Happy Friday: Volume 15

Happy Friday: Volume 15 – A website redesign, an article in my favorite magazine, and we are getting a puppy!

You guys, my redesign is done!

While I don’t recommend doing a website redesign six months after you just finished one, I do recommend hiring the best people to help you do it.

I did just that and I couldn’t be happier. Davey and Krista of The Palm Shop are amazing. I switched platforms because I outgrew my last one very quickly. I’m back on WordPress, with their beautiful East Hampton theme that I customized. (I did almost all of it myself, but I did hire them for a few hours to customize some things and help me when I got stuck. If I wasn’t in the middle of an international move and had the bandwidth, I could have done the whole thing myself.

I’ll always pay people that know more than me to do the things that I don’t anything about. Like migrating 9-year-old websites with tons and tons of content.

And their developer Alex was so patient and didn’t even get annoyed with me when I broke my website and did exactly what he told me not to do. Literally five minutes after he told me not to. He probably was super annoyed, but he fixed it and didn’t make me feel any worse than I already did. Thanks, Alex!

I was so flattered when Click Magazine asked me to write an article for the March/April edition. I wrote the article a few months ago, and seeing it in person was so fun. Seeing your work in print never gets old, and to be published in my favorite photography magazine was a delight.

You can read the article if you are interested. I’ve been mentoring some photographers that are working towards Click Pro and it is really rewarding. The Click community is so supportive and encouraging. If you are a lady that loves photography, I encourage you to join.

What else? We are getting a PUPPY this summer. I can’t even tell you how excited we all are about this. We have missed having dogs around and dog sit all the time to get our pup fix. We absolutely made the right decision to not bring Pippa and Ty to Germany, but we miss them all the time. (They are so happy in their new families. We get updates and they look so good.) We can’t wait. We are puppy obsessed. All five of us send each other puppy videos and pictures all day, every day. Also, Germany has the best dog stuff.

We bought plane tickets to MOVE HOME! The countdown is on! We are so excited. We don’t have a place to live come June or any solid plans for the summer, but we are moving in the right direction. Wes’s car gets shipped on Wednesday, and our house gets packed up in two weeks, it’s coming hard and fast.

Have a great weekend!


How true crime podcasts find things that the police miss.

Weight loss ideas that are supposed to work for everyone, but don’t.

Traveling with your kids makes them better in school. I’m going to test this theory as much as humanly possible.

I took another turn around the sun this week – What my 40s are teaching me.

I hang out with some incredibly talented people, this would be a fun party.

To all the moms I’ve ignored before

I’m a big fan of the Instant Pot. I need to get these to try some new ways to use it.

I started going to a certified Shellac nail salon and no longer fear having mine taken off. If you need to take it off yourself at home, here’s how to do it.

I need to do this chore this weekend.

This was eerily accurate. Even for my kids who aren’t really from somewhere.

I’ve been to a few of these shops and I never leave empty handed.

I signed up for this and made sure my family knows.

Could I love this any more than I do? Probably not.

What to stock in a vegetarian pantry.

If you are a bulk bin shopper, this is for you.

This would make such a pretty and personal gift.

This made me laugh. It can be hard to tell them apart.

Me. All week long.

My college!!!

I’ve been living in this place for the last few years and will for sure next year too.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – There is a lot of hype around this book right now, and guess what? It deserves all of it. It is written in such a unique way and a great story. I love this author. I also got the heads up that the audio version of this book is incredible.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – This was a Book of the Month pick and it was okay. For sure a library book, don’t buy it.

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Linda Lyman

    The light blue print for the links does not show up well on my computer. Can you make the blue a little darker? Otherwise, love the new look.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Linda. I changed it. It should be easier to read now.

  2. Kathy Fodge

    Everything looks really nice, Bree, however the light blue highlighted letters are kinda hard to see. Good luck with your move and thanks for all the good info.

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks, I changed it. It should be easier to read now.

  3. Lynne Thomas

    Hi Bree: I would love to know about the flowers you have shown in this blog.

    1. bakedbree

      They are ranunculus. I just bought them at the grocery store.

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