2020 Kia Soul: Think Outside the Box

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

The formidable Kia Soul was born and bred on the rhythms and energy of music, so of course you can say it’s a Soul Rebel as Bob Marley poignantly chanted about. When it first hit the streets in 2009, the small, boxy ride was full of positive vibrations that made owners alike feel good about their ride while spawning joyful emotions during commutes. For 2019 the third generation derivative is showy as ever with enough flavor to satisfy a crowd full of urban hipsters. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers “WONDER PARK” Power Lunch

In honor of Paramount’s upcoming animation movie dubbed WONDER PARK, Fit Fathers has prepared the perfect power lunch if you were WONDERing what to pack your kids for an adventurous day. So, let us show you how to create lunch in a pinch!

Of course every child loves a classic bean burrito since they are filling and easy to hold and eat. Yet, we always ascertain that our recipe iterations are as healthy as possible to keep the young ones energized and alert.

The burrito features a whole grain wrap, organic black beans, brown rice, organic lettuce and tomatoes, a few onions and avocado slices. They will also want a sugar fix while running around the park so we blended a fruit smoothie to keep their clock ticking with natural sugars from a banana, blueberry, strawberry, mango and ice mix. Snacks include a trail mix for healthy fats, peanut butter crackers and one whole banana if they have room left. Water is to keep them hydrated and cool.

Check out the new trailer for Wonder Park HERE! and don’t miss it in theatres March 15. Enjoy the grub!

Wonder Park

Coming March 15, Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. One magical day, June is running through the woods to find her way home where she discovers an old rollercoaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in Wonderland, an amusement park she had created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in Wonderland before it is lost forever.

Swim, Bike, Run: Quantico Tri

The Quantico Tri features a start near Officer Candidates School with a 750 meter open water swim in the Potomac River. Athletes transition to a 20K (12.4 mile) cycle tour of the Marine Corps Base that was founded in 1917. The Quantico Tri concludes with a 5K run, the distance every Marine must complete annually as part of the Marine Corps physical fitness test. For those desiring only to run, the MCM offers the Quantico 12K to be hosted alongside the Quantico Tri. The run is a perfect distance at the perfect time in MCM training.

Date: 8:24:19

Registration: http://www.marinemarathon.com/events/quantico-triathlon/registration

 

16th Annual Poplar Spring 5K Run for the Animals

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary will be holding its 16th Annual 5K Run for the Animals and 1-Mile Fun Walk on Sunday, May 19th. All funds raised will go towards the life saving work Poplar Spring does every day. The funds will care and feed the farm animals that live at Poplar Spring, as well as educate the public about compassion towards all animals.

Poplar Spring was given $12,000 in matching donations. So all donations will be doubled! Please share this page with your family and friends. Your involvement is critical to Poplar Spring’s success. Thank you for all your help.

Every race participant who preregisters for the race will receive a stylish Poplar Spring race t-shirt!

When: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road, Silver Spring MD US 20902

More info: http://www.animalsanctuary.org/events/

Register here: https://www.classy.org/event/poplar-spring-animal-sanctuarys-run-for-the-animals/e219995

The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Look up The Battle of Adwa where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. So finally, after years of research, readings, teachings and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I finally took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my 6th Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, while enjoying many of the historic sites including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills and the Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral which is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any one of his classics and you will be become an instant devotee. Trust me! [Read more…]

Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey — where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom — brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya.

Majestic, serene and spiritual scenes left me in awe for the entirety of the trip and ultimately fulfilled some of my profoundest, transcendental aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance I’ve earned a prestigious position for exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday celebrated December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s attaining of independence. As you can imagine people were rejoicing with adulation across the country. [Read more…]

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD: Refreshingly Intriguing

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

A dazzling crossover vehicle in the center of winter is always ideal for transporting a batch of kids to the multitude of activities and sporting events they partake in. Volleyball season is in full effect and I am always tasked to escort the girls and their teammates to practices and matches. They loved our vehicle’s Soul Red Crystal Metallic hue but enjoyed the second row legroom even more. Starting at $24,350, the 2019 CX-5 can be had in five trims including Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and the top-of-the-line Signature which could run you $39,325. [Read more…]

Fasting Friday by Fit Fathers: Awaken the Spirit

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to Fasting Friday, where we will allow the body’s organs to heal, rest and recharge by way of abstinence from food for a 24-hour period.

Each week, commencing at sunrise on Friday mornings, the plan is to drink only warm water (preferably with the juice of freshly-squeezed lemons), decaf herbal teas and coconut water for those who will exercise. The goal is to release toxins, strengthen life force, help reduce adipose fat, bolster self-control and reinforce brainpower.  [Read more…]

2018 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Limited: An Autoganic Delight

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

My perspective on alternative energy sources is quite simple. I absolutely love electric vehicles (EV) and the potential they have for impacting and reducing human reliance on crude oil. Global Warming is not a myth folks so we have to absolutely do all we can to sustain Mother Earth’s future by righting many of the wrongs committed through pollution. Therefore, I become enamored when automotive brands like Hyundai commit to resolutions that help rectify the quandary by way vehicles running off our electrical grid such as the 2018 IONIQ Electric Limited we recently tested.

Our midsize sedan came in a Symphony Air Silver exterior hue and black on black interior which was rather roomy and designed with recycled and ecologically-sensitive materials. In the backrow the kids had all the legroom needed for their daily antics without complaints and the headroom for my 6’ frame was more than adequate. Moreover, to reduce battery usage, Hyundai’s climate control system can be switched to ‘Driver only’ mode. [Read more…]