Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Been home for less than 24 hours and I already miss Texas…and my mom!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

This past weekend, my mom and I met for a getaway in Dallas, then drove down to Waco and Austin for the weekend. We started a new tradition last year where each spring we would go on a mother/daughter trip somewhere new and this year we picked Texas…primarily so we could go see Magnolia and the Silos! We are die-hard Fixer Upper Fans 🙂

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up flying into Dallas (and somehow ended up at different airports…oops!) since it was cheaper than flying into Austin, plus the drive down there passes straight through Waco! We got to Magnolia around 11am on Friday, which I highly recommend doing!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I had read so much about how crowded that place can get on weekends and I totally believe it! We took a stroll through the store, which is unbelievably well-decorated and has a ton of incredible and beautiful pieces for the home and affordable prices. They also have merch, so of course I had to get a Texas t-shirt!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After shopping, we picked up cupcakes, a cookie and a cinnamon roll from the bakery, popped into the gardening store, and wandered around the grounds (which are so well-done, just so perfectly on point with her style!) until grabbing some lunch at one of the many food trucks.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We opted for grilled cheese and ate on the lawn. They have a big patch of fake grass with some bean bag chairs and lawn games. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Once we were done, we drove about 5 minutes away to Harp Design Co. – Clint was a regular on the show if you’re a fan too, and his store is also beautiful!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Saturday started with an early breakfast in the hotel – we stayed at The Driskill in downtown Austin and I swear it is the prettiest hotel in the city! I feel VERY spoiled, but I guess if you’re going to do a getaway once a year, might as well make it count! We originally were going to go on a hike held by Athleta, but it ended up getting cancelled due to rain. Instead, my mom and I walked along the river for about an hour and a half and somehow only managed to get rained on once!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Lunch was at a vegan restaurant called Counter Culture and my friend Helen joined us! We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring South Congress, where there are a ton of cool shops and restaurants like Allen’s Boots (my FAVE) and Amy’s Ice Cream (which we were too full to try this time!).

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We then went to June’s All Day for an early dinner, some amazing cocktails, and delicious food! I highly recommend the fried chicken sandwich, which we ate too quickly to photograph…👌🏻

We called it a night pretty early, but not without eating the rest of our cupcakes in bed, of course!! I’m telling you, those cupcakes are the BEST I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of cupcakes in my day! Highly recommend the carrot cake, coconut, and lemon lavender!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Sunday morning was when the Athleta hike was supposedly rescheduled for, so we went over to Barton Creek Greenbelt a bit early. We waited a bit and couldn’t seem to find anyone from the store, so we decided to venture out on our own!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up walking along the creek, which was absolutely stunning. I had no idea Austin was so lush! I’ve been once before in June, but for some reason it just seemed extra green this time.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Post hike/walk, we went to a spot near to our hotel called Modern Eatery for some amazing salads (their prices are great, too!), a latté, and then went back to the hotel to hang out.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

At about 4pm, we went over to Uncommon Objects, a super famous antique shop in Austin! I went with my friend Nicole the first time I was in Austin a few years ago and knew my mom would love it. They have such interesting stuff and the displays are done so creatively!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

For dinner, we had reservations at Perla’s on South Congress and you GUYS. I’m 99% positive this was our most memorable meal – the drinks were unreal, the food was to die for and the service was on POINT. If I were to go back to Austin, I would for sure make reservations here again!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After that, we pretty much called it a night since we were so fantastically stuffed, but we had to stop one last time at Magnolia on our way back to the airport Monday morning!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

And there ya have it! If you made it this far, I applaud you😂 There were just so many incredible moments I wanted to share! I really do love Texas and I think it’s an amazing spot to explore with loved ones.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I just want to give one quick shoutout to my mom who made the whole weekend possible – I know I am SO lucky to be able to call my mom my best friend and to be able to travel with her💖

xo Jordan

For more travel info on Austin, head to my older posts here and here!

3 Things I’ve Learned in 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Well, it’s been almost exactly three months since I launched my business. I think it’s time for an update…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

First of all, I just need to say that the last few months have FLOWN on by. I’m so confused because it feels like it was just New Year’s, but then all of a sudden it was then Valentine’s Day, I went to Colorado, and now I’m about to meet my mom in Texas for our mother/daughter weekend. WHERE IS TIME GOING.

All of this is to say that when you are doing something you love, something you truly care about, I honestly think time moves more quickly. I used to sit at my desk at work and by 10am I was ready to go home. That’s ONE hour in. Now? I start working at 7am and all of a sudden it’s 1pm. I think that’s both a good and bad thing, but the fact that I’m not sitting there twiddling my thumbs until 6pm is pretty fantastic 🙌🏻

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

If I had to sum up how the past three months have been, I would say they’ve been mind-blowing in the absolute best way possible. Never in my dreams did I think I would receive the outpouring of love and support or the opportunities I’ve been given. I wasn’t really worried about succeeding as an entrepreneur in the long run, but I do feel VERY lucky when I think about how far I’ve come in a short period of time.

There’s still a loooong long way for me to go, but here’s what I’ve learned since announcing my social media consulting business as a full-time endeavor…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

That whole motivation thing is harder than you might think. I’d like to think I’m pretty good about self-motivation and time management, but MAN is it hard to keep yourself focused when no one is giving you real deadlines. I seriously have to implement my own for all of my clients so that I don’t drop the ball, and if I don’t plan my week down to the hour, I will forget to focus on things. This is something I struggle with on the daily, but am really working on! It’s gotten better, but I swear I’ve developed ADD or something…🙈

Kindness will get you unbelievably far. So here’s the tea: I haven’t actually had to send out any cold emails or proposals to potential clients that didn’t email me first…and for that, I am SO incredibly lucky. But you know what? I swear it’s just karma or something because I’ve found leads in the most unlikely places. People I’ve only talked to via Instagram comment or DM, friends of friends I met once, connections through alumni…those are the people that have now become my clients.

I couldn’t disagree more with the idea that women have to be hard, cold, and cut throat to get ahead in business. I actually think the complete opposite. You never know who you’re going to meet or speak to, so treat everyone with kindness and be generous with your time when you’re building those relationships.

Keep information close. So basically when you’re a business owner who offers shareable knowledge as part of their business (like I do), sending proposals can be tricky. While I want to present my thought process and strategy to win a client over, I have to be strategic in what I share because if I give too much away, they won’t need me.

If you’re in a business with skills that are not easily learned (like photography or finance), then you probably don’t have to worry about this! But for me? I know for a fact I’ve sent out ideas that were then taken and used by someone else, and that’s on me! Lesson learned.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Wow, just writing all of that actually just made me realize how far I’ve come since January, but also how far I still need and WANT to go. It’s a been a whirlwind, to say the least!!

I am so grateful for this life I live, the journey I’m on, and the support I receive from all of you every step of the way. I hope to be able to write another one of these in three more months, three years, and three decades😊

xo Jordan

all photos taken by Leah Davis of Kindred Soul Studios

Friday Finds ( + Pics from Joshua Tree/Palm Springs!)

Hey y’all and Happy Friday!

Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts

I know I kind of disappeared this week, so I apologize for that! We went away last weekend to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree and I wanted to do a re-cap post, but I’ve kind of just been low energy. Anyone else have a cold that literally likes to stick around for weeks?! I mean, maybe it’s allergies…who knows.

Anyway! I wanted to share some of the photos from last weekend because it really was so beautiful! I was with my boyfriend and some of his family😊

Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts
Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts
Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts
Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts

If you ever need recs for Palm Springs, I’ve got a blog post here all about it! And now, back to regularly scheduled program. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Cashew Shrimp and Mango Stir Fry – I really hate to admit this, but I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut. Working from home, I end up being lazy and snacking a ton or eating the same thing every day. I want to make this dish ASAP though, hopefully it’ll help me remember that real meals are better than green smoothies and granola bowls all the time😅

The $9 Trader Joe’s Moisturizer That’s a Dupe for La Mer – PSA YOU’RE WELCOME. But actually, don’t thank me, thank Well + Good…

5 Cheap & Easy Meals that Start With A Bag of Meatballs – ‘Cause we’re all about the cheap and easy meals over here👏🏻👏🏻

37 Favorite Places to Eat & Drink in Los Angeles – I know most of you probably don’t live here, but this is such an epic list even for a visit!! I want to start putting more of my LA favorites together for you, too.

Honey Lemon Bars – I swear everything this woman creates is solid gold. I can’t wait to make these, they just look like spring in a dessert🍋

Hope you have a wonderful weekend – it’s going to be SO hot here in LA, I don’t know if I’m ready for it…but if you’re in colder weather, I hope the sun comes out for ya!

xo Jordan

March Favorites

Ahh, another month has come and gone!

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

I know we skipped February favorites (what can I say, time got away from me), but this month was packed with even more awesome finds, especially after attending Natural Products Expo!

If you keep on scrolling, you’ll find some of my favorites in the healthy food category as well as green beauty, supplements, and a workout video I can’t stop doing. I also included a quick list at the bottom for some other stuff that I didn’t photograph/have possibly mentioned in the past, but have been using/eating on the daily in case you’re curious😊

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

Herban Cowboy Bloom Perfume – I posted about this stuff on Instagram and it might just be my favorite scent EVER. I got mine at Bristol Farms, but I know you can get it online, too! It’s been so fun trying out new non-toxic beauty and Herban Cowboy has some really great products. I also just love the packaging of this perfume – it’s pretty on my counter😍

CHOMPS Grass-Fed Beef & Turkey Jerky Sticks – So you know how I have a raging sweet tooth? Well, I’m trying to change that, just a little😅 I’ve been eating these CHOMPS jerky sticks that are about 100 calories and packed with protein. They’re soooo good, I always have one in my purse, too!

ModelFit 4 Minute No-Weight, Arm Toning Video – On days that I really don’t feel like getting a full workout in (which has been kind of often these days😳) I’ll do some quick abs and this no-weight arm video!! It’s actually the routine they do at ModelFit, one of my favorite studios, so it kind of makes me feel like I’m there. It’s easy to do anywhere and still gives you a burn!

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

Safe + Fair Birthday Cake Gluten-Free Granola – I’ll be honest with you, I’m kind of surprised I still have any of this left in my pantry right now because it is SO dang good. I’ve actually be obsessed with all the Safe + Fair products I’ve tried (their ingredients are super clean and everything is free of the major 8 allergens!), but the granola is my FAVE.

Georgia Grinders Maple Caramel Almond Butter – You know how I know I’ve learned self control? Because I didn’t polish off this jar in 3 days, that’s how. If I had to pick one nut butter to have forever, this would be it. It tastes like warm pancakes and heaven and love, and I can’t recommend anything more🙌🏻

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

WTHN Gut Check Herbs – If you live in NY, you may have heard of WTHN already – it’s an acupuncture and wellness boutique, and they just launched their own herb supplements! I’ve been taking the Gut Check ones every day since I’ve been eating more foods that might make me feel bloated (aka lotssss of cauliflower and chickpeas😅) and I truly think it’s been working.

ModelFit 4 Minute No-Weight, Arm Toning Video – On days that I really don’t feel like getting a full workout in (which has been kind of often these days😳) I’ll do some quick abs and this no-weight arm video!! It’s actually the routine they do at ModelFit, one of my favorite studios, so it kind of makes me feel like I’m there. It’s easy to do anywhere and still gives you a burn!

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

Caraa Sport Backpack – You guys I got this bag a couple of weeks ago and now I won’t go anywhere without it. It’s definitely a splurge but you can tell it’s incredible quality and it even has a few different options for straps! The 12 year old in me will always turn it into a backpack, though…😂 They were kind enough to give me a discount code if you’re in the market for a new bag! It’s JORDAND10

Other things I’ve been loving:

Fabletics – Yes, I’m an ambassador with these guys, but I can say with 110% honesty that the clothes are SUCH good quality and super flattering, especially for the price!

Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha Mix – I have this almost every single afternoon. It blends beautifully and has the perfect amount of sweetness!

Anatta Market Lavender Essential Oils – I’ve been diffusing this almost every single night and I LOVE it. This company also works with farmers from all over the world, which I find incredible! The lavender oil is from Tasmania.

Alright y’all, that is it for March!!! Cheers to a new month, a new season (spring is always so energizing!), and the weekend😊

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Michaela of Michaela’s Motto

Oh yeah y’all, we are BACK with a DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

It’s been a minute, but now that I’m actually a full-time female business owner myself, this series means more to me than ever before. And, if you’re new around here, I’ll just be super quick in explaining why: the DFD Babe Feature is all about supporting women who inspire me with their drive, ambition and success in creating businesses they’re passionate about!

Today I’m putting the spotlight on my friend Michaela who I actually met through one of my closest dancer friends (hey, Larissa!). Michaela is also a professional dancer, but on top of that, she’s a personal trainer who just launched her own nutrition and fitness plan. Think she might be superwoman honestly…

In this interview, we talk a little bit about where her love for fitness began, her mission and goals for Michaela’s Motto, and how she handles the stresses of entrepreneurship. Keep scrollin’ to learn more!👇🏻

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

Okay, tell us when you first became interested in fitness!

I started dancing at age 3 and have always loved staying active. Once I graduated high school and became a professional dancer, I found myself wanting to take care of my body and it became a hobby of challenging myself physically even off the dance floor. It was a positive outlet for me and I found myself so passionate and wanting to share it with others.  

And what about Michaela’s Motto?! What was the motivation behind creating your fitness app and nutrition plan?

I wanted an affordable platform that could serve women all around the world and teach them a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with an eating disorder in my past, but found a love for macro nutrition that taught me how to have a healthy relationship with food without restriction. Flexible dieting provided me that balance and freedom while still achieving my goals. I became a certified Macro nutrition coach so that I can help others fuel their body properly and also enjoy the foods they love. Life needs BALANCE and I am a true believer that flexible dieting compliments that.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

I’d love to know your top three fitness moves for building muscle and burning fat!! I know burpees can be amazing but I can’t do more than about 5 of those, so hopefully that’s not one of your answers😂

I love to incorporate plyometrics into my training programs. They get the heart rate up and get the calories BURNIN’. Plus, there aren’t many people who LOVE to do cardio so I like to incorporate it within the workout versus spending hours doing cardio a week (no one has time for that)! Lifting weights is also a huge component to weight loss. Even after your workout, your body is still burning calories to recover muscle tissue from your workout.

Some of my favorite exercises: jump squats, timed circuits with weights and bodyweight exercises, box jumps, battle ropes, & ice skaters.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

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

A humble personality, outgoing/social (key to networking), and being genuinely passionate about what you do!

What’s your favorite part about being your own boss, and your least favorite?

I can work from anywhere, create my own schedule, provide and offer something to people that one else has. But being a one man show can be extremely challenging. I am learning SO much. If I don’t know how to do something, I have to learn how to do it and figure it out.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Keep your current job and have your personal business as your side hustle until you become more established. It is nice to have a reliable/steady income each month while you work out the hiccups of your personal business. Take on a few customers at a time so that it isn’t overwhelming when you first begin, and slowly add clientele and your workload.

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 always try to do something my myself, whether that’s working out or just sitting a watching a favorite show of mine at the end of the day. Creating work hours for yourself is so important, just like you would have a start and end time of a job if you were employed by a company. Take care of YOU so that you can efficiently run the best business.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

And there ya have it!! Just so impressed by my fellow female dancers and bada$$ business babes👏🏻👏🏻 You can find Michaela on Instagram here and check out her fitness app here!

Be back soon!!❤️

xo Jordan

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga!

Well this weekend was EVENTFUL to say the least!

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

It started out Saturday morning with a photoshoot bright and early for one of my clients, and then brought me to West Hollywood for my event at Bünda! I’ve written about Bünda before (it’s easily my favorite workout in LA), but I basically just wanted an excuse to bring my friends together to try it…aka a workout party with snacks from some of my favorite companies!

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

Since I’ve known the owner of the studio for a few months now, I just reached out to her and asked if I could host a class there, and she said yes! So if there’s one thing you take away from this post – it’s that if you don’t ask, the answer is always no (right, mom?!)! So huge shoutout to Katie at Bünda for making Saturday happen😊

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

We had SO much fun and I got some incredible sponsors to donate products including Soozy’s, Ancient Nutrition, Tone It Up, Square Organics and Lily’s Sweets (I consume all of their products on a weekly if not daily basis!). I also baked some donuts for us to nosh on after class, so recipes for those coming soon…

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

After my event, I went to another event put on by Meyenberg Goat Milk (I told you it was a busy day!). I got to try goat yoga for the first time and I could not stop laughing! The best part was that a lot of my friends were there, so we all laughed together😂

The goats basically jump on your back and weave in and out of your legs while you’re in positions like down dog and plank. They also are NOT potty trained though, so they do just go to the bathroom everywhere for the most part…luckily I avoided any accidents😅

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

After yoga, we were able to taste Meyenberg’s Goat Milk in a chai and granola. It was surprisingly tasty and they kept mentioning they also have a butter, so I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that. If you like goat cheese, I think you’ll really like their milk! It’s obviously not as tangy, but it’s got a slight hint of that flavor.

My First Time Hosting a Workout Class & Trying Goat Yoga! | Dancing for Donuts

Sunday was far more low key, so I’ll just leave with all of that! Have you ever tried goat yoga?! I definitely recommend it at least once😉

P.s. You can get the donut crop top that I’m wearing in that top picture here!

Recipes I’ve Made Recently and Loved #2

Recipes I've Recently Made and Loved | Dancing for Donuts

You guys I think my favorite part of working from home has been having access to my kitchen! I feel very lucky, and I know not everyone is able to do this, but as someone who absolutely loves cooking, being able to make more yummy food in my day to day has been so much fun.

Since I’m not always creating my own recipes (honestly most of the time I’m more just throwing some things I love together in a bowl), I still want to share with you some of the foods I’ve been eating since they’ve pretty dang tasty and are along the lines of what this blog is all about: good, healthy eats on a budget!!

Also, those pancakes up there just look fancy, but they really were only 3 ingredients (minus the toppings!) – Birch Benders Pancake Mix with water and pitaya powder! I added my favorite Lavva yogurt on top, some banana and cacao nibs😍

Recipes I've Recently Made and Loved | Dancing for Donuts

Pumpkin Paleo Bread – This might actually be a new staple in my house. It’s not too sweet, so the topping can be anything you’d like, and it’s surprisingly moist (an adjective solely reserved for baked goods😂). Other paleo breads I’ve tried were good, but super expensive and honestly kind of dry, so this one was great! I subbed maple syrup for honey but I’m sure it’s tasty either way.

Recipes I've Recently Made and Loved | Dancing for Donuts

Vegan Black Bean Meatballs with Cali’Flour PastaI made Food By Maria’s Black Bean Meatballs this week at a Hello Wellness Event and they were SO good. We just left out the BBQ part of the original recipe, but I’ll definitely be making these again at home. It’s nice to have some plant-based protein options for dinner!

Recipes I've Recently Made and Loved | Dancing for Donuts

Cauliflower Crust Pizza With TJ’s Vegan Kale Pesto, Daiya Vegan Cheese & Spinach – This totally doesn’t count as a recipe, but I’ve been absolutely LOVING the TJ’s cauliflower crust…and apparently cauliflower in general since this is the 2nd cauli dish on here😂 Also I know I might be weird, but I much prefer a pizza with pesto over red sauce!

Recipes I've Recently Made and Loved | Dancing for Donuts

Protein Mug Cake – This recipe is originally from my friend Lindsey and I’ve made it a couple times in the last week! It’s a super easy and fairly healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth. I basically take 1/4 cup of Birch Benders Paleo Pancake Mix, 1/2 scoop of protein powder (Tone It Up is my favorite right now!) and cashew milk/water to desired texture. I microwave it for 1 minute then add toppings like nut butter or chocolate chips!

Alright y’all, that’s all I’ve got! If you’d like to see more of my day-to-day eats, please feel free to follow me on Instagram! I usually post that stuff in stories on a more regular basis😊

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls Getaway in LA/Newport/Laguna!

Hello and Happy Monday!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

This past weekend basically felt like summer here, it was crazy! And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect because my best friend Michelle came down for a visit. In just 48 hours, we covered a LOT of ground, both by foot and by car, ate like queens, and had the best time!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

Saturday morning, we started off slowly with some coffee and a small breakfast at home before setting out for a beach walk in Santa Monica. After an hour or so of that (it was HOT), we decided to grab iced coffees at my favorite spot along Main Street, Dogtown Coffee. My absolutely favorite drink of all time is there Salty Dog – it’s an iced coffee with salted caramel foam. (Also I must’ve forgotten to snap a photo so that’s one from the last time I was there…oops!)

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

Post-coffee and walking, we headed to Pono Burger nearby for lunch. I’d been once before on a date with Alex almost three years ago, so it was nice to go back!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

They obviously have some seriously amazing burgers, but we also tried their homemade potato chips, avocado dip, sweet potato fries with bacon aioli, superfood burger collard wrap. All were absolutely delicious!! I also love that everything is locally and sustainably sourced, not to mention affordable!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

The afternoon took us down to Orange County where we would spend the next few hours walking along THAT beach (I told you we covered a lot of ground!) and grabbing some chocolate covered bananas – that’s the specialty down there, so if you ever go, you HAVE to try one. It’s such a refreshing treat and it’s lighter than ice cream, so perfect for the afternoon!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

It felt incredible to get some Vitamin D and be a little bit active at the same time. I swear, walking with friends is my absolute favorite because you can sneak some movement in, get some fresh air, AND catch up at the same time. I can’t think of anything better!!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

We then grabbed a glass of rosé at a little restaurant along the water, ventured to a nearby restaurant for some fish tacos, then headed to our hotel in Newport Beach to unwind. We stayed at the Newport Beach Bayview Marriott and though I didn’t snap any photos, that hotel was absolutely perfect for our girls’ getaway! They had a hot tub and we somehow managed to get a suite😍

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

In the morning, we stopped at Starbucks for some lattés and then went farther south to Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. Though it’s a bit of a drive, it’s so worth the extra time. I’ve been there once before, but basically you go down a thousand steps or so (hence the name😅) and get to this stunning cliffside beach that’s only accessible by those stairs or to people who live on the cliff (in some seriously incredible homes!).

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

We walked along the beach there and got to go into the caves, which are only accessible during low tide and SO cool. It reminded me of Hawaii or Lagos, Portugal. The coastline is just breathtaking there. Plus, there’s free parking, which is not so easy to find!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

Next up – Banzai Bowls! The wait was super long, but worth it. I got a pitaya bowl with spinach, hemp milk, kiwi, strawberry, banana and granola. So refreshing on a hot day!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

From there, we strolled along the main street in Laguna Beach and did some window shopping before heading to Bear Flag Fish Co. for some fish burritos. I went to Bear Flag almost 8 years ago and have literally been dreaming about it ever since. There’s a reason this place is PACKED – the fish is super fresh, the options are amazing, and it’s reasonably priced. It may or may not be a good thing we don’t have one closer to my house😂

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

After that, we drove back up to LA so I could drop Michelle off at LAX. Goodbyes are always so hard for me, but luckily I’ll be seeing her at her bachelorette party in just a few months. I miss her already though, that’s for sure. Being an adult and having friends live so far away is hard, I’m sure you can relate!!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls' Getaway (LA/Newport/Laguna!) | Dancing for Donuts

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you had a great weekend!! Even if you don’t have guests in town, I highly recommend going on an adventure in your own city when you have time☺️ 

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

What a WEEK, am I right?

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Wearing Fabletics

Instagram went down for over 24 hours, I caught a pretty awful cold out of nowhere, and couldn’t get used to Daylight Savings time, but hey, we made it to Friday so it’s all good!😂

I’m actually super excited for this weekend because my best friend comes into town TONIGHT and we’ll be celebrating her 30th birthday. We’ll be exploring a bit of LA, but also heading down to Orange County! It’s always fun when people are in town (I had guests last week, too) because it gives an excuse to explore your own city😍

I’ll be sure to do a full recap for you next week, but until then, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Why I Think Blogging Is Here To Stay – You guys. Instagram AND Facebook went down this week (they’re actually down as I’m writing this…) and I’ve never believed in this more. Not to mention that blogs have always been my favorite to both read and write!

Herb-y Kale Omelette with Manchego – Because we all deserve an elevated brunch experience at home in our pj’s🙌🏻

Ab-Quaking Resistance Band Workout – I’ve literally had the same ab workout since I was 13 (what can I say, it works!), but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up! And what CAN’T resistance bands do, honestly?

14 Best Gluten-Free Pasta Options – I’m not gluten free, but I will say that these gluten-based pasta alternatives are not only less inflammatory but way more nutritious. I know I talk about it on here a lot, but Banza is one of my faves!

The Ivy Lee Method for Productivity – I’ve honestly been having much more trouble focusing than I thought I would now that I work from home/for myself! I’m definitely going to be trying this next week.

Everything But the Bagel Crackers – These almost sound too good to be true😍

Well, that’s all I have for this week! I’m off to pilates for a midday workout, then banging out some more work before my bff gets here! Have a great weekend, y’all!

xo Jordan

Transitioning to Clean Beauty: Skincare & Beauty

Happy Monday and Happy Presidents’ Day!

Something I’ve been talking about a bit more on my Instagram is non-toxic beauty, and if you remember, I actually shared some of my green beauty haircare faves last month, too!

I just feel like if we’re putting in the effort to fuel our bodies with good food and move them so we can build strong muscles, why not pay a little closer attention to what we put on them, as well? Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite non toxic beauty products (both skincare and makeup) in case you want to move into a more green beauty routine too, and aren’t sure where to start!

Intelligent Elixirs Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – You guys. This product is at the top of this list for a REASON. I’ve been using the IE tinted moisturizer for about 4 months now and it is my holy grail beauty product. It’s a light coverage tinted SPF that somehow makes my skin glow and evens out its tone while protecting me from UVA/UVB rays. It’s A MUST.

Intelligent Elixirs Total Eye Repair Cream – Another favorite from the IE line is their Eye Cream! In all honesty, I would’ve put every product from this company on this blog post, but that wouldn’t have been very fun for anyone😂 That being said though, this cream is super moisturizing and you only need a tiny bit, so it lasts forever.

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask – So this company (started by two influencers) was super hyped up on social media last year when it launched. I didn’t give in when they launched their first mask, but this one is an exfoliating mask that smells like fall and pumpkin and wonderful cozy things. You know me, I put that sh*t in my Sephora cart faster than you can say basic. And you know what? I LOVE it. i had been looking for a good exfoliating product and this takes the cake!

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream – If you’re looking for affordable, effective green beauty, Pacifica is the move. I’ve been using this lotion for over a year now and I can find it almost anywhere (Target, Amazon, Ulta, CVS I think…). It’s lightweight but not so much so that I don’t feel it working. And, like it says, it’s great for any time of day so it’s a one stop shop!

BeautyCounter No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil – Another thing I started using last year during my foray into skincare? Oils. I love ’em. I received this one in a swag bag after an event and it’s sooooo nice. Again, a little goes a long way, but I love the feel of this on my skin and it’s instantly hydrating. I usually put it on at night either under a light moisturizer or even just alone if I don’t need too much hydration.

Mineral Fusion Mascara, Bronzer, Foundation & Sheer Moisture Lip Tint –  And last but not least, I found a non toxic makeup company I’m obsessed with! I’ve been using Mineral Fusion’s products for about a month now and they are SO nice. I know non toxic makeup can be on the pricier side, but I promise you don’t lose quality on this whatsoever. The foundation is silky smooth, the mascara is natural and perfect for everyday wear, and I can’t go a day without using that moisture lip tint. I’m actually hosting a giveaway with them on my Instagram today, so stay tuned!

So there ya have it! Tell me in the comments if you guys have any green beauty favorites – I’m always looking for more great products to try! Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of your day😊

xo Jordan