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Nine Favorite Things

Happy first Sunday of summer! It finally feels like summer here and it has been so refreshing. We didn’t have any rain this week and it was a beautiful thing. We had warmer temperatures, and most importantly, summer sunshine. It was so nice!

I find it crazy how much the weather can really affect my mood. Dreary days bring on anxiousness, but sunshine leads to happy thoughts. I’m feeling extra thankful the sun is back! Ok and, it’s soo green! Things are growing again. Dad’s herbs are slowly popping up and the dahlias are even coming back too. Another month and the garden is going to be so plentiful.

Ok, the last thing on this topic, our sunsets have been just magical. So all in all a pretty good first week of summertime. Hoping yours was amazing too!!

Let’s see, what’s new? Not much, I’ve been home this week. I’m working away in the kitchen in prep for a couple of weeks of back-to-back travel. Heading to one of my favorite cities at the end of the week, then off to meet my family for the summer vacation. I’m going to meet them toward the end of the trip. Have you figured out the destination yet? Another hint, Oslo is currently rocking the corn rows. Tropical vibes all the way. They’ve really been enjoying their time! My mom did an amazing job planning yet another family trip! She is a pro. See our 2021 trip here and then last year’s vacation highlights here. I think Mom said there’s a total of 22 people this year, so a full crew.

I had fun this week pulling some looks for work and vacation. Looking forward to wearing those soon! I always have so much fun pulling new outfits for when I travel!

It’s going to be a fun summer, and hopefully an even more fun fall! Lots of new launches are coming!

That’s all I have for today, plenty of fun “things’ below. Hope you all love this week’s favorites post!

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

loving…jewelry. Especially rings, I’m on the hunt for some new ones.

everything in my cart (low)…Ok, some fun pieces. Love this crochet mini-skirt from Mango. This Aubree linen dress from Reformation is so cute! I’d be excited to wear this, you can dress it up or down. And I’m defiantly ordering this vintage rib high-neck cutaway tank top. Great for an everyday look. I’d pair it with a great slip skirt.

This sea charms bracelet is really fun. And these slides from H&M are the ideal summer slides. Or these Tkees sloan slides. Both a great!

Summer bag time! Loving this cute (on sale) crocheted rectangle bag from J.Crew. It’s the perfect size and I adore the stripes. And then, the Jute tote bag from Zara is a great carry-it-all summertime bag. Oh, and I almost forget, love, love this combined shopper bag from Mango. It screams quite luxury.

listening to…Paul Saladino MD On Food Truths, The Carnivore Diet, & What Processed Foods Do To Our Guts & Overall Health. This is so informative and incredibly interesting. Definitely one of those podcast episodes worth listening to twice. Also, I love that they talk about raw goat milk. It’s all we drink!

dreaming of going to… 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. Oh wow, I’ve never been someone who’s always wanted to visit Hawaii, but now it’s moving toward the top of my list. This hotel is stunning.

Listening to…Dr. Amen: A Revolution in Brain Health on The Squeeze

loving…Safely cleaning supplies. I was sent some of their products and have been really liking them in the kitchen.

Reading…Stop Self-Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way. I am pro at self-sabotage. Looking forward to listening to the audio version.

ordered…this suction iPhone case. I’m always on the lookout for great ways to support my camera while filming. I saw this on Instagram this week and ordered it immediately. I’ll let you know what I think!

shopping…candles. Ordered the Summer Fridays soft vanilla candle, and this grapefruit mangosteen candle from Enlightened. I’ll let you know what I think of them! And in my carts: Fleur candle from Flamme, with hints of apple blossom, peony, and baby’s breath. Grapefruit & Hinoki from Salt & Stone. And from Flamingo Estate, their roma heirloom tomato candle. From Nette, I have the Nette Candle in my cart, the Twelfth Night Candle, and this super fun Dream Land Candle.

everything in my cart (beauty)…into summer nails rights now. The Chanel le vernis shade is top of my list. And the Gucci Lucy baby blue shade is pretty too. Both are great for summertime.

This Tweezerman classic eyelash curler has been a staple in my beauty bag for years and years. I use it pretty much every day. 

I ordered and am so excited about the products I bought from Sun Kissed by Jenni. I’ve read amazing things about this line. I love a tan, but not from the sun – going to try out these self-tanners.

watching…Sex and the City, season 1, episode 1. With season 2 of the reboot, And Just Like That out, I thought I would start from the very beginning. Are you a fan? My aunt Alyssa and Erin are obsessed. I remember growing up they would plan their nights around the Sex and the City new episodes.

everything in my cart (high)…summertime bags, obsessed with the new Saint Laurent bags. The Beatrix Caged-Leather Canvas Basket Bag, and the Small Panier Tote Bag are great summer bags. And their Raffia Crossbody Bag is pretty cute too. This mini crystal mesh bag from Cult Gaia is really fun for a summer night. And then, I’m loving this Loeffler Randall leather and striped raffia tote as a carry-all summer bag.

2. Favorite summer peach recipes.

Blackberry Peach Galette |

Blackberry Peach Galette

Peach Burrata Crostini with Burst Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette |

Peach Burrata Crostini with Burst Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

10 Minute Gooey Vanilla Peach Mug Cake |

10 Minute Gooey Vanilla Peach Mug Cake

Old School Easy Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler |

Old School Easy Brown Sugar Peach Cobbler

Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad |

Tomato, Peach, and Burrata Salad

Nonnie's 5 Ingredient Peach Dump |

Nonnie’s 5 Ingredient Peach Dump

Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie | #pie #peach #summer #dessert #easy

Peaches and Cream Pretzel Pie

3. Everything for outdoor entertaining.

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: is your hair naturally curly? You said you don’t use much heat on it. It’s always so pretty! 
a: It’s not curly at all, super straight actually. I put it up in a bun every single night when it’s wet so when I take my hair down it has a little body to it. But it falls pretty quickly.

q: do you enjoy eating at restaurants or find yourself scrutinizing the food? 
a: I have fun with it. I never really judge anyone’s food, I’m not picky! I always know that homemade is usually better. But it’s fun doing dinners out and trying different dishes.

q: pineapple on pizza? Yay, or nay?
a: I’m all about it!! Yummy.

q: how do you know so many people in the cities you travel to?
a: I don’t know anyone!! I just reach out to people I follow and would love to meet in every city I travel to. I do my best to meet new people while traveling. When I’m home in Colorado, I’m home, working 24/7. When I travel I make an effort to be more social. I just reach out to people I enjoy online!

q: advice on doubting yourself? It’s a work in progress. 
a: This is so hard. I doubt myself every single day, it’s something I struggle with. My best advice is to remember back to a time when you doubted yourself and your abilities, but then you did that thing you thought you could never do! And it went so well, or everything was totally fine and you got through it!! Maybe it was hard but you did it! We’re so much stronger than we ever give ourselves credit for. I look back at the person I was last year, the year prior, and even the girl I was in middle school. I still can’t believe some of the things I’ve done that I never thought I could do. Just remember that we can do so much more than we ever could imagine!

 You just have to go for it!

q: best places to buy second-hand designer?
a: Try Fwrd Renew, (mostly bags), What Goes Around Comes Around NYC, Shopbop Archives, Fashionphile (amazing for clothing), Vestiaire Collective, The Real Real, and Depop.

q: is your family blended?
a: Lol. Nope, my parents have been together for over 38 years.

q: favorite peanut butter brand? 
a: Whole Foods 365 organic peanut is the best.

q: fun fact about you? Super random. 
a: I used to always wear hats because my mom loved me in them. I still love a good hat.

q: do you draw inspiration for your dishes through fashion and nature? 
a: Yes! My favorite way to develop a recipe is through fashion and nature. I can see a color or a look I love and connect it to a recipe. I use colors as inspiration and go from there. It’s a very weird process that only my brain could dream up 🤪

q: does Asher do school online to be able to travel? 
a: Yes. Very different from my schooling.

5. Five picks-me-ups.

I read this post over on a Cup of Jo and wanted to share the 5 things I do to pick myself up when I’ve had a bad day or am feeling not so great. I think we all need to have tools like this in our “toolbox” to fall back on when we’re feeling down. Having coping tools are so important.

My 5 simple pleasers that picked me up this week

Picking fresh flowers from the yard. Love this more than anything. Having a fresh bundle of pretty flowers is always going to make me just a little happier inside.

Ordering new candles.  I love candles, we know this. But they’re something that always gets me happy and excited. I love discovering new scents. Sometimes after a long day, I’ll scroll the internet and find some new candles to try.

Taking in the summer sunsets. These are so peaceful right now. I’ve been trying to enjoy them every single night. They won’t last long!

Listening to the birds in the mornings. We have the prettiest birds this time of year and listening to them sing in the early morning outside my house is so relaxing. I love it.

I also just ordered new notebooks for jotting down recipes. The fun florals have me excited. I also just splurged on a new bag for summer. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

Lastly, read the comments on the Cup of Jo post. Some of them are so good. What was your pick-me-up this week?

6. Inspiring me.

(from Pinterest)

7. Favorite links i’m loving.

Taste Test: What’s the Best Vanilla Ice Cream?…I was surprised by the results.

The World’s Best Swim-Up Pool Bars…so much fun. I want to visit Meliá Koh Samui in Thailand.

Luxury Trains Are Worth Booking Just for Their Dining Cars…this is so cute and fun!

The Outdoor Sectionals Worth Investing in…for your dream backyard.

Want to Get Back Into Readinghow to make it a hobby.

How to Spend a Weekend at 3 Hotels From Our 2023 Hot List…I want to visit all 3.

13 Things To Do With Friends (That Aren’t Dinner)…a few fun ideas for you.

7 Email Tricks Successful Women Swear By…love a good email hack.

Where Our Editors Are Going on Summer Vacation This Year…love these places.

8. Summer dresses.

everything this week from Revolve

Reformation looks

fun affordable summer accessories 

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.

Chicken Tzatziki Rice Bowls |

Monday: Chicken Tzatziki Rice Bowls

Tuesday: Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta

Pesto Peach Chicken in White Wine with Burrata |

Wednesday: Pesto Peach Chicken in White Wine with Burrata

Picnic Style Brie and Prosciutto Sandwich |

Thursday: Picnic Style Brie and Prosciutto Sandwich

Baked Gruyère Tomato Bruschetta |

Friday: Baked Gruyère Tomato Bruschetta

Cinnamon Maple Brown Butter Blackberry Peach Crisp |

Saturday: Cinnamon Maple Brown Butter Blackberry Peach Crisp

Toasted S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches |

Sunday: Toasted S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches

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  1. Hey Tieghan!

    To your point about candles, I completely agree! Candles are the best way to unwind and always feel like a treat! (especially the Half Baked Pumpkin Smash from Snif, I was so sad when mine was all gone🥲)

    Just wanted to drop a suggestion for a new candle to try, these are made by two moms and the candles smell amazing!! They just recently started and I am sure their story is relatable! Highly recommended –


    1. Hi Janae,
      Thanks so much for reading!! Thanks for your support with the Pumpkin Smash candle:) I’ll have to checkout these that you recommend, thanks for the suggestion! Have a great week! xT

  2. Just came to say that I absolutely love lilacs and it’s one of the things that I miss most since moving to the south! I also love your weekly blogs and have tried out quite a few of your recipes and have yet to find a bad one! 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks so much for reading and your kind message! Lilacs are the best right?! Hope you are having a great week and thanks for making so many recipes! xT

    1. Hi Kerri,
      I typically will store everything in an airtight container and freeze it, or we donate it to our local church. Thanks for reading! xx

  3. Our family just stayed at the 1 Hotel in Hanalei Bay- it is everything you can imagine. We had never been to Hawaii before and it is truly the most beautiful place we had ever been. We could sit outside our room there and see the waterfalls in the mountains reflected onto sea water in front of it. As they said, “we bring the sunset to you!” Highly recommend!!

    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks so much for reading! Love to hear that you family had such a great time in Hawaii, that’s amazing! Thanks for sharing about 1 Hotel! Happy Monday! xx

  4. Thank you for all you do! Love it all! My guess on the family vacay location is Jamaica or the Bahamas. Enjoy your travels and the amazing weather!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind message Terri!! You definitely have the closest guess on the family vaca:) Have a great week! xT

  5. You’ve alluded to some upcoming HBH projects. Sounds exciting for your career! Can you share some personal goals you have for yourself?

  6. Love your posts and recommendations but I do wish you would leave the “wellness gurus” out of it. Paul Saladino is a notorious quack whose ideas about diet and wellness have been debunked repeatedly by board-certified nutritionists and physicians. Promoting him on your platform is irresponsible. He is full of misinformation, lies and conspiracies, all while trying to sell his own books and supplements.

    1. This is hilarious! Don’t know if you’ve noticed but “conspiracy theorists” have kind been having a moment the past few years 🤣 The term misinformation means less than nothing these days to people.

    2. Paul Saladino may not be conventional, but if you actually listen to some of his podcasts, he actually brings a lot of really great information to light. Nothing wrong with wanting people to eat whole foods and take care of your own health. You’re not hearing that with the mainstream. And I’ve never once felt compelled to buy any of his books or supplements.

  7. Gorgeous summery pictures.

    Loving your recipes this week, the s’mores ice cream sandwiches look amazing! Such a great idea.

    Have a good week. Xx

    1. Hi Kelly-Jane,
      Happy Monday and thanks for reading! Let me know if you give the s’mores sandwiches a try, they are pretty yummy! xx

  8. Why do you recycle old Q&A’s? Surely, you get interesting questions you haven’t answered yet. Why repeat old ones?

    1. Why bother criticizing someone who obviously works so hard to provide great content to her followers? Spread a little positivity instead of harshing everyone else’s mellow.

      1. Asking a question is not criticizing. If you think passing off old content as new is “great”, then it’s time to raise the bar a bit, Lynn. If Tieghan doesn’t have the time or energy to create new content, then she shouldn’t bother. HBH will survive without daily content.

        1. She probably gets asked the same questions multiple times over by different people. She has five million followers after all. There is bound to be repeats. I guess it’s no different than the jealous haters that target this blog daily with the same unoriginal repetitive insults day after day after day. Oh. Wait. There is a difference. The second group is malicious and disgusting.

          She obviously has the time and energy to create great new content and live the good life based on the fruits of her efforts, while you sit here whining on her blog. How does that make you feel? You are riding her coattails, looking for a place to complain, instead of accomplishing what she has. Laughable.

  9. Great blog post as always and so happy to hear that summer has finally arrived in your part of the world. I think that most of us are people of the sun, even if the weather is cold outside, as long as the sun is shining, then I am happy.
    As for your vacation, I did wonder a few weeks ago if you and the family are heading off to the Caribbean. As to which island, I’m going to say Barbados.
    I also love Sex & the City and need to catch up, as I have not seen the first season of And Just Like That either.
    I have recently been a tourist in my hometown for the past month, having moved here last year, however I am now back in my kitchen planning and designing future cake and sugar flower projects, as well as making some of your delicious recipes of which I made a few last week. I will definitely make them again. Have a great week 🙂

    1. Hi Colleen,
      Happy Monday and thanks for reading!! Love your guess of Barbados!! So fun to be exploring your hometown, I’m sure you get a new outlook on it when trying new things! xx

  10. Question – I always see you commenting that Whole Foods 365 is your go-to peanut butter, but you’ve shown several BTS videos of your kitchen/pantry where there are dozens of jumbo sized JIF peanut butter jars. Do you use that for something different? Just curious why you have so much if you don’t use it in your recipes.

    1. Perhaps JIF sponsored her to get some visibility, and sent her the peanut butter. It’s a pretty common practice in this industry.

    2. Hi Sheila,
      Thanks so much for reading!! Whole Foods 365 is my peanut butter of choice, my dad bought a bunch of JIF a long time ago and I use it when I’m in a pinch! Happy Monday! xT

  11. Love that you love candles so much. Check out if you’re looking for something new. Mountain stone candles are new and different and so pretty and lovely!

    1. Hi Paige,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing about the candles, I’ll have to check them out! Happy Monday! xT

  12. Highly recommend a visit to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HI. It’s been a long time, 17 years, but I was married on the beach there. We spent 2 weeks on the island and it’s amazing!

    1. Hey Vickie,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing this suggestions, I bet Hawaii is absolutely amazing, I’ve heard great things! Have a great Monday! xT

  13. Can’t wait to try some of those peach recipes! They look amazing!

    Also, we’ve found Tillamook vanilla ice cream ridiculously good. Who knew!?

    1. Dear Tieghan,
      I really enjoy reading your weekly posts. It is so wonderful how close you are to your family. It’s especially fun how you have special times with your Mom & your Sister. I just wanted to let you know that in spite of having a hectic schedule, you’re doing a great job managing all of it, & making time for yourself as well . You are unique in the world of Cookbook Authors & personalities. I hope that you will continue to remember to take time for yourself & your family. Have a wonderful Summer ! ☀️

      1. Hi Debra,
        Thank you so much for reading each week and your kind message! I appreciate you being here and following along:) Hope you have a great week! xT