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!
Get plugged into a community of other BUSY MOMS just like YOU working to get their confidence and energy back: http://bit.ly/29yhrRQ

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??


Do Pinterest Moms Actually Exist?!?

Moms, today is the day to give yourself some grace.


Are you always trying to be perfect?  Making sure your kid looks just right or you never run out of anything in your house?  Yeah that’s not really me either. {Note my toilet paper post from a few days ago.}


Today I have been so on-point it’s borderline ridiculous but let me tell you that is so far from the norm.  We had three appointments in a row and managed to squeeze in some much needed grocery shopping too.  I managed to remember snacks for my tiny and myself, both showered and dressed before 8am, back home for a proper lunch before putting away dishes and folding the load of laundry that had been in my dryer for at least a few days.  My patience is typically lacking, I use dry shampoo more days than actual shampoo, I spend most of my time in leggings, I despise winter so my dog’s “walks” consist of him running around in the yard after the turkeys, my sink is generally full of dishes that need washing and my dryer is always fluffing a load probably from a week ago.


But life is not about being perfect.  So today, give yourself some grace.  The dishes can always wait, those clothes can be fluffed one more time and there is never a time limit of how long you are allowed to snuggle those little ones.


It’s not about perfection or trying to keep up with the mom next to you in preschool drop-off because heaven knows she is probably a hot mess underneath it all too.  It’s about choosing to be PRESENT in your life and let the idea of PERFECTION go.  It’s about allowing yourself GRACE in the face of well . . . LIFE.

Run, Don’t Walk, Away From Resolutions

If I learned anything from the past 2 years, it’s to say *SCREW RESOLUTIONS* and make some EPIC GOALS instead.  I’ve found that when we do the typical NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS, we make them vague and almost haphazard.


“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to get healthy.”

“I want to get a new job.”


But, that completely loses sight of the question, well, how are you going to get there?  What happens if you don’t lose weight in the first week, first month, etc of that new year?  Are you going to give up?  Throw in the towel?


Wouldn’t it be better to give yourself attainable goals?  Or BIG-A$$ Goals that you can quantify?  You can see that progress is being made?  If you could tell you were working towards a goal, even if making baby steps, would that not keep you going?


I was that person to always say, this year, I’m going to workout and lose weight.  I’m going to eat better but then February or maybe even March rolls around and I start to slack, which in turn snowballs into me completely forgetting all about that New Year’s Resolution come June.


Now is the time to set yourself up for SUCCESS, to keep going no matter what.  Instead of simply saying “I want to lose weight”, why not say “This year, I want to lose 15 pounds”?  Then you can quantify that along the way.  In 12 months, that’s under 1.5 pounds a month.  That seems doable, don’t you think?!?  Then when you don’t lose those 15 pounds in your first month, you are less likely to throw in the towel.


This year, that is what I have done.  But in all aspects of my life.


This year:

  • I will read 10 personal development books
  • I will workout 250 times
  • I will lose 20 pounds to be back at my “fighting weight”
  • I will set aside 2 nights a month for a date night with my husband
  • I will set aside once a week to do some self-care for myself


Give it a try for yourself and let me know how you get on.

Thursday Taste: Easy Egg Cups

This is real life.

I’m not a chef. I’m not trained. I’ve actually always had this thought that cooking was meant to be hard, take a long time to make anything worthwhile and always steered towards the “easy” way.

Truth is. I am simply a mom, trying to make a healthy lifestyle change for myself and my family.

Truth is. Most of the meals I make are NOT “Instagram worthy”. But you know what. That is real life. That is mom life.

Truth is. Most of the time I suck the first time I make something. But I keep at it. I keep trying.

And today I learned that I will not use baking cups when making egg cups again . . . 


  • Nonstick spray or reusable silicone baking cups
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 cups Egg Whites
  • 1 cup chopped peppers and onions
  • Dash of himalayan salt and ground pepper, if desired



1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Line a twelve-cup muffin tin with fun silicone baking cups or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

3. Combine almond milk and egg whites in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; whisk to blend. Set aside.

4. Evenly divide chopped peppers and onion between prepared muffin cups.

5. Evenly pour egg white mixture over onions and peppers.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of egg cups comes out clean, and eggs are set.

7. Enjoy! 







I LOVE the holidays.  I love everything about it – the lights, the music, the smell of a Christmas tree, and more than all of that, the spirit of giving.  I am a momma and I am always looking for a good recommendation so I thought why not share some of my favorites with all of you.  Now, you will notice that it is heavy on health and fitness and for that I am (not) sorry.


I am big on shopping small and on companies that give back so I tried to have as many as I could on my list this year.  I hope you enjoy and maybe find a few new loves for you.  (Please note: They are in no particular order.  I am obsessed with them all equally.)




Their signature stripes give back, they have a super flattering, high-waist fit and the designs are so much fun.  They’re good for the ladies in your life, all ages, shapes and sizes.  I may have even purchased a pair for my fairy god-daughter for Christmas . . wink wink.




#mombosses beware!  Their shirts are addicting, super comfy, perfect for a Target run or sweat session and the sayings are fun.




These bracelets are fun, you can stack them and if you haven’t noticed this is the start of my favorites that can be dressed up or down!  As a mom, that is key to my wardrobe – versatility.




These headbands truly are no slip for my head as they tie in the back, are washable, have great prints and they even have certain prints that give back.




They are health conscience, good to their employees and I always leave there feeling relaxed, and ready to tackle whatever may come in my day.




I’ve tried a number of portable chargers and with a small child I never want my phone battery to die!  This one is slim, roughly $20, holds a charge and connects easily to my phone for a quick boost.




As a mom, can we please talk about the importance of a great dry shampoo.  Since my tiny human became mobile, long showers are a thing of the past.  So this bad boy has been a serious lifesaver for keeping me looking fresh!




As a momma, a good wrap sweater is a necessity.  You can dress it up with jeans and heals or down with leggings and sneakers.  Plus, this one was the perfect cover for me while breastfeeding.




What can I say?!  Whether you’re a mom or not, my crockpot is a lifesaver.  Create a delicious, home cooked meal in only a fraction of the time by simply throwing in all your ingredients, set it and forget it.




I am a sucker for a good vest.  Ask my husband, I have about 5 or 6 vests but this one is my go-to.  I wear it ALL the time.  It’s comfortable, classic design and can be matched well with virtually anything you wear.




Running around the house with my tiny human means I am always looking for awesomeness that makes mommin more fun (didn’t think that was possible) and easier.  This fun toy fits that bill!  There are so many features that I uncover virtually daily but what I use it for most is checking the weather before bundling up my little guy to head out, adding items I may or may not have run out of to my shopping list and cranking some tunes.  All done hands-free!




Every women needs a great pair of shades that make you feel sassy and sexy and look great no matter what you’re wearing.  Well, that is these sunglasses.  They come in a variety of colors which are certain to add a bit of sass to your next selfie.



So close to making the list:

Thursday Taste: Crockpot Pork Chop with Onions and Potatoes

It’s no lie when I say I am no Martha Stewart or Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen.  Prior to becoming a Beachbody Coach, I had only made two meals – Beef Stews and Macaroni.  I am all about easy, convenient and tasty.  So when you see recipes on my blog it is because they taste good, are healthy and relatively easy to make.  This is one I thought up in my sleep and decided to give it a try.  I think you’ll like it!


Cooking time: 5-6hours

Yields: 2 servings


  • 1lb Pork Chops
  • 8 oz Pearl Onions
  • 1 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Medium Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • “Dash” of Rosemary
  • 2 tsp Honey



  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot, except the honey
  2. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours
  3. Add honey after 4 – 5hours, cook on high for the last hour
  4. Serve and ENJOY!

Thursday Taste: Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect time to cozy up with a yummy bowl of soup.  Butternut squash is one of my favorites so I thought why not add some apples, make it crockpot friendly and give you something extra special from my kitchen to yours!


Apple Butternut Squash Soup


Cooking Time: 6-8 hours

Yield: 8 servings



  • 4 lbs. butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 medium Jonathon (or Granny Smith) apples, peeled, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Mrs. Dash No Salt Seasoning



  1. Prepare and cut the Squash into chunks
    1. Poke holes in the Squash using a fork
    2. Place in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Peel the squash then cut and de-seed the squash
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot


  1. Cook on low for 6 – 8hours
  2. Use immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. If you find your soup is too bitter, start by adding some honey to it and blend. Squash can vary in taste so you may need to amend this recipe as needed.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

21 DF: 3 Green, 1 Purple, ½ Red – per serving

244 Calories per serving

Stop the Gimmicks – Bingeing, Diet Pills and Fads OH MY

In the past, I was the queen of fad diets and extremes.  In college, I would gain 15/20 pounds during the school year and lose it over the summer months by working out loads and eating nothing but salad.  No lie, this happened all four years!  For me, it was all or nothing.  My mindset was always that you either spent a ridiculous amount of time at the gym and starve yourself or sit on the couch and eat ice cream all day – there was no in-between.  If you had one bad day, then everything you had worked for would be thrown out the window so I would just give up.  My whole life has been this way – exaggerated one extreme or another – being extremely active or hanging out on the couch binge watching my favorite shows.  For me, I didn’t feel like or realize that a “happy medium” was doable.  I was that person who tried everything – every gimmick and crazy fad to lose weight.  You name it, I tried it – diet pills (ended up with a stomach condition), starvation (loved food too much for this one to stick), Weight Watchers (hated counting / figuring out “points”), Atkins Diet (really no pasta for the rest of my life, no thanks), Caveman Diet (come on!), Cabbage Soup Diet, Celebrity Liquid Diet (urge to chew my food would takeover and have you tasted this stuff??) and on and on.  The gimmicks are out there and in full force trying to take your money for results that are too good to be true and guess what – THEY ARE!

Fast forward to August 2015, after a mere 23 hours a labor, I gave birth to my little bit of heaven on earth and tiniest love of my love.  My emotions and hormones were running rampant.  I knew my body has just done something truly amazing and life changing but I felt horrible about myself.  I felt off, fat and uncomfortable in my skin.  I knew I needed to do something but wanted it to be lasting.  I didn’t want another fad diet but I also did not have the time to spend hours at the gym away from my home and family.  Unless I wanted to be getting up even earlier than I was already or heading out at 7/8pm to workout, I needed to find another way.

That is when Beachbody entered my life.  The plethora of workout programs has something for everyone, no matter what your goals are – losing weight, toning up, gaining muscle, simply sweating it out, etc.  But it is so much more than this.  It is a community of people, supporting and encouraging one another.  Being there for you no matter what.  What initially got me was that I could workout from the comfort of my home, anytime I wanted and most workouts are only 30 minutes – score.  I didn’t need to be away from the house or my new little one for hours a day.  I could workout in my living room, during naptimes.  Why wouldn’t you give it a try?!  And that is exactly what I did.  I, like most people, started out on this journey of mine on January 2nd.  By May, I had lost my baby weight, had more energy and felt great!  So why not pay it forward, become a Beachbody Coach myself, continue on this journey of mine and get to help others at the same time.  We’re now into June, I’m nearing a 30 pound weight loss, I feel better than ever and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Don’t be fooled by the gimmicks!  The results you see from any of the Beachbody programs – P90X, Insanity Max, PiYo, 21 Day Fix, to just name a few – are all real results, from real people.  Trust me, I recently completed 1 round of 21 Day Fix Extreme – lost 6 pounds and 8.5 inches.  I didn’t starve. I didn’t spend a ridiculous amount of time at the gym.  If it can happen to me then why can’t it happen to you?  Give it a try and see transformation happen to YOU!

For the first time in my life, I feel like I am truly in a good place.  My overall happiness and confidence is much greater than it has been in a long time.  My marriage is in a great place, I am absolutely loving being a mom to my crazy adorable little man and I’m finally feeling good about myself.  Have I been fitter in my life – yes, have I weighed less in my life – yes, have I been healthier in my life – that ones up for debate.  But right now, in this moment, I have never been more confidant and felt genuinely positive about my body and who I am.  I am on a journey to become stronger, in myself and my relationships. I have realized this journey I am on is so much greater than simply wanting to lose weight but to become a better, stronger version of myself. It’s not simply about creating a healthy lifestyle but about following your passions.  I just wish it hadn’t taken me 5+ months postpartum to figure out!