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10 Things Super-Cool Families Do in Minivans

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Lamar and I have owned a minivan since 2007, when we were expecting our fourth child. And, deciding to buy a minivan was one of the best decisions we’ve made for our family — our super cool family.

And, I know what you’re thinking: what makes you a super-cool family? Well … Ebony.com named us one of the coolest families in America last year … seriously … we were.

So now that I have established that we are indeed super-cool, I can share with you all of the super-cool things we do in our minivan. And this is great timing, because recently Honda let us try out a 2014 Honda Odyssey for one week.

Check out all of things we did in it:

  • Drive Safely 1 of 10
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    Texting while driving, speeding, and having road rage are not things that super-cool families do in minivans. We drive safely because we have precious cargo on-board!

     

    The 2014 Honda Odyssey has several great features to keep you safe ... such as a multi-angle review camera with guidelines to help you see what's behind you. And on the EX-L and above models, the van will actually warn you if you get too close to other cars (forward collision warning). So, of course, Lamar asked me how did I know about this forward-collision warning feature ... I had to plead the Fifth.

  • Stay Cool! 2 of 10
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    It doesn't matter what you're driving ... SUV, sports car, or minivan ... cool families stay cool all of the time.

     

    One of the coolest features of the 2014 Honda Odyssey is the Cool Box. It's a built-in cooler that can keep drinks and snacks cool while you drive. It can hold up to six 12-ounce cans. Just enough to keep a cool family of six ... cool and refreshed.

  • Have a Date Night 3 of 10
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    Cool couples know that spending quality time together is essential for a happy marriage and a happy family. Since Lamar and I both have December birthdays ... we enjoyed a romantic birthday dinner together.

  • Keep the Kids Happy! 4 of 10
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    Our kids love our minivan ... they just do. They love the space that they have to stretch out and they love the memories we've created in it (our road-trips are epic).

     

    One of their favorite features in the 2014 Odyssey (that almost made them lose their minds when they got into the van) is the 16.2-Inch Honda DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment System with HDMI® Technology (it's standard on the Touring Elite model). And what I we loved about it is that it has split-screen viewing capability to keep the peace among the little ones.

  • Party! 5 of 10
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    We love to laugh, joke, and sing at the top of our lungs in our minivan. Lamar fell in love with the fully loaded entertainment system in the 2014 Honda Odyssey.

  • We Stay Fresh and Clean 6 of 10
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    Ok, so we want to stay fresh and clean — we really do. But I can't lie to you ... our real minivan gets a little junkie (but in a cool sort of way!). The good news is that the 2014 Honda Odyssey has many features to help keep your van clean, such as a built-in vacuum and flip-up trash bag ring.

  • Take Care of Business 7 of 10
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    Cool families have fun — but they also take care of their business, too. Yep, we folded the seats down and took this shipment of our movies to the post office. Yes, cool families make movies and drive minivans!

  • Hit the Open Road 8 of 10
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    Cool families are not afraid of a good road-trip! And, in our minivan, there is plenty of room to store all of our luggage ... and room for us to spread out (each with our own blanket and pillow, which are must-haves on a long road-trip.)

  • Stay Connected 9 of 10
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    Communication is key for cool families. My husband and I always check in with each other and never give each other any reason to worry.

     

    I loved the USB Audio Interface that allows you to connect your cell phone and other devices. There's also a Bluetooth Hands-Free Link that allows you to take phones calls without touching your phone.

  • Always Know Where You Are Going 10 of 10
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    Cool families set goals ... for their marriages and for their family. And they know exactly where they want to be in life and they have a plan for getting there.

     

    And with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition you will never have any problems getting to your final destination.

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