Photo Friday {Books, Freezer Cooking + More}

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I’ve slowing been transitioning my traditional Photo Friday where I normally share photos of my family and what we’ve been doing for the week to more of a “what I’m loving” kind of vibe still with a peek into my daily life. You guys cool with that? I hope so because I have some fun things to share with you today that are cooking, family and reading related. I’m trying to decide whether I will change the name of these Friday posts or continue with the series name so if you see a change in the coming weeks don’t be alarmed.

I’ve always loved reading but after having kids I never made it a huge priority as making sure they were fed, clean and the house didn’t look like a tornado rampaged through were more important on my list. Now that they are older and a little more independent and I’ve let go of some of those unnecessarily high standards, I’ve found more time for reading. I also decided to make it a priority this year and I’m sticking to it. My original plan for the year was to read a book a month but I’m already on book 8 this year so I think I’ll exceed that goal. I read a wide variety of books and just recently finished Big Magic while in Vegas. There was so much hype built up around this book so I just had to check it out. I enjoyed it and I felt inspired to not put so much pressure on myself in regards to the number of views I receive here and positive/negative feedback. Sometimes I focus so much on creating something that I think other people will enjoy, share, pin, etc. that I lose a little of the joy I normally feel when creating those things. My numbers and followers don’t have to be high and I don’t have to make blogging into a career to be successful at it. I think any creative whether artist, chef, writer, photographer or underwater basket weaver would get something from this book.
On the way home from Vegas I started Dad is Fat and finished reading it by the end of the week. I think Jim Gaffigan is hilarious so I was really curious to see how his comedy translated to book form. It focuses on parenting his family of 5, living in a 2 bedroom walkup NYC apartment. There were many times that I laughed out loud at his commentary because it’s just so dang true. And if you have watched his standup and can read it in the way he would say it, it’s even funnier. If you are a parent, it’s definitely a good read. Especially on those draining days when you need something light. I just started A Mother’s Reckoning which is the exact opposite of Gaffigan’s light hearted banter so I’ll report back to you on that when I’m done.
Last Friday night, I went with my friend Molly to a Dish freezer prep workshop at HyVee and had so much fun. The ingredients for 6 freezer friendly meals are prepped and you simply put the meals together according to the directions then take them home to stash in your freezer for those nights you don’t feel like cooking. We had to do very little chopping, no grocery shopping and no dishes. Hallelujah.
Noah didn’t have school last Friday so we spent the morning at the children’s museum with the whole city of Lincoln. I’m pretty sure everyone else had the same idea. Pro parent tip: dress your kids in neon so it’s harder to lose them.
After playing we met Joel for lunch since he works downtown near the museum and ended up at 5 Guys. We hadn’t been in forever so it hit the spot.
We got a bunch of stuff for London and Ireland knocked out this past weekend so we’re almost ready for the big trip. Eeeeh, less than a month! I’m getting kind of nervous about leaving the kids for 8 days (that’s the longest I’ve ever left them) and traveling internationally by myself but I know once I’m there it’ll be good. If you have any tips or recommendations on what we should do and where we should eat please leave a comment below!


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  1. I am reading Dad is Fat too!! Matching! It has me laughing so hard (which seems to cause sudden braxton hicks contractions which has me borderline peeing a little…. 3rd pregnancy problems. there should be a disclaimer on the book somewhere about that.) ANYWAY, the Big Magic book sounds like one I could use too… what you said about creating for others versus enjoying the process resonated with me! 🙂 thanks for the rec!

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