NEOSTRATA- the science of skin regeneration.

This blog post has been kindly sponsored by NEOSTRATA. All thoughts and opinions expressed, are solely my own.

Fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin. Those are fighting words where I come from, ha! As much as I’m pro ’embrace and love yourself’. I do believe part of that loving includes taking care of your skin as best as you can. Let’s face it, free radicals aren’t our friends and the damage they cause to our skin seems inevitable.

Even though these villains seem invincible, there is a hero in this story! NEOSTRATA is one of my favorite anti aging skincare lines EVER.

I started this skincare regimen a little over a month ago and I can literally see fine lines disappearing. Even my husband mentioned a week ago “I can really tell a difference since you started using those creams”.

Their Bionic Face Serum is complete magic too. As I write this I’m thinking how I need to grab some more. I used it so often that I’m already out! The Bionic Face Serum is wonderful to help restore texture and just leaves your face with this beautiful glow. That “I woke up like this” look! Which to be honest, is exactly what I’m after these days!

Seriously, goodies after goodies of bionic lotions that help improve your skin and they ACTUALLY work. It’s not all talk!

I shared my top 3 NEOSTRATA products I use before applying my makeup everyday on my ig stories and thought I would add them on here as well.

Ladies this is something I believe in and use daily. I want you to know there is a product out there that can help reduce those fine lines and give your skin new life! This is it for me. If you’re unsure, start with the Bionic Face Serum, and you’ll be thanking me, I promise!

Be sure to check it out!

XOXO, terri

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‘Good Starts Young’, Am I right?

This post is sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. All opinions are my own,

Last weekend we took a trip to one of our favorite cities, D.C. It’s sort of become our new yearly (unofficial) family tradition.

It was THE most beautiful weekend too. Extremely cold, but so beautiful. We love getting a chance to see D.C. in all it’s glory!

When I heard that The Allstate Foundationwas launching the Good Starts Young  campaign at the National Mall, I knew that was something we had to take the kids to. If you’re not too familiar with this foundation, I have to tell you all about it! The Allstate Foundation cares for young people and empowers them to succeed by helping to develop our next generation of leaders and history-makers. What I love most about Good Starts Young is that they give future leaders the tools and resources they need to learn critical skills. They also provide opportunities to put these practices into use through volunteering and service related programs. Amazing, right? THIS is why we had to check out their event! Also, this is not just focused on the kids, this program aims to educate parents (and youth) about SEL (social and emotionallearning) skills!

Before hearing about The Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young, I vaguely knew the term SEL. I’m so glad we invested time into learning more about this program. Social and emotional learning is a neat process of learning that includes five core competences. Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Kind of a long-winded explanation, ha! But, now you know!

When we arrived at The Allstate Foundation event, we were greeted by pedestals that lined the national mall. Each pedestal featured an aspirational goal, engraved with inscriptions such as “Future President of the United States”. People were invited to stand on the ones they identified with. It was so neat! Our kids really enjoyed reading through the inscriptions and finding the ones they related to. It was such an amazing opportunity to talk with them about the future and how they could work towards that goal. Ways in which we could encourage, and empower them to follow this dream all the way through.

With The Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young’, I have felt so confident in our approach towards empowering our children, our future leaders. Take time to look into this, be the support system they need to achieve those goals. It takes a village you guys! So thankful for these basic tools. I’m excited to watch the future unfold for these three. Also, I’m pretty sure Phoenix willbe the next future president. He’s been making this claim since he was 3. Years later, still going strong!

How are you encouraging your kids to pursue those dreams? Be sure to visit GoodStartsYoung.orgfor more information.

XOXO, terri

This post was written as part of The Allstate Foundation Influencer Program and sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. All opinions are mine.

 

My Pantene 14- Day Challenge!

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

Trying to decide which is worse. Frizzy hair or… actually no, that’s it. Bad hair days due to the frizz horror show on my head is my worst nightmare.

I’ve tried a lot of products and even switched up how I blow dry my hair. Including, reducing the amount of heat I use to style on a daily basis. Some days that seemed to do the trick, but there were definitely more “meh” hair days than “move over Beyoncé” ones.

When I heard of the Pantene 14-day challenge. I thought “sure, why not?” Hoping for amazing results but not expecting a major difference. Because like I said earlier, I’ve tried too many things out there to keep me skeptical for a long while.

This challenge seemed simple enough. All I had to do was choose the product from their collection that best suited my hair type. Since my hair leans toward the dry side, I went with the Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal. Also, can we talk about how amazing it smells?! Such a great scent that lasts a while! These things matter to me!

I was really excited to get this thing started. I just wanted to know what it felt like to love your hair on a more frequent basis and not just the random day it behaved.

Right from the start I could feel a difference in the texture as I rinsed off the conditioner. It was SO soft and manageable. Usually when using other conditioners, my hair continued to produce plenty of knots and would end up feeling coarse. I was stunned that it was that fast acting.

I went about 2-3 days without washing my hair to keep more of the moisture locked in. I didn’t realize this, but I had been drying out my hair in the worst way. I would literally wash it everyday before this challenge. Yikes! Way to strip the hydration. Ugh.

Before I knew it I was on day 7 and I literally saw a visible difference! It looked soft. It actually looked AND felt soft.

But… before I show you that shot of Day-7. You need to see what I was dealing with just a few weeks shy of starting this challenge.

Below is a photo of my hair a few months ago. Perfect shot of stringy, frizzy hair. Or at least in my eyes it is. I want you guys to see the difference I’m talking about:

All I see are frizzy ends! This is how I spent most of my summer you guys. It was awful. Amazing hair can help you feel unstoppable in all that you do. The exact opposite could be said for hair that is untamable. It just ruins your mood! It did for me. A constant cycle of “I think I’m just going to cut it all off”.

Thank goodness for this challenge though. It’s made me love my hair. Seriously. I found myself looking forward to getting ready for the day. Instead of dreading having to style my locks. Take a look at Day-7

Can you see that softness?! Look, NO frizz! Also, I feel that I have to point out this was a very humid day. I was outside most of this day and my hair did not feel the need to defy me. Beautifully full of volume with soft curls. I mean, wow. Is this real life??

I have seen more and more manageable hair as the days have gone by. Even when I wear it straight it looks I’ve had it professionally blown out.

If you’re reading this thinking, “that’s great but it won’t work for my hair”, you’re wrong!! Pantene has a collection for ALL hair types. They created these products with us in mind. As impossible as it seemed at first, it was possible to leave those bad hair days behind.

At Day-14 I’m THE happiest with my overall results! You can actually have a new and improved look (and feel) to your hair. Just two weeks and you can have great hair that offers a boost of confidence.

Go ahead, say hello to good hair days and try this challenge for yourself! Send me those before and after shots! I appreciate a good challenge 🙂

XOXO, terri

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Our New GAF roof with Lowe’s Home Improvement

This blog is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Inprovement and GAF. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s been a long time coming. Close to ten years now (crazy). We are FINALLY getting our old roof replaced. I know it seems wild that we would wait so long to replace something that essential, but honestly, something else always seemed more important at the time. You name it, it happened. It wasn’t until recently this year that Tim and I looked at each other and said “ok, NOW we have to starting looking into this”. Our area is like a magnet for storms, strong winds (can’t tell you how many times our swing set has fallen over), lots of rain, and all around bad weather- bleh. So you would have thought we would have been just an itty bit more proactive with making sure our roof was in good shape.

This last (bad) storm did us in. We started to have multiple leaks in our house. Mostly concentrated in our daughter’s room and that wasn’t ok! Also, I just hated to look of it. Really outdated shingles, most missing. Just embarrassing being that house on the block, you know what I’m saying?

Here’s a look at our old roof:

Kind of a hot mess right?! Even worse in person, guys.

When we started to make calls and try to find a roofer that would do a good job at a reasonable price, we were ran out of options very quickly. The quotes were astronomical and not within the budget we were looking for at all!

We tried Lowe’s Home Improvement and were honestly worried it would be the same type of experience… but it wasn’t at all!! They were soo kind and thorough about what our service would include, if we decided to move forward. Best part is that we could choose the roof we wanted and make these plans straight from our house! They had a Lowe’s representative come out to us! AMAZING.

During this meeting we talked about our current roof situation, and chose every detail of what we wanted in our new roof.

The PSE (Professional Services Exterior) representative showed us an amazing selection of shingles and accessories from GAF roofing

It felt so good talking through this process. For some reason it all seemed so complicated when we were in the midst of searching. This was easy as pie, guys. Setting up an in home consultation and meeting with our PSE exceeded our expectations.

The quality and price point for GAF shingles was incredible. We chose the Timberline HD® in Weathered Wood. It had such a great neutral color that worked well with our siding. We also decided to add new ventilation at the ridge of the roof to keep our attic cooler during those warmer months. These are things I learned during our consultation!

Tim and I just looked at each other because we couldn’t believe it! It was all soo simple to do. How great is it being able to have someone come out to you?! They educate you on the new roof (with samples that you could touch and feel), and give you that comforting peace of mind that other places aren’t able to offer (in my opinion). The quality and accessibility is a big win here!

After we put in our order, a crew was out here in less than 2 weeks!!

The big day was finally here you guys! I could have shed a tear, haha. We went to drop off the kids for their first day of school and by the time I came back home, the Lowe’s crew was already at my house, and had started tearing off those old shingles. To say I was impressed was an understatement.

I was soo happy to see them rip off that old roof. It was therapeutic!

This crew worked so hard and efficiently that they completed the roof in just one day! They cleaned up our yard and left everything looking so beautiful. Someone pinch me! Is it really this easy getting a roof replaced?! I mean all joking aside, this service and the product are unreal. We are sooo excited about our new roof. It’s stunning. I love the curb appeal it’s added to our home. Now we’re THAT house on the block 😉

Oh wait- did you want to see the results?! Just kidding, here is our brand new GAF roof!

If you are looking into replacing a roof, I would start (and finish) with Lowe’s Home Improvement This service can’t be beat. Super convenient for those busy schedules. Do it all from home!

Happy fall!

XOXO, terri

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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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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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