Friday Fun - Five things to kick off your weekend | Northern Virginia Family Photographer

We encounter a crazy amount of information every day.  So I'm doing my part to add to it! :-) But seriously, my favorite way of finding new stuff is recommendations from friends. So every Friday I'll pass along my favorites from the week - things that inspire, uplift, educate, or just entertain. These are not affiliate links, so I'm not making any money - I'm just sharing things I enjoy.  Here are this week's favorites:

  1. Something old

    400 B.C. is pretty old. Apparently old enough to be the oldest intact shipwreck found. Old enough to have been around in the days of Plato and Socrates. It’s hard to fathom something being around this long. Not quite as cool as the giant Sequoias in California (2000+ years and still going!), but still pretty cool.

  2. Something not so old

    Do you remember calling your local number for time and temperature? I do. It was the town bank and they gave a pleasant account of the time and temperature any time of the day. And for some reason when I was a kid, I found need to call it multiple times a day. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one. And there are places that still provide the service.

  3. Something current

    If you’re not a member of a minority, you may find conversations about race to be uncomfortable. Or maybe you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing, so you don’t say anything. I’ve learned a lot about race from my husband, but still carry the awkwardness and ignorance that comes from being white, even if I am a female. Anyway, there’s no need for our children to be as awkward as we are, so here’s a video to help you talk about race with your child.

  4. For booklovers

    Anyone who loves to read already knows this, but a new study confirms that growing up in a home filled with books is good for you. At least 80 books is ideal. Literacy improves with more than 80 and levels off around 350. “Good for you” translates to higher reading comprehension and better mathematical and digital communication skills. Researchers aren’t sure if the positive effects will also result from access to similar numbers of digital books. :-)

  5. More time for books

    Once you have kids, time spent watching TV dwindles dramatically, but we could all use a few tips on how to waste less time, whether it’s watching TV or mindlessly scrolling social media feeds. This article recommends planning out your downtime in advance and doing something that is satisfying or mood-enhancing (exercise, reading, music, meditation, etc).

Nicole Sanchez Photography works with busy parents in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland to create stress-free photo sessions that take all the loving, fun, and chaotic moments of family life to make beautiful photos and films that families will love looking at year after year.  Contact me today to start planning a custom photography experience that's perfect for your family.