Summer Survival Tips for a Stay-at-Home Parent

As a mother of a 2 year old boy and a 6 year old girl, my life is constantly being pulled in different directions.  It is an endless quest to find balance and order especially when school is out and schedules become irrelevant.  This is my 3rd Summer as a stay-at-home parent with two children and after some trial and (plenty of) error, I have some tried and true tricks that have kept these long summer days sane and super fun for both me and my kids!  Here are some of my go-to rules to keep my days running smooth. Continue reading Summer Survival Tips for a Stay-at-Home Parent

Class Review: Body Pump

Although I managed to injure myself before class even started (knocking myself in the face with the barbell), I had a great time in Angie’s Body Pump class at Elite Sports Club – North Shore!  This was my first ever Body Pump class and although I was initially intimidated by the use of a barbell, regulars to this class (who were beyond friendly) immediately put my nerves at ease by explaining everything to me, from how much weight I should use to how to adjust the weights.

Body Pump is offered at all Elite locations with the exception of River Glen and is part of the LES MILLS™ series.  The idea behind Body Pump is to provide a full-body workout that shapes and tones your entire body while simultaneously increasing core strength. Elite offers both a 30 minute and 60 minute class, but both are designed to get you toned…fast!  Continue reading Class Review: Body Pump

How Being “Selfish” Has Made Me a Better Mother

Today marks 6 years, 4 months and 28 days of me being a Mom. Nevertheless, although I’ve spent 35 years, 8 months, and 5 days on this earth growing, evolving and developing my identity up to this point; when I stop and reflect on who I am as an individual—which let’s be real, is usually somewhere between 2:00-3:30am after making my grocery list and before worrying about things that probably won’t matter three days from now—the type of Mother I am is usually the first that comes to mind. Am I overprotective? Too lenient? Not flexible enough? Uninvolved? The list goes on…. Continue reading How Being “Selfish” Has Made Me a Better Mother

30 Things I Love About Elite

Nearly 2 years ago, I took my first steps into Elite North Shore as a member. As a Passport Member, I’ve had the chance to visit all of the Elite Clubs. I’ve come to find that each one has their own “personality”  that make them unique, and together, Elite becomes this wonderful community where staff, instructors, and members work together to make positive experiences, and achieve goals!

In just a couple of years,  I have become stronger, healthier and even a happier person. While fitness was a big part of this, it is the people that I have met and worked with that make Elite so great! So, in celebration of Elite turning 30, I’ve made a list of my 30 favorite things about Elite! Continue reading 30 Things I Love About Elite

Moving Beyond the ‘Gates’ of Your Comfort Zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” We’ve all heard some version of this quote, and most of us not only believe it, but have lived it. Yet, time and time again, we build up walls and gates to protect ourselves from the potentially wonderful unknown.

With the holidays coming to an end, and the New Year just beginning, lots of stuff is coming down in our home. It’s always bittersweet to take down the tree and store the stockings, but I know that before I can take a moment to blink, we’ll be trekking out to the tree farm once again.

But other things like baby gates and playpens are also coming down in our home and in all likelihood; we will be putting them away for the last time. And while this truth stings a bit, I know that in order for me and my family to grow, I need to let go of what has been familiar to me for the last six years, which has been a home filled with baby gates and safety nets. Continue reading Moving Beyond the ‘Gates’ of Your Comfort Zone