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2015 Ford Edge Debuts at the Ford Trends Conference

The first night at the Ford Trends Conference the new CEO Mark Fields unveiled the 2015 Ford Edge with all of its sleek design and amazing new features.

You are first taken in by the beautiful lines and curves of the body style, then you are blown away by all of the amazing new features. The 2015 Ford Edge will keep you safe while at the same time taking your driving experience to a whole new level of technology and function.

 Here is some of what the new 2015 model offers:
Rear View Camera
Adaptive Steering
Curve control
Adaptive Cruise Control
Auto Start/Stop
High Performance 2.7-L EcoBoost
Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control
Handsfree Liftgate
Enhanced Active Park Assist
Heated and Cooled Seats
Active Glove-Box Knee Airbag
Heated Steering Wheel 
Acoustic Glass
Blind Spot Monitoring
Side Parking Assist
Lane-Keeping System
Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support

I wish my van had even half of what this new Ford Edge offers. I am blown away by all of the new features that are in cars of today and you can really see how Ford is keeping up with the trends in all of their vehicles this year. Ford is bringing style and functionality to a whole new level. They are making their vehicles so much more smarter than even 5 years ago. I was happy to get self closing doors on my van, let alone one that could help me park and prevent me from getting in to an accident. The 2015 Ford Edge takes driving to a new standard of fun and safety.

Ockerman Vacation 2014- Destin, FL Day 4~ Plus a Giveaway

Our last full day in Destin, Fl started out rainy. We were pretty tired from all the traveling, going to the beach, then a day at Big Kahuna's Water Park, so the rainy morning was a good break for us. A friend of ours had told us that there was a bowling alley nearby. the kids had never been bowling, so it would be a fun new experience for the whole family and perfect indoor fun.

My husband set up our names then we got to bowling. What was cool is that the bumpers went up and down depending upon who was bowling. So even though mommy and daddy could have used the bumpers, they weren't up the whole time. Little Miss was only interested in playing for a short time since the ball was a little heavy for her to lift and throw properly, but mommy helped her get a few spares and strikes :) I wound up winning both games..haha

The weather started to clear later in the afternoon, but my son started to run a fever. My husband stayed with him while my daughter and I spent a few hours at the pool. Since it was a smaller complex that we stayed in, but that did have several pools, we had it to ourselves most of the time.

I wish we had one more day to go to the beach, but we were going to be leaving early the next morning to head to my extended family in Arkansas for my cousins wedding. Overall we had a lot of fun in Destin and though the drive is a bit far for us, it was still within reason and we enjoyed all there was to do there.

We spent the next couple of days with my family exploring the mountain where my Aunt lives, going to a wedding, then just some good family conversation and memories. I love going to Arkansas and we sure don't get there nearly as often as I would like :)

Would you like to win two general admission tickets to Big Kahuna's Water Park in Destin? Enter my giveaway below!! The final day of the 2014 season is September 1st, so only enter if you can make it there before then :) Giveaway will end 7/29. Good Luck and Happy Entering! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pollo Tropical Goodie Bag Giveaway

The second Texas location of Pollo Tropical has now opened in Pearland. In order to get you a little more excited and an incentive to go try it out, I am giving away a goody bag filled with coupons and other Pollo Tropical goodies.

To enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end 7/25 at midnight. I am definitely itching to go back and get my fingers on their yummy chicken and sauces!! This is a Houston(and surrounding) Area only giveaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Planes: Fire and Rescue Movie Review #FireandRescue

Our family has been a fan from the get go of movies like Cars and now Planes. They are on constant repeat at our house and I am ok with that :) Well, they have done it again and released Planes: Fire and Rescue.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

What we thought:

My kids were flying with Dusty from the beginning. They loved watching it in 3D. It makes you feel as though you are flying in the air and really soaring through the sky. Now I am not going to go in to specific details of the movie, because hey you need to see it for yourself.. But.. You will be kept amused by some really funny one liners all throughout the movie. I like that this isn't just a funny movie, it is more on the serious side and will teach your kids how amazing it is to be brave and what firefighters go through on a daily basis to keep us safe even when they don't always have the most up to date technology and funding that they need. I like that it also teaches that we need to step outside our comfort zone at times, do something and be someone that we never thought we would. Sure the big career and fame might be great, but doing something that takes bravery and can help save your friends and family is what is needed.

“Life doesn’t always go the way you expect it. But you came here to become a firefighter. If you give up today, think of all the lives you won’t save tomorrow.”
— Blade Ranger, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” 
We really loved the characters introduced in this movie and loved how they were not just silly and superficial like some movies can be. Awesome movie and I highly recommend you go and see it! Adults will love it just as much as the kids did!

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Moms Confession New eBook- Meal Planning for Busy Moms

I for one am not the greatest at meal planning. Sure I have tried from time to time, but have never been consistent at it. My friend Kristi over at Moms Confession has been working her tail off coming up with a fabulous new eBook called Meal Planning for Busy Moms

She is the mom of two teenage boys so she knows how to feed some hungry bellies. My hope is that you will head over and purchase her eBook today.

What is in her book?
  • Tips and tricks I have learned over the years as I have been planning meals for my family
  • 14 Day Sample Meal Plan to help you get started
  • Themed Meal Planning Ideas
  • 180+ Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks
  • 16 scrumptious recipes that your family will enjoy
  • and so much more! 
Until 7/25 the Sale Price for the book is $2.99 with the code MealPlan on E-Junkie. After the price goes to $4.99, you can't beat that price!! Or you can also purchase for your Kindle on Amazon. Enjoy :)

Going Further with Ford. My Overview of the #FordTrends Conference #FordTX

I was sent on an all expenses paid trip to attend the Ford Trends Conference. All thoughts and opinions are my own in this and following posts. 

I got an email and just stared at it for a bit...Did they really want me to head up to Dearborn, MI to attend the 2014 Ford Trends Conference?? Why yes, yes they did...To say I was giddy is probably an understatement, but at the same time super nervous. I had never been to something so big and amazing. I was going to get an inside look at what Ford has been up to and where they are going on so many levels, not just in building cars/trucks, but how they are changing and evolving as a company.

I arrived just an hour or so before we were to head out to dinner at the Ford Performing Arts Center. I have to say it was pretty cool to be able to fly in to an airport then just walk from the terminal over to the Westin Hotel in Detroit. And guess what? You don't even hear planes while you are inside the hotel.

At that nights festivities we were greeted by the new CEO Mark Fields as well Clayton Christensen of Harvard Law School and Kenneth Cole the designer. It was amazing to hear Kenneth Cole explain to us where he came from and that it takes creativity and sometimes being a bit stealthy to get started in business and make your name known. As the evening concluded Mark Fields unveiled the 2015 Ford Edge with some amazing new features that I will share later. Just look at the sleek design!

The next morning at breakfast Ford revealed a big secret they have been working on.... Power Wheels Ford F-150!!! I mean...I want one for myself. You can pre-order one here.  I was in awe of how real they seemed and all the features that you can get on them just like a real truck. Amazing ingenuity and I would love to test one out. 

The rest of the day was spent in some amazing informational sessions where we heard from leaders in different areas. Here are the sessions and their overviews:


Creating unique and meaningful experiences is at the heart of design today. Whether it’s a car, phone or computer, consumers put a premium on ease of use, functionality and overall emotional connection, as well as aesthetics. Solutions for how consumers interact with a product – the way technology is integrated to allow the most effective usability and the highest degree of satisfaction – are what elevate design beyond art. Because ultimately, design doesn’t just make things beautiful, it makes them work. Decoding Design will explore those brands, products and designers who are leading the way to seamlessly crack this code for customers, not only to create lasting relationships, but also to have a positive impact on people’s lives.


Water scarcity is a rising issue globally. More than 780 million people live without access to fresh drinking water. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Businesses too depend on and affect freshwater resources globally. Today, water risks to business and the global population are intensifying at an unprecedented rate. Re-thinking how we value water and disclose industrial use and performance is a critical first step in reducing these strains and safeguarding future water supplies. Some businesses and organizations are investing time and money into protecting and managing this critical resource; we’re convening their leaders to share their strategies, success and address problems they and the global population still face.


Across the globe, profiles of women have reached new prominence, turning attention to their place in politics and the workforce while changing the dialogue around gender roles. The corresponding demographic shifts are changing household dynamics and definitions of family worldwide, including women avoiding marriage and parenting altogether and men actively stepping in to fill traditionally feminine roles.  With households more diverse than ever and the workplace as competitive as ever, the Female Frontier will explore how the changes in demographics are defining the future of business, commerce, education, and even brands.


In 2005, there were 2.5 billion connected devices, mainly PCs, smartphones and tablets. By 2020, there will be over 30 billion connected devices, including cars, watches, refrigerators and even toothbrushes. All of these connected devices are leading to an explosion in Big Data – information about what people want, who they want it from and their likes/dislikes. Consumers are quickly learning that data can improve their lives, and they’re willing to exchange it for value such as convenience or personalized service or products.  From theme parks to service providers, some companies are early adopters taking advantage of this shift.  Explore just what is the big deal with Big Data and how might it influence the technology of tomorrow.


Animating Automotive Design: In a small, secret room in Ford’s Product Development Center, a team of about twenty animators work on computers with three screens each. This is Studio 2000X, Ford’s internal animation facility that creates ultra-high definition productions for a wide range of uses. Videos created by Studio 2000X convey the essence of upcoming Ford products, before a prototype is ever built. The artistic vignettes displays the shapes and forms and layer them against real life background, adding emotion to early designer sketches and incredible definition to more advanced renderings. Today, we want to give you a behind the scenes look at how we create these videos.
Virtual Reality Lab: Explore the first-ever automotive application of a new ultrahigh-definition, virtual reality lab that enables Ford designers and engineers globally to work together on vehicles in real time. Like a Second Life game – a popular online 3D virtual world – but with ultrahigh definition, engineers and designers at Ford now experience a car the way a consumer would in a showroom. Using a totally immersive virtual space allows them to create visuals almost indistinguishable from a real car, and results in improved vehicle quality and craftsmanship.
Suiting up for Safety: For years, Ford has employed the use of wearable technology as a way to train engineers and designers. From the third generation “old age suit’ helping healthy engineers and designers get an understanding of the effects of old age on our customers, to the new “drunk simulation suit” used to help new drivers get a sense of how impairment can dim the senses and increase reaction time, suit up with the Ford team and experience first-hand how Ford is developing the next generation of vehicles, safety technology and drivers.
Tough Testing: You will have the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” and see some of the tough torture testing in action. See first-hand some of the robotic technologies in use at Ford’s durability lab, including the seven-channel input, a specially-built torture rack that shakes and twists the vehicle’s frame in seven different directions at once. You will also see how Ford designed tougher seats, using both robots for seat testing, as well as new human-based test that simulates the kind of abuse leather seats face on a jobsite.

We then finished the night with a night of food and magic from David Kwong. This guy is a genius and his showcase of talents is awe inspiring. I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, he holds so much knowledge and presents it in a fun and truly magical way that you want to watch every second. 

Our last day was spent really getting out there and testing some of the vehicles: Transit Connect Wagon(#Unminivan), all electric Focus, and a few of their other hybrids. We even got to ride in a remote controlled van. No physical driver. It was a little rough on the turning, but cool to see it in action. Yes, it stayed between the lines :) Then the biggest highlight of the trip came when we toured the F-150 plant. I will be writing more about it later. By far my favorite part! 

Thanks to Ford for having me out and I can't wait to share more with you all about each section of the conference. The people at Ford really make you feel like you are one of the family. They put on an amazing conference and I look forward to sharing more about what they are doing now and in the future. 

Waterproof your phone for Summer!

A minor splash or a full dunk? Ever worried about you phone being water damaged. Its summer time, there will be pool parties and beach gatherings.  Now is the time to protect your phone against water damage with a waterproof case.  Here are some cool cases to keep your phone dry this summer.

Lifeproof iPhone 5/5S Waterproof Red Fre Case

Lifeproof iPhone 5/5S Waterproof Red Fre Case
The most advanced phone technology led to the iPhone 5s. And, the most advanced case technology led to this - frē for iPhone 5s. Thinner, lighter, stronger and more protective than any case available, frē keeps your iPhone 5s waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof, so you can live LifeProof. frē protects your iPhone's brilliant Retina display with an integrated scratch protector, and goes one further by providing full access to the Touch ID function. No other case on the market offers this level of precision protection and full functionality. Along with the completely operational Touch ID and touchscreen, every iPhone 5s feature works seamlessly with frē - camera, flash, buttons, microphones and speakers. The slim profile barely adds to your iPhone's sleek silhouette and precision lines. And, the clear back window highlights the Apple logo.

iPhone 5/5S Waterproof Red Fre Case - 2101-05 - $79.99, Free shipping - Available at ABT

Aricase Wave 2 - Waterproof Case f/iPhone 4 iPhone 4S - Orange

Aricase Wave 2 - Waterproof Case f/iPhone 4 iPhone 4S - OrangeWave 2, The Wave 2 is a waterproof smart phone case that allows for full functionality of your phone. With simple twist and lock access this easy to use product provides all the protection you need for your smart phone. Wave 2 protects against water, sand, and dirt. It's hard outer shell also provides shock absorption. With a transparent silicone membrane you maintain full functionality of your phone. Compatible with iPhone 4/4S, Floats with provided floating lanyard (check buoyancy before use), Waterproof to 20 feet (IP58 rating), Sand proof, Shock resistant, Fully functional touch screen, Communicate with phone in the case, Video above and under water (Under water video or photo can be taken by using the newly designed volume button.), Protection from snow, rain, dust, and sand, Comes with yellow floating lanyard.
Aricase Wave 2 - Waterproof Case f/iPhone 4 iPhone 4S - Orange - $34.79, Free shipping - Available at ePal Inc

OceanProof Waterproof Protection Case Cover For Apple iPhone 4/4S - Blue - Teal

OceanProof Waterproof Protection Case Cover For Apple iPhone 4/4S - Blue - Teal

Suitable for iPhone 4 and 4s. Submersible up to 6.6" (2 cm) for up to 30 minutes.  Sealed from dirt & dust particles. Sealed from snow & ice.  Withstands drops from 6.6 feet.

OceanProof Waterproof Protection Case Cover For Apple iPhone 4/4S - Blue - Teal - $5.02, Free shipping - Available at Marketplace

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