Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bucket List New Orleans

Life isn't going to last forever...
So what am I waiting for....

Sometimes we have a false sense of ~ I will have time to do the things I want to do. In truth time goes by way to fast, so when my niece invited me to hang with her on Bourbon Street I couldn't pass it up.  

Visiting Bourbon Street in New Orleans is on my Bucket List.

As I get older I realize that time is my most valuable resource. It's a limited, finite resource. Once I use it I can't reclaim it.

One of my top priorities is to make the most of my time.  To make the most of every moment takes a lot of deep digging and soul searching to learn about yourself; to learn what makes you truly happy, and what your real passions are. 

By finding out more about myself has helped me learn not to to waste my time on things that don't make me happy. Instead I am beginning to live a more productive happy life. 

Bourbon Street Here I Come! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Top 5 Winter Jeep Accessories

Winter means different things for Jeepers around the US. For Jeepers in the South it’s a time to get topless, but for all of us in the colder climates it is a totally different experience. 

We have to deal with cold temperatures, snow, ice, sleet, slush, road salt and that slushy mud mixture. That snowy weather is coming our way soon, so it’s best to get your Jeep ready. 

Here are my Top 5 Jeep accessories to make your winter a little more bearable.

Jeep Momma's Garage YouTube Video 

Floor Liners - There are a lot of Jeeps out there that no longer have carpet, but floor liners are still a good idea. After a week’s worth of tracking in that winter snow it makes for a nasty mess in your Jeep. 

They help keep that slushy snow salt mess contained and makes for an easy clean up.  Having a really good set of floor liners will help maintain the mess. You will want ones that are rubberized or molded plastic.  

These types of liners normally have deep grooves to contain mud, slush or water, and tall sides to prevent those things from overflowing into your carpet. Plus, you can easily pull the liners out and clean off when needed.

Winter Wiper Blades - There are different kinds of wiper blades. Some winters you could use your wiper blades more than in the summer. Not only will you want to keep that wiper fluid reservoir full you will also want to think about getting winter wiper blades. 
They are built with a protective rubber boot that helps keep snow and ice off the blade and uses a high grade rubber for superior performance in the wet winter weather.    

Seat Back Storage - The Molle Seat Back Panel is the perfect place to store you Winter Survival Kit supplies. It's an easy access storage solution. 

Knit Hat -  There are so many different kinds of hats for the winter. My favorite is my black Jeep knit hat. You are going to want to have more than one, as well as extra gloves and socks. If you are out making a recovery there is a good chance your outerwear will get wet. You will want to change into something dry once you are back in your Jeep. 

Hardtop Insulation Kit - This looks like a really good idea if you have a hardtop which I don't. Think of it as a sweater for your Jeep Wrangler’s hardtop. Something designed to retain heat inside the cabin or stay cooler in the summer all while reducing road noise and providing better audio quality.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Off-Roading Basics

When I first put my tires on those rocky gravel roads I had no basic background knowledge of off-roading. At the time I didn’t even realize how intense off-roading could be or what it was all about. I just thought it was gravel road driving with some mud thrown in here or there. 

There are a few techniques I wish I would have known those first few times I hit the trails. 

Jeep Momma's Garage - Off Road Basics You Tube Video

One of them was simultaneous brake/throttle operation otherwise known as “Two Footed Driving”. There are several off-road conditions that require this type of driving. When climbing rocks or stepped objects using light brake pressure with light throttle will keep the vehicle from jerking or lurching.

This technique should also be used when you need to stop and restart a vehicle on a steep incline. 

 Another important key for a successful off-road trip is controlling your vehicle.

Each different terrain has a different effect on the steering which means you always need to keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and maintain a good driving posture. 

Even when your Jeep goes off camber you need to keep your back parallel to the seat. 

You need to resist the urge to stay “upright” and go “off camber” in your seat with the Jeep. This will help you become familiar with what it feels like and give you a better feel for off camber situations to help you control your Jeep better. 

Airing down your tires is a must to give you a bigger footprint while you are out on the trails or in the sand or mud or snow.  When you do air down you need to be aware of your air pressure while you are off-road. Reduced tire pressures could cause tire unseating and total loss of air pressure. To reduce the risk of tire unseasting while at a reduced tire pressure, reduce your speed and avoid sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers. 

Slowing down in general is a good idea anyways. Take your time to traverse those obstacles and trails to prevent any damage or injury. Taking your time also allows you to enjoy nature and gives you a break from the busy everyday stresses of life.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

ProClipUSA Phone Mount Review

In the age of rapidly growing technology my cellphone is my everything. It's not just a phone to make calls anymore. My phone is also my address book, camera, GPS, alarm clock, flashlight, CD player (or 8 track player depending on how old you are), mirror, and so much more. 

As a society we are never without our phones. They have become our lifelines. So even when we are driving in our vehicles we want them close at hand, but now with hands free laws they are not allowed in our hands. We need to have our phones mounted in our vehicles for a safer driving solution.

I finally had some free time this weekend to install my ProClipUSA phone mount in my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. ProClipUSA offers three different styles of mounts for the Jeep Wrangler (See below). I installed the extra strength center mount. This will allow for two points of attachment for two different devices. Now when I am off-road, I will be able to use my cellphone and another device for my Maprika app. 

When I am out on the trails I am usually alone in my Jeep so having two devices will make it easier for me to follow the map and take pictures at the same time! 

The great part about this mount is there is no drilling holes into your dash or taking your dash apart. It just clips right into the grooves of your dash - so simple and easy.  

The ProClipUSA Mounting system is a two part mounting system which allows you to customize to fit your Jeep's needs. Along with the mount, I needed a holder for my device. This holder easily attaches to the mounting device. 

I have an I-phone7 with a thin no-name case so I am using the adjustable holder for small to medium cases. I love how easy it is to just slide the phone into the holder. The phone slides from the top and docks on the bottom notch. 

A JEEP MOMMA TIP: Before any install read over the instructions and look at the pictures before you begin. This is a good idea before any install. It will help prevent you having to re-do any steps.   

The install, including recording the install video, took 30 minutes. Following the instructions that came with the mount made for a super easy, straight forward install.  

The ProClipUSA home page allows for a trouble free search for the product you need. You just select your vehicle and/or device then the website does all the work for you; effortless.  

Once the mount was installed it was time to see how it worked inside my Wrangler. My phone was mounted within easy reach and at the right eye level for me. It did not get in the way of the CD player, but I don't use CD's anymore and very rarely the radio. All of my music is on my phone.

The mounting unit I used has one con of blocking a small portion on the top left part of the in-dash radio/navigation unit. However, I very rarely use this unit as I prefer my phone. When I do use the radio I usually set it before I hit the asphalt.   

There are 3 different types of the phone mount for the JK/JKU's. There is even a version for the new JL.

Picture courtesy of ProClipUSA
This version is the most popular for optimal viewing & use in the Wranglers

Picture courtesy of ProClipUSA

This is the mount I installed in my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. It allows for two devices. This will work great for when I am off-roading. I can have my phone on one side. Then a tablet on the other where I can be running my Maprika app. 

This mount looks like it will keep the head unit the radio screen free from the devices.

  ProClip Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU Center Dash Mount Extra-Strength Wide 

Sponsored Vendor ProClipUSA

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Live Your Best Life

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is,
maybe you should set up a life 
you don’t need to escape from.
~Seth Godin

Ever since I bought my Jeep I have began looking at my life in a different way. The time we spend on this earth is limited and so very precious. More recently - when I was about to turn 50 - I decided I needed to make the most of this time. It was vital to my happiness to live my best life.

I believe the meaning behind this quote is rather than just enjoy life while on vacations or holidays, we should strive to make our every day lives the ones we want to be living —every day of the week.

I have been on this search ever since. I read this quote the other day and I realized part of this process is what I am already doing by simplifying my life. I have been getting rid of the physical and mental clutter. 

By doing this it will allow me to enjoy more of my time. However, it is so much more than a de-clutter. It is a process and it can take several years before you can perfect it. 

I want to make my life one I don't need to go on vacation to escape from. It isn't easy to do which is why I am constantly searching for new ideas to make this possible. 

Here are nine ways I found on the Becoming a Minimalist blog to begin crafting a life so you don't need to escape. 

Blog Post with more details. 

1. Make Relationships a Priority.
2. Remove Unneeded Possessions from Your Home and Life.
3. Make Your Work Your Job.
4. Or, See Your Job as Part of Your Work.
5. Guard Your Time.
6. Take Care of Yourself.
7. Appreciate Your Season in Life.
8. Understand the Reality of Trials in Life.
9. Find Happiness in Your Every Day.

It's all about discovering and recognizing happiness. If we get rid of the clutter we can see the happiness. It can be appreciated in the simple things in life. 

Changing our mindset and knowing where to focus the energy is required. It won't happen overnight as it takes a long time to really start feeling true happiness in the simple.

Thomas Kinkade once said, “True simplicity begins when you learn to enjoy the amazing abundance of what is already yours.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Helping an Air Force Veteran in Need!

Sometimes just standing at a pro sports game to clap and cheer for the men and women who serve our country just doesn't seem like enough. So when I get a chance to personally give back to a veteran or current military person I jump on that chance. 

A fellow wheeler and Air Force vet who served two terms in the Middle East now needs our help. The flood waters of Hurricane Florence ravished his home. He and his family have no flood insurance and lost the entire contents of their home. They are in the process of gutting their home and starting over. 

Josh, his wife, and little girl live in South Carolina. Josh is a good friend of a Bryan. They went to high school together and served together.  Bryan is a good friend of mine and fellow Jeeper from Carolina Trails Off Road. He asked for my help and I didn't hesitate.  

Remember last month I started a 30 Day challenge.

I have turned this challenge into a lifetime challenge. I vowed to myself to do a good deed daily whether it is to say hello to a stranger or buy a stranger lunch or to help people in need.

Right now in America we are so polarized and negative, it's disheartening. I want to be a more positive person and spread goodness instead of all this ugliness. 

So today my Good Deed is to help this family in need. I have donated to the Go Fund Me page, and I am spreading the word by asking you to help.

They need to buy materials to fix their home, and to replace items damaged in their home. You can donate to their GoFundMe Page. Or if you'd rather send directly. 

Josh Smith and Family Relief Fund
5901 Enterprise Road
Mytrle Beach, 29588 

I truly believe in good karma. We need to create our own good karma by giving good and having good actions. My hope is for this to catch on and we all start living the #30DayChallenge every day.   

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How To Break the Kicker Curse

This NFL season there have been several kickers plagued by bad luck. In one game the Green Bay Packers kicker, Mason Crosby, a very accurate kicker missed four field goals and an extra point. 

That same Sunday the Minnesota Vikings Kicker missed two field goals. The Vikings had previously dropped a kicker from their roster for missing several key kicks in games early in the season. The Cleveland Browns had their share of disappointment from missed kicks from their kicker as well.

Well, Minnesota fans are no strangers to the kicker curse as we have felt the pain for years as our kickers in the past have prevented us from moving on in the playoffs and several heartbreaking losses due to missed field goals or extra points. 

So I decided to find a way to break the NFL Kicker Curse. Tonight I will try this curse breaker then will have to wait til Sunday to see if it works. Meanwhile last night I added some extra good luck by making a JuJu doll. Scroll down this post for a link to the YouTube vidoe  

How To Break a Curse

During a new moon, today is the new moon ~~ OCTOBER 9th ~~ at dawn, dusk, noon, or midnight draw yourself a bath. Get a cup of salt ready then say this prayer:
(If you miss the new moon you can use any Thursday.)

“In the names of our ancestors, our god, and myself and all Vikings Fans and Players everywhere, I call upon thee, oh creatures of Earth and Water. Come forth, cleanse the Minnesota Vikings of all evil and alien magicks, and restore them to balance and health. By our wills combined, so mote it be.”

After you say the prayer, pour the salt into the bath then get in. Once in the bath relax for at least ten minutes by calming yourself. There needs to be a point were you are completely submerged in the salt water. When you’re ready to get out, wash every single inch of your body so you are sure all the salt water has washed away.
When you’re done, say this prayer:

“I thank thee, oh creatures of Earth and Water, in the name of myself and all Vikings fans and players , my god, and my ancestors. Be released to your homes, doing no harm on your way, and return to me with glad hearts when next you are summoned. By our wills combined, so mote it be.”

Another way to ward off the bad luck is by making a "Good Luck" JuJu doll in 10 easy steps. I posted a YouTube Video on how to do this.