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+

Proactiv Plus Review

The miracle that is Proactiv+ #MC #Sponsored

This year I turned 30. It is really not a huge deal. I mean it's just a number, right? Well, yeah, except all sorts of strange things are happening to my skin. Age spots, wrinkles, acne, dryness, greasiness. What is going on?! I thought a benefit of aging would at least be less acne. Now I just have acne AND wrinkles. I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of … [Read more...]

Add the Goal to #ReadMore to Your New Years Resolutions List Kobo Giveaway

Bathtub Reading with Kobo #ReadMore New Years Resolution

The end of the year is always such an exciting time. But, it can also be really stressful with the holidays and planning your next year. Do you make a New Years Resolutions list? I do, and this time I am including the goal to read more. With Kobo, this is going to be much easier and way more fun! Plus, it makes a perfect gift! Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with … [Read more...]

Track Germs in Your Area to Keep a Healthy Family

Get the #Sickweather app to keep a healthy family #sponsored #MC

Isn't it infuriating to send your kids to school and have them come home with a note saying someone in their class has an illness or infection of some sort? I always dread that letter from the nurse about strep throat, lice or--heaven forbid--bed bugs in the class. With the growing awesomeness of technology, I'm so excited to tell you about a new app that helps us keep a healthy family. I … [Read more...]

Take a Giant Step Towards a Healthier Home

So much dust and grossness. #HealthierHome #ad

My house is quite possibly the dustiest home around. With numerous humans, pets, and chaotic schedules, cleaning isn't as high on my priority list as it should be. However, transforming this abode into a healthier home sure is. I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Opinions are my own and additional products used … [Read more...]

Flush Freely This Holiday Season with Charmin #TweetFromTheSeat

Be Clog Free with Charmin this holiday season #TweetFromTheSeat #MC (sponsored)

Whether you are hosting any parties this holiday season or not, flushability is an important factor when it comes to toilet tissue. I was able to put Charmin to the test and am beyond impressed. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All thoughts and opinions shared … [Read more...]

The Immune System War Never Tasted So Good

Delicious Gummies #ImmuneSupportZarbees #MC (sponsored)

We are at war on a daily basis. The body's immune system is constantly battling foreign substances. Sometimes we are aware of the drain this causes to our energy levels, and sometimes we don't even realize it. Wouldn't it be great if we could remain totally oblivious to this internal violence at all times?  I've got a few tips and tricks to make this happen! I participated in an Influencer … [Read more...]

Cyber Monday: Shipping Your Way to the Customer’s Heart

Cyber Monday: Shipping Your Way to the Customer’s Heart

Picture this: You’ve been frantically researching, compiling, digging up deals for the weeks prior to Cyber Monday and you’re pretty darn certain after all the price comparisons, you know what you’re going for. But what if you hit the checkout button on the website on Cyber Monday and you discover that shipping costs more than the product you’re purchasing at a great discount? How disappointing … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]

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