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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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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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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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