Hello. My name is Nikki. I write a blog. I wrote a book.
Call me old fashioned, it’s lovely connecting with everyone in the online world and I’ve built a business on doing just that but nothing beats meeting the people from behind the screen.
Which is why I made the decision to get out and meet as many readers of the book and blog as possible (UYS event updates here).
Doing that has involved a little flying and a lot of driving.
The glamorous bit only happens at the end – at each event – when the hair and makeup is done, the room set up and the champagne poured.
In between, it’s about making it all happen.
I’ve been lucky enough over the past few weeks to have the driving and delivering and event set-up part made a whole lot easier by having access to a brand spanking new Ford Kuga Titanium TDCI.
You know, the car from the TV ads where you can do the thing with your foot while your arms are piled high with stuff? Yep, that’s the one.
Can I just say? That foot-swipe-boot thingie it’s saved me big time – especially during the week I did three Unlock Your Style book events in three days.
Here’s a little video I made from behind the scenes. Enjoy
My take on the Ford Kuga
We are down to three of us living at home. A medium-sized SUV is an ideal sized car for our needs. It’s easy and fuel efficient for me to manoeuvre around during the week and big enough for all of us to escape in at the weekend. When it comes to buying a new car, there are three essential things I look for in a new car: boot space; comfort; and geekery.
The first one is a pretty obvious one. Not just for getting 80 gift bags to a book event. When we go away for a weekend, it’s not a travelling light affair. We need options. I need options in the clothing department. Mr SY needs options in the surfing department and Master SY needs options in the technical and electrical department. Do you know how many cars in similar size that don’t have a decent boot space? A lot. It’s the first thing I look at. It’s the reason we bought our current car (a Ford Mondeo) and it’s a key-deciding factor in our next car purchase.
Our current car is a sedan and has served us very well. The Kuga’s higher road position definitely helps this old girl’s lower back and the design of the leather seats in this model would outdo most lounge chairs. The same applies in the back seat too. Just quietly, I’m a little too in love with the seat warming function – very welcoming on those chilly winter mornings – yes, Queensland does have them. Stop laughing now.
A lot has changed since we last went car shopping four years ago. The kind of things that are now standard with most cars of this class blow me away. I’ve already mentioned the boot (number one feature for me) but this model of the Kuga also includes in-built sat-nav, park assist (I had to let go of my trust issues here and let the car do a parallel park without me), reverse camera (I needed Mr SY to explain how the warning lines worked), Bluetooth phone syncing (we have that in our current car but the SYNC system in this car is so much more advanced), USB connection (also in our current car but in a much better position in the centre console of this model).
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
What’s the one “extra” you look for in a car?
Entries open on Tuesday, August 19 at 5am (AEST) and close on Tuesday, August 26 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity (photos can be included and uploaded with the comment). The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.
I’m honoured to be a Kidspot Hall of Fame blogger. Thanks so much to Kidspot and Ford Australia for this opportunity.
PS. The week 3 winner of the #unlockyourstyle uberkate necklace is Ella Spurling. There is just one week left to share your Unlock You Style book purchase on Instagram (don’t forget to tag it with @stylingyou and #unlockyourstyle and #uys).