5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

I’m just about to close out a 16 day trip on the east coast and while I’m so sad to leave my family, I’m looking forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy! And my kitchen 🙂

As you know, I flew to NY first, then traveled down the coast to my family’s summer home in North Carolina. It’s my happy place! But things always do get a little hectic as we have company in and out, plus this year was even crazier due to a mixup in our dates, my puppy joining us, and a pretty intense hurricane hitting us mid-week!

My schedule is always a bit odd here, but generally consists of waking up on the earlier side, taking time to enjoy my coffee while getting some work done, hitting the beach around 11:30am, coming back around 3pm to shovel in a bunch of snacks, then kicking it by the pool until dinnertime. As you can see, that isn’t exactly my normal routine, and throw my back injury into the mix for an even less-athletic trip than usual.

That all being said, I do try to keep just a few things the same so that I can prioritize my health in between the lounging, bbq and ice cream cones! Here are 5 things I do every single day to keep my body (and mind) on track. Keep reading for the easy way I start my day and the supplements I make sure to take!

Drink my collagen coffee: If there’s one thing I will *always* make room for in my suitcase, it’s my travel collagen packs! I’ll put one in my coffee at the airport, bring them with me to enjoy with a hotel breakfast, or keep by our coffee pot at home so I don’t forget. I love that it adds a little protein boost first thing in the morning and I swear collagen has done so much for my hair, skin and gut health!

Take my Tru Niagen® supplements: I’ve been taking these consistently every day for almost 2 months now (along with my probiotics!), and I’ve been LOVING them. I truly think Tru Niagen has significantly helped with my energy, and I say this because the summer has been pretty hard on me with my back injury and extreme lack of sleep (hello #puppylife). But that being said, I never once felt like I had an afternoon slump or couldn’t stay up until my normal bedtime around 10:30pm.

Tru Niagen is known as a healthy-aging supplement (which is appealing on its own, since I’m 30 now🙈), but it also just improves health at a cellular level to boost cell function and energy, too! Basically, NAD (or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a vital resource found in all living cells and as we age, or do things like overeat/drink alcohol, our NAD levels decrease. Tru Niagen helps boost them back up!

Eat a solid breakfast: Like i mentioned, our meals here can be pretty all over the place depending on what time we actually make it to the beach or what groceries are in the house! Since I’m one of those people that is always worried about when their next meal will be, I like to make sure I have a big breakfast with tons of protein and carbs to fuel me through the morning. Some days that’s a bagel sandwich (my favorite bagel place is down here!), other days it’s an avocado toast and egg kind of situation. Whatever I make, I know it needs to be a bit more filling than the usual green smoothies I have when I’m back in LA, and I try not to worry about the calories. 

Get moving outside: In previous years, I’ve gone to the community gym in our development here almost every morning, but this year is different because of my back and my dog (who I hate to leave behind!). I did go a few times since I’m allowed to do the elliptical and other light cardio, but otherwise I’ve been walking my dog in the neighborhood and on the beach! It’s a nice way to look at all the pretty houses, get my steps in, and enjoy being outdoors. The best was walking him at night so we could watch the pretty sunsets!

Go to sleep early: I’ve pretty much always been this way on any vacation I take, but here I generally go to bed around 10pm! Since I like to rise early and make the most of the days, going to bed early is a huge priority. It’s also so quiet and peaceful here that I’ve had better night sleeps than usual. That might have something to do with being less stressed, too…

And that’s it! I really have no interest in stressing over my eats and exercise (or lack there of), since I’m just trying to enjoy my time in my favorite place. Sometimes I’ll pack a bunch of snacks and try to stick to a routine, but frankly I just had too much in my suitcase to worry this time! I figure if I take my Tru Niagen supplements and do my best, that’s what counts😊 And that’s pretty much my version of “health” no matter where I am.

What about you – do you stay strict on vacation or let it ride? Are you a snack/supplement packer or do you save that stuff for home? If you’re looking for something easy to take with you that’ll help keep your energy up, something I know we could all use more of (especially during travel), I highly recommend Tru Niagen. Learn more about it here and feel free to drop any questions you may have in the comments!!

Thank you to Tru Niagen for sponsoring this post.

DFD Babe Feature: Candice of Beauty Bar Chocolate

I can’t even remember the last time I did a DFD Babe Feature, but I am SO honored to my friend Candice on the blog today!

If you’re new around here, I LOVE to interview incredible women entrepreneurs and share more of their stories on here! I myself am a business owner (who works with other female-owned businesses), so it’s super important to me to collaborate and support the women I see killing it.

Today, I’m chatting with my friend Candice who founded Beauty Bar Chocolate, a treat that uses only the highest quality ingredients with zero fillers. Keep reading for more on her journey to entrepreneurship, her biggest advice and where she plans to take BeautyBar in the near future!

Tell us a little bit about Beauty Bar Chocolate! When did you start it and why?

I launched Beauty Bar Chocolate after leaving a 19 year career in the fashion world. I  had major burnout, and was dealing with a host of autoimmune symptoms. I wanted to live a more inspired life and I found myself drawn into the wellness world, so I became a heath coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

During that time, I dove deep into my healing. I was able to start reversing my symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet and mindset.  I also went sugar -free, added adaptogens and collagen as part of healing from Candida and gut health issues. I then enrolled in Matthew Kenney Culinary school where I brought back my creativity and came up with the idea of BBC. I couldn’t find any clean, healthy chocolate in the market that tasted good, so I wanted to launch a product that helped people feel beautiful from the inside out. It’s my fashion-meets-wellness product.

What makes Beauty Bar different from other chocolate on the market?

There are so many things that set BBC apart from a sea of chocolates. You will most likely notice our beautiful floral box first (I was inspired by Persian soap boxes). I also don’t add many ingredients, there are no fillers or chemicals, and I use high quality brands that I believe in. It’s more than just chocolate – it’s about bringing inner peace into daily life. If we are calm on the inside, it makes if harder for disease to live, and anxiety to survive. When we are at peace our skin glows!! My tag line is: Eat For Peace, Focus & glowing skin. 

Can you share more about your previous work experience and/or education before launching your own company?

I worked for close to two decades in the fashion world and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve been in sales for most of my life, owned a women’s contemporary showroom in downtown Los Angeles where I used to sell clothing at wholesale, and helped launch many fashion brands. I knew nothing about the chocolate world before, but having these skills has helped me tremendously.

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

I love being the face of my company, networking with like-minded people and sharing my message. I also enjoy the process of producing the chocolate. I am still part of the process.

Is there something you wish more people talked about when it comes to being an entrepreneur?

I have a lot to say on this topic. To keep it short and sweet:  Have some patience, and to just start somewhere. I kept wanting to hold off until my site looked correct, and my packing was not perfect when I launched. It took so much work to get my packaging the way I wanted it to look, but once it came together, I had never been more happy!!

I’ve made many mistakes in this new world of mine, but I learn through each one and get better at it. For the days I really struggle, I’ll walk away from work to clear my head. Remember to breathe and try to enjoy the journey.

What advice can you give to someone looking to pursue their passion?

I would say to first to find something that you are so passionate about or you will grow tired of it so fast. You will be living, eating, and breathing this! Also don’t pick something for the money. Pick what you love and the money will come. Not only will people feel that passion coming from you, but they’ll want to be a part of what you are selling or offering.

How do you prioritize time for yourself?

Such a great question and what my business is all about! When I find myself trying to go back to my old Type A ways, I remind myself that I once was very ill, and filled with inflammation in my body. I will never go back to that life.

I love to wake up early around 5-5:30 am before anyone so I can have some time to myself before I start the day. I use that time to workout, catch up on tv, cuddle my dogs while sipping a matcha, or practice a grounding meditation to help get my out of my head. My evening routine has also changed from my fashion days. I traded in my nightly glass of champagne for magnesium and sleepy time herbal tea. I love going into my infrared sauna and to bed early (most nights in bed by 8:30-9pm) so I can get a good 8 hours of sleep. I know I am a granny but I love it. I wake up so refreshed!

What are you excited for in the fall season & beyond?

I have so much exciting things that are happening for BBC! I just launched in all the Erewhon locations! I am in the middle of relaunching my  site with more elevated pictures and upgrading everything. I am launching a holiday bar, and in the new year I will have a dream bar that helps relax you in the evening. 

Okay if you’re not a) fired up about going after the life you *actually* want to live and/or b) ready for some Beauty Bar Chocolate after that, I don’t know how to help you😂 Candice was sweet enough to give me a discount code to share, so feel free to use the code dancingfordonuts15 at checkout!

Find Candice herself on Instagram at @awholeandhappylife and BeautyBar at @beautybarchocolate. Thanks for stopping by and if you have anyone else in mind that you’d like for me to interview, drop their name/insta below!!

xo Jordan

An Update From NC + Friday Finds!

Hi from North Carolina, where we are potentially in the line of fire for Hurricane Dorian😅

I’ve been a lil MIA because last week, I flew with my from LA –> NYC and then drove down to NC on Friday, when we somehow got the dates confused and realized our beach house was actually rented until SATURDAY…so we all had to stay in a hotel which wasn’t dog friendly but Ovi isn’t very sneaky because he barks at everything.

The two of us “slept” in my car in the parking lot and finally settled in on Saturday for a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and that’s the gist of it! Always an adventure😂

Other than that, things have been a bit of a cluster fk because I signed on quite a bit of new work and was thrown into that fire. To say I was stressed would be the understatement of a century, but luckily I’m in my favorite place in the whole world and look out my window at the ocean if I need to be instantly calmed!

It’s crazy to think we’ve already been here almost a week, but we’ve had so much fun and Ovi LOVES it here. He’s such a beach boy and was starting to go into the ocean before they shut the beach for the hurricane!

We’ve been eating all kinds of yummy things (my brother and his friends love to cook!) like a shrimp boil/bake, bbq, and bagels – my FAVE. I’m so looking forward to when my bf gets here on Saturday, I’m just crossing my fingers that his flight isn’t delayed or that we can’t get over the bridge to the mainland because of flooding!

Anyway, I hope you all had an amazing LDW and short work week! Figured I’d share just a few of my fave links before I go:

A Cheap & Delicious Miracle One Pan Meal – Why yes, I WILL be making this the week I get home from vacation🙌🏻

Cashew Coconut Oat Milk – ALERT THE MASSES. This sounds insane!

How to Fall Asleep Anywhere in 5 Minutes – Before I had severe back pain that made it impossible to sleep past 5am and I was exhausted by 9pm each day, I had pretty major sleeping issues😅 A sleep mask seriously changed my life (even though I thought I could NEVER sleep with one) and as for the rest? Definitely going to try those next time I’m strugglin’!

6-Ingredient Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins – Seriously surprised by this ingredients list! Would love to make a version with pumpkin for fall😍

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back again soon!!

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: How I Celebrated My 30th Birthday

Sooooo I’m 30 now…that’s fun!

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been 30 for years😂 My brother actually called me while I was unloading groceries out of my car and he goes, “welcome to adulthood, although you’ve pretty much been here for awhile…” – ain’t that the truth!

I did the party/drinking/fun thing in my early 20’s and haven’t don’t anything like that in ages. Some people might think that’s lame, but for me, the perfect birthday is relaxing with close friends/family/my pup, eating good food, and treating myself! That’s exactly what this weekend ended up looking like, and it was lovely😊

We kicked the weekend off Friday night by meeting up with friends at a wine bar in West Hollywood that’s dog friendly! It was SO cool – it’s called the Blending Lab and basically you can just do regular wine tastings (which are delicious) or blend up your own varietal! They have classes there, so that could be fun for next time. The only thing is that they don’t have food, but we ended up ordering pizzas and it was amazing!

Saturday morning, I met my friend Pam for the LA Magazine FIT LA Day in Santa Monica! It started with a class outdoors with the Studio MDR (which I modified a LOT), and then continued with a full and beautiful brunch spread, cocktails, a place to make your own lip scrub, get mini spa/facial treatments or touch up your brows, and even CBD samples! It was SO fun.

We then went back to Pam’s to bake the first half of the epic birthday cake she made me! We did a grasshopper chocolate cake with a bit of mint using a Cake By Courtney mix. I’ll just share a photo of that here because let me tell you, the fact that Pam made this and it wasn’t from an actual bakery still blows my mind!!

Saturday night was when we really celebrated and Alex took me to Elephanté, a pretty trendy restaurant that I’ve been dying to go to for ages!! The food farrrrr exceeded my expectations (if you go, please get the whipped eggplant and cacio e pepé!) but the views were even better. It was beautiful😍

We couldn’t wait to get home to our fur baby and dig into the most delicious cake my cousin Heather sent over from Ample Hills Creamery!! And yes, I’ve had two cakes all weekend and will continue to eat them until I leave for the east coast later this week😂 It’s my bday and I’ll eat cake 3x a day if I want to!!

Sunday morning was everything I could’ve asked for and more – Alex surprised me with a Theragun (since he knows how much pain I’ve been in with my back!) and we took Ovi for a walk on the beach. We grabbed our favorite “Salty Dog” coffees and a breakfast burrito from Dogtown Coffee, then watched our floof experience sand for the first time!! It was the CUTEST.

The rest of the day brought me over to my friend Alysia’s to sit by the pool with some of my other friends while snacking, enjoying and relaxing! She made an epic cheese plate, I went overboard with the Trader Joe’s snacks, and then we had Pam’s cake – it was a delicious day!!

My friend Connor came over for a bit in the early evening, and the rest of the night was just spent relaxing and watching some TV with my little family❤️

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday – I felt so overwhelmed with love and joy and I feel like this next decade is going to bring the most incredible adventures. I can’t wait! And I appreciate you being part of the journey with me😊

xo Jordan

Why I’m a Snacker and How I Pick My Go-To’s

This post is sponsored by Sahale Snacks but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

You probably knew this already, but I’m not one of those people that just eats three meals a day and leaves it at that! 💁🏻

In fact, I’m trying to give myself the nickname Snack Monster J so let me know if you’re on board. I feel like it’s an accurate representation of who I am since snacking is potentially my favorite hobby…if you can call it that. I know eating three solid meals a day works for some people, and that’s awesome! But for me, I just can’t focus and stay energized throughout the day without a lil somethin’ somethin’ in between my meals.

For me, the perfect snack has:

Wholesome Fats: I usually get these from nut butters or nuts on their own! Avocados are great too, but I like to save those for on top of my actual meals.
Protein: Yep, nuts cover that front, too. I also love greek yogurt, roasted chickpeas or hummus, string cheese, and energy bars, but I’m a little energy bar-ed out these days.
Wholesome Carbs: I know carbs can get a bad rap, but minimally processed carbs can be extremely important for women (otherwise it can mess with our immune system, mood, and thyroid/cortisol production). Some good sources of carbs are oats, sweet potatoes, blueberries and cashews!

Lately, I’ve been absolutely loving Sahale Snacks – while plain nuts are great, they sometimes don’t cut it for me when I need a little afternoon pick me up! They make nuts and trail mixes that combine some seriously incredible flavors like their Pomegranate Vanilla Cashew Glazed Mix and new Pineapple Rum Cashew Coconut Snack Mix!

Clearly, these flavors are anything but boring and add just a touch of sweetness when I need it most (aka always, but especially after lunch!). I also LOVE sprinkling them on top of yogurt instead of granola and/or nut butter since they do the trick all in one – a little sweet, a little crunch and like I mentioned earlier, and protein!

I’ll have a handful of Sahale Snacks before a workout (since sometimes I workout between breakfast and lunch), before dinner to tide me over while I’m cooking, or even afterwards for dessert. For all of Sahale Snack’s amazing flavors and where to buy, head to their website here. I also love that they source their ingredients thoughtfully, use renewable resources whenever possible, and give back to farmers.

Are you a snacker like me? What does your perfect snack consist of?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey y’all and Happy Friday!

This week I have been ALL over the place – I thought Tuesday was Wednesday and Wednesday was Thursday…all I can say is TGIF. This is actually my last Friday being 29 years old since my birthday is Sunday!

I’m super excited to turn 30, is that weird? I just feel like I’m ready to leave my 20’s behind. They were incredible, don’t get me wrong, but I feel solid in who I am, what I’m doing with my life and who I’m surrounded by, so heading into a new chapter just feels right😊

I’m not doing anything too crazy for my bday, just going out to dinner with Alex the night before and spending the day of with some girlfriends by a pool, but I am going back to the east coast next week, so that’ll be the real celebration! Anyway, here’s some light reading for your weekend!

15 Inspiring Journal Prompts to Try Tonight – I love the idea of journaling every night, but rarely do it…these prompts make it easy!

5 Easy & Healthy Dinners That Serve Just One Person – So yes I live with my boyfriend, but he travels 4-5 days a week, so it’s usually just me for dinner! I looooove these ideas – so helpful!

How to Keep Your Weekly Snack Budget to Under $10 – Apparently people spend $3,300 a year on snacks…I am definitely included😂

7 Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes – So I swear I had an air fryer before it was cool and then I was over it by the time everyone else hopped on board. I really need to break it out again and make some of these!

What You Can Do to Help the Amazon Rainforest Fire – In case you’re not sure how to help and feel hopeless. Sometimes using our dollars to do something small can make a big difference❤️

Have a great last weekend of August (say whaaaaat!!!!)

xo Jordan

The Hobbies I Almost Forgot About

This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When was the last time you spent an hour doing something that wasn’t work, prepping for the day or week ahead, chores, working out, or taking care of someone else? Are you someone who’s turned their passion into their business like me?

I feel like in 2019, it’s getting harder and harder to get away from work, whether it’s because we’re hustling or even working in an industry like social media where our life IS our work. If that’s you (it’s me, too), I think it’s important for both of us to remember to make time for our hobbies that bring us joy and have absolutely nothing to do with making money.

If I’m being honest, there are a lot of things I do that feel like hobbies but also help me in business – like listening to entrepreneurial podcasts, cooking/baking, editing photos, writing, etc. However, since these are now my job, they come with their own set of stresses that hobbies that are *just* hobbies do not.

Some of the things I used to love when I was younger were knitting, drawing, journaling, coloring, reading and sewing. You guys, I used to knit up a STORM – it was so much fun, you could make all kinds of things and it was cool to see your work create something tangible! My mom and I would grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, and sit down to knit together when I lived at home😊

I also used to read SO much, especially in the summertime! I could read 3-4 books in just a week-long vacation, but why do I need to be on vacation to do that? And coloring – there’s a reason that coloring books were so trendy a few years ago! They’re good for soul and are so much fun. Plus, none of them have to do with being on a phone or computer – the key to truly unplugging and doing something that brings me joy!

Honestly just writing this is getting me excited to sit down, open a bottle of white, and hop in the tub. I might color or read, and then when I get out, I think I’ll get back to knitting the baby blanket I’ve been working on for my dog (yep, you heard that right😂).

So, now I’m taking a 21 Day Pledge with Wente Vineyards to make time for my hobbies no matter what. Since it takes 21 days to form a habit, they’ll keep you accountable by sending tips, ideas and inspiration that can help you lead a more fulfilling life.

I know for me personally, taking this pledge and making my priorities a hobby may mean less time growing my business or out with friends, but it also means that I’ll be happier because hobbies = self care.

Wente Vineyards is actually the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery (founded in 1833) and is California certified sustainable, using earth-friendly practices throughout their estate vineyards, winemaking practices and in the community. Not to mention this Chardonnay is one of my absolute favorites😍

So will you take the Wente Vineyards 21 Day #MakeTime Pledge with me? I think we could all really use a bit more time to focus on what makes us happy, whether that’s getting back to our hobbies, spending more time with loved ones, traveling, or experience life to the fullest!

If you’d like to sign up, head to Wente Vineyards to take the #MakeTime Pledge and don’t forget to tell me in the comments what you’re making time for!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #5)

It’s been almost a YEAR since my last #WIAW. How crazy is that?!

In you’re not familiar, a What-I-Ate-Wednesday (or #WIAW) post is super old school food blog status, but I think it’s making a comeback in other formats like Instagram stories and YouTube! Either way, I’m here for it.

I only like to share these because I hope it gives you not only a peek into my day-to-day, but also some ideas! These posts are never meant to make you feel like your eats are good or bad, better or worse, just to give inspiration. Every body is different, every body’s tastes are different, and that’s okay😊 And, just so you know, I don’t count calories or macros or anything like that, I just try to eat as many real, whole foods as I can!

And on that note, here’s a look at everything I ate on Monday of this week!

7:30am – Collagen Coffee. ‘Nuff said (kind of)…I use a French Press and this milk frother to make the absolute perfect coffee every single morning. I also add in whatever non-dairy milk I have on hand, a scoop of Ancient Nutrition Joint Health Multi-Collagen in Vanilla plus a few shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice. I also added a tsp of Lakanto Maple Syrup in this one and it was SO good! P.s. I drink my coffee with a straw for teeth-whitening purposes!

8:45am – Since I had to take my car in for service this morning, my eats are a little off, but that’s okay! I brought a Naturally Clean Eats bar to have before I got home because I knew I would get hangry.

10am – I usually eat breakfast at 9am, but since I had that snack earlier, I was able to hold off until a bit later! I had to take a photo for a brand, so I made this yogurt bowl with puffins, figs and peanut butter. Most days I’ll have a smoothie, but I love these bowls, too!

1pm – Lunch was that salad up top with arugula, peach and goat cheese topped with 2 jammy eggs on the side (unpictured, sorry about that!!) and a handful of candied walnuts. That salad has been my go-to lately – I’m obsessed with fruit in salads!!

3:30pm – Snack time! I just needed a little crunch while I was working so I broke out some Off The Eaten Path veggie crisps! I’m obsessed with these, and I’m not usually a savory snack person🙈 I also made a water with True Lemon in Lemon Raspberry because sometimes I just don’t want plain water…I know that’s weird!

6pm – When my bf is traveling, I tend to have dinner on the earlier side! I made myself some Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi (sautéed with ghee) and added in Nuovo Pasta’s portabella and truffle pesto plus a side of steamed broccoli with lemon and sea salt. Also yes, Ovi is in most of my food photos now😂

7:30pm – Dessert was (half) a Lily’s Chocolate bar, if I’m being honest…probably could’ve eaten less, but it’s so dang good and it’s made with stevia, so I feel like it’s okay to eat that much sometimes. I also had a spoonful of a new peanut butter I got from Fix & Fogg because my willpower is at zero…😅

And there you have it! I probably snuck a few other handfuls of nuts or veggie crisps or something, but that’s pretty much all of it. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of these posts – I don’t often food journal so sometimes it’s fun to look back and see what I ate! I’ll link my old posts below.

xo Jordan

#WIAW #1

#WIAW #2

#WIAW #3

#WIAW #4

5 Easy Things I Do Every Morning for Better Health

Do you have a morning routine?

I wouldn’t say I really do, aside from making sure to let my dog out, check my phone and make my coffee, but there are a few things I love to do every single day that make me feel better both mentally and physically!

I like to preach that health is a lifestyle, it’s not all or nothing, a diet or cleanse, but there are always easy changes we can make to be at our best. I honestly look forward to most of these things and try to do them whether I’m traveling or at home! They give me energy, bring me joy and help get me organized (a feeling I thrive off of!). Some might even say they’re a bit of self-care😊

I start the day with things that inspire me. I always, always make coffee first thing and take time to read my favorite blogs, check out Pinterest, or watch my favorite YouTube channels. While I do love to hop on Instagram at some point, sometimes it can overwhelming and set my day off on a hectic note. The comparison trap is real🙈

I drink water. A lot of it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about people starting their day off with warm lemon water, but the one thing that gets me excited to start my day is coffee…so sue me💁🏻 But! What I’ll do is make my coffee and have that, but sip water on the side – at least large glasses before 9am! I’m always thirsty anyway (LA is *dry*), so it’s not like it’s hard, but I also think it just gets your body in gear for day.

I make a smoothie packed with the goods. You guys I swear by these – a smoothie is hands down the easiest way to get a load of nutrients that also taste like dessert. I try to keep the amount of fruit to 1/2 cup or less and pro tip: frozen bananas make smoothies extra creamy! I also like to add in spinach, a mix of almond mix and water, protein powder, and the Probiogen Smoothie Booster with probiotics and the equivalent of an entire multivitamin. It contains 20 vitamins and minerals plus probiotics for digestive health – which I think we could all use help with!

I take a probiotic. Lucky for me, the Probiogen Smoothie Booster already has probiotics in it, but if I don’t have a smoothie for some reason, or am traveling (which I have been a LOT), it’s much easier to just take capsules. I won’t travel anywhere without them and when I’m home, I just keep them right next to the coffee maker so I’m always reminded to take them!

Probiogen has two different kinds of probiotics that I LOVE: their Stress & Mood Balance Probiotic and Women’s Vitality Probiotic that both use Smart Spore Technology, which helps the probiotics survive 100x better (yes, they do die!). Right now, I’m mostly taking the Women’s Vitality since it also contains Cranberry and DDS-1 that aid urinary and bacterial health.

I plan out my day and prioritize deliverables. This is my last step before sitting down to really start the work day and it does wonders! I swear by a planner and written out list of to-do’s, and start with the ones that are due first. Some people like to use Google Calendar or different apps, but I love manually checking off what I’ve accomplished! Such a Virgo over here😂

And that pretty sums up my mornings! And if for some reason I forget to take my probiotics first thing, I just try to take them at some point in the day. I think one of the reasons I love Probiogen so much is because having that powder to put in my smoothies makes all of that nutrition so much easier to remember since it’s all in one! You can find their products on their website, as well as at retailers like GNC and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

What about you, do you take a probiotic?

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by Probiogen, but all images & opinions are my own.

A Not-So-Typical Day in the Life

I’ve second-guessed what day it is at least 6 times this week, it’s fine…😂

This week is kind of odd for me since I’m actually heading out of town for my best friend’s wedding Thursday morning. And I’m writing this post on Tuesday night, the 5th, because I’m just having a moment where I feel super freaking grateful for the life I’m living…do you ever get that way? Don’t get me wrong, things are so far from perfect right now, but today was one of those days where I felt like I was moving in the right direction. So I want to share it with you!

So everyday (including today) I wake up between 6:30 and 7am and let my pup out! I start work pretty much right away, which I know isn’t great wellness wise, but since I’m on California time, that means I’m already 3 hours behind everyone else on the west coast. In other words, I have extra catching up to do on social platforms and emails. Luckily all my clients right now are on PST too, but they all are early risers so we get stuff done first thing!

After doing some work, drinking my collagen coffee, posting this recipe on Instagram, and getting all ready for the day, I went up to an event in Bel Air with Peach & Lily, a non-toxic Korean skincare company that I am now obsessed with!!

I literally have no idea how they found me, it was a super small, suuuuper fancy event at a mansion with all these big time influencers, but it was easily the nicest event I’ve ever been to. It was nuts🙈

I learned so much about their products, too – everything is 100% worry free (meaning allergen and toxin free) and they work with an in-house toxicologist to develop them, too. He was actually there explaining more about the ingredients, which was really interesting! I actually used to work at a skincare company, so I looooove that stuff.

Once I got home, I made myself an iced coffee (I know, I’m addicted), some snacks, and got back to business…with some Ovi playtime in between, of course. Since he can’t go out on walks yet, he gets soooo much energy after I pen him in while I’m gone!

If you guys don’t know, my main job is being a social media consultant to women-owned and run businesses through my company DFD Creative, and my responsibilities/deliverables with each client can vary quite a bit, so everyday is different. This week I’m focusing on content creation and influencer outreach, for the most part! It’s fun😊

And since I’m not working out right now because of my back (I’m dealing with pretty severe pain that not even the spine specialist can figure out😑), I decided to go to a new infrared sauna to see if that would help! I’m not sure if my muscles feel any better, they’re unbelievably tight, but it was suuuuper relaxing. Maybe someday I’ll have one of those in my non-existent house…

Once I got home, I finished up my outstanding work for the day, ordered a salad from Sweetgreen since we’re low on groceries, and sat down to write this post!

I know nothing too crazy happened today, but I just feel very lucky to have a job with flexibility, creativity, and excitement. Is this what I’d pictured for myself 10 years ago? No, not even 5 years ago, but it’s pretty damn great.

So thanks for being here, I appreciate you always❤️

xo Jordan