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    Mercedes-Benz GLE Review with Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge

    It’s been a wild year with not that many things to look forward to, BUT last month, I started a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Baton Rouge that actually has me looking forward to driving around town and even getting stuck in crazy traffic. (How often does one actually look forward to traffic, right?) Let me explain. I was tasked with reviewing the Mercedes-Benz GLE from a down-to-Earth, real-life mom perspective. And I’ll be real honest here, I’m not sure how they expect me to hand this car back over in a month! But before I get ahead of myself, I want to share my top FIVE standout features of this model in today’s Mercedes-Benz GLE review if you’re in the market for a new SUV or interested in taking advantage of the Mercedes Winter Event going on right now.


    Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV review

    1. Room For Little Ones

    There are honestly so many things to love, including the new car smell, and obviously I want to mention the beautiful, sleek exterior, but those two things are pretty much a given. What you might not assume is how much ROOM is inside the GLE. As a mom, having a spacious backseat is the most important part of this car for me. We need enough room for a toddler seat in the back, and we will be adding an infant seat as well.

    With Jordan being 6’4 and me at 5’9, the space between the two rows is KEY. We can both sit comfortably in the second row of the GLE without feeling cramped, and the car seats do not create a problem with the amount of leg room we need in the front seat. As a bonus, there’s even a third row that makes this car a seven-seater, without feeling like youre driving a school bus. I think the optional third row is really what makes this the ideal mom car” without it feeling like a mom car” if you get what I mean.


    2. Touch Screen Technology

    Lets talk about the technology system next! The first thing that catches the eye when you get into the GLE is the impressive touch screen that can be controlled by dual touch pads. You get a fully digital dash that spans door to door along with a console that houses your main touch pad. You also have a mini touch pad directly on the steering wheel, so your hands never have to leave it.

    Both touch pads allow you to navigate your dash screen without having to actually touch it. (Or you totally can touch it, because that part is pretty cool as well.) The main home screen is organized and categorized so that you can find every feature of the car simply by swiping to your left or right on either touch pad.


    3. Hands-Free Phone Connectivity

    While on the subject of technology, I definitely want to mention the wireless charging pad + Bluetooth connectivity for your phone. We are all so attached to our phones which can be a dangerous thing while driving, but the GLE gives you hands-free / phone-free capabilities.

    The charging pad means theres no messing with tangled charging wires. You get in, put your phone down, and it automatically charges as you drive. And once its there, you never really need to pick it up again because the car syncs up to your phone and directs all incoming calls through the dash system. You can answer or hang up directly from the steering wheel – again your hands never need to leave the wheel.

    You can also ask the car to call people in your contact list just by saying “Hey Mercedes…”

    In addition, with a few swipes across the home screen, you can access your phone media to play Spotify, Apple Play, and other music apps without ever having to pick up your phone!


    4. Safety Extras

    Next, I want to share a few of the convenient safety features of the GLE – the first being the automatic blind spot indicators on the side mirrors. I know at all times when there is another vehicle on either side of me, just by glancing at the mirrors – a small little arrow will light up indicating if something is there.

    And of course, you have the rear backup cameras, but another reassuring feature – if you live in a busy neighborhood with kids on bikes – the GLE will automatically brake and stop on its own if it detects something behind you. Theres also a great number of camera views from above and outside of the car for parking lots and an option to have the car actually assist you in finding a parking spot!

    One last safety feature is actually the Mercedes-Benz phone app that will ping your phone if youve left the car unlocked. Directly from the app, you can lock, unlock and even start or stop the car. This is a feature that I never knew I needed until recently – especially getting out of the car with hands full of groceries, or getting a child out of the car. Its easy to forget to lock a door, but the app will alert you in a matter of minutes!


    5. Cabin Atmosphere

    I saved the most fun feature for last – custom mood settings in the cabin. Theres a 64-color LED ambient lighting system that lets you create your own atmosphere inside the GLE. For example, I currently have it set to flow from blue to violet to magenta as I drive, and I can also pick how I want the dash settings to appear.

    I just now discovered this little option, but you can refresh the cabin with ionized-purified air that can be infused with a scent… this is so crazy right? The options range from Joy, Refresh and Wellbeing. I think a lot of us probably need this refresh and wellbeing option after a long 2020.

    I love how customizable the in-cabin experience is in the GLE. You could have the same car and it feel completely different depending on who is driving it and how they’ve set up their mood settings!


    The Winter Event is happening right now at Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge and they have some of the best offers of the entire year with up to $1000 off select models. Swing by to see some of them in person including the GLE, or check out the specials page on their website HERE: https://www.mbobr.com/new-vehicle-specials/

    Thank you to Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge who partnered on me for this post. MBBR has  won the Best of the Best” award from MBUSA 8 times – more times than any other Louisiana dealer. The award recognizes superior customer service and management in the MB community. For more information: https://www.mbobr.com/why-buy-from-mercedes-benz-of-baton-rouge/


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    Easy Gifts Under $20 for Anyone Who Needs a Little Holiday Pick-Me-Up

    This post is sponsored by Burt’s Bees but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    Seeing as how this year has been especially difficult for so many people, my father and I were having a discussion recently about ways we can provide people around us with even the smallest little pick-me-up this holiday season. For example, every year we put out a basket of snacks on our front porch for all the delivery workers working long days to deliver holiday packages. But beyond that, there are so many others who also cross our path on a daily basis that deserve an extra bit of happy. So I started to brainstorm for useful and easy gifts under $20 that could be wrapped up and kept on hand for easy gifting. 

    Burt’s Bees has always been one of my favorite brands to gift for stocking stuffers and White Elephant gifts. In fact, Jordan gets a box of Burt’s Bees lip balm in his stocking every single year. (It prevents him from stealing mine!) So I decided to look and see what kinds of special holiday gift sets they were offering this season. Of course, I was excited to see the special seasonal lip balm sets! But they also have such great skincare items included in boxed sets under $20. Here are a few of my favorites:

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    Holiday Sets Under $15 by Burt's Bees from Walmart

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    Budget-Friendly Winter Outfits You Won’t Believe Are Under $50

    It’s been a while since I’ve done an entire post on my Walmart fashion finds – although you can find a ton of my recent purchases on my liketoknow.it page. And y’all, it seems like the shoe lineup at Walmart keeps getting better and better especially with this year’s boot and bootie selection. I recently snatched up a pair of under $30 combat boots while in-store, and that pair has since sold out online! Things are selling fast y’all!

    Before things start to sell out for winter, I wanted to round up some of the top picks that I found on the retailer site that were still available in most sizes and look like they could be much more expensive, designer versions. I’ve organized them in three categories depending on what your closet might be needing this season: outdoor + cold weather, casual styling, and all dressed up.

    Other categories you don’t want to miss this season:

    Comfy Loungewear – I personally love the Secret Treasures sets + Scoop has some great new loungewear.

    Tacky Sweaters – The site has already started stocking new tacky holiday sweaters, but these styles tend to go fast!

    Family Pajamas – Speaking of selling fast, you’ll want to check out the matching family pjs before those sell out too.


    Click Anywhere Below to Shop Winter Outfits Under $50



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    Ps. Don’t miss my Walmart Holiday Home Decor round ups HERE and HERE

    Thank you to Walmart for partnering on today’s post. As always all selections and opinions are all my own.

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    The 2020 Amazon Prime Day Deals You Actually Care About: Tech, Home, Beauty, Fashion

    If you’ve shopped Amazon Prime Day before, you know there’s a lot of nonsense to cut through in order to find the best deals. For some (insane) people like myself, that’s the fun part. But if you’d rather cut to the chase and find out what’s actually worth it, I’ve already done the work for you!

    I awoke early this morning to start my sale scavenger hunt, and I’m feeling pretty confident about the picks that I’ve rounded up. I’ve sorted them into categories in case you’re looking for specific items + the giant product collages can tend to get overwhelming, right?


    Shop 2020 Best Amazon Prime Day Deals Below!


    TECH


    KITCHEN


    BEAUTY


    FASHION


    ACTIVEWEAR


    Stay tuned for more 2020 Amazon Prime Day picks!

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    Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 | TOP PICKS

    This year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 is different in many ways – namely being pushed back to due to coronavirus. But unlike any other year, you could actually see EVERYTHING in the sale. You can’t shop the items quite yet depending on your member level, but you can add them to a shopping wishlist giving you the ability to plan your order well in advance. In year’s past, the first day of the sale has felt more like a free-for-all to throw whatever is left in your size into your cart before it sells out.


    SEE the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 items HERE


    WHEN TO SHOP

    The advantage is now having the ability to budget and curate your wishlist accordingly for when your Nordstrom card membership level is allowed to start shopping. Speaking of, there have been changes and additions to this year’s shopping levels:

    Icon Level | Can shop starting AUGUST 4

    Ambassador Level | Can shop starting AUGUST 7

    Influencer Level | Can shop starting AUGUST 10

    Insider Level | Can shop starting AUGUST 13

    EVERYONE can shop starting AUGUST 19

    Prices go back to full-price starting AUGUST 31


    WHAT TO SHOP FOR

    1. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – my most worn NSale item
    2. LOVE this Free People sweater that I bet will sell out FAST
    3. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lip set – this is my everyday lip color
    4. Barefoot Dreams Blanket – top seller every single year
    5. Revitalash Lash Serum – this is my lash serum I’ve used for almost a year now

    While tons of brands will go on sale during this event, there are a few that always fly off the shelves first, which also happen to be some of my favorites. Keep an eye out for these best-selling categories:

    BEST IN SHOES

    Top Brands: Sam Edelman, Vince, Steve Madden, Ugg, Marc Fisher


    BEST SWEATERS + CARDIGANS

    Top Brands: Free People, Madewell, Leith, Halogen, Dreamers


    TOP DENIM PICKS


    BEST IN LOUNGEWEAR


    BEST IN BAGS


    BEST IN ACCESSORIES

    Top Brands: Tory Burch, Gorjana, Quay, Ray-Ban


    BEST IN HOME


    BEST IN BEAUTY

    Top Brands: Bio Ionic Hair Tools, Supergoop, La Mer, Charlotte Tilbury


    This sale can be overwhelming to navigate if you don’t have a need list or wishlist already prepared. There are literally hundreds of pages of sale items that can take some serious time to pour through. That’s where I come in – I’ll be saving you time and sharing all the top picks from the sale across multiple categories. Make sure to:


    HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SALE

    • I recommend making purchases online so you can avoid going in-store and find your exact size without the hassle. If you want your items immediately, you can set the check out option to “Pick Up In Store” – or have your items delivered to you curbside.
    • Remember that you automatically earn free Nordstrom dollars to use towards purchases whenever you make a purchase in-store or online (including at Nordstrom Rack). Take advantage of this opportunity to earn some cash for future purchases.
    • If you are just applying for a card, you can use it to shop online or in stores instantly as long as you’re approved. You do NOT need to have the physical card to shop the event.

    Bookmark this post to see all the updates!

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