Monday, February 17, 2014

Roadtripping with Nitto: Palm Springs

Road trips have always been a special part of our pre-kids life, and now that Henry and Charlie are here it's a whole new kind of adventure. So when Nitto Tire approached me about working together, I thought it was pretty perfect as taking more trips has been on our family "to-do" list since Charlie was born. Hank spent a decade touring with his various bands, so he is always excited about just getting in the car and going. And now as a family we can't get enough. Every weekend it seems like we're heading somewhere new, be it a quick hour-long drive to Sedona, or even making the trip to California. The days of just "getting up and going" are long gone though with two small children, so the key for us is PLANNING. We start packing days ahead, get together snacks, print out directions, check the tires, you name it. It's a little bit exhausting, but we think the adventure aspect of it is well worth it.

Last month we decided to take a road trip to Palm Springs. We packed the car to the brim- it's impossible to travel light with a 6-month old and a 3-year old- and off we went. Our third row was folded down to accommodate the pack-n-play, stroller, baby carrier, diapers, suitcases, snacks, food...the list goes on. And it's funny, because before I became a parent I didn't think too much about the drive. The concept of driving was simple- just get there. But now with two little ones my mind is always on safety, and that's why I love having such peace of mind with our tires. When you think about it, the tires on your car really are the foundation of your travel. They're getting you there, they're the base, they're between you and the road. And as a Mom, I need that foundation to be solid.

The drive to Palm Springs went by quickly, minus the two bathroom breaks, one lunch break and a Cabazon Dinosaur break. But we got there. And of course the bathing suits immediately came out and all four of us were splashing around in the pool before we knew it. We spent the rest of the weekend driving around, seeing the sights, and eating good food. And even though we had to break for naptimes and snacktimes and potty breaks all day long, we wouldn't have it any other way. This new kind of road trip sure is different than the kinds we used to take, but as far as adventures go, this kind is a lot more fun.

This is part one in a series of posts about road trips I'll be doing with Nitto. If you have a moment, pop over and check out the tires they put on our car- Hank and I both give them two (four?) huge thumbs up. And like I said above, I love them because I know I can really count on them to be safe. I'll be working with Nitto over the next couple of months, and next time I'll be breaking down some of the planning and checking off lists we do before a trip, and sharing photos from where we're headed next. Can't wait!




*this post was sponsored by Nitto Tire but as always, all opinions are mine.
I appreciate you guys supporting the occasional sponsored content I share here. xoxo

38 comments:

  1. Palm Springs! I'd love to visit some day. I wish that there was an opportunity in England to drive across the country and find good weather ;)
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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    1. So funny- I want to go where you live and explore! Let's switch! ;)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It was our first visit and we loved it. :)

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  3. Ohhhh man, after the amount of money I just spent to put new tires on my husband's car I am so jealous of this sponsor hahaha. And after trudging over snow and ice to go to the store earlier I'm REAL jealous of those short sleeves. Looks super fun, I love it.

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    1. I know...tires are so expensive so we were very grateful we were able to try them out. We had to put four new ones on our last car and it's rough! We are back home in the cold now so I feel your pain! How about we both take a little mental, sunshiny vacation in our brains? Haha. xoxo

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  4. Danielle, a post sponsored by tires? Is it April Fool's Day today? I'm confused as to how this fits into your "brand" and your readership. In addition to being baffled as to why you would agree to such a weird sponsorship, I don't even understand why this company would want you as a spokesperson. I doubt anyone reading a mommy/family blog is looking to you for advice on which tires to buy... That is not a slam on you, it's just that I think people normally look to friends, family, the person in their life who knows cars, Consumer Reports, etc. This just seems so odd and phony.

    I used to love your blog so much, but it seems like you'll shill for anything nowadays. :( It seems so disingenuous on your part. Very disappointing. I'm not trying to tear you down; I'm just being honest and I bet I'm not the only one who feels this way.

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    1. Hi Marion!

      Thank you so much for your comment. And I get it, but I actually disagree on this one. There have been partnerships in the past I look back on and I'm like "what was I thinking?!" But to me, this makes sense. We go on trips, we take road trips all the time...and they just came out with a new tire geared towards family vehicles. I do though understand where you're coming from and I'm glad you felt comfortable enough to voice your opinion (and non-anonymously!). I also do not think my blog is heavily sponsored at ALL and saying I shill for anything is pretty offensive since that is not the case whatsoever. I blog for fun, and I choose opportunities because they sound fun (like this one) or cool or interesting or whatever. I know this is a matter of opinion, but since you shared yours I have to share mine. I feel like I post all sorts of things and when I do do a sponsored post I see that as an extra post in addition to the content I normally share. It's a bummer you feel disappointed and yes, I'm sure you are not the only person to feel this way- people always have strong opinions on sponsored content- but I will continue to do them when I see fit. I hope you continue to read, but if not, I understand too!

      Like I said above, thank you for commenting and feeling like you could say this here! Also please excuse any typos- I'm on my phone typing this!

      xo
      Dani

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  5. Palm Springs/Cathedral City has such a special space in my heart! My great-grandparents lived there after they retired and my grandparents would snow bird down every winter for 6 months, towing their trailer most of the time. (Later on they'd just roadtrip down and stay in a condo.) I have wonderful memories visiting them all when I was in grade 1 during spring break for Disneyland, and then again when I was 14 for just a wonderful vacation. (And first solo flight!)
    I really hope to be able to travel there with my family one day.

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  6. Loved this post! What a neat sponsor!! I don't know anything about tires, so I love that you just introduced me to a company that I never would have known about otherwise. We love going on roadtrips, too, and now that we have a little one to bring with us, safety is even more important so I'm happy to learn more about these tires! Loving all of the road trip pictures and I can't wait until the next installment of this series. Take me with you next time!! Haha

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  7. And also, I just added Palm Springs to my list of must see road trip destinations! Can't wait to visit!

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  8. Are you serious??? Tires??? Wow. How low can you go?
    And your sister has to come and back you up. You say if we don't like don't read, but you forget you make money off of us reading. Less readers = less money. Think about your audience and about a little something called self-respect.

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    1. Oh come on, backing me up? My sister would have left that comment regardless. She comments on every photo, most posts and FB posts with the same kind of support. Please take your negativity elsewhere.

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    2. If you don't want to read it, then don't. There's no need for rude comments.

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  9. I'm seriously in love with Palm Springs. It has such a cool style and feel to it. These photos really making want to go! Can't wait to see where you go next :)

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  10. What an interesting sponsor! You've always mentioned road tripping with your husband and then with Henry, so it made sense to me.

    Cute place and adorable suit!

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    1. Thanks so much Karly! I appreciate you reading. And I'm glad you get it! ;)

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  11. so amazingly jealous of your road trip! especially when i look outside and we have over 3 feet of snow on the ground and negative temperatures around these parts for the past couple months!

    and i don't think its odd at all for this as a sponsor, you guys are always tooling around and going on amazing adventures, safety, kids etc not at all a weird fit, plus unless you are Amish or live in a city with awesome public transportation the likelihood you have a vehicle that (ahem) needs tires on it is pretty damn good bet. it's something car owners can't do without, so tell the nay-sayers to zip it

    i actually need new tires soon and will definitely give them a gander before making any decisions.

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    trisha
    veranellies.blogspot.com

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  12. We're really avid travelers and are slowly learning the art of roadtripping with a kiddo. Still fun, just DIFFERENT... wouldn't you say?

    Also... can I just say that I totally just pictured Tommy Boy doing his big freakout on what could have happened if you had instead chosen to drive to Palm Springs using tires made by THE OTHER GUYS ;]

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  13. Your family is the cutest!! That picture of the boys together just melts my heart :)

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  14. I think you get hate no matter what you do in life so good on you for doing what you want

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  15. aw - looks like so much fun!
    xo, cheyenne

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  16. I'm sorry but I have to agree with the commenters who say that this is a really crazy sponsored post. And I love how the very first thing everyone says is that we shouldn't read if we don't like it, but then how will you make money if no one reads? The very low number of comments here (with some negative ones) should show you that this isn't the right way to go.

    I don't think people are being nasty.
    I’m not. I’ve been following you since the very, very beginning and have always been a huge fan, so I'm not a negative person who is coming here to jump on you. I'm a big fan who wonders at the direction this blog has gone. It's sad because you've become like a part of my family over the years, but the blog has lost its spark and sponsored posts like this make me feel a little sick. I understand sponsors, I totally get that, but I wish they were more in-line with things you blog about and not random things like tires. We all have tires, we all take road trips, but you are not now nor have you ever been a mechanic or a person who talks about a great love of cars or experience. You know nothing about the safety of these tires except what the company tells you and from getting free tires. Some girls, too young to know better may go out and spend money on these tires without doing research. Please just think about that.

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    1. Hey Aimee!

      Thanks for commenting! A couple of things for you to know- although I do make money off of this blog I don't do it to make money. It is not my job or career- it's something fun for me and income is an extra perk that has become a part of it for me, but it does not dictate why or how I do things. However I will always say YES to making money in this space, or going on fun adventures, or trying new products...IF it seems interesting to ME. And hello, why would this not be interesting to a reader? It's about taking a trip with my family, lots of photos, writing, etc. I researched before I signed on to this collaboration and guess what? Nitto Tires ARE great. Go see for yourself, check out Consumer Reports like I did, etc. And I'm not telling anyone to go buy them right here, right now. I linked to them and said go check them out. I highly doubt that some girls "too young to know better" will go out and put tires on their car because I posted about them?! That seems crazy to say. I don't think people just impulse purchase tires because they saw them mentioned on a Mommy blog. What I think is that someone may do their OWN research after seeing this and say hey, yes! These are great. This post isn't crazy whatsoever. It's a post I would normally do, sponsored. I feel very strongly about this.

      You mentioned that over the years I have become part of your family. I get that, and I love that. But please keep in mind that this is still my space, and as much as I love having you as a reader and I do keep you in mind when I post a million of my other posts, when I share things about my family or my day or what's going on in my life...I am sharing that with all of you but it is still my space. To say the blog has lost its spark, well that's your opinion, but to me I've been writing more and enjoying sharing more than ever. So it's all a matter of perspective.

      This was a lot but I just want you to realize that this would have been a post, tires or not. This is in line with my blog. I don't feel I need to justify anything because at the end of the day this blog is my space, but I also recognize I have a large readership and I want to explain things to you and answer questions because I do care about you! You said that a post like this makes you "feel a little sick" and if that's the case please remember this is just a BLOG. If you want to remain a reader (not just on my blog but any blog), skip over what you don't like if you're that affected. I am here to share little pieces of my life, but I'm not here as a service to you or anyone else. I'm here to write and to create a fun place to share things with others. I was here sharing before I ever made money, and I will be here writing long after.

      I hope this helped a bit! Feel free to respond or to email me if you'd like to talk more. <3
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      Dani

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  17. I thought this was a joke at first, too. I've followed your blog for a while now - since the beginning! - but as a follower of your blog, I don't see how this sponsorship fits your "brand." I get the safety aspect of traveling with kids, and I get that you write a mommy blog, but just because you fill those two categories does not mean they go together. Again, this is the point of view of a READER of your blog (and a reader who doesn't even mind sponsored content for the most part). I totally understand that you, as the writer, will have a completely different view of this (as I noticed in your response to Marion upthread), so take it however you will.
    With that said, I'm itching to visit Palm Springs in the near future with my friends! I have a friend who just moved out to Los Angeles and it seems like the perfect girls trip with her!

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    1. Hey Haley!

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for your honesty! :) Always welcome. And I totally get where you are coming from- in my mind this would have been a post regardless so it does go together in my mind, totally well. And I have two more coming up so brace yourself. ;) haha. Anyway I wrote a LONG response up there, so check that out too!

      And about Palm Springs, you have to go- it was so much fun and we were pleasantly surprised. It would be the perfect spot for a girls trip!

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      Dani

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  18. Looks so fun! That house you photographed (number 991) is gorgeous and beautiful and I want to move into it immediatelyyyyyyy. My mom raised me with many many road trips and I am so excited to do the same for my daughter. She will be 3 at the end of April so I think this summer is a great time to start going! Can't wait to see your other trips!

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  19. I'm sorry to see all of the negativity on this post. If this were a post without sponsorship I'm sure you would receive many more comments on how this looks like a fun trip and how cute your boys are (because they really are). I think it's great that you got the opportunity of a sponsorship that allowed you to take this trip. It's really all about making memories as a family, right? I don't know, I just wanted to let you know that there are people who support this kind of post and are not offended by this partnership. I'm looking forward to the coming adventures :)

    -Kelcey
    hellokelcey.blogspot.com

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  20. I bet the stop at the dinos off the freeway was a big hit! I know I try to stop there whenever I pass that way.

    I'm a little surprised about the comments about this being a sponsored post...I guess people don't realize what other people do with sponsored posts...I mean, at least this one made sense! You go on trips quite a bit, you're on a roadtrip, you talk about safety and being prepared...why wouldn't a few mentions of the tires fit in? Maybe I just read too many blogs where bloggers don't give a shit how they present sponsored content, because this is refreshing and I wish more bloggers would tie in their opportunities like this.

    As a blogger, I know that this takes time and energy and a few opportunities isn't a bad thing! I wouldn't considering this "shilling anything" because, quite frankly, I could use some new tires right about now.

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  21. What a fun trip - I love the dinosaur stop! I'm also surprised on all the negativity about tires not "fitting" as a sponsor. As a female automotive blogger myself, I've found that the majority of my readers are car guys, even though I started my blog to help empower women to get more involved with their cars! As a mommy blogger, you make a perfect bridge for women who might never think about tires to give them a second thought. Women in general, especially moms who have their children's safety in mind, should get to know a little more about car maintenance and safety - and getting the correct tire for your car and maintaining it is a great start!

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    1. Yes! I know nothing about this stuff, and wouldn't ordinarily take initiative to research this stuff until the very last minute, and even then I'd probably justlet my partner or dad deal with it. But, this ppst actually made me think about tires and my own car, and the options available to me. :)

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  22. What a fun trip - I love the dinosaur stop! I'm also surprised on all the negativity about tires not "fitting" as a sponsor. As a female automotive blogger myself, I've found that the majority of my readers are car guys, even though I started my blog to help empower women to get more involved with their cars! As a mommy blogger, you make a perfect bridge for women who might never think about tires to give them a second thought. Women in general, especially moms who have their children's safety in mind, should get to know a little more about car maintenance and safety - and getting the correct tire for your car and maintaining it is a great start!

    Kristin
    GreaseGirl.com

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  23. Looks like a wonderful trip! Our little guy is 10 months and it was on our bucket list to take trips with him to, as much as we could before I went back to work. Road trips - to Niagara Falls, and plane trips - to Arizona! I do think tire safety becomes more important once you are a parent. We put snow tires on our car for the first time this year, our first as parents, and researched which brand worked best for us, too. So I'm surprised by the negatively here as well...
    As an aside - I'd love to hear what kind of snacks, and specific gear you pack for your road trips?
    Cheers from snowy Canada!

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  24. Wow, with all the negative comments! This is your blog. You post what you want. I am baffled by the rude stuff. I'm glad none of my readers say junk like that.

    I love this post!

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  25. I just revisited this post because I am in Palm Springs and I was trying to see where you might have gone and really enjoyed. So far the bf and I have had an eh time with the food. We did go see the Ace though, a place I have loved since I lived in Portland.

    When I first saw this post I knew it was coming because you asked for suggestions on Instagram or something. So to see the sponsorship was surprising.
    However, I do not blame you and I don't think the sponsorship took anything away from the post. Surprising, sure, unexpected, yes, but shoot, tires are really expensive, my mom is in the tire business, so I get a deal from time to time, but still... ouch. And someone sponsoring a roadtrip? I just think it's new and creative on their part to even think to contact you about this idea. Good for them. The other side of my family is in branding and advertising so I guess maybe I'm just partial to creativity in that aspect.

    Anywho, I don't know what people are talking about when they say you've changed, or they allude to the fact that you've changed. I don't see a lot of sponsorship stuff on here, or maybe it just doesn't stand out too much to me so you're not going crazy with it. You still provide quality content about your life and like you said, you'd be doing this with or without money.

    I know this is super long after the fact but I just thought I would say that while it was unexpected, the post didn't make me love your blog any less.

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