Oh hey, y’all! This is apparently my first post of October…oof🙈
I totally dropped the ball on my blog – the past few weeks have been filled with transitions, work, events, catching up with friends, and self-care. Plus, if I’m being totally honest, I’ve been feeling slightly unmotivated, but I know that’s on it’s way out (thank goodness).
I’m actually on a plane to Washington D.C. right now – my boyfriend’s brother has his own music festival called All Things Go and the lineup this weekend is absolutely INSANE. My (potentially all time) favorite band is playing, LANY, and I might even get to meet them…plz pray for me that I don’t a) say anything weird b) start giggling uncontrollably c) pee just a little bit in my pants or d) all of the above😂
Oh! And I uploaded another YouTube video (really hoping to be more consistent over there) – it’s a vlog and it shows what a regular day in my life usually looks like! You can watch it here. Anyway, let’s get into the finds of the week!!
Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – I made this “joke” on Instagram yesterday, but I swear I’m turning into a chocolate covered pumpkin…I just can’t get enough of those flavors together! And the texture in these looks PERFECT.
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!!
Hi from North Carolina, where we are potentially in the line of fire for Hurricane Dorian😅
I’ve been a lil MIA because last week, I flew with my from LA –> NYC and then drove down to NC on Friday, when we somehow got the dates confused and realized our beach house was actually rented until SATURDAY…so we all had to stay in a hotel which wasn’t dog friendly but Ovi isn’t very sneaky because he barks at everything.
The two of us “slept” in my car in the parking lot and finally settled in on Saturday for a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and that’s the gist of it! Always an adventure😂
Other than that, things have been a bit of a cluster fk because I signed on quite a bit of new work and was thrown into that fire. To say I was stressed would be the understatement of a century, but luckily I’m in my favorite place in the whole world and look out my window at the ocean if I need to be instantly calmed!
It’s crazy to think we’ve already been here almost a week, but we’ve had so much fun and Ovi LOVES it here. He’s such a beach boy and was starting to go into the ocean before they shut the beach for the hurricane!
We’ve been eating all kinds of yummy things (my brother and his friends love to cook!) like a shrimp boil/bake, bbq, and bagels – my FAVE. I’m so looking forward to when my bf gets here on Saturday, I’m just crossing my fingers that his flight isn’t delayed or that we can’t get over the bridge to the mainland because of flooding!
Anyway, I hope you all had an amazing LDW and short work week! Figured I’d share just a few of my fave links before I go:
How to Fall Asleep Anywhere in 5 Minutes – Before I had severe back pain that made it impossible to sleep past 5am and I was exhausted by 9pm each day, I had pretty major sleeping issues😅 A sleep mask seriously changed my life (even though I thought I could NEVER sleep with one) and as for the rest? Definitely going to try those next time I’m strugglin’!
This post is sponsored by Sahale Snacks but all opinions and images are my own, as always.
You probably knew this already, but I’m not one of those people that just eats three meals a day and leaves it at that! 💁🏻
In fact, I’m trying to give myself the nickname Snack Monster J so let me know if you’re on board. I feel like it’s an accurate representation of who I am since snacking is potentially my favorite hobby…if you can call it that. I know eating three solid meals a day works for some people, and that’s awesome! But for me, I just can’t focus and stay energized throughout the day without a lil somethin’ somethin’ in between my meals.
For me, the perfect snack has:
Wholesome Fats: I usually get these from nut butters or nuts on their own! Avocados are great too, but I like to save those for on top of my actual meals. Protein: Yep, nuts cover that front, too. I also love greek yogurt, roasted chickpeas or hummus, string cheese, and energy bars, but I’m a little energy bar-ed out these days. Wholesome Carbs: I know carbs can get a bad rap, but minimally processed carbs can be extremely important for women (otherwise it can mess with our immune system, mood, and thyroid/cortisol production). Some good sources of carbs are oats, sweet potatoes, blueberries and cashews!
Clearly, these flavors are anything but boring and add just a touch of sweetness when I need it most (aka always, but especially after lunch!). I also LOVE sprinkling them on top of yogurt instead of granola and/or nut butter since they do the trick all in one – a little sweet, a little crunch and like I mentioned earlier, and protein!
I’ll have a handful of Sahale Snacks before a workout (since sometimes I workout between breakfast and lunch), before dinner to tide me over while I’m cooking, or even afterwards for dessert. For all of Sahale Snack’s amazing flavors and where to buy, head to their website here. I also love that they source their ingredients thoughtfully, use renewable resources whenever possible, and give back to farmers.
Are you a snacker like me? What does your perfect snack consist of?
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!
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!
I wouldn’t say I really do, aside from making sure to let my dog out, check my phone and make my coffee, but there are a few things I love to do every single day that make me feel better both mentally and physically!
I like to preach that health is a lifestyle, it’s not all or nothing, a diet or cleanse, but there are always easy changes we can make to be at our best. I honestly look forward to most of these things and try to do them whether I’m traveling or at home! They give me energy, bring me joy and help get me organized (a feeling I thrive off of!). Some might even say they’re a bit of self-care😊
I start the day with things that inspire me. I always, always make coffee first thing and take time to read my favorite blogs, check out Pinterest, or watch my favorite YouTube channels. While I do love to hop on Instagram at some point, sometimes it can overwhelming and set my day off on a hectic note. The comparison trap is real🙈
I drink water. A lot of it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about people starting their day off with warm lemon water, but the one thing that gets me excited to start my day is coffee…so sue me💁🏻 But! What I’ll do is make my coffee and have that, but sip water on the side – at least large glasses before 9am! I’m always thirsty anyway (LA is *dry*), so it’s not like it’s hard, but I also think it just gets your body in gear for day.
I make a smoothie packed with the goods. You guys I swear by these – a smoothie is hands down the easiest way to get a load of nutrients that also taste like dessert. I try to keep the amount of fruit to 1/2 cup or less and pro tip: frozen bananas make smoothies extra creamy! I also like to add in spinach, a mix of almond mix and water, protein powder, and the Probiogen Smoothie Booster with probiotics and the equivalent of an entire multivitamin. It contains 20 vitamins and minerals plus probiotics for digestive health – which I think we could all use help with!
I take a probiotic. Lucky for me, the Probiogen Smoothie Booster already has probiotics in it, but if I don’t have a smoothie for some reason, or am traveling (which I have been a LOT), it’s much easier to just take capsules. I won’t travel anywhere without them and when I’m home, I just keep them right next to the coffee maker so I’m always reminded to take them!
I plan out my day and prioritize deliverables. This is my last step before sitting down to really start the work day and it does wonders! I swear by a planner and written out list of to-do’s, and start with the ones that are due first. Some people like to use Google Calendar or different apps, but I love manually checking off what I’ve accomplished! Such a Virgo over here😂
And that pretty sums up my mornings! And if for some reason I forget to take my probiotics first thing, I just try to take them at some point in the day. I think one of the reasons I love Probiogen so much is because having that powder to put in my smoothies makes all of that nutrition so much easier to remember since it’s all in one! You can find their products on their website, as well as at retailers like GNC and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
What about you, do you take a probiotic?
This post is sponsored by Probiogen, but all images & opinions are my own.
I LOVE Fridays you guys. I know not everyone’s jobs are like this, but for me, most of my client work gets done by Thursday (not always, but usually) so Fridays I get to focus on blogging/recipe creation. It’s my happy time!
But before I really dive into my day, I just wanted to share some Friday Finds with you since it’s been a minute! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:
Blueberry Maple Oat Cups – Soooo admittedly this is my recipe and I fully planned on doing an actual blog post for it, but time got the best of me and I ended up just sharing it on Instagram🙈 If you’re not an IG user, you can just screenshot the recipe on your phone – so sorry if that’s annoying!
5-Minute Express Butt & Thighs Workout – You guys, Erica is my GIRL. I’ve known her for 7 years now and she’s not only an angel, but her workouts are killer and FUN. I love that this one is only 5 minutes, it’s perfect for a lazy day or finishing off some cardio!
A friend told me that July felt like it both FLEW by but also lasted 10 years…I think that’s pretty accurate.
I’m super ready for it to be August, partially because it’s my birthday month (helloooo 30!) and partially because I’m heading back to the east coast at the end of it!
I’ve been wanting to switch up the way I do my monthly favorites for a bit now (remember when I tried the video thing? Did anyone like that?), so we’re trying something new today. Here are some things that I’ve been eating/using/doing on repeat, so I guess you could just call them my favorites😂
Breakfast on repeat… Green smoothies, yogurt bowls, and Alpen muesli – all day, everyday baby👏🏻 I’ve been adding in either Nuzest Protein (code DFD15 to save moolah), or LivWell Coconut Protein to my smoothies. Both are vegan! For the muesli, I just add almond milk and then top it with fruit/coconut.
Self-care routine… I’m thinking I might do a more in-depth blog post on this, but lately I’ve been keeping things simple – having a dance in the party in the shower with good music, a candle and using my favorite body lotion from Nécessaire afterwards (code JORDAN10 to save $$). I’ve also been watching a fair amount of TV, but also reading. I think both are okay😊
Show I’m binge-watching…The Bold Type (although I just caught up😥), Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things (well we already watched that one, but I honestly might watch it again), and Euphoria. UGH please watch Euphoria it’s unreal and I have the biggest girl crush on Zendaya.
Must-have home product… because #puppymom😂 Branch Basics sent me their incredible green cleaning products and they’ve been a godsend since Ovi licks everything and we’ve been cleaning our floors/doing a TON of laundry! They essentially have one multi-purpose cleaner concentrate that you mix with water – so convenient!
Song I’m overplaying… Still not over Beyoncé’s Homecoming album #sorrynotsorry, the new Lion King soundtrack and lots of country music, specifically Kelsea Ballerini! Country makes me think of summer, is that weird? Also I’m fully aware of how different those two artists are😂
What about you guys? What have you been loving lately?
Okay so this life update is a couple of weeks old and most of you probably already know by now, but…
I have a puppy!!!! And his name is Ovi and he’s the best boy ever😊 He’s almost 10 weeks old now and he’s a black bi Aussiedoodle!! He was actually the runt of the litter too, so hopefully he’ll be in the 27-32 pound range. I just need to be able to travel with him so I can take him home for holidays!
He’s seriously the sweetest, so smart and so full of life. He’s a snuggle bug and I love him so much. If you’re obsessed with dogs (like me), you can follow him on Instagram because I’m a crazy pup mom and made him his own😂 It’s @ovithefloof
Other than that, I’ve just been trying to get ahead on work since we go to Hawaii TOMORROW! We’re somewhat irresponsible dog parents leaving our baby so soon, but we didn’t know we were going to have him obviously. Thank goodness for sweet friends who are going to watch him while we’re away!
And now, onto Friday Finds before I head back out of town because this summer is non freakin’ stop…
Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie – So many of my favorite flavors in here! I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every single day and this is a good way to get that caffeine fix without the extra mug🙌🏻
Señorita Ab Routine – Maddie is one of my favorite YouTubers and I LOVE her workouts! She’s being doing workouts set to songs, which is fun since they go right with the beat of the music and only last a few minutes😅
A Budget You Can Actually Stick To – THIS. I work on my budgeting almost every couple of weeks (just because the nature of my work is all over the place) and I love the way this article breaks it down in a tangible way!