I'm spending a few days at my parent's house in New Hampshire helping my mom recover from surgery. My main duty this week is to cook for my mom. Having a fully stocked kitchen is like a playground for me.

Pancakes are one of my favorite simple pleasures in long as they're made with quality ingredients. This morning, I saw coconut flour in the cabinet along with a whole basket of ripe bananas. I knew coconut flour bananas were calling my name.

Recipe adopted from Ambitious Kitchen


Note: this recipe is gluten-free and has no added sugar except the maple syrup in the blueberry compote. 

Dry Ingredients:

-1/4 cup of coconut flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)

-1/4 teaspoon of baking soda


Wet Ingredients:

-1 ripe banana

-2 eggs

-1/4 cup of almond milk

Blueberry Compote:

-1/2 cup of blueberries

-spoonful of maple syrup


1. Whisk dry ingredients together.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. I start with putting the banana in a microwave-safe bowl and heating it up for about 20 seconds so it mixes easier. 

3. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Coconut flour can be tricky because it absorbs a ton of liquid. If the pancakes are too thick, add in a little bit of milk. 

4. OPTIONAL: I added in a tablespoon of walnuts to the batter.

5. BLUEBERRY COMPOTE: Mix blueberries and maple syrup in a saucepan and heat over low. Keep them cooking until they create a compote substance - about 5 minutes or so.

6. Heat up the skillet on medium-low. Make sure it's nice and hot before you start cooking the pancakes. Use a cooking spray or coconut oil on the pan. I dropped a heaping tablespoon for each pancake, the smaller they are the easier to flip. I kept the heat pretty low, they cooked quickly and you don't want to burn them.

7. Once the pancakes are done, plate them with the compote! I added some almond butter to mine. This recipe is very flexible and you can adjust it to your liking! Don't forget a cup of coffee on the side :)


  • Total Calories (not including blueberry compote): 400 (200 calories/person)
  • Protein = 18 grams | Carbohydrates = 39 grams | Fiber = 13 grams | Sugar = 16 grams | Fat = 20 grams
  • Makes 2 small portions, about 4 small pancakes each




My mother grew up spending her summers in Weekapaug, Rhode Island. It had been years since she had been back, so she wanted to take our family there for a vacation. It is a beautiful area, where the Atlantic ocean is warm enough to enjoy. It was a week full of swimming, sun-bathing, biking, relaxing, and just enjoying the company of my family (which is hard to find time to do). Below are some photos from the trip - enjoy :)



Good morning and happy hump day! I want to discuss the importance of setting goals in order to be more productive, which in turn will lead to self-satisfaction and happier days :)

I stated in my previous blog post how I haven't really had any true structure in my life for the past 5 months since living in NYC. Because I don't have a full-time job, or even a consistent part-time job (yet), my days have contained endless amounts of freedom. While there can be many benefits to that, it can also be very challenging (not to mention, hard to want to give up that freedom for a job). It has literally taken me from March until now, mid July, to realize it was crucial for me to start instilling some type of structure in my days in order to be productive and feel happier with myself. I realized that it was up to me to better structure my days, and in order to do that, I had to set DAILY GOALS for myself, the night beforehand.

Starting this blog was something I have been thinking about for probably a month or so. When I was in Boston last week, I set a goal for that week that I was going to totally redo this website, make it a blog, and write at least 2 blog posts. One thing I LOVE about Boston is I have a beautiful workspace to work in, which helps a TON. My brother co-owns a web agency (where I used to be a digital designer) called AMALGAM. It is located right on Newbury Street, and if you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you have seen me post stories about it. Setting this goal for myself (which I did break up day by day) forced structure into my life. I was actually surprised (and proud) how easy it was to achieve the things I wanted once I just wrote them down and made an agreement with myself to conquer them. Setting goals is something we are pretty much taught our whole lives, but I think we often look past setting daily or weekly goals for ourselves, since we tend to think more long term (or at least I do anyways).

The thing I love about this blog is that it gives me something to do. It is an outlet for me to be creative, and it is something I can continue to build. It inspires me to want to learn more, explore more, and ultimately, just do more. I live quite an interesting life, and I am constantly challenged to do better with the career path I am choosing (modeling & entertainment) and just living in New York City. Living in NYC is far from easy, but it's also the challenge that drives me. It's like, once I conquer living and being successful here, I know I can make it anywhere. 

With all that being said, I want you to take away from this how simple it is to set daily goals for yourself, but how beneficial it is. It's essential to WRITE THEM DOWN, somewhere important where you will see them. For me, I write them on my Stickie notes on my computer. You could also set reminders on your phone for when you wake up! Either way, make an achievable list the night beforehand. I say the night beforehand so that when you wake up, you already know what you want to do that day - it immediately sets you up for a more productive day. I also always make sure I have at least one goal that is on there for myself, not something that I NEED to do (whether it is to go to the gym, write a blog post, make a budget, make a new friend, send out 3 job applications, whatever!) 

By setting these daily goals for myself, I actually look forward to each day. It's the importance of the little things we do day to day that will lead us to achieving our bigger dreams! 


NOTE: my thoughts often come out all over the place, writing these posts will get better over time, bear with me if they are a bit disorganized :)

I came back to New York City over the weekend. I had such a productive week in Boston, totally redoing this website and achieving all the goals I set for myself in the beginning of last week. As I am transitioning back to my life here in New York, the most important thing to me is maintaining this creative and ambitious momentum that I have going. For the first time in a long time, I have tapped back into the things that make me happy. The past 5 months of living in New York I have been so focused on adjusting to life here that I have put a lot of other things aside. I have spent a lot of time traveling and getting back to my roots this summer. It has allowed me to achieve a peace of mind and to process all of the things going on in my life. I have also had the time to realize what makes me happy, what I do and don't want in life, and the direction I want my future to go in. We get so wrapped up in our day to day activities, we often forget to take the time to take a step back and actually analyze everything going on in our lives, especially living in New York where life moves VERY quickly. I also haven't had any structure in my life, which makes it hard to stay focused at times. So, one of the biggest goals I have now set for myself is to stay focused, and to figure out ways to do that (which I will share in the future). One thing that for sure has made a big difference is to get GOOD SLEEP AT NIGHT. I also have stopped going out so much, because that is a huge distraction.

I turned 25 back in June, and I honestly have felt a big mental shift ever since. A lot of things in my life have become much clearer. Traveling to Puerto Rico was the beginning of gaining clarity. If you ever feel like you are in a fog, stressed, or off-track, I HIGHLY recommend traveling alone somewhere. It was one of the best things I have ever done.

Sunday's are very special to me. When I was a kid, they were my least favorite day of the week because of course it meant going back to school the next day. Now, I adore Sunday's. Not only are they my day to treat myself (usually with pancakes), but it's a time of reflection for me. My routine is to explore a new restaurant, and then go for a long walk around the city. Lately, I have been listening to podcasts, which have made a big impact in my life. One of my favorites is the Model Health Show by Shawn Stevenson. I am going to start writing posts on what I learn because it's so helpful. 

While walking around New York yesterday (it was a Sunday), my mind had so many thoughts spinning around it from what I have learned about myself in the past week. The podcast I was listening to was speaking about momentum and how to maintain it. It inspired me to write this post and share all these thoughts I am speaking about. Writing these blog posts has sparked something deep inside me. Writing out my thoughts for the world to read brings me some sense of purpose. We need purpose in life to feel happy.

My brain is very active and I am constantly learning new things. I love to learn and to to explore, and I want to share that. I have always wanted to positively influence people, but never really knew how. I DON'T want to work for anyone else. I want to be my OWN BOSS. In order to do that, I need to create my own brand, and a way to make money off of it. I went to school for business, and have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. I don't currently have a steady job or source of income (which is another big topic I need to write about). One thing I have learned is the importance of freedom, and the opportunity it gives you to learn about yourself. If there is one thing I know, I don't want to waste my time doing ANYTHING that isn't helping me, in my career and in my personal life. Which is one of the reasons I haven't gotten a steady job here in New York. I am so afraid it would totally disrupt my focus on building my future as a model (& now blogger?!)

So much time is spent in life figuring out what we want to do..who we want to be..what our purpose is. I think I have really started to capitalize on the things that bring me the most joy in life, and now I just need to figure out how to make it a career. This is just the beginning. 

Hope you all enjoyed your Monday. More #meaningfulmonday posts to come!

Below are a couple photos I took on my walk yesterday through the 9/11 Memorial.


I've been in Boston all week, and I'm happy to say I have been having a very productive week. Along with locking in a week full of healthy eating and routine exercise, I have been creating content and getting my creative juices flowing. I'm sure you can all agree, but I feel the most happy when I am productive and working toward something. Writing these blog posts is actually relaxing for me. My brain is always thinking, and having a place to share my thoughts is helpful. Not to mention I think I have a lot of positive / informative things to share :)

Anyways, I really wanted to get in a photoshoot this week. I contacted Greg, who is a photographer in the Boston area I have been wanting to shoot with. This morning, we went to Nahant Beach. I don't have a car, fortunately Greg did. Just beyond Nahant Beach, there is this place called Castle Rocks. I am a summer baby, and I am the happiest at the ocean. Therefore, shooting at the beach & the ocean is always very therapeutic for me. I don't have the beach photos yet - but below are photos from my camera at Castle Rocks!

If you are in the Boston area I highly recommend checking this location out! Be aware of the lack of parking though.



I moved to NYC last March to pursue my dream of becoming a model. Part of this process is to lose weight so my measurements are in line with industry standards and to better my chances of being successful. 

I have always worked out on my own, but I knew I needed more help to drop weight (which I have never done in my entire life). I was at my gym in Boston (BSC) and was offered a free training session. I happily accepted the offer and was looking forward to learning things about my body and exercise that I was missing.

So, I just completed the session and feel great. Come to find out, I was doing a lot of things wrong or not at all. I agreed to train 8 sessions with my new trainer, who was excited and confident to get my body where it needs to be. I knew I needed help in the fitness department, but didn't really know where to turn to. My trainer and I discussed the way we were going to work out and use muscles I haven't been using to tone and tighten and maintain a lean frame vs getting big/bulky. 

Losing this 10 lbs has been a challenge for me and it is a big thing holding me back with modeling. The stars seem to have aligned with the universe granting me this trainer. I am looking forward to finally achieving the results I so badly need! 


I will be sharing the exercises I learn and how they help your body! 


HEALTHY gut & skin friendly Breakfast OR Dessert

I am an all-time lover of desserts-cakes & baked goods are my actual weakness. Because these desserts are so special, they should only be consumed on occasion - like maybe once a week :) We all crave something after dinner, lets be honest, but there are other ways to satisfy those cravings than to have to eat something regretful. My new 'go-to' post dinner has been fruit - apples, bananas, berries, fresh figs, and maybe some nut butter & cinnamon. I also highly recommend GHIRARDELLI dark chocolate squares. They are very satisfying and dark chocolate is full of antioxidants!

I spent this past weekend in Maine with my food-lover best friend, so you can assume we indulged a bit (donuts, award-winning ice cream, and the best pancakes in the game). Once I got home, I needed to consume cleansing, easy-to-digest meals. I recently jumped on the 'bone-broth' train, which I learned about from the wonderful, Dr. Axe. Bone Broth powder contains the essential protein, Collagen. Collagen production in our bodies decreases as we get older, so adding it into our daily diet is an important way to maintain skin, gut, and metabolism health, among others! Because I am pursing a career in modeling, the health of my skin is an essential aspect to my career - which is initially why I bought the Bone Broth Collagen Powder. Check out this article on Bone Broth Collagen Powder to learn more!

After eating a dinner packed full of veggies & quinoa, I created this recipe that works for both breakfast and dessert! 


-PLAIN non-fat greek yogurt

-1 tablespoon VANILLA bone broth collagen powder

-fresh figs


-coconut flakes

optional add-ins: cinnamon, berries, chocolate chips, granola, or nut butter

The VANILLA bone brother powder makes the plain yogurt sweet without adding a ton of sugar, nearly none at all! It's creamy, healthy, and satisfying! Also, fresh figs & berries are one of the top foods that fight aging. The probiotics in the plain yogurt are essential for gut health! So many wins in this little bowl!!