Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
I am that girl that is the hardest on herself, her toughest critic, and works constantly (in my defense, I do love what I do and it makes me happy). And, as my mom says, I don’t stop to smell the roses nearly enough. Yup, that’s me to a T. I’m thinking there must be at least a few of you out there that can relate, right? I think as women this kind of thinking is ingrained into many of us, it’s just our mentality and to a point, I am fine with mentality. I always say, work harder than everyone else, be the most passionate, and always be the kindest person in the room (my mom taught me that one). Personally, I believe these are good traits and I’m thankful to have them, but I very often forget about myself in the process, always putting work before myself.
As I was sitting here, blankly staring at my computer screen just wondering what to share into today’s post. I gazed happily at the candles lit on my desk and the small mug full of fresh chamomile flowers. Then it hit me, I want to talk about all the little things I’ve been doing to add elements of happiness and joy to my everyday. Slowly but surely I’ve been making efforts to do small things every day that bring me happiness and allow my creative juices to keep flowing. For me, this is as simple as allowing myself to buy that overpriced candle I’ve been dying to try for over a year. Or bringing home a small bunch of flowers from the studio to create an inspiring home space.
Admittedly, I still need to work on my so-called self-care, but I take it day by day. Adding small things into my everyday life has really helped keep me energized and creative, especially during the last couple of months. I thought it would be fun to talk about ways we can all add elements of joy to our day. So I thought I’d share a few ideas in today’s post. But first…
Question: I’d love to hear what small things your guys are doing to add elements of joy and creativity to your everyday lives? We can all learn from each other, so leave lots of comments!! I’m excited to hear what you guys do…rituals, gestures products, let’s hear about them! If you have a product that’s brought you a kind smile, please leave a link!
Coming up this week on HBH, I have a vibrant Greek salad that I’ve been dying to share, a revamp of a childhood breakfast favorite, the simplest vegetarian stir-fry, a sweet cake with spring berries and floral accents, and a fruity drink for Cocktail Saturday. Oh, and a wild card on Thursday, because I have not a clue what that is yet, suggestions?
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As always, I’m hoping you guys have a low-key and relaxing Sunday. We have sunshine in the forecast all day long, so I am planning to take a sun-set walk around the block. Heading out just before the sun sets during “golden hour” is my favorite thing to do. That hour is so beautiful here in the mountains during the late spring and summer months – love!
And with that, I am excited to see what HBH recipes you end up creating today, so don’t forget to share them on Instagram!
1. favorite things inspiring me and what i’m loving…
inspiring me…A Year In Flowers. Just flipping through through this book is a inspiring. The photos of flowers, the calmness captured through the pages, and the stories are magical.
loving…Saie Beauty Mascara 101. I talked a bit about this mascara last week. But after using it all week long, I am in love with this clean beauty mascara. One of the features I actually kind of like about myself is my long eyelashes. But I’ve never found a mascara I love that doesn’t leave them clumped up until the Saie mascara 101. If you’re looking for something to help highlight your eyes, I couldn’t recommend this mascara more. I love it.
wanting…to bake this skillet blondie. I shared the photo on Instagram this past Friday and can’t stop thinking about baking it up.
loving…this mug and saucer I recently purchased. They are even cuter in person.
obsessed…Harry Potter at home. The stars of Harry Potter are reading all seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone. You can listen to Daniel Radcliffe read the first chapter here.
excited to try…calendula hand cleanser. Ordering this now and can’t wait to try. I love fancy hand soap.
loving…Is Clinical Cleansing Complex. I’ve been using this cleanser for the last two months, it’s my go-to. It leaves skin soft and smooth and even doubles as a make-up remover.
thinking about trying…Scent a subscription candle service. Have any of you tried this? I love the idea of having a monthly candle delivery.
loving…fresh chamomile flowers. I’ve always loved chamomile, but it’s bringing me so much happiness right now. I filled the studio with six bunches on Friday and then brought one home with me to enjoy while I work away on the computer. Flowers easily make me the happiest. Well, flowers and candles…
obsessed…with that overpriced candle I bought. Yeah, it’s expensive, but I love it more than you can know.
Question: what candles are you all burning? I’d love to discover some new ones (no hard chemicals though!).
2. favorite Memorial Day weekend recipes…
All the Appetizers…
antipasto skewers with kale pesto
All the Sides
All the Mains
All the Desserts
3. favorite pieces to help create an inspiring workspace…
4. favorite questions of the week…
q: What helped you turn this hobby/passion into such a successful business?
a: Not what, but who! My mom played a huge role in helping me create HBH. To this day, she helps keep HBH running. We work on HBH together and have done so since the start. It was my mom that encouraged me to start HBH after high school. She helped build the site and still works to help manage the site and keep it running efficiently every single day. She does SO much and I couldn’t have done it, or do it, without her.
q: Do you have any advice on how to multitask without burning anything?
a: Nope. Absolutely not. I’m horrible at this…which is why my kitchen towels all have been singed/have holes and why my hands are scared all over. I’m not the girl that should be multitasking in kitchen, but yet I do it anyway.
q: How did your love of cooking start?
a: I started cooking around 13 or 14. I am one of 7…with 5 brothers and 1 kid sis. My dad worked 9-5, then he’d go to the gym after work. And my mom? Well, mom had dessert on the table before dinner was ever a thought (not complaining about that…love her for it). Soo, dinner was late, hectic, and usually just chicken n’ rice or tacos. I got annoyed and just decided to start cooking for everyone and never stopped. I cooked dinner for my family all throughout high school and then started HBH just before my 19th birthday.
q: If your sister made you lunch on her own, what would it be?
a: I think one of 3 things. Avocado stuffed with rice, pancakes with so many chocolate chips, or carrots with tomato paste. Or maybe beer bread? She also knows how to make that!
q: What have you been watching during quarantine?
a: Not a single thing. I haven’t had the time! But I’m not mad about it. Down time stresses me out a bit. I don’t “relax” well.
5. latest recipe videos.
Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo…pasta, but with a healthy twist. A little bit of creamy hummus.
And on Instagram stories…
Blackberry Champagne Mule…a spring favorite.
15 Minute Cajun Hot Honey Butter Shrimp…peppery, garlicky, and tossed in a bit of golden browned butter…mmm.
Instant Pot Korean Bulgogi BBQ Tacos…certainly love a good fusion of flavors.
Skillet Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Chicken…sometimes you’ve got to switch things up. Enter pizza chicken.
Crispy Lemon Feta with Spiced Chickpeas and Basil Orzo…pretty close to perfect.
Healthier Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bars…simply the best. And easy too.
6. inspiring me on pinterest…the bathroom edition.
As I mentioned above, I’m working on doing a few more things for myself. One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is replace the vanity in my bathroom. It’s a vintage piece that sadly is not very functional. Since I spend a good amount of time washing my face and doing my daily skincare. I’ve been wanting to install a new vanity with a larger sink area. I spent some time last night scouring Pinterest for inspiration, here are some of the bathrooms I love most.
photo via All Sorts Of.
Sources unknown, but all found via Pinterest.
Question: what home projects are you guys working on?
7. favorite links i’m loving…
Amazon’s New Shop Will Help You Support Local Makers…making it easy to shop locally.
How to Expertly Shape Your Eyebrows at Home…taking notes.
12 Books That Will Give You Travel Vibes…even though you’re on the couch.
A Modern Farmhouse in the Hudson Valley…love this home.
7 Simple Home Projects…that you finally have time for.
Board Games Are The New Puzzles…these are so fun.
Tips, Tools, and Recipes to Make Your Produce Last Longer…everyone needs these tips + recipes.
Creative ways to be together, but apart…love these fun ideas (scroll down towards the bottom).
3 Tools I Use to Clarify My Vision and Goals…if you need an inspiring Sunday read, read this.
Julianne Hough Surprises Her Mom With New House...if you need a smile today.
“No One Is a Competitor”…highlights from the Create & Cultivate digital Money Moves summit.
6 Tips for Creating a Productive Work-From-Home Environment…love these simple and easy ideas.
A Simple Note…love the idea of more handwritten notes…and all of this stationary too.
Obsessed with Lucy Hale Baking Banana Bread…went down the rabbit hole and spent 14 minutes on this.
The 8 Best Clean Sunscreens…because summer is coming.
12 Versatile Button-Down Shirts to Wear Now…to switch things up this week.
Your Kids Don’t Have to Miss Out on Summer Camp…fun online “camps” to sign up for now.
A Jar of Dijon Mustard Inspired This Remodel…surprisingly, I love this kitchen and all the color.
8. Memorial Day style finds…
9. this week’s dinners…
Saturday Drink: The Hermione Granger Cocktail
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.