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 Really outdated shingles, most missing.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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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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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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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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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 🙂

TA-DA

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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