Today I’m sharing a full day of eats with you guys! It’s interesting for me to keep a “food diary” for the day, plus you always seem to love these😊
This post is in no way whatsoever meant to serve as an example of what you “should” (or should not, for that matter) be eating! It’s solely for inspiration and a little peek into my day. Please do not compare your eating to mine, we are all different and have to do what’s best for us🙌🏻
1pm – Homemade ramen for an upcoming post! I used Pacific Foods bone broth for the base and added in shredded carrots, garlic, oyster mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, sririacha, a jammy egg, ramen noodles (of course!), avo and scallions. SO GOOD.
7:30pm – A Beyond Meat slider and portabello fries at a fun Zumba event! I also tried one of their mini chicken dogs and some popcorn.
9pm – I usually try to stop eating by this hour, but the event threw me off since it was a later-than-usual workout for me and didn’t have a full dinner! I at 1 and 1/2 of these brownies plus a trail mix situation of some Magic Spoon cereal (code DANCINGFORDONUTS for free shipping! The frosted is my fave ever), pepitas and cacao nibs.
And that my friends, is IT. Not necessarily a normal day of eats, but a real one! Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon (maybe from Asia?! We leave Saturday!)😍
Everyone seems to think January felt like it was 8,000 days long except for me🙈 I swear the month flew by just as quickly as they always do!!
It was a wonderful, busy and beautiful month, but I’m so ready for the next one (especially because I’ll be traveling for most of it!). But before we move on, I just want to share some of my favorites since it’s been a hot minute! I’ve been loving SO many products from food to fitness and clothing to makeup, but here are the few that really made the cut.
Simple Seed Loaf – I so wish I could share the recipe for this with you guys, but it’s not mine to share! I tried it from the Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul book by one of the co-founders of Local Juicery in Arizona and it is INCREDIBLE. Super clean ingredients and just a touch of sweetness with the perfect texture. I topped that one up there with Fourth & Heart’s Coffee Chocti, pb and homemade raspberry chia jam.
Karma Bites Chocolate Brownie Vitality Bar – When this company reached out to me in December, I didn’t know what to expect because I’m the bar QUEEN but they’re not all great, y’know? These on the other hand, are GREAT. I’m obsessed. I love that they do like half bar sizes too – nice for just a lil somethin’ somethin’!
GroundUp PDX Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Nut Butter – Never has anything been so hard NOT to devour with a spoon in one go. I’m legit obsessed with this company (female-founded and they employ women overcoming adversity) and their nut butter is insane. Also highly recommend the Salted Eggnog if it’s still in stock from the holidays!
Real Good Foods Cauliflower Pizza – My go-to dinner after insanely busy days! I love the size and taste – delicoius and perfect for one! I trust this brand because they use high quality ingredients and are actually nutritious!
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – I can’t tell you how many people I heard rave about this on YouTube, so I finally splurged during a Sephora sale and I’m SO glad I did. The effects are almost immediate, it’s clear so you don’t have to worry about staining your stuff, and you only need a drop or two at a time so it LASTS.
Lancome Cils Booster+ Benefit Roller Lash – This duo you guys omggggg the BEST. I originally tried that booster from a Sephora reward and never thought much of it, but I’ve recently been using it a lot and then topping it with Roller Lash (or any of my other favorite mascaras!). It’s just such a good combo, I swear I’m obsessed with anything from Benefit.
Athleta Conscious Crop & Stash Pocket Shorts – Believe me when I tell you I’ve only had this outfit since Monday and have already worn it twice. I have that crop top in 3 different colors (love the high neck!) and took a chance on the biker shorts, but I’m SO glad I did. They’re the perfect flattering and soft fabric and they stay up during workouts, I tried!
And that’s all she wrote, folks!! Hope you find something valuable in here 🙂 Let me know some of your monthly favorites below so I can try them, too!
Believe me when I tell you these were gone in three days…
…and I’m just about ready to make another batch! I originally got this idea from Kath Eats, one of my og favorite bloggers, then adjusted it a little bit to make these taste more like the inside of a Reese’s cup/cookie dough! But with benefits😏
These are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack or dessert, and they’re packed with protein from the nut butter and collagen! I definitely recommend using peanut butter instead of almond butter here if you can, and I used the Ancient Nutrition Vanilla Multicollagen Protein because the flavor is my faaaaavorite (and you can get 20% off with the code dancingfordonuts if you’re interested in trying it!!).
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Collagen Cups
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Ancient Nutrition Vanilla Multicollagen (or vanilla protein powder)
I was also featured on SD Voyager in an interview for their “Trailblazer” series, which is kind of cool😊 I have to say, the start of January had me feeling kind of meh, but I’m getting excited for this year and what’s to come. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re already halfway through the month!
Anyway, let’s jump into Friday Finds ’cause it’s been a minute since we’ve posted one of these!
Madelaine Pesch’s 19 Minute Workout Routine – I haven’t watched Riverdale in a minute, but this girls seems SO cool…and looks amazing. She’s working out with Stephen Pasternak of P.volve in this video, and I’ve done their workouts before. They’re super low impact but you still really feel it!
Hey y’all! This post is all about being a dog mom 😊🐾
We picked up our aussiedoodle pup on June 29th when he was just under 8 weeks old and now he’s almost 9 months! Time FLIES. I filmed a video alllll about what we experienced in terms of training/food/treats/time management/budgeting/etc., but I wanted to go through some of it here too, in case you’re not a video person!
I will also say that we did get our dog through a breeder for the sole reason that we needed a hypoallergenic dog (my bf is allergic to dogs that shed) and it was VERY difficult to find one to rescue here in LA. If you’d like our breeder’s info, she was absolutely fantastic and so unbelievably helpful – her name is Terah!
Find the video below and keep scrollin’ for all the links to what we love for Ovi!
TRAINING: Here’s the grass pad we used and crate we used! I think both are essential!! When Ovi was good with the pad inside, we started using bells on our door to train him to go outside. He always uses it to let us know when he has to go out! We also did a lot of clicker training – you can search things on YouTube to help you, there are lots of videos all about it!
FOOD: I would absolutely just ask your vet what they recommend because every dog/breed is different, but we mainly feed Ovi NutriSource. We also get Farmer’s Dog when we can – their food is a little pricey, but I feel good about giving it to Ovi since it’s super fresh, so we’ll get it when we can and mix it with the dry food so we don’t go through it as quickly.
TOYS/TEETHING: When he was teething, we would wet a washcloth then put it in the freezer, or put peanut butter in a kong toy and then freeze that because otherwise he eats the peanut butter in 2 seconds😂 Ovi destroys anything and everything, so we try to splurge for the more durable toys when we can (Orvis makes great ones!) and rope toys are great for tug of war plus they won’t break! We also loooove the Bark Box toys but they’re definitely destructible. We also love giving Ovi frozen carrots and he LOVES his antler, hooves, stink-free bully sticks, and himalayan yak chews.
BUDGETING: I’m not going to lie to you, having any kind of animal is definitely an expense. If I had to guess, we spend about $200 a month on dog bags, food, treats, and toys (which Ovi always destroys without fail) and that doesn’t include our BarkBox or the occasional box of Farmer’s Dog. It’ll be more in the beginning since you’re buying everything else you’ll need (the pee pads, crate, brushes, toothbrushes, bowls, etc.
Vet appointments aren’t honestly too pricey (probably about $75 a visit, depending what you’re doing ie. vaccinations, bloodwork, etc.) and luckily we haven’t had to go too often. Grooming was shockingly expensive to me, about $100 a haircut! And Ovi needs them often. The most expensive thing hands down is care/boarding. Luckily I’m home to walk him, but when we travel, it really adds up!
^ that picture always cracks me up – it’s from when Ovi’s nails were SO sharp as a puppy in the summer and I’d constantly have to put sweatpants on to keep his nails from scratching me😂
Anyway, I’m sure I left SO much out, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask me anytime! Us dog parents gotta stick together😉
Part of me feels like it was just a couple of months ago and the other part can’t believe this wasn’t always my life! As of today, I have officially been my own boss running my social media consulting businessfull time. I’m freaking out but in the best way!
When I attended business school a few years ago, I never imagined I would end up an entrepreneur. I assumed that once I graduated, I would just go into corporate America like most of my classmates. But when I really think about it, I kind of always had the characteristics of someone who would end up doing their own thing.
I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum, enjoyed doing a million things and being in charge of all of them, and I think my professional dance days just made me realize even more that I really love managing my own schedule/life since I was doing it that whole time, anyway.
As I reflect on the past year, I think about how far I’ve come (even though I have SO far to go). A lot of weird sh*t happened – I almost worked with a few people that treated me like garbage and took advantage just because I thought it was a good opportunity…then later in the year, when I thought I had a clearer vision of who I wanted to work with, I still messed up and took on work that paid SO well but left me miserable.
It wasn’t all good, but I’ll leave the sketchy stuff there because what’s really important is that the work I’m doing now, one year after starting out on this crazy a$$ road, fulfills me like NO OTHER. Let’s talk about it!
This past year has been…
…filled with luck and good timing. I firmly believe that the clients that came my way did so because of hard work I’d done in the past (they all essentially were the result of either networking or previous jobs). But that being said, the timing lined up perfectly for all of us – they were looking when I was offering, and that I can’t help but attribute to luck, and maybe a little fate, too.
…a learn-as-you-go experience. You can prepare all you want for your next move, but at the end of the day, you can only do so much until you’re thrown into the fire. I personally think that’s a great thing, just because we’re all learning and that’s the FUN part of it all. But it can also be stressful. Figuring out how to navigate has really been my focus of the past 12 months, and I’m wondering if I’ll ever really have the hang of it!
…busy af. Let me tell you though, I’m one of those people that despises being bored – I’ve literally left great paying jobs because of it. But that means the being “busy” is pretty much the biggest blessing ever! While it’s exhausting, it’s pretty hard to complain about having “too much work,” especially in my first year out the gate. When I’m busy, I thrive, and I just try to remember that when it feels overwhelming.
…disorganized. I’ll be the first to admit it! There’s so much to keep track of when you’re a business – finances, timing, deliverables, due dates, calendars, scheduling, taxes, health insurance, bills, all of it! It’s SO awesome being able to work from home and create your own schedule, don’t get me wrong, but running your own business also comes with the not-so-glamourous bits, too. There’s no accounting team, HR department, boss to tell you what to do when, or team to bounce ideas off of. It’s all you baby! And unfortunately my planner isn’t big enough or neat enough😂 Maybe I’ll do better in my 2nd year!
…SO MUCH FUN. In my first year running DFD Creative, I got to meet more incredible people than I’d ever dreamed of, travel to a ton of different places, attend exciting and eye-opening events, work with inspiring women, experience LA in a new way, really step out of the box and get creative, spend more time doing what I love, build out my side hustle (which has become more of a middle hustle!), collaborate with friends, say yes to new opportunities and spend more time with loved ones. I don’t know if work/life balance exists, and it can be especially hard when you don’t have the structure of a 9-5, but man is it exciting😍
Every single day of my life is different. I don’t have many routines, I have to go with the flow, sometimes do things at the drop of a hat, really prepare for rainy days (because I know they’ll come), and be on the ball. But I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I could cry thinking about how grateful I am to be here, in this place, at my little desk that’s admittedly VERY messy, next to my dog, sipping my homemade oat milk latté.
Thank you for your support day in and day out, for visiting my corner of the internet, giving me a creative outlet, and becoming such a huge part of my life. I love you all and I can’t wait to see what this post looks like next year!!!!
I haven’t really talked about it on here yet, but I’m working on being on an anti-anflammatory diet (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free). As of now, I can tell you that it is *not* going well😂 But I am trying! And admittedly I don’t have all that much gluten and dairy anyway, but ohhhh sugar has my heart, y’all know that!
So in an effort to…make a better effort, I’m trying to take my sweet tooth and turn her into an actual friend as opposed to an enemy. Enter: monk fruit and stevia – yes, even in baking, ALWAYS.
These muffins are made with cassava flour to leave out the gluten, and a mix of mashed banana, Lakanto Foods Maple Syrup made with monk fruit and Lily’s Chocolate Chips (ok I’ll admit that I didn’t use them here because I forgot I was out), but that chocolate is my go-to! Keep scrollin’ for the recipe which was inspired by this one by Clean Eating Kitchen.
There’s something about going into a new *DECADE* along with experiencing my 30’s that just kind of blows my mind in a really wonderful, really overwhelming way.
I don’t usually sit down and really write out a bunch of intentions and goals, but this year feels different. It feels important. And I really want to make it the best it possibly can be since I know I’m on the right path, I just need to get organized…and this blog post seems like the perfect place to start😊
I’ve decided that my word for 2020 is:
2019 was the year I took a leap of faith and went full time with my consulting business. It was my first time not having a corporate job since my dancing days, a time when my blog/Instagram were really taking off and turning into a side hustle (in addition to a passion project) and the year I became a dog mom (!). I feel like it was the year I planted the seeds for my future, and now it’s time to grow.
I have a feeling this year is going to be hard. Like really hard. The beginner’s luck and honeymoon phase of being an entrepreneur might wear off (it hasn’t yet, and I sure hope it doesn’t, but it might…), I have long-term goals in mind that I need to get in gear in order to accomplish (like buying a home someday), and I want to work smarter because as of now, every day is awesome, but chaotic af.
It’s time to really expand the way I think, operate, work, and navigate the day to day. I need to hunker down and FOCUS (another great word) and make moves. I’m excited.
In terms of other intentions and goals for January, I really want to:
Re-design my blog since it’s been YEARS, you guys. years. 🙈
Follow a real fitness plan, which I now have thanks to the trainer/PT I worked with in New York last month!
Finish setting up my home office and desk space
Make one new recipe a week (my creativity in the kitchen has been minimal lately)
Visit 2 new-to-me workout studios (which I can totally do thanks to ClassPass who’s actually offering a whole month free to new customers – NUTS.)
Read 2 books
Make one YouTube video per week, which I was surprisingly good at last month!
Be more consistent about blogging since I’ve kind of lost it the past few months. I want to find my creative spark again.
What’s your word for 2020? Or maybe you’re more of an intentions/goals kinda person – share them with me below so we can keep each other accountable😊
And Happy 2020!!!
p.s. all photos are by my incredibly talented friend Jess Rochow!
Well, as per usual the time between Christmas and New Year’s FLEW by (just like the rest of this month) and the end of a decade is TOMORROW. 🙀
I’ve been busy closing out work for the year and mostly planning ahead for an incredible 2020 – celebrating the anniversary of launching my business (DFD Creative), re-designing my blog, creating more engaging, valuable content for you, and nailing down details for my 2 week trip to Asia in February! So much goodness to come😊
But just like I do every year, I wanted to take a quick step back and reflect before getting ahead of myself and jumping into something new. Here were the top 10 posts of 2019!
Shockingly, many of those posts are not from this year – that is veryyy interesting! And gives me lots to think about…
Whether you’ve been reading for awhile or are new around here, thank you SO much for continuing to visit my blog! If there’s anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know. Your support and feedback mean the world to me.
Hope you have the best New Year’s Eve and Happy 2020!
I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve been in NY for one full month and am heading back to California tomorrow…where did time go?!
This trip was just the reset and break I needed – I spent the majority of it in sweatpants at my parent’s house in the suburbs, ventured into NYC to see some friends and hit my favorite spots, and celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas the only way we know how: gathered together, relaxing, drinking copious amounts of coffee, eating all the cookies, and being merry.
I know most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to work from anywhere and spend so much time with family, so I’m just about to burst with gratitude, if I’m being honest. It helps to remember this when I feel sad about going back to LA, but I know that the new year and new possibilities await!
Here are some of my favorite moments from December in photos – I hope you enjoy them😊
Some of the highlights include seeing Moulin Rouge on Broadway (highly recommend!), a *very* festive non-toxic gel manicure from Sundays Studio, trying cupping for the first time at WTHN, and the Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden!