Self Defense Class

Quincy Police recently offered a 2 day women’s self defense class. I’m so glad I attended!

It was a great refresher of the skills I learned from a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class I took back in college,

Self Defense

The second night we tested our skills against the cops in the red man suits acting as attackers.

I cried at how many Mom’s and daughters were taking the class together.

According to one of the instructors the most dangerous time in a woman’s life attack wise is pregnancy thru the first year of your child’s life.

I took the class to be sure I stay safe and get home to my 5 month old. Also want to be safe when baby and I are strolling.

Quincy Police will be offering this free course again in September & I’d happily take it again if any of you reading want to join me but don’t want to take the class alone!

I’m also going to be taking the pepper spray training class offered by Quincy PD in September as well.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Outdoor Activities


The theme for the May Photo Blogging Challenge was Outdoor Activities.

Since I was participating in the RACE Cancer Foundation May Challenge, my main outdoor activity was walking with my daughter in her stroller.

Here are some of my favorite sites from our walks:


The famous Make Way For Ducklings statue in Boston – we walked over 4 miles that day!


Cows at Richardson’s Ice Cream & Dairy farm in Middleton, MA

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Little Free Library seen on a walk in Dedham, MA


Flowers in Assembly Row – Somerville, MA


My daughter’s first carousel ride at the Greenway Carousel in Boston


I hope you enjoyed my 5 photos this month!

I’m looking forward to checking out other bloggers challenge photos.


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.


Photo Blogging Challenge – One Person


When I read the theme for the April photo blogging challenge, I knew immediately who my “one person” would be: my infant daughter Elise.

I often joke that it’s my baby’s world – we just live in it. Some of the photos will be of Elise and some from her perspective.



Happy to be at one of our favorite places: Thomas Crane Library


4 months of joy have flown by!


In the car seat waiting in the AC for her Dad’s side of the family to finish a game of disc golf


“Oh my god! Elephants are HUGE!” at Roger Williams Park Zoo


Elise is teething now and her Auntie Jackie bought her this teether

Thanks for checking out my photos!


This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

ZOOMA Cape Cod Women’s Races

Ambassador Badge Cape Cod

I’m wicked excited to announce I’m a ZOOMA Women’s Race Series Cape Cod run ambassador!

I’ll be running my first 10K with this race.

As an ambassador, I have a discount code to share with you: DANIELLE2018

Please use the code to get a registration discount and let me know which race you’ll be running!

I’d love to have my lady friends in the crowd with me!

The race options are: HALF MARATHON + RELAY + 10K

Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move – encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, getting strong, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture an inspiring weekend filled with strong women, yoga sessions, speakers, an exciting expo, and celebrations in an unforgettable resort location.  This is ZOOMA. 

Recognized as one of The Year’s Best Races by Runner’s World, ZOOMA Cape Cod is a race weekend you simply don’t want to miss!  Bring your best friends, your sister, your mom or your daughter for a weekend you’ll remember for years to come!


EXPO + Welcome Party. Pick up your race packet and shop, hang out and have fun with your crew. From 5pm-8pm the Expo transforms to a Welcome Party with lots of giveaways, prizes and more!

RUN. Saturday is race day where you’ll run a Half Marathon, Relay, or 10K through Falmouth, MA in Cape Cod. Expect gorgeous ocean views and quaint neighborhoods as you run this one-of-a-kind course!

PARTY. Celebrate your run with an unbelievable Post-Race party on the beach of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel. The party includes mimosas, food, massage, recovery yoga, shopping, live music and tons of fun!

SWAG. Each runner receives a swag bag with a women’s cut shirt, tote bag, free race photos and a finisher medal. Upgrade to the Premium Swag bag that includes a ZOOMA hat, custom wine glass, personalized race bib, training plan and access to the VIP Training Group.

SUNRISE YOGA SUNDAY. Start your Sunday morning with yoga on the beaches of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.

FUN + SUPPORT.  ZOOMA race weekends are always filled with fun and incredible support.  You’ll be surrounded by so many amazing women throughout the weekend and will be incredibly well supported throughout your run. It’s nearly impossible not to have fun during a ZOOMA race! And new this year, ZOOMA Cape Cod will feature our friends Mel + Tori from Fellow Flowers. They’ll be infusing their own brand of fun and friendship (and a few shenanigans) throughout the weekend at the Expo, Finish Line + Post Race Party!

Let me know if you register!

Hope to see you there!

Exploring Nature – Stroller Style

The weather has been a bit spring-like in MA – so baby & I have been exploring nature.

First, we went for a walk around Turner Pond in Milton.

Elise loved looking at the ducks with Grandma Martha!

Next, we visited Webb Memorial Park in Weymouth with all of the Kempe family: Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, 2 Aunts, and an Uncle!

The views there were breathtaking! Auntie and Grandpa took Elise out of her stroller to give her a better view.

Finally, on Sunday, we visited with my side of the family and took Elise for a stroll on Revere Beach.

That one put Elise to sleep but I was happy for the walk with Elise’s Grandmother, Great Grandmother, & Dad.

We’re looking forward to lots more outdoor adventures when the weather in New England remembers it’s supposed to be spring, not winter.


Peek A Blue Hike

Peek A Blue Sign

My 4 month old Elise, her Grandmother, and I had a wonderful time at the first Peek A Blue Hike of 2018!


The hikes are in the Blue Hills of Milton, MA.
LL Bean sends a guide to lead and read stories.


Friends of the Blue Hills provide a song break and awesome snacks!

Snacks included coffee for adults, mini water bottles, juice boxes, apple slices, goldfish, mini muffins…and probably something else I’m forgetting.


There are 2 routes – one stroller friendly & one with hiking.

We chose the stroller friendly but I plan to carry Elise in her front carrier next time to see if we like the other route better. The stroller route was a bit of a steeper climb than we expected.


Hope to see you at a future hike!