Mazda CX-5 review #DriveMazda

This adventure was made possible through my blogging partnership with the awesome people at DriveShop and Mazda, who provided me with a vehicle to test drive at the end of January. You can follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DriveMazda.

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I spent a whole week with this gorgeous SUV back in January, and I must say, this ride was a head turner! Between the bright and shiny soul red paint job, to the 19-inch alloy wheels, this Mazda CX-5 really made a grand impression at first glance. But it didn’t stop there- the inside is a show stopper as well. This option came loaded with gorgeous black leather seats, and a crisp and clean dashboard that was not only beautiful, but easy to navigate. 




I loved the rear back-up camera, the HUGE rear cargo storage area, which included an super easy way to fold down the rear seats- just a pull of a lever!- (which I have pictured below), the Bose premium audio system, crystal clear LED lighting system, and the gorgeous view from the moonroof/sunroof. I also loved how there was plenty of space to eat my freshly purchased Plant City strawberries after a mini road trip up to Plant City for some shopping 😉




The Mazda CX-5 is great on gas mileage, getting 35 highway MPG with the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G-powered engine, and 33 highway MPG with the 2.5L. 

In addition, the 2016 Mazda CX-5 was named a 2016 Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support. There are some amazing safety features, but my favorite would have to be the blind spot monitoring control and rear view back-up camera. It’s a great feeling to know that I those added safety features right at my finger tips. 


Some additional features of the 2016 Mazda CX-5
Engine/Mechanical Features

  • SKYACTIV-G 2.5L Engine
  • SKYACTIV-Drive 6SPD Sport Mode AT
  • 184 Horsepower; 185 LB-FT Torque
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Electric Power Assisted Steering
  • Independent Front/Rear Suspension
  • Front & Rear Stabilizer Bars

Exterior Features

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • P225/55 R19 All-Season Tires
  • Variable Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Fixed-Intermittent Rear Wiper
  • Heated Power Mirrors w/ Turn Lamps
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Auto-On/Off Halogen Headlights
  • Fog Lamps/Daytime Running Lights
  • Roof Spoiler & Shark Fin Antenna
  • Power Moonroof

Interior Features

  • 5-Passenger Seating
  • Tilt & Telescopic Steering Column
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ Audio/Cruise/Bluetooth Controls
  • Power Automatic Door Locks
  • Power Windows w/ Driver One-Touch
  • Leather Trimmed Sport Seats
  • 8-Way Power Driver’s Seat
  • Driver Power Lumbar Support
  • Manual Passenger Seat Lifter
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Mid w/ Trip Computer
  • Advanced Keyless Entry System
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Push Button Engine Start
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control
  • HD Radio/Aux Jack/2 USB Input
  • Bluetooth Hands Free Phone/Audio
  • 7″ Color Touch-Screen Display
  • Multi-Function Commander Control
  • Rearview Camera
  • Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Center Armrest w/ Covered Storage
  • 40/20/40 Split Fold-Down RR Seat
  • Rear Seat Center Armrest
  • Carpeted Floor Mats

Safety and Security Features

  • 60MO/60K MI Powertrain & 36MO/36K MI Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
  • 5-Passenger 3-Point Safety Belts
  • Latch Child Safety Seat Anchors
  • Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • SKYACTIV Body-Ring Structure
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS with EBD & Brake Assist)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Advanced Dual Front Airbags
  • Front Side-Impact Air Bags
  • Front & Rear Side Air Curtains

If you’re looking for a comfortable SUV that is PERFECT for families, or individuals wanting a bit more space in their vehicles, check out the Mazda CX-5! It’s super affordable starting out at around $22k,! 

Have you driven the Mazda CX-5? What did you think?


#GetUrGreenOn with organicgirl!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post through a partnership with organicgirl and the Tampa Bay Bloggers to promote the #GetUrGreenOn campaign. I received compensation in the form of free products for this post. All opinions are my own.

We’re officially 1 month into the new year!

How are you doing with your goals for 2016? Getting through the first month can be a challenge. Life can sometimes get in the way, and the excitement you once had on January 1st can sometimes be replaced with the responsibilities of normal life. Well, if your goal for 2016 was to eat cleaner or add more fresh ingredients into your meals, I’ve got some GREAT news for you! 

A group of Tampa Bay Bloggers has partnered with organicgirl greens to bring YOU some amazing opportunities to Get your Green back on!


So who is organicgirl? You may have seen these products out and about at your local markets like Publix, Greenwise markets and Whole Foods. If you live on MacDill Airforce Base in South Tampa, you can even find them at the Commissary on base! Organicgirl is a small group of women and men in California’s fertile Salinas Valley who want to offer the best organic produce ever offered. Their products are organic packaged in 100% recycled plastic containers, and shipped to stores as fast as possible to ensure freshness. They truly listen to feedback from their customers and strive to bring the best original products their customers. 

For the next few weeks we will be sharing our reviews on many of the products organicgirl has to offer, along with our own creative recipes using their delicious greens and dressings, and GIVEAWAYS for YOU to be able to try the products in your own kitchen! What better way to jump back on those 2016 health and wellness goals! 

Not only will we be sharing all of this on our blogs, but there will also be some opportunities for YOU to interact with organicgirl LIVE and win free products!!!!

FIRST, we are giving you an opportunity to attend a LIVE tasting Tweetup on March 15 from 5-8pm at Datz where a panel of judges will vote on the BEST Tampa Bay Bloggers organicgirl #GetUrGreenOn recipe. The winning recipe creator will receive a year supply of organicgirl greens plus $100!

If you’d like a chance to be on the judging panel, click here to enter! 


SECOND, prior to the event at Datz, we’ll be having another Tweetup at noon (est.) where we will be chatting all about organicgirl and our recipes! If you participate, you will have a chance to win organicgirl products! Make sure to follow the TampaBayBloggers and Organicgirl on Twitter and follow the hashtags #TampaBayTuesday and #GetUrGreenOn to join in on the conversation! While you’re at it- don’t forget to show us some Instagram love! @IloveOranicgirl @TBBloggers 

THIRD, would you like to win some greens and dressings to try? Well, you’re in luck because I’m giving away a chance to win a supply of organicgirl greens and dressings for you to try at home! Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win! I will choose a winner next Sunday, (Valentine’s Day!). 

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Stay tuned for a follow-up post sharing my recipe using organicgirl products and follow the other Tampa Bay Bloggers who are getting their GREEN on too! 

Tracy, from Having Fun Saving Money

Calley, from The Eco Chic

Megan, from I Run for Wine

Alexandria, from Al2getherFit 

Tabitha, from Fresh Mommy Blog

Katie, from Ruffles and Truffles

Nichole, from CasadeCrews

Christina, from The Blissful Balance

Denise, from RunDMT


Valspar Championship Par4miler race!

Disclosure: I have partnered with the Valspar Championship presented by BB&T to help promote this week-long event. I have receive compensation in the form of free race entry in exchange for a blog post and social media representation. All opinions are my own. 

The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T at Innisbrook is BACK! This year the event is being held from March 7-13th and there is a new event to help kick off a week full of amazing events: the Par4miler race! 

The Par4Miler at the Valspar Championship will be held on Sunday, March 6th at 4pm. It is a four mile timed run on the roads of Innisbrook and the turf of the Copperhead tournament course! Runners and walkers will finish at the 18th Greenand and there will be a fantastic Post-Race Party in the Hospitality Suites! The Par4Miler at the Valspar Championship is a unique event to engage the Tampa area running community and help raise funds for various charities! I’ll be there ready to represent #TeamJudy through all four miles! timthumb

Runners and walkers of all skill levels to experience a “backstage look” at the tournament prep as they run or walk along the 4 mile route through the Copperhead Tournament Course. Participants will run through the famous Snake Pit and finish on the stadium-like 18th Green the night before the tournament gets underway!

Each participant will receive:

A FREE TICKET to The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T
FREE PAINT: Every Runner will receive a certificate for a free gallon of Valspar Premium Interior paint courtesy of Valspar — a $31 value!
POST-RACE PARTY at the 18th Green with awesome food and drinks!
FREE PICTURES You will get 3-4 pictures from various points on the course and at the 18th hole Finish Line!
AWESOME T-SHIRT (in Your Choice of six Colors!!!)
a beautiful 3-inch FINISHER’S MEDAL


Important dates:
Friday March 4th
Offsite Packet Pick-Up
2-6 pm

Saturday March 5th
Onsite Packet Pick-Up
12-5 pm

Sunday March 6th
2 pm Packet Pick-Up
4 pm Race Start
4:30-7 pm Post-Race Party on 18th Green

Would you like to WIN an entry to this event? Follow me on Instagram for Giveaway details! @Orangespoken 

Registration is limited to 1700 runners so sign up early and I hope to see you there!


10 ways to get the most out of your #Orangetheory workout

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I a registered dietitian, nutritionist or personal trainer. I am sharing my own workout experience which is unique, and may not reflect the experiences of others. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for them. Before considering any workout routine or lifestyle change, please consult your physician.

It’s no secret that I love Orangetheory Fitness. I’ve been a member for 3 years and love the motivation, inspiration and strength that has entered my life since joining. 

Orangetheory is unlike any workout out there. It’s fun, challenging, builds confidence and is the perfect way to support a healthy lifestyle. Not only do I get an awesome heart-pumping, fat-burning and muscle-building workout with every session, but I also receive amazing support from the coaches, camaraderie from other members, nutritional support through multiple weight-loss challenges they host throughout the year, and the ability to meet (and smash!) personal goals during special event challenges such as Peak Performance, Hell Week and the OTF Marathon challenge. All of these characteristics make OTF is so much more than just “joining a gym.” And over the past 3 years I’ve learned some things that have helped me make the most out of each visit to OTF. If you’re a current member, or are thinking about joining, these tips will help you successfully continue or begin your journey!

1- Book your workouts at least a week in advanced. OTF allows you to schedule your sessions through the Web or from your phone using their app. Booking in advanced allows you to write down your scheduled sessions in your planner or save them to your phone’s calendar. This helps with accountability, especially when you treat your classes like important appointments that you wouldn’t miss. It also gives you a chance to build a routine through the consistency and commitment you create when you book in advanced. 

2- Dress comfortably. Wear proper fitting, breathable, comfortable clothing. If your pants are falling down, or riding up, you’re going to be distracted. Invest in some pieces that will ensure your time spent is working out, not adjusting. 

3- Arrive to classes on time. Set those reminder alarms and make sure you get to class on time- or even a bit early! This gives you a change to relax a bit, get your mind in ready for your workout, and hear important announcements from the coaches prior to the start of the class. 

4- Clear your mind. Leave all of life’s stresses, feelings of insecurity or embarrassment, and worries at the door. OTF is your safe place. It’s a time to escape all of that negativity and reset your day. Leave all of your problems and life’s distractions at the door and just focus on spending 60 minutes on yourself. Your mind is worth it! (That means locking your phone away in a locker in the waiting area too!). 

5-  Hydrate! Make sure that you have been keeping up with your water intake prior to working out. Nothing ruins a workout like dizziness or dehydration (been there!). Make sure to bring water to your session as well. If you forget your bottle, they have a water fountain in the workout room and they also sell bottles at the front desk, so you’re covered! 

6- Bring a friend (or make a friend in class)! One of the greatest things that has helped me stay motivated has been surrounding myself with like-minded people. I have friends that I work out with in person, virtual accountability partners and other people that I connect with through social media who are all amazing partners! Building a healthy tribe can truly help you make choices that will help you reach your goals. 

7- No comparisons. The comparison game is a destructive one. You may not be the “fittest” or “fastest” in the room, but it doesn’t matter. You’re there, your’e sweating, you’re moving and doing something good for your body, just like everyone else who’s in there with you. Remember that everyone is on their own journey. If you need a modification, ask your coach for one. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. This is your personal journey. Clear your mind, and focus on your goals and your progress! Be proud on what YOU are doing! 10522096_10152648660447474_4427446602469893934_n

8- Listen to and trust your coach. They are the experts and will help to make sure your workout is effective and safe. When they correct your form, make sure to follow their lead. When they provide you with feedback, listen to it. The encouragement, support and guidance the coaches at OTF give you will be the key to your success and safety.

9- Challenge yourself. With each workout, work towards being better and stronger than who you were in the past. Always believe that you can push yourself, even if it’s just a tiny bit more than the day before. Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits! Set small goals for yourself- like adding .1 to your push pace on the treadmill. Small goals lead to big changes over time! 

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

(From the Westchase OTF Facebook page)

10- Back up your hard work in the kitchen. Eat as many clean, fresh, homemade ingredients as you can. Don’t reverse the hard work you put in at OTF by fueling your body with foods that will set you back. Healthy eating CAN be delicious!

What are YOUR tips for getting the most out of your #Orangetheory workout? Do share!

And If you live in the Tampa Bay Area and would like to try an OTF as my guest, let me know! It truly is the greatest investment you can spend on yourself and I would be happy to workout with you for your first time!



Roasted beets and green beans with lemon

I didn’t used to like beets.
As a child the only exposure I had to beets were the bright red, floppy, mushy discs in salad bars and the Piccadilly cafeteria line. 
I could never bring myself to try them, even when my Abuelita begged me to.
“They’re good for your eyesight!” she’d exclaim. “They have lots of iron!” she’d proclaim.
But they never, ever appeared appetizing to me.

Then, one day, I ate them roasted.
And they were DELICIOUS. Caramelized, sweet, tender. 
Beets make my heart beet.

While I was at the farmer’s market today, I noted fresh beets were on sale. And not just any beets- golden and candy cane beets! So of course I had to have some beets.

Because I love beets with every beet of my heart.
This recipe can’t be beet. 
The roasting and lemon really pump up the beets.

Ok, I’m done.


Roasted beets and green beans with lemon
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 2-3 medium sized fresh beets (I used golden and candy cane beets)
  2. 12-15 fresh green beans
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 tsp. sea salt
  5. 1 tsp. black pepper
  6. the juice of 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the beets.
  3. Slice the beets into 1/4-1/2 inch think slices and then quarter. Place on a roasting pan.
  4. Trim the stems off of the green beans and place on the same roasting pan.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat then make sure the beans and beans are positioned in an even layer.
  6. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, giving the pan a shake one at the half way point, or until beets are tender.
  7. Remove from the oven and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over the pan. Serve warm or cold!
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I’m excited for the start of a brand new year, and I hope you are as well!
2015 was a VERY good year. PicMonkey Collage

I truly have a lot to be thankful for, wonderful memories to keep in my pocket, and moments to be proud of. I completed my first 1/2 marathon, traveled to some beautiful places, raced in memory of my mom, spent time with friends volunteering and enjoying each other’s company, and bonded even more with my main guy. I know that 2016 will be just as awesome!  Continue reading