2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec: Precision Crafted Performance

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I must say, this funky 3rd generation RDX crossover is one exceptional vehicle. Not only does the luxury CUV look good, especially in bright hues like Apex Blue Pearl, but it also moves like kick returners on college championship teams, cutting through traffic swiftly and meandering through bends and curves with precision. While in my possession for a weekly review, the 2020 Acura RDX SH-AWD A-Spec was the life of the party as my kids ascertained that I was the parent handling school drop-offs and sports pickups for some of their teammates and classmates. [Read more…]

2019 MAZDA CX-9 Signature AWD: Soccer Season Official

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Fall weather is upon us, which means the start of a new sports season for my high school soccer striker and her charismatic teammates. So, of course, when I pulled up to practice in a Machine Gray Metallic 2019 MAZDA CX-9 Signature AWD, the largest vehicle on the MAZDA roster, coach Smith immediately ran over to inquire if the Japanese SUV had a 3rd row. Yes, I replied and asked if the team needed any help for the season opener. “Funny you ask,” she replied and assigned me to escort six members to the game since the school doesn’t provide the female teams with buses. Nevertheless, the bonding was priceless, and the girls were fascinated with the comfort and amenities of the CX-9. [Read more…]

Kalahari Resorts and Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures

Experienced by Leon Brittain

I’m sure you have heard of the Poconos as that romantic getaway location with champagne glass jacuzzies, heart-shaped beds, and that crackling warm and glowing fireplace for blissful lovers’ weekends. Now imagine an exotic African safari-themed resort with your choice of appetizing comfort food or fine cuisine paired with premium adult spirits and wines, a mind-melting halotherapy room and spa, and an outdoor adventure park. And when you’re ready to take a dip in the pool, you have a choice of an indoor or outdoor swim-up bar in addition to the largest indoor waterpark in the country at your disposal. [Read more…]

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

Meet Oregon’s Wine Country. People around the world have fallen in love with its premier pinot noir, and once you’re here it’s hard not to fall in love with the place too. Here you’ll find that communities are tight-knit, talented, and creative. While the country roads are quiet, the sweeping vistas, pods of old growth forest, and surrounding mountains standing tall speak volumes, especially in the early morning glow.  Lush vineyards and charming farms are tended by families old and new who still take a handcrafted approach to growing the best grapes and freshest foods, and challenge themselves to do it a little differently, just as Oregonians always have. [Read more…]

2020 Hyundai Palisade: Family Focused Premium SUV

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

Dubbed after “a line of high straight cliffs, especially near water,” it made perfect sense for Hyundai to invite us to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for the launch of their family focused 2020 Palisade premium SUV. Cascading mountainous terrain, idyllic landscapes and the inviting Lake Coeur d’Alene instantly turned on my adventurer mode. In addition, the town was buzzing with moms, fit fathers and their active kids which is the target market for this newfangled Korean SUV. [Read more…]

6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration: Each One Teach One

 Words by Adrian McQueen, Photos by Leon Brittain, Henri Fisher, Garvin St Villier and Adrian McQueen

Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was elevated by Fit Fathers for the 6th consecutive year with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices.

Hype for the event was built from engaging social media campaigns and coverage from our media partners at Radio One, Fox 5 DC, News Channel 8, WUSA 9 and a host of media outlets. Additionally, with $2,500 in prizes at stake for our fitness challenges, over 500 attendees came to the celebration ready for action which resulted in an eventful morning.


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Fit Fathers Day Video: Lead by Example, So your Child Becomes the Example!

On Father’s Day enjoy at least one hour of energetic activities with your family and friends such as a 5K run, biking, hiking, ball games or a simple walk through the park with nature. Or join us at Fit Fathers Day if you are in the Maryland, DC or Virginia area. After Fit Fathers Day, dads should be inspired to motivate their kids with daily exercise and education to replace non-foods that destroy such as fries, cookies and soda with fruits, veggies, nuts, water and homemade smoothies. They will also be empowered to cook more meals at home and exercise more often. So join us by taking the Fit Fathers pledge and following our simple steps to leading your family towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, stay active, eat clean and continuously energize life!

2020 Jeep Gladiator: Adventure Driven

The compelling moniker of Jeep’s latest machine sounds like a newly introduced hero from Avengers: End Game. While off-roading through the outskirts of Sacramento Automotive Rhythms discovered the beastly nature of the 2020 midsize Jeep Gladiator while simultaneously witnessing its powerful capabilities in various scenarios such as scaling down trails of boulders and creeping through mud like navy seals. After experiencing dozens of 4×4 adventures from Jeep and other truck brands, the Gladiator is like a chess grandmaster utilizing strategic power moves during the endgame to outmaneuver the competition. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Open Face Bean Tacos

Mother Earth needs love, respect and care to sustain vitality so let’s begin by preparing meals that nourish and do not harm either her or us. For Meatless Monday we have prepared these ultra-fulfilling Open Face Bean Tacos using Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles. Trust us, you will want more after downing the first because this meal is so scrumptious.

Serves 5 with a 40-minute prep and cook time

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Gardein Beefless Ground
  • ¼ onion
  • ½ bell pepper (red, orange, yellow)
  • 1 can of white cannellini beans
  • ½ can of black beans
  • Thyme, garlic salt
  • ½ cup butternut squash
  • ½ can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • ½ can of tomato sauce
  • Choice of taco sauce
  • 1 pack of artisan organic corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cabbage
  • 1 avocado

Start by mashing the white cannellini beans and season with thyme and garlic salt. Afterwards put to the side in a bowl. Next, sauté the butternut squash with the tomato sauce and crushed fire roasted tomatoes for 10 minutes. Simultaneously in another pan mix and cook (low heat) the Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles, black beans and diced onions for 10 minutes. Add taco seasoning and garlic salt. This will be the main filling for your open face tacos.

Then sauté the cabbage and peppers (cut in this strips). Warm the tortillas and spread with the mashed cannellini beans and then layer with the Gardein mixture. Lastly, top with the cabbage and peppers. Serve the avocado slices either on the side or also on top. Add your favorite taco sauce of choice and dig in!

2019 Subaru Forester Touring: Adventure on the Go

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Aside from the performance happy WRX, the entire Subaru lineup makes you feel like an adventure is forthcoming once you get behind the wheel. Whether it’s a family camping excursion or a mountain bike meetup with the “Fit Fathers” crew, the go-anywhere utilities are indicative of active lifestyles. I felt no different when a 2019 Crimson Red Pearl Subaru Forester Touring was delivered to our headquarters for a weekly review. Immediately I tossed my Ghost Kato 7 hardtail in the back and hit the trails for the first time this season. [Read more…]