Friday Finds

Happy Friday, Friends! Did this week fly by, or is it just me?

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I guess when you spend all day working and all night unpacking (+ watching Stranger Things, let’s be real), the days will do that…haha. But the sea of boxes is mostly gone, guys!! I cannot wait to show you photos.

I’ll be spending this weekend blogging + working + organizing my life, plus some fun things for sure, but I’ll catch up with you guys again Monday. In the meantime, here’s some light reading (as per usj) and some yummy recipes from around the web!

Soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) – I’ve barely done anything with pumpkin so far this season, so please don’t hate me if I continue my pumpkin frenzy until 2018…

The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Shopping at Costco – So. Many. Deals.

Pie Crust Designs – Has anyone attempted any of these?! I haven’t, but am dying to. They’re so beautiful!!

How a Love of Community Has Made Millenials the Fittest Generation Ever – Interestingggggg. Honestly, I’m kind of thinking of joining Class Pass…let me know if you’ve tried it and liked it!

Curating the Perfect Weekend Pamper Routine – Aaaaand plans for Sunday are made.

5 Recipes that Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight – PLEASE. Although if I’m being honest, I’ve been sleeping pretty well now that the move is over. Thank goodness!

Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Hi friends! How’s everyone doing today?

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I fled LA for the weekend and am currently in the Palm Springs area for some R&R. We found a good deal and the next few weeks are going to be a bit hectic, so we figured why not! You only live once, right?! 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

7 Healthy Dinner Ideas for When You’re Broke & Just Can’t – We all know I’m really just a broke college student at heart.

How to Love Veggies – Because sometimes the salad thing gets old, y’know?

8 Habits that are Keeping You from Saving – Beyond guilty of #8 (and some others…oops).

A Beginner’s Guide to Seasonal Eating – So much prettier, and healthier, and cheaper. Win-win, y’all.

3 Mantras to Live By (For More Happiness + Peace) – I think we all could use these right now.

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash – Stop. It. Now. I need this asap, preferably by a fire and possibly under a blanket (although not in this desert heat, obvs).

Hope you have some time to hit the re-set button this weekend too, no matter where you are!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hi friends!

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This week absolutely flew by, didn’t it? I think that may have been because I spent half of every day reading and watching the news hoping they would find some answers about what happened in Vegas last weekend. I actually just want to say something quick here, aside from how absolutely horrifying the attack was – just one week before, I had actually been at a music festival on the same fairgrounds as the shooting, and stayed right at the Mandalay Bay, too. I’ve been extra upset about it, just because of this and how my memories on that field are so different from all of the people involved last weekend and to be honest, I feel a bit guilty about it. Like maybe I shouldn’t have had such a great time there, because only one week later it would be the sight of something so awful.

But there’s really no point in feeling that way, because what we really need to do, aside from sending love and light to all of the victims and their families, is to understand what needs to happen to prevent this in the future. We have had far too many incidences like this to continue on the path this country has been. And on a more granular level, can we all just be a bit kinder to one another? I think that may do some good, as well.

Okay, on a lighter note – here’s what I’ve been reading (other than CNN), and I hope you have a weekend filled with people you love. Hug them a little tighter, okay?

How to Help the Victims of the Vegas Shooting – Call your reps.

Whatever You Fancy Fruit Crumble – Swear I’m making these this weekend with mixed fruit omg.

8 Snacks to Stop Buying and Start Making – Healthier, cheaper, and probably more fun.

Nourishing Fall Power Salad – Now THIS is a salad I could get on board with daily.

3-Ingredient Lunches Perfect for Lazy Days – Wait, how have I not thought of these?!

The Best Things About Being in Your Late 20’s – SO true, I love this!!

The One Baking Ingredient You Should Never Splurge On – Since holiday baking is coming up and I need to save my ca$h for gifts, y’know?

xo Jordan

Why I Don’t Own a Scale (and Never Plan to in the Future)

Can I tell you something? I’m like, soooooo beyond exhausted of thinking about weight.

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And to be frank, I’m tired of hearing other people talk about it, too. Now that’s not to say I don’t support you in your weight loss journey because I absolutely 100% do, but I think what’s really been bothering me is the focus on our actual “weight,” as in the number on the scale, versus how we treat our bodies. I’m no nutritionist or trainer (y’all know that), but I’d like to think of myself as a health-conscious human. I try my hardest to eat whole, un-processed foods as much as possible, I move my body and strengthen my muscles on a regular basis, and I take care of it when it needs to rest. I’m by no means perfect, and I pay waaaaay too much attention to how my stomach looks in the mirror, but I can tell you that I’m not a slave to the scale. I feel incredibly lucky that my main hobby growing up (and then my job) was a sport, and that body positivity was something promoted by those around me.

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I know a lot of women, or people in general, have an obsession with weight, as do I most of the time, but I think we all need to shift gears a little bit. That number on the scale (which also varies depending on which one you’re using so which one is even accurate anyway?!) is exactly that: just a number. It fluctuates when you drink a lot of water, or when you don’t and you’re dehydrated, when you’ve had a few indulgent days on vacation, or a few extra salads when you’re feeling motivated, when you’re on a juice cleanse, or when you go off of it.

I guess what I mean is, what’s the point of even looking at it if it’s going to change depending on whether you weigh yourself first thing in the morning or 14 hours later before bed? Not to mention, muscle weighs more than fat, so that number can be even MORE misleading than you thought. And please keep that in mind – sometimes when that number goes up, it just means you look like a bada$$ and your guns are busting out of your t-shirt because you’ve been lifting and are therefore burning more calories on the reg without even trying (because that’s how muscle works). It may NOT mean that you gained a bunch of fat because you had 3 squares of chocolate last night.

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I know this message isn’t for everyone because yes, it is unhealthy to weigh over a certain amount, and I get that, but the majority of people who become slaves to the scale in their bathroom or gym shouldn’t actually need to weigh themselves, right? Like if you just busted your butt for 45 minutes lifting weights or pounding on the treadmill, you’re kind of kicking a$$. And if you’re going to go home afterwards and have a balanced snack or meal with some greens and protein and healthy fat, you’re kicking even more a$$.

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So here’s what I’m saying, I just feel like we’ve all gotten a tad obsessive with the weight talk, and I’m fully including myself in that. I think what we should be focusing on instead is what we’re putting inside of our bodies and how we’re maintaining optimal health. Because a certain number of pounds does not equal a level of “health.” We feel guilty when we come back from a vacation that may have involved a touch too much ice cream and fewer workouts than usual, when the reality of it is, if we come back from that trip, fuel our bodies with some extra goodness and focus on getting enough nutrients, it shouldn’t matter what the scale says.

If you know you’re treating your body as best as you possibly can, and that includes balancing it with a happy, full life too, then you’re kind of killing the game. Screw the scale. Stop looking at the numbers and look at your fridge instead. What’s in there? Hopefully some greens, and fruit, a few sources of protein, your favorite foods, and maybe some sort of milk for coffee (if you’re me…). And did you move your body today? If you didn’t, can you squeeze in a 20 minute walk around the block right now? Focus on those things. I promise, you’ll feel better.

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, friends!

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This week kind of flew by for me, I think because catching up after being out on vacation made things busier than usual! I got my first pumpkin-spiced anything (if you haven’t tried the pumpkin coffee from s-bux you neeeeeeed to! see above ^) and purchased a few fall-themed items… 😉 Who else is ready for autumn to get here, already?!

For some light weekend reading, check out these guys:

The Basics of Starting a Budget – Couldn’t have written it better myself! Do this if you haven’t already, it’s a MUST.

5 Workouts for Busy Mornings – Or anytime, really. Love that last one!!

The Wellness Girl’s Guide to College Survival: Snack Kit – I’m not in college anymore, but snack kits are necessary for people of all ages #letsbereal

28 Fall Activities for a Memorable Season – Am so in love with all of these, I wish LA had more of a fall tbh.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl – Are ya kiddin’ me with this?! As if I didn’t love sweet potatoes enough, already😍

Catch ya on the flipside!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Man have I been all over the place this week.

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I seriously need this mug ^

I’m in the middle of move, while partially staying with my cousin in West Hollywood, working on a ton of blog content for you guys, getting ready to celebrate my birthday, and go on vacation. And let me tell you, that vacation could not come at a better time! I seriously think reading blogs is one of my favorite ways to de-stress, though. It kind of always has been 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been reading this week…

Good Digestion Smoothie – I seriously need to start adding herbs like mint and basil to my smoothies. Do y’all ever do that?!

Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups – These are so beautiful!!! I’ve never made coconut butter before, but I’ve been seeing so many recipes with it…need to get on that stat!

5 Make-Ahead Salad Hacks – You know me, all about those meal-prepped lunches. So much cheaper and healthier than what you can buy on a lunch break!

8 Ways to Help After Charlottesville – Because hearts are breaking all across this country and it is unacceptable. Let’s educate ourselves and make a change.

4 Ways to Make Your Natural Deodorant Work Better – I can attest to these since I successfully switched over to natural deodorant! S/o to Schmidt’s Lavender & Sage!

Hope you find time to unwind and hit the re-set button this weekend!!!

xo Jordan

Saying Yes to the Big Things.

I don’t think many of you know this, but for about 5 straight years of my life, I worked almost every single weekend night.

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It actually kind of started during my senior year of college when I’d decided to move to Los Angeles. I knew I needed to save money for my move, so I got a job hostessing on Friday nights at a restaurant in Manhattan. When I moved here to LA, my main sources of income were nannying and hostessing, as well, so that I would have time to audition during weekdays (and the funds to actually keep a roof over my head/food in my fridge). Between those two jobs, I worked every single Friday and Saturday night, and most Sunday nights as well, which meant saying no to having a life like most people in their early 20’s. Part of that, I’ll be honest, was due to me being a little too anal about saving money, but in my defense I wanted to save for rainy days or when gigs were few and far between…

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That’s not the point of this post, though. The point is to tell you that the other day I was listening to one of my new favorite podcasts The Goal Digger and she was talking about how to graciously say no to things, people, events, etc. that don’t serve you. She also said that while you can’t say yes to everything (for your own mind and heart’s sake) you should absolutely say yes to the big things. What I took away from that is actually something I’ve been thinking about, and trying to do, for quite some time now.

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I’ve spent more money on travel, food and drinks, adventures, and gas money to visit my friends in the past year than I ever have before. I’m probably making slightly more money as well, but the real reason is that I’m tired of not living my life. Our time on this planet is waaaaay to short to not try the restaurant we’ve been dying to eat at, visit the countries on our travel bucket lists, to let important relationships fade (or not create new ones), to miss out on events or trips we know will be a blast. For the first time in my life, I’m finally loosening up the purse strings, (as my mother would say) and enjoying life.

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You will never regret a trip you took, or a weekend you spent creating memories with new friends in a new city, of that I can promise you. I went to my first multi-day music festival last weekend and it’s safe to say that my tired feet and slightly unsettled stomach from the fried food were absolutely worth it. And I don’t just mean the money, I mean the time and energy, too. I’m still exhausted 2 days later, but I’m going to have the memories of bobbing up and down to the Killers with my boyfriend, grabbing the best tacos I’ve ever eaten at midnight, and watching a new band (that I now love!) from backstage, for as long as my memory holds up.

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So for all of you babes on a budget out there, and those of you who may not be fully living because you’re afraid of the calories in a cocktail, and even for those of you who feel like you don’t look as good in your outfit as you wanted to, find something better to spend your time thinking about. Because none of those things are worth missing out on your life.

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xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hi Beautiful People!

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I’m so sorry I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile, I have been traveling on the weekends and short on time, so the meals I’m prepping for the week have been pretty bland! Think basic quinoa with a bunch of raw veggies topped with 2 huge spoonfuls of hummus (yep, that’s been my lunch every. single. day). I promise I’ll be back next week with a new recipe (the carrot cookies most likely, since everyone has been requesting those!), but in the meantime I’m back with my usual Friday Finds from Chicago! I’m here for my very first music festival and am slightly nervous but also very, very excited. Let me know if you’ll be there, too!

What Our Nutritionist Eats in a Week – Totally stealing some of these ideas like the chocolate almond butter overnight oats and jicama sticks for a snack!

Italian Sausage and Veggie Bowls – I usually meal-prep my standard quinoa and veggies, but it gets old! Definitely hoping to try these next week.

Vegan Blueberry Shake – I’m clearly not vegan but hot damn this sounds good!!!

10 Grocery Store Shortcuts that are Cheaper than Doing it Yourself – An incredibly important list to have on hand! Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s, #amiright?

Extreme Money-Saving Tips of Extremely Frugal People (that You Can Use!) – Guys I totally wash my ziploc bags so I can re-use them…it’s great.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies with Sea Salt – Pretty sure I share a recipe from this blog every single week because she is a cooking and baking GENIUS.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds.

Hi beautiful people! I’m comin’ at ya from the desk in my hotel room in Napa today, so no complaints over here 🙂

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I’ll keep it short and sweet today, here’s what I’ve been reading this week!

14 Hacks that Will Save You a Ton of Money – I’m already doing 7 & 10 and can vouch for both!! But yes. Please oh please stop buying coffee everyday and just make it at home! You won’t believe how much you save!

Rice Cake Tartines – These look so cute & delicious!

Tips for Fitting Healthy Cooking into a Busy Schedule – THIS. I rarely meal-prep on Sundays, at least not fully. I usually prep half my lunch the night before and the other half in the morning before work!

A Beer that Improves Gut Health – Drink up, y’all. #tgif

5 Ways to Use Spirulina Everyday – Is this something I should be doing? I think I might need to get some…

Pistachio Peach Caramel CrumblePistachio Peach Caramel Crumble – Her recipes are always so. friggin. droolworthy.

Have a gorgeous weekend!! 🙂

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds.

Weeeeeeeekend, I’m comin’ for ya.

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I don’t know guys, maybe it’s because it’s summer that I find myself counting down to weekends so much more than usual so that I can like, go outside and do summer-y things or something? I really hate living for the weekends, but this season seems to be doing that to me. Whatever though, because it’s the weekend starting TODAY!

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week…

9 Ways to Have an Extraordinary Life – I literally want to write this list down and hang it on my wall so I can see it every. single. day.

Turmeric Ginger Granola RecipeTurmeric Ginger Granola Recipe – Y’all know about my newfound obsession with homemade granola. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

How to Eat Seasonally (And Why it’s So Important!) – Do itttttt. I need to work on this personally, but I’m planning on stocking up on some zucchini, berries, tomatoes and nectarines at the farmer’s market this weekend!

Tone It Up Summer HIIT Routine – At less than 15 minutes, I really should be doing this like every other day #letsbehonest

4 Bad Habits that are Stopping You from Being Successful – Literally guilty of all of these, though…whoops.

How to Make an Epic Cheese Board (With Trader Joe’s Items!) – YES. YES. YES. Done and done.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

xo Jordan