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.


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!


Seaport Sweat is back!

After the April 2nd snow yesterday, I need to focus on the warm weather returning soon – and with it free outdoor fitness classes!


Seaport Sweat is back for it’s 3rd year!

The annual program, which is organized by Boston Seaport planners WS Development, offers more than 200 free fitness classes from May 29-October 12.

Here’s the weekly schedule:

  • Mondays: Kick it By Eliza at 5:30 p.m., plus Box and Body at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Bootcamp at 5:30 p.m., plus Boxing at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Kick it By Eliza at 5:30 p.m., plus Yoga at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Bootcamp at 5:30 p.m., plus Box and Body at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: Yoga at 12:00 p.m.

My favorite trainers are Athena Concannon, Eliza Shirazi from Kick it By Eliza, and Monique Magno!

Thank you ladies for returning to lead workouts this year.

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.

Boston Sports Clubs Salutes First Responders in Boston


I am constantly in awe of first responders in the Boston area.

I watch the show Boston EMS on ABC (in it’s second season – I recommend it).

I have an Uncle that’s a firefighter in MA & his wife, my Aunt & God Mother, is a 911 operator in the same city.

So, with love of first responders in my heart, I wanted to spread the word that Boston Sports Clubs is honoring first responders with free memberships in August.

Boston Sports Clubs is honoring the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to save the lives of others by deeming August, “First Responder Appreciation Month.” Throughout August, the company is offering complimentary gym memberships to all police, fire, EMS and military personnel, inviting them to work out for free at any Greater Boston location, including Back Bay, Newbury Street, Prudential Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, South End, South Station, Fenway, and Government Center.

To any first responders who are already members, they may bring a guest for free workouts throughout August.

Parent company Town Sports International has a long history supporting first responders, dating back to 2003 when the company partnered with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to provide memberships for over 10,000 candidates so they had free access to train for the FDNY physical exam – the department’s first exam following the events of  September 11, 2001. The offer complements the recently launched Bravest & Finest workout, a workout inspired by the physical challenges required to become a first responder.

“We recognize the tremendous physical and mental commitment that it takes to be a first responder,” said Michelle Ryan, CMO of Town Sports International. “We are truly grateful to all the men and women who respond without hesitation to protect and serve our neighborhoods and appreciate their daily commitment to keeping us safe.”

The first responders’ complimentary membership at Boston Sports Clubs runs through August 31, 2016. For more information on membership details and club locations, please visit