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+

It is Really All About the Hair

Beachy waves on thin blonde hair

I know I have written about my hair before but when it comes down to it, your hairstyle can really make or break your look. I have been fortunate to have naturally pretty colored hair, but it's fine, thin, and lacks any sort of volume whatsoever. This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from Global Influence, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. All about the hair... I have never … [Read more...]

Enter to Win Amazon Gift Card Pinterest Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

Here is another chance for you to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! Good luck everyone! :) Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Entry-Form … [Read more...]

Back to School Routine and Better Sleep Habits

Sleepy Heads love #NaturesSleep #sponsored

I will be totally honest. This summer was quite hectic and our sleep schedules went out the door. Now that we are all going back to school, it's taking a while to get adjusted to the old routine. This post is sponsored by Nature's Sleep. I am a 2014 brand ambassador and have received products in exchange for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Back to School - Bedtime … [Read more...]

ESET Virus Protection for Your Mobile Devices Giveaway

Don't forget to protect your mobile devices with ESET! #ESETProtects

Do you even think about protecting your phone or mobile devices? I swear my phone is practically more powerful or as powerful as my desktop PC. Which is why I am now using ESET Mobile Security. I received a free subscription and compensation to facilitate this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm Using ESET on My Phone and My PC I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and absolutely love … [Read more...]

I HAD Facial Hair and Acne #SilknProducts #MC #Sponsored

Facial hair on this lady no more! #SilknProducts #sponsored #MC

Yeah, I'm a girl. And I had facial hair. I have come to accept that the human body is pretty much just repulsive so I don't mind sharing since we all have to deal with our own grotesque issues. I received the Silk'n Flash&Go Permanent Hair Removal Device to facilitate my review and I have used affiliate links where applicable. But all thoughts and opinions are my own. #MC … [Read more...]

My Cat is in Love With Rachael Ray Giveaway

Simple Salmon Recipe takes just 10 minutes

My cat, Stewie, now has a mad thing for Rachael Ray and her new line of healthy cat food. He has never been such a happy cat! I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. All thoughts and opinions are my … [Read more...]

Frustrating Hair and Scalp Issues

Favorite thin hair products for sensitive scalp #Sponsored

My hair sucks. I have so many issues with my hair and scalp it's ridiculous. I have invested hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the years to try and find a favorite product. And, where did I find it? Good ol' Walmart. This post is sponsored by Global Influence, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. My Hair and Scalp My hair is super fine and thin. It's a pretty color--that's … [Read more...]

Back to School Eye Exam for Kids #AOA #MC

Tips for adults and kids to avoid digital eye strain especially for back to school #AOA #MC (sponsored)

Yowza! Where did Summer break go? I have suddenly found myself in the whirlwind of back to school doctor appointments. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association (AOA). I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Eww. If only to prevent more wrinkles... avoid having to squint … [Read more...]

Enter to Win Amazon Gift Card Twitter Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

Here we are again with a quick and easy-enter giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card! Good Luck everyone! :)   Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here. Entry-Form … [Read more...]

Refreshing Evolution Fresh Juice for Summer #MC

Super Yummy Evolution Fresh Juices - sponsored #MC

I have waited all season for the temperature to finally get actually hot. Well, we have had a couple high 80 degree days now and I was all about being outside the entire time! After sweating my tail off, coming in to a refreshing Evolution Fresh Juice was a real treat! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millenial Central for Evolution Fresh. I received coupons for Evolution … [Read more...]

Start This School Year Strong and Battle Ready #PURELL30

Be ready for the school year with #PURELL30

With the start of the school year just next week, I can't help but feel like we are preparing for battle. Typically, one of us gets sick then passes through the rest of the household within the first month of school. So, this year we are going to be ready to fight the war on germs with PURELL! This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am part of the Mom It Forward … [Read more...]

Enter to Win Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Instagram Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

  Who doesn't want to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card?! Well, thanks to Makobi Scribe you will have several chances to win!   Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast … [Read more...]

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

#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

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...]

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