Welcome to MIAMI

Sometimes I feel as though in my head I am the same women now that I was in my 20s but then weeks like this past one come along and I realize just how much I have changed and dare I say it . .  Grown older.

As much as I love New England, the winters just are not my scene.  So I love a good chance to break free of the weighed-down parka in exchange for my now motherly bikini.

It was a week split between what I thought would be my cup of tea to pretty much a cup of tea.

Both hotels touted themselves to be “kid-friendly”, so with my rambunctious toddler in tow, we packed our suitcases and headed for the sunshine state.

The Ritz—Carlton Key Biscayne

Situated on a lovely stretch of sandy beach in a very quiet part of Miami, this hotel on the outside was everything I thought I disliked about a hotel.  Very uppity (aka high-end) and quiet with a view that was seemingly lacking.  I unfortunately did not partake much in our room’s balcony as I was not a fan of watching the comings and goings of cars down the street (aka resort view) but maybe that was my mistake.  I will say that it was clean, the staff all went above and beyond and I thoroughly enjoyed the locations quite nature.  It allowed for me to enjoy time with my son in the pool, on the beach and around the property without feeling like I would lose him easily or annoy the people next to me.  As a parent, it felt safe.  There was no concern for me losing him in a crowd, him being taken or anything like that.  My only concern was how many times I would have to chase after him before he fell and skinned his knee (which happened almost daily).

They do have a kid’s club, called Ritz Kids but unfortunately for me, my little man was a bit too young to partake in the daily adventures or decked out space but maybe next time.

The pool area has plenty of umbrellas and shady bits with an awesome walk in feature for your little ones to be able to wade in and play without fear of going right for the deep end.  They also have a plethora of toys and noodles for kids to play with that are all easily accessible to anyone.  A variety of sunscreen, after sun lotion and aloe vera are also available at the front station along with swim diapers should you need to forget yours.

My favorite part though is that, although I will probably be up at the crack of dawn with my son, I don’t need to rush to the pool area at the time to snag a seat by the pool.

For those without kids, they do have two separate pool areas, one for “adults only” and one Family Pool.

We didn’t venture off property here, but found their hotel restaurants to be just what we needed.


  • Quiet nature
  • Friendly staff
  • Family-oriented amenities


Loew’s Miami Beach

Welcome to Miami! The hustle and bustle upon entering the front doors to this modern hotel were not the only difference between the two hotels of our trip.  While the wait to get to the check-in counter was long, a bit like Las Vegas, the staff at the start were all extra accommodating.  Upon checking in and finding out our room was already ready (yeah for my napping son), he was presented with a treasure chest of toys to select, from rubber duckies to fuzzy turtles to mini “dump-dumps”.

Like, The Ritz-Carlton, the Loews also has their own kids club, SOBE Kids.  Again, my little man was not old enough to partake in their activities, #wahwah. But I will admit that their club looked especially cool, complete with child-sized lifeguard station to club around on, evading corner with plenty of books and fun cushions to sit on.

Get your game face on when approaching the pool scene here because people get up at the crack of dawn (when the pool opens) to snag seats.  So maybe this is where having kids is a bonus because you are more than likely to be up at the time anyways.  So, you might as well make your way downstairs to secure some seats. Bonus here though is that like The Ritz, they also have a son area for the little ones to be able to walk in and splash around without going right for the deep end.  My little guy was having a blast throwing his rubber sea creature and splashing around.

I loved the modern look and feel of the Loews Miami Beach, especially when it was paired with the close proximity to Lincoln Road for some shopping and great food and drink.


  • You have all that Miami Beach has to offer at your fingertips

I would love to know, where has your favorite family vacation been?


80 Day Obsession – Fight For Me

For the last year, my motivation has been on a roller-coaster ride.  I allowed external “things” to get in my way, to control my emotions and get in my head, clouding my goals.

We moved house, which I actually wanted.  I have been working through postpartum anxiety.  I have nerve issues in my back that I let get the best of me.

All of these took its toll on me, throwing me a curve-ball that I didn’t quite know how to deal with.  Finally, in December, I had enough and was ready to push myself through, gaining control of myself back and getting back to working on a stronger, healthier me not just for myself but for my family.  My son is my everything and I didn’t want him to watch me give in, to say screw-it but to fight for me.

In January, my company was launching a brand new program that I just knew was exactly what I needed and at just the right time.  But, I had no idea just what that effect was going to be and just how life-changing it was for me.

“It’s only over if you quit”

What I’ve learned in the last 44 DAYS:

  • I have the ability to let the scale determine my CONFIDENCE, my WORTH, ME
  • The scale is only a number.  You hear that so often but I used to be someone who got on the scale every morning and let that number determine my day. How happy I was or sad or defeated I felt, all based on that ONE NUMBER.
  • The problem is that it is just a number.  YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.
  • I am stronger than I think. At times, I doubted myself but when I chose the heavier weights I felt empowered by MY OWN STRENGTH
  • This is MY JOURNEY, stop comparing yourself to anyone else, that can also led to you feeling defeated and not being proud of you own accomplishments
  • It is more MENTAL than you think.  You can do anything you set your mind to.
  • It is OKAY TO MODIFY.  Previously, I would allow my back pain to be an EXCUSE for me to not workout.  Now I know that it is simply a matter of modifying the moves that I need to


Since starting on my NEW JOURNEY 44 DAYS AGO, I have only allowed myself to get on the scale once a week for my weekly check-in but with it, I also check my measurements and take my photos.  This has helped me to see a WHOLE VERSION of the work I am putting in.

These last 44 DAYS have also shown me that this is truly a journey, it never ends.  I will never give up on myself or my health.  Once you feel like you’ve “completed” a program, you start to let things slip which simply creates a downward spiral to going back to you OLD WAYS.  Think of this as the beginning of your journey.

Take time to truly work on your self.  There is so much power in taking some time for yourself.  It could be in taking a bath or getting a massage or sitting outside with a good book.  It has more effect on your mind, body and soul than you may think.

During these first 44 DAYS, I was away from home for 9 of them and I still worked out and did my best to stay on track with my nutrition without feeling deprived.  I set myself up as best as I could for SUCCESS while on vacation.

Don’t ever give up. Focus on those non-scale victories and remember this is a JOURNEY.

So far I’m down 6lbs, 10 inches and I’m not stopping


Are you ready to get healthier, stronger or simply need someone in your corner??

I’d love to be in your corner helping you, motivating you. And I have a whole group of MOMS ready to be in this with you too!
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Mommy Needs A Minute

Gone are the days of me thinking of it solely as “Self-Care Sunday”, now I feel like it’s better to happen whenever YOU need it.  With an, at-times, blurry line of work/life balance and more and more people working to get healthier, this is something that should be happening more than simply once a week.


It’s not only about healing muscles, but in relaxing your mind and spirit too.  Being overworked and stretched to the limit can have serious effects on you on all levels.


I have found in the last year that I can have a habit of slacking on my self-care, and I know, as a mom, we all have this tendency.  You put everyone else first and then, when and if there is anything left, that is when you take care of you.


When you focus on YOU, then you will become better with taking care of everyone else.


Here are some great ways to give YOURSELF a little TLC:

  • Meditation: A simple way to start. Give yourself an extra 5 or 10 minutes every morning or evening to relax your mind.  You can do this yourself by getting into a quiet space, sit or lie down, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing.  You can also find some great (free) apps to help with this, if you would like more a guided meditation.
  • Bath: Add some Epsom salt for tired, sore muscles, maybe some candles or dimly light the room for a bit more peace
  • Massage: Please Mamma’s . . need I say more?!?
  • Manicure / Pedicure: I’m not a big manicure fan.  I just don’t seem to find it relaxing but I LOVE a good pedicure!  I like to listen to audio books, close my eyes and zone out.
  • Yoga Class: Hot or not, it just feels good to stretch it all out.  Get out of your head and let the chill yogi vibes (???) take over.
  • Foam Rolling: I won’t lie; this was a bit strange for me at first but go with me here. These are great for helping with muscle relief.  They come in what feels like a million variations so if you are new to this maybe go check some out at the store.  Places like Target or Dick’s carry them.  Start slow and build your way up.  I know add this to the stretching portion after almost every workout.
  • Sleep: This is so much more crucial to having a healthy body and mind than most people give it credit for. Start by tracking your sleep and seeing how you feel.  How many hours a night do you get?  Is it hard for you to fall asleep?  Do you struggle in the morning?  Maybe you could try going to bed a little earlier each night or giving yourself some time to simply relax before hitting the sack to see if that helps you.



What are some of your favorite ways to unwind and help get yourself back to a state of calm, ready to take on the world??