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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things.

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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. I keep a gratitude box, anytime something heartwarming happens (dinner with family or cute dog crossing the street or butterflies or amazing sunsets, you get the picture) I write it on a small piece of paper and put it in the box. I felt pressure with a journal, I kept writing health, being born in USA and having some rights as many do not, health of my family. I felt if I didn’t start out with that I was ungrateful. Now anytime I want to look through that box I feel so many great feelings. So many wonderful things! I write them down as they happen, unlike when I kept a journal it was at night and I had a hard time remembering every little beautiful flower I saw.

    1. Hey Jody,
      Thanks a lot for reading along today. I love this idea of the gratitude box, thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  2. I’ve put the Turmeric Chicken on the menu this week. Turmeric is so good for you.

    I think you would look cute in a short tousled pixie. Long hair tends to make small faces look gaunt. Coming from one who has a petite face.

  3. Another great Nine Favourite Things and I enjoyed listening to the Brit and Co podcast. I also adore the very cute photo of Oslo, he does look like a very happy baby, all snug, too cute.
    I do keep a journal, however it’s more of a practical journal than a grateful one. Each month I have a section of things to-do, things I would like to do as well as recipes that I want to cook and yes lots of your recipes are always on my monthly lists. I have been keeping my journal for a couple of years now and it’s fun.
    As for hair, I have only had my hair cut once in the last 12 months and I also have long hair. If you have say 2 inches of dry ends then I would recommend having 3 inches cut off. That way your hair is a little shorter, however your hair will also be healthy and if you are not keen on your hair being a little shorter then it will grow back quite quickly. Have a good week 🙂

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for reading along, I am glad you enjoyed the podcast and photos of Oslo:) Love your journaling idea, thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for your tip on the hair, have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  4. I just listened to your podcast with Brit Morin. You were fabulous! If I were not already a huge fan, you would have inspired me to go to the kitchen, embrace cooking and experience the joy of creating a meal.

  5. Always look forward to your Sunday posts! I was just watching your chocolate chunk coconut banana bread, which I can’t wait to make… would love to know where the little fluted white bowls with handles that you used for each of the ingredients are from. Thank you!

    1. Hey Sue,
      Thanks so much for reading along! I hope you love the banana bread, so sorry unfortunately I am not quite sure which dishes you are referring to! xTieghan

  6. I love your Nine favorite things post! I am in New Zealand and love clicking in the photos to see the gorgeous clothes and homewares you link!!! Also planning on making chicken katsu ramen for dinner tonight – wish me luck!!!! My son had his birthday last week and the pretzel/ choc bars were a hit 🤗🤗🤗

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for reading along:) I hope you love the ramen and thanks for trying the pretzel chocolate bars! xTieghan

  7. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for years. It’s become a really important ritual for me, and I look forward to eat every evening before sleeping. I just list out the things I was grateful for that day or in general- it’s really a simple yet mindful exercise. I’m dying to go everywhere but first on my list are Italy and Ireland. Also those gorgeous, unique flowers are called ranunculus!

  8. Hi Tieghan! I recommend you try shorter hair- it will grow back, after all. Maybe something short but still long enough to pull back while working? You might love it.

    For the variegated ficus, they can be tricky as houseplants. If it gets too dry or not enough light- they will drop all their leaves. They like heat/ humidity/ full sun- they’re used as hedges in Palm Beach after all (the non-variegated version). So that’s the climate they’re happiest in. Maybe start with a more forgiving houseplant first?

    What do you mean by French Islands? (was not sure if you meant French Caribbean/ French Polynesia/ French Island off of Australia….?). But I’m always happy to add more items to my bucket list, so I hope you can let me know. 🙂

    Thanks for another great 9 Favorite Things post, I enjoy them each Sunday.

    1. Hey Amy,
      Thanks for reading along today, so very true about hair! Thanks for sharing your feedback on the house plant, super helpful. Lol honestly they all look fantastic to me! Have a wonderful Sunday. xTieghan

  9. My 2 adult daughters have very long hair, they regret short cuts that can’t be put up in a pony and bun. They also like doing some braiding when they have long hair.

  10. I heard about you after Sazan and Stevie made your salad on their instagram stories. I instantly went to your instagram page and it’s so beautiful and everything you make looks delicious.
    I also signed up to get emails from you which led me to your blog, and I love the setup, the information you provide, and all the recipes you share with us.
    I can’t wait to see what other recipes you will be sharing!
    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Hey Shreya,
      Thanks so much for your kind message and following along! I hope you love any of the recipes that you try:) Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  11. Journaling has been the number one tool for me in my mental health journey. I absolutely love it. I highly recommend the book “Let it Out” by Katie Dalebout. She also has a couple of great podcasts “Let it Out” and “Spiraling.”

    1. Hey Steph,
      Thanks so much for sharing this info about journaling, I will definitely checkout Katie’s book and podcasts! xTieghan

  12. For some reason Nine Favourite Things wasn’t emailed to me this morning. I missed it but was able to read it from your website. It is testament to how much a part of my Sunday routine Nine Favourite Things has become! I love it! Keep up the great work…..(And go to Paris and spend time in the Lafayette food markets – you’ll love it!).

  13. Oh my goodness…Asher’s dress choice was worth her search. It is adorable and perfect for a young lady of a certain age…sophisticated, funky, and unique. I am sure she will be the talk of the wedding…after the bride of course.
    I am guessing you were kidding when you questioned the ficus tree dying easily? I don’t think you can kill a tree with silk leaves. It looks real in the picture but sometimes artificial plants that do fall short when you see them in person. It is returnable so I say go for it and decide once you have it in your home.
    Oslo is a darling little guy and his outfits are precious.

    1. Hey Nancy,
      Thanks for reading today, Asher’s dress really is so perfect for her. Lol yes very true about the plant:) Loving sharing Oslo, so glad you are enjoying the photos as much as I am. Happy Sunday! xTieghan