Chocolate Banana ‘Pancakes’


Growing up, pancakes with a cold glass of milk was my go-to for breakfast (and even dinner sometimes!). However, shortly after being diagnosed as lactose-intolerant and gluten-sensitive, my days of pancakes & cow’s milk had to come to an end. With this alternative to traditional pancakes, though, I get to have what I used to love and not feel guilty about it– it’s healthy, too! My tummy is happy, my taste buds are happy and I am happy– win:win:win all around :). Read more


The Skytop Lodge

Ah, weekend getaways. They are that perfect mini-vacation that helps us to get away from our ‘every day’ and puts in motion inspiration for new ideas and perspectives. It also can help us decompress and can make life a little more interesting, n’est-ce pas? 🙂

For our last little weekend away, we packed our bags and headed to the Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pennsylvania. Open since 1928, it is part of the Historic Hotels of America and has beautiful views of the Pocono Mountains.

The drive up from NYC wasn’t bad at all, about 2.5 hours, and was very scenic around the 45-minute mark. When we arrived to the property, we pulled into the parking lot and walked into the main cabin, where we were greeted by the very friendly staff and checked in. It was tea time in the lobby (yay!) so we went to our room, put our bags down, and went back down for some tea.

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The weather was quite chilly, but there was no shortage of activities: from ice skating to skiing to hiking to ice fishing, there was plenty to do. While the resort had more kids around than we anticipated, it was nice to see so many families gathered together for some quality time and building of memories.

My husband and I explored the grounds a bit and walked alongside the main lake, only to see it completely frozen! We stood in awe as us city-folks don’t see this every day!

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1922″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”1908″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text 0=””]We made a reservation at The Windsor for dinner that evening. (Note: men need to wear a jacket, so make sure to bring one. But if not, the front desk will happily lend you one :)). While we waited for our reservation time to arrive, we waited around the very welcoming lobby and hung out by the fireplace.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1965″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1964″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text 0=””]

Dinner was delicious and, after all was said and done, we retreated back to our room for some rest and relaxation!

While our room was so cute, we ended up moving to the cottage. If you are looking for a more “Poconos feel” with more privacy, I highly recommend the cottage!

While the weekend flew by, we did get to relax (which was our main priority) and enjoyed some of the resort’s amenities such as the gym, swimming pool area, and engaged in some of their scheduled activities. There was something to do every hour, it seemed, which was very thoughtful of the resort, I felt. Our favorite night-time activity was roasting marshmallows by a campfire under the big, beautiful sky. You could see SO many stars!

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1971″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1984″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text 0=””]We made sure to take advantage of horseback riding that they had available, too, as I hadn’t been on one in a couple of years and grew somewhat intimidated by them. The last time I was on a horse it went a little awry, but I am happy to report that this go-around was just fine :). It was a wonderful way to end our weekend away. Brave point for me![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1974″ img_size=”full”][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1987″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1976″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_single_image image=”1977″ img_size=”full”][vc_row_inner 0=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1989″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1980″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text 0=””]I want to thank the Skytop Lodge for a wonderful stay. Summer looks like it would be a BLAST there; I may have to check it out again then! Thanks for reading :).


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Transitional Outfit & Encouragement


Ah, Spring is coming and I couldn’t be more excited! I am especially thrilled for all of the pastels hitting the stores soon! However, I wanted to give this time of the year the respect it deserves with some transitional dressing. My husband and I had a brunch date in our neighborhood the other day and didn’t have much planned for the day, except to enjoy a little bit of the down time that seems to be so rare these days. Read more


Color in NYC Fashion ;)


Yes, I do love me some color. But, honestly, there is just something so easy and classic about black and grey; it just works so well together (and did I mention it was just so easy?)! I guess that must be why it’s a popular NYC combo- everyone is in a NY minute here, so the easiest thing to do sometimes is just grab that absence of color and run out the house- and that’s OK! Read more


Layers & Brunch


After a crazy blizzard in NYC last week that yielded in about 25″ of snow (*does some elementary school math*), which amounts to just about 2 feet (yay, me!), the ice still hasn’t completely melted here, but the weather did warm up a bit. So, when getting dressed to meet up with a few fabulous people for brunch on Saturday, I opted to layer up instead of wearing a heavy down-alternative coat because, well, I felt like I would have melted faster than the snow itself. *chuckles* Read more