Don’t forget the (STōK) coffee.

Literally, every store I walk into lately is filled with stressed out moms and hyper kids looking for school supplies.

Just today I was strolling around Target, by myself (GASP) and while I was perusing the home decor aisle, I saw those cool college students looking for dorm items. Something about that moment totally took me back to those dorm life days. I remembered that excitement of staying in a new room and grabbing all of those essentials to survive the year… ramen, you were a lifeline, my friend.

The true hero of the story though, was and has always been, coffee! I wish I knew then all the fun ways I could of dressed up my cold brew. Live and learn, right? Which brings me to my next point- I wanted to share one of my favorite ways to drink STok cold brew. For the college kid out there who’s clueless on how to amp up their cold brew coffee, this one’s for you!

Meet the yummiest cold brew hanging out at your local Target; STōK Cold Brew Coffee

The best news is, this recipe only requires 2 ingredients. Can’t mess that up and it doesn’t take up any time!

I always go for the “not too sweet” STōK flavor, it’s not completely unsweetened which is perfect because when I add the sweetened almond milk, I don’t need to add any more sugar. Win!

Ok, so here’s the break down of what I used for this recipe:

My favorite Almond milk to pair with coffee is Califia Farms Vanilla. The texture is super creamy. Which is a big deal for me since I’m dairy-free. Btw this is also, gluten AND soy free. So yeah, pretty amazing!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me freeze my cold brew into ice cubes a time or two. It’s my thing. It just makes life better.

For this recipe, I always add a few STōK cold brew coffee ice cubes, into the coffee. I know, I know, but let me tell you…as the ice starts to melt it gives it an extra bold flavor. I think of it as an expresso shot. You can obviously control the bold flavor by adding more (or less) cubes. Up to you!

This entire recipe is based on your preference and how you usually like to drink your coffee. In college I always went for the cold brew as opposed to hot because I just felt it lasted way longer. Hot coffee that has been sitting for a while isn’t the same as prepping a nice cold brew blend. Am I right? AND I find that adding those extra cubes of coffee keeps the flavor alive, it’s one of those mom hacks I figured out along the way. Kids have a way of needing you when you sit down for coffee some times, you need to find a way! Ha!

Step one: decide and measure out how much cold brew you want in your drink.

Step two: Add in the cold brew coffee cubes

Step three: Pour in the liquid cold brew (to your liking)

Step 4: decide on the amount of almond milk you’d like. Remember this one is sweetened, so if you don’t love it too sweet. Watch your pour!

…and that’s it! SUPER simple, right? It’s the yummiest, too.

Right now you can save 20% on select StōK cold brew coffee 8/5-9/8 on Cartwheel!

For those heading back to college, don’t forget the STōK coffee! You’ll thank me!

XOXO, terri

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SToK Cold Brew Coffee. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Back to the routine and it feels so good…

Did I just reveal my type A personality? In my defense, it wasn’t always crossing off to do’s on my check lists. Being a mom of three has a way of shifting those gears for you, am I right?

In any case, “routine”, I kinda love it! Summer is dwindling down and even though I’m not ready to let it go, back to school time is inching closer and closer. Getting back into our daily routine is growing in appeal. Early bed times, hayyy!

However, we do have two and a half weeks left of this freedom, and when we’re not laying out by the beach we’re doing our back to school prepping. JCPenney has been a favorite stop for us! Have you guys been in there lately? The Arizona line is insane. So many “I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE” pieces. I was able to find so many goodies for the kids and I walked out of there with some fun things for me too, because why not?!

Liam’s look: pocket t shirt/ shorts.

Phoenix’s look: button up shirt / denim jeans

Avenleigh’s dress

Can I just say, I’m still in shock that I was able to find SUCH great items and keep within our budget. That’s huge. Mom’s you know that is worth the awkward happy dance! Seriously, I even found them great denim coats.

Her jacket is currently sold out- but you can find similar styles here

I’m sorry but I’m obsessed with the fringe on Avenleigh’s jacket AND the fringe is totally detachable- major win there! Also, Phoenix’s jacket is soo rad! Just give me all the denim everything! I’m THAT person.

And for me, I had some luck with the Arizona brand as well! I’m really loving this cold shoulder top, you guys. It can be worn as a cropped top too!

Also, these jeans! Aren’t they fun?? They’re by a.n.a- they’re stretchy and super comfortable.

If you haven’t quite started on your back-to-school shopping yet (even if you have, ha) make sure to take a peek in JCPenney’s. You’ll save so much and walk out with items you REALLY love! True story guys, I’ve already experienced it.

Squeeze in those beach while you can!

XOXO, terri

This blog post is sponsored by JCPenney. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

BTS with Famous Footwear

It’s happening. Summer is slowly winding down. When you walk into stores now, you’re greeted by those back-to-school essentials. While, I’m mourning the slow fade of those summer days. I am excited for the kids to start their new school year. Especially with our youngest headed to kindergarten! AH! Seriously can’t believe that time is already here. She couldn’t be more stoked about it. We recently took a trip to Famous Footwear to find some shoes for that first day of school. Avenleigh couldn’t wait to pick out her own style.

I had a proud mom moment when she went straight or the glittery converse sneakers. I’ve done my job here, guys, ha! They are the cutest sneakers too. I love the material. They’re easy to wipe clean.

We had so much fun going up and down the aisles at famous footwear.  Picking out shoes for ALL of us, because the deals. WOW. Just talking about their expectations of their first day back to school. Wondering if their bff’s would be in their same class this year. It was such a sweet experience. These are the moments I remember when I think about my childhood. Back to school shopping with my mom was always my favorite. It’ so wild when it comes full circle!

When you do that BTS shopping this year, seriously, make a stop at Famous Footwear. I’m not even close to exaggerating the deals they have going on right now. We walked out with name brand shoes for each one of us and paid half the price! I even asked the girl to repeat our total because I couldn’t believe it. True story.  There’s a style for everyone- from NIKE to VANS, they’ve got it!

Happy shoe hunting!

XOXO, terri

This blog post is sponsored by Famous Footwear. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Healthy Hair Goals

Who could use more great hair days on a regular basis? I definitely would. This is coming from the girl who hides under hats on any given day. Lately, I’ve been hearing so much about charcoal infused products to promote healthier (fill in the blank). So, I jumped on the bandwagon to find if there was any truth behind those statements.

The new Pantene Charcoal Collection was my first venture. It has been soo great! I was so curious about what made this dream team work so well together that I did a little digging. Basically, the activated charcoal gently purifies by absorbing impurities, like a magnetic attraction. Cool right? I seriously love this stuff and I have tried a fair share of shampoos to last a lifetime. Something about the way it leaves my hair in between shampooing makes all the difference to me. Like I said, trying to achieve more great hair days and less hat days.

My hair tends to be on the dry side, and a lot of shampoos out there just intensify that brittle texture. I usually run for the hills from non salon shampoos. Because in my world, thats code for, nails to a chalkboard, kind of dry. I have seriously been so impressed with the quality and benefit I’ve already experienced (in just a few uses) of the Pantene Charcoal Collection.

Best of all is that it doesn’t break the bank. Healthy and beautiful hair is completely achievable from your own home, ladies! That’s something worth getting excited about! Also, there’s a pretty amazing deal (in-store and online) going on at Target right now. When you buy two Pantene Charcoal Collection products, you receive a $5 gift card! This is one of my favorite products out on the market right now, I know you will be obsessed with it too.

So, if you’re ready to up your hair game and toss out those products that just aren’t cutting it. You should definitely give this collection a try. It’s pretty powerful stuff, ladies. Kiss those bad hair days goodbye!

XOXO, terri

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.

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2018 road trip to Sandbridge (Virginia Beach)

I know I say this every year “I’m so ready for summer break!”, but this year, I was especially ready. So far it has not disappointed and we already have a vacation under our belt. Not a bad way to kick off summer! So, I thought I would share some highlights of our trip to Sandbridge Virginia Beach. We have been planning family trips to Sandbridge since before the kids were born! Needless to say, it’s a favorite.

Since we tend to take a lot of road trips as it is; keeping our vehicle in good shape to hit the road, is super important to us as a family. Luckily for us, Firestone Complete Auto Care has sweet deals and of course, we jumped all over that! Make sure to check out AND download your own Firestone Complete Auto Care coupon.

I think we’ve got this packing for 5 gig down to a science! Isn’t it funny how we turn into experts after a few trial & errors? I guess we don’t need all of those extra swimsuits (said no one ever). HA!

Our trip to Sandbridge was one we had been waiting for since last year! We come together with family and stay at the most amazing beach rental every time. If you’re a local, you know its the thing to do out there!

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We do it all for the pool. Want to know something funny? We were walking distance from the beach and we spent all week pool side. Can you blame us though? We did venture out to the cutest (and yummiest) local ice cream shop, so it wasn’t a total loss!

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The highlight of our trip had to be watching our three kiddos swimming on their own by the end of the week. They never left the water, so it was bound to happen!

One of our favorite things to do after dinner was take a walk by the beach access near Little Pier. The boys would shoot around the basketball for a while, and the rest of us would work our way to the beach playground.

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It was such a sweet week together! There was even a surprise family visit and the kiddos had a chance to see their cousins. It’s moments like these that remind me how important these road trips really are. Creating these memories, year after year means everything to us. Keeping our vehicles ready for the road is always going to be top priority because it means keeping our family traditions alive and well. Make sure to check out AND download your own Firestone Complete Auto Care coupon from Firestone. Believe me its soo worth it!

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Happy Summer!!

XOXO, terri

Places to Eat

Sandbridge Sugar Shack

Pungo Pizza & Ice Cream

Crazy Good Donuts & Ice Cream

Things to Do

Surfboard/Kayak/Paddle Board Rentals

Powered Paragliding

Pier Fishing

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Can a girl just get some support?

My weekday usually starts at 6:45 in the morning. In the process of getting ready (for what always seems like an eternal day), I make sure my outfit can be flexible enough to handle life with three kiddos. Ideally that means comfort but that reality is hard to come by most of the time. Which brings me to my next point…

Bras. Kind of a necessary evil, am I right? Raise your hands if you’ve spent years trying to find that “perfect” bra? I have. I can say with confidence that I have been wearing the wrong size and style for an excruciating long time. To say that my favorite part of the day is when the bra finally comes off, is an understatement.

Just recently, I heard of Natori and was blown away by the beauty and art behind this company. It’s more a lifestyle than just specific products, which is really refreshing to see as a consumer. To be honest, I was completely ready to burn a few of my bras, so trying these out, was definitely a treat!

It felt like christmas when they arrived! I couldn’t believe how luxurious they felt! I mean, quality, ladies!

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AND I nailed the size, it fit like a glove!! I seriously cannot believe how much I ended up loving these bras. How comfortable they felt and were seamless underneath my clothing. No bulges, or textures poking through. It was like second skin.

I gave these a good test run too. I went all day, played hard, and really gave it a chance to prove its support. By the end of the day, I was still impressed, and not in any kind of pain.

Featured here is the Feathers Bra

As mom’s we need all the support we can get and that includes what’s under our clothes! No one has time to be uncomfortable when trying to get through the day, right? For me, it could make or break my mood. Just saying. Give these a look and see what you think.  The beauty behind Natori is that they design bras with YOU in mind, there is a bra for every shape and size. As someone who has been there and personally worn them, they are WORTH your time!

Just think… a future where you don’t have to rush home to yank off the bra!

XOXO, terri

Thank you Natori for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

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Keeping up with the kiddos

This post is sponsored by Famous Footwear, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

With summer break right around the corner, I have been looking for some great summer shoes that will transition well in between activities. Because no two days are the same, I definitely was in search of something I could wear that would hold up well. Because let’s be real, no one is going to have fun if mama can’t walk in her shoes! Am I right??

For the last couple of years, I’ve had really good luck, scoring some pretty amazing shoes from Famous Footwear. So, naturally I took a peek in there first! Going in, I had no idea what style I was looking for. It’s kind of a struggle to find a functional, summery, stylish shoe all rolled up into one. I figured I would probably have to compromise on style and go for comfort. Ugh, right?? But no… not this season! <insert happy dance>  I found THE most comfortable Birkenstock  sandals! With a molded footbed AND 100% waterproof. Best of all, in true Birkenstock fashion, they’re super cute!

I love the fact they’re easy to slip-on, and a dream to wear. Leaves more time to play, which is what summer break is all about. I can remember so many times I’ve bought sandals that I thought were adorable only to cringe in pain from the blisters they left me with… and seriously, so damaging to our feet.  I knew I wanted something way different! These sandals were completely affordable and worth every penny. They’ve been my go to  pair these last few weeks and they’ve already proven to be the kind of functional and transitional shoe I was looking for.

These guys go well with any look, too! From cute spring dresses, jeans and a t-shirt, to beach wear. Now that, my friends, is a unicorn! Think about what shoes is that functional for you! Some of my cutest sandals are leather and in no way shape or form can they handle the beach. All my bases are covered with these! Seriously, if its time to let go of those ratty shoes, take a peek at Famous Footwear  they always have something for everyone! It’s my favorite place to find shoes for our family. You can count on great styles (for any occasion), with the quality and affordability you hope for!

Start off this summer with the perfect pair, because spending that quality time with your littles is totally worth it!

XOXO, terri

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