A Blog Dedicated to Living a Healthy Lifestyle

About Me

Welcome to Crunches for Cupcakes!

My blog is my life story, with some useful information thrown in.  I try to do lots of little things each day to lead me to a healthier and happier life.

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to me at melissa@crunchesforcupcakes.com



My Background

I grew up in a small town on the MA/RI border and went to high school in RI.  I attended Northeastern University and graduated in 2006 with a BA in English.  During my 5 years at NU, I completed co-ops at Walt Disney World and the Improper Bostonian.  Upon graduation, I worked for Northeastern as a researcher in the Development department.  In the winter of 2007, I began working for Boston College as a researcher in the University Advancement department.  Same job, different name.  I earned an MS in Administrative Studies from Boston College in 2009.

In April 2010, I decided to leave my job at BC and pursue my career passions.  I spent 4 months working as a Membership Advisor at HealthWorks.

Now I’m back on the passion pursuit, searching for a career that I will be truly happy with and freelance writing.

Health and Fitness

I began gymnastics at age 5 and practiced the sport for 11 years.  During my junior year of high school, I quiet gymnastics and joined the Bay State All Stars competitive cheerleading team.  I continued cheering as an undergrad at Northeastern.  In 2002, I was part of the team that won the NCA College National Championships in Division I co-ed.  After college, I cheered for East Elite’s Co-ed Open Team for the 2007-2008 season.  Then I entered grad school and cheered for Boston College during the 2008 football season.

I have always been into working out and eating right.  I’ve taken courses about eating disorders and nutrition & aging, as well as a course about sports and competitive performance.

*I’m currently studying to earn my AFPA certification to be a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.*

Other Interests

Besides my interest in healthy living (food and exercise), I love fashion.  Shopping on Boston’s Newbury Street is one of my favorite things to do.  I love traveling!  I’m hoping to add more locations to the list as time and $ permit.  While I can be a wimp about trying new foods, I will never turn down a glass of wine or a bite of dessert.  I love Disney World.  I’m practically an expert in any and all things Disney-related.

Plus I love cupcakes!!!  😆

(last updated 10/24/2010)



  1. 1.  Lisa

    November 3rd, 2009 01:59 PM

    We seem to have a lot in common! I took did gymnastics for over 10 years, and in high school I joined my competitive cheerleading squad. I always wanted to try basketball or soccer, but I always felt like the other girls were so much better.

    So, I stuck with what I knew best. Tumbling. I feel like thats all I did on my comp squad! haha

  2. 2.  Erin

    November 10th, 2009 06:39 AM

    I never knew you went to high school in RI! I feel like you must have told me that at some point. The things you learn! :)

  3. 3.  Corinne (Green Grapes Blog)

    November 12th, 2009 03:51 PM

    Hi Melissa!
    I just found your blog and it’s super cute! Love it! Then–I saw you live in Boston! So–I just had to take the minute to “introduce” myself, as I myself am here in good ol’ Beantown too! And, I as well love Newbury Street! Perhaps I’ll see you around:)

  4. 4.  Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    November 29th, 2009 07:57 PM

    Hi Melissa,

    I just found your blog through Erin’s…I’m excited to keep reading it! I love your header (but it makes me want cupcakes!).

  5. 5.  *Andrea*

    December 11th, 2009 08:12 AM

    just found your blog and it seems great! i’m a senior at boston college right now and don’t want to leave :(

  6. 6.  Gelareh @ Orange Truffle

    December 18th, 2009 12:00 PM

    Hi Melissa!

    I just found your blog through Meg! I am originally from MA (Chelmsford) but currently live in TX. Boston is my all times favorite city :)

  7. 7.  janetha b

    January 13th, 2010 09:37 AM

    thanks for hollering at me on my blog! love your blog name and your CORGI! so cute. look forward to reading more! yay for beach vacays :) xoxo

  8. 8.  Lauren (Biochemísta)

    January 17th, 2010 11:41 PM

    Hey!! Just stumbled across your blog and really like it!…I’m also a NU alum! Stop by mine and say hi sometime :)


  9. 9.  Tracy

    January 22nd, 2010 09:01 PM

    Hey thanks for the comment on our blog! So awesome to have another Bostonian’s blog to read…and I love that you met your boyfriend online too! Definitely excited to keep reading. :)

  10. 10.  Kelly

    January 24th, 2010 03:52 PM

    Hi! I just found your blog and I really like it! I can’t wait to keep reading and learning more about you!! :)

  11. 11.  Bianca

    January 27th, 2010 11:35 AM

    Your blog is so fun to read! I’m a a fellow cupcake-obsessed Boston blogger and I’m glad I found your blog. Take care!

  12. 12.  NYCRunnerGirl

    February 16th, 2010 07:48 AM

    Hi! I just found your website and I love it already!

    I just wanted to introduce myself. Turns out we are from the same area – I also grew up on the MA/RI border, but on the RI side. My friends from college and NYC always assume that I’m from Boston, and I always have to explain that I live walking distance from the RI border. Do you have an awesome accent, too?

  13. 13.  Shelley

    March 31st, 2010 10:00 PM


    I stumbled across your blog a week or so ago and just thought I’d leave a comment to let you know how much I enjoy reading it. I am starting my journey from sloth – healthy and I want to run (hence the name of my blog!) so it is good to read about what you do to prepare for runs and about your past runs (I am guilty of reading your whole blog to catch up!)
    So thanks for the great posts & I’m looking forward to reading more :)

  14. 14.  Heather

    May 4th, 2010 06:44 AM

    Just found your blog, so cute! I love DIsney, too! My husband is 26 and is a cheer/tumble instructor and teaches private stunt lessons!

  15. 15.  sarah (the SHU box)

    May 4th, 2010 04:48 PM

    of all the jillions of blogs listed on caitlin’s post, i was drawn to yours! as a former competitive cheerleader (only HS though!) i thought it was so cool you were entering back intot hat world! totally amazing because i have lost 80% of my strength and 100% of my flexibility from those days (like you, though, i do love to run now!).

    can’t wait to read more!

  16. 16.  Erin at The Healthy Apron

    June 9th, 2010 12:02 PM

    First time stopping by! Just saying hello :)

  17. 17.  Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries

    July 13th, 2010 09:04 AM

    Melissa, how have you eluded me so long?? After stopping by, I REALLY can’t wait to meet you. I am also obsessed with all things fashion and am planning a trip to Disney in the Fall!

  18. 18.  Gina

    September 20th, 2010 01:20 PM

    Hi Melissa! I’m your friend Molly’s new roommate. She turned me on to your blog and I love it. Mine is a work in progress I haven’t had much time for since starting school, but I’d still love to meet you and chat sometime soon! Are you attending Boston Blogtoberfest or anything fun like that?

  19. 19.  Jenny

    November 4th, 2010 06:58 AM

    Hi Melissa, love your blog! Such a cute name. I go to school in Boston and I agree, Newbury is the place to be. Have you been to Sweet? I went for the first time with my friend last week, and their red velvet cupcakes are top notch.

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    April 11th, 2011 02:15 PM

    Just found your blog and I’m excited to follow. Quite possibly the cutest blog name EVER.

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