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(Sponsored) Finding our #newcarface at Cars.com

The following post is sponsored by Cars.com.

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I still have my first car. I keep threatening to get a new one, but here we are (16+ years later) and I can’t seem to bring myself to get rid it. It’s not just a car we’re talking about here, you guys. This was the first big purchase that we made as a new family. At a time when so much was up in the air and nothing felt like ours, buying our first car was a really big deal. Independence! Taking charge! Pretending we were grown-ups as we saved for our down payment and acted like we knew what we were doing! (Spoiler alert: we didn’t. But thank goodness we bumbled through the process like we were professional bumblers!)

We were so excited. Scared out of our minds, I’m sure. But I remember feeling so proud and excited and really feeling like we were doing something right. We had this nice car! This nice, safe car that would be perfect for the three of us. Safe! A smooth ride with plenty of space. (Even today, I’m amazed at the trunk space. I can’t believe I can fit so much sporting gear PLUS coolers and chairs and not even blink an eye.)

This car had been so good to us. It really has. Even after the summer that I was rear-ended (twice!) and the semi-truck tried to drive over the right side of the car, the car is still in pretty good shape. (Yes, that really happened all in one summer.) And for years we’ve had the plan that we would gift it to our teenager when it came time for her to drive.

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She has Mercedes dreams. But Camry realities.

As we make plans for our next car purchase, it’s been a little fun to think about what kind of car we’ll get. I’ve taken to perusing Cars.com for car shopping ideas and I love how drama free they are. I mean, I’ve had the same car for the past 16 years, two kids, a few different homes and a zillion soccer and softball games. It would be so nice to keep it simple. After all, that’s a lot of memories for one car that I’m having a hard time letting go of. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me so long to figure out what my next car will be. (I’m still not sure.)

What would make it even more fun is the idea that my (eventual) car loan could be paid off. Like, not writing a check each month and still owning the car. THAT kind of paid off, my friends. Cars.com is going to make that happen for a lucky winner in their #newcarface contest up to $25,000. RAD.

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Dreaming…

To enter the #newcarface contest, submit a picture with your BEST new car face (and your new car) in your favorite way:

To submit a new car face picture on Facebook, visit (and like) the Cars.com Facebook page and post your #newcarface picture to their wall as a new post.

For your chance at winning via Twitter, upload your awesome new car face picture and your new car mentioning @carsdotcom and including the hashtag #newcarface in your post.

If Instagram is your jam, post your new car face picture making sure to mention @carsdotcom and the #newcarface hashtag in your post.

Remember, you must include a picture of your new car face AND your new car to be qualified while following the instructions above. Participants can submit ONE picture during the promotional period. Please do not include any personal information in your pictures (like your license plate) and a “new car” is considered a new or used car bought or leased on or after 1/1/2012. The contest is open legal US residents (excluding MD, NJ and TN), 18+ who hold (or whose immediate family member holds) a qualifying vehicle loan or lease. Begins 7/29/14 at 8:00:00 am CST and ends 1/2/15 at 12:00:00 pm CST. Prize value up to $25k. Subject to the Official Rules. See Official Rules for full details, including eligibility criteria and qualifying vehicle restrictions. Sponsor: Cars.com, a division of Classified Ventures, LLC. Please visit Cars.com for more examples and contest details.

Have fun with your #newcarface posts!! If you’re like us, you’ll get an orange blur in the background who has epic new car face as well. Funny thing is, neither of them will be driving MY new car. But I’ll break that to them later.

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Here We Go

A few months ago, we put out a call for runners as we attempted to build a Cap City Moms team for the super awesome CIM relay. What we didn’t expect is having enough interest we were able to build four teams.

 FOUR. TEAMS.

Because we’re rad like that.

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Signing up for your first race isn’t easy. It’s hard to try something new and it’s hard to commit to the training in our already busy lives. But I will tell you, it’s so worth it. Even if you’re not ready to sign up for races yet, you can still join #TeamCCM as we train for CIM. Having a set schedule, and team accountability, will help get you into a running/walking routine.

If you want to join us as we head into our Day 1, we are starting our first round of training today. This means that we will complete two full training cycles before race day. This helps everyone get used to being on a training schedule to ensure a successful race or outcome.

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In the next few weeks, we will check back here (and in our #TeamCCM Facebook group) to offer support and tips for us all.

YOU GUYS ARE RAD. This is gonna be awesome.

 

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I <3 TV Spoilers

I started watching Scandal last week. All hail Netflix and their binge-watching enabling. Ever since Kerry Washington became our spirit animal, I’ve decided that I just *have* to make time for Olivia Pope and her flawless wardrobe. I’m only on Season 1, Episode 5 so don’t tell me anything. Not a damn thing. I’ve somehow been living under a Scandal rock and don’t know very many spoilers.

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(For the record, this post MAY contain spoilers for other shows that were on years ago that no one probably cares about anymore. But still. SPOILER ALERT. You have been warned.)

This is the first show I’ve watched way after the fact (that everyone else has been watching for years) that I really, really, really don’t want to know what happens until I watch it myself. Normally, I don’t mind spoilers. I know, there’s something wrong with me. But let me just tell you, sometimes TV watching is stressful. Sometimes it’s better to know that your favorite character is going to get killed off. Or be prepared that someone gets pushed off a platform into the path of a subway train. IT’S JUST BETTER TO KNOW THESE THINGS SO THAT YOU CAN HANDLE YOUR SAD OR STRESS.

I binge-watched the first two (three?) seasons of Downton Abbey while home sick for a freaking week. I had been somewhat avoiding it because getting involved in a TV show is a BIG decision for me. I do NOT take such decisions lightly. Keeping up with a TV show is actually really hard for me. Yes I have a DVR. No it does not help. If there are too many shows saved on the DVR, it becomes homework and overwhelming and then it’s just easier to hit the delete button and read spoilers on the internet. But being home sick for a week? Well, I had some time on my hands. And, against my better judgment, I fell in love with those Downton Abbey people. Even though, I felt like I already knew all about them thanks to the interwebs.

Social media is a tricky beast. Especially living on the West Coast. If you’re scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, your favorite show could be spoiled for you because someone may leave a status update or tweet with their outrage or surprise at a show’s new plot twist. (Or who won Master Chef.) I already knew that Sybil died thanks to tweets I had read months earlier. BUT OMG SYBIL DIED AND MY HEART DIED TOO AND I WAS SO GLAD I KNEW IT WAS COMING. (I wasn’t as sad at Matthew dying. I knew it was coming, true. But I was also scarred from the passing of Sybil. A heart can only handle so much, Julian Fellows.)

When my husband started watching House of Cards, I felt slightly less prepared even though I already knew about the subway scene. (Thanks Twitter and Buzzfeed!) That show is INTENSE. So I welcomed any and all spoilers and wasn’t mad if my husband watched an episode without me. (See? I really do have problems with TV stress.) I even made Sarah answer questions for me just to prepare myself. It annoyed the hell out of my husband that I knew so much. When I realized the subway scene was approaching I got all kinds of nervous and he looked over at me and said “WHAT DO YOU KNOW.”

All the things, dear. I know All. The. Things.

And then I covered my eyes.

I may be a terrible TV watcher, but I’m quite enjoying myself as I embark on this new Scandal journey I have found myself on. I enjoy the characters. I am entertained by the storylines. I’m intrigued by the smart writing.

I love every damn outfit Olivia Pope wears.

But I have to wonder if I’ll be able to see it through. I really like the show! But will I be able to keep up with watching it? Will my (part time) binge-watching capabilities continue? Will I KNOW what all of you Gladiators(?) know?

Spoiler Alert: MAYBE. I might be able to see this through. We’ll all have to stay tuned.

Cap City Moms Go to BlogHer

It’s funny when I think back so many years ago when Sarah and I first talked about going to BlogHer. For one reason or another, it just didn’t happen back then. We could sit here and play the “what if” game, but I’m one of those annoying people who believes everything happens for a reason. I think this is the year we were supposed to go. If nothing else, it kicked us out of our comfort zones and pushed us to do things we’ve been talking about for a really long time. (Like, ahem, a video.) (No, not THAT kind of video, you dirty birds.)

While we are still (very) new to the vlogging world, Sarah and I thought it would be so much more fun if we took you with us down our BlogHer memory lane. We hope you have an absolute blast as we share with you the Cap City Moms’ BlogHer experience from a couple of big ‘ol dorks that laugh at our own jokes more than we should. It’s what we do.