Give Your Car a Sparkle Day with Ricart Automotive

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Moms rejoice! With valet service, Ricart will have your car sparkling inside and out in no time!

Thanks to Ricart Automotive for sponsoring this post.

Ricart Automotive Can Make Your Car Look Brand New Again!

We bought a new (to us) car about 4 years ago and it had everything we wanted in a car, but there was one issue that concerned me, having two kids: the cream colored seats. I resigned myself to the fact that they were just going to get dirty, there was no way around it. And that has proved to be true. But what I didn’t know was that it would actually be possible to get them clean again!

I’ve been in a few moms’ cars that are immaculate. But let me just tell you – that is not me! I always feel like I’m carrying too many things into the house as it is. I can’t also manage to carry in trash or crumbs or whatever other random thing my kids have left behind in the backseat! 

I also let my kids snack in the car when we’re running from school pick up to the next thing, so needless to say, my car is usually a disaster. In fact my husband often says my car looks like a “boys dorm room.” Thank you very much.

I recently partnered with Ricart Automotive (where I coincidentally happened to buy my car!) to send my car away for a much needed Sparkle Day!

What is a Sparkle Day?

Ricart began offering Sparkle Days as a way to bring convenience to the busy lives of their customers at a great value. A Sparkle Day consists of a full detail including shampooing, vacuuming and cleaning the interior panels. Your wheels will be washed and shined. Your car will be hand washed with the windows cleaned (inside and out) and hand waxed!

My car was washed and clayed to remove road grime, tar, bugs and dust and the engine bay was cleaned and shined! They even cleaned out my trunk, the cup holders and all the interior nooks and crannies! I am not exaggerating when I say my car was immaculate! They did an AMAZING job!

The driver’s seat of my car was tinted blue – thank you very much dark wash blue jeans! And when Ricart Automotive returned my car, they looked brand new!

For an extra layer of convenience, you can add the pickup/drop off service for $20 each way if you’re within 25 miles of the dealership. Anything beyond 25 miles is an additional $10 each way. If you pay for the pick up/drop off, a loaner vehicle is included.

This was super convenient because Ricart is quite a distance from me and I saved about 2 hours of driving by having the pickup service! Plus I had a loaner vehicle to take my kids to school and pick up as needed!

While my car was in for its little spa day, they also checked up on some recall notices I had received and I got an oil change! Another great detail was that Ricart kept me updated on my progress throughout the day through personal text messages!

What Should I Expect After a Sparkle Day?

You guys! My car was returned to me in AMAZING condition! It looked like a brand new car! I couldn’t believe it! No nook or cranny was overlooked! The pictures speak for themselves! Take a look at the inside of my car!

How Much Does a Sparkle Day Cost?

Pricing:

  • Full detail: $179.95
  • Pick up/drop off: $20 each way, $40 round trip 
  • Loaner vehicle: complimentary with pick up/drop off service 

Why Should I Give My Car A Sparkle Day?

  • A Sparkle Day package would make a great gift! Think Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? I had several people respond to my before and after pictures in my Instagram stories that they wanted to give this as a gift for their husband!
  • A complete car cleaning might also be a good idea as we transition to Spring! Just as we give our houses a spring cleaning, don’t forget your car! Cleaning off salt, mud and the remnants of winter are always a good idea!
  • Are you thinking of selling your car? If and when we ever sell our car, I will definitely get it ready with a Sparkle Day! With my light colored seats, I know a deep shampoo will make the car more attractive to buyers!

How Do I Make An Appointment for A Sparkle Day at Ricart Automotive?

Want to give your car a Sparkle Day? Click the link for all the details and to schedule your service or call (614) 836-6300 to ask questions and schedule. 

Choosing a Family Friendly Car at Ricart Automotive:

Are you in need of a new (or new to you) family car?

When we bought our car a couple of years ago, we were driving a tiny Toyota Echo and were looking to upgrade in size and comfort. We were also on a limited budget. I had the help of a friend who is a car buff, but if it weren’t for that, I would have been lost! I asked Ricart to share with my readers some tips for shopping for a family-friendly car!

Top 2 Tips for Choosing a Family Friendly Car:

1. Safety First

I think it’s safe to say that as parents safety is a top priority when it comes to choosing a car! Make sure to look at crash test ratings when you begin your search!

Many newer cars have electronic diving aids such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control with auto brake that might influence your decision when it comes to evaluating safety!

2. Don’t Settle on Space!

When we were looking at cars, I wasn’t running headlong into a mini van, but I knew that space was definitely a top priority. I had two kids in car seats at the time and, well, let’s just say that pretty much anything compared to a Toyota Echo felt like luxury!

However, when it came down to it, even some of the sedans and crossovers we looked at wouldn’t fit our large double stroller in the trunk! If you’re going to spend the money, make sure you can fit your current AND future lifestyle into the trunk or back row!

Space saving options to look for include stow-and-go passenger seating, large trunks and vehicle models that can support multiple car seats!

Best Cars for Transporting Multiple Car Seats:

Ricart conducted research to determine the best vehicles for transporting multiple car seats and offered these two vehicles as the best options:

■ 2019 Kia Sedona LX: Offers seating for 7, stow-and-go third row, removable middle console for easy third row access and a back-up camera

■ 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander ES: Offers seating for 7, 10yr/100k warranty, standard back-up camera and Apple car play/Android Auto

From buying a car to keeping it maintained and clean, I have been impressed with Ricart Automotive’s customer service and professionalism! I would highly recommend them for cleaning your car from top to bottom! Will you give your car a Sparkle Day?

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Mark Your Calendar: Witches Night Out at Leeds Farm!

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I’m partnering with Leeds Farm to tell you about this fun event!

Leeds Farm to host Witches Night Out on October 4, 2018!

Looking for a new adventure for girls’ night out? Then gather up your bewitching friends, hop on your brooms, and fly out to Leeds Farm for a wicked fun evening while supporting a great cause!

Girlfriends-night-out fundraiser to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls!

Leeds Farm is thrilled to announce the fifth annual Leeds Farm Witches Night Out! will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 Marysville Road, Ostrander OH 43061, just 15 minutes north of the Columbus Zoo.

The event is girls-night-out at Leeds Farm with 100% of ticket sales benefiting Pink Ribbon Girls. Attendees are
encouraged to wear witch costumes, hats or other bewitching attire. The October 4 event will kick off at 6:00 pm and while the kids are away, the witches can play!

All of Leeds Farm’s fun activities including the Pumpkin Jumps, zip lines, pedal carts, rolling tubes, combine slide, mountain slides, hayrides, Paintball on the Porch, and much more are open to enjoy.

Related: 15 Things to do at Leeds Farm

Event partner A Catered Event will provide themed food and a special witch’s brew. Local DJ Ryan
Keller, owner of AUDIO-PRO Mobile DJ Entertainment, will provide music.

Other event sponsors include Richwood Bank, Memorial Health, Honda Marysville, Performance Delaware, Westport Homes, Black Wing Shooting Center, Alice’s Piece of Cake, Great Photo Booth, and Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Throughout the event, attendees collect raffle tokens at each farm activity they visit. Guests then choose to enter their tokens in the drawing for 30 gift baskets, each with a value of approximately $200. There is also one Grand Basket with a $500 value!

Wondering what to wear? Dress up in your favorite witch hat, fun accessory or full costume! This is an outdoor event at a working farm, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

This year, Leeds Farm is proud to welcome five central Ohio wineries to serve Witches Night Out guests.

Participating wineries serving locally produced wines include Bokes Creek Winery, Buckeye Winery, Camelot Cellars Winery, Soine Vineyards, and Blend of Seven Winery.

Admission tickets include one glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at the event. Unopened bottles of wine can be purchased from the wineries to take home.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.leedsfarm.com/witchesnightout.php or Richwood Bank offices in Delaware, Marysville, Richwood and Plain City. In the case of inclement weather, the event rain date is Thursday, October 11.

Donations from the four previous Witches Night Out events totaled $58,724.

In 2018, 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Pink Ribbon Girls, a non-profit organization that provides healthy meals for the entire family, housecleaning, and transportation to medical appointments for breast and reproductive cancer patients during treatment. For more info about Pink Ribbon Girls’ services, visit www.PinkRibbonGirls.org.

Christy Leeds, co-owner of Leeds Farm, says, “I’m personally thankful to be able to do my part to support breast cancer patients and their families during treatment. The entire Leeds Farm staff is looking forward to this special girls’ night out for a cause that’s important to everyone.”

Questions can be directed to event coordinator Sherry Fisher at (740) 225-3256 or sherryfisher99@gmail.com.


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Mother’s Day Week of Giveaways

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This week I am celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of giveaways! Each day I will do a giveaway over social media! I will come back to this post to insert links if I can, but you can always check my Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest postings! All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Here are the giveaways in the order they will be offered!

MONDAY: COSI

There’s always so much fun to be had at COSI! Beginning May 27, 2017, there will be a new exhibit called COSI’S Cosmic Summer – all about astronauts and space! COSI is great for all ages! little kidspace is great for babies through kindergarteners, there are events for adults only, like COSI After Dark, and something else for everyone in-between!

I have four Planetarium Plus tickets to give away, meaning free entrance to COSI plus entrance to a Planetarium show! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

TUESDAY: The Blowdry Cafe

It’s hard for moms to take the time to pamper themselves. Sometimes we think we don’t deserve it or we just don’t find or make the time. Let’s just say that my getting ready routine these days does not include time to even dry my hair, let alone style it in any way! Ugh. This past winter I had a fun experience at Blow Dry Cafe with a group of bloggers and I got my first ever blowout. I’ll be honest, I felt pretty good when it was done. Basically, I looked in the mirror and thought – “Wow! This is what I would look like if I actually did my hair!” Correction: This is what I would look like if I let the lovely stylists at The Blowdry Cafe do my hair every day! 😉

Thanks to The Blowdry Cafe for giving away a FREE make up application and blowout to one lucky reader! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

WEDNESDAY: Lily Noelle Jewelry

My friend Heidi is a momma by day and a designer by night!  Lily Noelle is meticulously crafted jewelry designs using hand-cut leather, hand-painted wood, semi-precious stones, hand-wrapped sterling silver & gold, & vintage items.  Heidi personally selects each stone & material, then designs & hand crafts each piece, ending with a curated look of wearable fashion!  Portions of sales benefit at-risk women in the Dominican Republic. You can find Lily Noelle at local craft shows, vendor pop ups and online! See her upcoming schedule here! Lily Noelle also offers an Earring of the Month Club! Each month you receive a surprise pair of earrings in the mail!

I’m excited to offer this giveaway of a leather cuff from Lily Noelle! These leather cuffs are reversible AND the winner will get to choose which color they want! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

THURSDAY: Sitting Made Simple

Babysitting. I’ll be honest, it’s an area we struggle with. We don’t have family here and we don’t know many teenagers or college students. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know where to start when it comes to finding a babysitter we can trust! Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Sitting Made Simple, a professional child care service and meet the owner, Amanda Knapp who is completely passionate about her business and making sure it is run right!

The sitters employed by the agency are college students who are thoroughly interviewed by the agency. Every one of them has a clean background check and driving record and is infant and child CPR certified! The agency handles all of the details. If your scheduled sitter is sick or has to cancel at the last minute, they find a replacement. You don’t need to worry about last minute cancellations or someone not showing up! SMS can get you a last minute sitter, before and after school care, summer care and more!

I’m really happy to partner with Sitting Made Simple to offer one reader a free registration fee ($50 value). Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

FRIDAY: Oleo

I shared last week on Facebook that I had my oil changed while I was sitting on my couch, in the comfort of my own home, while my kids were in Quiet Time! There was a huge response on social media to this brilliant idea! Eric, owner of Oleo, will come to your house (or place of work, or friend’s house, etc.), change your oil, wipe down your car windows and do a quick check on your car while you go about your business! That means no more antsy kids in the waiting room, no more putting off oil changes because you can’t find the time! You can even schedule your appointment online! I can’t think of any way to make changing your oil more convenient!

I’m thrilled that Eric is offering one of my readers a free oil change as one of the giveaways this week! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

A few ground rules:

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • These giveaways are not associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  • Readers can enter on both Facebook and Instagram posts for additional chances to win but there will only be one winner per giveaway.
  • All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on the corresponding social media posts!

Whether you’re celebrating a mom or being celebrated, I wish all of my readers a Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all the hard work you do!

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