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

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are gluten free, vegan, low and sugar, and so perfect for fall!

I felt like baking earlier this week (it was a rough one, and being in the kitchen is like therapy!), but of course had to make something with pumpkin💁🏻

I was originally trying to make energy bites, but let’s be honest, everything is better in cookie form! These cookies are also 100% acceptable to eat for breakfast and if it’s still hot af where you are, definitely opt for these instead of a bowl of actual oatmeal.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée

4-5 scoops Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein (or vanilla*)

2 cups oats

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 packets Pranayums (optional or spices**)

2 tbsp Purely Pecans nut butter (or your favorite)

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or regular maple syrup)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment & non-stick spray (just to be safe!)
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir well to fully combine. Add an extra (5th) scoop of protein powder if the batter seems too wet.
  3. Form into semi-flat circles and place on baking sheet. they won’t expand, so pack those babies in!
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool before drizzling with melted coconut butter! Store in an airtight container and microwave for 10 seconds before enjoying again (just my recommendation😉)

*If using vanilla protein, add an extra pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom & allspice

**If using spices in place of Pranayums add an extra tsp of turmeric, punch of black pepper, cardamom, ginger & cinnamon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here next week!❤️

xo Jordan

8 Recipes to Make for the First Official Day of Fall

FALL HAS ARRIVED.

Definitely not in Los Angeles, but maybe somewhere😂 I talked about this on Instagram this morning, but basically this season is my absolute favorite for so many reasons – it feels like a time of renewal, it reminds me of being a kid, I love the weather, I love the fashion that comes with that weather, the festivities/adventures are fun, and the food is even better.

That being said, we definitely don’t get even a semblance of fall in this city and there hasn’t been a single year since I moved away from the east coast that I haven’t gotten homesick around autumn. But! It’s not all sad, I just try to do what I can to still make it feel like fall, and that usually centers around the eats! Give me allll the pumpkin spice!

So let’s cook, celebrate, and get in the spirit! Here are 8 recipes to bring on the fall flavors 🍂

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts – I made this recipe last week and posted the recipe on my Instagram. I’m obsessed, they’re the perfect texture😍

Apple Orchard Punch – Is there anything Jess hasn’t thought of?! I mean this drink combines 2 of my absolute favorite things: Cider & Prosecco🙌🏻

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – A recipe from one of my og favorite food bloggers, Averie Cooks! Can’t wait to make these – I might try to healthify them a little!

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus – For my savory peeps out there!! I think TJ’s makes pumpkin pita crisps and I bet those with this would be the BEST fall combo.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Walnuts – Pretty sure I originally pinned this recipe for a Thanksgiving side, but I would have it any time at all in this season!

Apple and White Cheddar Scones – On the side of a butternut squash soup? Uhhh YES PLEASE.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese – Because fall is for comfort food and this is a slightly healthier version of the most delicious dish on the planet😍

Pumpkin Queso Fundido – I’m not even like, a “queso person” and yet I am HERE FOR THIS.

Okay, it’s time to get cookin’! How are you celebrating the start of fall today?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday😍

And you guys! Exciting things that happened this week include:

  • Getting some new & fun partnership opportunities
  • My massage + mani/pedi because #selfcare
  • Hitting 10k steps every single day since walking my dog is honestly the best.
  • Realizing that my life is in MY control, I have the power to make change and everything is temporary.

And on that note, let’s get on with the Friday Finds😊

25 Tweets That Prove Dog Owners Have the Best Sense of Humor – Can you tell I’m happy to be a pet mom?😂 For real though, Ovi makes me laugh at least 10x a day and I’m so grateful for it!

3 Recipes from Antoni Porowski’s Cookbook We’re Drooling Over – INDEED. Any other Queer Eye fans out there? Antoni is ma faaaave.

DIY Leave-In Coconut Milk Conditioner Spray – V into DIY beauty these days!! This sounds incredible🙌🏻

Why Wellness Spaces Have Become the Social Hangouts of Choice – This article is a pretty accurate explanation of my life tbh. The wellness community has for real changed my life, it’s made the transition out of dancing soooo much easier for me!

Low Carb Chocho Flour Muffins – Say whaaat! I’d never even heard of chocho flour before!

Okay your turn – tell me something good or hit me with your favorite article/blog post from this week!👇🏻

xo Jordan

Another Incredible Trip to OBX, North Carolina (Photo Diary)

Well, I can’t say I was ready to leave the east coast after a pretty incredible 16 day trip, but I suppose it feels good to be back home.

In case you’re new around here, I’m originally from New York and my family has vacationed to the Outer Banks for (almost) my whole life! My parents have a home down there that they rent out, but they’re actually putting it on the market very soon. This summer was potentially my last time being at that house while it’s still ours…😳

And as sad as that is, boy am I happy I was able to spend a solid two weeks down there! As I mentioned in my last Friday Finds, we had a super fun first week with my brother, sister in law, a bunch of their friends and mine, plus our parents! But, Hurricane Dorian decided to come and keep things interested – the entire island was supposed to evacuate, but we decided to stay and wait it out since we were in one of the most northern towns in OBX! It rained a TON and was very windy, but it was also kind of fun and we didn’t even lose power. We hung out together, watched TV and did a puzzle!

During our second week, I picked up my boyfriend, and his brother & brother’s gf (who I love!!) also came down mid-week. We all had to work most of the day, but we’re still able to sneak away for a couple hours of beach time.

Ovi was in LOVE with the Outer Banks and our home there – he ran and ran on the beach and in our yard and had all the attention from our visitors!

We ate bagels from Lighthouse Bagels

And donuts from (the one of the original) Duck Donuts

Plus Sangria (recipe-ish here)

And ice cream from Big Buck’s – pb chocolate fudge for me!

We made sure to watch the sunsets each night, which just got prettier and prettier…

Drank pistachio coconut lattés from our favorite coffee shop Duck’s Cottage while shopping…

And soaked up the sun.

I’ll keep it short and sweet today (partly for you, I know Mondays are busy, and partly for me because this year feels extra sad😔). I’m going to be spending the day diving back into work, full force, running errands, going back to the spine doctor, and heading to a yoga event this evening. 

I hope you had the best weekend & here’s to a new week, no matter where we are in the world💗