Friday Finds (and a Life Update!)

Okay so this life update is a couple of weeks old and most of you probably already know by now, but…

I have a puppy!!!! And his name is Ovi and he’s the best boy ever😊 He’s almost 10 weeks old now and he’s a black bi Aussiedoodle!! He was actually the runt of the litter too, so hopefully he’ll be in the 27-32 pound range. I just need to be able to travel with him so I can take him home for holidays!

He’s seriously the sweetest, so smart and so full of life. He’s a snuggle bug and I love him so much. If you’re obsessed with dogs (like me), you can follow him on Instagram because I’m a crazy pup mom and made him his own😂 It’s @ovithefloof

Other than that, I’ve just been trying to get ahead on work since we go to Hawaii TOMORROW! We’re somewhat irresponsible dog parents leaving our baby so soon, but we didn’t know we were going to have him obviously. Thank goodness for sweet friends who are going to watch him while we’re away!

And now, onto Friday Finds before I head back out of town because this summer is non freakin’ stop…

Peach Caprese Salad with Toasted Garlic Naan – Well this sounds lovely😍 Peach caprese is one of my favorites in the summer time!

Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie – So many of my favorite flavors in here! I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every single day and this is a good way to get that caffeine fix without the extra mug🙌🏻

Señorita Ab Routine – Maddie is one of my favorite YouTubers and I LOVE her workouts! She’s being doing workouts set to songs, which is fun since they go right with the beat of the music and only last a few minutes😅

A Budget You Can Actually Stick To – THIS. I work on my budgeting almost every couple of weeks (just because the nature of my work is all over the place) and I love the way this article breaks it down in a tangible way!

Sustainable Cookware That’s Less Than $100 – I just learned last year how bad our pots and pans can be for us AND the environment. I’m actually due for new ones so I think I’ll pick from this list!

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! This is actually a big one for me…

It’s my last Friday before I’m a dog mom and I’m SO EXCITED. It’s all I can think about🙈 And luckily I wrapped up my busiest work week for awhile just in time!

In other news, I wrapped up my 6 weeks at physical therapy for my back and truth be told, the pain isn’t better at all whatsoever. I’m going to have to see a spine specialist, so please pray for me that I don’t have to go to a chiropractor because nothing grosses me out more than cracking bones😂

And with that, I leave you with some easy reads!

Why Your Weight Is Irrelevant (Even if Influencers Lead You to Believe Otherwise) – SUCH an interesting read on the comparison trap when it comes to weight + self-worth as portrayed on Instagram. How can we not feel like our appearance is everything when we’re constantly bombarded with Instagram models?

Brown Sugar Lime Baked Salmon – Excuse me WHAT. This sounds incredible.

5 Beat-Based At-Home Workout Videos – SO here for these👏🏻 As a dancer, I truthfully don’t understand how people workout NOT to a beat!

Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad – I’m so addicted to watermelon it’s scary. Might as well pair it with some greens😂

How to Update Your Space Without Spending a Cent – I LOVE this. We actually just did a deep clean in our apartment and donated 9 bags of things we didn’t need anymore. Clearing the clutter does wonders!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If I told you this entire loaf was gone in less than 48 hours, would you believe me?

Because it barely even made it that long😂

I won’t bore you with an intro, ain’t nobody got time for that, but I will tell you that this recipe is:

  • made entirely in one bowl
  • has only 1/4 cup of sugar (from the maple syrup) minus the chocolate chips, which are optional anyway
  • fantastic when paired with almond or peanut butter
  • the perfect amount of moist – won’t crumble but isn’t “wet” either (sometimes that can happen with paleo breads)
  • packed with protein
  • can probably be made vegan if you use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup grated zucchini

1/4 cup hazelnut flour

1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, room temperature

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan with a thin layer of coconut oil.
  2. Shred the zucchini in either a food processor or by hand with a grater. Place on two-three paper towels to help soak up some of the excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the other ingredients (the eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda).
  4. Add in the zucchini and chocolate chips if using, and stir to combine well.
  5. Pour into a loaf pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

That’s all for today, folks! Let me know if you make this recipe – I’m gearing up to make it a second time in one week😋

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday! Ugh, aren’t Summer Fridays the best?!

It’s not like I get actual Summer Fridays (y’know when you have a half day of work), but since I’m my own boss, I’ve decided that I’m going to do them once in awhile, anyway😏

I purposely made this week more low key than usual with fewer plans and workouts scheduled in. My time in NY was so hectic and since I wasn’t actually on vacation, I definitely didn’t get enough work done😅 Luckily I’m feeling nice and relaxed, and more importantly, back in the groove! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Cassava Flatbread – What’s pictured up at the top of this post! I actually subbed garbanzo flour for the cassava flour and you guys I am BLOWN away. This bread has zero sugar in it yet somehow tastes slightly sweet? And has a ton of fiber/protein, too!

How to Make Your Own Oat Flour and Why It’s Healthier – Whaaaat this is so interesting! I actually make my own anyway, but mostly just because I thought it was cheaper😂

My Summer Manifesto: A Little Less Doing – An absolutely beautifully written piece and exactly how I plan to approach this summer, as well.

Vodka-Infused Pineapple – I don’t always drink alcohol, but when I do I prefer to have it with fruit…and eat it😍

The 20-Minute Salad I Make Every Tuesday – My mom used to make us a version of this all the time when we were little and I’d forgotten how easy/delicious it was!

12 Fun & Easy Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer – Is it weird if I make these even if I don’t have kids…

Hope you all have a great summer weekend!! Tell me your plans – we’re going to be FaceTiming with our (potential) puppy!!

xo Jordan

Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Not gonna lie, this week felt like pretty much the longest week ever.

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It was a great one, don’t get me wrong, but MAN am I tired😂 There are two things I want to share with you before diving into this week’s Friday Finds (…is this the second week in a row for one? I think so…oops).

First off, I put up another YouTube video and my first one where I really share more about my business/what my life is like on a day to day basis now that I’m really doing my own thing blogging and business wise! You can find that here!

I was also on a podcast this week and in the episode we talks a loooot about my life before this year like my work experience, growing up as a dancer, moving out to LA, doing dance professionally, hand modeling, working 7 thousand jobs, attending b-school, etc. – just stuff I don’t always share on the blog or even Instagram! You can listen to that episode from the Let’s Thrive podcast with my friend Emily here.

And now, for just a few quick reads before we head into the weekend!

How to Help the Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans – The most important thing either of us will read today.

Copycat Samoas – Listen I am ALL about a girl scout cookie, but I can absolutely not be trusted with a box of them. I love that these actually have good-for-you ingredients in them!

A Trick for Making Weekends Feel Longer – NOTED. Also, this is hands down one of my all time favorite blogs.

California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad – So many of my favorite summer flavors in here😍

The Greatest Drink of the Year – Umm YES will absolutely be making one of these ASAP.

5 Ayurvedic Habits to Adopt This Summer – Easy, tangible, and pretty awesome honestly.

That’s all for today – we’ve got another busy one before the weekend! Happy Friday, y’all💕

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

If I told you I forgot which day it was at least 5 times this week, I would not be lying😂

Friday Finds | Dancing for Donuts

I suppose that always happens after travel, though! This week has been super busy but also productive, and for those two things I’m grateful😊 It’s just been so gloomy here in LA and I’m ready for some sun! What’s the weather like where you live?

We do have some fun plans this weekend like going to a Dodgers game, plus I’m helping my friend Erica shoot fitness videos for her YouTube, so that should be awesome!! I’ve been so nostalgic for my dance days, so anything I can do to bring me back to that feeling is always nice.

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

Everything Parmesan Crisps – Yep, 100% making these and putting them on top of every salad forever.

5 Easy Ways to Help Yourself Focus – Can’t honestly name a day when I DON’T need these tips😅 I think the hardest part of my job now is keeping track of 4 thousand things and I need all the organizational/time management tips I can get.

No-Bake Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Low key could care less about these being keto, but the ingredients are AWESOME and I’m always looking for healthier versions of sweet treats!

What I Eat to Stay Sharp & Energized During 12 Hour Days – I actually found this article to be more helpful in how she structures her day rather than what she eats specifically, but there are some great tips in here!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Collagen Stars – Okay this admittedly not a find, it’s just my Instagram post from yesterday, but this recipe is SO good and I swear you guys, these tastes like those fancy $5 low-sugar chocolate bars at the grocery store. They also take 2 seconds to make😊

30-Minute Cardio + Barre Toning Workout – My friend Aubre is actually the one teaching in this and I just took her class yesterday here in LA! She’s amazing and this is such a great workout to do at home!!

Productivity Tips That Will Make Your Life Better – from the QUEEN of productivity. Lauryn Evarts always has the best tips for hustling boss babes, and I love Dr. Mona Vand, too!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an amazing weekend!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hello and Happy Friday!! I am VERY happy the weekend is here😊

Friday Finds | Dancing for Donuts

I know I sort of had a short week because of Texas, but the truth about having your own business is that you don’t actually get to take days off… which means that for the days you SLACK off, you end up just having to catch up HARD afterwards😅

That being said, I know that being busy is a blessing, so I will stop complaining! Besides, I’m gearing up for a weekend of fun with friends and family, and I hope you are too, whether you’re celebrating Passover, Easter, or hey, just life in general!

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

18 Trader Joe’s Products Always in Our Freezers – Ugh, TJ’s for LIFE. I definitely haven’t tried some of these before so I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon…

Salted Citrus Bars – WHAT. EVEN. I actually used to not be a fan of citrus-y desserts but lately I’ve been all about lemon and orange flavored treats!

30 Minute Dance Workout with Aubre Winters – You guys Aubre is legit one of my favorite teachers in LA, PLUS she used to be a dancer. I’m low key freaking out that I can do one of her workouts at home now!

The Things You Should Invest in During Your 30’s – Maybe you’re in your 30’s (or almost like me!), maybe you’re not, but I still think advice like this is valuable! Plus Jacey is quite possibly the classiest woman alive, so that helps.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Arrowroot Powder – I admittedly bought a bag of this for gluten-free recipes but had no idea what it is…until now!😂

How to Make a Healthy Dressing to Put on All the Things – Well this sounds AMAZING.

That’s all for today – time to get back to the to-do list!! Have a great one❤️

xo Jordan

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During My Busiest Work Week of My Year

Hey guys!! I’m back in business after one crazy work week!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

In case you aren’t in the food world, last week was Natural Products Expo (or Expo West) here in SoCal from Wednesday to Saturday! Expo West is basically the biggest food trade show in the country and it connects thousands of food brands with hundreds of thousands of people. This was my first year attending and I not only went for myself as a blogger/social media consultant, but also to help one of my clients at her booth.

I ended driving back and forth each day from LA to the show in Anaheim (which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to anyone working the show now that I look back on it😅). It was a ton of sititng in the car, mixed with standing, talking, eating, and walking, and I can’t tell you how exhausted I was after just the first day, let alone the third!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

More importantly though, I really didn’t have time to cook, which is actually SUPER important because Expo is essentially just thousands of snacks consumed in a very short time period😂 It’s for this reason that I decided to spring for Territory Foods last week, my favorite meal delivery service! If you guys remember, I ordered from them once before over the summer after coming back from a vacation.

Sometimes it can seem like meal delivery services are expensive, and they are pricier than cooking at home, but sometimes convenience just has to win! I really did not want to sacrifice my health any more than I had to last week, so being able to just open the fridge and have clean meals ready for me in the morning and at night was KEY. And when it comes down to it, it really is cheaper than ordering in/out!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

The process is insanely easy with Territory Foods. I know there are a ton of meal delivery services out there, but here’s why I love Territory in particular:

  • They have meals for every diet and you can easily search by vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, or gluten free
  • The work with local nutritionists and chefs
  • Everything is sustainably sourced
  • I can have meals delivered twice during the week so I know it’s extremely fresh
  • The menu changes all the time and there’s a ton of variety!
  • The ingredients and nutrition facts are listed right on the package and everything is perfectly portioned (there are two portion size options!)
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

I remember being blown away by Territory’s meals last year, but for some reason they seemed even more delicious this time around! Some of my favorite meals were:

  • Brunch in a Bowl (with Chicken Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Beets, Kale & Sweet Potato)
  • Vegan Chile with Cilantro & Tortilla Crisps
  • Salmon Cakes with Pesto & Apple Fennel Slaw
  • Breakfast Sausage Patties with Sautéed Veggies & Aioli
  • Harvest Spice Muffins with Baked Apples
  • Orange Cakes with Mint Melon Salad
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

So all in all, I have to just give a quick shoutout to Territory Foods for pretty much saving my life and my stomach last week! Starting my day off with a solid breakfast (sometimes eaten in the car or behind the booth I worked at😅) and ending it with a nutritious meal after hours of snacking was all I could ask for! And if you guys have never tried a meal delivery service before, I’d highly recommend Territory over anything else – it’s so beyond worth it!

Hope you all are having a great week so far and thanks for reading!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Ahh, there’s nothing better than when a Friday pops up earlier than expected due to a short holiday week!

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^ that was taken last weekend when we went up to the Santa Ynez Valley for wine tasting! I wanted to write a blog post on it, but we were only there for 24 hours so it wouldn’t have been very long😅

Anyway, I’m pretty happy it’s Friday because today I’m leaving to celebrate my friend Connor’s 30th birthday in Ojai! I’ve never been before, but I hear it’s beautiful, too. And then next week I actually go to Colorado, so lots of travel coming up!!

If you’re looking for some light reading after another week of news that’ll make your head spin, here’s what I’ve got for ya:

11 Inspiring Women On How They Start Their Day – I loooove hearing about other peoples’ morning and night routines for some reason!!

The New Superfoods You Need To Know About – I blame (or thank?) living in LA for knowing and consuming all of these on a regular basis😂

15 Minute Meal Prep: Sesame Noodle Bowls – These sound INSANE. I don’t know why I don’t make sesame and peanut noodles more often…

On Blogging: Six Ways I Deal With The Comparison Trap – I don’t know if this will resonate with most of you or not, but WOW is that comparison trap real.

5 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Uninspired – aka me all of February.

How to Make Cauliflower Gnocchi – Because my addiction to the TJ’s version is probably keeping my local store in business.

Have a great weekend, y’all!!

xo Jordan