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This morning there’s a hint of a chill in the air—although the high in a few days is forecast to be 96, so don’t be too jealous. What are you up to this weekend? This weekend I will find plenty of laundry to fold and chores to tackle, because I’ve got 3 1/2 hours to go in a fun audiobook. I hope your weekend looks equally promising.

Thanks to Prep Dish for sponsoring today’s links.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • I’m going to Nest Fest! Will you be there? Tickets can be purchased here.

Make meal planning easy :

I have used and loved Prep Dish for years now and you may have heard me talk about them on What Should I Read Next. Well right now I’m happy to be sharing a very special deal to help your whole family eat great this school year.

This weekend, Prep Dish is offering MMD readers $49 off a premium membership! That’s a huge discount, and will save you a ton of time both in the grocery store and in the kitchen.

Prep Dish is a whole food based meal planning service. Each week you’ll get meal plans that suit your family (we do paleo) emailed to you. The email has a complete shopping list (I love the way these lists are laid out!) and directions for how to spend a few hours prepping the week’s meals. Then you roll into the week with a fridge full of easy-to-finish dinners you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less.

The start of a new school year and fall sports mean new schedules and routines, so getting dinner together in 30 minutes makes weeknights much easier. This makes fall a great time to get started with Prep Dish. And this weekend is an especially good time. Through Sunday, September 8, you can save $49 off of a premium subscription using the code RN49.

But if you sign up by tomorrow (Saturday) you can also join the 21 Day Challenge for free. The Challenge includes all of the meal plans, daily motivational emails, Facebook live events, and membership in an exclusive challenge group. This is an amazing way to start your meal prepping habit. Again, the challenge is free if you sign up by Saturday.

Click here to get started.

Favorite Instagram:

Meet the newest addition to our plant family. I don’t usually name my plants (honestly, I don’t ever name my plants) but when I brought this beauty home she already had a name. Do I keep it? Change it? Pretend I never knew her name? And do YOU name your plants? I wanna hear all about it. You’re probably wondering what her name is, but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts before you hear if it’s a name you immediately like or not. So mean, I know.  Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: I’d Rather Be Reading is here! Wednesday marked the one year anniversary since my second book came out.

Two years ago: Turning the corner. Daisy as a puppy!

Three years ago: 15 audiobooks that enhance your reading experience. The best audiobooks aren’t a substitute for actual books; they enhance it.

Four years ago: In praise of bookish deadlines and library due dates. I have new appreciation for this post now that I also have writing deadlines.

Five years ago: There are four possible levels of relationship. This is still really helpful.

On the podcast:

This week’s guest is no stranger to seemingly-mundane belongings that hold deep meaning – Tara Anderson hosts the NPR show 5 Things, where she gets to know people by discussing five items that matter to them. A guest’s treasured items might be books, but they might also be a houseplant, a special coat, heirloom knitting needles, even something as practical as a rice cooker. We’re investigating what Tara’s 3 favorite titles say about what she wants out of life, and what new books will take her there.

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Michelle Wilson says:

    Well, I know what I am making for my lunches next week…thanks for such a delicious sounding recipe.

    I want to love those Tutu glass water bottles-such a good idea. The silicone sleeve ends up weirding me out…feel like it gets dirty and never really gets clean. LOL-I am a tiny bit of a germaphobe-mostly around stuff like that and eating raw foods that IMO shouldn’t be (I’m talking about you Sushi and Cerviche!)

  2. Janean says:

    Ok, now we need to know the name of your plant, Anne. 🌱 We’ve been patient. 🤔 And I have to cringe a bit at the top photo, because, while photographically lovely, that cheery yellow plant is currently why my eyes are pouring water and my nose is gushing. So, while it does give me all the fall feels, they’re maybe not the ones you intended. 🤧😭 (please excuse my crankiness – blame the yellow plant).

  3. Andrea says:

    The plant is giving off the vibe that its name starts with an E. Something delicate and wistful, like Eloise or Evangeline…

  4. Nancy says:

    Laundry, more specifically ironing, with a podcast on is my meditation!!! I second your joy! I love plants….orchids especially…any orchids in your collection? I love them, but I don’t name them least not anymore…makes it too hard when they kick the bucket.

  5. Deborah G Ball says:

    I have begun listening to Louisville Public Radio on her five things podcast. I have really enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sharon says:

    Anne, do you use Dermstore’s BeautyFIX box monthly? And if you do, is it a worthwhile investment? I would appreciate any thoughts that you or your readers have. Thanks.

    • Anne says:

      Yes, I do. It’s worked for me to do a few months on, and then a few months off, because I can’t use the products as fast as they send them! I’ve found it to be a great value; the sun protection boxes are my favorite ones.

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