About Shelley

Mother of two (Adam, 14 and Chesney, 11), successfully divorced--we're really good friends--and just found the RIGHT ones. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Benedictine University with BS in nutrition science. I love food, fitness, reading, and all things science. I'm the sister that travels.
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Interview with Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 #CaptainAmericaEvent

As part of the Captain America: Civil War press junket, we were able to interview Emily VanCamp as Agent 13. Like all the other interviews from this trip, this one was no different--it was amazing. She's beautiful, sweet, and elegant. Affiliate links included in this post help support this blog. Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, Sharon Carter She was actually our first interview of the day and all … [Read more...]

Star Wars Gifts – May the 4th Be With You Giveaway

Did you know May 4th is Star Wars day? In honor of this magnificent calendar occurrence, we've put together this fun gift guide full of Star Wars gifts for the ultimate Star Wars fan in your life. Affiliate links are included to help support this blog. May the 4th Be With You With Cindo de Mayo being the next day, this is the perfect shirt to carry you over into the next party. Because let's … [Read more...]

The Real O’Neals – Because Laughter is a Good Workout

If you haven't been watching The Real O'Neals on ABC Tuesday evenings at 8:30 Central, you have some catching up to do. You're not going to want to miss tonight's episode, "The Real Retreat" because honestly, laughing is the best medicine right? Well, you'll be cracking up and getting in a good ab workout on top of it. Affiliate links included in this post help support this blog. The Real … [Read more...]

Paul Bettany as Vision – Funniest Guy on Set #CaptainAmericaEvent

When asked who I was more excited to meet on the Captain America: Civil War press junket, admittedly, I was torn between Paul Bettany as Vision and Chris Evans as Captain America. But--I mean--every bit of every moment of this trip was incredibly exciting! To make it even better, Chris Evans crashed our Paul Bettany interview basically exploding all our wildest expectations. During this interview, … [Read more...]

Add My Signature S’Mores to your Toaster Oven Recipes – Giveaway

Thank you Jewel-Osco for sponsoring this post. Check out the new Signature family of brands from Jewel-Osco, with more than 4,000 Signature products available and a 100% money-back guarantee. After you try my signature s'mores you'll be adding them to your toaster oven recipes for sure. They take less than 2 minutes to make and don't require building a fire. My kids love them for indoor … [Read more...]

Interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner #CaptainAmericaEvent

I can now officially say I met Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch in real life. The level of awesome here has not escaped me. This interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner was a ton of fun. This was another super opportunity received while on the Captain America: Civil War press junket. Any affiliate links help support this blog. Interview with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner The first … [Read more...]

Planning College Loans for Parents Helping Their Kids

Having graduated not even a year ago myself, all my loans are now at the forefront of my financial burdens. As an adult student with teenage kids, the struggle to pay my debt and plan for their higher education is quite a struggle. I'm excited to have found that there are college loans for parents that make this process much easier. College Loans for Parents In a perfect world I would have … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes of The Catch on ABC #TheCatch #ABCTVEvent

Have you ever wondered where the incredible outfits you see on The Catch on ABC come from? Or any other show? Well, we had the awesome opportunity to meet the costume designer for The Catch, Peggy Schnitzer, tour the wardrobe department and set, and hang out with Rose Rollins ("Valerie"). I'm so excited to bring you this behind the scenes experience. This event was part of the Captain America: … [Read more...]

5 Reasons These are the Best Bottles for Breastfed Babies – Giveaway

Breastfeeding wasn't the 'natural' experience I thought it would be. In fact, it was really difficult. Between issues with latching, colic, and my busy schedule I found it to be quite a struggle. Both my kids ended up having to be bottle fed at least 25% of the time. The right bottle was essential. I'm happy to bring you this post, sponsored by Chicco USA, with 5 reasons these are the best bottles … [Read more...]

Interview with Chris Evans for Captain America: Civil War

This day will go down in my history of days as one of the most entertaining, exciting, and surprising. Interviewing Chris Evans was an incredible honor. He was so real. I was able to have this opportunity as part of the Captain America: Civil War press junket. Captain America, Chris Evans It all started with Paul Bettany, actually. With about 5 minutes left in our interview with Paul, Chris … [Read more...]

We Opened 5 Surprise Boxes Live – Giveaway

The world of live video has never been more accessible. With SnapChat, Periscope, and now even YouTube Live broadcasts, it is easy to get to know people for real. Jen and I are totally new to this spontaneous landscape but are quickly becoming addicted. We decided to partner with several awesome brands and do live unboxings of surprise boxes. We had no idea what was in them and had a ton of fun … [Read more...]

My Favorite Childhood Movie – Adventures In Babysitting is Remade

Any of you other 80's kids grow up loving the movie Adventures in Babysitting? I certainly did and I'm so freaking excited to announce that it's been remade into a Disney Channel Original Movie! While on the Captain America: Civil War press junket we were able to screen the movie and talk to the stars, Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson. Don't worry, no spoilers here; and all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Moms Who Love Tea Time

Coming up with Mother's Day gift ideas can be really fun--or quite stressful depending on your situation. I like taking the guesswork out of all that and letting the experts help. For example, gift baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets are put together with care and thoughtful ideas for all kinds of personalities. (I received the Tea & Cookies Premium basket to help facilitate this post.) For the … [Read more...]

Think About Your Eyes – Get Regular Exams

How often do you think about your eyes when you're making all your annual doctor appointments? If you're a contact wearer, then that probably means you're required to keep up with regular visits to get new lenses... But what about those of us that only wear glasses, or had lasik? Getting your eyes checked at least once a year is crazy important. This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as … [Read more...]

Daily Activities that are Almost Impossible with a Migraine

It's no secret, I talk a lot about migraines. But that's because they are legitimately a problem for daily activities and I think it's important for people to know about the prevalence of this condition. I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating. All thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my … [Read more...]

Earth Day Activities Kids Will Love Any Day Giveaway

Earth Day activities kids will love are pretty easy to come up with. But with these awesome books and supplies you'll be set for any and every day! After all, I am a firm believer that every day should be Earth Day! Product was received to facilitate this post and affiliate links are included to help support this blog. Earth Day Activities Kids Will Love National Geographic has a fantastic … [Read more...]

The Real O’Neals is the Best Comedy TV Series

The Real O'Neals is on ABC on Tuesdays at 7:30 central. If you're not already watching it, set your DVRs and catch up! The show is hilarious. In my opinion, it's the best comedy TV series on right now. While on the Captain America press junket, we were able to meet The Real O'Neals cast members, executive producers, and even screen an episode. All thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my … [Read more...]

I Finally Found One of the Best Cell Phone Plans

After sticking with the same company for TEN years and not being super satisfied, I finally decided to switch. All the mobile phone companies offer something great, but I finally found one of the best cell phone plans that works for me. I received product to facilitate this post but all thoughts and opinions shared are based solely on my experience. The Best Cell Phone Plans I was shocked … [Read more...]

ABC’s The Family on Sunday Night is My Favorite New Show

ABC's The Family is my favorite new show. I'm about to tell you why and include a little teaser for tonight's episode, plus a Q & A we did while on the Captain America press junket. All thoughts and opinions shared here are entirely my own. ABC's The Family This show will have your mind wondering and wandering in several different ways all at once. There are so many twists and turns in … [Read more...]

The Jungle Book Characters I Like the Most In the New Film

Disney has been up to a lot of magical transformations lately, bringing old classics back to life in live action films. I was able to screen their latest masterpiece, The Jungle Book, while on a press junket last weekend. This post will include my review and The Jungle Book characters I liked the most, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. I will also do my best to keep this … [Read more...]

Fashion Tips for Women Bad at Fashion

I'm not afraid to say it. I hate fashion. I don't have the knack for it and totally appreciate it in those that do. But for me, I just don't care enough to spend the time or money on staying trendy. So for those of you like me, I've put together these fashion tips for women that aren't into fashion but want to fake it. This post contains affiliate links, and I received the tote for review … [Read more...]

7 Tips for a Healthy Morning Routine

As a creature of habit, I cannot stress the importance of having a healthy morning routine. Getting into that routine can be tough to start. Good news though, if you can stick with it for a few weeks it will become a natural habit. I've been practicing the following tips for the last couple weeks and am already noticing more productive days. This post was sponsored by Thomas'® but everything … [Read more...]

Proud Member of Team Iron Man Heading to LA #CaptainAmericaEvent #TeamIronMan

This weekend (4/9-4/12) I'll be heading to LA on an outrageous trip with 24 other bloggers. I'll be sharing our itinerary in this post so that you can easily follow along. It is my goal to make you feel like you're right there with us! This all expenses paid experience is sponsored by Disney/Marvel and all thoughts and opinions shared are entirely my own. I am on Team Iron Man - … [Read more...]

Perfect Film for Date Night – High Strung Movie Review

Date night usually consists of watching a movie together cuddled up on the couch. I had the privilege of screening the High Strung movie to facilitate this post. This film is perfect for date night. It's exciting, romantic, has an incredible soundtrack, and is overflowing with talent. All thoughts and opinions shared here are based solely on experiences. High Strung Movie Review Ruby is a … [Read more...]

Fun Ways to Say Happy Birthday with Sound Cards

Since absolutely everyone on the planet has a birthday, it can be a challenge to make it unique. Thanks to Hallmark, there are a ton of fun ways to say happy birthday with music or other sounds! Their Sound Cards offer all the typical greatness of a quality greeting card but with the addition of catchy songs, sayings, or even personalized recordings. Fun Ways to Say Happy Birthday Do you … [Read more...]

Captain America: Civil War Twitter Party and Giveaway #TeamIronMan #CaptainAmericaEvent

This April, 25 amazing bloggers will be heading to LA to screen Captain America: Civil War and interview available cast. While we wish we could take you all with us, we are going to try our best to make sure you feel like you are there. We will be using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Periscope, Snapchat - basically all forms of social media - so that you will feel like you are a part of the action. … [Read more...]

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo C2E2 – An Experience 20 Years in the Making

This year's Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo (C2E2) was a bucket list worthy event for me. It was an experience 20 years in the making and I'll explain that in detail below. But I cannot do this expo justice without talking about the elaborate cosplay too. I received a complimentary press pass in order to facilitate this post but all thoughts and opinions shared here are based solely on my … [Read more...]

Ear Piercing for Migraines – My Exciting Results

After trying this ear piercing for migraines and announcing it here, I was shocked to hear from so many of you that you also suffer from horrendous migraine symptoms. As promised, I kept a daily journal of my experience after getting my daith piercing. Below you will find my unedited journal. Affiliate links are used to help support this blog. Ear Piercing for Migraines You can read more … [Read more...]

My Favorite of My Kids’ Nintendo DS Games – Yo-Kai Watch

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions shared here are based totally on our experience. Now that school is in full swing along with all the extra curricular activities, my kids are pushing themselves to the max. It's to the point that I actually LIKE seeing … [Read more...]

Small Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Planet

All humans should agree that our planet needs to be top priority when it comes to life. Without its health, where does that leave us? I think everyday should be Earth day! Sadly, most of us have developed some bad habits that negatively impact the earth on a small scale. But with billions of us making the same mistakes, it makes for a huge problem. The good news is, we can all make small lifestyle … [Read more...]

2016 Free Disney Coloring Pages Round Up

This year is quite intense when it comes to what Disney has in store for us. They are releasing some of the most anticipated films of the decade. Here, I am going to list them--and if you didn't already know, I love the cathartic effect coloring has on me. I find it to be incredibly relaxing. With that, I'll be posting the corresponding free Disney coloring pages as they become available. So check … [Read more...]

How To Make Biochar for Improved Garden Soil

The soil in my backyard and I have been spending quite a bit of time together lately. I've realized that it has been neglected and needs some TLC before I plant my vegetable garden this year. After reading all about how to improve your garden soil, I discovered the magic of biochar. It can be kind of expensive to buy, so I'm excited to show you how to make biochar for yourself. This post contains … [Read more...]

12 Concentrated Tart Cherry Juice Benefits

Running a few miles everyday used to be sort of my thing. No matter the weather, that gravel trail through the woods was my best friend... Until my knee decided we were going to have to break up. It was ugly. Since 'running' and I broke up, I've been depressed and literally feeding my own pity party. I've gained a considerable amount of cellulite and lost a tremendous amount of self esteem. When I … [Read more...]

Super Easy Four Leaf Clover Cookies

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, we've been playing with variations of this easy St. Patrick's Day cookie recipe. It uses pistachio meal and if you reserve some whole pistachios you can cut them into quarters and make these super easy four leaf clover cookies too! Affiliate links are used in this post. Four Leaf Clover Cookies We've all seen the cookie cutters to make four … [Read more...]

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe

This is such an easy St. Patrick's Day cookie recipe. It is perfect for a last minute festive treat or snack. A little green food coloring could even be added to give it that extra flair. Affiliate links have been included in this post to help support this blog. Easy St. Patrick's Day Cookie Recipe I have always been obsessed with pistachios. They're so yummy! And, did you know they're … [Read more...]

Healthy Dessert Recipe – Gluten Free Pistachio Brownies

During my last semester in college earning my degree in nutrition science I had to develop an original recipe. Because I love pistachios and all sweet things, I decided to create a pistachio brownie. To make it more of a challenge, I made it gluten free and a healthy dessert recipe. It's a lima bean brownie! This post contains affiliate links to help support this blog. Healthy Dessert … [Read more...]

Ahead of My Reading Goals Because of My Kindle Unlimited Account

At the beginning of this year I set a goal to read 12 books in 12 months. Well, I'm excited to report that I'm ahead of my reading goals thanks to my Kindle Unlimited account. I love it so much and I think everyone should be taking advantage of it. Affiliate links are included to help support this blog. My Kindle Unlimited Account So it's now month 3 of the year and I'm halfway through my … [Read more...]

Winter in Chicago with an Electric Snow Blower

The weather here is always unpredictable. This year it has been record-breaking strange. With 60 degree days in mid December and fluctuations of 40 degrees up or down, no one knows what to expect for winter in Chicago. In exchange for this post, I received an electric snow blower for review but everything shared here is based solely on my experience. Winter in Chicago I've lived here my … [Read more...]

Living Proof Hair Products are Available at Ulta

My hair is limp, fine, and taking a lot of abuse from my desperate attempts to give it some body. I'm so excited to report that Living Proof hair products are available at Ulta. This Timeless Collection has given my hair a whole new life. This post was sponsored by Ulta as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Living … [Read more...]

Zootopia Movie Review and Free Disney Coloring Pages

If you don't have plans to go see Zootopia on opening weekend, bust out those pencils and get it on the calendar. Zootopia is perfect for the whole family. Even my 14-year-old son said he'd go see it again. Plus, we've got some great free Disney coloring pages to go with the movie. My family and I were able to go to an advanced screening of the film, but all thoughts and opinions shared here are … [Read more...]

My New Natural Face Care Routine

Dealing with hormonal and aging skin can make it quite a struggle to find the right skin care products. I'm so excited about my new natural face care routine using Neutrogena Naturals products. This post was sponsored by Neutrogena as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of … [Read more...]

How to Make Compost at Home and Why Everyone Should

In honor of Darwin Day, (February 12) I'm excited to bring you this post on how to make compost at home and all the reasons you should. Affiliate links are included in this post to help support this blog. Darwin Day You might be wondering what the heck compost has to do with Darwin Day or what Darwin Day even is. Well, it's a day to celebrate the brilliance of Charles Darwin and inspire … [Read more...]

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