Stop Feeling Guilty

Raise your hand if you have ever felt guilty about doing something nice for yourself. I think it is safe to say that we have all been there, done that.  Knock it off and change-up your behavior. Like, right now. Here's why you should stop feeling guilty and start being healthy. Subscribe to my channel for more good stuff, more information and if you have questions just hit me up in the comments. This isn't groundbreaking stuff or new to anyone.  We all know we need to take care of ourselves, but somehow we get these mixed messages from the outside world that tell us that to be a good person, mother, wife, friend, co-worker we need to be giving to others all the time.  If not, then we are selfish. That's a bunch of bullshit right there.   If you feel guilty trying to eat … [Read more...]

Work Out to Work Better

Ask yourself this question. Do you do it to stay fit or just fit into your pants?  Are you maintaining or achieving? Do you do it to perform better or just like the challenge of taking a new class or getting to the next level? Think about what you just read.  There's a correlation between how you work out and how you work and perform at your job.  If you are just biding time, getting in your 30 minutes in on the treadmill, so that you can say you 'hit the gym' then you might be doing the very same thing at the office or on the job. You clocked your hours, have a few power days, but overall you are coasting along. Did you ever consider how if you push yourself harder at the gym you might approach your work differently? Maybe you'll decide to make a leap to something new or start a gig … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Work Smarter

I said it before and I will keep saying it.  2017 is all about the hustle.  That means working smarter is absolutely imperative.  This video I created just for you my lovely readers is all about 3 ways to work smarter and be more productive and it applies to all areas of life. Some days I feel like a shark swimming through the water. My goals are like tiny drops of blood that I'm tracking down and tackling one by one, day by freakin' day.  Chomp!   Bonus tip! Each day I write out my tasks for the day and check them off as I complete them.  At the end of the day I'm writing down all my accomplishments in a notebook. That notebook is for accomplishments ONLY.  It helps to keep me accountable but also to see the progress I'm making in small ways that add up to the bigger … [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...]

Create Different

New Year. New Ideas. That's what is all about, right?  Now, I don't make resolutions but sometimes I create goals.  This year I'm feeling different.  I need to be different and create differently.  SO! Here's what I'm going to do.  Just watch... Subscribe to my channel, learn with me and let's create something different here in this space. *What I didn't mention in this video is that I'm also writing a book. Time suck? Yes! Worth it?  I think so. … [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...]

Easy Halloween Costumes for Women

Halloween is just around the corner. As an avid pop culture geek I created two easy Halloween costumes for women straight from today's TV line up. Be glam or two-dimensional with these two ideas. You might even be able to find the items right in your own closet.     Scream Queens Halloween Costume by victoriamason featuring fall home decor Chanel #3 is my favorite character on Scream Queens.  Her deadpan stare and coordinated earmuffs never fail to make me laugh.  Billie Lourd makes the show. SHOP THE LOOK for Chanel #3 Silk Bathrobe (similar)/Fur Heels (similar)/Earmuffs (similar)/Statement Necklace (similar)   Easy Halloween Costume from Pop Culture by victoriamason featuring plush beach towels Linda, the embarrassing mother from the hit show Bob's … [Read more...]

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

The Mummy Chronicles celebrates its ELEVENTH birthday this month, which I guess makes me older than dirt in the blogging world. When I saw this '10 Things' post by Johanna a few weeks ago it reminded me of the old-school blogging days and my Generation X desperate need for nostalgia kicked in and I knew I wanted to do it too.  Did you know that back in the day we used to weekly themes  on our blogs as a group?  We still do! TMC was once  a very personal blog about pregnancy and motherhood with reviews thrown in.  Over time it evolved into a lifestyle space.  So here goes without further fanfare and a look beyond the curtain that isn't about an ootd- 10 Things You Might Not Know About Me Car blogging fell into my lap courtesy of a fellow blogger and reader who worked in the … [Read more...]

Fire Safety with Sparky’s Firehouse

This is post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and 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...]

Summer Gems with Garnet Hill

*Disclosure: TMC was not compensated for this post.  Products received are for review purposes only. Opinions are 100% my own.   A Rhode Island specialty: the clamcake Growing up in the southern part of Rhode Island meant a lot of things.  Summer was a golden time abundant with summer gems.  Pristine beaches punctuated with salty air that blew warm and damp after long frigid winters.  Everything tastes better in summertime, am I right? One of my favorite parts of summer in Rhode Island was and still is the crunchy on the outside doughy and soft on the inside: clamcake.  Fry up the white cornmeal mixture tossed with quahogs (that's a clam to you non-RI folks) and add a little bit of salt before noshing.  Bliss! To me, it is a bite of summer each and every time I eat one.  Now that I … [Read more...]