Friday Finds

Ohhh Friday, how I love you so😍

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This week was a bit tough to get through after my little getaway to Santa Barbara last weekend, but I powered through! I have a jam-packed few days coming up with so many fun things, so that’s been helping for sure. Does anyone else make plans for throughout the week/weekend that they can look forward to? I think it’s so important, even if it’s just your favorite workout class or time to catch up with a friend. Makes it much easier to get through the longer days!

In any case, I’m back with another roundup of my favorite links from around the web. If you’re like me and aren’t at Coachella like the rest of the world this weekend, I suggest kicking back with a cup of coffee or tea and going through these – lots of good stuff on the web these days for health, fitness, food and inspiration in general!

How to Up Your Wellness Game Without Spending a Ton of Money – YES. THIS. You don’t need to spend a fortune on trendy products to get your healthy & wellness on, I promise!

A Donut Bouquet for the Best Sunday Morning – Cannot get over this CUTENESS. So perfect for a gift or party omg.

9 Ways to Make Your Next Pizza Night Healthier – Literally getting pizza for dinner tonight and even though these are recipes for pizza at home, I’m v much inspired to load up on the veggies.

How to Bake With Coconut Flour – And a coconut flour brownie recipe that sounds AMAZE.

How to Energize for Evening Workouts – A must for me now that I’m heading to the gym and classes after a work day! I usually have an energy bar, but these ideas are all awesome!

Ever Wonder Which Non-Dairy Milks Are the Healthiest? – And the non-dairy milk debate continues…I never know what to believe anymore, but I’m fully on board with the taste of all of them!

Okay friends, I’m off to finish up my work, then to hot yoga at Y7 (my fave!!) and a girl’s night with my friend Pam! Hope you have the most wonderful weekend!

xo Jordan

P.s. I’m hosting a fun giveaway today with some bada$$ health & fitness babes on my Instagram if that’s your thing!

 

How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5 Job

Happy Humpday!! Is this week going by quickly or slowly? I can’t tell…

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Whatever it is, I’ll take it! In any case, I’ve been wanting to share this post with you guys for awhile because I honestly know the struggle of trying to live a healthy lifestyle when you have a 9-5 and I think so many of you can relate. I mean, any job that requires you to sit for a certain number of hours, or even devote that many hours to one thing, can be super hard on your body and really hard to plan around.

Though I’m still trying to figure it out, I think I’ve gotten so much better at making my health a priority with this lifestyle. As you all know, I use to be a professional dancer, so going from being an athlete to sitting at a desk for 8 hours was kind of a shock both mentally and physically. I’ve been working a full-time, regular adult job for a year and a half now and here are a few things I do to take care of my mind and body!

1. Plan ahead – I put this one at number one because it seriously is! I don’t know a lot, but I can promise you that if you don’t take the time to think ahead, you probably won’t be able to stick to the healthiest choices. I literally live by my planner, but if that’s not for you, then just take a moment to scan at your calendar or just think about what you have coming up for the week. For me, I always like to plan a rough schedule of my meals so that I know what to buy at the grocery store, when I’ll be going out to eat, when I can squeeze in my workouts, and when I have downtime to re-group and refresh.

2. Stock up on the goods – Okay something else I can promise you: if you don’t have garbage in your pantry and fridge, you can’t eat it. Now that’s just common sense! I personally know that if stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, healthy whole grains, sources of protein, and nutritious snacks, then I’m obviously going to be eating those things. Granted, I also know myself and if I don’t provide a cushion for the times my sweet tooth is raging, I’m SOL and will without a doubt head out on an impulse trip to find whatever dessert I can get my hands on. So this is something I like to plan ahead and stock up on, too – healthier options for when I need to calm my raging sweet tooth😅 (ie. fruit like apples or frozen mangos, portion-controlled servings of dark chocolate, etc.). I like to make a grocery list so that I know exactly what I need going into it.

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3. Schedule my workouts in like meetings – Like I said, my planner holds the key to my entire life. If I don’t pencil in time to workout the days that I want to, it’s probably not going to happen because a) I don’t see it on the page so I’ll put something else in that slot and b) out of sight, out of mind. I recently joined ClassPass, and also purchased classes to other studios, that use online scheduling. What’s so great about this is that you pretty much have to sign up in advance, otherwise you risk not getting a spot. They also usually have penalties for cancelling last minute which is both good and bad, but honestly mostly good because it keeps you accountable😂

4. Take advantage of breaks – So I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to step away from my desk at lunch, but I’m sure that whatever your situation, you can take a 15-minute break to take a stroll around the block! Whether it’s during a phone meeting, or even a few moments in between them, I highly recommend taking this time to get up and get out. I usually eat lunch at my desk while working so that I can use my break to walk outside. While I aim for 30-45 minutes of walking and listening to my favorite podcasts or calling family, sometimes all I can swing is 10 or 15 minutes. It’s amazing how energized I feel afterwards and how much better my back feels, too! Besides, it’s not good for our eyes (or brains, let’s be real) to be staring at a screen all day.

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5. Prioritize Sleep – While working out and eating healthy are obviously great and important and blah blah blah, SLEEP is your best friend. Have you ever had one of those days where you slept like garbage the night before, or woke up too early, and the rest of the day is absolute hell because you can’t function and just want to shovel in pizza? Yep. Been there! So, the point is, if you’re trying to choose between your 6am workout class or more sleep, the class just ain’t worth it if it’s going to derail your entire day (both mind AND body). On those days, just go for your walk instead, or even throw on a 10-minute YouTube exercise video.

6. Make friend dates more active – I think one of the things we all struggle with, regardless of our work schedules, is maintaining a good work-life balance. I also think that we all want to have healthy relationships and see our friends, so it can be tricky to do allll the things in just 24 hours (well less since we need that sleep ^). My advice? Schedule your friend dates as activities! No joke, I made a friend through Instagram (hi Audrey!) that I literally just take workout classes with. Obviously we’ll grab coffee or something afterwards so that we have time to catch up, but we consider our “dates” as the actual workout class, which means we bang out our fitness AND friend time in one. I also have “walking dates” with my friend Pam and we’ll catch up after work while walking/hiking and watching the sunset. It’s GREAT. Highly recommend.

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7. Limit meals out – Guys I knowwww this one is extra tough, especially since the thought of meal-prepping or just putting your lunch together in advance can be super daunting, but I promise you that your wallet and waistline will thank you later. Figure that each lunch you buy out costs around $12, give or take, AND you have no idea what’s in it. Even if you buy a salad, it still ain’t cheap. The compromise I made with myself when I started my new job was that I was allowed to buy lunch one day a week, which should be Thursdays since we have an amazing farmer’s market near the office on that day! I also like to go out to dinner with friends or my boyfriend some nights, so I’d rather save my budget (and calories tbh) for those nights instead!

8. Self-Care I know what you’re thinking – how is self-care related to health? And my answer to you would be a series of questions: Do you ever get stomach aches when you’re stressed? Do you tend to stress-eat or even the opposite, lose your appetite when you’re stressed? YEAH. None of these are good options, which means that self-care and taking the time you need for yourself is crucial for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Just take 15 minutes to meditate, do a face mask, read a book, journal, whatever – a little is going to go a longggg way. I honestly sometimes schedule this time in my planner too as a little date with myself so that I don’t skip it!

So there ya have it – these are some of the things I do to prioritize my health with my 9-5 job, but I know I could be doing better! Let me know in the comments how you stay on track with your health and fitness goals with your busy schedule – I’d love to hear!

P.s. If you want 20% off your next order of Square Organics bars (my new fave – organic, plant-based, high protein!) then use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ at checkout!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Yaaassssss another Friday is here!

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Do you guys remember the days when I’d work weekends so Friday wasn’t actually a thing? Man, that was a long time ago…

I haven’t done one of these link roundups in a hot minute, but we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming today! This week has been a busy one, but surprisingly gloomy and chilly here in LA, so I’m looking forward to some down time and sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to this weekend – I feel like spring is always when people start getting up to fun adventures!

Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto – I can’t even.

10 Hydrating Foods That Are Almost As Good As a Glass of Water – Eat your water, folks!

The Popular Sugar Substitute That’s “Even Worse Than White Sugar” – Honestly I never know what to believe anymore, but this is pretty interesting.

10 Ways to Get Healthier if You Hate Working Out – While I don’t hate working out, I’m definitely not in the mood to do it every single day. These tips are perfect for all days, but especially those when you’re off!

6-Step Workout For Wherever, Whenever – This actually looks really fun…

A Ranking of the Best Cheeses at Trader Joe’s – Reasons why I could never be a vegan😅

The Secret to Making Smooth, Delicious Oat Milk – Ok I reallyyyyyy want to start doing this!! Have you tried making oat milk before?! I feel like it’s so much cheaper than trying to buy it all the time.

That’s it for today friends, thanks for reading as always and have a great weekend!

xo Jordan

March Foodie Favorites

Aaaaand we’re back with another roundup of my monthly faves!

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Let’s just jump right into, shall we?

Sips by – Ok this one is AWESOME guys. I’m now on my second month of this subscription box, which is essentially four different teas delivered straight to your door each month for just $15. What I love most is that you can choose your preferences so that if you’re not a big green tea drinker, for example, they’ll choose other things to fill your box with. So far I’ve had some super delicious teas (an early grey has been my favorite so far!), and they also send you re-usable cloth tea bags for any loose teas, which is great since I don’t actually have a steeper at home. They’re offering $5 off your first box with my code JORDAN5 so definitely sign up and let me know how much you’re loving it!!

Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea – I don’t have a photo for this one ’cause SURPRISE. I drank a cup every single day and was devastated once I ran out, thus realizing how much I love this stuff. I’m a huge tea drinker (as mentioned above…) but I’m not much of a chamomile person, so decaf tea can be hard to come by. This flavor with a dash of almond milk in stevia is my JAM. Highly recommend. I was almost able to trick myself into thinking it was dessert…

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Look, I know this blog is for babes on a budget, which I 110% am, but I honestly think collagen peptides are worth the splurge. And, you know me, I found a GILT coupon for them and stocked up then ’cause paying full price for these ain’t easy😅 Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails, joint health, gut health, the liver, the heart, and the list goes on. I don’t necessarily think this brand is better than the others, but I do think they have some really cool products like collagen coffee creamer and beauty collagen in different flavors. I’ve been adding the plain one (aka the cheapest) to my coffee and tea on the daily and I definitely feel like my ordinarily brittle nails have been growing more quickly!

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Maca Powder – I used to add maca to my smoothies like a billion years ago, but I recently fell back in love with it! I honestly love the ever so present nutty spice it adds, but more importantly it adds so many antioxidants and nutrients (like Vitamin C and iron) to whatever you mix it with! It also apparently helps with hormone balance (always a plus) and even boosts libido, so that’s interesting…I’ve been adding mine to my daily green smoothie!

My Air Fryer – So I’ve raved about my air fryer several times in both my tater tots post and my donuts post from earlier this week, but I’m still not done you guys. This thing is SO fun and there are so many different things that you can make in here that I’ve barely scratched the surface. In the giveaway I ran this past week (sorry it’s over☹️) I asked people to tell me what they’d make in theirs if they won and there were so many awesome ideas! I want to start putting more veggies in here (sort of like roasting them, but maybe it’ll taste even better!) and do buffalo cauliflower wings, fried pickles, and even fried fish. So many options!!!

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Rachel’s Overnight Oats – I discovered this brand through a friend and I am LOVING this overnight oats mix. Basically it comes in a bag that’s got oats, chia, hemp and flax all in one making it suuuuper convenient to make breakfast ahed of time. Even though I have all of these ingredients in my pantry separately, when I’m really in a pinch this makes it ridiculously easy! Plus they’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and have zero added sugar. They come in three different varieties and are on Amazon Prime, so that’s a win! You literally can just add almond milk (or greek yogurt – my fave!) and you’re good to go.

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee – So I first tried this stuff about a year ago when it was in a swag bag from a food event. I was literally obsessed with it and when I realized I’d reached the bottom of the jar, I was so sad! Ghee itself is kind of a strange thing to understand – it’s basically like clarified butter but simmered even longer, which means it 1) has a somewhat nutty, deliciously buttery flavor and 2) has a higher smoke point. It’s also lactose free but full of.fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids, making it a somewhat better option than plain ol’ butter (depending on how you look at it). Honestly, I didn’t buy this stuff because it’s ‘healthy’ though, I bought because it’s straight up DELICIOUS. The vanilla flavor is unreal and it’s soooooo delicious on top of toast!!

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Dang Coconut Chips in Salted Caramel – I’d be lying if I told you I had to use serious amounts of will power not to go through this entire bag the night I got it. The family I babysit for sometimes has these in different flavors so I already knew I’d love them, but DZAYUM are they good. They’re extra crunchy and have just the slightest flavor, so they’re absolutely delicious on oats, smoothies, or even by themselves. I can’t wait to try the other varieties!

Beet Powder – I just started adding this stuff to my smoothies this week, but I already love it!! If you’re someone who likes beets in general, I know you’ll love it too, but if you’re not, it really has barely any taste at all and when you mix it with bananas, nut butters, and more fruit! Like the maca, I love that adding beet powder to my smoothies means adding extra antioxidants plus fiber, potassium, folate, and other nutrients. I just feel good drinking it, y’know?

Okay friends, that’s it for now!! I’ve honestly fallen in love with like three other products this week after I got my first Thrive Market order in the mail, but I’ll save those for next month😉

Have a happy weekend, Happy Easter, and happy April!

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😊

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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?!

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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!…

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Food:

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…

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Wellness:

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!

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Fitness:

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!

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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

Friday Finds

Another week, another roundup of my favorite links😏

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Happy Friday, my friends! I’m so happy the weekend is here – I have my good friend Kelsey from The Mindful Chef here and we have lots of fun things planned! I’m looking forward to some super fun workout classes, good eats and hopefully some relaxing, too. Maybe I’ll make another vlog…I did get a microphone this week so I promise the sound will be muuuuch better moving forward😊

As per usj, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week:

14 Recipes to Help You Reset After You Overdo It – Because who doesn’t need more healthy eating inspo these days? I always get stuck in a rut, but some of these stews sound so perfect for chilly nights!

5 Simple Shifts to Bring More Positivity to Your Life – Cannot even deal with how spot on these are. It’s all about mindset and I’m making a conscious effort to shift my this year!

10 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy Now – Literally falling asleep at my desk as I read this…might be time to get off my butt and break a sweat😅

The Seemingly Counterintuitive Thing That Helps Me Stay on Budget – These tips are AWESOME. I’m all about #1 honestly, it makes a huuuuge difference.

Healthy Lunch Recipes to Take to Work – I always say the #1 way to save money is to stop buying lunch out during the workday! Jeanine’s recipes are always so beautiful, I’m eyeing those quinoa taco bowls and hummus wraps!!

Go-To Formula for Anything-But-Boring Salads – A must! Salad doesn’t have to be plain and lame – I love that this one mixes textures!

I hope y’all have a FAB weekend!! Catch ya on the flipside😊

xo Jordan

 

 

Weekend In My Life: Food Blogging, Fitness + Eats (My First Vlog!)

Guys. I did something. I made my first YouTube video🙊

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I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m kind of afraid to post this, but I’m also kind of really proud so I want to share it with you…

I promised myself I would learn how to create and edit video in 2018, so here I am! It’s not perfect, the sound isn’t great and the transitions are off, plus I definitely need to work on my lighting and my voice, but HEY. I’ll get there😊

If I’ve hung out with you in the last few months, you probably know that I’ve become semi-addicted to YouTube videos…I’m not sure why, but I do know that I feel like I know some of the YouTubers I follow (which is ridiculous, I know…) because it is SO much easier to get to know someone via video rather than writing or photos. Do you know what I mean? Like if you can hear someone’s voice and picture them, you can just get a sense of their personality much better. So it was this idea, coupled with the fact that I want to be able to offer video services to my social media clients, that I decided to start vlogging. I had the MOST fun time making this and I honestly can’t wait to make more.

That being said, please oh please give me feedback, even if it’s a little negative (I have thick skin)! I want to get better, to make better content for YOU so if there’s something you’d want to see more or less of, or if you think this is a silly idea altogether, feel free to let me know. I appreciate your honesty! And if you want to see more, just hit the subscribe button on the bottom right under the video once you’re on YouTube’s actual website😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

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MAN this week was a long one! I’m super looking forward to having some me-time this weekend…anyone else?! I’ve been seeing people taking baths with those gorgeous and colorful Lush bath bombs a lot lately, which may be good motivation to clean my tub and then hop in there! I’ve never tried using one, but they seem glorious.

I don’t know why, but this week not only felt long, but kind of hard to get through, and not even because work has been overly stressful or anything. I think after the holidays I have a bit of a slump, just because the excitement of Christmas is obviously gone and there’s not much on the horizon. I kid you not, I literally looked up last-minute tickets for a Hawaii getaway at the end of the month randomly during my lunch on Tuesday…who knows if I’ll actually pull the trigger but it sounded SO lovely in the moment!

Anyway, back to the usj! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

How to Get Healthy on a Budget – Allllll about these tips. And that discount activewear business is REAL. I was just talking to my mom about this yesterday but there is NO need to spend $100 on great workout pants anymore. Save your money for something else!

The Best Search Engines for Finding Cheap Flights – For anyone else feeling that travel bug hard this month!!!

Pistachio Coconut Oatmeal – I’ve been having so many smoothies that leave me utterly freezing after I down them, so I’m thinking of adding warm oats to the rotation! These flavors sound incredible, which is no surprise since literally everything Jessica makes is unreal!

Permission to Do Less – Why do we always measure our worthiness based on our productivity?

6 Effective Workouts You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less – ‘Cause honestly who has the time to put in an hour or more at the gym these days?!

10 Kitchen + Pantry Essentials for a Healthy New Year – This one’s another one of mine for ToBox, but I truly wanted to put it on here, too! These are some things I’m stocking up on this month to get my health & fitness routine back on track.

What about you guys? Have you found any new favorite blogs lately? Are you heading out for some mid-winter travels soon? Tell me where and make me jealous😉

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