How many children do you have and what are their age(s)?

I have two boys…Gavin is 6 1/2 and Nico is going to be 3 next month

How long have you lived in the area? What made you decide to live here?

We moved to Oakdale 4 years ago. We had a hard time finding a house in Western Suffolk or Nassau with lots of privacy and land for a price we could afford. So we expanded our search from East Islip to Sayville. I received my undergrad degree from Dowling so I was familiar with the area. Our home in Oakdale was the first house on the list! We walked in and knew it was ours.

What’s your favorite family activity the area?

As a (self proclaimed!) foodie family, we like trying all the restaurants in town and exploring the surrounding towns like Sayville and Patchogue. We love to go for walks and bike rides together, too.

Where’s your favorite place to eat and/or shop in your town?

For take out, we love Mr. Wangs, Savianos, and Bella Bambina makes the BEST heroes (chicken parm with vodka sauce on garlic bread, people….do it!). If we are going out for something quick, we will head to Village Idiot otherwise we love going to View. I am dying to try Oakdale Brew House. It’s next on my list!

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Honestly, I’m pretty much an open book. There are very little things that I don’t share with anyone that’s listening 😂. I guess I would say that I started a book club over 7 years ago and we are still going strong! We are a group of women with all different experiences, backgrounds, ethnicities, jobs, ages (28-50s), etc. and did not all know each other before this started, but have become a group that we could rely on for lots of laughter and support. We come together once every 6 weeks or so and laugh, eat, talk, and have a cocktail or two. We have seen each other through weddings, babies, hardships, sicknesses, break ups, successes, failures, and everything else in between. Since it’s hard for me to find any extra time to actually read a book, I have a new found obsession with Audible, an audio book app. It’s the greatest thing.

Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?

Oh my goodness, I have so many. It seriously takes a village to raise a child. I couldn’t be the mom I am or give my kids the experiences we do, without the help of my family (my sister and my dad watch my kids two days a week for a few hours between the hours that my husband has to be at work (George Martin’s Strip Steak!) and when I get home from work), neighbors, friends we’ve made through Jiu Jitsu and school. We all help each other out so much and it’s amazing to have a support system that we can all rely upon.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!

Yes! I have a Food Blog called Whatcha Cooking Good Looking? that provides awesome recipes, strategic cooking practices like meal prepping, and life inspiration. I also interview local Long Islanders who are doing amazing things, like Meg from NoFoMomma, Melissa from LIEats, and an 11 year old girl named Emily who is baking and decorating the most beautiful cakes.

Additionally, I am starting a Meal Prep Coaching Program called the Make Ahead Mamas. My life was transformed by instituting a meal prep routine. By taking two hours out of the weekend, I can get 4 weeknight meals prepped and ready to go in some way. It’s actually amazing. It has become such a huge part of my life. I always know what’s for dinner and get it on the table in anywhere from 15-30 minutes with such minimal effort. It leaves so much more time for the important things, like playing a Just Dance marathon or going for a walk. If you are a person that values providing home cooked meals for your family most nights out of the week, but you’re super busy or have a hard time getting it all together before 7:30 PM, then this program could change your life. If you are interested in the program, please contact me and we’ll get you moving in the right direction!

Website: www.whatchacookinggoodlooking.com Email: whatchacookinggoodlooking@gmail.com

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?

As I get to know people through social media who are doing the same thing (food blogging or hustling to start a business) or a group of amazing local moms who are also starting a business, advocating for something incredible, highlighting beautiful places on Long Island, and just helping us all be the best moms we can be with encouraging words and real life stories, I am just in awe of the heart and, quite frankly, the talent that surrounds me. The support and love is astounding and I am grateful everyday to have found a community of women who empower and inspire me in my endeavors as I strive to do the same for them. I’m not sure that I ever realized the power of a community until now.

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