Friday Finds

Not gonna lie, this week felt like pretty much the longest week ever.

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It was a great one, don’t get me wrong, but MAN am I tired😂 There are two things I want to share with you before diving into this week’s Friday Finds (…is this the second week in a row for one? I think so…oops).

First off, I put up another YouTube video and my first one where I really share more about my business/what my life is like on a day to day basis now that I’m really doing my own thing blogging and business wise! You can find that here!

I was also on a podcast this week and in the episode we talks a loooot about my life before this year like my work experience, growing up as a dancer, moving out to LA, doing dance professionally, hand modeling, working 7 thousand jobs, attending b-school, etc. – just stuff I don’t always share on the blog or even Instagram! You can listen to that episode from the Let’s Thrive podcast with my friend Emily here.

And now, for just a few quick reads before we head into the weekend!

How to Help the Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans – The most important thing either of us will read today.

Copycat Samoas – Listen I am ALL about a girl scout cookie, but I can absolutely not be trusted with a box of them. I love that these actually have good-for-you ingredients in them!

A Trick for Making Weekends Feel Longer – NOTED. Also, this is hands down one of my all time favorite blogs.

California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad – So many of my favorite summer flavors in here😍

The Greatest Drink of the Year – Umm YES will absolutely be making one of these ASAP.

5 Ayurvedic Habits to Adopt This Summer – Easy, tangible, and pretty awesome honestly.

That’s all for today – we’ve got another busy one before the weekend! Happy Friday, y’all💕

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: East Coast Wedding + D.C. Adventures

Hi friends! We’ve got another weekend recap today ’cause your girl has been on the MOVE.

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Yep, I went out of town AGAIN. And now maybe you can see part of my motivation for wanting to be my own boss…not enough vacation days😂

It’s a pretty big wedding year for us😂 (I suppose we’re just at that age) and  since we’re both from the east coast originally, it means that a lot of our weddings are out that way, too. The good part (since the 6 hours, cross country flights are definitely NOT the highlight), is getting to spend more time with our families!

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We were able to fly into DC on a red eye last Thursday night and stay with Alex’s family the nights before and after the wedding, which was so nice!

Though we spent most of Friday trying to wake up after barely sleeping the night before, we did venture out during the day for a last-minute trip to Sephora, walk through Georgetown and lunch at Leopold’s Kafé. We also went out that night for Sonny’s Pizza and drinks with some of Alex’s friends and brother, but I didn’t actually snap any pics of that…sorry😁

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Saturday morning, we picked up our rental car and drove up to Lancaster, PA for the wedding. It was for our friends Will and Justine from b-school at this beautiful venue called The Farm at Eagles Ridge. I didn’t take a ton of photos (sorry for being literally the worst blogger ever this weekend), but I snapped a few! The grounds were stunning, the band was amazing and the cake was AWESOME.

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On Sunday, we joined people from the wedding for brunch before heading back to DC. Since the weather wasn’t amazing, we stopped by Union Market for a quick lunch and a treat. Alex’s favorite, and now mine too, is the smoked white fish salad at Neopol.

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We shared a bagel with the fish and then a pb & j doughnut from District Doghnut. It was SO hard to choose, they all looked amazing, but I think we made the right choice!

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Afterwards, we just hung out at home until Alex had a ton of his family and friends over for Chinese takeout and margs, aka the most fantastic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo😂  One thing I love about Alex’s family is how welcoming they are – it’s always one big party over there and it’s always so nice to see everyone!! 

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For our final day in DC, we actually fit in some exercise at a nearby gym, met some of Alex’s friends for lunch at Glens Garden Market (their salad plate is like $11.50 for a TON of amazing food), and banged out some work.

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We were also spoiled enough to get some of our favorite cupcakes from Baked & Wired from Alex’s mom – if you haven’t had them, I swear they’re some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had…second only to Magnolia Market’s of course!

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Also how CUTE is Alex’s dog?! It was his birthday yesterday!! We landed back in LA around 8:30pm, then went home and crashed. It’s safe to say we had a super fun, yet exhausting weekend. It’s always a good time back on the east coast, though😊

Be back soon, once I tackle my very terrifying inbox…thanks for stopping by💗

xo Jordan

March Favorites

Ahh, another month has come and gone!

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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😊

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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!

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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🙌🏻

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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!

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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

Recipes I’ve Made Recently and Loved #2

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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😍

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

Recipes I’ve Recently Made & LOVED

Hey y’all! How’s everyone’s week going?!

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This is my first full week in LA as an entrepreneur and so far it’s been fantastic! It’s kind of crazy how much you can get done in a day, and how quickly time can fly. It’s almost February too, which is bonkers!!

I’ve actually been cooking up a storm over here, since I now have a bit more time and flexibility! While nothing is ever too crazy, there have been some notable recipes I’ve either followed or created. Since I’ve been catching up on work after Hawaii, I figured I’d throw everything in one blog post for you. Everything is shared below and honestly, I’m hungry just looking at it all again😍

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Sausage Pancake Muffins – I didn’t really follow much of a recipe on this one, but I did whip together a batch of Birch Benders pancake mix (as instructed), and then tossed in some Jones Dairy Farm pork sausage to bake in muffin cups at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. Make these and then dip them in maple syrup. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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

Ambitious Kitchen’s Corn Pasta Salad with Cashew Cilantro Pesto – Make this immediately. Trust me. And if you use Banza Chickpea Pasta (aka my favorite pasta of life) it’ll be packed with protein and fiber!

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Pinch of Yum’s Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies – Made these for a dinner party last weekend and MAN they were a hit. Definitely making them again veryyyy soon!

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

Easy Raspberry Chia Jam – All you need to do to make this is heat up a few frozen raspberries in the microwave (I do about a quarter cup!), throw in about 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (ground or whole) and a sprinkle of coconut sugar. BOOM. 20 seconds later: chia jam!

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Vegan Cashew Cheese with Chickpea Pasta – So I didn’t fully follow a recipe for this one, but I did take a 1/2 cup soaked then drained cashews (in water for about 15 minutes), 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 6 tbsp nutritional yeast, 2 gloves garlic, sea salt + peppa, and 2 tbsp brown or dijon mustard then blend it all up and voila! Creamy, dreamy vegan cheese 🙂

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Egg White Stovetop Oats – For this, I just took 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water, then stirred it together over the stove on medium for about 7 minutes. Once the liquid was almost completely absorbed, I took them off the heat, poured in an egg white and stirred veryyyy quickly so that it wouldn’t all cook together like an actual egg! This just adds some extra protein and a lotta fluff. Highly recommend!

Friday Finds

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We’re are TOASTIN’ to Friday over here, my friends!

This week was…interesting to say the least, but very eventful in some of the best ways possible! I went to the Tone It Up Love Your Body Series launch event on Tuesday (yes, Karena and Katrina are two of the most beautiful and kind women on the planet!!), had some friends over for dinner (nothing beats ending the day in good company), and made some MAJOR life moves.

I have something super exciting coming for your guys on Monday, but in the meantime, I’ll just get back to sharing my Friday Finds since it’s been awhile! 🙂

5 Ways to Be Healthier Without Trying Too Hard – Because no one actually wants to try THAT hard, let’s be real.

Arm Song Workout – I love ALL of Nicole’s workout videos so much. This one is super short/not intimidating at all, so it’s nice for days you feel lazy or just need a little extra boost to your workout!

Winter Crunch Salad – Might even be able to get my boyfriend to eat this one…

More Single Women Own Homes More Than Single Men – WHO RUN THE WORLD.

The 24 Items From Trader Joe’s Our Office Swears By – Why am I so fascinated by what everyone else buys for groceries?

Meal Prep: A Week of Winter Meals in 2 Hours – I promise myself I will get back into meal prepping this year! I swear it saves money and soooo much time in the long run.

Why Monthly Resolutions Could *Finally* Help You Reach Your Goals – I love this!!! I stopped making real resolutions years ago. Monthly goals and intentions are where it’s at!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back on Monday for some exciting news!! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Okay it has been a MINUTE since our last Friday Finds, huh?!

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Life just took over, guys. I’ve also been feeling slightly uninspired, and I think that’s probably just because I’m in that home stretch to my holiday vacation. It’s interesting how much easier it is for me to be open on here than it is on Instagram where I feel like it’s important for me to be positive at all times. Granted, I don’t want to be a bummer, just wanted to be real with you!

In any case, I’ve still been reading my favorite blogs and media sites because that’s what keeps me sane sometimes! It’s literally the part of my morning routine I can’t give up, no matter how busy I am. Here are some of my faves from the past few weeks!

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Tahini Sauce – Okay well this sounds absolutely DELIGHTFUL for this time of year, wow.

10 Minimalist Holiday Decor Ideas You Can Do in a Flash – Since spending a fortune on decor I don’t even have room for the other 11 months of the year doesn’t sound very reasonable😅

I Tried Starbucks’ New Juniper Latté and it Surprised Me – Have you tried it yet?! I’m intrigued…

What to Do When You Feel a Cold Coming On – aka me, about half of the entire winter season🤣

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas – I LOVE these for hostess gifts for holiday parties, secret Santa exchanges, stocking stuffers, etc.!

6 Pushup Tweaks to Target Different Muscle Groups – Who knew a move could be so versatile?! Honestly I have such a love/hate relationship with pushups.

Hope you have a great weekend, y’all!! Let me know in the comments if you’re doing anything festive – I plan on watching at least 3 more cheesy Netflix Christmas movies.

xo Jordan

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

A new week calls for a new recipe!

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This is one I know you’ll love because my boyfriend told me it was a winner😏 I made these Pumpkin Protein Muffins last week because my desire to bake on the daily is in FULL force. I figure, okay so my metabolism and activity level is far lower than they used to be, but I also love food… SO! The resolutions to this are a) exercise better portion control and b) bake things that are better for me. Luckily these muffins don’t taste healthy in the least, though!

Some ways I like to make my treats a touch healthier include using less oil/butter (and subbing in pumpkin/banana instead), using healthier sugar alternatives or less of them altogether (ie. maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, banana), and adding in some protein for staying power. This recipe does all three!

I actually subbed out part of the flour in this recipe with my Eat Like a Woman Very Vanilla Shake, which is one of my favorite protein powders!! This line was developed with women’s bodies in mind (since our bodies process food and nutrients SO differently!), so this powder has probiotics, plant-based protein (which we absorb more easily), 22 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and omega 3’s. I promise you I’m not getting paid to post about this, I just truly love it!

With this protein powder, vitamin & fiber rich pumpkin, protein packed greek yogurt and almond flour, and only 2 tablespoons of sweetener, you’ll feel good about snacking on these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert😊

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)

1 egg

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup ELAW Very Vanilla Life Stage Shake (or your favorite protein powder!)

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1-2 pinches of sea salt

cacao nibs (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients including the pumpkin, egg, greek yogurt, maple syrup and banana.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients including the flours, protein powder, spices, sea salt and baking powder.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold until completely combined. Do not overmix 🙂

5. Using a spoon, fill silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) or a greased muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. Top each muffin with cacao nibs if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days!

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That’s it for today, loves! Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

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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

 

 

Donut Workshop Recap (& My First Time Hosting An Event!)

Hi guys!! Guess what?!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

I hosted my first event this past weekend!! Oh man, it was so chaotic but SO much fun.

One of my goals for this year was to host an event and I kind of just assumed that it wouldn’t happen until I met my friend Charlotte at a wellness event early on in the summer. As someone who has thrown events in the past and truly enjoys doing it, Charlotte asked me if I would co-host a donut baking workshop with her and of COURSE I had to say yes!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

So for the past month of so, we’ve been working together to plan a sort of baking class with sponsors, swag bags, cute decor, and other fun things. I think all in all about 17 people showed up to bake with us and though it was a little crowded, everyone successfully baked a batch of their own donuts!! It was so fun to see their creations😍

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

We started out by making announcements on both of our Instagram pages and the event quickly filled up! It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to bring people together that are literally just from the internet. It makes me want to have a bazillion events just so that I can finally meet & hang with all my insta-friends!! Maybe someday🙏🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Anyway, from there, Charlotte put together a spreadsheet (because she’s THE most organized person ever) and we started to keep tabs on who was attending, if they had any food allergies, and what kind of donut pan they wanted! For $15, we provided a donut pan, a mini spatula (courtesy of one of our sponsors, GIR!), all the ingredients to bake and frost a batch of donuts, a little swag bag, and some light bites/drinks! We had some mimosas and asked people to bring their own mugs for coffee – I really loved that idea!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

The event went for about 2 and a half hours and even though it ended with me shattering my phone screen trying to take a photo, it was SUCH a blast. I seriously want to hold these events all over the country, how cool would that be?! Maybe that’s the goal for next year😊

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Before I go, I just want to say a quick thank you to my beautiful co-host Charlotte, my friend Taylor for coming, helping us set up/clean up, and taking most of these gorgeous photos, and our sponsors including Varieteas, Sun & Swell, Goldsheep Clothing, Bob’s Red Mill, GIR, and Lily’s Sweets!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by & be back soon!!

xo Jordan