A few weeks back I arrived in Orange County full of excited energy ready to embark on a fun road trip. This road trip was a wee bit different from past Kia trips. There was a fun new twist. We had a beginning and an end, but the middle was all up to us. It was a “choose your own adventure” road trip. I partnered up with the lovely Summer Len Davis of The Dirty Floor Diaries, we grabbed a white Kia Niro PHEV and took off for an adventure. We had chatted back and forth before the event trying to decide on a plan of action, but in the end, we threw away all of our plans and decided to see where the wind would take us. I had a few requirements of the trip: Paying it Forward, Friendships, Facemasks, and Fireball of course.
Paying It Forward
The most important part of our trip was we wanted to pay it forward to people who were using the electric charging stations. The Kia Niro is a kickass crossover electric hybrid that not only save YOU on gas money, but it also helps save our WORLD by being good for the environment. For those that had similar thoughts and were using the charging stations, we left Starbucks gift cards. After all saving the world one charge at a time makes one thirsty! 😉
The thing about random acts of kindness is that they inspire others to do the same. On both ends, they bring a smile to your face and doesn’t the world need more kindness and people walking around with smiles?
Friendships are different as an adult. As kids, we are all thrown into the playground and we just become friends magically. When we become adults we actually get to “choose” our friends and spend time with the people that make us happy. This particular trip was full of those kinds of people. Spending time with Summer was one of the highlights of the trip. She’s so carefree and full of positive light and energy. I need those types of people in my life right now. Plus, we got to spend lots of time with my favorite blogging married couple of all time Rick from Rick On the Rocks and Stefanie Faquet from Mommy Musings. Like I was saying before, friendships are important to any road trip. You need people around you who are willing to go off the beaten track and quickly book a room at the fabulous Madonna Inn on a whim because WE HAVE TO SEE IT!
“As an international landmark destination, Madonna Inn redefines unique with 110 whimsical guestrooms, enchanting décor, and resort amenities, including a luxurious Spa, horseback riding, boutique shopping, terrace pool and bar, and two award-winning dining experiences.”
All Summer had to do was show me the picture of this “Krazy Dazy” room for me to say BOOK IT!!! A kitschy hotel with a fun Daisy themed room with hot pink plush carpet had all of my 12-year-old girl fantasies coming true as an adult.
Face Masks + Fireball
A nice hydrating Face Mask makes me happy. Convincing your friends to do them as well is pretty fun too. Imagine the conversations, in between swigs of Fireball of a bunch of people sitting around in their pajamas in various face masks. Not only was it a riot full of laughter and jokes, but there was a bond formed. The people in that room shared experiences, great times, and heartfelt moments.
Each road trip you take is unique, but the one thing that remains constant it the memories you make. This one will forever be remembered because of paying it forward, friendships, face masks, and fireball. So pack a few of my favorite things. Hop into the Kia Niro PHEV and have a blast!
***Disclosure: I attended the Kia Niro PHEV Event My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Kia All opinions are 100% mine. ***