Friday Finds.

Can you believe it’s already Friday?! I know I’ve only been back at work for three days (including today), but they were busy!!

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I’m welcoming a weekend with friends and family, fitness, cooking and cleaning! Here’s what I’ve been reading around the web this week post-vacation…

Creating Healthy Eating Habits – A must for post-vacation detoxing! And just life in general, let’s be honest.

The Grocery List You Need to Keep on Hand for a Healthy Summer – This list is everything. I’m planning on printing it out and keeping it in my wallet  so it’s always handy!!

Crunchy Spiced Cauliflower Tacos with Avo-Lime Dressing – I’ve been trying to eat less meat lately (for no real reason, aside from that plant-based eating is generally better for women!) and this recipe sounds insanely delicious!

10 Slow-Cooker Recipes Light Enough for Summer – Slow-cookers are a working woman’s savior. Love that these aren’t the usual heavy recipes you see around the web!

How to Be a Confident Badass in an Instant – THIS. This. this. this. Go read it now ’cause I’m about to read it for the 5th time.

The Power of Intention – Such an interesting read from the folks over at Free People (aka my favorite brand of life). I’m definitely working on focusing more on meditation and mindfulness these days!

What have you been reading lately?! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!!!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Wait, it’s Friday already?!

This week absolutely flew by for me, and I ain’t mad about it. I had two super fun fitness events this week after crazy busy days at work, so that might have something to do with it! It’s safe to say I’m happy it’s the weekend, though 🙂

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Here’s what I’ve found across the web this week. Have you come across anything noteworthy? Let me know in the comments!

Matcha Mojitos – WAIT. What?! Give me allllll the matcha!

The Reasons it’s Important to Have Multiple Streams of Income – Yes, yes, YES. I’ve been saying this for years and I’ll continue to do so because this advice is the JAM.

10 Things I Buy from Trader Joe’s for No-Cook Dinners – A must because 1) it’s hot AF rn and spending time in front of a stove or oven is hell. and 2) ain’t nobody got time for that.

4 Insanely Effective Ways to Sharpen Your Focus When You HAVE to Get Sh*t Done – Does anyone else have trouble focusing in the summer?! It’s hard not to think about being at the beach or on vacation when you’re stuck at your desk, y’know?

26 Things to Do This Summer – In case you haven’t gotten a chance to make a summer bucket list yet!

4th of July Chia Pudding – Since it doesn’t hurt to start planning your holiday menu early 😉

 

That’s all for today, friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer weekend!

xo Jordan

The Best Advice My Dad Has Given Me (So Far)…

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dad’s out there!!! 🙂

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And of course I want to give an extra special Father’s Day shout out to MY dad, the wisest and most incredible man I know. I was lucky enough to be on the east coast for Mother’s Day this year, but I so wish I could be there to celebrate with my family again today!!

Growing up, I was so fortunate to have two ridiculously supportive and encouraging parents (sometimes I can’t even believe how lucky I am). And over the years, my dad has given me so, so much advice that has absolutely helped me get to the place and state of mind I am in today. I want to share and write them down, even just for myself so I can remember them always, in hopes that we can all benefit from his wise words!

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1. Don’t forget to have fun. – Want to know who actually encouraged me to go on Spring Break in college and party with my friends? My DAD. And who moved me into a frat house 6 years ago when I first got to LA and had no idea what I was doing or where I wanted to be? Yep, that was my dad. And what about when it’s Friday night and I’ve been invited to a party, but kind of just want to stay home and save money? My dad will tell me to go out, see my friends, and enjoy. Just enjoy life as much as I possibly can. And though it seems counterintuitive for my dad to have to tell me to have fun, I totally need the reminder sometimes 🙂

2. Quality first, then price. – Always a bargain hunter, my dad is constantly doing his research before making a purchase, and he’s taught me to do the same. In all honesty, both of my parents are that way and I attribute my frugality to their example! Just the other day, I was searching for flights to go home for a visit and went with United (my main rewards points program) for one leg, but American for the other since it was so much cheaper. No matter how thrifty I am though, I absolutely refuse to fly Spirit or Frontier not matter how cheap! I know this might be kind of a silly example, but it’s the truth. You can only sacrifice quality so much to save a buck before it’s just not worth the struggle or consequence!

3. If you’re doing all the right things and trying your hardest, that’s all you can do. – Now this one might sound more pessimistic written down than it does when he’s actually saying it out loud in his wise-dad voice, but essentially, if you’re doing the best you can, you kind of have to just leave the rest in the universe’s hands. There’s no point worrying about something you can’t control the outcome of (like after a audition, job interview, or test) and if you tried your hardest, that’s the best thing you could’ve done! Whenever I call my dad freaking out, he usually says this to me and my perspective changes almost instantly. After years of having to repeat it, I’m thankful that he did because it took about 27 years for it to sink in as the truth 🙂

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4. Don’t run yourself down. – This one is quite possibly the most valuable piece of advice I’ve ever been given. As someone who (oddly enough) enjoys packing my schedule to the absolute brim, I for sure need to be reminded of this on the reg. Self care might be all trendy now, but my dad was on top of that trend yearsssss ago! Though he always encourages me to work hard and play hard (y’know, within reason!), he also knows how important it is to rest when you need it.

5. You have to spend money to make money. – Ok this one might actually be my favorite through (saved the best for last)! During my past 6 years in LA, particularly while I was dancing professionally and working about 8 part-time jobs to make ends meet on top of going to business school, I felt like I couldn’t ease up on the purse strings at all whatsoever. But if you’ve ever heard anyone say, “the best investment you can make is in yourself,” believe them. My dad has been reminding me for as long as I can remember that you’re not going to make anything back if you’re not willing to spend money on the things you need to get there. His voice saying “Buy the extra headshots,” “Take the dance class,” “Drive the 2 hours to the audition,” and “Get your Master’s” will forever play on in my head. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and make the investment if you want to make the return. Thanks for keeping me business-minded, dad 🙂

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Well, if you read through all of that I give you credit, but I also hope you really did since I know anyone could use this advice! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

xo jordan

 

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday!!! I know it’s hot in NY & LA today, but wherever you may be today, I hope you get to see some sunshine 🙂

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Why You Shouldn’t Instagram Your Vacation (Yes, Really) – Not saying I’ll never do it again, but ALL THE YES.

11 Daily Habits that Can Lead to Financial Problems – Break that daily Starbucks habit now, y’all.

Hunger Hormones Are a Thing and Yes, You Can Control Them – !!!!! Kelly Leveque is a godsend.

On Social Media and the Delicate Psyche – A beautiful and real piece by one of my favorite bloggers of all time.

Here’s What Happens to Your Eyes, Brain & Heart if you Stare at a Screen for 6+ hours a Day – Oof. Seriously need to work on unplugging more often!

What to Make with Ice Cube Trays (That Isn’t Ice) – Why haven’t I thought of these?!

2 Quick & Easy Pasta Salad Recipes2 Quick & Easy Pasta Salad Recipes – Because SUMMER.

That’s all for now, friends. Lots of exciting things coming up on the blog next week – stay tuned!

xo jordan

Friday Finds.

This Friday I’m comin’ atcha from New York!

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I’ve flown in for the weekend for one of my best friends’ weddings up in the mountains here, and it’s so nice to be home for a second! Before we head off to the festivities, I wanted to share my usual roundup with you, and wish all the mamas out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Y’all are incredible.

5 Ways to Use Matcha (Other Than Drinking it) – Let the obsession continue!

10 Dinner Bowls to Try This Week – Everything in bowls always & forever.

Flourless Honey Oat Ricotta Muffins – Wait. Ricotta? In muffins?! I’m sold.

6 Sneaky Ways to Add More Plant-Based Protein to Your Diet – Literally only doing one of these and want to be doing all of them!

25 Amazing No-Equipment Butt Exercises – For those of you on the go, like me! If I’m not jet-lagged AF later I’m definitely doing at least 5 of these…(but also I’ll totally be jet-lagged so nevermind?)

4 Ways to Love Yourself More, Everyday – THESE. All of these.

What is everyone up to this weekend?! Don’t forget to shower the leading ladies in your life with some extra love 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hey, y’all! Nothing super exciting to report over here except that it’s Cinco de Mayo and I absolutely plan on gorging myself on tacos and margs all night long. You?

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I hope that, no matter where you are this weekend, you stop and enjoy the flowers for a second. And if it’s absolutely pouring and/or freezing for you, let’s just use the word flowers in a figurative sense 🙂

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

Have You Tried Adding Collagen to Your Coffee? – No, and I’m absolutely dying to try it! Have you?!

How to Save Money Without Even Thinking About It – #BabesOnABudget

Salad Tacos for Cinco de Mayo – These sound so goooooood!!!

How to Have a Tone-It-Up-Approved Cinco de Mayo – Yes, please. LOVE margs and tacos but would hate to wake up feeling like garbage tomorrow. Who’s with me?

5 Easy & Healthy Snacks to Help Beat Cravings – For that 4pm raging sweet (or savory!) tooth.

How to Live a Luxurious Life While Still Saving – I know this feels like an oxymoron, but I swear it’s not!

Happy Weekend! <3

xo Jordan

3 Travel Hacks to Keep Your Budget in Check.

Hello Hello! I know I say this pretty much every month, but can you believe it’s almost May already?! Where the heck is time going?!

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I suppose when you’re busy and traveling, time goes by way faster, though. I just got back from my weekend in San Francisco and it totally flew by. I had so much fun hangin’ with my boyfriend, one of my best friends whose wedding is in less than 3 weeks (!!!!!!!) and my other childhood friend who’s been my bestie since literally the first day of kindergarten. I still can’t believe I have two of my closest friends of all time in the same state as me, and just an hour flight away no less!

That being said, I’m definitely not the type of person who can afford, or even take time off work, to be jet-setting all the time, but my friendships take a priority in my life. To balance it all out, I’ve found ways to save on my trips that make life a lot easier! Aside from the obvious ones like getting a credit card with airline mileage points, using Airbnb instead of hotels, and flying at off-peak times, here are my favorite money-saving travel hacks that also help you stick with your health and fitness goals while you’re away.

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Plan Ahead. – 2 words: Airplane. Snacks. – Nobody likes to spend $12 on a mediocre sandwich that’s been sitting out for 4 hours, or even worse, a soggy salad. I refuse. On my flight out to SF last weekend, I shoveled in a turkey wrap from Trader Joe’s that I made sure to pick up that day during my lunch break. On the way back home, I wasn’t starving, but didn’t want to wait until I landed at 9:15 to eat something, so I snacked on a Lenny and Larry’s cookie in one of my favorite flavors, snickerdoodle (aka heaven). Occasionally I’ll pick up something from the airport when the options are decent (they seem to be getting better!), but taking the extra 5 minutes to think ahead when you’re at the grocery store can save you the cash and calories down the line. That’s actually good advice in generally, really!

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Bring Breakfast. – This tip is super similar to the one above, but i worth mentioning. Who else has spent $10 on a nasty bowl of plain oatmeal from the hotel market downstairs in hopes of picking the healthier option over the breakfast burrito? *Raises hand.* Word to the wise: go with the breakfast burrito for the taste & fullness factor and just add a few minutes to your workout later ’cause let me tell you, that bowl of oats is not worth it. What is worth it, however, is that whole planning ahead thing. I bought this $2 cup of instant oatmeal from TJ’s (when I was pick up my dinner from the night before) and used the coffee pot in our hotel room to make hot water. Add a sliced banana and you’re good to go, just make sure your instant oatmeal doesn’t have a billion grams of sugar (this one didn’t and I highly recommend it!). Saving on breakfast is so much easier and more worth it than any other meal when you’re traveling because most of the best restaurants are lunch and dinner places, anyway!

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WALK. – I don’t know about you, but I freaking love walking. That may be the New York City gal in me, but I think walking is not only a total stress reliever, but a really easy way to get some exercise in. When you’re traveling, Ubers can add up real fast. Now, if you’re in a city like San Francisco that has some unexpected dicey areas, you’ll definitely want to Uber if you’re going more than a mile or so in a place you’re not sure of, but if you’re just going to dinner or hitting a few spots that are near each other, just save your cash and work off your afternoon snack at the same time. Plus, walking after dinner and/or drinks is literally the best, especially if it’s nice out! You get to digest a little before you go to sleep and enjoy the fresh air before heading back to a stuffy hotel room. It’s a win-win.

Alright y’all, that’s it for now! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday from San Francisco!!

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I’m so lucky that my company let’s us work remotely every Friday because it makes it so much easier to visit friends in other places! I’m here for the weekend (and in Redwood City) so if you have any recommendations let me know!

20 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life – PLEASE. I seriously need to do all of these asap.

Be Well’s Favorite Pantry Staples for Optimal Health – Such a helpful list!!! Legit printing this out and putting it in my wallet for my next grocery trip.

What 2,000 Calories Looks Like – A serious wakeup call…oof.

Granola Bark – Can. We. Just.

9 Women-Run Podcasts We Should All Be Listening To – We all know how obsessed I am with podcasts these days.

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

The one perk of being busy AF: the week goes by super quickly. Now let’s hope the weekend does just the opposite…

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7 Tips for Getting the Career of Your Dreams – #5 and #7. Love, love, love.

Spring Avocado Toast (4 Ways) – Beautiful and freakin’ delicious.

Microwaved Tea is the Best Tea (According to Science) – Good news since I make tea using hot water from the microwave about 90% of the time! (#officelife)

The One Happiness-Boosting Money Habit Everyone Should Adopt – One word: gratitude. Pretty sure most things in life pertaining to happiness start there.

The Ultimate Advice for Every 20-Year Old – Honestly this made me laugh, then want to cry, then go write a business plan. Gary V is everything.

The Single-Serve Microwave Shakshuka that Saved Dinner – Okay this is genius though.

What have you been reading this week?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, beautiful people!!

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The Healthiest Snacks You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s – GIMME. Also, freeze dried fruit is crazy addicting. Wish I didn’t go through an entire bag in 3 and a half minutes but hey…

How 9 Millenial Women Who Make the Same Salary Spend & Save Their MoneyThis. It’s really interesting how people prioritize their spending – everyone has different goals and values, which is important to remember. This is good inspiration for anyone, though!

What the Healthiest People Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Make Dinner – There are some gems in here! I love that none of these are full recipes really, and they’re all healthy & cheap. That’s a win-win in my book!

10 Things to Add to Sunday Meal Prep for Better Lunches – All about that meal prep, yo.

8 Edible Hostess Gifts that Aren’t Booze – SO helpful! It’s always hard to find something when the host (or you!) isn’t super into drinking.

Mindful Ways to Embrace Change (Like Being Kind & Brave) – Really, really love this one!!

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan