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This month always flies by, but with all the cold temperatures and snowy weather we saw this past month, it feels exciting to be entering into March. Spring is slowly coming, daylight savings time begins in just two weeks, and we have a lot of exciting things in the works for spring, summer, and into the fall that I’m feeling grateful to be working on.

Speaking of gratitude, I don’t keep a gratitude journal, but I listened to something this week that really resonated with me. It’s making me think I should consider starting each morning with a journal prompt. I’ve never journaled a thing in my life and it’s definitely not my personality to do so, but who knows, maybe I would love it. What I listened to was basically about starting each day with the outlook of “I am grateful to be doing this today”. It can turn your overwhelming to-do list into something positive and exciting instead of daunting.

I’m doing a horrible job of explaining it, but my mom has always said, it’s really all about your mindset and how you look at every situation. It’s been one of the hardest weeks, so I have really been keeping that in mind.

Question: Do any of you keep a gratitude journal? It’s never something I considered doing, but I’m starting to wonder if it might be time to rethink.

Some things that have brightened my week? Fresh flowers from Whole Foods (found the prettiest roses and I’m not usually a rose person, but these are so unique). Lighting my favorite candles (I’ve literally been stocking up on candles as if they’re all going to all sell-out or something). And a couple of nighttime phone calls with my mom. What is it about calls with mom? I feel like even just hearing their voice suddenly makes everything ten times better. Does anyone else feel the same? No matter how old I get, a call with my mom always helps.

And then, little miss Asher! She’s such a bright spot in my world. Even on long tiring days, getting to chat with her always brings so much light and happiness. She’s been on “winter break” this week, which means she’s been insanely bored. She’s been on the hunt for a fun wedding dress for my cousin’s wedding all week and she finally found one. It is adorable, but of course, only a dress that Asher could pull off. Now that she has her dress figured out, her new mission is to find my dress…we shall see what she comes up with! To be determined…

Also, a few weeks ago I recorded a podcast with the Brit and Co founder, Brit Morin. If you’d like, you can listen to the full episode here. I had such a nice time talking with Brit and she asked some really great questions! This week I taped another fun podcast with Sezan and her husband Stevie for their podcast The Goodlife. These two are such a breath of fresh air and so fun. I had a great time chatting with them and will share it with you when the podcast episode airs!

Ok, and in a random update, it’s been almost exactly a year since my last hair cut and the ends of my strands have officially reached their driest state. I’m desperately craving a haircut, the question is, what do I do? I’m thinking longer layers to add volume. But many of you guys have messaged saying a shorter cut would be especially cute on me. I just don’t think I can do it though, I’ve always had long hair! Thoughts?

And lastly, I mentioned this last week, but this past Monday Oslo officially, officially became a Gerard. He’s stuck with us for good now, and we’re all pretty excited about it. He’s the happiest baby there is, and if you follow on Instagram, you got a little taste of his adorable laugh. He makes it hard not to stop whatever you’re doing and just sit and smile back at him.

Coming up this week, we’ll be slowly incorporating more of those lighter spring recipes in…with plenty of color! I don’t have all the recipes for this week set in stone, but there will be a new quick (healthy) meatball dinner (per my brother’s request). A classic fast-food menu item, remade at home (any guesses?). And then once again, Friday is still a bit of a wild card, if you’d like to make suggestions, I’m all ears!

Have a great Sunday guys and enjoy this week’s favorites post!

1. Things I’m Loving, Wanting, and Excited to Try…

watching…I Care A Lot. My cousin recommend this one. Have you seen it? She said it’s crazy, but also so good. It’s a thriller, which I have not seen in such a long time. Thinking this might be my Sunday night movie.

cooking…fresh homemade PITAS! If you follow on Instagram or read my blog post for the turmeric chicken pitas, you know all about the homemade pitas I made. The recipe is from Eden Grinshpan’s cookbook, Eating Out Loud, and ’tis perfection. I’ve never had homemade pita bread pop, but this recipe works like a charm.

loving…Honest Beauty’s Magic Beauty Balm. I just received this moisturizing balm this week. I’ve been using it on my hands for the last few days and am so impressed! My hands are always dry, but this really has been keeping them moisturized and soft throughout the day. And I love that it’s an affordable price point too!

loving…Alexa Leigh Jewelry. This flower ear cuff is so pretty.

listening to…Jamie Kern Lima on Life with Marianna. When I hit play on this podcast, I wasn’t sure I would be interested. Prior to listening, I didn’t know of Jamie Kern Lima who is the founder of IT Cosmetics. But after listening, I walked away with so many takeaways. I also just genuinely enjoyed the conversation. It was very inspiring and Jamie has a really positive outlook on life.

reading…Believe IT by Jamie Kern Lima. After listening to the above podcast with Jamie, I’m really excited to dive into her book. I got the audio version and plan to listen to it like I do podcasts.

loving…Shani Darden Retinol Reform. Been using this for a few weeks now. I started with once a week, but have moved it up to three times a week and have seen a noticeable difference. Fewer blemishes, fewer dark spots, and my skin is even a little smoother too. Do any of you use Retinol?

thinking about ordering…this Variegated Ficus Tree. I’ve never had a house plant, do I need one? I love the look of this one, but wonder if they die easily?

thinking about ordering…this fun Massage Candle. Basically you light the candle and the natural wax melts into a warm massage oil. When you blow out the flame, you can pour the melted wax over your skin with its pour spout. So curious to see how this works.

loving…from Zara Home, these pretty porcelain plates, and these stunning blown glass vases. Flowers would be so pretty in these!

2. The Most Popular Recipes of February.

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza | halfbakedharvest.com

Most popular: Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza

I am SO excited you guys love this pizza. It’s my family’s all time favorite pizza and I have to admit, it’s mine too. I wasn’t excited to share this recipe, only because I didn’t think the world really needed another buffalo chicken pizza recipe out there, but obviously I was once again wrong. You guys sure love to throw me a curve ball when it comes to the popular recipes.

Runner-up: 30 Minute Spicy Miso Chicken Katsu Ramen

This is my favorite ramen recipe that I have shared…and my brothers too. They’ve traveled to Japan and said this is honestly just as delicious as the ramen they enjoyed while traveling around from town town. It’s been made by so many of you this month!! Love seeing the photos come through on Instagram.

Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes | halfbakedharvest.com

Also have to mention: Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes

Simple, but delicious. This one is a go-to.

Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch Tacos | halfbakedharvest.com

Ok. Last one: Homemade Cheesy Gordita Crunch Tacos

3. Everything New From Anthro’s Spring Home Drop…

4. Favorite Questions of the Week.

q How far out do you plan your content?
a: Usually not that far at all. If I plan too far out, I end up wanting to switch everything up because I’m constantly changing my mind. If something sounds good and I’m excited, I’ll test it, get the recipe right, and then share it almost immediately. I really really wish I was more planned out. But I find my recipes are more creative when they’re spur of the moment.

q: Did you enjoy school?
a: No I actually hated school and had a ton of anxiety growing up. It was just never my thing. I hated being in a classroom all day long and never felt comfortable at school. When I started high school, I took college courses for high school and college credit. I then graduated from HS early with an Associate’s Degree. After that is when I started HBH.

q: What shoes do you wear while cooking?
a: I just wear Ugg slippers, but I’m thinking about getting the Classic Ultra Mini boot very soon. I got my mom a pair for Christmas and she loves them.

q: What are you favorite lotions to help keep skin moisturized? 
a: I love Necessarie and Augustinus Bader products.

q: What do you use on your hair?
a: Oh man. I honestly do nothing to my hair and it’s been a year since my last cut. I’ve been using Oribe shampoo and conditioner which I love, but I switch it up sometimes too. And I’m excited to try The OUAI hair mask!

Other than that, I do nothing. I let it air dry somewhat, then throw it up in a top knot while it’s still damp. I let it finish drying as I sleep (which is probably bad for my hair). In the morning I have soft curls, but they last .2 seconds. My hair doesn’t hold any kind of curl. And I wash it 3-4 times a week sometimes more.

q: What are your favorite candles?
a: I have so so many favorites, but Boy Smells never disappoints. Their magnum candles are my favorite. And then for a splurge, any Cie Trudon, and Byredo candles.

q: Where would you love to travel to?
a: Italy and Thailand for sure! Italian and Thai cuisines are my 2 favorites and I would love to learn more about their cultures, especially through food. Oh but, I love Indian cuisine too! So I’m not sure. Sorry, I can’t pick just one favorite!

q: Do you and Asher ever fight?
a: We’re sisters so I guess we have once or twice been annoyed with each other, but we’re 15 years apart, the fights just are not really a thing. She’s my best friend! Love that little girl

5. Favorite Photo of the Week…

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I just can’t get over his little smile. He’s too cute.

6. Dream Destinations…Because Spring Break Is Coming.

Ok. Ok. So, I am just going to rattle off some of my top bucket list destinations, because I get this question all the time on Instagram. I also asked my cousin, because she loves to travel…and she gave me some new ideas too!

Within the US…

– McCall, Idaho – my brothers are there right now and it looks like such a cute little ski town
– Aspen, Colorado – and staying at The Little Nell…of course.
– Palm Beach, Florida – forever one of my favorite vacation spots.
– Maui, Hawaii – I’ve never been to Hawaii.
– Charleston, South Carolina – especially in the spring. It looks so beautiful
– Nashville, Tennessee – I’ve only been once, but would love to go back soon!
– Canandaigua, New York – this cute hotel, The Lake House looks so amazing and unique. Would love to stay here someday.

Outside of the US…

– Maldives
– French Islands – really hoping we do a family vacation here soon!
– Bali
– Okinawa, Japan
– Banff National Park, Canada
– Indonesia
– Paris – Asher’s must-see, and has always been one of mine too.
– Italy – for all the pizza and pasta!
– Thailand

Question: what are your top dream destinations?

7. Favorite Links I Am Loving…

How To Design The Perfect Home Office According To Instagram…if you need to bring some new life into your office, try some of these ideas.

Gray Malin’s Newest Series Captures the Spirit of a Historic Hawaiian Hotel...definitely dreaming about Hawaii now.

Best Baby Shower Gifts…how cute is this bunny? I love the idea of someone having this their entire childhood.

The Best Online Vintage Stores…love the Goodshop Badshop. They have some of the cutest sweaters.

Here’s Exactly How to Do a Lymphatic Drainage Massage at Home…trying this tonight. Sunday night “self-care”, right?

5 Things To Know About The Full Moon In Virgo This Weekend…any other Virgo’s out there?

Inside A New Safari Lodge Treehouse Tucked Away in Botswana’s Okavango Delta…wow, adding this to my bucket list destinations.

The 30 Useful Items That Should Be on Every Wedding Registry…eyeing that Dyson vacuum.

Everything a Fashion Editor Would Buy From Zara…added these straight leg jeans to my cart.

How To Create a Happy Home This Year…currently working on the organized pantry. Let’s just say it is going very slow.

The Best Sheet-Pan Recipes…yum, these all sound delicious.

How To Do a Spa-Worthy Facial At Home…if you have time today, give this simple facial a try.

9 Work Hacks You Should Implement Immediately…all about time batching those emails. 

22 Beautiful Kitchen Backsplash Ideas…that will add personality to the entire room.

8. Colors of Spring…

9. This Week’s Dinners

Roasted Turmeric Chicken Pita with Garlicky Lemon Tahini | halfbakedharvest.com

Monday: Roasted Turmeric Chicken Pitas with Garlic Lemon Tahini

Broccoli Cheddar Potato Pierogi | halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: Broccoli Cheddar Potato Pierogi

One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake

20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp | halfbakedharvest.com

Thursday: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

One Pan Baked Cheesy Basil Pasta | halfbakedharvest.com

Friday: One Pan Baked Cheesy Basil Pasta

Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars | halfbakedharvest.com

Saturday Sweets: Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday Brunch: Cinnamon Sugar French Toast

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  1. Re gratitude journal: I studied the science of happiness as my college thesis, and learned so much on this topic. Research shows expressing gratitude out loud is actually more effective than writing it down! So, tell others how much you’re grateful for them, or inspire discussions about gratitude to maximize your happiness. Communicating gratitude makes you and others feel good.

    Also someone mentioned Zara’s business practices last week, and I wish you were considering her feedback! I know you and Asher love Zara, but there’s no time like the present to educate yourself about their business practices and about better alternative places to shop. Individual action is important and directing your followers to Zara on a regular basis makes me cringe.

    1. Hey Chloe! Thank you for the for the tip on gratitude! LOVE that and do agree! 🙂

      In regards to Zara, we do love to shop their affordable clothes and home decor, but after bringing this to my attention I will take a deeper look into their company and how they run things so I can better inform myself and others in the future. Thank you for kindly pointing this out to me!

  2. I live an hour away from Canandaigua and just told my friends I want to do a girls weekend there this summer! The Finger Lakes are so beautiful!

  3. Yes for sure you should start a “Gratitude Journal” it makes you see how good your life is! In the mid 1990’s there was a very popular book called “Simple Abundance” she encourage the “Gratitude Journal”. I have written what 5 things I am grateful for in my life for many many years! It’s very very therapeutic !
    Now about Asher’s dress for your cousins wedding ! Wow! It is gorgeous and chic! I love , love , love it! She will look adorable in the dress❤️

    1. Hey Susan,
      Thanks so much for your feedback on the gratitude journal:) Lol right?! The dress is so fitting for her! Thanks for reading:) xTieghan

  4. Put Maine on your travel list!! We are a foodie state. Ocean to table was invented here. There are so many wonderful things about Maine. We have a lot in common with Colorado!!!

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