Tips for Capturing Monumental Moments in a Kia Optima SXL

Hey Cuties,

I’ve always been the picture taker, but with so much growth and change I’m really trying to make sure I capture the monumental moments.  I have a crazy busy weekend that I can’t wait to share next week. The Runway Moms for a Cause event is this evening. Insert dramatic runway walk with killer turn.  On Saturday I will be doing the Dirty Girls Mud Run, I hope the weather gets the memo, so far it doesn’t look like it.  You can follow my activities on SnapChat {mimicutelips} and Instagram.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with DriveShop & KIA; all opinions are my own.

I’ve been talking about my Man-child a lot lately. Usually he plays the background and the busy in your face personality that is my toddler is center stage. With so much going on in his life these days he is a one man show. I wrote him a heartfelt letter about his last year of elementary school and how hard it has been. He continues to move on to more man-child like things; things that say I’m becoming a young man and no longer a little boy.

I’ve decided that if he insists on growing and growing up I insist on capturing his monumental moments.

Kia Optima SXL

2016 KIA Optima SX Limited with Turbo

We celebrated these monumental moments while enjoying this 2016 KIA, Optima SXL.

Kia Optima SXL

Day Date w/ my Man-child

I decided to take the day off and hang out with my boy.  We started our morning out at the allergist.  Even though it doesn’t feel like spring in the DC area our allergies are in full swing. I suspected he had seasonal allergies but I wanted to know for sure. I shared my Allergy Testing experience with you last year and it was a great source for me to share with him. I could show him how it work and what it would feel like. He fears needles so I can to keep him calm and talk him down off the ledge a few times.  He is growing up but still needs his Mom. 

TIP #1: The best way to capture your monumental moments is to BE IN THE MOMENT. We chatted a lot during his visit; you know how hard it is to just chat with a tween or teen.

Kia Optima SXL allergy test

Survey says!

And just like his mother he is allergic to trees, weeds and grass. My kid who loves the outside is allergic to it; if that isn’t enough he is also allergic to dust and roaches. Shouldn’t we all be allergic to roaches?  He stuck it out {see what I did there?} and I was proud of him, he was proud of himself too. BIG BOY MOMENT: CHECK!

Kia Optima SXL

Last meal of sorts…

The night before his allergy testing I’d promised him a “Last Meal”. Why do you ask, because the very next day he was getting braces. OUCH!  We’ve been talking about the adjustment and what you can and can’t eat along with handling a sore mouth and inner lip from the brackets. I had braces as a teenager so my information was solid. He asked for a burger, and I was pleased with his choice. After running a few errands we set out for burgers. 

TIP #2: Do something special to commemorate the moment. A meal is a great way to do that. #FatSnacks

Kia Optima SXL

Keep your situation charged up

The Optima so graciously gave me the feels with the charging selection.  In this one space you have three charging options; I still get excited about the wireless charging. Just lay your mobile burdens down and let it charge, no need to worry about cords.

Kia Optima SXL


It is official, my kid wears braces. He only had the top row done; they will do the bottom in a couple of months. Apparently the top has more work to do; I told him this is an easier route then getting top and bottom put on at the same time. I got mine during Thanksgiving break and had a PBJ for dinner a couple of nights. BOO!!! I won’t show the hilariously cool pictures of his mouth all open but it totally belongs in a movie.

Kia Optima SXL

Silly faces before we go into Target

It was a family affair, so all of us were in attendance for his braces. What better way to celebrate then a trip to our favorite store. But first let us take a selfie. You don’t see a lot of Babe on the blog but he exists. Whispers: He and I have some dope trips coming up so he will be on a little more this summer.

TIP #3: Get the entire family in on the celebration.

Kia Optima SXL

Panoramic Sunroof

My kids love a good sunroof and the Kia does not disappoint. The panoramic sunroof is every freaking thing; the kids call it “The TV” and the Clouds are the show according to my four year old media person. They spot planes and assign characters and shapes to the clouds they see; imagination is totally at work here.

Kia Optima SXL


My girl spent the day with me for Take Your Child to Work Day. I normally take the death trap that is the train system; but she and I enjoyed a ride in the KIA, Optima SX Limited. It had enough room for her and her baby and baby stroller. Can you see the baby lying in the seat beside her? The Optima has three driving modes which was perfect for me I start out in the suburbs which allows me to open it up a bit in the Sport mode, then I can put it down in normal driving mode and once I hit traffic I use straight Eco mode. If you know anything about the DC area then you know the traffic isn’t anything to play with.

TIP #4: Snap a picture or it didn’t happen.

ShondaLand Scandal at Smithsonian TGIT 2 Kia Optima SXL

Shonda Rhimes is magic

I gave you a full recap on my Scandalous event with the cast of Scandal. I was in awe, I was in the moment, I snapped pictures but most of all I just sat back and watched. A lot of times I’m so in the mix that I forget to step back and just play the background. I took in all the magic and really planted the moment into my memory.

TIP #5: Sit back and watch!

Kia Optima SXL

Quality seating

Select quality seating like this leather in the KIA Optima. They upped the class level with the stitching and everything. You know my handbags usually ride shot gun.

This Kia Optima SXL came with all the bells, the whistles and the beep beep. Out of all the cars we’ve driven this is Babe’s favorite choice. It is both masculine and feminine at the same time.  The ride is smooth, the options are endless and the space is plenty. They protect you in the front and the back. You get the aerial view while parking so you always park like a pro. The rear assist keeps you from backing into things or people. The front assist lets you know if you need to increase your following distance. They thought of everything and wrapped it up in this vehicle and slapped a bold blue on the outside. This is a total and complete winner for any family size.

Lifestyle Blogger MimiCuteLips is sharing tips on how to capture your monumental moments. She captured a lot of family moments in the 2016 Kia Optima SXL

Have you been in a Kia? Have you been in a Kia, Optima? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. nancy

    I love that you made it a family experience, allowing him to experience it with all his favorite people. We all spend so much time in the car it is awesome to see that Kia values the family experience.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Right Nancy, it is crazy how much time we actually spend in our cars. We need to have a comfy one with all the bells and the whistles and toss the family in the back.

  2. Stacie

    Kia has really come a long way! I keep seeing these cool cars they have and I’m thinking I want to try one myself!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Stacie, they have come a really really long way, they showing up in grand fashion these days. The price point makes them even nicer.

  3. Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    Looks like you had a great day off with your son. The vehicle looks pretty roomy to fit you all!

  4. Tomiko

    The Kia is one of my options for my company car and I had never given it any thought till today.. Great review

  5. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    Wow! You had quite an adventurous couple of days! A couple of years ago I found out that I was allergic to similar things (about 7 in all) and I thought some of the most interesting things were that I was allergic to American cockroaches and German cockroaches – who knew?

  6. Tia

    OMG that allergy test is the worst especially since I am allergic to everything. I wanted to scratch my skin off. Five Guys would have been a nice treat afterward but I think I had ice cream instead. Being present in the presence of social media can be interesting but I am glad you are finding ways to capture moments with your children while enjoying meaningful time together. I wish more candid photos from my childhood.

    • MimiCuteLips

      He so wanted to scratch his skin off Tia. Ice cream would be my treat of choice. OMG, I think my mother failed my childhood in the picture taking department.

  7. Bijee

    My brother bought one last year and it is so nice. The other day i pulled up on him and noticed he didnt have any of the words on the car. I said “hey what happened to all the letters?”…. He said many years ago I said i would never drive a kia so i couldnt leave it on there, but i love my car….LOL. smh.

  8. Antoinette

    Priceless moments. They grow up so quickly. And…wireless charging? Oh my. I’d purchase a vehicle just for that feature.

  9. Anosa

    Not graced the Kia yet but hoping when I pass my driving test I can buy a Kia for my first car. You’ve captured some lovely moments with your familiar. Also loving Shonda #teamscandal

  10. Alli Smith

    I love the last meal idea before braces. I remember craving all my favorite forbidden foods when I had braces. He’s such a cutie pie!

  11. Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    I have a camera mount in my car and I film a lot of my kids You Tube videos in there. We spend so much time in it, might as well take advantage of it. The best is the backseat conversations!

  12. Tammilee Tips

    A lot of big moments have happened for you guys!! Allergy testing is no joke, I hope they can find meds to help him be outside.

    • MimiCuteLips

      They really have Tammilee, I need a break. Things will quiet back down now a little bit. He has some allergy medicine that is working.

  13. Joanna

    ooh that wireless charging looks awesome. Your son is tough I would’ve been scratching my arm like crazy. Glad he was able to find out allergens sooner than later. Your daughter is too cute “working” lol

  14. Eva

    Oh I like the quilted fabric seats! Very nice touch. We spent the week with shots and healthcare stuff too. We only did egg allergy testing though… not fun.

  15. Jeni Hawkins

    OMG I love love love Five Guys! 🙂 That car looks amazing – so classy and stylish! I am in the market for a car, so I’m going to check it out a little more!

  16. Megan Elford

    Ooh, my sons both need braces too, and I’m not looking forward to it (neither are they!). Any tips for making it go more smoothly?

    • MimiCuteLips

      Megan, the last meal was a nice touch. Allow them to pig out on some foods they won’t get to eat while wearing braces. If you can find YouTube videos then check them out so they can see the process. Brushing more often is a bit of an adjustment, you should brush after every meal.

  17. Liz Mays

    I’m glad you’ve been able to spend some quality time with your family. The new Kia Optima SXL sounds like such a great family car!

  18. Kiwi

    Girl you know how to capture moments! I love how you were in the Shondaland audience that would of been amazing! I love how Kia is stepping up their car game…my 1st two cars ever were Kias and I claimed I would never own one again but after test driving a few I think I change my mind!

  19. Sarah

    What a lot of things you have going on – glad yo were able to share those monumental moments in your Kia. Looks like a great car!

  20. Kim

    The color is nice! I love the interior as well as the panoramic sunroof. FYI: I hate allergy tests. I found out I was allergic to crab and lobster and nearly cried.

  21. Valerie robinson

    I keep telling people that Kia has stepped it up! So many features and the designs are great! Sorry about your son’s allergic reaction…poor thing. My daughter is allergic to grass and gets a similar reaction.

  22. Kara | Kay's Ways

    A meal always makes a monumental moment for us. I see you was out in the Kia, looks like a sweet ride!

  23. Bella

    As if I didn’t want to buy this car enough already! It looks like you made the best of the day, allergies are not fun at all but at least you know now.

  24. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    I need that wireless charging station!!! The cords all over the car are a pain!

    You guys had a lot of big moments. Hi 5 to your son for getting through the allergy shots AND braces!

  25. Franc Ramon

    Too bad your kid has allergies from the outdoors. I also get rashes outdoors but it hasn’t stop me from trying to stay outdoors. The Kia Optima looks really impressive.

    • MimiCuteLips

      It sucks Franc but I can’t keep him in a bubble. I will give him allergy meds and send him outside.
      It is totally impressive.

  26. rika

    Great tips! I need to set up a test drive appointment with KIA. This car looks so cool

  27. Inspiring Kitchen

    The car looks awesome. I agree, we should all be allergic to roaches. Lol. Looks like you had so much fun. I hope the allergy is better now.

  28. Bonnie @wemake7

    I have been in a Kia before, not an optima but ria I think. I used to take care of lady that had a Kia, great car.

  29. Michele D

    I love the color of this car. I’ve always loved Kia’s and own a few already. Can’t beat the style, comfort for a family either.

  30. Nikka Shae

    What a fun car!! I reviwed this a couple of months ago and I didn’t want to give it back!!

  31. Sam Sly

    Looks like a fun day! I love the family pictures! I am a Scandal fan so love the Shonda Rhimes picture!

  32. Kita

    Really cute car. Sigh on the allergies! My son is allergic to almost everything. It’s really hard come spring. Hope he is feeling well.

  33. Hannah Adkins

    Its so great that you were able to make Kia part of your day and life. 🙂

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