Monday, December 30, 2013

Simple Life - Slow Down

Last week I told you my New Year's Resolution -- to Simplify My Life.  Well, one of those ways is to free up my time.  When I free up my time, I will be able to go out and Enjoy My Jeep with My Family. I am making the choice to slow -  down -  the -  pace.

I want to have a greater appreciation of life.
I want to enjoy the natural world around us. 
I want to savor my time with my family.
I want to enjoy the every day simple things we do. 

   With the advancement of technology, we are used to getting things quicker and faster right at our fingertips.  But the irony of modern technology saving us time, is we are actually losing time.  We fill up that saved time with more projects and activities.  We have to have it all, and do it all.  Time is passing us by too quickly. Are we really enjoying life -- Or are we in this never-ending loop of hectic activities?

     Here are some tips to get out of that fast-paced, frenzied fever we call life.  I have scoured the internet to find what others are doing to slow  --  down  -- the --  pace.  I have compacted the ideas into short simple phrases to allow you more time to Enjoy Your Life.  

Slow --  Down  --  the  -- Pace  --  Tips

  • Do Less & Focus on the Important - pick what's really important and needs to get done and let go of the rest.
  • Prioritize Tasks - pick 2 or 3 things you want to do that day & do them 1st.
  • Plan your day
  • Delegate
  • Learn to say NO!
  • Do it right the first time
  • Get ready the night before
  • Reduce distractions & stay focused
  • Filter your email
  • Do your errands at the same time
  • Reduce your TV time
  • Automate bill payments
  • Sort your mail in hand 
  • Remove the clutter
  • Create a family calendar
  • Plan meals weekly
  • Grocery shop once a week
  • Wash dishes while you cook
  • Combine activities 
  • Shop online

Enjoy Your Life Tips

  • Live in the Moment - Be aware of what you are doing and don't let your mind drift about what you need to do next or later.
  • Do Less
  • Disconnect from technology when possible
  • Focus on the people you are with
  • Appreciate nature
  • Eat slower and savor the flavors and textures
  • Drive slower
  • Find pleasure in anything
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet

Make the year 2014 your year!  That's what I'm going to do, slowing down to smell the flowers and savor every moment I am on this great, big, beautiful earth. Along the way I hope to cultivate new friendships, explore new places and enjoy life's adventures!
 Jeep -- It's not Just an Adventure!  It's a Good Life.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lifestyle Goals

Simplify My Life - Reduce Stress - Enjoy Life
     Well, it's getting to be that time of year again -- time to make those New Year's Resolutions. Every year it seems we make the same resolutions over and over again -- to lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more and, so on.  Mostly it's about getting healthy. By the end of January we've given up or forgotten all about the resolution. Well, no more of those resolutions that you will inevitably fail at. This year it's time to pick something you will succeed at.  That's what I decided to do -  I am going to Simplify My Life -- to make more time to Enjoy My Life. 
     This resolution has many benefits. When I simplifying my life, I will reduce stress, create more time for myself and my family, which will allow me to enjoy life and all those things I wanted to do but didn't have time. Studies show simple living helps alleviate tension-related reactions such as insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, neck and shoulder spasms, and chronic fatigue.
     Simplifying doesn't have to mean to do with out or be frugal. It could -- but it doesn't have to. Rather, it could mean to slow down and live a more balanced, deliberate, and thoughtful life.
      Here is my list of ideas on how you can Simplify Your Life . This resolution can be modified to each individual.  However you choose to simplify your life, remember that simplicity is not about poverty or deprivation, but creating a stress free life. 

 Tips to Simplify Your Life
Clear the Clutter - This is one of the biggest creators of stress in your life.  We all tend to have too much.  Go through each room, closest, drawer and evaluate what you have.  Do you really need it? Can you do with out? Then get rid of it.   
Automate - online banking, shopping, post office.  This limits post office drop-offs, reduces time and money spent on stamps and licking envelopes. Saves time spent standing in lines.
Reduce Debt - This is another big stressors in our life.  When we create a strict budget, stick to it and start paying off the debt we feel we've accomplished something. 
Disconnect turn off your cell phone when you don't want to be interrupted. Don't take a cell phone to an appointment or when you are focusing on someone else.   Don't give out your cell phone number. Use it only for outgoing calls.  Screen calls by using caller ID.   Use the "delete" option -- early and often. Arrange for calls from the office only in cases of emergency. Let voice mail take your calls.
Work Free Vacations   
Reduce Information overloadBeing flooded with stimuli is a tremendous source of stress. Limit the amount of information you expose yourself.
Shed Activities - Make a list of your (and your kids) activities - prioritize your to-do list and shed those that are no longer fun or serve a purpose in your life.
Negative Relationships -- Cut out (or minimize) relationships that cause you stress.
Nurture Relationships - nurture the people who make you feel good and laugh.  Invite them to lunch, send a nice note, invite them to hang out. 
Live within your means

Unsubscribe from junk emails

Learn to say No when asked to do something you really don’t want to do.
Delegate - Don't try to do it all.  Share the workload at home and work by asking for help.
Shop/Cook - Dedicate one night a week to plan and prep for the weeks meals & school lunches. 

Clean out your Garage

Create a Family Calendar 

Organize your medicine Cabinet  

Run your errands during the week not on Saturdays.

Plan time for yourself everyday.

     Even if you do just one of these next year you will be better off than last year. Most of these things I've all ready started to do and it feels great.  I'm looking forward to start checking off those bucket list items because of all the free time I will create!

Jeep -- It's not Just an Adventure! 
It's a Good Life.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cold Weather Workout Tips

How Cold is Too Cold to Workout Outside?

Old Man Winter has arrived! -Days are shorter - Temperatures are plunging.
Early morning or evening outdoor workouts are during the coldest parts of the day. There is good news though.  You don't have to give up those outside sweat sessions due to the bone-chilling temperatures according to Susan Paul, exercise physiologist and program director for the Orlando Track Shack Foundation. It’s generally safe to work out outdoors until the thermometer hits a freezing 20 degrees below zero. Of course you need to be properly outfitted. Nor as a beginner would you want to start training for your first 10K during the dead cold of winter.

If you follow these simple cold weather workout rules you will minimize injuries and boost your performance.

Layers  -- Wear layers of moisture-wicking (dry-fit) fabrics that will keep you warm and dry. I usually wear 2 layers of bottoms -- Nike running pants and my favorite pair of Yoga pants. I like to wear at least 3 tops -- a dry-fit tank top, one thin long sleeved shirt and another thicker turtle neck, Under Armour makes a great one.  I also add a jacket that is easily removable. When I first start out running I'm pretty cold, but once I get to full intensity my body warms up pretty quickly and I shed the outer jacket and tie it around my waist.

Cover your mouth - wear a face mask or scarf wrapped around your nose and mouth -- this will help heat and moisturize the air before it hits your lungs.

Protect your extremities 
 gloves, mittens, wool socks, headband and a snug-fitting hat.

Socks - This is probably the hardest one for me.  My feet get cold very easily, so I like to wear layers of thick socks.  This is hard to do when you go running because there is only so much room in your running shoe.  So, I choose a dry-fit thin hiking sock for my first layer.  For my second layer, Nike makes a dry fit running sock that keeps my foot pretty warm.   

Gloves - You have many choices in gloves.  I usually wear a thinner glove when it's not as cold - like the gloves on the right.  But when the temperature dips lower, and the wind picks up, I reach for a thicker pair - like the ones pictured below.  Also the gloves below have the touch fingers which allow me to use my iPhone while running, a definite plus.

Take it Easy - It's better to run long and easy when the temperatures are frigid then a speed workout.  This is not the time break your distance record or beat your best time.

Warm Up - Since it will take more time in the cold weather, allow your body to warm up thoroughly to avoid the risk of injury.

Remember winter running is about maintaining miles not the speed.  If you are running longer distances you can break your runs up to avoid being in the cold too long. After your run make sure you avoid the post-run chills by getting out of your sweaty clothes and drink something warm.

Jeep -- It's not Just an Adventure! 
It's a Good Life.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jeep Spa Day - Topless Time!

I can't believe it's been six months since I became a Jeep owner -- and what fantastic six months it's been. Having the Jeep has made the mundane, a lot more pleasurable. To celebrate I took my Jeep in for it's first of many oil change/check ups. We headed over to Darcars of Rockville. I was a little hesitant to turn over the keys to a complete stranger.  However, I didn't need to worry long.  The process was over in less than 30 minutes.  They did a fabulous job and were very hospitable -- even though they are undergoing major construction. The bonus was I didn't have to pay a cent.  The whole service was a gift to me from Jeep!

The customer service representative walked me back to my Jeep, I came across a beautiful site I just needed to share with you. 

 Even though the whole process of entrusting my Jeep to a complete stranger took less than 30 minutes, I am still feeling a little stressed. So it's now my turn for a spa day.  I'm thinking a day at the salon and a nice facial will do the trick.  In the meantime the one thing that always brightens my day and pulls all the stress away is going topless, and in December no less. 

Back on the Road for my Next Adventure! Happy Trails!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Bucket List: 10K Complete

Well, I did it.  I competed in my first 10k race and finished it.  I ran the whole entire 6.2 miles without stopping. I also improved my time by 3 minutes.  However, I was very disappointed with myself -- or should I say my body.  

Tuesday before the race my leg cramped up -- or so I thought it was a cramp.  I spent the next day on a heating pad and stretching.  The morning of the race I was nervous -- I was afraid my leg would seize up again -- it did. The first 3 miles of the race my feet and toes were numb.  I thought it was from the cold -- and during the whole race my entire right leg, hip and glutes were in pain.  But I wasn't going to let my body stop me from my goal.  I persevered and pushed through the pain.  I figure we tell our kids that everyday so I wasn't about to give up.

My leg is still in pain.  From my own internet diagnosis I believe I have sciatic nerve pain.  But I'm not quite sure what the cause is.  My best guess is I was doing exercises that my old body couldn't handle.  

Besides lifting weights at the gym and running 3 days a week, I was doing at home workouts I would get from the internet. My theory is these home workout exercises where doing my body more harm than good. But I will have to wait and see what my MRI says. Not only will they take a picture of my spine but my brain.  With previous numbness in my arms and legs the doctor wants to look at everything.

It really sucks getting old.  But I'm excited about trying again and running another 10k.  This time I would like it if my body didn't let me down. But for the time being I have to wait to see what the test results say. I'm also going to have to remember my body isn't the same as it was 20 years ago.  That is the one hard fact that is really hard to live with -- We are getting older and have to learn to adjust.

Back on the Road for my Next Adventure! Happy Trails!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bucket List: 10K Prep 2

My running team (Team Jeep) and I checked out the race route again this past weekend.  We ran the full 10K and then some.  The weather conditions we ran in Sunday should be similar to the ones we will run on race day. Very, very chilly and windy.  After the run, and during the run, I came up with some more items to put on my checklist.

10K Checklist continued

 Warmer gloves -- I'm also going to have to find some place to put my phone.  I need to keep my fingers moving or they will freeze off. I want my phone so I can get my split mile times.

Better Sunglasses - The sunglasses need to wrap around the sides of my eyes.  This is so they keep the wind out.  My eyes were watering on our run and I'm afraid of my contacts popping out.

Thermal dry-fit socks - I all ready had these but decided I didn't like the color.  So I went out to get some black ones to match my running pants. The running pants are also thermal and dry-fit. 

Race Day Number - I went and picked it up today! The weather is suppose to be pretty cold and there is snow in the forecast. I can only hope I am prepared.  

Bath Salts - This is one of the most important items for before the race and after the race. This will relax me for a good night's sleep the night before the race.  Then, when I get home I can hop in a nice hot bath to soak those achy, cold muscles.

So -- on the advice from an old friend -- I will keep my arms low, find a comfortable cadence and run like AP the last 100 yards -- and pray I will not freeze and finish the race. 

Back on the Road for my Next Adventure! Happy Trails!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bucket List: First 10K Prep

I've decided to amend my current bucket list to add "Run in My First 10k". The 10k I picked is in less than one week! Yikes!!! I'm a little nervous and I am a lot worried I might not be ready. So I'm making a list and will check it twice.

I have been running and lifting weights at the gym since April.  (That's when I decided I better start living healthier.) I also found a great running partner who inspired me to run the 10k.  She also keeps me motivated to keep running even when I feel like stopping. So since I have a less than a week to get ready I figured I'd better work on that list.
10k Are You Ready Checklist
1. Be able to run 6.2 miles - My running partner and I were able to do this last Sunday when we checked out the course.  We will go for it again this week.
 2. Strength training - I have been lifting weights at the gym and home three days a week now for over six months. My muscles are getting stronger and increasing a little bit every week. I can measure this with my new scale. It measures everything from BMI to body fat to muscle.   

3. Proper running shoes - I am testing out shoes I all ready have. So far my favorite ones are the one my dog chewed up.

4. Headgear - I will be wearing an headband from Under Armor. It's dry-fit and will keep my head dry and warm. It's suppose to be in the low 30's the day of the race.

5. Gloves - I will need two pair.  The first pair are a pair of Nike dry fit running gloves.  The second pair will allow me to us my iPhone while I run so I can monitor my pace.  
6. iPhone with Map My Run App - This is so I can monitor my pace.  I was thinking of getting a watch that would do the same thing.  But  -- since I'm pretty superstitious, I might just have to stick with what I am used to.
7. Layers of clothes - November gets quite chilly here but once you get running your body temperature ramps up.  Plus there is always a chance of a hot flash coming on so it's better to be prepared to take off some of those layers.
8. Hydrate  - It's good to start days before the race to make sure your body is all ready to go.

9. Healthy Eating - I know everyone says to load up on carbs before the big game or race.  Well -- I am going to have to skip this one.  I haven't been eating a lot of carbs for months.  The other night we went to a fundraiser dinner at an Italian restaurant.  I couldn't resist the pasta or bread.  BIG, BIG mistake.  So I will stick to my protein and vegies.
Well, that's it for now but I will be working on adding to that checklist.  If anyone out there has anything I should add please let me know.  This is my first ever 10K.  Plus I haven't run a race since my senior year in high school which was many years ago. So any great advice is appreciated. 
Back on the Road for my Next Adventure! Happy Trails!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stress-Busting Tips!

My theme this year has been all about "Getting Healthy" and enjoying life.   Getting healthy has many facets -- eating right -- getting outdoors -- exercise -- being happy.  Another way is to reduce stress. There are so many levels of stress and so many things that trigger stress. Stress is unique to each individual. So there is no one right way to reduce the stress. We all need to find our own steps to reducing stress.  I have spent the past couple of months taking steps to reduce my own stress.

Step 1 -- What triggers my stress?  I made a list of the top 5 things that gave me stress.

My Top 5 things that stress me out!
Volunteering: I say yes way too much, so I'm learning to say no. I also cut my volunteering time in half.
Dinner: I stressed to much about what to make for dinner each night.  So once a week I plan out a menu, write it on the calendar and shop once a week for the food. 
Money: my new goal is to be more frugal.  We sat down as a family and found ten ways to be more conservative with our money.
My health: I now eat right, exercise and have fun.
Clutter: I can't stand to have "stuff" everywhere.  So once a month I take a day to purge.  Now I'm finding things I can re-sell & donate. This also helps with the money issue.

Step 2 -- Get rid of the things that gave me stress.

Step 3 -- If I couldn't get rid of the things that gave me stress I made a list of the top 5 things that could take away the stress.

My Top 5 Stress-busters

1. Topless Jeep driving -- especially on a sunny day.  The sun in you face and the wind in your hair always does the trick.
2. Getting a facial -- it's ten times better than any back massage.
3. Listening to music -- it works even better when you combine it with number one.

4.  Wearing comfortable cloths --my favorites are my Victoria's Secret Yoga pants and the other intimate items they sell in their stores!

5. A hot bubble bath always relaxes the muscles and sooths the mind.  My favorite scents are anti-stress, lavender, citrus and chamomile.

There is so much out their in the world that can cause stress.  We just need to be aware of what is causing our stress and to stay away from it.  If you can't stay away find the things that will make you happy, even if for a short period of time.

Life is too short to spend it being stressed and unhappy! Find the things that make you happy and Just Do It!

                     - Simple Living! - Enjoying Life! - The Jeep Life! - 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wanting a Manly Man's Jeep -- Or Not?

My whole life I've never been a girlie-girl, but yet - not a tomboy.  I guess you could call me simple, and not big on flash.  I don't wear make-up or jewelry, nor am I big on accessories.

When I bought my Jeep, I was looking for something different, something rugged, something outdoorsy, something simple, but definitely not girlie-girl, nor mom-like -- more manly-man.

A friend of mine, also a Jeep Lover, sent me a link to a Craig's list ad for a Jeep.  The ad noted as one of the manliest Craig's list ads.

So, I checked it out -- thinking I need to see what it takes to have a manly Jeep, because I want a manly man's Jeep. Sometimes I'm told my Jeep isn't Jeep enough, I'm not letting it be manly. My kids tell me I need to get a lift kit or add this or that to the Jeep to make it cooler.
However, I'm a little troubled, after reading the post. I realized a couple of things and I am re-thinking the manly-man Jeep idea.

--I'm afraid my Jeep could be considered a cookie cutter Jeep -- Ugh, now I need to make it unique.

--Also, mine is a metro feminine automatic-- Ugh, how do I turn that automatic into a manly man's automatic?

--One good thing: the top comes down, the windows zip off and the doors come off for natural AC unlike the metro feminine AC/heated seats in some Chevy Avalanches ;-)

--Another good thing: You can spill and get mud in my Jeep (just not on the seats)

--I will admit I do have a Jeep sticker but it's not a "Jeep Thing" sticker.

--Chrome bumpers -- Nope -- All-American Rugged Steel covered in plastic.

--And it's definitely pumping lots of raw fuel not through a six nuclear plant but a four -- pretty close.

Then I read further hmmm!  Do I really want a manly man's Jeep with what could possibly happen when I do get it turned into a manly man's Jeep?

  • Chest hair & beard -- nope don't think so...
  • Catching more fish, having more tools or a bigger TV -- don't care for those.
  • I all ready eat mostly meat with some added some fruits & vegi's and a glass of wine once in a while.
  • My "wife" stocks wine instead of beer, and takes out the garbage all ready.
  • All ready have all male offspring.
  • However... I'm the one who bitches about clothes on the floor (maybe that would stop).
  • Kegs, bar fights and Gentleman's clubs -- been there, done that...

So, do I want to have a manly man's Jeep with all the expected changes that could happen? I think maybe I'll stick with the Manly Girl's Jeep...I'll keep away all the pink and pastel accessories,  leave it muddy, maybe add a winch so I can help out my neighbors this winter.  However, I would love to win the lottery, and have my flesh turn to steel or at least my muscles.

Back on the Road for my Next Adventure! Happy Trails!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top 10 tips to be Sexy Forever!

Two years ago I was diagnosed with a fatty liver.  The docs didn't seem too concerned with it. However, I was freaked out and
started trying different diets.  My goal was to lose 20 pounds.  No matter what I tried, I just couldn't get the weight off.  It wasn't until I came across Suzanne Somers website where it all started to make sense.  

So I bought her book Sexy Forever and the pounds just melted off.

I made my goal of 20 pounds.  After three months on the diet -- I stopped, but I did change my eating habits somewhat. The changes weren't enough to keep off the lost weight. I ended up gaining half of it back. So about six months ago I started exercising -- Lifting weights at the gym -- running -- toning exercises at home.  Four months and not one pound lost.  I was frustrated to say the least. So, I broke out the book again, and started the Sexy Forever diet. The weight started coming off.

Being a woman over 40 I know how hard it is to maintain that shape we had in our 20's.  Our bodies are tired, are livers are tired.  They just can't keep up with all the toxins we keep putting into our bodies. So our livers take those toxins and add them to fat cells. Then they slap those fat cells to our middles. When your liver doesn't work well your middle keeps growing.

Did you know 15 million Americans (adults and children) have Fatty Liver disease and most have no idea.  Obesity is a huge problem in America. We can easily solve that problem by eating healthier and reduce the toxins we put in our bodies.  

I can't keep eating like I used too. So I need to make some lifestyle changes. I will definitely miss those big plates of fettuccini alfredo with a white Italian loaf or that chocolate lava ice cream sundae. I will just need to limit those treats to once a year. Here are some of my tips to be a healthier person with a more productive liver. 

Jeep Momma's Top 10 tips to be Sexy Forever

1. Eat Organic as much as you can - especially raw fruits, vegis, nuts & seeds. This will lower the amount of toxins into your body.

2. Bath Organic putting all these chemicals on your skin also adds more toxins for your liver to process.  Your skin absorbs these chemicals into your body.

3. Add Beans to your diet -- they contain an amino acid that neutralizes toxins that cause stress on your liver. 

4. Anise Seeds in foods may stimulate the regeneration of healthy liver cells which flush out the fats.

5. Turmeric contains a chemical that may help protect the liver against damage caused by accumulated fats.

6. Eat Lean Proteins

7. 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 -- lunges - squats - mountain climbers and more.

8. Water - drink with a lemon and at least 8 glasses - 64 ounces a day.

9. Watch what you put in your body - Limit alcohol, processed foods  & carbs -- especially refined quick burning carbs like white flour & sugar.

10. Read the book Sexy Forever -- It worked and is working for me.  There are lots of tips like when to eat what foods. A certain combination of foods work better.

                         - Simple Living! - Enjoying Life! - The Jeep Life! - 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Top 10 Midday Energy Boosting Tricks

It seems every afternoon around 2 or 3 o'clock I feel I need to take a nap.  This is called a siesta (Spanish pronunciation: [╦łsjesta]) -- a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm.  

Oh how nice it would be to curl up in my bed and doze for an hour or so.  Or even on a nice day lay under the warm sun on my hammock. But there is just too much to get done, I have to find other ways to re-energize that don't take up a lot of time. 

So here are my Top 10 ways to give myself that extra boost of energy in the afternoon.

First I answer the following questions...
--Am I sneaking sugar, grains and loads of carbs? NO
--Am I getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night? YES
--Have I slacked of on my exercise? NO
--Am I eating enough healthy fats for energy? YES

If I'm doing all that right, and I'm still lacking the much needed energy there's still hope.  I break out my list of tips or energy tricks.

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

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

3. Exercise -- I do a quick 4 minute workout.  Four minutes of non-stop cardio pumping exercises.  1 minute jumping jacks, 1 minute push ups, 1 minute lunges and then 1 minute of squats. This really gets the heart pumping and blood flowing.

4.  Stretch -- depending on how low my energy is a nice stretch with some soothing music seems to replenish my energy.


5. Cat Nap -- You have to be careful with this one.  I make sure I only close my eyes for 5 minutes.  Plus, I take my cat naps sitting up, otherwise I will be napping for hours. 

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

7. Light Lunch -- I'm 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.

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

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

10. Blast of Fresh Air --
But of course 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 op down, turn up the radio, and take a ride. And I'm off to get myself energized!    

    - Simple Living! - Enjoying Life! - The Jeep Life! - 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It's A Jeep Thing!

Jeep = Passion

Passion  ( pshn) -- A powerful emotion -- Ardent love -- The object of such love or desire -- Boundless enthusiasm -- An abandoned display of emotion.

Jeep owners -- we -- are very passionate about our Jeeps. A Jeep is not just a regular vehicle to us. We don't just hop over to the nearest car wash to clean our Jeep. A scrub brush with some soap just doesn't do the job.  A Jeep needs that specialized care only a true Jeeper can understand.

I like to keep my Jeep looking nice and feeling special. I hear it time and time again -- "Jeeps are suppose to be dirty".  But there's a difference between dirty (with mud), and dirty with nasty garbage, salt from the road, pollen on the soft top, or bird poo.

Yes, I like to spend three hours on a Saturday to hand wash my Jeep with special tender, loving care. Yes, I keep the inside clean. Yes, I buy specialized cleaners to take care of my Jeep, especially the soft top. Some people like to tease me (laugh at me) because they say I'm being scammed spending extra money on those special cleaners. Well, It's MY JEEP, and if I... want to spend 20 extra bucks, because it makes me, AND MY JEEP, happy. Well... I'll do it, because you know what... It's a Jeep Thing.  You just don't understand!

I even went out an bought the special zipper lube. I am a proud owner of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Sahara Edition.  I respect the Jeep"Respect the Jeep" means giving a little extra. A Jeep is not just a vehicle -- it's a lifestyle.  

It's not just a big investment, but my Jeep is my Passion. If I want to spend three hours on Saturday giving my Jeep a cleaning -- I will.  If I want to spend a couple extra bucks for special cleaners for my soft top -- I will. Quit dis'n me.  Just get in your grocery getter or crossover, and head to the nearest car wash sipping your mocha latte. I'll stick with my bottle of water, 3 hour personalized car wash, wind blown hair and skipping that latte for $20 cleaner any day!

Back on the Road for
my Next Adventure!Happy Trails!


60 Before 60

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