About Shelley

My mom always told me, “Shelley, you have to learn everything the hard way.” And she was right. My passion is to communicate to others the lessons I have learned so they can learn their life lessons with greater ease than I have.

dreamer | creator | idea lover | communicator | friend | coach | passionate

Shelley Noonan, Shelley, Mrs. N, The Mama Mentor

You can call me by any of these names, and if you know me really well, you can call me Shell. I am a experienced speaker, writer, and mentor. I am married to an amazing man and live in the same farm house he grew up in. Here on ShelleyNoonan.com you can read about my speaking topics and discover if I am right person to share with your group. I am a published author, business owner, and sought after Christian speaker.

My Background

After ten years of working as a nurse, I transitioned into homeschooling my three children. Homeschooling was the best and the most difficult job I have ever had. This job lasted 13 years. During this time I started a business selling used homeschool books. Our three children, my husband, and I learned invaluable business and life skills through operating Second Harvest Curriculum.

The children went on to college and the business just kept growing. Eventually,after running that business for eighteen years, I sold it. Another business venture is the publishing company Pumpkin Seed Press which I began with a friend. That publishing company was a platform for writing and speaking about topics close to my heart.

My Specialty –Mentoring

mentor: [ men-tawr,] noun

a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

My passion is to mentor women, encouraging them in their relationships with others and with God. I long to help them discover who God made them to be.

What really excites me about what I do is that I get to walk alongside women through a presentation or personal coaching and help them to see what changes can be made in their lives. If they are stuck, I like to help them get unstuck by using the Word of God and plain old encouragement.

I have also spoken at conferences around the U.S. for the past 12 years on developing healthy relationships within the home while maintaining priorities.


During the last 12 years I have been a speaker for Christian Women’s Club, homeschool conferences, women’s conferences, MOPS groups, and churches. I am a graduate from CLASS and a certified etiquette instructor.


I have written for numerous homeschool magazines and blogs. Based on my own experience as a daughter and mother, I designed a complete mentoring program for girls ages 9-18. This program can be used in individual families as well as in church groups.

Our Family

Our three now-grown-children have and still contribute greatly to Pumpkin Seed Press in so many ways!

*Laura, our oldest and only daughter, using her business experience from PayPal and her creative gifts has been instrumental in developing the business and designing the Btwixt and Btween Blog.

*Joshua, our oldest son, has worked tirelessly to developed our social media presence over multiple platforms in a matter of mere months.

*Jacob, our youngest son, has contributed by being a travel partner and accompanying his mom to many conferences. Pumpkin Seed Press published a book written by Jacob in June of 2015 called Lessons of King Arthur and His Court. This is a study guide Jacob created for Legends of King Arthur and His Court as a final home school project for boys and adventurous girls ages 9-14.

Homeschool Mom

I had the opportunity to homeschool our three children for 13 years. To be honest, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. During those years I discovered so much about how God designed my children and how to teach them. I also discovered character issues I needed to work on. I grew in responding properly to difficult times, and I learned firsthand that praying for patience is an awful idea. I also recognized that a marriage can do more than just survive through homeschooling; it canthrive.

That is my prayer… that the Lord would use my life and the spoken word to show His generous display of mercy and grace and compassionate care to others.

Pumpkin Seed Press

Ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Feel like you are not spending enough TIME with your child? Our family run business was established in 2000 as a solution to this very problem. As a farming and home school family, we spent huge amounts of time with our children, but how could we make certain it was quality time?

“Sow for yourselves righteousness;
reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the LORD,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Hosea 10:13


Pumpkin Seed Press is in the seed planting business. We create materials that contain the kernel of good things like character, close family relationships and God’s Word. Along with running Pumpkin Seed Press, my husband and I are farming the land that has been in the family for over 100 years…so we know a bit about good seed. Here is a secret that every farmer knows:

“The type of seed you plant and the time of planting determine the quality of the harvest.”

Our goal at Pumpkin Seed Press is to help you convert the time you spend with your child into quality time. Our products are specifically designed to give you a tool to plant the good seed into their hearts while enjoying the process with your child!

Our Products

The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood – Mother/Daughter Bible study for Girls ages 9-14
Beyond Beautiful Girlhood Plus Companion Guide – A Mother/Daughter Bible study for Girls ages 14-18
The Three Weavers Plus Companion Guide – A Father/Daughter Bible study on Purity for Girls ages 12-18
Legends of King Arthur and His Court – Boys and Adventurous Girls ages 9-14
Lessons of King Arthur and His Court – A Study Guide for Legends for Boys and Adventurous Girls ages 9-14.

Along with our books, Pumpkin Seed Press also produces sixteen encouraging CD’s and down-loadable Mp3’s. Every product we create has the sole purpose of under-girding the family with practical ideas on how to disciple children and maintain healthy, vibrant relationships in the home, through the Word of God.

We encourage you to make the most of the time you have with your children and plant good seed! We can speak from experience, the days might be passing slowly, but the years fly by swiftly.

Bob and Shelley Noonan