‘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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Ditch Them or Still Need Them?

So, those moments in which you realize you’ve just had a major mom fail. Not the greatest reflection on those parenting skills, am I right? Well, 8 years deep into this mom gig and three kids later, I am still discovering ‘common knowledge’ basics.

The most recent discovery; learning that my older boys were still required (by our NC laws) to use a booster seat. I. Was. Shocked. Before you judge me too harshly or ask the most basic of questions; “How did she not know something like that?”, most of my mom friends are in the dark about this as well.

We kept the boys in booster seats for almost 6 years. They’re pretty tall boys for their age, and after a little while, they just started to look silly in those seats. To be honest, they were super uncomfortable.

So, I did what most moms do… I asked my fellow mama’s how long they kept their kids in booster seats. Like I said before, none of these kiddos were using them at that point. After seeing tons of my son’s peers get picked up and dropped off at school (with no booster seat in view), I assumed I was in the right to do away with those, and ditch the seat.

Fast forward to a couple years later. I was searching for a new design for Avenleigh’s seat (age 4), I noticed they made them for my son’s age as well. I was stunned. Given my inquisitive nature, I couldn’t just leave it alone. I had to look into this a little further. I read up on child passenger safety as well as which laws pertained to us by state. I could not believe that both our boys were still required to use booster seats.

Not only had they been out of those seats for 2 years or so, they had no interest in regressing. When I brought up that we would need to purchase some booster seats for them, they were horrified. Afraid their friends would think they were seating in seats like toddlers do. I knew the seat that I was looking for had to be sleek and “cool” enough that they would not think of it as regressing but the new norm.

When one magical day, I bumped into Clek Inc over on Instagram. These car seats are SO sleek, more importantly, built for safety and comfort. I found exactly was I was looking for. A great design for each kiddo that I knew would last and be sturdy enough to survive a spilled happy meal or two.

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The Oobr and the Olli are SUPER easy to install in your car. They have a built in rigid latch system that clicks right into the seats lower anchors.

 

It’s like second skin to the seats. A snug fit! Also, good news for you travelers. These seats are convenient to tote around with their detachable strap.

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Doesn’t it look so comfy?! Oh and it also comes with a cup holder… that I didn’t find until after this picture, ha! I chose Avenleigh’s Oobr seat with the back option because I feel that she still could benefit from the extra support. Also, if you’ve ever watched my insta-stories, you know this girl loves to sleep in the car! Having her head nod around is nonnegotiable.

The boys on the other hand, were great with the backless Olli


Also, as it turns out, they were psyched when the booster seats arrived. It wasn’t what they were expecting… in the best way.

So, if I can offer some tiny advice; one mom to another, read up on child passenger safety. If you happen to be like me, and didn’t know about the age limit on the booster seats, no shame in that. Plenty of time to correct that and find a great seat for your kiddo. I happen to know a great place *wink wink*

If you’re supermom and had this all figured out, nicely done mama! Anyway, whether you’re looking to upgrade your child’s current car seat or wanting to purchase one for the first time Clek Inc really does have some amazing products and accessories. You would be wise to take a peek there, first!

Till next time! Keep those littles safe 🙂

XOXO, terri

 

 

 

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