Blogging life seems glamorous. We do our trips to LA for Red Carpet premieres. We test great products, see movie previews and write articles like our A Wrinkle In Time Review. But we still have to do the day to day stuff. Sometimes we get to combine the fun in though. This past week I had fun doing the mundane with the Mazda CX9. Mazda allowed us to use the CX9 for one week in exchange for our honest review.
We had a busy week planned with school and spring cleaning and errands to run. One of my favorite tricks we use in our house is a donation bucket. This is actually an old beat up laundry hamper. It sits in my bedroom next to my dresser. Whenever we try on a piece of clothing or clean a room and have something that doesn’t work for us but can be useful for someone else it goes into the bucket. When the hamper is full, we unload it into boxes or bags and take it to one of two places. If The Spot is open we take it there first. The Spot is local to us and they do amazing work. Its a great little thrift shop but all of their proceeds go towards helping animals in our community. However, I can’t always get there when they’re open so I use these amazing Planet Aid Donation bins. We have several in our community and its a great way to get our items to someone who needs them. I was able to fit two full bags of donated clothes in to the back of the Mazda CX9 with the third row seat up!
We used the on board navigation system to take us to the dog park. I loved being able to find where we needed to be quickly and easily. The center console also gave us an easy way to navigate the home screen/entertainment/navigation programs.
We played with Leia at the park for about an hour and then headed off to the kid park where the kids played for awhile. Leia loved the smooth leather seats that had warmers. It was a chilly day and she was tired and chilled after playing for so long. The seats were warm and Leia passed out.
Once we went to puppy class, we had one last errand to run. Groceries! Now keep in mind I do grocery shopping once every two weeks with one of those being a bigger shop. I’ve been testing out the Express Lane from Harris Teeter. We’ve had some bumps in the road with them but overall its been helpful. I like using the system because I wind up not having a bunch of extra items in the cart. You use the app or website to place your entire grocery order and select your pick up time. Once you’re order is ready you just go to the express lane, pay for your order, and they load it into the car.
The only downside I found from the Mazda CX9 was I could not find a way to open the tailgate with the car running. I had to turn the car off, open the tailgate, load groceries, close the gate and turn the car back on. With it being so cold, turning off the car meant the heat stopping. I will say with the third row seat down we fit a ton of groceries!
I’m officially in love with the Mazda CX9. The very first day that we had the Mazda was the day we went to see a movie preview. It was so much fun to test it until we got out of the movie. Little did I know that they were calling for a lot more snow than I was expecting. I had heard we would get a little bit with mostly rain. But the area where the movie showing was, got a lot more. It was thick heavy snow. The Mazda drove beautifully though. Best of all, I was able to turn on the automatic windshield wipers and just focus on the road. With the snow coming in spits and spatters, it was a great feature to use and not have to constantly fuss with the wiper blades.