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7 Reasons You Need A Minivan

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7 Reasons You Need A Minivan

Minivan moms raise your hand!! Keep those hands up if you have crumbs hiding somewhere inside your vehicle. You can bet my hand is up. My kids are messy! Even if you don’t have a minivan, you know that kids and clean cars don’t mix.

Is it even possible to have kids AND a clean car?

Yes!

Cars.com can help with that. You can purchase a CLEAN vehicle right from the comfort of your own home. And once you become a mom of multiple children then a minivan is a must. Here are 7 Reasons Why You Need A Minivan and how you can purchase your next one using Cars.com

1. Space / Distance Between Children

Of course this one had to be #1. I’ve driven a small car, an SUV, and a minivan and by far the minivan is my personal preference. The space between children is a must. The car squished them together and we all know that kids in close proximity will soon begin their incessant chants of “He’s touching me” or “She won’t stop looking at me.” Give your kids some space! Look at all the glorious space here in this 2018 Chrysler Pacifica:

Distance Between Seats Minivan Chrysler Pacifica 2018

2. Cargo Space for ALL Those Groceries

One thing I love most about my minivan is the cargo space. Minivans have nearly double the cargo space as SUVs. This means more space for all those groceries and if your kids are anything like mine, then they need a LOT of groceries.

3. Car seats Galore

I’m a car seat fanatic. My children stayed rear facing as long as possible and then in a 5 point harness after that. Their safety is important to me. Once you have more than 2 kids, then a minivan is a must.

Have you tried installing multiple carseats in a small car?

It’s nearly impossible.

Three Car Seats in a Vehicle via Cars

And when you have a rear facing child in a two-door car, then you can understand the struggle of not only installing a car seat, but getting the child in and out. Cars.com helps guide you through this process and has multiple videos about car seat safety available for you to watch so you can be sure your car seat is installed correctly.

4. Safety Safety Safety

Besides car seat safety, safety in general is an important factor when purchasing a new vehicle. Minivans are by far the safest option for small families. If you are looking to purchase a car for a teen driver, Cars.com has a list of the best cars to keep your teen driver safe.

Teen Driver via Cars

5. Cost Effective

New additions require extra space. If you have a growing family, then it just makes sense to buy a minivan. These cars will grow with you making your purchase cost effective. Because Cars.com offers new or used vehicles, you can find one within your budget, no matter what your budget is.

6. Automatic Doors & All The Extras

I got in trouble so much when I was younger for slamming the car doors. I also talked non-stop during road trips and annoyed every passenger in the car, but that’s another story. Thank God for automatic doors and extras like DVD players. No more slammed doors or annoying monologues.

I love my DVD player. I keep a small plastic bin in between the seats full of movies to keep my kids occupied and boy does it work!

The automatic doors help when loading/unloading. Even the littlest kid can push the button to open the doors. Not only that, but there’s no slamming involved and I can be sure the doors are properly closed every time. Sensors ensure that the doors won’t close if something is in the way and most automatic doors won’t open while the vehicle is in drive. This is great for those who like to open doors while driving down the road – something my siblings dared me to do many times!

7. Fit In With All The Cool Moms

I don’t know about where you guys live, but around here, minivans are a must. It’s like a rite of passage during motherhood. You aren’t officially a mom until you pack your kids in a minivan and head off to whatever adventure awaits you for that day.

Cars.com has a HUGE selection of minivans. You can search by location, model, or even price ensuring you will find the perfect minivan for your family.

Cars ability to search for perfect Minivan

Never fear, if minivans aren’t your thing, Cars.com has plenty of other options for you.

What kind of car do you drive?
Do you have a minivan or are you a superhero mom without one?

7 Reasons You Need A Minivan From Cars dot com by LifeAsAConvert

When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

Let’s face it, any job can become boring; blogging isn’t exempt from that. Sure, us bloggers love blogging, but like any job, it can have it’s drawbacks. I suppose the greatest thing about blogging is that even while I am not “actively working” on my blog, my blog is still working for me.

But, we all know that nothing remains stagnant. Unless one is actively trying to better something, over time it will degrade. As evidenced in my lack of posting, I have not been working on this blog. I have so many topics I want to discuss, but I often feel like putting them here isn’t the right choice.

So….. The time has come to move on. I will no longer be blogging at Life as a Convert.

Please note that Life as A Convert is not shutting down completely… The Life as a Convert domain will remain open, but from now on, I will be posting at AdukeSchulist.com

Social Media Transfers

I have already changed all of my social media over to the new AdukeSchulist moniker. Some of you may have already noticed the change on social media. I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Please note the YouTube URL is still “LifeAsAConvertTV” but the name has changed to Aduke Schulist.

Aduke Schulist - lifestyle blogger

Why did I choose Aduke Schulist?

Simply enough, Aduke is a second name and Schulist is my last name. I wanted something that didn’t back me into a corner.

There was nothing at all wrong with Life as a Convert. In fact, it lead to many discussions about my religion, and I created it as a way to share my life and my religion with others, but I felt increasingly with the “convert” part that I should be doing more religious posts. I don’t particularly feel that the Life as a Convert name backed me into a religious corner because it encompassed all of my life, but many readers came looking for religious material or wondering what I am “converting”.

Have you ever re-branded your blog?

Being such a small blogger made it easier to switch things over, but I imagine a bigger brand would likely have more troubles.

Don’t forget to add AdukeSchulist.com to your blog readers and check for new posts every Friday at 8 am Central Standard Time.

Geocaching Benefits

Geocaching Benefits

Last month my family began Geocaching. Geocaching is basically modern day treasure hunting. Somebody hides a “cache” and posts the GPS coordinates on a geocaching website. Others then go and find that cache, sign a log (piece of paper) to say they have found it and log their find on a geocaching website. The caches vary from small (tip of your pinky finger) to large (ammo cases). Some contain only the log to sign, and others have treasures inside with the notion that you leave behind something if you take something out. We have found not only geocaches in our area, but also geocaching benefits.

Geocaching Benefits for you and your family by Life as a Convert #geocaching #geocache #cache

Exercise
This is perhaps the greatest benefit. Many caches require you to walk a short distance in order to find them. Some caches are also tough to find and leave you wandering in circles. Those circles add up! One cache (seen in #6) required us to make use of a local bike trail.

 

Map Reading / Orienteering
My boys are both boy scouts and one thing they are learning is how to read a map and compass and basic orienteering skills. Geocaching has helped cement these lessons. They are able to put their knowledge to use in a real-life setting.

 

Family Time Together
Some may argue that exercise and family time together could be contenders for the “Greatest Benefit” spot, but as a homeschooling family, we already spend a LOT of time together. Geocaching has given us additional time together participating in an activity that we all enjoy doing. There is often a little competitiveness to see who can find the caches first.
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Handwriting Practice
I have younger children who are still working on writing their names. Signing the logs has given them a lot of practice writing their names.

 

Environmental Stewardship
Geocaching benefits our environment too! Many geocachers will practice what is known at CITO (Cache In Trash Out) where they will remove trash and other unsightly debris in an area when geocaching.

 

Exploring new areas
When you begin geocaching you can look at a map of your area. The map may be speckled with little dots. These dots indicate caches that have been hidden. I have been able to explore a few new areas where geocaches are hidden that I wouldn’t have gone to otherwise.
Geocaching Benefits - Explore New Areas - Searcy, AR

 

Learning History
Many people who hide caches hide them near areas containing history. One example we have found was hidden near a Statute of Liberty. The cache description gave a brief history of the Statute of Liberty.

 

Perseverance
Geocaching benefits can be found in the form of character building traits too! There have been some caches we simply could not find. It took us multiple attempts to find this particular cache. Geocaching teaches you patience and to not give up. If you get frustrated, stop and come back another time.

This one took us 4 tries to find:
Geocaching Benefits - Perseverance - Berryhill Park Searcy AR

 

Geocaching benefits the whole family, but as you can see there are individual benefits too. I think it is important for families to be active together and find something everybody enjoys. For us, this has translated into geocaching. We also enjoy hiking, but now try to “hike” where geocaches can be found.

Does your family participate in geocaching?
Do you know of any other geocaching benefits?

Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free!!

I apologize in advance if anybody finds this post offensive. I was once one of those bloggers that would do things for free/product/exposure/etc. While I don’t disagree with doing those things entirely, I have to say, Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free by Life as a Convert #knowyourworth

I get emails all the time asking if I will publish a post to my blog because “my readers will find it fascinating!“. Sometimes the posts are pre-written. Other times, these individuals are asking me to write the content myself. If it is something I am truly interested in, I will reply with my rate and state that I look forward to working with them.

Their response?

I’m not working with a budget.” or “We will tweet your content.

Guess what, guys? A tweet won’t pay my bills! I kindly tell them that while I appreciate their offer, I can’t work for free (a tweet won’t pay my bills) and am sure they understand. They tend to get the point pretty quick after that. I can only imagine they move on to the other bloggers they emailed.

Know Your Worth:

I am writing this post because I want to encourage fellow bloggers to stand up for yourself. Know your worth! And QUIT BLOGGING FOR FREE!! These kinds of emails are still happening because so many bloggers are accepting these pitches and blogging for free.

If you are truly interested in a product and/or it is something you use and think your audience will like, then by all means, go for it, but don’t think that you are only worth a product or tweet. Do you see Wal-Mart or Target employee’s working for social media mentions? I don’t think so!

The average rate for a sponsored blog post is $150. A social media push? $25.

Don’t be afraid to state your rate and say “No” when somebody is not willing to meet it. Don’t lower your rate for somebody’s budget. If they truly understood the value of your work and the influence you have, they would be more than willing to pay your rate. As bloggers continue working for free, these companies will continue asking for free work. So, bloggers I beg you: quit blogging for free!

Quit Blogging for Free