Friday Finds

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And what’s your least favorite part?

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

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

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

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday from North Carolina!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

August Foodie & Fitness Favorites

Holy crap, it’s almost pumpkin season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

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

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

April Favorites

5 Things I Learned at 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

A Morning Cup That Gives Back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey hey, friends!!

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I know I kind of disappeared this week and to be honest, I have no good excuse other than the fact that I just needed a BREAK. You know?

I’ve been talking a lot on my Instagram about how the comparison trap is getting pretty real for me on social media, not to mention the massive time suck that it is, and I wanted to rest my eyes/brain for a second since the previous couple of months have just been bonkers content wise!! I really do love social media and the inspiration, relationships, and community it’s brought me – I wouldn’t change that for anything – but we can’t deny that it’s a bit exhausting. Worth it! But exhausting.

In any case, I’m back with my faaaavorite type of blog post to share with you all and that’s a link roundup of my faves from the past couple of weeks! As much as I love consuming content on social platforms, reading blogs/media sites will always be my #1. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

8 Ways To Live A Low Waste Lifestyle (Starting Now) – My next trip to Target will 100% include glass tupperware and I pledge to start carrying around my metal straws NOW! I already have a million, it’s just a matter of finding a way to put them in my purse without throwing them in there randomly ’cause that’s gross…

How to Tell If A Watermelon is Ripe Just By Looking At It – This is SO VALUABLE. Nothing, and I mean nothing is worse than cutting into a non-ripe melon (okay maybe a few things, but you catch my drift…).

12 Things I Learned From The 4 Hour Work Week – How do I make this my life?! More importantly, how do I convince my BOSS to make this my life??

Is Coconut Sugar Healthier Than White Sugar? – So helpful, I’m always confused. How is there so much contradictory information on the internet?

10 Natural Ways to Supercharge Your Water – PLEASE. From my post with Perrier, you guys already know that plain water is my arch nemesis in the summer. I need to start infusing my water with yummy things!!

Invest in a Few Minutes a Day for Happiness with a Five Minute Journal – I am really, REALLY going to try hard to implement this after my birthday/for the new school year (even though I’m not in school…it just feels like a good time to start fresh!).

14 Low Sugar Snacks that Actually Kind of Taste like Dessert – Homegirl cannot go a DAY without something dessert-like. It’s my vice, don’t judge me.

I love you all, have an amazing weekend, and thank you for reading!!

xo Jordan

Why and How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition

This post is sponsored by iWi but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hi Friends! We’re back this week with something a little different, but also a topic I care deeply about…sustainable nutrition🌎

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So here’s the thing, regardless of global warming or any of the other crazy things happening in this world, it is without a doubt that we’ve taken a bit too much advantage of the resources Mother Nature has given us, don’t ya think? And while that scares me sometimes, it also motivates me to make choices each and every single day that are for the good of the earth. I have a ton of friends doing “No-Plastic July” and now a bunch of companies are banning plastic straws, which is RAD, but like…what else can I, as just one small person, do?

Well, I can start with my eating habits, for one.

Plant-based eating not only has incredible benefits for the body, but it’s also important for our planet, too. You all know me – I’m not vegetarian, or vegan, or anything like that because nobody has time for labels here, but I do try to eat as plant-based as I can without limiting my life or ruining my relationship (lol, f’real). Sometimes this looks like choosing to forego the salmon at the store if the only thing in my budget is farm-raised (no, thank you!), opting for beans, nut butter or extra greens as my protein source in a meal, or even buying from local farmer’s markets. Other times, this means choosing plant-based supplements like vegan protein powders and vitamins.

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I’ve mentioned my favorite supplements a little bit on here before, but a new one I’ve been taking for a few weeks now is iWi Omega 3 Supplements. I’ve always known about the importance of taking an Omega 3 supplement, but only just started seeing it pop up more and more as a key way to boost immune, neurological and cardiovascular health, grow healthier hair, and a ton of other things important to our health and well-being. As a former athlete/someone who prioritizes fitness, I know it’s important to make sure I’m keeping my body strong and healthy, so adding supplements is an easy to way to ensure I’m doing so.

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Essentially, Omega 3’s come in a few different varieties – EPA & DHA are found in certain types of fish, and ALA which can be found in plant sources. So you can imagine how hard (and possibly expensive!) it could get trying to include all of these varieties with just the food we consume.iWi Omega 3 Supplements have the highest bioavailability in the Omega3 market (higher than fish and Krill) all while being vegan, non-GMO, and sustainably produced. They also contain chlorophyll (which helps detoxify the body, amongst many other things) and antioxidants. In a nutshell, these little capsules are POWERHOUSES of nutrition and by providing algae-based nutrition, they help keep both us and our planet safe.

Their sustainable farming methods utilize non-arable land, brackish water, and the sun as the main source of energy. Wanna hear something crazy? iWi’s 150 acres in algae production equals 45,000 acres of peas in terms of essential amino acids and production. This type of farming is 100% sustainable and scalable, and helps create local jobs in rural areas.

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So you get it now, right? Every little bit we can do or contribute helps us AND this planet, so by choosing plant-based nutrition as much as we possibly can, we’re helping to keep Mother Earth as beautiful and fruitful as she is today.

If you’d like to try iWi Omega 3 Supplements, you can get 15% off your order on Amazon with the code 15IWILIFEO – trust me, this stuff is an easy, cost-effective way to get the nutrients you need, on top of being a responsible choice!

Thanks for reading along😊

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap (Fun Fitness Events!) + July Favorites

So, I think this is like, the first time in years I’ve done a weekend recap for you guys…right?

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I know it seems random, especially considering I wasn’t traveling or anything, but I did attend a few fun fitness events that I thought I’d share with you! And since it’s the end of the month, I bundled that with my fitness & foodie favorites from July…which I still cannot believe is nearly over🙀

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I guess that means I was busy…which is quite possibly the understatement of the century considering these past few weekends have been jam packed (with lots of fun stuff, and a bit of work, too). This past Saturday I met my friend Emily at a launch event for Katie Austin‘s new activewear line, Austin Active. Some of you may know Denise Austin, Katie’s mom, who was a huge fitness personality in the 80’s and 90’s I think, but Katie is SO sweet and I’ve been following her on YouTube for awhile now.

She just launched a line of super cute workout clothes (I splurged for a set…I had to!!!) and to celebrate, she taught a free fitness class in Downtown LA at the most beautiful studio space. There was food and juice from Beaming (best chocolate chip cookies ever, you guys), makeup samples from Smashbox, Babe Rosé, and even a braid bar…although I didn’t opt to get my hair done this time!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

On Sunday, my friend Keely was teaching her class from ModelFit (aka my favorite class EVER – not kidding, it kicks my butt in the most fun way possible and Keely is the BEST teacher), so I went with a couple friends! The W Hotel here in Westwood is actually doing free fitness classes every Sunday at 9am on their WET deck by the pool (the most gorgeous setting) until the end of September, so if you’re in the LA area, I totally recommend going! Keely is actually teaching again this coming weekend, but there are a ton of other cool classes like boxing and yoga, too! I’m alllll about the free events here, and going with friends makes it 10x more fun😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

p.s. how stinkin’ cute is this gif ^ …like i’m sorry but we nailed it💁🏻

Okay NOW onto July favorites!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Smoked Salmon + Avo Toast – This combo is kind of all I want forever. I splurged on smoked salmon a couple times so far this summer and let me tell you, it is worth every👏🏼damn👏🏼penny👏🏼. I’ve always loved some good lox and schmear on a bagel, but with avocado instead of the cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon on top? Ooohhh baby we are in BUSINESS.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

AshaPops – So these are probably the coolest thing I tried all month…they’re popped LOTUS seeds!!! Have you guys ever heard of that?! This company (which is run by THE sweetest woman and her son) reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try these a few weeks ago and since I’d never heard of anything like them, I immediately said yes! Turns out they’re insanely delicious and pack quite a nutritious punch. I don’t know if you can read the front label up there, but AshaPops are low in calories, high in magnesium and protein, and extremely allergen-free (vegan, gluten free, soy free, etc.). My boyfriend and I finished off this chocolate bag in about 10 minutes sitting in traffic, but their other flavors like cinnamon and turmeric, are amazing, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Beekeeper’s Naturals Bee Pollen – I have been lovingggg adding this stuff to my smoothies lately, mostly because of the crunch, but also because bee pollen is SO good for you. BKN is such an incredible brand anyway, so I know all of their products are high quality, but their bee pollen in particular contains a ton of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein. It also tastes kind of nutty/earthy, which I’m sure is also good on oats and yogurt!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

NüFlo Shoes – Okay HOW cool are these?! I wore these Nüflo shoesies (is that a word I’m allowed to use in my late 20’s?) to pilates last week and they were amazing. There are grips on the bottom which make sure you don’t slip and slide on the Megaformer, but I know they’d also be great for regular or hot yoga, too. Speaking of, I haven’t been back to Y7 since before my broken elbow, so I’ll have to try them out there very soon!! Also they come in other colors or just black too, if that’s more your style😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Miyokos Smoked Farmhouse Vegan Cheese – I first tried this cheese at the Vegan Food Festival here in LA earlier this summer and I was absolutely blown away. If you like smoked gouda, you will LOVE Miyokos Smoked Vegan Cheese. It’s insane. And it’s vegan…which again, is not necessarily something I choose to be at all times, but I do try to eat less dairy for my skin/digestion and being able to eat something like this on a cracker is a serious game changer! It is a little pricey, but I’ve heard Trader Joe’s carries it for slightly cheaper!

Year of Yes – So full disclosure, I’m not actually finished with this book just yet, but I’m pretty close. I’ve recommended it to every single person I’ve talked books with since i’ve opened it up and I’ve been raving about it to everyone because Shonda Rhimes is a freakin’ GENIUS. Aside from being positive and real and authentic and awesome, which is all the things I want to read about, this book is just straight up hilarious. I literally laughed out loud by myself while reading it on the beach, and that’s a rarity so you KNOW it’s good. If you’re already a Shonda fan, I’d recommend picking this up immediately, but even if you aren’t, this woman is my idol. Such a good beach read!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Amazing Grass Protein Superfood in Chocolate Peanut Butter – If this protein powder blended up with a little frozen banana and almond milk were all I’d get to eat for breakfast for the rest of time, I think I’d be okay with that.This protein powder is hands down the BEST protein I’ve ever had. It’s vegan, has two full servings of fruits and veggies per serving, and contains alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella and açai…none of which you actually taste because the pb & chocolate takes over in the best way possible. I’ve been taking half a scoop (they’re biiiig scoops!), adding a couple frozen strawberries with a 1/2 frozen banana and a handful of spinach, and blending it up every single morning these days. I’m obsessed with this stuff!!

OMFG okay did you get to the end of this post?!?! I think this is the longest thing I’ve ever written, I’m so sorry for blabbing😅 If you made it, thank you and if not, I appreciate the effort.

Love you all and have an amazing rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

My Favorite Way to Stay Hydrated

This post is sponsored by Perrier® Carbonated Mineral Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Would you hate me if I told you that sometimes plain water just doesn’t cut it for me when I’m thirsty af?

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Like don’t get me wrong, I LOVE water, but when I really need something to quench my thirst, whether that’s on the beach, by the pool, on the mountain when I’m snowboarding in the winter, etc., I want something with flavor. Y’know what I mean? It’s these times I find myself craving soda or lemonade, but I also know those beverages aren’t the healthiest of choices, and have a ton of unnecessary sugar in them. While plain ol’ water can certainly do the trick, something like Perrier that has some bubbles and flavor to it is far more fun😉

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I know there are all kinds of carbonated waters out there, but Perrier’s flavored carbonated mineral water is hands down my favorite (and lucky for me, they used to keep our fridge at my last job completely stocked with this stuff!!). It’s not overly fizzy (which can be hard for me to drink) and lightly flavored without tasting sweet or artificial (because it ain’t!). My favorite flavor is the strawberry, which I have a feeling would be veryyyyy lovely in a vodka soda cocktail, but the pink grapefruit is a close second. I’m also feeling these guys in a nice white wine spritzer, but since we’re talking about staying hydrated here (and not on a Friday night), I’ll stick with the non-alcoholic version…

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And truth be told, I tend to actually prefer a drink like Perrier at a party – it’s zero calories, still feels fun, helps me stay hydrated, and leaves no trace of a hangover. Yep, I’m that girl who shows up with a case of this stuff instead of a 6-pack. Don’t judge me – we’re a “healthy living blog” over here, after all😋

Here are all the flavor options (and dzayum are they good ones):

Peach: Stylish, bold, daring

Lime: Classic cocktail twist

Strawberry: Bubbly, bright, berries

Watermelon: Summer

Lemon: Bright, tart twist

L’Orange: Combination of orange & lemon, subtle, citrus

Pink Grapefruit: Bracing tartness

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You can also find your flavor inspiration at Perrier.com/flavors and enter to win a year’s worth of Perrier flavors! So go run and do that because honestly a fridge full of this stuff would be a literal dream.

Pop a fun straw in your glass, a cube or two of ice to cool ya down, a slice of lemon or lime on the side, and pour in the Perrier folks. It’s soooo much better than plain water, I promise.

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What’s your drink of choice this summer?

xo Jordan