Month: January 2017

Mohonk Mountain 

This past weekend we packed our bags and escaped to a remote Victorian Castle nestled in the mountainous Hudson Valley to celebrate my 31st birthday. Mohonk Mountain, a National Historic Landmark built in 1869 is a tranquil spa resort surrounded by snow covered mountains and a never-ending forest. It is the perfect place to sneak away to detach and relax in an expansive nature oasis.Mohonk Mountain is famous for their spa that has been ranked the number one resort spa in the USA by Condé Nast Traveler. This caught the eye of my husband (who surprised me with the weekend getaway) because it is one of the only facilities in the United States that has the option to receive a Lomi Lomi massage – a treatment native to Hawaii that incorporates long strokes, stretching and healing practices. We fell in love with this style last December when we vacationed in Kauai so we jumped at the opportunity to experience Lomi Lomi again. After the eighty-minute couples massage we soaked in the outdoor heated mineral pool …

Easy Iron Shirts: H&M

It’s no secret I love finding great deals and while I may splurge on some items, I also try to find quality clothing at affordable price points when switching up my many different looks. H&M is a go-to store of mine so I was thrilled when they wanted to partner up to launch their new easy-iron collection.I am always on the hunt for tailored, soft button-downs. Many wovens feel starchy or itchy, so when shopping for these items, the material is important to consider. This slim-fit button down with a turn-down collar is a great going out option when you don’t need to wear a blazer because you can tuck this shirt in without having excessive amounts of fabric hanging out of the sides (which is one of the biggest struggles when wanting to only wear a button-down). I also grabbed a chunky two-toned grey scarf because you can never have enough oversized scarves to keep you warm all winter long. The two tones give a high-fashion vibe and add a pop to the solid …

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Since I try to eliminate all flour from my diet, I have to get creative in the kitchen in baking traditional staples. Studies have shown that removing flour from your diet will boost your metabolism and decrease inflammation in your body. There also appears to be a correlation between refined foods (like flour) and diseases. Scientists are still working on studying this, but I am not willing to take any chances. That’s why I’m turning to flour-free recipes for some of my favorite cravings (because why not have a little fun while eating right?!) Because chocolate chip cookies usually contain loads of flour, butter, and added sugar, I wanted to create something to get rid of all three of those ingredients, but still maintain the flavor and texture of a traditional cookie. These cookies are a lighter, healthier and guilt-free way of satisfying your next chocolate craving. Plus, they take less than 20 minutes to make! Check out the recipe below that I shared with my friends over at Sunwarrior! Ingredients: · 1 cup almond …

The Power Of Plant Protein 

I am a huge advocate for eating a mostly plant-based diet and limiting your daily intake of processed foods and meats. When it comes to protein powder, I ditched the whey in 2012 and switched to a plant substitute from a brand I truly love: Sunwarrior. I am excited to announce that I am their newest ambassador! Many people ask me why I made the switch to plant protein. Science shows that many of the major whey protein powders are laced with excessive amounts of heavy metals and detergents. This is clearly toxic to your body, exposing you to higher risks of cancer, heart disease, and even blood disorders. Studies continue to show that the cells in your body intended to block cancer are at a dangerously high risk of being damaged from carcinogenic metals when consuming whey protein powder. Whey can also be very hard for the body to break down and digest. After milk is curdled and strained, the liquid left behind is what makes whey protein. Many people are sensitive to this, …

Reflecting on 2016

I find myself feeling a bit more sentimental than usual over the last few days. At the beginning of January, I always take some time to reflect on the prior year. But this year has been different — different because I find myself in a place in my life where I couldn’t feel more thankful. Thankful not for material things, but instead, for the people who mean the world to me and the new friends I met who opened my eyes to new experiences.I married someone I couldn’t imagine ever not meeting, someone who made me believe in the idea of soul mates. Marriage was never something that was important to me…but then I met Gio and marriage suddenly became one of the most important things to me. Our wedding was enchanting, something that looked like it was out of a fairytale. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family members, everyone radiating love and positivity. Our parents proudly walked down the aisle before we did, something that meant so much to us because …