January Favorites

Happy Weekend and Happy February!!

Everyone seems to think January felt like it was 8,000 days long except for me🙈 I swear the month flew by just as quickly as they always do!!

It was a wonderful, busy and beautiful month, but I’m so ready for the next one (especially because I’ll be traveling for most of it!). But before we move on, I just want to share some of my favorites since it’s been a hot minute! I’ve been loving SO many products from food to fitness and clothing to makeup, but here are the few that really made the cut.

Simple Seed Loaf – I so wish I could share the recipe for this with you guys, but it’s not mine to share! I tried it from the Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul book by one of the co-founders of Local Juicery in Arizona and it is INCREDIBLE. Super clean ingredients and just a touch of sweetness with the perfect texture. I topped that one up there with Fourth & Heart’s Coffee Chocti, pb and homemade raspberry chia jam.

Karma Bites Chocolate Brownie Vitality Bar – When this company reached out to me in December, I didn’t know what to expect because I’m the bar QUEEN but they’re not all great, y’know? These on the other hand, are GREAT. I’m obsessed. I love that they do like half bar sizes too – nice for just a lil somethin’ somethin’!

GroundUp PDX Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Nut Butter – Never has anything been so hard NOT to devour with a spoon in one go. I’m legit obsessed with this company (female-founded and they employ women overcoming adversity) and their nut butter is insane. Also highly recommend the Salted Eggnog if it’s still in stock from the holidays!

Real Good Foods Cauliflower Pizza – My go-to dinner after insanely busy days! I love the size and taste – delicoius and perfect for one! I trust this brand because they use high quality ingredients and are actually nutritious!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – I can’t tell you how many people I heard rave about this on YouTube, so I finally splurged during a Sephora sale and I’m SO glad I did. The effects are almost immediate, it’s clear so you don’t have to worry about staining your stuff, and you only need a drop or two at a time so it LASTS.

Lancome Cils Booster + Benefit Roller Lash – This duo you guys omggggg the BEST. I originally tried that booster from a Sephora reward and never thought much of it, but I’ve recently been using it a lot and then topping it with Roller Lash (or any of my other favorite mascaras!). It’s just such a good combo, I swear I’m obsessed with anything from Benefit.

Athleta Conscious Crop & Stash Pocket Shorts – Believe me when I tell you I’ve only had this outfit since Monday and have already worn it twice. I have that crop top in 3 different colors (love the high neck!) and took a chance on the biker shorts, but I’m SO glad I did. They’re the perfect flattering and soft fabric and they stay up during workouts, I tried!

And that’s all she wrote, folks!! Hope you find something valuable in here 🙂 Let me know some of your monthly favorites below so I can try them, too!

xo Jordan

January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

Holy smokes, is it the end of January already?!

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I’ve heard so many people saying that this month has totally dragged on for them, but for me it actually went by kind of quickly! Lots of movement, lots of change. It’s been exciting and stressful and interesting! Promise I will share more details very, very soon😉

This month was full of trying new products in everything from my diet to my beauty regimen and my fitness routine. I found some reallyyyyyy awesome things that have really helped me stay on track with my goals across the board and I know you’ll love them, too! Some of these items were gifts from the holidays, and some I just came across, but everything is linked so that you can find them. And now, in no particular order, my January favorites!…

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Food:

Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Crackers – After seeing Simple Mills products alllll over my Insta-feed, I finally got my hands on some of these bad boys (they were on sale at Sprouts, #BlessUp). The big draw is that these are gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free, although y’all know I’m not actually restrictive with my diet. I will say though that there’s just more nutritional value to crackers made with almond flour and honestly these crackers are just REALLY good. I ate the whole box in an hour, so that should tell you something😅

Trader Joe’s Soyrizo – GUYS. guys. Ok so I saw these written up somewhere as one of Trader Joe’s best selling products of 2017, so I decided to try using them in homemade burrito bowls for dinner one night. Full disclosure – I actually didn’t even tell my boyfriend it was vegan, and he totally loved it. The flavor is insane! And it’s really easy to make, too. I can’t wait to get it again and maybe at it to a scramble or some nachos!!

Fitness Bread – If I had to pick one thing from January that I was obsessed with, it would be this bread (pictured above as the avocado toast!). It’s by a German brand called Mestemacher and I remember my mom eating this when I was little. It’s made of rye flour, wheat germ, and oat fiber making it cholesterol free and high fiber. Each piece is thinly sliced, pretty dense, and a bit nutty. Aside from the fact that it’s got more nutritional value than many other breads, I seriously just think it tastes amazing. I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers talking about gg crackers, and I’m not sure what the consistency of those is, but these are sooooo much cheaper. I found mine at Sprouts for like $4, but I’ve linked them here on Amazon too in case you don’t have one of those near you! I hiiiiighly recommend making your avocado toast with this. You can thank me later…

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Wellness:

Garden of Life Women’s Multivitamin Gummies – If you saw my vlog, you’ll know that I take these every👏single👏day👏 I am obsessed. They taste really good, and are kind of like a little sweet treat, so that’s most likely why I like them so much #LetsBeReal…but they’re also filled with all kind of nutrients we need and may not be getting from our food. I’ve mentioned Garden of Life on my blog before, but I seriously love this brand. They make high quality proteins, supplements and bars and everything is vegan, which is always a plus!

Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies – Another one I mentioned in the blog, I’ve been taking these gummies for years. My nails are super brittle for some reason so I’ll take these in addition to the mulitivitamin above. Since the multivitamin I take contains 100% of the suggested daily value, and two of the Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies is like 1000%, I’ll just take one. That way I’m getting extra biotin without causing my body to overproduce oil (hellooooo breakouts). Just check whichever vitamins you take to see the percentage, but make sure you get enough biotin without it being too much!

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Fitness:

Booty Bands – My brother bought me these for Christmas after I kept seeing booty band workouts on YouTube and I’m in LOVE. These are so great for glute activation before a workout, or even just a booty band workout in itself! I’m really trying to work on my tush before summer (it’s one of those areas I’m just overly self-conscious about for no reason) so having the bands for extra resistance allows me to work them a bit harder. I promise I’ll put a workout with these up soon! Don’t let me forget…

Ab Gliders – So these were also part of that same holiday gift, and I also think they’re an essential for any home gym! You can put your feet or hands on them, and they work on any kind of floor since they just slide along. If you’ve ever used a pilates reformer, it’s kind of the same sensation in that you really have to engage your muscles so that you’re not just sliding all over the place. These prove that you don’t need any fancy equipment to work your core (or anything) else, though!

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Beauty:

OleHenriksen Banana Bright Undereye Cream – Full transparency on this one, I received this as a free sample so I didn’t necessarily have high hopes, but I am looooooving this cream. I’m not sure if it really brightens the undereye so much as makes it hydrated and smooth, so it’s a perfect base for concealer (a must for actually looking like I get enough sleep!).  I think my favorite part of this product is just the fact that it makes me feel like I have a real skincare routine now – something I never had before and feel is increasingly necessary as I get older! It has vitamin c in it, which is apparently very good for the skin, so I’ll take it!

Aesop Hand Cream – This was a gift from my coworker and oh MAN does it make me feel fancy! I know this one isn’t cheap, so I’m extra thankful it was given to me (thanks Shane!) because it is sooo luxurious. If you read my post on my focus words for 2018, you know I’m trying to focus more on loving myself, which essentially means splurging on the things that make me feel good. Bath and body products are 100% included in this because can you honestly tell me anything better than a hot shower at the end of the day that makes you feel like you’re at a spa? So yeah, putting this hand cream on after that shower makes me feel like a straight up QUEEN and I highly recommend it!

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser – I don’t know about you, but I have been maaaaajorly struggling with my skin these days. I wouldn’t call it adult acne necessarily, but it’s not that far off and as someone who didn’t really have acne before, it makes me super frustrated and self-conscious. I’ve tried a ton of cleansers in the last year and the only one that seems to make my skin feel really clear is this one. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and love it so much. It’s slightly more expensive than other cleansers, but definitely cheaper than many and it comes in a huge bottle. I think it’s SO worth it if you’re having trouble finding something that works for you!

Well, that’s all for January! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything this month that you’re loving – always on the hunt for cool stuff😉

Cheers to a wonderful February ahead!

xo Jordan