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Nine Favorite Things |

It has been the snowiest, coldest week! It’s so pretty outside right now, our weather has been nonstop snow for the last week. It started very early Sunday morning, stopped for a second on Tuesday, then continued through the week. It’s feeling wintery and cozy, which has left me wanting to make soups, slow-cooked meats, and bake. The recipes I create are so reflective of my surroundings, the seasons, and my mood on any given day.

Expect a few cozy recipes this week, for sure. I’m so excited about the dishes I’ve been creating for you all! Is there anything you’re looking for to help you through these wintery weeks? I always love hearing your ideas too!

I tried my best to have a very “balanced” week. Something I want to work more on this year is giving myself a little more time. And by that, what I mostly mean is more sleep. I had a few good and bad days, but hopefully, as I continue to break my old habits, the new habits will stick. Slow progress is better than no progress.

I knew being home this month would be so great. I’ve been able to focus on that lingering project. Now that it’s almost completed, I finally feel excited about it. I’ll be able to share more details soon!

As I mentioned before, I enjoyed my brothers’ company so much while they were here last week. I wish they were around more. This week was filled to the brim with cooking, writing, and digging myself out of so much snow. I’ve been stuck cleaning the kitchen solo this week, as my parents are out of town. But I made it more enjoyable by listening to a new podcast each night. I’m sharing some favorites that really left me with amazing takeaways below.

This week I’m looking forward to my last full week at home before travel starts back up again! LA, New York, and then if I can make it happen, Miami, for some sunshine. So far, that’s all that’s planned. Are you traveling in the coming months? I would love to hear about your dream destinations!

I think that’s it for today. Some of the family is heading to Aspen for X Games, I might take a day and head there too. Playing it by ear!

Have a lovely Sunday! Enjoy another Favorite’s post!

Nine Favorite Things |

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

loving…my Higher Dose sauna blanket. I use this every single night. I love to sink into it while I edit and post Instagram stories. These blankets help to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve muscle pain, and have a multitude of other health benefits too. The bundles are all on sale this week!

wanting…sateen sheets. I’ve been seeing so many sateen sheets lately, and I’m very interested in trying a new brand, Lola & Veranda. Their sheets come in a 7-piece bundle crafted from 100% GOTS organic cotton. They sound and look so comfy. I’m also looking into these Coyuchi organic sateen-sheets too. Both have incredible reviews.

everything in my cart (low)…loving both this leather biker jacket and relaxed double face jacket from Zara. Totally different styles but both are cozy for winter.

From Mango, I think the Agur Roll Edge Sleeveless Top is nice for winter layering.

been sipping…bone broth. I continue to hear more and more about the incredible benefits of drinking and cooking with bone broth. It’s said to be one of the healthiest foods you can consume. For increased protein, I’ve been drinking a steaming cup every single morning. Right now, I’m drinking Kettle & Fire Regenerative Bone Broth, but I just ordered some from Fond to try too. I will let you know how it is!

burning…the new Snif Big Flirt candle!! So excited about this. With notes of wild strawberries, chocolate, vanilla milk, and champagne. The Valentine’s Day dessert candle.

Nette Candles. I love this brand. They have so many wonderful candles for all the season. I love, the Chai Milk Scented Candle, Pearl Dust Scented Candle, Sunday Chess Scented Candle, and Another Life Scented Candle. I ordered the Gallica Rose Scented Candle because it’s sounds wonderful and is cute for February.

Boy Smells is having a huge after-holiday sale. I ordered a few holiday favorites, their Broken Rosary Candle, Spiritous Candle, and Incensorial Magnum Candle.

And for more Valentine’s Day fun, the Fleurshadow Scented Candle (also from Boy Smells). And I haven’t ordered this yet, but the Valentine’s Baies & Roses Duo Candle Set from Diptyque is sitting in my cart. I’m a sucker for any kind of holiday-themed candle, and these are cute!

ordered…Paleovalley. I learned of this company after listening to Autumn Smith, the Founder & CEO of Paleovalley, speak on The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast. I found so much value in the episode and am looking forward to trying their beef sticks and bone broth.

dreaming of going to…Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. With views of both Lake St. Moritz and the charming village, this hotel looks straight out of a Hallmark movie. I am here for it.

ordered…new notebooks. I use one for writing out recipes, and another for my daily to-dos. I ordered this set of 3 notebooks for recipes. Then, this journal to encourage me to write out my gratitude list and maybe even begin to journal my days. And then, Golden Coil carries my favorite spiral-bound notebooks. I always get the leather or linen covers. What’s your favorite notebook? How about pens too?! I really want to order some fun pens!

loving…45 Valentine’s Day Nail Art Ideas That You’ll Fall in Love With. Such cute styles for February. I’m not someone who ever does pink nails, but these are so sweet!

shopping…cute dishcloths. If you’re putting together any gift packages for Valentine’s Day this year, add these dishcloths in red to your package. So cute.

wanting…to spend more time in Palm Beach. We used to go once or twice a year when my grandparents lived in the area. Since they moved, we have not been back. It’s my favorite place. Dreaming of more time in Palm Beach and this BEAUTIFUL villa designed by Jacques Grange. The dining table is so pretty.

everything in my cart (beauty)…some new to me ARMANI Beauty products I want to try. Their A-Highlight Luminizer look so pretty from the photo. And I really want the Liquid Blush too. 

OK, now some lip stains, which I am seeing everywhere. Curious to try the pretty NU Lip & Cheek Tint Balm from Yves Saint Laurent. The Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Tint from the queen of beauty, Charlotte Tilbury. And, of course, you need the Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint; this color is stunning (I now own it). And lastly, for a good clean beauty option, the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek.

Thinking of splurging on the new Prada beauty line? Every product is so pretty, but is the product good? I need to find out, so I’m thinking of ordering Augmented Skin The Cleanser and Makeup Remover, the Revitalizing Refillable Face and Eye Serum, and Augmented Skin The Smoothing Face Cream.

watching…Mean Girls. Or at least the trailer for it. Are you going to go see it? If you do, let us all know what you think! Not sure anything can really live up to the original!

wanting…new jewelry. I love jewelry but rarely wear it. I pulled some timeless pieces to consider below!

everything in my cart (high)…this new Loewe cropped shearling-trimmed leather jacket is such a splurge, but it’s a coat you’ll wear forever. It will never go out of style. The same goes for The Row double-breasted wool-blend coat (immediately added to my cart). And I’m in love with the Khaite The Connie Blazer in Black Leather. Lastly, how cozy is this oversized belted faux fur coat? I’m very into it.

I love the new The Row Idaho Tote Bag. It’s timeless and I really want it.

following…Kelly Rutherford. For extremely stylish photos.

shopping…the new Summer Fridays dream lip oil. Wow, these look so pretty!! I want all the shades. Thinking about getting the complete dream set. Ordering now.

loving…this sweet farmhouse just outside of Bath. What a cute home with incredible vintage pieces throughout. I especially love the kitchen.

2. Winter soup/chili recipes – all my favorites.

Crockpot Spicy Queso Beef Chili | halfbakedharvest.c

Crockpot Spicy Queso Beef Chili

Lemony Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup |

Lemony Pesto Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy White Chicken Chili |

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup |

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup |

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup |

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Tortilla Soup

Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon |

Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon

30 Minute Spicy Miso Chicken Katsu Ramen

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips |

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips

Spicy Buffalo White Chicken Chili |

Spicy Buffalo White Chicken Chili

Spicy Short Rib Peanut Ramen |

Spicy Short Rib Peanut Ramen

Creamy White Bean Lemon Pesto Orzo Soup |

Creamy White Bean Lemon Pesto Orzo Soup

Easy Spicy Baked Potato Soup.|

Easy Spicy Baked Potato Soup

Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup |

Crockpot Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup

3. Cozy and cute for Valentine’s Day.

Nine Favorite Things |

4. Inspiring Podcasts I’ve listened to this Month.

The Skinny Confidential Him and Her 

Sahil Bloom On How To Show Up As Your Best Self & Get What You Want Most Out Of Life – packed with life lesson that make you re-think the way you are living.

How To Feel Like Your Best Self & Identify What Makes You Thrive Ft. Autumn Smith Founder & CEO Paleovalley – you’ll about the best sources of protein and supplements.

How To Build Something From Nothing & Create Lifelong Success Ft. Durana Elmi & Shahab Elmi – inspiring if you are working to build your own business.

Solo: How To Start The Year With Success & Meet Your Goals In 2024 – easy to follow steps that will change your year.

Solo: 5 Priorities People Get Backwards & How To Re-Prioritize For A Better Life – another episode that made you really think about the way you are living you life and what your focuses need to be.

The Dream Bigger Podcast

Cass DiMicco, founder of Aureum Collective: Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Insider Look at the Jewelry Industry, Outfit Inspiration, Tips for Starting Content Creation & More

The Blond Files 

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Mental Health, Hormones, Sleep and Beauty with Nina Cheng – this is so informative and to me make so much sense. You’ll learn a lot about the best practices in terms of healing your body without antibiotic.

Life with Marianna

7 Steps to Manifesting: Visualize and Achieve Your Dream Life Through Clarity, Action, and Trusting the Universe with Roxie Nafousi

This is the 1st episode with Roxie. I’d definelty listen to both if you haven’t. Manifest Your Dream Life, Change Your Mindset and Overcome Fear and Doubt with Roxie Nafousi

Solo Episode: Strategies for Effective Goal Setting, Vision Boards and Healthy Habits for the New Year 2024

Not Alone

Influencer Turned Entrepreneur: Marianna Hewitt’s Secrets to Building a Business

Friend of a Friend 

Girl Math and 2024’s Hottest Pieces with Fashion Buyer Gab Waller

Pursuit of Wellness 

Melissa Wood Health On Healing Your Relationship w/ Food & Finding Self Love

What are you listening to?

5. Winter snow essentials.

These are some of my favorite cold-weather styles for playing in the snow!!

Nine Favorite Things |

6. What’s Your Best (and Worst) Career Advice?

best: this comes mainly from my dad, but I always say this too. Work harder than everyone else, be the kindest in the room, be enthusiastic, and remember that quality and good work always win in the end. It may be a slow and steady process, but you’ll come out on top.

worst: I’m not sure I have had “bad advice”, but I’ve been pushed into directions that were not a fit for me. The lesson learned is to trust my gut and not listen too closely to what everyone else thinks. YOU KNOW BEST.

Read the comments from the Cup of Joe post regarding this topic. The comments are always so good!

7. Favorite links i’m loving.

Master Your Mornings: 7 Things to Do Before Bed

The Best Birthday Present for Toddlers

Our Favorite Non-Toxic Cookware—Tested and Reviewed

The Gorgeous Emmys Red Carpet Looks…who was your favorite?

Planning a Trip in 2024? The Best Time to Book Your Flight, According to Experts

8. New Style Winter Finds.

winter aviator jackets

20% off everything at Abercrombie

everything new from J.Crew

puffer coats 

9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats.

Sheet Pan Chili Ginger Orange Chicken and Broccoli |

Monday: Sheet Pan Chili Ginger Orange Chicken and Broccoli

Easy Spicy Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup |

Tuesday: Easy Spicy Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup

Greek Chicken Bowls with Tahini Feta Sauce |

Wednesday: Greek Chicken Bowls with Tahini Feta Sauce

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Salmon with Caesar Roasted Potatoes |

Thursday: Honey Mustard Salmon with Caesar Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Pesto Pasta |

Friday: Crispy Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Pesto Pasta

Chewy Chocolate Chunk Honey Sesame Cookies |

Saturday: Chewy Chocolate Chunk Honey Sesame Cookies

The Best (easiest) No Knead Bread |

Sunday: The Best (easiest) No Knead Bread

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