Monday, March 30, 2015

Visit Jordan to Experience What Life Has to Offer





 Ever wanted to close your eyes and be in a far off land? A land you have never seen before, but only dreamed about, seen on television and in movies? Well, so have I! As a child I watched too much of Aladdin and fell in love with the palace, (of course) the colors of the city, the sand, and the camels. I used to lay down at night and dream of what it was like to see so much sand, to feel the warm (hot) sun all the time, and do be on camel back as I adventured from place to place trying new foods and seeing the culture.

   Now, I know that Aladdin and its location is not real. However, I know that the world is filled with many places, and some I know are similar, or pretty close. One of these amazing and beautiful places is Jordan. Jordan is located in the center of the Middle East.Jordan has very dry deserts, extremely colorful rock and sand mountains, along with very fertile valleys.


  Food is a huge part of the daily life in Jordan. The main meal is served in the middle of the day when one will sit on the floor to a table filled with rice, meats, salads, yogurt, and bread to use as a spoon to scoop up your food. Just an FIY...one NEVER uses their left hand to eat with.

  In Jordan, you are able to do so many different things. From riding camels and sight seeing, to visiting some pretty phenomenal historical locations and see some breathtaking architecture. From the ancient city located in Amman, to "the city of Mosaics" located in the city of Madaba. Or, you could go to the ancient city of Petra and see this nationally treasured and most popular tourism destination.


  If you are not so much into the out and about adventures of Jordan, you can always find some extremely relaxing hotels and spas along your way to stop in at. Then again, who would want to do that when the Dead Sea is so close?!? The Dead Sea is said to have healing properties that are beyond anything else found in our most common of rivers and oceans. I say this makes Jordan not only a place to see and taste some pretty cool and yummy things, but get healed and feel complete and utter bliss.


  This is one location that has landed on my #BucketList for sure. If you are interested in learning more about traveling to Jordan, please visit a website VisitJordan.com. All the information you could possibly want and then some.

  I can not wait to take this adventure in the future and tell all about it!

Enjoy!

Green Travel Gurl

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Building a Sustainable Home

   Have you seen those amazing sustainable houses that people are starting to create and share with the world? Have you ever wondered how they did it? What they used? How it worked? Well here is a website that is sharing exactly that information.

  It is important to understand what sustainable means, and how to go about creating a homestead that is sustainable after understanding what it is. The breakdown is now here.

  Please go and take a look at Fix.com and see what the new sustainable home movement is about.



Source: Fix.com

Green Cars of 2015

    I believe that the only future we have, is a greener one. One in which we learn to stop living off the man made substances, and more off what we already have. Learning to be wiser in our economic choices and beliefs.

   Please go and check out Fix.com and take a closer look at this amazing article written about the newest "green" cars to be hitting the market.

 
Source: Fix.com

Please go and take a look for the detailed specifics on each and every one of these vehicles shown.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask


   I just recently received my Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask,  and after my first use... My skin feels and looks phenomenal! I took some before photos of my face with no makeup or anything on. I will take another photo series of my face all natural in about a month to see if we can tell the difference.

   This is a pure dead sea mud, using all natural ingredients and those from the dead sea. This ancient natural skin healing formula enhances the natural glow of your skin over time of use,  while deep cleansing your skin at the same time. The suggested use is once a week, leaving on to dry 5-10 minutes before washing off with warm water and a wash cloth.
   On my first use I immediately could tell a difference. I felt my skin begin to tingle and feel all warm. Its almost as though I could feel my pores being cleaned of all the icky stuff that can get into our pores during the day. After I let my mud mask dry, I washed it off and my skin was so soft and felt like it was brand new. I can not say I notice the glow yet, however I know it takes time so I will continue on with my mask and keep you updated on my skin progress.

http://puressmin.com/ is the website where you can find out all about Pure & Essential Minerals.
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I can honestly say I can not wait to do it again and see the glow begin to happen. #deadseafacial
Thank you Pure & Essential Minerals for my Dead Sea Mud Mask!
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

All-new 2015 Ford Edge and the Arizona Desert Debut

   Here is the all-new 2015 Ford Edge Titanium that I had the pleasure of driving around  Arizona. BEAUTIFUL!!  Since my partner and I went a little off the course, we decided to find some scenery to put in the background for our photos and his video. It was a good call and is breathtaking if you ask me.

 
 I previously mentioned being invited by Ford Motor Company to join them in Phoenix, Arizona, for the all-new 2015 Ford Edge test drive. Let me just say how AMAZING my trip was, and how the 2015 Ford Edge is truly a fantastic mid-size SUV. The Ford team is always a pleasure to meet, and even more of a pleasure to see again and catch up. We build bonds with one another and they are always so kind and helpful. Great team Ford!


   I was able to try out the new features the Edge has to offer, and I was so beyond impressed. I am typically not a mid-size SUV vehicle person. I prefer the smaller compact type cars. That is until now. The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium was the car my partner +MPGomatic +Daniel Gray  and I had the pleasure and fun driving around the beautiful Arizona desert, freeways, and cities.




   The all-new perpendicular parking feature was very efficient. I followed the directions given on the monitor, and controlled the brake/acceleration as the Edge controlled the steering. The 180-degree front camera and washer allow the driver  (myself in this case) to see what's around the front of our vehicle without having to put anyone at risk or danger. I would be able to see the car coming down the street, the children running down the sidewalk as you exit the parking garage, and it has a washer to keep it clean so you aren't losing sight because of dust, mud, snow, and bugs.

   Can I just say how much I love the size of the moon roof, and the color of the interior in this model 2015 Ford Edge below.



 

   The 2015 Ford Edge has some pretty technologically advanced and fun new features. With improved performance, added driver-assist, and craftsmanship upgrades, the all-new 2015 Ford Edge is sure to please any driver. The seats in the 2015 Ford Edge Titanium, are the MOST comfortable seats I have ever drove in. And having a 3 year old back injury, I have tested out a lot of car seats. The 2015 Ford edge Titanium has become number one on my list. A must try!



These are the very specific details that FORD wrote about the new 2015 Ford Edge. You can find at media.ford.com and www.ford.com. That includes prices, detailed specifics of models, packages, and anything else on your mind you want to know about.
  
"In North America, the all-new Edge features three engine options, two of which a re new to powerplants - a standard twin0scrroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost® four-cyclinder and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.  A naturally aspirated 3.50liter V6 engine is available. All models are equipped with dual output exhaust and a six-speed automatic transmission.   

The twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost, making 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, is significantly improved over the previous 2.0-liter EcoBoost. Beyond efficiency advantages, this new engine provides more capability. Edge equipped with 2.0-liter EcoBoost can be ordered with newly available all-wheel drive and a towing package capable of hauling a 3,500-pound trailer. (In 2014, the four-cylinder Edge was front-wheel drive only. No trailer tow package was offered.)

Among a host of changes to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the twin-scroll design enabling optimized camshaft timing for improved engine performance and reduced turbo lag. A new, lighter engine block casting along with new aluminum balance shaft assembly shaves six pounds from the engine’s gravitational weight.

Other changes include lighter pistons; a newly designed, integrated exhaust manifold; and a new, high-pressure direct-injection fuel system for finer fuel atomization. These upgrades pave the way for an increased compression ratio of 9.7:1, up from 9.3:1, for improved overall fuel efficiency.

When equipped with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2015 Edge is expected to be quicker in 0-60 mph acceleration than the 2014 model. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are still among the best in the segment, with the front-wheel-drive Edge returning 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

On the other side of the engine spectrum is Edge Sport and its exclusive, all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that provides an exceptional combination of power and efficiency. The new V6 delivers a small increase in horsepower over the previous 3.7-liter V6 engine, and a 25 percent increase in torque – for a total of 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is available at 2,750 rpm, far lower in the performance band than the 2014 model’s 4,000 rpm, for a better performance feel.

A 1.0-second improvement in 0-60 mph acceleration is expected, with 45-65 mph acceleration also expected to be greatly improved – making Ford Edge Sport a top performer in the segment.

The front-wheel-drive Edge Sport returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. EPA-estimated ratings for the all-wheel-drive model are 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. Even with improved performance, fuel economy estimates are either equal to or better than the 2014 Edge Sport.

The twin-turbocharged V6 in the all-new Edge Sport is a world-class engine, providing a remarkable combination of advanced materials expertly applied. It draws its design from the best of the efficient Ford EcoBoost lineup, and takes cues from the unmatched durability of Ford Super Duty Power Stroke® diesel engine technology.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost employs compacted graphite iron in its cylinder block – same as that used in the 6.7-liter Power Stroke. This advanced block allows for a stiff and compact design that returns exceptionally refined noise, vibration and harshness control. The compacted graphite iron core is mated with a die-cast aluminum engine-block ladder frame and composite oil pan – saving weight by applying advanced materials where they are needed most.

Edge Sport features front and rear antiroll bars that are 15 percent stiffer than the base model, and unique rear monotube dampers that are larger in diameter. The coil springs are 10 percent thicker. With improved damping and control, Edge Sport offers 15 percent to 20 percent better overall road-holding capability – giving the driver more control, sharper steering and greater confidence."




  Those are some sweet upgrades if you ask me. With everything I experienced about the 2015 Ford Edge, I would highly recommend you go and give it a test drive when it gets to a dealer new you. Make sure you ask to try out the parking features, see the front camera 180-degree view and washer in action. Let them show you the three levels of driver-assist  you can choose from, and make sure you sit and enjoy the most comfortable car seat you might ever sit in.


Thank you again Ford for inviting me along for this wonderful journey with the all-new 2015 Ford Edge. And thank you for your hospitality and the amazing team you have Angie, William, Amanda, Tony, Mark, Matilda, and everyone else! Thank you!!!!

(Photos are my personal photos, except the one of the Edge car seat)

I hope you enjoyed reading about my fun and adventurous journey in the 2015 Ford Edge Titanium.

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Sources:  http://bit.ly/allnewfordedge, www.ford.com

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ford Edge Drive 2015 in Phoenix

   I am so honored to be attending the 2015 Ford Edge Drive event located in Phoenix, Arizona.

   I will be getting the chance to test drive this amazing family sized SUV in the warmth and sunshine. I don't mean to brag about the warmth...knowing half the country is still in the coldest of coldest. I will pray for all of you while I am soaking up the UV rays in the desert. (Smile)

   For DETAILED information about the all new 2015 Ford Edge, please visit http://bit.ly/allnewfordedge. For all pricing information please visit www.ford.com.

   Here is a photo that I used off of the site listed above. I will have my very own personal photos to share once I have done my Ford Edge Drive next week.

   Thank you so much Ford Motor Company for inviting me along for this amazing experience  of driving the 2015 Ford Edge in Phoenix, Arizona.


Stay on the lookout for my upcoming blog post and YouTube video about my journey in the 2015 Ford Edge.

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Liquors, Wines, and Fun

    Once upon a time, I was a bartender and enjoyed being making adult beverages, serving beer, and talking with patrons. I am no longer in the bar scene, but I still like to try out different drinks. Including liquors, wines, beers, and ales.

    Here are some photos of drinks I have tried. I am more of a sweet drink type of person, but I am open to tasting the not so sweet too.  From Courvoisier for the first time recently, to the yummy margarita...I am trying them out to see what I think. These photos are over a 5 month period.


 
This is my first time trying Courvoisier. I was a warm few first sips, but I enjoyed it. Something I would need to get used to sipping on.
 

                                 Sometimes a beer is nice to just sip on and watch the Blazer game.

 
Then the eggnog with a variety of liquors to see how they tasted. I like eggnog, but it is something I cant drink a lot of. The Canadian Club Whisky was not too bad either. I am not much of a whisky drinker, but with some 7-Up, I was able to enjoy a nice Whisky7.
 


The Lemon Drops were amazing! The little drink in the top photo was a jalapeno something. It was spicy, and didn't go with my meal. So I didn't get to try that too much. I will shoot for that soon.
 

Margaritas made blended and on the rocks. The martini in the background was a bit strong for me. Still good though.

As a Puerto Rican, I love my rum. The Mango Rum Bucket, and home made rum swizzle.

First time trying Sake, and it was a plum wine. It was really delicious!
 
 
CHEERS!!!!!
 
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bucket List Travels

   As a traveler, I have so many places on my "Bucket List" that I thought I would share some of them with you. For those who aren't familiar with what a "Bucket List" is, it is a list of things you want to see, do, eat, try, adventure to, before you move on from this lifetime.

   In no specific order, here are a few of my tropical destinations that I will travel to. From the stunning beaches at every turn, to the culture of foods and traditions, I want to adventure and photograph my every journey. I want to bike ride through under the breath taking sunsets of Hawaii, try fresh fruits I have never heard of, kayak in the warmest bluest waters imaginable, and dance nights away with a local adult beverage in hand.

  Being a nudist, I also want to find some local nudist beaches and see what the environment is like in different areas of the world. I am sure there are some pretty fun and exciting nudist locations out there.

First, is the Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean- Arabian Sea in the continent of Asia.

 



 
Second, is Atlantis in the Bahamas. I want to adventure this one with my children. They have waterslides, animals, pools, and fun for days to have with kids. I cant wait to get there!





 
I then have Phuket. Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand.
 


 
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is a place I have heard so many amazing things about. So of course it landed on my Bucket List of travel destinations.
 


 
   Hawaii is going to finish off this blog post about Bucket List locations. I have so many more, I look forward to sharing more of them with you.
 




 
 
 
 
 
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post about my Bucket List locations.
GTG
 
 

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