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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

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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!

    Marriage--what's working (and what's not)

    Marriage--what's working (and what's not)

    Marriage--what's working (and what's not)
    We've both recently passed the decade mark of marriage, and thought it would be fitting to share what's been working, what hasn't, and the relationship advice we hate.
    Life lately
    Abby's family purchased a new vehicle (and is soliciting gold-inspired names!).
    Sarah is reveling in her newly arranged living room.
    Reading lately
    Abby read both Shrill and The Witches are Coming by Lindy West and Sarah listened to The Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
    Eating lately
    Sarah made spinach and artichoke dip as part of an appetizer themed Christmas dinner.
    Abby made a quick dinner courtesy of Trader Joe's.
    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!

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    A week of snacks

    A week of snacks

    Today, we talk snacking preferences and then detail a week in the life of our snacks. And if you are in need of a sweet snack, we both recommend this recipe for chocolate chip cookies–easy and delicious!
    Life lately
    Sarah is tracking all of the things with Habit Bull.
    Abby offers her commentary on Meghan and Harry. For more along these lines, check out this BuzzFeed article contrasting media coverage of Meghan and Kate, this Medium piece, and this tweet.
    Reading lately
    Sarah read her second graphic memoir: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui and Abby listened to the Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson.
    Eating lately
    Abby made a lemon blueberry loaf and Sarah had chili with all the toppings.
    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!

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    In sickness

    In sickness

    We share what kind of sick people we are, our preferred supplies to get us through, and our most memorable bouts with illness. May we all have a healthy 2020.
    Life lately
    Abby gives a sleep training update and Sarah is happy to have (finally) fixed her Kitchen Aid mixer.
    Reading lately
    Abby read The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook and Sarah listened to Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister.
    Eating lately
    Sarah made "no-peek chicken," the perfect rainy day meal.
    Abby has found the sugar cookie equivalent of our favorite chocolate chip cookie.

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    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!

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    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!

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    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!

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