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

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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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Make a Difference Where You Are

This blog post is sponsored by TIAA All thoughts expressed are my own.

You know those moments when you start thinking about those people who have really impacted your life? I just had one of those moments recently. Probably because I came across her photos on facebook, ha. Whatever the reason, I just took a minute and thought about how much she has encouraged me and made a difference in my life, whether she knows it or not. I’m totally going to embarrass her now, but she needs a little lime light shed on her, its well deserved. My beautiful cousin, Jessica.

This girl is one of the most selfless people I know. For as long as I can remember, Jessica has always aimed to bring people together. It makes perfect sense that she is 9 years deep into her nursing career.

I’ve seen the hard work  and level of commitment that has gone into achieving her goals, and that just stirs up my soul with encouragement. Even during her darkest moments, and long (sometimes thankless) hours spent caring for others, she has remained joyful and strong. I want to be just like her “when I grow up” 🙂

This is why I desperately want to urge Jess to nominate herself for the TIAA Difference Maker 100 program!

For the last 100 years, TIAA has created a sustainable retirement system for teachers. Today they are the leader in serving the financial needs of people in academic, government, medical, cultural and other nonprofit fields. To celebrate this wonderful centennial anniversary, TIAA is recognizing 100 people who work for nonprofit organizations and are having a positive impact on the world. Giving them the opportunity to receive $10,000 to help support the nonprofit where they’re making a difference. So yeah, that is $1 million in donations to 100 people! Such an amazing opportunity to make a difference where you are!

I know some of you are reading this and already have that person in mind. Don’t ignore the chance to tell them about this! This could really make a difference for the nonprofit they work for. To be honest, TIAA is one of the companies that really cares about giving back to the community. This is such a great way to be intentional where we are. If you know of anyone that would be a great fit for this program, tell them to nominate themselves :). Best of luck to you all!

XOXO, terri

3 Tips for Winter Skincare Survival

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This post is sponsored by 
Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant
 All thoughts and opinions expressed, are my own.

Winter Skin. It’s a thing. It’s not pretty. Being raised in Florida, all I ever had to worry about were the humid days and how to control the inevitable frizzy hair. Since moving to North Carolina, I’ve had to endure a huge climate change. Even though we may not be pummeled by snow, like true northerners, it’s still wicked cold up here. Winter skin does not only create dull and even ashy skin, it’s annoyingly flaky and itchy too. I’ve done my share of research on how to battle this yearly foe and I thought I would share with you all my top 3 (and trusty) tips for winter skin care survival, with a little help from Dr. Alicia Barba. Sound good? K, cool. Let’s get right to those!

SO, what’s the first thing you think of when trying to brighten up dull and dry skin? For me, outside of the obvious hydration, I think of removing the dead skin via exfoliation. While exfoliating can be great, it’s actually a no no during the winter months. Dr. Barba says; over-exfoliating can strip the skin of it’s essential oils, leading to nasty breakouts. This whole process just dehydrates your skin. Instead, invest in a hydrating cleanser! Moisturize that skin girl!

Roll up those sleeves! Our winter wardrobe hides our skin from the outside world and from us as well. We tend to ignore those legs, and arms. Leaving them looking a little reptilian. Be intentional and moisturize beyond the face. Those areas need the extra care too!

Care for your underarms! Did you know that underarm skin is sensitive? You wouldn’t think so, seeing as though its not always the smoothest. But its true. Dr. Barba says that T-textures and fabrics in sweaters can irritate that part of the skin. You’ll definitely need a product that will keep you hydrated and protected.
Dove Advanced Care
 is formulated with moisturizers to help alleviate irritation and leave you with softer and smoother underarms.

So a quick recap on these 3 tips:

Don’t over-exfoliate

Hydrate all of your skin

Care for your underarms

Personally, I can tell you that since I started using

Dove Advanced Care I’ve noticed softer  underarms. Not to mention, it provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection. If you haven’t had a chance to try it for yourself, next time you’re at the store, add it to the list.m, and be sure to check out Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant here You’ll thank me… and can we talk about those delicious scents. Oh. My. Personal fave is the restore nutrium moisture! SO good.

Now you know… fight off that winter skin, ladies!

XOXO, terri.

This post is sponsored by Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. All thoughts are my own.

Pause. Take a breath. Repeat.

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

Doesn’t reading that title make you feel just a little more at ease? If it does, you might be a “full plat-er” like me. Yeah, that’s a new term I just coined for people that are extreme over achievers and have the inability to say no when needed.

Of course, this mentality spills over into all aspects of life. Including my desire to make sure we have the most perfect holiday. The special presents, the mouth watering delicious meals. It’s exhausting. I literally have to tell myself to “pause, take a breath, and repeat as necessary”.

This past weekend, we did just that. It was simple and beautiful. No agenda but to enjoy each other’s company. A little reminder that it is just as important to take a break from the holiday chaos.

I’ve really adopted Famous Footwear’s #STEPFORWARD mentality. Where “everyday is a chance to get one step ahead”. That range is so wide, it can be a step towards getting that degree or as simple as getting everyone out the door ahead of schedule. Famous Footwear cheers you along your journey! For us, it looks like taking that step towards a necessary break. Knowing when to walk away and treat yourself!

Not to mention, the shoes! Not a bad way to reward ourselves, am I right?? I found the greatest pair of boots for this season. So obsessed with the style. I seriously have been looking for some like these for a while now, and none of the ones I found were quite right. I’m such a happy girl right now!

Honestly, mom to mom, I love finding great name brand shoes for a good value. I scored some nice kicks for the kids while browsing for my boots. So excited I found Avenleigh, new shoes. She is wearing the cutest sneakers by ROXY I love the side zipper (try saying that 5x’s in a row) option, because it’s really easy for her to slip on herself. Because you know I’m all about independent kids these day!

Bringing it back to where this started; How do YOU make time for yourself during the holidays?

If that gave you pause… reevaluate some things and make necessary changes. Spoil yourself (or a loved one) with a couple pairs of shoes while you’re at it. You deserve it!

XOXO, terri

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‘Cook Better Food More Often’

Raise your hand if you’re bored to tears with the weekly meal planning? Ok, I almost had to laugh…’meal planning’? What is that life? I usually whip up whatever is convenient and easy to make. Preferably, not coming out of a box! But hey, no judgment here if that’s your thing.

I want to jump on the healthy mom bandwagon as much as the next girl, but keeping it real here, that’s not our reality on most days. However, that is seriously about to change all thanks to Hestan Cue

Never heard of it? No worries, I was in the dark too! But oh my gosh, you’re going to be so happy you stumbled across this blog post in a few minutes.

Ok, so nowadays, everything has pretty much become a “smart” version of its plain former self. Smart phones, smart cars, freaking smart fridges (I REALLY want one of those btw). So why stop there? How about a smart cooking system? Yep, someone thought of it. It’s real. Take a look at my new bff (my dishwasher has now been demoted from that status) she’s a beaut!

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So, before you think this is just another kitchen gadget… let me teach you how this smart cooking system is actually your COACH in the kitchen!

But first…

What makes it smart?

The Hestan Cue smart induction burner connects you to your cooking through bluetooth. The smart module receives heating instructions from the Cue mobile app which I seriously get a kick out of! Fortunately for my fam, no fear of scorching our dinner anytime soon, ha! You can have complete confidence because Cue automatically controls the vital variables; like cooking time and temp, as you proceed through the recipe.

 

How many of you struggle while following recipes? Wishing you could actually see it go down step by step. That’s where this amazing Cue app comes into play. The app provides you with video guided recipes. Which by the way, are recipes that have been created by Michelin-star chefs, so yeah, there’s that! These videos literally walk you through each step. So even if you’ve never julienned an apple, you’ll see exactly how to do so. THAT is freaking cool, right?!

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I was so giddy to use it for the first time. The kids couldn’t wait to try out the salmon. Quite literally couldn’t wait, I had to shoo them out of the kitchen about ten times!

 

Honestly, I felt like I needed to be on TopChef for a second. Pretty sure I elevated my cooking skills. This is what I meant by having a coach in the kitchen! You feel trained to do the job on your own. So great!

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I’m SOO pleased with how dinner turned out! It was delicious. This Salmon recipe had me at brown buttered sauce. *Drool*

Please please please take a peek at this smart system. It is the greatest help around kitchen, and super versatile! I’m totally making some blueberry pancakes in the morning.

 

XOXO, terri
This blog post is sponsored by Hestan Cue. All thoughts and views are my own. 

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