Friday Finds

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

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This Friday feels about 150% different than last Friday (when I’d gotten off a red-eye and was back in the office for the first time in about two and a half weeks). Luckily now I feel almost entirely back to my routine, and even though I’m going back to the east coast (yet again…for ANOTHER wedding) next week, I feel like the chaos has died down significantly!

While I’m impatiently awaiting fall, I’m loving this time of year in LA when it’s not sweltering, but still feels warm enough to dine outside. I have a fun weekend ahead of dog sitting, catching up with friends, and seeing Beyoncé. Yep, freakin’ QUEEN BEY. I might cry honestly. We’ll see…I’ll keep you guys posted😂

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Fall Harvest Honey Crisp Apple & Kale Salad – Pretty much all my favorite things in a salad🙌🏼

Stability Ball Ab Workout – Something tells me that this would burnnnnn but I need to do it, anyway…

Are Pickles Actually Good For You or Not? – Wait this is so interesting. I actually ate a pickle last weekend for the first time in ages and was like WHY do I not eat these more often?!

Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce, Sausage & Baby Spinach – Give me alllll the carbs once the weather gets cooler👏🏼👏🏼 Unfortunately it’s still about 85 degrees in LA though…

6 Outfits Rachel Green Would Definitely Wear Today – Just a fun one! If you know me in real life, you know I have all 10 seasons of Friends and used to watch it every single day for like a decade! Did you guys used to watch it?!

10 of the Coziest AirBnbs to Escape to This Fall – Wait I want to go to every single one😫

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats

It’s been a minute, but we’re back today with another DFD Babe Feature!

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If you’re new around here, I have a series called the DFD Babe Feature where I like to share stories about female entrepreneurs (particularly in the health/wellness space!) who inspire me. This week we’re chatting with Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats, a company that makes overnight oats mixes in three different flavors (the Pumpkin Spice one is perfect for fall!). Her products are all non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and have zero added sugars. They essentially take the work/effort out of making a healthy breakfast and as someone who’s been eating them for months, I can tell you they’re a game changer!!

One thing I love about Rachel is how driven she is. I know her personally and can tell you that she is basically superwoman running a business entirely by herself while also working on other projects, being a mom, and staying on track with her health goals. If that doesn’t sound exhausting to you, then I don’t know what does😅 She’s absolutely crushing it in all aspects of life, but she’s here to share what it’s really like being an entrepreneur with a food startup, how she balances life & work, and that not everything is as glamorous on the inside as it is on the outside sometimes.

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Tell us a little bit about Rachel’s Overnight Oats! What made you decide to start your own company?

I started right in my very own kitchen!! I made overnight oats nearly every night for my fiancé who typically skipped breakfast in the morning.  I was thrilled he loved my overnight oats recipes and was finally eating breakfast, so I found myself making them nightly for the both of us. After many nights of measuring ingredients and making overnight oats, I wanted something more convenient and less time consuming. I went to the store looking for an overnight oats mix, but was disappointed I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I tried everything on the market and they’d come out very chalky, plus I didn’t want all the added sugar. It was then that I decided I would try making and selling my own mix. Here I am over 2.5 years later and it looks as though I wasn’t the only one looking for an overnight oats mix!

When did you start becoming passionate about healthy eating and health in general?

When I was in high school I remember becoming more aware of my eating and exercise habits. I’ve also lived an active lifestyle whether it be horseback riding or an outdoor hike, etc. I think eating healthy and exercise go hand in hand. It’s just part of who I am.

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

1) PERSISTENCE –  A food start up is full of challenges, growing pains and financial demands. You need to be persistent even though you may not get the response you are looking for the first time you ask.  You have to have the will power to keep trying even when things are tough. Some of my store accounts told me “no” three times before I finally got a “yes”. 2) PATIENCE – Things take time and although you may be the one in charge, some outcomes aren’t always your decision or within your control. Sometimes you just have to be patient. 3) ORGANIZATION- Staying organized is crucial. Knowing details and learning the systems that run a business is key, but that’s not always easy when you have emails flying and your phone ringing off the hook.

What’s your favorite part of owning & running a company?

When you create something of your own and experience the challenges and successes along the way, it creates a sense of appreciation for other entrepreneurs because I know first hand how hard it can be.  When I am at an in-store demo and someone asks, “Are you Rachel?” it’s also very moving to see their excitement when they meet the face behind the brand. I feel so connected to what I am doing and when I hear someone else loves or enjoys my overnight oats, it just feels good.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The long hours and balancing work, home and social life. Most weeks are 7 day work weeks. I know I won’t be working 7 days a week forever, but I have to now just to get things up off the ground!

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What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions? Is there anything you would have done differently?

I would have started sooner.  Don’t hesitate if you have an idea or want to start a business. Yes, its scary because its out of your comfort zone, but once you start building momentum with your brand and business, it’s really special.

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 try to schedule myself for a facial or a mani/pedi on a consistent basis. Once I have that on the calendar, it’s a commitment in my schedule that I plan to stick to. It helps me take time for myself and I plan it my schedule just like I would book a work meeting.

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

I am preparing for a launch in Northern California. This is a big step for the company and I’m really excited about it.  Although the business is growing, that also means performance expectations grow, financial demands grow and responsibilities grow.  I am also really looking forward to expanding the product line and coming up with new products to share with our loyal and growing customers.  

So that’s the scoop on Rachel – what do you guys think? I freakin’ love how she just keeps it real and I know with her persistence she’s going to absolutely crush it even more in the future. If you’d like to find her on Instagram, her handle is @rachelsovernightoats and you can shop her products on Amazon Prime here, or on her website.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

My grandma was a fighter.

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She was the sassiest person I know, my biggest supporter, she always spoke her mind (and said things like, “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out,”), and she made a mean batch of mandel bread.

Earlier this week, my mom said to me while she was standing in our kitchen, “all i want to do is bake. This is my happy place,” and after a few hours of mixing & kneading dough, she told me that she had more energy that she’d had in days. We ate a few pieces of mandel bread together (kind of like biscotti, but better!) and remembered my grandma.

And THAT is the power of baking, cooking, and food in my opinion. It’s the memories, its ability to bring people together, and joy that comes from a good recipe, even when you thought there was no joy to be felt. So grandma, this one’s for you.

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Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup mixed nuts and raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and nuts.

3. Flour the bottom of a baking pan and pour dough into an even layer in the center of the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch thick) *it won’t cover the whole pan, not even close!

4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven. Slice into 1 inch thick bars (like biscotti) and flip. Bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days – or eat them immediately with a loved one and remember how important family is, how lucky we are to have good people in this world that support us, and how precious life is.

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^ Wasn’t she the CUTEST?! Best grandma ever, I’m telling you. And shoutout to my brother for capturing these moments!

xo Jordan

My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina)

Well, another week in the Outer Banks with friends and family has come and gone. Truth be told, they always go by way too quickly.

 Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

This year was a little different – we came a bit later than usual because my brother’s wedding was the day before, my parents left early for a family emergency, and I worked most of the time we were there, but it still felt like the re-set I needed and the perfect way to cap off summer. I’ve been coming to the Outer Banks since I was about 5 years old and it’s still easily my favorite place in the world. It’s the place where I feel instantly relaxed and always make the best memories. It feels like home.

I wanted to share some of the photos from our trip and I know the past few posts on here haven’t been too substantial, but they’re more just a peek into my life! I’ll have some of my favorite places to eat/visit/explore listed at the bottom as well, in case you want to plan a trip there or know someone who is! I guess you can think of this as a mini photo diary and travel guide to the Outer Banks. It really is an incredible place and if you ever get the chance to go, please tell me and I will meet you there. jkjkjk but no seriously…

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

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Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

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Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Dancing for Donuts | My Happy Place (Outer Banks, North Carolina Travel Guide)

Food:

Steamers – Incredible seafood & the best clam chowder!

Roadside – One of our two all-time favorite restaurants in OBX, casual but slightly more elevated with amazing food

Lighthouse Bagels – The. Best. Bagels.

Big Buck’s Ice Cream – A MUST. No literally, you have to go. I crave their peanut butter cups and fudge all year round.

Metropolis – The other restaurant that’s tied for first, amazing tapas with unique flavors and dishes, something for everyone

Tomato Patch – We get pizza from here our first night every. Single. Year.

First Light – Our go-to breakfast place! The biscuits are out of control.

Ocean Boulevard – Definitely on the fancier side, but so delicious and perfect for a special night out!

Kill Devil Grill – Get the crab cakes and the wings, then thank me later.

Activities:

Coastal Explorations – Where we went SUP boarding this year in the sound! They have the best prices I’ve found so far.

Whalehead Club & the Lighthouse – We used to watch July 4th fireworks here, and it’s also a beautiful place for a wedding! Or honestly just a run, picnic, etc.

Wild Mustangs on Carova Beach – If you have a car with 4-wheel drive, you MUST do this. You basically just drive all the way up past Corolla and the Whalehead Club and the road will stop. This is the only place you can drive on the beach and it’s where the horses live! Go at sunrise, you won’t be disappointed.

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And if you want to rent our house, you can find it here!

Okay I’ll stop boring you now. Let me know in the comments if you like posts that have more photographs like this and hope you’re all having a great September so far!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday from North Carolina!

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I can’t remember if I told you guys this or not, but I’m down in the Outer Banks this week for my family’s annual summer vacation. This is by far my favorite place in the world – our house, the memories, the vibes, the views, the beach, it’s all INCREDIBLE. I’ll do a little recap post for you next week, but I wanted to bring it back to a Friday Finds since it’s been awhile.

I’m getting super, super pumped for autumn (my favorite season!!!) and am really looking forward to a sort of life re-set after all my traveling in August/September. I always feel like the start of the school year and this new season is a good time to get our sh*t in order, y’know?

Anyway! I’ll save my little fall journey entry for another time😊 Let’s get into it!

How to Make Fruit & Herb Infused Sun Tea – I know summer is “technically” over but 1) summer lasts until November in LA and 2) iced tea is always a good idea.

Fig Beet Blueberry Smoothie – This sounds BOMB. And also super healthy…count me in.

How to Pig the Perfect Fig – Can you tell I’m obsessed with figs yet?

How to Work Out in the Morning and Make it a Habit – Susie gives the BEST tips on here. I actually just recently started working out in the mornings to give myself more time after work for other stuff and it’s been AWESOME.

The Fall Kitchen Detox: What to Toss and What to Stock – This guide is AWESOME.

1-Minute Gluten Free Mug Cake – Because desserts still calls.

Coconut Protein Balls – Brittany’s recipes are always amazing and this one is no different. I want to get back into meal-prepping the second I’m back home, so I can’t wait to make these!

Alright my sweet friends, that’s it for today. I’m actually working remotely while I’m here, so I’m trying to pack in as much in a day as I can. Have a great one, and a happy weekend!

xo Jordan

Scenes From The Weekend: My Brother’s Wedding!

Hi friends and Happy September!!!

I wanted to drop in suuuuper quickly to say that 1) I hope everyone had an awesome Labor Day Weekend (there’s something pretty special about this “last weekend of summer” in my opinion and people always seem to be doing some super fun/relaxing things on their Mondays off!) and 2) my brother’s actual/final wedding party (of like…4) happened this past weekend in Brooklyn!

This post is admittedly more for me than it is for you, as I truly wanted to have some sort of permanent place to share my favorite photos from that day. I’ll probably be adding to this as we get the professional photos, but here are some of the shots that captured the night best from my phone and my brother’s fancy camera (he’s a photographer)😊

From the bbq on Saturday at our house…

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All the desserts on Saturday were from this place in Connecticut called The Cake Box and they were all gluten-free…and AMAZING. The photo of the cookie below was literally the last piece of all the cookies that was still there after 10 minutes when I realized I wanted a photo. That’s how good they were, and the brownies were even better.

From the wedding at The Brooklyn Grange on Sunday…

The venue was SO unbelievably stunning – it’s a farm/garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn and the views are insane!

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Are my parents the cutest or what ^

I’ve never been so nervous to speak in my life ^ lololol. I made it almostttt the entire speech without crying, so I’d say that’s pretty good!

My mom absolutely nailed her speech, and so did my dad!!! It was amazing to hear them speak honestly, my family doesn’t usually do that sort of thing. I was really proud!!

My dress is linked here!

Those are my cousins Heather and her son, Micah! They live in NYC and I used to see them once a week when I lived there. I miss them again already!

Did my mom look like a Queen, or WHAT. Her dress was made by a girl I actually went to grade school with (hey, Marteal!!) and she designs a line called Loulette Bride. It’s beautiful!!!

So yeah, that’s it for now but I’ll definitely be updating this post as more pictures come in!! Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of your week!

xo Jordan

August Foodie & Fitness Favorites

Holy crap, it’s almost pumpkin season.

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I legitimately think this month flew by faster than any other month in 2018. Am I crazy or do you feel that way, too?! I think I just had SO MANY PLANS. Like so many. And I’ve been traveling the past few weekends (plus I’m in New York right now!) so that always makes things fly, too.

I’m 29 now, so that’s cool, and I’ll be on vacation for the next 5 days or so, which is even better. I know I’ve been slacking on here a bit, but truth be told, life has just been happening and I’m trying to just enjoy it. That being said though, you knowwww ya girl has some food & fitness favorites from this month that need to be shared, so let’s jump into it!

Austin Active Leggings + Sports Bra  (Pictured up there ^) – You guys know I’m a sucker for cute, quality activewear and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wear this set twice a week now. It’s SO flattering and comfortable (no camel toe ladies, it’s amazing). Not only are the pieces great, but I actually love the girl who designed them – I’ve been following Katie Austin on YouTube for awhile now and I got to meet her at the launch event she threw for her line. She’s an absolutely doll and I love how much of a hustler she is!! She was also sweet enough to give me & y’all a discount code so you can use JORDAN15 to get 15% off your purchase on her site😍

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Banza Chickpea Pasta – I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this pasta on here before (maybe?) but either way it is da bombbbb. Like seriously I don’t even want regular or whole wheat pasta anymore because I love the slightly nutty taste to it. I’ve also tried a couple other brands of chickpea pasta and this one is MA FAVE. It holds it’s shape but more importantly it has a boat load more protein and nutrients than regular pasta which makes it a billion times more satisfying and also totally okay if you eat a big portion of it…which I am absolutely guilty of😅

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CorePower Yoga on Demand – Apologies for the dark photo up there ^ but I have been absolutely obsessed with starting or ending my day with yoga, specifically Yoga Sculpt using CorePower on Demand. I love CorePower anyway (have you guys tried it?!), but being able to access the classes from my living room is pretty dang convenient. I also appreciate that they have a bunch of different class lengths to choose from, and they’re constantly adding new videos so you don’t feel bored. Highly recommend if you’re someone who likes at-home workouts!

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Trader Joe’s Nothing But Fruit & Nuts Discs – I can’t seem to find a link anywhere for these, but they’re in TJ’s by the dried fruit & nuts (which makes sense since that’s basically all that’s in them😂) and they have a few flavors but THIS is hands down the best. It almost tastes like a little brownie, so it’s great for me since I literally crave dessert around 2pm everyday after lunch. I think one is about 80 calories or so, and I’ve been having a couple if I need a more substantial snack before a workout or something! I keep them in my desk drawer…absolutely obsessed.

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ZUPA NOMA Soups – If there’s one thing I’ve eaten ALL month long that really stood out to me (that wasn’t at a restaurant…) it would be these soups!!! They are SO GOOD and the flavors are absolutely ridiculous – they just launched their pumpkin spice and I neeeeed to get my hands on it!! I think these are such a lifesaver on days you’re running low on groceries or even time to make a lunch/dinner and they are packed with so many nutrients. I like the thought of having soup so much more than juice for a snack too since the nutrition profile is less compromised, but it’s nice that these are just as convenient when you’re on the go. I have a code for this one also, so you can try them for yourself! Get 15% off with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’

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Omega PowerCreamer – I got this stuff in the mail in two flavors (original and vanilla) and though wasn’t sure what to expect, I LOVED it. I know a lot of people drink butter (or Bulletproof) coffee when they’re on the Keto diet, which I am not, but supposedly it has a bunch of other benefits like increased energy and fat burning. To make it, I blended one tablespoon with hot coffee in a blender and added a bit of stevia and cinnamon. It was surprisingly super delicious and I think it’s awesome that it also has MCT oil in it, so you don’t have to worry about having a separate bottle of that!

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Avocado Necklace – Another boss babe I know made this and I don’t think I’m ever going to take it off, you guys. My blogger friend Gracie (who I have legitimately been following since 2008) actually started her jewelry line, Speakable, ages ago and I have one of the originals, but she came out with these super cute foodie name plates and I knew I had to get my hands on one. Mine says avocado, but she has others that say tacos, pizza, carbs, and lots of other stuff!!

So YEAH. That’s it you guys!! I’m off to go meet up with some friends and kick off my brother’s wedding weekend + our family vacation!! I hope you have something fabulous planned for Labor Day, even if that just means a nice summer dinner at home with some rosé. Thanks for reading!!

xo Jordan

If you’d like to see favorites posts from previous months, head here:

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

April Favorites

5 Things I Learned at 28

Well, today I turn 29 years old and y’know what? I kind of really love being almost 30, and I never ever thought I would say that.

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This year has been a freakin’ WHIRLWIND. I moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, switched jobs (twice…😅), got into a minor but very expensive car accident, broke my elbow, and started getting serious with my blog/Instagram. It’s been a year of ups and downs, exciting and new things, realizing what I do and don’t want to do with my life for the rest of time, and learning about myself. I have some maaaajor goals to hit by the time I’m 30, so knowing I have one year to get there is giving me the biggest, most exciting push EVER. I’m so ready to work, to accomplish, to grow, to change, and to make moves.

That being said, this year has been an incredible stepping stone on my way there, and I wanted to share some of the most important things I learned this year. I know most of them are particular to me and my life, but maybe there a few tidbits in there that you can relate to, also😊

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1. If you’re unhappy, make a change. As I mentioned earlier, I did switch jobs twice this year. Am I proud of that? No, not really, but what I AM proud of is the fact that I was able to recognize that a certain situation wasn’t allowing me to thrive, and then take action to remedy that situation. I learned so much from where I’ve come from (and met some seriously incredible people!!! I always fall in love with my coworkers, honestly…), and I don’t think I would have found the role I’m now in without those changes happening at those moments.

2. Save for a very, very rainy day. So in a matter of 2 months, I had to spend about $2,000 between my car (this dude straight up ran a stop sign and blamed it on me…thanks bro!) and my injury. I admittedly cried when I saw all the bills, but it wasn’t so much because I didn’t have the money, just because there were soooo many other things I wanted to be doing with my $2,000, y’know? That being said, I DID have the money because I’m pretty good at saving (hence why I’m always on a budget over here), and I’m so freakin’ glad I did because if I didn’t have savings I’m not quite sure what I would’ve done.

3. But don’t stress out or freak out when things don’t go as planned. Okay you know that $2,000 I spent in less than 60 days? I actually got some of it back after the car insurance company was able to sue the other driver (s/o to State Farm!) and the hospital made a mistake. I knowwww I am the MOST lucky person ever, but I swear I never counted on getting anything back at all. If I had, I wouldn’t have spent all that time crying and stressing out over money. I think regardless, the lesson here is that sh*t happens and then it works itself out. Even if I hadn’t gotten any of that money back, what was done was done and once I spent the money it was gone and over with. We experience things, we learn, we move on.

4. Meet people. All the people. This one does seem a little unusual for me to be writing – I’m an introvert like 90% of the time, I didn’t go to a single networking event in business school, and I still have the same best friends I did in middle school. But, I can’t even begin to tell you how much joy I’ve gotten from meeting people this year. And don’t laugh, but most of them I found on Instagram…yep, the freakin’ internet. I’ve also been saying yes to as many events as possible, and facing my awkwardness head on, to introduce myself to people at all of them. You know why? Because as I get older I realize 1) how important it is to surround yourself with solid people that understand you, 2) that networking really IS insanely important for your career, and 3) meeting other women in the community you’re in (or men! whatever, honestly) is insanely fulfilling and inspiring. I love helping others and the help I personally have received is immense. I am so grateful.

5. If you don’t have the time or money to go far away for a vacation, take time to explore someplace nearby or even in your own city. I don’t know about you, but I find myself getting upset when I realize I don’t have the vacation days (or funds) to take an actual vacation and all I want is to escape LA. This year was also the first one in a couple where my boyfriend and I couldn’t just go all over the place on a whim (like we did in business school or when I worked remotely every Friday), so it felt slightly different. That being said, I think we’ve had some pretty fun days doing new things around LA, or even venturing out for quick day or overnight trips to Santa Barbara, San Diego (I’m there now!) or Topanga Canyon. Not everything has to be a big event to make it feel special, break up the week, or help re-set the soul.

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If this ^ doesn’t make you chuckle inside, then what will honestly?😂😂😂

Okay, that’s it for today😊 Thanks for stickin’ by me through another year and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xo Jordan

A Morning Cup That Gives Back

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Laughing Man® Coffee, but all words and opinions are my own, as always.

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If we were having coffee this morning, I would have quite a bit to catch you guys up on.

First of all, I’m now a few weeks into my new job and am LOVING it, which is a huge relief after the last one was a little less than inspiring. After heading to Wisconsin for my brother’s pre-wedding celebration last weekend, I’m heading home to New York next week for the real thing! And tomorrow is also my birthday, and I don’t know about you, but I freakin’ love my birthday.

I’m not much of a partier, so that aspect of it doesn’t matter so much to me, but I do take the entire month to just treat the crap outta myself…which may or may not be a good thing when I think about it😅 I guess I just figure that now is a good time to maybe re-vamp my life + wardrobe + habits before fall because even though it’s not a school year anymore for me, it still feels like a good beginning point, y’know?

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With that being said, I’ve been visiting Target quiiiite a bit more than usual lately (again, for the ‘treating’ bit) and of COURSE I go for one thing and end up with 20😂 Aside from getting sidetracked by energy bars, all the JoyLab activewear, and some cute post-it notes for my new desk, I actually came out with what I went in for – Laughing Man® Coffee.

I’ve been drinking this stuff for a few weeks now because once I heard about how the Laughing Man Foundation invests in companies that help farmers and their families receive the healthcare and tools for success that they need, I figured why not use my purchasing power to do good?

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Just to give you a sense of the incredible things they’re doing, the Laughing Man Foundation is partnering with Fair Trade USA to improve housing and the Higher Education Scholarship Program to provide 40 college scholarships so coffee growers and their families can have access to higher education and a better quality of life. Since a portion of every single purchase of Laughing Man® Coffee is donated in order to make these initiatives happen, that means that just by making a small shift in what I pick up on my Target run, I’m actually helping others. How awesome is that?!

Aside from the fact that choosing Laughing Man® Coffee is an easy way for my dollars to affect change, the coffee tastes delicious (I love the Columbia Huila variety, but Hugh’s Blend & Dukale’s Blend are amazing, too!). Oh, and did I mention was founded by Hugh Jackman? Freakin’ LOVE that guy. Did you see The Greatest Showman?! If not, you HAVE to!!!

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Anyway, I’ve been making Laughing Man® Coffee in both my French Press (because the bf loves the press & how much coffee it makes) AND my Keurig with their K-Cup Pods, which are recyclable in the new packaging, by the way! I don’t know about you, but there’s something about using all that plastic everyday that makes me feel weird, but knowing I can recycle these pods makes me feel sooooo much better!! Do you guys use a traditional coffee maker or do you prefer making single-serving cups?!

Laughing Man® Coffee is available now at Target and Target.com! I highly suggest strolling through the coffee aisle next time you’re making your usual run and picking up a bag or two of this stuff. Also, be sure to look for Laughing Man® Coffee on the Target Cartwheel app! You’ll feel happy that you did because a) you’ll get your caffeine fix and b) you’re helping the Laughing Man Foundation give back to coffee farmers.

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So let’s see – I think those might be all the updates I have to share with you. I’m hoping that all the August craziness doesn’t get overwhelming, but I can tell you that most mornings I’ve been waking up extra early to enjoy my Laughing Man® Coffee slowly while doing a bit of blogging work, and it sets the BEST tone for the rest of my day. With the new job, I do have slightly longer hours, but I’m going to try my hardest to make sure that doesn’t result in less blogging – after all, writing on here is pretty much my happy place and where I go to escape the madness.

If I don’t say it enough, I APPRECIATE YOU.

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Thank you for reading, and let me know if you pick up some Laughing Man® Coffee on your next Target trip!! It’s right by all the other amazing snacks and coffee drinks, you know the aisle I’m talking about😉

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Co.

It’s been a minute, but we are BACK today with another DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

If you’re new around here, I have a series called the DFD Babe Feature where I like to tell the stories of incredible women that are chasing their dreams and have started inspiring businesses. On this week’s lineup, we have Maria of the Dandy Bee Company here to tell us a little bit about why she started her all-natural beauty company and how she navigates a busy life as both an entrepreneur and mother.

I actually had the pleasure of working with Maria & her company for an Instagram giveaway and blog post (do you guys remember the What’s in My Purse post from a few weeks ago?), and I can tell you first hand that’s she’s super organized, extremely kind-hearted, open to connecting with others (which is what this is all about, in my opinion!) and hard-working. Keep reading if you want to hear more about her business, values, and advice!😊

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

Tell us a little bit about the Dandy Bee Company! When did you decided to start your own company?

Hi everyone! I recently launched the Dandy Bee Co., an all-natural body, beauty and home brand that has been years in the making. After taking time off running a blog and women’s accessory line of mine to raise my two sweet kids, I decided this was the year to rebrand and relaunch my company. While it was a little scary and a bit overwhelming, I knew the timing was right and it has always been a passion of mine.    

What inspired you to start working on your own business creating non-toxic and organic beauty products?

Dandy Bee Co. was created out of a desire to provide my family with hard working yet non-toxic daily essentials. When my kids were born, I saw these little people who hadn’t yet been exposed to many of the harmful things in the world, chemicals and beyond, and wanted to prolong that as much as possible! I wanted to create a company that was transparent and trustworthy. That is the driving force and our bottom line for everything that we create for our customers!  

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

I think one of most important traits to have is determination. You really need to love and want it. I think sometimes there is this ideal of what running a business is – of getting to call the shots, being your own boss, flexibility etc. But at the end of the day, it is a lot hard, hard work, and hours devoted that may not pay off for a while. Another trait I think that is important is being able to enjoy the process, because success is rarely an overnight experience. For me, my previous company had very little to do with what I am doing now. But, I learned so many skills and lessons along the way.

I grew in my maturity and my vision, and while it could easily feel like I haven’t reached all my goals (especially as a mom who took time off), I know each step including the time off has played an important role in my success today and in the future. The last trait would be to understand and appreciate who you are, and to be willing to delegate. There is no one type of person who makes an amazing leader. Personally, I know I am not the best salesperson, but rather more vision driven and creative. Because of that, it is important for me to find people who I can partner with to help me in the areas that aren’t my strong points.

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What’s your favorite part about running your own company?

I love being able to create, to imagine, and to see my dreams take shape. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes when the hard work pays off!

And what’s your least favorite part?

In many ways, the vulnerability. Putting myself out there and hoping that people enjoy what I’ve created. It makes me strive harder though, and develop tougher skin!

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

Look for a mentor if you can. Someone who has been there that can help guide you, or at the very least encourage you, through your journey. Test out your ideas on people around you to gauge if there is an audience for it. And become an expert in what you love to do: if you cannot do it to earn money yet, spend some time everyday practicing or experimenting with your passion. One day you’ll find you have developed your specialty!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

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 always try and take weekends off, and if I can’t, only devote an hour or two to work. That time is for me and my family. My husband who is also an entrepreneur has encouraged me that it is possible! I love to read, and will spend at least 30 minutes every night by myself enjoying whatever fiction I can get my hands on. I also find time praying my way of getting whatever is causing me anxiety off my chest. It helps me really dissect whatever issues I’m facing and come up with a game plan on how to tackle it.     

Where do you find inspiration?

Honestly, I am a problem solver by nature. A lot of my products are a result of some issue I am, or someone I know is dealing with. Or, if I see another product that I feel like I could improve upon also drives me. For example, my husband’s deodorant would leave this terrible build up on his shirt that I could not get out without major elbow grease. I formulated our own that he (the pickiest deodorant user I’ve met) loves, and the transformation of his shirts has been an amazing side effect.

I also love following other woman entrepreneurs. I once watched an episode of Chef’s Table on Christina Tosi and cried the entire time! It was so inspiring seeing this female who is an expert in her field, and the journey it took for her to get there.  

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

Launching many new products! We have been focusing on our organic lip balms and all the marketing aspects of it to build up awareness of our brand. Now that we have been making some headway there, I can start moving forward with making lots of new yummy goodies available for everyone to try!  

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

And there ya have it!! How unbelievable is Maria, you guys?! That quote right up there ^ might be my biggest takeaway from this whole interview, but I think there’s probably something in there that could resonate with anyone.

If you’d like, you can visit Maria’s site at the Dandy Bee Company and check out her organic lip balms (I’m obsessed with every single flavor), or find her on Instagram here.

Thanks so much for reading and if there’s someone you’d like me to interview next, please let me know in the comments!

xo Jordan