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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

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10 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

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.

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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:

bride

lady 

teen 

student 

guy 

kid

dining 

AND MORE! 

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!

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. 

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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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Food

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!

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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.

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

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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!

Family Fun

Hybrids & Haystacks with Toyota

I had the best time driving the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE. I definitely had dreams about them saying “you know what, you just go ahead and keep it!”

-keep dreamin’ sista’- 


This Hybrid was incredible on gas millage….51/53 MPG…we were getting up there close to 60! We took the opportunity to take the car all around the city to explore and have the best fall fun! Fall in Cincinnati is absolutely stunning. The trees right now are gorgeous. It was just the most perfect time. 

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Beauty

A Love Spell With Pure Romance

Let’s talk about Pure Romance!

I’m going to be 100%, Pure Romance is a brand that used to make me hide my face in my hair.

I’m sure it’s because the first time I ever heard of them was actually 6 years ago when my Aunt threw me a party to celebrate my upcoming wedding. I was embarrassed. I was nervous. What are my friends going to think? We weren’t the group of girls who really talked about any of this stuff.

That night ended up being one of the greatest nights of my life. We made memories we will never forget. By the end I felt empowered and educated.

Who I was 6 years ago was totally fine, just pretty closed off and nervous discussing topics of self discovery. I’m still a little “uptight” -per my mom- but I have most definitely learned to let loose and enjoy the ride! I am so much more empowered! I’ve learned that while opening myself up to those around me, I actually learned to open up to myself!

If Pure Romance would have asked to work with my blogging self years back I would have said, “oh no, I could never do that!” I would have been way too shy.

Today I am so excited Pure Romance asked to work together! My all time favorite beauty product is Pure Romance and I ain’t afraid to say it… but I am.

I still am a little shy & I won’t actually say the name (rhymes with toochy?)

I bought this conditioning shave cream 6 years ago at my first party and absolutely loved it!

Coochy Shave Lotion is the #1 most talked about Pure Romance product and a five star customer favorite! Coochy® blocks those little red bumps from appearing on your bikini area, underarms, legs, and anywhere else you shave. 

Guess what? You can even use it as a leave in conditioner while in the shower! Just toss a little on the ends on your hair, let it sit while you shave your body, then rinse! You’ll be all smooth and smelling amazing!

And Pure Romance has a full line of the Love Story collection. They all smell like sensual amber + warm vanilla…perfect for fall/winter self care Sunday rituals! I love using them all together right before snuggling up in bed with the husband.

Check out all of their bath and body here!

I am definitely due for another entertaining Pure Romance party with my friends and family! Not to mention, the benefits for hosting a party are amazing: GIRLS NIGHT + FREE PRODUCTS!!

Best News Yet:

Pure Romance is letting me give you 10% off your order. Just use code ddotts10 at check out to receive 10% off!

Shop Pure Romance Now!

Follow Pure Romance On Facebook

Follow Pure Romance on Instagram! Their account is so amazing!

Follow along on Twitter 🐦

Head over to my Instagram stories this week to see even more Pure Romance products I am using and loving right now!

Blogging

Wisdom From A Self Deprecating Blogger

I have frequently been asked to share my story & tips/tricks for blogging. This is something I’d absolutely love to share, I love helping others succeed! I have just been so perplexed on how to even cover this topic. I have always felt as if I wasn’t qualified to talk about it, like I had to “make it” before I could give advice. I thought I wasn’t aloud to write about “how to blog” until I had a certain amount of followers, sponsored by the best, received killer PR packages, paid off my debt, quit my day job, moved into a nicer house, drove a nicer car, went on lavish trips, etc.

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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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