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...]

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD

The 2016 Mazda CX-9, another year and a very different review. Mazda CX-9 in Sonic Silver Metallic. Source: Victoria Mason At the annual WAPA Rally in October the Mazda CX-9 was my first drive of the day.  I always like to start the event off with a brand I feel comfortable with and car that doesn't offer a ton of surprises.  While I may know Mazda, the 2016 CX-9 offered plenty of surprises the minute I opened the driver's side door. On the Outside All new for 2016, the Mazda CX-9 is great to look at and offers families a lot in a 7-passenger vehicle. With 20-inch alloy wheels (standard in the Signature trim), heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and a power open/close rear lift-gate you find convenience and ease that is hard to beat. Features like rearview cameras,a lane-keep … [Read more...]

Support Giving Tuesday with Carter’s

Did you know that Tuesday, November 29 is Giving Tuesday?  It's our chance to give back and Carter's wants to help! My kids cannot get enough of Carter's super comfy and stylish pj's and outfits.  I'm so glad they extended sizes so I can keep the girls in their clothes for a little while longer.  With one kid with Sensory Processing Disorder and the other two really picky about textures it is one place I can shop and not worry about fit, comfort and itchiness. BACK TO GIVING TUESDAY with CARTER'S It works like this. For every Carter’s pajama purchased online at Carter's.com or at one of Carter's 650+ retail stores on November 29, Carter's will donate one of America's favorite pajamas to children in need. It works with the Pajama Program, which provides new pajamas and new books … [Read more...]

Our Next Home Improvement Project

Welcome to my house! That's it back in May 2014 before we bought it and did some major home improvements to it. Today, it looks like this and that's only the outside.  Inside well, watch this video to get the full story. Honestly, our bank helped us out a lot with getting the big items done.  From a new HVAC system to mold remediation we had our hands full even before we moved in. We all have home improvement projects we would like or need to do. Whether you’re looking to get that new gourmet kitchen with white marble counters, recessed lighting and a new cooktop, or create a backyard oasis with a firepit or even add an addition, with a home equity line of credit, you can start your “someday” project today.  Hear our story:    Our Girls Barely Usable … [Read more...]

Fire Safety with Sparky’s Firehouse

This is post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky.org. Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner, October 9-15, 2016 to be exact.  That means the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is debuting the highly entertaining and informative Sparky's Firehouse app.  Get the word out to teachers gearing up to teach your kiddos at all grade levels the importance of fire prevention and safety and cue adorable plastic hats atop their heads as they climb off the bus. In our house we have a child at every level from kindergarten to the end of elementary school.  I try to teach them about fire protection and so do their teachers, but we all need a little help sometimes too. That's why we frequently break out the Sparky's Firehouse app from the … [Read more...]

How to Pack for Disney

Disney 2012. Source: Victoria Mason Traveling to Disney involves a lot of details. I still remember the agony of planning our first trip. Then I clued into the fact that using a travel advisor was one of the best ideas I have ever had and free! Being sent a copy of The Complete Walt Disney World 2017 was just icing on the cake.  How to pack for Disney is a whole other deal. Especially for me, Little Ms. I Want to Be Comfortable and Look Good Too. I decided to tackle the task by using my closet and Maven to figure out my best looks and stay organized. I still follow the color palette rule and other 'how-to pack' plans as well. What's Maven? With Maven, I don't just create a board and am done with it. I keep a record of what I'm planning and mix and match items from my own … [Read more...]