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Welcome to yet another Sunday Favorite’s post! Hope you all are enjoying your weekend and cooking up plenty of delicious recipes today! I’m spending the day packing and prepping for a work week in LA. Lots of exciting things happening this week, from shoots, to meetings, to yet another taping of Hallmark Home & Family (this time with the little brother Red in tow!). I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date on Instagram, should be a busy, fun week ahead!

If any of you LA people have suggestions of places I need to check out, let me know! I’m in town a little longer than usual (i.e longer than twenty-four hours), so I might actually have a second to check some new places out. All of you girls out there who love to shop, please, tell me you secret places! And anyone who loves to eat, tell me where I have to go!

Coming up this week on the blog, we’ll be kicking the week off with a fun vegan recipe that’s perfect for upcoming BBQs and picnics, sharing a new healthy snack, an easy breakfast recipe, the best chicken salad, and ending the week on a sweet, but healthy, note. So excited about each recipe coming up this week!

If you’re planning your menus for the week, be sure to check out my weekly meal plan below (favorite #9). And if you missed out on any recipes from last week, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter that recaps all the posts of the week!  Sign up here.

Enjoy this weeks favorites!

PS. I have a fun giveaway going happening on Instagram right now, enter here!

1. LA Book Signing!

I am SO excited to share that I will be doing a LA book signing at Shoppe Amber Interiors in Pacific Palisades on Thursday, May 24th, from 4:30-6:00pm.

If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, I would LOVE to meet you guys. No really, I would LOVE to meet you! It would honestly mean so much to me if you are able to take the time out of your bust day to stop by and say HI. I will be making cocktails, signing books, and talking with everyone. It should be a really fun event and I cannot wait. For those of you who can make it out…

Please RSVP here.

2. My favorite Pinterest Pins this Week.

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3. My Favorite Outdoor Tableware for Summer Entertaining…

4. Let’s Play a Game.

I really want…this cute and very functional Senreve Bag for traveling. It’s pricy though, so for now, it’s on my wish list.

I really love…this moisturizer. I just got it this week and already love it.

I really want…to go on vacation to the Caribbean. The good news is…it will be happening in June!

I really love…this pretty Gal Meets Glam Dress. It’s a little on the girly side for me, but I also think it’s so cute.

I really want…this banana cake with chocolate frosting.

I really love…this recipe.

5. New Videos:

Mom’s One-Bowl Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta

Skillet Chicken Tinga Enchiladas

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce

6. Let’s Talk Anxiety. 

It’s seems almost everyone has felt some form of anxiety. I have touched on this before, but I’ve suffered from anxiety since I was a kid. When I was younger, it was really, really bad. Especially during middle school and high school. It wasn’t until I started HBH that I finally found ways to refocus my anxious energy and feel a little bit of relief from it. To this day, I still deal with anxiety, sometimes worse than others. This past week I had a “flare up” of sorts and it brought me back to my days of being in middle school and feeling sick to my stomach before school.

I don’t have all the answers, but over the years I’ve learned ways to help myself through anxious times. Little things like hiking, talking with my mom, hot showers, lighting candles, and fresh flowers all help. Another thing I’ve found helpful is writing down exactly what it is that’s making me anxious. A lot of times this can help me to better problem solve, therefore reducing my stress. Even if I just can’t seem to fix it, putting it all down on paper at least helps to get the the thoughts out of my head. Sometimes I’ll even realize that what I am stressing about is not worth my energy.

One of the things that has me anxious right now is flying. I never used to have any issues with flying, but recently I’ve been making myself crazy before flights and I have no idea why. Well, I take that back, I do know why. I can’t control anything about flying, not the delays, the airport security, the weather, the pilot, ect, ect. I love knowing that if there’s a problem I can fix it, but when flying, almost everything is out of my control. And yes, I know I sound crazy, but I also know I’m not the only one out there that deals with this kind of stuff, so why not talk about it?

As I said, I don’t have all the answers, but maybe you guys do? If so, leave me a comment, email me, DM, I’d love to hear how you guys deal with stuff like this!

PS. I loved reading this article on natural ways to deal with anxiety.

7. A Few Links I am Loving…

California chicken, veggie, and avocado rice bowls…YUM.

how an interior designer decorates a room from start to finish…this is fun.

mothers and daughters running a business together…love. love. LOVE.

3 traits all confident women have…are you all three?

the email hack to help be more present…turn off those notifications.

give this up for overnight confidence…perfection is not a thing.

we don’t have to be afraid of romaine lettuce anymore…YES, cobb salad time.

17 things to do on your birthday…I am all about the beach, or a spa day.

Turks and Caicos is calling…and I think I’m going to go.

Meghan Markle’s guide to Tulum, Mexico…I also want to go.

how to maximize your shower in 7 minutes or less…the most efficient shower ever.

8. A few Pieces I am Taking to LA…

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Grilled Pesto Zucchini Stuffed with Tomatoes and Orzo | halfbakedharvest.com #grilling #summer #easyrecipes

Monday: Grilled Pesto Zucchini Stuffed with Tomatoes and Orzo

Fiesta Chicken Quesadillas with Chipotle Relish and Mango Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Tuesday: Fiesta Chicken Quesadillas

Sweet Corn Chimichurri Butter Shrimp with Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com #summer #shrimp #easyrecipes

Wednesday: Sweet Corn Chimichurri Butter Shrimp with Polenta

Grilled Chili Honey Lime Chicken and Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com #easyrecipes #chicken #summergrilling

Thursday: Grilled Chili Honey Lime Chicken and Sweet Potatoes 

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad | halfabkedharvest.com @hbharvest

Friday: Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

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  1. I highly encourage you to check out Sarah Wilson’s book, ‘First We Make the Beast Beautiful – a New Journey Through Anxiety’. Sarah is an Australian journalist who has struggled with anxiety her entire life. It’s an excellent read and very relatable.

  2. I love this post, so many inspiring favorites here! And I’m right there with you on the anxiety – regular exercise (for me, running) helps me the most!

    1. Thank you Laura! Hiking every morning has definitely helped me a lot, but maybe I’ll pick up running!

  3. I love the extra girly dress! Buy it and shoot us a pic on Instagram of you wearing it! It’s always fun to pop out of our typical style bubbles once in a while! If you’re craving pink, I think it’s a great chance to do a new look!

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