Friday Finds

Welcome back and helloooo Friday!

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This week has been, UGH. Just so many ups and downs, yes some personally, but more so with the news. It’s hitting quite close to home this week after the shooting and now extremely serious forest fire in Thousand Oaks where my cousins live. The only good news I can think of is that a recored of 117 women were elected into office and the youngest one is from the town next to mine in New York, so that’s pretty cool! A silver lining to chaos, I suppose.

I just want to share some of my favorites from this week, in case you need to read something other than the news. I know I could use a break!

How to Make a Satisfying Salad Every Single Day – Wait, this is SO HELPFUL. I swear, sometimes I’m hungry an hour after I eat my lunch…

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Strata – If I had a Friendsgiving to go to this year, I would 110% be making this!!

The Many Incredible Benefits of Echinacea – My parents used to take this when I was younger (maybe they still do? Hey mom & dad!) but maybe I need to start taking it, too! Do you guys?

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas – If only these weren’t so dang expensive!!! I’m obsessed with them.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Squares – I sure as heck don’t trust myself with a bag of chocolate chips in the house but for this recipe? I might just have to try.

Cranberry Apple Sangria – Well THIS sounds like a winner for the holidays😍

Sending you all my love and please, don’t forget to tell the people in your life how grateful you are for them. Life is short❤️

xo Jordan

 

 

October Favorites

Woah baby, it’s already November! It’s like I blinked and another month went by😳

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October was honestly a pretty fun month for me – I finally stopped traveling, got settled into work, a fitness routine, caught up with friends, went on some adventures, and most importantly – tried some really freakin’ good food.

I’ll just jump into it since I’m already a day late to posting this, but here are all the things I’ve been loving from food to fitness and fashion!

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Live Pure Smoothie Cubes – Guys, this product might be the coolest thing I’ve seen or used in a WHILE. I used these superfood cubes to make the smoothie up in that top picture (I mixed their PB & J cubes with the Pitaya Protein cubes!) and then topped it off with the Live Pure granola. Seriously obsessed. There are a ton of flavors (that all contain probiotics), but what’s even cooler is that you can mix them all up to make even more. They give you a little guide when you order! I can’t wait to try the rest😍 If you guys want to see what the hype is about, you can use LivepureJordan to get 15% off!

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Health Warrior Protein Mug Muffin – Another product that kind of blew me away this month was these protein mug muffins!! I haven’t ever tried anything else from Health Warrior, but I’ve heard good things and these did not disappoint. I don’t know about you, but I used to make all kinds of mug cakes in my early 20’s (#desperatefordessert) and these are 10x easier and better for you. The flavor is delicious and they just require you to add water + microwave. Such a great idea for a pre or post-workout snack, or even dessert!

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Daily Harvest Mint Cacao & Carrot Chia Smoothies – Okay after seeing this brand ALL over my Instagram, I was seriously so happy when they reached out to me so I could finally try it for myself! I wasn’t sure what to expect, or if the hype was even real, but WOW you guys. I’ve honestly loved every flavor, but the Mint Cacao and Carrot Chia are legit incredible. I added some extra greens and protein powder to mine, but they’re amazing on their own. At the risk of sounding like a broken record with these codes, I legitimately just want you guys to be able to save money if you want to! You can use ‘JORDAN3’ at checkout to get your first 3 cups free 🙂

Cotton On Donut Slippers (pictured up top!) – I couldn’t not add these to my list! I bought them earlier this month after a friend sent me a screen shot and I love them SO much. I honestly just love slippers in general, but DONUT slippers?! HECK YES. P.s. They’re literally $10…you gotta do it if you’re a donut lover like me.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – I finally bought myself a pair of new sneakers after having holes in my others for months and doing way too much research on what to get🤣 I love these because they’re super light, SO comfortable, and they go with everything. Might buy them again in another color!

305 Fitness – The workout class my friends have been raving about in NYC is finally in LA!!!!!! I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I realized they were here – they don’t have their own studio, but they teach classes out of a gym in West Hollywood and now I literally don’t want to do any other workout. It’s basically a super fun, intense dance cardio class with a live DJ and fun lights!! It’s exhausting af, but such a blast, which is the best way to get your sweat on, in my opinion!

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Fonuts – I know this place is exclusively in West Hollywood in LA, but I couldn’t not include it! I’ve been a fan of them forever (these donuts are baked and completely gluten-free – most of them are vegan, too!), but I fell more in love with them earlier this month when I got to meet the owners at their re-launch party. They are SO nice and you know I have a soft spot for kind and motivated entrepreneurs. If you’re ever in LA, please of please try these donuts, they’re my favorite in this whole city!

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Joe & The Juice Coconut Yogurt + Granola (The Natural Born) – So Joe & the Juice is all over the country and even in Europe, but I apologize if you don’t have one near you because their new coconut yogurt and granola is actually the most ridiculous thing I tried all month. Swear. It’s like…super rich and creamy and kind of tastes like dessert but it’s also packed with nutrients. Their granola was to die for, too! I’ve only been there once since it’s not super close to me, but I am counting the minutes til I can go back – their juices sounded amazing, too!

Alright y’all, that is IT! I hope I didn’t bore you – let me know if you had any favorites from the month or if you’d try any of mine!! Have a very happy November 💜

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

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I am very, very happy that this week is coming to a close – this week just felt so long! Some highlights from my week: taking a 305 Fitness dance cardio class with friends Tuesday night, visiting a pumpkin patch with my team at work, a fun meditation and breakfast event at Joe and the Juice, and starting A Handmaid’s Tale. So many good things!

I really cannot believe Halloween is almost here. You know that means too, like the second it’s over everyone is going to be crazy for the holidays! It’s also weird working in social media, or probably any retail company honestly, because we plan holiday stuff SO far in advance. It’s exciting, for sure, but almost makes time feel faster because we’re constantly talking about all of it! I can’t say I don’t love it, though. This time of year from autumn to Christmas is seriously my favorite!

Okay anywayyyyy, now that I’m done pretending you’re my diary, I’ll share some fun reads from the internet with you!

The Recipe for Erewhon’s Famous Paleo Bread – Never pay $16 a loaf again (although admittedly I never have and never will do that, anyway…😅)

How to Wash Your Sneakers So They Look Brand New Again – I have a pair of super cute pink New Balance’s that haven’t looked pink in awhile…anyone else?

Pumpkin Sangria – Making👏🏻 This👏🏻

A 34-Minute Interval Walking Treadmill Workout That’ll Help You Lose Weight – If you know me in real life, you know I LOVE walking on the treadmill at the highest incline! It’s my favorite way to workout when I’m feeling lazy or just want to move without going crazy. I’m not supposed to run (because of a back injury), so walking is a great way to get some cardio in!

6 Ways to Relieve Neck Tension – Umm 100% trying this tennis ball trick. Tension in my upper back/neck has been out of control lately!

12 Slow Cooker Meals to Make on Halloween Night – I’m 100% planning on staying in Halloween night with a glass of wine and some scary movies, so an easy slow cooker meal is PERFECT.

What are you Halloween plans?! I literally have zero festive things to do and no costume, and to be honest, I’m kind of okay with it…haha

I just wish I could still pass for a trick or treater. Oh, well!

xo Jordan

 

 

#AutumnReboot: 5 Healthy Habits I’m Forming This Fall

Hi and Happy Sunday!!

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Can I just tell you something? I literally meant to post this weeks ago, but time literally jus slipped away from me. THAT’S how quickly this month/season is going, what the heck!! But, now that there’s been some time between the day I decided to set these goals and now, I can tell you how they’ve actually been going. And spoiler alert: not well😅

So maybe it’s a good thing I’m actually finally posting this to go live, because it means I’m almost re-setting these goals and making myself accountable but telling all of you. I think I wanted to do this for autumn specifically because all of the crazy travel plans (and weddings!) from the late spring and summer are finally over. As someone who absolutely loves traveling, and admittedly does not like to be in LA for too long, you’d think I’d be sad about this…but I’m seriously SO happy. I’m looking forward to being in one place, one time zone, and getting back into a routine.

So here are 5 little goals I’m setting for myself this season as a re-commitment to my health and fitness!

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Read an actual, physical book for 15 minutes every single night before bed. – By now you probably know that I have sleeping issues…although I’ll be honest, it hasn’t taken me the hours it used to for me to fall asleep in about a month. Which is AWESOME. Regardless, I’d really like to keep it that way and as someone who works in social media both professionally and personally, I gotta get the F off my phone. The blue light isn’t great and it’s hard to shut my brain off. By reading a book, I find it easier to take my mind off the day and get sleepy. The only issue? Books get expensive😬 I need to make a library run soon…

Up the greens. – It’s no secret that I have a green smoothie every single day, but the general logic behind that one is that even if I don’t get many greens in the rest of the day, I know I’ve still had 1-2 cups with breakfast. BUT, that is no longer enough for me. I want to be having greens all👏🏼damn👏🏼day👏🏼. That means green drinks, greens with lunch and dinner, and hopefully one salad every single day. Wish me luck because I tend to slip up on weekends…😅 **p.s. I have been absolutely horrible about this since forming my goal in September. It’s time to step it up!!

Get my sweat on 5 days a week. – To some of you, this may sound like a lot and to others, it might not sound like enough. Here’s the deal, I try to make it to two 45-60 minutes workout classes a week ie. pilates, barre, yoga, etc. The other days I’ll either workout in our exercise room at the apartment, do free videos I find on YouTube for fine toning, or hike. Every single day I walk at lunch for at least 25 minutes (usually 40!), but I don’t consider that a workout because I’m literally sitting on my tush the rest of the day. If I can get in 5 solid workouts a week, that will be enough to soooort of lose the weight I gained this summer without going crazy. Plus, I got a lotta life to live and time is limited. I’d like to not spend it in a gym😊

More meal-prep. – Here’s the thing: making food for my lunches in advance is not only better for me because I control exactly what’s in them, but actually saves me money (which is equally important at this time in my life). I used to be soooo good about meal prepping when I lived alone and had a crazy a$$ schedule, just because I had no other option but to be organized about my food, but I’ve been slipping. If I can get back into this habit – and I don’t mean the crazy hours-long meal prep some others do, just some easy proteins, veggies and grains – then I can save myself time/calories/money throughout the week.

Make no more than 2 plans with others per weekend day. – Omg you guys I have been SO bad about this. Like absolutely terrible. I think because I was traveling for like two months in between crazy work things, I just felt out of touch with friends or something, and now I feel like I’m playing catch up. It’s bonkers. And of course I know friendships are insanely important and being a truly good friend is one of my main goals on a daily basis, but I’ve been burning out trying to run around Los Angeles and see everyone. This fall, and even winter, I neeeeeed to be better about this. I need more me-time to relax and re-set.

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So there ya have it! Are you guys setting any goals or intentions this season? Autumn is such a perfect time to re-set before the holiday season and new year, in my opinion!

Hope you had a great weekend😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, friends!! This week went by suuuuper fast, and I honestly couldn’t be happier about it!

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I have an action-packed weekend coming up, too – I’ll be doing two little photoshoots (one for my friend’s company Journey on, Lovely and one with a friend!), catching up with people I haven’t seen in months, and hopefully going to the movies! Have you guys seen A Star is Born, yet? Is it good?

Also let me just say that I am so ready for a boring fall😅 There has been waaaay too much going on and I wish I could just go away alone for like a week or something to re-set! Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week in between all the madness:

What’s in Season in October – Eating what’s in season is suuuuch a great way to not only get in more nutrients, but also save money!! Plus it’s fun to cook with stuff you don’t use often😊

Welch’s Pre-Cut Frozen Avocado – I’m sorry, WHAT?! WHERE.

How to Make Pumpkin Soup in 20 Minutes – Umm definitely doing this next week.

The Funny, Small Things We Avoid Spending Money On – Reading this made me chuckle a little bit. It’s always interesting to me how people can choose to spend money so differently, and I know I’m crazy about certain things like buying lunch, but not clothes that cost quadruple what lunch does🤣

Netflix’s Halloween Calendar – Anyone else obsessed with scary movies?!?! Nope? Just me? Cool.

Vegan & GF Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Monkey Bread – Could there be any more beautiful words in one recipe, tho?

Should You Be Drinking Celery Juice? – I’ve been seeing soooo much about celery juice on Instagram lately. I actually tried the Pressed Juicery one and kind of loved it!

Alright y’all, that’s what I’ve got for today! I hope you have the best weekend and do all the fun fall things!!!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Oh, hey! It’s already humpday👏

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I’m comin’ atcha today with a good ol’ fashioned WIAW, or what the kids now call a “What I Eat In a Day” on the YouTubes. Back in the day, food bloggers would paint a real picture of what their day looked like in meals with super raw photos and share it on a What-I-At-Wednesday. These posts are not meant for people to compare or anything like that, but more just to get ideas!

As you guys knows, I work a 9-6, so I like to share some of the things I eat to help me get through the day at my desk and then afterwards. Here’s what I truly ate yesterday, and I fully apologize for the smoothie photo which looks less than appetizing, but was actually quite delicious…😂

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~7:30am – hot coffee made in a French press with 1/2 serving of collagen, pumpkin pie spice, stevia & frothed cashew milk. Two things: 1) I use 1/2 a serving of collagen instead of a full serving because it makes it last longer and is cheaper😅 2) I highly recommend investing in a frother. It’ll change your life!

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~9am – green smoothie (which is what I have like 6/7 days a week for breakfast!!). I switch up what I put in here almost everyday, but it’s generally 1/2 frozen banana with 1-2 frozen strawberries, 1-2 handfuls of greens, cashew milk/filtered water, 1 tsp maca, 1 tbsp peanut butter powder, 1 scoop protein powder. Sometimes I add flax or chia seeds, or my favorite almond butter instead of the powder, since it has a bit more staying power!

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~11am – literally always hungry at this time without fail. I reach for 2 clementines (yay for clem season!) since I’m sick and need some extra Vitamin C. I also heat up the rest of my coffee from this morning and add a little bit more from the pot at work. Shoutout to BAB for the best reusable jars ever!

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~12:15Banza chickpea pasta wheels with TJ’s vegan kale pesto, 1/2 mashed avocado, chopped cherry tomatoes and sea salt. This lunch has been on repeat for me!! It’s insanely easy to make, has a ton of protein and fiber, and healthy fat! I also love that I can eat it cold – sometimes the microwave at our office has a line😂

~2pm – a carrot, orange & ginger juice from Marvé! I ran home during lunch after running some errands and found a package from them waiting for me! I know had clementines already, but this juice hit the spot. I love having something sweet after lunch!

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~4pm – snack queen strikes again with some celery (which I thought I hated, but actually kind of love?) and hot tea for my throat. I also had 2 un-pictured fig cookies from NatureBox that I shoveled in too quickly to take a photo…

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~6:30 – Instead of a workout tonight, I opted to meet up with some other food bloggers who were in town from Michigan!! I finally got to meet my friend Sari, who I talk to on Instagram all the time, her friend Lindsey, and then my friend Hannah who also lives in LA! We went to Gjelina for some of the most delicious food EVER (in Venice).

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~7:30 – dessert at Pressed Juicery Freeze! I got half vanilla, half strawberry and it was delish. I don’t usually eat this early, but it was actually kind of nice to be able to digest before bed! I was home by 8:30 and went for a walk with Alex. Such a fun night😊

So there ya have it!! Do you guys work at a desk and bring your food with you, too? Are you big snackers like me?

Have a great day!!

xo Jordan

 

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

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