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Boston: Dance Your Way Fit with TRILLFIT!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary classes to attend trillfit class. All opinions, as always, are all my own.

On any given evening if you were to stop by my house you’d find yourself in the middle of a dance party. There is nothing more my daughter and I love more than busting a move just because. In another life I was a professional dancer. And my dance partner was Idris Elba :) Juggling work, a blog, my daughter, a boyfriend and a partridge in a pear tree a puppy doesn’t leave much time or energy to exercise so letting loose at home and dancing has become my fitness routine. While I appreciate slowing down with yoga or barre, loud music and dancing energizes every ounce of my being, allows me to destress and shake what my mama gave me. So I was thrilled to learn about TRILLFIT, a Boston based high energy, beat-based workout party.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend two TRILLFIT classes this spring and I’m hooked! Classes are held at various locations around Boston including Hotel Commonwealth, Athleta Newbury Street and the Boston Center for the Arts, and offers attendees a sweat-inducing, addictive full-body workout complete with a live hip-hop DJ. Inspired by hip-hop culture and nightlife, classes are 60 minutes and incorporate a wellness component to ensure well being from the inside out. TRILLFIT is more than a workout, it’s a way of life and is what sets this boutique fitness company apart from the rest.

This past weekend I attended class at the Boston Center for the Arts and spent an hour dancing to the hottest music thanks to the beats of DJ Nick Bishop.Think Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake, Kanye, Jay-Z and more. From high knees to ab work to mountain climbers, dance instructor Melisa Valdez made sure we earned our mimosas post class. Melisa introduced herself to all attendees prior to the start of class and took time to break down the class structure which included a HIIT sequence. While there weren’t any formal breaks to get water, you can encouraged to break to catch your breath or get water anytime you need to. Below is a glance of what you can expect at a TRILLFIT class:

What’s special about TRILLFIT is the ability to completely lose yourself in the class, the dancing and the music. I am usually extremely self aware in group classes, spending a good chunk of it ensuring my posture is perfect and that I’m following the instructor’s directions p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y. That’s not what TRILLFIT is about. I walk into class ready to work hard and excitedly leave all my stress at the door. With every move and twist of your hips your body gets looser. With every change of song you find extra motivation to push through a set of high knees. And when it burns, you dig deeper because stopping isn’t an option. The purpose isn’t to nail every, but to find that beautiful balance of understanding the moves and adding your special spice to it. I’ve left both classes I’ve taken feeling like a million bucks and with a renewed sense of energy and confidence.

While TRILLFIT is their signature class they also offer the following class options, all of which are set to a live hip-hop DJ:

  • TRILLFIT: The TRILLfit signature workout is an explosive, cardio dance class that incorporates HIIT exercises for optimal burn.
  • TRILLsculpt: TRILLFIT’s invigorating vinyasa yoga flow is remixed with strength training and body weight exercises.
  • TRILLyoga: TRILLyoga is a vigorous yoga class that moves through poses with the pace of your breath.

I absolutely recommend checking out a TRILLFIT class over the next month as they partner with Athleta Newbury Street to provide a month-long series of FREE classes. Attendees will enjoy an exclusive shopping event prior to class, a 60 minute workout followed by refreshments from local sponsors.

Post Class Sweaty Pic!

So, the only question I have is….are YOU ready to get TRILLFIT?!


Join Me At EarthFest this Saturday! #UFundDreams

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



I still remember the fear and anxiety of applying to college and trying to maneuver the financial aid process on my own. It was not fun – at all. I missed out on many opportunities to receive scholarships and grants because I was unaware and didn’t tap into local resources to help me strategically apply to college and financial aid. Knowledge is power and I’m thrilled to again be working with Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) to share why saving for college doesn’t have to be scary and should start sooner than later.

Over the past couple years our family has gotten to experience college savings, made fun. You heard me right. College savings can be fun. How, you ask? Through the U.Fund Dreams Tour, that’s how!

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At various events around Boston like MayFair and the upcoming Earthfest this Saturday (7/18), guests can obtain digestible information on the cost of college in Massachusetts and the different options that are available to families.

I know from my experience how important it is to be armed with information when deciding on such a big decision as where to send your child to college. MEFA & Fidelity have partnered to host the U.Fund Dreams Tour, in an effort to empower you to make decisions about your children’s future and know that there are resources available to help families better navigate the process. Why didn’t I know about this years ago?!



If you’re around this weekend stop by EarthFest in the Boston Common where you and your family can experience the U.Fund Dreams Tour live!

Get silly in the photo booth, talk with a representative about any questions or concerns you have and leave equipped with tangible information on how you can start saving for college now!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Get Your Family Excited About Saving for College! #UFundDreams

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I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

There are plenty of things that my daughter and I get excited about:

  • Puppies
  • Kittens
  • Vacation
  • The Future

Yes, I said the future!!! It’s imperative that I stay educated about the various opportunities available to our family and many others across Massachusetts that directly relate to making higher education affordable. This summer, the folks at Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) have teamed up again to provide a fun, interactive and informative opportunity for families to learn about saving for college through events around Boston.

Last weekend, we visited the MayFair in Harvard Square and stopped by the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent. Not only did we get to be goofy while posing to make an animated GIF but also got to “shoot for the moon” and talk with representatives about the U.Fund, Massachusetts 529 plan, which is a phenomenal tool to help save for college.


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Those of you who may have visited the tent last year are in for a special treat! The tent has gotten a makeover and is even more engaging, bright and kid-friendly than ever. While your kids are “shooting for the moon” you can use one of the iPads to try out our college savings slinger digital web app and learn more about the benefits of starting early and saving regularly.It’s a true WHOLE family experience, that makes learning FUN.

Yes, college isn’t for another eight years (YIKES!) but it is never too early to plan for the future!

Check the MEFA website often to stay updated on where the U.Fund Dreams Tour tent will be next and to lean about all the benefits of the UFund plan.