Posted By: lara


I absolutely LOVE Easter! It’s sweet, it’s cheerful, and it (usually) confirms the arrival of warm weather.


I come from a large Portuguese family and growing up I would spend the better part of Easter morning in church, followed by total chaos at my grandmother’s house (Cohannet St., Taunton represent). As you can probably imagine it was very crowded and loud, and the kids were left mostly un-attended – which allowed for some pretty epic egg fights. Even the egg from the center of the sweet bread roll was used as ammunition. Ahhh, those were the days!


(photo: My grandparents and 4 sets of siblings. We look innocent enough…)

Now I get to watch my daughter prance around in her new Easter dress as she joins in on various easter egg hunts. She has such a tender outlook on life, family, and friendship, and she proudly wears her heart on her sleeve. As her mother I can’t help but feel completely vulnerable by her while at the same time prepared to move heaven and earth to see that she gets the most from this life. I’m not sure what I would do if I caught Margot in an Easter egg fight like the ones we used to have. I suppose after the initial reprimand there would be a lot of laughter and a glimmer of pride for holding her own.


I do really like how Easter ties into Mother’s Day. You may not have realized that Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. This means you’re fast approaching the Mother’s Day Tiara 5k! If you haven’t registered on our team yet, go ahead! You can do it right here.

The Mother’s Day Tiara 5k is not just any 5k. It helps raise money for the Women’s Fund, which helps support education programs for women and girls in the Southcoast. This is the ultimate family event. It promotes health & fitness, women & girls, family & education!



The fun doesn’t stop there! MoPa is hosting their annual ‘mock baby shower’ on May 17. If you’re an expecting mom or know someone who is, this is the perfect place for you to see all the current trends in baby gear while mingling with other fabulous moms (& dads). You may even be the lucky winner of some amazing prizes. It’s one of the best crafted events in the area. It has style, ambiance, and lots of eye candy!




Join us for brunch, live demos, and pop-up shops featuring some of our favorite modern parent brands.

Attend for your chance to WIN amazing Giveaways and go home with a coveted MOPA Tote.

♥Buy your tickets here!♥


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Posted By: lara

My husband and I have 7 weddings to attend this year! The first of which is happening next weekend followed by one in May, one in June, one in August, two in September, and one in November. We haven’t had this kind of schedule since we were in our 20′s! But it’s nice to know that so many of our friends and family are in love & settling down.

Needless to say I want to feel as awesome as possible for each and every one of these celebrations. But there are 2 things I never do:

  • Crash diet
  • Bicep curls (alone)

However, I will clean up my diet and I will add mini ‘arm’ workouts to my regimen. This just gives my body a little boost to kill it in hot pink (the color of the first dress I’m wearing).

Todays video demonstrates one of the mini’s I’ve been using throughout the day. It can be done first thing in the am, before bed, or added to the beginning of your run or cardio session. In this case it doesn’t necessarily stand alone as a whole workout, however just because it’s a mini doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch.

The dumbbell weight should be heavy enough to complete each move with good form. If you’re struggling with the chop squat, lower your weight. Keep your core pulled in tight throughout the entire sequence. Make sure that your elbows are ‘glued’ to your side for the curls and tight to your ears for the tricep extensions.

Goblet Squat

Bicep Curls

Chope Squat

Overhead Tricep Extensions

10 repetitions each / 5 sets

(as often as you like)


Stay tuned for another fit for a wedding video!




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