Friday Finds

I’m not sure where this week went, but hey happy Friday!

The past few days have been filled with milestones that were well-documented – celebrating one full year as an entrepreneur + 6 months as a dog mom – lots of fun workouts (I co-hosted a 5 day workout challenge with friends on Instagram!) and fun things like getting a new couch, catching up with friends and getting back into a real dance class!

I was also featured on SD Voyager in an interview for their “Trailblazer” series, which is kind of cool😊 I have to say, the start of January had me feeling kind of meh, but I’m getting excited for this year and what’s to come. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re already halfway through the month!

Anyway, let’s jump into Friday Finds ’cause it’s been a minute since we’ve posted one of these!

Why Travel is the Best Form of Self Care – From my absolute favorite travel blogger😍 And I firmly, firmly believe this – it’s why we’re going to Asia next month!

5 Trader Joe’s Recipes for Cozy Date Nights In – Why is Trader Joe’s literally the best ever?!

Madelaine Pesch’s 19 Minute Workout Routine – I haven’t watched Riverdale in a minute, but this girls seems SO cool…and looks amazing. She’s working out with Stephen Pasternak of P.volve in this video, and I’ve done their workouts before. They’re super low impact but you still really feel it!

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls – Well these are BEAUTIFUL. And easy if you use pre-made hummus😅

11-Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength – Yoga is one of my all-time favorite ways to move right now and moves like these leave me surprisingly sore the next day!

8 Eco-Friendly Meal Prep Products – One of my goals for 2020 is to make a better effort eat/live sustainably! Brb while I order all of this…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, especially if you’re lucky and have Monday off😉❤️

xo Jordan

My Word for 2020 (+ Intentions/Goals for January!)

Happy, happy New Year!!! 🎉

There’s something about going into a new *DECADE* along with experiencing my 30’s that just kind of blows my mind in a really wonderful, really overwhelming way.

I don’t usually sit down and really write out a bunch of intentions and goals, but this year feels different. It feels important. And I really want to make it the best it possibly can be since I know I’m on the right path, I just need to get organized…and this blog post seems like the perfect place to start😊

I’ve decided that my word for 2020 is:

GROW

2019 was the year I took a leap of faith and went full time with my consulting business. It was my first time not having a corporate job since my dancing days, a time when my blog/Instagram were really taking off and turning into a side hustle (in addition to a passion project) and the year I became a dog mom (!). I feel like it was the year I planted the seeds for my future, and now it’s time to grow.

I have a feeling this year is going to be hard. Like really hard. The beginner’s luck and honeymoon phase of being an entrepreneur might wear off (it hasn’t yet, and I sure hope it doesn’t, but it might…), I have long-term goals in mind that I need to get in gear in order to accomplish (like buying a home someday), and I want to work smarter because as of now, every day is awesome, but chaotic af.

It’s time to really expand the way I think, operate, work, and navigate the day to day. I need to hunker down and FOCUS (another great word) and make moves. I’m excited.

In terms of other intentions and goals for January, I really want to:

  1. Re-design my blog since it’s been YEARS, you guys. years. 🙈
  2. Follow a real fitness plan, which I now have thanks to the trainer/PT I worked with in New York last month!
  3. Finish setting up my home office and desk space
  4. Make one new recipe a week (my creativity in the kitchen has been minimal lately)
  5. Visit 2 new-to-me workout studios (which I can totally do thanks to ClassPass who’s actually offering a whole month free to new customers – NUTS.)
  6. Read 2 books
  7. Make one YouTube video per week, which I was surprisingly good at last month!
  8. Be more consistent about blogging since I’ve kind of lost it the past few months. I want to find my creative spark again.

What’s your word for 2020? Or maybe you’re more of an intentions/goals kinda person – share them with me below so we can keep each other accountable😊

And Happy 2020!!!

xo Jordan

p.s. all photos are by my incredibly talented friend Jess Rochow!

Top 10 Posts of 2019

Well, as per usual the time between Christmas and New Year’s FLEW by (just like the rest of this month) and the end of a decade is TOMORROW. 🙀

I’ve been busy closing out work for the year and mostly planning ahead for an incredible 2020 – celebrating the anniversary of launching my business (DFD Creative), re-designing my blog, creating more engaging, valuable content for you, and nailing down details for my 2 week trip to Asia in February! So much goodness to come😊

But just like I do every year, I wanted to take a quick step back and reflect before getting ahead of myself and jumping into something new. Here were the top 10 posts of 2019!

10. What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

9. March Favorites

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites

8. 5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

7. Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

6. Spicy Greek Yogurt Mustard Dip (with Air-Fried Tater Tots!)

Dancing for Donuts | Spicy Mustard Greek Yogurt Dip (With Air Fried Tater Tots!)

5. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

4. I have news… (!!!!)

3. Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin Texas!

Mother/Daughter Weekend in Waco + Austin, Texas!

2. Easy Air Fried Tofu & Peanut Shirataki Noodles for One

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

1. Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

Shockingly, many of those posts are not from this year – that is veryyy interesting! And gives me lots to think about…

Whether you’ve been reading for awhile or are new around here, thank you SO much for continuing to visit my blog! If there’s anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know. Your support and feedback mean the world to me.

Hope you have the best New Year’s Eve and Happy 2020!

xo Jordan

DFD at Home: Current Routines & Favorites

I’ve got a little somethin’ different for you today!

I saw The Chalkboard Mag interview Sophie Jaffe for their At Home With series and I thought it would be kind of fun to answer the same questions myself! Since let’s face it, they’re not going to be interviewing me anytime soon😂

So a little bit about me if you’re new around here – I’m an LA-based entrepreneur and former professional dancer originally from New York. I now run my own female-focused digital marketing consulting company called DFD Creative and this blog/Instagram, Dancing for Donuts! Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing and loving lately from my wellness must-haves to current workouts and pantry essentials.

DAILY BREAKFAST: A green smoothie in the summer (frozen banana, spinach, vanilla protein, pb + almond milk) and a yogurt bowl in the winter (plain greek yogurt, nut butter + sliced banana, granola if we have it!)

DREAM BREAKFAST: A donut (duh), or to be honest, a big fat bagel with lox and cream cheese and maybe a side of an Almond Croissant straight from France. Yep, veryyyy healthy😂

HOW I TAKE MY COFFEE: with frothed non-dairy milk (oat or hazelnut), stevia and a touch of cinnamon.

DAILY SUPPLEMENTS: Megafood Elderberry Gummies + a pack of my Binto vitamins + my WTHN Gut Check herbs if I need a digestive boost (code DFD10 to save!)

KITCHEN TOOL OBSESSION: My Zulay milk frother! I literally almost sent another one home to NY so I could have it for the month…

FAVORITE DAILY WORKOUT: Megaformer pilates, hot yoga, or just chillin’ on the elliptical while watching HGTV. True story.

3 STAPLES IN MY PANTRY: Nut butter, chia seeds & chickpea pasta

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE: Eat what makes you happy because life is too short, just make sure you’re treating your body the way it deserves to be treated.

FAVORITE THING TO COOK FOR FRIENDS: Gluten free pasta with veggies and/or baked chicken thighs

LATELY I’M ALWAYS WEARING: Sweats! I swear by these from Abercrombie.

AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK I COOK: the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with their vegan kale pesto

MY BEST HEALTH ADVICE: Drink water, move your body, and eat your greens.

HEALTHY RECIPE I LOVE TO MAKE AT HOME: I love baking healthy donuts – it’s kind of my thing and you probably already knew that already😊 I love making my Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts and Birthday Funfetti Donuts the most!

So what about you?! What’s your dream breakfast or favorite workout?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy, happy Friday from snowy New York!!

If I’m being honest, I didn’t actually know what day it was for most of this week, but I suppose that’s what post-Thanksgiving, being at home in the ‘burbs will do to ya!

I actually shared a video on YouTube this week, in case you’re curious about why I’m in New York for the month of December and want to get a sneak peek of what life is like here! Spoiler alert: it is not super exciting. But that’s why I love it😂 And now…onto Friday Finds!!

Cacio e Pepe Brussels Sprouts – SUCH a yummy alternative to the pasta dish, although I do love that, too…

Random Gift Ideas for Anyone on Your List – Soooo many good ideas on here!! I feel like I always think of gifts for people when I DON’T have to get them anything and then as soon as the pressure’s on, I got nothin’😅

Hot Cocoa Cookies – to go with my nightly cup of hot cocoa and whip😏

What You Should Know About Probiotics – This is super comprehensive and tbh, I didn’t fully understand what probiotics were until this year, even though I’ve been taking them for over a decade. Oops!

Weekend Project: Snowflake Garland – If I were at my apt in my LA this weekend, I would *absolutely* be making this!!! My parents have enough decorations already😂

How to Travel Sustainably This Holiday Season – The re-usable items one is HUGE. I’ve been working on packing my own straws, water bottle, and even mason jars/re-usable bags for food and snacks!

This weekend we’re going into the city to see a broadway show and then decorating our Christmas tree!! What about you?!

xo Jordan

DFD Gift Guide 2019: for the Wellness Babe

My annual gift guide is back!! This year I’m sharing some of my top picks and personal favorites, plus the sales I’m shopping this weekend😊

DFD Gift Guide 2019 - Wellness Babes
  1. Chelsea Peers Dog Party PJ’sTrust me when I say I wear these nearly *every* single night. Softest ever and they have a ton of cute prints!
  2. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask – Perfect for the green beauty lover, jet setter, gal on the go, yourself…I loooove the Summer Fridays products!
  3. Adidas UltraBoost 19 Running Shoe – I’ve had a LOT of gym shoes over the years and nothing comes close to the way these feel on my feet. Like walking on a CLOUD.
  4. NEST Holiday Votive CandleTrust me when I tell you this candle makes my house smell like actual holiday heaven.
  5. Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller – I used this roller at an event and fell in LOVE. Legit might finally order one for myself this year!
  6. Mint Sea Polish – What self care queen doesn’t want to use a luxurious scrub in the tub?
  7. Take Care Bracelet – This is in my shopping cart as we speak since it’s 30% off for BFW. It’s too stinkin’ cute!!
  8. Zulay Kitchen Boss High Powered Handheld FrotherThe frother we’ve had and loved alllll year. I use this every single day and almost sent one home so I could use it during my travels, too😂 (p.s. they’re offering 15% off for Black Friday!)
  9. Fuzzy Drawstring Teddy Jacket – This is the one thing in my closet I *constantly* get asked about! I have it from last year in light blue, but they have new gorgeous colors this year.
  10. Modern Picnic Luncher Bag – Does it get any sleeker than this?! Like how is this a lunch bag?! I’m obsessed with this company, it’s female owned, too!!
  11. Wild Beauty: Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self CareI got this book from my brother for my birthday – it shares coolest stuff!!
  12. CAP Beauty Matcha Stick Box – This one kinda goes with the frother (those two would make the perfect gift together!), but this is hands down the best matcha I’ve had at home.

And I’ll admit, I’m suuuuper overwhelmed by all the sales this Black Friday weekend, but I’m trying to be really intentional with my spending, buying only things I’ve been eyeing for awhile and KNOW I’ll get a ton of use out of, or gifts I need to get. Here’s what I’ve shopped already or will be soon:

30% off Alo Yoga

30% off Beyond Yoga

10-20% off Mejuri

40% off Spiritual Gangster Sale

40-50% off Abercrombie

up to 50% off Aritzia

Happy Shopping and of course, Happy Thanksgiving!!❤️

xo Jordan

A Weekend at Civana Resort in Arizona

Okay so I drove to Arizona twice in three weeks…how crazy am I😂

I can’t help it, though! Arizona is absolutely STUNNING and when my best friend asked me if I wanted to meet her for a weekend getaway, I knew we had to go to Civana – a new wellness resort just north of Scottsdale. Picture tall cactuses everywhere, mountains as a backdrop and the most relaxing weekend of all time🌵

It’s super easy to get to – just over 6 hours in the car from LA, and my bff flew into Phoenix, which is just a 40 minute drive from Civana. And while it was nice to have a car, we actually didn’t even leave the resort until it was time to checkout! It truly has everything you could ask for including a cute café with coffee and quick bites, sit-down restaurant, bar, pool and hot tub, full gym, non-stop fitness and wellness classes, incredible spa, and spacious rooms.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with fresh juices and wonderful service – everyone there is unbelievably kind and helpful! We then went up to our rooms where we were brought the sweetest welcome gift, a bottle of wine and charcuterie plate! Full disclosure, we were gifted our stay at Civana, but all opinions are truthful and my own, of course!!😊

We spent the rest of the night indulging, catching up and losing track of time – that always happens when we see each other!

In the morning, we slept in a bit and then grabbed coffee before heading out on a walk in the neighborhood. The temperature in the morning is absolutely perfect and even during the afternoon when it warmed up, we were super comfortable! I think fall/winter must be the perfect time to visit.

When we got back to the hotel, we got smoothies at the café and enjoyed them while relaxing poolside until our Athletic Stretch class at 1pm.

I was SO impressed by the class offerings at Civana – they had everything from Aerial Yoga (which we wanted to take but couldn’t get a spot fast enough!) to Boot Camp and Yoga. Sign up sheets for activities go up every day at noon, so get there asap since those spots fill up veryyy quickly! But what’s nice is that most of these classes are built into the cost of your stay, so you really get a bang for your buck.

After class, we went back to the pool for more Vitamin D and lunch. We enjoyed apps including red pepper hummus and broccamole (their specialty!) plus watermelon margaritas. We really lived it up💃🏻💃🏻

The afternoon brought us to the spa – a brand new part of Civana that is unbelievable and easily the nicest spa I’ve ever been to. All guests have access to the spa whether a treatment is booked or not, but I can tell you that it is SO worth the splurge to get one. I had the best facial of my life and Michelle had a massage!

In addition to those, we were able to sit by the spa’s lap pool, dip into the aquatic wellness pools and hot tub, sit in the sauna and steam room, and chill in the relaxtion rooms. There’s one upstairs that we managed to juuuust catch the gorgeous sunset from! That room is massive with an indoor and outdoor area, plus refreshments.

Dinner was at the more formal restaurant, Terras, where the food was exceptional! We started with a scallop crudo, then I had salmon while Michelle had a polenta lasagna. Dessert was coconut sorbet with a chocolate shell. YUM.

The next morning, we woke up early to grab coffee, take advantage of one more class, Hatha Yoga, and grab smoothies/juices to have while packing up. While our stay was brief, I can honestly say that I left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and so content!

Civana is the perfect place for a girl’s weekend or mother/daughter getaway and I truly can’t wait to go back!

Have you ever been to Arizona or a wellness resort? Either way, Civana is calling your name😉

xo Jordan

Friday Finds + November Intentions

And just like that, October was over and she broke out her Christmas candles…😂

No, but seriously, I don’t know where time went and the fact that 2019 is coming to a close soon(ish) is actually kind of scary/weird. Luckily the holiday season is my FAVORITE and I live for all things Christmas, so there is a lot to look forward to!

I shared this on my Instagram today, but instead of making a list of a bunch of intentions I’ll never accomplish or remember, I want to manifest just a few things for the end of year. It’s always so beyond hectic, especially as someone who works in social media for clients in the retail space (helloooo Black Friday/Holiday sale chaos), so I manifest:

✨ calm and ease
✨ gratitude and joy in the everyday
✨ abundance
✨ contentment in the here and now

And now, onto Friday Finds!

Maple Pumpkin Black & White Cookies – I LOVE black & white cookies!!! This is the perfect seasonal take on them😍

A 10-Minute Yoga Flow to Do Next Time You Can’t Sleep – Fun fact: before I had severe back problems and was tired 24/7, I had severe sleeping issues LOL. I’m absolutely trying this next time they kick back in!

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – I will take a mug of this every single night until next summer, plz thx.

Eating an Avocado a Day Can Lower Your Cholesterol – Interestinggggg. I eat about half an avocado 3-4 times a week…maybe I should eat more? I never know if I should take these things seriously or not…

10 Healthy Fall Dinner Ideas That Can Be Made in 10 Minutes or Less – Alllll about the veggie pasta bowls and roasted veggies this time of year!

3 Ways to Help Fight the California Kincade & Getty Fires – This. It’s a scary time, y’all.

Have a beautiful weekend and Happy November!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Oh hey, y’all! This is apparently my first post of October…oof🙈

I totally dropped the ball on my blog – the past few weeks have been filled with transitions, work, events, catching up with friends, and self-care. Plus, if I’m being totally honest, I’ve been feeling slightly unmotivated, but I know that’s on it’s way out (thank goodness).

I’m actually on a plane to Washington D.C. right now – my boyfriend’s brother has his own music festival called All Things Go and the lineup this weekend is absolutely INSANE. My (potentially all time) favorite band is playing, LANY, and I might even get to meet them…plz pray for me that I don’t a) say anything weird b) start giggling uncontrollably c) pee just a little bit in my pants or d) all of the above😂

Oh! And I uploaded another YouTube video (really hoping to be more consistent over there) – it’s a vlog and it shows what a regular day in my life usually looks like! You can watch it here. Anyway, let’s get into the finds of the week!!

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – I made this “joke” on Instagram yesterday, but I swear I’m turning into a chocolate covered pumpkin…I just can’t get enough of those flavors together! And the texture in these looks PERFECT.

How Not to Care What People Think & Be Proud of Your Side Project – Because we should all be proud no matter what. Having a regular project AND a side project is hard work, but it’s fun and we do it because we love it. Do you have one? Tell me in the comments so I can check it out!!

Drunken Homemade Honeycrisp Apple Cider – ummm OKAY. This sounds dangerous in the best way possible.

The 2-Ingredient Breakfasts Doctors Eat Everyday – I’ll just go ahead and eat these for lunch and dinner, too…

Crispy Cauliflower and Kale Penne – Anyone else on a *major* pasta kick rn? Love this one ’cause it sneaks in some cozy veggies, too!!

Alright y’all, we’ll just call it there! Hope you have the best weekend – do all the fall things for me! I really need to get my booty to a pumpkin patch asap…

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday😍

And you guys! Exciting things that happened this week include:

  • Getting some new & fun partnership opportunities
  • My massage + mani/pedi because #selfcare
  • Hitting 10k steps every single day since walking my dog is honestly the best.
  • Realizing that my life is in MY control, I have the power to make change and everything is temporary.

And on that note, let’s get on with the Friday Finds😊

25 Tweets That Prove Dog Owners Have the Best Sense of Humor – Can you tell I’m happy to be a pet mom?😂 For real though, Ovi makes me laugh at least 10x a day and I’m so grateful for it!

3 Recipes from Antoni Porowski’s Cookbook We’re Drooling Over – INDEED. Any other Queer Eye fans out there? Antoni is ma faaaave.

DIY Leave-In Coconut Milk Conditioner Spray – V into DIY beauty these days!! This sounds incredible🙌🏻

Why Wellness Spaces Have Become the Social Hangouts of Choice – This article is a pretty accurate explanation of my life tbh. The wellness community has for real changed my life, it’s made the transition out of dancing soooo much easier for me!

Low Carb Chocho Flour Muffins – Say whaaat! I’d never even heard of chocho flour before!

Okay your turn – tell me something good or hit me with your favorite article/blog post from this week!👇🏻

xo Jordan