Ford EcoBoost Challenge in Pasadena, California

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Have a need for speed?  I got my fix the other day during the Ford EcoBoost Challenge at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  It was part of their 13-city tour across the nation where Ford challenges drivers to put their cars up to the test with their competitors.  Bold move Ford.

Since I don’t know how to drive a manual transmission, I took 2 loops around the Performance Academy Track in a Focus ST with a professional racecar driver.  Can you say, WAHOOOO?!!!  (By the way, thanks for the new hairdo.)  I fell in-love with this spunky little car for its smooth comfortable ride and great torque.  The Focus ST took command of the road as we sped along the track, hugging each corner tightly with ease.  I was equally impressed with its ability to pick-up speed.  This engineering comes from the 2.0L EcoBoost engine paired with a 270lb peak torque and 252 horsepower.

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#Ford #ecoboostchallenge #pasadena via catalinainla

Following the Focus ST thrill ride, I smoothed my hair down while strolling over to the EcoBoost Challenge.  All four cars I drove in this round were automatic, so I drove myself.  First off was the Honda CR-V, which was okay.  It struggled to wrap the corners and it had a sluggish acceleration.  Then I slipped into the 2014 Escape – it was without a doubt a much better ride.  Again I noted similar results when driving the Toyota and comparing it to the 2013 Fusion.  Out of all four cars tested, I enjoyed the 2013 Fusion for its ability to hug cornerners unlike the larger profile vehicles.  Clearly, I love smaller cars – with fabulous torque!

Moving on to the Hypermile Challenge, I sat behind the wheel of the incredibly quiet C-Max Hybrid. Vroom, vroom?  Fuel efficiency is high on my “must have” list.  Unfortunately some hybrids still don’t measure up to the strength that its gas loving counterparts excel in.  As with the other vehicles, the EcoBoost technology is the same in the C-Max Hybrid giving it an added bonus of fuel efficiency with a 47 MPG city/hwy.  Wow!

The Ford EcoBoost Challenge is open to the public for FREE!  All drivers have to do is sign-up, here.  Below is a list of the next Ford EcoBoost Challenge:

• August 17 – New York City, Citi Field
• August 24 – Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway
• September 7 – Atlanta, Turner Field
• September 7 – Dallas, Cowboys Stadium
• September 14 – Orlando, Orange County Convention Center
• September 14 – Houston, Sam Houston Race Park
• September 21 – Miami, Gulfstream Park
• September 21 – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park

Put the pedal to the metal and have fun!!

*Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own.  Information referenced is based on Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge event program and website.

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Summer Festival Of Arts Laguna Beach 2013

The 2013 Pageant Celebrates 80 Years of Living Pictures at The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach.  The exhibit offers  original paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcraftedwood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.  In order to participate in the event, all eligible artists go through a rigorous selection process.  I had the opportunity to attend the VIP Preview event and was overwhelmed with the amount of original and unique art displayed. One evening is just not enough to explore and appreciate all the art, artists and culture experienced at this event.   The artists were also present and shared the inspiration for their artistic creations.  

Meet Artist Paul. Bond his work: Eleanor Dreams of a Miraculous Rescue #festivalofarts

The Laguna Festival of Arts is a must see arts event in local Orange County.  Consider planning your date in advance and making a day out of it by  arriving early and dining in the local community such as Laguna Culinary Arts or other local restaurants.  If you are a art lover also consider doing some research for upcoming classes or potential purchases to add to your art collection.  

It was my first time attending the event and I am enamored by the celebration, art, culture and community surrounding the event.  

Dates
June 30 through August 31, 2013

Location
650 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 494-1145

Additional Information 

Hours of Operation 10am-11:30pm 

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Tech Tuesday: Zumbaa Fitness Online

Last month in an effort to balance my life I started incorporating healthy habits & a fitness routine into my lifestyle. I’m so amazed with the direction fitness is utilizing technology to promote a healthy lifestyle.  I started off with a Zumbaa playlist on Youtube and eventually graduated to a Zumbaa fitness channel.  Of course, I still enjoy the bi-weekly visits to the gym for my workouts.  However, its great to know that I have options when it comes to fitness.

I currently have my Apple TV – Digital multi receiver connected to a Sony BRAVIA HGTV  flatscreen to view Zumbaa videos on Youtube. It makes a big difference when I view the videos on a 32 inch screen.  I’m considering installing disco lights!

Having a little trouble getting out of the house for fitness?

Grab some water and Enjoy my Zumbaa 41 minute Fitness Playlist! Stay tuned for  a review  on online fitness courses.

 

Question:  How do you find time for fitness when your on the go? Have you used online fitness websites?

Wordless Wednesday: New Beginnings

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday! This weeks topic is new beginnings.

I’ve always been a woman that juggles many projects at once, a multitasking mom.  However, during the Spring I take a step back and revaluate myself to ensure that I’m headed in the right direction.  I make sure that I’m taking care of my job and my family, but most important my well being.   I review my entrepreneurial goals to ensure I am not wasting my time on projects that will not help me grow.   I reconnect with friends to ensure we don’t lose touch.    Similar to a garden I prune the dead branches and pluck out the weeds so that all that remains is a beautiful blossom. 

 

Question:  When was the last time you reevaluated yourself so that all that remained is a beautiful blossom?

Tech Tuesday: Balancing Technology, Health & Fitness

As many of us know it takes a lot of time to manage a Social Media, Blogging and Influencer Presence.  However, lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with work commitments, blogging deadlines and home responsibilities so I decided to do things a little different.  This week I’m going to put some curves in my routine and schedule more ME time.  That’s right, more ME time.  When I started to write this post I was feeling a bit guilty but the more I thought about it I realized that I need to work smarter and not harder.   I need to find apps to help me balance my technology, health and fitness goals.

 

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Technology

I’m going to start looking for more technology apps and resources to automate and streamline a lot of the tasks:

  1. Ring it Up app to create invoices on the fly whether I’m the road or taking a break.
  2. Checklist to create checklist for the home, work and entrepreneurship responsibilities. 
  3. Evernote to help me capture my ideas & memories on my mobile phone.
  4. Go Daddy to help me search and purchase domain names.  Yes. I collect domain names.
  5. Yahoo to manage my email overload.
  6. Cohuman to help me prioritize deadlines and delegate tasks.  
  7. WordPress app to help me draft blog post, especially posts that only take a minute to write such as a Wordless Wednesday.   
Health & Fitness
My current fitness passion is Zumbaa.   My membership at an all Womens gym is coming to a close and I’m considering joining a gym that has all the things I love like quiet spaces for women to work out and a separate area for instructor led classes.  I’m really looking forward to this new adventure.   While I wait to find the perfect gym I’m also going to invest in some Smartphone Health & Fitness apps:
  1. MyFitnessPal to track my calorie count and help me plan healthy meals
  2. Lose it! app to journal and track calories goals.
  3. iTreadmill to track steps, distance, speed, calories burned & more
  4. Noom.  Also a great calorie counting app.  However, the coach on this app is really cool.  He’ll send you daily tasks, fun challenges and fun challenges to meet fitness goals.
The next time I get ready to sit in front of the computer, I’m going to ask myself this question:
Sit in front of the computer all night on Social Media OR Extreme Zumbaa fitness?
That’s right I’m picking fitness baby! Zumbaaaaaaaaa!

 

Question:  What cool apps help you balance Tech, Health & Fitness?  How do you make room for fitness with your busy schedule?

#WakeUpYourWalls With HP Photo Wall Decor

I  previewed HP Photo Wall Decor which gives you the opportunity to create beautiful wall art prints with photos from your phone.      You can create fascinating HP Faux canvas, Posters, Banners, Muti Photo and Multi-panel designs with just a few clicks at affordable prices.   It’s really amazing all the options HP provides to create beautiful pieces of art.

HP Photo Wall Decor

HP has partnered with Walmart to provide quality service for their Photo Wall Decor.  You can also create your designs online with same-day pick up  for weddings, anniversaries, holidays and birthdays gifts.  Imagine the possibilities.  One of the best things about HP Photo Decor is that you can scan family photos to create heirlooms that can be passed on for generations.  You can also create mirrored edges, which allow photos with narrow borders around the subject to be used.

 

Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder Wake Up Your Walls Tips & Tricks

Our featured guest, Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder also provided us with some design tips to help us create inspiration and beauty in everyday life.    My favorite tips:

Tip #1 Paper templates make it easy to design your own wall collage

Photo display walls are a great way to add a personal touch to any room. The best part is designing the layout – choose pieces that will balance each other out in weight and color when they’re hung together. Once you’ve selected your photos, cut paper templates in sizes of the photo wall décor you want to use (paper bags work great – avoid using newspaper as it can mark your wall), tape the templates up with blue painters tape and play around with the collage design before you get the hammer out!

Tip# 2 – Scan anything and turn it into wall art. It’s easy.

You can scan almost anything to create wall décor for your home. Children’s artwork, original artwork, vintage family photos, wedding and baby announcements, concert and sports tickets, baby sonograms, really anything – to create personalized wall décor that allows you to relive and enjoy the sentimental moments in life everyday.

Tip #3 – Design secrets to a great looking photo wall collage

As a follow up to the paper templates, here’s another tip on actually laying out your photos when creating wall collages. To create depth, mix different sizes and types of wall décor such as the gallery-wrapped HP Premium Canvas, framed enlargements and brushed silver-look edged Mounted Photos. You can create large or small displays to make an art statement, create a family story or celebrate a life event.

 

The best advice she gave me was to decorate one room at a time instead of trying to decorate all the rooms in our home at once.  She really inspired me to take on decorating our home.   I’m very grateful to Genevieve for sharing her tips.   For a complete list of all 8 Tips, Download  Genevieve’s HP Photo Wall Décor Do It Yourself Tips & Tricks .

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of HP Photo Wall Decor, HP has provided a $50 Gift card to one of my readers to Wake Up Your Walls.   Giveaway ended on April 1, 2013 at 12:00am.

 

Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Wake Up Your Walls with HP Photo Wall Decor Giveaway.  Looking forward to seeing your works of art:


Disclosure: I have partnered with HP  in their  Wake Up Your Walls efforts. However, All opinions are my own.

Colgate Optic Whitening Regimen Review | Revisión de Colgate Optica Pasta de Dientes

I had the opportunity to review the Colgate Optic Whitening Regimen for the past 30 days.  The Toothpaste is offered in two great minty flavors- Original Sparkling Mint and Cool Mild Mint.  I had the opportunity to test the Sparkling Mint flavor.  About one week into the progam I saw immediate results.  My husband noticed the results and requested some products as well. I ended up buying a complete set of products for my husband as well to test.

After four weeks of using the products my teeth are whiter and brighter. One of the things I love about the products is that it is a complete system that can be used over the counter with excellent results. In addition to providing whitening results, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste fights cavities, freshens breath and helps reduce plaque with regular brushing.

I’m very glad I was able to test the product and recommend it to anyone that needs to put a little sparkle on their teeth.  Just make sure to purchase two sets, one for you and one to share.  In case your significant other wants to borrow it.

 

En Espanol

Tuve la oportunidad de revisar el Colgate Optica pasta de dientes durante los últimos 30 días. La pasta de dientes se ofrece en dos sabores a menta . Tuve la oportunidad de probar el sabor de menta. Alrededor de una semana en el progama vi resultados inmediatos. Mi marido se dio cuenta de los resultados y pidió algunos productos también.

Después de cuatro semanas de uso de los productos de los dientes son más blancos y brillantes. Una de las cosas que me gustan de los productos es que es un sistema completo que se puede utilizar con excelentes resultados. Además de proporcionar resultados de blanqueamiento, la pasta de dientes Colgate óptica combate las caries, refresca el aliento y ayuda a reducir la placa con un cepillado regular.

Estoy muy contenta de haber podido probar el producto y lo recomiendo a cualquier persona que tiene que poner un poco de brillo en los dientes. Sólo asegúrese de comprar dos juegos, uno para ti y otro para compartir. En caso de que su pareja quiere pedir prestado.

 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received sample products for review.  All opinions are my own.

Prabal Gurung For Target

 

The Prabal Gurang for Target launched on February 10.  The collection of 92 vibrant colors is available online and at Target stores from now until March 23, 2013.   However, if you haven’t been there you better run to your closest store or go shop online as some of the pieces are SOLD OUT online and local stores.

I like the Target collaborations because they are fun and bring fashion that would normally be unaffordable to all fashionistas with budgets in mind.  I personally would not spend $2700 on a dress that I would only wear one time.  However, I’m willing if the style is right I’m willing to spend  $500 to buy selected pieces from a designer collaboration. My recommendation when you are considering purchasing garments from Target collaborations is to look at the original designer’s website and try to match pieces that look similar in style and cut to what the designers make.   I’m looking forward to the next collaboration!

Here are the items I purchased for my daughter who wore her outfit on Valentine’s Day week.

 

Prabal Gurung For Target Short-Sleeve Dress in First Date Print

 

Women’s Prabal Gurung for Target Lace-up Pump – Black

 

Prabal Gurung for Target Wedge Sandal with Ankle Strap – Black

 

 

 Question:  What are your thoughts on the Target Collaborations?  Did you purchase any items from the Prabal Gurung For Target Collaboration?  

 

 

 

 

Get The Look! Sophia Vergara’s Look Is A Winner of 2013 Golden Globe Awards

I spent part of the evening checking out more than 70 Golden Globe Awards red carpet looks.   One of the actresses that caught my attention was Sophia Vergara.  Sofia was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series and her show ‘Modern Family’ was also nominated for Best TV Comedy Series.  She looked very fresh, sophisticated and stylish in her black  sequined ball gown by up-and-coming designer Michael Cinco and is bedazzled in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.  She was accompanied on the red carpet by her son Manolo, owner of Nuevon on YouTube. Sophia’s look is a winner of the Golden Globe Awards in my book.

Want to get Sophia Vergara’s look?  My friends at Cover Girl shared the secrets to  Sofia Vergara’s Golden Globes 2013 Look by Kayleen McAdams:

 

For additional information on all things COVERGIRL, make sure to LIKE www.facebook.com/covergirl, FOLLOW www.twitter.com/covergirl, and PINwww.pinterest.com/covergirlxo.

 

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