for a seat. The view at the top of the ride is also outstanding, with the whole park in front of you and the beautiful Florida landscape behind you. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who is looking for thrills at this park.

Keep reading for lots of tips on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios theme parks.

NOTE FROM ROAD TRIP MOM: This is a review by my road trip son! He’s helping me out with his own backseat opinions on some of our recent travels.  Let’s give him a hand!

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