2 Chocolate Recipes for Your Raging Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Cookie Cups & Spiced CBD Truffles

I’m going to share something with you and if you know me at all in person, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups with Emmy's Organics

But I literally eat dessert every single night. If we’re being honest here, I probably eat dessert multiple times a day, but most days I try to limit it to once😅

I used to bake a lot, like a whooole lot, and since I’m no longer an athlete for my day job, I’ve had to cut back a bit. That being said, I’ve found some other ways to make treats for myself without going HAM on a loaf of banana bread or eating 6 cookies at once. These days, I’m trying to make desserts that are slightly less sweet (so I can work on curbing my sugar addiction…) and also don’t tempt me to eat the whole batch at once. Luckily I live with my boyfriend, which means I always have someone who can share with me😊

The good thing about the following two recipes is that 1) there’s portion control built into the first one (since you can actually make them one at a time!) and 2) the CBD truffles actually aren’t super sweet, so you’d probably want to stop after a couple, anyway. Both are delicious, insanely easy to make, and not a ton of ingredients. The first is definitely sweeter, and definitely less healthy, but so worth every calorie (we don’t count those here) and the second has a little twist with some CBD coconut oil, although you could easily swap that out with regular! For more on the benefits of CBD, head here.

And now, onto the recipes!🍫

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups

2 cups chocolate chips (regular or vegan!)

2 tbsp 4th and Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee (or coconut oil or regular ghee!)

4 Emmy’s Organics Cookies (or your favorite soft cookie/cookie dough)

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips with the ghee in 30 second intervals until completely melted (mine took about 75 seconds!)

 2. Pour a tbsp or so of melted chocolate into silicone cups and pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.

3. Take your cookies and using using your hands, form into little discs that will fit into the silicone cups (I halved each Emmy’s Organics cookie and it was the perfect size). Press those into the hardened chocolate until they form a nice even layer.

4. Pour another tbsp or so of chocolate on top, put them back in the freezer for another 10, and then dig in!! 

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Spiced CBD Truffles

(inspired by this recipe)

1/2 cup CBD Golden Spice Coconut Oil (or regular coconut oil + 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, turmeric & cardamom)

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder or cacao powder (I did half and half!)

5 tbsp honey or maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup raw, shredded coconut (the unsweetened kind!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (should take less than 30 seconds) and stir in the cocoa & cacao powders, liquid sweetener and sea salt until smooth.

2. Place the bowl in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 minutes until it hardens to a ganache-like consistency.

3. While the chocolate is in the fridge, make the truffle coating by mixing the coconut and spices in a small bowl or on a plate.

4. When the chocolate has hardened, form small 1/2 inch or so balls with your hands. Then, coat in the balls in the spice, coconut & sugar mix.  *This step is messy, just fyi! I’d definitely do it near a sink 🙂 

5. Let harden again in the fridge until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

For more quick & easy recipes or meal idea, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Have a great rest of your week😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey hey, friends!!

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I know I kind of disappeared this week and to be honest, I have no good excuse other than the fact that I just needed a BREAK. You know?

I’ve been talking a lot on my Instagram about how the comparison trap is getting pretty real for me on social media, not to mention the massive time suck that it is, and I wanted to rest my eyes/brain for a second since the previous couple of months have just been bonkers content wise!! I really do love social media and the inspiration, relationships, and community it’s brought me – I wouldn’t change that for anything – but we can’t deny that it’s a bit exhausting. Worth it! But exhausting.

In any case, I’m back with my faaaavorite type of blog post to share with you all and that’s a link roundup of my faves from the past couple of weeks! As much as I love consuming content on social platforms, reading blogs/media sites will always be my #1. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

8 Ways To Live A Low Waste Lifestyle (Starting Now) – My next trip to Target will 100% include glass tupperware and I pledge to start carrying around my metal straws NOW! I already have a million, it’s just a matter of finding a way to put them in my purse without throwing them in there randomly ’cause that’s gross…

How to Tell If A Watermelon is Ripe Just By Looking At It – This is SO VALUABLE. Nothing, and I mean nothing is worse than cutting into a non-ripe melon (okay maybe a few things, but you catch my drift…).

12 Things I Learned From The 4 Hour Work Week – How do I make this my life?! More importantly, how do I convince my BOSS to make this my life??

Is Coconut Sugar Healthier Than White Sugar? – So helpful, I’m always confused. How is there so much contradictory information on the internet?

10 Natural Ways to Supercharge Your Water – PLEASE. From my post with Perrier, you guys already know that plain water is my arch nemesis in the summer. I need to start infusing my water with yummy things!!

Invest in a Few Minutes a Day for Happiness with a Five Minute Journal – I am really, REALLY going to try hard to implement this after my birthday/for the new school year (even though I’m not in school…it just feels like a good time to start fresh!).

14 Low Sugar Snacks that Actually Kind of Taste like Dessert – Homegirl cannot go a DAY without something dessert-like. It’s my vice, don’t judge me.

I love you all, have an amazing weekend, and thank you for reading!!

xo Jordan

Why and How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition

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

Hi Friends! We’re back this week with something a little different, but also a topic I care deeply about…sustainable nutrition🌎

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So here’s the thing, regardless of global warming or any of the other crazy things happening in this world, it is without a doubt that we’ve taken a bit too much advantage of the resources Mother Nature has given us, don’t ya think? And while that scares me sometimes, it also motivates me to make choices each and every single day that are for the good of the earth. I have a ton of friends doing “No-Plastic July” and now a bunch of companies are banning plastic straws, which is RAD, but like…what else can I, as just one small person, do?

Well, I can start with my eating habits, for one.

Plant-based eating not only has incredible benefits for the body, but it’s also important for our planet, too. You all know me – I’m not vegetarian, or vegan, or anything like that because nobody has time for labels here, but I do try to eat as plant-based as I can without limiting my life or ruining my relationship (lol, f’real). Sometimes this looks like choosing to forego the salmon at the store if the only thing in my budget is farm-raised (no, thank you!), opting for beans, nut butter or extra greens as my protein source in a meal, or even buying from local farmer’s markets. Other times, this means choosing plant-based supplements like vegan protein powders and vitamins.

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I’ve mentioned my favorite supplements a little bit on here before, but a new one I’ve been taking for a few weeks now is iWi Omega 3 Supplements. I’ve always known about the importance of taking an Omega 3 supplement, but only just started seeing it pop up more and more as a key way to boost immune, neurological and cardiovascular health, grow healthier hair, and a ton of other things important to our health and well-being. As a former athlete/someone who prioritizes fitness, I know it’s important to make sure I’m keeping my body strong and healthy, so adding supplements is an easy to way to ensure I’m doing so.

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Essentially, Omega 3’s come in a few different varieties – EPA & DHA are found in certain types of fish, and ALA which can be found in plant sources. So you can imagine how hard (and possibly expensive!) it could get trying to include all of these varieties with just the food we consume.iWi Omega 3 Supplements have the highest bioavailability in the Omega3 market (higher than fish and Krill) all while being vegan, non-GMO, and sustainably produced. They also contain chlorophyll (which helps detoxify the body, amongst many other things) and antioxidants. In a nutshell, these little capsules are POWERHOUSES of nutrition and by providing algae-based nutrition, they help keep both us and our planet safe.

Their sustainable farming methods utilize non-arable land, brackish water, and the sun as the main source of energy. Wanna hear something crazy? iWi’s 150 acres in algae production equals 45,000 acres of peas in terms of essential amino acids and production. This type of farming is 100% sustainable and scalable, and helps create local jobs in rural areas.

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So you get it now, right? Every little bit we can do or contribute helps us AND this planet, so by choosing plant-based nutrition as much as we possibly can, we’re helping to keep Mother Earth as beautiful and fruitful as she is today.

If you’d like to try iWi Omega 3 Supplements, you can get 15% off your order on Amazon with the code 15IWILIFEO – trust me, this stuff is an easy, cost-effective way to get the nutrients you need, on top of being a responsible choice!

Thanks for reading along😊

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap (Fun Fitness Events!) + July Favorites

So, I think this is like, the first time in years I’ve done a weekend recap for you guys…right?

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I know it seems random, especially considering I wasn’t traveling or anything, but I did attend a few fun fitness events that I thought I’d share with you! And since it’s the end of the month, I bundled that with my fitness & foodie favorites from July…which I still cannot believe is nearly over🙀

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I guess that means I was busy…which is quite possibly the understatement of the century considering these past few weekends have been jam packed (with lots of fun stuff, and a bit of work, too). This past Saturday I met my friend Emily at a launch event for Katie Austin‘s new activewear line, Austin Active. Some of you may know Denise Austin, Katie’s mom, who was a huge fitness personality in the 80’s and 90’s I think, but Katie is SO sweet and I’ve been following her on YouTube for awhile now.

She just launched a line of super cute workout clothes (I splurged for a set…I had to!!!) and to celebrate, she taught a free fitness class in Downtown LA at the most beautiful studio space. There was food and juice from Beaming (best chocolate chip cookies ever, you guys), makeup samples from Smashbox, Babe Rosé, and even a braid bar…although I didn’t opt to get my hair done this time!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

On Sunday, my friend Keely was teaching her class from ModelFit (aka my favorite class EVER – not kidding, it kicks my butt in the most fun way possible and Keely is the BEST teacher), so I went with a couple friends! The W Hotel here in Westwood is actually doing free fitness classes every Sunday at 9am on their WET deck by the pool (the most gorgeous setting) until the end of September, so if you’re in the LA area, I totally recommend going! Keely is actually teaching again this coming weekend, but there are a ton of other cool classes like boxing and yoga, too! I’m alllll about the free events here, and going with friends makes it 10x more fun😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

p.s. how stinkin’ cute is this gif ^ …like i’m sorry but we nailed it💁🏻

Okay NOW onto July favorites!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Smoked Salmon + Avo Toast – This combo is kind of all I want forever. I splurged on smoked salmon a couple times so far this summer and let me tell you, it is worth every👏🏼damn👏🏼penny👏🏼. I’ve always loved some good lox and schmear on a bagel, but with avocado instead of the cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon on top? Ooohhh baby we are in BUSINESS.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

AshaPops – So these are probably the coolest thing I tried all month…they’re popped LOTUS seeds!!! Have you guys ever heard of that?! This company (which is run by THE sweetest woman and her son) reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try these a few weeks ago and since I’d never heard of anything like them, I immediately said yes! Turns out they’re insanely delicious and pack quite a nutritious punch. I don’t know if you can read the front label up there, but AshaPops are low in calories, high in magnesium and protein, and extremely allergen-free (vegan, gluten free, soy free, etc.). My boyfriend and I finished off this chocolate bag in about 10 minutes sitting in traffic, but their other flavors like cinnamon and turmeric, are amazing, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Beekeeper’s Naturals Bee Pollen – I have been lovingggg adding this stuff to my smoothies lately, mostly because of the crunch, but also because bee pollen is SO good for you. BKN is such an incredible brand anyway, so I know all of their products are high quality, but their bee pollen in particular contains a ton of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein. It also tastes kind of nutty/earthy, which I’m sure is also good on oats and yogurt!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

NüFlo Shoes – Okay HOW cool are these?! I wore these Nüflo shoesies (is that a word I’m allowed to use in my late 20’s?) to pilates last week and they were amazing. There are grips on the bottom which make sure you don’t slip and slide on the Megaformer, but I know they’d also be great for regular or hot yoga, too. Speaking of, I haven’t been back to Y7 since before my broken elbow, so I’ll have to try them out there very soon!! Also they come in other colors or just black too, if that’s more your style😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Miyokos Smoked Farmhouse Vegan Cheese – I first tried this cheese at the Vegan Food Festival here in LA earlier this summer and I was absolutely blown away. If you like smoked gouda, you will LOVE Miyokos Smoked Vegan Cheese. It’s insane. And it’s vegan…which again, is not necessarily something I choose to be at all times, but I do try to eat less dairy for my skin/digestion and being able to eat something like this on a cracker is a serious game changer! It is a little pricey, but I’ve heard Trader Joe’s carries it for slightly cheaper!

Year of Yes – So full disclosure, I’m not actually finished with this book just yet, but I’m pretty close. I’ve recommended it to every single person I’ve talked books with since i’ve opened it up and I’ve been raving about it to everyone because Shonda Rhimes is a freakin’ GENIUS. Aside from being positive and real and authentic and awesome, which is all the things I want to read about, this book is just straight up hilarious. I literally laughed out loud by myself while reading it on the beach, and that’s a rarity so you KNOW it’s good. If you’re already a Shonda fan, I’d recommend picking this up immediately, but even if you aren’t, this woman is my idol. Such a good beach read!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Amazing Grass Protein Superfood in Chocolate Peanut Butter – If this protein powder blended up with a little frozen banana and almond milk were all I’d get to eat for breakfast for the rest of time, I think I’d be okay with that.This protein powder is hands down the BEST protein I’ve ever had. It’s vegan, has two full servings of fruits and veggies per serving, and contains alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella and açai…none of which you actually taste because the pb & chocolate takes over in the best way possible. I’ve been taking half a scoop (they’re biiiig scoops!), adding a couple frozen strawberries with a 1/2 frozen banana and a handful of spinach, and blending it up every single morning these days. I’m obsessed with this stuff!!

OMFG okay did you get to the end of this post?!?! I think this is the longest thing I’ve ever written, I’m so sorry for blabbing😅 If you made it, thank you and if not, I appreciate the effort.

Love you all and have an amazing rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

My Favorite Way to Stay Hydrated

This post is sponsored by Perrier® Carbonated Mineral Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Would you hate me if I told you that sometimes plain water just doesn’t cut it for me when I’m thirsty af?

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Like don’t get me wrong, I LOVE water, but when I really need something to quench my thirst, whether that’s on the beach, by the pool, on the mountain when I’m snowboarding in the winter, etc., I want something with flavor. Y’know what I mean? It’s these times I find myself craving soda or lemonade, but I also know those beverages aren’t the healthiest of choices, and have a ton of unnecessary sugar in them. While plain ol’ water can certainly do the trick, something like Perrier that has some bubbles and flavor to it is far more fun😉

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I know there are all kinds of carbonated waters out there, but Perrier’s flavored carbonated mineral water is hands down my favorite (and lucky for me, they used to keep our fridge at my last job completely stocked with this stuff!!). It’s not overly fizzy (which can be hard for me to drink) and lightly flavored without tasting sweet or artificial (because it ain’t!). My favorite flavor is the strawberry, which I have a feeling would be veryyyyy lovely in a vodka soda cocktail, but the pink grapefruit is a close second. I’m also feeling these guys in a nice white wine spritzer, but since we’re talking about staying hydrated here (and not on a Friday night), I’ll stick with the non-alcoholic version…

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And truth be told, I tend to actually prefer a drink like Perrier at a party – it’s zero calories, still feels fun, helps me stay hydrated, and leaves no trace of a hangover. Yep, I’m that girl who shows up with a case of this stuff instead of a 6-pack. Don’t judge me – we’re a “healthy living blog” over here, after all😋

Here are all the flavor options (and dzayum are they good ones):

Peach: Stylish, bold, daring

Lime: Classic cocktail twist

Strawberry: Bubbly, bright, berries

Watermelon: Summer

Lemon: Bright, tart twist

L’Orange: Combination of orange & lemon, subtle, citrus

Pink Grapefruit: Bracing tartness

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You can also find your flavor inspiration at Perrier.com/flavors and enter to win a year’s worth of Perrier flavors! So go run and do that because honestly a fridge full of this stuff would be a literal dream.

Pop a fun straw in your glass, a cube or two of ice to cool ya down, a slice of lemon or lime on the side, and pour in the Perrier folks. It’s soooo much better than plain water, I promise.

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What’s your drink of choice this summer?

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

I literally can’t remember the last time I said this, but I this week kind of flew by!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

My new job has been really busy, in the best way, and I’m still adjusting to slightly different hours, so maybe that’s part of it. To be honest though, I feel like this entire summer is flying by and while I probably should be mad about it, I’m already excited for fall..is that bad?😅

Okay okay, I’ll change the subject before people come for me – it’s time for another round of *drumroll please* Friday Finds! I’ve been reading a ton about this new moon/full moon situation and I’m a little worried about it (hence the reason it’s at the top of today’s list!) and while I have a ton of fun things planned for the weekend, I will not be making any big plans, or big purchases, and trying to keep things as low key as possible. I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like Mercury in Retrograde is REAL people. Let’s just keep calm and read on:

How to Channel the Energy of the Full Moon in Aquarius – I’m like, semi-excited and semi-nervous for this full moon business…it sounds intense. Granted, I don’t know all that much about the moons & how they affect us, but I’m learning and it’s actually really interesting!

10 Staples Kitchen Editors Always Keep in Their Freezers – This list is everything. I feel like I don’t keep my freezer stocked enough for emergency healthy meals when the rest of the groceries run out!

The $3 Superfood Smoothie for the Girl (or Boy) on a Budget – To be honest, the recipe for this doesn’t actually sound very appealing to me (where’s the flavor?), but I LOVE that they break down the cost of the superfoods. I think spirulina, chia seeds and flax seeds are SO worth the investment! I add some to my smoothies every single day.

8 Key Wellness Travel Tips and the Truth About Charcoal – I looove these, especially the last one about taking melatonin or something that helps you sleep. I don’t know about you, but I have so much trouble sleeping in a bed that’s not my own.

Manifestation is the New Meditation: The Secret to Living the Life You Want – GUYS. I am ABOUT this. I know it didn’t end up working out, but I swear to you I manifested my last job – my cousin came into town last November/December and together we manifested during the new moon. January rolled around and the job I literally asked for came. I don’t know, but I seriously think this sh*t works sometimes! There’s something about it…

Sorry this week was so wordy, guys!! Hope that you found something interesting in there😊

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Cocoa & Nut Butter Donuts with Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

Hello and Happy Humpday, My Friends!!

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a donut recipe up on here, so I figured we were due😏 If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile now (we’re talkin’ years, people) then you’ll know I used to bake a looooot. Like I mean a LOT. Making healthier versions of my favorite treats was one of my favorite activities and I loved sharing them with friends.

Well, that was back in the day when I was a) exercising a whole lot more and for a living, basically and b) in my earlier 20’s and had the metabolism of a horse. Now, things are a bit different and truth be told, I don’t trust myself around a batch of treats 9 times out of 10. However! I did make these in advance of having some company over, so that was good motivation to not eat all 6 of these donuts at once😬 And I can tell you, everyone freakin’ LOVED them…so I know you will, too.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

I made these donuts using 4th and Heart’s Chocti Passionfruit Ghee and just a quick word before we get to the recipe – 4th and Heart makes the BEST ghee I’ve ever tasted you guys. I’m not blowing sunshine and this post is not sponsored in any way, I just legitimately am obsessed with every single one of their products. The Madagascar Vanilla Bean has completely changed my toast game and the California Garlic is our new favorite for sautéed veggies.

Sooooo if you’re wondering, “Jordan what if I want to make these donuts but don’t have this ghee?” I will tell you that you can absolutely 100% make them, just sub it for plain ol’ coconut oil or ghee in the donut dough, and for the glaze? Idk maybe just melt a bunch of chocolate chips and drip them on there or something. Easy peasy.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

Cocoa & Nut Butter Donuts

3/4 cup whole wheat, white or oat flour

2 tbsp. peanut flour (I used PB2)

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 whole egg

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup almond milk (or cashew or coconut milk)

3 tbsp. almond butter (the runnier the better!)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbsp. 4th and Heart Chocti Passionfruit Ghee (or plain ghee) + more for glazing

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil or ghee. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, peanut flour, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, honey, milk, vanilla, ghee and almond butter.

2. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, but be sure not to overmix. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays evenly (this recipe makes 6 medium-sized donuts.

3. Bake for 10 minutes and let sit for at least another 10 minutes to cool.

4. Once donuts have cooled, frost the top of each with a thin layer of 4th and Heart Chocti Passionfruit Ghee (or any of their other amazing Chocti flavors!). A little goes a very long way, so start with just a teaspoon or so and spread with a knife. You’ll see what I mean 🙂

5. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to three days.

And there ya have it! I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but I promise it’s one of the easiest things to make. Let me know in the comments if there’s a certain kind of donut you’d like me to recreate! I definitely want to do more of those recipes on here😊

xo Jordan

More of My Donut Recipes:

Air-Fried Donuts

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts

Birthday Funfetti Donuts


What’s in My Purse: Summer Edition!

It’s humpday y’all and I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different today!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Summer Edition

I’ve been wanting to weave in more lifestyle content in general on here (I hope that’s okay with you!) and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what’s in my bag on a daily basis. I feel like the items people carry around with them everywhere say quite a bit about who they are and what’s important to them, while also shedding a bit of light into their day to day!

So here’s what I’ve been keeping on hand at all times this summer…

Planner + Pencil – When I tell you that I write everything down in my planner, I mean I write everythingggggg. Everything! From my meals to my work tasks to plans with friends to blogging calendars, my planner keeps me sane. People ask me how I juggle so many different things and this is the answer! As for the pencil, things for me tend to change on the daily so being able to erase when I need to is so important! I also just love writing with pencil better, there’s something about it that I find soothing because I’m a weird who hates pens😂

Reusable Water Bottle – You guys I am a water FIEND. But! Only when I have it on hand. I absolutely hate buying plastic water bottles (except for when I’m traveling) but I’m also thirsty, so I make sure before I leave the house that I have my water bottle. Between sitting in traffic here in LA and sitting at my desk, I actually find myself drinking a ton of water just out of boredom. No matter the reason though, I know it’s important to stay hydrated for soooo many reasons (better digestion, metabolism, clear skin, etc.) and knowing that I have water on hand at all times just makes doing so a lot easier!

Snacks – If you know me at all, you know I neverrrrr go anywhere without extra food. I’m one of those people that needs to know where/when there next meal is, so I like to carry around a bar or whole fruit or something so that I always have a healthy option no matter what. I just know myself and if I don’t have a snack with actual protein/fiber/etc., I’ll get hangry REAL quick. It’s also so much easier (and cheaper and healthier!) to have a stash in my purse rather than having to run out to a store to pick up something!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Dandy Bee Company Organic Lip Balm

Dandy Bee Company Chapstick – So fun fact and possibly TMI about me, my lips are ALWAYS chapped. I know, it’s not cute, but it’s real. I recently tried the chapstick from Dandy Bee Company and have legitimately fallen in love with how this stuff feels on my lips. I also love that this company was founded by a mom who wanted to limit the amount of toxins around her children (we LOVE a woman-run business🙌) and uses only organic ingredients. I’m looking at the label right now you guys and I can pronounce every single thing on here (like avocado butter, stevia extract and shea butter).

In an effort to move towards more clean-beauty, I feel really good about carrying this in my bag! I’m actually doing a *giveaway* with them on Instagram today, so be sure to head to my post to enter! They were also generous enough to give me a coupon code for you guys so if you use ’10dancingbee’ to checkout at Amazon or through this link, you’ll get 10% off through July 24th!!!

Sunglasses – Can I tell you something outrageous? I used to like, not wear sunglasses. I thought they were annoying (which I sometimes still do) because I have a small head and they all slide down my nose when I’m sweaty. While this totally still happens, I’m like HOW the heck did I not wear sunglasses? Driving here in LA where it’s sunny 95% of the time, it is a must. Not to mention I’m overly concerned about wrinkles these days and scrunching up my face/squinting ain’t a good look.

Headphones – I talk about my daily “podcast walks” on both the blog and my Instagram quite a bit, and having headphones an absolute essential part of this obviously! I’ve forgotten my headphones on at least two occasions and I can tell you my walk was a loooot shorter. If you’d like to check out my favorite podcasts (I’m obsessed with them), head to this post.

Now I wanna know what’s in YOUR purse!! Tell me in the comments one thing you can’t live without having on hand👇

xo Jordan

 

DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

For this week’s DFD Feature, I’d like to introduce you all to one of the most interesting, charismatic and kind women I know: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Y’all know we like to showcase women of all different backgrounds, industries, ages, etc. and Marjolaine is a yogi, musician and life coach living in Germany! I originally met her via Instagram (as per usual) and had the pleasure of experiencing an hour long coaching call with her just a few weeks ago where we went over some of my business goals and dreams, and how to achieve them.

Her story is so unbelievably unique and beautiful, and once you start reading our interview, you’ll know exactly what I mean! I know you’ll fall in love with her just as much as I have, but just to give you an idea, Marjolaine went from having a background in theater to a traditional job in a call center, and now runs a successful business helping female entrepreneurs reach their full potential. She’s also hosting a 5 day retreat to reset your body & mind for a thriving business in SANTORINI this September (like hello, that is awesome) and she’s been generous enough to give 100 euros off to anyone who signs up using the code ‘Donuts’ at checkout – please go for me so I can live vicariously through you. Homegirl doesn’t have enough vacation days…

Anyway, let’s just hop into it!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Tell us a little bit about Yoga With Bow! When did you decided to become a life coach?

I actually became a life coach super organically. I always loved guiding and inspiring people and I initially did a bachelor in psychology in French-Canada where I am from. My plan changed along the way and I was headed towards a master in speech language pathology. But on my last year abroad, I realized how many possibilities I had and felt a huge rush to LIVE a fuller life.

Fast forward a few years later, I now live in Germany with my Greek boyfriend from my exchange year, launched an album on Spotify and am working on the second,  built a super minimalist lifestyle and run a beautiful mindfulness resource for creative women entrepreneurs that inspires women to ignite their potential, spark their creativity and truly align their business with their purpose and gift. YWB is about being a creative woman and owning your unique story. Not defining yourself by what people see but creating yourself by tuning in to your flow and letting your vision unfold.

Can you briefly walk us through what a coaching session with you looks like?

Will you close your eyes for me? Arrive on your seat, star being aware of where you are at and how it feels. Bring slowly awareness to your breathing

I work with the flow. My sessions are a mix of incredibly insightful and practical moments on social media strategies, branding, message, money mindset and vision, but also welcoming moments of pure bliss and discovery with eyes closed and meditation. My clients tend to say that I am a lot of fun but also very strict, haha! I do like it when my clients are moving forward and seeing results, so I give homework. When I work with you, I believe 100% in your vision and I will do everything I can to provide you with resources and ideas to help you make it happen one sweet step at a time.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

What inspired you to start working on your own business helping others reach their full potential?

Life has a way to lead the way. I always knew I was a creative soul, having a background in Theater, makeup and community services, I always stood out as the girl doing everything and having magical opportunities happen to me like if my life was a movie (but I also was always a very spontaneous person) – no wonder that what is now Yoga With Bow started as an overnight decision!

I had been working for few months in a call center and one week after getting a raise, I got laid off because of restructuring. It felt great! I had become a zombie and my creative energies were so low. Fortunately, a few days after, I got a first gig as a small non-speaking actress role for a commercial and made a very crazy move. I built Yoga With Bow on WordPress in a day on that weekend – the website was terrible and I had not much of a clue about what I was doing, but it tasted like liberty. I do believe my expertise is heavily due to that mixed uncommon path. 

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

Passionate, confident, vision-oriented

What’s your favorite part of coaching? Is there a specific type of concern you love helping people work through (ie. entrepreneurship, relationships, etc.)?

I love the face of my clients every time we unlock something or open a door. It’s like watching tiny miracles and being aware of the vast possibilities that can open every time you make a move or get a new insight is addicting. Mostly, seeing my clients write their vision and gain clarity to a point where they achieve massive milestones is exhilarating. With my background in theater, I also love doing role play to raise the confidence and make you own your story and be ready for the pitch of your life or explain what you do to someone over coffee.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

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

Make a decision. Decide that your vision is truly possible and honour that decision like it was the only one you would ever get to make. Breathe in like if it was already your reality and start building yourself first. It always starts from within. If you don’t believe in your project 100%, no one will. Show up for yourself.

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?

I think an easy way to go about that is to use morning and evenings for you. You have to learn to practice-single tasking for both when you are working and resting. If you can give yourself a real 10 minutes break a day when you consciously care for your body, shower, or practice sport or meditation without overlapping your business, you will redefine your idea of work & play. 

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

I can’t believe there is another 6 months to go because this year has already given me so many surprises and gifts!! I will be launching a second EP, taking on new coaching clients to work on amazing projects, and welcoming people for a RESET yoga retreat in Greece this September. Also, my podcast is officially starting and my online shop will start to have physical products!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Okay HOW incredible is Marjolaine, you guys?! I see a bit of myself in her, just because of all these different paths in life have actually directed her to right where she needs to be in order to make her dreams happen!

If you’d like to contact Marjolaine for a coaching session (which I highly recommend – I still think about mine every single day), feel free to reach out on her website, Yoga With Bow. You can also find her on Instagram here: @yogawithbowand listen to her Spotify album here. Don’t forget – if you’re a lover of yoga and are looking for a little getaway, she’s also hosting a 5 day retreat in freakin’ SANTORINI. Like hello, I would do that in two seconds if I had the vacation days!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a beautiful day😊

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds.

Oooohhhh has it been a minute since I’ve posted one of these!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Between traveling and the past month just absolutely FLYING by, my weekly roundup posts got away from me!! I’m happy to bring ’em back though, these are my favorite☺️

I’m actually wrapping up at my job today (and starting a new one next week!) so it’s kind of a big Friday the 13th for me! Fun fact: 13 is my lucky number! I got my license on a Friday the 13th and also won a check at a big dance competition in high school so I know today is going to be a good one…

Okay enough rambling – let’s just get into it!

Why it’s Time to Start Cooking with Ghee – I started using ghee in my cooking/baking a few months ago and haven’t looked back. The flavor is incredible, but there are so many other reasons to use it, too!

Edible Flower Popsicles – Because I’m obsessed with beautiful food.

12 Minutes to Crop Top Worthy Abs – Your abs are always going to be crop top worthy, but this workout looks v effective, anyway!

Smoky Jackfruit “Chicken” Salad – GUYS. I’ve gotten jackfruit twice now at restaurants and I am in LOVE. I don’t understand how this is not meat. It’s so good and it really tastes/feels like it!! I definitely want to try making it at home.

The 10 Best Hotel Pools in the World – I always love seeing photos of beautiful places I hope to someday cross off my bucket list, but I actually have been to #5 on here! It’s the Hotel San Cristobal that we visited in Todos Santos last week 🙂

20 Foods to Improve Mental Health – Sign a sista UP. I always love seeing how foods can affect different parts of our bodies – it’s fascinating. Maybe in another life I was an RD or something…

What is Collagen? – I raved about collagen (again) in my June Favorites post, but if you’re curious as to what the actual science behind it is, this article breaks down everything you need to know!

Well there ya have! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading, or if any of these articles resonated with you!! Have a great weekend😊

xo Jordan