Highlights from Lake Placid, New York

This trip was such a fun short weekend celebrating New Years with my family. We decided not to do Christmas gifts this year, only to pick a location, rent an Airbnb and spend quality family time.

It was a great idea. We picked out Lake Placid based on my brother’s recommendation since they went last year.

The town is easy to get to with lots of cool bars and restaurants that overlook frozen Mirror Lake. Whiteface Mountain is only 15 minutes away.

The drive from Virginia is about nine and a half hours. Make sure you pack water and snacks!

We stopped at Miss Lucy’s for lunch. It’s in a cute town off Main Street in Saugerties, NY and the restaurant reminded me of someone’s grandma’s house filled with aprons and carved wooden floors. Small cute place that served big portions. Check it out if you ever need to make a stop half way up.

Plan ahead. Meaning, check the weather and pack accordingly. It was COLD when we arrived. The forecast called for between 1 degree with snow and 30 degree with rain in those 3 days we were there. Our Airbnb was perfect. Heated kitchen and bathroom floors, hot tub out on the deck with full kitchen and a fireplace in living room. It was magical when it snowed. Did I mention we LOVE the cold with snow?

Our first night, we went to watch the ski jumpers compete at the old 1980 Olympic Ski Jumper Complex followed by fireworks that made us shit our pants. We were in line for a shuttle waiting and heard this loud boom thinking about running for cover like an idiot. We finally washed that down with some much needed strong drinks at Lisa G’s. It was legit 10 degrees with snow blasting in our face. Thankful for parkas and hand warmers.

The next day, we got wiped at Whiteface Mountain skiing. Good lawd. That was an icy trip down the mountain trying not to break an ankle. Hence the nickname ‘Iceface’ Mountain.

But nonetheless. Beautiful views.

Our final day, we decided to explore the cute town of Lake Placid. We had breakfast at The Breakfast Club that overlooks Mirror Lake. Pretty rad. Oh yes, try their Millionaire Mimosa. #wink

We decided to try their sled dog ride. I can’t even. It was a pretty decent day out for us but too warm for the dogs! It was only 30 degrees out and they are trained to pull in negatives. I mean poor pups!

We walked through town and stopped to see the hockey rink where the USA hockey team had their ‘Miracle’ and then ended up on their outdoor 400m speed skating ice rink feeling like Nancy Kerrigan.

We finally met up with my family at Top of the Park for some cocktails and snacks before heading out for some NYE BBQ at Smoke Signals.

One day, we will get a picture with all eyes opened.

Before we left for Virginia, we made sure to stock up for breakfast and lunch to go at this awesome deli place called Big Mountain Deli & Creperie. We may or may not have order a banana Nutella crepe.

Crepes or not, this is a fun place to meet up with your family for a good time. Cheers and Happy New Year.

Next year’s trip ideas? Vermont? Utah? Colorado? Let me know!

Just Strong

It’s a struggle when everyday society expects you to look a certain way. Let it be the media, being a professional athlete, dancer, or just in life. I’ve been seeing a lot of women on social media comparing themselves to others and it’s daunting!

Growing up, I always saw being skinny was perfection. Mind you, I was surrounded by professional dancers that had bones sticking out. I used to idolize that. I used to see that I needed to look like that. Be smaller.

Thanks to CrossFit, I found my way out of that hurdle and see food as fuel for your body and weights to keep me healthy. It makes me feel strong, capable, and has taught to appreciate and love my body in ways I never thought I could.

While I’m in a significantly better place, I still struggle and by no means am perfect or have it all figured out.

Today, people see muscles on women as gross, steroid looking, fat, too big, unhealthy, you name it. I’ve heard it all.

When is there going to be a day when women stop body shaming others instead but lift and bring each other up. Sadly, it’s an issue for women who are just naturally skinny as well.

I’m here to show that you’re not alone if you’ve struggled with body image or self love.

There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. Strength comes from within.

Have faith in your abilities. Self-realization and success comes from having confidence. Believe in yourself. You are stronger than you think you are. Stay humble.

Here’s to all you ladies out there. Don’t stop doing what you love. Be proud of your strength!

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Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

All this rainy, cold weather lately has been making me wish it were spring already. Mother Nature has been crazy. But let’s talk about how good this recipe is. Who doesn’t love lemon and blueberry together? This one tastes almost just like my lemon blueberry pancakes I’ve made in the past. Talk about a trip down memory lane. It’s so flavorful and really hits the spot. I made this recipe with Equip Foods Prime Plant in vanilla. It is 100% plant protein. But really any vanilla flavor plant based protein will do the trick.

Prime Plants Vegan Protein Powder | A Blend of Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Pea Protein and Pumpkin Protein | (Vanilla)

If you tried the recipe on my last blog  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake you’re going to like this vegan, healthy, low calorie recipe. I’m not a vegan, but sure love eating this delicious treat!

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

Servings: 1

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1-3 min
1 scoop vanilla plant protein (I used Equip Foods)
1 tbs coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ milk choice or water (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¼ tsp lemon zest
2 tsp juiced lemon
Small handful of fresh blueberries
1. Grease mug with coconut oil spray (any cooking spray will do)
2. Combine dry ingredients in mug
3. Add wet ingredients with blueberries (save some for the topping!) and mix. Batter should be creamy. If needed, you can add more liquid.
4. Place in microwave and heat for 60 seconds or until center is done.
5. Top it off with some fresh blueberries.
6. Let it cool down a bit. Blueberries will be hot. Enjoy!
Side hacks: If you do not have a fresh lemon on hand, 1/4 tsp lemon extract will work just fine. Careful not to overload on it!


Nutrition Facts: 181 calories, 7.1 g fat, 18 g carbs, 17 g protein