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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post!

Hey, hi! Happy Sunday! My family and I are in Cleveland for my Nonnie’s memorial service, and while it’s definitely a sad time and a time for reflection, it’s also fun to be back “home” with family and friends. I’m speaking at the service tomorrow, so today will be spent finding something to wear, and working on what to say. I’ve already been working on my speech, but it’s not the easiest thing to write-up. Tips anyone ?

On a much happier note, tonight we are having a surprise birthday party for little miss Asher who turns eight years old on August 30th. The little girl is big on birthdays so my mom decided to do a surprise party while all of our family is in town. Asher has spent her whole life in Colorado, so she’s never had a family birthday party…she is going to LOVE it! If there’s anyone that would love a surprise party, it’s Asher. Girl loves a party, especially one all about her. I’m pretty excited to see her face!

Note: my mom just told me Asher is turning 9…how can that be…NO!

On the blog front, it’s going to be a big week! We have a very exciting post going up, it’s something I’ve been dying to share, but with my being out of town I’m still not sure what day it will be. I also have a fun cookbook announcement (this was actually supposed to happen last week), an easy end of summer dinner, and a peachy treat that will have you begging for seconds. It’s going to be fun and delicious week.

What are you guys up today? Hoping you’re all soaking up these last days of summer by doing something fun! If you happen to be hitting the farmers market be sure to check out my dinner plan for the week at then end of this post!

Here are today’s favorite. This is slightly shorter version, next week we will be back will my usual long as ever post! Have great Sunday and enjoy all the fun reads!

1. Anxiety, do you guys have it? As mentioned in Friday’s post, anxiety has been something I’ve struggled with since I was a kid, and while it’s been pretty mellow the last few years, I had a major flare up this past week. There’s just been a lot happening over here, with a lot of moving parts. I didn’t even realize I was so anxious, but then it hit me, and hard. Suddenly I could not turn my brain off and it was a constant slew of anxious thoughts. After many years of dealing with almost consistently feeling anxious (mostly school anxiety), I have found a few natural ways to cope. Getting outside and hiking, eating plenty of fruits and veggies, and just talking it out with someone…aka mom, are some of my coping strategies.

This time around I tried a few new to me things. First, I cut out coffee for the week. I read online that coffee can be a stimulant for anxiety, so I decided to cut that out for a little while. I don’t think it’s plays that big a factor for me though, so I will definitely be drinking coffee again, and soon. Second, I decided to write down all my thoughts of what was making me anxious and why. From there I wrote down if I thought I had control of the situation or not. This really helped, not only to just get my thoughts on paper, but also to see what I could do to change things and what I could not. Third, I started taking vitamin B12, which are proven to naturally help with stress and energy levels. Lastly, I actually ended up heading to the doctor, just for a check up, and just to be sure that nothing else was causing all of this sudden anxiousness. I really did not want to go, but I’m glad I did because just going and getting checked out and hearing the “you are in perfect health” bill made me feel one hundred times better. I can’t say’s my anxiety is gone(…um because tomorrow I am speaking in front of a ton of people), but I am feeling much better and ready to take one a new week.

I’d love to hear if any of you have dealt with serious anxiety and what you have done to cope. It will always be something I’ll have to deal with, so if you guys have found things that help, please let me know!

Here are a couple of anxiety related articles I found that were really helpful this last week…

–> what to eat for breakfast to help ease your anxiety…all about those berries and eggs.

–> the one vitamin that benefits your mood, energy, heart, and skin…B12.

{the photo that makes me smile every time}

2. Heading Back to School? three healthy snacks your kids will actually eat FYI…you’ll love them too!

ps. these blueberry nutri grain bars are my favorite homemade snack for back to school!

Homemade Blueberry Nutri Grain Bars | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

3. Cindy Crawford: As a kid I didn’t really know much about Cindy Crawford, but I love her daughter Kaia and after watching 72 Questions with Cindy Crawford I am now just a little obsessed with them both and their very cool family. First their house is stunning, second there could not be a cuter mother daughter duo, they are twins! This is such a fun video if you’re into Cindy and/or beautiful houses.

ps. she still looks the same as she did twenty years ago!

pss. I love Kaia’s name.

4. Fall Fashion Trends: 5 trends from last fall that will carry over to this fall.

5. New videos:

–> Caramelized Peach + White Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie Pie…umm, fair warning, this is addicting.

–> Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice…simply the BEST.

–> Blender Pancake Muffins…the perfect on the go breakfast.

–> Cheddar Cornbread Waffle BLT…aka the life changing BLT.

6. Into 90’s Fashion? chokers are back and here is how to pull them off.

7. Three Late Summer Peach Recipes: 

–>Gingered Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash

Gingered Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

–> Arugula Peach Ricotta Pizza with Crispy Bacon

Arugula Peach Ricotta Pizza with Crispy Bacon | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

–> Sweet Peach Thyme Shortcakes

Sweet Peach Thyme Shortcakes | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

8. DIY’s To Try This Weekend: here are 6 fun DIY projects to try out this weekend. I personally am all about these DIY fruit earrings. So cute.

9. This Week’s Dinners: 

Monday: 6 Ingredient Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

6 Ingredient Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday: Meal Prep: Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowls

Meal Prep: Chicken Shawarma and Sweet Potato Fry Bowls | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Wednesday: Avocado Zucchini Carbonara Pasta

Avocado Zucchini Carbonara Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Thursday: Sicilian Style Salmon with Garlic Broccoli and Tomatoes

Sicilian Style Salmon with Garlic Broccoli and Tomatoes | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Penne Pasta

Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Penne Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. Hi, Tieghan! I love your blog and want to encourage you–I have struggled with anxiety for several years. I had my first panic attack at 23 and I literally felt like I was going crazy. It is an awful thing to live with. Cutting caffeine helped me SO much. I drink decaf coffee or chai when I am craving them, but I mostly stick to herbal teas. All the things you mentioned in addition to getting enough sleep, not going crazy on the sugar, praying, and doing mindfulness exercises really help me. Sometimes anxiety rears its ugly head regardless of what we do, for reasons we might not ever understand. Know that you aren’t alone 🙂

    1. Hey Kelly! Thank you SO much for the encouraging words. it is always so nice to know I am not the only one who struggles with anxiety. Cutting down on coffee has helped for sure, though I still have a cup in the morning! I need to work on getting a little more sleep, but thankfully I am feeling so much better! It’s day by thing, but glad to be taking control again!

      Thanks again and I hope you are having a great weekend!

  2. Hi Tieghan! I’m so happy you’re sharing both these struggles and happiness, so refreshing in a world of blogs and social media where everyone curates a ‘perfect life’ all the time. As for anxiety, it may be worth finding a psychologist or therapist in your area. I didn’t really think I needed one for my anxious brain but once I started I went for two years! Its so life changing to speak to an unbiased person, and they’re able to make you see yourself/your life/ and your relationships in ways that you may never have been able to.
    Also, there’s an amazing free app that I use to this day called Stop, Breathe, and Think. You can choose from a list of meditations (super short ones to more lengthy ones), or, what I really love about it, is you can enter your feelings and emotions to check in with yourself and it’ll recommend meditations for you! Its really wonderful and I hope it helps you 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for this Gabrielle! I really appreciate you sharing these things with me & I will definitely try out that app! ?

  3. Hi Tieghan,
    It’s so good that you’re talking about your anxiety struggles here! You know, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Sooooo many people struggle with this. I do too! 🙂
    Of course doing things like hiking, eating right, talking to people you care about, etc.. can be very helpful. But so can medication. I was really against it but my anxiety got so bad I couldn’t get out of bed so I tried it and it really made a difference! It just takes the edge off so you obsess less and are less prone to panic attacks. Just throwing it out there 🙂 You’re the best!!

    Karen

    1. Thank you so much for this Karen! It is comforting to hear other people going through the same things as I am. This was super sweet and needed ?

  4. Very timely post – had one not happy anxiety event today due to a work issue. Thank you Joan for posting the video from Dr. Weil – it was so timely and will employ for certain. They can paralyze a person. So.Not.Good.

    …and thank you Tieghan for being so open about your struggles. Being transparent and reaching out to say, it is real and nothing to hide away as a bad thing. We are all put on this earth to help each other. We are humans, and flawed, and we just need to be kind in our hearts and spirit. And learn how to breathe, well and the good.
    Great blog post Tieghan…and have a great surprise for Asher; what anupbeat note while in Cleveland…we appreciate you so much!

  5. I use to get really bad anxiety but breathing technique virtually cured me of it. It’s very rare I get it anymore. I can’t watch the video above right now but what I was taught was very slowly breath in while counting to 10. Hold it slowly counting to 10 and then also very slowly breathing out for the count of 10. Hope that helps. It’s not a pleasant thing to deal with at all. (hugs)

    1. Thank you so much for sharing that Susan! I will try that out for sure. Hope you have a great rest of your week!

  6. Can hardly wait for 9 favorite things!!! Love them all and it gives me time to think about things, little and big!!! I don’t know if this is hard to do…but keep them coming!!!

  7. I’m a 70 year old fan of your site 🙂 but have also struggled with anxiety for many many years. I see it as a sign that my life has gotten somewhat out of balance and I need to pay more attention to what’s going on. In the moment that anxiety hits, the biggest help I’ve found is controlled breathing. Dr. Weil has been my life saver – I practice his technique every day a number of times without fail. It puts me to sleep but also calms anxiety for me. He specifically addresses the issue of anxiety at the end of the following video.

  8. I forgot to tell you yesterday, Something that is helping me is to do breathing exercises. I downloaded an app online, which help you giving you steps how to meditate and breathe. It is helping me a lot to control the anxiety.

    1. Thank you so much Carlos! I think I will try out a breathing app or online meditation. Means a lot for you to share this with me!

  9. A good acupuncturist may be another tool in your arsenal for anxiety. A few years ago I struggled with sleeping due to what I called “white noise”in my head. After one session I found my sleep phenomenally improved, which in turn improved my mood and overall health and outlook . I wish you and your family peace in this difficult time.

    1. I have heard that acupuncture helps with so many things, I may just have to try it! Thank you for this Heather!

  10. Hi Thiegan, how recognizable… My anxiety peaked (after some years of being ‘stable’) in June because of a total overload of work, kids, baking, … One has to make choices and find a balance to keep things fun (and the anxiety under control). For now, I’m having better days and less good days. (Which is already better then no good days at all :-)). Once you have ‘crossed the line’ it takes some time to get the anxiety level down, but we’ll get there. Getting enough sleep and moderate exercise is important to feel comfortable. One step at the time. I admire your blog, recipes and pictures. Respect!!! Love from Belgium

  11. I’m totally with you on anxiety! Exercise (running) and staying busy helps me a lot – I’m also taking B vitamins, and that seems to help too. A healthy diet is a must, but I know you already have that covered! 🙂 Much love to you, and hope the service went well!

  12. Hi Tieghan,
    I’m 16 years old, in recovery from anorexia and binge eating, and I battle both depression and anxiety- so I totally get where you are coming from. What always helps me is lying flat on my back and taking deep breaths with my hands on my stomach. Or, if I can, being in a bath or a pool always really calms me down too. Stroking something really soft always helps too.
    I spoke at my grandfather’s service in May. I think the important thing to remember is that you can’t say anything wrong- whatever you feel, say, or do is ok, and no one is going to judge you. Just say what feels important for other people to know and what makes you smile when you think about your Nonnie.
    I love your blog so much, by the way! Your photography is absolutely stunning!
    Hang in there, Tieghan!

    1. Hi Charlsie! I am so glad you are in recovery, that is amazing. Thank you for these amazing suggestions, I think they will really help. My family also said to me that I could not say anything wrong, which totally helped. Thank you & I hope you love some of the recipes if you get a chance to try them!

  13. I can definitely relate with the anxiety! What helps me is exercise (regular hikes in nature!), a healthy diet, some yoga, focusing my energy on something I enjoy (photography, reading, etc.). Finding a work-life balance is a big one – I haven’t figured that one completely yet, but it helps to relax a little. 🙂

  14. Try to cherish as much time with your loved ones here in Cleveland as you can. If you’re anywhere near me, I recommend checking out the Sunday weekly Farmer’s Market at Legacy Village 🙂 As for anxiety = OOOHHHHH yes. I’m a major perfectionist, type A gal. Daily meditation and gratitude, as “hippy dippy” as it sounds, have helped me TREMENDOUSLY. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    1. Thank you Liz! Wish I got a chance to check that out, but we were not near there while I was in Cleveland! Next time tho haha! I will have to try meditation, I think that would help! Thanks so much!