Friday Favorites | Reads, Eats and Random Things

TGIF! Heading into Labor Day weekend... I hope you get a little break from your busy life sometime in the next few days. Even just a few minutes to sit and breathe and clear your head. Doesn't it make just a world of difference?

It's looking like a rainy weekend here. No final beach trips for us. We'll hunker down and prep for the first day of school on Tuesday. There is a meet up with the kids in Lila's new class on Monday. It will be nice to meet everyone before the official first day. Do any of you have Labor Day weekend plans? 

And now for a few recent favorites...

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9 reasons to make your next family trip a road trip. I love road trips (as evidenced by my spending four years on the road!). I'm excited to start annual summer road trips with my kids.

8 easy ways to enhance your interview lighting.

5 lens effects you can create with stuff from home.

The cinematic images of Gordon Parks. I just ordered one of his books. His images are so powerful.

3 books to help you overcome anxiety.

I love these documentary images of a Virgin America flight crew.

Any other kindergarten mamas out there??

I absolutely love this collection of images from a trip to Japan.

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Grilled steak with tomatoes, red onion & balsamic

Corn Chowder with Chile, Lime and Cotija

Weeknight Nachos

Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Grilled corn, chicken, bacon and beer chowder 

9 quick family dinners 

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The new Humans of New York series. So inspiring.

The Cultivating Hygge and The Hygge Nook groups on Facebook. They are making me feel better as we head toward fall and winter.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. If you'd like to see more of her recent documentary family photography, head over to her Facebook page or follow her everyday adventures on Instagram. If you are looking for a family photographer or lifestyle videographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family, small business or event, please contact her for more information.