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Mar
22

I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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2017 mazda3 grand touring 5-door

2017 Mazda 3

Last time I tested a Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door was when I took a Thelma and Louise-like road trip with my friend, Helene.

Because it got us safely through a couple of very harrowing moments, when it was time for me to drive to Mesa, Arizona — an area I was visiting for the first time — my choice of cars was black and white: the Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door, of course.

The car’s exterior was white — Snowflake (appropriately, ha ha!) White Pearl, to be exact — and the interior had sleek Black leather-trimmed sport seats. [Read more…]

the gift(s) of the mazda cx-5 grand touring awd

Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

I have to admit I felt bad when I saw my husband’s reaction to the Mazda CZ-5 Grand Touring AWD as it pulled up in front of our house. [Read more…]

mazda6 grand touring edition

Mazda6 driveway

There’s something about the Mazda6 that just makes you want to get in the car and go somewhere.

Maybe it’s the sporty look, maybe it’s the “zoom zoom” that seems to whisper every time you glance at it.

Whatever it is, it gave us a serious case of wanderlust.

Last year around this time, Michael and I took the 2015 Mazda6 on a fantastic road trip to Long Beach. This year, after serendipitously getting tickets to a taping of Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions in Los Angeles (maybe this happened because the 2016 model they gave us to review this year was Soul Red), we decided to honor the Mazda6 Grand Touring name with a grand tour of Southern California. [Read more…]

a day at the san diego international auto show

Car show - Lois & Ruth

After a year and a half of writing reviews, I finally got to attend my first car show last week.

Mazda invited me and my good friend, Ruth, to check out their Ride & Drive Experience at the San Diego International Auto Show and, because we’re up for almost anything, we immediately accepted. As someone who is way more into cup holders and sound systems than horsepower and torque (what?!), though, I had no idea what to expect.

We had a blast!

Just look at us in that picture. We may not be your typical car show models but it’s pretty obvious that we were engineered for exhilaration, don’t you think? [Read more…]

the red-hot 2015 mazda6

Mazda6 driveway

Other than “zoom-zoom,” the word you most often hear associated with driving a Mazda is “fun.”

They’re not kidding.

How can you not have fun when you’re driving a cute little sporty number like this 2015 Mazda6? [Read more…]

lois and helene take a road trip

Thelma and Louise

When my friend, Helene, and I decided we were going to drive up to the Entertainment and New Media Network conference in Anaheim together, I knew we needed a car to match this very special event. [Read more…]