A Week’s Worth of Workouts #2

Goooood morning and happy Monday!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

I wanted to do another roundup of my workouts for y’all, and the reason for this is honestly just to keep myself accountable. I planned my workouts early last week and wrote them here, so I knew I had to stick with them! In no way are my workouts meant to be compared to yours or anyone else’s – we are all different and we should be focusing on our fitness in whatever way works for us! As long as it’s fun and you feel good, that’s what counts😉

So overall, this week was definitely heavier on yoga than usual, partly because I’ve found two really wonderful studios nearby that kick my butt and somehow make me feel zen at the same time, and partly because a couple of these classes were planned out ahead of time. Next week I’ll be going back to bar, and hopefully pilates soon (I miss it!) but for the moment I’m actually really loving yoga.

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

sports bra / leggings / sneakers

I used to be obsessed with it when I first moved here – I took Hot Power Fusion at CorePower every single morning at 7:15am, but I actually fractured my lumbar spine like 8 years ago and that class made my back pain flare up. I think these days I’m more conscious of what I can and cannot do (no backbends or deep heart openers), so I can work around it. I haven’t had back pain in awhile, so I feel very lucky to be able to do yoga again!

As for the other days, I stopped doing 45 minute cardio sessions when I stopped dancing a year or so ago, which is honestly a relief for me. Instead, I’ll do a max of 30 minutes (unless it’s actually dance which I LOVE) and some toning exercises. I never feel the need to work out for more than an hour and when I’m on my own, 45 minutes can be pushing it sometimes. Luckily we have cable TV in the workout room in our apartment, so sometimes the chance to watch Fixer Upper is all the motivation I need😂

On rest days (usually 1-2 a week), I’ll make sure I go for a walk for at least 45 minutes. Most days I’ll walk during my lunch, but if I can’t step out for 45 minutes at once, I’ll do one shorter walk midday and one shorter walk after work. I’ll listen to one of my favorite podcasts or an audiobook and it’s so relaxing!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

But okay, let’s just get into it…

Monday: We Flow Hard Vinyasa at Y7 Studio with Suja Juice & TreePeople

Tuesday: ~20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + the first 20 minutes of this workout video.

Wednesday: OFF (25 minute walk at lunch, 25 minute walk before babysitting)

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt at Red Diamond Yoga

Friday: 20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + 15 minute walk on the treadmill (incline: 15, speed: 3.4) + 5-minute ab routine

Saturday: 1.5 hour hike/walk (moderate intensity)

Sunday: Hip Hop Sundays Vinyasa at Y7 Studio (because I absolutely fell in love with this studio on Monday!)

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

Alrighty, that’s it for now! Please let me know in the comments which workouts you’ve been loving lately – no two weeks are the same for me and I looooove trying new classes or routines!

Have a wonderful week😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

It’s Friday! It’s here!!!😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I don’t know why this week felt so long (although I’m still adjusting to not working from home on Fridays so that could be it…) but I’m VERY happy the weekend is near! I have a pretty jam packed few days coming up but like 70% of it is fun stuff and even the work part should be fun, too😊 I’ve got lots of stuff in the works both on the blog and on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there if you aren’t, already!

I’m also kind of counting down to my trip to Paso Robles next weekend with my best friend and have been spending some of my free time researching wineries and fun things to do. I’ve been loving these little weekends away – it’s kind of amazing how much you can drive to in a few hours from LA! If you have any recs for Paso Robles and wine country up there, please let me know! I’ve never been but it’s looks suuuuper cute.

But alright, I’ll stop blabbing (you know me, sometimes it’s hard to stop😅). Let’s get on with the usj – Friday Finds!

7 Tips to Boost Your Creativity This Spring – Been feeling so inspired lately, but almost to the point of being overwhelmed, y’know what I mean? I love these tips – they’re so perfect for the change in seasons and a fresh start!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Matcha Frosting – I am obsesseddddddd with zucchini bread and I made zucchini brownies ages ago so this is RIGHT up my alley. Especially with that matcha😍 (also perf for St. Patty’s Day!)

5 Ways to Avoid Making a Sad Salad – PLEASE. I’ve been doing pretty well with my one-salad-a-day thing, but I know I’m going to get burnt out. Maybe I need to start making chopped salads, they’re on to something here…

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burrito Bowls – Okay YES. Does it get any easier/more delicious than this?!

5 Ways to Step Up Your Morning Coffee Game – My article for ToBox from this week! I swear by the cinnamon😉

6 Recipes to Make When You’re Breaking Out (According to Skin Gurus) – Or like, whenever because they all sound DELICIOUS.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and if you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day, have fun and be safe!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hi friends! I can’t remember the last time I blogged two days in a row but hey, there was a lot to say this week😊

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Apologies for getting this post out to you late, my morning took a strange turn when I got into my first car accident…tooootally not that big of a deal. I mean, I’m fine, but my car has some hideous damage. Basically the other person didn’t stop at their stop sign and ruined the entire right side of my baby, but hopefully insurance will come through! Otherwise, this week has been pretty fantastic and all of the incredible positivity that I saw online and in person for Women’s Day has me feeling hopeful, happy, and motivated.

Two things before I get into our usual Friday Finds – 1) my friend Danielle was so kind as to feature me on her blog! You can find that here. And 2) I have been absolutely looooooving yoga lately. I have a back injury from ages ago and I’m not technically supposed to do yoga, but I know when to hold back now (no back bends or up-dogs for this girl) and have been going to classes after work at a studio called Red Diamond Yoga. I never thought I’d like yoga after work at night, but honestly it’s so relaxing and really calms me down after a crazy day. Maybe I should go tonight actually…

Anyway, let’s do it!

Resistance Band Loop Glutes Workout Video – I did this video earlier this week after some cardio and WOW you guys. So sore!!!!

Is your plant-based protein powder contaminated with lead and arsenic? – WUT.

Oat Milk is Everywhere These Days, But is it Actually Healthy? – Also interesting. I’m a fan of oat milk, but that Oatly stuff is really expensive on Amazon! Anyone seen it for cheaper?

8 Foods to Prep Each Week for Super Easy Meals – Yes yes yes. I don’t do all of these, but I do many and I’m telling you, they make life sooooo much easier!

6 Ways to Hack Store-Bought Balsamic Vinegar into Gourmet Excellence – Here👏 for👏 this 👏 Seriously want to caramelize some onions soon…

Trader Joe’s Breakfast Hack – Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day and I could probably eat it 3x a day without getting bored. This dish looks amazing for a breakfast-for-dinner situation or even brunch!

Thai Peanut Chicken Thighs – Made this for dinner on Tuesday over some peanut soba noodles and dzayuuuuum they were good. Definitely making these again so soon!

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me in the comments what you’ve been reading! Or if you have any plans for this weekend. I’m taking my boyfriend away for a little staycation for his birthday and am super excited, but it’s supposed to rain here all weekend…how strange for LA but also, we need it so I shouldn’t really complain!🤷

xo Jordan

January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Holy smokes, is it the end of January already?!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

I’ve heard so many people saying that this month has totally dragged on for them, but for me it actually went by kind of quickly! Lots of movement, lots of change. It’s been exciting and stressful and interesting! Promise I will share more details very, very soon😉

This month was full of trying new products in everything from my diet to my beauty regimen and my fitness routine. I found some reallyyyyyy awesome things that have really helped me stay on track with my goals across the board and I know you’ll love them, too! Some of these items were gifts from the holidays, and some I just came across, but everything is linked so that you can find them. And now, in no particular order, my January favorites!…

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty


Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers – After seeing Simple Mills products alllll over my Insta-feed, I finally got my hands on some of these bad boys (they were on sale at Sprouts, #BlessUp). The big draw is that these are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free, although y’all know I’m not actually restrictive with my diet. I will say though that there’s just more nutritional value to crackers made with almond flour and honestly these crackers are just REALLY good. I ate the whole box in an hour, so that should tell you something😅

Trader Joe’s Soyrizo – GUYS. guys. Ok so I saw these written up somewhere as one of Trader Joe’s best selling products of 2017, so I decided to try using them in homemade burrito bowls for dinner one night. Full disclosure – I actually didn’t even tell my boyfriend it was vegan, and he totally loved it. The flavor is insane! And it’s really easy to make, too. I can’t wait to get it again and maybe at it to a scramble or some nachos!!

Fitness Bread – If I had to pick one thing from January that I was obsessed with, it would be this bread (pictured above as the avocado toast!). It’s by a German brand called Mestemacher and I remember my mom eating this when I was little. It’s made of rye flour, wheat germ, and oat fiber making it cholesterol free and high fiber. Each piece is thinly sliced, pretty dense, and a bit nutty. Aside from the fact that it’s got more nutritional value than many other breads, I seriously just think it tastes amazing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talking about gg crackers, and I’m not sure what the consistency of those is, but these are sooooo much cheaper. I found mine at Sprouts for like $4, but I’ve linked them here on Amazon too in case you don’t have one of those near you! I hiiiiighly recommend making your avocado toast with this. You can thank me later…

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty


Garden of Life Women’s Multivitamin Gummies – If you saw my vlog, you’ll know that I take these every👏single👏day👏 I am obsessed. They taste really good, and are kind of like a little sweet treat, so that’s most likely why I like them so much #LetsBeReal…but they’re also filled with all kind of nutrients we need and may not be getting from our food. I’ve mentioned Garden of Life on my blog before, but I seriously love this brand. They make high quality proteins, supplements and bars and everything is vegan, which is always a plus!

Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies – Another one I mentioned in the blog, I’ve been taking these gummies for years. My nails are super brittle for some reason so I’ll take these in addition to the mulitivitamin above. Since the multivitamin I take contains 100% of the suggested daily value, and two of the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is like 1000%, I’ll just take one. That way I’m getting extra biotin without causing my body to overproduce oil (hellooooo breakouts). Just check whichever vitamins you take to see the percentage, but make sure you get enough biotin without it being too much!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty


Booty Bands – My brother bought me these for Christmas after I kept seeing booty band workouts on YouTube and I’m in LOVE. These are so great for glute activation before a workout, or even just a booty band workout in itself! I’m really trying to work on my tush before summer (it’s one of those areas I’m just overly self-conscious about for no reason) so having the bands for extra resistance allows me to work them a bit harder. I promise I’ll put a workout with these up soon! Don’t let me forget…

Ab Gliders – So these were also part of that same holiday gift, and I also think they’re an essential for any home gym! You can put your feet or hands on them, and they work on any kind of floor since they just slide along. If you’ve ever used a pilates reformer, it’s kind of the same sensation in that you really have to engage your muscles so that you’re not just sliding all over the place. These prove that you don’t need any fancy equipment to work your core (or anything) else, though!

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty


OleHenriksen Banana Bright Undereye Cream – Full transparency on this one, I received this as a free sample so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes, but I am looooooving this cream. I’m not sure if it really brightens the undereye so much as makes it hydrated and smooth, so it’s a perfect base for concealer (a must for actually looking like I get enough sleep!).  I think my favorite part of this product is just the fact that it makes me feel like I have a real skincare routine now – something I never had before and feel is increasingly necessary as I get older! It has vitamin c in it, which is apparently very good for the skin, so I’ll take it!

Aesop Hand Cream – This was a gift from my coworker and oh MAN does it make me feel fancy! I know this one isn’t cheap, so I’m extra thankful it was given to me (thanks Shane!) because it is sooo luxurious. If you read my post on my focus words for 2018, you know I’m trying to focus more on loving myself, which essentially means splurging on the things that make me feel good. Bath and body products are 100% included in this because can you honestly tell me anything better than a hot shower at the end of the day that makes you feel like you’re at a spa? So yeah, putting this hand cream on after that shower makes me feel like a straight up QUEEN and I highly recommend it!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser – I don’t know about you, but I have been maaaaajorly struggling with my skin these days. I wouldn’t call it adult acne necessarily, but it’s not that far off and as someone who didn’t really have acne before, it makes me super frustrated and self-conscious. I’ve tried a ton of cleansers in the last year and the only one that seems to make my skin feel really clear is this one. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and love it so much. It’s slightly more expensive than other cleansers, but definitely cheaper than many and it comes in a huge bottle. I think it’s SO worth it if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you!

Well, that’s all for January! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything this month that you’re loving – always on the hunt for cool stuff😉

Cheers to a wonderful February ahead!

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan



Friday Finds

Friday, we meet again😏

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Oat Milk Latte

Thank goodness this week is a short one – with all the post-holiday catching up to do at work and in life, I’m ready for another break! We also haven’t done a Friday Finds in awhile, so I think it’s about time.

There’s been a looooot of advice floating around this internet this week in terms of health, fitness, resolutions, and really just motivation in general. It’s been great for sure, since who doesn’t need more of that, but I’m ready to take all of these tips and put them into action! I think we sometimes spend too much time planning or making lists (I am the MOST guilty of this!) instead of making it happen. The whole point of to-do lists is to check them off, right?

Okay, tangent over…not sure where that came from but I suppose my point is to tell you to just do it. Whatever it is. Take the plunge and DO IT. Like Nike…

How to Spend Less, Save More, and Clean Up Your Financial Act – I know it wasn’t one of my focus words but this year is definitely going to be the year of the hustle for me! I’ve got big things to save up for😉

7 Steps for Planning the Perfect Week – I actually love this breakdown on how to optimize your week for balance. It’s hard to fit work and having a life and being healthy and happy into just 7 days, but this outline is a good start!

Why Cooking is Part of My Self-Care Sunday Routine – Full disclosure: I actually wrote this one! I don’t think I’ve told you guys yet, but I’ve started co-blogging for ToBox this year, which is pretty rad☺️ You can find more of my writing each week on their site!

New Year Glow Smoothie Bowl – If someone could just bring me one of these rn that would be great.

8 Best Podcasts to Motivate Your Work Week – I already listen to a couple of these, but the rest I neeeeed to download! I don’t know about you, but I have a podcast queue longer than most people’s Netflix queues😅

Loaded Kale Salad – ‘Cause I’m hoppin’ back on that salad-a-day train this month (as best as I can, of course) and this one is definitely getting added to the mix!

14 Healthy Dinner Recipes to Help You Reset – These all sound delicious. Coming back from the holidays and having to plan meals/cook again hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, so some inspiration is always welcome!

Alright my loves, have a fab weekend!! And also – if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me some of your favorite blogs as of late, I would looooove to check them out. I feel like I’m always seeing and sharing the same things!


xo Jordan

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Hi friends and Happy (almost) New Year!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Top 10 Posts of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I obviously wanted to take some time this week to just soak up as much time with my family as possible, so I did take a mini blog-break. As I sit on the train down to D.C., I’m feeling so unbelievably grateful for having the opportunity to travel home for the holidays and to work remotely. I hope you all were able to, as well!

This year has been pretty nuts in so many ways, particularly for the world (and this country) in general, but personally I experienced a ton of personal growth, adventuring, and figuring out where I want to be in life. I expanded my skillset professionally, started growing my blog, strengthened new and old friendships, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and traveled to so many new places. It’s been quite the year!

I just want to thank you all so much for reading my blog, you have no idea how fulfilling it has been to create content and have this creative outlet. Reading your comments and hearing your feedback makes me so happy, and I’m honored to be able to share this bit of my life with you. With that, I wanted to take a quick moment to wrap up the year with my top 10 posts of 2017! I’m looking forward to spending even more time in the kitchen and on DFD in the upcoming year, so please let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of, or even something different entirely!

1. 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.


2. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #1

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

3. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #3

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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

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

5. How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

6. Balancing a Healthy Life With a Fun One

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

7. Portugal Travel Guide

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

8. Saying Yes to the Big Things

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

9. Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

10. Staying Healthy on the Go [+ My New Favorite Smoothie!] 

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Thank you again for all of your always and I hope you have the happiest new year!!! See you in 2018 🙂

xo Jordan

DFD Gift Guide: Under $75

Hi and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!!

Dancing for Donuts | Under $75 Gift Guide

I’m about to check out for the rest of the holiday weekend, but before I go, I wanted to share my gift guide for this year in time for Black Friday and all of the other crazy sales going on right now! I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously hoping to get allllll of my holiday shopping done this weekend. There are so many awesome gifts up there ^ that range in price points, so if you’re a #BabeOnABudget looking to treat another #BabeOnABudget (or yourself…or anyone else really…) I’d like to think of this gift guide under $75 as a good place to start 🙂

1. Snow Day Pajamas: Soooo I am kind of obsessed with pajamas, anyone else? No? …just me then? cool. Well, I saw these at Nordstrom and had to check them out. They are THE softest and so stinkin’ cute. I feel like pajamas are a great gift too, because you don’t have to worry about the perfect sizing (sometimes big/baggy is good!) and everyone could use ’em!

2. The Five-Minute Journal: If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll know that this is definitely something I want to start using…most likely in 2018 since things are a little cray cray until then, y’know? I’ve heard such incredible things about journals like this – they promote positive thinking, goal-setting, and gratitude. Who doesn’t want more of that in their life?!

3. Knit Eye Mask: Another gift that would be cute. as. a. BUTTON. I also felt this little thing when I was checking out those pajamas ^ and if I didn’t already have a sleep mask, I would 100% buy this for myself (…or someone else because that’s what gift guides are for, right?). I truly believe that blocking out the light makes for a much better night’s sleep and giving the gift of sleep to someone might be the best thing you could give, tbh.

4. Corduroy Baseball Cap: How CUTE is this?! Baseball hats are super in right now and I am IN because hellooooo bad hair days and yet somehow hats make you look more put together. That’s a win-win in my book. I think this would be the perfect gift for a girlfriend or even like, your mom, y’know? If I thought mine wasn’t reading this right now, I’d probably order her one actually…

5. Donut Pan: Y’all. This blog is about donuts. That means that if you’re reading and don’t have a donut pan, or know someone that doesn’t, do them (or you) a massive favor and get on that stat. Food is more fun when it’s in the shape of a donut #letsbereal and you can essentially use this with any muffin recipe. It just looks more fancy 😉

6. Teapot Infuser: Tea is the ultimate wellness girl (or guy) beverage and a gorgeous teapot would make the perfect gift. If you paired this cute little thing with a box of seasonal cozy tea, that would be SO cute for anyone, even a coworker or something!

7. 52 Lists for Happiness Book: So a friend of mine gave me the original “52 Lists” book as a gift last spring when I was having a rough month, and it has legitimately been my favorite thing. I love going into this journal/book when I’m in need of some inspiration, a pick me up, or just taking a moment for self care because it’s super inspirational and instantly lifts my mood. Highlyyyyy recommend!!

8. Zella Ankle Leggings: So admittedly I don’t own a pair of Zella leggings, but I’ve felt them and heard sooooo many people rave about them. Like where else are you going to find gorgeous, squat-proof leggings for less than $95 these days?! I think the price point on these is stellar and the colors are super cute for a workout, or even just athleisure-ing around!

9. The Pretty Dish Cookbook: I’ve been following Jessica Merchant’s blog for probably 7 years now and am obsessed with every single thing she makes…not to mention her food photos are UNREAL. I think cookbooks are such a great gift to give to foodies and this one is packed with healthy, beautiful recipes!

10. Glitter Bomb Pink Stardust Water Bottle: This one’s for all you fitnessistas out there (and their friends) because a solid water bottle is a must for a complete gym bag! This one has to be the prettiest I’ve found in ages (that also doesn’t cost $45), and would be such a great add-on gift. If you’re going for a fitness theme, pair this with a yoga mat, pretty sports bra, or little gym bag and you’ll have a gift I am very, very jealous of.

11. No Drama Club Mug: I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t just order this mug today. I’m THE biggest fan of anything ban.do makes and this message/design just makes me smile. This would be the perfect gift for the cool-girl in your life – fill it with a bag of coffee beans or a super soft pair of socks for a super cute gift!

Alright my babes, that’s all for today. I’ve gotta get myself packed up and ready for a red-eye tonight 😉 I hope you have the most incredible Thanksgiving and if I haven’t told you lately, I am so beyond grateful to you for reading!! <3

xo Jordan

My Workout Essentials [+ Why I Always Keep a Water Bottle Handy!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at FIJI Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

Happy Monday Friends!

This past weekend was packed with lots of birthday celebrating, moving out of my apartment, and hiking. It was definitely busy, but an incredibly productive and fun weekend! I don’t know if you’re in the LA area, but we’re supposed to be experiencing a heat wave starting tomorrow and I’m not exactly looking forward to it…extreme heat makes me want to sit on the couch in my underwear eating frozen grapes, aka the opposite of getting a workout in! I think what a lot of people forget too, is how important it is to drink extra water during hot days since we’re sweating so much more. I know I do!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you know me at all, you know I always have water with me. It’s actually kind of a savior when I’m just sitting at my desk because it helps keep me from mindlessly eating, and even more so when I’m at the gym. I grew up not drinking very much of the stuff, and my mom doesn’t actually have water with her when she works out, but I could literally drink 2 giant bottles during my hour workout!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

As much as I love (and use) my reusable water bottle, I don’t always have access to clean water or a purifying filter. For this reason, I love having bottle of water in the fridge for when I know I won’t be near fresh water (like on a hike!). Lately, I’ve been looooving FIJI Water. I don’t know what it is about it, but I swear this stuff tastes smoother than anything else. Do you know what I mean? It’s so hard to describe, but it’s crisp and soft, which makes it extra refreshing in the summer.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

So with that, here’s what I always keep in my gym bag always for a workout sesh…and I think we can all guess what’s #1 😉

1. Water bottle: Not only is staying hydrated important for healthy skin, faster metabolism, and better digestion, it also makes sure your body is working at its optimal level and is essential for your health. I’m absolutely loving FIJI Water lately since it is has 100% naturally-occurring electrolytes too, which helps replenish those lost during sweaty workouts!

2. Cute (and supportive!) workout gear: I honestly can’t think of anything more motivating that a good freakin’ piece of workout gear. I love cute activewear pieces just as much as the next person, but what’s really important is having gear that isn’t going to be uncomfortable or distract you from your workout. Pulling up saggy leggings or pulling down a sports bra that likes to sneak up is pretty much the worst #amirite?

3. Preworkout snack: I know they say fasting before a workout can help burn fat, but homegirl over here isn’t going to make it 10 minutes into my cardio without my stomach growling if I don’t eat before I leave the house. I love to snack on something small but packed with protein to keep me going as long as I need to like a banana with peanut butter (those little to-go packs are great to keep in your bag!) or a bar that has 5g or less of sugar and minimal ingredients! Anything you can’t pronounce is a no go, duhhhhh.

4. Charged phone + headphones: Music while working out is a MUST. I swear the best workouts I’ve had were because I was listening to motivating music that kept me going. Sometimes it even makes me want to workout longer just so I can keep listening, and audiobooks or podcasts make great hiking companions, too!

5. Backpack: I swear by those little backpacks that have the drawstrings because they’re small enough to stash next to whatever machine you’re working out on, but big enough to hold all my stuff. If you’re hiking, they’re perfect too since they’re out of your way without weighing you down!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

With FIJI’s home delivery service (available in the continental U.S.) I never have to worry about not having water on hand, especially since it can be extra heavy to carry cases of water from the store up to my apartment! You can choose from 5 different sizes too (I went with 500mL because it fits easily in my gym backpack!) and even create a subscription so you don’t have to think about re-ordering before or when you run out! Convenient AF.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you’d like to learn more about FIJI Water (which is filtered by volcanic rock – how COOL is that?!) and their home delivery service, you can visit their website here. Now tell me – what do you keep in your gym bag?!

xo Jordan

Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Wanna hear something hilarious?

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Social Life with a Healthy Life.

With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan