Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan

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

Friday Finds

If I told you I forgot which day it was at least 5 times this week, I would not be lying😂

Friday Finds | Dancing for Donuts

I suppose that always happens after travel, though! This week has been super busy but also productive, and for those two things I’m grateful😊 It’s just been so gloomy here in LA and I’m ready for some sun! What’s the weather like where you live?

We do have some fun plans this weekend like going to a Dodgers game, plus I’m helping my friend Erica shoot fitness videos for her YouTube, so that should be awesome!! I’ve been so nostalgic for my dance days, so anything I can do to bring me back to that feeling is always nice.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week!

Everything Parmesan Crisps – Yep, 100% making these and putting them on top of every salad forever.

5 Easy Ways to Help Yourself Focus – Can’t honestly name a day when I DON’T need these tips😅 I think the hardest part of my job now is keeping track of 4 thousand things and I need all the organizational/time management tips I can get.

No-Bake Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Low key could care less about these being keto, but the ingredients are AWESOME and I’m always looking for healthier versions of sweet treats!

What I Eat to Stay Sharp & Energized During 12 Hour Days – I actually found this article to be more helpful in how she structures her day rather than what she eats specifically, but there are some great tips in here!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Collagen Stars – Okay this admittedly not a find, it’s just my Instagram post from yesterday, but this recipe is SO good and I swear you guys, these tastes like those fancy $5 low-sugar chocolate bars at the grocery store. They also take 2 seconds to make😊

30-Minute Cardio + Barre Toning Workout – My friend Aubre is actually the one teaching in this and I just took her class yesterday here in LA! She’s amazing and this is such a great workout to do at home!!

Productivity Tips That Will Make Your Life Better – from the QUEEN of productivity. Lauryn Evarts always has the best tips for hustling boss babes, and I love Dr. Mona Vand, too!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an amazing weekend!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hello and Happy Friday!! I am VERY happy the weekend is here😊

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I know I sort of had a short week because of Texas, but the truth about having your own business is that you don’t actually get to take days off… which means that for the days you SLACK off, you end up just having to catch up HARD afterwards😅

That being said, I know that being busy is a blessing, so I will stop complaining! Besides, I’m gearing up for a weekend of fun with friends and family, and I hope you are too, whether you’re celebrating Passover, Easter, or hey, just life in general!

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

18 Trader Joe’s Products Always in Our Freezers – Ugh, TJ’s for LIFE. I definitely haven’t tried some of these before so I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon…

Salted Citrus Bars – WHAT. EVEN. I actually used to not be a fan of citrus-y desserts but lately I’ve been all about lemon and orange flavored treats!

30 Minute Dance Workout with Aubre Winters – You guys Aubre is legit one of my favorite teachers in LA, PLUS she used to be a dancer. I’m low key freaking out that I can do one of her workouts at home now!

The Things You Should Invest in During Your 30’s – Maybe you’re in your 30’s (or almost like me!), maybe you’re not, but I still think advice like this is valuable! Plus Jacey is quite possibly the classiest woman alive, so that helps.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Arrowroot Powder – I admittedly bought a bag of this for gluten-free recipes but had no idea what it is…until now!😂

How to Make a Healthy Dressing to Put on All the Things – Well this sounds AMAZING.

That’s all for today – time to get back to the to-do list!! Have a great one❤️

xo Jordan

Friday Finds ( + Pics from Joshua Tree/Palm Springs!)

Hey y’all and Happy Friday!

Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts

I know I kind of disappeared this week, so I apologize for that! We went away last weekend to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree and I wanted to do a re-cap post, but I’ve kind of just been low energy. Anyone else have a cold that literally likes to stick around for weeks?! I mean, maybe it’s allergies…who knows.

Anyway! I wanted to share some of the photos from last weekend because it really was so beautiful! I was with my boyfriend and some of his family😊

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Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts
Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts
Joshua Tree + Palm Springs | Dancing for Donuts

If you ever need recs for Palm Springs, I’ve got a blog post here all about it! And now, back to regularly scheduled program. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Cashew Shrimp and Mango Stir Fry – I really hate to admit this, but I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut. Working from home, I end up being lazy and snacking a ton or eating the same thing every day. I want to make this dish ASAP though, hopefully it’ll help me remember that real meals are better than green smoothies and granola bowls all the time😅

The $9 Trader Joe’s Moisturizer That’s a Dupe for La Mer – PSA YOU’RE WELCOME. But actually, don’t thank me, thank Well + Good…

5 Cheap & Easy Meals that Start With A Bag of Meatballs – ‘Cause we’re all about the cheap and easy meals over here👏🏻👏🏻

37 Favorite Places to Eat & Drink in Los Angeles – I know most of you probably don’t live here, but this is such an epic list even for a visit!! I want to start putting more of my LA favorites together for you, too.

Honey Lemon Bars – I swear everything this woman creates is solid gold. I can’t wait to make these, they just look like spring in a dessert🍋

Hope you have a wonderful weekend – it’s going to be SO hot here in LA, I don’t know if I’m ready for it…but if you’re in colder weather, I hope the sun comes out for ya!

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😊

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

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🙌🏻

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

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

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

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😍

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

Friday Finds

What a WEEK, am I right?

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Wearing Fabletics

Instagram went down for over 24 hours, I caught a pretty awful cold out of nowhere, and couldn’t get used to Daylight Savings time, but hey, we made it to Friday so it’s all good!😂

I’m actually super excited for this weekend because my best friend comes into town TONIGHT and we’ll be celebrating her 30th birthday. We’ll be exploring a bit of LA, but also heading down to Orange County! It’s always fun when people are in town (I had guests last week, too) because it gives an excuse to explore your own city😍

I’ll be sure to do a full recap for you next week, but until then, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Why I Think Blogging Is Here To Stay – You guys. Instagram AND Facebook went down this week (they’re actually down as I’m writing this…) and I’ve never believed in this more. Not to mention that blogs have always been my favorite to both read and write!

Herb-y Kale Omelette with Manchego – Because we all deserve an elevated brunch experience at home in our pj’s🙌🏻

Ab-Quaking Resistance Band Workout – I’ve literally had the same ab workout since I was 13 (what can I say, it works!), but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up! And what CAN’T resistance bands do, honestly?

14 Best Gluten-Free Pasta Options – I’m not gluten free, but I will say that these gluten-based pasta alternatives are not only less inflammatory but way more nutritious. I know I talk about it on here a lot, but Banza is one of my faves!

The Ivy Lee Method for Productivity – I’ve honestly been having much more trouble focusing than I thought I would now that I work from home/for myself! I’m definitely going to be trying this next week.

Everything But the Bagel Crackers – These almost sound too good to be true😍

Well, that’s all I have for this week! I’m off to pilates for a midday workout, then banging out some more work before my bff gets here! Have a great weekend, y’all!

xo Jordan

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During My Busiest Work Week of My Year

Hey guys!! I’m back in business after one crazy work week!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

In case you aren’t in the food world, last week was Natural Products Expo (or Expo West) here in SoCal from Wednesday to Saturday! Expo West is basically the biggest food trade show in the country and it connects thousands of food brands with hundreds of thousands of people. This was my first year attending and I not only went for myself as a blogger/social media consultant, but also to help one of my clients at her booth.

I ended driving back and forth each day from LA to the show in Anaheim (which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to anyone working the show now that I look back on it😅). It was a ton of sititng in the car, mixed with standing, talking, eating, and walking, and I can’t tell you how exhausted I was after just the first day, let alone the third!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

More importantly though, I really didn’t have time to cook, which is actually SUPER important because Expo is essentially just thousands of snacks consumed in a very short time period😂 It’s for this reason that I decided to spring for Territory Foods last week, my favorite meal delivery service! If you guys remember, I ordered from them once before over the summer after coming back from a vacation.

Sometimes it can seem like meal delivery services are expensive, and they are pricier than cooking at home, but sometimes convenience just has to win! I really did not want to sacrifice my health any more than I had to last week, so being able to just open the fridge and have clean meals ready for me in the morning and at night was KEY. And when it comes down to it, it really is cheaper than ordering in/out!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

The process is insanely easy with Territory Foods. I know there are a ton of meal delivery services out there, but here’s why I love Territory in particular:

  • They have meals for every diet and you can easily search by vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, or gluten free
  • The work with local nutritionists and chefs
  • Everything is sustainably sourced
  • I can have meals delivered twice during the week so I know it’s extremely fresh
  • The menu changes all the time and there’s a ton of variety!
  • The ingredients and nutrition facts are listed right on the package and everything is perfectly portioned (there are two portion size options!)
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

I remember being blown away by Territory’s meals last year, but for some reason they seemed even more delicious this time around! Some of my favorite meals were:

  • Brunch in a Bowl (with Chicken Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Beets, Kale & Sweet Potato)
  • Vegan Chile with Cilantro & Tortilla Crisps
  • Salmon Cakes with Pesto & Apple Fennel Slaw
  • Breakfast Sausage Patties with Sautéed Veggies & Aioli
  • Harvest Spice Muffins with Baked Apples
  • Orange Cakes with Mint Melon Salad
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

So all in all, I have to just give a quick shoutout to Territory Foods for pretty much saving my life and my stomach last week! Starting my day off with a solid breakfast (sometimes eaten in the car or behind the booth I worked at😅) and ending it with a nutritious meal after hours of snacking was all I could ask for! And if you guys have never tried a meal delivery service before, I’d highly recommend Territory over anything else – it’s so beyond worth it!

Hope you all are having a great week so far and thanks for reading!!

xo Jordan

February Favorites

You guys it’s already almost March and I literally just realized I never even did a January Favorites roundup…THAT’S how quickly time is passing😮

That being said, it’s been an incredibly exciting month filled with change (#entrepreneurlife), events (because that life also requires lots of networking), and fun, too! In fact, I’m actually in Colorado right now for our annual family ski trip, and have been to both Ojai and the Santa Ynez Valley in the past couple of weeks, so fun might be an understatement…

Since I’m technically rounding up my favorites from the last two months instead of just one, I can tell you that the products listed below are for real some of the foods or things I enjoy on a regular basis after having had time to really evaluate what got to make the cut😉

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Banza Chickpea Rice – You guys this RICE holy crap. It’s made out of chickpeas…like WHAT?! HOW. It tastes like orzo and only takes about 6 minutes to make, plus it has 11g of protein and 5g of fiber. I turned mine into “fried rice” by sautéeing garlic and ginger, then adding shitake mushrooms, carrots, coconut aminos, avocado and TJ’s ETBT seasoning!

Ona Cookies – When I tell you guys that I try a lot of little healthy treats/bars, I mean a LOT. I haven’t fallen in love with a snack like these Ona Cookies in quite some time and it’s safe to say that I’m full on hooked. They’re gluten-free and kind of taste like macaroons, but so much better and the flavors are to die for. I think the Coconut Shortbread is my favorite!

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Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi – Listen. I would be straight up lying to you if I said I didn’t have this at least twice a week for dinner. Maybe three times…it’s just THAT good and that easy! I usually sauté mine in a pan with ghee and spinach, add in a tablespoon or two of pesto, and some parmesan. Well, that or my vegan mac and cheese sauce!

Elmhurst 1925 Plant Based Milks – I know everyone and their mother makes nut milks now, but I recently tried Elmhurst 1925 and was blown away. First of all, the ingredients are always just the nut (or oat) plus water, that’s IT. And lemme tell ya, next time you’re grocery shopping just take a look at the nutrition label on your almond milk. I can almost guarantee you’ll see a longer list of ingredients! These milks are also nice and creamy, especially when you froth them before pouring in your hot coffee😍

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites

Lavva Plant Based Yogurt – Okay I’ve clearly formed many obsessions this month because I swear to you I could survive off this stuff. I’ve tried a ton of different non-dairy yogurts and truly have hated them all…until now!! Lavva is thicker than any others I’ve tried (they’re usually so soup-y!) and the flavors are incredible. I also love that there’s no added sugar!

Mad Fit YouTube Workouts – What’s that you say, you didn’t know about my YouTube obsession? Yep, welcome to my life folks. I don’t even watch tv anymore really😂 One of my favorite things about the platform though is access to free workouts!! Mad Fit posts all kinds of amazing workouts that vary in time and work all different parts of the body. They’re home-workout friendly and require little to no equipment, too!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites

Osso Good Bones Signature Bone Broth – So it’s come to my attention that not many people know what bone broth is! I think I must just live in an LA bubble because I feel like everyone I know is drinking this stuff – it’s insanely high in protein and nutrients, but fairly low in calories (not that I’m counting, but y’know!). And more importantly, it’s amazing for gut health! If you want to hear more about it, and why I love Osso Good Bones so much, you can watch my YT video from my broth cleanse!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites

True & Co. Bras – Okay I know this isn’t for everyone, just my ladies, but I had to share it with you. I’ve been searching high and freakin’ LOW for a solid strapless bra that doesn’t dig into me or fall down, and I’ve finally found a winner. I actually might be even more obsessed with the True Body Seamless V Neck Bra, which I was definitely not expecting. It seemed a little grandma-y when I first got it and now that I’ve worn it for the past 5 days, I can confirm that it is straight up seamless magic.

WHEW, sorry that was a long one! I wish I could add at least 5 more things, but those might have to wait since I know you probably have a zillion things you have to do today.

Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have time, please let me know in the comments some of the things you’ve been loving lately!

xo Jordan