Happy Friday: Volume 2

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Last week Wes and I went on a kid-free trip to London. I’m always looking for a reason to visit my favorite city so when I saw that there was a blogging workshop. (Which was excelleny by the wat.) I used it as an excuse to book a trip. Wes asked if he could tag along, so we found a babysitter and left the kids for the first time in quite a few years. It was delightful.

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I love traveling with our kids, but it was incredibly nice to be able to sightsee without any whining, eat whatever we wanted, and to have an adult conversation. We had a really nice time. I know that being able to get away without kids is not easy, but it is really worth it. It reminds you why you fell in love with your spouse in the first place.

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We lucked out and got tickets to Hamilton. It completely lived up to the hype. I loved it. I am still reeling from the idea that Lin Manuel Miranda was on vacation and reading a biography of Alexander Hamilton and was like, “You know what? I need to make his story into a hip-hop musical. That makes perfect sense!”. The human mind knows no bounds. I am in awe of his vision and creativity. If you ever get the chance, go see Hamilton.

We also saw A Star Is Born when we were in London. It was a lot to process within two days of each other. I needed to rehydrate after that – I had no tears left and felt numb from feeling so many feelings in such a short amount of time. I am blown away by Lady Gaga’s acting ability. I’ve always been a big fan of hers, but she really is on another planet in terms of talent. And who knew that Bradley Cooper could sing like that? They are both going to be raking it in during awards season, and for good reason.

And Bradley Cooper casting his real-life dog? I just can’t.

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We used the Monday holiday to our advantage and went to Fest during the day while all of the Germans were at work and school. It was empty and we had such a nice time. We were just going to go for an hour and ended up staying all afternoon and into the evening. It was such a beautiful day. We ran into a few groups of friends and had the best time.

Pro tip // Go to Fest on the Monday of Columbus Day weekend.

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Bradley Cooper got self-tanned every day of shooting A Star Is Born. That’s commitment.

Ageless fashion. I like this trend.

I ordered one of these. I’ll let you know if I see any improvements in my skin.

I can relate to so many of these points about living abroad. I recently learned that there isn’t a German word that translates to convenience. It isn’t even a concept to be understood.

Tips for Fest first timers. One of my own – go on an American holiday while everyone else is at work or school! Also bring cash. There aren’t ATMs readily available if you run out of cash. And they only take cash!

Struggling with body image? (Who isn’t?) 10 books to help.

Cute, not scary, Halloween decorations.

I was talking to another mom about middle schoolers and recommended she listen to this podcast. I relisted to it today and it really makes me have more empathy and understanding for my kids.

Tips for surviving an overnight flight. They are brutal, but sometimes the best way to get from point A to point B.

This Halloween cake is just spooky enough.

If you ever find yourself taking pictures out of a helicopter. There are some really good tips in here about shooting through glass.

Making this for the trick-or-treating after party.

My friend Kristen is always inspiring and I love her advice. I’ve been putting off going to the doctor and needed the kick in the behind.

Making this for dinner this weekend and putting one in the freezer for another day.

My friend Denise is a travel pro. I am buying everything she tells me to.

This week I was in charge of middle school photos. (I didn’t have to take them, just organize and run the two-day event.) This would have been useful to know before then!

It’s finally sweater season!

Who said that film was dead? We have a new film stock to play with! I need to get my hands on a few rolls STAT.

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Coincidentally, this is Reese Witherspoon’s October book pick, but I didn’t know that when I started reading it. I’ve been making an effort to read books about social issues and cultures that I know very little about. This book is gender fluidity, the love a parent has for their child, and will have you crying and laughing at the same time. I loved this book so much.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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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 5 Comments

  1. Denise

    Ahh, shucks! Thanks for sharing my Travel post! You know how much I love Friday newsletters/posts – I look forward to them all week!!

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  4. Yulia

    Glad my tips for Oktoberfest were helpful and so happy you enjoyed your time there without the crowds! 🙂
    A star is born is a true masterpiece, I cried while watching it too.

    1. Bree Hester

      They were, thank you!

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