I’ll Take Two Please

This blog post is kindly sponsored by Famous Footwear. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Do you ever feel like buying in sets is the way of life as a mom? Because I can completely relate. I even take it a step further and try to buy as many twinning sets for me and Avenleigh as often as I can. I’m pretty sure there won’t be another time in her life that she will be as excited to match with me as she does right now. No shame in my game, I take full advantage of that!

Just recently she was needing some new shoes (never seen a kid grow so fast) and thought I would take a peek on the Famous Footwear site. SO many styles had my heart. I found the cutest Roxy shoes for the both of us. While I love to match with her, I still think its fun to choose our own type of style within the twinning process. She picked out her own color scheme and I did too.

I’m wearing the Roxy Bayshore Sneakers (white stripe)  and Avenleigh chose the Roxy Bayshore (memory foam) slip on sneaker

We took our new kicks and tried them out at one of our favorite places. These moments, the ones that we get to plan out our outfits and our day are everything to me. Such a great bonding experience with her. Those are the sweet memories that I want to keep in my heart forever.

What didn’t we do this day? We danced like no one was watching. Frolicked through the gardens, and told secrets by the daffodils. It was THAT kind of day. These Roxy shoes are so comfortable by the way. The cushiony memory foam insole is life! When I think about it, we’ve been making memories with Famous Footwear shoes since I can remember. Way back in the day when they were toddlers and I would get matching sets for everyone. Clearly not much has changed, haha. I love the kind of place that I could walk into and find great styles for all of us. Famous Footwear has been part of our storytelling for years, and I’m thankful for that.

If your mama heart fills you with joy with you twin with your little, take a peek at some of Famous Footwear’s styles. They have a look for everyone! It’s a good excuse to make  memories and grab some new shoes, just saying’.

Happy Spring!

XOXO, terri

 

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Under The Covers

SO, over the holidays we did a thing. We switched up our room… again. Even though styling our home is unofficially like my life’s work (ha), we actually never got around to updating our bed. It’s taken us 11 years, guys!

Started from the bottom now we’re here 🙂

In our mini makeover, we updated our bed frame and mattress as well as Avenleigh’s bed and mattress set. Let me tell you, it has changed the flow of these rooms in the best way. We’re 3 months into our new beds and it still feels like the first day they delivered it to us. Also, I intentionally waited a few months so I could give it an honest review.

So for now, I really wanted to focus on the mattresses we ordered because oh my gosh. You need to know about these! For our bed, we ordered a king size Retreat Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Also, did you even know Arhaus sold mattresses as well? It was completely serendipitous when we found out. The biggest selling point for us was knowing they are handcrafted ONE at a time. Isn’t that just incredible? They’re made exclusively for Arhaus too!

(Make sure to check product links at the bottom of this post)

We went with the memory foam which is designed to improve circulation. I kept noticing with our last mattress that I would wake up with a sore right shoulder almost every morning. I always thought I must have been laying on my arm the wrong way, but even on those nights when I was intentionally sleeping on my left side, I would still wake up in pain.

Happy to report the mattress is like sleeping on a bed of pillows! Can’t remember the last time I had any type of sleeping ache. Also, this incredible gel technology reacts to heat and pressure, cradling your body and allowing you to sleep cool. Brilliant, just brilliant!

We wanted to try the Plush mattress for Avenleigh’s room because of its plush foam support layer. We wanted to her to feel super comfy. The topper layer offers that “sink-into” surface. It’s so wonderful, the hardest part is getting her to stop jumping on the bed!

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If you’re in the market for a new bed or mattress, Arhaus is the place to stop in, first. Their handcrafted pieces are so special and extreme quality- take it from the girl who spends lots of time (and money) into styling her space! I know a thing or two about amazing quality and dupes that are not even close to the real thing. THIS is the real thing!

Have fun looking through this site, its like Christmas morning over there! So many amazing pieces!

XOXO, terri

Linked products

Our bed: Maya Bed

Our Mattress: Retreat Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Avenleigh’s bed: Evelyn Bed

Avenleigh’s mattress: Plush Mattress

 

 

 

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

Did You Say Face Mask on a Stick??

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

A few weeks ago, I received the most amazing Olay box. Filled with three different kinds of face masks. What I couldn’t believe was these masks were on a stick! Pretty genius right??

As I started going through my personalized box, there was this sketch of my face (btw, whoever drew that, you have some talent my friend). I noticed that each section of my face was color coded according to the mask color. Right away, I knew which mask would be best to target certain areas. The three masks in my kit were the Glow Boost, Fresh Reset, and my personal fave the Pore Detox

If you’re curious about the breakdown of what each one is for, I’m here to let you know!

Glow Boost

With this mask, it’s all in the name! It reveals your skin’s natural glow with micro-exfoliating white charcoal. So good!

Fresh Reset

This mask is perfect for those days your skin is a little lack luster. It’s the ultimate fresh look + feel. This little guy is full of anti-oxidant minerals!

Pore Detox

This bad boy gives your stressed skin a break! The black charcoal in this mask reduces the appearance of pores, leaving your skin so soft.

I’ve REALLY enjoyed the precise application of these Olay masks. In what world could you ever use three different face masks at the same time, without making a mess?! These are truly #allmasknomess

They’re easy to find too! Just stop by your local Walmart and grab them in the face care aisle.

Honestly, these #Olay masks are changing the way we pamper our skin! I’m THE biggest fan. Give them a try, you’ll love them too, you’ll see 🙂

XOXO, terri

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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.

 

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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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.