The One Where I Reveal All My Secrets

OK OK I am only revealing all of which is asked of me! Michelle from A Dish Of Daily Life is my Ask Away Friday partner this week and I’m dishing it all! (get my little play on words?)


I met Michelle last May in NYC and she is one of my favorite bloggers! One of my top 5 commenters of last year, she is a very valued tribe member!  You ever met someone and mesh right away? That is what happened with Michelle and I. It’s what first time blogger meet-up dreams are made of!

1) I am in awe of your energy and how much you accomplish. What’s your time management secret?

Thanks Michelle! I am not sure really. I think some people are just wired to be busy and I am one of those people. We are rare, but we are out there! Sitting  still makes absolutely no sense to us,  we are always looking for ways to properly use our time! My time management secret is simple, do what you can when you can. We have a lot of time in the day, it really about how you use every minute (I say this as I write this on my commute to work! :))

2) You are a inspiration to all of us with your workouts! Do you ever the a day off, and how often?

Absolutely!! I love working out but if I did it everyday I’d surely fall apart. I generally workout Mondays through Thursdays and I take off Fridays so I can have fresh rested legs to teach Zumba on Saturdays. I seldom workout on Sundays. This is all depending on a normal work week. Sometimes I travel, so the week gets flipped crazy.

3) Of all the different types of workouts that you do, what is your favorite and why?

It is a close race between Zumba and Spinning. Obviously I love Zumba because I love to teach and choreograph, however I started spinning about 7 years ago and I was so intimidated to even try. Now I love it, I make sure I attend at least one class a week.

4) I know you are speaking at Fitbloggin, which is very exciting!! Where other blog conferences are you planning to go to this year?

Apart from Fitbloggin, I am going to to California for the first time ever,  and I am attending the motherload of conferences BlogHer! I honestly think the first time I went I was a bit too green and unknowing of this bloggy life. I hadn’t made a dime on my blog when I attended and now that I am very confident in my brand and what I have to offer, I will be attending with a totally different strategy.

just smoochin' with Zac Efron at Blogher12 :)

just smoochin’ with Zac Efron at Blogher12 :)

I also have a couple more on the radar including BBC Philly, ALT Summit in NY, and Blogalicious depending on location.


5) Your boys are adorable! What is one of your personality traits that you see in your kids?

Dancing! All three of us like to start random dance parties for no reason. Whether it’s to TV show theme songs (big bang theory is our fav) or commercial songs or even Katy Perry’s “Roar” which the boys know every word to. We dance. Sometimes dad joins in most times he sits on the side and looks at us like we are nuts.


When I am practicing choreography in the house the baby always try to mimic my moves. It is beyond hysterical to see him try to salsa!

6) What would you do if you had to spend the day without technology? Could you do it easily or would it be hard?

I could absolutely do it. All I need is a great plot, a nice thick hardcover book, pj’s and my favorite blanket. I am a huge fan of reading and when I get into a book, I really don’t need much else.

7) What’s the best advice you ever gave or were given?

I don’t know if this is advice but one time I heard something on Oprah’s Life class that spoke to me.

The energy you put out is the same energy you receive.

This is a very important lesson. I used to be the kind of hot tempered girl (in my early 20s) that would cuss anyone out if I felt threatened or disrespected. The have been so many situations where I went completely off the rail and regretted it later. In the past few years I have not even let myself get that angry anymore. When folks have done something to me, I wish them well. I have literally stopped the negative energy from leaving my body.


When someone wrongs me, pushes me, makes me upset, I stop to think do I really feel like taking this to the next level? No. Not when I am so insanely blessed and grateful for God’s blessings. Although I used to be that girl that “popped off” at the drop of a dime–it is so much more satisfying to see someone’s reaction when I do the exact opposite.

So yeah,  you definitely get the energy you put out.

8) I know you and I have discussed my love of food and the fact that I could never go on a diet! Do you have a food you would never give up? 

Oh yes. Jamaican Oxtail and rice and peas is my favorite. It is what I grew up on being the first American born. I eat it often even though I am calorie counting. It gets tracked with everything  else.

9) I’ve noticed that you offer a good mix of sponsored content on your blog? What advice would you give bloggers who aspire to working with brands?

Only accept sponsored offers that you believe in. It shows in your writing. Being a VIP Blogger for Duane Reade is the perfect match for me because I frequent the store 5 times a week in my normal life. Every single sponsored post I’ve done has been something  I really believe in. I was offered an amazing opportunity to get print magazine coverage including a very nice check to go with it. However, the company wanted me for a diet where I would eat packaged foods for 3 months. I couldn’t ever eat such processed food in general and I wouldn’t for a check and all the media in the world. I don’t believe in it, point-blank.


Also, give your all regardless of the payment size.  Give the same effort for the $500 post that you do for the $50 post. Quality should never waiver.

10) What do you hope to achieve with your blog this year? 

Hmm I am excited about my newsletter most of all (if you haven’t signed up yet please do!!). Other than that I would love to continue to make decent bank from this here website, continue to pay bills and save some too. Other than that I will continue to share my journey as a mother, my weight loss journey and the most beautiful city in the world: NYC.

Learn anything new about me? Any fun plans this weekend? Its Friday so feel free to check-in with your weight loss and fitness accomplishments too!



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Ox tails and rice and peas…… I am not Jamaican but it seems I only have Caribbean friends! So between that and roti…..
    I have to become a better time manager! I wish I could commute by train! I would get do much more done!!!
    I love how you have transformed your blog this year!!
    And that e card! Lol! I was such a hot head in my 20s! Believe me, everybody is happy I’m so chill now!
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  2. Oh how I love Ask Away Friday and Michelle! It’s always great to find out more about you and to see more pics of your adorable kids!! And, on a selfish note, please go to BBC Philly b/c I will be there too and I really want to see you at least three times this year!
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  3. Okay, I absolutely love it when two of my favorite bloggers come together like this! Squee!!! This is one of my Ask Away Friday favorites of all time! What thoughtful questions and what great answers!!
    I love the Oprah advice, and it is just life changing truth. (I feel like Oprah hits it out of the park with advice like this 9 times out of 10. I lover her).
    I am just like you in that I can unplug in a heartbeat…and if I have a good book on top of that, pffft. Forgetaboutit! I am set! I can always get lost in a book. Unplugging from the phone/computer/social media is not hard for me even though I spend a lot of time on them in regular life.
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  4. I said this to Michelle and say it to you, I love to see that the two of you got to interview each other today and also loved that picture of you two smiling on my computer screen as soon as I pulled your post up this morning. And by the way, I am a lot like you in that I never can sit still and constantly on the go, too :)
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  5. Oooo, I really like this new series. Looking forward to learning more about you this way.

    & as for fitness…I’m down 6lbs this week just from listening to my trainers nutrition advice. I feel so much better losing this extra lbs I gained from the bc…now I’ll push forward to make sure I look as fly as you when we speak at FitBloggin.
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  6. Oxtails are my favorite that in some okra soup girl……makes me want some now. Love learning about you and your goals for this year. This is neat the ask away Friday. That oprah advice is on point she always has great advice I even adopted her aha moment to my life
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  7. I love that quote!!! It is definitely thought provoking and is absolutely true. Now I am going to try to be more cognizant of that. I hope you go to BBC Philly because I think I am going. I am going to try to keep the conferences I go to within driving distance this year. BlogHer is not in the cards, unfortunately. Great advice all around!! Thanks for partnering with me and it was cool to see that picture from last year too!
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  8. I love rice and peas and oxtail…I can’t tell the last time I’ve had it though. I love that you are using every minute of your day to the fullest…even if it’s just to relax. I’m not a sit still person either, but I’m an introvert…so most of my “busyness” involves behind the scenes work. God’s willing I’ll be attending FitBloggin also and i am VERY green :) Nice learning some of your “secrets”
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  9. Oxtails are the best!!
    I a really need to take notes from you on managing my time, but I’m working on it.
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  10. Reading this makes me love you even more Nellie! You are more than my sisterfriend but my s-hero! So real and genuine–you inspire me DAILY.
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  11. I do agree that our days have more time than people say! I can find so much to fit into one day. Every day, in fact.
    And I so agree about #9. I only do sponsored posts when they’re so Like WeMontage!
    I think we’re going to meet this year! I’m potentially doing BBC Philly, BlogU and I’m dreaming about BlogHer. It’s on my birthday! And in my favorite state. So…I’m dreaming.
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  12. I can really go for oxtail and peas and rice. My great aunt used to make neck of lamb stew with lima beans and chip’ that was GOOOOOODDD. I love reading how you have so much going on and tearing it up! You go girl! There really is a lot of time in the day with everything–I agree so much with this! It just depends on what you define is important to you! I hope you have a great weekend!
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  13. This was so much fun – love that you and Michelle paired up this week!!
    I’m looking forward to your newsletter!!!
    I don’t think I’ve ever had oxtail before!
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  14. If I get a suite, will you make Jamaican oxtails while at Fitbloggin, lol? Nope, I’m serious!!! I think I know you but these ask away posts are always fun to read. I find out little pieces and what you are planning for the year. Have fun at blogher. I think you are more than comfy with the BAM brand. You are doing amazing darling!
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  15. Nellie, you are awesome in every way. And I’m not surprised that you are tight with Michelle. Great minds/dispositions not only think alike but get along. I’ve never ever taken a spin class – I’m so intimidated – just like you were! Maybe one day. And I love the Oprah quote. It’s so true. Your good vibes radiate from your words and through your comments. You are obviously putting a lot of good energy out there!
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    • Ilene you have got to try! I was so intimidated fo rthe longest time, I would literally look over at the class and say HELL NO. LOL! Then I tried it and have been hooked ever since!

  16. I loved reading all your answers Nellie! You inspire me in so many different ways! :)
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  17. I love everything about this post.. it reminded me why when I first met you I loved your energy.. good peeps :-) my husband calls me crazy but I agree with you about staying busy and making the most of your time. time management is so important to me because there’s so much that I want to do. girl, I stay in Duane Reade.. they just did construction on the one next to my office and now it’s one of the really big ones with food, froyo station, large beauty section, etc.. aka a problem for my wallet!

  18. LOL re: the oxtail, girl! Island people cannot give up that good stuff.

    I liked what you said about wishing people well when they’re trying to throw shade or be messy. I had a case like that in the plane coming back from my Christmas vacation. I remained (relatively) calm in the face of rudeness. It does make a difference when you cage that beast and turn off the negativity!

    I’m like you in using every minute to the fullest. When I’m on the phone, my mom always says: “What are you doing?” because she knows I can’t just sit and talk on the phone. I’m usually doing some other task.

    It’s always a pleasure to come here and read your posts. This one most definitely did not disappoint.
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  19. I loved this post! You have great energy, Nellie, it really comes across on your blog. Just signed up for your newsletter, too! :)
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  20. I would love to see myself going to Blogher. I’m not sure if it’s something I can put on the list with my running commitments. Also, I promised the grandbabies a swingset in Mimi’s backyard this year and I’m pretty excited about it. But if I find a winning scratcher in the trash I’ll be there! :) I didn’t realize you loved spinning as much as Zumba! That’s a fun fact!.
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  21. nellie, i don’t know if you’ve heard this quote before: if you need something done, ask someone who’s busy to do it. busy people are productive!

    also, i need to learn to be more like you and be more zen about my treatment of people. i have very little patience and can dish it out pretty badly. i’d like to rein my temper in for sure!
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  22. Great post! Loved reading the questions and your answers. Love your attitude toward others who aren’t always nice. Little jealous that you’re going to BlogHer. That’s going to be awesome! Have a great weekend.
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  23. That quote is a great one, Nellie! I love that you were transparent about getting a tempting offer for monetizing your blog work but the fact that you didn’t take it because it didn’t fit with your ideals, makes me respect and like you even more than I thought I could.

    I like this series and will need to check out A Dish Of Daily Life!
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  24. Oh I could so get myself completely lost in a book. Sometimes there is nothing better! I have never had oxtails, sounds like a very interesting meal! It is wonderful getting better acquainted with you! Have a wonderful week!
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  25. I’ve only had oxtails a few times in my life and I absolutely love them. Clearly not enough times! You have so many blog conference plans! I truly enjoy learning all I can about blogging and what you bring back form these things. I would love to go to one this year, but I know it’s best for me to focus on my pregnancy and later on the 2 little ones since I’ll have a newborn. But to have another year to just blog and learn and really define my brand sounds like it could really be crucial before I get out there to meet others at conferences. I love your advice about sponsored posts! I haven’t done one yet, only reviews (which I only have done for products I truly thought were great), but I will definitely keep this in mind when I get the opportunity to do sponsored posts!
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    • Yes, that is a VERY key lesson to learn Britt! I didn’t know a thing when I went to my first conference and I should have really done my research! This is a major transitional year for you and you are right, you will have a year to get yourself together brand wise, make any changes, build your (already awesome) following and hit those brands with all you got!! :) The sponsored posts will be coming soon! :)

  26. one day soon i will get to meet you and experience your profoundly positive energy in real life…i can’t wait! i had a smile on my face the entire time i was reading. you are a real beauty – inside and out.
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  27. You really do so much…it’s incredible! Sometimes I wish I had a commute on public transportation so I could work on the blog during that time instead of behind the wheel for 2 hours a day!
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    • I know. If I had to drive to work, I don’t know what I would do because I have the clearest mind in the morning and late at night my brain is mush :)

  28. Can I please steal some of these secrets :). You definitely blog in style. I love the mix of family and sponsored and fitness posts. Plus when I read your sponsored post I am actually excited about the products you definitely seem to actually use it.
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