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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Feel Warmer and Look Gorgeous This Holiday Season

Ever since I was little I have always hated the cold weather because I don't like wearing a ton of bulky clothing. But in every attempt to feel warmer, I'd give up on fashion and just pile on the layers. I'm so excited to have had the opportunity to review a gorgeous scarf from SOL ALPACA. As part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, I received compensation from SOL ALPACA for my time in putting … [Read more...]

Maintain Your Traditional Recipes this Holiday Season

Sponsored post, but all opinions are our own. You're getting everything ready for Thanksgiving. After pulling out all your traditional recipes, your daughter runs in, eager to help. After looking at your all time favorite cookie recipe, you decide to start there. But then, a couple concerns pop into your head... Traditional Recipes This recipe calls for a lot of butter. You decide not to … [Read more...]

Wearing Lingerie Every Night Makes Dreams More Fun Giveaway

It's amazing how quickly I can find myself too busy to make myself feel good. How does that even make sense? I used to put my favorite lotion on everyday after a shower. I used to love wearing lingerie to sleep every night--even if it was just me in the bed. I used to feel beautiful simply because what I was wearing was attractive. Now, I rotate between old tees and boxers to sweat pants and … [Read more...]

Take Care of Yourself Because Reasons

In several posts recently I've noticed myself saying how I need to take better care of myself and how I'm too busy to do so. I've also been reading similar stories on all the blogs I follow and social media platforms. At what point did taking care of yourself become a luxury? We are all busy. But I'm about to give you plenty of reasons to drop everything and take care of yourself. This post was … [Read more...]

Sticking With My New Skincare Routine

About a month ago, I announced that I was starting a new skincare routine. I made the RoC® Retinol Resolution to take better care of my skin and use RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream every night. I'm excited to share my results with you. This post was sponsored by RoC® Skincare as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate … [Read more...]

Stewie was the Kid’s First Pet #ShedHappens

Getting your first pet can be one of your best childhood memories. We all still remember the day Stewie arrived with Brian almost four years ago. We only ended up keeping Stewie because Brian wasn't good with kids, but we found him a purrfect furrever home. Stewie has been part of the family ever since. This post is sponsored by Swiffer® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am … [Read more...]

You Need To Try Gigi’s Cupcakes Chicago

If you have a Gigi's Cupcakes in your area, I highly suggest you give them a try if you haven't already. I'm so darn excited to have had the chance to tour the Chicago bakery (in Wilmette) and meet Gigi herself. I was able to attend this event for free but all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Gigi's Cupcakes Chicago First of all, cupcakes are amazing. I mean, you get all of the … [Read more...]

Time Well Spent with Family Despite Changes in Plans

Just last night the kids and I were spending some quality time together. We decided to make a run to the Game Stop a few miles down the street to find a new--to us anyway, we love buying used games for a deal--game to play together. After putting all our snow gear on, trekking through the ice and snow to get to the car, and driving down the road, we were shocked to find that our favorite store had … [Read more...]

How To Relieve Stress and Send Love this Holiday Season

Learning how to relieve stress is hard any time of the year. But around the holidays? Sheesh... everything seems to be working against you sometimes! I'm so excited to show you a way to help relieve some tension AND make someone else feel great in the process. Today’s post is sponsored by Hallmark Gold Crown, but my love for their products is all my own. How To Relieve Stress You've … [Read more...]

10 Gifts for Someone Who Has Everything

It seems like we all know someone that has everything. Maybe they're older and have had a lifetime to accumulate all the things they could ever need or want. Or, maybe they've just got tons of money and can afford anything they may desire. In any case, that leaves us with the painful quest to find gifts for someone who has everything when the holiday season rolls around. To help spark some … [Read more...]

I Cannot Wait for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

For those of us that have loved The Hunger Games trilogy since they were written what feels like forever ago, the grand finale of the film series has been much anticipated. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is almost here. This post was sponsored by Lionsgate as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. Mockingjay Part 2 I … [Read more...]

Digital Coupon for a Holiday Entertaining Necessity

It's your biggest family gathering for the holiday season. You've got everything from food, decorations, and games, to an EpiPen just in case anyone brings a guest with a random food allergy. You have even used a coupon for everything on your list. You're completely prepared. . . Or so you thought. Be Prepared - Coupon With a house full of family and friends, the most embarrassing moment … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner for Two in 22 Minutes for Under $20

Eating on a budget is a challenge for anyone, especially when you're trying to eat healthy. Evan and I set out to make a delicious, nutritious, healthy dinner for the two of us for under $20. We scored big time and even prepared everything in 22 minutes. Healthy Dinner for Two I'd like to point out that this could easily be a dinner for four under $30. You'd simply need to get 2 extra pieces … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for 5th Grade Girls Giveaway

Buying for kids of different ages can be really tough. Being that my daughter is in fifth grade, she's sort of an expert on what 5th grade girls would want for the holidays. So I put her to work on making this gift guide. Affiliate links are used to support this blog but all products were chosen without bias. 5th Grade Girls Chesney and I sat down and put together this list based on what she … [Read more...]

Best Smartphone for Kids around Age 10

Your first smartphone. For kids these days it's most likely their first cell phone. For those of us that started with pagers and evolved with technology, that smartphone was a miraculous wonder. Finding the right smartphone for kids can be tough because there is such variety and price brackets. I'm excited to say, we found the best smartphone for my 10 year old daughter. While we received the … [Read more...]

We Love the LG Volt 2 No Contract Cell Phone

When getting a teenager a new phone, a lot of questions arise. Are they responsible enough to handle it? Do they really need a high-end smartphone? What if they don't really need it all the time? The answer: a no contract cell phone plan. We received this Boost Mobile LG Volt 2 for review but all thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. No Contract Cell Phone It's really a no-brainer. … [Read more...]

Boost the Playmation Experience with Accessories

If you haven't had the Playmation experience yet, you're seriously missing out. This new toy isn't just for kids either. The whole family--the whole neighborhood--is having a blast with it. We received these accessories for review and affiliate links are included, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. The Playmation Experience To get the full effect, check out the post I did here. As you … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for People Who Love Minecraft

I say people as opposed to kids, because I know people of all ages that are proud to be avid members of  the Minecraft community. Everyone in this house loves the game and all the things that go with it. It was actually really fun putting this gift guide together. Affiliate links are included, but all choices were made without bias. People Who Love Minecraft The books. My daughter and son … [Read more...]

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack Giveaway

Win the New Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Mouse Character! One winner will be able to cross this off their kid's "Dear Santa" list because EVERY kid wants this!! Win big with your kid this holiday with this easy to enter giveaway! Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Twilight of the Republic PS4 Starter Pack with Mickey Character Giveaway I've … [Read more...]

The Doctor On Demand Diet Book is Awesome Giveaway

Many of you probably know already that I recently graduated with a degree in nutrition science. When I was asked to review The Doctor On Demand Diet book, the first thing I did was read about the author. When I saw all her credentials and years of experience, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. While I received this book for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Doctor On … [Read more...]

I Confess My Fitness Plan has Slightly Derailed

If I were following my fitness plan accordingly, I'd be presenting you with my outstanding results after 6 weeks of solid effort. But, I'm going to keep it real--or 100--as all the cool kids say it nowadays. I have totally failed. Owning it is my first step to getting back on track so I hope you will all support me. This journey is being sponsored in part by Kiqplan--a great app to help keep you … [Read more...]

Screaming for Ice Cream Treats

This Halloween was more low key than usual. The kids are a bit older and not too into trick or treating. Instead we decided to stay in and answer the door while watching scary movies and enjoying our favorite ice cream treats. This post was sponsored by Klondike as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. All thoughts and … [Read more...]

Limitless Coffee Flavors in Your Own Kitchen Giveaway

Folgers Flavors give you the power to make your own magnificent coffee flavors from your own kitchen. This is amazing news for those of us that brave blizzards to get to the coffee house just for our mocha-cocha-suppa-lattes. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me … [Read more...]

My New Goal Car – 2016 Kia Sorento

I'm calling it a goal car instead of a dream car because I legit want this vehicle in my life. The 2016 Kia Sorento is seriously awesome. I was able to use this car for a week to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.   2016 Kia Sorento SXL V6 A week wasn't long enough. I was so sad to give this badass SUV back. There are so many things I love about it, it's … [Read more...]

11 Gift Ideas for Boys in High School – Freshman – Giveaway

Unless you're the parent of a boy in high school, it can be difficult to pick the right gift. Being a decade or two out of their loop can make us dangerous gift givers. Who would want to be responsible for giving the gift of social ridicule? With the help of my freshman son, we've put together some safe gift ideas for boys in high school. We received some of these products for review and affiliate … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Traditions for Those Absent Heroes Contest

Our Thanksgiving traditions have always been my favorite. With an enormous family and complicated dynamics, holidays that involve gift giving can be sort of stressful. When Thanksgiving rolls around and it's just about food and spending time together--that's when the best, warmest memories are made. This post has been sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of La Brea Bakery. All thoughts and … [Read more...]

Our New Healthy Snacks are Ruby Rocket’s Ice Pops

Yep. I graduated with a degree in nutrition and I'm saying my new favorite healthy snacks are ice pops. That's because Ruby Rocket's has turned the best combinations of fruits and vegetables into delicious frozen treats. And they're good for you. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Ruby Rocket's. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Building Self Esteem in Growing Girls

Growing up is tough. Especially for girls with changing hormones and complex social dynamics. Building self esteem is something that can and should be worked on daily. Doing so is easy and can become part of a routine with Dove Products. Plus, if you stock up at Rite Aid you can snag a bunch of deals. Post sponsored by Lunchbox. Opinions are 100% my own. Building Self Esteem My daughter is … [Read more...]

Six Flags Great America – 13 Fright Fest Facts

Last week five of us--two adults and three teenage boys--braved Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America. We did not go into any of the haunted attractions this time around but experienced plenty just being in the park. We received complimentary admission but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Six Flags Great America It's been years since I've gone to Six Flags. I've always loved the thrill … [Read more...]

These Paper Towels are Making Life Easier

Paper towels have never really been my go-to for tough messes unless it was a mess that would permanently stain a dish towel or ruin the washing machine. I just always thought a paper towel could never do the job like a 'real' towel... Until I attended the Viva® Vantage® live event and used these paper towels for myself. I received samples and compensation for my time, but all thoughts and … [Read more...]

Top Reasons I Love My Funny Cat Giveaway

Disclosure: Post is 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. Please see below for additional disclosure. All cat owners can relate to the bond formed between human and cat. Depending on the personalities of each, these dynamic relationships can be quite … [Read more...]

Kid Approved Hot or Cold Pumpkin Spice Milk Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure Milk. All opinions are 100% mine. Let's face it. Pumpkin spice is the official taste of fall. When the kids get home from school and see me sipping on my favorite themed coffee, it's only fair they have a little something to look forward to too. They don't drink coffee yet, but they love hot chocolate. I figured I'd try making a hot … [Read more...]

Limited Edition Star Wars PS4 Giveaway – SECOND CHANCE

Once upon a time in a far far FAR away Galaxy, a group of lucky bloggers were chosen to go to the D23Expo to get a first hand, behind the scenes look at what the future held for the Disney franchise. While attending a very fun yet information Disney Interactive Session, there was a great revelation. A revelation that changed the course of the event and the dynamic of the day--the introduction of … [Read more...]

6 Common Contact Lens and Costume Contacts Mistakes

My son wears his contact lenses usually just for sports activities. But as he gets older, he's starting to wear them more frequently and he's guilty of several common contact lens mistakes. Back in day, when I regularly wore contacts, I was horrible about following the rules and can't stress how dangerous that was enough. I'm happy to share a helpful infographic in this post to help adults, … [Read more...]

My New Night Cream Ritual to Fight Wrinkles Sweepstakes

It's never too early--or late--to start a healthy skincare routine. Why wait for the new year to make a resolution? I'm making a RoC® Retinol Resolution now so I can show off my youthful skin for the holidays. I'll be using the RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream every night and report back in a few weeks with my results. This post was sponsored by RoC® Skincare as part of an … [Read more...]

Coolest Collectible Steampunk Pocket Watch Giveaway

While wandering around at the D23 Expo earlier this year, I found myself at the Starling Watch booth. The millions of tiny color combinations shining through the watch faces lured me in like magic. I'm about to introduce you to the coolest steampunk pocket watch you'll ever see--unless you see the others in the Starling line that is. I received this collectible pocket watch for review but all … [Read more...]

Marvel Avengers Playmation Starter Pack Giveaway

It's that time of the year where I feel super generous, so I have teamed up with a few of my D23Expo Blogging friends to bring you yet another amazing giveaway. This giveaway is for a Playmation Starter Pack, and boy are you going to love this new interactive gaming system. The Playmation gaming system is so immersive, fun, and enjoyable I had to write a blog post all about it. Check out my … [Read more...]

Two Weeks into my Three Month Fitness Plan

Two weeks have completely blown by already and I will be totally honest... I have not achieved nearly half of what I had planned so far for my three month fitness plan with Kiqplan. I am using the #SlimAndTrim app on my smartphone to guide me on this journey. I have received the app for free and compensation for my time but all thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Fitness Plan - Week 2 of … [Read more...]

May These Luggage Sets Be with You on Your Next Trip

After seeing all the luggage sets that American Tourister had to offer at their booth at the D23 Expo this year, I just knew I had to have a couple pieces from their Star Wars line. We've been traveling a lot more now that I'm done with school and the kids are loving it but they've been dying to get their own wheeled luggage. I was able to get these two pieces of Star Wars luggage for review … [Read more...]

Arlo Wireless Security – Next Generation Safety

We recently moved our office space down to a large workshop we have in the back of the property. Because it's away from the house and all of our gadgets are in there, we knew we needed a wireless security system. We were given the opportunity to review the Arlo wireless security system using NETGEAR technology for free in exchange for our honest, unbiased opinion. High Tech Wireless … [Read more...]

My Teenager is Obsessed with Tall Colorful Socks Giveaway

My sister and I were just talking about how old we feel and out of the loop when it comes to teenage fashion. My son is 14 and can't get enough socks. The more colorful the better. I was so excited to have the chance to work with Inspyr Socks on a review of a bunch of tall colorful socks for Adam. While I received these socks for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Tall Colorful … [Read more...]

Star Wars Darth Vader Playstation 4 Battlefront Bundle Giveaway

Any gamer that calls themselves a Star Wars fan is going to NEED to enter this giveaway. The Limited Edition Star Wars PS4 Giveaway #PS4 #StarWars #Giveaway Once upon a time in a far far FAR away Galaxy, 25 lucky bloggers were chosen to go to the D23Expo to get a first hand, behind the scenes look at what the future held for the Disney franchise. While attending a very fun yet information … [Read more...]

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