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Father’s Day in KC!

June 12, 2017
Restaurants around our city are rejoicing for Father’s Day weekend! The brunch options for Dad in Kansas City are endless, and there are countless weekend activities happening to celebrate the fathers in your life! Here are some of my favorite happenings: Kansas City Zoo: Celebrate your papa bear with a trip to the zoo! On June 18th, dads will receive free admission AND a complimentary hot dog. Who can pass that up? Stroll through the animal kingdom with the king of your jungle and create memories you’ll never forget! Pioneer Trails Adventures: For that history buff father of yours, explore the great outdoors in historic Independence, Missouri! On June 17th Pioneer Trails Adventures is offering half off admission for dads! From touring Civil War battle sites to the Truman’s home, this trip back in time is the perfect event to experience alongside Dad! Boulevardia Father’s Day Beer & BBQ Brunch: Get Dad something he’ll really love this year with a ticket to the Boulevardia Festival! Go the extra mile and snag a ticket to their special Father’s Day brunch! Boulevardia is the perfect blend of beer, food, music, and fun! If I had to guess, that would definitely peak your father’s interest. This festival is SO fun, and experiencing it with your dad–even better! Father’s Day Run: Whip Dad into shape with a family friendly run on June 18th! There’s a 5K, 10K, and kid’s run, all guaranteed to make that fitness loving father of yours happy! Exercise your love for your dad while supporting a great cause–all proceeds go to benefit Village Shalom’s programs and services for their residents and families. Father’s Day Brunch: Find something that suits your dad’s taste at one of the many delicious restaurants around KC! You can’t go wrong with a good meal. Treat Dad to a brunch buffet from Nick and Jake’s mouthwatering menu! Or, drive over to Summit Grill and Bar to enjoy their Father’s Day barbeque brunch with free beer for Dad and live blues music–now that’s the perfect way to celebrate! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so you can’t go wrong with all of the delicious restaurants around Kansas City! Do you have a go-to Father’s Day tradition? How about a favorite brunch spot for Dad? Let me know in the comments below!
Behind the Wheel

Is stick shift worth learning?

December 18, 2013
Raise your hand if you’ve never stalled out in an intersection — either you did, your friend did, or you witnessed some other unlucky soul doing so. It’s the sign of a stick shift driver in training, and like learning many things in life, it takes bravery to begin the process. But is it worth it? The masses are preach the truth!

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Let me put it this way: If you survive stalling out, you feel a lot more like this while driving: 550b5c60f94ffcca9c86908524564426 (Really cool.) My recommendation? Swallow your automatic-cars-only pill and take the plunge into the fabulous world of manual driving! Grab a friend or a parent who’s willing to spend some time teaching you the intricacies, and soon enough you’ll join the ranks of fabulous folks who drive stick!
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Raise your hand if you felt like this ^^ today

December 13, 2013
It was quite a slippery slope in Kansas City today… I saw multiple people falling and sliding, both inside their cars and on their own two feet (myself included). bambi-on-the-ice-o ice-slip-o Anyways, you’ve heard my spiel on driving in the snow/ice, so I’m not going to bug you anymore about it. Just please, go slow and stay safe. Now onto something new! The holidays are coming up! How many of your are driving home versus flying home versus staying home? Well, regardless of where you go, just remember one thing: 22f8b8d8572acfd056f0417584278cc5 Have a good weekend all 🙂
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The United States is in a crisis.

December 6, 2013
A weather crisis, that is. Granted the above photo was taken earlier today, the point is still very much obvious: It is a cold, cold world out there, and that means potentially icy roads and lots of car drama. With all that said, I’d like to take a moment and share some suggestions about tires, more specifically tires in the snow and the safety that still needs to come with them. It doesn’t matter if you have the biggest, baddest truck in town, if you have old tires, your car isn’t going to get very far (or at least get very far safely) in the snow. Take a look at the advice I gave on Thursday: Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 2.29.18 PM Some great comments were given by a few of my followers. Take heed! Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 2.34.16 PM Yes, you’re obviously find peace having a car/truck with 4WD, but it doesn’t mean you need to act fearless. The rules still apply to you just as much as they do to the little smart car up the road with rear-wheel drive. Go slow, and go safely.
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Choose Your Own Adventure: Kansas City edition

December 4, 2013
Do you remember those awesome books from your childhood — the ones where, based on the decisions you made in the book, your outcome would be either dismal or delightful? Well, my friends, I’ve decided to come up with my own Choose Your Own Adventure story, a Kansas City edition. SITUATION: It’s just before 5 p.m. on a chilly winter evening and you’re heading from Atchison towards Arrowhead Stadium for the biggest Kansas City Chiefs game of the season. It’s not currently snowing, but it has been recently, and there’s plenty of snow along the sides of the roads. You’re on a long, quiet stretch of road — one of your “shortcuts” — when all of a sudden, your car starts sliding out of control, hits a rock or two, and then, long-story short, you end up with four very flat tires on a very deserted road in very cold weather. Now’s the part where you choose your own adventure! Pick an option below and find out your destiny!

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OPTIONS: OPTION 1: Rule number 1 in life is to call your mom, right? So that’s what you do! You give her a ring and beg her to come help you, or at least call someone who can come help you. Sadly, Mama is preoccupied with those rascal teenage kids from the neighborhood who are setting off fireworks in the middle of the winter. She brushes off your plea and hangs up. You frantically begin to redial her number when… your phone dies. So now it’s you against the world on some off the beaten path road with four flat tires and no cell battery. Authorities find a frozen popsicle version of yourself in the spring when the ice thaws. OPTION 2: “Four blown tires ain’t no thang,” you gruffly say to yourself. You glance at your phone and see that the time is 5:04 p.m.,  an hour and 56 minutes before kick-off. If you start jogging, and with the possible luck of a generous stranger willing to give you a lift, you might be able to make it, because there’s no way you’re missing this game. You straighten out your Alex Smith jersey and start a steady jaunt. Twenty minutes later a huge bus pulls over alongside you — it’s the opposing team’s bus offering you a ride to the stadium. You don’t even bat an eyelash telling them, “Thanks but no thanks,” and as the bus drives off, you’re still yelling that the Chiefs’ offense will slice through their defense like a knife through butter. Ten minutes later, as luck would have it, the Chiefs’ team bus pulls over, asking if you need a ride. You literally do a heel-click before clambering onto the bus. You stare at Andy Reid for the entire ride to the stadium, and he eventually offers you a position as an assistant coach. Your car with four blown tires disintegrates on the side of your “shortcut” while you and your new BFF Reid lead the Chiefs to an eventual Super Bowl victory. OPTION 3: Your life motto is “Always be prepared,” and it’s saved your life countless times. While whistling Bob Marley’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” you pop open your trunk and pull out four spare tires. In record time, you’ve de-wheeled and then re-wheeled your trusty vehicle, and you’re soon ready to go. Right as you’ve buckled up, your phone starts ringing. It’s a blocked number, but you answer it anyway because you’re in a great mood. Turns out it’s Jimmie Johnson, the NASCAR driver. He explains that he randomly had a camera installed along the road where you just blew out your tires, saw you put the spares on, and wants you to be the lead member of his pit crew. You politely decline, but then he says he’ll get you season tickets and a box seat at all Kansas City Chief games for the rest of your life. And voila! You’re suddenly team Johnson for life. OPTION 4:  You’re busy weeping in the fetal position next to your car as snow begins to fall when you hear a car pull up. Without even looking up, you say, “Go away! Leave me alone!” No one responds, so you just continue to audibly cry your heart out. After a few minutes you hear the car start and drive away. You wipe your eyes and look up. Your car tires have all been replaced! You look after the vehicle that had pulled over only to see two pinpricks of red tail lights in the distance. On your hood is a note that reads, “Happy Holidays! Go Chiefs!” — signed Alex Smith, quarterback for the Chiefs.

Thanksgiving + Black Friday + family

November 28, 2013
This weekend is gonna be a good one. Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, good luck if you go Black Friday shopping, and enjoy the time with your family. Oh, and enjoy all the food 🙂
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Let's get social!

November 8, 2013
To all my faithful Facebook friends, you are awesome. Seriously. Now if you consider yourself true social media elitists, it’s time to pay your dues to my other social media sites! 1. Twitter: @laurenwnts2no Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2.30.12 PM 2. Instagram: @laurenwants2kno Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2.31.50 PM 3. Pinterest: Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2.36.48 PM 4. Tumblr: Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 2.33.58 PM So go follow, follow, follow!! 🙂
Behind the Wheel, Under the Hood

Bundle up and buckle up, it's time for cold weather!

November 6, 2013
It is 41 degrees right now and all I want to do is curl up in the warmest blanket possible right next to a fireplace with a huge cup o’ cocoa. As you can probably tell, I don’t fare too well during winter 😉 And you know what else doesn’t run at peak performance during cold weather? Your car! So bundle up and buckle up, folks, it’s time to prepare your vehicular transport for the chilly weather! 1. First off, shout out to all the mamas and papas in the world who’ve given this advice to their kiddos driving in icy weather at any point in their life: “Take it slow. Don’t drive any faster than the speed at which you’re willing to hit a brick wall.” Driving slowly and carefully will always be an option that the driver can have full control over. 2. Pack some heat for the cold. Some items I’d suggest for your trunk in case of emergency: ice scraper, windshield de-icer, flashlight, blanket(s), extra layers of clothing, a first aid kit, water, and  snacks. 3. Double-check your headlights and any other lights on the exterior of your car! 4. I went on a tiny road trip this past weekend, and before I left I checked the air pressure in my car tires… And thank goodness! The air was almost 10 PSI lower than I normally had ’em at. The cold weather is going to do funky things to your tires, so make sure you double check, especially before trips! 5. Replace your windshield wipers every 6 months, and make sure you’re super on top of that once it starts raining, hailing, and snowing. Special wipers might be necessary if the weather dictates. 6. Always make sure your heater and defroster are in proper working order. 7. It can’t hurt to take a trip to your local auto store to have certain things looked over. This includes the battery, exhaust system, and anything else that might normally cause problems during winter. 8. Have chains or snow tires if your area is known to get dumped on with snow. I cannot stress this enough. 9. Keep your gas tank half full at all times. 10. Don’t be a hero when it comes to driving! Take it slow and steady if you feel it necessary!


October 23, 2013
I LOVE Halloween, and I’ve waited this long, so why not jump the gun and just post this now? In honor of us all being a week out, I found some pretty great trunk-or-treat ideas for all y’all in case you need to decorate your car! Check ’em out 🙂 (And while I’m at it, if you have any pictures of fantastic trunk-or-treat creations, post ’em on my Facebook page!) trunk1 Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 2.12.35 PM trunk2 trunk3 trunk4 trunk5 trunk6  
Behind the Wheel, Dealership Events, Good Works

How to Autumn-ize Your Car

October 8, 2013
It’s October! When it comes to fall, I’m one of those people who bursts at the seams with all of the autumn traditions and smells and opportunities. And that’s why I’m creating this specific blog post about making your car as fall-ish and fantastic as possible! 🙂 My tips are simple but great! spicedcinaut First up, it’s time for all the classic autumn smells! My personal favorites: spiced pumpkin and apple cinnamon. (The smell of a bonfire is another favorite of mine, but a lot of people don’t enjoy it as much as I do, so I’ll set those differences aside.) To make your car smell more like the wonderful season that is the fall, head to your nearest grocery store and stock up on some yummy air fresheners! Both you and your passengers will thank you for your go-getter mentality for a great-smelling vehicle! trutruckdog Next, store some comfy blankets and sweatshirts in the back of your car! Any evening adventures of star gazing or bonfires (!!) or a drive-in will call for warmth, so stay on top of it by always having extra clothing and blankets in your vehicle. You could even go 110% and bring a MATTRESS so you’re totally and completely comfy! lwtklwtlw Share the gift of giving! October has a lot of opportunities to give back, and McCarthy Auto is all over that! Presenting three different ways you can share your wealth 🙂 First,  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! For every new and pre-owned vehicle sold at any of the six McCarthy Auto locations, $10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in downtown Kansas City! Next up, take the pledge! McCarthy Auto is teaming up with PrepsKC to “Take the Pledge to Not Text and Drive.” Check out to take the pledge and vote for your favorite local high school! The school at the end of October with the most amount of pledges will be awarded $5,000 to the football program courtesy of McCarthy Auto Group! And finally, show your hockey love! Grab your season tickets now and go check out some Missouri Mavericks games — McCarthy Auto is a sponsor!! Three cheers for October!!!