Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

Helloooooo party people! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so!!

My dad came into town Saturday morning for conference in San Diego, so I picked him up at LAX before we grabbed lunch and headed south! I wanted to show him the neighborhood I work in and then took him to Hot’s KitchenHot’s Kitchen in Hermosa for some grub. Their tacos are THE best. If you’re ever in the area, go go go.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

Our drive to SD took a bit longer than we had expected (ohhhh LA traffic), so we didn’t make it to the zoo like we wanted to, but that was okay! We checked into the hotel (the Grand Hyatt) and rested for a few before we walked over to dinner.

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My dad had read an article about Ironside Fish & Oyster, so we made a reservation there a few weeks ago. Let me just tell you, this place is a MUST. Like literally do not skip this one if you’re in San Diego, I can’t say enough wonderful things.

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We started 2 delicious drinks, green lip mussels (YUM) and their famous octopus & chorizo appetizer. For dinner, we both had two delicious fish filets, mine was Escolar and dad’s was Thresher, with lemon butter and a side of greens.

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We also ordered the charred broccolini and romanesco with mint pistachio pesto on the side. So freakin’ delicious. We were obviously super stuffed after dinner, but couldn’t pass up their new panna cotta dessert with angel food cake, rhubarb, and strawberry ice cream. UNREAL. Then, Sunday morning we woke up early and ventured out to Coronado Del Mar.

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I don’t know about you, but I had literally never heard of this place and apparently Walt Disney modeled off one of the famous hotels at Disneyland after the Hotel del Coronado. So, obviously, we had to go see it and it turned out they were doing a Sunday brunch buffet (aka the DREAM).

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After stuffing our faces with insanely good omelettes, fruit, pastries, fresh juice and coffee, we walked for about 3 miles on the beach. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect – sun and a slight breeze.

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Apparently the beach by the hotel is also ranked #7 in the country or something and for good reason! I wish I had brought a swimsuit and had more time, but I’m hoping to go back very soon!

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I had to head back to LA in the early afternoon since the traffic was already building, but spending 24 hours with my dad was the best. My parents don’t come out west very often, so when they do it feels extra special 🙂

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Hope your Monday is short and your coffee is strong. Be back soon!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds. (A Day Late!)

Hi there! I know I’m a day late (this week has been absolutely nuts) but I still wanted to share my Friday Finds with you!

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How a Food Budget Changed the Way I Ate – An interesting read, for anyone regardless of their budgeting.

Apple Cranberry Cashew Shaved Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad – Say that 5 times fast. Looks awesome.

The LA Workout Everyone’s Talking About At Your Own Gym – This looks insane! Who else is over paying $25 to do workouts they can do on their own? Definitely want to try this one when I’m in the mood to kick my own a$$.

7 Dreamy Flowers to Pick for your Home in Spring – So. Pretty!!! *insert a billion heart-eye emojis here*

Breaking Down Money Management– This girl knows her sh*t. So important for babes on a budget!

What Love Means – Hands down the most beautiful thing I’ve read this week.

Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, I’m always looking for new reading material 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!

xo Jordan

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

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So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

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Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

Colorado Recap.

Hi there! Sorry I disappeared for a second there, I was in Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip and then this week has been absolute craziness catching up!

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After a crazy flight out of LAX (re-routed to Vegas for a medical emergency and then grounded for a technical error), I finally reunited with my family late last Wednesday afternoon! Shoutout to Southwest for killer customer service though, I have to hand it to ’em.

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The drive to Breckenridge, where my family has been staying for the past 15 or so years, takes about 2 hours. We’ve been staying there versus Vail, Beaver Creek or Keystone (which we also love and visit!) because the town of Breck is so stinkin’ cute. They have incredible restaurants, great shops, and the skiing is incredible.

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We’ve always stayed with Vail Resorts, but for the past few years in particular we stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 (highly recommended!). Breck has 5 different peaks you can stay on and a ton of variety in the trails, which is another great reason to go there! Something for everyone 🙂

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Wednesday night we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Hearthstone, which is definitely one of the fancier ones in the area. The food is always unrealI can honestly say that we haven’t had a sub-par experience there in decades! (Also how cute are those Christmas lights?) My mom and I split the salmon and steak, but we all ended up kind of sharing everything anyway because everyone’s was so delicious!

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Thursday I skiied at Breckenridge with my mom and dad. The snow was so perfect and the mountain wasn’t too crowded. We even stopped for hot cocoa and my brother met us outside. It was the best!!

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That night, we went for taco’s at our favorite place, Breckenridge Taphouse. Talk about another place that never lets us down – their tacos are to die for and the drinks don’t disappoint either! If you can make it there for happy hour too, you will not be disappointed!

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By Friday morning, my boyfriend was in town and we all headed over to Vail where the Burton U.S. Open was being held. We skiied in the morning and then watched the competition all afternoon.

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I’ll tell ya, nothing gets me inspired like watching snowboarders absolutely crush it on the half-pipe and those giant ass jumps they carve out of the side of the mountain. I’m a pretty decent boarder, but I’m way too much of a pansy to try any tricks :/ I’m so afraid of getting hurt, but next year I really want to take a lesson to learn some basic jumps. If you’re still reading this in a year, please remind me that I’m saying this and hold me accountable so I can’t puss out again. I really want to look like this guy someday (or never)…

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Saturday it was back to skiing at Breck for another perfect day. I can’t even tell you in words or pictures how beautiful is was, but I will say that it 40 degrees and sunny on a snow covered mountain top with near 360 degree views. Aka the most gorgeous Saturday I could ask for.

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My family had to head out Saturday night back to Denver, but before leaving we all grabbed happy hour at Twist, one of our newer favorites in town! My really parents like to over order and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. Standouts from this meal were hands down the mac and cheese, trout dip and sliders, but absolutely everything was amazing!

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Saturday night was spent with the boy, first by the fire and then in the outdoor hot tub with some hard cider.

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We left Sunday morning after breakfast at Columbine Cafe (a must if you’re in town, but go early ’cause the line gets long!) and drove back to Denver for our flight. We surprisingly didn’t hit traffic, so we had time for Bloody Mary’s before heading back to LA.

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The trip went by so quickly and I was definitely sad to leave and say goodbye, but I’m so happy I was able to spend the days I had with my favorite people.

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As I get older, I realize how precious vacation is and how important it is to use that time to just be with people you love. I’m so lucky to have a family that reunites throughout the year and I’m already counting down until our next trip!

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I hope everyone’s having a great week – promise I’ll post a recipe soon, I’ve been cooking up a storm these days!

xo jordan

February Favorites.

Can you believe it’s already March?! This month has flown by, but I’ve tried so many yummy new products that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

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I got a hugh jass haul from Vitamin World this month and I’m obsessed with everything. I ordered from them on Black Friday too, they have crazy good sales and everything a health & fitness fanatic could want.

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These new Quest Beyond Cereal bars are so dang good and only 110 calories. They’re still packed with protein though, and low in sugar, which makes them the perfect afternoon or post-workout snack. I love all the flavors, but this chocolate one might take the cake.

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I’ve been a fan of Garden of Life for awhile now, but hadn’t tried their new, super clean Sport Line. This chocolate plant-based protein powders is one the best ones I’ve had that legitimately tastes good on its own with just almond or coconut milk. Most plant-based proteins taste kind of chalky, but I assure you this one will make you think you’re drinking a milkshake!

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A friend told me this brand was on Shark Tank, which I’ve never seen, but the products from Nuts ‘N More are SO good. I’m addicted to their peanut powders (regular + maple), which I add to everything from my greek yogurt to smoothies to oatmeal, and now I’m addicted to their protein spreads, as well. They taste so unbelievably decadent, but they actually have less fat that regular peanut butter. How do people make this stuff?!

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Aside from my Vitamin World haul, I’ve been lucky enough to try these new Himalania Dark Chocolate Goji Berries. I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to goji berries in general (they’re slightly sweet but not too much, and have an awesome chewy/crunchy texture!), but these are dusted in dark cocoa powder, as well. They’re the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving something sweet, and they’re pretty healthy for a dessert!

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Last but not least, these Bonk Breaker bars are delicious!!! I’m an avid bar-eater (it’s almost sad how much money I spend on them to be honest), but these come in so many interesting flavors and have a ton of protein for not a ton of calories. Usually I find new bar companies to have one or two good flavors, but I rarely love the whole line. I honestly can’t pick a favorite one of these, but I will say the salted caramel tasted unbelievably decadent and the mint chocolate chip was like a thin mint but better.

Alright y’all that’s it for now. I’m about to hop on a plane to Colorado so I’ll chat with you from there 🙂

xo Jordan

A Word on the Weekend.

Aaaaand just like that, we’re back to Monday.

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Every other Thursday, we have a meeting at work where we discuss our recent wins and some things that we’re working on. At the end, we share our plans for the upcoming weekend. Last Thursday, and for the first Thursday in a long time, I realized I had no real, concrete plans. I’ve been on the go quite a bit, and I’m 100% a planner/list-maker, so not having any set schedule seemed almost boring and honestly slightly stressful. After our meeting, I thought about setting up back-to-back friend-dates for both days and tried reaching out to a few people, but when nothing came to fruition I realized I had total freedom for once. And it was so unbelievably nice.

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My Saturday consisted of an easy morning in complete with pancakes and homemade lattes, then a solo trip to the gym. Without any time constraints, I was able to do a full on workout while I listened to some of my new favorite podcasts. Afterwards, I took a walk along Main Street in Santa Monica and then met some friends at the beach. For lunch, we went to a new-to-me spot I’ve been dying to try for years, Huckleberry, and it was incredible (see the photo up at the top of this post ^!)

Dinner was a special one, thanks to a gift my parents gave me and my boyfriend back on Christmas. I didn’t take any photos, partially because I wanted to live in the moment and keep my phone away during our time together, but also because (let’s face it) taking photos in a fancy restaurant isn’t exactly the classiest thing ever. I will say, our crab cake appetizer, scallop dinner and pumpkin pot de creme at Cafe del Rey were absolutely to die for. I don’t exactly get to splurge on dinner often, so being able to go to such a beautiful restaurant was a real treat. Thanks mom and dad!!

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Sunday we slept in and then decided to make a frittata. Have you ever made one of these?! It was so easy, and so delicious!! I then met a friend from home at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a cup of coffee. This is another place I’ve driven by a thousand times but have never actually gone to! This place just screams Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to me, I loved it – perfect baby pink with Beverly Hills Hotel written in script on everything, just quintessential old Hollywood vibes. And it’s safe to say I’ll be searching for an exact replica of their palm leaf wallpaper for my next apartment…

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Post-fancy coffee, I met one of my best friends for (yet another…) cup of coffee. Since really no one should have 3 cups of coffee before 2pm, I opted for a Golden Milk Latte instead at Cafe If in West Hollywood. I had never been to this cafe before either and it was super cute! Very minimalist and quiet, I think this would be a great hidden gem to work out of someday! That latte was pretty epic too, slightly spicey and lemon-y and very delicious. Dinner was homemade turkey chili + cornbread (I swear by the mix from Trader Joe’s!) while watching the Oscars.

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To be honest, I didn’t actually mean for this post to be so much a recap of my whole weekend as an attempt to prove the point that not everything has to be planned every minute of everyday. And, more importantly actually, there are so many things to do and see wherever you may live that you may not even realize. I think we often get caught up in our routines or only go to our favorite places, which I totally think we should still do, but every once in awhile it’s nice to find something new. In 2 days, I visited 4 new places (which is rare for me.) A new place or meal or mini-adventure can make any ordinary weekend feel special. I’m grateful to live in a place with so much to offer, and I’m making a promise to take more advantage of it in the future!

Did you try anything new this weekend?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Cheers to the weekend, y’all!

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Golden Milk Chia Pudding – Kind of obsessed with turmeric (like the rest of the world) lately…

Homemade Boozy Gummy Bears – Sign. Me. UP.

How to Snack to Boost Metabolism – Give me alllllll the snacks!

20 Healthy Dinners You Can Meal Prep on Sundays – All. About. That Meal Prep.

3 Genius Ways to Use Your Avocado that Aren’t Toast – Those Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, tho.

EWG’s Cancer-Defense Diet – This is a good one to keep bookmarked, especially as a reminder that diet & fitness are about so much more than just weight!

10-Minute Abs & Back Workout with Rebecca Louise – I love how fast this workout is, but you feel it! I also loooooove Rebecca Louise – check her out if you haven’t yet!

Have a beautiful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Gingerbread Bites.

To say these little bites of glory are addictive is a serious understatement.

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As many of you already know, I’m kind of obsessed with snacks period, but especially when they’re in little ball form. I’m somebody who not only packs a lunch every day for work, but about 7 other snacks to keep me fueled during the day. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I seriously eat like every 2 hours because I’m genuinely hungry and my stomach is growling. Does this happen to anyone else?! S.O.S.

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That being said, I make sure that each and every one of my snacks has nutritional value, and protein wherever I can fit it in. Usually it’s 1-2 pieces of fruit (smothered in peanut butter), sometimes hard boiled eggs, energy bars that are as low in sugar as possible, and easy to eat veggies like carrots or sugar snap peas. If you’ve ever taken a look at the nutrition labels on most energy bars these days, they’re packed with a loooooot of ingredients and sugar. To remedy this, I make my own version of them, but in bite form! These gingerbread bites, which are adapted from this recipe, have a bit of spice, a lot of protein, and a ton of flavor. They’re perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, post-dinner treat, or, if you’re like me, you’ll accidentally flip your lunch plate full of cauliflower rice onto the floor next to your desk and need to eat them to supplement your lunch. *Insert eye-roll here*

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

Gingerbread Bites

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 tbsp coconut or white sugar

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Rainbow Light Vegan!)

1/4 cup almond butter (Maranatha is the best, in my opinion)

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup milk (regular or non-dairy is fine)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp ginger

1/2 tbsp nutmeg

1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until they’re a flour-like texture and size.

2. Combine the oat flour, sugar, and vanilla protein powder in large bowl and mix well.

3. In a smaller bowl, stir together the molasses and almond butter as best as you can. Pour in the milk and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again until well combined.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until a ball of dough starts to form. It may take a minute or two but keep stirring. Add a touch of milk or water if the mixture is too dry.

5. Form 1-2 inch balls with the dough and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I haven’t tried it yet, but these also probably freeze well! Enjoy 🙂

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xo Jordan

How To Squeeze in a Workout When You’re Insanely Busy.

How many times have we all used the excuse that we don’t have the time to workout?

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Speaking for myself? SO MANY. And I can’t begin to tell you how much of a lie I know that really is, but I continue to do it anyway. I recently heard somewhere that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. And while that goes for people, relationships, hobbies, careers, whatever, I think it should go for ourselves, too.

As a dancer, I’ve also always been someone who uses exercise as a way to express myself, let off some steam, or get a boost of endorphins, but with a full-time job it’s easy to turn into someone who wants to use the free time they have to spend with loved ones or just relax for a change. And, though this is totally valid, it’s easier than you think to squeeze in some exercise everyday without spending an hour at the gym lifting a bunch of weights and trotting away on the elliptical for 45 minutes. #overit

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If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know I’m super into audiobooks right now and even podcasts. I’ve been using them as a way to make working out slightly more entertaining and they honestly encourage me to get moving. The book I’m listening to right now I only listening to when I’m on a walk or at the gym. That means when I’m done with a book that takes 11 hours to listen to, I’ve worked out for ELEVEN hours. My point is, find something that makes you want to get moving, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. You’ll feel better, I promise. Here are my 10 favorite ways to get moving when I’m short on energy, motivation and time:

1. Use your lunch break wisely (if you get one): I always do something active on my lunch break, even if that’s just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. When I’m up for it, I’ll run to the gym for a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. If I get there between noon and 1pm, I can even catch some of The Chew on TV. Am I 90 years old? I don’t know, I don’t know…

2. Keep a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells handy & visible: I always had a yoga mat, but hid it up in my closet. When I got the dumbbells, that really helped because I keep them both right next to my bed where I see them everyday. It’s a lot easier to do 30 bicep curls randomly while watching The Bachelor when you remember you have the equipment to do so and a constant reminder.

3. Go for walks: Back to point 1, walking. Is. AWESOME. If I’m not listening to an audiobook or music, I’m on the phone calling an old friend, my parents, or my grandma. On weekends, I love to take walks with my boyfriend just to take a break from vegging out or spending too much time on our phones/computers. Walk as much as you can, wherever you can. Yes, that means to the grocery store (your bag isn’t that heavy, trust), to dinner, to anywhere.

4. Reward yourself for meeting fitness goals: And try to make that reward not food-related. Personally, I have a pair of baby pink New Balance kicks in my J. Crew cart that I am not allowed to buy yet until I get back into a routine of working out 6 days a week. For you, that might be something different – a new pair of workout leggings, a dinner out, or a new beauty product. Whatever it is, work for it.

5. Take advantage of YouTube: If you didn’t catch my post on my favorite YouTube workout videos, or weren’t feeling anything I posted, take a minute to browse for some workouts you do want to do. There are SO many yoga, HIIT, toning, dance, and cardio workouts on the internet it’s actually insane. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother having a gym membership

6. Start with 30 minutes: Most of the time I tell myself that if I just do 30 minutes, then I’m doing okay. I used to spend (at a minimum) 60 minutes at the gym. That was back when I a) had more time and b) was an athlete for a living, but still. There’s no need to kill yourself, and an hour sounds really daunting. Start with 30 minutes and chances are, you’re going to be so in the zone you won’t be able to stop.

7. Or even just 5: I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog ages ago that if you really and truly don’t have more than 5 minutes, just do 100 crunches, a 60 second plank, and 60 second planks on each side. This way, you’ve done something.

8. Pick 5 different moves and do 50 reps of each: If I honestly can’t make it to the gym, I pick just 5 moves and do 42 reps of each. I got this idea from the Tone It Up girls and it’s pretty awesome. Switch it up everyday and pick moves work different muscles. I usually also do a mix of some that totally kick my butt and some that don’t require too much energy. Some ideas include burpees, side lunges, squats, bicep curls, hammer curls, glute bridges, clamshells, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, pushups, and mountain climbers.

9. Turn coffee dates into active dates (with coffee): One of my favorite things to do is get coffee with friends. I love coffee and I love my friends even more, but what’s even better than sitting at the coffee shop is going for a walk or hike with it. Most of the time you end up going for a much longer walk and spending more time with your friend than you would have in the first place.

10. Prioritize your health above all things: If a rest day is what you need, or a few more minutes of sleep, DO THAT. No one can tell you what is best for you and rest days are so important.

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Hope you’re having a great week!! Be back soon with a recipe, scout’s honor 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, Friends!

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Quick & Easy Blender Protein Pancakes – aka my breakfast Sunday morning.

11 Different Popcorns, 11 Different Ways – In light of trying to eat less sweets this month, I think popcorn is an awesome alternative. Can’t wait to try these!

A Guide to Plant-Based Calcium – Important!! I’ve been trying to get my nutrients from produce rather than dairy & meat, but let’s be real, I’ll never go vegan…haha

Spring-Cleaning Checklist – Putting this on my to-do list asap. My apartment needs a very serious spring clean!

The One Thing a Sleep Expert Wants You to Stop Doing – I really need to get back on my “kitchen closes at 9pm” thing, huh…

The Best Wines to Buy at Trader Joe’s – Yes, yes and more yes.

What have you been reading?! Let me know in the comments and have a beautiful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan