October 2018 Goals (And some big changes!)

October 2018 Goals – Goal Setting Using Lara Casey Powersheets – Setting and working towards goals for October 2018 and checking in on September 2018 goals.October 2018 goals

Hello! Notice anything different? Baked Bree got a makeover! (If you are reading this via RSS, hop on over to check it out.)

It was time to give Baked Bree a facelift. I haven’t made any cosmetic changes to the website in a few years. And while I loved the old design, my host went out of business and it was a good time to make some much-needed updates.

Not only is the outside a little different, but there will be some changes on the inside too. A few months ago, I asked readers to take a survey and I got so many thoughtful responses. (Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.) And when you ask the public for their opinion, well, some were not so thoughtful. Did you know that the Internet has opinions? Ha!

The truth – it stung for a few weeks and made me not really want to spend a lot of time here. I won’t get into details, but the gist was “stop talking and just post recipes”.

Then, I got a particularly unkind email recently from someone that subscribed to my newsletter and was offended that there were posts in her inbox that did not include a recipe. “If you want people to subscribe, you need to remember that you are not interesting. I just want recipes.”

After that exchange, it was confirmed to me that it was time for a change. I can’t make everyone happy, but I can make myself happy. 

October 2018 goals

I love my little space on the Internet and I feel like it is a privilege that you – or anyone – for that matter comes here to read what I have to say.

I started this blog in 2010 as a way to share the story of my family and what I was eating and cooking. I was a young-ish mom with three little ones and it was a creative outlet that I really needed at the time.

It was never just about the food and recipes for me. It was about the people around my table.

I’ve shared our ups and downs, good times and bad. And a glimpse into what life is really like when you move every couple of years. It is personal, and my intention was for my kids to have something to look back on years from now.

If no one ever came here to read it, I would still write and share here because it is for them.

October 2018 goals

My life is looking a lot different than it did when I first started Baked Bree almost 9 years ago. I am a 40-something mom to teens and tweens. I’ve been married for 15 years. I have lived in 5 houses, 3 states, and 1 country since then. We’ve traveled a ton. I’ve changed careers. I’ve grown up a lot.

Travel has become a big part of my life. I love exploring new places, meeting new people, having that special time with my family. Travel has opened up something in me. When we are gone, I love being gone, but when we are home, I also love being home. I love cooking for my people, making my house cozy and cute, and the little things we do as a family year after year.

All this to say, I’m not going to focus solely on food. There will still be recipes, lots of them, but also posts about parenting, travel, military life, books – Baked Bree is going to be more of a lifestyle blog than a food blog. I’m really excited about it and hope that you will stick around.

October 2018 goals

Some additional housekeeping things:

One thing that I have never loved about blogging is the need to be on every social media channel. If I had a team to manage it, that would be one thing, but it’s just me. I’m only focusing on Instagram and Pinterest these days. They are the two that I enjoy the most and use. Pinterest is where most of my traffic comes from, I use it every day myself, so that is where I am going to spend my time.

I love my Happy Friday email and will continue to write them every (*almost*) week. Instead of only having them in email form, I’m going to post them here too. I often want to reference them or go back to read through them. I get a lot of replies that you do too. They will still come to your inbox, but now you will also be able to find them right here.

If you are wondering what I am even talking about, I send an email every Friday with cool things that I found around the Internet that week, books I’ve read, and other tidbits and news. You can sign up for it right here. It is my favorite thing to write each week.

If you do in fact sign up to get the newsletter, you will also get access to my subscriber-only resource library. You will receive a link and password to get printables, prints, and newsletter-only recipes. I’ll add it to a few times a month and it’s my gift to you.

October 2018 goals


Finish the revamp of Baked Bree. It’s a big project and I’m getting there. – DONE! Still fixing some little things here and there, but it’s a huge project crossed off.

Plan our Christmas Market trips. We went to a few last year and loved them. We want to visit some new ones. – Almost done. Have a couple more dates to figure out.

We’ve already booked Ireland, but I need to book some things before we get there. – Planned.

Print some new pictures for the walls. I have a few frames in my bedroom that need new pictures and to be hung up. – I still need to do this one. I did hang up some older ones that have been sitting in frames in my bedroom since we moved in over a year ago.

Clean out my camera roll. I keep running out of space on my phone. (It’s the apps that I use, not really the pictures, but I still need to cull and clean.) – Yes. I cleaned out my phone and it felt good to see the storage bar thing-y go down.

October 2018 Goals


Clean out the hall closet. I’m scared to open it right now. And it’s getting cold, so we are gonna need our coats.

Clean out the kids clothes and donate what they have outgrown.

Plan a trip to Vienna in January.

Take the kids Christmas card photos.

Go on a Sunday family adventure.

October 2018 goals


October 2018 goals

If you see anything that isn’t working correctly or any feedback, I’m all ears. Leave me a comment below and I’ll take care of it ASAP.

Also, a big thank you to Darryon of From the Daughter for helping me customize and get this website up and running. I could never have done it without her. Thank you Darryon!


Oh hey there!

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 35 Comments

  1. Beth

    Hi Bree,

    I have loved your website and blog since I first found them years ago, and am sorry to hear people were so unkind and blunt in their ‘suggestions.’ I love reading about your life, in part because it’s so different from mine! Please keep doing what you’re doing. I appreciate you!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Beth! I appreciate YOU too! Thank you for being here.

  2. Andrea Merrin

    Bree- The new site is beautiful! You do an amazing job of writing! The “lifestyle” emphasis, as that is what I love so much about your blog! You’ve done it well for years, recipes are about life, not just food!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Andrea! You are so nice to me. I am so appreciative of your support. Hope you are doing well. You’re faaaaawesome!

  3. Maura

    First time commenting…it’s astonishing how people can be so very rude and unkind on the internet. I find your blog so interesting to read – the recipes are a bonus, as far as i’m concerned because your tales of travel and life abroad are fascinating enough to stand on their own. Your photography is beautiful and i enjoy reading about the “real-life” adventures of your family. Keep doing what you are doing!

    1. bakedbree

      Hello Maura! Thank you for being here and for the kind words. I am so appreciative!

  4. Sara

    I love your stories and photos! Don’t change a thing. People are so entitled these days – my way or the highway. Yuck. Your recipes are fantastic and that is how I found you, but I really do also enjoy the other posts.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Sara. They really are. Just unsubscribe and move on. The whole interaction was bizarre. Thanks for being here.

  5. Chris

    Love the new look, and love your blog!! I like to think I am living vicariously through you. I don’t know if I could ever move overseas, but it sure is fun reading about your adventures. So glad you are going to continue your Happy Friday emails!! You have the best links….we are very much on the same page about a lot of things!! Looking forward to new posts! Congrats!

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks for following along with me! And I am so glad that you like my links. Thanks for being here.

  6. Jolie

    I love it! And I’m so glad that you aren’t listening to the party poopers of the world. I love hearing about your travels and honestly, I fell in love with your blog because of the way you share your heart. I look forward to hearing more!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Jolie! After I wrote it, I felt 1000% better. Thanks for sticking around.

  7. Stephanie

    Hi Bree, I normally never leave comments on the blogs that I subscribe to, but after reading that someone told you that you aren’t that interesting inspired me to leave you a message today. You are in fact very interesting! Do I love seeing new recipes? Of course, but I look forward to the Happy Friday email with the links to things you found interesting on the internet, your book suggestions, reading about your travels and your lovely family. I don’t understand people feeling the need to be hurtful. If they don’t like your content, they don’t have to subscribe! There are plenty of other blogs available today that provide just recipes…or one can simply buy a cookbook if that’s where the interest solely lies. Thank You so much for your beautiful blog and sharing a piece of yourself with us. I look forward to your next post!

    1. bakedbree

      Aww, thank you Stephanie! Yeah, that was my thought, just ignore me and unsubscribe. Why be so rude? Thank you for the love and support.

  8. Jeanne

    Hi Bree,
    I love,LOVE your new website! The new descriptors under the hi-lighted recipes are really cute. I also am in love with your Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe since you first posted it. Everyone needs to have this in their lives. I look forward to your Friday emails they are the best. For those few people that only want a recipe well there is google for that. Keep up what you’re doing and don’t change a thing. There are so many of us out here that follow you because you share your life and your heart with all of us. Thank you for doing that.
    A long-time Baked Bree reader and subscriber. Xoxo

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Jeanne, I appreciate your sweet words and support. I love that cookie recipe too. I make it all the time. Especially because chewy cookies are not a thing in Germany (they don’t have brown sugar and that is what the magic ingredient is) I make them for people when they get homesick. Or are German. 🙂

  9. Candy

    I love your “Friday Emails” … and the regular postings are always enjoyable! Sorry for the poor responses by a few … just take the high road, and know many out here really like your wanderings!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Candy! 99.8% of the time people are so nice. But that one was RUDE!

  10. Suzanne

    I love your emails Bree! I look forward to your “happy Friday” email every week! Thank you for all you do!!!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Suzanne! Thank you for sticking around.

  11. Courtney

    I’m so sorry you had to go through such a negative experience in a space you cherish and are so proud of. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all! Keep doing what you’re doing. There are tons of people (myself included) out there that love seeing a glimpse into your extremely interesting life. The recipes are great, but they’re not everything. I love it all, and the new look! Hugs from NOLA 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Courtney, I appreciate the love. 🙂

  12. naomi winkel

    I really really really like you’re blog a lot. I have always wanted to go to Germany and I have not gotten there yet, maybe someday. I don’t care really about new recipes. I really care about your life and your adventures. I was telling my mom about your blog when my parents came to visit us this past summer, they and the rest of our family live in Michigan and we live in Minnesota. I can’t believe anyone can be so mean and just care about recipes. I want you to keep it way it was. I will say I have been following Brittiany Williams on her Facebook group and it how she was 260lbs down to 135lbs now. I have followed her ever since you posted about it. I even bought her cookbook that came out today in stores. Keep up the great work and don’t listen to nay sayers.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you so much Naomi, thank you for being so supportive. <3

  13. Abby Slaton

    Sorry that people feel the need to be so rude! I love your blog!!! Please keep it all coming 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you, people are usually so nice to me, and when they aren’t, it usually just rolls. But this one stuck with me. But after I posted it, I felt so much better.

  14. Amanda

    I’m so sorry people were rude in their responses. I started following you when it was mostly recipes, but absolutely loved it when you started adding more stories about your life and travels. Lifestyle blogs are definitely more interesting than plain food blogs!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad, thank you for following along with me. I am so appreciative.

  15. Amanda

    It’s amazing how rude people can be. This is your space and you should feel like you can do what you wish with it. I love all of your blog content and even though I don’t comment, I read every post.

    1. bakedbree

      So rude. 99.8% of people are so nice to me and super supportive, but that .02%, man.


    I’ve been following your blog for years after a mutual friend shared one of your recipes. I am currently living in Italy and can’t wait to see more travel posts! Your recipes are always delicious, and you are such a talented photographer!

    1. bakedbree

      I am happy to hear it! Travel coming soon!

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