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Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.

sunset over the lake

{the prettiest Cleveland summer sunset from my grandpa’s backyard}

I spent the past week cooking every day from morning until night. I’m talk sun up to sun down. The first part of my mornings were spent on the computer, then straight to cooking and photography, and when the sun set, back to the computer to write-up a blog post, respond to emails, Instagram messages, and edit the next days photos. It was a busy and tiring week and while I got a lot done, I also had a lot of fails.

If you follow on Instagram you probably saw a few of those fails in my IG Stories. I always think it’s important to show you guys that I’m human too, and nothing I do is perfect. In fact, I always like to say that perfect is pretty boring, and I like to try to find beauty in the flaws. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but most of the time when I take step back and embrace the imperfections, I kind of end up loving them.

Bottom line here? Perfect IS boring, go for the imperfect, it’s different, fun, and better. Also, also! When your having a rough time, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!

Anyway, happy Sunday! I’m planning to spend the day both outside and in. Making this lobster for dinner, and snacking on these cookies while shopping online for an event at the end of the month. It’s going to be a chill Sunday and I’m going to limit the computer time…or at least I’m going to try to. We shall see how it goes. Not going to lie, I’m bad about taking days completely off, but one of these days I will.

Anyone have tips for me on how to sign off and not work?! Let me know, because I NEED them.

Coming up on HBH this week I’ll be sharing a handful of new summer recipes, including a spicy corn chowder, back to school snacks, a vegan pasta (that’s too good for words), a new Mexican inspired dish, and ending things on a sweet note with the perfect summery recipe. Good, good, good, things!

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Enjoy another week of Favorites and have a great Sunday!

1. Haters are Nothing But Fuel For Your Rise. 

Being able to reach SO many people is the most amazing part about my job, but it can come with some negatives as well. There’s not a week that doesn’t go by where I don’t have a mean comment, email, or IG message. I actually feel really lucky, because all things considered, I don’t have many haters (THANK GOD), but they are certainly out there, and make themselves known every now and again.

Over the years I’ve really grown a thick skin and can let most things roll right off my shoulders without thinking twice. It’s actually a great skill to have learned, but sometimes it can be hard. Negative messages do still affect me. I had one this past week that criticized a recipe. It wasn’t even that it was that mean, but something about this message brought me down a little. I let it affect me for a few minutes and then decided to use their unkind words as fuel for my day, and you know what? It worked.

I ended up totally turning my day around and by the time my head hit the pillow I forgot about the negative and felt so happy with my productive day.

Point of the story? Use the haters as fuel to keep you going. Also? Having haters means you’re probably doing all the right things, because haters are only jealous of what you have accomplished. And that’s the truth.

PS. looking for inspiring quotes? Check out my inspiration Pinterest board. This is my go-to board for when I need some positivity in my life.

2. My 7 Go-To (almost) No-Cook Recipes. 

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

Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Chicken

Skillet Balsamic Peach Pork Chops with Feta and Basil | #peaches #porkchops #easydinner #skilletrecipe

Skillet Balsamic Peach Pork Chops with Feta and Basil

Skillet Burst Cherry Tomato Summer Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs | #pasta #tomatoes #burrata #summerrecipes

Skillet Burst Cherry Tomato Summer Pasta with Lemony Breadcrumbs

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

Grilled Pesto Zucchini Stuffed with Tomatoes and Orzo

Fresh Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette | #summer #salad #tomatoes #burrata

Fresh Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomato Vinaigrette

Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta | #pasta #italian #summerrecipes

Simplest Zucchini Parmesan Pasta

Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeno Corn Vinaigrette | #shrimp #salad #summerrecipes #mexican

Chipotle Shrimp Cobb Salad with Jalapeño Corn Vinaigrette

3. My Favorite Mirrors…

I have a love hate relationship with mirrors. I don’t usually love looking at myself in them, but I love how they can transform a space. We are currently styling out the studio barn space and incorporating a few mirrors into the space to make it feel open and inviting. Here are some of my favorites.

metal floor mirror | hoop mirror | gleaming mirror | wall mirror

studded mirror | black floor mirror

4. The Girl Boss Files: Jessica Alba

Love, love, love…always inspired by Jessica Alba. I have been learning more about her through this interview and video. Plus, I now need to try all of the Honest Beauty products.

5. New Videos:

Caramelized Corn and Heirloom Tomato Galette…this is everything. so good.

Sweet Peach and Thyme Shortcakes…simply the best.

6 Ingredient Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup…a summer favorite that’s equally great for fall. just sayin.

6. Products I am Trying this Week…

As you guys know I am really into trying out new beauty products right now. I have my favorite face oil, goat milk lotion, face maskmascara, and highlighting powder, but I’m loving trying new products every now and then. Here’s what’s new that I’ve given a try this week.

Go-TO Properly Clean Face Wash – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product and love that it’s safe for sensitive skin.

Go-TO Very Useful Face Cream – love, love love this so far. It’s so incredibly hydrating and I also love that it protects against premature aging.

NatureLab Tokyo Volume Shampoo and Conditioner– I have super flat and bodiless hair, so I am very exited about this. I only used it once, but so far I love it. Bonus? It smells really good and is free of harmful chemicals that can damage hair.

Superseeds Serum– read about this brand. SO COOl, all their products are made from seeds and all are incredible. Loving this anti aging serum.

What products are you trying and loving? Have you tried any of these? Anything I NEED to try?

7. A few Links I am Loving…

25 at home date night ideas…fun.

10 mini road trips you can take this weekend…where would you go?

a palm springs villa…so. pretty.

the NYC hotels under $200 a night…dying to stay at the Jane Hotel.

12 motivational books to read…I need to read more books. these are perfect.

at home coffee tips…always love a cup of coffee, and these tips are great.

a colorful Charleston cottage…too cute.

how to be productive when you are working from home…love this.

what to eat everyday for glowing skin…yum.

inspiring career podcast to start the day with…excited to listen to these.

vitamins to skyrocket your metabolism…bring um on.

8. Stylish Backpacks for Back To School

convertible backpack | mini red backpack | green backpack | travel backpack

madewell backpack | blue backpack |

9. This Week’s Dinners:

Saucy Coconut Summer Curry with Rice Noodles and Garden Vegetables | #curry #summerrecipes #easyrecipes #thairecipe #simplerecipes

Monday: Saucy Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles and Garden Vegetables

Sicilian Style Salmon with Garlic Broccoli and Tomatoes | @hbharvest

Tuesday: Sicilian Style Salmon with Garlic Broccoli and Tomatoes

Balsamic Peach Basil Chicken Salad with Crispy Prosciutto | @hbharvest

Wednesday: Balsamic Peach Basil Chicken Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad | #pasta #summer #pastasalad #easy

Thursday: Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Pasta Salad

3 Cheese Everything Spice Grilled Cheese | @hbharvest

Friday: 3 Cheese Everything Spice Grilled Cheese

Check out all the past Favorites posts here.

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  1. It’s so sad that people feel the need to bring others down and that they use the anonymity of the Internet to protect themselves from having to confront people in person. Although it is cowardly, sometimes I try to think about what might be motivating them to behave this way. Happy people, people who have fulfilling lives and people who feel good about themselves don’t act this way. No excuse, but a way to look at them with some compassion.
    In terms of how to not work, I have a few suggestions. Being out in nature, as you know, is a great way to disconnect from work. I remember that you are a hiker, so you are already doing that. As another reader suggested, reading is a great way to distract yourself and relax. So is doing a craft. Lastly, doing something for someone else is a great way to spend time outside yourself and your own worries. Thanks for being so open and honest and for all you put out there for us.

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