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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!

Friendlier Sarah Kopper & Abby Olena

    • Personal Journals

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!

    Childcare

    Childcare

    We share what we like about childcare, how we find it, our past childcare situations, and what we see in our childcare future. We fully recognize that as two primarily at-home parents, our perspective is limited. We’d love to hear from listeners with different experiences to expand the conversation. What has worked for you when trying to find daycares, nannies, and/or babysitters? Share in the comments below or over on Instagram.
    Life lately
    Sarah is doing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge this year and loving it. She found both Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home and Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey through the challenge. If you want to chat books with us, join us in our Goodreads group!
    Abby is loving the Brandy version of Cinderella and welcomes recommendations of other non-scary, but engaging movies for preschoolers.
    Reading lately
    Sarah finished Katherine McGee’s American Royals and Abby read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb.
    Eating lately
    Abby has a new twist to her chicken enchiladas: using salsa verde instead of the heavier sour cream sauce.
    Sarah has brought back an old favorite: skillet beans.
    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!

    • 29 min
    New year’s intentions, 2020

    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 Pretzels
    Life lately
    Sarah 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 lately
    Sarah 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 lately
    Abby 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!

    • 30 min
    Our year in books, 2019

    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 Setterfield
    Non-fiction: Bad Blood by John Carreyou, The Eating Instinct by Virginia Sole-Smith, and The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon
    Most enjoyable: Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas and Court of Thorn and Roses series by Sarah Maas
    Memoir: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Flat by Catherine Guthrie, and On Living by Kerry Egan
    Audio: Becoming by Michelle Obama and the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
    Looking forward to: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
    Life lately
    Sarah's entryway is getting a remodel.
    Abby is grateful for her buy nothing group, especially in the days leading up to her move.
    Reading lately
    Abby 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 lately
    Sarah 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!

    • 30 min
    Minimalism update

    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 Minimalists
    Life lately
    Sarah 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 lately
    Sarah (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 lately
    Abby 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!

    • 33 min
    Travel with kids

    Travel with kids

    Travel with kids
    We explore the ups and downs of life on the road, including what helps us get through long car rides and flights, travel horror stories, and what we love most about traveling as a family. Links we mentioned:
    Audiobooks, including Frindle by Andrew ClementsSparkle Stories, especially the Martin and Sylvia onesHooplaPlayaways from the libraryLife lately
    We share about our recent trip to Colorado for a friend's wedding, including an incredible surprise the groom had for his new wife.
    Reading lately
    Abby read The Birth House by Ami McKay, which fed her desire to read about birth and midwifery.
    Sarah shares a book she read earlier in the year, Flat: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer by Catherine Guthrie.
    Eating lately
    Sarah loves snacking on Trader Joe's marcona truffle almonds.
    Abby recommends beergaritas as a great happy hour option.
    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!

    • 44 min
    Time management

    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 Keep
    Life lately
    Sarah has been regularly climbing at her local rock climbing gym.
    Abby was happy to say goodbye to her family’s home-brewing equipment.
    Reading lately
    Sarah 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 lately
    Sarah 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!

    • 29 min

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