DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

We’re back this week with another DFD Babe Feature!!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

This week I want to share with you all my friend Danielle!! I originally met Danielle on Instagram (shocker, I know) when the universe had us land on each other’s profiles since we have a ridiculous amount in common. I don’t even know how long I’ve known her, and though we haven’t actually met yet in person, I know this girl is my long lost soul sista.

An inspiration to women on their fitness and health journeys, Danielle brings such light and positivity to everything she shares, and everyone she speaks to. She’ll tell you in just a second, but she actually used to be in corporate finance…until she made the leap into entrepreneurship and fitness coaching. How COOL is that?! It always amazes me when people successfully jump from one career to another because it means they had that much drive, confidence, and fearlessness.

Okay let’s just get into it!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Tell us a little bit about the #FitGirlGang and your life as a Fitness Coach! When did you decide to become one and why?

Health and fitness has ALWAYS been a part of my life as a competitive soccer player. I was fortunate enough to have played soccer in college – and once I graduated and that came to an end I felt a huge void. That feeling was even more amplified when I entered the “real world” and got my first big girl job in Corporate Finance (#nerdalert). I was extremely fortunate for that opportunity but I wasn’t genuinely passionate about the work. I knew in my heart I was always meant for something different, something more…

After 5 years of climbing the corporate ladder I heard about this coaching opportunity and it piqued my interest. I was a little skeptical and wasn’t quite sure what exactly it entailed but I knew I had nothing to lose. The pain of remaining the same was far greater than the unknown at that point. So I jumped in! I had no idea what I was doing, I never was very active on social media BUT I knew that if I was able to just inspire 1 person by sharing my journey it was worth it. And here I am today 2.5 years later with *hundreds* of women from across the country in our virtual #FitGirlGang. I’ve not only made an impact on the lives of others, but I’ve made some lifelong friends and am forever grateful I took a chance on myself. I’ve never been so passionate and EXCITED about the work that I do and the impact that I am able to make. And not to ruin the surprise, but I’m no longer in Corporate Finance 😉 HOLLA!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

What inspired you to start working on your own business?

My Dad. He has built his own real estate business from the ground up because he was willing to work hard and figure things out. And because he didn’t want our family to simply live an average life. A lot of people thought he was crazy in the beginning.. but at the end of the day nothing worth having comes easy. My Dad was also my soccer coach growing up and I am forever grateful for everything I’ve learned through his coaching and the example he set as a father , leader and entrepreneur.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

The only way to fail is to quit.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

You need *passion* for your work, *self-belief*, and you need to be willing to *work your booty off* 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Knowing that my success is directly reflected by the work that I put in. I am in control.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The fact that it can be SO HARD for to unplug and “turn yourself off”… When you love what you do and are genuinely passionate about your work, there’s a tendency to always want to be “on”. Over time (in fact more recently), I’ve learned the importance of giving yourself that time to recharge and unplug. You can’t pour from an empty cup my friends… so focus on filling yours first and then bless the world with that overflow <3

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Start now. Make decisions every day that make you happy. Don’t necessarily wait for the perfect opportunity or perfect moment because that doesn’t exist. YOU create that by making those small decisions that compound over time.

Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

IT’S HARD!! Hot yoga is one of my favorites, baths, face masks, candles (always lit), WINE and popcorn.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Where do you find inspiration?

I’ve always been very self-motivated and driven by success but to be honest sometimes it’s really hard. It’s impossible to always feel SO INSPIRED every single day. We’re all human and there are some really great days and some challenging days as well. Whenever I find myself having a harder day, I shift my focus to everything I am grateful for and how when I take a step back I am beyond blessed. When you focus on the good, the good gets better. And to be honest – workouts and wine always help too 😉

What are you excited for in the second half of 2018 and beyond?

Ahh where do I start?? I think what excites me most about the future is knowing that this is just the beginning. I know there are so many other amazing women out there that I’ll eventually cross paths with – and whether I inspire them or they inspire me… it’s never ending. And that’s beautiful.

So I don’t know about you, but after reading that I’m about ready to grab life by the balls and make some serious moves. Shoutout to Danielle for being such an incredible boss babe and inspiration for women in the health/fitness community!! If you’d like, you can learn more about Danielle on her website here and follow along on her Instagram at @danielledebernardo

If there’s anyone you’d like to see featured here, please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for more role models and love sharing stories of women who’ve accomplished their dreams.

Have a great rest of your week friends!

xo Jordan

Poolside Snackin’ with My/Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own!

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Happy Tuesday, friends! I just landed back in LA from a weekend in DC for a wedding and ooooohhh baby was it HOT. We were planning on spending Sunday out and about and we actually just ended up hanging out poolside all day with my boyfriend’s friends and family!

Whether I’m at the beach or the pool, I alwaysss like to bring snacks. I mean, let’s be real, I always like to bring snacks no matter where I am😅 And though I try to bring foods that will fill me up (like protein & fiber-filled fruit/veggies/bars), summer to me basically means ICE CREAM. Life is about balance, right you guys?

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Mochi is one of my favorite ways to eat ice cream (it’s contained when it starts to melt, I don’t need a spoon, it’s pre-portioned, etc.) and My/Mochi Ice Cream is easily my go-to brand. They have 7 different flavors and judging from how insanely creamy and delicious the Mango and Mint Chip were, I can only imagine what the others are like (I’m lookin’ at you, Salted Caramel & Strawberry).

If you’ve never had mochi before, it can be kind of hard to describe, but I’ll do my best and tell you that it’s like sinking your teeth into a magical ice cream pillow. For serious. I grabbed my boxes of My/Mochi Ice Cream at Safeway, but you can find them all over (just double check their Store Locator first!).

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Aside from the convenience and ridiculously tasty flavors, My/Mochi Ice Cream is only 110 calories per serving, which makes it the perfect little sweet snack when you’re schvitzing through summer. They’re also kind of just, fun? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I personally think food is more enjoyable to eat when it offers some kind of experience, y’know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

So yeah, my ideal poolside summer essentials list would probably contain the following:

some SPF for my face/body

a v large water bottle

My/Mochi Ice Cream

a good book

cute sunnies

good company

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

And there ya have it my friends! If you haven’t tried mochi before, or even if you have, I highly recommend trying My/Mochi Ice Cream because I promise you will fall in love. I can’t wait to try the other flavors – which one would you try first?!

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Oh hey there, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I know I haven’t been suuuper active on here the past couple of weeks, but I gotta tell ya, typing with one hand is kind of a bummer, plussss life has honestly just been overwhelming. But! I did go my first few days without my sling and the elbow is doing much better, so that’s progress😊

It’s been a minute since our last Friday Finds, so let’s just jump into it!

Investing 101 – 8 Things to Do With $1000 to Better Your Future – SO HELPFUL.

Smoothie Bowl Sprinkle – If this isn’t the most genius & useful recipe then I don’t know what is.

How to Make Everything Bagel Spice – For all my friends who don’t live near a Trader Joe’s!!!

The New Food Storage Trend That Helps Save Money & The Planet –  Here for this👏🏼

5 Lessons in Success We Learned From Kate Spade – Such an icon. I remember my first Kate Spade bag in middle school – did anyone else have one of those messenger bags?!

Avoid These Refrigerator Food-Storage Mistakes to Lengthen the Life of Your Groceries – Definitely making mistakes #5 and #6😅

Why You Should Start a Food Blog (Even if No One but Your Mom Reads it) – I could not love this piece more. I started mine 7 years ago as a way for my family to keep up with me when I moved cross-country!

Have a fantastic weekend, lovers! I’m on the east coast for a wedding (and don’t actually ever want to leave, to be honest) so I’ll catch you guys next week!

xo Jordan

Frosé Vosé With Three Olives

It’s starting to feel like summer, you guys😍

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I know I live in LA where it’s nice all the time (comparatively speaking), but starting to warm up which meaaaans…dinner & drinks outside!! I love a good, refreshing drink on a hot day, especially when I’m with my friends or on vacation. Two of my favorites are a chilled glass of rosé (because yes, I am a basic millennial💁) and a vodka soda, but have you ever thought to combine the two?! Well, I hadn’t, but thank goodness Three Olives came through in the clutch with their new rosé vodka – it is a GAME. Changer.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

I actually just tried making frosé for the very first time with the new Three Olives Rosé Vodka and you guys, I can’t even tell you how freakin’ delicious it was Slightly citrusy with just a touch of sweetness, and the absolute perfect combination of a glass of rosé and a summer cocktail. So, if you’re looking for the perfect cocktail to take you from day to night this summer, look no further.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Frosé Vosé

(From the Three Olives Website)

1.5 parts Three Olives Rosé Vodka

.75 parts lemon juice

.75 parts grapefruit juice

.75 parts dry vermouth

.75 parts simple syrup

1 cup of ice

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until resembling a slushie. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh fruit.

Dancing for Donuts | Frosé Vosé with Three Olives Rosé Vodka

And that’s it!! It’s seriously one of my favorite cocktails ever, I can’t wait to make it again. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had frosé before and would try it with the Three Olives Rosé Vodka!

xo Jordan

(This post is sponsored by my friends over at Three Olives Vodka, but all words, opinions and images are my own, as always.)

May Favorites + ANNOUNCEMENT!

Happy National Donut Day!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

You’re probably asking yourself why this isn’t a donut recipe post and I FEEL YOU. I planned on sharing a much different variety of content with you this week but alas, the broken elbow strikes again.😑

Instead, I’m bringing you some veryyyyy exciting news…DONUT MERCH IS HERE! Yep, that’s right, I made friggin’ t-shirts and hats with donuts on them (mostly because I personally wanted some but then figured hey, maybe you would, too!)😁

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

You can find DFD t’s, both regular and cropped, and a super cute dad hat over on my Etsy site! If there’s something else you’d like to see/buy, just let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do! This is definitely just the beginning, so more options (like hoodies & phone cases) will be coming soon, for sure.

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s jump into May favorites!!!

FOOD:

Coconut Wraps: Not gonna lie, at first I was skeptical about these but they’re so yummy and an awesome alternative to wheat wraps or tortillas!! They don’t break like tortillas either (y’know when they rip and everything falls out? The worst. These don’t!) and I love putting a little avo + hummus in ’em with turkey or veggies. I bet they’d be amazing with nut butter and banana too for a sweet snack!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

SmartSweets: GUYS. To say these are my newest obsession are an understatement. Alex keeps wanting some too and I’m having a hard time sharing…😅 The whole bag is only 90 calories (and that are a lot in there!), they have fiber, and zero sugar alcohols which can give me a stomach ache. They come in fruity and sour and they’re so perfect for dessert. If you live in the US and want to order, you can get free shipping with my code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ !!

Blender Bombs: So you know how sometimes when you make smoothies you’ve got like 22 bags of seeds and protein powders and superfoods and it gets overwhelming? Blender Bombs solve that problem and it is AWESOME. They’ve got all kinds of goods in them like bee pollen, chia seeds and walnuts, but then they also make more specific flavored ones like Aloe + Collagen (what I have!) and Goji + Coconut + Acai!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Better Almond Butter: If you are an almond butter fanatic like me, you HAVE to try this stuff guys. The texture is out of control perfect and the flavor is even better. It’s made from sprouted almonds too (which are easier to digest!) so it’s better than you’re average store-bought stuff if ya know what I’m sayin’. Highly recommend!

Ellie’s Nut Milk Bag: You’ve seen me use this before (when I made my Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk!), but this bag has seriously changed the game for me. They send you a brochure with recipes and everything you need to get started making your own nut (r oat!) milk, as well as cold brew! I love having fresh nut milk on hand since I know exactly what’s in it, plus you get the nut pulp afterwards too, which is great for adding to smoothies or oats for extra protein! If you’re interested in making your own non-dairy milk at home, this (and a blender) are pretty much all you need!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

FITNESS:

Beyond Yoga Leggings: Ok y’all, I have tried about 67 different brands of workout pants and I can officially say I have zero interest in wearing anything other than Beyond Yoga. They’re the softest, most comfortable and flattering pants I’ve ever worn and you can get some seriously incredible deals when they go on sale (that’s when I got them!). They have a zillion gorgeous colors and they’re perfect for everything from running to yoga to sittin’ on your couch watchin’ Netflix.

Outdoor Voices Crop Bra: So you need a good sports bra to go with your perfectly-fitting yoga pants and OV is the move. I can’t say enough positive things about this bra – it’s high-neck so the girls won’t fall out in down dog or bounce on the elliptical, thick enough to hide when you’re cold, but thin enough to breathe. I can promise you I will be ordering this in at least 2 more colors😅

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Sudio Headphones: When I tell you that I’ve been looking for a good pair of gym headphones for years now, I am not exaggerating. Like does anyone have weird a$$ ears that like, nothing stays in or is that just me? Either way, these Sudio Tre headphones do not move, plus they send you different sized wings which is amaaazing!! I love hat they’re bluetooth powered too ’cause that means I can do things like lift weights without taking my music out! I’ve got a 15% off code for this one too guys! It’s DANCINGFORDONUTS (and I can promise you I don’t make commission on it, they were just nice enough to give me a code for y’all!

ECM Planner: This one is so much more than fitness related – it’s literally my favorite thing from this month for life in general. Aim + Glow sent me their Enthusiastic Change Maker planner after seeing some posts on Instagram that clearly show I’m at sort of an interesting crossroads in life, and this planner is just what I needed. It allows you to write down your current story, your desired story, some tools you have in your arsenal to help you get there, journal space AND a ton of room for you to write down your goals in various aspects of your life each week. I’ve never seen anything like t in my life and it makes me so happy/motivated!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Okay y’all, that about does it for today!! Thanks for stopping by and go treat yourself to a donut today!!!!

xo Jordan

 

 

DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Guys. It’s already Wednesday which means two things: 1) Friday is in two days and 2) our next DFD Babe Feature is here!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

This week I’m introducing you to two of my favorite women of all-time. I actually met them through Instagram just over a year ago, and instantly fell in love with their bright, welcoming and energetic fitness studio called Shine down in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Hillary Lewis & Yaya Margarita are both former dancers (like me!) and decided to follow their dream of offering fun and effective fitness classes for people from all walks of life and experience levels.

Another thing that’s so incredible about these two ladies, aside from their drive, is their commitment to helping other women in any way they can. They’ve both made such a difference in my life (personally and professionally), and watching them collaborate with others, pursue their passions, and grow their business has inspired me beyond belief.

If you want to know more about how they got started on their journey as female entrepreneurs, just keep on readin’!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Tell us a little bit about Shine Studio! When did you start it and why?

Shine Studio opened in October 2016 and its been an amazing adventure to see our #ShineSociety grow! We were inspired to open a fitness studio that offered a wide variety of workout styles that were challenging, fun, and taught in a empowering and positive environment. We felt like fitness wasn’t something you should dread, but something you should actually look forward to! That’s why we set out to create and choose specific workouts that would inspire women to show up and leave smiling from ear to ear! From cardio dance, to our PilatesRemix and Pound classes, you can always find a class that will work you out from head to toe and make you feel like that 50 minutes flew by!

What inspired you to start working on your own business, whether full-time or as a side hustle?

When we met each other, we both had grown up dancing and connected over the fact that we missed dance and loved to workout, but found that our gym workouts just weren’t cutting it anymore. We noticed that there wasn’t a studio in the South Bay that offered the type of workouts that we loved and so we were motivated to bring something different to our area! We thought, if we are thinking that we cannot motivate ourselves to get to the gym and we need a workout that is something we actually love, there has to be other people that feel the same way! We now have people that come to us and say, “I was never able to stick to a workout until I joined Shine!”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

Persistence is key. We have only been open a year and a half and there are still days where we are thinking “oh my gosh, we are killing this boss-babe thing!” and other days where we think “can we really do this?!” We’ve heard over and over that it’s all about sticking with it, being flexible, trying something different if one thing doesn’t seem to work, and just keep plugging away. Success does not happen over night for most businesses! It takes years of hard work and persistence.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

Self-motivation, perseverance, and connecting with other women in business and helping each other in any way you can. We think its so important to empower and help each other along this wild ride that is entrepreneurship! We have met WONDERFUL women since we started the business and try to partner and connect with them in any way we can. We work better as a community rather than in competition with one another!

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Definitely the people that we’ve been able to connect with. It kind of goes with the last question, as well as our clients who have become a dedicated part of our studio. It is SO rewarding to connect with people that believe in what you are doing and even more so if you can feel like you’re improving their life in even some small way. It is completely life changing.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The ups and downs! It is bound to happen in any business but not knowing where you’re next dollar is coming from can be incredibly stressful. You have to have A LOT of trust and faith that if you are working hard you will be rewarded with success, sooner or later!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

How do you manage your finances, both personally and for work? Are there any tools you use or do you set a weekly/monthly budget for yourself?

We both have had to make sacrifices to start the business, but to be our own bosses and do what we love, it is worth it! We are both lucky to have spouses who empower us and support us. We have had to budget and get specific with our businesses expenses. The biggest advice we can give is to live and work as lean as possible. We taught the majority of our classes for the whole first year at the studio so we could get on our feet. You have to be willing to do what it takes!

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Think hard about your idea and if you can’t stop thinking about it, make it happen. Do the research, find something that you truly love and care about, make sure its something you cannot live without pursuing. You will have to sacrifice and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. But if you love what you do, your successes will feel that much more amazing when you have created them yourself.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business?

Business is literally always open when you’re the owner! So you are going to work on it every day. You have to remind yourself to schedule “you time,” even if its taking a long lunch or getting a mani/pedi in the middle of the week! Know when you’re getting burned out and schedule that time for yourself so you can keep going the next day.

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from other businesses and women in business that have had amazing success! It’s easy to look at others and become envious. We’ve all been there! But we choose to look at it and say, “They did it! That’s so amazing! So can we.”

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

If you’d like to check out their classes head here (my favorites are Pound and PopFit!).

You can also find Hillary on Instagram @hillmae, Yaya @yaya_margarita, and Shine @shinestudiorb.

Well there ya have it! I hope you find these features as inspiring as I do😊 Let me know in the comments who you think I should feature next!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I apologize for the late post today, I actually broke my elbow rollerskating at an event Tuesday night and my week has been a bit thrown off ever since! Thank goodness it was my left one and not the right, otherwise I’d be totally screwed (I’m a right-y)! I’ve got about 5 more weeks of down time, but the pain isn’t too bad, it’s mostly just annoying!

Now that we’ve got that life update out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! It’s the start of a long weekend here in the US and I’m soooooo freakin’ excited to have an extra day off! My best friends from college are in town about an hour away, so I’ll be spending time with the, at the beach, and hopefully laying low!

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp & Rice – Since I won’t be in HI anytime soon, I think this dinner might be a summer staple in this house!

5 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps That Are Totally Doable – Ok I OVE these, I’m trying to live a more green life and these really are so simple.

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils: Uses, Benefits, Extraction and How To Use Them – Do you guys use essential oils? I don’t but I’m about a hop, skip and jump away from buying a cute diffuser…

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables – Because balance. Grill some veggies and then pair ’em with a burger (veggie or meat, your call😉), some coleslaw and maybesome french fries for good measure.

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend – Plz pray for my wallet🙏

Memorial Day Recipes and Easy Grill Tips from the TIU Girls – I would listen to anything these two say but the recipes legit sound amazing!

The #100SquatChallenge – Since my elbow is putting a major damper on my workout plans, squats and lunges are about the only thing I can do right now! Who wants to join me in this?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Blueberry Vinaigrette

If you came to find a staple recipe for summer entertaining, I can say with confidence that you came to the right place.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

I’m one of those people that actually really, truly enjoys salad, but with a catch: it needs to have texture (aka usually something crunchy), possibly something sweet (like fruit) and most likely cheese. If it has those things then I will shovel it in faster than you can say ‘starving.’ If not, I’m probably going to eat it in anyway because I know it’s healthy, but I probably won’t LOVE it, y’know what I mean?

This salad has every single element I love and the best part is the butter lettuce base. I started using Pete’s Living Greens for my salads because I swear to you they just taste BETTER. I think it’s because they’re still like, attached to the root when you buy them, so they’re fresher (and can seriously last up to 18 days which is awesome). And you know how greens from the farmer’s market always taste better than the ones from the store? YEAH. It’s like that! But if you can’t get to a farmer’s market on a Tuesday (because hello, #responsibilities), you can still get the same high-quality greens from the grocer because Pete’s gives you the actual freakin’ root of the thing and then you get to “pick the leaves” yourself. It’s actually kind of fun…

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

So, if you’ve been assigned as the ‘salad person’ for the party you’re heading to this Memorial Day (or any day really), I can promise you that this one is going to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s mostly sweet, which is always a win for people who don’t usually like healthy things, and it’s super refreshing. The blueberry vinaigrette is one of my new favorites, too. I’m trying to figure out what else I can actually put it on, but this salad is the perfect vehicle! Plus, it’s red, white and blue, aka v festive for American holidays😉

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad

1 head of butter lettuce (Pete’s Living Greens is my go-to!)

3-5 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup candied or toasted walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat, and dress just before serving.

Blueberry Vinaigrette 

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup warm water

1. In a blender, pulse together all ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing on top of salad when ready to eat and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

If you’d like to learn more about Pete’s Living Greens head here. Aside from the fact that they honestly just taste awesome, they also use 85% less water and 70% less land to grow, which makes them more sustainable and freakin’ AWESOME.

So there ya have it!! I hope you get to make something yummy this weekend!

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Pete’s Living Greens but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

DFD Babe Feature: Teresa Pulver

Welcome back to another DFD Babe Feature where I introduce you to one of the many incredible women I know and love!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Teresa Pulver of Journey On, Lovely

This week I’m bringing to you my good friend Teresa Pulver of Journey On, Lovely – a travel and fashion lifestyle brand that uses biodegradable fabrics and gives back to orphan homes around the world. I had the pleasure of modeling for her first collection, Lovely in Bali, where I first fell in love with her gorgeous designs, but knowing just how incredible she is as a woman, friend and business owner makes me love it even more.

I’ve been so, so inspired by her drive, passion and persistence and I know you will be, too! Keep reading if you want to hear how she took the leap to make it happen 🙂

Tell us a little bit about Journey On, Lovely! When did you start it and why?

I started Journey On, Lovely in October of 2017 while living in Bali with my boyfriend. After many years of being an Executive Assistant and Project Manager in Los Angeles, I felt I was no longer growing in these roles and I had lost all passion for my work. After hitting 30, I realized, I could either live my life playing it safe and never being truly fulfilled by my work or I could take a risk and pursue work that made me excited to get up in the morning. And I see now, it’s these struggles, challenges, and leaps in life that build character. The entrepreneur path is very creative and uncertain, and that’s where I thrive!

My boyfriend and I decided to take the leap and launch companies together and it was during our time in Bali when I felt a door open for me. The culture is vibrant, colorful and so community focused, and the fashion and art is very inspiring. I serendipitously met a very kind, loving and hardworking Indonesian family who happened to manufacture clothing. I decided to work together with them on creating, Journey On Lovely’s first collection, Lovely In Bali.

Because it was very important for me to start a company that had a deeper meaning, I asked around to see what social and environmental issue I could help alleviate with this new business idea. After meeting an Australian swimwear designer whose proceeds all went back to a non-profit called the Bali Street Mums, I realized I needed to use this new fashion line as a medium to help raise funds to support this incredible non-profit and similar ones around the world. I quickly called up one of my best friends who lives in LA, and is half Balinese, and she absolutely loved the idea. She jumped on board immediately and together we launched Journey On, Lovely.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Teresa Pulver of Journey On, Lovely

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

I LOVE podcasts and Ted Talks. I source a lot of my advice from them, especially one of my favorite podcasts called “How I Built This” by Guy Ross. After months of listening to many successful entrepreneurs tell their story of how they launched their businesses, I noticed a pattern: many did not have an MBA, an Ivy League education, or even experience in their field. They refused to be limited by other’s expectations of them and how they should live their life and instead, took risks and leaps in life that were authentic to them. Many of these entrepreneurs had no idea what they were doing, but they simply figured it out along the way.

So the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is that starting a business is 20% talent, and 80% psychological. If you believe you can, and you break through your mental limitations, you can achieve anything. If you believe you can and you have enough hunger, passion and grit to make it happen, you can achieve any of your wildest dreams. 

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

The hunger to learn, a passion for serving others and creating value, and grit.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Teresa Pulver of Journey On, Lovely

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

I am engaged in my work, every single day. I used to disconnect from my work while doing accounting for others, managing their careers and projects. Now that I’m managing my own projects, doing my own accounting, and creating beautiful art people get to wear, I am the most engaged I’ve ever been in my work.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The long hours

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Start now. You will never be fully “ready” for most things in life. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Also, if you haven’t already, start surrounding yourself with the best team/friends/network possible. Going after your dreams can be a very vulnerable place for some. It’s important to surround yourself with supportive, encouraging, positive and uplifting people. Sometimes this can make the biggest difference.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

Yes, it’s all about how I start and end my day. I wake up very early, and start my day with a 10min meditation with the Headspace app, my favorite. I then go on a run or do some yoga. While eating a nutritious breakfast (typically a power smoothie made with greens and fruit), I go through emails, texts, etc. I make sure to take care of myself and my needs first before I get pulled in many directions throughout the work day. I find this gives me the strength to show up and give my best self to others and my projects. Throughout the day I take little breaks to do a quick yoga stretch or take a quick walk to run errands (sitting at a desk all day is very difficult and painful for my body). And I make sure to carve out time for my loved ones. I end the work day usually around 9-10pm. To turn my mind off from work, I meditate 10min before going to sleep.

What are you excited for in the second half of 2018 and beyond?

To continue to build, create, and serve others.

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So there ya have it, one of the MOST gorgeous, talented, kind women I know just kickin’ a$$ and takin’ names. Don’t forget to check out her beautiful designs at Journey On, Lovely and if you’d like 10% off, just use the code ‘jordanlovely10’ at checkout!

You can also find Teresa on Instagram here.

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite things to do: making nut milk!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Guys I had been sooo intimidated to try making my own nut milks at home, even though I have friends who do it and they’ve told me how simple it is! Idk what was up with me, but I will tell you, it is SO simple, quick, and honestly just makes me feel better knowing that I made it myself. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of most non-dairy milks?! Tons of additives. It makes sense though because fresh almond milk only lasts for about 3 days before going bad, so you can only imagine what they need to put in the milks at the store to make them last as long as they do!

To make the actual milk, you only need two ingredients (almonds + water), but I wanted to flavor mine with a touch of natural sweetness, vanilla and lavender. Also, you’ll want to be sure you leave yourself enough time to soak the almonds for 8-12 hours because that is the key! In terms of equipment, this requires a blender, nut milk bag and something to pour the milk into. I use a nut milk bag from Ellie’s Best and it has freakin’ changed my life👏

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

In terms of money, I think making your own milk at home can be super economical if you 1) get your almonds or whatever base you’re using from bulk bins or when they’re on sale and 2) make sure you don’t make so much that you waste it. I’m pretty sure one cup of almonds cost me about $3 (not on sale because I wanted to make it asap for this post!), but then I made enough milk for 3 days (for smoothies + coffee), plus the cup of almond meal that came out of it. You can do so many things with almond meal, and that’s something you definitely don’t get when you just buy the milk in store.

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So yeah! It’s better for you since there’s less crap in there, you can customize it to be whatever flavor you’d like, it can be super cost-effective if you get your almonds in bulk/on sale, and there’s less waste overall since you’re not buying cartons on cartons. So many perks you guys! If you’d like, you can try Ellie’s Best nut milk bags (or any of their other items) and take 10% off your entire cart with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’ – they even send you a few of their own recipes to get you started!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

What you’ll need:

1 nut-milk bag or cheesecloth – I’ve been using Ellie’s Best nut milk bags and I’m in LOVE.

A blender – I have a NutriBullet, but any should work fine!

A pitcher (or even vase if you’re desperate) to strain the milk into

An airtight container for storing the milk (like a mason jar or bottle)

Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

3 1/2 cups filtered water

2 pitted dates (optional, but recommended!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp culinary lavender (feel free to add more, but a little goes a long way!)

1. Soak the nuts in water in a large bowl for 8-12 hours (but no longer than 12 ’cause they can actually go bad!).

2. Drain the almonds then add them to your blender with the filtered water, dates, vanilla extract and lavender. You may need to do two batches depending on your blender size! Pulse/blend for 1 minute on high.

3. Take an Ellie’s Best nut milk bag and put it 3/4 of the way inside a pitcher, making sure that the top is secure. I tie the string, but you can also use a rubber band.

4. Pour your nut milk blend into the bag over the pitcher. You’ll see that most of it will drain straight through, but there’s still a ton left in the bag surprisingly! Using your hands, hold the bag over the pitcher and squeeeeeze!!! It takes me about 3 extra minutes and some muscle power to really get the rest of the liquid out of the bag.

5. Transfer the nut milk to an airtight container (unless it’s already in one!) and empty the almond meal from the nut milk bag into another airtight container, if you’d like. You can use this in smoothies, oatmeal, and a ton of other recipes! Note: Your fresh almond milk will only stay fresh for up to 3 days because it doesn’t have preservatives like store-bought brands! Be sure to drink it before then 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So there ya have it! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask me – I might make a quick little video of this too, since maybe it’s easier to understand the directions that way? Let me know what you think, and if you make some almond milk of your own! And if you need a new nut milk bag, be sure you use the code ‘dancingfordonuts‘ so you can get 10% off at Ellie’s Best!!

xo Jordan