Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jeep Momma's Overland Adventure Journal

Day 1: Saturday, October 11

The day I had been waiting for finally arrived. I loaded up my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, gave a heart wrenching, tear-filled goodbye to my two boys, and then headed out for my Adams Extreme Off Road Adventure. 

Earlier this summer I met fellow Jeeper Neil on social media, where we began planning our epic 'bucket list' adventure to traverse America across the TransAmerica Trail. 
The original plan was to meet in Virginia at the Overland Expo East. Neil making the trip driving his 1980 Grand Wagoneer, Maggie May. However like any good adventure we needed to adapt.

Neil had spent two solid weeks in the garage, working 14 to 16 hour days trying to fix a once working Maggie May. The deadline had come and pass and he needed to hit the road. So Plan B was his friends Land Rover for the first half of the trip. Then back to Colorado to finish fixing up Maggie May to  take her on the West Coast part of the trip.

The night before I hit the road, Neil was already headed East. Around 1am he blew a tire on the Land Rover. New tires weren't available for 4 days. So it was on to Plan C. 

Before I even got out of Maryland, we decided I pick up Neil just outside St. Louis, Missouri and we do the first half of the adventure in my Jeep Wrangler. 

As I drove through West Virginia, I came across a fellow Maryland Jeeper Joe, GetMudy. A quick selfie with Joe and it was back on the road to Neil. Fourteen long hours later I finally arrived. 

Sunday morning we unloaded all my gear and downsized to fit Neil, his dog and his gear into my Jeep. Instead of car camping we are tent camping for the first part of the adventure. 

Always looking for a silver lining, we decided to hit some sites not originally on the agenda. We stopped by the St. Louis Arch, camped in Illinois, then hit the road for Ohio.

A great meal of sausage, rice and fresh green beans! 

It was time to get back to Plan A. Unfortunately we missed
the Overland Expo East, but were able to take the tour of L.T. Wright Knives

Live YouTube Video from LT Wright Knives.

Tour with LT Wright coming later today!

We had a whole State Park to ourselves, Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. We did some primitive camping, toured the Kennedy Stone House and took a short hike to a cavern.

This adventure will be amazing and life changing. I am already learning the hard skill of adapting. I am also turning negatives into positives and looking for the silver lining.  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Overland Bound - Wrangler Prep

It's my last weekend before I head out to meet Neil in Arrington, VA for the Overland Expo East where we will begin our Adams Extreme Off Road Adventure. 

These last days are dedicated to Jeep prep. The first objective is to sleep in my Jeep to see what changes I need to make. 

Then I will be working through all the items I plan on taking and reflecting on what I really need. I have prepared myself well with all my off road adventures over the past 6 years. 

I am extremely excited to begin this journey. I feel it will be life changing. I am also looking forward to meeting all new friends I have met online through out the years! Make sure you check out My YouTube Channel and Subscribe. You can also follow along on my Facebook Page as well as Instagram

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Adding More Purple Highlights! Route 66 Mods

Finding purple accessories for my Jeep has always been a struggle. I finally just resorted to spray painting what I want purple. But lo and behold one company gets it and offers purple accessories.

I was so excited when another Jeeper shared the company Route 66 Mods with me. A company specializing in colorizing faseners for you Jeep.

Route 66 Mods is a small family owned and operated business based in Kingman, AZ. A great source for powder coated fasteners. They have developed a process that makes powder coating fasteners work. 

A multi-step process they developed over a course of years of trial and error. The coatings hold up to all the rigors that a fastener receives, from tightening to daily service and all weather conditions.

Another easy way to accessorize you Jeep. It's simple and easy, just remove the factory bolts and replace them with the new colorized bolts. 

You just need a torx screwdriver and allen wrench. A great way to add a splash of color to your Jeep. They have all colors to chose from.    

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Nexen Tires Mounted

I am looking forward to trying out the Roadian MTX tires by Nexen Tires. Nexen is venturing into the off road market with their new tire featuring a dual sidewall design that allows you to customize your look.

The tire features an aggressive design that allows for versatility on and off-road. A standard 3-Ply design and F-load weight rating for heavy hauling. 

Nexen is one of our sponsors for Jeep Momma and Neil's Adam's Xtreme Off Road Adventure. Both Neil and I are going to test out their off road tire during our cross country overland / off road adventure. 

I have heard great reviews of this off-road tire from other off roaders on it's performance on the trails. Some of the reports I am hearing is great grip on the rocks, limited road noise on the highway, and you don't need to air down as much as other tires for a bigger footprint.

Once Neil and I get out on the roads and trails to test out the tires we both will be giving a full report! 

In the meantime I went wheeling yesterday at Rausch Creek for Women's Wheeling Day. We ran ten blue trails with rocks, mud and water. I was aired down to 20 PSI and they performed awesome. I do want to try them at different PSI to get a real picture on how they perform. Stay tuned to this blog and my YouTube Channel for updates. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Quadratec Headlights Installed

After years of being patient, I finally have new headlights. Thanks to Quadratec, I installed Premium Heated LED Projector Beam Headlights.

...exclusively engineered for Quadratec by J.W. Speaker 
...Dual-Burn® high & low beam optics
...heated Headlamps feature SmartHeat® 
...with LED light sensors that automatically activate the heat elements at startup or as outside temperatures drop to freezing. Once any accumulated ice or snow has melted and the lights have met the high temperature threshold, the SmartHeat® grid system automatically shuts off. 
...Premium LED projector head lamps feature fully approved DOT markings
...built in pulse width modulators to prevent flickering

These headlights are super easy to install, plug n play with zero modifications. Just plug them in and your good to go. Check out my Jeep Momma's Garage install video on YouTube

For the past several years I've had headlight issues. My goal was to be patient solving this problem. Patience isn't one of my strong suits, so I am pretty proud of myself for taking the time to really solve the issue. 

I narrowed it down to the connection between the aftermarket plug and the factory plug. At the time, I felt the fix was a new factory plug. It worked for a while, but then the issue came back.

Now, my theory is the problem lies with the connection between the factory headlight plug and the aftermarket plug. I believe certain headlight plugs just don't connect well enough, especially if you off road a lot and bounce around on the trails. 

I am looking forward to using my new headlights while I traverse the US on the Trans America Trail with my new wheeling buddy Neil and Maggie May, his 1980 Grand Wagoneer.

We will be reviewing both our new Quadratec headlights while we are on our Adams Xtreme Off Road Adventure

Thursday, August 29, 2019


To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task. ~Sophocles

As I focus on Living My Life to the Fullest - Living My Best Life, I find there are many things I need to do to accomplish this. One of those is doing a Good Deed Daily. Not only does this make me feel better, but the person receiving the deed gets something out of it too. This makes the world a better place a little bit at a time which can grow exponentially. 

I also figure "Good Deeds" brings "Good Karma". I am genuinely a good person, but I am making a conscious effort to be a better person. Which is where I am challenging myself (and you) to the #30DayChallenge. My hope is for this to become a habit for me.

After two days of doing my "Good Deeds" that Good Karma came back at me. My co-worker randomly gave me a gift card she wasn't going to use. A $25 gift card to a local restaurant. That was an awesome surprise!

My 30 Days of Good Deeds

Day 1 - I bought Italian Ice for the guys who work in the shop at my job. The temperatures had been super hot, and there is no AC on the shop floor so the guys were pretty hot and sweaty. 
Day 2 - I wrote a thank you to an unsuspecting friend
Day 3 - I let someone in traffic go ahead of me in line.
Day 4 - Held the door for stranger 

Day 5 - treated friend to a spa facial
Day 6 - Smiled at stranger
Day 7 - Extra nice to shy co-worker
Day 8 - Left car wash coins for the next person
Day 9 - Let a car merge ahead of me
Day 10 - Smiled at a strangerl
Day 11 -  Said Good Morning to a stranger
Day 12 - Donated to a neighbor
Day 13 - Told a friend they inspired 
Day 14 - Held the door open for someone at a restaurant
Day 15 - Donated school supplies to neighborhood school 
Day 16 - Was nice to a co-worker 
Day 17 - Helped man to car with take out food
Day 18 - Stayed late to help my instructor
Day 19 - helped out son unexpectedly
Day 20 - Gave friend a gift
Day 21 - Bought Good Luck Cake for Co-worker
Day 22 - Helped an elderly man out with his take out food  
Day 23 - Held the door for stangers
Day 24 - Let someone into my lane trying to merge
Day 25 - Helped a fellow student practice pouring at School
Day 26 - 30 I devoted the last days to strangers...extra friendly to strangers saying hello and telling them to have a great day!  

Good Deed Ideas

  • Say Hello to a stranger.
  • Hold the door for a stranger.
  • Allow a fellow driver to merge into your lane.
  • Find unneeded items in your house and donate them to a charitable organization.
  • Pick up trash from the sidewalk.
  • Conserve energy. Turn off the lights if you’re the last person to leave a room.
  • Decide to make one change in yourself that will make you a better person.
  • Swallow your pride and apologize for something you’ve done – whether big or small.
  • Take food to a new neighbor. 
  • Donate school supplies to children from underprivileged homes.Treat a friend to dinner.
  • Answer the phone in a cheerful voice.
  • Turn the tap off when you're shaving, brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes.
  • Switch your light bulbs to the energy-efficient variety.
  • Ask a loved one about their day.
  • Praise a colleague’s good work.
  • When you’re out buying food, purchase an extra to donate to a food pantry or the homeless.
  • Pay it forward by paying for the coffee, food, or bus fare for the person behind you in line.
  • Surprise your partner by doing a household chore you know they don't like doing.
  • Leave a glowing recommendation with the manager after receiving good service at a restaurant.
  • Hold the elevator door for someone who didn't quite make it in time
  • Be patient when someone is taking too long in front of you.
  • Compliment a coworker on a job well done in front of others. (Compliments hold more weight when they’re done publicly).
  •  Pack extra snacks and offer them to your co-workers or friends.
  • Give a random compliment to your partner, especially if you haven't done so in a while.
  • Instead of complaining about something that's really not a big deal, just let it go.
  •  Give up your seat on the bus, light-rail or subway.
  • Reach out to someone who has had an impact on your life and let them know about it.
  • Fill up someone's parking meter that's about to run out.
  • Find opportunities to give compliments. It could make someone’s entire day. 
  • Make a double-batch of something yummy and gift to a neighbor.
  • Cut fresh wildflowers and bring them to your local nursing home so the residents can enjoy.
  • Hold the door for people behind you.
  • Take your neighbors trash to the curb while you’re taking yours.
  • When in line at the grocery store, let the person behind you go in front of you.
  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.
  • Smile at everyone you pass on the street.
  • Let go of an old grudge.
  • Compliment a stranger.
  • Leave your server a very generous tip.
  • Write a note of appreciation to your mail carrier.
  • Put change in candy and vending machines – or tape a couple of dollars to the machine.
  • Let someone merge in front of you during rush hour.
  • Bring baked goods to your local police or fire station to say thank you.
  • Put out a bird feeder to feed the birds.
  • Leave a note or a dollar in a library book for somebody else.
  • Send a care package to a loved one.
  • Offer someone a piece of gum.
  • Leave coupons at the grocery store by leaving the coupon next to the product that it is for.
  • Straighten things up on store shelves while you browse.
  • Leave quarters at the laundromat for others to use.
  • Return shopping carts to their designated area.
  • Call everyone you know and tell them you love them
  • Cheer someone on.
  • Say a prayer for someone.
  • Put a dollar in the toy section at your local dollar store.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Jeep Wrangler Mattress Mod

As I prepare my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for my upcoming Adventure, I am looking for low cost ways to outfit my Jeep. I will be living in my Jeep full time for a month, which means I need a good place to sleep. In October I will hit the dirt paths with fellow Jeeper Neil in his 1980 Jeep Grand Wagoneer where we will spend a month driving across America. 

I have been scouring the internet for inexpensive mattresses that will fit in the Wrangler. I have taken out my rear seats to give me a little more room. 

There are several different blow up camping mattresses and memory foam mattresses but they are all over $100 which is beyond my budget. I finally found a 4" foam mattress on sale at Mattress Firm. It measured 4" thick x 39" width and 75" long. About 5" too long for my JKU. It fits perfectly width wise even with my MorRyde ammo can carrier shelves.  

So I went about modifying the mattress to fit length-wise in the Jeep. All I needed was a box cutter, scissors and bread knife. Super easy modification and I got two pillows out of the deal. 

Check out my Mattress Modification video on You-Tube to see how easy it is to make this mattress fit!!! 

The really good news is this mattress will fit perfectly in Neil's 1980 Waggoneer, Maggie May! 


Thursday, August 22, 2019

"How To" Enjoy Life

Simple Life/Family/My Jeep​/Clean Eating 
Find My Passion/Health & Body​/Nature & Outdoors

To enjoy life we must be happy and to be happy we must enjoy life. It is a catch 22. I began a journey in 2013 to truly find out what it means for me to be happy and one of those things was to Find My Passion the other was to Live Simple.   
Finding Passion
Reflection/Soul Searching/Experience

Figuring out your passion can be difficult. Not everyone finds their passion because they do not know how to look for it.

The bigger question is - do you find your passion or does it find you?    

There are pages and pages on the internet about finding your passion. There are books published on the topic. I am not an expert just an everyday mom trying to discover the second phase of my life – looking for my purpose & passion.  I have simplified “how to find your passion” from my hours of research on the internet. I have taken these few simple steps on my new journey.

Finding my passion required a lot of reflection and soul-searching. Then as the learning and experimenting happened it took a lot of courage and commitment. Finding a passion or purpose may not happen right away. But continuing to push forward is important because the journey can be just as rewarding. 

“Find your passion and you will find your purpose.”

Passion is something you love to do.  It is the reason you wake up in the morning or keeps you up late at night. Building your life around what you love is something you will never regret. If you find that “something” you are passionate about it will give you the drive, commitment and energy necessary to be successful and fulfill your desire to be happy.

But how do you find your passion? 

As I began my journey I narrowed down my search into a couple of simple easy steps.

Make a List – Find a quiet space and carve out some time to really think and reflect. Get out some paper and answer these questions.

  • What do I love to do?
  • What makes me the happiest?
  • What are my goals?
  • What are skills or talents I am good at?
  • What do I like, but think I am not good at (a possible hidden/ passion)?
  • If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be?
  • What would I do, even if I did not get paid to do it?
  • What did I want to do when I was a child?
  • What excites me?
  • Does my current hobby excite me?
  • What do I read about – books or on the internet?
  • What do I love to talk about?
  • What do I like to teach others?
  • What have I not done because I can not afford it?

Make a Plan & Do - Make a goal of trying three to five things from your list. Find the time and schedule them. Then immerse yourself in them. Learn everything there is to learn. You could take a class, write a blog or visit a place.
Let Go of Fears - Maybe our passion could find us, if we let go of our fears. Do not let these fears hold you back. Clear out the things in your life that are holding you back or things are that are not fulfilling. Make the space to let our passion shine through.
  • Is there a something you have always dreamed about but never did because something was holding you back?
  • Is this dream out of your comfort zone?
  • Are financial fears holding you back?
  • Are you afraid to fail?
Evaluate - After trying one of your “potential passions” evaluate your experience. The amount of time you spend before evaluation depends on the passion. Be fair to yourself and put your whole heart into it.  Then ask yourself these questions.
  • How do I feel doing it?
  • Is it something I look forward to?
  • Do I want to share my experience?

Continue the Journey – If you have tried all the items on your list and you still feel you have not found your passion, start at the top again. Don’t feel like you failed. You are learning valuable lessons about yourself – growing and learning - that will help you on your continued journey.

And just maybe our passion will sneak up on us. It may have been there all along, but was unrecognized. 

Blog Posts
Getting Healthy & Fit

Eat Organic/Exercise/Plenty of Sleep
Healthly Fats​/Shed the Weight

Our world has turned into a 24 hour lifestyle. We get caught up trying to keep up and compete with "The Jones's" . With the everyday stresses of family and work we forget about ourselves. Then to top it all off, as we get older our bodies do not work the same. Getting fit or staying fit gets tougher. Being healthy is more than eating your vegetables and exercising.  It is eating the right foods and doing the right exercises for your body.

Go Organic - in every way you can... not just the foods you put into your body, but the things you put on your body. Those chemicals seep in through your skin & your liver still needs to process them.

Clean Eating - Click here for My Clean Eating Tips

Water - Drink water with a lemon - at least 8 glasses - 64 ounces a day. 

Exercise - Not your typical exercises like the stationary bike or treadmill or crunches or sit ups. Experts say these do you no good. There are specific exercises out there just for women over 40. 

Run/Walk/Bike - Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day - at least 3 days a week.

Weight Training - Get back your muscle! The more muscle you have the more energy you burn. You must be very careful of this as you get older and seek professional guidance for your body.

Toning Exercises - Getting old means getting cellulite. Do not fall for those creams or lotions. The only way to get rid of it is to tone those thighs and butt!

Stretch - This is extremely important as you get older to maintain your joints.

Sleep - 7-8 hours a night.

Use Sunscreen - Sunlight is good for you, it contains Vitamin D which your body needs.  But you need to be careful not to burn your skin.  Some health experts say to use sunscreen but be careful what chemicals are in the sunscreen you use.

Me Time - Create time just for yourself everyday to relax.

Friends - Make time to spend with the friends who make you laugh.

Get Outdoors with your Family - Turn off the electronics and get outside and enjoy the natural world around.

Give yourself an energy boost during the day 

Change Task-- Whatever I am doing at the moment I find a different task to do. A change of scenery always seems to help.

Walk Outside - a short fast paced walk also rejuvenates me.

Exercise - I do a quick four minute workout.  Four minutes of non-stop cardio pumping exercises. One minute jumping jacks, one minute planks, one minute lunges and one minute of squats. This really gets the heart pumping and blood flowing.

Stretch - A stretch with some soothing music seems to replenish my energy. Stretching is something we should all be doing at least twice a day. 

Cat Nap - You have to be careful with this one.  I make sure I only close my eyes for five minutes.  Plus, I take my cat naps sitting up, otherwise I will be napping for hours. 

Hydrate - I make sure I'm drinking plenty of water with a slice of lemon.

Light Lunch - I am always mindful to eat my carbs in the morning for breakfast.  If I eat a big carb filled lunch it always seems to drag me down.

Apples - a nice juicy Red Delicious apple always seems to hit the spot.

Music - I turn on some of my favorite songs I like to dance to.  I'm a big fan of classic rock that always seem to give me a re-boost of energy.

Blast of Fresh Air - My favorite way to get my biggest boost of energy is to get a blast of fresh air and sun.  The best way to do that is to hop in my Jeep with the top down, turn up the radio, and take a ride.