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Top 25 Columbus Finds

If you follow me on social media – and well here on my blog as well – you know Columbus has really become my second home! Not only do I love the women who live there, they have opened up their arms to me, but I adore the businesses that make visiting a dream!!

Columbus is just about an hour and 45 minutes North of Cincy. It’s an incredible city to escape for the day or the weekend!

Today I am rounding up my favorites (in no particular order) and sharing them with you – Enjoy!

1. Le Meridien Columbus The Joseph

THE place to stay when visiting CBus! I have stayed there twice and both times have been spectacular. The aesthetic, the customer service, the quality…incredible! I love the hotel location in The Short North. It’s in great walking distance of anything and everything! It’s also just a short drive to anywhere you’d need to go! I also LOVE Soul – the bar located in the lobby of the hotel! It’s such a fun vibe! To read more about The Joseph check out my blog post from my stay back in April!

2. The Blowout Bar

The best blowouts for $40 AND so much more! This might be called the blow out bar-but the list of what they offer is incredible! From braids, to make up, to up dos – they will take care of you! Not only do they have locations in Grandview, Dublin, Short North, & Easton…but they do house calls! So pretty much there’s nothing they can’t do! Gabby from The Blowout Bar totally nailed my braided updo! She came to our hotel and gave us all the perfect sleepover braids!

I will be scheduling a blowout with The Blowout Bar every time I visit Columbus! It’s an easy way to feel & look like a million bucks without breaking the bank!

3. The Candle Lab – Short North location in Columbus & Anderson location here in Cincy

I loooooooove The Candle Lab! At home or in the Short North in Columbus…you’ll find me at The Candle Lab. It’s a fun place where you get to create a one of a kind candle! You come in and sniff out all the scents you enjoy – pick the top 3 you think would come together to make one fabulous candle – melt and mix it all – wait or come back and pick it up! Don’t worry if this sounds a little intimidating. They have plenty of workers there to help you out, or you can even buy candles ready-made! My Candle Lab Candle is burning as I type.

4. The W Nail Bar

I fell in loooove with this place…like head over JustFab heels…L.O.V.E. The aesthetic in here is incredible. It’s fresh and clean and fun.  The customer service is incredible. I’ve visited the location inside the DSW in Polaris. They also have locations in Easton DSW, Short North, & German Village. My manicure was soooo nice! I swear I got a basic manicure but it looked like gels! The perfect day to me would be a blow out at The Blowout Bar & a mani at The W Nail Bar.

5. Indulgence Ice Cream

This ice cream is incredible – one of my favorites in Columbus! With flavors like pumpkin pie, raspberry swirl, and cashew caramel…just book a room at The Joseph to lay in bed all day and watch Netflix and ice cream.

6. Ridiculously Good Salsa

I looooove chips and salsa & I love Ridiculously Good Salsa! The brand new Zassy’s Tap Room in Grove City is actually serving Ridiculously Good on their menu, in addition to being able to purchase salsa there. I’m so jealous of how ridiculous Ridiculously Good Salsa is in CBus…I need more in Cincinnati!

7. Kilwins

THE BEST CHOCOLATES! I stocked up on some goodies when I was just in CBus and made sure our Elf On The Shelf delivered them to the boys when she arrived! They absolutely loved them! That sea salted caramel….insanely good!! They have an  upcoming short north location that will be opening just after the holidays! But right now you can shop the Dublin location that actually has a room you can sit and enjoy ice cream that is attached to the shop!

8. Sweven Candle Co.

My favorite wood wick candles to stock up on! If I didn’t already love these candles for being all natural, the best scents, and having a 50+ hour burn time…I love that they are made by a dad just trying to turn his side hustle into a dream! 

9. Red Giraffe

Personalized, stamped  jewelry. This company comes highly recommended! I recently asked my IG following for jewelry recommendations and multiple people said Red Giraffe! They have locations in Short North, Grandview, German Village, & Easton. You can also shop online. I’ve also shopped them at the Ohio Maker Mart! I loooove my BE KIND bracelet. It reminds me to not only be kind to others, but myself.

10. Tupelo Doughnuts

AMAZING DOUGHNUTS IN COLUMBUS + locally roasted $1 coffee! They have the most adorable doughnut truck and shop/kitchen. I highly recommend the Crème Brulee doughnut…but none will disappoint! Visit their kitchen on Billingsley Rd today & keep a look out for their future location coming to N. High Street.

11. Mrs Goodmans Bakery

I am embarrassed to tell you how many cupcakes I ate in one sitting. Their buttercream frosting is just incredible! My boys absolutely love their scones. Last time I brought them back a box of Mrs. Goodmans goodies and now they wont let me visit Columbus without bringing them back a box of love! Their custom cookies and cakes are soooo amazing. I love following them on Instagram and double tapping their latest creations.

12. COSI Museum

If you have kids… you HAVE to visit COSI! If you don’t have kids…you HAVE to visit COSI! COSI stands for Center of Science & Industry. It is jam packed with science and more! No matter what your age you will have a BLAST visiting COSI. It’s a great reason to plan a trip to Columbus! My favorite exhibits are the classics: life, ocean, space, and most of all progress!!

13. Jeni’s Ice Cream

Can you tell I love Columbus for their sweets? Jeni Britton Bauer is the creator of Jeni’s and a true inspiration. #girlboss You can find Jeni’s all over thankfully! I love that I can pick it up at Whole Foods at home, but when in CBus…I’m hitting the ice cream parlor!

14. Simple Times Mixers

All natural, handcrafted cocktail mixers. Gluten Free & Vegan, these mixers are soooo delicious and fresh. You can find them all over Columbus and here in Cincy right over the river at The Party Source.

15. Karate Cowboy

This sake & spirit is natural and fresh bottled right in CBus! From the makers of the above Simple Time Mixers, you’ll find similar natural flavor notes. If you enjoy making drinks at your home bar, I highly recommend saving their recipe link to your favorites! It is INCREDIBLE, any drink you can think of categorized by difficulty level. There are tons of local locations where you can find it like Hyde Park Wine & Spirits + The Party Source.

16. Charleys Philly Steaks

Some of my favorite boneless and classic wings – CBus locations with wings = Graceland, East Broad, Lancaster and coming soon to OSU’s Campus! But their ultimate fries are my weakness! Local Cincy locations include The Liberty Center & Kenwood Town Center.

17. The Book Loft

I have an entire blog post on this gem. It’s an incredible book store located in The German Village. It has 32 rooms of books! It’s amazing. If you love books, you have to check it out! You will fall in love!

18. The Pearl

This restaurant is lovely. The food is incredible – they have a killer sea food menu – known for their clams & oysters. They also have a typical kids menu and burgers + for those who don’t love seafood. My favorite thing about this place was the check coming in a book.

19. BIBIBOP Asian Grill

Think Korean Chipotle…I can’t say I’m obsessed enough! I had this for the first time in CBus last month and as soon as I got home I door dash-ed it from the Clifton location. It’s sooooo delicious. I’m half tempted to door dash it right now. Derrek and I actually have this on our weekly menu rotation. We have a problem.

20. Bicentennial Park

I love this downtown park! Derrek and I did an Epilepsy walk through the park back in April. With a summer splash fountain, performance pavilion, and park restaurant…there’s so much to do and see! There’s free Wifi at the park so you can upload all your IG photos of the beautiful river view! Check out their winter brochure here.

21. Mountain Feather Designs

Another amazing jewelry creator from the 614. This amazing mom of 4 creates some beautiful pieces. I have a beautiful beaded necklace that I wear on the daily.


Mom boss goals right here!! I absolutely lovvve these tshirts! The hubs and I have matching Xavier tees from Truman that are sooooo soft! I also have a Bengals tee that I would wear more often if the Bengals weren’t so cringy. I loooove all of her “OH so good” tees that change through the seasons – the best Ohio gear! 

23. Lego Land Discovery Center 

This place is a BLAST!! It is so much fun for kids and adults. It’s located right inside Easton Mall – but I promise you feel like you’re inside a world of your own! If you’re from Cincy I totally think it’s worth the trip up to Columbus. It looks like they have a lot of fun stuff planned now through March for the New Lego Movie coming out! 

24. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium 

This is one of my favorite zoos! We came up to Columbus for the first time when Jax was just a few months old and took the boys to the zoo. They had a blast and so did Derrek and I! They even have a water park next door! One of my personal favorite things about this zoo? It’s like all flat land – compared to Cincy at least! I absolutely loved not having to stop and catch my breath walking around all day! 

25. Stauf’s Coffee

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you where to get coffee in CBus! My mom and I went to Stauf’s when we were in the German Village visiting The Book Loft. It was so perfect. This coffee shop is absolutely adorable! The coffee is fantastic and my mom keeps talking about it to this day. I can’t wait to head back up and buy some beans. 



Did your favorite Columbus find make the list? I could honestly continue this list forever – Columbus has some incredible talent & FUN!

Comment below and let me know what I’m missing out on!



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!

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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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Five Ways To Kick Start Your Fitness Routine!

Before you kick start anything…you have to find your why.

Upcoming vacation?

Self Care?

Drop some lbs?

Tone up?

Meet new people?

Got it? Alight. Now whatever it is (big or small) remember it whenever you think about skipping class or skipping the last rep!

here’s five way’s to turn that why into why not:

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OHIO HOLIDAY MARKET GUIDE 2018 #shopsmallohio

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Pumpkin spice, shopping small, and everything nice…it’s almost that time of year!

I am sad to see summer fade away, but the idea of fall fun gives me a glimmer of what exciting things we have to come. I’ve whipped up this blog to give you a list of some amazing opportunities to give back to the community while supporting local businesses! I love starting my holiday shopping at these fun markets. There’s no better combination of finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member + putting cash in a locals pocket! I will be updating this blog post through out the month as I find more ways to shop small this fall/winter. If you find anything please tag me and let me know to check it out and share! 

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Our Favorite Things: Photography

Hello Friday 🙂

Today I am sharing my favorite things about one of my favorite topics…photography. I absolutely love taking photos just as much as I do editing and sharing them. If you want to up your photo game -for fun or for business- keep reading! I’m spilling all the tea on how I do what I do for the photos I use on Instagram and my blog.

Taking Photos

Canon SL2

This camera is my new favorite thing. Although you do not need a fancy pants camera to blog, it does help! If you’re just starting out, I encourage you to wait and make a camera a goal. We love this camera because it does come with a viewing screen for vlogging, the photos are stunning, and it has WiFi! You definitely don’t need to spend the big bucks—you’d be surprised at all the tools you hold right on your phone!

IPhone 7+

The phone I have is an iPhone 7+. I think it does a great job for photos! Just remember, lighting is everything! My iphone photo tip: Portrait Mode! If you don’t already know, now you know! You will gush over how amazing your photos will look

Editing Photos


This app is my favorite. It’s the only thing I use to edit my photos! The filters are seriously the best. I was using the free version up until recently. I decided to pay the $21 for the full version last week. I think this app is like the fancy pants camera: don’t feel like you have to spend extra money, dive around in the free version first!

Spicing Things Up

My holly grail of apps right here! These are my everyday IG enhancers 🙂

Rhonna + Rhonna Collage + RD Magic

Here’s two photos I just whipped up while making this blog post. I wanted to show some of the fun elements you can add to your photos. You can add text to existing photos in Rhonna. You can also create your own fun text + clip art photos like I did above. The Rhonna app comes with a ton of free fonts and images – options to upgrade as well! The Rhonna collage lets you put photos together like the Layout IG app. I used the RD Magic app on Trevor’s photo. I don’t use this app everyday, but it’s fun to play around with. I added the flash and light effects.


This is where I make my videos right on my phone. It’s pretty self explanatory and easy to use! There’s a lot of times I make a video but never get around to editing it on the computer. This makes it really convenient for me.  I definitely recommend it.

Hype Type

This is what I use to “hype” up my Instagram stories. Shout out to Layla Living for giving me the 411 on this app. It lets you add fun flowing text and music to videos+photos. I love how easy it is to add music! iMovie makes it so hard at times – hype type links straight to the Apple Music library! I find myself leaning more towards hype type to make quick videos! Love it!

Camera Connect

This is app and our new camera go together.  Not only can I control the camera with my phone, but I can send my photos straight from the camera to my phone in seconds! This is also so nice to use while I’m taking photos with friends. I can link up to them and send the photos right away. I really like stream lining the creative process if you can’t tell. When I can navigate through my entire process take-create-upload all on my phone, I’m personally the most successful at staying consistent!

I hope this blog post helps you all spice up your photos -for blogging or just for fun! I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of memories and opportunities to take photos. If you learned anything from this post let me know! Tag me in your uploads so I can love on them and share 🙂 

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