Friday Finds

Okay I know the days don’t totally matter anymore, but Happy Friday nonetheless!

Even if it just means lighter e-mails, I’m still excited for the weekend😊 Although, I’m definitely pretty bummed that they’ve officially closed our hiking trails and beaches because this weather is the *ideal* for being outside. That pic up there was taken last Saturday, and I miss it already.

Though this week has been filled with high highs and low lows for so many, I do think there are a few silver linings to the situation we’re in:

  • more virtual connection with others through FaceTime/Zoom
  • time to experiment and get creative in the kitchen
  • quality time spent with loved ones if you’re co-quarantining
  • slower, more simpler living

That being said, I know I have it soooo much easier than most. If you are someone who is alone or taking care of a family, jobless or working hard to protect and serve the rest of us, a business owner, or literally just anyone at all, I’m thinking of you and I’m here for you. If there is any way this blog or I can support you, please let me know❤️

Until then, some light reading…

4 Food-Safety Tips for Handling Groceries Right Now – In case you’re like me confused as heck about what to do with our groceries!

Easy Quarantine Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks – My friend Jacki put together this epic list of recipes from some seriously incredible food bloggers! My Chocolate Protein Zucchini Bread is on it, but definitely go check out the rest.

Pancake Charcuterie Board – Aaaaaand now I know what I’ll be doing this Sunday, thank you PopSugar🙏🏻

Sheet Pan Sausage & Potatoes – Okay legit made (a version of) this for dinner last night and it was SO GOOD. Highly recommend😍

Yale’s Happiness Course – Okay my aunt sent this to me and it’s the coolest thing ever! Yale is offering their Happiness Course for free right now and to be honest, I think we should ALL spend the time to take it.

Grain-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Copycat) – Another winner from my friend Gracie over at Hungry Blonde! I don’t know about you, but I used to be full on *addicted* to Lofthouse cookies until I realized how awful they were for me😂 This is a much better option!!

Wishing you a weekend filled with joy in all the small things.

xo Jordan

These Are Crazy Times, My Friend (But I’m Still Staying Positive)

I haven’t been on here in awhile and I think it’s pretty obvious why…

I was going to write a Colorado recap post about my trip there with my family last week, and *then* I was going to finally post my Vietnam travel guide, but with pretty much the entire country on lockdown, that just didn’t feel right.

The last thing I want my little corner of the internet to be is a place of negativity or anxiety, and I’m sure you’re all already well-informed about social distancing, so I’ll just keep it at this: I’m not panicking, but I do have a LOT of energy bars, boxes of chickpea pasta and cans of bone broth😅

I think the biggest two things that are hitting me right now are the fact that 1) we still got to go on our big trip to Southeast Asia and I feel insanely lucky but 2) that things have escalated so unbelievably quickly since then and to be honest, I have no idea what’s going to happen to the world’s economy.

But this post is about positivity! Because at the end of the day, this is all TEMPORARY. Yeah, I know, it might last awhile and it might honestly last a lot longer than we thought it would, but this self-quarantined social distancing thing isn’t going to be our forever. And to be honest, I’m kind of leaning into this temporary “new normal.”

As someone who has been working from home for over a year now and LOVES it, I can tell you that there are soooo many perks once you get used to it! And I’m so, so lucky to be here with Alex, I know that, although it wasn’t easy at first navigating how to work in this small space together😂

But if you’re alone right now in your home, I can’t tell you how amazing FaceTime really is. Have a dinner date, coffee or drink with a friend and call them up – it’s the BEST. I’ve lived far from loved ones for awhile now too, and I promise there’s a way to make it work and feel less lonely😊

Other than that, here’s how I’m staying sane, hopeful, busy and focused on the good:

Gratitude

I’ve been reminding myself how lucky I am to be in good health, have a home, have people I can call when I need to talk all this chaos out, a job that I can work from my living room, food, my dog, and a boyfriend who makes sure we have plenty of hand sanitizer and toilet paper *before* it all gets sold out. If you haven’t tried using the 5 Minute Journal or even that method before, just take a moment each morning and night to write down 3 things you’re grateful for.

Hobbies

Coloring, journaling, doodling, baking, and even knitting have been taking up my free time the past few days and I’m super into it. I’d like to think of this “forced rest” as time to do all of those things we always say we’re too busy to make time for. Other things I want to do include reading, updating my blog design, and making more videos!

Work

I’m blessed as heck to have my regular full-time job right now, but my “influencer” income has definitely dropped. I was actually supposed to go on my first blogging trip today but it go cancelled, of course. So in the meantime, I’m focusing on brushing up on skills, getting my taxes in order, and even getting creative on how I need to pivot in order to keep my business thriving.

*If you’re someone who isn’t able to work right now, I’m sending you all my freaking love. I can only imagine what you’re feeling, but if you do feel up to it, I know I always feel my best when I’m learning something new. Skillshare and even YT have so many free resources if you want to take a course or expand your resumé!

What about you?

How are you handling all of this? I’m always here if you need to chat. That’s the best part about being on the internet – we have this amazing, built in community so that even though we have to be far apart from one another, we can still stand together.

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Long time no see – this week has been BUSY.

I’ve actually been in Colorado since last Sunday (can’t stop won’t stop traveling🙈) and it’s been SO nice. If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know I come here every year with my family!

Since I just took a two week long vaca to Asia, I’ve had a ton of work to catch up on while I’ve been here, but it’s been the most productive environment ever. No distractions, no social plans or commitments, just me and my parents and the mountain!

That being said, I busted my tush the first few days of the week, so today I finally get to go out and snowboard! I’m SO EXCITED. I hope you’re celebrating Friday, too!! But first…some quick reads😊

5 Ways to Use the New Trader Joe’s Elote Seasoning – Have you tried this yet?! It came out while we were away and I’m dying to get it!

Easy 3-Ingredient Sauces for Chicken (or any) Dinners – Wait…these are GENIUS.

A Dietician Ranks the 5 Best Cauliflower Pizza Crusts – I’ve tried 3/5 of these and totally agree with the #1 choice!

10 Minutes Standing Barre Routine (No Equipment) – I find myself loving quick workout videos like this more and more, maybe it’s because I’ve been traveling a ton and you can do them anywhere! PopSugar has always been a go-to resource for me since they have so many amazing free videos🙌🏼

8 Affordable Clean Beauty Brands You Can Find at Target – I haven’t been to Target in like a month and I miss it, is that weird…😂 But low key, I’d rather be shopping for beauty products at Targ than Sephora rn – gotta save up some cash after our trip!

Tonight at sundown to tomorrow at sundown are the National Day of Unplugging and I’m going to do my best to participate!! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

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