Nine Favorite Things.
Welcome to this week’s Nine Favorite Things.
(sweet little Chili)
We made it to the last Sunday in April…and shocker it’s still snowing over here. Well, not currently, but I can’t sugar coat it, this week’s weather was just gross. I let it tire me out and bring me down on Wednesday (dark days really affect my energy level and mood), but come Thursday morning I forced myself to have a mind shift regardless of the dark clouds, cold temperatures, and on-off snow. I needed a good day. So I did something different and it made ALL the difference.
The last few months I’ve been working pretty much in silence when in the kitchen cooking and shooting. I was finding that podcasts were too distracting, and music-wise, I just haven’t come across anything that I love. The silence was fine because, to be honest, I talk to my phone and film Instagram stories most of the day anyway. But I knew I needed some new energy this week if I actually wanted to be productive. I remembered reading somewhere that Taylor Swift released a new album on Spotify. I have so much respect for T-Swift and find her so inspiring both as a businesswoman and a creative. However, her more recent music hasn’t been my “vibe” with the exception of a few songs on each album.
I pulled up Spotify anyway, because I didn’t have time to search for new music, and saw无所畏惧（泰勒版）was the new release. I was confused at first, but then I understood. She re-recorded every song on the album with the addition of six unreleased songs from that time. I’m not a “Swifty”, but this was just what I needed. I knew every song on the album (minus the six new releases), most of them word for word, and was able to listen to the album all the way through. It gave my entire day new energy and focus. Never once did I get tired or overly frustrated with the dark, dark clouds (which provided pretty poor light for photography). Instead, I had a good mindset all day long.
My point here is that that this simple shift in thinking, along with adding something new to my day, really made all the difference. I was even able to carry that positive mind shift on throughout the rest of the week, which felt amazing. So much better than the negative thoughts from the previous week. The moral of the story? If you’re feeling down or need to change your negative thoughts to positives, try switching something up. Even something as little as adding new music to your day, putting on a cute outfit, organizing your desk, getting out for a walk, etc…little shifts can help! It’s easy to let yourself slip into negativity, but once you have a mind shift in a positive direction it will make all the difference. I mean, I’m not an expert, this is just what I know from my own personal experience!
Question:what do you do when you need to find some new energy?
Anyway, that was pretty much my week in a nutshell. Right now I’m doing a lot of cooking, photography, and attempting to keep up with emails and conference calls in the middle of it all. I stayed home in Colorado while my family traveled to Arizona for Asher’s spring break. I’m a little jealous, but my time for that tropical vacation will come soon. I know it. I will say that Arizona looks incredible and the blooming desert flowers are so unique and pretty (they’ve been sending photos).
Lastly, I have updates for you all on the goat baby front! First, all three little goats are doing so well and at this point, mostly taking care of themselves. We’re still bottle-feeding the two littlest additions to make sure they’re getting enough milk. But they’re running around, happy, healthy, and so cute! We still need names for the two from the last litter, suggestions?
And then Oslo! I feel like you need an update! He’s pretty great. Living his best life in the desert heat at the moment, playing in the pool, soakin’ up the sun, and hanging with my parents, my oldest brother, Creighton, my cousin Abby, and little miss Asher too. He’s so easygoing and almost always has a smile on his face. Watching his curious little eyes wander is my personal favorite.
Coming up this week, I’ll be sharing a mix of Mother’s Day recipes, quick dinners, and simple desserts. If I get time, I would LOVE to share a new cocktail too, but that’s kind of a long shot. In the meantime, I’ll probably just mix up something from theHBH Archive现在有很多饮料!
Alright, rambling is over, onto this week’s favorites. Enjoy!
1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
观看......奥斯卡。过去一年你最喜欢的电影是什么？我听说过令人难以置信的事情Hillbilly Elegyvia cousin Ethel and am excited to watch it soon.
dreaming of…theHotel Il Pellicano。This just looks like the prettiest place. Next vacation spot? Fingers crossed.
loving…thispretty dress…so cute for spring and summer. I love the detail on the sides.
listening to…How Megan DiVincenzo Left Her Law Practice To Chase Her New Dreamon the Skinny Confidential. If you want a career change or just some motivation, listen to this! I found it even more interesting because Megan is actually from Cleveland. Check out her incredible Jewelry line,The Sis Kiss。
reading…养育初学者：介绍了蜜蜂的惊人世界。我们有鸡肉和山羊......下次马和蜜蜂 - 我希望。
listening to…Emma Grede Founder & Partner Of Good Americanon the Skinny Confidential. Emma sounds like such a powerhouse in the fashion industry. I loved hearing her story on how she built her way up in her career, and all without a college degree.
watching…The Baker and the Beautyon Netflix. Well, I haven’t started it, but honestly, it sounds like just the cheesy kind of Netflix show I could use right now. What are you watching?
ordered….theCire Trudon X Giambattista Valli Positano candle。Yes, this was certainly a splurge. But geez I’ve been looking for a new spring candle and this one just sounded perfect. Yes, I am aware that I have an issue. I will say, these candles do last, they smell incredible, and always burn down evenly, so you’re not wasting any of the candle. if you need a good Mother’s Day gift, this would be perfect. Also on my list currently is theRose Poivree candle也。
drinking…blueberry lemon thyme smash…one of my favorite spring cocktails.
2. Spring Berry Recipes
3. New for the Kitchen for Spring/Summer Picnics…
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: I love you and your recipes…but I have to know, how do you make money?
The blog: those ads that you see on the side or at the bottom of the page are our largest source of revenue. We try to keep them to the bare minimum and to make sure they’re not overly annoying. (We really appreciate everyone putting up with the ads!)
Sponsored content: the branded content you see is another source of income. We’re lucky to be able to work with a lot of incredible brands! But I only work with brands I actually use and whose products I truly believe in.
Cookbooks: the cookbooks are also a source of revenue!
Product lines: we have HBH product coming soon, that is also a revenue source
q: What is your go-to quick dinner that’s super easy?
a: my spicy butter chicken! It is so easy and everyone’s favorite!
q: What is your favorite type of food to cook?
a: it’s always changing based on the seasons and what is available to me. I love to cook NEW foods that I haven’t experimented with much. Anything that feels fun, exciting, and different. I get bored really quickly, so cooking fun and different recipes is what I love most. It could be any cuisine, sweet or savory
q: Do you ever binge watch Harry Potter and pig out on popcorn?
a: 100%!!! Harry Potter is what I watch when I need a good comfort-style movie. I swear, I could watch it a million times…but I need to upgrade my movie watching game with popcorn for sure!!
q: How did you get started on this journey?
a: I started cooking for my family back in middle school. I am one of 8, so dinners growing up were chaotic and very late (we’d eat at 9/9:30 pm very often). Eventually, I got tired of the late dinners and eating chicken and rice on repeat. So I started cooking and basically haven’t stopped. Since I was a teenager, I always thought I’d go into the fashion industry and become a stylist. But after a quick stint in LA when I was 18, I changed course. That’s when I started HBH and I never looked back!
q: What is the easiest way to increase your vegetable intake?
a: try to add a vegetable to every meal you make, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it! Bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, and cauliflower can all easily be added to most recipes, just toss them in!
q: Weirdest food combo you like?
a: carrots dipped in tomato paste…don’t knock it till ya try it. It’s a favorite for both Asher’s and me!
question for you:what’s your weirdest food combo?
5. Unique and Special Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
A Weekend Spent in A Treehouse
Treehouses seem to be the new hotels these days and our longtime close family friends, the Mooneys, own
related reading:7 New Treehouse Hotels to Add to Your Travel Wishlist
A Day Spent Together Supporting Your Favorite Charity
My mom is the biggest advocate for supporting charities that are near and dear to her. She’s almost always working on something for HBH to be lending a helping hand and financial support. Take a day with your mom to support her favorite local charity or donate to one on her behalf.
Here are a few of our favorites that we support:
Special Angels– This is the agency my parents went through to adopt Oslo. So many good things happen through this agency that I don’t even know how to write it in one sentence. This agency places special needs babies with special families.Donate here.
A Handcrafted, Handwritten Letter
当我年轻的时候，我曾经给我的妈妈一封手写的信，我认为这是需要回去的东西。话语往往意味着比礼物更多，所以如果你喜欢写作，这是一件有趣的礼物。也许添加一些花或一个蜡烛in her favorite scent.
A Beauty Gift Box with All of Her Favorites…And Some New Items Too
I love putting together gift boxes, but beauty gifts are my favorite.
You can never go wrong with Jewelry. I love the custom pieces fromThe Sis Kiss。
My mom is a huge fan of a weekend trip to somewhere she’s never been. Here are some she’s loved over the years!
My 100 Year Old Waco Home – Close to Magnolia– My mom and dad stayed here while waiting for Oslo’s adoption to finalize and LOVED it!
山阴影度假村, Scottsdale – My parents and some of my siblings are loving their stay here in Scottsdale…their huge patio backs right up to the pool!
棕榈泉 - 他们使用过this rental companyfor a quick stay after the family wedding in Julian. They loved the house and the rental company.
威斯汀莫克斯度假村在庞大的——这是现货,红色拉te spring training at Mammoth.
The Little Nell– Aspen, CO – in my opinion, the cutest hotel in Aspen.
Best Western Plus– Moab is gorgeous! And this hotel is right in the middle of town with a very nice pool.
related reading:17 Airbnbs That Belong in a Nancy Meyers Movie
6. Meet Hailey’s Sweet Puppy Chili + Family Photos.
Hailey, my brother Red’s girlfriend just adopted a new puppy. Her name is Chili, she’s a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and she is ADORABLE. Now I want a puppy…
(Chili really loves Red)
some photos from Arizona
(Oslo and my cousin Abby)
(mom and Oslo)
(Arizona is so pretty)
(my oldest brother Creighton and Asher)
7. Favorite Links I’m Loving…
Look Inside the Iconic Arizona Biltmore’s Major Renovation…wow, my next trip to Phoenix I want to stay here.
This Is How to Organize Your Fridge (and maintain your sanity)…love these tips/tricks.
最好的火坑，为您的户外空间提供终极光彩…backyard season is almost here.
The Best Gardening Tools…if you’re working on that spring/summer garden.
10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship Right Now…easy and so doable, but a good reminder.
All Hail, The Affordable Green Smoothie…gotta get those greens in.
15 Fun Games to Play When You’re Bored and Looking for Something to Do。。so many new ones to try.
8. Cute, but Casual For Spring…
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats…