52 Changes to Make for a Healthier Lifestyle

13 Jan




Perhaps because I started the year with a true Ferris Bueller’s Day off.


It’s unfortunate that Mer and Paddy don’t look excited. The driver looks concerned. Yet another reminder to always remove your sunglasses when taking pictures!

Styling and Swagging…and the day had just begun!  Then off to enjoy some Make Your Own Bloody Mary’s from a 30-foot bar, that included crab legs!


Then went on to enjoy some adult libations at the Bears/Vikings game…and Yes, I’m wearing a Vikings sweater.  When in Rome.  Or Minneapolis.



Then traveled for 4 days to Austin, TX for a work conference, where I enjoyed more adult libations, BBQ, fried chicken and did I mention, adult libations, while hobnobbing with more of my favorite peeps?

Alright, Alright, Alright

Alright, Alright, Alright

Terry, Lora and Not Willy Nelson

Terry, Lora and Not Willy Nelson

To round off the middle of the month, a last-minute trip to an all-inclusive resort, aka all you can eat and drink .  Oh no, more adult libations?  Then laying on the beach?



And we are only halfway through January.



I believe it’s time to make some changes!  Or 52 changes!

Song of the Day: My Own Worst Enemy, by Lit

Please tell me why
The car is in the front yard and I’m
Sleeping with my clothes on
Came in through the window last night
And you’re gone gone
It’s no surprise to me I am my own worst enemy
Cause every now and then I kick the living shit out of me
A smoke alarm is going off and there’s a cigarette
Still burning

(you’re welcome)


Ok…2017, Bring it on!  It’s going to be the Best. Year. Ever…




Style and Swag.




Flash Sale!

7 Jan


No, not a flasher sale, a FLASH sale.

Up to 40% off select items from the collection — but only for a flash.
Starts: January 6th at 12:00 AM PST
Ends: January 9th at 11:59 PM PST
Now is the perfect time to buy something for yourself or perhaps do some early Valentine’s Day shopping…and at prices up to 40% off.  That’s a lot to love!

Now stop staring and be quick.



Lady P


Riviera collection in Rapeseed


The Mayfair and The Eleuthera


Crown Imperial Scarves

To shop: www.indiahicks.com/rep/terry


Maddison May; Riviera Palm Collection and the Takeout Wallet


Here’s what’s on sale!

Description Retail Price Sale Price
Body Lotion English Rose $38.00 $29.00
Body Lotion Wild Spiderlily $38.00 $29.00
Body Wash English Rose $32.00 $26.00
Body Wash Wild Spiderlily $32.00 $26.00
Hand Lotion The Grove $29.00 $24.00
Hand Lotion Casuarina $29.00 $24.00
Hand Wash The Grove $29.00 $24.00
Hand Wash Casuarina $29.00 $24.00
Hand Cream Casuarina $24.00 $19.00
Natural Sea Sponge $29.00 $19.00
The Eleuthera Bag Stone $138.00 $88.00
The Eleuthera Bag Navy $138.00 $98.00
The Mayfair $198.00 $118.00
Baby Riviera – Rapeseed $35.00 $24.00
Baby Riviera – Poppy $35.00 $24.00
Baby Riviera – Palm $35.00 $24.00
Crown Imperial Scarf Taupe/Flamingo $58.00 $39.00
Crown Imperial Scarf – Indian Red $58.00 $39.00
Crown Imperial Scarf Poppy Red $58.00 $36.00
Crown Imperial Scarf Rapeseed Yellow $58.00 $39.00
Crown Imperial Scarf Sandstorm $58.00 $36.00
Maddison May Black Cross Body with Double Decker Insider $420.00 $288.00
Maddison May Burgundy Cross Body with Double Decker Insider $420.00 $288.00
Maddison May Black Cross Body with Gecko Insider $420.00 $288.00
Maddison May Burgundy Cross Body with Gecko Insider $420.00 $288.00
Maddison May Black Cross Body with Flamingo Insider $420.00 $288.00
Maddison May Burgundy Cross Body with Flamingo Insider $420.00 $288.00
The Lady P – Ivory $375.00 $225.00
The Lady P – Black $375.00 $265.00
The Insider Pouch Double Decker (Red) $148.00 $98.00
The Insider Pouch Island Gecko (Brown) $148.00 $98.00
The Insider Pouch Flamingo $148.00 $98.00
The Take Out Wallet Double Decker (Red) $178.00 $124.00
The Take Out Wallet Drink Burgundy $178.00 $124.00
Watch Crown Coin Purse Flamingo $48.00 $32.00
Watch Crown Coin Purse Bridesmaid Ivory $48.00 $32.00
Flat Stanley Pouch Heritage $68.00 $48.00
Baby Duchess Makeup Kit $78.00 $48.00
Riviera Duffle – Rapeseed $225.00 $135.00
Riviera Duffle – Poppy $225.00 $135.00
Riviera Duffle – Palm $225.00 $135.00
Riviera Tote – Rapeseed $145.00 $98.00
Riviera Tote – Poppy $145.00 $98.00
Riviera Tote – Palm $145.00 $98.00
Riviera Wash Bag – Rapeseed $68.00 $48.00
Riviera Wash Bag – Poppy $68.00 $48.00
Riviera Wash Bag – Palm $68.00 $48.00
Riviera Basket – Palm $245.00 $145.00
Riviera Basket – Poppy $245.00 $145.00
Riviera Basket – Rapeseed $245.00 $145.00


Happy Shopping!






This Year…2017

6 Jan


Someone asked me if I really “buy into” the motivational quips that I blog about.  Why yes, of course I do.  I like to think you can always find good in a day and always hope to learn something new.  As far as the above list goes, I will Not be taking a cooking class and do Not always love what I see in the mirror.  That being said, I will most definitely travel more, I will be kind to strangers, I will continue to give compliments and I have most definitely made headway on being more “present”.  The length of this blog would indicate I’ve begun to embrace simplicity.

And one more thing…


Ridiculously amazing…:)

Song of the Day:  Marc Cohn, Walking in Memphis

Then I’m walking in Memphis
Walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale
Walking in Memphis
But do I really feel the way I feel



Happy New Year…Make it Ridiculously Amazing!






Easy to please.

A Year in Review

31 Dec

And what a year it was…


Fun trip to Cancun with my squad!  Best. Day. Ever.



When Paddy’s shirt matches the ocean. 🙂


Love when a company flies me out to a meeting and flies me First Class…like they know me. 🙂


Hanging in Dallas at Al Bernets with some of my all-time favorites!


Relaxed and Rejuvenated after a week in Room 750… Favorite room ever!  Thank you LSULeslie for the best week ever!!


Me and my sibs… Sad day, but surrounded by those who love me. ❤



Fun dinner with my life long friends…



Mom’s weekend at Miami.  I believe this was a “trash can”, which makes one feel like trash the next day, btw.


Let’s Go Hawks!


My life mantra!


Birthday celebration with my BFF.



Draft Town came to Chi-Town!


Drafting, literally and figuratively.


Living an Extraordinary Life.


James Taylor with my favorite girl!  Whenever I see her Smiling Face! 🙂


Happy Birthday America!  Celebrating at Arlington Race track!



Arrival of my Bears season tickets.  #Hope14352010_10154416184684627_2011465052014740060_o

Heading out to the ALS Walk.


Team Kourage raised over $19,000 for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. In 2 years, and 3 walks, we have raised almost $75,000.  🙂 🙂 🙂


Twenty. Five.  Mer, not me. 🙂 14409467_10154433252794627_9110179778545273244_o

Cubs rooftop for Mer’s 25th.  Best. Day. Ever.


Heading out to dinner, one of our favorite past-times… before sporting events.  14581318_10154497279299627_8928684269103618307_n-1

Let’s Go Bears!



Game 1 of the NLCS.  We won in one of the most exiting games I have ever attended.  Best. Night. Ever.


Maxie showing her Cubs spirit.


Game 1, World Series.  We did not win, and that’s when I decided that unless I can attend a game in person, I’d be watching the World Series from the comfort (or discomfort) of my own home.  But it was in comfort.  🙂




Cubs Win!  Cubs Win!


Attending the Cubs parade.  Me and 5M of my closest friends.


Spending an evening with friends.  xo


Hamilton. Great way to launch the Christmas weekend.  Yes, it was as good as you hear it is.


Have yourself a Merry little Christmas.


Wishing you Peace, Love and Laughter in the New Year.

Heading into the Best. New Years. Weekend. Ever!!!



Disclaimer – I apologize to the friends and family who did not make my Year in Review… Because I got a new computer and did not transfer my pictures off my old one, I was at the mercy of what I posted on Facebook or Instagram. :/

If you want 2017 to be your year…

28 Dec


This was posted by Power of Positivity.

Be fierce.

Be brave.

Do new things.

Smile more.

Sounds like a plan!



1,500,003 All-Time Views

19 Dec


I’m tickled Pink that my blog has just passed 1.5 million life-time views.  🙂

Thank you to my loyal, and not so loyal viewers.  But mainly, thank you to my loyal viewers!! 🙂



A Funny Thing Happened…

17 Dec

Or let’s call it a Misunderstanding.

I was heading into the city to attend an industry dinner with friends and colleagues.  Truly always one of the best nights.  One I always look forward to.  Traffic, however, was especially heavy and what should have been an hour drive downtown, ended up being two hours + and I was stuck in downtown Chicago gridlock for the better part of 40 minutes.  What’s a girl to do?  How bout change her Facebook profile pic?  I was sitting in my car, not moving for 15 minutes, so I did what any other person who was bored and fidgety…I pulled up social media, and changed my Facebook profile pic.  Ok, maybe I’m the only one who would do that…But Maxie sporting her Cubs bandana had been the latest picture, and I decided to use a fun, snappy Bitmoji…because I’m fun and snappy.


Since I was about an hour and a half late for my first cocktail, I thought this was apropos.  A gal looking longingly at an empty cocktail glass on a bar.  A girl wearing a Santa costume.  Brilliant!

Not so much.  Within 2 minutes, Meredith texted me:

Mer: What’s up with the new prof pic?

Me:  I think it’s funny.  Looking at an empty cocktail

Mer:  Making sure you’re OK.

Wait.  What?   What was I missing?

Then I received phone calls from my sister.  One of my brothers (two aren’t on Facebook).  Six friends.  This was all before I arrived at the dinner. One friend invited me over to fill my cocktail glass at her house!

Facebook friends also appeared to rally around me.

Wistful or sad?

Awwww. Is that a vodka on the rocks? Should be a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay! Love you. XOXO


Sending Hugs

What a good idea…Vodka on the rocks!  Cheers my friend.  (Mary gets me).

Hey!  You know where I am! Hugs, hugs, hugs.

A picture paints a thousand words.  Hugs.

What was I missing?  What wasn’t I seeing? When I arrived home, Meredith told me she thought (at initial glance), I was indicating I was sad.  A possible cry for help?  Me?  Has she met me?  When have I ever worn my heart on my sleeve?  Have my friends met me? Apparently my friends thought now would be that time.  That time when I would throw out a cry for help.

Not. so. much. 🙂  I needed to write (pun intended) this wrong, so posted:

All is good! I promise! No hugs or crying over a spilled cocktail…or a cocktail that needs refilling! Cheers! Patrick is home for winter break and my house is back to being a home! Honestly, I just thought the Bitmoji looking at the empty cocktail glass was funny! xoxo

What I did realize is that I, along with my children are incredible loved and incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many who love us. Grateful.  I am eternally grateful.

So I decided the “Terry-Bitmoji- Santa” looking at an empty glass, would have to be retired with other Facebook profile pics.

Like this.



Too blurry.


And this.  Love the necklace, though.


Or this… wind-burned cheeks.  Love the scarf, though. 🙂


Or this… Fun night, though.




Or this… hanging by the pool in Puerta Vallarta.  Cheers!


After a long night…


This may have to reappear this Christmas.


Or this…the night Paddy and I had dinner in the booth next to Oprah, in Malibu.


Or this… fun time with my favorite gal at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe… rates are much better when you go in the summer as opposed to the winter, btw. 🙂


Or this.  But this shall be brought back next year when the Cubs go back to the World Series… It will be our year, yet again!

So I changed my profile to this.





There.  That’s better.  My Facebook community agreed:

Love it.

Much better.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


LOL…LOL…LOL… from my #SoleSister.  And Mer’s response:

Bring it back.

Perfection…we may need a blog about this.

Ask and you shall receive.

Merry Merry!