How I Find Balance During the Holidays

This post is in partnership with The Crusher Wines, but all opinions are mine, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

December is HERE and the holiday season is definitely in full force! I’m only in LA for two more weekends before I head home for the holidays, but I can tell you that those are (at least) four JAM packed days of holiday parties.

Instead of preaching on here and telling you to “eat before you go so you can avoid the food” or “limit dessert to one bite,” I’m going to give you the REAL deal, at least from my view. The holidays come ONCE a year, and it’s my faaavorite time of year, no less. Food and drinks bring people together during this time, so you bet your cute booty I’m gonna enjoy myself. I will 100% eat what I want (as long as I know it won’t make my stomach hurt) and accept the fact that hey, my jeans might fit a little tighter come Christmas. But you know what? That’s why leggings and fit n’ flare dresses exist😉

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Because this is a “healthy living” blog, and I do try to live a healthy life, I want to tell you how I keep things balanced this time of year. After all, being “healthy” is really all about balance in my opinion. And by that, I essentially just mean tradeoffs. For example, you have a green smoothie in the morning knowing that you might not have as many greens later that day. Or, you’ll absolutely want to stuff your face at the open bar/dinner buffet that work is throwing for everyone that night, so you make sure you just get in a sweat sesh that morning. Easy👏peasy👏

I do NOT believe in limiting myself. I do NOT believe that holiday parties should make me think any harder than I already do about trying to stay on track with my health goals. Because let’s face it, anxiety around eating and drinking during the holiday season just causes mental health issues, which is no bueno either. I WILL try the desserts because they’re my favorite thing ever and yes, I WILL have a glass or two of The Crusher Wines Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s DELICIOUS.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

Here are 4 simple ways I like to keep things as balanced as I possibly can during the holiday season:

1. Move my body (preferably with friends!) – I am alwayssss a fan of pairing my fitness with friend time! Classes are usually attended with my workout buddies (hi Pam, Alycia and Audrey!!), and since some of my friends are actually instructors (hi Keely and Lindsay!), going to take their classes really just feels like a fun play date. Since I definitely like to keep up my fitness routine during the holidays, if not amp it up even more so, I’ll make as many of my friend dates include movement as possible! Some of my favorite options: hikes, coffee walks, pilates or barre class, and yoga + smoothie dates! If you work hard, you can play hard😏

2. Indulge! Seriously. – Holiday food and drinks are my favorite, but in moderation! Besides, if I deprive myself, I’m one of those people who will later go HAM either because I feel like I need to “reward” myself or need to shovel it all in at once before it’s too late. I think it’s 110% okay to enjoy the things that make you happy around the holiday season, like a glass of your favorite wine!

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3. Opt for lower calorie/lower sugar alcoholic drinks – I usually don’t drink more than a glass of wine a week, but around the holidays? I LOVE to unwind with my boyfriend and best friends over a bottle of wine, my favorite Christmas movie, a candle, and most likely dessert (you know me!). Whether I’m cozied up at home or out at a holiday party, I just try to make sure I’m choosing options that have less sugar like The Crusher Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Wine Blend. I won’t lie to you, their Chardonnay is my absolute FAVE, and that’s totally fine too, but I prefer to save my sweet tooth for all the desserts 😉

4. Swap some of my favorite treats for healthier options – You’ll notice the platter pictured in this post does not have cheese on it…like WHAT WHO AM I AND WHERE DID JORDAN GO. I know, I know, cheese is the BEST. I’m so thankful I’m not lactose intolerant #bless. But that being said, I know that I tend to go overboard with the cheese so instead, I opt for things like fresh veggies, fruit, and hummus when I can! Cheese is still a thing for sure, I just try to do it less often.

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So those are just four super chill ways I try to keep things 💯 over here during the holiday season. I know it’s not easy – eating healthy in general is stressful and adding a bunch of social gatherings into the mix can really throw us for a loop, but just do your best to have FUN without overthinking it, okay?

Whether it’s for yourself, someone you need a gift for, or even the hostess of the next party in your calendar, I couldn’t possibly recommend The Crusher Wines more! I rarely say this about wine, but EVERY single varietal they offer is out of control delicious. If you’d like to try some for yourself here in LA, check your local Sprouts or Costco, or you can visit this store locator and type in your zip code to find where The Crusher Wines is offered near you! And don’t forget to let me know your favorite once you try it 😍

 

 

 

DFD Gift Guide: Under $45 (For Anyone!)

I’m back with one more gift guide today! I feel like people always get the big gifts out of the way early, but then forget about things like stocking stuffers, secret santas, gifts for faraway friends, or even coworkers…or is that just me?😅

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Gift Guide Under $45

Today’s guide is all awesome gifts under $45 and for ANYONE. Not just dudes or girls or any particular type of person😊 Happy shopping!

1) CaseApp iPhone Case (~$34 but use the code DANCINGFORDONUTS20 for 20% off through December 10th!!) – I literally ONLY get phone cases here now, guys! I designed my own with my logo on it and I get so many compliments. Even got my mom one, too😊

2) BODUM French Press ($40) – While this one is on the steeper side, I think a French Press is a super nice present for any adult that loves coffee. We use ours every single day and it just feels fancy!!

3) Air Plant & Holder Gift Set ($7.95) – I saw this on another gift guide (maybe POPSugar?) and I couldn’t resist adding it to mine. It is SO CUTE. I think she makes a bunch of other different things like this!!

4) Tate’s Cookies and Bars Jar ($30) – If you haven’t had Tate’s Cookies yet then are you even LIVING?!?! I think for the price point, this is a pretty sweet gift to give.

5) Avocado Portable Power Bank ($28) – I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t want this for myself…

6) Homesick Candle ($30) – I’ve always thought these were so cool!! And I feel like I know a zillion people that live far from home, too. Such a sweet gift!

7) Insulated Stainless Steel Canteen ($27.95) – This just LOOKS swanky, right?! I think you could even give this gift with a bottle of wine or something (not that you should drink wine out of a canteen but like…we all do it at some point in our lives, right?😅

8) Bath Soak ($20) – So that they can unwind after the holiday madness.

9) Fuzzy Socks ($5.99) – The actual perfect stocking stuffer or secret santa gift🙌 I have two pairs and I will probably stock up on more…

10) Dr. Jart Face Mask Set ($36) – Because a spa night is one of the greatest things you can give to a person. Dr. Jart makes amazing stuff, too!

That’s all, y’all!! Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?! I know Hanukkah starts tonight and I’m super excited! So, Happy Hanukkah if you’re celebrating, too!

xo Jordan

DFD Gift Guide: For the Wellness Babe

The DFD Gift Guide is BACK!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Gift Guide for Wellness Babes

I wanted to put together a list of some hot ticket items this holiday season in case you’re in need of something for you bff, mom, self (😉), whoever, and I’ll be honest – most of them are things I would want for myself!!

1. Banana Leaf Print Yoga Mat – How CUTE is this?! I think any wellness babe could use a cute yoga mat, don’t ya think?

2. Herbivore Brighten Face Mask– Who doesn’t love a face mask?! It’s a straight up form of self care and Herbivore is a really incredible green beauty brand. Pair this with the toner for an at-home spa day gift!

3. Faux Fur Hooded Jacket – Obsessed with anythingggg fuzzy and cozy this season. I seriously need LA to get the memo about fall/winter…

4. Coconut Rose Toner – I’ve been dying to try this stuff, but I hear amazing things!! A toner is always a nice gift because anyone can use it but it feels luxurious!

5. High Waisted Midi Legging – If you’ve been here before, you know I SWEAR by Beyond Yoga. Like I rarely buy anything else. They’re just so soft!!

6. Adidas Swift Run Sneaker – Cute and so super functional. With athleisure becoming more and more of a thing, you gotta make sure the footwear rounds out the outfit!!!

7. Healthy Human Insulated Water Bottle – I just got my first Healthy Human tumbler and water bottle and I tooootally see what the hype is about! These keep water (or anything!) at the same temperature for hours. I swear, I had ice in my tumbler and it was still there 3 hours later. Use code DANCING10 to get 10% off on Amazon!

8. Peach Booty Bands – Booty Bands are SUCH a game changer. They’re light and easy to travel with, plus you can do a million different exercises with them!

9. Velvet Scrunchies – Another thing you KNOW I’m obsessed with. I own about 10 of these and I’m already eyeing more…I feel naked without one on my wrist at this point.

10. Moodbeli Mushroom Adaptogen – I’ve been drinking Moodbeli for a couple years now and I absolutely LOVE their elixirs. Any wellness babe will be into adaptogens (aka mushrooms used in eastern medicine for normalizing the body!) and I find their blends to be absolutely delicious and use in hot cocoa or other drinks! Get 20% off when you order through this link!

11. Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Powder – I have a serving of collagen every single day and I honestly think it’s made a huge difference in my nails/hair/skin. This brand is my FAVORITE, plus it mixes super well into coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt, anything!

Have you guys started holiday shopping yet?! I haven’t, but I do have a list ready for Black Friday 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy food!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Well, we made it to the Friday before Christmas😍

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I’m actually writing to you from my parent’s house in New York (is it weird for me to still call it MY house? Because it’s totally going to be home for me always). I feel so freakin’ lucky to have been able to come home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, since that hasn’t actually happened in 7 years! It feels so unbelievably good to be here, even if I have to work a bit remotely. Thank goodness for the digital age, #amiright?

Before I leave you for the holiday weekend, I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and even if you don’t, I hope you have time to relax, eat some delicious food, and be with friends and/or family. Is it just me or is this time of year the BEST because it reminds you of all the things you’re grateful for?

I’ll be spending most of this weekend baking cookies, sitting by a fire, and catching up with loved ones! I hope you get to do a version of the same😊 And now, back to our usual weekly roundup. They are some awesome last minute gift ideas in here!

5 Things to Get Rid of Before 2018 – Literally all of these, but especially #5. That was actually one of my New Year’s resolutions for this year! I did okay, but not great.

10 Genius Ideas for a Healthier Holiday – These tips are sooooo realistic, unlike so many others I see floating around during this time. Just eat the dang dessert and stop talking about your diet. Please. The kale will be there tomorrow!

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies – I’ve only actually had eggnog a couple of times, but I remember loving it. These sounds super delicious, and I love that they’re allergen-friendly!

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes – Perfect for gifts or yourself!! I’m obsessed with scrubs lately. They make me feel like I’m at a spa…

9 Non-Toxic Beauty Products at Sephora – YES. I’m trying to make more of an effort to use green beauty products, so this list is super helpful!

How to Put Together a Gift Bouquet or Box at Any Budget – Literally my favorite thing to gift people is a box or bag of a bunch of different little things. These tutorials are gorgeous!

Why 30 Minutes of Cardio is the Best Workout for a Good Night’s Sleep – Considering 30 minutes is all I’m motivated to do these days, this is GREAT news.

Love y’all so much and I’ll catch you next week!

xo Jordan

DFD Gift Guide: Under $75

Hi and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!!

Dancing for Donuts | Under $75 Gift Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey Babes! Another Friday is heeeeeere!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Golden Milk Latte with Moon Deli Tonics

In one week at this time, I will be hanging with my family and getting some work done on our couch, possible by the fire. PUMPED. I’ve got a boat load of things to get done before that though, so it’d be smart to keep my excitement and daydreaming to a minimum until then…

In the meantime! My weekly roundup as per usj 🙂

Trader Joe’s Now has $3 Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – F. YES.

Peanut Sauce – Wait. I literally want to put this on everything.

5 Exercises to Do in the Morning That’ll Give You More Energy – I seriously miss working out in the mornings, but evening workouts just fit better with my schedule now. Maybe I should start doing these shorter videos before work…are you a morning workout person?

Healthy & Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – In case you still need ideas! Those pumpkin spiced corn muffins are kind of making me hungry again rn…

How to Bullet Journal with a Traditional Planner or Notebook – I can’t tell you how badly I needed this post. I’ve heard such amazing things about bullet-journaling, but really don’t need to order another book/notebook. Love that I can just use one I already have!

A Doctor Shares: The Best Snack for Gut Health – Not only does this recipe sound delish (and easy to make!), but there’s some really good advice in here!

If you’re celebrating a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving early this weekend, have so much fun and don’t worry about the calories too much, okay? The gym will still be there tomorrow, I promise.

xo Jordan

What’s on My Thanksgiving Menu

Hey y’all! Can you believe how quickly Thanksgiving (and all of the other holidays!) are sneaking up on us?!

I wanted to share with you what I’m planning on making this year since I’ve seen SO many epic recipes out there!! I’m hoping we have a balanced mix of veggies and healthy sides, but also indulgent comfort foods because hey, ’tis the season. Everything in moderation, right?😉

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Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls – I made these over a week ago and am still thinking about them, that’s how good they are!!! Doughy, buttery, and not overly sweet but SO delicious. They’d be the perfect mid-morning snack while everyone is busy cooking, or as a nice post-dinner treat! If you’d like, you can grab a coupon for $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. dough here! It’s seriously out of this world.

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Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes – If there’s one blog I consistently go back to for easy and delicious recipes, it’s Gina’s. Like HOW creamy do these look?! I can’t even deal.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette – Like I said, I’m a big fan of mixing the heavy stuff with some greens, too! Besides, with all the heavy foods, I always find myself craving a salad of some kind. This recipe is an oldie of mine, but a goody nonetheless. I love the parmesan and pecans, but the dressing is the standout on this one for sure!

Dancing for Donuts | What's on My Thanksgiving Menu

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey – Wanna hear something crazy? I used to HATE turkey. Like I would load up on sides but not actually eat the turkey…and I wasn’t a vegetarian. What was I thinking?! I think this recipe is a winner because it sounds pretty simple but super flavorful. Doesn’t it look amazing??

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Vanilla Bean Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Have I told you about my sweet potato obsession yet? Because I truly am addicted, just ask my boyfriend. I think this dish might be the one I’m most looking forward to because it adds just the right amount of sweetness to the Thanksgiving plate, you know? And I love that this recipe has the vanilla bean in it to spruce things up a bit. Plus sweet potatoes are heart healthy, guys. Totally okay to have a second helping… 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | What's on My Thanksgiving Menu

Simple + Easy Cranberry Sauce – Look. You can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce, that’s just a fact. I’m actually not much of a gravy person (so sue me) but cranberry sauce I go IN on. The Kitchn (one of the best cooking resources out there) breaks it down so that you literally cannot mess it up. So helpful!!

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Apple & Hazelnut Vegan Stuffing – So like, you obviously have to have the Pepperidge Farms boxed stuffing because DUH, but also let’s be a little gourmet here and make something classy. The flavors in this stuffing are legit screaminggggg fall to me and also it’s vegan so 1) great for anyone at the table with diet restrictions and also 2) hey let’s get some real nutrients in us, yeah?

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Chocolate Honey Pecan Pie – I’m not gonna lie to you, we will most likely have a pumpkin pie (in addition to our pumpkin pie crescent rolls of course!) but I think it’s nice to have some other flavors in the mix. Pecan pie is always a classic and crowd pleaser, but this chocolate-y twist is a fun variation. The ingredients in this recipe aren’t terrible either, so you can dig in without feeling like you’re over-indulging!

Now I wanna know – what’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Where will you be spending the holiday? With loved ones, I hope 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds | Holiday Edition.

 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or just a wonderful weekend 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds: Holiday Edition.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate – um, YES? Yes.

6 Genius Flight Attendant-Approved Holiday Packing Hacks – For all you travelers out there like me. No checked-bag fees for this girl!

New Year, New You: End Procrastination for Good – Great advice from one of my favorite blogs. Working on my resolutions list starting the day after Christmas!

Staying Healthy Through Holiday Travel – Because nothing is worse than being sick on vacation.

7 Habits for Eating Mindfully During the Holidays – Can someone please help me get better at this? We currently have about 8 tins of chocolate in our house and are about to bake 5 batches of cookies. Wish me luck…

12 Things to Add to 2017 for a Healthier, Happier Year – All. Of. These.

4 Crazy-Simple Recipes to Boost Immunity Daily – That also happen to sound really, really good!

 

xo Jordan