Special thanks to Mazda for allowing me to test drive the Mazda 6 Grand Touring for a week in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions (and shenanigans) belong to me.
I spend basically ALL my free time with my kids. Like a…. “cant find an app on my phone that isn’t animated or ends with “Kids” because I’m always passing my phone over to the 3 year old” amount of time. Or a… “I sneak and watch all my shows at work because when I’m home I’m only watching Disney Junior” amount of time. So one of my goals for this year is to spend more time doing things that I love that doesn’t involve my kids. Don’t get me wrong I love them, but i need some time to decompress occasionally without Ryan’s ToysReview ringing in my background.
When I got the opportunity to review the Mazda 6 Grand Touring I immediately fell in love with the interior, and then immediately panicked because it has the most amazing “parchment leather” interior and these little boys are a hot MESS. But I knew I was about to enjoy my time with the car even if I enjoyed it alone (which I did for the most part). The weather was disrespectful for most of the week but every time I got into the Mazda 6 I forgot about what was going on outside.
The inside of the Mazda 6 really captivated me. From the infotainment system, to the 11 BOSE surround sound speakers, I never lacked comfort while inside (lets not even talk about the heated seats and steering wheel cause spring definitely hasn’t sprung around these parts). But I think the thing that fascinated me the most with the Mazda 6 is the focus on safety. The Active Driving Display clearly displays your speed, lane departure, and even has street sign technology so you can be aware of your surroundings without ever looking away from the road.
And while the interior is amazing and beautiful they definitely don’t slack on exterior. Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion philosophy definitely rings true in their design of the Mazda 6. The exterior comes equipped with some awesome safety features as well that you can check out here.
I definitely enjoyed having time to myself and exploring in the Mazda 6 Grand Touring. I’m not a stay at home mom but I definitely stay home A LOT and I’m learning how to separate myself without feeling the guilt. Having a cute car to drive definitely made this week easier. 😉
What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not “momming”? How do you decompress and spend me time? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below. XOXO
Thank you so much to Mazda for allowing us to drive the 2018 Mazda CX-9 free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions expressed belong to me.
You’re not really a mom if someone doesn’t confirm it once they get into your car. Such was the case when I had a chance to review the Mazda CX-9 during the holidays. First of all, if you’ve been around for any amount of time then you’d know I have a LOVE for SUVs. The first 3 row SUV I drove was the Kia Sorento and I continue to love that car TO THIS DAY!
So when I was given the chance by Mazda to review the CX-9, and I realized it was their 3 row SUV I couldn’t contain the excitement. A few days into having the car, on a trip to the store my friend was like “Wow this car is nice. It’s REALLY a mom car.” It could’ve been the view (below) that she saw once she was inside because the car had AMPLE space to store all our Christmas takeaways, but if the CX-9 is #Momcar goals then I’ll take it. *shrugs*
This car has to be what Mom dreams are made of. Gone are the days of the huge minivan, hello BOSE surround system, heated leather premium nappa leather (in the second row too!), and a completely driver focused experience. SKY-ACTIV and I-ACTIV technology provide some of the best safety features in vehicles of this class and put my obsessive mom worries to ease while driving.
With most 3 row SUVs the downfall of having the third row is that you lose cargo space. That is definitely not the case with the CX-9. While we’re a family of 4, my extended family is HUGE and we made alot of stops over the holidays, we never were lacking trunk space for all the gifts we gave/received. Even with the third row up, the trunk was spacious and has the perfect amount of cargo space for….. Target hauls? 🙂
I definitely leveled up my mom status while driving this car and it comes really close to my love for the Sorento. If this is a perk of being a “real mom” then, ill take it! What kind of car do you drive? Are you looking to “level up” any time soon?
The 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD starts at $40,470. For more information/spec check out Mazda’s official site here.
Special thank you to Mazda as I received the 2017 Mazda CX-5 as a loan free of charge for our road trip in exchange for my honest review! All opinions expressed are my own!
So I’m not gonna lie, when it came to planning RJs birthday trip I was super excited. As the days ticked down and it got closer??? Dread! I just knew I was plum crazy for planning a trip that would take us 12 hours to drive to with a 3 year old and an infant that hates the car seat! Wtf was I thinking?? Truthfully when road trip day (night) arrived anxiety almost made me cancel. I just knew it was going to be awful and it wouldn’t be worth it. I was sooooooooo wrong. Taking a long trip with two kids this young though did make me realize that the rules of the road are completely different when it comes to traveling with kids.
1. Be prepared to spend some time in the back seat.
Comfort played a big factor when we were thinking about the long drive. I knew I’d have to spend some time in the back seat between two car seats consoling one kid or the other and I was happy it wasn’t a SUPER struggle in the car we drove for our trip. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 had a decent amount of space in the backseat even with 2 car seats back there. I’m not gonna lie though I’m still SOMEWHAT small even after having two kids haha. I don’t think my boyfriend would have fit back there.
2. Speaking of time, don’t even watch it. It doesn’t matter when kids are involved.
I tried to plan our departure time perfectly. Both times according to their sleep schedule. I convinced myself that if we left during a time they were normally asleep that we’d have more time with them asleep in the car and it’d make the drive a little less painful. I think RJ woke up within 1 1/2 of us driving down with a cheerful “Good morning Daddy!” Ready to take on the day… at 5am.
3. Don’t put a limit on stopping. You will stop. 100 times or more.
When we road trip alone, my boyfriend makes it a habit to remind me 1000 times that he IS. NOT. STOPPING. He’s obsessive about getting to our destination and he always says “I’m stopping ONE TIME”. Ask to stop again and die. Except this trip. We stopped. I can’t even remember the amount of times but it was ALOT. Thankfully, we only had to stop twice for gas since the CX-5 averages 26 highway mpg. We got to stop at bigger rest stops and didn’t have to worry about just getting gas and leaving. Kids need to stretch their legs and everyone was a lot more pleasant after taking a break from sitting for hours. We stopped at Chick fil a’s that had play places so RJ could run some energy off and I even let him run around a rest stop at 5am *shrugs*. Sorry not sorry. We had a long drive and he wasn’t hurting anyone. A couple 20/30 minute stops made a BIG difference in how the drive went.
4. The drive is still part of your trip, use it as an opportunity to make memories.
I quickly realized RJ was just excited to be on an adventure. He loved looking out of the sunroof at airplanes and pointing out different things in the sky, and he loved sticking his head out of the sunroof even more. He also loved sitting in the trunk which is super spacious in the CX-5. He called it his cave! This is definitely a time to relax and not be super crazy with the rules. Within reason and safety first of course! He wasn’t sticking his head out the sunroof while we were driving or anything LOL.
So basically, like anything with toddlers/infants involved, there are no rules on road trips! As long as everyone is comfortable, not screaming their. heads off and everyone makes it to their destination then I’d call it a #momwin!
What has your road trip experience been? Have you braved the road with small children? Interested in reading more about the Mazda CX-5? Leave your thoughts below!
I received this car courtesy of Mazda in partnership with Driveshop to drive for a week free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
At the end of April we had the opportunity to attend opening day at Sesame Place! I hadn’t been in forever so my excitement was REAL. It’s a little drive from NYC so when I was given the chance to drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 I literally wanted to JUMP in. I was too hype on drop off day and of course I couldn’t wait to start posting pics on Snapchat!!
The CX-5 was a beautiful Soul Red just like the Mazda 3 I reviewed late last year. The inside was a cream and black leather interior and it was soooooo nice I almost didn’t want to let RJ in it (cause you know, toddlers!).
After RJ and his daddy got everything situated in the car, we drove our 2 hour drive to PA in comfort! The heated seats in the front definitely came in handy when we were on our way home and it was chilly outside. I love some heated seats! LOL. The CX-5 came equipped with blindspot detectors, auto-windshield, SIrius XM radio and a whole lot more that made me feel extremely fancy! I loved driving the car in “Sport” mode (you’ll love it too if you like to drive fast, hehe).
So ya’ll know I always have to talk about the gas mileage since my own car is a guzzler. The CX-5 boasts an impressive 35 highway MPG giving you the change to “conquer more highway on less fuel”. I was super excited when I was able to get half a tank of gas for $10… that’s with NYC gas prices! The only struggle I had during my week with the car was figuring out how to open the gas tank…. are they all on the floor now?! LOL
Starting at $21,795 the Mazda CX-5 is the perfect family car and an amazing compact SUV. To learn more about the CX-5 visit here.