Top Five Highlights of 2012 + My First Vlog!

2012 was a really good year. I learned a lot about myself as a person and I have grown up A LOT since last year.

Here are my top 5 highlights of 2012

1) I came out of my anti-social shell: when I decided to go to a bloggy conference last year I REALLY didn’t know what I was getting into! BlogHer 12 was an amazing experience, from the parties, to the knowledge, to the amazing and beautiful women that I met. I left the conference feeling like I could truly do anything with my blog, like I could finally stop worrying about what everyone else did, said, thought and finally just release myself to blog (and vlog) about anything I want!

I have a bag on my head, yes, that's how we party at BlogHer!

…and then there was fitbloggin. The conference with life changing abilities. The conference that GOT me. The conference made for the soul. The conference that pushed me toward my dreams and gave me lifetime friends. The one that made me cry and laugh equally as hard. The one that lit a real fire in me, the one that I will never miss again (if I can help it!)

I HEART these women!

2) I stepped up my fashion: After cyber stalking all of your fashion blogs out there, I have finally learned something! From updating my work wardrobe to updating my gym wardrobe, I have finally started to put some real thought in my attire! I mean, I own leopard pants y’all. If someone would have said that a year ago I would have had a long chuckle.


3) I got all HGTV: I threw my first real house party, after moving into my home 2 years ago and  renovating everything, I finally got the guts to throw a party. It went off perfectly and it was a big deal considering all the work we did. I was SO proud of the end result!

4) Brotherly love: growing up as an only child I have never witnessed sibling love so to watch my sons grow together and bond together has been a truly amazing experience! They hug so much and play so well together that I often feel overwhelmed by the love they share. I look forward to the years ahead but this first year of them together has been simply perfect.

My boys

And although these weren’t in any particular order, I made a short video to talk about my number one moment of 2012. ( MY FIRST VLOG!  Sorry about my voice volume, I had a napping toddler 2 doors down)

What was your favorite moment of 2012?



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. OH
    I love love love the sentence of you leaving the conference feeling like you could do ANYTHING.
    perhaps I should go back to blogher!!!
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  2. KalleyC

    These are all great highlights, especially the brotherly love. It’s great that they love each other. They will have that bond for a lifetime.
    KalleyC recently posted…Sunday Prayer: Farewell 2012My Profile

  3. Thank you for sharing! I’m super impressed that you attended 2 blogger conferences. I so desire to attend 1 as well. Round of applause for going solo to Maryland. I too think ppl that walk into a room and take over with their glowing personalities are little she-devils:) Congrats on your 1st VLOG! I was all turning the speaker vl the computer vl up then at the end a saw the line right above the video, lol. Happy New Year girl!
    Joi recently posted…10 Lessons Learned in 2012My Profile

  4. You’ve had a very interesting year! I love those leopard skin pants:) A blogger conference sounds the way to go. All the best for 2013.
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  5. I enjoyed your top 5 highlights of 2012! I hope to attend at least one conference this year. Congrats on everything you’re doing with your blog! Happy New Year!

  6. We heart you to. Fitbloggin was awesome and meeting you was awesome.. can’t for what lies ahead for you in 2013. much blessings to you and your family.
    Losing in the City recently posted…Taking a Holiday BreakMy Profile

  7. hi. i’m following the “GFC” blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

  8. I so feel you on the sibling love. Being an only child when I watch my kids play together it kind of makes me sad that I didn’t get that experience. You was rocking those leopard pants!!
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  9. Mrs. Pancakes says:

    Aww these were great moments and loved the vlog…and the pics of the boys with the Disney characters…awesome!!

  10. Congrats on an awesome year, Nellie! Thank you for being a supporter of my blog. You’re awesome!

  11. I love reading about your highlights!
    BlogHer was definitely one for em too! It really changed how I look at blogging. And even though my blog might change direction this year, I wouldn’t trade in my time at Blogher for anything. I loved meeting all of my bloggy friends! (HUGS)
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  12. Glad you had such a great time this year and opened yourself up to so many new experiences. Wishing you the best in 2013!!!
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