About Shelley

Mother of two... My son, Adam, twelve, and my daughter, Chesney, nine, occupy pretty much all of my time. Otherwise, I love blogging (obviously), hoopdance, running, paintball, reading, swimming, biking, kayaking, gardening... yeah, I like being outside.
UPDATE: Because I have just so much extra time ;) I am now attending Benedictine University full time to finish my degree in Nutrition Science. :D

You can also connect with me on Google+

So I Saw Sex Tape and Liked It

Rob Lowe and Cameron Diaz #SexTape

I saw the movie, Sex Tape, last week and really liked it. I giggled, full-on laughed out loud, and smiled throughout the entire film. I was able to see a screening of this flick free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions. All thoughts shared here are entirely my own. Sex Tape A little about the movie: Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in … [Read more...]

The Cheesecake Factory and #NationalCheesecakeDay

#NationalCheesecakeDay excitement

Did you even know National Cheesecake Day exists!? Like any of us need an excuse to have cheesecake! Well, maybe some of us do... which is why I'm so excited to announce that The Cheesecake Factory will be offering half price cheesecake for not just one day, but TWO DAYS! They are also running a super fun contest where you can win $4000! This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are … [Read more...]

Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Lincolnshire

Sullivan's Steakhouse in Lincolnshire IL #SullysLincolnshire

The kids and I visited Sullivan's Steakhouse in Lincolnshire today for the first time. We had a spectacular lunch with fellow bloggers. The kids even got a few tips from Executive Chef Brian Gray on how to make the world's best mac and cheese! While we received complimentary items, all thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my own. Sullivan's Steakhouse Sullivan's Steakhouse is … [Read more...]

Back to School for Mommy Too

Back to school tips for parents that are students too

Is it seriously almost that time already?! I can't even believe my kids go back to school on August 12th! I have a bone to pick with whoever is setting up the schedules... we haven't even had summer weather yet! But either way, I'm not far behind. My semester begins August 26th so I'm getting a head start on all our back to school shopping and I'd like to share my favorite finds with you. I am … [Read more...]

Naturepedic Baby Mattress Review and Giveaway

Naturepedic Baby! #organic #MadeinUSA #Amish #sponsored

Is your baby sleeping on a good quality mattress? Do you even have a mattress for your baby yet? Well, you're in luck! Thanks to Naturepedic, you have the chance to win one! I received this mattress to facilitate this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Naturepedic Baby Mattress We spend an enormous chunk of our lives sleeping, which is why it is important to have good quality … [Read more...]

HOLE has a New Cover Thanks to YOU #HOLEtheBook Giveaway

Win #HOLEtheBook a hammock and a gift card!

At our last Twitter Party for #HOLEtheBook, we discussed book covers. We even let you see a few different versions that HOLE has been wearing over the last couple years. (If you missed the party, don't worry, I'm sharing the covers again below.) I'm excited to announce that a new cover has been designed with all your feedback taken into consideration! I did not receive compensation for this post, … [Read more...]

The PURELL Advanced 30 Day Challenge is Almost Here #PURELL30

Being cool is having clean hands bro. #PURELL30 #sponsored

Do you use and your family use PURELL Hand Sanitizers? Well, if you do, you are definitely going to want to read about the 30 Day Challenge coming up! If not, now is the perfect time to start! While I received complimentary product and compensation to facilitate this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Did You Know? According to a 2013 study, using PURELL Hand Sanitizer three times a … [Read more...]

Traveling with Your Big Family #RockYourVacation

Traveling with your big family can be affordable #RockYourVacation

Growing up we went on several vacations and it's only now that I'm an adult with my own family that I realize how fortunate we were. With a blended family consisting of 8 of us, I cannot believe my parents were able and brave enough to take us anywhere! While on the #RockYourVacation trip, I learned several ways big families can make traveling easier, more fun and affordable. I went on this trip … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the #HOLEtheBook Twitter Party

#HOLEtheBook Twitter Party

Did you attend the last #HOLEtheBook Twitter Party? Well, if not, you've got another chance to win great prizes and tweet with the author! PLUS, HOLE will be free to download that day! If you haven't read HOLE yet, you really should. It's different, exciting and thought-provoking. It's the perfect novel for summer reading! This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are our own. Make … [Read more...]

Other Ways to Use the VTech Video Baby Monitor

Other uses for your VTech Video Monitor #VtechSafeandSound

As many of you probably know I don't have babies anymore. My kids are almost 13 and 10. However, all of my friends are now starting their families so I find myself babysitting quite frequently. Young mom problems... Well, I'm excited to bring you this post about the VTech Safe and Sound Video Baby Monitor. I received the product and compensation to facilitate my post, but all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

Dreamy DIY Mini Ice Cream Bites #NaturesSleep

DIY Mini Ice Cream Bites

I am a 2014 Nature's Sleep Ambassador. I receive products to facilitate my reviews but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This month I am so excited to share this fun DIY Mini Ice Cream Bites recipe! It really is dreamy! Plus, you have a chance to enter the Ice Cream Pinterest Contest to win one of four Vitex Gel Memory Foam pillows from Nature's Sleep! My Two Favorite Things Sleeping in and … [Read more...]

Waterproof Phone Case Review and Giveaway #OtterBoxPreserver

How safe is your phone? Waterproof? Shockproof? Dustproof? #OtterBoxPreserver

Have you ever spilled something on your phone or dropped it in water? Ugh. I remember when I forgot I had phone in my back pocket and then went to use the bathroom and plop! Right into the toilet. As gross as that is, so many people do it! Well, thanks to OtterBox, you never have to worry about your phone again. I received the OtterBox Preserver to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

My Dreams Come True at Discovery Cove

Dolphin kisses at Discovery Cove Orlando #RockYourVacation

Okay, I don't even know how to begin to describe the awesomeness that is Discovery Cove. Spending half a day at this wonderful park in Orlando, was part of the #RockYourVacation FAM trip. While I received these opportunities for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Discovery Cove Orlando - Dolphins Perhaps I should first let you know that I have wanted to swim with dolphins since I … [Read more...]

Best Screen Protector for Your Phone or Device

Protect your phone with the Best Screen Protector @getrhinoshield

It only takes one shattered phone or iPod to leave scars on your heart... and wallet. I received a free product to facilitate my review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Shattered Ugh, I can recall that moment with perfect clarity. The moment when I carelessly dropped my phone, and—as if in slow motion—watched as it landed on its corner and shattered its screen to spiderwebs of … [Read more...]

Glamping With Nature’s Sleep Giveaway #NaturesSleep

Glamping with #NaturesSleep

If you're not sure what 'Glamping' is then you're just not camping the right way. Glamping simply means glamorous camping and Nature's Sleep has the tools to make this possible and awesome. I am a Nature's Sleep 2014 ambassador and receive products to facilitate my reviews, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Glamping with Nature's Sleep This month the girls and I had a blast glamping in … [Read more...]

Get Your Workout On Movie Thriller Style with #ImmersiveFitness


Do you feel like you need a grizzly bear to chase you just to get you running? Or perhaps ninja warriors threatening your safety to make you punch a little harder? Well, that's where workouts are now going... I'd like to introduce you to #ImmersiveFitness. This awesome new concept will revolutionize the way we workout forever. Les Mills, creator of a number of group fitness programs and Reebok … [Read more...]

If You’re going to Kissimmee This is a MUST

Riding the TALLEST SKYCOASTER IN THE WORLD with two mom bloggers #RockYourVacation

Going to Kissimmee, Florida on the #RockYourVacation trip was seriously the best vacation of my life. The only thing that would have made it better, was to have my family there too. But, I got to hang with some of the coolest bloggers I have ever met! I was able to go on this trip free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own. If You're In Kissimmee... If you're in, near or … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Protect your Family’s Eyes

all eyes need protection from UV Rays

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating. How often do you think about your eyes? If you're not having an issue with them, then the answer to that is most likely, not often. Well, not only do we need to pay more … [Read more...]

Safe Driving Catchphrase Contest #DecideToDrive

Safe Drivers pay attention to their surroundings

Now that I am driving so much more everyday, I see a lot of shenanigans on the road. The university I attend is about 30 minutes from my house and that is if I take the expressways. If I stick to side streets, it is closer to 45 minutes away. Naturally, I take the highways almost always because heaven forbid I ever allow myself any extra travel time. I'm usually the one sprinting to class after … [Read more...]

Breathe in the Clean for your Home and Lungs #HealthierHome

Eww. One day of not sweeping. I need Filtrete air filters! #Sponsored

I don't often think about the air we breathe. I don't personally suffer from asthma or allergies, but after watching Ben struggle to breathe on a daily basis, this has become a huge concern in our house. I will be receiving Filtrete filters in exchange for my honest feedback, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Asthma or Allergies? If you suffer from either or perhaps both asthma or … [Read more...]

Add Yummy Gummy Vitamins to your Breakfast

Yummy daily vitamins

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Vitafusion. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item to thank me for participating. Yummy Gummies If your vitamin regimen is anything like mine, then you could use a yummy update. As I dish out little gummy vitamins to each kid in the morning I watch in envy as they enjoy their … [Read more...]

Backyard Campout with #NaturesSleep Memory Foam

Backyard Campout with #NaturesSleep and Twinkle Lights

A simple backyard campout is something that can be thrown together quickly and yet, has the power to create precious lifelong memories. And, with Nature's Sleep Memory Foam, a backache doesn't have to be what you remember. I am a Nature's Sleep Ambassador. While I receive free products to facilitate my posts, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Backyard Campout We live in a very wooded … [Read more...]

Books for Tweens from National Geographic Giveaway

Daily Reading National Geographic Books

National Geographic has the perfect solution to prevent summer brain drain from setting into your tweens. I received copies of these books to facilitate this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. National Geographic Books The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. But how can we get our kids to like it? Well, giving them interesting material is a good start. And, I also find … [Read more...]

Follow Me to Kissimmee and See How To #RockYourVacation

Zipline through Gatorland! #RockYourVacation

Next week I have the extraordinary pleasure of accompanying the Instagram #RockYourVacation winner, Brandy, and some fellow bloggers on a trip to Kissimmee, Florida. This is sure to be the time of my life! I would love for all of you to follow me on this fun-filled trip and take notes so you can #RockYourVacation too! Here's a sneak peak at what is in store for us... Follow Me to … [Read more...]

Adam Learns How To Scent Responsibly with Old Spice

Old Spice Isaiah Mustafa and Sweep Tight Blogger

Becoming a young man isn't always a graceful experience. Even the coolest guys have their struggles and more often than not, it's with over-scenting. Being cool doesn't mean bathing in fragrance and sauntering about in your own fumes. Ladies shouldn't shed tears as you pass by due to olfactory overload. Thankfully, Old Spice is stepping up as a great mentor. With Isaiah Mustafa, the "Old Spice … [Read more...]

Organic Fair Trade Alter Eco Chocolate Giveaway

Best Chocolate EVER. Good for you and the planet

I eat chocolate everyday. Yes, EVERYDAY. I am pretty sure I have a legit addiction and have no desire to change that. Especially since Alter Eco chocolate is basically good for you and the planet. For review, I received a variety of free chocolate products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Alter Eco Chocolate Alter Eco chocolates are unique and delicious. But the absolute best part about … [Read more...]

Sleeping With Long Hair and Nature’s Sleep Photo Contest

Long Hair makes me sleep like a troll!

I am a 2014 Nature's Sleep Ambassador. I receive products for review purposes and take pride in sharing my honest opinions. This month I am so excited to share this photo contest with you. If you don't have an amazing Nature's Sleep mattress, you better enter! Sleeping With Long Hair I have pretty much always had long hair. It never dawned on me that I sleep weird. So, I'm really … [Read more...]

Hey Girls – Meet SAM My New BF

Girls, let's get real.

Hey there girls! I'm so excited to introduce you to my new BF, SAM! Thanks to Poise for sponsoring today's discussion. All my Girls out there... Alright ladies, I'm about to let loose some serious girl talk. The kind that is unleashed after a couple glasses of wine or while giggling through an afternoon coffee break with your closest friends. Truth: do you deal with LBL (light bladder … [Read more...]

Going to See #MALEFICENT on May 30th with the Family

#MALEFICENT opens in theaters May 30th tell the Family!

Are you going to see MALEFICENT on opening day, May 30th? I know we sure are! MALEFICENT is rated PG, so it's perfect for the whole family! Family Time at the Movies Now that the kids are older and I am no longer 'cool' in their eyes, (pfft... tweendom obviously causes temporary blindness) it is getting harder and harder to find movies that we are all excited to see together. Although, I … [Read more...]

Swap Your Kids’ Stuff Without the Hassle

Save time and money Swap your kids' stuff at Swap.com

This article was published for Swap.com Kids' Consignment. All opinions expressed are solely my own. Is anyone else as plagued as I am with their children's outgrown items? From toys to clothes, I am obsessed with keeping everything in excellent condition--Gram taught us to NEVER break a thing and to keep everything immaculate with all original pieces. So, when these items no longer have a … [Read more...]

Hey Chicago – SELF Magazine Workout In the Park is back

Workout in the Park Chicago

SELF Magazine's Workout in the Park Chicago is back again! I am beyond bummed that I will not be attending this year but that doesn't mean YOU can't! While your there, let me know how it is by tweeting me @TeenyBod with #WorkoutInThePark SELF Magazine's Workout In the Park - Chicago WHAT: This is only one of the coolest events in the city! You really don't want to miss it. I have gone for … [Read more...]

Help Amazing People Make a Difference in their Community

How does your familly get involved in the community

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. I know we are all crazy busy but it is so important to make time for your community. We try to make a little time each week and then once a month spend a day doing something productive as a family to make our area a better place. The kids … [Read more...]

Family Fun in the Garden #GroSomethingGreater

family fun in the greenhouse

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyone seems to be so responsibility-ridden these days that making time for family fun can be tough. That's why we try to make chores a fun family affair. Now that spring has finally arrived, you'll find us tending the yard and garden. I promise, I'm not a slave driver... the kids are really having … [Read more...]

Trigger a Creative Mood with Super Bright LEDs #LEDSavings

GE Energy Smart Light Bulbs are dimmable! #LEDSavings #cbias #shop

Sometimes the creative juices seem to be frozen solid or perhaps even dried up completely. When you have piles of assignments demanding a variety of creative brilliance, releasing productive brainwaves can be almost impossible. After all, the pressure is on—I have to compete with all those other fantastic #CollectiveBias members! LED power to the rescue! Trigger a Creative Mood I have found … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget Your Vehicle When Spring Cleaning

Husky Liners make Spring cleaning your vehicle fast and easy

I have been in a spring cleaning frenzy and then got into my truck and realized my work was not done. Thanks to Husky Liners, this job was super fast and easy! I received these great floor liners in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Spring Cleaning... Don't forget your vehicle! Wherever you are, I bet you do a number on your vehicle floor. Here in Chicago, … [Read more...]

DIY Underwater Theme Birthday Party

DIY Underwater theme party

My daughter, Chesney, wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. (I did too when I was her age.) So, for her 9th birthday, I decided to try a DIY underwater theme. Not bad for totally winging it. :) DIY Underwater Theme Party Decorations For this DIY Underwater Party, it's all about the decorations. If you don't really feel like you're underwater, then what's the point?! So, I … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Aquarium Craft for Kids

DIY Mini Aquarium for kids

While planning Chesney's Underwater themed birthday party I was trying to find a fun DIY craft that fit the theme, didn't cost a fortune, and doubled as a party favor. I'm so sick of goodie bags filled with candy! I'd rather invest that money in something of actual value. Baby Marimos While exploring different options on Etsy—I freaking love Etsy—I stumbled across these adorable little creatures … [Read more...]

Give Back to your Community with Champions for Kids

Give back to your community #sponsored

Giving back to the community is something I try to do regularly but I don't always get the kids involved. This time, I'm teaming up with Champions for Kids to bring you this post to show how easy it is to give back with your kids. I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Give Back to your Community It is important to give back … [Read more...]

Disneynature’s BEARS in Theaters TODAY

BEARS #DisneynatureBears

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, head over to the theater and see Disneynature's BEARS! The kids and I got to preview the film a couple days ago and it was fantastic! Don't worry, all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Plus, if you see BEARS this weekend, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation! Disneynature's … [Read more...]

Reward Yourself after Spring Cleaning

Comfort beyond your wildest dreams #NaturesSleep #sponsored

I am a 2014 Nature's Sleep Ambassador.  I receive products for review purposes and take pride in sharing my honest opinions.  This month I am happy to bring you this post about Spring Cleaning, redecorating and rewarding yourself for all your hard work. Spring Cleaning Frenzy I've come to the conclusion that I am definitely a solar powered human.  After the longest winter of my life, just one … [Read more...]

The Joy and Benefits of a Family Garden #GroSomethingGreater

Grandma's Garden

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. No matter the type of garden, anything is possible.  The sky is truly the limit.  I have been gardening with my grandma since I was a kid and am thrilled to now share this priceless experience with my children. Family Garden We make time to help Gram in the yard as often as possible.  From fruits and … [Read more...]

The Prom Budget – Inexpensive Elegant Quality

Elegant Prom Dress on a Budget

Prom feels like it was about 100 years ago.  It was only about 11, but eek-gad; I wish I could have a chance to do it over again.  I would pick an elegant dress and not spend so much money.  This post is sponsored by JJsHouse.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Elegant Quality My first mistake way back then was thinking sexy meant elegant.  Now, don't get me wrong, sexy can be elegant.  … [Read more...]

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