As you know (if you followed along with my IG stories + posts) I recently partnered with Toyota for National Give Something Away Day. I was so thrilled when Toyota reached out to me with this opportunity as I am always on board for giving back to the community, and when it includes driving around this cute car, count me in x2!
This summer I have been focusing more on working on collaborations that have more meaning beyond a cute outfit or free product, which can be some of the perks associated with blogging. I’ve recently found so much more value in being more selective on the campaigns I chose to work with and by doing so, it’s led me to these amazing opportunities to partner with large brands such as Toyota and give back while doing so.
I was so excited when this gorgeous 2018 Toyota 4 Runner pulled up in front of my apartment building. Would you guys even believe it was personally delivered all the way from Chicago (peep the Illinois plates) by DriveShop?! The second I was handed over the keys, I hopped in the car and cruised on over to one of my favorite coffee shops (Quixotic) to make the most of my new ride and plan out the weeks worth of content.
Later that evening, I picked up Jason for a date-night at Lela Mpls – he was certainly surprised to see me rolling up in this new set of wheels! He begged me to drive the car but I enjoyed it too much myself 🙂
Prior to this experience, I had never actually driven a Toyota as my dad is always the selector of which vehicle I will be driving next, but I was very impressed with the detailed interior and quality of the sound system (important things first, right? 😉 ) and the overall car in general.
Over the weekend, I took the car out of town and drove up north to my family’s lake cabin located near Detroit Lakes. Not having told my parents about this collaboration they, too, were a little confused when I pulled up with a brand new Toyota – I think my dad got his hopes up thinking I bought it myself (ha!).
My brothers are big into their cars and were also quite curious about this fancy new ride sitting on our driveway and I’m pretty sure they snuck in a test-drive for themselves… needless to say, my family was impressed with the car too!
In honor of give Something Away Day on Sunday July 15th, my partner in crime, Jersey (puppy), and I set off to the humane society in Detroit Lakes to donate some dog treats before heading to the Dakota Boys Ranch to donate my gently used clothing. Having this little cutie along for the ride made driving this car all the better. Even Jersey enjoyed the AC seats!
While the car itself was quite a treat, I think the thing that I enjoyed most about this collaboration was having the opportunity to get out, give back and share that experience with all of you. I think it is amazing when large companies take the time, money, and effort out of their marketing to reach out to influencers, such as myself, and allow us the opportunity to test-drive their cars and share the good of giving back.
I definitely have an all new outlook and opinion on Toyota and am so thankful to have had this opportunity to work alongside their brand and share the good of giving back for National Give Something Away Day.
If you haven’t done so already, take a visit to your local Toyota and test-drive one of their new 4Runners for yourself and you’ll see what I mean… PLUS! If you have any clothing or goods lying around, it’s never to late to get out and give back.
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All thoughts & opinions are my own