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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

Happiest Memorial Day weekend everyone! So crazy that Tuesday is already June first, but I’m excited! I can’t wait to hear what everyone’s up to for the long weekend. Please let me know in the comments! We had gorgeous weather on Thursday and Friday, but as often happens, our Memorial Day weekend is rainy and gray. A bit of a bummer, but that’s just kind of the way it can roll this time of year.

I’m making the best of it and staying inside to get some work done. We’re only one month out from our family vacation to Mexico (we’re going to Cabo). So I’m already prepping and planning for that, which means extra time in the kitchen. If I get all caught up on things, which is a big if, I’m dying to do some summer cleaning, purging, and organizing. This sounds weird but the way the sunlight shines into both our studio space and my home is so beautiful. It’s making me want to clean and tidy everything up. It’s also bringing me more ideas for some fixer-upper projects as well…

Currently in the works…replacing my bathroom vanity and toilet, and then lots and lots of yard work. This is kind of an odd unglamorous question, but I’m curious if you guys have toilet suggestions? The amount of options is mind-boggling.

As for the yard work, I’m doing my best to direct my dad on garden planting and such. He’s a great handyman, but you’ve got to stay on him or nothing will get done. We’re trying to figure out a solution for our greenhouse, and a new home for our chickens. It’s a slow process with him, but I think he’s trying to find some help with the slightly bigger projects 🙂 Sharing my dream gardens and yards below…Pinterest is my best and worst friend. So many new ideas every time I do a little scrolling.

Speaking of home updates and finds, my brother and sister-in-law sent back some new antiques from their recent buying trip around Texas and New Mexico. I’m so excited about some of the pieces they got me, photos below! If you guys are ever looking for great antiques, follow them on Instagram at Good Livin’ Co. Promise they have the best antique finds! Love these guys for always finding me the goods!

Moving along, my cousin and his wife (so weird to say, they just got married in March) are here for the long weekend. And while I can’t show you the video that literally has made my weekend, I can say that little Matt is a devious genius and pulled the best prank on my oldest brother, Creighton. He of course filmed the entire thing (what isn’t caught on video these days?!) and I haven’t laughed that hard in years. And you guys, I really needed a good laugh, especially at the end of a long week.

I think when we’re knee-deep in work and life things we can forget how important it is to take time to laugh, to smile, and to appreciate the small moments that can set the tone for the days ahead. So don’t forget to give yourself that time to allow small moments of joy in. Even on your busiest days!

Lastly, so many Memorial Day sales this weekend. I’m going to share some of my favorites below!

Coming up this week, I’m planning to take Monday off since many of us are on vacation this weekend and off the internet (yay!). Back at it on Tuesday with a very summery recipe that just feels fitting for June first. Then moving on to a simple dinner. And then, of course, something sweet to end the week. Again I’m really feeling like a new S’mores-inspired dessert needs to be in our future.

question: what are your top 5 summer desserts? So curious to know…please share!!

I said this in our newsletter and just realized I never transferred it here… tomorrow we honor and pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country. While you’re enjoying time with family and friends, we hope you take a minute in remembrance.

Alrighty, I think that’s all the updates I’ve got today! Hoping everyone has an incredible weekend and is able to kick the summer off with a margarita in hand. Have a great Sunday and a nice Memorial Day!

1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

loving…my Boll & Branch sheets, blankets, and comforter. Every single one of their products is made of such high quality and so soft. I love knowing everything is made chemical-free. You can use my code TIEGHAN15 for 15% off your order. offer ends at the end of the month!

watching…Kaia Gerber Shares Her Guide to Face Sculpting and Minimal, Sun-Kissed Makeup. as someone who is pretty bad with makeup application, I love the Vogue beauty secrets series. also loved Emma Chamberlain’s episode too.

baking…homemade cinnamon toast crunch. one of my favorite HBH recipes from years and years ago.

loving…the casitas and villas at the Viceroy Los Cabos. I’m not sure if we can make it work for our large crew, but they sure are beautiful!

watching…The Crime of the Century – a two-part HBO documentary on the opioid crisis and the actual crime that was behind it all.

listening to…the most random mix of music from Jamie Johnson, to Justin Timberlake, to Chris Stapleton, to the country hits of the 2000s. trying to mix it up.

reading…The Secret Life of Groceries. My dad’s cousin, whom we’re all close to (we call her cousin Ethel…she’s the best!), suggested this book. She’s only just started it, but this is a deep dive into what’s involved in getting our groceries to the shelves.

thinking of ordering…ST. TROPEZ Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse. my mom used to use ST. TROPEZ back in the day and always loved it. I’ve heard really awesome things about their mousse and I’m wanting a subtle tan before heading to Mexico. also, considering the Tarte Cosmetics Brazilliance PLUS+ Self Tanner. has anyone tested out either?

burning and loving…LES by Boy Smells. also, Boy Smells is offering free shipping for Memorial Day weekend. Re-ordering the Les candle, Slow Burn (always a favorite), and Hinoki Fantôme. such good summer scents. I clearly have a candle obsession, but at least these guys are on the more affordable side (some of my other favorites are crazy…).

drinking…spicy serrano pineapple margarita. finally shared the recipe for my go-to summer margarita. what are you guys sipping on this summer?

listening to…Molly Bloom On How She Ran The Biggest Underground Hollywood Celebrity Poker Ring on The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. when I started this, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I actually found the story really thrilling and it was a nice way to escape my thoughts.

2. The most popular recipes of May.

20 Minute Stir Fried Honey Ginger Sesame Noodles |

Most popular: 20 Minute Stir Fried Honey Ginger Sesame Noodles

This one shocked me. I’m the worst at judging which of my own recipes will be popular. More times than not, the recipes I think will be a total flop, you guys love! Not complaining at all, I just think it’s funny.

I didn’t love this photo, but the noodles? So delicious. Saucy, just a touch salty, a little sweet, and a little spicy. And they take only minutes to make.

Rosemary Chicken and Avocado Bacon Pitas with Honey Feta Sauce |

Runner-up: Rosemary Chicken and Avocado Bacon Pitas with Honey Feta Sauce

These pitas are probably my personal favorite of the month. It’s that crispy bacon, rosemary chicken, avocado, and salty-sweet feta sauce. Pretty hard to beat.

Lighter Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta |

Also have to mention: Lighter Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

It’s different for sure, but trust me, it’s delicious.

Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce |

And then this one too: Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce.

Add a side of chips + guacamole…and probably a margarita too. Yes, do it up!

Warm Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake |

OK, last one: Warm Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake.

This is the chocolate cake that rivals all others. It’s GOOD, fudgy, and molten-like with the perfect crinkly top.

3. Memorial Day Sales.

bonus: more sales to shop this week…there are so many!

Violet Grey: 20% off site-wide, with some product exclusions. discount applies at checkout (all my favorites are on sale!!).

Anthropologie:20% off ready-to-ship furniture and décor and 30% off summer entertaining essentials

Pottery Barn: up to 50% off.

Lulu and Georgia: up to 25% off.

Serena and Lily: 20% off with the code DIVEIN.

Food 52: 15% off orders $149 with the code SUNSHINE.

Zwilling: so many of my favorite Staub pans and Zwilling knives are half price.

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: how do you cook and eat so much and stay so thin?
a: I see this question over and over.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different! You have to find what works for you and your body. Don’t compare yourself, you are you and you’ve got to embrace that.

q: pregnant and dying for mocktails…what did you add to Asher’s?
a: smashed blackberries with 1/2 a lime and a handful of mint. Shake with ice. Top off with ginger beer.

q: you refer to we when talking about HBH, is your family the “we”? 
a: they sure are! my mom is my business partner, she runs the back end of the blog, aka the tech stuff…and more! My dad is my right-hand guy. Malachi, my younger brother, is our video editor + saves my ass whenever something goes wrong. And my cousins Maggie and Abby, are all are big parts of HBH too. We also have one non-family full-time team member…Margaret!

And then of course there’s Asher. She’s our official taste tester of all things chocolate. And Creighton…my taste tester on all things MEAT!

q: favorite childhood memory?
a: family vacations with all my brothers.

q: what’s your zodiac sign?
a: I’m a Virgo!

q: what advice do you have for anyone trying to start their own business/side hustle?
a: I always say if you can’t stop thinking about an idea that really, really excites you then you need to just jump in and start. Starting is always the hardest part because it’s daunting, you know there’s a long road ahead. If you love what you’re doing you’ll have the motivation to keep going and push forward each and every day. So you just have to start! Research what you need to get started and then start. You’ll learn as you go, you’ll make mistakes, but you’ll learn so much from them all. Trial and error is the best way to learn.

so start now and adjust as you grow.

also, I’d keep your day job until you are making enough to support yourself fully off of your new business. It takes a while to make an income, it’s certainly not instant.

q: what is your favorite summer salad?
a: corn, tomato, and avocado pasta salad and this melon basil Burrata salad with crispy prosciutto.

q: what is your interior design style?
a: Hmm, I’d said laid back and neutral with small pops of color (like flowers or a fun painting) and plenty of coziness. Maybe a little rustic/vintage. I guess it’s a mix of all of those elements! Oh, and zero clutter, it stresses me out.

q: do you use store-bought pesto or make your own?
a: a mix! I try and make my own when I have a ton of basil, but I also keep jarred pesto stocked in the pantry at all times

5. My Favorite Go-To Summer Dinner Party Menu.

Dinner parties are back on this summer, here is my simple go-to menu that I know I can always fall back on.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash |

drink of choice: Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash

Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey |

for snacking: Whipped Ricotta Toast with Marinated Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Honey

Souper Creamy Lemon Butter Cheesy Zucchini Orzo | #orzo #easyrecipes #zucchini

on the side: Creamy Lemon Butter Cheesy Zucchini Orzo

Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken | #chicken #corn #summer #easy #dinner

for dinner: Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken

Nonnie's 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake | #icecream #easyrecipes #chocolate #peanutbutter #summer

can’t forget about dessert: Nonnie’s 6 Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

6. Inspiring me on Pinterest…the Summer Edit.

question: when it comes to Pinterest, what are your favorite things to pin? Is it a home renovation project? Recipes? Inspiring quotes? Fashion inspiration? I think my favorite thing to pin is home decor or and renovation projects. I have so many updates I’d love to make around here and I’ve always had a love for interior design.

*all photos sourced via Pinterest.

7. Favorite Links I’m loving…

Step Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’s Sustainable L.A. Farmhouse…this house is truly my dream home. I love it.

A 1930s Whipping Cream Cake Is the Internet’s Latest Favorite Recipe…love a vintage recipe, adding this to my “must make” list.

I’m a Sucker for Nordstrom Sales—These Are the Under-$100 Items I’m Into…so many incredible and affordable finds right now.

15 Costco Steals for Picnics, BBQs & Beach Days…bring on summer nights and low-key entertaining.

Thinking About a Career Change? Here Are 10 Questions to Ask Yourself First

The Best Balcony Garden Ideas From a Photographer’s Tiny San Francisco Space

Every Single Thing I’m Buying to Achieve My Summer Beauty Aspirations

7 Epic Beauty Sales Worth Stalking This Weekend (and What to Buy From Each)

In This Teeny-Tiny Hamptons Beach House, the Dining Room Could Only Fit Outside

Emma Roberts Violet Grey Shopping Bag…

No Joke, the Most In-Demand Products Among Beauty People Are Cheaper RN

The 20 Best 90s Movies Every Millennial Should Stream This Summer

14 Realistic Fitness Goals To Set This Year…and exactly how to accomplish them.

8. Nordstrom Half Yearly Favorite Sale Finds…

bonus: memorial day weekend fashion sales to shop.

Shopbop: up to 50% off.

Revolve: up to 50% off.

Nordstrom: up to 50% off site-wide with product exclusions.

& Other Stories: up to 50% off select items within their MDW treats edit.

J.Crew: 25% off full-price + 50% off sale.

9. This Week’s Dinners + Weekend Eats…

Pesto Chicken, Corn, and Avocado Bacon Pasta Salad |

Monday: Pesto Chicken, Corn, and Avocado Bacon Pasta Salad

Grilled Vegetable Burrata Sandwich with Lemon Thyme Honey Mustard |

Tuesday: Grilled Vegetable Burrata Sandwich with Lemon Thyme Honey Mustard

Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa |

Wednesday: Spicy Beer BBQ Chicken Skewers with Avocado Corn and Feta Salsa

Garden Herb Shrimp Scampi Linguine | #pasta #shrimp #easyrecipes #summerrecipes

Thursday: Herb Shrimp Scampi Linguine

Garden Greens Goddess Pizza |

Friday: Garden Greens Goddess Pizza

Spicy Serrano Pineapple Margarita |

Saturday: Spicy Serrano Pineapple Margarita

Cookies n' Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies |

Sunday: Cookies n’ Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. Hi Tieghan! I just took the plunge and ordered the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Spectralige FaceWare Pro from Dermstore. Between getting 15% off as a new customer plus double points, plus 6% cash back from Rakuten, it really dropped the price and convinced me to pull the trigger! I am 42 and have had a lifelong battle with acne, rosacea, and generally crappy skin. I can’t wait to give this a try (thanks to your recommendation!) Just curious – what have you thought about it so far?

    1. Hey Bethany,
      Thanks so much for reading today! Nice, sounds like you got a great deal! So far, I am loving it, they do recommend using for at least 2 months so it hasn’t been quite that long for me. I hope you have a great weekend! xTieghan

  2. Made the Cinnamon Toast Cereal and my grandkids loved it! on IG a while ago, and tagged you. Last night I mad the Beer BBQ Chicken skewers and they were delish! What an easy dish to prepare ahead of time. I made the BBQ sauce and Corn Salsa in the morning. Will be making that again next time family comes over. Of course it is on my IG and tagged you!

    1. Hey Jody,
      Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed these recipes, thanks so much for making them! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  3. Let’s not forget the reason for and meaning of Memorial Day. Remember and honor our veterans who have served and passed away and those that continue to be part of that service.
    This holiday is much more than bbqs and sales.

    1. Hey Terri,
      Thanks so much for reading today, and yes of course I did mention the true meaning of Memorial Day above. Sorry if you missed that:) xTieghan

  4. Toilet talk: Toto makes a toilet with a “washlet” bidet seat. It’s spendy, but so worth it. Warming seat, washing functions, drying functions, and it’s chair height. We got one last year (coincidentally at the beginning of lockdown) and are really happy with it.

  5. First just have to say again LOVE being able to save a recipe to my collection makes it so much easier than trying to remember what you called it pet peeve of mine is when a cookbook call it’s it something off like easy and then it’s listed under E in the index instead of chicken which is what it actually makes

    Tieghan I still volunteer my son to come up snd help your dad he has a degree in horticulture and is very handy ?

    1. Hey Kimberly,
      Thanks so much for reading today! I am thrilled you are enjoying the new website. I hope you have a wonderful weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Rachel,
      Thanks so much for reading today and sharing your toilet recommendation! Will definitely share my finished product when done:) Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  6. I’ve used the St. Tropez for years anytime I’m about to hit the beach and I love it. Regardless which tanner you choose, be sure to use a microfiber glove for application. I used to use it without and would get streaks (not to mention orange hands). And exfoliate your skin before application. I prefer the express St. Tropez formula that you leave on for 1-3 hours as opposed to overnight one. You keep your sheets clean and you can see the colour develop and rinse it off when it’s where you want it. Happy travels!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your self-tanning recommendations! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  7. Hi there! The St Tropez tanning mousse is the best! Love it and I get mine from QVC of all places!!! And speaking of the unglamorous toilet… No matter what, get one that is taller, no matter how tall you are! ? Love all your recipes!!! Always a staple on my menu!

    1. Hey Niki,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your tanning suggestion! I hope you have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  8. Toto is the best. Also comfort height (I think it’s the highest and a must). I’m not tall and I love it. And get the Washlet (Bidet) life changing! ?

  9. I made the whipped ricotta on toast with marinated tomatoes. It’s a terrific recipe! Will be making for MANY happy hours this summer. Easy and delicious. Forgot to take a picture right away and suddenly it was all gone!! ??

    1. Hey Pam,
      Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  10. The toilet question- this is important! Do NOT just order from an online source. You need to go to a showroom and do something that will make you feel like an idiot, but will be completely worth it. Besides, who cares if you look like a fool? You’ll never see these people again.
    Go sit on toilets. Yes, DO IT. They have different height seats, even if the specs say they don’t. Specs lie. They also have different pitches. Some will have a slight tilt backwards, some forward. You need to be comfortable on your toilet! I’m 4’11” tall. The toilet that is the correct size for me might be too low to the ground for you-you’re tall! I know you’re super busy, but do you want to just pick one, get it installed, hate it, and have to do it all over again?
    Take an afternoon, try out a bunch, then have a nice cocktail…you’ve earned it!

    1. Hey Kim,
      Thanks so much for reading today and your message! I appreciate your advice on the toilets, I actually never thought about going to a showroom, but this makes total sense! I hope you have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  11. My top five summer desserts? Not sure that I have five, Tieghan, but I like to make summer galettes! Any mix of summer berries or stone fruits like peach, nectarines, plums all in a nice buttery , simple, rustic crust. I also like angle food cake rolls filled with summer fruits and whipped cream. Lemon meringue or key lime pies. Or just make up big bowls of fresh fruit. I also totally agree with the reader above me about the comfort height toilet. Question. I have a question for you. Have you ever used a tanning mousse? I have not, and I have often wondered how you get it all on evenly without streaks and without missing a spot?

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for reading today!! Yum, love a good summer galette as well, also I can totally relate with the big bowl of fruit, what could be better right?! I’ve never tried a tanning mousse, maybe I will have to try! Have a great weekend. xTieghan

    1. Hey Charyl,
      Wow!! Thank you so very much, 8 is very impressive and obviously they must be good! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  12. We have a bank holiday weekend here in the UK also which is great, however so far I have been sad and lonely and not done a lot as my beloved cat is still missing (nearly 2 weeks), however reading your blog has lifted my spirits a bit and I now feel more inspired to get on and do something with the weekend. The weather is warm and sunny also.
    As for toilet suggestions? This did make me chuckle, however I always like a modern bathroom suite. To jazz up your toilet though, maybe look at some decorative toilet seats.
    Sunscreen is super important for a vacation/holiday. For me it’s Piz Buin all the way, been using this for years and it works for me.
    For glowing and sun-kissed looks, I am a fan of Hung Vanngo. He has his own channel on Youtube which includes a gorgeous spring look using Trinny London make up, worth a watch.
    Thank you again for a wonderful blog and photos (love the peonies) and for cheering me up. Have a great weekend and week.

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for reading and your thoughtful message. I am so sorry to hear about your cat. So glad your weather is warm and sunny. I hope you have a great week! xTieghan