5 Reasons to Visit Bear Valley, California

Hey y’all! Did everyone have a good holiday weekend?

We got back last night after spending ours in Northern California with our pup at a friend’s cabin! It was our second time making the drive up there and man, I wish that place was closer. It’s SO beautiful and relaxing up there!!

We were in Bear Valley, California (not to be confused with Big Bear) and it’s funny because as awesome as it is up there, I feel like most people don’t know about it! Or, at least people from the SoCal region. It’s about 6.5 hours north of LA and east of Fresno, although if you go with a puppy, it may take a bit longer😅

Bear Valley and the surrounding towns have so much to offer, so keep on reading if you’re looking for a new place to explore on the west coast!

Bear Valley Mountain – This is probably the most well-known spot in the area because in the winter it draws a pretty decent skiing and snowboarding crowd! I actually came here on New Year’s Eve two and a half years ago and it’s a nice size mountain when the lower part of it is open! In the summer, there’s a ton of hiking and a nearby river you can canoe, kayak or SUP in. This time we hiked down what’s known as a double black diamond trail in the winter and then hiked up a catwalk. It was crazy to see what’s usually covered in feet of snow! And it was HARD. 

Wine Tasting – One thing I wasn’t expecting when we went up north for the weekend was how popular it is to go wine tasting in Murphys, the biggest (and cutest!) town on the way up to Bear Valley. It’s kind of like Santa Barbara in that there are just a bunch of tasting rooms on the main street, so it’s easy to go from one to the next! We consulted some locals and tasted a few bottles, but Hatcher and Aloria are highly recommended. If you go to Hatcher, be sure to grab a loaf of Todd’s freshly made sourdough, too!

Exploring Murphys – Aside from wine tasting, this town has a ton of great eats like V Bistro, Murphys Pourhouse (awesome beer selection and a huge outdoor section, too), and Alchemy, plus cute shops and some seriously tasty ice cream at Joma’s Artisan Ice Cream. If you bring your pup, they’ll even give you a little cup of their famous vanilla for them!! Ovi tried his first ice cream there and needless to say, he was a BIG fan.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park – If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors looking at some of the most beautiful Sequoia trees that ever existed, come here. It’s a huge park, I’ve been twice now and even though we visited two different areas, I’m sure you could come here 50 times and still have things to see. In the northern part, there’s a walking trail that we did during the winter (SO beautiful but very cold!) and this past weekend we did the 5-6 mile (easy) hike in the south part. It’s about $12 per car to enter the park, just fyi, but the beauty you see inside couldn’t be more worth it.

The Overall Vibe – Bear Valley is nothing like Lake Tahoe or Big Bear, it’s far quieter, much less built up, and draws a different type of out-of-towner! There are a ton of people with second homes that come from the Bay Area and from what I can tell, everyone is pretty low key, casual, outdoorsy and friendly. If you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend renting a cabin in the woods so you can enjoy some local wine and cheese on the porch, dip into a hot tub, and cozy up by the fireplace! And don’t forget to grab a fresh pie and/or cider donuts from The Red Apple on your way up😍

I feel like we have so much more to see and I’d love to snowboard on that mountain in the winter again, so I know we’ll be back soon! Where did you spend your holiday weekend?

xo Jordan

Must-Visit Healthy Food & Wellness Spots in NYC

OMG HI.

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I am back from one of the most epic, hectic and AMAZING trips to New York that I’ve had since I left in 2011! I initially went for my best friend’s bachelorette, which was an absolute, exhausting blast, and then stayed to see my family and friends!

I met up with some of my incredible blogger babes, caught up with friends from college, and got to visit some places that have been on my list for ages. I also threw an event alongside my friend Alyssa and a company called MyWellBeing, so full recap on that to come soon😊

Until then, I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite wellness/healthy living spots from my trip and let me tell you guys, I miss them already. NYC is so much more wellness focused than it was when I was in college – it’s crazy! Let’s get into it😍

WTHN – Okay you guys, I finally did it, I got acupuncture for the first time!!! I’m so proud of myself, can you tell😂 I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous, but I’m willing to do pretty much anything to ease my back pain at this point. Plus, my friend Alyssa told me this spot was unbelievable, and she was RIGHT.

I actually have their “herbs” at home, which are supplements made with adaptogens, but I’m so glad I got to visit this gorgeous space in person. I think I might do a full post on my experience, but let me just say, this is the perfect place to go in NYC if you’re looking to experience acupuncture for the first time! It’s got the vibe of a super cool spa, they make you feel so comfortable, and the practice itself is super healing. 

Sundays Studio – If you’re looking for a non-toxic mani in the city, you HAVE to go to Sundays!! The ambiance is beautiful, the service is outstanding, and my nails looked SO good. I got a regular manicure with some nail art (so many cute designs and colors!), but they also do non-toxic gel manis, too! Can’t wait to go back here next time I’m in town.

Hu Kitchen – YOU GUYS. Omg I wish I could express to you how much I loved it here😭 I was fully planning on going back at least once more and just ran out of time, but please oh please make a point to go to this healthy food freaking WONDERLAND next time you are in NYC. They have so many insanely delicious options that cater to nearly any diet and their creations taste like actual heaven. I wanted to try one of everything, but I made my own bowl with their pork meatballs, pineapple and broccoli. I also tried their chickpea focaccia which was SO good!

Charley St. – This was my first stop in the city last week for a meetup with some my blogging friends and it did not disappoint! It’s an Australian café, which I know seem to be popping up all over NYC and LA, but you guys. The gluten-free banana muffin and banana bread for to DIE for. They also make a mean oat milk latté and some seriously gorgeous smoothie bowls!

Energi – My friend Alyssa and I actually held an event here last week (blog post on that to come very soon!), but it’s such a stunning space! I’m so grateful that we were able to use it. Energi is a wellness focused co-working space that’s opening very soon, but they actually have a workout studio right upstairs too that’s already open! Some seriously incredible teachers have classes there (that’s something to do next time!), but the cowering space is pretty epic too. Super bright, open, welcoming, and full of energy – pun intended.

Two Hands – Another Australian café (yep, I told you they were on the up and up!), Two Hands is a beautiful spot for breakfast! It’s slightly pricier than Charley St., but worth every penny. The scrambled eggs are ridiculous and they too have banana bread, but the star of theirs it the whipped mascarpone on top. I’m so glad I got to meet my friend Gracie here – you guys might know her as Hungry Blonde but her blog was the first I ever followed back in college😊

Humming Puppy – Not gonna lie, I would legit move into this studio. It is easily the most beautiful place I’ve ever practiced yoga in, but it’s also so much more than that. The entrance alone is magical and there’s coconut water waiting in beautiful mugs for you, but then the studio itself is unlike anything else I’ve stepped foot in. It’s huge and the mats are placed ready and waiting for you in a half circle moving outwards from the center of the room where the teacher stands and each row is tiered slightly higher than the one before it. They keep it dark and there’s an actual constant humming vibration throughout the room during the entire class. I don’t think I’ve ever felt energy like that before🙌🏻

Okay, okay, that one up there ^ is NOT a healthy foodie spot, but if you like donuts and you’re in NYC, you do have to hit up Dough Doughnuts ’cause they’re the size of your head and oh so fluffy😏

Well, there ya have it! Do you have any favorite spots that I missed?! I’m hoping to get back to NYC a bit more frequently now that I don’t have to worry about vacation days, so hit me with your best!

And, of course, have a very Happy Monday!

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: East Coast Wedding + D.C. Adventures

Hi friends! We’ve got another weekend recap today ’cause your girl has been on the MOVE.

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Yep, I went out of town AGAIN. And now maybe you can see part of my motivation for wanting to be my own boss…not enough vacation days😂

It’s a pretty big wedding year for us😂 (I suppose we’re just at that age) and  since we’re both from the east coast originally, it means that a lot of our weddings are out that way, too. The good part (since the 6 hours, cross country flights are definitely NOT the highlight), is getting to spend more time with our families!

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We were able to fly into DC on a red eye last Thursday night and stay with Alex’s family the nights before and after the wedding, which was so nice!

Though we spent most of Friday trying to wake up after barely sleeping the night before, we did venture out during the day for a last-minute trip to Sephora, walk through Georgetown and lunch at Leopold’s Kafé. We also went out that night for Sonny’s Pizza and drinks with some of Alex’s friends and brother, but I didn’t actually snap any pics of that…sorry😁

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Saturday morning, we picked up our rental car and drove up to Lancaster, PA for the wedding. It was for our friends Will and Justine from b-school at this beautiful venue called The Farm at Eagles Ridge. I didn’t take a ton of photos (sorry for being literally the worst blogger ever this weekend), but I snapped a few! The grounds were stunning, the band was amazing and the cake was AWESOME.

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On Sunday, we joined people from the wedding for brunch before heading back to DC. Since the weather wasn’t amazing, we stopped by Union Market for a quick lunch and a treat. Alex’s favorite, and now mine too, is the smoked white fish salad at Neopol.

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We shared a bagel with the fish and then a pb & j doughnut from District Doghnut. It was SO hard to choose, they all looked amazing, but I think we made the right choice!

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Afterwards, we just hung out at home until Alex had a ton of his family and friends over for Chinese takeout and margs, aka the most fantastic way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo😂  One thing I love about Alex’s family is how welcoming they are – it’s always one big party over there and it’s always so nice to see everyone!! 

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For our final day in DC, we actually fit in some exercise at a nearby gym, met some of Alex’s friends for lunch at Glens Garden Market (their salad plate is like $11.50 for a TON of amazing food), and banged out some work.

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We were also spoiled enough to get some of our favorite cupcakes from Baked & Wired from Alex’s mom – if you haven’t had them, I swear they’re some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had…second only to Magnolia Market’s of course!

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Also how CUTE is Alex’s dog?! It was his birthday yesterday!! We landed back in LA around 8:30pm, then went home and crashed. It’s safe to say we had a super fun, yet exhausting weekend. It’s always a good time back on the east coast, though😊

Be back soon, once I tackle my very terrifying inbox…thanks for stopping by💗

xo Jordan

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Been home for less than 24 hours and I already miss Texas…and my mom!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

This past weekend, my mom and I met for a getaway in Dallas, then drove down to Waco and Austin for the weekend. We started a new tradition last year where each spring we would go on a mother/daughter trip somewhere new and this year we picked Texas…primarily so we could go see Magnolia and the Silos! We are die-hard Fixer Upper Fans 🙂

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up flying into Dallas (and somehow ended up at different airports…oops!) since it was cheaper than flying into Austin, plus the drive down there passes straight through Waco! We got to Magnolia around 11am on Friday, which I highly recommend doing!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I had read so much about how crowded that place can get on weekends and I totally believe it! We took a stroll through the store, which is unbelievably well-decorated and has a ton of incredible and beautiful pieces for the home and affordable prices. They also have merch, so of course I had to get a Texas t-shirt!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After shopping, we picked up cupcakes, a cookie and a cinnamon roll from the bakery, popped into the gardening store, and wandered around the grounds (which are so well-done, just so perfectly on point with her style!) until grabbing some lunch at one of the many food trucks.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We opted for grilled cheese and ate on the lawn. They have a big patch of fake grass with some bean bag chairs and lawn games. It’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Once we were done, we drove about 5 minutes away to Harp Design Co. – Clint was a regular on the show if you’re a fan too, and his store is also beautiful!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Saturday started with an early breakfast in the hotel – we stayed at The Driskill in downtown Austin and I swear it is the prettiest hotel in the city! I feel VERY spoiled, but I guess if you’re going to do a getaway once a year, might as well make it count! We originally were going to go on a hike held by Athleta, but it ended up getting cancelled due to rain. Instead, my mom and I walked along the river for about an hour and a half and somehow only managed to get rained on once!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Lunch was at a vegan restaurant called Counter Culture and my friend Helen joined us! We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring South Congress, where there are a ton of cool shops and restaurants like Allen’s Boots (my FAVE) and Amy’s Ice Cream (which we were too full to try this time!).

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We then went to June’s All Day for an early dinner, some amazing cocktails, and delicious food! I highly recommend the fried chicken sandwich, which we ate too quickly to photograph…👌🏻

We called it a night pretty early, but not without eating the rest of our cupcakes in bed, of course!! I’m telling you, those cupcakes are the BEST I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of cupcakes in my day! Highly recommend the carrot cake, coconut, and lemon lavender!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Sunday morning was when the Athleta hike was supposedly rescheduled for, so we went over to Barton Creek Greenbelt a bit early. We waited a bit and couldn’t seem to find anyone from the store, so we decided to venture out on our own!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

We ended up walking along the creek, which was absolutely stunning. I had no idea Austin was so lush! I’ve been once before in June, but for some reason it just seemed extra green this time.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

Post hike/walk, we went to a spot near to our hotel called Modern Eatery for some amazing salads (their prices are great, too!), a latté, and then went back to the hotel to hang out.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

At about 4pm, we went over to Uncommon Objects, a super famous antique shop in Austin! I went with my friend Nicole the first time I was in Austin a few years ago and knew my mom would love it. They have such interesting stuff and the displays are done so creatively!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

For dinner, we had reservations at Perla’s on South Congress and you GUYS. I’m 99% positive this was our most memorable meal – the drinks were unreal, the food was to die for and the service was on POINT. If I were to go back to Austin, I would for sure make reservations here again!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

After that, we pretty much called it a night since we were so fantastically stuffed, but we had to stop one last time at Magnolia on our way back to the airport Monday morning!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

And there ya have it! If you made it this far, I applaud you😂 There were just so many incredible moments I wanted to share! I really do love Texas and I think it’s an amazing spot to explore with loved ones.

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

I just want to give one quick shoutout to my mom who made the whole weekend possible – I know I am SO lucky to be able to call my mom my best friend and to be able to travel with her💖

xo Jordan

For more travel info on Austin, head to my older posts here and here!

Weekend Recap: Mini Girls Getaway in LA/Newport/Laguna!

Hello and Happy Monday!

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This past weekend basically felt like summer here, it was crazy! And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect because my best friend Michelle came down for a visit. In just 48 hours, we covered a LOT of ground, both by foot and by car, ate like queens, and had the best time!

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Saturday morning, we started off slowly with some coffee and a small breakfast at home before setting out for a beach walk in Santa Monica. After an hour or so of that (it was HOT), we decided to grab iced coffees at my favorite spot along Main Street, Dogtown Coffee. My absolutely favorite drink of all time is there Salty Dog – it’s an iced coffee with salted caramel foam. (Also I must’ve forgotten to snap a photo so that’s one from the last time I was there…oops!)

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Post-coffee and walking, we headed to Pono Burger nearby for lunch. I’d been once before on a date with Alex almost three years ago, so it was nice to go back!

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They obviously have some seriously amazing burgers, but we also tried their homemade potato chips, avocado dip, sweet potato fries with bacon aioli, superfood burger collard wrap. All were absolutely delicious!! I also love that everything is locally and sustainably sourced, not to mention affordable!

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The afternoon took us down to Orange County where we would spend the next few hours walking along THAT beach (I told you we covered a lot of ground!) and grabbing some chocolate covered bananas – that’s the specialty down there, so if you ever go, you HAVE to try one. It’s such a refreshing treat and it’s lighter than ice cream, so perfect for the afternoon!

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It felt incredible to get some Vitamin D and be a little bit active at the same time. I swear, walking with friends is my absolute favorite because you can sneak some movement in, get some fresh air, AND catch up at the same time. I can’t think of anything better!!

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We then grabbed a glass of rosé at a little restaurant along the water, ventured to a nearby restaurant for some fish tacos, then headed to our hotel in Newport Beach to unwind. We stayed at the Newport Beach Bayview Marriott and though I didn’t snap any photos, that hotel was absolutely perfect for our girls’ getaway! They had a hot tub and we somehow managed to get a suite😍

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In the morning, we stopped at Starbucks for some lattés and then went farther south to Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. Though it’s a bit of a drive, it’s so worth the extra time. I’ve been there once before, but basically you go down a thousand steps or so (hence the name😅) and get to this stunning cliffside beach that’s only accessible by those stairs or to people who live on the cliff (in some seriously incredible homes!).

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We walked along the beach there and got to go into the caves, which are only accessible during low tide and SO cool. It reminded me of Hawaii or Lagos, Portugal. The coastline is just breathtaking there. Plus, there’s free parking, which is not so easy to find!

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Next up – Banzai Bowls! The wait was super long, but worth it. I got a pitaya bowl with spinach, hemp milk, kiwi, strawberry, banana and granola. So refreshing on a hot day!

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From there, we strolled along the main street in Laguna Beach and did some window shopping before heading to Bear Flag Fish Co. for some fish burritos. I went to Bear Flag almost 8 years ago and have literally been dreaming about it ever since. There’s a reason this place is PACKED – the fish is super fresh, the options are amazing, and it’s reasonably priced. It may or may not be a good thing we don’t have one closer to my house😂

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After that, we drove back up to LA so I could drop Michelle off at LAX. Goodbyes are always so hard for me, but luckily I’ll be seeing her at her bachelorette party in just a few months. I miss her already though, that’s for sure. Being an adult and having friends live so far away is hard, I’m sure you can relate!!

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Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you had a great weekend!! Even if you don’t have guests in town, I highly recommend going on an adventure in your own city when you have time☺️ 

xo Jordan

Annual Family Ski Trip in Colorado (Photo Diary!)

Hey y’all! I’m back with a super quick recap from Colorado today in case you’re looking for some winter wonderland inspo (and aren’t totally sick of seeing snow yet😂)!

Every year, my family goes to Breckenridge for our family ski trip and it’s one of my absolute favorite places EVER. We’ve been going to Colorado since I was 5 or so and even though I first learned how to ski, I now snowboard! I did have to work a bit while I was there (since being an entrepreneur means no paid vaca😅), but I had plenty of fun and did some relaxing, too!

We got to see the qualifying rounds for the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, visited the Ice Castles in Dillon, and ate some incredible food. Keep on scrollin’ for photos from my favorite moments!

Breakfast at home – apple bread french toast with greek yogurt, mashed blackberries and banana
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Me, mom and dad at the top of Peak 6!
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They have Christmas lights in town pretty much all year ’round, I think😍
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If you’re looking for breakfast in Breck, you HAVE to go to
Columbine Café
Before heading down into the bowls at Vail – the snow was incredible all week!
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Half coffee/half hot cocoa – with whipped cream, of course!
Dancing for Donuts | Annual Family Ski Trip in Colorado
What is it about snow covered mountains that’s just so dang beautiful!?
The Ice Castles are a must-see if you’re in the area. There’s a slide made of ice that’s so fun to go down – I felt like a little kid!
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^ hi dustin!
Breakfast sandwiches from Clint’s in town – another favorite spot of ours! They have incredible coffee and pastries, too.
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Capturing the sunset!
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The Burton U.S. Open! It was our second time getting to see it and these guys blew my MIND. I’ll never be that cool…
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That’s all for now! This week is busy because I’ll be working the Natural Products Expo down in Orange County for 3 full days and a ton of my foodie/wellness friends are in town, so I might be checking out until the next one. Thanks for bearing with me😊

xo Jordan

7 Favorite Moments From the Mother of Fire Retreat in Maui

Aloha, babes! I am back from Maui and feeling so inspired, motivated, and grateful🌺

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This post might be a long one, just because trying to sum up 5 incredible days in the most beautiful place surrounded by exceptional women is pretty challenging! But, I do want to tell you a bit more about the We Are Haumea Mother of Fire Retreat, which was originally organized by Joie Ruggiero, a Maui native, fitness instructor, and all-around stunning human being inside and out!

I was given the opportunity to participate in the Mother of Fire Retreat after meeting Joie last month at an event. I knew that with the timing of things to come (aka me launching my business!), going to Hawaii for a few days of fitness, fun, manifestation, empowerment, and connection was just what I needed to kick things off.

So, without further ado, let me share with you some of my favorite moments from my trip to Maui, Hawaii with We Are Haumea!

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Athletic Geometry with Joie – You guys. If I had to pick a favorite workout of all time (that isn’t a dance class), it would have to be Joie’s class. It’s a combination of cardio dance and sculpting, and though it’s quite possibly the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it’s SO fun. Each move has a true purpose and helps sculpt more than one muscle group at a time, so it’s efficient, too. Joie teaches at ModelFit in LA and Alo Yoga too, if you’re in the area and ever want to go to her class!

Dancing for Donuts | 7 Favorite Moments from the We Are Haumea Retreat in Maui

Manifesting with Gwen – On our first full day of the retreat, we had our first workshop with Gwen, who was the vision and healing coach throughout our days in Maui. The first of her three workshops was my absolute favorite because we got to dive deep into what we see for ourselves in the future. We wrote down on paper who, what and where we want to be. Instead of writing these things down as “I want” we wrote them in present tense as “I am.” We then spoke these desires out loud to one another and somehow it made them feel more tangible, like there was no question that we could achieve each and every one of them. Afterwards, I felt like I could do ANYTHING, and still do.

Yoga with Elise – I can’t even tell you how sad I am that Elise is based in New York because I would literally take her yoga class every day! While her classes definitely call in strength and make you sweat, they also stretch and move the muscles in ways I don’t do very often. Her voice is incredibly soothing, she’s funny, kind, helps with poses if you need any adjustments, and really brings something unique to her practice. If you’re based in NY too, find her at any of the three Sky Ting locations! 

Dancing for Donuts | 7 Favorite Moments from the We Are Haumea Retreat in Maui

Getting to Know the Women – I truly think the best part of an experience like this is meeting the other people. It’s kind of amazing, but all 9-10 of us had incredibly unique backgrounds and yet had so many things in common, too. For example, Elise and I actually went to NYU at the same time and even have mutual friends. How crazy is that?! I just couldn’t have asked for a more incredible group of strong, powerful women to be surrounded by. Some were in their late 20’s or early 30’s like me, some were mothers, some were business owners and some were just trying to figure out what they wanted to do, but we ALL connected in a way I can’t even begin to describe.

Dancing for Donuts | 7 Favorite Moments from the We Are Haumea Retreat in Maui

Sunrise at Haleakala – So I’ve seen the sunrise at Haleakala before, but I can tell you that it is just as breathtaking the second time around (and probably the 3rd or 4th, too). We woke up at 4:45, drove up the mountain and caught the sunrise from the 3rd tallest mountain in the world at 7:05am. I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere else in the world – you’re high up above the clouds and the colors are just spectacular. If you’re lucky, the park rangers will be chanting in Hawaiian as the sun rises, but no matter what you’ll be able to see the incredible crater with deep red rocks once the sun has fully risen.

Exploring the Grounds at Lumeria Maui – Man did I try to take a photo beautiful enough to do this property justice, but I don’t think I even came close. Imagine the most lush place you’ve ever seen, add in some gorgeous red and purple plants, palms, and hibiscus flowers. Then include a few beautiful buddha statues, twinkle lights in the trees, an area with 4-5 hammocks, a great lawn and a stunning pool. Please just come visit this magical hotel if you ever get the chance! The food was to die for, too.

Dancing for Donuts | 7 Favorite Moments from the We Are Haumea Retreat in Maui

Beach Workout + Cleanup – This one was another super special moment to me. On day three, we did a bit of sculpting on Baby Beach, then spent about 40 minutes picking up micro plastic from the beach. At first you don’t even notice it (it almost looks like specks of colorful seaglass) but then you realize it’s EVERYWHERE – just tiny pieces of plastic that sea creatures like turtles can accidentally swallow littering the beach. Seeing how real this micro plastic problem is made me feel a bit helpless, but also motivated to reduce my plastic usage now that I’m back home. I’m also grateful that we had the opportunity to give back to the land we were visiting.

Well, if you made it the end of this post, you’re a rockstar and I can’t even begin to express how much gratitude I have for this platform and the incredible people it’s brought into my life. If you want more, you can watch my vlog from the trip below:

Thank you for reading and please let me know if the comments if you have any questions! I truly think anyone could benefit from attending a retreat like We Are Haumea – it truly is life changing!

xo Jordan

Celebrating 2019 in Baha Mar

Dancing for Donuts | Celebrating 2019 in Baha Mar

I know I’m a few days late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Man, am I ready for 2019 you guys. I took a much needed 2-week break (from life, work, all the things) and while I feel a liiiittle bit behind getting back into things, I feel SO motivated and well-rested.

After spending a week at home in New York, my entire family and boyfriend went to the Bahamas to ring in the new year in Baha Mar! If you’ve never been there, it’s basically three gorgeous hotels rolled into one big resort property with a casino, convention center, pools, beaches, and more. I knew I would have fun going into it, but this place beyondddd exceeded my expectations! We had such a blast and I miss it already!

Dancing for Donuts | Celebrating 2019 in Baha Mar

I won’t blab too much, but here’s a collection of photos I took while we were there! We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and spent the majority of our time on the property eating their delicious food, soaking up the sun, exploring the grounds and relaxing. They also had an incredible gym that overlooked the property and even had some machines outside. Let me tell ya, those views alone were motivating😍

We were able to watch fireworks on NYE from my parents’ balcony, which was probably the most epic fireworks show I’ve ever seen in my life. They also have a sanctuary with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles, an area where flamingos live, and all the food trucks are actually air streams – it’s SO cool. You can even blend your own daquiri by peddling a bike, but I forgot to take a photo! Here are a bunch of photos I DID take, though…

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Have you ever been to Baha Mar? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it!!! I wish we could’ve stayed an extra day, but maybe I’ll just have to go back😊

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Celebrating 2019 in Baha Mar

A Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs

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Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

My boyfriend and I have this tradition where before either one of us starts a new job, we go someplace to celebrate for a little getaway first. Our first trip was to Joshua Tree about two years ago, then there was Palm Springs last year for the weekend, Laguna Beach, and this year, even though we didn’t have time to do a big trip, we knew we wanted to do something different, something FUN. Turns out, Palm Springs is close enough to LA for a pretty solid day trip🌴

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

It’s only a couple hours each way (less if you don’t hit traffic, but good luck with that😉), and if you listen to a podcast/bring some snacks + coffee for the road, you’re good to go!

The day before we left, I did some quick research on where to go and used VisitPalmSprings.com as my main point of reference. Even though there are tons of places I know I already love there, I wanted to take this trip to find some hidden gems and cool local businesses. Turns out, there are LOTS of those in Palm Springs. It’s seriously the coolest and so, so beautiful. Here’s how our spontaneous little getaway went down…

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

The Broken Yolk Café

Our first stop on the trip, The Broken Yolk Café is literally all the things I want in a morning: a diner-esque ambiance, incredible service, huge portions of delicious food, and free refills on coffee. We splurged BIG time and got eggs benedict, a skillet with chorizo, and buttermilk pancakes. The skillet and pancakes were standouts, for sure.🙌

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Moorten Botanical Garden

This was probably my favorite part of the entire day, just because it was something so different! They give you a map at the beginning so you know what you’re looking at, which I love, and there’s so much to see both outdoors and indoors. The indoor cactarium is especially stunning because there SO many different types of plants. I recommend walking around it super slowly to really notice all it has to offer!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Next up – shopping!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Just Fabulous

After breakfast, I wanted to walk around and visit some of the cute shops in the area. If you’ve never been, Palm Springs has a pretty vibrant downtown area with all kinds of little boutiques and even some bigger stores, now that it’s becoming more developed! I knew I wanted to go to Just Fabulous – they have the CUTEST stuff. They were actually decorated for Christmas too, so they had a bazillion pretty & colorful ornaments! There were donuts, cereal bowls, popsicles, all kinds of things, but since we don’t actually have a tree here, I couldn’t justify the purchase😅

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Thick As Thieves

Another adorable shop, Thick as Thieves is really my style. It’s just…COOL. It’s one street over from the main one and the vibe is like…bohemian hipster, if that makes sense. I honestly wanted everything. They had some ceramics, local crafts, cute clothes, hats, crystals, jewelry, the works! I’ll 100% be back – it’s a great place for gifts, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Kreem

This adorable ice cream shop was the last place we hit in Palm Springs before heading home for the day. The inside is beautiful, but they have the coolest flavors! I tried the vegan coconut and peppermint latté, but ended up going with the latter. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am obsessed with peppermint lattés, so I had to do it! Alex had the raspberry cheesecake I think – that one was incredible, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Other Places in Palm Springs I Love:

Ice Cream and Shoppe – A ridiculously Instagram-worthy ice cream shop attached to a cute boutique hotel. I remember their birthday cake ice cream being one of the best things on the planet.

Koffi– Alex and I went here for coffee and breakfast one morning last time we were there! The vibes are awesome, the breakfast sandwiches are tasty and reasonably priced, and the coffee was delish!

El Jefe at The Saguaro– We came here for late afternoon drinks before dinner once and the margaritas were fantastic!! I loved checking out the hotel afterwards, although I probably wouldn’t stay there during a busy time…lots of partying😅

Cabazon Outlets – So we actually DID hit the outlets on the way home this time, I just didn’t take any photos of our shopping! Alex needed a new wallet and even though I held back (go me for having willpower for once💪🏼), the sales were fantastic. They have a ton of good stores and it’s a good place to stop on the way home!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Talk about a jam packed day, huh?! It was SO much fun, I honestly didn’t want to leave and am already trying to plan our next trip back. If you’re in the LA area, or even if you’re not, I highly recommend checking out Palm Springs for a relaxing and fun little trip with your family, partner, or even solo! You can also head to VisitPalmSprings.com if you need any more inspo on what to do, see, eat, or even where to stay😊

xo Jordan

Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

Hi friends!! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday (if you’re in the U.S., that is!) ❤️

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

I spent Thanksgiving in Colorado this year for the first time ever! Since my brother is now married and my grandmother is no longer with us, my parents and I decided it would be fun for the three of us to meet sort of in the middle of LA and NY. Colorado is also one of our favorite places EVER (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you already knew that😉).

Although we were only in Colorado for about 3 and a half days, I documented as much as possible so that I could share our trip with you. Most of this post is going to be photos, just fyi, but here’s a peek into some of my favorite places – Colorado is SO magical, you guys. I want to move there someday!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

Thanksgiving dinner! My mom wanted to make a full dinner, even though we were just in a rental condo! She did such an amazing job – my favorites were the kale salad, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

She also made a pumpkin pie, but we didn’t have a pie pan so we used a Pyrex dish and it actually turned out amazing😂

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

We went out to breakfast on Black Friday morning before hitting the outlets!! I didn’t actually photograph that because I inhaled it, but we love Columbine Café. Their biscuits are to die for!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

Half hot cocoa/half coffee with my new Williams Sonoma snowman marshmallows!! I also threw in some of my Ancient Nutrition collagen (they come in handy travel packs!).

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

We also went to the gym a couple times and I did some light weightlifting! I used to be such a cardio bunny up until this year, and I’m really liking weightlifting. I’m surprised at myself!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

And even got massages – it was SUCH a treat. I am the most spoiled person ever.

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

I used a $10 Lush bath bomb and tuned my bath pink…worth it? Probably not. But it made for a fun photo to edit😅

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

^ Pre-flight brunch on Sunday at Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

And then one last selfie – saying goodbye is so much easier when you know you’ll see each other again in just a month!!

Dancing for Donuts | Thanksgiving in Colorado: Weekend Recap

As for Colorado? See you in the spring! P.s. We stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 – it’s the BEST.

Where did you guys spend the holiday?! I don’t know about you, but I’m already counting down until the next one!! Less than a week til Hanukah and a month til Christmas!🎄

xo Jordan