Friday Finds

Happy, happy Friday from snowy New York!!

If I’m being honest, I didn’t actually know what day it was for most of this week, but I suppose that’s what post-Thanksgiving, being at home in the ‘burbs will do to ya!

I actually shared a video on YouTube this week, in case you’re curious about why I’m in New York for the month of December and want to get a sneak peek of what life is like here! Spoiler alert: it is not super exciting. But that’s why I love it😂 And now…onto Friday Finds!!

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts – SUCH a yummy alternative to the pasta dish, although I do love that, too…

Random Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List – Soooo many good ideas on here!! I feel like I always think of gifts for people when I DON’T have to get them anything and then as soon as the pressure’s on, I got nothin’😅

Hot Cocoa Cookies – to go with my nightly cup of hot cocoa and whip😏

What You Should Know About Probiotics – This is super comprehensive and tbh, I didn’t fully understand what probiotics were until this year, even though I’ve been taking them for over a decade. Oops!

Weekend Project: Snowflake Garland – If I were at my apt in my LA this weekend, I would *absolutely* be making this!!! My parents have enough decorations already😂

How to Travel Sustainably This Holiday Season – The re-usable items one is HUGE. I’ve been working on packing my own straws, water bottle, and even mason jars/re-usable bags for food and snacks!

This weekend we’re going into the city to see a broadway show and then decorating our Christmas tree!! What about you?!

xo Jordan

Photo Diary: Thanksgiving in DC

This year was really one for the books, you guys😍

For the first time, I spent Thanksgiving with my boyfriend and his family in Washington D.C. and it was such a dream! The leaves were still on the trees or on the ground, which was pretty much my favorite thing ever since you know LA doesn’t have any semblance of a fall! It really got me in the holiday spirit and made me SO excited to be spending the rest of 2019 on the east coast😊

We were in DC for an entire week and during our time there, we went on a few hikes – one by Rock Creek Park and one on Billy Goat Trail in a big group the day after Thanksgiving. We drank our favorite coffees from The Coffee Lab and Compass Coffee, ate lots of yummy food (most of which I admittedly did not make aside from some cranberry brie bites!), spent a ton of time with friends/family, and got to explore with Ovi, my favorite part! He LOVED it!!

I also tried my first Barre3 class, made it through the Black Friday madness (my fellow marketers feel me!) and did lots of relaxing. Here are some photos from the week – hope you enjoy!

My parents picked me up in DC on their way home from South Carolina yesterday, so now I am officially in NY until (almost) 2020!!!

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Where did you spend it?!

xo Jordan

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies

Happy December!! It is officially holiday baking season and I am HERE for it. Bring on the cookies👏🏼

I’ll keep it short and snappy today (get it, snappy? For the gingerbread men?😅) and just tell you that these cookies are the perfect amount of crunchy and sweet without being overpowered by spice! I think they would be absolutely delicious dipped in coffee or hot cocoa, although I admittedly ate them all too quickly to try that😂

If you’re like me and my family and also make eight thousand Christmas cookies, these would be a wonderful addition to your plate, or even holiday gift for a teacher/neighbor/hostess!

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies

1 1/2 cups almond flour

3/4 tapioca flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 packets Pranayums (or 1 tsp allspice)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 tbsp melted coconut oil

2 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup

3 tbsp blackstrap molasses

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, spices and salt.
  2. Add the coconut oil, syrup, molasses and vanilla and stir well to combine – I used my hands for this step!
  3. Form the dough into one ball and then press it down into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick in between two sheets of parchment (or cover with a towel) and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment (or use the top layer from the dough in the fridge to conserve!).
  5. Cut the dough into gingerbread men and place on the cookie sheet about 1 inch from one another. Continue to re-roll out dough and refrigerate as needed to cut more cookies.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container with a piece of bread to prevent them from getting soggy. Frost before serving!

This recipe is inspired by My Natural Family.

Hope you have the BEST month and make the most of 2019 while it’s still here!

xo Jordan

DFD Gift Guide 2019: for the Wellness Babe

My annual gift guide is back!! This year I’m sharing some of my top picks and personal favorites, plus the sales I’m shopping this weekend😊

DFD Gift Guide 2019 - Wellness Babes
  1. Chelsea Peers Dog Party PJ’sTrust me when I say I wear these nearly *every* single night. Softest ever and they have a ton of cute prints!
  2. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask – Perfect for the green beauty lover, jet setter, gal on the go, yourself…I loooove the Summer Fridays products!
  3. Adidas UltraBoost 19 Running Shoe – I’ve had a LOT of gym shoes over the years and nothing comes close to the way these feel on my feet. Like walking on a CLOUD.
  4. NEST Holiday Votive CandleTrust me when I tell you this candle makes my house smell like actual holiday heaven.
  5. Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller – I used this roller at an event and fell in LOVE. Legit might finally order one for myself this year!
  6. Mint Sea Polish – What self care queen doesn’t want to use a luxurious scrub in the tub?
  7. Take Care Bracelet – This is in my shopping cart as we speak since it’s 30% off for BFW. It’s too stinkin’ cute!!
  8. Zulay Kitchen Boss High Powered Handheld FrotherThe frother we’ve had and loved alllll year. I use this every single day and almost sent one home so I could use it during my travels, too😂 (p.s. they’re offering 15% off for Black Friday!)
  9. Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket – This is the one thing in my closet I *constantly* get asked about! I have it from last year in light blue, but they have new gorgeous colors this year.
  10. Modern Picnic Luncher Bag – Does it get any sleeker than this?! Like how is this a lunch bag?! I’m obsessed with this company, it’s female owned, too!!
  11. Wild Beauty: Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self CareI got this book from my brother for my birthday – it shares coolest stuff!!
  12. CAP Beauty Matcha Stick Box – This one kinda goes with the frother (those two would make the perfect gift together!), but this is hands down the best matcha I’ve had at home.

And I’ll admit, I’m suuuuper overwhelmed by all the sales this Black Friday weekend, but I’m trying to be really intentional with my spending, buying only things I’ve been eyeing for awhile and KNOW I’ll get a ton of use out of, or gifts I need to get. Here’s what I’ve shopped already or will be soon:

30% off Alo Yoga

30% off Beyond Yoga

10-20% off Mejuri

40% off Spiritual Gangster Sale

40-50% off Abercrombie

up to 50% off Aritzia

Happy Shopping and of course, Happy Thanksgiving!!❤️

xo Jordan

A Weekend at Civana Resort in Arizona

Okay so I drove to Arizona twice in three weeks…how crazy am I😂

I can’t help it, though! Arizona is absolutely STUNNING and when my best friend asked me if I wanted to meet her for a weekend getaway, I knew we had to go to Civana – a new wellness resort just north of Scottsdale. Picture tall cactuses everywhere, mountains as a backdrop and the most relaxing weekend of all time🌵

It’s super easy to get to – just over 6 hours in the car from LA, and my bff flew into Phoenix, which is just a 40 minute drive from Civana. And while it was nice to have a car, we actually didn’t even leave the resort until it was time to checkout! It truly has everything you could ask for including a cute café with coffee and quick bites, sit-down restaurant, bar, pool and hot tub, full gym, non-stop fitness and wellness classes, incredible spa, and spacious rooms.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with fresh juices and wonderful service – everyone there is unbelievably kind and helpful! We then went up to our rooms where we were brought the sweetest welcome gift, a bottle of wine and charcuterie plate! Full disclosure, we were gifted our stay at Civana, but all opinions are truthful and my own, of course!!😊

We spent the rest of the night indulging, catching up and losing track of time – that always happens when we see each other!

In the morning, we slept in a bit and then grabbed coffee before heading out on a walk in the neighborhood. The temperature in the morning is absolutely perfect and even during the afternoon when it warmed up, we were super comfortable! I think fall/winter must be the perfect time to visit.

When we got back to the hotel, we got smoothies at the café and enjoyed them while relaxing poolside until our Athletic Stretch class at 1pm.

I was SO impressed by the class offerings at Civana – they had everything from Aerial Yoga (which we wanted to take but couldn’t get a spot fast enough!) to Boot Camp and Yoga. Sign up sheets for activities go up every day at noon, so get there asap since those spots fill up veryyy quickly! But what’s nice is that most of these classes are built into the cost of your stay, so you really get a bang for your buck.

After class, we went back to the pool for more Vitamin D and lunch. We enjoyed apps including red pepper hummus and broccamole (their specialty!) plus watermelon margaritas. We really lived it up💃🏻💃🏻

The afternoon brought us to the spa – a brand new part of Civana that is unbelievable and easily the nicest spa I’ve ever been to. All guests have access to the spa whether a treatment is booked or not, but I can tell you that it is SO worth the splurge to get one. I had the best facial of my life and Michelle had a massage!

In addition to those, we were able to sit by the spa’s lap pool, dip into the aquatic wellness pools and hot tub, sit in the sauna and steam room, and chill in the relaxtion rooms. There’s one upstairs that we managed to juuuust catch the gorgeous sunset from! That room is massive with an indoor and outdoor area, plus refreshments.

Dinner was at the more formal restaurant, Terras, where the food was exceptional! We started with a scallop crudo, then I had salmon while Michelle had a polenta lasagna. Dessert was coconut sorbet with a chocolate shell. YUM.

The next morning, we woke up early to grab coffee, take advantage of one more class, Hatha Yoga, and grab smoothies/juices to have while packing up. While our stay was brief, I can honestly say that I left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and so content!

Civana is the perfect place for a girl’s weekend or mother/daughter getaway and I truly can’t wait to go back!

Have you ever been to Arizona or a wellness resort? Either way, Civana is calling your name😉

xo Jordan

Fall Favorites

You guys I can’t even remember the last time I did a monthly favorites roundup🙈

But we are back in business today, y’all! I’ve actually had a hard time narrowing everything down since I’ve tried and loved so many things in the last few months. From food and drinks to skincare and clothing, there’s SO much out there…I think I may actually just do a separate green beauty post!

Anyway, here are some things I’ve really, truly been loving and enjoying (not including the turtleneck I’m wearing above, aka my actual favorite thing about fall)…😂

Cover Girl Active Python Leggings – So admittedly I did a (very small) campaign with this company on Instagram and had NO idea I was going to fall so in love with their clothes!! I’m truly blown away that these leggings are just $48 in a world of extremely over-priced activewear. The quality is insane, they suck you in but have a thinner material, have the perfect high waist, and feel like a second skin. IN LOVE.

Snacklins – I tried these at the All Things Go Fall Classic back in October and then immediately went home and ordered them from Thrive Market. A whole bag (which is pretty big!) has only 80 calories but the flavor is amazing and they’re so few ingredients!! The perfect snack when you need to munch.

CAP Beauty Matcha and Coconut Butter – I’m going to be real with you, I’m not the biggest matcha snob, I kind of just take what I can get and as long as it’s got a bit of sweetness, I’m here for it…until now. CAP Beauty has raised the freakin’ bar, y’all👏🏻 You can totally taste the difference in quality and then the coconut butter elevates the whole thing to be a rich, delicious and creamy treat. I never want another matcha again!

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Hummus – I got my hands on this ONCE and they’ve been sold out ever since, but I think about it everyday and that is not an exaggeration😂 The nutrition facts on this stuff are pretty dang impressive and it is the closest thing I can find to chocolate frosting without actually being chocolate frosting.

Real Good Foods Cauliflower Bread Breakfast Sandwiches – I try not to have frozen food too often, mostly because I work from home and can make pretty much whatever I want, but sometimes mornings are HECTIC and it’s nice to have options!! I tried these breakfast sammies for the first time and hot damn are they good!! I can’t get over that the bread is paleo/gf/made with cauliflower and the inside with the sausage, egg and cheese was delish. They’re on the small side, but perfect for a quick breakfast or even snack!

Sun Basket – Okay for the first time EVER, I tried a meal prep kit service and it was good. I admit, I haven’t been the most innovative in the kitchen in quite awhile, so it was really cool having someone else come up with the meals! Everything you need (save for oil/salt/pepper) is right in the bag and it’s all super high quality ingredients (organic when possible!). We tried three meals and loved them all!

Buff Bake Protein Cookies – I’m not gonna lie to you, I have had a LOT of protein “cookies” in my day and 90% of the time they’re not foolin’ me with that cookie business. This is the other 10% though because WOW. I tried the Birthday Cake flavor and the Sweet & Salty flavor and both were phenomenal. They’re filled with just a touch of nut butter and are so yummy. There are 4 mini cookies to a pack!

Aaaaaand that is it, my friends! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these things, want to, or have any other favorites as of late!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds + November Intentions

And just like that, October was over and she broke out her Christmas candles…😂

No, but seriously, I don’t know where time went and the fact that 2019 is coming to a close soon(ish) is actually kind of scary/weird. Luckily the holiday season is my FAVORITE and I live for all things Christmas, so there is a lot to look forward to!

I shared this on my Instagram today, but instead of making a list of a bunch of intentions I’ll never accomplish or remember, I want to manifest just a few things for the end of year. It’s always so beyond hectic, especially as someone who works in social media for clients in the retail space (helloooo Black Friday/Holiday sale chaos), so I manifest:

✨ calm and ease
✨ gratitude and joy in the everyday
✨ abundance
✨ contentment in the here and now

And now, onto Friday Finds!

Maple Pumpkin Black & White Cookies – I LOVE black & white cookies!!! This is the perfect seasonal take on them😍

A 10-Minute Yoga Flow to Do Next Time You Can’t Sleep – Fun fact: before I had severe back problems and was tired 24/7, I had severe sleeping issues LOL. I’m absolutely trying this next time they kick back in!

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – I will take a mug of this every single night until next summer, plz thx.

Eating an Avocado a Day Can Lower Your Cholesterol – Interestinggggg. I eat about half an avocado 3-4 times a week…maybe I should eat more? I never know if I should take these things seriously or not…

10 Healthy Fall Dinner Ideas That Can Be Made in 10 Minutes or Less – Alllll about the veggie pasta bowls and roasted veggies this time of year!

3 Ways to Help Fight the California Kincade & Getty Fires – This. It’s a scary time, y’all.

Have a beautiful weekend and Happy November!

xo Jordan

Autumn Salmon Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Somehow Los Angeles still hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s fall, but I’m taking that as an excuse to eat this seasonal salad as much as possible while I’m still craving fresh, cooling foods!

As you all know, I don’t follow any specific diets and love all kinds of food, but when I’m home cooking for myself, I have mostly leaned towards plant based proteins in the past. One of the main reasons is that I want to make sure that when I do choose animal proteins and fish, they’re high quality, sourced sustainably and wild/free-range as possible.

And this is why I have been absolutely loving the fish from Blue Circle Foods – it’s a company I can get behind and the fish is incredible. I swear you can taste the difference! At Blue Circle, they never (ever) use antibiotics, GMO’s, growth hormones, or synthetic pigments (which is common in farmed fish). Their products are:

  • Sustainably sourced using up to 12x fewer resources than other meats
  • Sourced from family farmers or fisherman following fair labor practices
  • “Just” fish
  • High in Omega-3’s for optimal heart and brain health
  • And wild caught from certified sustainable fisheries (including their Atlantic Cod, Haddock, Yukon Keta and Yellow Fin Tuna)

For this recipe in particular, I use their salmon that’s sourced from Kvarøy, a farm on a tiny island off the coast of Norway (how cool is that?!). And I can tell you that when I bite into it, I legitimately can’t believe that I, ME, made it in my own kitchen because it tastes like it’s from a fancy restaurant, NO. JOKE.

This salad comes together in just 10 minutes (the key is to not overcook the salmon), uses fresh autumn produce like honeycrisp apples and brussels sprouts, and is topped with an ever-so-slightly sweet maple dijon vinaigrette. Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Autumn Salmon Salad

2 Salmon Filets

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

1 honeycrisp apple, sliced

1/4 cup candied or regular walnuts

4 cups of kale

2 cups of shredded brussels sprouts (or sliced & pulsed in a food processor)

  1. Heat skillet (if you have one!) or pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Dry the salmon with a paper towel for the ultimate crisp, and season the skin lightly with salt.
  2. Add a tablespoon or so of oil (I like avocado oil) to the skillet and then lay the piece of salmon down away from you so that the oil doesn’t splash. It should make a sizzling noise – that’s how you’ll know the pan is hot enough!
  3. Cook the salmon on the skin side for about 5 minutes and while that’s searing, toss together the kale, sprouts and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe below). I like to massage the dressing into the kale and sprouts with my hands to help soften them.
  4. After 5 minutes, turn the salmon over and give it a quick 1-2 minute sear on the other side.
  5. Plate the salad for two and top each with a salmon filet. Add the apple, pomegranate seeds, walnuts and goat cheese and a pinch of salt on top if desired.

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or traditional Maple Syrup)

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you’d like to try Blue Circle Foods fish for yourself, head to their website here! And now, I’m off to start getting ahead on holiday content for clients – so weird to think that season is just right around the corner!

xo Jordan

Thank you to Blue Circle Foods for sponsoring this post.

LA to AZ Roadtrip! | Travel Journal

I’m BACK! From yet *another* trip😂

I guess you could just say that I’m reallyyy taking advantage of the fact that I can work from anywhere now, coupled with the fact that Jeep offered to loan me the Cherokee so I figured why drive in LA when I can drive somewhere new?!💁🏻

My mom ended up flying out to me last weekend, which was SO nice since my parents aren’t usually out this way. We drove from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, Phoenix, Sedona, Munds Park, Flagstaff and back in just 4 days and lemme tell ya, we had the BEST time. My dad suggested we keep a driving journal, so I think I’ll just go ahead and lay out this blog post that way! Plus, I have a LOT of photos to share with you, and scroll all the way down to watch the YouTube video I made recapping our trip.

Day 1: Palm Springs – Departed LA at 2:30pm, arrive in Palm Springs at 6pm. Traffic was BONKERS and then we ended up having dinner at the Ace Hotel, and Ovi ran around the pool (yep, it’s dog friendly!) while we munched on salad and fish tacos. We stayed the night at the Hyatt in downtown (yep, also dog friendly) where we relaxed, got some work done, and went to bed early. Fun fact: Ovi barely slept, so we didn’t really either – he was obsessed with going into the bathtub to hang out😂

Day 2: Munds Park – Grabbed breakfast downstairs at the pool (SO good) then hit the road by 8:30am. The drive to Phoenix was long and not very exciting, but we got there by 1pm and had lunch with family friends. We also grabbed cookies and cupcakes from A Bakeshop – highly recommend their Ricotta Cookies! 2 more hours up to Munds Park where we got to our suuuper cute Airbnb. We were exhausted and just got takeout BBQ from Agee’s right in “town” – I don’t know if you could even call it that, but MAN is it pretty there.

Day 3: Sedona – Enjoyed coffee at the Airbnb then went out for a hike in Sedona. It’s about a 35 minute drive from Munds Park and it’s a beautiful one with red rock formations. We went for a moderately easy hike at Jordan Trail, then got lunch in town at the dog-friendly Creekside Café complete with a dog menu. The afternoon brought us back home to get some work done/relax, then out to Flagstaff for the early evening to browse. We got cheese, charcuterie, fruit, wine and chocolate from Whole Foods to enjoy back at the house for dinner in and went to bed early.

Day 4: Flagstaff We cleaned up, packed up, then left for a hike just north of Flagstaff at Aspen Corner before hitting the road towards home. Turns out it’s about 35 degrees out there this time of year and we were not prepared😂 I think we lasted about 30 minutes before calling it quits and our hands were numb, but we met these nice girls that had two dogs and Ovi played with one of them for so long! It was a good setup for our 8 hour drive back to LA, but not before a pit stop at Biff’s Bagels for fuel. We arrived back home at about 6pm, got takeout Poké from my local favorite LemonShark, then watched tv before passing back out.

And just like that, it was over. Thank you to Jeep for loaning us the Cherokee for a smooth, comfortable ride and giving us an excuse to go on an epic roadtrip together😊 Watch the recap below and thanks for stopping by!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Oh hey, y’all! This is apparently my first post of October…oof🙈

I totally dropped the ball on my blog – the past few weeks have been filled with transitions, work, events, catching up with friends, and self-care. Plus, if I’m being totally honest, I’ve been feeling slightly unmotivated, but I know that’s on it’s way out (thank goodness).

I’m actually on a plane to Washington D.C. right now – my boyfriend’s brother has his own music festival called All Things Go and the lineup this weekend is absolutely INSANE. My (potentially all time) favorite band is playing, LANY, and I might even get to meet them…plz pray for me that I don’t a) say anything weird b) start giggling uncontrollably c) pee just a little bit in my pants or d) all of the above😂

Oh! And I uploaded another YouTube video (really hoping to be more consistent over there) – it’s a vlog and it shows what a regular day in my life usually looks like! You can watch it here. Anyway, let’s get into the finds of the week!!

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – I made this “joke” on Instagram yesterday, but I swear I’m turning into a chocolate covered pumpkin…I just can’t get enough of those flavors together! And the texture in these looks PERFECT.

How Not to Care What People Think & Be Proud of Your Side Project – Because we should all be proud no matter what. Having a regular project AND a side project is hard work, but it’s fun and we do it because we love it. Do you have one? Tell me in the comments so I can check it out!!

Drunken Homemade Honeycrisp Apple Cider – ummm OKAY. This sounds dangerous in the best way possible.

The 2-Ingredient Breakfasts Doctors Eat Everyday – I’ll just go ahead and eat these for lunch and dinner, too…

Crispy Cauliflower and Kale Penne – Anyone else on a *major* pasta kick rn? Love this one ’cause it sneaks in some cozy veggies, too!!

Alright y’all, we’ll just call it there! Hope you have the best weekend – do all the fall things for me! I really need to get my booty to a pumpkin patch asap…

xo Jordan