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+

Save Time and Make Money from Your Sofa with Totspot

Growing kids need clothes. Save time and make money with Totspot! #sponsored

I think it's safe to say that we would all like to save time and make money every chance we get. As a working mom going to school full time, I simply cannot keep up with my kids growth spurts. Grocery shopping only gets done due to absolute necessity. So shopping for clothes is... pfft... not happening. Until I discovered Totspot. I am being compensated for this post, however, it has been my … [Read more...]

Watch Your Favorite Movies with Feeln Giveaway

Find your favorite family movies on Feeln

Tis the season for snuggling up with your loved ones and getting cozy to watch your favorite movies. Make accessing your favorite family movies anytime really easy and affordable with Feeln! I received compensation and a subscription to Feeln to facilitate this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Favorite Movies For us, we have several favorites belonging to all sorts of … [Read more...]

Take Your iPad Anywhere with OtterBox #OtterBoxAgility Giveaway

Otterbox Agility Series Giveaway

The iPad is meant for travel. But, without a case, carrier, or some form of serious protection, you can't really feel great about taking it just anywhere. With the OtterBox Agility Series, you can take your iPad seriously anywhere and feel good about its safety. I received the Otterbox Agility System to facilitate this post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. iPad Anywhere and … [Read more...]

Take the No Barriers Pledge #MyAdventure #GetOUTThere

#GetOUTThere #MyAdventure

Take the No Barriers Pledge with me! This is by far, one of the coolest and most inspiring blog posts I have ever had the privilege of writing. This has been sponsored by Nature Valley, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Nature Valley and Erik Weihenmayer Nature Valley has partnered with Erik Weihenmayer to encourage people to shed their barriers and get out there! Erik's story is … [Read more...]

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Pinterest Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

What better way to make use of your social media sites than using them to enter to win Amazon gift cards!   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...]

My Body is Grateful for Sleep #NaturesSleep

Nature's Sleep Memory Foam mattress and gel pillow have me sleeping like a baby! #NaturesSleep #spon

This is probably the most stressed out I have ever been in my life. I am taking 8 classes, the kids have more extra curriculars than ever, and our finances are really tight. And yet, I find myself incredibly grateful for a lot of things. Did you even know today is World Gratitude Day?! Lately, I must say I am most grateful for a good night's sleep--and our Nature's Sleep products never let us … [Read more...]

SEE Who Stole or Found Your Smartphone #ESETProtects

I'm not even worried about my smartphone anymore #ESETProtects

Thankfully, I have never lost or had my smartphone stolen. That is definitely one of my worst nightmares! I cannot even imagine how freaked out I would be if some stranger had my phone. But now that I have ESET Mobile Security installed on my smartphone, I'm not worried anymore. Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with ESET and I received compensation as part of my … [Read more...]

My Son Smells Better Than Yours #Combos4Success

My son smells amazing thanks to Old Spice #Combos4Success (sponsored)

I am willing to bet that my son smells better than yours. Unless, of course, yours also uses Old Spice. Adam has been using the entire line of Old Spice products and he smells fantastic. I don't know many people that can say that about a 13-year-old athletic boy! This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, … [Read more...]

Cultivate the Engineer in Your Little Girl #LookatGoldie

GoldieBlox Parade Float engineer creativity #LookatGoldie

As parents, we, of course, want the best for our children. We give them all the opportunities we can possibly buy, plan, arrange, teach, share, etc. Their education is definitely in the top 3 most important--along with unconditional love and socialization. So, why not give them a toy that cultivates creativity, teamwork, and the skills of a future engineer! I am super excited to introduce you to … [Read more...]

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Twitter Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

This really couldn't get any easier. I hope you're having fun with all these easy ways to enter to win an Amazon gift card!   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...]

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Instagram Blast

Amazon Giftcard Giveaway Blast

I hope you're not sick of having a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card! ;)   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 here. Entry-Form … [Read more...]

Wake Up the Men in Your Life with Dove

Save on Dove Men+Care

All the men in my life wake up obscenely early. I honestly don't know how they do it everyday. I am always happy if I can do a little something that will help them start their day with an extra boost. So, I am excited to share this coupon for Dove Men+Care Fresh Awake deodorant with you. This post is sponsored by Global Influence, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Morning Men Most of … [Read more...]

Chia is my Favorite Brain Fuel #MammaChiaMagic Giveaway

Just so yummy I can't stand it. Odd texture, but great flavor. #MammaChiaMagic

Just in time for back to school, I rediscovered my favorite brain food--chia! More specifically, Mamma Chia. Mamma Chia's delicious snacks and beverages are loaded with nutrients and easy to take on the run. This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mamma Chia. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. School … [Read more...]

Chevrolet Brings Wi-Fi into the Car #Chevy4G

Chevrolet Brings Wi-Fi into the Car #Chevy4G

Fasten your seat belts, ladies and gents! You read that title correctly. Chevrolet is putting Wi-Fi into their vehicles. And, not just any Wi-Fi, but 4G LTE Wi-Fi! Internet in your Car Have you ever been on one of those painfully long road trips and thought how much more productive you could be if you just had Wi-Fi? That's pretty much what I think every time I'm stuck in the passenger seat … [Read more...]

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

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

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

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 #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 #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...]

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