December 31, 2017


Hello, everybody! Today is the last day of 2017, and it's been an absolutely wild year for me. It was a year full of milestones and events that I never, in a million years, thought would happen to me. Today I'm gonna talk you through some of the major life events that have happened to me and what my goals are for 2018! There isn't an event for every month because some months were simply for chillin'. Anyway, enjoy!

My sister and I got matching tattoos.

Sam and I skip our senior prom and go to Michigan!

I turned 18; officially an adult! Got the Cher tattoo to commemorate the milestone.

I graduated high school; Sam and I get matching tattoos!

My family and I go on a scenic vacation to Door County.

I became an aunt to my beautiful niece, Olive.

I started COLLEGE. (This selfie is relevant because I'm wearing a sweater with my college's name on it. Also, I have no other school-related pictures so this is what you get.)

I pig fell in love with me.

Sam and I celebrated our one year anniversary and go on a trip to California! So far on this trip, we've driven from Las Vegas to San Diego with two strangers, taken a yoga class, partied with our Airbnb host, and we plan to go to a New Year's Eve party at a mattress store tonight! I only have one vlog out now, but there should be two more coming. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay updated!

Also in December, I launched my very own natural products line, Lumineux by Nature! Click here to check out my first few products!

As far as goals for the new year go, I wish to not be so quick to get angry. Rather than getting frustrated over everything that happens and the little things people do to grind my gears, I plan to pick my battles and let the little stuff go. I plan to recognize that being hurt on purpose and being hurt by accident are two very different things, and that those who hurt you by accident do not deserve to be punished for it. In the new year, I plan to approach situations with a positive attitude and choose peace over anger.

That is it for this blog post, AND for 2017! I hope you've all had a wonderful year, or that you have at least learned something from it. Who knows, 2018 may be your year!

See you then,
Jordan x

December 15, 2017

The Ultimate Holiday Party Guide

Season's Greetings, my beautiful tree toppers! Welcome to Blogmas 2017, or at least my attempt at it. After skipping out on Blogmas last year, I was dead set on redeeming myself in 2017. I had so many fun ideas on blog posts I could make, but studying for my finals has left me with very little free time. Rather than skipping out on another year of festive cheer, I'm gonna make the most out of the 10 days we have left. This Blogmas, I'm going to do some revamps of my favorite posts from 2015 along with incorporating some new ideas, as exemplified in today's post.

I was originally going to kick off Blogmas with a list of holiday-themed activities you could do to get into the holiday spirit, but as I was writing it, I feel out of love with the idea. I wanna party instead. In today's post, I will show you how to throw the best holiday party imaginable. The guide will begin with a list of party-planning steps, followed by festive food and drink recipes, followed by potential party outfits, and completed with steps on how to survive a family party in case you get dragged to one. Feel free to scroll to the section that most interests you!


Determine the Formality
First, you must determine your party's level of formality. Would you like to host an elegant soiree or a casual get-together? Your party's level of formality will determine virtually every other aspect of your party, including the music, the menu, the decor, and the dress code.

Make a Guest List
I personally believe that the more intimate a gathering is, the better. Sticking to your closest friends or family eliminates the possibility of awkward conversations and reduces the amount of stress you put on yourself. If you’re surrounded by your favorite people, you know you’re gonna have a great time.

Choose a Location
Once you create your guest list, you must determine your party's location. It’s important to choose a venue that can accommodate the number of guests you plan to have. Would you be okay with 30 people running around your house? Do you have enough space in your house? Would a banquet hall be the perfect, sophisticated venue for your party?

Create a Menu
If you're willing to spend more money on your party, catering is always an option. It saves you the trouble of cooking and it can significantly enhance your party's fancy-schmancy feel. If your party is more laid back, you could go for a potluck meal where every guest brings one of their signature holiday dishes. Another way to make your party feel a bit more sophisticated while still being fun is to stray from the classic sit-down meal and serve hors d'oeuvres instead. Make sure to ask your guests if they have any food allergies or dietary preferences so you can be sure that everyone has something to eat!

Luckily, most holidays already have color schemes to go along with. Great Christmas colors include the classic red and green, along with gold, silver, and white. There are SO many different ways to decorate for Christmas. You can do down the classic red-green route, or you could create a more elegant atmosphere by pairing white with either gold, silver, or copper.

What's gonna happen at this legendary party of yours? Games? Dancing? Strippers? You might wanna save that last suggestion for another party, but you never know what could happen with those few crazy relatives. Some festive activities could include cookie decorating, white elephant gifts, watching Christmas movies, or playing your favorite board games.

You really can't go wrong with Christmas music; however, if you're throwing a sophisticated party, songs with an emphasis on the piano might be more appropriate than "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Some classy holiday singers include Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como.

Pick an Outfit
Choose an outfit that you will feel beautiful and comfortable in, and maybe something with a little extra room for your inevitable food baby. If you plan on wearing heels, bring a comfortable backup pair of shoes as well. Remember, it's winter, so dress for the weather! For a casual party, a Christmas sweater and your favorite pair of jeans are perfect. A knitted sweater dress is also a great casual, but still stylish option. For a formal party, dressy pants and a sweater are great. You could also wear a dress with a more formal fabric and shape. Metallics can also look really cool, as you can see above!


I'm pretty sure the food is the best part of any party. Depending on your party's formality, your menu could consist of several plated courses or a plate full of mashed potatoes and gravy, both of which are totally okay! I believe that regardless of how fancy or unfancy your menu is, your spread should always have a variety of tastes and textures. If one of the components of your meal is rich and creamy, you should have a tart, acidic component to balance it out. If you have a smooth, silky component in your meal, you should also have a crispy, crunchy one. These various tastes and textures keep your meal interesting and well-rounded.

In this section, I'm going to give you three recipes in the categories of drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and side dishes, assuming that you have the main dish of your meal already planned out. These recipes are super easy to make, and the final products are guaranteed to impress your guests!


Christmas Sangria
This recipe comes from Cake 'N' Knife, and the mixture of the fruits along with the fragrant rosemary make it colorful and elegant!

- 2 Bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
- 1C. Cranberries (1/4C. Halved, 3/4C. Whole)
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, Chopped
- 3/4C. Apple Cider
- 1/4C. Sugar or Honey
- Rosemary Sprigs

Combine ingredients in a larger pitcher and stir.
Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve!

Mulled Wine
Mulled wine and mulled cider are staple holiday beverages. This mulled wine recipe from Gimme Some Oven, and it looks absolutely delicious!

- 1 Bottle Red Wine
- 1/4C. Brandy
- 1/4C. Sugar
- 1 Orange, Sliced into Disks
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 Cloves
- 2 Star Anise (Optional)

Combine ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and let mixture infuse for at least 15 minutes.

Hot Cocoa
This is just a big 'duh'. This cocoa recipe comes from Ashlee Marie, who claims it's the world's best!

- 1/4C. Cocoa Powder
-1/2C. Sugar
- 1/2t. Salt
- 1/3C. Water
- 4C. Milk

Combine dry ingredients in a saucepan.
Add water, bring to a boil, and let boil for one minute.
Add milk, stir to combine, and serve!


Roasted Tomato and Burrata Crostini
Every party must have some sort of tomato basil dish. This one comes from Authentic Suburban Gourmet, and it might just be the best tomato-basil yet. Not to mention, it's Christmas colored!

- 1 Baguette
- Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
- 12 Grape Tomatoes, Halved
- 1 Ball of Burrata
- 1 Jar of Pesto

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place halved tomatoes on a baking tray with the cut side facing upwards. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes.
Slice baguette into 12 half-inch slices, brush with olive oil, and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes.
Cut garlic cloves in half width-wise and rub onto crostinis.
Spread a layer of burrata onto the crostinis at your desired thickness.
Place a dollop of pesto on each crostini and spread evenly.
Top crostinis with two tomato halves and serve!

Spinach Dip Twisted Christmas Tree
This recipe and the picture above comes from, and it combines two of my favorite things: spinach dip and Christmas. Although this isn't a hand-held hors d'oeuvre, it's still great for sharing because all one has to do is tear off a "branch"! Out of all the recipes featured in this post, this one might be the most complicated. The mixing and spreading are easy, but when it comes to shaping the product into a tree, it requires close attention.

- 1 Tube Thin Pizza Crust
- 12oz. (1 pack) Frozen Spinach (Thawed and Drained of Access Water)
- 6oz. Cream Cheese
- 2 to 3 Cloves of Minced Garlic
- 1C. Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2C. Parmesan Cheese
2T. Salted Butter
- 1/2t. Sea Salt
- 1/2t. Onion Powder or Dried Minced Onion
- 1/2t. Garlic Salt
- 1/4t. Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4t. Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine spinach, cream cheese, minced garlic, mozzarella, parmesan, salt, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
Roll out pizza crust, spread, cut, and twist as demonstrated.
Bake for around 20 minutes or until dough is thoroughly cooked.
Melt butter and mix with garlic salt and brush over the finished product.

Cheese Board Wreath
If a Christmas tree seems too complicated, make a wreath! Cheeseboards are fancy and super easy. This glorious wreath comes from Home is Where the Boat Is. Although I love the look of this wreath, I would also include some nuts and fruits (possibly fruit preserves) in my spread, along with some crackers to put them on.

- 2 to 4 Types of Cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack)
- 2 to 3 Types of Olives (Green, Black, Kalamata, Stuffed)
- Fruit (Grapes, Pears, Apples)
- Fruit Preserves (Peach, Pear)
- Nuts (Almonds, Cashews)
- Crackers
- Sprigs of Rosemary (Optional)
- Toothpicks

Arrange ingredients in an aesthetically pleasing manner, alternating your components and using the sprigs of rosemary as a garnish.
Serve with toothpicks and enjoy!


Scalloped Potatoes
Maybe it's just my family, but I feel like every party has to have potatoes in one form or another. I'm a HUGE fan of scalloped potatoes or potatoes au gratin. These dishes consist of thinly sliced potatoes baked in a gorgeous, creamy sauce and topped with breadcrumbs and cheese if you desire. The best part about scalloped potatoes is that often times, you can find it in boxes at your local supermarket where all you have to do is add the wet ingredients and bake! Easy peasy, and oh so delicious.

Honey-Roasted Carrots
Roasted vegetables are a staple side dish for me, and they're so easy to make! Christmas classics include carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts, but if I had it my way, I would include beets and asparagus as well. For today's post, I made some ridiculously easy honey-roasted carrots.

- 1.5lb. Medium Carrots, Peeled
- 2T. Melted Butter or Honey Oil
- 2T. Honey or Maple Syrup
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- Salt to Taste
- Pepper to Taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel the carrots if needed and combine all ingredients and make sure carrots are completely coated in the honey-butter mixture.
Spread carrots out evenly on a roasting tray and roast for 25 minutes. Remove carrots from oven, toss them around, and place back in oven until golden brown, if needed.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
If you currently don't like Brussels sprouts, you will after this recipe. I'll admit, I was skeptical about this dish because raw Brussels sprouts did not appeal to me. This festive salad completely changed my view on Brussels sprouts, and I am officially a sprout lover. This salad is the perfect, fresh side dish for your Christmas meal. It's fruity, crunchy, and acidic, making it the perfect compliment to a warm, rich holiday meal.

- 1lb. Shredded Brussels Sprouts
- 1/3C. Dried Cranberries
- 1/3C. Halved Pecans, Toasted
- 1/3C. Olive Oil
- 2T. Red Wine Vinegar (or Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar)
- 2T. Dijon Mustard
- 2T. Honey
- 1t. Sea Salt
- 1/4t. Onion Powder
- 1/4t. Garlic Powder

Combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and seasonings in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Combine Brussels sprouts and cranberries in serving bowl and drizzle dressing on top.
Top with pecans and serve!


 This knitted sweater dress is warm and comfortable, which are two things you don't usually associate with dresses! The dress' knitted texture gives the outfit a casual vibe, but that can easily be fixed with a nice pair of shoes and some statement jewelry. 

Red is the color of the season. Even if your outfit doesn't scream "Christmas", its red color will do that for you. This strapless peplum dress is PERFECT for an elegant soiree or a holiday event in the city.

The omission of black tights from this outfit can completely change its feel, taking it from work party attire to PARTY attire, if you know what I mean!

Oh, hey!

How fun is this dress?! I wore this to a production of the Nutcracker a couple years back, and I've been dying to wear it ever since. This dress is great for a fancy occasion, as metallics are quite fancy in my book.

How To Survive a Family Party

Featured below is a link to one of my favorite Blogmas posts I made in 2015. If you're dreading a family party, read the blog post below and be ready to answer any repetitive or invasive questions that get thrown your way!

How To Survive a Family Party

That's it for today's post! I hope I've helped to ease and of your any potential party planning stress. Happy Holidays, and party hard, my friends!

Until next time,
Jordan x

November 30, 2017

How To Change the World From Home

Hello, my friends!

With Thanksgiving a week past and Christmas upon us, we are reminded of the importance of giving and loving and making the world a better place. Although spreading peace and love and making the world a better place sounds great, it's not always that easy.

For one reason or another, we sometimes fail to fight for the causes we believe in. In my case, it's because I'm scared; scared of speaking up for what I believe in and being hated for it. If there's one thing I hate, it's drawing attention to myself. When I was in elementary school, I wouldn't even let my classmates sing "Happy Birthday" to me. I distinctly remember asking my kindergarten teacher to not sing to me, not even in a whisper. Now imagine if that attention wasn't happy birthday attention! This fear is what has always stopped me from standing up for the things I believe in, and I've always hated myself for it. Some people choose not to fight for a cause because they're lazy and the issue doesn't directly affect them. Other times, people refrain from speaking up or participating in protests because they are worried for their safety. Regardless of one's reason for not wanting to leave the house, you are still able to change the world.

For today's post, I have curated a list of things you can do to change the world from the safety and comfort of your very own home. Now you have no excuse for sitting at home and watching the world fall apart! Gotcha.

Sign Petitions
Signing online petitions is one of the easiest ways to change the world without leaving your house. There are a variety of websites fighting for a variety of causes, so whether you're an animal lover, a human lover, an environmentalist, an LGBTQ ally, or any other kind of advocate for equality, there's a petition for you. If you're an animal lover, download the PETA app and send emails to companies with the click of a button! Other powerful websites include and

In case any of you are interested...

Petition to Impeach Trump:

Signing a petition takes no time at all, and it can make all the difference.

If you can't give your time or your labor, give your money so people can continue to do the hard work for you! There's nothing worse than having a team full of loving people willing to help, but with no money or resources to help with. Sometimes as little as $5.00 can be the difference between life and death for a child or an animal in need. I recently saw a video on Facebook of three, beautiful puppies who had been trapped in rock-solid tar and left to die. It's hard to believe that we live amongst disgusting, heartless monsters who feel the need to torture animals to death instead of giving them to loving homes, but we do. Luckily, a local organization was contacted and was able to save the puppies and nurse them back to health. Usually, the organizations that do the most work are nonprofits that rely on the public's donations to survive. If the organization that saved the puppies had not received so many donations, this story may not have had such a happy ending.

Here's a link to the website I donated to:
Animal Aid Unlimited

Here are some other links:
UNICEF (Reducing Child Mortality)
CARE (Defeating Poverty and Achieving Social Justice)
PETA (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
The Humane Society (Animal Cruelty Prevention)
ASPCA (Animal Cruelty Prevention)

Click the links and see which cause tugs at your heartstrings the most, then donate as much as you can! If the amount you want to donate isn't one of the options, type your desired amount into the "Other" box.

Play Games
If you don't have money to donate, why not play games? One of my favorite websites is where all you have to do is answer ridiculously easy questions from a variety of categories. For every question you answer correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. How cool is that?! Although every item on this list of activities to better the world is easy, this is probably the easiest.

Duh! You may not think that the recycling habits of a single person can change the world, but they totally can. Imagine if every person on the planet believed they had an impact on the wellbeing of the earth and decided to recycle. If you are already a recycler, reach out to your local businesses. Believe it or not, most of the companies that create the most waste do not recycle. I used to work at a popular restaurant where a thousand people could walk through the doors each day, using plastic cups, utensils, and dinnerware, and dozens of aluminum food pans a day, and nothing would get recycled. It broke my heart every single day to know that I was a part of something that was slowly killing the earth. Start recycling, and reach out to the companies that produce mass amounts of waste to do the same!

Spread Awareness
If you feel that there is no possible way you could make a difference, do your best spread awareness for the issues you care about. You may not have money to donate, but I know that if you are reading this blog post, you have access to the internet. Make a Facebook status, an Instagram post, or a tweet to raise awareness for a cause you believe in to enlist the help of those who can make a difference. Reach out to your family and friends, ask them to sign a petition, ask them to donate money, and make sure they know the importance of recycling. The more people who are aware of the issue, the better!

Give Compliments
This action isn't so much about changing the world as it is about making someone's day. If someone looks beautiful, tell them. If you like someone's outfit, tell them! There's nothing wrong with a spontaneous compliment to make people feel better about themselves. Give someone confidence and hopefully, they will give that confidence to others. Imagine if everyone brought each other up instead of tearing each other down! The whole world would glow and radiate positivity, automatically making it a better place to live.

That's it for today's post! I hope these ideas gave you some motivation to change the world, or at least raise awareness for the causes you care about. I urge you to click on at least one of the links featured in this post to do your part in making the world a better place. Thanks for reading! I'll see you in December for Blogmas 2017!

Until then,
Jordan x

October 21, 2017

Plum-Toned Autumnal Makeup

Hello, my friends!

Today's post is about autumnal makeup. My boyfriend and I celebrated 10 months together by going to a pumpkin farm and carving pumpkins, and this post is about the makeup I wore on that day! To see the makeup at its prime, watch the YouTube video I made of this day, which includes the makeup application!

This is the look without any lip product. It's not an ideal picture, but it's the best one I could get! You can tell I'm not very good a this. I originally planned to create a rusty red-orange makeup look, but it turns out I don't have any orange, red, or yellow eyeshadows. My lack of the required products made it kind of hard to create the desired look! I tried using red lip liner in the creases, but as you can see in the video, it barely showed up. Plum and berry tones are autumnal too, right?!

Here's another picture of the makeup taken with a better camera in better lighting. I forgot to take a picture straight after applying the makeup, so this picture was taken after about 5 hours of wear. Also,  the lip color appears very warm in the picture, but it was quite cool-toned in person.

I wanted to keep my base light and natural. I hate the way foundation magnifies all of my imperfections, so I opted for a powder instead! On top of the powder I applied bronzer, highlighter, and a mixture of a dark, rose gold blush and a shimmery pink one. On my eyes, I created a subdued, slightly purple eyeshadow look with plum liner, softened with dark brown eyeshadow. I carried the purple through into the lips, where I used a dark berry lipstick, sheered out and topped with coral lip balm. The lip color's berriness unfortunately did not pick up in the picture, but you can see it in the YouTube video.

These are some of the products I used to create the look. The items missing are the red lip liner, the plum eyeliner, mascara, the powder I used for foundation, and my eyebrow kit. You can see all products, including the ones not pictured above, in the YouTube video!

That's it for today's post! I hope this makeup look gave you inspiration, or at least made you less afraid of purple eyeshadow! I am no makeup artist, but I had fun experimenting!

Until next time,
Jordan x

October 15, 2017

Autumn Wardrobe Essentials

Hello, my friends! I hope you're all doing well. Today's post is all about my field of expertise, fashion! Just kidding. I'm no fashion expert, but when it comes to the colder months, I feel like my odds of passing as a stylish person are much higher!

Autumn/winter fashion is all about coziness and layering, which is why I love it so much. To me, the element that differentiates autumn fashion from winter fashion is color. In autumn, I tend to stay away from black, white, and blue, as I feel they are quite stark and lack the warmth that autumn is known for. Instead, I replace the black with brown, the white with cream, and the blue with khaki green! The must-have colors in your autumn wardrobe include berry tones, browns, cream, mustard yellow, rusty orange, khaki green. Today I'm going to show you how to incorporate those colors into your wardrobe through a few staple pieces.

I apologize in advance for the way my pictures turned out; it was very sunny and I am definitely not a model, and I think the pictures reflect that!

Without further ado, let's get on with the post!

Knitted Sweaters
An obvious staple in one's cold weather wardrobe! Sweaters are practical, comfortable, and acceptably baggy. Choosing a sweater with a pattern or in a bold color can immediately amp up an outfit, and it can even act as your statement piece. This funky sweater is from the men's section of H&M! I love this sweater because I don't have to put much thought into the rest of my outfit. Plus, at what other time of the year would you be able to wear this color?!

High-Waisted Jeans
High-waisted jeans are my ultimate confidence-boosters. Similar to sweaters, colored jeans can act as the statement piece that the rest of your outfit revolves around. Most of my high-waisted jeans are from H&M, but this colorful pair is from Kohl's!

If your autumn season is still quite warm during the day, a light jacket may be the way to go. Flannels have become quite popular with teens in the recent years, and they give a nice, laid back feel to an outfit. Cardigans are cozy while jackets prepare you for any type of weather. Pictured above, I am wearing a knitted cardigan from Boohoo along with a rusty orange top from a store I cannot remember! I love this bold color combo, but feel free to swap out one of the colors for something a bit more toned down! If I wasn't already wearing green pants, I would've paired this top with a khaki green rain anorak I bought from Target. 

Ankle Boots
Those who don't wear jewelry may argue that footwear is the finishing touch to an outfit, and me, being one of those people, would have to agree! I picked up this pair of faux suede ankle boots from Forever 21, and I feel like their warm brown color would go well with any outfit.

That's it for my autumn wardrobe essentials! I'm not the most stylish, but I hope you can see that I'm trying! I will see you very soon for a post about autumnal makeup!

Until then,
Jordan x

September 30, 2017

My Favorite Autumn Recipes

Season's greetings, my little apple cider donuts!

 My favorite season is here; the season of coziness and cinnamon-scented air. IT'S AUTUMN, PEOPLE! There is nothing I don't love about autumn. The weather gets cooler, the drinks get warmer, the food gets hardier, and the earth is at its physical peak.

Autumn has to be my favorite season for food and drink because it combines the fruitiness of the warm seasons with the richness and spices of the colder ones. The key to making your food autumnal is by including classic autumnal flavors: apples, oranges, cranberries, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, thyme, and sage. You will see all of these herbs, spices, and fruits used in this post!

In these recipes, you will see a variety of 't's incorporated into the measurements. The uppercase 'T's stand for tablespoon, and the lowercase 't's stand for teaspoon.

Without further ado, here are my favorite autumn recipes!

Mind-Blowing Apple Cider

You have not lived until you have tasted this apple cider. This recipe is the perfect mixture of fruit and spices, which makes it the poster beverage for the autumn season. I drink it every year and it never fails to blow my mind!

1 gallon Apple Cider
1 cup Orange Juice
5 Cinnamon Sticks
20 Whole Cloves
20 Whole Allspice

Combine ingredients in large pot over medium heat. Once cider starts to simmer, reduce heat to low and let infuse for 2 hours. The longer you let your cider infuse, the better it will taste! My mom told me that when she makes this cider for a party, she will leave it on the stove over low heat for the whole night.

Orange & Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is the perfect side dish to pair with hardy autumnal food. The tartness and acidity of the cranberries cut through the richness of the meal, giving it a great balance. It's also super easy to make from scratch!

4 cups (12 ounces) Frozen Cranberries
1 cup Orange Juice
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick (Optional)

In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine orange juice, cinnamon stick, and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Reduce heat to low, add cranberries, and stir.
When mixture starts to bubble, mash the cranberries with spoon or potato masher.
Stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce is at your desired consistency. Remember that it will thicken as it cools.
Take off of heat and let sauce cool; add more orange juice to loosen it up if needed.

Vegetarian Gravy

Vegetarians, suffer no more! There is no need to go another Thanksgiving without gravy on the table. Here is my favorite vegetarian gravy recipe!

3T. Butter
1 Small Onion or Shallot, finely chopped
1 large clove Garlic, minced
1t. Thyme
1/2t. Sage
2T. Flour or Corn Starch
2 cups Vegetable Broth
1T. Soy Sauce
Salt & Pepper

In a sauce pan over medium to low heat, sauté the onions, garlic, sage, and thyme in the butter.
Once onions are soft and translucent, stir in flour and incorporate thoroughly.
Add in your broth and soy sauce and whisk to combine.
Let mixture bubble until it thickens.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pot Pie Filling

I'm a huge fan of pot pies, but once I became a vegetarian, it was super hard to find one without meat in it. The reason this recipe is titled "Pot Pie Filling" instead of a whole "Pot Pie" is because it is actually quite versatile; you could use it as pot pie filling or simply serve it in a bowl with a buttered roll! I've been doing the latter recently, and it's just as good. This recipe makes 2 to 3 pot pies depending on how much filling you squeeze into each one. I promise you it tastes better than it looks!

1T. Butter
1 Large Potato, peeled and cubed
2 Medium Carrots, thinly coined
1t. Salt
1/2t. Pepper
1/2t. Thyme
1/2t. Sage
1/2t. Oregano
1/2t. Celery Seed
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
2t. Corn Starch or Flour

In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, add all ingredients except for water, heavy cream, and cornstarch.
Sauté the vegetables for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in water to boil the potatoes all the way through and deglazing the pan if necessary.
In a cup, combine the heavy cream and corn starch and whisk until thoroughly combined.
Add heavy cream mixture into the saucepan and cook until mixture thickens.
Let mixture simmer for approximately 5 minutes before turning off the heat.
Serve in a bowl with a buttered roll or bake it in a pie crust!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is rich and delicious, and look at that color! This butternut squash soup is a healthy option for your autumnal menu, and it's still just as filling! The roasting of the squash and the browning of the onions, along with the addition of nutmeg, creates an amazing depth of flavor. This recipe can easily serve 6 people!

1 Large Butternut Squash (about 3 pounds)
1T. Olive Oil
1 Small Onion
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1t. Salt
1/2t. Pepper
1/4t. Nutmeg
4 cups Vegetable Broth
2T. Butter

Halve the butternut squash, lightly oil on all sides, and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast the squash face down in the oven at 475 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
While the squash is roasting, heat olive oil in large soup pan over medium heat. Add onion, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Cook until onions are translucent, then add garlic. Over low heat, cook until onions develop a golden brown color.
Once the squash is done roasting, remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Using a large spoon, remove the flesh of the squash from the skin and add into the soup pan.
Add in vegetable broth and butter.
Using a hand blender, puree mixture until smooth.

That's it for today's post! I hope you saw a recipe that interested you! If you decide t make any of these recipes, take a picture and send it to me via the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page!

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you soon!
Jordan x

September 25, 2017

All Right Turns

Hello, my friends!

On my daily drive home from school, I get to take a gorgeous, winding road, lined with trees and dappled with sunlight. This road is about 3 miles long, and for those 3 miles, I feel quite relaxed. When this road comes to an end, I have to turn left onto a very busy road, monitored by only one stop sign. Turning left across two lanes is quite scary for me, and it's been something that has stressed me out since I first learned to drive. I know how to do it, but I dread it when there's not a set of stoplights telling me what to do.

One day while I sat at the stop sign with my left blinker on, the cars zoomed past and I wished that my route home allowed me to turn right everyday instead of left. Turning right meant I only had one lane of traffic to worry about. Then I realized something. If all I ever took was right turns, I'd just go around in circles (or squares) for the rest of my life.

This little realization has taught me that if all you ever take is right turns, you're never going to get anywhere. You must take risks and do the things that scare you in order to get where you want to be. Don't take the easy way out. Face your fears head-on and overcome them. Step out of your comfort zone. Turn left!

I hope you didn't find this post too cheesy! For those of you who live in countries where you drive on the left side of the road, pretend this blog post is titled, "All Left Turns". Replace all the 'right's with 'left's and it should make more sense!

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you all very soon for my first autumn-themed post!

Until then,
Jordan x

September 10, 2017

What Is College REALLY Like?

Hello, my friends, and welcome to my 100th post!

I just finished my first week of college, and I'm here to tell you all about it.

Since this past Monday was Labor Day, I didn't have school. I used this free day to organize my schoolbag, clean my room, and take a shower! I wanted to make sure I started the year off fresh and at ease, with a clean and calm environment to come home to.

Tuesday was my first official day of college.

Once I found parking, I was left with 4 minutes to get to a class that I had no idea where to find. On my hopeless trek through the building, I ran into a staff member and asked him if he knew where my room was. He turned out to be the professor of the class I was looking for! By the time I sat down, my chest burned due to how out of breath I was. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor of my first professor.

After the first class, I had an hour to get lunch and work on blog posts. I got a bagel and a coffee from the cafeteria and sat down at a table, waiting for the time to pass.

My second professor of the day is super nice and outgoing. I was assigned two stories to read and a quiz to take, due on Thursday. I finished off the school day with another English class, taught by a very stern and intimidating woman. My professor spent the whole 75 minutes talking about how much harder this class was compared to its prerequisites, which I had been exempt from. Needless to say I was, and am, quite worried!

Wednesday was the first day of my Monday/Wednesday classes. On these days, I have a math class and a communications class. My math class started at 1:00pm, but I came in a little early to work on some homework. Math was really overwhelming. My professor has a thick Russian accent, so the lessons are a little difficult sometimes. I also stupidly forgot to bring paper, so I had to figure out how to create all of those fancy math symbols in an online document. I definitely learned my lesson.

My communications class seems promising, and my teacher gave us M&Ms so it's off to a good start!

Thursday was my second day in my Tuesday/Thursday classes, and my last day of school for the week. Because I had been to these classes before, I was a little less anxious trying to figure out how to get there. Once I got to my classes, I'd sit down in the seat I assigned myself and pull out the assignments I'd been working on since Tuesday.

Although I'd only been out of high school for a few months, it felt like I hadn't been to school in years. The campus is huge, the homework is overwhelming, and the material is foreign to me. I still don't know how to get to most of my classes without circling the building a few times, but I'm getting the hang of it! As for everything else, I'm sure I'll manage.

Time to RELAX!

That, my friends, was my first week of college! Sorry for the long post; I guess this was more of a diary entry than anything else. For those of you who aren't in college yet, I hope this gave you a tiny insight on what's in store for you! For those of you who are currently in college or have graduated, I hope this was somewhat relatable!

My conclusion to what college is really like is quite similar to my hypothesis; college is fun if you put yourself out there (joining clubs, talking to your classmates), and it's not so overwhelming if you just keep up with your homework. If you do those two things, college will be fine! I'll see you later in the month for a non-school-related post!

Until then,
Jordan x

August 30, 2017

Back-to-School Clothing Haul

Hello, my stylish scholars! I have a very exciting post for you today.

To freshen my wardrobe for college, I did a little shoppin'. The 8 items featured in this post were bought for a total of $80, making them the perfect pieces for a student on a college budget!

Without further ado, let's get to the haul!

First stop, Target! Target is quite expensive for my liking, so I just went there for the basics. I bought a pair of black leggings and two v-necks in mustard and cream-ish. The leggings were reduced from $10 to $7, and the shirts were two for $14. What a deal! All 3 items are from the brand, Mossimo.

After Target, I went to Kohl's and raided the clearance section. I found the softest blue tank top with a lace-up neckline by the brand, So, for only $4.80!

The second shirt I found, also for $4.80, is this gorgeous graphic top. I absolutely love the neckline and shape of this top, and Sam says it accentuates my tattoos!

Although my school year takes place over the autumn/winter, I figure that these sleeveless tops would be great under cardigans as there would be no bunching up.

Onto the jeans!

I was in desperate need of some new pants, and rather than going for plain denim, I decided to go for something a little more fun. I bought two pairs of high-rise jeggings from the brand, So. I bought a grey pair for any 'business casual' outfits I may have to create, and I bought this glorious green pair because it's one of my favorite colors! Both pairs were $17.99 each.

Last but definitely not least, the most gorgeous pair of trousers you've ever seen. These navy and white, vertically striped trousers are by the brand, Candies. They were originally $48, but I got them for only $14.40. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! It feels too good to be true! These pants aren't a part of my everyday school uniform, but for days where I have to do a presentation or I'm feeling a little sassy, they would be perfect!

That's it for my college clothing haul! I hope this post has inspired you to go out and take advantage of some amazing deals. Sometimes you can find a hidden gem in the sales rack!

Until next time,
Jordan x

August 20, 2017

What's In My School Bag?

Hello, my babies!

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, I will be starting college/university on the 5th of September. This is a significant moment for me because I see the beginning of university as the beginning of the rest of my life. I am voluntarily going to school, to get a degree, to get a job, to buy a house, to support a family. It's kind of a big deal!

In order to make sure I get that degree, I need to make sure I have everything I need! Today I'm going to talk you through the contents of my school bag.

My school bag of choice is a messenger bag by the brand, Merona. The bag is made of a canvas material with a detachable shoulder strap, faux leather detailing, and magnetic buckles. On the inside, the bag has a cushioned section for my laptop and a decent-sized zipper pocket for all of my loose items. I absolutely love the earthy colors!

Now, onto the contents of this gorgeous bag!

Computer & Charger Cord
My electronic notebook and the cord that keeps it alive!
Expanding File
Having an expanding file is much easier than carrying 5 individual folders around. It's also a wonderful place to keep my snacks.
Daily Planner
Essential for staying organized! I like to write down my assignments, my work schedule, and any events happening in my life.
College classes usually occur every other day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I'll be carrying my Math and Communications textbooks. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'll be carrying my English and Philosophy textbooks!
Pens and Pencils
Obviously! I am a lover of all pens; black, blue, even purple if I'm feeling sassy.  I'm not a big fan of pencils though, so if I have to use them, I prefer to use mechanical pencils. They're just a little more fun!
Lip Balm
An absolute essential, especially during wintertime! I always feel much more confident with lip balm on.
Chewing Gum
Let's be honest; sometimes we just don't have time to brush our teeth in the morning. Whether you skipped out on your morning brush or ate a garlicky lunch, gum is a lifesaver.
Hand Lotion
The soap used in school restrooms is really harsh; at least on my little hands. A travel-sized hand lotion can be found in all of my bags, including my school bag!
You never know when you or a friend might need one! Plus, it's better to be prepared than to walk around asking strangers for one.
Nail File
You won't need it often, but when you do and you don't have one, it's impossible to think about anything else.
Every Monday and Wednesday, you will find a calculator in my bag!

That, my friends, is the contents of my school bag! I hope this post didn't make you cry at the thought of going back to school. I promise school will be alright as long as you stay on top of your work and stay out of drama! I wish you all a school year full of learning, personal growth, and edible school lunches.

Until next time,
Jordan x

August 10, 2017

A Three-Pronged Fork in the Road

Hello, my wonderful people.

For the first time ever in my blogging career, I failed to upload a post last month. Due to the relaxed, casual nature of my blog, I'm sure nobody noticed; however, I still feel like I've failed myself. My one goal as a blogger was to upload at least one post a month. I had a few posts in the works for July, but I hated them all. I tried pushing myself to write something, but my heart was saying 'no'. I then decided that having a month of no posts was better than having a month of half-assed posts that I couldn't care less about. Quality over quantity, right?

Between working, writing my book, maintaining relationships, and preparing for college, I've had little to no time to blog or film. Not only do I not know what content to make, but I also don't know where to put it.

When I find a topic I want to talk about, I need to decide whether it'd be better addressed as a blog post, as a YouTube video, or as a chapter in the book I'm writing. If I make a profound, life-changing realization, I save it for the book. If I have anything else I want to say, show, or review, I need to decide between the blog or the YouTube channel. I feel that YouTube videos are far more interesting for most people, making them the medium that I tend to lean towards. This basically means that my blog gets shat on.

Today I am here to tell you that from now on, I am going to bring you the highest quality of content, at LEAST once a month. In fact, I'm gonna start right now! If there is anything you'd like me to write about, click the 'Contact' tab at the top of my blog and shoot me a message! Get ready, because your mind is gonna be blown.

Thank you for your time, and I will see you soon!
Jordan x