About Shelley

Mother of two... My son, Adam, 13, and my daughter, Chesney, 10, 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: I just graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Benedictine University! :D I hope to complete an internship in the next couple years to earn my RD.
You can also connect with me on Google+

Searching for the Best Hotels in Chicago

Searching for the Best Hotels in Chicago

Searching for the Best Hotels Finding the best hotels in Chicago can be a fun experience. There are many options out there, but you want to choose the best one for your individual needs. Shop around and compare different hotel room rates, and you can also find deals online that may combine your hotel room and flight for the best possible price. Consider Your Itinerary Think about your … [Read more...]

5 Family Road Trip Printables to Keep Tweens Looking out the Window

Road Trip Activity binders for tweens and teens #MFRoadTrip

We are going on a road trip! We're headed to the east coast from Chicago. We'll be stopping off at really cool places along the way reaching as far southeast as Savannah Georgia! With two kids and two adults in a car, it's going to be quite an adventure! We're prepared with fun printables, audio books, and tons of non-device-dependent activities for the road. Join us using the hashtag #MFRoadTrip … [Read more...]

Benefits of Sleeping Through the Night

Sleeping through the night has infinite benefits for your mind, body, and soul #IC #ad

Sleeping through the night isn't just something babies have to learn how to do. Millions of adults struggle to stay asleep or get enough zzz's each night. There are a plethora of benefits that come with a solid night of sleep. I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All thoughts … [Read more...]

My Costume Ideas for the Disney #D23EXPO

Check out my costume ideas for the #D23Expo #Disney

First, I'M GOING TO THE D23EXPO!!! I am so gosh darn excited I can't even handle it. This is going to be an all expenses paid trip sponsored by Disney. I don't have the full itinerary yet, but I know it's going to be jam packed with fun. Plus, we were just told costumes are allowed--pfft, more like required--at the expo. Here are some of my costume ideas... (I included a few affiliate links where … [Read more...]

10 Things to Add to Your Family Summer Vacation Checklist

10 fun ideas to add to your summer vacation checklist #summersafety #ad

Our summer vacation is flying by. We've been lucky to cross several things off our checklist already but we've still got a lot planned! The theme of our checklist is family bonding. With the kids rapidly becoming tiny adults, family time is a huge priority. Pretty soon they'll be off, flying far from the nest and I want them to have happy memories that will draw them back as often as … [Read more...]

Raging Waves is the Largest Waterpark in Illinois #EndlessSummer

Raging Waves Waterpark is the biggest in Illinois. It's just 45 minutes outside Chicago and so much fun! #EndlessSummer #ad

If you're looking for things to do in Chicago with your family, there are about a bazillion. The city is clean, pretty, and bustling with fun attractions for all ages. But, if you're here in the summer, it's well worth the 45 minute commute to Yorkville to spend a day at the largest waterpark in Illinois. Raging Waves Waterpark is a place where you'll make lasting memories, laugh like a kid … [Read more...]

My First Hybrid Car Experience #DriveToyota

How many bodies can you fit in the trunk of a Toyota Camry Hybrid car #DriveToyota #ad

I have been going 'green' since before going green was even a thing. In the third grade I started my own recess-recycling club. By fourth grade we were cleaning up the grounds and I had about 7 loyal recruits. Around the same time, I had a bug-rescue club in my dad's back yard where we (mostly I, as this one didn't have many members) would attempt to rehabilitate the bugs that ended up in my dad's … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Doing Office Work More Fun

10 Ways to Make Paperwork and Office Work more fun

I've been doing office work for my family's businesses since I was about thirteen years old. That's 18 years of paperwork! Plus all the homework from school and college. In an effort to make the drudgery more fun, I have become totally addicted to fun and cute office supplies. I've used affiliate links where applicable to help fund this blog, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Get … [Read more...]

5 Things to Bring on Your Family Bike Ride #GetMoving Giveaway

Don't forget these 5 essentials on your next family bike ride #GetMoving #spon

In an effort to get my family moving this summer we all got bikes. As a blogger I am guilty of sitting for way too long and sometimes half a day goes by where I haven't physically moved. My body is changing and not for the better. I'm getting squishy and... stinky? Good grief, something has got to give! I'm grabbing my family for a long bike ride through the trails just outside my house and have … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Road Trip Snacks

Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits make great family road trip snacks AD

Planning a family road trip can be a lot to take on. Especially if you are traveling with little ones, or going a really long distance. The four of us are headed to the east coast (from Chicago) at the end of the summer and I have already been planning for months! The main thing I need to remember is the road trip snacks! This post has been sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats, but all thoughts and … [Read more...]

Fifth Third Bank Can Help Teach You How To Get a Job – Contest

College Grad #BrandOfYou #FifthThirdBank AD

Did you know more than half of recent graduates do not have full time jobs? Landing a job without any help can be really hard. I'm happy to tell you about an awesome job coaching service and a contest offered by Fifth Third Bank where you can enter to win personalized job coaching from NextJob. I've partnered with Fifth Third Bank to bring you this post. I will receive compensation for my time, … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Movie on DVD with Bonus Features #TeenBeach2Event

Teen Beach 2 Movie on DVD with Bonus Features #TeenBeach2Event

The surftastic sequel to Teen Beach is finally out on Disney DVD! The Teen Beach 2 movie is great for the whole family and one you'll be watching well into the winter months. The songs are fun and catchy, the cast is adorable, the dancing will have you on your feet trying to keep up, and the message in this movie is amazing for kids--especially young girls. I was able to screen this movie and will … [Read more...]

5 Free Books I Added to My Summer Reading List

awesome books to add to your summer reading list

One good thing about all this crumby weather we've been having this summer is that I am catching up on all my reading goals. I was recently given a subscription to Kindle Unlimited for a blog campaign. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, and then realized just how awesome it is! Even if you don't have a membership to that, these are five books I added to my summer reading list because they … [Read more...]

Disney Infinity 3.0 Preview with Inside Out Characters #InsideOutEvent

Disney Infinity 3.0 Inside Out game characters #InsideOutEvent

Disney Infinity 3.0 is an amazing gaming platform that all ages can enjoy! Available for Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Xbox One, you can preorder now! The most exciting part of this new and improved game is that it now has Disney Pixar's Inside Out characters! As part of the press trip to LA I received some of these products for free, but all thoughts and opinions shared here are my … [Read more...]

Kyle MacLachlan Turns Inside Out For Us #InsideOutEvent

Interview with Kyle MacLachlan voice of Riley's Dad in #InsideOut #InsideOutEvent

It was so exciting to meet Kyle MacLachlan. He's kind of a legend. The characters he's played are all totally bad-butt in their own good or not-so-good ways. He played Paul Atreides, master of the Weirding Way, in the original Dune. He was also the disturbed and easily manipulated villain with a heart of gold, Calvin Zabo, in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You may remember him from Sex and the … [Read more...]

How To Throw the Ultimate Teen Beach 2 Viewing Party Printables

Teen Beach 2 Recipes: Fruit Trees #TeenBeach2Event

With Teen Beach 2 coming out in just 4 days, (6/26) you've got just enough time to throw the ultimate viewing party. I'm thrilled to share some awesome ideas, recipes, and crafts with you created by the brilliant minds at Disney. Teen Beach 2 airs on Disney Channel and is available for purchase on DVD this Friday at 8 ET/PT. Teen Beach 2 Viewing Party The Food: First, make sure you're … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Celebrity Family Feud on ABC #CelebrityFamilyFeud

On the set of Celebrity Family Feud #CelebrityFamilyFeud #ABCTVEvent

Family Feud has been on in the background of my life for as long as I can remember. Playing on the kitchen floor at my grandma's house it was on the tube. While my mom folded laundry that iconic buzzer was going off every time someone shouted an incorrect answer. Now it will be something my kids look back at nostalgically because I still can't get enough. I couldn't be more excited to announce … [Read more...]

My Emotional Response to Disney Pixar’s Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out #InsideOutEvent

With Disney movies it's expected that the amount of feelings you experience throughout the show will be exponential. Disney is just like that. But that's why we love them. However, I didn't expect Disney Pixar's Inside Out to have the effect it did on me--and an entire theater full of people. I was able to see the premiere of Inside Out in LA as part of an all expenses paid trip sponsored by … [Read more...]

Must-Have Disney Inside Out Toys for All Ages #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out Anger coffee mug LOVE IT! #InsideOutEvent

Disney really never let's you down. They have the greatest story lines, the best art, and as usual the cutest toys. The Inside Out movie will be in theaters everywhere June 19th. Already the Inside Out toys are flying off shelves! And for good reason! They're awesome! I'm sharing my favorites here and have used affiliate links where applicable. I received several of these products for free at the … [Read more...]

An Interview with Two Disney Stars #TeenBeach2Event

Disney Stars Chrissie Fit and Jordan Fisher #TeenBeach2Event

While on an amazing press trip to LA, I had the opportunity to interview two Disney stars from the movie, Teen Beach 2. Which airs June 26 on Disney Channel. You're not going to want to miss it. The movie is full of remarkable talent, an adorable plot, and inspiration--especially for young girls. By far one of the coolest experiences for me was getting to talk to Jordan Fisher and Chrissie Fit … [Read more...]

The Inside Out Movie Premiere Purple Carpet Experience #InsideOutEvent

Inside Out Movie premiere on the purple carpet! #InsideOutEvent

The Inside Out movie premiere experience was--in a word--exhilarating. It brought about all my inner emotions and had me running to catch up with my own self. To my surprise, I learned a great deal. I was able to attend this event as part of an all expenses paid trip sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Inside Out Movie Premiere I've thought long and hard … [Read more...]

Tide Pods Make Laundry So Easy My Teen Son Is Doing It

Tide Pods #LaundryRedefined #ad

I received this product for free to facilitate this post and received compensation for my time. But all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Laundry seems to pile up faster than anything in the house. With Taekwondo, horseback riding, basketball, and just being kids, between the four of us you'd think there were a dozen people here with the amount of laundry we do. I finally broke down … [Read more...]

Teen Beach 2 Stars Teach Us How To Dance #TeenBeach2Event

#TeenBeach2 stars Chrissie Fit and Jordan Fisher with Shelley from SweepTight.com #TeenBeach2Event

While in LA on probably one of the most exciting press trips of my entire life, we had the opportunity to have stars of Teen Beach 2 teach us how to dance. Attempt to teach us anyway... Teen Beach 2 Stars Chrissie Fit ("CheeChee") and Jordan Fisher ("Seacat") are two of the stars in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach 2. If you haven't seen Teen Beach, you've got until June 26th to … [Read more...]

Final Farewell From Phineas and Ferb Creators #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Shelley from SweepTight.com with #PhineasAndFerb Creators #PhineasAndFerbEvent #LastDayOfSummer

Phineas and Ferb creators and executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh were awesome enough to spend half a day with our group of mommy bloggers in LA this weekend. We screened the final episode of Phineas and Ferb, "The Last Day of Summer" followed by a picnic with the guys and Phineas and Ferb themselves! Phineas and Ferb - Last Day of Summer After screening this … [Read more...]

Summer Fun for the Whole Family #MedievalSummer Giveaway

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School is finally out! What sort of summer fun do you have planned for the family? Have you considered taking everyone to Medieval Times? If not, you really should. My family and I had a total blast! Were able to go free of charge to facilitate this review, but all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Summer Fun for the Family The best part of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Family Fun Outside #KeepPlaying Giveaway

Outdoor family fun #KeepPlaying #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine. Making time for family fun can be difficult when everyone is so busy with all things life. But, we mustn't forget the importance of family fun for reducing stress, building memories, and strengthening relationships. 5 Tips for Family Fun 1. Make the time. You really do have to MAKE it. It's not … [Read more...]

How Open Ended Questions Can Revive Relationships with Teens #ABFamilyTalk

Keywords for closed and open ended questions #ABFamilyTalk #IC #sponsored

Asking open ended questions is something I have had to really learn about and practice. They don't come out naturally for me and I think a lot of us suffer from using closed ended questions as parents. With prom and graduation season upon us, important conversations should be had. I'm happy to offer some valuable tools to your toolbox so you can tackle the situation successfully. I participated in … [Read more...]

I’m Going to LA ! #InsideOutEvent #TeenBeach2Event #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Disney Pixar's Inside Out movie poster #InsideOutEvent

Disney has been a part of my life since I can remember. Some of my favorite childhood memories include binge watching all my favorite Disney VHS tapes on rainy days or at sleepovers. So... it is with monumental excitement that I announce:  I will being heading to LA to attend an amazing Disney event--the red carpet premiere of Disney Pixar's Inside Out! We'll also be doing a bunch of other fun … [Read more...]

Tomorrowland Movie is Great for the Whole Family – Review and Printables

#Tomorrowland

Earlier this week I had the honor of attending an advance screening of Disney's Tomorrowland movie. Don't worry, I won't spoil anything if you haven't seen it yet. But I seriously suggest you see it as soon as you can! It hits theaters everywhere TONIGHT! (May 22, 2015.) While I saw this movie for free with my family, all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. So excited! Headed into the … [Read more...]

Beauty Supply from Outside the Gene Pool #beautystory

My personal beauty supply #BeautyStory #spon

Possessing beauty is often thanks to being part of a fortunate gene pool. But often it's because of knowledge, grace, and etiquette passed on by those outside of our family members--girlfriends, celebrities, bloggers... Beauty can be taught. I'm going to tell you my #beautystory about my go-to beauty supply found in two of my close friends. Jennifer already told you about some inspiring beauties … [Read more...]

Heart Healthy Quinoa Tabouli Salad with Sprouts Recipe

Delicious and fresh heart healthy tabouli salad with quinoa and sprouts

Tabouli salad is one of my favorite snacks and/or side dish. It is fresh, lemony, crisp, and I swear you can actually feel it making you healthier. With heart healthy fats, fiber and countless phytonutrients to boost your eyes and immune system, this stuff is simply amazing...and delicious. I've used affiliate links in this post where applicable, but that has not swayed any content on this … [Read more...]

Best Booster Seat for a Happy Baby – Graco Swivi Seat Review

Happy baby, productive mom. Graco Swivi Seat Booster review #spon

Having a happy baby is the best way to have a happy mom--and dad too. But what about those of us with babies that aren't very good coping with not being held 24 hours a day? I'd like to introduce the Graco Swivi Seat 3-in1 Booster. This product was received free of charge in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy Baby - Happy Mom A happy baby makes a … [Read more...]

10 Tips on How To Talk to Your Teen About Underage Drinking #ABFamilyTalk

setting a good example for the kiddos. #ABFamilyTalk #IC #spon

Talking to your kids about underage drinking can be an awkward nightmare. But it's crazy important. So I'm happy to present some awesome tips inspired by Anheuser-Busch's Family Talk About Drinking Program. I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch's Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my … [Read more...]

Getting Enough Sleep Saves Lives #GoToBed Mattress Giveaway

Restonic is here to help you sleep! #GoToBed

If you read my last post about the Top 10 Sleep Distractions, then you know just how ridiculously exhausted I am. Sadly, I know I am not alone. However, I'm happy to report that since writing that post a month ago, I've made some simple changes and they have helped tremendously! This post is sponsored by Restonic and PTPA, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Getting Enough Sleep The … [Read more...]

Give Mom the Best Mother’s Day Gift that Lasts Forever

Best Mother's Day gift ever. The Montage Photo book. #MothersDay #Gift #spon

While you should treat your mother wonderfully on a daily basis, there are a few days out of the year that she deserves to be honored a little extra. Her birthday, YOUR birthday, Valentine's day, and obviously Mother's Day. This Mother's Day I'd like to show you the best gift you could ever give mom. It's something she'll cherish and it is a gift that lasts forever. This post is sponsored by … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Cheap Ways to Keep Kids Entertained

10 Fun and Cheap Ways to Keep Kids Entertained

10 fun and cheap ways to keep kids entertained Every parent dreads hearing the words “I’m bored!” Keeping the little ones occupied and finding activities that don’t break the bank is a common challenge for parents. Psychologists have found that boredom isn’t necessarily a sign of laziness on the child's or parent’s side, the Wall Street Journal reports, but is often fueled by frustration and … [Read more...]

Fun and Filthy Girl Power #Mudderella2015

Join our team! #Mudderella2015 #Chicago #spon

Calling all women in need of a little good clean filthy fun: I'm so excited to announce that we've put together a team to embrace fun and filthy girl power at Mudderella! I'd like to encourage all of you to sign up with our team if you're in the Chicago area, or create your own team for an event near you! I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mudderella. I … [Read more...]

Top 10 Sleep Distractions and How To Squish Them #GoToBed

Heeby Jeeby Factor for Lice: 10+ So everyone slept with tea tree oil on their heads. You know, who needs to sleep well anyway? #GoToBed

Everyone seems to take sleep for granted nowadays. We all justify losing it over work, relationship drama, TV shows, books, chores... While we are all juggling these wretched sleep distractions, we must not forget how important sleep is for our bodies, minds, and souls. This post is sponsored by Restonic, all thoughts and opinions shared are my own. My Top 10 Sleep Distractions 10. Work. It … [Read more...]

TeamSnap App Saves Time, Effort, and Hassle

TeamSnap App Saves Time, Effort, and Hassle

I'm a mom of two kids. My oldest, Adam, is in Tae Kwon Do. I can't tell you how many times I've either never gotten the memo on scheduling changes or how many times my son has gotten sick, and everyone was wondering where he was. It can be a pain, and that's what I'm really excited about the TeamSnap app. This app allows parents, coaches, and administrators to quickly and easily stay in touch on … [Read more...]

Keeping It Real With Danny Collins #DannyCollinsMovie

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I was crazy lucky to be invited to a screening of Danny Collins a couple weeks ago. After watching the movie we were even able to meet the writer/director, Dan Fogelman! Despite getting this awesome opportunity free of charge, I'm sharing my honest opinions with you. Danny Collins Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970's rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his … [Read more...]

Encourage Kids to Read More with Kindle and Printables

The new Amazon Kindle is making my kids read more and I made printable reading coupons for even more fun! #KindleforKids #Clevergirls #spon

Did you know March is National Reading Month? This is certainly one theme I can get excited about. Here in Chiberia, we've been reading together an awful lot due to being trapped in the house to avoid lung-stopping cold temperatures. The joy of reading has not come naturally to either of my kids and I don't want to force them and turn it into a punishment. I want them to read more because they … [Read more...]

The Most Unusual Cosmetic Surgeries

Top 5 Most Unusual Plastic Surgeries

Unusual Cosmetic Surgeries More Widely Available Breast augmentation, nose jobs and Botox are the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK every year, but recently more unusual plastic surgeries have announced themselves through celebrity usage. As we saw when we visited the website of Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, most patients using cosmetic surgery opt for larger breasts, slimmer waists, … [Read more...]

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