July 2016 Goals


June was a really good month. The kids finished school, we really felt settled into our new home. We had a good visit with family, spent some time on the beach and have clocked a lot of time out in the sunshine. All in all, I would say that June was a success.

Things are really starting to look up at the Hester house. The spring was hard, we had a lot of stuff going on and so many moving pieces. July has already been so positive and great things are headed our way.

Let’s look back at June, shall we?

bree hester cape cod family photographer

bree hester cape cod family photographer

Early in the month, I was thrilled to be a part of Bethany and Fabricio’s wedding. I don’t shoot a lot of weddings, but the ones that I do remind me why I love doing it. It’s a long and usually crazy day, but so rewarding when it is said and done. I had so much fun at this one. You can see more of the images on my photography website.

july 2016 goals

I was driving home from an event I was shooting and double rainbows. How much better does it get? Not much.

july 2016 goals

Not to mention perfecting our rock skipping skills (it’s all about flat rocks and the wrist) and sunsets like these.


We found a treasure of a book store super close to our house. I love an independent book store.

july 2016 goals

I took on 2 more photo editing clients that are wonderful. I am really enjoying this new little venture.

july 2016 goals

I’m not a huge believer in manifestation, but I do find it interesting that on a complete whim I bought this book about London and a few days later my friend asks me out of the blue to spend a few days with her in… you guessed it… LONDON. Maybe I am a believer after all.

july 2016 goals

july 2016 goals

I’ve wanted a picture of my kids with the flag for ages. The night that we took these, they were being so bad and uncooperative that I gave up and called it a night. I didn’t even bother to look and see what was on my card. Imagine my surprise when I found these gems. I blew them up BIG and I could not love them anymore than I do.

july 2016 goals

I made this pie for 4th of July and I’ve been thinking of it ever since. I used the Pioneer Woman’s pie crust (but used all butter, no shortening, and added a little sugar) and this blueberry pie filling. You guys, it was heavenly.

july 2016 goals

I finally tackled some big home projects. We can’t hang our TV in our base house. Which is what I really wanted to do – I wanted a wall gallery around the TV and to make it huge and amazing and hang a zillion pictures. Instead, this is a good-ish solution. We threw up a couple of shelves from Ikea and I finally had some new photos printed. I used metallic paper which I never do, but up close, they are GORGEOUS.

And from the image at the top you can see that I redid my home office. I am so in love with how it turned out and I will write a separate post for it. Truthfully, I spend a lot of time in here, and I am so much happier and more productive now that it is clean and pretty.


Update the Bree Hester Photography website – I’ve already gotten a head start on this. I did it before I started writing this post.DONE. I still need to update some portfolio images, but it’s good to go.

Clean up Baked Bree pages and make updatesDONE

Website maintenance for Baked Bree – there are a few little things that need to be fixed that have been sitting on my to-do list for quite some time.I was going to hire someone to do this, but guess what? This girl figured it out and was done in less than an hour. It had been on my to-do list for MONTHS.

– Organize my closet – It’s a disaster. I pretty much threw everything in it and called it done. It needs to be organized. I did purge it before we moved though. – Still needs to get done. My office won out this month. 

New desk for my officeI got new everything for my office. Yippee!!

july 2016 goals


– Organize my closet – This still needs to be done but is the last big project for my house.

– The guest room – I need to put the bed skirt on and cute it up a little. Hang some pictures and make it comfy for guests that are coming soon.

– LONDON – this isn’t really a goal per say, but checking off a bucket list item. If you have read my blog for awhile, you know that I am England-obsessed.

– Finish all of my projects for Baked Bree (I’ve been working on the holidays already, I made GINGERBREAD MEN in JULY.) I want to enjoy the last month of summer without and big assignments looming over my head.

july 2016 goals



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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 18 Comments

  1. Evana

    I love love love your workspace, Bree!it looks so beautiful and organized! If you do come to Edinburgh while you are visiting London, do give me a shout. I would really love to meet you. The lobster dinner looks so great! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! It makes me really happy. And thank you, I will!

  2. christi in ma

    Isn’t metallic paper fantastic? Where do you usually order your prints? I like Persnickety Prints.
    Love the way your office furniture is arranged too.

    London and Sweden have been on my travel bucket list for so long. Can’t wait to see your photos and read a trip report!

    1. bakedbree

      I ordered from Nations, and I also ordered a wood print. It’s beautiful!

  3. Denise

    Love your new office space – beautiful! What brand of chair? We need new ones for our office space ..

    And I just got that book on London since we will be there in November and I am always on the look out for new spots to hit that may not be the usual! I hope you have a GREAT time while there!! If you get a chance the Tate Modern is a great place to spend a couple hours.

  4. Ellie

    Your office looks gorgeous! Totally wish I had a workspace like that at home. And those peonies!
    Can’t wait to read more about the office makeover.

    1. bakedbree

      It’s coming! Promise!

      1. Marcie Shock

        Hi there! I love your office space! Id love to see more! I’m currently making my office over as well. Have you written an updated blog on your total makeover yet?

        1. Bree Hester

          Hi Marcie – I’ve moved since I shared this, but it’s really easy to recreate. I bought everything at Ikea. Just make sure to measure well and you should be all set. I’ve also moved TWICE since then and have been able to reconfigure it work each time. Right I don’t have the middle section but everything else is the same.

  5. Nathalie Lussier

    I love your updates, your eye for detail, and just your whole incredibly positive outlook on life. YAY LONDON! <3

    Miss you tonnes, and hope your July is kicking butt too 😉

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Nath! You are so sweet to me. I want to love on that chubby babe of yours, she’s DELICIOUS!

  6. Andrea

    Love this, can you please share where the desk is from? Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      Everything is from Ikea.

  7. Jody

    I just came across your site and, first, I am trying to go back and see all your posts! So many great stories and recipes! I am a military wife as well. I found you from a search on home office ideas, and your office is amazing! Where did you get the pieces that fit together like that? I am trying to create a similar desk situation in our home and don’t even know where to start.

    1. bakedbree

      They are all Ikea. I just measured and said a prayer. My husband was convinced that it wasn’t going to work. He of little faith….

      1. Erin Haynes

        I love your office space! Can you please tell me what each piece is called so I can order the exact same pieces from ikea?? I’m sharing an office with my mom and I think this would be perfect!!

        1. bakedbree

          Thank you! I am not really sure what the pieces are called, but I took a picture into IKEA and used it as a guide. It wasn’t hard at all, most are pieces that are found in the office section.

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