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+

Give Back to your Community with Champions for Kids

Give back to your community #sponsored

Giving back to the community is something I try to do regularly but I don't always get the kids involved. This time, I'm teaming up with Champions for Kids to bring you this post to show how easy it is to give back with your kids. I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Give Back to your Community It is important to give back … [Read more...]

Disneynature’s BEARS in Theaters TODAY

BEARS #DisneynatureBears

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, head over to the theater and see Disneynature's BEARS! The kids and I got to preview the film a couple days ago and it was fantastic! Don't worry, all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Plus, if you see BEARS this weekend, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation! Disneynature's … [Read more...]

Reward Yourself after Spring Cleaning

Comfort beyond your wildest dreams #NaturesSleep #sponsored

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 happy to bring you this post about Spring Cleaning, redecorating and rewarding yourself for all your hard work. Spring Cleaning Frenzy I've come to the conclusion that I am definitely a solar powered human.  After the longest winter of my life, just one … [Read more...]

The Joy and Benefits of a Family Garden #GroSomethingGreater

Grandma's Garden

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine. No matter the type of garden, anything is possible.  The sky is truly the limit.  I have been gardening with my grandma since I was a kid and am thrilled to now share this priceless experience with my children. Family Garden We make time to help Gram in the yard as often as possible.  From fruits and … [Read more...]

The Prom Budget – Inexpensive Elegant Quality

Elegant Prom Dress on a Budget

Prom feels like it was about 100 years ago.  It was only about 11, but eek-gad; I wish I could have a chance to do it over again.  I would pick an elegant dress and not spend so much money.  This post is sponsored by JJsHouse.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Elegant Quality My first mistake way back then was thinking sexy meant elegant.  Now, don't get me wrong, sexy can be elegant.  … [Read more...]

How to Drink Coffee Black with iCoffee Giveaway

Benefits of black Coffee @iCoffee

My coffee typically consists of nine parts sweetened creamer to one part coffee.  However, after being introduced to the iCoffee machine, for free—don't worry all thoughts and opinions are my own, I can proudly report that I am now drinking my coffee black! How to Drink Coffee Black I tried weaning myself for weeks.  I got down to just using almond milk, but I wasn't really enjoying my coffee … [Read more...]

One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids

best educational apps for kids for free

When my kids were in preschool there weren't any apps available for teaching or entertaining them.  In fact, the concept of the app was just being realized.  This is a sponsored post written on behalf of GS Preschool Games.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids - Preschoolers Technology is a fact of life.  The earlier kids are able to use it the better. … [Read more...]

Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger Review and Giveaway

Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger

I think all of us have been in that helpless situation where our precious devices are dying and we are without a charger.  It can feel like my own lifeline is being slowly cut.  So, I am beyond thrilled to bring you this review and giveaway for the Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger.  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lepow … [Read more...]

Ways to Save on Time and Healthcare Costs for the Adult Student

Busy Mom #Healthcareclinic #CollectiveBias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  It is my pleasure to bring you tips on how to save on time and healthcare costs by utilizing a Walgreens Healthcare clinic near you.  We love our Healthcare Clinic Chicago! Save on Time and Healthcare Costs When it … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate from Active D’Lites Giveaway

good for you chocolate

Awe YEAH!  You read that correctly... Healthy CHOCOLATE exists.  I am so excited to bring you this post about Probiotic Chocolate from Active D'Lites.  I received product samples to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Active D'Lites - Chocolate with Probiotics The first time I tried these delicious little treats was at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in … [Read more...]

Teach Kids How To Grow Lunch

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I am desperately trying to find new ways to get my kids excited about eating healthier.  They are relatively pretty good eaters, but since I am a future Registered Dietitian (RD) there is always room for improvement!  This spring, I am planning to teach them how to grow their own lunch! It will make veggies more fun and educate them about entire process. How To Grow a Garden Made EASY This … [Read more...]

Gliding Swing for Baby Review

Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing for baby Review

I received the Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing for baby to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Well, I don't have babies anymore but all my friends are starting to have them.  Being a young mom has turned out to be really fun.  My kids are already 9 and 12, but all my friends are just starting their families.  It's amazing how fast you forget what that first year is … [Read more...]

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Slimfast

Fitness Goals NO MORE Binge Eating

It has been a great two weeks towards reaching my fitness goals with a big thanks to the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge.  I received products and a promotional item to facilitate this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Fitness Goals This year I am thinking about doing a bikini competition.  I am telling myself that I am going to compete to stay focused.  Even if I don't get on … [Read more...]

Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment

A few more uses for diaper rash ointment

Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment is not just for babies!  I'm thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Dr. Smith's.  I received compensation for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Diaper Rash Ointment . . . Not just for babies! I have found great success using Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment for: An Overnight Facial Cracked heels/calluses Chapped … [Read more...]

Post Holiday Savings at CVS on your Favorite Products

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CVS. All opinions are 100% mine. CVS is currently running wonderful deals on my favorite products! These healthy essentials brand name products are those that I find myself considering as staples of the household.  I simply cannot live without them! Post Holiday Savings Saving money after the holidays is just as important as saving on all … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Recipes from Gorton’s Giveaway

Healthy Dinner Recipes Grilled Fillet Pear Salad #RealFabulous

If you are looking for healthy dinner recipes, Gorton's offers tons of them!  I am thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Gorton's.  I received coupons for free product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Healthy Dinner Recipes About once a year I have time to make a truly awesome meal—like from scratch, multiple courses, and all fancy and stuff.  When I received a few recipe … [Read more...]

Step Towards Fitness with the Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

2014 Fitness Goals Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

I am so excited to be taking this step towards fitness by participating in the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge!  I received free products to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Step Towards Fitness I have been chewing on the idea of training for my first bikini competition.  This is a huge fitness goal of mine and it takes an enormous amount of dedication.  With my full time … [Read more...]

Favorite Childhood Memories

vitamin angels

This post brought to you by Vitamin Angels Give Childhood. All opinions are 100% mine. We all get one chance at childhood.  Thankfully, I was very fortunate and had a pretty sweet one. Favorite Childhood Memories I remember when my parents bought a new refrigerator when I was like 4 years old...  Jen and I had the time of our lives in the box it came in.  We filled it with pillows and … [Read more...]

Heal Sensitive Teeth and Save Money

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CVS. All opinions are 100% mine. Does the thought of eating ice cream or drinking hot coffee make you twinge?  After whitening my teeth that is exactly how I feel about my favorite treats.  My teeth are super sensitive and I am thrilled to have found relief. Heal Sensitive Teeth I thought sensitivity to my favorite foods was the price I had … [Read more...]

Keep the Whole Family Safe with React Mobile

Keep Your Family Safe with React Mobile #ad

Protecting your family has never been easier using your smartphone. This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and React Mobile. All opinions are my own. Keep Your Family Safe React Mobile Personal Safety App from Robb on Vimeo. Keeping your family safe is something we all think about.  Whether we are parents or not, we all have siblings or friends or other loved ones that we … [Read more...]

6 Foods For Everyone That Fight Cancer

cancer fighting foods

Foods to Fight Cancer Many of you probably know by now that I am in school full time studying nutrition science.  I am almost done with my bachelors degree and so far, I can say with 100% confidence that we really are what we eat. From a molecular standpoint, we build and maintain all our cells using the foods that we put in our mouth. Knowing this, it is so important to fuel our bodies with … [Read more...]

Enter to Win the Chance of a Lifetime

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This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks to Dollar General, we are able to enter to win the chance of a lifetime!  You could win a trip to the Academy of Country Music® Awards!  Can you imagine walking the red carpet with Rascal Flatts! The Chance of a Lifetime When people ask me, "what kind of music do you listen to?"  I can never come up with a … [Read more...]

Cannot Live Without The Shop Your Way App

Shop Your Way App #ad

Nowadays, when I shop, it is like a game.  With coupons, rebates, points and all sorts of rewards programs, the object is to score as big as possible.  Which is why everyone should have the Shop Your Way App on their smart phone.  This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own. Shop Your Way App Is your smart phone now part of your anatomy?  Mine is.  If I … [Read more...]

Don’t Lose Internet Service This Holiday

verizon

I am so happy to bring you this post sponsored by Verizon about the importance of having quality internet service, especially for the holidays. I received compensation for this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Can Your Internet Service Handle the Holidays? Typically the question is, "can YOU handle the holidays?" Between all the shopping, baking, cleaning and … [Read more...]

DIY and Save with Free Wrapping Paper

Free wrapping paper

Anything free is obviously great by default.  But, saving money around the holidays is just plain awesome.  Doesn't everyone hate spending money on something that just gets thrown away anyway?  I am happy to bring you this holiday life hack all from my own green/OCD/hoarder/frugal self.  :) Free Wrapping Paper Anyone else receive 14 miles of packing paper due to online shopping?  I think … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Favorite Gifts This Season

Yoga Trapeze for Back Pain, plus fun

Some of the items on this list may seem totally random, but that's just the kind of person I am.  I mean, really, aren't we all? I'm probably way nerdier, but I own it proudly and cannot wait to share this list of cool gifts with you!  Some I have received or reviewed, will be giving, or am still hoping for... Favorite Gifts of the Season The Yoga Trapeze Okay, so I admit, at first sight I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel from the Onzie

The Onzie Hot Yoga Apparel

I seriously cannot get enough yoga apparel from The Onzie.  I received the outfit described below to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel The Onzie offers my all time favorite hot yoga apparel and I should not limit it by saying it is just that.  I wear my gypsy pants all the time!  The material can actually pass for dressy in a pinch.  When … [Read more...]

Mamma Chia Seed Drink Review and Giveaway

Chia Seed Drink by Mamma Chia

I am happy to bring you this Mamma Chia Seed Drink review and giveaway sponsored by Mamma Chia.  I received product samples to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mamma Chia Seed Drink and Chia Squeeze Snacks First of all, YUM.  The flavors are fantastic.  I don't even know how to pick a favorite.  When I asked my daughter, she even said, "I don't know, I like them … [Read more...]

Ultraviolet Water Purifier SteriPEN Sidewinder Review

Battery Free Ultraviolet Water Purifier Perfect for camping

Who doesn't want to be ready for the zombie apocalypse?!  I know I am not taking any chances.  Which is why I am beyond thrilled to have had the chance to review the hand powered Ultraviolet SteriPEN Sidewinder.  I received this item for free in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ultraviolet Water Purification The whole concept of ultraviolet water … [Read more...]

Nyne Portable Speaker Review

Nyne NB-200 Portable Speaker Review

My son is now twelve years old and the thought of him riding his bike with headphones on scares me to death.  How will he hear sirens or cars coming?  I am so excited to have received the Nyne Portable Speaker for review.  This allows us to have the perfect compromise.  He can still listen to his music while riding his bike and still here any approaching danger. Nyne NB-200 Portable … [Read more...]

American Heritage Chocolate Cocoa Swirl Sugar Cookies

Cocoa or Cocao Swirl Sugar Cookie Recipe #Sponsored #MC

Cocao or cocoa?  Apparently these spellings are used interchangeably.  It is thought that somewhere in history a spelling error became permanent.  But, the scientific name for the "chocolate plant" is Theobroma cocao so I'm thinking we've all been living a lie for hundreds of years.  Oh, well, I'm over it.  I freaking love cocao/cocoa no matter how you spell it.  I participated in an Influencer … [Read more...]

VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S

VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and VTech blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.  VTech Kid Connect is a ground-breaking new communication app only available on the InnoTab 3S.  This is an app that helps parents stay connected to their children and bring family members together. VTech Kid Connect on InnoTab 3S Now younger kiddos can text like their … [Read more...]

Be Proud of Your Smile without Going Bankrupt

better smile

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine. My smile is worth about $60,000.  LITERALLY.  I have had complication after complication when it comes to dental work.  It doesn't help that I'm super vain when it comes to my smile, but come on, who isn't!  Your smile is the first thing people should remember about you--for it's beauty and charisma, not for the rotting … [Read more...]

Stylish Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for Home or Office

Sponsored: @Soundfreaq #SoundSpot Bluetooth Speaker

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Soundfreaq. I received a Soundfreaq Sound Spot to facilitate my review.   The Speaker of the Season Whether you are searching for the perfect holiday gift or a way to decorate your home with sound, the Soundfreaq Bluetooth speaker(s) is/are the solution.  This little speaker cranks out quality wireless tunes all on … [Read more...]

Preparations for Holiday Shopping, Cleaning, Wrapping, Decorating…

How do you prepare for the holiday season?

And the list goes on... Budgeting, planning, organizing, scheduling... Ahhh! We're supposed to juggle all this all while managing our "regular" overwhelming workload? Preparing for holiday chaos is something I have yet to master. Who am I kidding, I am not even close! But when our friends at Extra Space Storage asked how we get ready for the holiday season it got me thinking.  So, I'm happy to … [Read more...]

Worry Free Wellness Tracker for Moms

wellness tracker

This post brought to you by Sam's Club. All opinions are 100% mine. As moms we all know when one kid comes home sick with the flu it is only a matter of time before the next one starts having symptoms.  Through it all we just hope WE don't get sick so we can manage to take care of everyone else... But have you ever had it so bad that you're all sick AT THE SAME TIME? FULL-ON MISERY I will … [Read more...]

DIY Haunted House Halloween Candy Craft

Halloween Candy Craft DIY #HersheysHalloween

It is my pleasure, more my sweet tooth's pleasure, to bring you this post about a fun Halloween Candy craft.  This post is sponsored by Global Influence with products provided by Hershey's. Halloween Candy Craft   After receiving what the kids have deemed our best doorstep delivery to date—an enormous box of Hershey's Halloween treats—we put together a fun little DIY craft.  Adam is … [Read more...]

Diaper Rash Ointment, Dogs and Celebrities

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Thanks to Dr. Smith's and their new Diaper Rash Ointment product launch I was able to meet celebrities, Bill and Giuliana Rancic!  I got to try the product and received compensation for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own. New Diaper Rash Ointment I don't have anyone in diapers anymore, except for a few dogs (more on that later,) but a lot of my friends are now having babies so I love … [Read more...]

Kid Approved Quick and Easy Meal Recipe

quick lasagna

This post brought to you by McCormick & Company. All opinions are 100% mine. Everyone is so busy that a good, quick and easy meal recipe that is kid approved is priceless.  I'm so happy to have partnered with McCormick to bring you this post and recipe for homemade Lasagna Formaggio. Quick and Easy Meal Recipe McCormick.com is a fantastic resource for quality, quick and easy recipes the … [Read more...]

After School Snacks for Hungry Teen Bellies

New Jose Ole Nacho Bites - Perfect After School Snacks #JoseOleMoms #paid

Adam is growing so fast I cannot keep up with his appetite.  I am so excited to bring you this sponsored post about the New José Olé Nacho Bites.  He is able to make these for him and his sister all by himself.  They are perfect for after school, especially since I don't get home in time to help with after school snacks.  Plus, they're delicious for the whole family! After School … [Read more...]

Heavenly Sleep Thanks to DownLinens and Photo Contest

Heavenly Feather Bed from #DownLinens

When was the last time you got really heavenly sleep?  Well, for me, it had been quite a while.  Thanks to DownLinens I was able to upgrade my bedding to a state of pure heavenly bliss.  While I received these products for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Heavenly Feather Bed I'm so obsessed with my bed now.  It is seriously a problem.  I have woken up late for the last 3 days … [Read more...]

Why You Need A Pediatric Dentist

why do you need a pediatric dentist

Why Do You Need A Pediatric Dentist? As adults, we know that we have to go to the dentist on a regular basis. The same applies when our children start to get their permanent teeth, but do we really need to take them to the dentist before that? Given the fact that younger children are going to lose their first set of teeth anyway, do they really need pediatric dental care? Image … [Read more...]

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