How I Reclaimed My Independence

How I Reclaimed My Independence

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Independence. What does that word mean to you?

For me independence means not having to rely on others to get things done. In my last relationship independent wasn’t a word that described me. It was quite the opposite. I relied on him for nearly everything and that’s how he wanted it to be. Making my own decisions wasn’t an option and forget about going anywhere by myself. His car, his rules.

And then I found Phoebe.

Phoebe Cruz

It wasn’t too long after the break-up that I started reclaiming my independence. The very first thing was to stop relying on others to get me from point A to point B. That meant finding a reliable (yet affordable) vehicle. I found Phoebe in the lot of a going-out-of business dealership. She was 5 years old, had 45k miles, and was within my budget. She was the start of my independence.

In the past couple years Phoebe and I have grown quite close. We go everywhere together (unless I’m flying, taking a train, or walking) and you wouldn’t believe the stories she tells. Okay, so that last part is made up, but she really is like a best friend. It’s because we have that relationship that I’m determined to give Mrs. Phoebe Cruz the best possible care.

Phoebe Cruz Salon Day

Special Things I Do For My Car

We go to the beauty parlor (aka The Carwash) once a week for the deluxe treatment: wash, wax, vacuum, and polish. A lady should always look her finest after all. Phoebe Makeover

We take family up on their offer to do a makeover, like when Phoebe got a new look for her front end.

We keep our appointments with the doc (aka The Mechanic) for regular oil changes and maintenance. When it’s time for an oil change, like it was this week, we head out to Walmart. I can get my shopping done knowing my car’s in great hands.

Walmart Quaker State Oil Change

Since Phoebe is basically family I only want the best for her. According to my brothers the best oil for her is Quaker State Advanced Durability Motor Oil. They tell me to “just look for the green bottle” so that’s what I do!

It just so happens that Walmart has the Pit Crew Quaker State Oil special going on where you can get an oil change for $19.88!

Quaker State at Walmart

 Phoebe Cruz is the reason I feel like an independent woman. Because of her I don’t have to rely on others or put my wants on hold. It’s liberating and freeing and I don’t even want to imagine a day without her!

I’ve told you about my car, now tell me about yours! Have you named it or do you have a special bond?

How do you keep your car in optimum health?


V05 is 60! Celebrate with a Giveaway

In 1955 Culver City, creator Alberto, developed VO5 hair conditioning treatment to keep Hollywood starlets’ hair looking healthy and beautiful under the bright Hollywood lights, as depicted here in this vintage TV commercial.



Since then, the brand has created a number of other innovative products using its five essential vitamins including their original Hot Oil treatment to the new Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil.

To commemorate 60 years of innovation, the brand announced its petition to get the brand a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In order to get Alberto VO5 the much deserved star on Hollywood Boulevard, VO5 is calling fans to sign a virtual petition on its Facebook page.

*When you sign the petition you are also able to select to be sent coupons, promotions, and more!

All signatures via the drive will be compiled throughout 2015 and will be presented to the Walk of Fame organizers. You’re encouraged to show your support and spread the word about the drive by using #VO5is60.




V05 has been a brand my family has used as long as I can remember. My grandmother and mom swear by it so of course I was ecstatic at the chance to try out these yummy products (products were provided by V05). I love that they have kept up with their quality over the years. I’m even happier that they have come out with the new Beauty Oil; I just can’t get enough of this stuff!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the shampoo and conditioner (although the smell could be a little more prominent). I love the Hot Oil Therapy – it does amazing things for my hair. But the Beauty Oil – that is something I’ve been waiting for! It is usable on skin and hair which makes it a multi-purpose product. You all know how much I love those!

The oil leaves my hair shiny but not greasy and my skin absorbs it and is touchably soft all day. I’ve used the beauty oil on my face a couple times and there were no breakout but I’m still cautious about what I use on my face. It’s perfect for after shower moisturizing, which is what I use it for mainly.

VO5 50's Ad


You can find V05 nearly everywhere hair care products are sold. I’m also giving away the following products to one lucky (US) winner:

  • Hot Oil Treatment
  • Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Shampoo
  • Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Conditioner
  • Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil