Month: November 2017

The big reveal – 2018 Jeep® Wrangler makes its official debut today

There are some things in life that you look at and say, “Don’t mess with perfection.” It’s rare. But it happens. That was how I felt about the Jeep® Wrangler. But then I said, “Self, let’s give this updated 2018 version a look and see what it’s got going for it.” Today, at the LA Auto Show, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is officially introduced to the public for the first time, and I am happy to say that much of what makes our beloved Wrangler the recognizable icon that it is will remain unchanged. The slotted grille, round headlights, removable doors, fold-flat windshield … these are all things that will remain standard features. What has changed? Modern technology. The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler will have more available safety and technology features. Later in the model year, two new engine options will also be introduced. Leave it to the Jeep brand to not only mess with perfection, but then make it, well … perfect-er.

Cyber Monday is quickly approaching – get great FCA US gear for the family this year

If you ventured out in the mad rush of Black Friday and can now sit back, knowing your holiday shopping is complete, congratulations! If, on the other hand, you were like me and avoided the madness, you may still be contemplating what you are getting for those on your list in the days ahead. But Cyber Monday is just around the corner and you know what that means! No crowds. No craziness. Just quiet shopping from the comfort of wherever you happen to be. Now, let’s cut to the chase – if you’re reading this, you are likely familiar with the FCA US LLC brand lineup. You either own, have recently owned or would like to own one of the many great Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or FIAT® vehicles. So, why not own the gear that goes along with them? Luckily, each of the five brands offers clothing, gear and gadgets galore. Did your kids come home at the onset of either the PopSocket® or Fidget Spinner craze (maybe both) and announce that they just had to have one? And did you, initially, roll your eyes at the latest fad, but then realize just how handy those little PopSockets are and find yourself wishing you had one of your own? Or catch your significant other picking up the fidget spinner … Read More

Quick and easy road trip hacks that every holiday traveler should know

According to AAA estimates, about 89 percent of the millions of holiday travelers on the road will be traveling 50 miles or more to reach loved ones. So, when you’re one of 45+ million trying to reach family and friends, how do you make the traveling adventure better, more fun, easier and potentially safer for all involved? You incorporate a few quick and easy holiday road trip hacks, of course! Take these, for example. Ensure you have the best apps loaded to assist in your travel needs BEFORE you leave. Some of my personal favorites include: Gas Buddy can guide you in finding not only the cheapest prices, but also the closest gas station if/when the need arises Sit or Squat is ideal for, well … other needs Waze is great for redirecting around traffic jams that pop up while en route Hands-free is key. Ensure whatever method you are using (even if it’s the person in the passenger seat) is up to the task. Plastic cereal containers make great travel trash cans. Keep a couple extra liners in the bottom of the container for quick changes during pit stops and you won’t waste time pulling wrappers and straws out from between the seats once you reach your destination. Shower caddies make great organizers. Create activity centers for the kids … Read More

Holiday dishes that travel

It’s the beginning of the holiday season and all the traditional eats are right around the corner. If you’re traveling and volunteered (or were volunteered by someone else) to bring your best dish, did you consider what the travel time can do to your recipe? Or whether there will be room in the oven to cook or reheat your tasty tidbits once you arrive? Don’t let holiday travel throw a wrench into what might otherwise be described as nothing short of divine. A tweak here and there may be all your favorite recipe needs. For example, if a hard brake on the way to last year’s family gathering sent your infamous cherry pie toward destinations unknown, leaving you to arrive empty-handed, why not try something a little safer this year? Try this instead – make cherry pie bars. Cherry pie bars? Yes, they’re a thing. They’re delicious and perfectly preportioned. If you don’t know where to start, has a delicious recipe that you can make the night before. Then, package them up in an airtight container that can be safely stored away for a safe arrival at your destination. (One of the best parts of this recipe is you can make them with any number of seasonal fillings – pumpkin, cherry, apple, blueberry, pecan … the list goes on!) … Read More

Special Edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport to hit showroom floors

Ram trucks stand out among the crowd with some of the hardest-working, longest-lasting trucks on the road today. The Ram brand also offers some of the best-looking, most luxurious trucks. Available options and special editions make Ram trucks much more than just a work truck. It’s a comfortable everyday driver that easily transitions from the work site to a night on the town. Recently, Ram trucks announced the final special edition release for the 2017 calendar year – the 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport. “The custom look and high-impact colors have been well received in the marketplace and this new Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport will surely stand out on dealers’ lots and in customers’ driveways,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep® and Ram Brands. “Enthusiasts demand that their trucks get noticed and our Ram 1500 Sport lineup delivers a durable, powerful alternative with great visual appeal.” The Hydro Blue Sport goes on sale November 2017, but don’t delay. Production will be limited to only 2,000 units.

The Demon has been unleashed

Soon 3,300 lucky owners will receive their street-legal production drag car. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon. With the capability of achieving 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon holds the fastest quarter-mile at a staggering 9.65 seconds. This time was certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The NHRA then immediately banned the Demon from competition.

A simple thank you

Thank you to all those who have served. Thank you to the families who have sacrificed. Today and every day, we celebrate the men and women who have made, and continue every day, to make this country great. Thank you.

Look no further – we’ve got your last-minute Thanksgiving Day ideas

My daughter is traveling to Dallas for Thanksgiving this year. We knew this and planned her travel well in advance, but airline ticket pricing and the lack of available seats was astonishing. I don’t know why I was so shocked. I know it’s the most traveled holiday of the year. Airports, bus stations, highways … every means of transportation will be congested as Americans make their way to visit friends and family for this beloved holiday. With Turkey Day only two weeks away, are you finding yourself scrambling to make last-minute arrangements for your holiday fun? Or perhaps you just learned that you have some extra time off and have decided to take a last-minute trip? Did you just now, as you read this, realize it’s only two weeks away? Last-minute travel doesn’t have to be a headache. If booking airline tickets isn’t in the cards, why not consider a nearby tour of all things Thanksgiving? You never know what might be in your own backyard. Try, for example, visiting any one of the number of cities named for the traditional representations of Thanksgiving Day. Here are just a few: Thanksgiving, Maryland Pilgrim – located in Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Texas Turkey – choose from Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia Cranberry – Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania … Read More

To stop or not to stop — the uncertainty of blacked-out traffic lights

Recent storms that rolled through New England sparked an interesting (and passionate!) conversation around traffic signals and power outages in our household. As my husband attempted to make his way to a job nearly 45 minutes away, he crossed the path of several traffic lights that were out. Treating them as if they were a four-way stop, he watched in amazement as others flew through the intersection, as if they had a green light. Those behind him got angry, some even going around and flying an old-fashioned Jersey wave in his direction as they passed. But wasn’t he doing the right thing? Isn’t a power outage, or a malfunctioning traffic signal supposed to be considered a four-way stop, as a matter of safety? Of course, I got online and started looking and, according to, that is, in fact exactly how drivers should treat what refers to as a “traffic signal blackout.” If all traffic signal lights are not working because of an electrical power failure, you must stop at the intersection and then proceed when you know other turning and approaching vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians have stopped. A blacked-out traffic signal works the same as a four-way stop intersection. But I found other items that suggest differently. For example, when a storm wreaked havoc in the state of … Read More