Friday Finds

I’m not sure where this week went, but hey happy Friday!

The past few days have been filled with milestones that were well-documented – celebrating one full year as an entrepreneur + 6 months as a dog mom – lots of fun workouts (I co-hosted a 5 day workout challenge with friends on Instagram!) and fun things like getting a new couch, catching up with friends and getting back into a real dance class!

I was also featured on SD Voyager in an interview for their “Trailblazer” series, which is kind of cool😊 I have to say, the start of January had me feeling kind of meh, but I’m getting excited for this year and what’s to come. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re already halfway through the month!

Anyway, let’s jump into Friday Finds ’cause it’s been a minute since we’ve posted one of these!

Why Travel is the Best Form of Self Care – From my absolute favorite travel blogger😍 And I firmly, firmly believe this – it’s why we’re going to Asia next month!

5 Trader Joe’s Recipes for Cozy Date Nights In – Why is Trader Joe’s literally the best ever?!

Madelaine Pesch’s 19 Minute Workout Routine – I haven’t watched Riverdale in a minute, but this girls seems SO cool…and looks amazing. She’s working out with Stephen Pasternak of P.volve in this video, and I’ve done their workouts before. They’re super low impact but you still really feel it!

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls – Well these are BEAUTIFUL. And easy if you use pre-made hummus😅

11-Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength – Yoga is one of my all-time favorite ways to move right now and moves like these leave me surprisingly sore the next day!

8 Eco-Friendly Meal Prep Products – One of my goals for 2020 is to make a better effort eat/live sustainably! Brb while I order all of this…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, especially if you’re lucky and have Monday off😉❤️

xo Jordan

I’ve Been a Dog Mom for 6 Months and Here’s What I’ve Learned

Hey y’all! This post is all about being a dog mom 😊🐾

We picked up our aussiedoodle pup on June 29th when he was just under 8 weeks old and now he’s almost 9 months! Time FLIES. I filmed a video alllll about what we experienced in terms of training/food/treats/time management/budgeting/etc., but I wanted to go through some of it here too, in case you’re not a video person!

I will also say that we did get our dog through a breeder for the sole reason that we needed a hypoallergenic dog (my bf is allergic to dogs that shed) and it was VERY difficult to find one to rescue here in LA. If you’d like our breeder’s info, she was absolutely fantastic and so unbelievably helpful – her name is Terah!

Find the video below and keep scrollin’ for all the links to what we love for Ovi!

TRAINING: Here’s the grass pad we used and crate we used! I think both are essential!! When Ovi was good with the pad inside, we started using bells on our door to train him to go outside. He always uses it to let us know when he has to go out! We also did a lot of clicker training – you can search things on YouTube to help you, there are lots of videos all about it!

FOOD: I would absolutely just ask your vet what they recommend because every dog/breed is different, but we mainly feed Ovi NutriSource. We also get Farmer’s Dog when we can – their food is a little pricey, but I feel good about giving it to Ovi since it’s super fresh, so we’ll get it when we can and mix it with the dry food so we don’t go through it as quickly.

TOYS/TEETHING: When he was teething, we would wet a washcloth then put it in the freezer, or put peanut butter in a kong toy and then freeze that because otherwise he eats the peanut butter in 2 seconds😂 Ovi destroys anything and everything, so we try to splurge for the more durable toys when we can (Orvis makes great ones!) and rope toys are great for tug of war plus they won’t break! We also loooove the Bark Box toys but they’re definitely destructible. We also love giving Ovi frozen carrots and he LOVES his antler, hooves, stink-free bully sticks, and himalayan yak chews.

BUDGETING: I’m not going to lie to you, having any kind of animal is definitely an expense. If I had to guess, we spend about $200 a month on dog bags, food, treats, and toys (which Ovi always destroys without fail) and that doesn’t include our BarkBox or the occasional box of Farmer’s Dog. It’ll be more in the beginning since you’re buying everything else you’ll need (the pee pads, crate, brushes, toothbrushes, bowls, etc.

Vet appointments aren’t honestly too pricey (probably about $75 a visit, depending what you’re doing ie. vaccinations, bloodwork, etc.) and luckily we haven’t had to go too often. Grooming was shockingly expensive to me, about $100 a haircut! And Ovi needs them often. The most expensive thing hands down is care/boarding. Luckily I’m home to walk him, but when we travel, it really adds up!

^ that picture always cracks me up – it’s from when Ovi’s nails were SO sharp as a puppy in the summer and I’d constantly have to put sweatpants on to keep his nails from scratching me😂

Anyway, I’m sure I left SO much out, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask me anytime! Us dog parents gotta stick together😉

xo Jordan

Celebrating & Reflecting On One Year as an Entrepreneur!

Umm…can you believe it’s been exactly one full year since I announced my business?! Because I can’t…

Part of me feels like it was just a couple of months ago and the other part can’t believe this wasn’t always my life! As of today, I have officially been my own boss running my social media consulting business full time. I’m freaking out but in the best way!

When I attended business school a few years ago, I never imagined I would end up an entrepreneur. I assumed that once I graduated, I would just go into corporate America like most of my classmates. But when I really think about it, I kind of always had the characteristics of someone who would end up doing their own thing.

I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum, enjoyed doing a million things and being in charge of all of them, and I think my professional dance days just made me realize even more that I really love managing my own schedule/life since I was doing it that whole time, anyway.

As I reflect on the past year, I think about how far I’ve come (even though I have SO far to go). A lot of weird sh*t happened – I almost worked with a few people that treated me like garbage and took advantage just because I thought it was a good opportunity…then later in the year, when I thought I had a clearer vision of who I wanted to work with, I still messed up and took on work that paid SO well but left me miserable.

It wasn’t all good, but I’ll leave the sketchy stuff there because what’s really important is that the work I’m doing now, one year after starting out on this crazy a$$ road, fulfills me like NO OTHER. Let’s talk about it!

This past year has been…

…filled with luck and good timing. I firmly believe that the clients that came my way did so because of hard work I’d done in the past (they all essentially were the result of either networking or previous jobs). But that being said, the timing lined up perfectly for all of us – they were looking when I was offering, and that I can’t help but attribute to luck, and maybe a little fate, too.

…a learn-as-you-go experience. You can prepare all you want for your next move, but at the end of the day, you can only do so much until you’re thrown into the fire. I personally think that’s a great thing, just because we’re all learning and that’s the FUN part of it all. But it can also be stressful. Figuring out how to navigate has really been my focus of the past 12 months, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever really have the hang of it!

…busy af. Let me tell you though, I’m one of those people that despises being bored – I’ve literally left great paying jobs because of it. But that means the being “busy” is pretty much the biggest blessing ever! While it’s exhausting, it’s pretty hard to complain about having “too much work,” especially in my first year out the gate. When I’m busy, I thrive, and I just try to remember that when it feels overwhelming.

…disorganized. I’ll be the first to admit it! There’s so much to keep track of when you’re a business – finances, timing, deliverables, due dates, calendars, scheduling, taxes, health insurance, bills, all of it! It’s SO awesome being able to work from home and create your own schedule, don’t get me wrong, but running your own business also comes with the not-so-glamourous bits, too. There’s no accounting team, HR department, boss to tell you what to do when, or team to bounce ideas off of. It’s all you baby! And unfortunately my planner isn’t big enough or neat enough😂 Maybe I’ll do better in my 2nd year!

…SO MUCH FUN. In my first year running DFD Creative, I got to meet more incredible people than I’d ever dreamed of, travel to a ton of different places, attend exciting and eye-opening events, work with inspiring women, experience LA in a new way, really step out of the box and get creative, spend more time doing what I love, build out my side hustle (which has become more of a middle hustle!), collaborate with friends, say yes to new opportunities and spend more time with loved ones. I don’t know if work/life balance exists, and it can be especially hard when you don’t have the structure of a 9-5, but man is it exciting😍

Every single day of my life is different. I don’t have many routines, I have to go with the flow, sometimes do things at the drop of a hat, really prepare for rainy days (because I know they’ll come), and be on the ball. But I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I could cry thinking about how grateful I am to be here, in this place, at my little desk that’s admittedly VERY messy, next to my dog, sipping my homemade oat milk latté.

Thank you for your support day in and day out, for visiting my corner of the internet, giving me a creative outlet, and becoming such a huge part of my life. I love you all and I can’t wait to see what this post looks like next year!!!!

xo Jordan

Chocolate Raspberry Cassava Flour Muffins (GF, Dairy Free & Sugar-Free)

First recipe of 2020 let’s gooooooo!!

I haven’t really talked about it on here yet, but I’m working on being on an anti-anflammatory diet (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free). As of now, I can tell you that it is *not* going well😂 But I am trying! And admittedly I don’t have all that much gluten and dairy anyway, but ohhhh sugar has my heart, y’all know that!

So in an effort to…make a better effort, I’m trying to take my sweet tooth and turn her into an actual friend as opposed to an enemy. Enter: monk fruit and stevia – yes, even in baking, ALWAYS.

These muffins are made with cassava flour to leave out the gluten, and a mix of mashed banana, Lakanto Foods Maple Syrup made with monk fruit and Lily’s Chocolate Chips (ok I’ll admit that I didn’t use them here because I forgot I was out), but that chocolate is my go-to! Keep scrollin’ for the recipe which was inspired by this one by Clean Eating Kitchen.

Chocolate Raspberry Cassava Flour Muffins

1 1/2 cups of Cassava Flour (I used Otto’s Naturals)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 egg

1/2 cups mashed banana (about 2 medium)

1/2 melted coconut oil

1/2 cup monk fruit maple syrup (I used Lakanto Foods!)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips (or any, if sugar isn’t a concern!)

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tin or silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) with avocado or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cassava flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the egg, coconut oil (let it cool first!), maple syrup, mashed banana and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry, then stir in the chocolate chips until well-combined.
  5. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full and then press down 1-2 raspberries on top of each. I split the raspberries in half to make them fit better!
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (until the tops start to turn golden brown) and eat when warm or store in an airtight container. I highly recommend microwaving these for 10 seconds if enjoying later!

Have you ever baked with cassava flour? This was my second time and I loved it!! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by😊

xo Jordan

My Word for 2020 (+ Intentions/Goals for January!)

Happy, happy New Year!!! 🎉

There’s something about going into a new *DECADE* along with experiencing my 30’s that just kind of blows my mind in a really wonderful, really overwhelming way.

I don’t usually sit down and really write out a bunch of intentions and goals, but this year feels different. It feels important. And I really want to make it the best it possibly can be since I know I’m on the right path, I just need to get organized…and this blog post seems like the perfect place to start😊

I’ve decided that my word for 2020 is:

GROW

2019 was the year I took a leap of faith and went full time with my consulting business. It was my first time not having a corporate job since my dancing days, a time when my blog/Instagram were really taking off and turning into a side hustle (in addition to a passion project) and the year I became a dog mom (!). I feel like it was the year I planted the seeds for my future, and now it’s time to grow.

I have a feeling this year is going to be hard. Like really hard. The beginner’s luck and honeymoon phase of being an entrepreneur might wear off (it hasn’t yet, and I sure hope it doesn’t, but it might…), I have long-term goals in mind that I need to get in gear in order to accomplish (like buying a home someday), and I want to work smarter because as of now, every day is awesome, but chaotic af.

It’s time to really expand the way I think, operate, work, and navigate the day to day. I need to hunker down and FOCUS (another great word) and make moves. I’m excited.

In terms of other intentions and goals for January, I really want to:

  1. Re-design my blog since it’s been YEARS, you guys. years. 🙈
  2. Follow a real fitness plan, which I now have thanks to the trainer/PT I worked with in New York last month!
  3. Finish setting up my home office and desk space
  4. Make one new recipe a week (my creativity in the kitchen has been minimal lately)
  5. Visit 2 new-to-me workout studios (which I can totally do thanks to ClassPass who’s actually offering a whole month free to new customers – NUTS.)
  6. Read 2 books
  7. Make one YouTube video per week, which I was surprisingly good at last month!
  8. Be more consistent about blogging since I’ve kind of lost it the past few months. I want to find my creative spark again.

What’s your word for 2020? Or maybe you’re more of an intentions/goals kinda person – share them with me below so we can keep each other accountable😊

And Happy 2020!!!

xo Jordan

p.s. all photos are by my incredibly talented friend Jess Rochow!

Top 10 Posts of 2019

Well, as per usual the time between Christmas and New Year’s FLEW by (just like the rest of this month) and the end of a decade is TOMORROW. 🙀

I’ve been busy closing out work for the year and mostly planning ahead for an incredible 2020 – celebrating the anniversary of launching my business (DFD Creative), re-designing my blog, creating more engaging, valuable content for you, and nailing down details for my 2 week trip to Asia in February! So much goodness to come😊

But just like I do every year, I wanted to take a quick step back and reflect before getting ahead of myself and jumping into something new. Here were the top 10 posts of 2019!

10. What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

9. March Favorites

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

8. 5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

7. Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

6. Spicy Greek Yogurt Mustard Dip (with Air-Fried Tater Tots!)

Dancing for Donuts | Spicy Mustard Greek Yogurt Dip (With Air Fried Tater Tots!)

5. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

4. I have news… (!!!!)

3. Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin Texas!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

2. Easy Air Fried Tofu & Peanut Shirataki Noodles for One

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

1. Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

Shockingly, many of those posts are not from this year – that is veryyy interesting! And gives me lots to think about…

Whether you’ve been reading for awhile or are new around here, thank you SO much for continuing to visit my blog! If there’s anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know. Your support and feedback mean the world to me.

Hope you have the best New Year’s Eve and Happy 2020!

xo Jordan

One Month in New York: A Photo Diary

I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve been in NY for one full month and am heading back to California tomorrow…where did time go?!

This trip was just the reset and break I needed – I spent the majority of it in sweatpants at my parent’s house in the suburbs, ventured into NYC to see some friends and hit my favorite spots, and celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas the only way we know how: gathered together, relaxing, drinking copious amounts of coffee, eating all the cookies, and being merry.

I know most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to work from anywhere and spend so much time with family, so I’m just about to burst with gratitude, if I’m being honest. It helps to remember this when I feel sad about going back to LA, but I know that the new year and new possibilities await!

Here are some of my favorite moments from December in photos – I hope you enjoy them😊

Some of the highlights include seeing Moulin Rouge on Broadway (highly recommend!), a *very* festive non-toxic gel manicure from Sundays Studio, trying cupping for the first time at WTHN, and the Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden!

What was the highlight of your holiday?

xo Jordan

Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours

Before I get sappy, can we just take a moment to appreciate how absolutely ridiculous that photo is?!😂 You know I had to go alllll out for Ovi’s first Christmas! We went to Tom’s One Hour Photo and it was AMAZING.

And now, I will just say that this year has been such an amazingly chaotic and wild ride, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It means the world to me that you stop by my corner of the internet. My life wouldn’t be the same without you and this blog!

I hope you have the most incredible holiday filled with love, joy and rest. ❤️

xo Jordan

DFD at Home: Current Routines & Favorites

I’ve got a little somethin’ different for you today!

I saw The Chalkboard Mag interview Sophie Jaffe for their At Home With series and I thought it would be kind of fun to answer the same questions myself! Since let’s face it, they’re not going to be interviewing me anytime soon😂

So a little bit about me if you’re new around here – I’m an LA-based entrepreneur and former professional dancer originally from New York. I now run my own female-focused digital marketing consulting company called DFD Creative and this blog/Instagram, Dancing for Donuts! Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing and loving lately from my wellness must-haves to current workouts and pantry essentials.

DAILY BREAKFAST: A green smoothie in the summer (frozen banana, spinach, vanilla protein, pb + almond milk) and a yogurt bowl in the winter (plain greek yogurt, nut butter + sliced banana, granola if we have it!)

DREAM BREAKFAST: A donut (duh), or to be honest, a big fat bagel with lox and cream cheese and maybe a side of an Almond Croissant straight from France. Yep, veryyyy healthy😂

HOW I TAKE MY COFFEE: with frothed non-dairy milk (oat or hazelnut), stevia and a touch of cinnamon.

DAILY SUPPLEMENTS: Megafood Elderberry Gummies + a pack of my Binto vitamins + my WTHN Gut Check herbs if I need a digestive boost (code DFD10 to save!)

KITCHEN TOOL OBSESSION: My Zulay milk frother! I literally almost sent another one home to NY so I could have it for the month…

FAVORITE DAILY WORKOUT: Megaformer pilates, hot yoga, or just chillin’ on the elliptical while watching HGTV. True story.

3 STAPLES IN MY PANTRY: Nut butter, chia seeds & chickpea pasta

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE: Eat what makes you happy because life is too short, just make sure you’re treating your body the way it deserves to be treated.

FAVORITE THING TO COOK FOR FRIENDS: Gluten free pasta with veggies and/or baked chicken thighs

LATELY I’M ALWAYS WEARING: Sweats! I swear by these from Abercrombie.

AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK I COOK: the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with their vegan kale pesto

MY BEST HEALTH ADVICE: Drink water, move your body, and eat your greens.

HEALTHY RECIPE I LOVE TO MAKE AT HOME: I love baking healthy donuts – it’s kind of my thing and you probably already knew that already😊 I love making my Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts and Birthday Funfetti Donuts the most!

So what about you?! What’s your dream breakfast or favorite workout?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy, happy Friday from snowy New York!!

If I’m being honest, I didn’t actually know what day it was for most of this week, but I suppose that’s what post-Thanksgiving, being at home in the ‘burbs will do to ya!

I actually shared a video on YouTube this week, in case you’re curious about why I’m in New York for the month of December and want to get a sneak peek of what life is like here! Spoiler alert: it is not super exciting. But that’s why I love it😂 And now…onto Friday Finds!!

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts – SUCH a yummy alternative to the pasta dish, although I do love that, too…

Random Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List – Soooo many good ideas on here!! I feel like I always think of gifts for people when I DON’T have to get them anything and then as soon as the pressure’s on, I got nothin’😅

Hot Cocoa Cookies – to go with my nightly cup of hot cocoa and whip😏

What You Should Know About Probiotics – This is super comprehensive and tbh, I didn’t fully understand what probiotics were until this year, even though I’ve been taking them for over a decade. Oops!

Weekend Project: Snowflake Garland – If I were at my apt in my LA this weekend, I would *absolutely* be making this!!! My parents have enough decorations already😂

How to Travel Sustainably This Holiday Season – The re-usable items one is HUGE. I’ve been working on packing my own straws, water bottle, and even mason jars/re-usable bags for food and snacks!

This weekend we’re going into the city to see a broadway show and then decorating our Christmas tree!! What about you?!

xo Jordan