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How to Change a Tire

This post is sponsored by University Motor Company (located at 633 S. Assembly Street in Columbia, South Carolina). They sell a variety of pre-owned vehicles that range from high end cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-class to enthusiast cars such as the Jeep Wrangler.

Even if you have AAA, or a reliable husband/boyfriend/daddy/guy-you-know around, there are the occasional times when they are not available or  near you. What would  happen if you are in an area where there is no cell signal or your phone battery has died?

Sisters we have options. We can change the tire ourselves.

The video from Amy’s Poehler’s Smart Girls breaks down changing a flat tire in fun and quirky way. I like fun and quirky.

Test Driving Used Cars

This post is sponsored by University Motor Company. They sell a variety of pre-owned vehicles that range from high end cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-class to enthusiast cars such as the Jeep Wrangler. While getting to know them I thought it would be fun to test-drive a few cars from their lot and bring along my friends for the ride.

Kaela, a PR consultant, and I wonder if we are still cool as we test drive a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. 

Chatting with blogger Shanika Pichey (shanikapichey.com, about how long it should take to crochet a baby’s blanket for a friend.

All test drives can be scheduled thru their website (http://www.usedcarcolumbiasc.com/inventory.php). Find the car you are interested in, the click the “Schedule Test Drive” button to schedule your appointment. University Motor Company and their sister dealership Bluff Road Auto Sales carry Chevrolets (Camaros), Buicks, Hondas, BMWs, SUV’s, Crossovers, Toyotas, Cadillacs, Mercedez, Acuras, Infinity’s, Fords (Fusions & Mustangs) and Infiniti’s.

 

What I Learned from Shopping for Another Car

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This is a sponsored post. In November, I started filming a new video series with my client University Motor Company (located at 633 S. Assembly Street in Columbia, SC). They sell a variety of pre-owned vehicles that range from high end cars like the Mercedes-Benz E-class to enthusiast cars such as the Jeep Wrangler.

So being who I am, I just had to take my hubby with me to test drive a few cars because why not?! I test drove their 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class from their lot (which I think they sold a few days after I left). Driving a Mercedes is completely different from driving my current car, the Ford Focus (with a hatchback). I felt like a mature woman in that Benz.

Philip test-drove their 2007 Jeep Wrangler. His current car, a 1999 Saturn SL, has seen better days. He’s driven it for 17 years. So he thinks it might be time to get his ‘dream car’ – a Jeep. I’m not a huge fan of the Jeep because it’s not my style, however, being in it, inspired me to plan another camping adventure! I could see us going ‘off road’ on an adventure just like they do in those commercials.

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There’s a lot to consider when you are making a car purchase. Philip and I generally make a decision based on price and practicality.Yeah, I know any car can get me to my destinations, but is it the really the right vehicle for me? If I’m going to be in the car every day, it must be a good fit for me and my lifestyle. There’s a lot of decisions that go into making a car purchase. These questions generally come to mind for me:

Can we fit it into our budget?

Is it going to suitable for me when I need to transport my supplies when I’m a vendor at the next Natural Hair Show?

Is it comfortable enough for a road trip?

How cool will I look in the car?

So if you have this many questions like I do, it will make sense to test drive more than two cars. Thankfully, University Motor Company has a variety of cars to choose from just from their website. You can search for a car that you might want. They usually carry Chevrolets (Camaros), Buicks, Hondas, BMWs, SUV’s, Crossovers, Toyotas, Cadillacs, Mercedez, Acuras, Infinity’s, Fords (Fusions & Mustangs) and Infiniti’s. You can search the thru the Vehicle Locator or directly on their inventory page http://www.usedcarcolumbiasc.com/inventory.php.

University Car Vehicle Locator

Check out the features. 2011-bmw-3-series 2007-chevrolet-tahoeThen schedule a test drive of the car you are interested in.

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But I digress. The whole experience had me thinking about my business. As I get older, having a car that works with my lifestyle includes my career. So here’s what I learned (or really was reminded of) from shopping for another car:

Beauty Tip: Own a car that reflects your personal style.

Branding Tip: Any car can get you where you need to go, but does it really represent who you are, where you are or where you want to be? Is it practical for you? As a business owner, how you show up can make a statement of who you are and what you are about. What statement do you want it to make for you?

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Business Tip: At the end of the day, you must go thru the necessary process of buying the car that is practical for your bottom line. So, don’t rush the process. Take your time making a decision on a purchase that can affect your life and business.

For more information about University Motor Company visit their website at universitycars.com

Protective Styling During Vacation

When I’m on vacation I use this down time to ‘rest’ my hair. I usually will style my hair in a protective flat twist style that I can wear with or without a cute scarf. This style is perfect to have if you get involved in activities where your hair is likely to get wet.

The flat twist shown below was styled by Courtney Page-Scott, natural hair stylist in Columbia, SC using the Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Cream that I purchased from the local Sally Beauty Supply.

Flat Twists with Beautiful Textures

I had the pleasure of being asked to host a product meetup, Friday, March 27, 2015, at Sally Beauty Supply for interactive conversations about beauty, hair tips, product must-haves and samples for the “Flaunt Your Look” campaign. Strength of Nature will partner with Sally Beauty Supply to bring consumers the ultimate Sally Beauty in-store experience that will be tied into the “Flaunt Your Look” at the BET Awards Contest.

Here are a few pics from the event that I posted on Instagram that weekend.

I had so much fun at my event that I decided to drop in to say hello to fellow Carolina bloggers Ebbie Drayton and India Hill at their Saturday Sally locations.

It was pleasure taking part in this event sponsored by Sally Beauty Supply, Beautiful Textures and African Pride brands.