Why The Chrysler Pacifica Isn’t Your Typical Minivan

My first ‘soccer Mom” vehicle was a Chrysler Pacifica crossover. I never really wanted the whole soccer-Mom van, but with 3 kids and all of them in some type of extra curricular activities – well, it was needed. When I found the Pacifica I fell in LOVE.

Though the Pacifica is no longer a crossover- but a minivan, it still holds the same appeal as it did before – and maybe even more. It still has the sleek sporty appeal it did as a crossover, just more to love.

Besides the amazing features that make driving just more enjoyable, my favorite features on the Pacifica are the safety features -they are par to none.


The ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking and will modulate the brake pressure so the tire can rotate which helps increase the vehicles ability to turn while braking.


Stability control senses automatically when a vehicle is having issues handling – or limits have been exceeded – so it reduces engine power and/or applies brakes to help prevent you from losing control.



Front impact airbags for both the driver and passengers are designed to protect the head during any type of frontal crash.


Side airbags in the front seats are designed to protect the torso if there is a side impact collision. I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear that this is starting to be an standard inclusion in the auto industry.



Overhead airbags though seem excessive, are there to protect the occupant’s heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.



Knee airbags help protect lower extremities from serious injury – which is actually one of the most common injuries in an auto accident.



The pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to keep the occupant in the most optimal seating position during a collision.




The Pacifica is also equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used – which cuts down on car theft.



Visit your local dealership like East Hills Chrysler Jeep for a test drive and find out for yourself how awesome the new Pacifica is!



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Using Lasers to Tighten Your Skin and Make it Look Better

Laser devices have long been used in the skincare industry for many different purposes. Among those purposes are tightening up the skin and removing imperfections through encouraging natural restorative processes within the body. If you want to try using lasers to make your skin better, making a laser appointment is easy because clinics offering such services are everywhere. However, you should prepare yourself by learning what lasers have to offer before you book an appointment.

Lasers Offer Less Expensive Solutions as Opposed to Surgical Procedures

There are several benefits of using lasers to tighten or otherwise revitalize your skin. One of the most obvious benefits in the cost break. If you were to have surgery to tighten your skin you would pay an astronomical amount of money, but laser procedures can often be performed for only a few hundred dollars. Although, you must prepare for the fact that you are likely to need a series of laser procedures in order to significantly improve your skin health.


Lasers Treat Many Different Skin Concerns

Another reason why lasers are so prevalent in the skincare industry is that they can treat a variety of issues. For example, there’s tattoo removal equipment as well as lasers for resurfacing the skin and other lasers which work by generally encouraging the production of healthy cellular building blocks like collagen within the body. The latter are among the lasers most commonly used to treat patients with wrinkle concerns.


How Lasers Can Tighten Your Skin Cells

Lasers may seem magical, but there is science behind the magic. The lasers heat up the skin cells, causing the collagen that helps to hold them together to contract over time. Also, over time your body will start to make more collagen, as well as other proteins and defensive components to repair any minor damage caused by the lasers. At the same cells which were damaged in the past will be repaired, leaving you better off than you were prior to your laser skin tightening appointment.


Calculating Exact Laser Skin Tightening Costs

Calculating the exact costs involved with laser skin tightening can be difficult. How much you will spend will depend on the size of the treatment area and how many laser sessions you choose to have. Each clinic also sets its own prices for procedures. Typically, costs are higher in heavily populated cities. However, in general you can expect to spend as little as $500 or as much as $3,500 per laser treatment session.


Verifying Your Candidacy for Laser Skin Tightening

In order to be a candidate for laser skin tightening you must meet certain criteria. First of all, your skin wrinkles must be mild to moderate. Lasers cannot correct severe skin sags, even over multiple sessions. If you suffer from severe sagging you may require surgical intervention instead.


Another factor which can influence your candidacy for laser skin tightening is the type of skin you have. For instance, your clinician may recommend against the procedure if your skin is too oily because you will be at high risk for burns caused when the laser beam interacts with your excessively oily skin.


All such concerns regarding whether or not you are a candidate for laser skin tightening can be discussed during a consultation appointment at your local skincare clinic. If it is deemed a good idea for you to have your skin tightened with lasers then you will also learn the particulars of the procedure and the expected costs at the consultation appointment. You will be able to ask any additional questions you have about the process before having your skin tightened as well.






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Why a Routine Car Maintenance Schedule is Important for the Life of Your Vehicle

A car maintenance schedule is very important to the life of your vehicle – it’s like your cars regular doctor appointments. Making sure to have regular preventive maintenance is one thing you can do as a car owner to keep your vehicle running and save money on repairs in the future.

Most car owners don’t even realize what their vehicle is lacking – a recent survey showed that

  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil
  • 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid.
  • 18% had dirty air filters.
  • 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels.
  • 16% needed new windshield wiper and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid.
  • 18% needed new belts

Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair. These were people who thought they were doing everything they needed to do to keep their vehicles in the best condition possible – but they were missing a few key steps.

Infograph courtesy of CarCare.org

Read Your Owners Manual
I understand if you aren’t a instructions reader – I usually just dive in to a project too, but you need to pay attention to your owner’s manual. No matter what type of vehicle you drive your regular maintenance schedule is in it – you can find out when the recommended time to change your oil is (it’s different for different cars) , your air filters, driving belts, etc. You will even find out if you are putting the right gas in! There is a ton of information in that book, and all of it is for the benefit of keeping your vehicle in tip top shape.

Check the Fluids
Even if you don’t know how – learn how. It’s very important to check the fluids regularly – not just when you take your vehicle in for an oil change or other routine maintenance. You should check the level of your antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid weekly – a good time to do that is when you fill up your gas tank. Even if your car isn’t leaking fluids one time, it can be the next.  If you’re running low, add more (if you can) or get it changed. Most importantly, never ignore a leak.


Change the Oil Regularly
I can’t stress how important this step is – this is one of the most important. Not only will it improve your gas mileage but it will protect your engine. Also be sure to change the oil filter at the same time. If you are like me, you don’t like to do these things yourself. One it’s just a bit too messy, and two, I’m just a bit too busy. That’s why I take it to a trusted dealership service center, like Atlantic Toyota . 

Check Your Brakes
Make sure not to let your brakes wear down to the metal! That gets expensive and can cause other issues as well –  also wearing down to the metal can damage your brake rotors and possibly your calipers as well. Rotors and calipers are much more expensive to replace than pads.

Tire Check
Rotate Your Tires. Rotating your tires is very important – it reduces uneven wear and tear on the tread and helps extent the life of the tires. It’s recommended to rotate your tires about twice a year or every 6,000 – 7,500 miles.
Tire Pressure.  Did you know that under inflated tires can reduce the life of your tire by 15%? It also can decrease your gas mileage as well. Inflating tires is super easy to do, and you can check them while you are the gaas station as well. I recommend doing that just like when you check your fluids – each gas fill up (or at least every other).

If you start to notice that your car is getting a little shaky while driving, you may want to get an alignment. Keeping the alignment ‘on track’ will help extend the life of your tires and also keep you safe!





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Could Feng Shui Bring Some Calm to Your Home?

When you have a busy house filled with busy, overworked parents and kids of all different ages, relations are sure to become fractured sometimes. Especially when you add teenagers and their flying hormones into the mix! Maybe bad Feng Shui could take some of the blame?

At its most basic level, bad Feng Shui causes conflict whilst good Feng Shui brings harmony. Many people think of Feng Shui as being something better suited to the homes of minimalist childless couples, or elderly yoga enthusiasts. But in reality, it is a practice ideal for bringing calm and harmony to family homes too. Here’s how:

1.Add Wooden Elements to Increase Family Harmony

Wood is one of the most important Feng Shui elements if you want to add the energy of growth, expansion, and vitality to your home. These are all great elements to introduce to the expanding minds of growing children, and will help turn a combative family environment into a collaborative one.

Obviously, there are plenty of different wooden pieces you can add to your family room: new furniture, lamps, and decorative items can all be purchased easily. However, the easiest and cheapest way to add wood elements to your living space is to choose some happy family photos, put them in wooden frames, and distribute them liberally around the room.

  1. Introduce Water to Your Home

Feng Shui believes that the movement of water closely represents the movement of energy in your life and in your home. Moving water also has a calming effect, and will cool firey personalities. As an added bonus, flowing water is also thought to improve the flow of healthy finances into your life too! An indoor fountain is a fun design feature that is sure to attract the attention of your guests (many look like incredible pieces of modern art) and is one of the easiest and most stylish ways to bring water into your interior. A fish tank would also make a fun alternative if you’re looking for a smaller and less impactful statement.

  1. Declutter As Much as Possible

Finally, where there are kids, there is clutter! However clutter and mess is the root cause of many elements of bad Feng Shui. If possible, do what you can to declutter your home (particularly the main living areas when you are your family spend most of your time) to create a better balance and harmony in these spaces.

One of the best Feng Shui decluttering system we’ve seen involves grabbing three bags or baskets (labelled ‘in’, ‘out’ and ‘thrift’) and simply throwing every piece of clutter you come across into one of the three baskets. Limit your decluttering sessions to just 30 minutes at a time, so that the process doesn’t leave the process stealing your energy.

Bringing some simple elements of Feng Shui into your home is much easier than you might think, and you’re sure to be amazed by the changes it will lead to in the overall energy of your home and the mood of your family in a relatively short amount of time.

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Can You Get Healthy & Still Enjoy Your Life?

When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to believe that you have to suffer or make a lot of sacrifices to make it happen. Sometimes, you picture yourself living a boring and basic life, without any fun. And that’s definitely more than enough to put anyone off. But there seems to be so many misconceptions about healthy living out there, most of which are easy to believe. So you’ll be glad to know that, if you do want to get healthy, you don’t have to make too many drastic changes for it to happen. Of course, you are going to have to change your life in a few ways, especially if you want to see a difference, but not all of them are bad.

Because you can get healthy and still enjoy your life. You just have to be smart about how you do it. If you were to try and go cold turkey, and literally live off of cold turkey and start running everywhere, that could be quite challenging. But it’s also not very realistic. So even if, right now, you feel like the unhealthiest person in the world, you won’t be forever. Because we’re going to walk through a few healthy lifestyle changes that can make all the difference, and that will allow you to still be happy with your life too.


Focus On Fuel

When you’re eating just for pleasure, you can find yourself opting for all the wrong things. At the same time, when you let your cravings take control, you can find yourself getting a little in over your head. Because one indulgence often leads to another. So instead, you should try to see food as fuel. When you do, you will find it easier to eat well. Because you’ll start to make decisions based on what’s best for your body, not what you’re emotionally craving.

Go Homemade

Next, you’re going to want to think about cooking a lot more. Although it’s easy to order a takeout, or buying yourself something that’s ready-made, these options aren’t always the healthiest for you. Instead, you should try to cook everything from scratch. That way, you know what’s in your meals, and it’s a lot better for your health too.

Try 80:20

From here, you may also want to think about trying to find a good balance with what you eat. Because this has to still be fun. If you try to eat well 80 per cent of the time, you should definitely think about enjoying what you want for the remaining 20 per cent. That way, you get to enjoy your food, but not overindulge – and it will seem easier to stick to.


Set Some Goals

Up first, you need to think about setting yourself the right goals. Whether you need to lose weight, or you just want to benefit from more energy, goals can help you here. To inspire you, you may want to ready a weight loss success story and look for people that motivate you. You can then write out your goals, which will give you a guideline to work towards.

Find Your Feet

From here, you’re then going to want to work on establishing the right kind of exercise regime for you. Because if it’s not personal, you’re not going to either enjoy it, or what to stick to it. However, when you try out different exercises, you’ll be able to find your feet, and decide on a routine that works best for your lifestyle. Because going to the gym isn’t for everyone, sometimes you need to do a dance class or play tennis to get your workout in and still enjoy it.


But you’re going to have to do more than just try out different things if you want to become healthier. You need to commit to your new exercise regime too. Consistency matters when it comes to all things fitness; it’s how you get results. So no matter how you decide to work out, don’t set impossible expectations for yourself. Because you need to keep it up, whether it’s one day each week or three.

Move More

Above all else, to make this as enjoyable for yourself – and as easy as possible. So you’re going to want to try and be as active as you can in everyday life. Not just with working out. You might be able to bag yourself some quick wins with your activity levels by walking instead of driving or choosing to take the stairs.


Get Out More

You may think that your health is just based on your diet and exercise, but that’s not taking an holistic approach to your health. Because your mental and emotional well being can contribute to your health levels too, and even make everything feel that much easier to stick too. And there are a bunch of health benefits of socializing that you’re not going to want to ignore. So make sure you get out more, you have every excuse to as it’s good for your health.

Find A Balance

If you think that you can’t go out and socialize because you’re trying to be good, then you’re wrong. You just have to learn to be healthy when you’re eating out. And these days, most places offer balanced menus. So what you need to work on here is your mindset, not banning yourself from going out. You need to learn to make the right choices when you do go out, rather than letting yourself slip.

Change Your Mindset

And let’s talk about that mindset of yours, because it can apply to more than just food. Yes, you need to pick healthier choices from the menu, but you should also think about doing healthier social activities too. You don’t always have to go out for a drink with your friends. You could think about playing sports or doing active activities, rather than going for some of the more unhealthy options. That way, you can still have fun, but make healthy choices too.


Include Them Too

First of all, you’re definitely going to want to involve your family in your new healthy efforts too. After all, you’re starting to take care of your body, so why not take care of theirs too? If you really want to be healthy, then it’s important for everyone to be healthy too. And when you do it together, everything can often feel so much easier.

Spend Quality Time

From here, you’re going to want to think about spending some quality time together too. Again, we’re going for a holistic approach here, because your emotional health matters too. And the importance of family time should never be ignored. It could be what you need to feel better in your life too.

Get Active Together

So start to think of the ways you can get active together. Again, when you do it as a family, it can be so much more fun too. Maybe you want to go on hikes or cycle rides? Whatever you decide, getting active together can make things way more enjoyable for you all.

Focus On Mental Health

Finally, you should also think about your mental health too. Because when you’re stressed out, you don’t tend to feel as healthy. So relax more. Take some time out and don’t feel guilty about it. After all, it’s what your health needs! And when you look at it like this, who could ever think being healthy is boring!



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