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.
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Make the Most of Prime with Amazon Cloud Drive

I've been an Amazon Prime member ever since my first semester of college. Getting those textbooks as fast as possible for as cheap as possible was crucial. Now I just love getting free 2 day shipping on everything I buy on Amazon. But I had no idea I was missing out on so much more with the Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon Cloud Drive is Saving my Sanity I'm a hoarder. Seriously. But being self … [Read more...]

Simple Lifehack on How to Fix a Drawstring

This simple lifehack will save you tons of time and frustration. Don't you just hate it when the drawstring comes out of your hoodies or sweatpants! I know we all must share this pet peeve. But I had no idea people didn't know this simple fix. All you need is a safety pin. Lifehack - How To Fix A Drawstring that Fell Out When I was little, my mom showed me this quick trick to fix a … [Read more...]

How Gorilla Glass Helps A Blogger Work Out Routine

Working out isn't something that comes easy to everyone. I'd be lying if I said I loved it. Sure, I love the way it makes me feel afterwards, but all the prep, planning, sweating, burning... once you fall out of habit, it's tough to get back into it. To get myself back into a healthy routine, I'm combining my passion for photography into my work outs. Thanks to Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, I'm not … [Read more...]

7 Must Have New Car Gadgets for Everyone

With these awesome new car gadgets, you'll be safer, more pampered, and all without the need to buy a new car to have the latest in technology. I attended the exciting tech event, TNTChicago Lunch & Learn hosted by Techlicious and TravelingMom, held at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Chicago. I learned about all the latest gadgets that will have your older vehicle keeping up with the … [Read more...]

Let’s End Rabies Together – Get Your Cat Vaccinated

This post has been sponsored by Merial, a world-leading animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of pets, but all opinions are my own. Rabies Did you know in 2013, an average of 500 domestic animals within the United States contract the rabies virus, and cats accounted for more than half of these cases?1 The U.S. is full of cat … [Read more...]

My 12 Week Journey to a Healthy Lifestyle

Today is day one of a 12 week plan I am starting in an attempt to break bad habits and truly make the shift into a healthy lifestyle. I've never had a consistent routine. I've always yo-yo'd with fad diets, drastic exercise, and different combinations of the two. These 12 weeks are being supported by Kiqplan. I received the Slim and Trim app for review purposes and compensation for my time but all … [Read more...]

The Best Kid Friendly Cell Phone Plans from Sprint

I attended the Sprint Chicago Regional Event and learned so much about all the new things Sprint has to offer. For me, the most important thing they've got going is all the kid friendly cell phone plans and great service. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my … [Read more...]

Being Prepared for all of the Life Adventures

Life is full of adventures and we should all have the attitude to seize them when they present themselves. But, life has a personality all its own and occasionally its sense of humor is pretty wicked. Adventures of Life My life's persona is a lot like that of Lucy from the Peanuts Gang. In which case, I am totally Charlie Brown. Life loves pulling that football right out from under me while … [Read more...]

Family Fun in the Allegheny Mountains at Omni Resort

There just happened to be a Groupon for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on sale a couple weeks before we left for our #MFRoadTrip. Driving from Chicago to the East coast, I knew we'd need to stop somewhere in between, so I looked up this gorgeous resort in Pennsylvania. I was able to get discounted media rates for our stay, but all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Family … [Read more...]

Monthly Survival Kit for the Ladies Sweepstakes

Ladies, if you're tired of being caught unprepared for your cycle every month, you're not alone. It's time we all put together a convenient survival kit. Shoot, several survival kits. Keep one in your purse, one in your backpack, one in your car... never be caught off guard again by an angry uterus. For the sake of girls everywhere, be ready. This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All thoughts and … [Read more...]

The Muppets Will Crack You Up Tuesday Evenings on ABC

The Muppets have been part of my family since I can remember. I had the incredible honor of attending the panel, "The Magic Behind the Muppets" at the D23 Expo. It was in the top 3 experiences of that entire trip. I was also granted access to the new show airing tonight on ABC. I was able to attend this event for free as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney but all thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

PurrPacks Cat Unboxing Video and September

Each PurrPack provides endless entertainment, a buffet of tasty morsels, plus a few surprises! This Pack will include 7-9 items valued at $39-$45 and is best suited for households with 1-2 cats. Items may vary. A box was received for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links. Watch Stewie perform his first unboxing! Winners will be contacted on September 30, … [Read more...]

A Fast Dinner the Kids Love to Eat with Both Hands

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We are in need of a fast dinner almost everyday of the week but Mondays always seem to be the night when we just can't get our act together. My son is a varsity athlete getting home at 6pm from school only to have to turn right around and get to Taekwondo by 7:10. He's also growing. His appetite is … [Read more...]

Don’t Mess with My Chewing Gum

Before I got all old and stuff, chewing gum was my currency. I could be paid in sticks, cubes, tape, or even the shredded stuff would do. As an adult I still love chewing gum. It helps me focus, curbs my appetite, and even keeps my smile bright. This post includes sponsored content from Trident but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Trident is my Favorite Chewing Gum Did you know … [Read more...]

There is Hope if You Still Can’t Sleep

In the last couple months I've shared dozens of helpful tips, information, and strategies to help get better sleep. But if you've tried everything and still can't sleep, there is hope. 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 and opinions shared here are my … [Read more...]

Get Your Copy of Cinderella with Bonus Content #Cinderella #BeKind

Whether you have seen Cinderella yet or not, you're going to want to get your copy as soon as you can. With excellent bonus content, limited time purchase with purchase opportunities, and simply because it's a great movie, you should grab the Blu-Ray Combo pack today. I received an advanced copy of this film to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cinderella Bonus … [Read more...]

High Fiber Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites Recipe

These high fiber pumpkin spice energy bites were inspired by a pin Evan found on Pinterest. He actually made these a year ago for one of our nutrition club meetings at school. He recently confessed that he did it to impress me. Obviously, it worked! Affiliate links are included in this post to support this blog. Pumpkin Spice Granola Energy Bites Recipe These little balls of deliciousness … [Read more...]

Amazing Fall and Halloween Deals on this Free App

Like most overwhelmed moms, I try to plan ahead for the seasons and most of all, save as much money as possible. But this takes time. Deal hunting can actually be more time than it's worth. But with this new free app, I've found the best fall and Halloween Deals I've ever seen. And just deals in general for that matter. Plus I did it all from the passenger seat of the car on our way to a high … [Read more...]

Conair Quick Twist Works on Thin Hair

My daughter and I have really fine, thin hair. It won't hold a curl, a perm, and braids quickly slip out. I'm happy to report that the Conair Quick Twist™ actually works on our hair. This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the Conair Quick Twist Double Stranded Braider for my own personal use. All opinions, text, and experiences are my … [Read more...]

Have the Smart Talk with Your Kids as Soon as you Can

If you're like most parents you've got some form of limitations, rules, and guidelines in place for electronics. But have you ever formerly sat down and discussed them? What about if you're divorced? Does the coparent understand and abide by the same rules? Having The Smart Talk with your kids explains it all and after signing a mutually agreed upon ruleset everyone is more likely to abide by … [Read more...]

Add This Sandwich to Your Healthy Breakfast Recipes

If you don't already know, I am on a mission to incorporate sprouts into as many recipes as I can. They're so good for you and easy enough to grow on your kitchen counter year round. Just try this breakfast sandwich with sprouts. You'll be adding it to your list of healthy breakfast recipes for sure. I have included a couple affiliate links to the products we used for your convenience and to help … [Read more...]

Stay a Little Longer at Homewood Suites by Hilton #MFRoadTrip

We have two regrets from our trip to the Charleston, South Carolina Homewood Suites by Hilton Extended Stay hotel. First, not staying longer. Second--every blogger's biggest mistake--not capturing the kids' initial reactions to our suite on camera. The gasps and squeals of delight were hysterical. Otherwise, we couldn't have asked for more. We were given a complementary one night stay at this … [Read more...]

Ideas for Surprise Acts of Kindness #Cinderella #BeKind

Surprise acts of kindness can be life changing. They can uplift the life of the recipient and enrich the state of the giver to such an extent that they become changed themselves. If we want to change the world, we can start by changing tiny things that create a lasting impact. These ideas for surprise acts of kindness are a great place to start. While on a press junket sponsored by Disney, I … [Read more...]

Awesome New Games and Products from Disney Interactive #D23Expo

As odd as it may sound, I have poison ivy to thank for my gaming passion. Growing up in the woods with a deadly allergy to poison ivy was a bit like growing up in a prison. So my mom took sympathy and compensated by keeping me stocked with all the new games on the market. I'm so excited to tell you about everything we learned at the Disney Interactive panel at the D23 Expo. I was able to attend … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Hampton by Hilton in Louisville #WeGoTogether

On the way back home from our Modern Family Road Trip (#MFRoadTrip) we stayed in Louisville, Kentucky at the Hampton by Hilton downtown location. This place was perfect for our family. While we were able to stay for free to facilitate this post, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. The Hampton by Hilton - Downtown Louisville There are numerous reasons my family and I love this hotel. … [Read more...]

The Silly Symphonies Were Just an Experiment #DMEd23Expo #D23Expo

While attending the D23 Expo, we were incredibly honored to sit front row at the Silly Symphonies concert presentation. I was able to attend this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney but all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Affiliate links included help fund the creative minds of my children. And cookies. The Silly Symphonies This was one of the highlights … [Read more...]

Disneyland Celebrates 60 Years with Diamonds #Disneyland60

Disneyland has been creating and putting magic into the world for six decades. To celebrate, they're filling the sky, painting the walls, and even splashing the scene with diamonds. I was able to attend these events as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Disneyland Turns 60 This was my very first trip to Disneyland so I'm now … [Read more...]

Upcoming Movies from Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm

If you haven't heard by now, the next few years with Disney, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm are going to be amazing. The upcoming movies coming from these giants are worth saving some dates. I was able to attend the Live Action panel at the D23 Expo as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. Any affiliate links included in this post help fund the creative minds in my family. As always, all … [Read more...]

Own a Piece of Disney Magic and H20+ #ShareYourLegacy Sweepstakes

Perhaps one of Disney's largest contributions to the human race has been its ability to convey every emotion via music. Most of the time this is done without lyrics. The soundtracks to their classics have become the soundtracks to the happiest of childhoods. I grew up watching every Disney movie as soon as it came out on VHS. Now, these songs remind me of the best moments growing up. You can now … [Read more...]

Custom Star Wars Phone Wallet

I freaking love Etsy. Dealing with real people is so refreshing. More often than not I find that they're generous, care about their business, and are genuinely concerned for your needs. For the D23 Expo, a wonderful Etsy seller made me a custom Star Wars phone wallet, business card holder, coin purse, and a bunch more to hand out. I'm thrilled to introduce you to SewLakeTahoe, and encourage you to … [Read more...]

Disney Playmation Gets Everyone Up and Moving

While attending the D23 Expo, I got to see the Disney Playmation toy line in action. When I say it gets everyone up and moving, I mean it. It's suggested for ages 6 and up, but I can totally see all my 30-something friends getting in on this action. I attended this event as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions are my own. And any affiliate links used are to help … [Read more...]

Schedule of Animated Disney Movies Through 2018

Animated Disney movies will always have a special place in my life. I grew up collecting, watching, and rewatching all of them on those classic VHS tapes. Remember when you rewind them all?! I am so excited to bring you Disney's animated movie plans for the next couple years. I attended the D23 Expo as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thought and opinions shared here are my own. Any … [Read more...]

More Great Sleeping Tips from a Pro Sleepy Head

I think I blog more about sleep than I actually get sleep. Something has to give. I recently shared that nearly 4 million Americans suffer from insomnia and just how huge the sleep problem is here. Today, I'd like to share some great sleeping tips to help us all get the zzz's we need. I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a … [Read more...]

Short Films Creators Talk Disney Easter Eggs and Other Favorites

We had the outstanding opportunity to have an intimate breakfast and Q & A session with Disney Short Films animators/filmmakers. During our interview, they talked about Disney easter eggs, their favorite films, and other behind the scenes antics. This experience was part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Any affiliate links … [Read more...]

Star Wars, Toy Story, and Pandora Coming to Disney Parks #D23Expo #StarWars

Today at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, we attended a live panel for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Huge announcements included Star Wars 'Land', Toy Story Land, and Pandora being added to Disney Parks. I was able to attend this event as part of an all expenses paid press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Star Wars Let's just start … [Read more...]

Magical Things are About to Happen at the Disney #D23Expo

You probably are already aware that I'll be attending Disney's #D23Expo later this week. I haven't shut up about it. But that's because some truly magical things are going to happen and I simply cannot believe that I'll be there! Disney really does make dreams come true. This trip will be paid entirely by Disney as part of a press junket. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've included … [Read more...]

Join the #D23Expo Twitter Party

#D23Expo Twitter Party: Have you heard about it? A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there were 25 AMAZING BLOGGERS who were invited to attend the #D23Expo and to Celebrate 60 years of Disney Magic at Disneyland. These bloggers were elated for weeks choosing their costumes, doing "research" for the event, and packing every Disney T-shirt they own. They were so ecstatic about the D23 Expo … [Read more...]

Back to School Deals on AXE for your Teen #AXEGoBold

With Adam entering high school this year, he's bringing a whole new attitude, wardrobe, and scent. With hormones raging, so are his pits! To keep up with this new challenge, I'm thrilled to bring you these great back to school deals on AXE. Post sponsored by Lunchbox. Opinions are 100% my own. Back To School Deals on AXE Right now when you buy any two AXE products at Walgreens you'll receive … [Read more...]

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

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 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

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...]

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