Our Stay At The Newly Renovated Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

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This post has been sponsored by Hotel Valencia River Walk. These are my own true and honest opinions. #ad



Wow! Let's start the conversation like that. That's exactly how I felt when I arrived at curbside and walked through the majestic doors. This place is splendid and the most beautiful building in San Antonio. And for those that have followed our adventures, we go to San Antonio quite often! Hotel Valencia is one of the top places in San Antonio, and the only Hotel on that list. Hotel Valencia just went through a multi-million dollar renovation and the whole building feels so welcoming. We arrived from Houston, and I wanted to take a quick power nap but seeing the water fountain, the walls, the decor, and the room we were going to be staying in just kept me from going to sleep! I love traveling with my family and seeing my daughter look around her in awe and enjoy our quality family time. 

The first thing we did once we got our room was to take pictures and drink a chilled bottle of wine that was waiting for us there! What a way to be welcomed I must say! We took some pictures, played with Camila on the bed, walked the patio right outside the patio doors, and then got ready to go to dinner. The Hotel has a locally sourced Argentinian restaurant named Dorrego's and being able to enjoy some chicken milanese and smoked short rib ravioli, on the patio overlooking the historic San Antonio Riverwalk made our family trip complete! It was a great view, with great mariachi band music, and enjoying time together in one of the most beautiful buildings in San Antonio. 



My wife and I love to travel and explore new places. We had never stayed at a hotel in San Antonio despite the multiple times we go there, but this was and is the best place to stay at. I really don't see any other place that could beat Hotel Valencia. You have culture, luxury,  a great 5-star restaurant, great customer service, all on the Riverwalk ! The decor inside is awesome! You run into 4 decorated bull skulls as you walk into the elevator area and you can find a lot of cultural art and some awesome wall decor. This was one of my favorite walls. The patio outside our room was very peaceful and quiet. Perfect for going out to read your favorite book or sip on your morning coffee. During the evening, the wall waterfall becomes illuminated with flames and creates a beautiful ambience. Mila also loved to play with the water in the morning, as you can see in the vlog below! 


This was an experience that really opened our minds to the beauty of San Antonio and that there is so much more that this city has to offer. But one thing remains the same, Hotel Valencia has to be one, if not the most, beautiful place in all of San Antonio. You walk in through the doors and you, yourself can feel like a million bucks. It really is that beautiful and I invite you to make a stop at this place next time you're looking for a place to stay in San Antonio! 








How would you describe your ideal hotel or destination stay?

Ford's Driving Dreams Fund Awards $100,000 to 50 Houston Area Graduate Students

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A little over two weeks ago I had the opportunity and the pleasure to attend a ceremony where Ford's Driving Dreams Fund was going to be awarding $100,000 in scholarships to 50 Houston-area graduate students! I head out to Johnson Space Center Houston with Sandra from Hispanic Houston, which wasn't too far from South Houston. Ashley stayed behind since she wasn't feeling well. We arrived to a NASA with plenty of time before dinner and got to see the huge replica of the space shuttle, Independence, being carried by the original 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. It had been about 7-8 years since I had last been to NASA! But the best part, was seeing Ford Motor Company's Driving Dreams Fund invest in the education of the new graduates!






Ford Motor Company Fund and Houston Area Ford Dealers Award $100,000 in Scholarships



$100,000 in scholarships to be awarded to 50 senior high school students in Greater Houston to pursue higher education.



Ford Fund’s Houston investment since 2015 includes a donation of 10,000 new books, and more than $100,000 in scholarships and educational resources



The Ford Driving Dreams initiative has invested more than $3 million in educational resources for the US, Puerto Rico and Panama



HOUSTON, TX. June 7, 2017 Ford Motor Company Fund and Houston Area Ford dealers will wrap up the end of the school year by awarding $100,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships to 50 senior high school students. This marks the second time Ford Fund will help students from the Houston area pursue their academic dreams of going to college.



The scholarship awards celebration will be held this evening at the Space Center Houston, a science and space learning center and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. Students with their parents will hear from Alex Montoya, a motivational speaker who will encourage them to accept challenges as opportunities. Community leaders, Ford Fund representatives and Houston Ford dealers will join the celebration.



Through Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund provides tools and resources to guide students through school, and recently launched a new website www.FordDrivingDreams.com that features educational information for students, parents, and teachers.



“At Ford, we believe that the world is only as strong as how we help and impact the next generation. We want to make higher education accessible to every student because academic attainment will allow them to reach their dreams,” said Joe Ávila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are happy to have the support and commitment of the Houston Area Ford dealers to help make a positive impact in the communities where they do business.”



The Ford Driving Dreams Tour was designed by Ford Motor Company Fund to help youth graduate on time and pursue higher education. Launched in 2012, the program has reached more than 100,000 students in California, Chicago, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Panama and Puerto Rico. The scholarships awarded today in Houston will be administered by LULAC National Education Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC).



“The Best in Texas Houston Area Ford dealers are very excited to be part of the educational efforts by Ford Driving Dreams to help students in our communities thrive. These scholarships will positively impact the students, and we know that by investing in their education, we are making a difference in their future,” said Larry Gach, Houston regional sales manager, Ford Motor Company.



Ford Driving Dreams initiatives, including the Tour, have delivered more than $3 million in educational resources such as scholarships, college preparedness, tutoring programs, parental engagement, and motivational activities. In the last two years, Ford Motor Company Fund has




donated 10,000 new books and awarded an additional $100,000 in scholarships to students in the Houston area. In addition to Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Fund educational programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford College Community Challenge, and the Ford STEAM Lab. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and with #forddrivingdreams on Twitter.



Get a Taste of Jeep On Father's day

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This post has been sponsored by Jeep and DriveShop. As always, this is my story and my own honest and true opinions.


This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with Camp Jeep at the #TasteofJeep event in Dallas and it was so much fun! I wasn't the only one that had fun, my family did too and I want to share this experience as well as the next Camp Jeep event this coming Father's Day weekend! You can experience what the new Jeep line up has to offer and check out the new Trailhawk models. This is something you're going to want to do this with the family or take a couple of friends, you're going to get on the drive more than once! So mark your calendars and head to the Grapevine Mall because Jeep is bringing out the fun in everyone and celebrating dads.

 I grew up spending a lot of time in the outdoors, whether that was fishing, camping, hiking or riding through mountain bike trails, and being adventurous. Jeeps where the vehicle that we immediately associated with adventure and being able to go places other vehicles couldn't. Now that I am a dad, I want to continue to bring and create new experiences with my family every chance I get. Not only because we love the outdoors but we have shared some of our best moments outdoors. About a year ago, my younger brother got a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and we have taken multiple trips on it with my family and Camila just loves feeling the rush of the wind in her air and seeing her surroundings in a way only Jeep could do. There are so many stories I can share with you, but I really want to invite you to share and create new experiences with your own family. Plan on taking dad out and sharing some adventure, laughs, and joy.

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The new TrailHawk (not to be mistaken with the Grand Cherokee TrackHawk) models come with a Trail Rated Badge. This means that these particular trim models have been designed to take on 5 different type of off-road conditions like Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, Articulation, and Water Fording. I have to admit, TrailHawk models have the most aggressive looks and you can tell them appart by the hood decal and the red front tow hooks. You'll experience going up steps with the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension on the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee Models. Going up a simulation of an uneven climb, a 30 degree bank that will make you feel like you will fall out of the vehicle but the low center of gravity keeps the Jeep stable. Take a trip up 13 feet in the air at a 35 degree climb and see how the traction control and the transmission do their magic. You'll even get to teeter totter on the articulation obstacle! I really can't replicate this awesome experience but the pictures below can give you a better idea of what you can expect this weekend at Grapevine Mall! By the way, Camp Jeep has a booster seat available upon request so you can take your kids with you and share this together with the whole family! 

Don't forget to share pictures with the hashtag #campjeep and #jeeptrack . Hope you can make it out and share the Camp Jeep experience with Dad this Father's Day!


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3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 Friday June 16th – Sunday June 18th




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You can also follow our adventures on the Vlog! Here is the Vlog from #TasteofJeep !







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Where would be the first place you take a Jeep? 

2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition : A Dark Voyage

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I wasn't sure what to expect from Hyundai since I had no previous history with any of their vehicles. When I got the news that I was going to be receiving a 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition AWD, I was excited and had high hopes for the vehicle, especially after doing a few quick google searches. The Caribbean Blue color was my favorite out of all the pictures I searched and that was the exact same color on the vehicle I received. The black accents really made this Tucson stand out and I was ready for a Hyundai experience. The first thing I do is get my wife and the kids, look at the car and see what our first impressions are. There is no denying that we all loved the panoramic sunroof, the sporty drive, and the stain-resistant seats!


So let's talk about what makes the Tucson Night Edition so special.  This particular model is based on the Tucson Sport. Same 1.6 Liter Turbocharged GDI ( Gasoline Direct Injection) 4 cylinder engine, 7 speed eco-shift dual clutch transmission with sport mode, and mostly everything else is the same. Most of the changes are cosmetic and for an additional $1,500 -$2,000, you not only get an exclusive drive, but also options only available in the Limited trim model. Some of these cosmetic changes are the black gloss side mirrors, black roof side rails, 19" Rays Engineering rims in black matte finish on the exterior and aluminum-alloy sport pedals, rear passenger air vents and a panoramic sun roof, only available on the Limited model as well. My daughter loved the panoramic sunroof and that alone is worth the difference between the Tucson Sport and the Night Edition. Apart from the cosmetic changes, this trim model comes with more exclusivity that any of the other vehicles in the Hyundai Line-up. There will only be 4,000 units made with 1,000 units allocated to each of the 4 colors available, one of them being this Caribbean Blue.  





The engine power plant produces 175 horsepower at 5500 RPM's and 195 foot pound of torque from 1500 - 4000 RPM's . I personally enjoy the sporty drive and character of the Tucson and even though the Tucson Night Edition looks sophisticated, it can still take on light off road trails and the alternate routes. Most of you may now by now that we travel and go on trips quite often, and even though we didn't have a planned trip ( when are they anyway right) , we still found ourselves taking a quick trip to Austin and I, as well as my family, got to really experience what Hyundai had to offer. The drive was smooth and fairly quiet, the rear passenger seats are reclinable and perfect for road trips or simply to take a nap. The dash is easy to read and navigate and all the controls on the perforated leather steering wheel are easy to use. The 5'" color and touch screen display is easy to see in broad daylight and and responds fairly quick. 

There is something truly special here and being able to share this dark and sporty experience with family was what makes driving fun, apart from the almost instant torque! I love to see how the automotive industry is implementing more and more technology into their vehicles and with just as much fun as there is to be had with the Night Edition, there are plenty of safety features too. The rear cross traffic alert came in handy when I went to the grocery store, a parking garage, or reversing out of the driveway. A few years ago, this was a feature only available in high end cars and now we can all be much safer. Along with this, are Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force distribution, and Downhill Brake Control.






The cargo space is pretty useful, You have 31 cubic feet of space with the seats up and 61.9 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. Good enough for our stroller, camera equipment, and the baggage from 4 adults and one toddler. So here you have an exclusive compact SUV, that has plenty of space, sporty drive and welcoming interior with a panoramic sunroof, and in my honest opinion, I think Hyundai has done an awesome vehicle that offers great quality for the value and a memorable driving experience. I can go on a trip with my family, go to the beach, go to fairly remote camping locations, light off road trails, and look going in doing so! Sometimes the dark side of things can be more interesting.



Check out the car review of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition below!


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2017 Hyundai Tucson Night Edition

Powertrain Technology
- 1.6L Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 4 cylinder Engine
- 175 Horsepower @ 5500 RPM and 196 lb. ft. torque @1500-4000 RPM
- 7-speed Ecoshift® Dual Clutch Transmission
- Active On-Demand AWD System with AWD Lock
- Drive Mode Select

Comfort and Convenience
-  19" RAYS® Black Finish Alloy Wheels
-  Panoramic Sunroof
- Matte Black Side Sills
- Aluminum Pedals
- Heated Gloss Black Side Mirrors w/ Turn Signal Indicators
- Perforated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ LED Maplights
- Automatic On/Off Projector Headlights w/ LED Accents
- Foglights, LED Daytim Running Lights (DRL's) , and Rear Spoiler w/ LED Brake Light
- Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper w/ De-icer
- Rear Wiper
- Hands Free Smart Tailgate
- Roof Side Rails
- Lane Change Assist
- Power Door, Locks, and Windows ( Driver's Auto down-up )
- Blind Spot Detection (BSD) w/ Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Proximity Key w/ Push Button Start
- Door Handle LED Approach Lights
- A/C w/ Cabin Air Filter
- Front Solar and Rear Privacy Glass
- 8-wat Power Driver Seat w/ Power Lumbar Support
- Heated Front Seats
- 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat w/ Recline and Center Armrest
- YES Essentials® Stain Resistant Seats
- Floor-Console Mounted Rear Air Conditioning Vents
- 12-Volt Power Outlets
- Chrome Tipped Dual Exhaust
- Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel w/ Audio, Cruise and Phone Controls
- 3.5" LCD Multi-Informational Display and Bluetooth®
- 5" Color Touchscreen Audio Display w/ Rearview Camera
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System w/ iPod® USB and Aux Input Jacks
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) w/ Traction Control
- ABS w/ Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
- Downhill Brake Control and Hillstart Assist Control
- Front, Front Side and Side Curtain Airbags w/ Rollover Sensors
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System w/ Individual Tire Indicator

MPG 25 Combined / 24 City / 28 Highway
As Tested : 23 Combined / 21 City / 27 Highway

MSRP: $29,200
As Tested: $30,022






































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