Free fitness at Cambridgeside

One of my favorite things about spring & summer in MA is the return of free fitness classes!

They pop up all over the city.

For indoor workouts, my favorite is Cambridgeside.


Sign up by clicking the image above.

Hope to see you at a class!

I’m sad I missed BollyX. They’re my favorite dance workout.


Brooks Bra Bash

Did you know, “sports bras should never celebrate a birthday”?


I headed to Brooks Bra Bash at Marathon Sports in Boston to get a free sports bra fitting from Brooks.


Since having a baby, I had no idea what my bra size is.

Can’t get back to getting fit if I don’t have workout clothing!

Thanks to the fitting, I got an awesome comfortable, new sports bra from Brooks that has enough compression that my large chest won’t bounce when I run!

Thank you to Marathon Sports for hosting!

I’m not even 5k ready post baby, but maybe I’ll get to marathon shape some day.

Opinions are my own. I was not compensated. Just a happy customer!

YWCA Cambridge

It’s International Women’s Day and I can’t think of a better time to write about the YWCA in Cambridge, MA.



You may think of the YWCA as a gym, but it’s actually a nonprofit that does so much more!

The YWCA Cambridge is an institution in Cambridge and Marshfield, a cornerstone for providing safe, affordable accommodations for women and families and an advocate for human rights.

With 103 units of single room occupancy housing for single women and a 10-bed shelter for homeless families, the YWCA is the city’s largest residential housing provider for women.

Our Marshfield Branch, offers a reasonably priced summer day camp program to families in Marshfield and the surrounding communities.

The YWCA Cambridge is dedicated to eliminating racism empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

As far as health and wellness:
Boston Classical Soo Bahk Do, a Korean martial art, has recently become a YWCA Cambridge program. The main building hosts classes in Tai Chi, Latin Dance, Pilates, Gyrotonics, and more!

When my baby is a little older, I’ll get a sitter and sign up for a workout class.

Since I’ve worked in fundraising for nonprofits for over 10 years, I love when I can support other nonprofits and get a workout at the same time!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Simple


The theme for the February Photo Blogging Challenge was “Simple”.

I decided to tweak the theme a little to “Simple Joy”.

These photos are all going to feature my 2 month old daughter.


When you’re a baby, simple things bring you joy.


Simply being held brings a huge smile


Relatives all say holding the baby brings joy to them too!


Great Grandma loves simply holding you!


Finally, the simple joy of sleeping on Mom


Thanks for checking out my photos!

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

Go for a Walk

New England weather has always been extremely fickle. The joke is “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute”.

But even for us, the weather last week was odd! It’s February & we’re used to winter weather. We had a record setting 70 degree & sunny day –  32 degrees and snowing the following day!

While the weather is nice, I’ve been taking my infant out in her stroller.


Here she is with her Grandmother & two aunts at John Paul II park in Dorchester.

Parents in MA – what are your recommendations for stroller friendly walks?

We’ve also gone to the boardwalk on Marina Bay in Quincy & Castle Island in South Boston.

We’re up for learning about other fun routes though!

Parenting with a Punch

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I had my first Mom’s night out thanks to Parenting with a Punch and Drinkable Arts.

I was a little hesitant to leave my 8 week old, but I’m glad I did.


Amanda from Parenting with a Punch was great to hear from.

She specializes in early childhood.

4 Pillars of Parenting With a Punch:

1.) Communicating effectively with your partner and children

2) Owning your energy, mindset, and behavior

3) Parenting on the same page- Teamwork

4) Redesigning Discipline

80% of children’s brains are developed by age 5.



Sherry from Drinkable Arts lead us in a wine glass painting night – with a fun design for Valentine’s Day.

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Thank you to Jackie from Next On Scene for organizing this fun & educational night out.


Becoming Mom

I’m very pleased to announce the birth of my daughter Elise.


Born 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches. She’s a small but mighty wonder!


She’s 6 weeks old now & up to 7 pounds!


Her favorite activity is tummy time.

Thanks to Elise for giving me the new title of “Mom”.

I’m in awe of her every day!

Now that she’s sleeping long enough for me to be able to draft a post, I intend to write more about family friendly activities and workouts.