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December 2018


10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

This was found on Laylaliving’s BLOG 🙂
Feel free to copy and play along!


1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

My nickname since my first friend & still today naturally comes up with new friends without even having to tell them is Shelbs…sometimes spelled Shelbz if my friends are feeling frisky. Now that I’ve been blogging my nickname also turned to Ddotts. I sometimes get asked where that name came from. It’s actually a really funny story: when I was creating my Instagram account I first went with stodd- my first initial and new married last name – Todd. That was taken so I just flipped it backwards. One night at the bar I seen a friend from grade school. She introduced me to her husband as “D-dots from Instagram!!” It was then that I actually realized it made a word. When I decided to make a blog I thought up 100+ blog names. Nothing felt right. I decided to just use my Instagram name. I went to make my URL for my website and ddots -with one t- was taken. That’s when I added a second t. I liked the symmetry it gave the word & my maiden name starts with t! Sooo all of that for the perfect little Ddotts that I love today. I don’t have a preference, but Shelbs does make me feel at home 🙂

2. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

I usually sleep pretty well. I have had some insomnia spurts in life though. It’s typically self induced: I go down a YouTube make up tutorial black hole or I start a season on Netflix that I just can’t stop watching. Sometimes I pull all nighters to blog, but do it from bed. I never get up once I’m in bed.

3. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savored?

My mom is a chef at a Nursing home. She had to work Thanksgiving making dinner for her residents. This meant that I was to make Thanksgiving for our entire family & have it ready when she got off work. My mom and dad both ate dinner and kept saying how amazing it was. This made me so proud. My mom is THE best cook in the world! They both agreed my dinner was just as good as her cooking if not better!! This is the equivalent to me winning TopChef!

4. What do you think about more than anything else?

My children! My boys are on my mind 24/7. When they’re with me I’m thinking about how much I love the way they play, snuggle, laugh. When they’re at school I’m praying they have a good day and thinking how I can’t wait til I get home to see them. I’m a mom obsessed and I don’t really care. Life is too short. I wanna soak up every minute with them while I can.

5. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?

I’m pretty cheap so I do it all. The first thing I can think of is getting an oil change? Except the last time I went it was like $60! I might be doing it myself next time 😂

6. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?

I’m not sure I have any “broken” relationships. But I’m also a big believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason, so I believe people have to separate to grow.

7. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?

I’m an honest person and very true to myself. Also though…Yea, I’m too nice to a fault. I’ll save face until I absolutely can’t.

8. What is my ideal definition of success?

Happiness. True, deep down, smile so hard, jump up and down, dab, call your mom and tell her, celebrate with ice cream, tingles in your toes – happiness. The more of those moments – the more successful I think I am. I also celebrate the little things – Trevor lost a tooth, I scored a collab, I got a $5 off Fusian email, Derrek got a new sweat suit, Jax rocked it at speech therapy, etc. I think when you stop and dab with your kids over a great week…you’ll be happier….and therefor more successful!

9. What is the single, most significant change I can make in 2019?

Focus. Hyper focus. This is my time to hone in on my craft, on my parenting, on my relationships, on my finances, on my ideas – and totally knock them out of the park!!!

10. Do I feel guilty about not spending enough time with those who are important to me?

I do. It’s crippling. Death scares me and I’m afraid it will steal the ones I love and leave me with regret. After Jax’s birth and us both almost seeing death…it left me overly sensitive when it comes to my loved ones. Yes…I’ll cry at the bar with the girls talking about dads!! So, is there anything you are surprised to know about me? Comment below! Feel free to copy/paste these questions and answer them in the comments. I would love to know more about you.


The Perfect Gift For Everyone!

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you might have a few more people to shop for.

If you’re also anything like me, the idea of shopping right now sounds terrifying!!

I am so thrilled I stumbled upon  Happy Cards! 

With Happy Cards you’re able to take the guess out of giving!

Each card is good for a number of trusted brands based on the person you are shopping for:









Although the boys aren’t teens yet (might be here sooner than I think) I picked them up a teen card! It has Nike, Dave & Busters (their favorite hang), Barnes & Noble, and MORE!

Plenty of their favorite brands for them to decide where to spend their money!

If it’s Christmas, birthday, wedding, new baby…these gift cards are the way to go!

My favorite part? You can pick these up at local retailers, check out, and go! Save time & chaos!!

Click here to learn more about Happy Cards & find a retailer near you!! 

Happy Card Gifting! Get Happy. Give Happy.

P.S. I’m giving away a $100 TEEN Happy Card on my Instagram account!

Click here to check it out!

Food ohio

Woeber’s Cran-Gouda Turkey Sliders

Right before Thanksgiving I was sent an amazing package from Woeber Mustard! They have sooo many mustards, mayos, and more! They are manufactured right out of Springfield, Ohio. One of the things I picked out of the box was their Cranberry Honey Mustard. My first thought was, “turkey and cheese slider!”

That one jar of yummy mustard inspired this incredible slider recipe! -And since then I’ve created various recipes from this one! It’s so much fun! I highly encourage you to make tweaks per your taste – or what inspires you! BUT you have to promise me one thing – – – even if you think you don’t like worshisire sauce, you have to use it in your recipe, it gives this taste that you will love!!

MY favorite thing about this recipe? It’s perfect for sprucing up these holiday left overs! This is a great way to take the left over ham and turkey to the next level!

Woeber’s Cran-Gouda Turkey Sliders

makes 12

What you need:

sweet rolls – I used the Sara Lee sweet hawaiian rolls. They seem to be the biggest and best for sliders.

1lb turkey – If not holiday leftovers, I would order from the deli counter and ask for it cut extra thick.

Gouda Cheese

Woeber’s Cranberry Honey Mustard

For the glaze:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4th cup  Woeber’s Worshisire sauce

1/2 stick of butter

1 clove of garlic minced

1 tbs Woeber’s Dijon mustard

What to do:
Coat your cake pan with non stick cooking spray

Prep your rolls and cut them open to be ready for a slider. The Sara Lee rolls are precut but just need some help.

Spread out your Woeber’s Cranberry Honey Mustard to the bottoms of your sliders.

Assemble out your turkey and cheese sliders in your pan.

Prepare your Woeber’s glaze – warm your sauce pan on medium – melt your butter + garlic. Add in the worshisire sauce, dijon mustard, and brown sugar. Warm only until the glaze starts to thicken.

Pour your glaze over your sliders + cover with foil.

Bake covered with foil for 15 minutes and then uncovered for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Are you hungry for a Woeber’s slider now? Woeber’s products can be purchased locally at Kroger, Meijer, and Family Dollar stores. They have sooooooo many condiments- even a mayo/ketchup blend that I must get my hands on!  Definitely check them out and support local business next time you’re shopping for your condiments.


*This post was sponsored by Woeber’s but this recipe and my opinions are my own

Let me know if you make this recipe and how you put your spin on it! Instead of turkey-ham? Add pickles? Top with seeds? Let me know!

Food guide

Six Best Wines for Your Holiday Party

This post is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart but all opinions are my own.

I think you all know by now, Discount Drug Mart has been my one stop shop this holiday. Their minimum pricing on alcoholic beverages lets me stretch my budget and pick up all my favorite brands – and then some!

I was recently in charge of bringing the wine to our girls night holiday party. In typical Shelbie fashion, I was running behind schedule. Does this time of year have anyone else running around like crazy? Fear not, thank you to Discount Drug Mart, I was able to pick up all the wine for the party and even snag everything I needed to make some pretty impressive charcuterie boards! Discount Drug Mart had me looking like Chris Cringle on a scrooge budget!

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i tried it

I Tried It: Murder Mystery Dinner

The husband and I were invited to come check out

The Murder Mystery Company’s – Murder Mystery Dinner. 


It was something I had kind of heard of before but not really heard much about. When I told people our plans beforehand everyone said, “please tell me what you think, I’ve been dying to know!”

Sooooo here I am to give you guys my review and everything you need to know!

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My Secret That Will Save You The Runaround This Holiday Party Season [Recipe]

This post is sponsored by Discount Drug Mart but all opinions are my own.

I am hosting Thanksgiving once again. I am so excited! It can be a big task but I know this year I’ll be able to rest easy.

I’m confident I won’t have to stress my party budget or waste time thanks to Discount Drug Mart!

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Discount Drug Mart has all of my favorite brands & minimum pricing on their alcoholic beverages. So not only am I getting everything I need in a one stop shop, but I’m saving cold hard cash while doing so!

No holiday runaround for me

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  -and to that I say cheers!

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White Claw is one of my go to alcoholic beverages. It is so light and refreshing, the perfect drink to pair with a big holiday meal!


For Thanksgiving I’ll be making this pitcher of Grapefruit – Cranberry Sparkling Seltzer!

It’s so incredibly easy, tastes so good, and looks so fun on the dinner table!

Simply cut up a grapefruit to add to your pitcher.

Add two cans of White Claw Ruby Grapefruit.

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Add in a handful of cranberries.

Top off with any white wine. I like to add a prosecco.


And there you have it, a fun-fresh holiday beverage for your next holiday get together! Enjoy!


Make sure you visit your local Discount Drug Mart to pick up your holiday champagne and hard seltzer beverages – the one stop shop and state minimum pricing is guaranteed to save you the runaround!

For great deals on all these items at Discount Drug Mart, click HERE to find a store location near you!