Hello! And welcome to Pineapples and Pilates. I’m so happy that you stopped by.
I’m Lisa – mom to three rapidly growing, insanely busy and incredibly funny kids who all happen to be vexed with serious life-altering allergies, wife to an over scheduled but amazing husband, recovering lawyer and entrepreneur. As an allergy-mom I am outspoken on allergies, allergens, asthma, epi-pens, action plans and safe practices. I spend a great deal of my time trying to avoid potential triggers from foods, plants, soaps, clothing and more and educating others on why it’s important to take allergies seriously.
I am your classic Type-A personality. I graduated summa cum laude from college and attended law school on a full scholarship. I summered with a prestigious law firm in New York City and landed my first job as an associate attorney with a big firm in the mid-west. But it didn’t take me long to figure out that big law was not for me. I moved on to a small town general law practice, which I didn’t like much better; and finally decided to work as an independent legal consultant, definitely the best legal option for me, but also short-loved. As it turns out, practicing law was definitely NOT my passion.
I spent the bulk of my career, more than 15 years, in education teaching kindergarten (briefly) through college (for more than a decade). My education career culminated with an administrative position and co-creation and direction of a seminar-based honors program at a small liberal arts college. And while I am stilly firmly committed to cultivating curiosity, confidence, competence and compassion in young people, and I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, a number of events converged in late 2014 and nudged me to more fully examine what I wanted out of life. So, I decided to hang up my academic robes and become more engaged in life outside of the ivory tower.
Today I keep busy doing a multitude of things. I can often be found in the kitchen whipping up a batch of muffins or homemade nut-free granola bars, on the trail behind my house trying not to count the miles, in the garden tending to my tomatoes, in the laundry room washing baseball uniforms, or, most frequently, in the car shuttling someone somewhere. My work as a fitness instructor, wellness coach, Beautycounter consultant and stylist focuses on helping others learn to live and love a healthy lifestyle. I am also committed to improving opportunities for learning, self-discovery and success in my community and I teach leadership to teen girls.
This blog was first launched in May 2015 as Miles, Muffins and Memories, pretty much on a whim, in order to give me a creative outlet, and the challenge of learning something new, while I adjusted to life as a stay-at-home mom (although I never seemed to actually be “at home” – so that title was definitely misleading). I figured it was a great way to record my family’s recipes for health and happiness and to help keep me accountable to the lifestyle I wanted to live.
Since then I have encountered a number of challenges and changes and I’ve come to learn a lot about myself in the process. I’ve learned what’s truly important to me, and I found the courage to pursue my passions and start living in accordance with my own dreams. Accordingly, the blog has evolved as well.
Today, Pineapples and Pilates gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and love of healthy cooking, meal planning, fitness and wellness with a much bigger audience than I could ever hope to reach through individual coaching. I will continue to share my (sometimes) healthy, always peanut- and tree-nut free real-food recipes – although I firmly believe there is room for treats in one’s diet, as long as they are carefully chosen and high-quality (and I LOVE to share those with you), meal-planning practices, fitness activities, wellness tips, beauty and style advice and an honest discussion of the challenges of raising a healthy and happy, growing family in a crazy busy world.
Let’s see, what else can I tell you?
Things I Love: soft sand beaches, running, red wine, extra-dark chocolate, transparency and honesty, giggling children (especially my own), messy art projects, Pilates, rainbows, sun-sweetened strawberries, Disney, hard-work, organized closets, a good book, time to daydream, bike riding, kayaking, chunky sweaters, learning new things, my Nikon DSLR, organic coffee, my Happy Planner, music, races with my kids
Things I Don’t Love: gossip, whining, broken promises, toxic beauty products, sushi, allergies, video games, being cold, rudeness, busywork, long lines, closed-mindedness, fast food, a messy house, ironing, disposable fashion, standardized tests, arbitrary rules, cancer
And that’s about it. If you have some pressing question that I haven’t answered please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Reading!