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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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

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



In these shoes


they say ‘you never truly know a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes’. well, if our shoes could talk, they would tell some adventurous stories for sure. spending one on one time with each of my kiddos is hard to come by. real life happens, and we don’t always get to share those special dates with each other. you know the ones; no interruptions, no screaming tantrums in the background, and no dog barking…just REAL great one on one time.

today Phoenix and I made the most of it, tried to create a special space to get that time, to catch up…and because, we really do enjoy time together as a family, daddy and siblings met up with us after 🙂  (and of course had some photos snapped to treasure those silly moments)



going back to school is always a super emotional time for all of us, the fear of the new school year and if that transition will be a smooth one, mourning the loss of summer…I mean you name, we feel it! so time together means the world, and in a way,  it silences all of those fears.


and while we’re talking about walking a mile in someone’s shoes… a pair of new kicks always makes me feel a little more confident. you know what I mean right? how the right pair of shoes makes you feel like you can take on the day because they’re just that fierce!

famous footwear has some incredible selections of shoes. Phoenix and I are strutting around in some of our favorite new styles.


there’s a style for each personality 🙂 and I think we really captured who we are in these!


I love that I can send Phoenix back to school in shoes that he loves and can still keep active in. He’s such a monkey on the playground that he requires durable kicks that won’t wimp out on him after a few uses… and by the way he was running and scampering around in them, I know he felt great and confident to take on the day.


famous footwear wants to give one of you this same opportunity to feel great in a new pair of shoes with a GIVEAWAY! the winner will receive a $100 egiftcard to famous footwear pretty great right?? head on over to my Instagram @terrimchugh for entry rules!


best of luck!!

XOXO, terri

 Disclosure: I was sponsored by famous footwear. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. by entering, you confirm that you are 18+ years of age, that you release Instagram from any/all responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. residents.

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