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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Food Desert Challenge – Eating Clean on a Tight Budget

Food deserts are discussed in depth when you study nutrition science in college--which I did. It's one thing to talk about what they are, but it's a whole other thing to immerse yourself in one. And eating clean on a tight budget might be the hardest part of all. This post was sponsored by Y-USA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Eating Clean on a Tight Budget What is … [Read more...]

Bears for Humanity – Saving the World One Cuddly Stuffed Animal at a Time

Is there such a thing as too many stuffed animals? I don't think so. No cuddly creature goes unsnuggled on my watch. Growing up surrounded in stuffed friends, I was thrilled to hear about Bears for Humanity. This company is doing so much good and produces a fantastic product. I received product and compensation to facilitate this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Get FREE … [Read more...]

How To Level Up Fast in Pokemon GO

Well, blimey! Everywhere I look the gyms are run by level 20+ trainers and here I am running level 9 feeling about as useless as Magikarp's splash ability. Have these people been playing Pokemon GO non-stop or is there something that I'm completely missing? Well, the answer is probably both. Pokemon GO has become a rapid sensation and has been a huge focus of time for many--and battery life. While … [Read more...]

Eye Strain Prevention – Protect Your Eyes From Screen Time Overload

With all the addicting apps, captivating shows, and responsibilities gluing our eyes to some from of screen, it is important to think about eye strain prevention. If I had to be honest, I think I spend around 85 percent of my waking day looking at a screen. This sponsored post is a part of the campaign "Protecting America's Eyes" by Reticare in order to inform U.S. citizens about the importance of … [Read more...]

Cranberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Typically I think of cranberries as more of a fall and winter berry, but using them all year round adds so much new, fun flavor to summer dishes. My daughter and I came up with this cranberry BBQ sauce recipe to go with grilled chicken. It's super delicious! Sponsored post, all opinions are my own. Cranberry BBQ Sauce Recipe A new survey reveals cranberry eaters are healthy, active, and … [Read more...]

Disney Crafts for Kids – Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Printable

My seven-year-old self is spinning with joy because Disney's Beauty and the Beast is hitting the big screen next March. This gorgeous live action rendition is sure to be outstanding. Meanwhile, we've got a teaser poster and teaser trailer to hold us over. But that's not good enough for me. I love throwing together Disney crafts for kids when we're having a rainy day playdate so I came up with this … [Read more...]

The Many Titles of Stewie – Our Cat Rescue Story

Sharing our cat rescue story always warms my heart. Stewie has become an integral part of this family. Without him we wouldn't laugh as much, smile as much, or have such great relationships with each other. I acknowledge that Purina Cat Chow is partnering with me to participate in its ‘Nutrition to Build Better Lives’ program. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of … [Read more...]

10+ Pokemon GO Tips Every Trainer Needs to Know

If you haven't noticed, everyone and their brother are addicted to Pokemon GO, the new virtual reality cell phone app that brings Pokemon to our world. While everyone is enamored by this simple, yet brilliant game, there are many details left without any explanation. So, we put together this list of Pokemon GO tips that we have learned along the way. I'll try to keep this post as up to date as … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for All Ages that Love Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO has literally changed the way our family does everything in a day. We walk more. Talk more. Get out more. Laugh more. Manage our time better--or are at least getting there. This simply brilliant FREE phone game has opened a whole new world of family bonding. Here are some great gift ideas for people who love Pokemon GO. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through … [Read more...]

2016 Mazda CX-5 Review From Mom’s Perspective

While I usually prefer a larger vehicle, I found this crossover style quite spacious and comfortable. It met all my needs and I still felt safe on the roads. I was loaned this vehicle to facilitate this 2016 Mazda CX-5 review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Review First, I wasn't sure about that color at first, but I grew to love it. It even compliments our home and … [Read more...]

Thrive Supplements – Reviews From The Whole Family

A couple weeks ago I attended a community fair at my son's high school. It was there that I met a couple of super energetic, upbeat women. They were running a booth for Le-Vel Thrive supplements, and I just had to find out where they were getting all their energy. I found the answer, and I am excited to bring you this post about Thrive supplements and reviews from my family. We received product … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Day Sales and Benefits of Joining Prime

You might be asking yourself, What is Amazon Prime Day? Well, this year it's July 12th, 2016 and we'll be explaining what it is in detail. You'll want to be a Prime member to have access to all the Amazon Prime Day sales--don't worry you can sign up for a free trial below. The benefits of being a Prime member are always growing. I've been taking advantage of all the perks for years and have never … [Read more...]

10 Things You Need to Know About Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service

If you don't already have a home phone, you might be wondering why you should even have one. But I am a firm believer that if you ever have kids in the house, you need to have a home phone in case of emergencies. So, for everyone with or without a house line, here are 10 things you should know about Ooma Telo free home phone service. Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service The following 10 … [Read more...]

The BFG Movie 2016 – Learn the Language of Gobblefunk

Whether you've read Roald Dahl's, The BFG, or not, you're going to love The BFG Movie 2016. It hits theaters everywhere July 1st! I was able to attend a screening of the movie with my family in order to share my honest opinions. But I found a whole bunch of other fun BFG related activities to share as well. If you make a purchase through affiliate links included in this post, we make a small … [Read more...]

Fun Summer Treats Recipe – All Natural Ice Cream Pops

When it comes to ice cream I don't ever discriminate. However, there is something about eating ice cream on a hot summer day that just makes my inner child smile. Watching my kids enjoy fun summer treats is also wonderful. We put together this super easy frozen treat recipe and it turned out to be a new favorite. Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Fun Summer Treats When … [Read more...]

Quick Summer Meal on the Grill in under 30 Minutes

The last thing any of us want to do is spend a ton of time cooking in the kitchen when it's finally nice outside. But we still want to eat home-cooked meals together as much as possible. Plus, we're dedicating 3 days/nights a week that the kids have to be the bosses of the kitchen. With all these goals, I'm thrilled to have found great quick summer meal recipes and savings opportunities at … [Read more...]

Even Grandma Can Get Behind these Car Safety Features

Technology is rapidly advancing all around us with smartphones, drones--computers are everywhere. Our vehicles are no exception. With all the new car safety features rolling out in every new model it can be tough to keep up. But I love how all these new features keep my family safe. This post is going to discuss all sorts of car safety features and was sponsored by The National Safety Council and … [Read more...]

How To Speed Clean Your House After Traveling

In a perfect world I'd be one of those really organized people that have a place for everything and everything in its place. But, I'm not. Despite my attempts to keep a clean and organized home, it always seems to revert back to chaos, especially after traveling. I've been traveling a lot lately and with company coming to stay with us in between trips, I've had to learn how to speed clean my … [Read more...]

Interview with Stars of Adventures In Babysitting 2016

Disney Channel is about to air their 100th original movie. For those of us that that fell in love with the 80's version, Adventures in Babysitting, 2016 edition, is everything you hope it to be. As part of the Captain America: Civil War press junket, I was able to screen this movie and meet the stars, Sabrina Carpenter and  Sofia Carson. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my … [Read more...]

VTech Digital Audio Baby Monitor Spies on Cat

My kids are far from the age of needing a baby monitor... or are they? We've actually been having quite a bit of fun with the VTech Safe&Sound® DM271-110 DECT 6.0 Digital Audio Baby Monitor with Open/Closed & Motion Sensors. Yikes that was a mouthful. But seriously, let's talk about how awesome this VTech Digital Audio baby monitor is. This blog post is brought to you by VTech and The … [Read more...]

Learning About Your Health Care Plan Can Be Fun

Knowing the ins and outs of your health care plan isn't something a lot of us can brag about. This is actually costing us more than we think. We could save money on the front end by knowing where to go when sick or injured and on the back end by knowing what preventative care options are available to us. This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions I share are always my own. Health … [Read more...]

Finding Dory Home Schooling Supplies

I don't think I'm quite cut out for home schooling my kids. I haven't mastered time management to the degree that I think home schooling requires. However, I always have a ton of home schooling supplies on hand because I love being able to generate educational activities on a moments notice. Since we've been waiting 13 years for Finding Dory to finally come out, I am super excited to see all these … [Read more...]

Buy Virtual Reality for Dad

Can you believe how far we've come with tech that we can actually buy virtual reality for our phones? It truly amazes me to think that I have lived a life where cell phones didn't even exist. And now here we are with such rapidly advancing tech that it's hard to keep up. Luckily there is a great deal to help with the challenge. Plus, it's just in time for Father's Day. The reviewer has been … [Read more...]

Every Adult with a Pool Needs These Swimming Pool Floats

Swimming pool floats are usually designated to kids and all their fun. I am not opposed to this in the least. But after experiencing the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner, every adult with access to a pool NEEDS one of these. This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my … [Read more...]

The Best App for Searching the Internet – Dolphin Browser

Life just never seems to slow down. Honestly, if it did, I think we'd all be pretty disoriented. In order to keep up with the speed of life, we need tools that are just as fast--or better yet, faster. I'd like to introduce my new favorite mobile internet app: Dolphin Browser. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central. I received a PayPal incentive to thank me for my … [Read more...]

Cool Gifts for Dad – Father’s Day Gift Guide for BA Dads

Cool gifts for dad can be hard to think of. When you have an awesome dad who still has a bit of edge to him, the gift possibilities are endless. If your dad has mastered the art of fatherhood while maintaining a great amount of badassery, allow us to present you with some Father's Day gift suggestions. This post contains affiliate links. Cool Gifts for Dad Now, of course, we aren't trying to … [Read more...]

Art Festival Chicago – Gold Coast Art Fair 2016

This weekend a wonderful art festival is coming to Chicago. The Gold Coast Art Fair will take place June 18-19 in Grant Park. I cannot wait to attend with my family and report back to you all. I will receive media passes to cover the event. Gold Coast Art Fair Art. It's what sets us apart from all other species on this planet. We have the ability to see, hear, feel, taste, smell, and … [Read more...]

Garden Igloo – Enjoy the Outside from Inside a Bubble

My mom suffers from pretty bad anxiety. The fear of flying insects is crippling and because of this she rarely leaves the house--especially in the spring, summer, and fall. When I saw the Garden Igloo, I knew this amazing product would allow her to create a bubble in outdoor paradise. Safe from wasps and all other flying horrors she is now able to get out and enjoy her beautiful yard. I am so … [Read more...]

I Survived Walker Stalker Con Chicago 2016

This year's Walker Stalker Con in Chicago was a freaking blast. I attended with a few blogger buddies and we had quite the adventure. From being thrown into The Walking Dead Experience to chatting with some of the coolest celebrities, Walker Stalker Con is definitely one of my favorite cons of the year. We received media passes to facilitate our posts. All thoughts and opinions are based entirely … [Read more...]

14 Things to Bring on Your Vacation in Mexico

My family used to vacation in Mexico once a year. Growing up I think I went around 9 times! Some of my all time best memories were made on these trips and I cannot stress enough the value of family travel. I loved and love even more to this day, experiencing different cultures--my favorites being that of Mexican and Mayan culture. I attended an all expenses paid FAM trip to Riviera Maya sponsored … [Read more...]

Harry Potter, TMNT, and Star Wars Model Kits – IncrediBuilds

Adding any sort of 3D element to creative play is always fun. But when you're able to personally customize your favorite officially licensed characters from all the best new--and old--movies? That's a whole new level of awesome. I'm so excited to introduce you to IncrediBuilds. They have Harry Potter, TMNT, and Star Wars Model Kits, just to name a few. I received product to facilitate this post … [Read more...]

2016 Toyota Camry Review – A Time Tested Classic

Having always had a fairly average and used vehicle growing up and in my adult life, any time I drive a brand new car it's pretty awesome. But after testing so many, you really do start to notice the little things that make a huge difference. I was given this vehicle for a week to facilitate this 2016 Toyota Camry review. All thoughts and opinions shared are entirely my own. 2016 Toyota Camry … [Read more...]

Round 2 – We Opened 7 Surprise Boxes Live

We had so much fun opening all the surprise boxes last time we decided to do it again. This time we had 7 to go through and it was a blast! We were broadcasting live from Periscope and YouTube Live. Check out all the great stuff we received. This post contains affiliate links. 7 Surprise Boxes I had a bit of a hiccup when setting up my YouTube Live broadcast. I'm not sure what happened but … [Read more...]

Next Level Safety with this Backpack for Biking

Having a backpack for biking is great, but having one that also keeps you safer than ever before? Awesome. I'm so excited to have partnered with the designers of the Aster Backpack for Cycling to bring you this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links help support this blog. Backpack for Biking I'd like to introduce you to Aster, the world's safest cycling backpack. This … [Read more...]

Quick Party Snacks Everyone Will Love

Having quick party snacks on hand is a great thing especially when you have unexpected guests arrive. Whether it's a planned party and more people show up or friends just roll up out of nowhere, I love to have a few treats available for guests. This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products … [Read more...]

Did I Chose the Wrong Side in Captain America: Civil War? #TeamIronMan

Choosing a side in Captain America: Civil War was kind of a hard decision. However, as a comic book fan, I found it fairly easy to side with Iron Man. But after interviewing directors, the Russo Brothers, and finding out how they don't hold strictly to the comic storyline and seeing the movie for myself, I honestly don't know... I really see both sides and while I remain biased because I just love … [Read more...]

Captain America: Civil War Prize Pack

Today, Captain America: Civil War hits theaters everywhere and a group of bloggers have gotten together to give YOU the Ultimate Prize Package! In honor of the film release today, you have a chance to win a huge Captain America: Civil War prize pack. Captain America: Civil War Prize Pack This is such a great prize package. It includes: Captain America: The First Avenger DVD Captain … [Read more...]

Captain America: Civil War Directors – The Russo Brothers

After seeing an advanced screening of Captain America: Civil War, we were able to interview available cast members and even the directors, The Russo Brothers. Anthony and Joe Russo are incredible. It's obvious, their work shows their talent. I can't help but feel a little pride seeing a set of siblings kick so much butt together! ;) This opportunity was part of the Captain America: Civil War press … [Read more...]

Feel Your Best in Time for Girls Night Out

In all honesty, I've cancelled numerous girls night out plans because I wasn't feeling my best. There's nothing more disappointing than to feel lousy on a night when you're supposed to be hanging with the girls. This is a sponsored post. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Girls Night Out With aging comes great responsibility--am I right? Mortgages, kids, careers, higher … [Read more...]

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

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...]

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