Teen Dating Violence & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  I know, it's a topic we all love to discuss and hear about, right? And February may be over as a Domestic Violence Awareness month but it is topic and cause that is never far from my heart because it is part of my story. Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year?  Sexual assault is in there too. What’s even more alarming is that 81% of parents believe teen-dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.  I know my parents didn't. No one talked about it then and they still aren't talking about it enough today. I believe that it’s important to educate adolescents about abuse from partners, but it’s just as important to teach … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Beast Review

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking in a matinée for an advanced screening of Beauty and the Beast. I've been dying to share my thoughts about this film starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast ever since. The magic of Beauty and the Beast begins right away when we are whisked into the world of Prince Adam before he became the Beast.  I loved seeing this aspect come to life in all its gorgeous detail with the set and costumes. From there we are taken to Belle and her provincial village. Here we find our heroine yearning to break free from her life in a small town.  It's also where the audience gets its first look at how much more independent and multi-dimensional our characters are versus their one-note animated predecessors.  To me, this made the film even … [Read more...]

A Woman’s Journey to Recovery Through Yoga

The act of giving birth should be added to the list of the wonders of the world. Bringing forth life into the world is one of the most beautiful, and at the same time, the most painful experiences anyone can ever go through. After giving birth, my body became completely different. It went through major changes during my pregnancy and the changes did not stop even after I gave birth. This is where exercise comes into play. Regular exercises are good for one’s health and well-being. What is Yoga? A good form of exercise is yoga. The simplest way of describing yoga is that it is the art of being still within oneself and at the same time gaining physical fitness. At least that is how I feel when I do it. During pregnancy, the fetus grows and as it grows, pressure is applied to the spine. … [Read more...]

Upcycling Chick-fil-A Salad Container

Yes, you totally did just hear me say I'm upcycling a Chick-fil-A salad container.  No, you have not reached the wrong blog.  And we all know that I'm not the crafty sort.  I would rather spend the day painting furniture or demo-ing a wall and be in that DIY mode than kids crafts. Except it is unusually warm here right now and spring already feels like it is in the air.  You make one small trip to the Dollar Store after Chick-fil-A and suddenly you have an idea. Terrariums! "Hey kiddos, let's take those plastic containers from Chick-fil-A and upcycle them into terrariums and grow some flowers!!" I totally went there.  Just four items were needed and a set of little hands to create tiny terrariums to usher in spring! Gather supplies. We used two small Chick-fil-a Super … [Read more...]

8 Genius Fitness Tips for Full Time Working Moms

Yes, we've got them! Fitness tips for full time working moms and ALL moms.  We need them and we need to stick together! Working full time comes with a set of stresses. You need to be focused, and give your best efforts. Raising a baby is exactly the same. There’s so much for you to do, from laundry to cleaning, from cooking to organizing childcare. It’s so easy for certain things to slip off your to do list, like keeping fit. Keeping fit is still important because, besides the health benefits, it’s one of the things that you can still do for you. Source: Daily Burn Prioritize your fitness You won’t do anything to keep fit unless you prioritize it. The health benefits alone are worth taking the time to keep fit, but you shouldn’t underestimate it as a way for you to have … [Read more...]

Gabriela McBride: The 2017 Doll of the Year

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! We have a lot of love here in our house (most days) and the girls love for their American Girl dolls is no exception. The cannot get enough of them or their cute accessories. I'll cop to being a total enabler too. That's why we were so excited to welcome Gabriela McBride, the 2017 Doll of the Year, into our home. Source: American Girl My middle girl fell in love with Gabby, as we call her, instantly.  She couldn't stop talking about her and her cute signature outfit, her warm brown eyes and how she shares the same name as her own best friend.  She wanted her bad. Just watch the video. What the girls love about this particular doll, she created more excitement in our home than dolls in the previous years, is her activist personality and love … [Read more...]

2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD

New year, new wheels. The 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD is the first car to be reviewed on TMC this year. The newly redesigned SUV offers both drivers and passengers a chance to be comfortable and find some edge. Touring Bull Run on a winter day.  The Armada easily handles curves, going off road and steep hills. Source: Victoria Mason I cannot tell you how excited I was to drive this particular vehicle.  The Nissan Armada has been on my list for a while. With a redesign I was ready to do a little jig in my driveway when it arrived. Source: Victoria Mason Exterior First off, it is beautiful.  Everyone commented on how gorgeous it is on the outside. The 'Mocha Almond' exterior paint color is soothing and attractive.  The 20-inch alloy wheels with monochromatic rims make a … [Read more...]

Disney Movies for 2017

If I could, I would spend much of my day in front of a movie or TV screen.  Some days I walk around with my tablet or laptop watching something as I cook, clean or even batch work.  I told you before that 2017 was the year I was going to incorporate some of my #geek on you. That brings me to Disney.  They typically bring it each year, but 2017 looks like a tsunami of AWESOME when it comes to family and kid fare. I can't wait!  Let's see what is in store, shall we? First up- Beauty & the Beast My girls are so excited for this one.  Arriving in theaters March 17.  My oldest is beside herself that "Hermione" is playing Belle.  While she was never a Disney Princess girl, Belle is her favorite because of her "love of books and her empathy towards others".  She told me this … [Read more...]

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4

May I introduce the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4. Gorgeous and ready for the holidays. Source: Victoria Mason I am always a little sad when I come upon my last vehicle review of the year.  However, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 did not disappoint me.  I was impressed with its interior space and design right from the start as well as its rugged but still refined exterior.  As soon as I started posting about it on my social media channels the questions began rolling in.  I was sad to give it up, especially when it meant saying good-bye to the heated steering wheel and seats during one of the coldest days of 2016. Ruggedness and Refinement Through and Through You will probably keep reading about those two 'r' words throughout this … [Read more...]

The TMC Holiday Gift Guide

I did it again. I created a TMC Holiday Gift Guide.  You've been warned. There are no gift ideas here for the man in your life. Why? Because quite frankly every time I look at one of those guides or show one to H he says, "This is all stuff I would never want and never need. I want a snowblower or running gear, not shaving accessories. I swear to God, Vicky, if I see another toiletry bag as a gift I'm going to shiv someone." #twopeasinapod   Let's start with the kids gift guide, shall we?   Holiday Gift Guide for Kids by victoriamason featuring paper placemats Mega Bloks American Girl Isabelle Ballet Recital/Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats/American Girl Wellie Wisher (Willa shown)/Carter's Pajamas/Seedling Snow … [Read more...]