DFD Gift Guide: Under $75

Hi and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!!

Dancing for Donuts | Under $75 Gift Guide

I’m about to check out for the rest of the holiday weekend, but before I go, I wanted to share my gift guide for this year in time for Black Friday and all of the other crazy sales going on right now! I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously hoping to get allllll of my holiday shopping done this weekend. There are so many awesome gifts up there ^ that range in price points, so if you’re a #BabeOnABudget looking to treat another #BabeOnABudget (or yourself…or anyone else really…) I’d like to think of this gift guide under $75 as a good place to start 🙂

1. Snow Day Pajamas: Soooo I am kind of obsessed with pajamas, anyone else? No? …just me then? cool. Well, I saw these at Nordstrom and had to check them out. They are THE softest and so stinkin’ cute. I feel like pajamas are a great gift too, because you don’t have to worry about the perfect sizing (sometimes big/baggy is good!) and everyone could use ’em!

2. The Five-Minute Journal: If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll know that this is definitely something I want to start using…most likely in 2018 since things are a little cray cray until then, y’know? I’ve heard such incredible things about journals like this – they promote positive thinking, goal-setting, and gratitude. Who doesn’t want more of that in their life?!

3. Knit Eye Mask: Another gift that would be cute. as. a. BUTTON. I also felt this little thing when I was checking out those pajamas ^ and if I didn’t already have a sleep mask, I would 100% buy this for myself (…or someone else because that’s what gift guides are for, right?). I truly believe that blocking out the light makes for a much better night’s sleep and giving the gift of sleep to someone might be the best thing you could give, tbh.

4. Corduroy Baseball Cap: How CUTE is this?! Baseball hats are super in right now and I am IN because hellooooo bad hair days and yet somehow hats make you look more put together. That’s a win-win in my book. I think this would be the perfect gift for a girlfriend or even like, your mom, y’know? If I thought mine wasn’t reading this right now, I’d probably order her one actually…

5. Donut Pan: Y’all. This blog is about donuts. That means that if you’re reading and don’t have a donut pan, or know someone that doesn’t, do them (or you) a massive favor and get on that stat. Food is more fun when it’s in the shape of a donut #letsbereal and you can essentially use this with any muffin recipe. It just looks more fancy 😉

6. Teapot Infuser: Tea is the ultimate wellness girl (or guy) beverage and a gorgeous teapot would make the perfect gift. If you paired this cute little thing with a box of seasonal cozy tea, that would be SO cute for anyone, even a coworker or something!

7. 52 Lists for Happiness Book: So a friend of mine gave me the original “52 Lists” book as a gift last spring when I was having a rough month, and it has legitimately been my favorite thing. I love going into this journal/book when I’m in need of some inspiration, a pick me up, or just taking a moment for self care because it’s super inspirational and instantly lifts my mood. Highlyyyyy recommend!!

8. Zella Ankle Leggings: So admittedly I don’t own a pair of Zella leggings, but I’ve felt them and heard sooooo many people rave about them. Like where else are you going to find gorgeous, squat-proof leggings for less than $95 these days?! I think the price point on these is stellar and the colors are super cute for a workout, or even just athleisure-ing around!

9. The Pretty Dish Cookbook: I’ve been following Jessica Merchant’s blog for probably 7 years now and am obsessed with every single thing she makes…not to mention her food photos are UNREAL. I think cookbooks are such a great gift to give to foodies and this one is packed with healthy, beautiful recipes!

10. Glitter Bomb Pink Stardust Water Bottle: This one’s for all you fitnessistas out there (and their friends) because a solid water bottle is a must for a complete gym bag! This one has to be the prettiest I’ve found in ages (that also doesn’t cost $45), and would be such a great add-on gift. If you’re going for a fitness theme, pair this with a yoga mat, pretty sports bra, or little gym bag and you’ll have a gift I am very, very jealous of.

11. No Drama Club Mug: I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t just order this mug today. I’m THE biggest fan of anything ban.do makes and this message/design just makes me smile. This would be the perfect gift for the cool-girl in your life – fill it with a bag of coffee beans or a super soft pair of socks for a super cute gift!

Alright my babes, that’s all for today. I’ve gotta get myself packed up and ready for a red-eye tonight 😉 I hope you have the most incredible Thanksgiving and if I haven’t told you lately, I am so beyond grateful to you for reading!! <3

xo Jordan

What’s on My Thanksgiving Menu

Hey y’all! Can you believe how quickly Thanksgiving (and all of the other holidays!) are sneaking up on us?!

I wanted to share with you what I’m planning on making this year since I’ve seen SO many epic recipes out there!! I’m hoping we have a balanced mix of veggies and healthy sides, but also indulgent comfort foods because hey, ’tis the season. Everything in moderation, right?😉

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Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls – I made these over a week ago and am still thinking about them, that’s how good they are!!! Doughy, buttery, and not overly sweet but SO delicious. They’d be the perfect mid-morning snack while everyone is busy cooking, or as a nice post-dinner treat! If you’d like, you can grab a coupon for $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. dough here! It’s seriously out of this world.

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Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes – If there’s one blog I consistently go back to for easy and delicious recipes, it’s Gina’s. Like HOW creamy do these look?! I can’t even deal.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette – Like I said, I’m a big fan of mixing the heavy stuff with some greens, too! Besides, with all the heavy foods, I always find myself craving a salad of some kind. This recipe is an oldie of mine, but a goody nonetheless. I love the parmesan and pecans, but the dressing is the standout on this one for sure!

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Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey – Wanna hear something crazy? I used to HATE turkey. Like I would load up on sides but not actually eat the turkey…and I wasn’t a vegetarian. What was I thinking?! I think this recipe is a winner because it sounds pretty simple but super flavorful. Doesn’t it look amazing??

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Vanilla Bean Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Have I told you about my sweet potato obsession yet? Because I truly am addicted, just ask my boyfriend. I think this dish might be the one I’m most looking forward to because it adds just the right amount of sweetness to the Thanksgiving plate, you know? And I love that this recipe has the vanilla bean in it to spruce things up a bit. Plus sweet potatoes are heart healthy, guys. Totally okay to have a second helping… 🙂

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Simple + Easy Cranberry Sauce – Look. You can’t have turkey without cranberry sauce, that’s just a fact. I’m actually not much of a gravy person (so sue me) but cranberry sauce I go IN on. The Kitchn (one of the best cooking resources out there) breaks it down so that you literally cannot mess it up. So helpful!!

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Apple & Hazelnut Vegan Stuffing – So like, you obviously have to have the Pepperidge Farms boxed stuffing because DUH, but also let’s be a little gourmet here and make something classy. The flavors in this stuffing are legit screaminggggg fall to me and also it’s vegan so 1) great for anyone at the table with diet restrictions and also 2) hey let’s get some real nutrients in us, yeah?

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Chocolate Honey Pecan Pie – I’m not gonna lie to you, we will most likely have a pumpkin pie (in addition to our pumpkin pie crescent rolls of course!) but I think it’s nice to have some other flavors in the mix. Pecan pie is always a classic and crowd pleaser, but this chocolate-y twist is a fun variation. The ingredients in this recipe aren’t terrible either, so you can dig in without feeling like you’re over-indulging!

Now I wanna know – what’s on your Thanksgiving menu? Where will you be spending the holiday? With loved ones, I hope 🙂

xo Jordan

Kauai Travel Guide.

Happy Humpday, friends!

I know it’s been a minute, I’ve just been easing back into things after my incredible trip to Kauai, Hawaii. It’s hard to think that just a week ago I was sitting on the beach eating fresh fruit and looking out at crystal waters when LA has been so chilly and rainy lately! Though I don’t totally mind it, I do miss waking up in the gorgeous Garden Isle and planning adventures to see it all. I’m counting the days until I can go back and I hope someday you get to go, as well! Keep reading for some of my favorite spots & highlights from my trip 🙂

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Where to Eat:

Jojo’s Shave Ice (Hanalei) – For shave ice the size of your face, aka a classic Hawaiian treat, you’ll have to come to Jojo’s. Their syrups are all-natural and homemade (legitimately) and the shave ice is so finely shaved it almost tastes like ice cream. Speaking of, make 100% sure you get the macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. You can thank me later.

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Savage Shrimp (Koloa) – Guys. You have to come here. The garlic shrimp is an absolute must plus the Aloha Shrimp with coconut rice – my advice? Get both and split ’em. You won’t regret it!

Hanalei Bread Co. (Hanalei) – Do yourself a favor and come here for the most delicious Coconut Iced Coffee you’ll ever have. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. The food & pastries also look amazing, though I didn’t get a chance to try them!

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Monico’s Taqueria (Wailua) – If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned mexican food, come to Monico’s. We sat at the bar and had the garlic shrimp quesadilla and tacos before our flight home and it was so good. The service was phenomenal too, you can tell the locals come here!

Kilauea Fish Market (Kilauea) – Two words: Ahi. Burrito. We split one of those and one of their famous ahi wraps on our first day and I couldn’t have been happier. These are so worth the price and are also the size of texas, so come hungry!

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What to Do:

Hike the Na Pali Coast to Hanakapi’ai Falls – A hike through the jungle in the rainiest place on earth? Sign me up. This 8 mile roundtrip hike was quite possibly my favorite thing of our entire trip. I can’t even begin to describe how lush the coast is, how blue the water is, or how beautiful the views are. If 8 miles sounds daunting (though I will say the waterfall at the end is the best reward anyone could ask for), cut it in half and do 2 miles down to the beach and 2 back.

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Waimea Canyon – Whether you hike or not, this unbelievable “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is not to be missed. We did a hike down to Waipo’o Falls, which admittedly kind of kicked my butt, but it honestly didn’t take that long and the views are so, so worth it. Just be wary of stepping too close to the edge!!

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Kilauea Lighthouse – This gorgeous spot on the north shore is also a wildlife refuge. You can see Hawaiian birds in their natural habitat and look out over the turquoise waters of the Pacific and Kauai coast. Keep an eye out for whales – we saw 2!

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Hanalei Farmer’s Market – The fruit and vegetables on Kauai are incredibly delicious and exotic. Though you can get them at the grocery stores, I recommend going to any one of the markets on Kauai (they have them every single day somewhere on the island except for Sundays!). Some of my favorite things to buy – Sarah’s Tropical Granola, taro chips, apple bananas, fresh juices, passion fruit, passion fruit, zapote (these are my new favorite!) and papaya.

Spouting Horn – This is an awesome spot pretty close to Waimea Canyon where you can stop to see the blowhole where water comes up through a natural lava tube. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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Queens Bath – This was one of my favorite spots on the entire island. Located in Princeville, it’s just a short hike down to these volcanic rocks that in the summer create little pools to relax in. The waves were too big to swim while we were there, but you could walk around on the rocks that wrapped around the coast and watch the waves. A bonus? Come for sunset, it’s so beautiful, just leave and hike back up before it gets too dark!

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Beaches to Visit:

Hanalei Bay Beach – This was the beach we went to the most and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From your beach chair you can look out on the Na Pali coast and take in the views that are so gorgeous, it almost looks like a movie set. This is also the perfect spot for surfing since the waves aren’t too big, but if you’re not looking to shred some gnar, dipping in for a swim is pretty perfect, too 🙂

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Shipwreck Beach – Down near Poipu, we visited this one on our way back from Waimea Canyon. Because it’s next to hotels, it’s definitely more crowded, but it’s pretty cool to watch people jump off the giant cliff into the ocean. The waves were also bigger here than other places on the south shore, so it’s a good one for body surfing.

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Tunnels – Another one up on the north shore, this beach is great for snorkeling and a favorite of surfers. You’re at the base of the mountains along the Na Pali coast, which makes it even more epic, but there are also tunnels, or lava tubes, from the underwater caverns that lend themselves to exploring!

Anini Beach – If you’re looking for some good snorkeling, you have to come here! This beach is narrow but super long and super gorgeous. We saw all kinds of fish (including the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a!) and even a sea turtle! The waters here are a bright turquoise and so clear, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat even if you’re not into the snorkeling thing.

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Where to Stay:

I was lucky enough to stay in a condo in Princeville near Hanalei, and I’m so glad I did. Though the resorts are beautiful and tend to be on the south shore where the sun shines a bit more (did you know Kauai is the rainiest place on the planet?!), I think the beauty of this island is that it is less developed than the others. Where Hanalei is on the north shore, it feels more like you’re experiencing Kauai more like a local. I also think the views are a bit better, but I might be partial now! I would also say the a condo or rented apartment is the way to go. There is a ton of fresh fish, vegetables and fruits on the island so cooking homemade meals is an amazing way to taste them!

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Alright y’all, that’s it for now! Hopefully you found this guide helpful if you’re planning your own trip, or even thinking of going to Kauai. Pin this page and return to it later when you’re creating your itinerary 🙂

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Be back soon!

xo Jordan

December Favorites.

Hello!! I hope everyone had a very merry Chrismukkah! I know we sure did – super low key and full of delicious food with family. Just the way I like it 🙂

I’m back with a quick round-up of some of my favorite products from this month. Let me know if you’ve found any awesome new snacks recently, I’m always looking to switch it up!

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Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies – Guys. I’m obsessed with these. I ordered 2 boxes of them on Black Friday and was holding out until the new year to dig in…I can’t WAIT. My favorite flavor is probably the peanut butter, but the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle are awesome, too! A must – microwave them for 10-15 seconds. They’ll taste freshly baked.

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Powdered Peanut Butter – Admittedly, I’m not super brand loyal on this one, primarily because I’m curious what they all taste like, but I’ve been addicted to adding this stuff to my oatmeal and plain greek yogurt. It’s got that yummy nut butter taste and protein, but way less calories and fat. Toss it in a smoothie for some extra flavor, too!

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Mint Black Tea & Candy Cane Green Tea – This is one of the aforementioned seasonal treats, sadly. But! If you can get your hands on a couple of these babies before TJ’s gets rid of them, DO IT. You can thank me later. The Chocolate Mint is unreal and tastes like a peppermint patty, especially with a splash of milk and some stevia. I think it’s new this year, but the Candy Cane I’ve been getting for the past few years. It’s my favorite. Again, splash of milk and touch of sweetness and you’ll think you’re having an actual candy cane…not to mention it’s decaf, so it makes for the perfect cup of tea before bed!

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Iced Gingerbread Clif Bars – So I know Clif Bars sometimes get a bad rap for being super dense and kind of brick-like, but I will say that I absolutely love these when I need a heftier snack. My dad’s been bringing them with us when we go skiing for years because they’re great for longer workouts. The Gingerbread flavor was surprisingly tasty, too. I’ll be buying these again soon!

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David Rio Chai Mix – For a last-minute impulse purchase at World Market, and just in general really, this stuff is awesome. You put 2 tablespoons in hot water and boom! Just as good as a Starbucks latte without the price tag and added sugar. Like the TJ’s tea, it’s also decaf and I’m pretty sure it’s only 60 calories (without the milk, which I highly recommend adding. I usually do about 20% milk, 80% hot water). If you’re at all like me and addicted to hot cocoa, you’ll love this mix when you need to switch it up!

Have a great week, y’all. Can’t believe it’ll be 2017 in just a few days!

xo Jordan