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Not too long ago I suggested a few Quirky But Beautiful Road Trip Destinations that you and your family might enjoy now that summer vacation season is officially underway.

Before you get too excited about mapping out your next road trip destination, let’s bring you back to reality for a few minutes.

The Zen of Road Trips: 5 Ways to Survive the Drive

Road Trips can either be amazing journeys that you remember forever or they can be the thing of nightmares that you’ll never forget (as much as you may want to).

Personally I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum, and I can tell you if you want to have a Zen-like vacation that’s free of stress it all comes down to preparing ahead of time.

So whether you’re hitting the road to visit your family or you’re diving off to experience something new – follow along with these 5 Ways to Survive the Drive and the odds of you having an anxiety free vacation are in your favor.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle Before You Hit The Road

OK, first things first. Your mind and body won’t be in a peaceful state if your vehicle isn’t prepared to handle the rigors of a long road trip.

Before you set out on your journey, make sure your vehicle is in good shape. Check your oil, tire pressure and all the vital fluids. If anything needs to be tuned up or fixed, schedule a service appointment before you head out.

And remember (and I speak from experience on this one), if the check engine light comes on during your trek, stop immediately and get it checked out (R.I.P. ’86 Chrysler Lebaron).

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Each spring on Mother’s Day, we collectively dedicate a Sunday to celebrating all that our mom’s have done and still do for us. But to be honest, one day out of 365 just doesn’t seem like enough, does it? Don’t our mom’s deserve more than one single day out of the year?

Celebrating the Month of Mom at LaFontiane| #MonthOfMom

Think about all the diaper changes, the chauffeur rides to the mall, the birthday parties and holiday celebrations, the extracurricular school activities and sports, the words of wisdom, the shoulder to cry on, that extra ten bucks for gas money, the sometimes-not-so-gentle reminders to mow the lawn or clean up our rooms….

I could go on, but you get the point – our mom’s do A LOT!

When you add it all up I think it’s clear that mom’s should be celebrated for way longer than just one day. That’s why at the LaFontaine Automotive Group, we’re officially renaming the month of May as the Month Of Mom.

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Did you know May is National Pet Month? Why not celebrate by taking your dog on a road trip this summer!

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To a dog, motoring isn’t just a way of getting from here to there; it’s also a thrill and an adventure. The mere jingle of car keys is enough to send most any dog into a whimpering, tail-wagging frenzy.

~ Jon Winokur

Instead of leaving your dog behind with a pet sitter, allow your dog the thrilling experience of a car ride. Before you hit the road, here are a few preparation tips to get you ready for the journey ahead.

We put together this handy Dog Travel Tips Inforgraphic to help get your prepared for the next time your take your dog on a road trip.

Dog Travel Tips Inforgaphic

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Earth Day is here and now is a great time to commit to making some lifestyle changes to be better for our planet.

Think being greener and friendlier to the earth has to be difficult and expensive? Think again! There are plenty of simple things you can start doing immediately that will make difference for the earth today, tomorrow and in the future

Be The Best For Earth Day

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  – Jane Goodall

So in an effort to be the best for the earth as we can today, tomorrow and forever – here are 3 things you can do to start making an impact on this big blue marble we call home.

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Generally, the last week of January is when the gym starts to thin out and resolutions begin to waver. Is that where you are? Don’t worry, its only been a month and all is not lost.

Now is not the time to give up on your goals for 2015. I’m in the same boat, and what helps me out is taking a little time to reflect on what’s working for me and whats not.

How to take charge of your goals in 2015

Once you honestly asses your situation, then can make adjustments to your routines and habits to increase your chances of meeting your goals.

For me, I started by reviewing my resolutions that I made heading in to the new year:

  • Consistently eat healthy and go to the gym regularly
  • Putting down the cell phone and pick up a book
  • Enjoying the outdoors more
  • Budgeting and sticking to it

By reflecting on the progression of my own personal goals, I am able to see the progress I have made (or lack their of) and make necessary changes.

Read on to discover what I’m doing to tweak my goals and maybe you’ll be inspired to do the same!

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Need a boost in motivation to eat healthier and get in shape? There’s an app for that!

Actually, there are a lot of apps for that. I’m talking hundreds of them.

top 4 fitness appsEach is meant to help keep you fit and healthy – but who has the time to search for, install and try out a bunch of different apps?

The last thing I want you doing is making an excuse that the sheer amount of apps to sort through is too overwhelming.

So let me do some of the work for you. Here are 4 of my favorite apps that help keep me in shape and eating healthy. They can do the same for you too!

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Now that it is almost a month in to the New Year, I find myself constantly making excuses as to why I can’t make it to the gym.

With the short days and frigid temps, it’s very hard to get motivated to even want to go to the gym! But is that all that’s keeping me from working out?

14342123_lWhat’s keeping you from working out? Whether it’s too little time, not enough energy, or just hating to exercise, there’s a solution. Get ready to get motivated.

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Hello. I am Kristen, the Community Manager and newbie Lifestyle blogger for the FamilyDealBlog.com. Now that I have settled in to my new position, I have the opportunity to introduce readers to certain lifestyle aspects I am passionate about (besides work of course).new year 2

I am going to be honest with you; I am not a total health nut or fitness buff. I am however, aiming to live a healthier lifestyle, mentally and physically. What better time than now to establish this as my New Year’s resolution and invite you along on my journey!

Not only would I like to be happier and healthier in 2015, but I would like to motivate and inspire readers to do the same!

Here is the hard part, actually sticking to resolutions. These 4 tips listed below will help you and myself to actually keep them!

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The dawn of a new year is upon us, and with it is the gleam and dazzle of so much potential and promise. Everyone loves this time of year because of the opportunities that await us: chants of “This is the year!” and “Everything will be different” run rampant through our minds.

How To Make The New Year, A New Year

Well, that’s fine and all, but not quite how it works.

What I’m trying to say is, 2015 will be exactly like 2014 in the sense that it will be shaped and molded by you.

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November has welcomed us in with a chilly embrace (although knowing Michigan, we’re bound to have at least one more 85 degree headscratcher).

This month houses some pretty important dates: Black Friday for the bargain-hunters, Veterans Day to honor our soldiers, and November 18th, which we all know as being National Only-37-Days-Left-Till Christmas Day.

The Heart of Thanksgiving

But nestled comfortably in this month is one of our most time-honored traditions: Thanksgiving Day.

Many families will gather together around the table that day, sharing stories and laughs through mouthfuls of turkey, stuffing, and all the other staples of the holiday. It’s during these moments that we share in the company of our relatives, both loved and estranged (everyone has an Uncle Eddie in their family.)

Believe it or not, these moments are what make up this wonderful holiday.

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