Friday, July 25, 2014

[Review] My Experience with the 2014 Cadillac ELR

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the privilege of test driving the 2014 Cadillac ELR for one week for review purposes. My opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 

Now, we can begin! 

When I put on a new outfit or get a new hairstyle, I feel like a brand new person. Well that's how I felt this past week when I was provided the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Cadillac ELR. Allow me to take you on a ride of different emotions that I experienced while I drove this spaceship on wheels!

When my good friends at Prestige Auto pulled up to my home with this car, I was in pure AWE! The design itself is in a class of its own. I was almost hesitant to get inside because of the futuristic look and feel. I also fell in love with the 20 inch aluminum rims, which complimented the ELR. The interior had this sleek Kona Brown with Jet black accent leather seating. The led headlamps and tail lamps are head turners especially at night! When I turned on the car for the first time, it felt like I was actually entering a spaceship. It was the kind of sound effect that makes you feel you're about to prepare for take-off. The front seating has about 16 adjustable ways so you can be comfortable while driving. And whats cool about it is the driver seat memorizes your settings so every time you enter the car it automatically remembers how you had your seat previously.

The Cadillac ELR's dashboard is interactive with an 8 inch touchscreen that controls everything from navigation to the media center. I automatically hooked up my Iphone 5s via Bluetooth so I can ride through the streets with my music. The bonus of hooking up your phone by Bluetooth is the ability to make and receive phone calls through the car's stereo system without risking an accident by using your phone while driving. There are also 3 usb ports that you can connect to. The sound system is crisp and it also has noise cancellation capabilities. Other features include a weather app, Pandora radio, GPS, Climate control, and also Energy option to see the flow of electricity through the car, which I'll talk about below. My children were scheduled for a medical procedure at Miami Childrens Hospital and I usually take the same route but this time I drove on the turnpike and I forgot which exit to get off at. So I decided to use the On-Star feature to guide me. I was amazed on how the On-Star rep sent me turn by turn directions instead of me having to type out the address on the navigation screen. Watch the video below on that experience along with pictures of the dashboard.


So are you excited already just from all the features the 2014 Cadillac ELR has? Well let me tell you about the icing on the cake. When I turned on the car, not by using a key but just a power button, it didnt feel like the Cadillac was on. I kept checking to see if I really turned it on or just powered it on. That is how quiet the system is! So when I finally figured it out, it was smooth sailing from there. Did I forget to mention that the 2014 Cadillac ELR doesnt run by gas alone but by electricity! I was excited because this was my first time operating an electrical vehicle. A full electric charge gives you about 37 miles on electricity thats stored in the battery and about 330 miles on electricity stored in the battery and developed by the generator. This is all before you're using premium gasoline. On the dashboard you can monitor the flow of electricity and you also have 4 different Modes of Transportation to choose from...Tour, Sport, Mountain and Hold modes. It took me some time to really understand how to get the most electric usage by using each mode but I eventually figured it out. I was able to charge the car using my 120-volt outlets inside my home. Since I dont have outside outlets, I parked the car a little close to my front door and plugged up with the charger that comes with the vehicle. Charging it at home takes about 12 hours which I was kind of concerned if my electric bill would be shy high next month. I totally forgot to call Florida Power and Light to see if it would affect my bill. But I did find out that there are numerous charge stations in my area. I downloaded an app called "Charge Point" and it helped me locate all the stations around town that were either fee based or free. So I charged at Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines, FL and it only took 5 hours and it was free! Driving all over Miami and Fort Lauderdale with the 2014 Cadillac ELR was exciting, especially to see the endless stares from everyone. I was stopped plenty of times by on-lookers asking me if this is the new Cadillac. Even at red lights I got TONS of compliments like "Hey I love your car"! My initial response was to say I'm only test driving it but hey, you only live once so my replies were "Thank You"! I also want to mention another cool feature which is the rain sense windshield wipers. It was pouring all last week in South Florida and to my surprise as I was driving, the windshield wipers came on. How cool is that?!

My overall experience experience with the 2014 Cadillac ELR was memorable. As a mother of 3 (which my children LOVED riding in), it made me feel like a hip and stylish mom and still feel extra safe in this vehicle. If you're looking for luxury, security, safety and performance...this is the car for you!

at Whole Foods charging up
at home charging up

at Whole Foods

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[Miami Buzz] The 4th Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival

The 4th Annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival will take place in the heart of the Overtown Business District, NW 3rd Avenue between 9th and 11th streets on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The event starts at 11am and is free and open to the public. 

Headlining the festival is R&B singer, Raheem Devaughn and live performances by KeKe Wyatt, Case, Jaguar Wright, Teedra Moses, Sebastian Mikael, Deep Fried Funk Band and Larry Dogg. The event will also include a Youth Zone presented by Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success (T.E.E.S.) incorporating and educational health and wellness-component and fun fitness activities for toddlers to teens. History Miami will curate youth arts and crafts activities related to "Urban Arts" as well as music inspired activities. 

Another highlight includes the Mavericks Tonsorial Parlor being transformed into a visual art exhibition showcasing the works of famed video director, Gil Green. Green’s “One More Jig” examines the frustrations felt by black actors relating to the negative portrayal and stereotypes in video, film and television. The art exhibit will also explore how images in pop culture form impressions on future generations

For more information visit

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines Debuts The Latest Family-Friendly Offerings

Carnival Cruise Lines has rolled out something special for families just in time for the summer. To enhance their family-friendly offerings, Carnival introduces the new Dr.Seuss Bookville family reading venue and Camp Ocean marine-themed children's program on Carnival Freedom. In addition, families can receive great deals to make their cruise more affordable.

Dr.Seuss Bookville and Camp Ocean features more than 200 new ocean inspired activities which are a part of a fleet wide rollout of new children's programming designed to build upon Carnival's position as the family cruise leader. Rates start as low as $279 per person for three- to five-day cruises and $429 for voyages of six days or longer, along with special discounts for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

[Giveaway] V.I.P. Tickets for "How To Train Your Dragon 2" Movie Screening

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is back and just in time for the summer! 

"How To Train Your Dragon 2" is the sequel to the largely popular first film. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Featuring the voices from Dijimon Hounsou, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill. 

Check out the official trailer below...

On behalf of Fox and Dreamworks Animation, we are screening the upcoming film, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" and we want you to enjoy it with your family!

Four (4) lucky winners will EACH receive four(4) VIP seating for the movie screening on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at AMC Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard. Miami, FL 33180 at 7:30 pm sharp.  

Just follow the directions below in the entry box and GOOD LUCK! 

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Visit the official movie website
Twitter: Hashtag #HTTYD2

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month at the 3rd Annual "Colors of the Caribbean"

Did you know celebrities like Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Tia and Tamera, Nicki Minaj, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Rick Fox, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Stacy Dash, Laz Alonzo and a list of others are of Caribbean Descent? Including myself, who is of Jamaican descent. 
June is officially National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, proclaimed by President Obama, and Caribbean-Americans will be celebrating all over. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Meet the Newest Addition to D'usse Cognac...D'usse XO

photo credit: D'usse 

I'm not much of a regular cognac drinker but the first time that I sampled D'usse Cognac was last summer at Vanessa James Media Mixology here in Miami, FL. Of course I was excited to try Jay-Z's newest venture and D'usse was my favorite drink for the night. We were introduced to D'usse's summer cocktails, "The Code" (my favorite)  and "El Tamarindo". I was a bit on the greedy side by having about three cups because the taste was smooth sailing and not so harsh being that it was a networking event. So you can tell that I'm excited to hear that D'usse is introducing their newest expression.

Coming to shelves this spring, D'usse XO has already made a buzz making its official debut at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Masterfully crafted in the cellars of the Chateau de Cognac – a home with a 200-year legacy of creating some of the world's finest Cognacs – D'USSE XO is a unique blend of meticulously hand-selected eaux-de-vie, aged ten years or more. D'USSE XO is an uncompromising Cognac that delivers complex flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish. Its bottle design is inspired by the liquid it contains; both classic and modern, and bearing the Cross of Lorraine – a symbol of honor, courage and perseverance used by the French resistance during World War II – a statement wherever it rests.

"Consumers are fascinated with dark spirits and care more than ever about the quality and level of craftsmanship in the brands they consume. D'USSE XO is the response to that request." says Robert Furniss-Roe, President of Bacardi North America.

D'USSE XO is an ultra-premium spirit made from the finest eaux-de-vie and is therefore available in limited quantities only. It will be seeded via exclusive introductions to trade and cultural influencers. D'USSE XO will retail for a suggested retail price of $230 for a 750mL and will be available in key cities across the country.

To learn more about D'usse, visit 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Must Have Summer Items from T.J. Maxx and Marshalls!

For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer meaning family vacations, beach days, home entertaining, and overdosing on leisure time. Of course for us in South Florida our summer's are mostly year 'round. Wherever you are, summer is a time to celebrate with friends and loved ones so why not stock up on essentials to help you have fun!

T.J. Maxx and Marshalls style expert Laura McDowell has provided a list of tips on how to kick start your summer in style this Memorial Day Weekend.

  • The Grill Master: Memorial Day commences outdoor entertaining and the time to ignite cookout creativity. Update your grill set with stainless steel, professional-quality cookware such as non-slip grip tongs, a slotted spatula and sliding skewers for kebobs. Whether you're dining al fresco or indoors, patriotic decorative trays and woven placements will bring classic American style to your table. Set up a great seating area furnished with linen-covered embroidered pillows, an all-weather ottoman, and even a rope hammock for guests outdoors to relax and ease into a summer mindset.

  • Weekend Warrior: Summer is the season for vacations and staycations, so make sure you have durable, but of course fashionable, luggage for longer trips as well as designer leather or canvas weekender totes for quick getaways. Heading away for an adventurous trip outdoors this holiday weekend? From compact kayaks, lightweight tents, and insulated sleeping bags to mini grills and gourmet foods, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have the quality merchandise you need, whether you're off to a campsite or pitching a tent in the backyard.

  • Beach Babe: If you love the sun and the sand, invest in easy-to-transition beach to bar fashion. Freshen up your closet with designer one-piece swimsuits, swim shirts, breezy cover-ups, and bold accessories. Nautical is a huge trend this season, so slip on a white pleated maxi skirt over a bright red bathing suit and add a statement necklace with wedges and you're ready for the evening. Bring along a stylish designer carryall to function as both your beach tote and evening bag.

  • Outdoor Entertainer: Whether you're throwing a casual backyard BBQ or a fancy rooftop soiree, any get-together is an opportunity to show off your hosting skills and entertaining finds. Choose a color palette and decorate your space using pops of color through European ceramic serveware pieces, a candlelit display with baroque decorative lanterns, and bold crystal barware. Add a personalized touch with on-trend chalkboard mason jars to serve as a cocktail glass and place setting. 

Hope you're ready for the summer like I am! Happy Shopping 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

#FrugalFriday Deals: Ace Hardware and Cirque Du Soleil

Here are your #FrugalFriday Deals for week ending 5/16/14...

On Saturday, May 16th and Sunday May 17th stop into Ace Hardware and purchase one gallon of Clark+ Kensington or Valspar Optimus paint in the color of your choice and get the second gallon free at any participating Ace Hardware.

No Coupon is Needed!

Free gallon must be same brand as paid brand!


The Cirque Du Soleil is on its way to Sunrise, FL at the BB&T Center, May 23 and 24th!

Regular price for tickets range from $54-$129 but you can save 30% off if you purchase your tickets through That's a savings of up to $37 per ticket.

Click HERE for the deal. 



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