• Built Ford Tough: Ford answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough; torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Ready for adventure with innovative technology: New features make driving easier and more fun, both on- and off-road; available FX4 Off-Road Package adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, while Terrain Management System and Trail Control help navigate challenging conditions; a suite of innovative technologies includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions
  • Strong new choice for midsize truck fans: Ranger brings American truck lovers an all-new choice; production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as the U.S. industry sees continued growth in midsize pickups

Ford today reveals the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from America’s truck sales leader – one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. sales are up 83 percent since 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers seek more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

The 2019 Ford Ranger answers the call with an all-new midsize pickup featuring a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North American truck customers. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.”

Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.

Built Ford Tough

Built Ford Tough is engineered in Ranger’s DNA – from its high-strength steel frame backbone to its frame-mounted steel front and rear bumpers. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture testing as the legendary F-150 goes through.

Even its design is tough. Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.

From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.

Ranger’s twin-power dome hood houses its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine designed for efficiency and capability thanks to direct fuel injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and 16-valve design. For added durability, the engine features a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” said Thai-Tang. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”

Adventure-ready

Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.

Ranger prioritizes ground clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging.

To give customers a great all-terrain driving experience, Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package features an innovative Terrain Management System similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. It includes four distinct drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to tailor traction, driveability and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

The FX4 Off-Road Package introduces Ford’s all-new Trail Control technology. Like cruise control for the highway but designed for low-speed, rugged terrain, Trail Control takes over acceleration and braking – sending power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the course.

Power is distributed through Dana® AdvanTEK® independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low.

Innovative technology

Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Available SYNC® 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.

Additional features include optional LED headlamps and taillamps. Optional exterior lighting includes puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed, while Ford’s available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.

Photo, video and text Credit: Ford Media

 

It’s time to get real on how bad I behaved over the holidays or for that matter how my healthy lifestyle went downhill ever since my wife and I went on our honeymoon in September. The last 4 months of 2017 were filled with a lot of traveling and not making the healthiest food choices. Consequently being an explorer and eating traditional foods from the places I visited caused me to eat outside my normal habits/hours and that made me accumulate close to 15 extra pounds. The muscle mass I had worked so hard to obtain in 2017 was lost.

For the past 2 weeks I have made a big progress at re-integrating myself into my old healthy habits, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. To help me at getting back on the groove of things and to make sure that I am fueling my body the appropriate protein that it needs and I could not think of a better snack than Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt to implement in my lifestyle.

Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt is a combination of smooth Greek nonfat yogurt with tasty toppings to give it that extra deliciousness. It is packed with the protein your body needs and it also has fiber, but no artificial sweeteners. Its nutrients will help you get going after a workout or simply keep the appetite at bay when hunger hits.

Each container of Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt contains 17g of protein and 6g of fiber. Most have 18-25 grams of carbohydrates – so not bad at all. There are many options in which you can incorporate Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt such as a post-workout snack, an afternoon pick-me-up, a healthy breakfast, best option for people on-the-go like me.

I wanted to share 4 important ideas that I will continue to do this year to reach my healthy lifestyle that I had prior to going on my honeymoon.

  1. High-circuit interval training: Break a good sweat 6 days a week and only take 1 day of resting to repair my muscles.
  2. Timed nutrition: Eat smart and eat during key times so that I achieve the physique that I want to have by 2019. Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt will share help me achieve this goal.
  3. Listen to more audio books and podcasts: Engage in at least 2 hours daily of “mind nutrition”.
  4. Good sleep: Get adequate sleep to perform all of my daily activities at optimum level.

This snack has perfectly fit into my lifestyle and you can see how great it fits into my lunchbox that I take with me when I have client meetings throughout my day:

These protein-packed snacks can be found at your local Walmart in the Dairy section – very convenient for you to find. Use Oikos Protein Crunch Ibota offering for a great deal on your next purchase.

Will you be adding Oikos Protein Crunch Yogurt to your healthy lifestyle? I want to hear your thoughts?

  • Following Ford’s best-ever U.S. SUV sales in 2017, Ford further steps up the game by introducing first performance-enhanced ST to its SUV lineup with the all-new Edge ST
  • Edge ST features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, standard all-wheel-drive, and the most powerful V6 engine in its class
  • New Edge SUV lineup is Ford’s smartest ever, offering more standard driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV and introducing to the segment new available technologies such as Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering

Ford begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the unveiling of the all-new Edge ST today, building on its best-ever SUV sales year in the U.S.

The all-new Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team – features the most powerful V6 engine available in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost®engine pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

It’s also outfitted for dynamic handling with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension.

“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

A new Sport Mode allows Edge ST drivers to experience more aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns that hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking, and a more resonant exhaust tone. Drivers can also manually shift using the steering wheel-mounted SelectShift®paddle shifters while firmly positioned in unique Edge ST seating with additional bolstering.

To complement its performance abilities, Edge ST features new front and rear styling, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets. Unique 21-inch wheels are available and interior design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates provide a subtle reminder that this five-passenger SUV is something special.

Smart Vehicle for a Smart World

The new Edge – including all-new Edge ST – is Ford’s smartest SUV ever, and every model comes standard with more driver-assist technology than any other midsize SUV. This includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. In addition, standard safety features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, and 911 Assist®.

For 2019, Edge introduces the following first-for-Ford and first-in-segment features as either standard or available equipment:

  • Post-Collision Braking: Helps reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected; slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and damage to the vehicle
  • Evasive Steering Assist: Helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Designed to operate at city and highway speeds, it uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and provides steering support to enable drivers to maneuver around a vehicle if a collision is imminent
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering: Helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and helps reduce stress during long, light-traffic road trips by helping keep the vehicle centered in its lane

“Edge drivers expect a sophisticated, modern driving experience,” said Cristina Aquino, Edge marketing manager. “Bringing a host of new technologies as standard and introducing these segment-first features helps ensure customers feel more confident behind the wheel.”

Dual-stage airbags, side-curtain airbags, rain-sensing wipers, rear view camera and an innovative active glove box knee airbag are also standard, while front and rear ultrasonic sensors, 180-degree front and rear cameras and Enhanced Active Park Assist are offered as available equipment.

Technology for a Connected World

Inside, drivers will find an available wireless charging pad nestled in the forward media bin, and they can opt for an upgraded audio experience, HD Radio and a 12-speaker B&O PLAY Premium Audio System by HARMAN specially tuned for Edge.

Standard on all Edge models is FordPass® Connect, with a Wi-Fi hotspot that gives internet access to up to 10 devices. Using the FordPass app, drivers can also use their smartphone to start, lock, unlock and locate their Edge.

SYNC® with AppLink™, an enhanced voice-recognition communications and entertainment system, is also standard. This system supports the new Ford+Alexa app, giving users access to their favorite media content, daily appointments, smart home controls, and the ability to search for nearby points of interest and even shop for everyday items, all from the road. Drivers can also upgrade to SYNC 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen for enhanced in-vehicle experience.

A powerfully sophisticated ride

The new Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that offers a 5 horsepower increase and improved fuel economy over the outgoing model.

It is mated to a newly designed 8-speed transmission with Auto Start-Stop technology that efficiently turns the engine off when the vehicle is stopped and idling, then seamlessly restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released.

Inside, a redesigned center console is accentuated by an all-new rotary gearshift dial that frees up space, allows easier access to the wireless charging pad and enhances the vehicle’s modern, sophisticated feel.

With a wider grille and freshened fascia that create an athletic, modern appearance, the new Edge maintains the reputation for sophistication it’s carried for more than a decade. Full LED headlamps are standard, LED fog lamps and signature lighting are available and a redesigned hood imparts a wider, more planted stance.

Built at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, the new Ford Edge and all-new Edge ST are due to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Photo, video and text Credit: Ford Media

 

We’ve entered a brand new year and you should see it as opening the first page to a book you’re about to start writing — yeah as cliché as it may sound, but it is very true. You are the designer and operator of what you’ll get done this year. You may have had your faults in 2017 or in past years, but you’re starting from a clean slate.

Make 2018 count with all of your fitness goals by writing them down and keeping them in a place where you can see them daily – like some of you I am a visual learner and having my goals in a place where I can easily see them has helped me achieve resolutions.

Throughout the years as a fitness blogger I’ve found that it is extremely important to have a support group who you can relate to and have goals in common with so that would be my first recommendation before any other hack I can offer. It is imperative that you have a support group by your side or virtually because these are the people who will pick you up when you do not want to continue with your healthy lifestyle that you’ve planned for yourself.

Another key item that I wanted to mention in order for you to see results is that you must have a protein shake or intake that will go well with your busy lifestyle. That is why I want to recommend to you 1Shot Protein because it will certainly support your New Years healthy resolutions. The best part is that it will not create any mess when you are preparing and there’s absolutely nothing you must worry about cleaning.

1Shot Protein will give you 24 grams of protein after your workout. In addition it counts with only 96 calories, 0g of sugar, 0g fat and it’s gultten and lactose free. As you can see from my experience already using it’s packaged in a conventional bottle that can easily fit in your gym bag or even in your pockets or running jacket (if you are a runner like myself).

As previously mentioned 1Shot Protein is great for those who have an on-the-go lifestyle and are always busy. 1Shot Protein also does NOT require refrigeration. And the best part that you’ll want to know about is that it’s TASTY! You’ll be able to find them in four flavors: coffee, tropical, strawberry and mixed berry (my favorite).

Where do you find 1Shot Protein? You can order 1Shot Protein on Amazon and don’t forget to use this link and use the coupon code 2018GOALS at checkout to receive 15% off!

Aside from the support group and the fact that you need to write down your fitness goals on paper or on a vision board and drinking 1Shot Protein in 2018 there are other hacks that I want to share with all of you that have worked with me in the past.

  • Drink water – it has countless benefits. Don’t over analyze this and do it.
  • Eat Better and Meal Prep – You’ll be fully replenished and your finances will NOT suffer.
  • Reward Yourself – It’s important to do so even if they are small steps and enjoy the process.

What plan do you have in mind to stick to your healthy New Year’s Resolutions? What 1Shot Protein flavor will you be ordering to incorporate into your fitness regimen?

 

 

There’s absolutely nothing that my wife and I want more from our home than having it be a place that makes us and our guests feel secure, happy and at peace at all times. We want our home to be able to provide security even when were traveling since we are always on the go. As full-time lifestyle entrepreneurs and bloggers we are constantly on the road on our own or as a couple and while away together we would always wonder how things back home were doing. Now the worry has ended while were away thanks to using smart home technology such as Ooma Home Security.

My wife and I purchased our newly constructed home less than 2 years ago (feels like yesterday) through a lot of hard work and a tedious escrow process so now we simply want to enjoy our home and every valuable item that is in it. We always want to have peace of mind of our belongings being safe and the Ooma Home Security provides that and so much more.

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Nowadays even if anyone lives in a safe and quiet neighborhood that doesn’t mean your home will be safe because anyone is prone to getting their home broken into and vandalized, but when you have an Ooma Home Security solution in place the worry is not heightened and of course you feel more protected.

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It is true that we all enjoy smart technology and we always want to feel connected to things and in this case my wife and I will no longer feel detachment from our home when we are away. The greatest thing about Ooma Home Security is, aside from it being very easy to install, it also detects and monitors movement and when it does it will immediately send a notification to your phone via the Ooma mobile app when there’s a perceived threat. We all want this kind of advanced technology in our lives right? This makes our life 10x easier. When there’s a threat in our home Ooma Home Security can even send the police to us should we need additional support!

So it does not matter if you are vacationing or sleeping in the comfort of your own home the Ooma Home Security will give you protection 24/7 and when police are prompted to give us assistance the system automatically shares our home address with emergency responders.

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With Ooma Home Security our lives are made easier and less hectic. Using this technology is not complicated and it is for everyone. The Ooma Home Security starter pack is a great way to get started as it includes the Ooma Telo base station, motion detector (which can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on a wall), and two door or a window sensors.

You’ll want to know that in addition to making homes more secure, Ooma is an award-winning home/phone service for today’s contemporary houses. Ooma will use Internet service to provide crystal clear and high quality nationwide calling for free and all you’ll end up paying for are the monthly applicable taxes and fees.

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Now, many of you may be hesitant to get started on yet another technological gadget for your home because of the installation process, but let me tell you that it is unbelievably simple to install (not complicated at all). You’ll have it up and running within minutes. Plus, it doesn’t require hard-wiring or electrical knowledge at all. Wireless installation of the sensors can be installed with double-sided tape or screws.

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In the near future Ooma will be introducing integrated video camera and additional sensors. Plus, I also wanted to add that there’s an additional water sensor that is also available from Ooma.

Jump on this great opportunity and learn how Ooma Home Security can help you keep your home secure at all times. Don’t miss out!

 

Often times as men we get confused or don’t know what to give as gifts to the special woman in our lives in appreciation of everything they mean and for the extensive qualities they posses. We men are not so great creative thinkers either and we tend to make things harder than they should be – that is why this holiday season I’m bringing you a perfect gift idea.

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A short story that I want to share here because it is relevant is how before I proposed to my wife I had two of my best friends come along with me to help me choose the engagement ring. I had no idea what to look for and the things I should have been considering to make a valuable purchase.

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They were a huge help during the search for the perfect “diamond ring” because they had both been through the process already and I would have been completely lost without their guidance and tips.

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It’s a fact that friends and family will not always be there along the way to support us when shopping for special occasions when you need another set of eyes, but I want to introduce to you The Forevermark Personal Shopper. You’ll be able to interact with a Chatbot experience and have someone help you find the perfect jewelry gift to celebrate the special woman in your life in as easy as a few simple steps. No coupons or giveaways.

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The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection symbolises the unique and brilliant woman wearing it. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than my wife to wear these jewelry pieces because it would pay tribute to her unique qualities and breadth of unique personality. She’s the most incredible, selfless, intelligent, loving, passionate, and fearless human being I’ve met.   

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The collection is the perfect gift for someone special to celebrate a milestone, memorable occasion, or just because. In my case I will be using The Forevermark Personal Shopper to help with suggestions on possible Christmas gift ideas.

Every The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection inscribed diamond comes with a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. This promise is symbolized by the unique inscription at its heart.

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In addition, The Forevermark Tribute™  Collection encourages you to create your own Tribute content. To do so, you’ll need to utilize both #TributeToYou and #Forevermark when uploading a tribute to a loved one or yourself on Instagram or Twitter, celebrating the individual’s special qualities. This will give you the chance to be featured on the Tribute Wall. It’s important to note that you cannot use the hashtags individually and they must be used together.


To learn more about The Forevermark Tribute™ Collection click here. (insert my unique link)

 

There are two things I really enjoy in life and that is cheese and Halloween! My birthday is two days before Halloween, so you can imagine that growing up my mother always organized costume parties for my friends and me.

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When I heard all about the Mini Babybel® cheese being introduced this year with a Halloween twist I thought it was the coolest idea for children and us adults too, why not? So, the Mini Babybel® come in seasonal holiday wraps that you can give out on Halloween day to all those little monsters “trick-o-treating”. Plus you’ll feel great about giving out healthy options because children do need that — instead of candy.

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As an adult I got to bring out the inner child as I decorated the Mini Babybel® cheeses with my friend’s 2-year-old daughter, who we had over for dinner a couple of nights ago as my wife and I decorated the house for the spooky holiday! The Mini Babybel® cheese is perfect for doing some fun activities with the lil’ munchkins because it makes them get creative. This is great because we want to children that think about new ideas, are innovative and think outside the box.

The best part is that children get to decorate the cheeses and if they’d like they can eat them too since they are a healthy snack that is 100% real cheese. Plus, it’s a good source of calcium and protein, which is delivered in each little cheese. They are super easy to unwrap too.

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Since I am still not a dad I feel that this Mini Babybel® cheese experience gave me a solid practice for fatherhood and a different activity that I can do with my little one when it arrives (for the record my wife and I are not pregnant). Lol

By now you are probably wondering where can I purchase the Mini Babybel® cheeses? At your local Target store you’ll be able to find them. You can take advantage of the excellent prices of Mini Babybel® at the store during all of October and make your own creations. You might not have enough with one bag though for this holiday season, so I recommend you buy extra to even give away.

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Want to see the spooky faces my lil’ friend and I created and how much she enjoyed decorating the Mini Babybel cheese?  Take a look at the video below:

What would you make out of your Mini Babybel®?

I hope you make better Halloween snack options for children this year because I have presented you with an excellent idea on how you can make a difference in a child’s health.

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Thank you Mini Babybel ® for sponsoring this post and allowing me to bring out my inner child to play.

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Tecate. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #CollectiveBias #TecateBornBold #Tecatepartner

I always look forward to watching boxing matches because as someone who was born in Mexico this is a sport that is deeply rooted into our culture – just like soccer is. But you cannot compare the two because they are extremely different yet highly competitive. I do recall when I was younger how my parents, uncles and neighbors would get together at a friend’s house to watch a good boxing match getting streamed on TV. There was always one main ingredient at the table and that was Tecate beer. I remember how they would enjoy every single drink as if it was the last drop they’d be having.

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Not all light beers are born equal because this one is born BOLD. It is as bold as the boxing sport where only the strong end up winning the match. Now that I am older and whenever I decide to have friends over for a boxing match at my place I always like to offer them a low calorie beer with full flavor. With all the fall holidays and festivities (my birthday in October) this is one of the beers that is always present in my home.

Even when I drink I like to be cognizant of my healthy lifestyle and will always aim to drink a beer that is a full flavored light beer. I do not like to throw everything that I’ve accomplished with my transformation physical journey so Tecate is the right choice for me. It is a beer that can easily be paired with any food such as munching on some chips while your guests arrive or even something heartier as a bean chili bowl.

 

Nowadays one of my favorite boxers out there is Canelo Alvarez. Not only because he’s great at what he does and has worked real hard to be where he’s positioned himself, but also because I’ve had the honor of interviewing him in the past, back in 2009 at an event when he was not as big as he is today. I would say that it was the beginning of his career. I am happy to see where life has taken him.IMG_0493This upcoming Saturday, September 16th 2017 on Mexican Independence Day is the WBA (World Boxing Association) Middleweight Championship at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Current WBC Middleweight Champion Canelo Alvarez will be contending undefeated Gennady Golovkin (GGG) to win the title of WBA Middleweight Champion in this highly anticipated fight.

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You already know who I will be rooting for along with my friends that I will invite over for a pool party as we watch the fight. Who are you rooting for on September 16? I know for a fact Tecate and who else?

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Tecate will be our special guest because we would not celebrate Mexican Independence Day without this bold beer.

We recently had two trips back to back in July. First it was to New Orleans and then Carmen and I made it out to New York for the Tony Robbins “Unleash The Power Within” Conference. If you don’t know about Tony Robbins you’re really missing out and you ought to know about him. He’s one of the most renowned motivational speakers worldwide and he will make you unleash yourself to experience life to your highest potential. I could not think of another better airline than United to allow us to get to our destination, especially after the VIP treatment we had received with them the week prior.

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This time we did not get to experience the Global Services Program check-in or the United Club, but there are other cool amenities that I did want to mention about United during our flight. It makes a huge difference on your traveling experience to have airline personnel that is helpful, respectful and pays extra attention to detail and that is exactly how Carmen and I have felt with United. As you many of you know United is one of America’s main airline and you’ll find flights just about everywhere nowadays through them. The great thing about them is that in many airports United has their very own terminal and passengers that have their United Club membership can reap all of their great benefits with extra commodity.

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To start I want to mention United’s Premium Transcontinental Service, which offers many of the same amenities found on international routes such as flat-bed seats and enhanced food. Routes now feature an industry-leading complimentary hot meal and alcoholic beverages for customers seated in Economy Plus. I love this new enhancement that United has introduced because that particular day Carmen and I had completely forgotten to have dinner with all the running around and packing, but we are glad United had us covered. Dinner on board was delicious and even the dessert. Yummy!

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One thing I love about United aircrafts is how spacious they are and how you can easily rest while on board. We slept all through the night and almost at a blink of an eye we had landed in Newark Liberty International Airport. We found out that this is one of United’s main hubs and I was not surprised since it is central to different destinations. When we got off the plane we had a United employee waiting and guided us through the airport at 6 AM making sure that we would arrive safely to our next destination, which was our hotel in Elizabeth, NJ. She even gave us recommendations of things to do in city and places we should check out.

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Everything at the United terminal at EWR was organized, in place and non-chaotic. That is a plus because usually at JFK everything is usually hard to find and it’s always so busy. We were able to get to our hotel without any delays.

 

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Immediately after our check-in we made it out to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ to participate in Tony Robbin’s 4-day conference. Robbin’s is amazing at getting a crowd hyped and he will make anyone get up from their seats to simply start living the life you’ve always dreamed of. We left the conference feeling inspired, motivated and ready to take action to further our careers and crushing some big goals. At the conference we were also able to get rid of so many limiting beliefs and once and for all let go of fear completely.

 

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During our trip it was not all about being at the conference because Carmen and I did have an opportunity to go out to Manhattan a couple of days and explore this city that we both love.

Traveling from Newark to Manhattan was super easy on the train. We were dropped off in the middle of all the action Penn Station, which is a walking distance from Times Square. After hanging out in Times Square we would make it out to Greenwich Village and SoHo. This was our first time in this particular area and both of us loved it there. SoHo seems like a very hipster area with a lot of shops and restaurants. We ate at ATLA, which I highly recommend. It’s gourmet Mexican food. From there we walked around Washington Square Park. It’s a park that is small yet perfect for families and pets to enjoy.

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We also ate at another Mexican restaurant that was recommended to us called Fonda Nolita Tacombi and it reminded me of my Mexican culture so much for the way their food was served and even the “tacombi” or small wagon inside the restaurant. I really enjoyed the street and comfortable vibes here. This definitely was a place that I would not mind going back to. Their tacos were delicious.

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From Fonda Nolita Tacombi we made our way to EWR and it was such a quick and easy ride on the metro from Penn Station. It was a fast 30 minute train ride.

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We checked-in our luggages and we made our way to our gate at the United terminal. By now it was dinner time and guess what? We were hungry! So we came across one of the many cool restaurants in this terminal called DAILY.

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You’ll want to know that United Airlines, along with airport restaurant group OTG, has already invested $120 million into transforming its Terminal C into a dream world airport-dining experience. The area is so futuristic and especially in how you place your order, which is through an i-Pad. In addition, their food is fresh and healthy. DAILY has all entrées that make it “farm to terminal”, which is how they describe their food experience. Like other seasonal restaurants, the daily menu will be determined based on the produce, meat, and fish that are in season at nearby farmers markets.

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If you ever find yourself at EWR United Terminal don’t forget to stop at DAILY where you’ll be able to eat healthy and delicious food.

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United sponsored our roundtrip experience to New York, but all opinions expressed in the post are my very own.

Travel has become a very important theme for my blog within the last 18 months. I have racked up on those air miles real quick. When I travel I try to not visit the same city twice because I feel that there’s so many new places I need to explore. Such was the case on my most recent trip to New Orleans or NOLA because I had never visited so I took this as an opportunity to do some serious discovering.

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If you’ve been following my wife Carmen and I for some time you should know that we are fitness fanatics. We’ve been named by various publications as the Los Angeles #FitCouple or in Spanish “Pareja Saludable de Los Angeles”. We do not take that title lightly and every year we go on a different trip to a new city to become more equipped and knowledgeable on what we do, which is to help people live healthier. Every year we participate in a summit that prepares us with new tools and resources to help people reach their physical, mental and even emotional transformational goals. While this annual summit is used as a platform to grow and develop our businesses it is also an event where thousands of health activists come together to celebrate their success and are recognized.

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Since this was an exclusive trip to celebrate success we could not think of a better airline that United to get us to our destination with a lot of style. They really gave us their VIP treatment and I’ll tell you how you can be a part of it too. Before we partnered up with United we had briefly heard about their Global Service Program (GSP), but not to the extent for which we experienced it on our way to NOLA. For those that are not familiar with GSP it is an invitation-only and the most exclusive service by United. It takes some serious spending to qualify; according to one of the team members from the United Club, that means at least $50,000 in a calendar year to be considered for Global Services.

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As a matter of fact we learned that the GSP/United Club recently opened its doors in December for its members, a $573 million project to refresh spaces in Terminal 7 and Concourse 8 at LAX.

We all know that traveling can be the most tedious and overwhelming experience when you visit the normal gate areas. There’s always something that goes wrong, something smells funky, people can give you attitude or simply the seats in the waiting area are very uncomfortable.

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None of the above is true when you visit the GSP reception area or United Club. You are treated like royalty as soon as you enter the desk area and all of their personnel are extremely helpful and attentive to your needs. The LAX United Club is one of United’s largest and most stylish (20,000 Sq Ft) – it even has an outdoor terrace with Los Angeles skyline in the background and you’ll catch planes taking off or landing.

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My favorite part of the United Club was by far the gourmet kitchen (complimentary snacks too) because they have very healthy options and a lot of times you won’t find this in the economy gate areas. The bar area is fully loaded and you’ll have a drink to sit back and relax at the palm of your hands. After every check-in procedure at any airport you usually find yourself short of breath and as if you’re forgetting something, but thanks to the GSP program that is not the case because they make sure you are well taken care of during your check-in process. So when you arrive to the United Club you are at so much peace. It’s unbelievable that you can feel this way at an airport, but it’s true only at the United Club. To find out how you can join the United Club check out this link.

With a United Club membership, you’ll have access to more than 45 United Club locations worldwide. You’ll also be able to visit select other partner lounges around the world, providing even more opportunities to relax between flights, wherever your travels take you.

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You’ll also want to know that Global Services members are invited to board before all other United customers, with the possible exception of military. What does this mean for some? It can be a head start to drinking on board.

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IMG_8285By far one of the moments that made me feel as I was part of a movie scene or even an A-list celebrity was when Carmen and I were transported by the Mercedes-Benz Tarmac Transfer to hop on our flight. I mention this because this is the kind of treatment a United Global Services member will receive if they have an extremely tight connection. Now this is the definition of VIP services. I will always remember that moment as one of my favorite traveling experiences.

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Before we arrived to New Orleans Carmen and I had a short layover in SFO and we were also invited by United to participate in their United Club experience there as well. It was fascinating to be able to go in there to relax, eat and re-fuel for our last leg of our travels. The United Club area here was also one of my favorites here because it was very comfortable, spacious and quiet. You can join to be a United Club member starting at $550 a month or 70,000 miles.

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So we arrived to the city of beads, beignets, jazz, Creole and soul food and Bourbon Street and as much as we explored we also learned how to move our business forward as I mentioned earlier in my post. There’s so much to do in this Southern city that it was a bit hard to know where to begin, but with my 8 highlights you’ll have a solid understanding of what you can also do when you visit.

Before I begin get mentally prepared for the humidity if you are not used to those extreme weather conditions. If you get past that you’ll be fine.

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Things you Must do in NOLA:

  1. Go on a walk to Jackson Square. The historic park is located in the French Quarter and it was named the National Historic Landmark in 1960, and today boasts some of the best local art and food you’ll find in New Orleans.
  2. Eat at Café du Monde, home of the world-famous beignets. There’s one of these famous locations that sits in the easternmost tip of Jackson Square, near the water. Their beignets are to die for and you cannot leave NOLA without having one or maybe two or three. They are small.
  3. Visit Laura’s Candies since it is the oldest candy shop in the city and it is known for its pralines – a New Orleans staple. Enjoy a sample there or buy enough to bring some home with you.
  4. Visit Johnny Sanchez for dinner you won’t regret it. Its inventive twist on Mexican eats & drinks has made the restaurant a popular place for locals and tourist. It’s an original venue with high ceilings & a tattoo-art wall. The chef is world-renowned Aaron Sanchez.
  5. Visit Bourbon Street at day and night, but don’t stay there too long and leave that for the amateurs and instead go to Frenchmen Street. Here you’ll find some of the best local entertainment playing jazz and blues bands. New Orleans is all about the music so you’re bound to have a great time anywhere you go.
  6. Have brunch at Petit Lion and go to their rooftop for one of the best views of the city. It is breathtaking up above.
  7. Visit Mardi Gras World. It is a tourist attraction where people can go in and see floats that are made for Mardi Gras parades in the city.
  8. Explore the Riverfront/Mississippi River next to the French Quarter. Walking along this river will certainly make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time.

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Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the city and take it all in because it’s rich with history and a culture that you won’t find anywhere else. The architecture is so colorful too.

 

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Thanks to my friends from United for sponsoring this roundtrip. If you’d like to become a member and travel with a lot more relaxation and to have moments like the ones we had before arriving to NOLA check out their United Club program.

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Please note that this was a compensated campaign, but all opinions are my very own.

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