Caffeine. Silent Destroyer.

Did you gasp at that title? I never thought I would see the day when I wasn’t on team caffeine and all things coffee, turns out there is truth to caffeine being a silent destroyer. UGH. As of recently I have become incredibly aware of what I’ve been putting in my body and the side effects of those things. Is it beneficial or is it silently harming me, leading me down a path of future health issues?

Ladies, I’m sure at some point in your lives you’ve suffered from a UTI. Not the sexiest topic ever. Not even moderately appealing. However, it is a real issue we as women run into quite often, if we’re not careful!


If you’ve ever experienced that hell you know how uncomfortable it can feel. How hiding out and laying low seems to be the only way to cope. It just sucks the fun out of life, honestly. Not to mention the obligatory doctor’s visit for a good round of antibiotics. Personally, I’m not down with any of that. I much rather take preventative steps and try my very best to avoid that beast whenever possible.

The amazing news is that AZO can help protect against UTI’s! AZO can help provide pain relief from UTIs! They also have other amazing products like UTI Test Strips that give results in just two minutes and AZO Cranberry ® which helps cleanse and protect the urinary tract. These boxes may as well be wearing capes because they’re kind of superheroes.

So why hate on caffeine?? Well, here’s the thing; caffeine is particularly known to cause bladder irritation and worsen urinary tract symptoms. No that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious latte ever again!  If you’re anything like me though, and consume more that two cups of coffee a day, it is a given the road you’re walking down is not a great one.

There are so many benefits to adding options like AZO Urinary Tract Defense and AZO Cranberry Urinary Tract Health  into your daily routine. Number one being the best choice to help protect and maintain your urinary tract health.

Take control of your body and how it fights back! Stay healthy, ladies!

XOXO, terri

Make a splash. Make it count.

We’re officially in back-to-school month around here! I’m not going to pretend I’m all smiles and giggles over this. When summer comes to an end, its always a little gut wrenching having to switch gears into ‘reality’. With that in mind, I always cling onto that silver lining. I love the clean slate of a new school year for the kiddos. I always wonder what their favorite subject will be this time around. What will they’ll excel in? How will they choose to express themselves?


As a family, the arts play a big role in our lives. Both my husband and I grew up in an atmosphere that helped nurture our penchant for music, painting (well, Tim not so much, HA), and so on. We definitely know the importance of that freedom to express ourselves through art. Naturally, we have always encouraged our children to do the same.



I am so excited to be partnering with Minnetonka on their ‘back-to school give back’ campaign (in collaboration with Lindsay Stewart). Both Minnetonka and Lindsay Stewart of Free Range Mama collaborated on a mommy & me hand painted collection that celebrates young imaginations and the people who help nurture them. The neatest thing about this collaboration was not only do we get to see a fun new twist on those beloved moccs but a portion of the proceeds will go towards funding classroom projects in partnership with DonorsChoose.org



This is such a wonderful way to give back to our children and empower them to express themselves! Also, you could always use a fun new pair of Moccasins 🙂



Make sure to check out this absolutely amazing project, join us in making a splash!

XOXO, terri

 

 

Woom. Woom.

Parenting confession: I’m running low on ideas of how to keep the kiddos entertained this summer.

As much as I love a good day at the beach or hanging poolside until we’re crispy, its no walk in the park. Toting all that junk stuff around in 100 degree weather gets pretty old, very quickly. It’s just not relaxing, guys. There I said it! Buttt, I still want the kids to have an incredible summer before they have to go back to school. On that note, the other night I was pinterst-ing ‘fun summer ideas’ and I had an ‘ah ha’ moment when I realized we haven’t taken the kids out on their bikes yet. Gasp, I know! In our defense, we live off of a main street and riding bikes around here is kind of hazardous, ha! We almost always have to plan that as an outing.

I was all excited that I finally had a good idea to keep them busy for a few hours up until that moment I looked in our garage; aka- the bike graveyard. I promise we have the worst luck with purchasing decent bikes that can outlast our kiddos. Chains almost ALWAYS break off, handles snap, pedals crack. I’m serious, its like a freakish act of nature. Or just two boys between the ages of 7-8.

Back to the drawing board of ideas for me or online shopping, which ever came first. I’ll let you take a guess what option I went with 🙂

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Heard of Woom bikes ?  Now, these are rad! They look like mini mountain bicycles for kids. SO sharp looking. Naturally, I’m so excited at the opportunity to be working with @WoomBikesUSA and clearly, so is Liam. His face lit up when he opened up the box and saw a  new shiny red bike waiting for him.

I was expecting this bike to be heavy, so when Liam went to pull it out of the box I totally did the mom thing “NO! Wait! You’re going to hurt yourself.” I was shocked when he lifted it right up. Either this kid had been bitten by a radioactive spider I didn’t know about or this was an incredibly lightweight bicycle. Even my husband was pleasantly surprised.

 

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These bikes are made in 6 different sizes. Suiting ages from 1.5 yr- 14 yrs old. Isn’t that awesome?! Liam’s bike is a #5, 7-11 year olds can ride it comfortably. The seat height is adjustable and grows with your kiddo.

I took tons of detailed shots of the bike so you could see all the bells (literally, ha) and whistles for yourselves. It’s quality, guys!

Doesn’t it make you want to kick your current bike to the curb? Waiting on the day they start selling those adult bikes, I’ll be first in line!

Set up time took about 20 minutes and honestly, I don’t think it would’ve even taken that long if Tim had read the instructions instead of winging it. (Still love you, honey!)

 

Ok, let’s talk helmets for a second. Let me show you this adorableness

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the watermelon helmet and they’re adjustable, too! You guys should check out all of the styles. There’s definitely one to suit any personality. I was torn between this one or the 8 ball. They’re pretty great!

Liam is really excited about how he’s able to ride on the grass with minimal effort. His last bike barely pedaled across the yard, it was dud.

He’s been so obsessed with it that we’ve had to take it out everyday since he got it! Also, on the plus side, the days that I don’t feel like packing up the bike, he can ride it out on the yard. win/win!

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These bikes were definitely made for some outdoor adventuring! They’re so worth the cost.  Also, before I forget to mention this, they offer FREE shipping in the U.S. and FREE return shipping. I don’t know about you know about you guys but that’s icing on the cake for me, haha. SOLD!

Check these rad bikes out when you have a minute, they’re definitely worth the time! Happy Summering 🙂

XOXO, terri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic of a Tulle Skirt

Ladies, can we agree that wearing a tulle skirt makes you feel like a princess? If you’re being honest with your inner child, you know it does… and you may even be caught twirling in it a time or two. HA! 


I used to think there was never the right event or moment I would ever have use for a tulle skirt, and then Pinterest happened. Different views and ideas on how to style these skirts. 1k pins later… it opened up a whole new world for me!

All I can is that I’m glad I was brave enough to go through with it because I LOVE my stunning tulle skirt. 


This particular skirt comes from the darling shop C’est Ca New York  and honestly the quality is quite good. I remember ordering a random tulle skirt a few years ago from one of those shops overseas, won’t mention any names, but the quality was horrid and not flattering whatsoever. I was nervous when this skirt arrived. I had flashbacks of cheap material and a limp skirt that didn’t resemble what I had ordered. I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised! 

I love the bounce in the skirt, and it’s so thick and plush, you can tangibly feel the quality. For the product you get with these skirts, the price is completely affordable. I love the length and style of my tulle skirt not too short, not too long… but then again, I may go shorter in the future for fun 🙂 


Hopefully this skirt has inspired you to add a little magic into your wardrobe, you really only live once ya know… make it count!
XOXO, terri 

Getting cozy with Burrow

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

 

I’m just going to put it out there… I keep buying the wrong kind of furniture for our family. Over and over again. It’s either too stylish and not practical. Too cheap practical and not enough style. For whatever the reason, I can’t seem to get it right and its SO frustrating.

One random day when I was perusing through the endless suggestions of my Instagram ‘explore’ page. I came across this very stylish feed. I forget now who the account belonged to, the only thing I can remember is that she had a great sofa. It looked super comfortable with the kind of design I was after. Thank goodness she shared the product link because it led me back to BURROW! Want to take a peek at the sofa before I go on? 🙂

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Isn’t she a beaut?! I am the biggest midmod fan and I loved the retro vibe of this sofa. Another thing too, it didn’t look as stiff as other modern century sofa’s appear to be. I wasn’t sure though. I buried (haha, get what I did there??) myself in that site and researched this product to see if there was anything that stood apart from other places.

What I found when I was lurking researching this brand, is that they have a very honest vision and unique design that is pretty stellar in my opinion.

One neat feature (there are so many) of this sofa is that you can customize the frame into a sofa chair, love seat, or a very comfy large couch. Also, the variety of colors are just soo gorgeous!

Ok, now onto my FAVORITE feature on this sofa… I’ve been dying to tell you guys about it since I started this post but you know, the element of surprise and all 🙂

Ready??

There is a hidden charging port underneath the couch. I KNOW, freaking cool!

Complete with USB and three prong outlets. It. Is. A. Dream. If this sofa wasn’t already the coolest kid on the block, this goodness, sealed the deal! I’m pretty sure the only issue with this feature is that Tim is constantly removing the charging port and taking it throughout the house, to use in other rooms too, UGH. 🙂

Designed, crafted, and shipped by us.

We work directly with all of our factories, which means we’re able to ensure the integrity of the entire production process. And by skipping retailers and shipping directly to you, we remove the industry standard markup, and even include the cost of shipping.

I am such a big fan of what this company is doing and how they’ve designed a great product at such an affordable price.

Oh and did I mention it ships in separate boxes?? For those of you in smaller spaces, or wanting to carry it upstairs, this is fantastic news. You don’t have to break your back, yay!! Super easy to assemble and when in doubt, there’s an incredibly helpful video to follow in the set up process.

Because I want to sweeten up your Friday, my buddy who works over at Burrow, gave me the inside scoop on a $50 promo code (if you’re in the market) COZY102, enjoy!!

Happy Friday, cheers to the weekend!

XOXO, terri

 

Mommy + Me Minnetonka’s please!

This post is sponsored by Minnetonka. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have every justification to twin with my daughter! 
It’s kind of our jam, anyway. Among the countless matching outfits/ shoes we share, Minnetonka  sandals has to be one of the top favorites. We have a thing for fringe, people! 

 Is this girl for real?! Where did all this style and attitude come from? If you could only see the fits she throws when she doesn’t have the right hat to match her outfits. I mean, heck yes, I’m proud that she doesn’t want to look like a ragamuffin all the time, but I get a little freaked at the wardrobe meltdowns I’ve had to witness. I might have created a little fashion monster… whoops.

Ok, so tell me the fringe on these isn’t the best! They’re so fun (and comfortable). 


These little moments with her are the ones I want to remember. Frolicking through a rose garden, spinning in circles until we’re so dizzy we can’t stand straight. Matching our shoes because she thinks it’s the greatest thing ever to wear the same thing as ‘momma’.

And even though these pictures may look ‘perfect’ I’m not trying to paint a false image of motherhood here. I have had SO many gut wrenching moments when I just feel that I suck at this mom gig. Feeling insecure about ever getting it right. However, I’m not a big fan of simmering in the ‘whoa is me, this is too hard’, ‘This phase is just too crazy’, complaining session. Honestly, there’s not a super mom complex going on around here, I just try to look at the gifts we have, and know we’re blessed to have them. Also, it literally just takes us going outside to make a horrible day, better, haha. That’s my big mom secret, don’t ever say I didn’t give ya anything 😉 

But back to the shoes… HA! 


Are you itching to know the details on these sandals already?! Here you go:

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You really can’t beat the style and quality  you get for the incredibly affordable price, guys. I mean that, I have been a fan of Minnetonka shoes, forever! I still use my moccasins, boots, etc… they have lasted for years and still look brand new.


Hopefully you’ve gathered a little inspiration for your next mommy + me adventure with your little one, but really, where to find some great sandals! 

Follow Minnetonka on Instagram for their latest styles! 



And if you want to keep up with our fashion meltdowns (HA) be sure to stay connected

 IG: terrimchugh 

Twitter: Thissmiles4you 
XOXO, terri 

Top 5 ALDI Must Haves

Top 5 ALDI Must Haves

This post is sponsored by ALDI. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HELLO guys! All caps ‘hello’ because I’m feeling extra giddy about the delicious goodies I picked up at ALDI recently. Also, I need to tell you about my experience there, since I’ve never shopped at this grocery store before.

Right off the bat, I knew there was something unique about this grocery store, and not a weird kind of different, more like a ‘I’m really going to love this place’, different. I inserted my .25 cents into the slot, and took off with my cart (like I had done it for years, might I add, ha!). It’s a super easy way to save you money by cutting unnecessary store costs.

Walking into ALDI was that feeling a child gets when filling up their goodie bag at a candy store. Not. Even. Kidding. Right away I noticed the plethora of organic produce, the crazy affordable prices. I actually read the fine print on the labels to make sure I wasn’t reading the price wrong, haha, total newb!

I could see why the place was busy with customers. I just wish I had known about this place sooner!

Sooo, I came up with a small list of favorites that I thought you all might enjoy. I can’t help myself, guys, when I really love something, it’s just natural and effortless to pass along the information. So, in advance, you’re welcome! Because I KNOW you’ll flip for these goodies too.

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So, this is only about a tenth of what was in my cart, but they quickly became essentials when prepping meals!

The bread, the greens, and wine to go with my cheese… the motto of life, friends! Ha! Here are the five that made the top tier of favorites:

 

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This delicious 30 Miles Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect, award-winning (!) red to accompany any meal, snack, dessert, what-evs! It’s so yummy! You would NOT believe the price, either! Completely affordable.

 

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For the greens, these guys are my staple super foods. I literally find a way to add spinach and avocados into every meal. I’m not even joking. You can find these in my smoothies, dips, breakfast, anything and everything. I just made the MOST mouthwatering gyros and I found a way to incorporate these greens. Stay tuned because I have a blog post dedicated to that recipe. Soo good!

I saved the VERY best for last because they need all of your special attention 🙂

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                                                       Say cheese!!

Ok, so first of all, I need to say, I have never enjoyed the taste of goat cheese. I know, I must be some kind of weirdo, but it’s true. It never really did it for me. I am a lover of all cheeses and have never come across a kind that I didn’t like, so it’s always bothered me that goat cheese hasn’t had much involvement in my life. HA! This changed after I tried Happy Farms Preferred goat cheese!! Ahh! I freaked a little. I tasted it over and over to make sure I wasn’t imagining it, just to make sure I was really getting a good mouthful. Guys, it’s soooo delicious. It has a cream cheese texture and I used it in making a sauce for the gyros. It was finger licking kind of good.

And Manchego, well that’s a no brainer! I use Manchego shavings over salads, pasta, baked egg in avocados. It’s just a very friendly cheese and melts well… so delicious in quesadillas!

Ok, so I know this is a top five list but this is an extra bonus item that I just couldn’t leave out 🙂

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Can I just say that Naan flatbread is a gift from above?! Because it is. Really. What can’t I make with this?? I use this to make pizza’s, sandwiches, just recently, gyros. It’s just the greatest. Keep this in your bread box, it’s a definite must have!

There you have it guys! My top 5 ALDI favorites! Get to your nearest ALDI asap, it will change your grocery shopping experience! The quality of food and the affordable prices are worth your time. Happy shopping!!

XOXO, terri