Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!!!

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I apologize for the late post today, I actually broke my elbow rollerskating at an event Tuesday night and my week has been a bit thrown off ever since! Thank goodness it was my left one and not the right, otherwise I’d be totally screwed (I’m a right-y)! I’ve got about 5 more weeks of down time, but the pain isn’t too bad, it’s mostly just annoying!

Now that we’ve got that life update out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! It’s the start of a long weekend here in the US and I’m soooooo freakin’ excited to have an extra day off! My best friends from college are in town about an hour away, so I’ll be spending time with the, at the beach, and hopefully laying low!

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

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp & Rice – Since I won’t be in HI anytime soon, I think this dinner might be a summer staple in this house!

5 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps That Are Totally Doable – Ok I OVE these, I’m trying to live a more green life and these really are so simple.

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils: Uses, Benefits, Extraction and How To Use Them – Do you guys use essential oils? I don’t but I’m about a hop, skip and jump away from buying a cute diffuser…

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables – Because balance. Grill some veggies and then pair ’em with a burger (veggie or meat, your call😉), some coleslaw and maybesome french fries for good measure.

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend – Plz pray for my wallet🙏

Memorial Day Recipes and Easy Grill Tips from the TIU Girls – I would listen to anything these two say but the recipes legit sound amazing!

The #100SquatChallenge – Since my elbow is putting a major damper on my workout plans, squats and lunges are about the only thing I can do right now! Who wants to join me in this?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Friday is here!!!! And I am SO ready for this weekend😍

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This week kind of flew by for me, just because I have soooo much going on right now! I love being busy with exciting things and having stuff to look forward to. Maybe it’s just this season, or the fact that it’s getting warmer out, but I feel like spring makes it hard to be in a bad mood! Although you should’ve heard me on Monday – that was not the case😅 aka I’m a total hypocrite and you should listen to me ever.

Regardless, I can’t wait to share a ton of exciting news with you guys and the first announcement will be coming next week so get PUMPED. But okay I’ll stop blabbing and teasing now, let’s just get into it!

The Pros and Cons of All the Non-Dairy Milks Not Made From Nuts – Guys this is seriously eye-opening. I was thinking way too highly of oat milk and hemp milk (in terms of nutritional benefit)…

Mango Tango Glow Bowls – These are screamingggg summer to me!

Sweet Laurel’s Grain-Free Chocolate Raspberry Cake – Supposedly her bakery is opening up near-ish to me somewhat soon and I’m DYING to go. I think I might buy her cookbook anyway though, everything sounds amazing!

15 Best Podcasts for Blogging/Making Money Online – PLEASE. You can just call me the podcast queen.

Your Essential Farmer’s Market Guide – Because a Farmer’s Market in the spring/summer is pretty much the best Sunday morning activity ever.

24 Successful Women on How They Make Time for Personal Passions – I love this article so freakin’ much. I think we all could use a little help with work/life balance and time-management!

10 Minute Sexy Summer Arms Workout – One of my new favorite workout videos!! Did this after 25ish minutes of cardio and added a 3-minute ab routine to the end. Sweaty AF.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Kayla Kleinman

Welcome to the first of many DFD Babe Features!

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In case you missed it, last week I mentioned that I’ll be featuring women who creating incredible brands and businesses on a bi-weekly basis. These women inspire me on a daily basis to chase my dreams, and I know they’ll inspire you, too! Whether you’re on a journey to find your passion, hoping to start your own business or even just love supporting other women who are simply killing it out there, then this series is for you😊

We’re kicking it off this week with my friend Kayla, founder of Kayla in the City, the healthy living and fitness blog, as well as the podcast WELL-Rounded (which I was featured on in Episode 7!). I’ve actually known Kayla since we were in the single digits as we grew up in the same hometown in NY, but we also went on to go to NYU together. Kayla is kind of an all-around super woman in my eyes – she’s a certified yoga teacher, runs her blog, podcast and a side business called Holistic Happening where she hosts wellness events in NYC, and is about to graduate grad school for social media marketing.  Keep reading if you want to hear more about how she does it all!

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Tell us a little bit about Kayla in the City & WELL-Rounded! When did you start it and why?

Oh man…I created my blog, Kayla in the City, a little over 6 years ago as a way for me to share my own fitness journey, and also honestly because I felt super alone in this journey. At the time I was a senior in college studying theater and hadn’t found many “like-minded” people yet. I didn’t have anyone to discuss trendy group fitness classes with or what the best dairy-free milk option was. Granted it was 2011 and almond milk wasn’t even available at Starbucks yet…

One day, senior year of college, I stumbled upon a few fitness blogs. People who wrote reviews of workout classes in NYC, achieving fitness goals, and yes, recipes with almond milk. Suddenly I didn’t feel so alone, I wasn’t the only fitness loving weirdo out there! Around this time my college friends started catching on to the fact that I was pretty into this wellness thang. They’d ask me questions about the workouts I was doing and how I managed to wake up before class to hit-up a yoga class. So I figured why not start a blog about it — I love writing and sharing my opinion on anything and everything.

I then launched my podcast, WELL-rounded in the beginning of 2018. I like to think of it as an extension of Kayla in the City. I created WELL-rounded because one, I absolutely LOVE podcasts and think it’s such an awesome medium for creating content. And two, I just wanted to have interesting conversations with interesting people about wellness, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness.

What inspired you to start working on your own business, whether full-time or as a side hustle?

I definitely didn’t create Kayla in the City with the intention to make money. And I don’t think anyone should start blogging for that reason alone. I created it because I felt like I had something to say about fitness, healthy living and wellness and if I didn’t say it on the internet I’d basically burst. Once I started spending more and more time, energy and money on Kayla in the City I was ready to start monetizing and doing partnerships.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

It honestly applies in life but a friend of mine who is also an amazing health coach, Michelle Cady, always says “if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no.” Every day I’m making decisions about partnerships, opportunities and events to attend. It can be overwhelming to figure out what to say yes to. I’ve been really challenging myself to take a second to really think of it’s a “hell yes” before I say yes to anything.

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

Creativity, even if your medium is not in the creative field. Grit. Motivation.

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

So many things. I’m so freaking grateful for the amazing people I’ve connected with thanks to Kayla in the City. I’ve legit met some of my closest friends on Instagram. I also love that I get to be creative and choose my own adventure when it comes to Kayla in the City. I write about what I’m passionate about and follow my own rules for building my brand.

And what’s your least favorite part?

Answering emails. It’s never ending.

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

Just do it. Start a blog. A podcast. A business. Be loud about what you’re passionate about. You’d be surprised how many opportunities start coming your way.

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?

This is something I’m always working on, I definitely struggle with taking care of myself when I have a lot going on. I’m a huge fans of walks and try to take an hour long walk every day. It helps me decompress, it’s where I get my best ideas, and it keeps my energy level up when I feel myself crashing. Since I’m home for lunch most days, I use that time to step away from my computer and veg out for a bit. I also read every night before I go to bed – usually novels because I love me some self-help, but lately I just want to get lost in another world, not my own brain, ha.

Where do you find inspiration?

In whatever content I’m consuming. Lately that’s a lot of podcasts.

I’m a huge fans of walks and try to take an hour long walk every day. It helps me decompress, it’s where I get my best ideas, and it keeps my energy level up when I feel myself crashing. (1)

If you’d like, you follow Kayla’s blog at kaylainthecity.com

And her Instagram at @kaylakleinman

Thanks for reading!!😃

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

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I just want to mention two quick things before we dive into today’s link roundup –

1) Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the 3% Conference in LA that spoke about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and it was quite possibly the most empowering, inspiring day ever. Thank you to my agency, Campbell Ewald for sending me – I learned so much about how we can take action to get people of all walks of life represented in business, and how to truly get closer to equality not only in gender, but in race, sexuality, and more.

2) This second one actually makes sense following that first one, although it’s been in the works for quite awhile! I’m going to be starting a bi-weekly series on here called the DFD Babe Feature where I highlight women I know who are absolutely killing it not only with their businesses, but in life in general. I know so many of these women and I feel like it’s super important to share their amazingness with you all! So yeah, the first one will start next week and I am SO. Freakin’. Excited!!!

I know talking about these things sometimes can feel like a stretch from what this blog is all about – ‘healthy living‘ – but to me, these things are all connected. Health is not only physical, but mental, and inclusion/kindness/fairness can only lead to better mental health for us as a whole. We talked a lot yesterday about how this world is hurting, and all I can think about is how I want to help heal it, one person at a time.

Okay I’m done ranting and babbling now😊 Let’s get on with it, shall we?

10 Tiny Everyday Indulgences That Can Boost Your Mental Health – This list is everything. Lighting my candles after a long a$$ day, or buying a $4 bouquet of flowers every once in a while can make a huuuuge difference!!

The Only 10 Foods All Nutritionists Recommend – Wait yay I’m eating almost all of these on a daily basis!! I do need to start eating a bit more fish, though…I wish it were cheaper😩

The Best Tips for Low-Sugar, Grain-Free Baking – This is amazing!!!! I want to go to the woman’s bakery so badly – I think it’s opening up soon in LA!

13 Cleaner Cocktails You Won’t Feel Guilty About Enjoying – I don’t love the word “guilt” when it comes to food/drinking, but I won’t lie, I definitely feel that way sometimes. I love that these cocktails have cleaner, simpler ingredients, regardless of their lower calorie count!

Graperfruit Donuts – NO. WORDS.

3 Simple Tips for Budgeting All Your Big Summer Expenses – Am I the only one who feels like life gets so much more expensive in the summer?! Aside from my shopping addiction, there are weddings, trips, parties, etc. – it’s overwhelming!!

The 12 Best Tips Ever From Nutritionist Kelly Leveque – I’ve listening to a zillion podcasts with this woman and I am soooo on board with her Fab Four smoothie! These tips are all amazing though, tbh.

Alrighty, that kind of felt like a long one, so if you stayed until the end, I thank you. Have a fantastic Friday and weekend, love you all!!!

xo Jordan

March Foodie Favorites

Aaaaand we’re back with another roundup of my monthly faves!

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Let’s just jump right into, shall we?

Sips by – Ok this one is AWESOME guys. I’m now on my second month of this subscription box, which is essentially four different teas delivered straight to your door each month for just $15. What I love most is that you can choose your preferences so that if you’re not a big green tea drinker, for example, they’ll choose other things to fill your box with. So far I’ve had some super delicious teas (an early grey has been my favorite so far!), and they also send you re-usable cloth tea bags for any loose teas, which is great since I don’t actually have a steeper at home. They’re offering $5 off your first box with my code JORDAN5 so definitely sign up and let me know how much you’re loving it!!

Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea – I don’t have a photo for this one ’cause SURPRISE. I drank a cup every single day and was devastated once I ran out, thus realizing how much I love this stuff. I’m a huge tea drinker (as mentioned above…) but I’m not much of a chamomile person, so decaf tea can be hard to come by. This flavor with a dash of almond milk in stevia is my JAM. Highly recommend. I was almost able to trick myself into thinking it was dessert…

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Look, I know this blog is for babes on a budget, which I 110% am, but I honestly think collagen peptides are worth the splurge. And, you know me, I found a GILT coupon for them and stocked up then ’cause paying full price for these ain’t easy😅 Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails, joint health, gut health, the liver, the heart, and the list goes on. I don’t necessarily think this brand is better than the others, but I do think they have some really cool products like collagen coffee creamer and beauty collagen in different flavors. I’ve been adding the plain one (aka the cheapest) to my coffee and tea on the daily and I definitely feel like my ordinarily brittle nails have been growing more quickly!

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Maca Powder – I used to add maca to my smoothies like a billion years ago, but I recently fell back in love with it! I honestly love the ever so present nutty spice it adds, but more importantly it adds so many antioxidants and nutrients (like Vitamin C and iron) to whatever you mix it with! It also apparently helps with hormone balance (always a plus) and even boosts libido, so that’s interesting…I’ve been adding mine to my daily green smoothie!

My Air Fryer – So I’ve raved about my air fryer several times in both my tater tots post and my donuts post from earlier this week, but I’m still not done you guys. This thing is SO fun and there are so many different things that you can make in here that I’ve barely scratched the surface. In the giveaway I ran this past week (sorry it’s over☹️) I asked people to tell me what they’d make in theirs if they won and there were so many awesome ideas! I want to start putting more veggies in here (sort of like roasting them, but maybe it’ll taste even better!) and do buffalo cauliflower wings, fried pickles, and even fried fish. So many options!!!

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Rachel’s Overnight Oats – I discovered this brand through a friend and I am LOVING this overnight oats mix. Basically it comes in a bag that’s got oats, chia, hemp and flax all in one making it suuuuper convenient to make breakfast ahed of time. Even though I have all of these ingredients in my pantry separately, when I’m really in a pinch this makes it ridiculously easy! Plus they’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and have zero added sugar. They come in three different varieties and are on Amazon Prime, so that’s a win! You literally can just add almond milk (or greek yogurt – my fave!) and you’re good to go.

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee – So I first tried this stuff about a year ago when it was in a swag bag from a food event. I was literally obsessed with it and when I realized I’d reached the bottom of the jar, I was so sad! Ghee itself is kind of a strange thing to understand – it’s basically like clarified butter but simmered even longer, which means it 1) has a somewhat nutty, deliciously buttery flavor and 2) has a higher smoke point. It’s also lactose free but full of.fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids, making it a somewhat better option than plain ol’ butter (depending on how you look at it). Honestly, I didn’t buy this stuff because it’s ‘healthy’ though, I bought because it’s straight up DELICIOUS. The vanilla flavor is unreal and it’s soooooo delicious on top of toast!!

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Dang Coconut Chips in Salted Caramel – I’d be lying if I told you I had to use serious amounts of will power not to go through this entire bag the night I got it. The family I babysit for sometimes has these in different flavors so I already knew I’d love them, but DZAYUM are they good. They’re extra crunchy and have just the slightest flavor, so they’re absolutely delicious on oats, smoothies, or even by themselves. I can’t wait to try the other varieties!

Beet Powder – I just started adding this stuff to my smoothies this week, but I already love it!! If you’re someone who likes beets in general, I know you’ll love it too, but if you’re not, it really has barely any taste at all and when you mix it with bananas, nut butters, and more fruit! Like the maca, I love that adding beet powder to my smoothies means adding extra antioxidants plus fiber, potassium, folate, and other nutrients. I just feel good drinking it, y’know?

Okay friends, that’s it for now!! I’ve honestly fallen in love with like three other products this week after I got my first Thrive Market order in the mail, but I’ll save those for next month😉

Have a happy weekend, Happy Easter, and happy April!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

It’s Friday! It’s here!!!😍

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I don’t know why this week felt so long (although I’m still adjusting to not working from home on Fridays so that could be it…) but I’m VERY happy the weekend is near! I have a pretty jam packed few days coming up but like 70% of it is fun stuff and even the work part should be fun, too😊 I’ve got lots of stuff in the works both on the blog and on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there if you aren’t, already!

I’m also kind of counting down to my trip to Paso Robles next weekend with my best friend and have been spending some of my free time researching wineries and fun things to do. I’ve been loving these little weekends away – it’s kind of amazing how much you can drive to in a few hours from LA! If you have any recs for Paso Robles and wine country up there, please let me know! I’ve never been but it’s looks suuuuper cute.

But alright, I’ll stop blabbing (you know me, sometimes it’s hard to stop😅). Let’s get on with the usj – Friday Finds!

7 Tips to Boost Your Creativity This Spring – Been feeling so inspired lately, but almost to the point of being overwhelmed, y’know what I mean? I love these tips – they’re so perfect for the change in seasons and a fresh start!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Matcha Frosting – I am obsesseddddddd with zucchini bread and I made zucchini brownies ages ago so this is RIGHT up my alley. Especially with that matcha😍 (also perf for St. Patty’s Day!)

5 Ways to Avoid Making a Sad Salad – PLEASE. I’ve been doing pretty well with my one-salad-a-day thing, but I know I’m going to get burnt out. Maybe I need to start making chopped salads, they’re on to something here…

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burrito Bowls – Okay YES. Does it get any easier/more delicious than this?!

5 Ways to Step Up Your Morning Coffee Game – My article for ToBox from this week! I swear by the cinnamon😉

6 Recipes to Make When You’re Breaking Out (According to Skin Gurus) – Or like, whenever because they all sound DELICIOUS.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and if you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day, have fun and be safe!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!

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How cute are these lil succulents that my co-worker and I made?! We ventured to this cute flower shop called Sweet Blooms Atelier down in Hermosa Beach and I want to live there so badly!!!

Anyhoo, I apologize for taking a mini break this week, it’s been a bit hectic since I’m actually wrapping things up at my current job and randomly got super sick on Tuesday. Luckily I don’t think I have that nasty flu going around, so that’s a plus!!! And I’m fully aware that I’ve been saying this for weeks, but I DO have lots of stuff coming for you guys, and since I actually do have free time next week, you can expect that very soon! In the meantime though, here’s another edition of my favorite links from around the web😊

The Best Veggie Lasagna (Really) – In an effort to be more plant-based, I’m definitely eyeing this one for a cozy dinner date-night in!

Does Sparkling Water Cause Weight Gain? – Well THIS is interesting…

Favorite Health & Wellness Podcasts – Somehow I’ve only listening to one of these! And I call myself a podcast addict… *smh*

5 Dinner Ideas for Nights When You Can’t Even – Admittedly, I wrote this article mainly for myself, but if you’re like me about 5/7 nights a week, this is a good one to keep handy😉 Might actually make that second one tonight…

Stop Living Up to Other People’s Expectations – I really, really love this.

5 Easy, Clean Swaps No Matter What You’re Eating – All of these – I really need to get my hands on that Hu chocolate!!! Have you tried it?!

The Sweetest Deal You Can Grab at Whole Foods This Week – Since Valentine’s Day is coming up😍 Send this to your honey for a hint, or just pick up some for yourself!! You deserve it.

Okay folks, that’s it for today! I hope everyone is having a great week with fun things coming up for the weekend. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll catch you soon!!!❤️

xo Jordan

January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Holy smokes, is it the end of January already?!

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I’ve heard so many people saying that this month has totally dragged on for them, but for me it actually went by kind of quickly! Lots of movement, lots of change. It’s been exciting and stressful and interesting! Promise I will share more details very, very soon😉

This month was full of trying new products in everything from my diet to my beauty regimen and my fitness routine. I found some reallyyyyyy awesome things that have really helped me stay on track with my goals across the board and I know you’ll love them, too! Some of these items were gifts from the holidays, and some I just came across, but everything is linked so that you can find them. And now, in no particular order, my January favorites!…

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Food:

Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers – After seeing Simple Mills products alllll over my Insta-feed, I finally got my hands on some of these bad boys (they were on sale at Sprouts, #BlessUp). The big draw is that these are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free, although y’all know I’m not actually restrictive with my diet. I will say though that there’s just more nutritional value to crackers made with almond flour and honestly these crackers are just REALLY good. I ate the whole box in an hour, so that should tell you something😅

Trader Joe’s Soyrizo – GUYS. guys. Ok so I saw these written up somewhere as one of Trader Joe’s best selling products of 2017, so I decided to try using them in homemade burrito bowls for dinner one night. Full disclosure – I actually didn’t even tell my boyfriend it was vegan, and he totally loved it. The flavor is insane! And it’s really easy to make, too. I can’t wait to get it again and maybe at it to a scramble or some nachos!!

Fitness Bread – If I had to pick one thing from January that I was obsessed with, it would be this bread (pictured above as the avocado toast!). It’s by a German brand called Mestemacher and I remember my mom eating this when I was little. It’s made of rye flour, wheat germ, and oat fiber making it cholesterol free and high fiber. Each piece is thinly sliced, pretty dense, and a bit nutty. Aside from the fact that it’s got more nutritional value than many other breads, I seriously just think it tastes amazing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talking about gg crackers, and I’m not sure what the consistency of those is, but these are sooooo much cheaper. I found mine at Sprouts for like $4, but I’ve linked them here on Amazon too in case you don’t have one of those near you! I hiiiiighly recommend making your avocado toast with this. You can thank me later…

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Wellness:

Garden of Life Women’s Multivitamin Gummies – If you saw my vlog, you’ll know that I take these every👏single👏day👏 I am obsessed. They taste really good, and are kind of like a little sweet treat, so that’s most likely why I like them so much #LetsBeReal…but they’re also filled with all kind of nutrients we need and may not be getting from our food. I’ve mentioned Garden of Life on my blog before, but I seriously love this brand. They make high quality proteins, supplements and bars and everything is vegan, which is always a plus!

Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies – Another one I mentioned in the blog, I’ve been taking these gummies for years. My nails are super brittle for some reason so I’ll take these in addition to the mulitivitamin above. Since the multivitamin I take contains 100% of the suggested daily value, and two of the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is like 1000%, I’ll just take one. That way I’m getting extra biotin without causing my body to overproduce oil (hellooooo breakouts). Just check whichever vitamins you take to see the percentage, but make sure you get enough biotin without it being too much!

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Fitness:

Booty Bands – My brother bought me these for Christmas after I kept seeing booty band workouts on YouTube and I’m in LOVE. These are so great for glute activation before a workout, or even just a booty band workout in itself! I’m really trying to work on my tush before summer (it’s one of those areas I’m just overly self-conscious about for no reason) so having the bands for extra resistance allows me to work them a bit harder. I promise I’ll put a workout with these up soon! Don’t let me forget…

Ab Gliders – So these were also part of that same holiday gift, and I also think they’re an essential for any home gym! You can put your feet or hands on them, and they work on any kind of floor since they just slide along. If you’ve ever used a pilates reformer, it’s kind of the same sensation in that you really have to engage your muscles so that you’re not just sliding all over the place. These prove that you don’t need any fancy equipment to work your core (or anything) else, though!

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Beauty:

OleHenriksen Banana Bright Undereye Cream – Full transparency on this one, I received this as a free sample so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes, but I am looooooving this cream. I’m not sure if it really brightens the undereye so much as makes it hydrated and smooth, so it’s a perfect base for concealer (a must for actually looking like I get enough sleep!).  I think my favorite part of this product is just the fact that it makes me feel like I have a real skincare routine now – something I never had before and feel is increasingly necessary as I get older! It has vitamin c in it, which is apparently very good for the skin, so I’ll take it!

Aesop Hand Cream – This was a gift from my coworker and oh MAN does it make me feel fancy! I know this one isn’t cheap, so I’m extra thankful it was given to me (thanks Shane!) because it is sooo luxurious. If you read my post on my focus words for 2018, you know I’m trying to focus more on loving myself, which essentially means splurging on the things that make me feel good. Bath and body products are 100% included in this because can you honestly tell me anything better than a hot shower at the end of the day that makes you feel like you’re at a spa? So yeah, putting this hand cream on after that shower makes me feel like a straight up QUEEN and I highly recommend it!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser – I don’t know about you, but I have been maaaaajorly struggling with my skin these days. I wouldn’t call it adult acne necessarily, but it’s not that far off and as someone who didn’t really have acne before, it makes me super frustrated and self-conscious. I’ve tried a ton of cleansers in the last year and the only one that seems to make my skin feel really clear is this one. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and love it so much. It’s slightly more expensive than other cleansers, but definitely cheaper than many and it comes in a huge bottle. I think it’s SO worth it if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you!

Well, that’s all for January! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything this month that you’re loving – always on the hunt for cool stuff😉

Cheers to a wonderful February ahead!

xo Jordan

Weekend In My Life: Food Blogging, Fitness + Eats (My First Vlog!)

Guys. I did something. I made my first YouTube video🙊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend in My Life: Food Blogging, Fitness, and LA Eats (My First Vlog!!!)

I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m kind of afraid to post this, but I’m also kind of really proud so I want to share it with you…

I promised myself I would learn how to create and edit video in 2018, so here I am! It’s not perfect, the sound isn’t great and the transitions are off, plus I definitely need to work on my lighting and my voice, but HEY. I’ll get there😊

If I’ve hung out with you in the last few months, you probably know that I’ve become semi-addicted to YouTube videos…I’m not sure why, but I do know that I feel like I know some of the YouTubers I follow (which is ridiculous, I know…) because it is SO much easier to get to know someone via video rather than writing or photos. Do you know what I mean? Like if you can hear someone’s voice and picture them, you can just get a sense of their personality much better. So it was this idea, coupled with the fact that I want to be able to offer video services to my social media clients, that I decided to start vlogging. I had the MOST fun time making this and I honestly can’t wait to make more.

That being said, please oh please give me feedback, even if it’s a little negative (I have thick skin)! I want to get better, to make better content for YOU so if there’s something you’d want to see more or less of, or if you think this is a silly idea altogether, feel free to let me know. I appreciate your honesty! And if you want to see more, just hit the subscribe button on the bottom right under the video once you’re on YouTube’s actual website😊

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan