Most Fuel Efficient Family Vehicles of 2013

Most Fuel Efficient Green Family Vehicles in 2013

As hybrid and electric automotive technologies improve in efficiency and decrease in cost, families across the country are considering a green vehicle for the first time. Traditional, gasoline-only vehicles have also come a long way, staying closely competitive with hybrid technologyís fuel efficiency. And with so many options, it can be difficult to know which vehicle is best for your household.
Here are the most fuel efficient vehicle models in a few vehicle classes to help you during your search. You might be surprised by how many traditional vehicles beat out hybrids to make the cut.

The classic sedan is a roomy four-door vehicle that is perfect for most small to mid-sized families. Here are the three most fuel efficient sedans according to

  1. Ford Fusion Hybrid ñ This hybrid electric combines a 2.0-liter, four cylinder engine with a lithium-ion battery back and electric motor to get 47 miles per gallon (mpg) combined city and highway travel.
  2. Volkswagen Passat TDI ñ The engineers at Volkswagen have taken the diesel engine into the 21st century. This diesel sedan gets 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, for a combined 35 mpg.
  3. Nissan Altima ñ The four-cylinder Nissan Altima uses a 2.5-liter engine and continuously variable automatic transmission to achieve a combined 31 mpg.

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

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While most SUVs are notorious gas guzzlers, these three vehicles manage to combine size, power and efficiency. Here are the three most efficient SUVs according to

  1. Ford Escape Hybrid ñ This vehicle uses a 2.5-liter, 177 horsepower engine to achieve an average fuel efficiency of 32 mpg. All while being able to reach 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.
  2. Lexus RX 450h ñ The Lexus SUV hybrid has a slightly larger engine than the Ford, a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower, but still manages to achieve an average combined efficiency of 30 mpg.
  3. Mazda CX-5 ñ Classified as a ìcompact crossover SUV,î the CX-5 also gets 30 mpg.

If you need more space than sedans and SUVs offer, consider a fuel efficient minivan. These vehicles can comfortably handle seven passengers, and seats can be arranged or removed to accommodate cargo. Here are the top three most fuel efficient minivans of 2013, according to

  1. Honda Odyssey (automatic transmission) ñ The six-speed automatic transmission helps this van achieve 22 combined mpg. Not bad for a vehicle designed to transport seven adults.
  2. Nissan Quest ñ Coming in just under the Odyssey is the Quest, which gets a respectable 21 mpg.
  3. Honda Odyssey (manual transmission) ñ Tied for second with a combined 21 mpg rating, this version of the Odyssey takes a slight fuel efficiency hit due to the five-speed manual transmission.

Green family vehicles like electric and hybrids can help reduce the amount of money you spend on fuel each month, but they’re not the only way to curb your auto budget. Get  auto insurance quotes online  from a few auto insurance companies and choose the provider that offers the best price and coverage for your green family vehicle.


This sponsored post was created and provided by Nationwide Insurance. Pure Natural Diva worked together with the Nationwide team to create a post that we believed would be useful to PND readers!  We know you’ll agree!

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WWD covers the Elements Showcase & Features PND

We are back from NYC and what an exciting week!

We were quoted in Women’s Wear Daily talking about the launch of Pure Natural Diva’s botanical perfume line at the Elements Showcase!!!

Click on the article below to read the article!

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To learn more about PND Botanicals and pre-order from our very first limited production run at – – we apologize for the slow speed of this site.  We are having a faster site built, but SO many people are starting to look for information on the perfumes line we knew we had to move quickly!  Please be patient… it’s a work in progress!

Stay tuned for more updates, this is going to be a fun year!

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Simple Steps to a Green Valentines

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Make this Year a Green Valentines 

Valentine’s Day is the  time we celebrate the love in our life

PND sat down with Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom to share some great greens valentines finds.  Hopefully this video will inspire you to find greener ways to celebrate your special someone.

[youtube]This video was filmed using the Sony Handycam HDR PJ10,provided by Sony 

Products Featured in the PND Green Valentines Video

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With Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom

Organic Candle Company  $14 – 29

Coco Zen Truffles $8 – $15.50

Chocoholikcs Lip Palette from Jane Iredale $35

Monica Hall Spa Vanilla Night Nectar $95

Five Bamboo Boyshort $12, Shelf Cami $14 & Bamboxers $17


A green valentines day – it’s simpler than you think!

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Announcing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes

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Announcing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes

We have been working around the clock for months developing Pure Natural Diva Botanical Perfumes!  This will be the first product from Pure Natural Diva.  We are excited to be unveiling the line  at the Elements Showcase in New York City.

The PND Botanical Perfumes line will start with four offerings .  They are all artisan crafted, naturally sourced and free of synthetics.

Botanical Perfume

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The PND  Botanical Perfumes:  Pure, Natural, Diva and Elixir

Pure is sensually uplifting, like sunny day in a field of lemongrass. Notes include uplifting cassie, soothing chamomile, lemon, lime and an Egyptian neroli.

Natural is fresh and inviting, imagine a picnic in a rose bordered citrus grove.  Notes include a hint of clary sage, exalting pink grapefruit, Moroccan rose, and soothing ylang ylang.

Diva is full of soul, sultry and mysterious.  Notes include natural musk derived from ambrette, a sinfully smooth New Caledonian sandlewood, blended together in a lusciously robust Vanilla.

Elixir is sensually uplifting.  As delicious as a lingering morning with an ocean view.  Notes include aphrodisiacal vanilla, a hint of oakmoss, exquisite osmanthus, married with rejuvenating pink grapefruit and red mandarin.

Retailer Information

We are now accepting orders from retailers for April fulfillment.  And while we know you’ll be over the moon for our luxurious botanicals, the perfumes are  only part of the story.   What will really excite you is the spring 2013 marketing campaign, we can’t wait to share the details with you.  Please contact PND so we can schedule a time to review our retail program.  Email diva (at)

Where can I Buy the Perfumes?

There is a catch.  You can’t buy it… yet!  The bottles are still on getting ready for their cruise through the Panama Canal.  Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to find out when and how you can pre-order for your Mother’s Day giving!

Those who have been following along our adventure on the PND Facebook Page… Thank You!  Your words of encouragement  and queries about then you’ll be able to order fuel me during late night product development sessions.  If you’ve been missing these updates…  find us here and when you “like” PND, be sure to edit your settings so our updates show up in your newsfeed!

Secret Extensions Twitter Party & Giveaway

New Year New You Twitter Party & Giveaway

Who doesn’t want fuller looking hair, and how much fun would it be to easily change your look in seconds?  With new secret extensions hair extensions, you can, and it’s as simple as putting in a headband.  As a busy working mom I don’t have time to futz around with my hair so I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy ways to look pulled together.


The Benefits Secret Extensions

  • Require no glue
  • No salon appointment and no special skills to use.
  • Goes on in moments, like a hairband.
  • Style with your own hair.
  • Perfect for busy women & moms who want a simple way to look and feel great, without investing a ton of time and money.
  • Endorsed by Daisy Fuentes (she will also be tweeting at the party).

Join us on Tuesday for a live twitter event with Daisy Fuentes, fun new ways to do your hair & Door Prizes!


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Check out this video that shows just how easy Secret Extensions are to wear.

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Amana Washer & Dryer Review & Giveaway

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Amana Washer & Dryer Review

Amana recently reached out to Pure Natural Diva and asked if we wanted to host an Amana Washer & Dryer review and giveaway!  Of course we said yes, and they sent the Amana Washer (NTW 4750 YQ) and Amana Dryer (NED 4700 YQ) to check out!

I was so excited because for years I’ve had a dream of stealing space from our overly large garage to create a bonafide laundry room in our home.  The Amana washer and dryer set  is the first step towards making that dream real…

Amana Washer & Dryer Review

In our currently laundry area – more of a a hallway than a laundry room – we have a compact Miele Novatronic front load washer and an electric dryer.  Miele manufactures a super efficient and reliable laundry system, but buying this set today will set you back around $3500.  Not exactly approachable for everyone’s budget.  The Amana set prices in at a reasonable $1130 and for a top loader is surprisingly energy efficient.

The Amana Washer

A closer look at the Amana Washer reveals that it is Energy Star qualified.  Comparing this unit to most pre 2004 models and you’ll use 84% less energy and 73% less water doing your laundry – over 11 years that represents around $2000 in savings.  This unit will do a load of wash using as little as 13 gallons of water and for durability the washer features a stainless steel  wash basket.

The Amana Dryer

According to the Consumer Energy Center you’ll want to consider 3 things when looking for an energy efficient dryer:

  • Check for the highest energy factor number when comparing different models. Remember that there are two costs to an appliance – the initial purchase price, and the cost of operating that appliance over the many years you own it.
  • Know whether your laundry room has gas or electricity hookups. If you need to add a gas line and a vent to operate a gas dryer, you may spend more on adding the hookup than you’ll save with the cheaper operating cost of gas.
  •  Look for a clothes dryer with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only does this save energy; it reduces wear and tear on clothes caused by over-drying.

It’s estimated that operating costs for a gas dryer are about 50% less than an electric dryer, with this in mind we opted for a Gas Dryer.  The Amana also come with a key energy efficient feature – a moisture sensor.  This feature turns the dryer off once it detects the clothing is dry.  Not only is this good for efficiency – it’s also key in protecting fabrics, preventing shrinkage, and extending the life of your clothing.

Amana Washer & Dryer Review

Closing Thoughts:

If you are after more bells and whistles – this might not be the right set for you, but expect to pay more… a lot more.  What I like about this set is that at this price point the Amana offers a number of key features for function and energy efficiency.  It’s streamlined options have the features you need… without extras that just add to the price tag, but not the function.

I’m so excited that Pure Natural Diva is part of the giveaway that will find a new home for an Amana Washer and Dryer!  Happy New Year!!!  The contest runs from January 2, 2013 to January 16, 2013 @11:59 MST.  Check out the following link for all the details.  The contest is being run by Today’s Mama via Rafflecopter!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter Amana Washer and Dryer Giveaway

Love letter to the FTC – Pure Natural Diva was sent the above units for the purpose of this review.  We were also paid an administration fee for hosting this giveaway.  As always our opinions remain our own and are not for sale.


Fair Trade

What Is Fair Trade Certified?

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What is Fair Trade Certified?

Just the other day I was in my local organic grocery store, taking up space in the coffee/tea aisle, trying to figure out which coffee I was going to purchase.  I had read October was Fair Trade Month, so instead of grabbing my usual ground, I decided to read some labels. I saw the Fair Trade USA label several times.

Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA  (image by Wikipedia)

First of all, an entire section of tea was distracting me.  Pumpkin Spice tea?  Apple Cider tea?   No, coffee.  I needed to focus on the coffee.  There was not as much coffee as there was tea, but the tea section was definitely more shiny and sparkly.  All those boxes and canisters with pretty pictures of flowers and herbs with stunning colors…the bags of coffee weren’t as lavishly decorated, but many of the brands I was staring at had Fair Trade labels on them.  Initially I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention, I am more than aware of green-washing and to be honest, third-party certification doesn’t sell me, any more than products calling themselves “natural” when a quick glance at the ingredient list says otherwise.  Or using that pretty, soft sage-green color to lead us to believe that product is natural and healthy.

What Is Fair Trade Certified

What Is Fair Trade Certified

“The Fair Trade Certified label helps you make choices, with the confidence that your product is socially and environmentally sustainable. While best known for coffee, Fair Trade Certified has grown to encompass many products, from tea to chocolate to body care to wine. Choose Fair Trade products to vote with your dollars and make Every Purchase Matter.”

Click through for a full list of Fair Trade Certified Products.

I digress.  This isn’t about design, this is about the choice I was about to make regarding my coffee:  did I want to take home a pound of coffee that was tended to and harvested by workers who were no better than slaves, who worked insane hours for little money in return, who didn’t have the resources for medical care and education, on a land that was heavily fertilized by toxins and clear cut of trees to make room for some coffee plants?  Who suffered day in and day out so I could have a cup of coffee?

See, these things matter to me.  I don’t want the pleasure I get from a delicious cup of coffee hampered by the fact the bean came from a farm which took the place of a forest.  The thought of someone suffering hardships so I can have a cup of coffee doesn’t sit well.  It is not an idea that is difficult to imagine, one only has to look at our own history before the Civil War  to realize what the fair trade marketing concept is trying to accomplish.  In the USA, slavery was made illegal with the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment.  Other countries are not so lucky, there are still workers out there, harvesting ingredients for items we use every day and not getting paid for their work, they live in horrible conditions, they are exposed to toxins and pesticides, the list goes on.  We cannot lose our humanity in the food we consume.

Visit Fair Trade USA for updates and events, as well as their list of Fair Trade Licensed Partners and check out and share this video that does a nice job of explaining the benefits of Fair Trade Certified products.



The Fair Trade Coffee I found?  Caffe Umbria’s Terra Sana Blend.





Safe Face Paint

Face Paint: Is it Safe?

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Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints!

Safe Face Paint

Too Close to the Eye!

Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that face painting evokes.

Safe Face Paint

The question is – should we be concerned about potential toxins contained in these often cheaply made, deeply pigmented face paint products? In this video we cover toxins the EWG has found in the face paint they tested… along with other known allergens. Lyra  Face Painting Pencils made in Germany is a good option.

Another option worth checking out is Elegant Minerals, they let you chose your colors and are even made in the USA!

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Here Comes The Boom Movie Review

Here Comes The Boom – A Feel Good Movie

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Here Comes The Boom – A Feel Good Family Movie

Here Comes the Boom Movie Review

This Friday Dude’s (my husband) latest movie – Here Comes The Boom will be released nationwide. The movie stars Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Charice, Bas Rutten, a number of MMA superstars, and East Coast (my stepson) makes his big screen debut – look for him lugging the base in the opening sequence of the movie!

Donning my reviewers hat…

Critics are describing the movie as School Of Rock meets Rocky and I think if you liked those movies, you’ll love Here Comes the Boom. I loved the movie, but I recognize my objectivity might be a bit clouded.

Kevin James plays disenchanted school teacher – Scott Voss – who rediscovers his passion for teaching and life when he unwittingly volunteers to save his school’s music program, by becoming a losing MMA fighter.

The break out star of Boom is Voss’ coach for this adventure – Bas Rutten. This mixed martial arts legend knocks it out of the park, playing a former MMA athlete who missed his shot at UFC greatness and is now coaching at a gym. I don’t want to give anything away here… but he checked his image at the door and comitted to this role, his comedic timing is impeccable, and I predict we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.

The movie soundtrack was another highlight of the movie – I’ve had the NSFW Remix of Neil Diamond’s song Holly Holy firmly lodged in my mind since screening the film – in a good way. Fan’s of Charice won’t be disappointed as she does a great job playing one of Mr. Voss’ students, and has a chance to show off her amazing vocal talent.

Is Here Comes The Boom A family Movie?

Here Comes The Boom is rated PG, and I think that this is a great movie for families with tweens. The message of determination and pursuing your passion is the perfect take away for a feel good family movie.

If your children are younger, and involved in martial arts and contact sports like football and boxing – this is  likely an indicator this movie will be a good fit.

The language is clean, their are no sex scenes, there is not gratuitous violence… aside from the fight training and fight scenes, it’s clean.

I’ve been watching MMA for years and I thought the fight scenes were a highlight of the movie, the contact looks very legit – which again, the tweens will love and some younger children will find to intense. As a parent – you know your children best.

If you decide to go with your kids and you’ll find yourself at a movie you’ll enjoy right along with them.

A Sneak Peak from the Red Carpet of the Here Comes the Boom Premiere

I was lucky to be in New York for the premiere of Here Comes the Boom… and took a ton of pictures to share a bit of the red carpet experience with you!

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Salma Hayek walks the crowded red carpet.

Bas Rutten steels the show with impeccable comedic timing.Here Comes The Boom Movie Review

Salma Hayek stops for a quick photo before we watch the premiere.

Go check it out this weekend, and let me know your thoughts! Here Comes The Boom – did it bring it?