Friday Finds

I’m not sure where this week went, but hey happy Friday!

The past few days have been filled with milestones that were well-documented – celebrating one full year as an entrepreneur + 6 months as a dog mom – lots of fun workouts (I co-hosted a 5 day workout challenge with friends on Instagram!) and fun things like getting a new couch, catching up with friends and getting back into a real dance class!

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!

Why Travel is the Best Form of Self Care – From my absolute favorite travel blogger😍 And I firmly, firmly believe this – it’s why we’re going to Asia next month!

5 Trader Joe’s Recipes for Cozy Date Nights In – Why is Trader Joe’s literally the best ever?!

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!

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls – Well these are BEAUTIFUL. And easy if you use pre-made hummus😅

11-Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength – Yoga is one of my all-time favorite ways to move right now and moves like these leave me surprisingly sore the next day!

8 Eco-Friendly Meal Prep Products – One of my goals for 2020 is to make a better effort eat/live sustainably! Brb while I order all of this…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, especially if you’re lucky and have Monday off😉❤️

xo Jordan

Top 10 Posts of 2019

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!

10. What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

9. March Favorites

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

8. 5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

7. Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

6. Spicy Greek Yogurt Mustard Dip (with Air-Fried Tater Tots!)

Dancing for Donuts | Spicy Mustard Greek Yogurt Dip (With Air Fried Tater Tots!)

5. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

4. I have news… (!!!!)

3. Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin Texas!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

2. Easy Air Fried Tofu & Peanut Shirataki Noodles for One

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

1. Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

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!

xo Jordan

DFD at Home: Current Routines & Favorites

I’ve got a little somethin’ different for you today!

I saw The Chalkboard Mag interview Sophie Jaffe for their At Home With series and I thought it would be kind of fun to answer the same questions myself! Since let’s face it, they’re not going to be interviewing me anytime soon😂

So a little bit about me if you’re new around here – I’m an LA-based entrepreneur and former professional dancer originally from New York. I now run my own female-focused digital marketing consulting company called DFD Creative and this blog/Instagram, Dancing for Donuts! Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing and loving lately from my wellness must-haves to current workouts and pantry essentials.

DAILY BREAKFAST: A green smoothie in the summer (frozen banana, spinach, vanilla protein, pb + almond milk) and a yogurt bowl in the winter (plain greek yogurt, nut butter + sliced banana, granola if we have it!)

DREAM BREAKFAST: A donut (duh), or to be honest, a big fat bagel with lox and cream cheese and maybe a side of an Almond Croissant straight from France. Yep, veryyyy healthy😂

HOW I TAKE MY COFFEE: with frothed non-dairy milk (oat or hazelnut), stevia and a touch of cinnamon.

DAILY SUPPLEMENTS: Megafood Elderberry Gummies + a pack of my Binto vitamins + my WTHN Gut Check herbs if I need a digestive boost (code DFD10 to save!)

KITCHEN TOOL OBSESSION: My Zulay milk frother! I literally almost sent another one home to NY so I could have it for the month…

FAVORITE DAILY WORKOUT: Megaformer pilates, hot yoga, or just chillin’ on the elliptical while watching HGTV. True story.

3 STAPLES IN MY PANTRY: Nut butter, chia seeds & chickpea pasta

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE: Eat what makes you happy because life is too short, just make sure you’re treating your body the way it deserves to be treated.

FAVORITE THING TO COOK FOR FRIENDS: Gluten free pasta with veggies and/or baked chicken thighs

LATELY I’M ALWAYS WEARING: Sweats! I swear by these from Abercrombie.

AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK I COOK: the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with their vegan kale pesto

MY BEST HEALTH ADVICE: Drink water, move your body, and eat your greens.

HEALTHY RECIPE I LOVE TO MAKE AT HOME: I love baking healthy donuts – it’s kind of my thing and you probably already knew that already😊 I love making my Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts and Birthday Funfetti Donuts the most!

So what about you?! What’s your dream breakfast or favorite workout?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy, happy Friday from snowy New York!!

If I’m being honest, I didn’t actually know what day it was for most of this week, but I suppose that’s what post-Thanksgiving, being at home in the ‘burbs will do to ya!

I actually shared a video on YouTube this week, in case you’re curious about why I’m in New York for the month of December and want to get a sneak peek of what life is like here! Spoiler alert: it is not super exciting. But that’s why I love it😂 And now…onto Friday Finds!!

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts – SUCH a yummy alternative to the pasta dish, although I do love that, too…

Random Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List – Soooo many good ideas on here!! I feel like I always think of gifts for people when I DON’T have to get them anything and then as soon as the pressure’s on, I got nothin’😅

Hot Cocoa Cookies – to go with my nightly cup of hot cocoa and whip😏

What You Should Know About Probiotics – This is super comprehensive and tbh, I didn’t fully understand what probiotics were until this year, even though I’ve been taking them for over a decade. Oops!

Weekend Project: Snowflake Garland – If I were at my apt in my LA this weekend, I would *absolutely* be making this!!! My parents have enough decorations already😂

How to Travel Sustainably This Holiday Season – The re-usable items one is HUGE. I’ve been working on packing my own straws, water bottle, and even mason jars/re-usable bags for food and snacks!

This weekend we’re going into the city to see a broadway show and then decorating our Christmas tree!! What about you?!

xo Jordan

Fall Favorites

You guys I can’t even remember the last time I did a monthly favorites roundup🙈

But we are back in business today, y’all! I’ve actually had a hard time narrowing everything down since I’ve tried and loved so many things in the last few months. From food and drinks to skincare and clothing, there’s SO much out there…I think I may actually just do a separate green beauty post!

Anyway, here are some things I’ve really, truly been loving and enjoying (not including the turtleneck I’m wearing above, aka my actual favorite thing about fall)…😂

Cover Girl Active Python Leggings – So admittedly I did a (very small) campaign with this company on Instagram and had NO idea I was going to fall so in love with their clothes!! I’m truly blown away that these leggings are just $48 in a world of extremely over-priced activewear. The quality is insane, they suck you in but have a thinner material, have the perfect high waist, and feel like a second skin. IN LOVE.

Snacklins – I tried these at the All Things Go Fall Classic back in October and then immediately went home and ordered them from Thrive Market. A whole bag (which is pretty big!) has only 80 calories but the flavor is amazing and they’re so few ingredients!! The perfect snack when you need to munch.

CAP Beauty Matcha and Coconut Butter – I’m going to be real with you, I’m not the biggest matcha snob, I kind of just take what I can get and as long as it’s got a bit of sweetness, I’m here for it…until now. CAP Beauty has raised the freakin’ bar, y’all👏🏻 You can totally taste the difference in quality and then the coconut butter elevates the whole thing to be a rich, delicious and creamy treat. I never want another matcha again!

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Hummus – I got my hands on this ONCE and they’ve been sold out ever since, but I think about it everyday and that is not an exaggeration😂 The nutrition facts on this stuff are pretty dang impressive and it is the closest thing I can find to chocolate frosting without actually being chocolate frosting.

Real Good Foods Cauliflower Bread Breakfast Sandwiches – I try not to have frozen food too often, mostly because I work from home and can make pretty much whatever I want, but sometimes mornings are HECTIC and it’s nice to have options!! I tried these breakfast sammies for the first time and hot damn are they good!! I can’t get over that the bread is paleo/gf/made with cauliflower and the inside with the sausage, egg and cheese was delish. They’re on the small side, but perfect for a quick breakfast or even snack!

Sun Basket – Okay for the first time EVER, I tried a meal prep kit service and it was good. I admit, I haven’t been the most innovative in the kitchen in quite awhile, so it was really cool having someone else come up with the meals! Everything you need (save for oil/salt/pepper) is right in the bag and it’s all super high quality ingredients (organic when possible!). We tried three meals and loved them all!

Buff Bake Protein Cookies – I’m not gonna lie to you, I have had a LOT of protein “cookies” in my day and 90% of the time they’re not foolin’ me with that cookie business. This is the other 10% though because WOW. I tried the Birthday Cake flavor and the Sweet & Salty flavor and both were phenomenal. They’re filled with just a touch of nut butter and are so yummy. There are 4 mini cookies to a pack!

Aaaaaand that is it, my friends! Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these things, want to, or have any other favorites as of late!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds + November Intentions

And just like that, October was over and she broke out her Christmas candles…😂

No, but seriously, I don’t know where time went and the fact that 2019 is coming to a close soon(ish) is actually kind of scary/weird. Luckily the holiday season is my FAVORITE and I live for all things Christmas, so there is a lot to look forward to!

I shared this on my Instagram today, but instead of making a list of a bunch of intentions I’ll never accomplish or remember, I want to manifest just a few things for the end of year. It’s always so beyond hectic, especially as someone who works in social media for clients in the retail space (helloooo Black Friday/Holiday sale chaos), so I manifest:

✨ calm and ease
✨ gratitude and joy in the everyday
✨ abundance
✨ contentment in the here and now

And now, onto Friday Finds!

Maple Pumpkin Black & White Cookies – I LOVE black & white cookies!!! This is the perfect seasonal take on them😍

A 10-Minute Yoga Flow to Do Next Time You Can’t Sleep – Fun fact: before I had severe back problems and was tired 24/7, I had severe sleeping issues LOL. I’m absolutely trying this next time they kick back in!

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – I will take a mug of this every single night until next summer, plz thx.

Eating an Avocado a Day Can Lower Your Cholesterol – Interestinggggg. I eat about half an avocado 3-4 times a week…maybe I should eat more? I never know if I should take these things seriously or not…

10 Healthy Fall Dinner Ideas That Can Be Made in 10 Minutes or Less – Alllll about the veggie pasta bowls and roasted veggies this time of year!

3 Ways to Help Fight the California Kincade & Getty Fires – This. It’s a scary time, y’all.

Have a beautiful weekend and Happy November!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday😍

And you guys! Exciting things that happened this week include:

  • Getting some new & fun partnership opportunities
  • My massage + mani/pedi because #selfcare
  • Hitting 10k steps every single day since walking my dog is honestly the best.
  • Realizing that my life is in MY control, I have the power to make change and everything is temporary.

And on that note, let’s get on with the Friday Finds😊

25 Tweets That Prove Dog Owners Have the Best Sense of Humor – Can you tell I’m happy to be a pet mom?😂 For real though, Ovi makes me laugh at least 10x a day and I’m so grateful for it!

3 Recipes from Antoni Porowski’s Cookbook We’re Drooling Over – INDEED. Any other Queer Eye fans out there? Antoni is ma faaaave.

DIY Leave-In Coconut Milk Conditioner Spray – V into DIY beauty these days!! This sounds incredible🙌🏻

Why Wellness Spaces Have Become the Social Hangouts of Choice – This article is a pretty accurate explanation of my life tbh. The wellness community has for real changed my life, it’s made the transition out of dancing soooo much easier for me!

Low Carb Chocho Flour Muffins – Say whaaat! I’d never even heard of chocho flour before!

Okay your turn – tell me something good or hit me with your favorite article/blog post from this week!👇🏻

xo Jordan

5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

I’m just about to close out a 16 day trip on the east coast and while I’m so sad to leave my family, I’m looking forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy! And my kitchen 🙂

As you know, I flew to NY first, then traveled down the coast to my family’s summer home in North Carolina. It’s my happy place! But things always do get a little hectic as we have company in and out, plus this year was even crazier due to a mixup in our dates, my puppy joining us, and a pretty intense hurricane hitting us mid-week!

My schedule is always a bit odd here, but generally consists of waking up on the earlier side, taking time to enjoy my coffee while getting some work done, hitting the beach around 11:30am, coming back around 3pm to shovel in a bunch of snacks, then kicking it by the pool until dinnertime. As you can see, that isn’t exactly my normal routine, and throw my back injury into the mix for an even less-athletic trip than usual.

That all being said, I do try to keep just a few things the same so that I can prioritize my health in between the lounging, bbq and ice cream cones! Here are 5 things I do every single day to keep my body (and mind) on track. Keep reading for the easy way I start my day and the supplements I make sure to take!

Drink my collagen coffee: If there’s one thing I will *always* make room for in my suitcase, it’s my travel collagen packs! I’ll put one in my coffee at the airport, bring them with me to enjoy with a hotel breakfast, or keep by our coffee pot at home so I don’t forget. I love that it adds a little protein boost first thing in the morning and I swear collagen has done so much for my hair, skin and gut health!

Take my Tru Niagen® supplements: I’ve been taking these consistently every day for almost 2 months now (along with my probiotics!), and I’ve been LOVING them. I truly think Tru Niagen has significantly helped with my energy, and I say this because the summer has been pretty hard on me with my back injury and extreme lack of sleep (hello #puppylife). But that being said, I never once felt like I had an afternoon slump or couldn’t stay up until my normal bedtime around 10:30pm.

Tru Niagen is known as a healthy-aging supplement (which is appealing on its own, since I’m 30 now🙈), but it also just improves health at a cellular level to boost cell function and energy, too! Basically, NAD (or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a vital resource found in all living cells and as we age, or do things like overeat/drink alcohol, our NAD levels decrease. Tru Niagen helps boost them back up!

Eat a solid breakfast: Like i mentioned, our meals here can be pretty all over the place depending on what time we actually make it to the beach or what groceries are in the house! Since I’m one of those people that is always worried about when their next meal will be, I like to make sure I have a big breakfast with tons of protein and carbs to fuel me through the morning. Some days that’s a bagel sandwich (my favorite bagel place is down here!), other days it’s an avocado toast and egg kind of situation. Whatever I make, I know it needs to be a bit more filling than the usual green smoothies I have when I’m back in LA, and I try not to worry about the calories. 

Get moving outside: In previous years, I’ve gone to the community gym in our development here almost every morning, but this year is different because of my back and my dog (who I hate to leave behind!). I did go a few times since I’m allowed to do the elliptical and other light cardio, but otherwise I’ve been walking my dog in the neighborhood and on the beach! It’s a nice way to look at all the pretty houses, get my steps in, and enjoy being outdoors. The best was walking him at night so we could watch the pretty sunsets!

Go to sleep early: I’ve pretty much always been this way on any vacation I take, but here I generally go to bed around 10pm! Since I like to rise early and make the most of the days, going to bed early is a huge priority. It’s also so quiet and peaceful here that I’ve had better night sleeps than usual. That might have something to do with being less stressed, too…

And that’s it! I really have no interest in stressing over my eats and exercise (or lack there of), since I’m just trying to enjoy my time in my favorite place. Sometimes I’ll pack a bunch of snacks and try to stick to a routine, but frankly I just had too much in my suitcase to worry this time! I figure if I take my Tru Niagen supplements and do my best, that’s what counts😊 And that’s pretty much my version of “health” no matter where I am.

What about you – do you stay strict on vacation or let it ride? Are you a snack/supplement packer or do you save that stuff for home? If you’re looking for something easy to take with you that’ll help keep your energy up, something I know we could all use more of (especially during travel), I highly recommend Tru Niagen. Learn more about it here and feel free to drop any questions you may have in the comments!!

Thank you to Tru Niagen for sponsoring this post.

DFD Babe Feature: Candice of Beauty Bar Chocolate

I can’t even remember the last time I did a DFD Babe Feature, but I am SO honored to my friend Candice on the blog today!

If you’re new around here, I LOVE to interview incredible women entrepreneurs and share more of their stories on here! I myself am a business owner (who works with other female-owned businesses), so it’s super important to me to collaborate and support the women I see killing it.

Today, I’m chatting with my friend Candice who founded Beauty Bar Chocolate, a treat that uses only the highest quality ingredients with zero fillers. Keep reading for more on her journey to entrepreneurship, her biggest advice and where she plans to take BeautyBar in the near future!

Tell us a little bit about Beauty Bar Chocolate! When did you start it and why?

I launched Beauty Bar Chocolate after leaving a 19 year career in the fashion world. I  had major burnout, and was dealing with a host of autoimmune symptoms. I wanted to live a more inspired life and I found myself drawn into the wellness world, so I became a heath coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

During that time, I dove deep into my healing. I was able to start reversing my symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet and mindset.  I also went sugar -free, added adaptogens and collagen as part of healing from Candida and gut health issues. I then enrolled in Matthew Kenney Culinary school where I brought back my creativity and came up with the idea of BBC. I couldn’t find any clean, healthy chocolate in the market that tasted good, so I wanted to launch a product that helped people feel beautiful from the inside out. It’s my fashion-meets-wellness product.

What makes Beauty Bar different from other chocolate on the market?

There are so many things that set BBC apart from a sea of chocolates. You will most likely notice our beautiful floral box first (I was inspired by Persian soap boxes). I also don’t add many ingredients, there are no fillers or chemicals, and I use high quality brands that I believe in. It’s more than just chocolate – it’s about bringing inner peace into daily life. If we are calm on the inside, it makes if harder for disease to live, and anxiety to survive. When we are at peace our skin glows!! My tag line is: Eat For Peace, Focus & glowing skin. 

Can you share more about your previous work experience and/or education before launching your own company?

I worked for close to two decades in the fashion world and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve been in sales for most of my life, owned a women’s contemporary showroom in downtown Los Angeles where I used to sell clothing at wholesale, and helped launch many fashion brands. I knew nothing about the chocolate world before, but having these skills has helped me tremendously.

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

I love being the face of my company, networking with like-minded people and sharing my message. I also enjoy the process of producing the chocolate. I am still part of the process.

Is there something you wish more people talked about when it comes to being an entrepreneur?

I have a lot to say on this topic. To keep it short and sweet:  Have some patience, and to just start somewhere. I kept wanting to hold off until my site looked correct, and my packing was not perfect when I launched. It took so much work to get my packaging the way I wanted it to look, but once it came together, I had never been more happy!!

I’ve made many mistakes in this new world of mine, but I learn through each one and get better at it. For the days I really struggle, I’ll walk away from work to clear my head. Remember to breathe and try to enjoy the journey.

What advice can you give to someone looking to pursue their passion?

I would say to first to find something that you are so passionate about or you will grow tired of it so fast. You will be living, eating, and breathing this! Also don’t pick something for the money. Pick what you love and the money will come. Not only will people feel that passion coming from you, but they’ll want to be a part of what you are selling or offering.

How do you prioritize time for yourself?

Such a great question and what my business is all about! When I find myself trying to go back to my old Type A ways, I remind myself that I once was very ill, and filled with inflammation in my body. I will never go back to that life.

I love to wake up early around 5-5:30 am before anyone so I can have some time to myself before I start the day. I use that time to workout, catch up on tv, cuddle my dogs while sipping a matcha, or practice a grounding meditation to help get my out of my head. My evening routine has also changed from my fashion days. I traded in my nightly glass of champagne for magnesium and sleepy time herbal tea. I love going into my infrared sauna and to bed early (most nights in bed by 8:30-9pm) so I can get a good 8 hours of sleep. I know I am a granny but I love it. I wake up so refreshed!

What are you excited for in the fall season & beyond?

I have so much exciting things that are happening for BBC! I just launched in all the Erewhon locations! I am in the middle of relaunching my  site with more elevated pictures and upgrading everything. I am launching a holiday bar, and in the new year I will have a dream bar that helps relax you in the evening. 

Okay if you’re not a) fired up about going after the life you *actually* want to live and/or b) ready for some Beauty Bar Chocolate after that, I don’t know how to help you😂 Candice was sweet enough to give me a discount code to share, so feel free to use the code dancingfordonuts15 at checkout!

Find Candice herself on Instagram at @awholeandhappylife and BeautyBar at @beautybarchocolate. Thanks for stopping by and if you have anyone else in mind that you’d like for me to interview, drop their name/insta below!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey y’all and Happy Friday!

This week I have been ALL over the place – I thought Tuesday was Wednesday and Wednesday was Thursday…all I can say is TGIF. This is actually my last Friday being 29 years old since my birthday is Sunday!

I’m super excited to turn 30, is that weird? I just feel like I’m ready to leave my 20’s behind. They were incredible, don’t get me wrong, but I feel solid in who I am, what I’m doing with my life and who I’m surrounded by, so heading into a new chapter just feels right😊

I’m not doing anything too crazy for my bday, just going out to dinner with Alex the night before and spending the day of with some girlfriends by a pool, but I am going back to the east coast next week, so that’ll be the real celebration! Anyway, here’s some light reading for your weekend!

15 Inspiring Journal Prompts to Try Tonight – I love the idea of journaling every night, but rarely do it…these prompts make it easy!

5 Easy & Healthy Dinners That Serve Just One Person – So yes I live with my boyfriend, but he travels 4-5 days a week, so it’s usually just me for dinner! I looooove these ideas – so helpful!

How to Keep Your Weekly Snack Budget to Under $10 – Apparently people spend $3,300 a year on snacks…I am definitely included😂

7 Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes – So I swear I had an air fryer before it was cool and then I was over it by the time everyone else hopped on board. I really need to break it out again and make some of these!

What You Can Do to Help the Amazon Rainforest Fire – In case you’re not sure how to help and feel hopeless. Sometimes using our dollars to do something small can make a big difference❤️

Have a great last weekend of August (say whaaaaat!!!!)

xo Jordan