Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Top 15 Blog Award

Monday morning I awoke to an unexpected, but fabulous email from the Founder of Feedspot. It was a high-five, congratulations email. My blog, JeepMomma, was selected by the Feedspot panelists as one of the Top 15 Jeep Blogs on the World Wide Web. 

Top 15 Jeep Blogs on the Internet

They picked me!!! I'm #12!!! 

These Top 15 Jeep Blogs are one of the most comprehensive list of Jeep Blogs on the internet. They were selected from thousands of Jeep Blogs on the web using search and social metrics.

They were ranked on the following criteria:
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

I am so honored and humbled to be a part of this group of bloggers. I am ranked up there with the likes of some very popular blogs like Jeepsies to JPFreek Adventure Magazine. 


My blog originally started out to be my journey as a Jeep Mom. It still is about that journey, but now I strive to share my experiences along this journey in hopes to inspire others to get out there and Enjoy Life and Live Life to the Fullest!  

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How To's

I have turned my YouTube channel into more than just my off-roading videos. It has now become my Vlog. I call it Jeep Momma's Garage. 

It is a place to find out about Cool Jeep Stuff from Jeep Tips to Jeep Momma How To's to my Off-roading Adventures. 

I also share all the cool Jeep Accessories I find and the Jeep Modifications I make to my Jeep. I also share the cool places and trails I have wheeled. 

Go check it out! And when you check it out please click on that subscribe button! 

Below are the latest videos I have posted. I found that there are a lot of Jeep Wrangler owners out there who know very little about what their Jeep Wrangler is capable of so I thought I would share some of the basics of the Jeep. 


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Headlight Woes

I swapped out my original manufacturer headlights back in 2016. I replaced them with Auxbeam LED headlights. Wow what a difference. I loved them. Not just the huge difference in the light but how they looked on my Jeep.  

Some months after the install I noticed a flicker as well as one of the headlights wouldn't light up 100%. I was told I needed an anti-flicker harness which I got and installed. 

During my research I found that flickering among LED’s is common. I am told the flicker is because the headlight high and low beam circuits have a PWM regulation on them - pulse width modulation. A mode that basically pulses DC power to keep at average wattage. This is not compatible with LED headlights.

After I added the anti-flicker device one of my headlights went out. I was told it's the connections. They can jiggle loose so I needed to put zipties on the connections. 

Which I did while I was wheeling in Uwharrie back in May. Well... My headlight when out again this past week. So I went in to investigate.

After fiddling with the connections and wires I deducted it's the stock wiring harness. I also recall Jeff at Adrenaline Off Road mentioning he had to replace the stock headlight wiring for a Wrangler just a while ago. 

Right now I have the wiring "just so" that my headlight is working. But once wrong bump and it can go out again. So it's off to Jeff at Adrenaline to help me fix this issue once and for all! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Krawlin for Cops

Another wheeling event concluded, and I am already looking forward to next years event. 

Krawlin for COPS was started in 2014 at an off-road park in West Virginia by founder Brandt Bartman. That year 40 rigs showed up. This year over 500 off -roaders hit the trails at Rausch Creek Off Road Park. 

It seems Jeepers and off-roaders are a charitable bunch as there are charity wheeling events all over the country almost every week. Any reason to get out on the trails. $42,000 was raised for the MD & PA Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). 

Friday night was vendor night with lots of vendors at the park. I even picked myself up some 13 Cords grab handles for the rear passengers.  

I love these events because I am able to meet new Jeepers from all over the Northeast. This year I was able to wheel with some longtime Facebook friends. Meeting them for the first time. 

This event I was also able to meet a fellow Youtuber, The Bearded Jeeper. 

During this trip I was able to break out my Warn recovery strap and my soft shackle for the first time. 

The Jeep in front of me got hung up on a rock and needed a little tug from behind. My first time recovering a Jeep and I didn't even need to use a winch. Always something new and exciting on the trails.  

We hit some old favorites of mine like Trail Blue 23 (click for YouTube Video), Trail 14 and Pizza Rock.  

An easy trail "Stout" became a little more difficult and was full of mud. I was also able to wheel some trails I haven't hit before. 

As always I had a blast out on the trails and even wheeling some I haven't hit in the past. Each time I go out  I become more and more confident in my capabilities as a wheeler / rock crawler. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

One Crazy Week

June has started out to be one crazy busy month. I have been wanting to share many Jeep blog posts, but with all the happenings of the week I haven't had much time. 

The first weekend in June started out with a trip to Rausch Creek for the Krawlin' for Cops charity off road event. In tomorrow's post I will share some of my Krawlin' for Cops adventure. 

I left that event early because I didn't want to miss out watching the Washington Capitals game 3 with my family. I wasn't going to switch up how I had been watching the game as I am superstitious when it comes to watching my favorite sports teams. With the Caps in the Stanley Cup finals meant for some late nights (for me) watching hockey - three games during this crazy week. Watching the games were exhausting. They were sit on the edge of your seat the whole game. Not one moment to let your guard down, frazzling your nerves. 

Not only was it Stanley Cup finals it was end of the year celebrations for my kids. My youngest son received academic awards at the middle school awards ceremony. We snuck out early because it went on for three hours. Yes, three hours for a middle school awards ceremony. 

The next day was my oldest son's high school graduation AND game 5 of the Stanley Cup. If the Caps win they win the title of world Champions. The graduation was downtown DC at DAR Constitution Hall in a sea of parents and graduates which meant for a long day. It was an emotional day all around. 

Not only was I emotional, but both my boys were. It was a bittersweet day as my son graduated as an AP Scholar - 6 or more AP classes.  It was a long hard fought battle to get my son to this amazing day. 

That night was almost as emotional as the Caps went on the beat the Vegas Golden Knights to claim the Stanley Cup.

The week still wasn't over as Friday was the Def Leopard - Journey concert, another long night of good times.

Saturday ended the graduation/Stanley Cup celebrations with a jaunt to downtown DC to watch the Nationals play baseball and to our surprise a visit from the Capitals hockey players and the Stanley Cup. 

The whole game felt like a Capitals celebration party. The fans at the game spent most of the time cheering the celebrating Caps players just above our seats in one of the suites on the third level.   

Then it was off to celebrate my son's graduation with one last family dinner as my step son didn't arrive until Friday. The whole week was one none stop week of fun with my family.

So now it looks like I can get back to my Jeep duties - my blog and YouTube videos. This week I will share my Krawlin' for Cops adventure. 

Later in the week, I will also share my final assessment of my "Headlight Woes". Yes, during all this craziness I had to deal with my headlight not working again. Stay tuned as I figured out the issue. 

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