MAKE THE SHIFT Online Fit Group

Summertime typically means a season of travel. With the kids off from school, it makes it the perfect time to get away with your family. It can also mean it’s the perfect time to get away from your workout routine or indulge in sweets and tempting cocktails like mojitos and margaritas on the beach. But what it doesn’t have to mean is falling off the wagon.

Joine me for 37 days (1 week of prep and 4 weeks of clean eating and 30 minute workouts) for some SUMMERTIME accountability!

I have learned so much about my own personal health & fitness and truthfully how I feel when I fuel up with good food that I don’t want to go back to my old ways! And I want to share that with YOU!

You’ll learn:
* Balance between those summer treats and your goals
* How to travel and eat healthy
* How to make a meal plan
* Healthy summer swaps
* Proper portion size
* 30 minute total body workouts
* At least 1 cheat meal per week

My goal is to teach you how to make a lifestyle change, not a crash diet, or something you feel deprived by!

You will be given KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT and INSPIRATION daily to workout, eat healthy and crush your goals! Stop making excuses and start forming habits that will last a lifetime.

ARE YOU IN??? Respond that you are GOING to the event, invite some friends & let’s do this!!!

Complete my application here to get started today:

NOTE: You cannot already be a coach or working with another coach!

Thursday Treat: Watermelon Pizza

Here’s a little Thursday Treat for you that your little ones are sure to enjoy. . . WATERMELON PIZZA

• Fresh watermelon slices
• 4 tbsp reduced fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
• 4 medium strawberries, sliced
• 2 tbsp fresh blueberries

• Spread each watermelon wedge with 1 Tbsp. yogurt
Top evenly with strawberries and blueberries

Sorry Kid, You Can’t Eat That

Surprisingly, I have gone back and forth about writing this post.  Then it hit me, while watching a segment about allergies on Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today Show – the whole reason I started my journey in public was for other moms like me to not feel alone.

I was “that mom”, the one who wanted to do everything in my power to ensure my son was not immune to the world, especially as a first time mother.  I wasn’t scared of dirt or germs.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I was cautious but tried not to be crazy.

Early on in his tiny human life we found out that my son had eczema.  No problem, trips to the tiny human dermatologist and some extra tlc and lotion.  But, when we couldn’t seem to get his eczema under control, our pediatrician suggested that we do a few tests to see if it could be something else – allergies.  This all happened pretty early on, prior to trying solid foods with him.   At the time, I didn’t think anything of it.  In my head, I wasn’t worried.  I have never had allergies and my husband didn’t either, so I just assumed the tests would come back normal.  Well, if you haven’t guessed yet, I was wrong.  When the doctor phoned to see if I had time to talk, I was scared.  My little guy was allergic to nuts and seeds and egg.  I had so many emotions running through my head it was spinning.  I was scared, nervous, angry, sad . . I could go on and on.  I wanted to learn as much as I could about them from how severe they were to what I need to look out for and what to do if he has a reaction.

What scared me more than any of this was that our pediatrician only tested a few items initially.  How we found out Brodie was allergic to GLUTEN was due to a major skin reaction during a playgroup where flour was being used.  He had his hands in the flour bin for all of two minutes before moving on and all of a sudden his entire body started to break out in red hives and my mom instincts took over.  Luckily it was only a skin reaction and I got him to the doctor as fast as I’ve ever done anything in my life.  A few hours at the doctor and dose of Benadryl made the reaction go away.

All of a sudden, I felt the world was against us and that I had done something wrong to give this to him.  You get nervous going out to eat.  You are anxious when you go to playgroups.  You worry that you can’t protect him.  Anytime we would leave the house, I would be attempting to analyze our locations – try to see if I can find anything that could potentially set off an allergic reaction.  I became a nervous wreck . .on the inside.  My diaper bag and purse ALWAYS have an epi-pen and Benadryl, just in case.  But you can’t live life like that, I would be going crazy.  Now it’s about being as cautious as I can and being prepared.

I will say this; my emotional battle has gotten better.  You find that because allergies are more common now that the world has had to adjust to some extent.  Most restaurants have gluten-free menus and scratch kitchens and are more aware of allergies.  You do find your favorites – places that are more aware and better at accommodating.  You learn to read the packaging and ingredient lists on EVERYTHING.  I mean who knew Ben and Jerry’s ice cream was made with eggs??!  Or that most gluten-free bread added eggs to their ingredient list?

In this day and age, it’s important for all parents, whether or not your child has allergies, be informed.  Ask questions.  Know what to do if you are with a child who has an allergic reaction. Be proactive – know if any of the children under your supervision have allergies and be aware of what’s in the food you’re feeding those children and what is in your home.

Mommin ain’t easy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.





BREAK IT DOWN: The Ultimate Reset

I’m going to get REAL with you for a minute here.  I just conquered the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and I’m here to tell you all about it.  It’s a 21 day cleanse for your whole body broken into three weeklong segments.  Each week comes with its own set of challenges but believe me when I tell you that you still get to eat, it’s just under strict guidelines.  This is no juice cleanse.  It is not a quick fix.  It is about retraining your brain and your body with how you look at nutrition, how you process food.  This is about getting rid of bad habits that may be stumping your progress and hopefully creating new ones.

Each week you will cut more and more out of your diet.  Starting with refined foods and animal products then eventually grains and legumes, which will have you eating a diet of fruits and veggies for your final week.  I loved that it was a gradual process and not cutting everything out all at once.

Each day you will eat 3 meals and 1 snack (which is optional).  And yes you can still have your Shakeology, of the Vegan variety (of which there are now more options!!)
For me, doing this detox was about getting over a plateau that I had been struggling with ever since I stopped breastfeeding my son.  It was about stripping down my nutrition to figure out what is and what isn’t working well with my body.
There were two issues that came up for me while on the reset: First, NO WORKING OUT FOR 21 DAYS.  That was more of a struggle for me than I ever thought it would be. But when you spend the last year focusing on your health and fitness, my workouts had become more of an outlet for me and I didn’t fully realize that until this moment.  And second, I was forced to cook up three separate meals every night.  Yikes.  My son has quite a few allergies so he gets his own dinner, then my husband and finally my own dinner.  This got old for me real quick so lucky for me they also have what they call the “Reset In A Crunch” meal plan which became my saving grace.
Here is a sampling of my meals during my 21 Days:
I won’t lie to you.  I did have a cheat or 2 during my 21 days.  But I didn’t let it get me off track and I jumped right back on the plan ASAP.  It is also imperative that you hydrate, so lots and lots of water.  Aim for a gallon of water a day.
This program is hard but YOU WILL GET RESULTS!  Stick with it for 21 days and you will feel better, you will lose weight, you will cleanse your body of all that nasty stuff, you will have created better habits and broken yourself of bad habits.
My results were quite astounding: down exactly 10 pounds and over 4 inches in my waist and hips alone.  But now it’s about how I continue to keep moving forward and not ruin my results by going back to my old ways.
Interesting in learning more or trying the Ultimate Reset for yourself??  Email me at

Thursday Taste: Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Have you ever tried the lettuce wraps at PF Changs??  If so, then you know that are delish but not so summer body friendly.  So, while I am always on the lookout for new recipes that allow you to feel full without going crazy, I also like to attempt to recreate some of my favorites just in a more healthy, easy to cook way.  That is where these Turkey Lettuce Wraps come in to play.



  • 1.5lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Medium Onion – diced
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Tomato Sauce



  • Put the Ground Turkey in a large skillet on medium heat, stirring frequently until all the pink is gone
  • Add in all the spices including the minced Garlic – stirring frequently for about 5 min
  • Add in the diced onion – let cook for about 5 min
  • Add in the water and tomato sauce – mix throuoghly – let cook for about 15 minutes
  • Give it a little taste test . . mmmmm
  • Add the turkey mixture to your lettuce leaves
  • Serve and ENJOY!







Makes about 6 servings – each servings is 1 Green, 1 Red.

Picasso, Rembrandt, Degas, Brodeman . . .He’s a Messy Munchkin at LLC

Those first few weeks of motherhood can be stressful, nervous times, especially if you’re a first time mom.  You question everything you’re doing, your emotions are a steady rollercoaster and you probably haven’t showered in who knows how long or if you were like me, slept for periods longer than 1 hour at any point during the day.  So, having a place to go with other mom’s who are going through the same things is key.  This is how I initially found The Little Lovage Club.  My only regret is not signing up and getting my tush out of the house sooner.

Now as you may be aware if you follow me, my tiny human is now a rambunctious, always on the go, toddler.  So, I won’t go into the Mommy Group details but just say this – they are a godsend!  So if you have any inkling to try a class out, GO.

Since starting out in their mommy and me classes, I have taken Brodie to virtually every class they have for his age group.  When he hit 1 year, we started him in “art class” or Messy Munchkin as they call it.

They keep the class sizes on the smaller side which allows the toddlers to move around freely and get the most out of the class.  There are always class themes, like the zoo or holidays and roughly 5/6 bins / tables set at the perfect height for the little ones to be able to stand and dig around.  There’s usually one with water, sand, colored rice, play dough and paints.  I like to simply throw a smock on my tiny human and let him have at it.  It’s fun to see what they venture towards and how they explore.   I’m not going to lie, it’s also cute to see how they interact with each other.

Ashley is the teacher for Messy Munchkins and she is a wealth of knowledge and Brodie loves her to say the least.  She’s been amazing with my random array of questions on allergies and play and virtually anything to do with tiny human growth.  You can tell how much she loves the kids and they love her right back!

The Little Lovage Club is a lovely little spot in the South End with a small reception area, bathroom and classroom.  You will need to bring a lock to secure your stroller outside the building as there isn’t much space inside for the strollers to go.  They do sell them there but you can also pick them up at almost any kids store or online.

They also have fun, themed, open playgroups during the month as well as hosting other activities like clay hand / footprints, Mommy and me photoshoots and more.  I do believe they had farm animals one time, which we sadly missed.  If you’re a Boston city mom, definitely check them out!

The Little Lovage Club

778 Tremont Street, Boston, MA


What’s This ALL ACCESS All About?

Are you like the “old me”?  Anytime I was set to travel, I would ALWAYS pack gym clothes which would virtually always come back still clean.  But never fail, it would happen time and again.  This vicious cycle of mine finally ended when I found Beachbody on Demand.  I didn’t need to leave my hotel room or find a gym or studio to get my workout in.  I’ve never been a runner so throwing my sneakers on and hitting the pavement just wasn’t for me.

Now, all I need is a small area to workout in, my iPhone and workout attire.  That’s it!  You can log in with your laptop, use the app from your phone or roku and push play.  Think you’re headed someplace with spotty wifi?  No problem.  You can even download 7 workouts to stream when internet isn’t available.

This has literally been a godsend for me and one of the main reasons I’m able to stay healthy and keep going strong no matter where I am in the world.  You can stream thousands upon thousands of different workouts – weights, no weights.  There’s yoga, boxing, cardio dance, hiit and more.  It’s no joke, there is something for everyone.

What excuse do you use for not making your health a priority?


Most workouts are only 30 minutes and you don’t need to leave your house so that cuts your travel time down to zero.


Beachbody has released a brand new Challenge Pack that is ONLY $199 for an ENTIRE YEAR of Beachbody on Demand plus 30 day supply of Shakeology.  That means you get access to every single program we have ever released as well as any new ones that are released during the year.  That’s pretty amazing at under $17/month plus 30 meals of Shakeology!

What’s the price of a local gym? I don’t know about you but I was paying close to $70 / month or $30 a class for boutique fitness classes!

It’s almost too easy.  Simply log in and push play.  Thirty minutes later you’re drenched in sweat and ready to tackle the day.  But don’t take my word for it, try it out for yourself.





Everybody Jump Jump . . Oh Wait, Not YOU – Sky Zone Everett Review.

As a new mom to a tiny human under 2 years old, I rely pretty heavily on the word of mouth recommendations of my fellow moms.  Having owned a brick and mortar business in the area myself, I know just how sneaky Yelp can be with their reviews, so I’ve learned to take them with a grain of salt.  Although, I’m sure you can google this to find out what I’m talking about for yourself, but I’m just going to say that what you read is true.

Now, I will say this.  I am a pretty positive person and not a fan of negative reviews so you won’t see very many of them on my blog.  I tend to feel that everyone is different so what works for one person may not be someone else’s cup of tea.  But, being a new mom, I felt I wanted to share my experiences of Sky Zone Everett.

I love taking my tiny human to new places and finding fun activities for us to do, especially in the Winter to get out of the house here in Boston.  So when I saw there was a jump park not too far from our house, I figured why not give it a whirl.  They have toddler time hours twice a week – on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11am – when the entire place is closed down except for our littles ages 0 – 4.  This is when I first took Brodeman.

Initially, the place is pretty hard to find as it’s at the very back of an industrial park.  Honestly, if it wasn’t during the light of day, I would have had horror movies playing in my head.  But once you get there, they have ample parking and a massive facility with a concession, bathrooms and lockers / cubbies.  You’ll want to complete the liability waiver online before you go as it can get pretty busy on the weekends and you’ll need to purchase their special grippy bright orange socks for $2 each as this is not included in your fee.

Our first visit was during one of their Toddler Times.  Their were about half a dozen toddlers with their “chaperones”.  I was told to purchase the special grippy socks for myself as well so that I could go on and around the trampolines with my son during this time, which to me made sense.  He’s under a 1.5 years old and like me, isn’t always too keen on being adventurous but tends to open up after a bit with some guidance from mom and from watching older kids.  He jumped, ran about and just had a great time with the other kids.  Like me, the other parents / chaperones were enjoying this quality time WITH their kids as well.  Being able to play and have genuine, active fun away from televisions is key these days.

After having a great time with Brodie here the first time, we decided to go as a family on a Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately, my experience was vastly different from the first time.  I did not book ahead online so we had to wait 30 minutes when we got there to be able to jump as we were told the toddler area was already booked up.  No worries at all.  We walked (ran) around with the little man only to find that the section they marked for his age group was about a third of the size as where they had us for the Toddler Time.  Once our time arrived, we were all so excited to have some fun on the trampolines but shouted at that we (the parents) could not actually go near the trampolines.  What?!  Are you serious?!  We had to stay on the blue carpet.  So, you won’t let me actually play with my little guy?!  I am all for safety but this was ridiculous. You can’t have one set of rules for his age group one day and something different another day.  You also can’t tell me that I can’t help my little man get used to a wobbly surface – he’s still getting used to standing and walking on those little legs.  When we tried to reason with the staff, they kept saying it was because the toddler area was fully booked and too busy so for everyones safety it’s just not allowed.  We even got shouted at for having our “feet on the trampoline”, which you can see in the video below.

Wah wah!  We’ll be checking out Launch Watertown as I’m told they’re all about family fun, being able to interact and play with your little ones.  And this mom wants to be able to enjoy life with my kiddo. There will be plenty of time when he’ll be wanting to get out there on his own but at 18 months, I think jumping on a trampoline is okay to do with his mom. (Below is actual video from our Sunday visit, note the maxed out capacity that prevented us from jumping with our son.)

Sky Zone Everett – Toddler Time – $16 + $2 for socks

Launch Watertown – Toddler Time – $12

What are your favorite Boston places to take your kids?



Mommin: Firsts, Lasts and Everything In Between

It’s crazy and hard for me to believe that my little man will be 18 months this week. You get to this place where it’s hard to imagine what life before him was like.   Hitting up the movies on a snowy afternoon or grabbing a nice dinner at the spur of the moment, heck even flying solo.

Something truly awesome about motherhood is all the firsts you get to experience with your little bundle.  Naps, feedings, rolling over, movements, sounds, words, crawling, foods, walking, the list goes on and on.  But the flip side is that some of those don’t last long and if only you got a little heads up as to when it would happen for the last time, maybe I would snap a pic, whether in my mind or in reality to remember these moments better.  It tugs at the heartstrings not to remember the last time he was snuggled into the Ergo out on a walk with our fur baby Mr Bo Jangles and fell asleep.  I never received a memo – hey mom I won’t be breastfeeding anymore or this is probably the last time I’ll fall asleep and nap in your arms or remembering the last time I wore him all snuggled in.
In a day and age where it’s all social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat oh my.  You can get lost in all the apps on your phone.  It’s time to be present, live in the moment and simply enjoy every moment – the snuggles and laughs, learning, exploring, growing and crying – as I know it won’t last long and one day I will turn around and he will be yet another year older.
For now, I fear we’re moving into the “terrible twos” and I’m going to lean on my snuggles and workouts  . . . oh and wine and just take it all in.

Thursday Taste: Your New Favorite Chicken Recipe

When I say that I am turning into Martha Stewart it is in fact because, thanks to my sister, I am obsessed with her cookbook ONE POT.  This is where the below recipe for my new favorite chicken dish comes from.  The video you’ll see is of the recipe as is in the cookbook but I have amended the recipe below to beef up the veggies!


  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 pints Grape Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup pitted Olives
  • 10 medium Shallots, halved
  • Garlic Salt
  • Mrs Dash No-Salt Seasoning



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In medium bowl (or plastic container), combine tomatoes, shallots, chicken, olives, EVOO, salt (to taste) and Mrs Dash (to taste) and mix thoroughly
  • Transfer all ingredients to roasting pan in a single layer and place in oven
  • Roast in oven until chicken temp reaches 165 degrees, approximately 40 minutes
  • Serve and ENJOY!





(21 Day Fix Containers: 4 servings – 1 Red, 1 Green)