Taxi Magic

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Taxi Magic. I received a promotional code to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

In a former life I was a software trainer. I be-bopped around the United States via planes, trains, automobiles and sometimes taxis. Thus, I have experienced a fair share of no show or late taxis. There is no legitimate excuse for being tardy, for a client. It was unprofessional to clients yet I had to rely on others to navigate me through unknown areas.

I would call a toll-free number for a local taxi service to request a ride and get a rough estimate from an uncertain dispatcher. Sometimes I would wait at an airport terminal or outside my hotel. Waiting. Waiting. And more waiting.

The pick-up time would increase from 10 minutes to sometimes 60 minutes. On those days, the experience was dreadful.

Fast forward to 2009. Taxi Magic has been fine tuning the process of their customer experiences. With a 99.9 percent pick-up ratio, it translates to happier passengers. The best part is all taxi drivers go through background checks, are licensed and insured. If only other taxi fleets had this type of service when I traveled. I could have avoided a few embarrassing moments.

Downloading the app was as easy as a push of the Taxi Magic button. After I opened the app, I plugged in a few pieces of important details. Name, approved location services, billing information, agreed to terms, then it was ready to go.

My initial experience requesting a taxi was interesting. Like an anxious kid, I waited for the app to assign my request to a driver. Then, I watched the little taxi icon navigate, real-time on my screen. Closer and closer, I knew exactly where the driver was and the approximate arrival time.

It was almost too easy. The friendly driver took me to my destination. I did not even have to tell him because I already had put it in on the Taxi Magic app. I am impressed. No fuss, I like that.

Watch out Los Angeles County, there is a quicker and easier way to get around. Ditch your car and hail a taxi, via the Taxi Magic app.

A simple and easy download and voila, a ride at your location within an average of 6 minutes. With a click of the button, a taxi is on the way or schedule a future ride.

Taxi service app
Taxi Magic

How to use the Taxi Magic app:

-Download the Taxi Magic app on iOS or Android
-Open the Taxi Magic app
-Tap the gear symbol in the top right corner
-Tap “Promos and Credits” on the dropdown menu
-Get a discount, promotional code for $15 dollars off their first ride: MomMagic14
-Enter your code and tap the “enter” key on your keyboard
-After you enter the code, the amount will appear on your “Promos and Credits” screen.
-Full details on using the promotional code can be found here:

Also, check out how to pay for Taxi Magic.



How to Train Your Dragon 2

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Disclosure: This information has been provided by IMAX.


Arcade Fire, Coachella and Geocities


Image credit: NBC, SNL

Twenty years ago if you screamed “arcade fire” someone would have responded “oh no, the video games.”

Nowadays, everyone replies “hooray.” Well almost everyone. Yes hooray for that super cool band playing Coachella this Sunday.

I am obsessing and want to see them. Since I am not going, I will post about my concert withdrawal. It has been 10 years since seeing a band play in a large venue. Surrounded by sweaty, drunk fans. Saying it out loud doesn’t sound pleasant. Somehow the music muffles out the body odor and beer stench.

I have another band to blame for my obsession of great concerts. The masters at creating the total concert package is Radiohead. Lights, sounds and intoxicating, spellbinding melodies. I will remember that day like it was yesterday. They played Universal Amphitheater at City Walk on April 1st, 1998. I excused and nudged my way to the front of the pit. Looks like I was in great company but I paid no attention. I was hypnotized and in a trance watching them blow it out of the water. Being that close to the stage, no drugs or alcohol are necessary to trip out. There is no doubt they take this shit seriously.

Back then, I used to take public transit home from work. It was a rather dreadful hour and a half long ride on 3 buses, a gaggle of grumpy people and a few random encounters with the mentally ill. I would get situated far in the back, plug in my earphones and then drift away. This went on for longer than I hoped…being car-less sucked.

My escapes happened on weekends.

I would plan and plot away. I worked for them. Hundreds of dollars for last minute, spontaneous fun. I started “blogging” about the concerts to keep track of them, on the now defunct Geocities sites. It seemed like every few weeks it was a new band. The Verve, Portishead, Depeche Mode and The Cure. Radiohead.

And more Radiohead. Arcade Fire might top them should I ever get to see their show. I REALLY wanted to see them this weekend…for the first time.

For now, I have this link and I will start plotting away for the concert date in July.


Radiohead, Fake Plastic Trees. At about 2:35, things get real. You’ll miss the build up but it is the best part. Headphones make it surreal. Haunting melodies that creep up into my brain late at night. Fantastic.


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