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Friendlier

Friendlier is like eavesdropping on a phone call between Sarah and Abby, long time friends—and now parents—who love to talk, read, and eat. Every episode we review books, share recipes, and explore a sometimes random/sometimes serious topic. Join us! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Self-care

The craziness of the holidays is nearly upon us, so we thought it would be timely to think about how we care for ourselves, how we prioritize that time, and how our perspective on self-care has changed since becoming parents.You can get specifics about our latest reads and eats, or join in the conversation at our website: http://friendlierpodcast.com/self-care/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42mins

7 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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New year’s intentions, 2020

See you later, 2019! We are not sad to see you go. We reflect on the year that was, set intentions for 2020, and share some of our favorites from 2019. Here’s to a happier, healthier new year. Things we mentioned:Last year’s intentions episode (and our mid-year reflection)Dance MomsMerge DragonsMarvelous Mrs. MaiselFleabagTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (and the sequel comes out in February!)Kindle PaperwhiteTrader Joe’s Butter Toffee PretzelsLife latelySarah is loving the open-ended play opportunities her kids have with neighbors and classmates.Abby bought a house! Which may come as a surprise to listeners who have heard our previous episode on housing.Reading latelySarah has a new favorite for the year, How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together by Dan Kois (co-host of the Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast).Abby was in moving hell, which left no time for reading.Eating latelyAbby is loving a cozy hot toddy.Sarah recently learned how to cook salmon in her Instant Pot. So fast and easy!If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Parenting

We have a lot to say about parenting—our philosophies, reflections on how we were raised, and what aspects of parenting we like best and least. We draw parenting inspiration from many resources, but here are the ones we mentioned in the show:Simplicity Parenting by Kim John PayneHow to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie KingRIE philosophyLife latelySarah is anticipating all of the delicious food she will eat on her birthday.Abby shares about a recent secondhand win: a new coffee table!Reading latelySarah finished Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing, which was this year's National Book Award winner.Abby listened to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.Eating latelyAbby enjoyed a hearty taco salad.Sarah loves these biscuits from Peter Reinhart's book Artisan Breads Every Day.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our website, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Time management

In this episode, we share our many aspirations along with a few tips for how we best make our time work for us. Resources we mentioned:Off the Clock by Laura VanderkamScreentime utility on the iPhoneGoogle KeepLife latelySarah has been regularly climbing at her local rock climbing gym.Abby was happy to say goodbye to her family’s home-brewing equipment.Reading latelySarah read The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Abby enjoyed the middle-grade novel To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer.Eating latelySarah made a hearty cornbread from cornmeal milled at a local state park.Abby tried a new frittata recipe and loved the heartiness the potatoes add.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Budgeting

BudgetingMany people use the new year as an opportunity to reevaluate their finances and set financial goals, so we thought it would be a good time to explore budgets and how they work in our families. We share our budgeting philosophies, challenges, tips, and resources.Our episode on financesOur Freaking BudgetFrugalwoods Frugal MonthHome Budget appPersonal CapitalLife latelyAbby is using a new strategy to help Plum nap.Sarah is now organizing her passwords with LastPass.Reading latelyAbby read The Cactus by Sarah Haywood and Sarah enjoyed Jasmine Guillory's romance novel The Wedding Date.Eating latelySarah made dragon noodles for an easy lunch.Abby upped her yogurt game by using the Cabot brand Greek yogurt as a starter.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Minimalism update

Since our last episode about minimalism was nearly three years ago, we thought it was time for an update. We share what’s working (and what’s not) along with our minimalism goals and the challenges we face in making them a reality. Resources we mentioned:Tidying Up with Marie KondoMinimalism podcasts, including Minimalist Moms, Cohesive Home, and Practical MinimalistsLife latelySarah upgraded her cargo bike and now is cruising the town with electric assist.Abby shares a new way of styling her hair–the curly girl method.Reading latelySarah (and her whole book club) loved Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne.Abby read Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, the sequel to one of our favorites, Carry On.Eating latelyAbby and her family enjoyed eggroll in a bowl.Sarah made lentil taco soup with all the toppings on recommendation from Kelsey.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Minding the mess

Sometimes things are running smoothly, other times they are a hot mess. We discuss which systems are working, which ones aren't, and who does what on a weekly basis.Find links to books, recipes, and our favorite cleaning tools in the show notes: http://friendlierpodcast.com/minding-the-mess/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

18 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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Our year in books, 2019

We take a look back at our reading life in 2019: our challenges, our wins, and our favorite books. Highlights from the year:Fiction: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, and Once Upon a River by Diane SetterfieldNon-fiction: Bad Blood by John Carreyou, The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith, and The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox GurdonMost enjoyable: Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas and Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah MaasMemoir: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Flat by Catherine Guthrie, and On Living by Kerry EganAudio: Becoming by Michelle Obama and the Flavia de Luce series by Alan BradleyLooking forward to: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganLife latelySarah's entryway is getting a remodel.Abby is grateful for her buy nothing group, especially in the days leading up to her move.Reading latelyAbby read The Wedding Party, which is the third book in the series that started with The Wedding Date. (And we can't wait to read the next book: The Royal Holiday!)Sarah read Bruce Holsinger's novel, The Gifted School.Eating latelySarah made a classic chocolate pie for Thanksgiving.Abby claims to have found the easiest meal you can make in your oven.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Guilty pleasures

We divulge our favorite guilty pleasure books, food, television shows, songs, and a miscellaneous category.Find recipes, books, and tell us your guilty and not-so-guilty pleasures here: http://friendlierpodcast.com/guilty-pleasures/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

23 May 2017

Rank #9

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A week of meals

Want to hear the details of what we ate for dinner every night for a week? If so, you're in luck as that's exactly what we discuss in this episode. Some nights we had it together and other nights we ordered pizza or ate frozen dumplings. Thanks to The Mom Hour for a great conversation idea!You can find links to the books we read and join the conversation here: http://friendlierpodcast.com/a-week-of-meals/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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Store to table

We share how we plan meals and grocery shop, including what's working and where there's room for improvement.Life latelyAbby tried furoshiki to wrap Plum's birthday presents--a success!Sarah is loving attending local theater productions.Reading latelyAbby loved Royally Screwed by Emma Chase. Special thanks to listener Katie for the recommendation! Sarah read How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. If you want a more in-depth discussion, check out the Girl Next Door's book club episode.Eating latelySarah has another Budget Bytes favorite: vegan red beans and rice.Abby tried out two Asian dishes--beef with broccoli (a success!) and lo mein (might need some tweaks). Sarah tried this lo mein recipe and loved it.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

26 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Treating ourselves

We share our favorite ways to treat ourselves, when we are most likely to indulge in treats, and frugal treats we love. And we reference this blog post: Treat Yourself: More Like Defeat Yourself by Mrs. FrugalwoodsLife latelySarah shares her distaste for vacation planning.Abby’s cats are feeling cozy in their new heated bed.Reading latelySarah read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green and Abby flew through Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.Eating latelyAbby has been enjoying frozen chocolate and almond croissants from Trader Joe’s.Sarah’s whole family loved this enchilada casserole.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #12

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Minding the guests

We share what makes for a good host, our favorite kinds of hosting, what we love (and don't love) about hosting, and our stance on hostess gifts.Life latelyAbby loved having her sister visit for an entire week.Sarah is apparently the last person to discover audio on faster speeds.Reading latelyAbby read This is How It Always Is, a novel by Laurie Frankel about parenting, marriage, and how one couple navigates raising a transgender child.After having multiple friends recommend it, Sarah read The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne.Eating latelySarah's put "easy enchiladas" into regular rotation in her house. Just use tortillas, refried beans, sauce, cheese, and call it good.Abby's been eating deviled eggs, both the fancy and traditional variety. And if you haven't tried boiling your eggs in the Instant Pot, Sarah recommends it--even the freshest of eggs are easy to peel!If you'd like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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The perfect thing

We discuss finding the perfect thing that exactly serves its purpose and brings us so. much. satisfaction. For more about our perfect things, as well books and food mentioned in this episode, check out our show notes: http://friendlierpodcast.com/the-perfect-thing/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

4 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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Beauty and style

From hair (we both have so much!) to skin-care (what exactly is a toner anyway?), we share our style and beauty routines and how they have changed over the years. We'd love to hear which aspects of beauty and style are worth the effort for you, and which aren't. Links featured in this episode:Photo on Tumbler that features this quote: "In a world that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act."Frugalwoods blog post and bookErnie BuffaloLife latelyAbby shares Plum's transition from the Guava Lotus travel crib to a floor bed.Sarah has a new dishwasher, which--gasp!--actually washes dishes.Reading latelyAbby continued in the romance genre with Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient.Sarah read The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir.Eating latelySarah put in the effort to make a Greek salad (why is chopping vegetables so hard?!).Abby's enjoying homemade seltzer, courtesy of Andrew's home brew supplies.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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Kids and screens

Kids and screensWe talk about screens and media--what we watched as kids, how our families handle screen time, and our favorite resources and recommendations. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the issue and if you have any media we should be sure to check out.Screen Time as a Feminist IssueLifecake appBabiesOK Go!Sparkle StoriesBut Why?Brains, On!Life latelyAbby has entered the world of e-readers with a new-to-her Kindle.Sarah shares the tale of two hikes from her recent trip to Colorado.Reading latelyAbby tried a new genre: romance! She loved Tessa Dare's A Week to Be Wicked.Sarah read An American Wife by Curtis Sittenfield.Eating latelySarah has been upping her popcorn game and making a version with chex mix seasonings.Abby's whole family is enjoying tuna salad--a perfect summer food.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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It's all routine

The new year is often a time to evaluate old routines and establish new ones. We share our feelings about routines in general, what routines we have in our lives, our routine aspirations, and routine fails.AND we are getting ready to put new groups together for the Friendlier Reading Experience where we’ll connect you with four or five other listeners to form your own virtual bookclub. If you are interested, be sure to sign up by the end of January.Life latelySarah and Abby share recaps of their holidays.Reading latelySarah read Becoming by Michelle Obama and Abby read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.Eating latelyAbby made a strata that froze surprisingly well.Sarah was inspired by the Great British Baking Show to make her first yule log.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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Mental health

We share how we view mental health, positive influences on our mental health, our experiences with therapy, and our favorite mental health insights and resources. In this episode, we discuss:Light therapy lampCalm app for meditation and sleep storiesDooce blog, especially this articleAudio companion to Mindful Birthing by Nancy BardackeLife latelySarah is seeking advice on the perfect paint color for her kitchen.Abby’s found a new technique for cleaning her shower.Reading latelySarah was along for the ride in Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. Abby loved Jenny Han’s YA series (and movie!) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.Eating latelyAbby’s family has been enjoying pigs (cows) in a blanket.While they are as good as in Texas, Sarah’s been loving the tamales from her co-op.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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What we wear

We discuss our clothing buying and wearing philosophy, how we shop for clothes for ourselves and our kids, our biggest clothing challenges, and how we feel about the whole enterprise. Links featured in this episode:Buy Nothing groupsPoshmark KidizenThredUpStitch FixLife latelySarah shares a routine that is working for her family: grocery shopping on Fridays.Abby laments that she is too pregnant to tie her shoes.Reading latelySarah read The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith and Abby listened to Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (the sequel to Beartown).Eating latelyAbby enlightens us about the different Girl Scout bakeries.Sarah made a cozy dish in the winter: cheesy cauliflower potato soup.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our show notes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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Family food philosophies

We discuss how we approach food with our kids, what our dinnertime routines look like, and family favorite meals we didn't expect.Links and resources mentioned:Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating resources:Food Psych podcastEllyn Satter InstituteThe F*ck It DietBody Positive Panda on InstagramKeekaroo high chairCurry potatoes and eggsLentil loafLife latelySarah's happy to be reunited with her Chacos after having them re-soled.Abby shares how she and her family prepared for Hurricane Florence.Reading latelySarah read Educated by Tara Westover and Abby read the middle-grade novel The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine.Eating latelyAbby made pizza bagels--easy and delicious.Sarah loved this lemony lentil soup as recommended on the Girl Next Door Podcast.And don't forget to check out two great shows from our friends Melissa and Kate: Cohesive Home and brand new show The Streamlined Motherhood Podcast.If you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave us a comment on our shownotes, email us at friendlierpodcast@gmail.com, or find us on Instagram @friendlierpodcast. Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #20