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.

 

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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