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Ask Patty Around the Auto World Blog Carnival: June 5th

Published Jun 5th 2007, 3:27pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Welcome to Ask Patty’s blog carnival for June 5th! We are at it again with the most up-to-date articles and topics from around the auto world.  We found so many articles about kids and family this week that we thought we would focus on that topic.  The kiddies will be out of school soon so the little munchkins are on our minds!

Edmunds_pink_car You know the Build-a-Bear workshops? The ones where you can create your own furry friend and customize it to your liking? Well, according to Edmunds, there is now a new idea on the horizon. RIDEMAKERZ is opening their first shop this month in Myrtle Beach, and here is the scoop: Kids get to personalize different rides, including concept vehicles, fire engines, hot rod, designs and muscle cars. Can’t wait until it’s in our neighborhood!

Vintage_family_car Family vacations are always special. From the Are we there yet?s to the spectacularly silly games you can create while logging countless miles in the same vehicle. Jalopnik has asked the question: “What is the most beloved family vehicle of your childhood?” If you read this blog, you’d know mine is a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4. What’s your favorite one? Share in our comments!

School_bus According to AutoBlog Green, “A recent health study showed that kids in Puerto Rico are the most likely racial/ethnic group in the United States to have asthma and at least one contributor to that problem is the age of the island's diesel school bus fleet.” Recently one of the first buses in the fleet was retrofitted with an emission control system and will be put into service. Let’s hear a shout out of “Yay!” for Puerto Rico! When does the U.S. get these?

Transformers Anybody here like Transformers? I bet your kid does! And depending on your age, you likely played with them when you were young as well. What better movie to take your kids to then a movie about vehicles that transform into crime-fighting “robots”? It’s better than that other car movie franchise, The Fast and the Furious Disaster. According to Ray Wert of Jalopnik, “They've pointed us too a new ad for the movie that's got some seriously sweet new transforming Bumblebee action -- plus a little bit of Prime action thrown in, you know, for kicks.”

Kids_car_road_trip Over at Rake Mag, Chris is talking about his new job of driving around vehicles form Sears Automotive and writing about his findings. He talks about getting the kids involved as well: “With this in mind, I intend to go gonzo with my boys, Frank and Joe, and invite them to test drive the finest and the fastest that Sears has to offer--then report our findings back to you.”

Ginablog Gina’s blog is a nice refreshing read. Because we are still on the kids and cars theme, she relates her experience driving around doing errands and listening to her kids stories in the backseat, including why her daughter refuses to like Dora the Explorer anymore. Apparently, Dora just has bad hair. Remind me not to leave the house again without spending time with my hair dryer.

Speaking of the kiddies again, have you ever gotten gum on your car upholstery? Ew, you have right? Among other things… I hear ya. Ideal Internet blog tells us how to get it off like magic! Her steps are super simple and foolproof!

Prius The Sudbury Earth Decade Committee blog shares a bit of this seemingly simple (although oft-overlooked) wisdom: “I certainly support higher-mpg cars, but there’s a much cheaper and easier solution to increase energy efficiency– that doesn’t require us to all buy new cars. The key is to focus on pmpg– passenger miles per gallon. An SUV with five passengers gets better pmpg than a Prius with one. In other words, carpools work.”

Baby And last, we have an aging couple that instead of buying that requisite little red sports car themselves after the kids have flown the coop, they are starting over again and becoming parents. They talk about their new “sports car” on their Branson Blue Hair blog: “Mine has beautiful brown-eyes and has nearly four on the floor (It barely crawls).  Introducing Alicia---a six-month-old Guatemalan orphan we are in the process of adopting.

That’s it for this week! Thank you for all of your submissions! Make sure to submit next week! Please remember to submit your article using the online form or by emailing Breanne at

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