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Month: January 2017

Food pics from the weekend

Food pics from the weekend

Hi everyone!  I meant to get on here yesterday but the day just kind of slipped away from me.  Mondays can be like that.  But I wanted to share my weekly meal prep with you guys, as it’s such a small thing that makes such a big impact in our weeks.  As we are all so busy with work, school, the gym, and sports (not to mention keeping the house clean and the laundry baskets from overflowing) I love the…

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Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce

Quick and Easy Homemade Applesauce

During the fall and winter months apples are one of my family’s favorite fruits.  And it’s so versatile too!  We eat apple slices with peanut butter, I make TONS of my mom’s famous sour cream apple pie, apple cinnamon muffins, and of course applesauce!  When searching online for applesauce I was inundated with crock pot recipes.  And while I love a good crock pot recipe (who doesn’t really?!) – I was hoping for a quicker option for those times when…

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How (and why) we are ditching the chemicals

How (and why) we are ditching the chemicals

I know the terms “green” and “natural cleaners” have been buzz words for quite awhile now.  Everyone is trying to remove chemicals from their lives – organic food, essential oils, and safer beauty products.  When I became pregnant with Graham we decided to overhaul the products we used to clean our home.  We went to the grocery store and chose the first things we saw that said “green” on it.  I have no idea what they were, but we felt…

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Some recent eats

Some recent eats

I always find such great inspiration from other bloggers posting pictures of their meals.  Since I became a “healthy living blogger” back in September I started taking pictures of meals – apparently this is perfectly normal behavior for bloggers and something my kids have gotten accustomed to.  “Hey Mom, come take a picture of my dinner – it looks really yummy!”  Last Thursday I was in the mood to let someone else cook, so I decided to head to Panera…

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Dear Graham – Age 5

Dear Graham – Age 5

I thought it would be fun to look back on a letter I wrote Graham on his 5th birthday, as he just turned 5 1/2 last week.  Amazing the difference 6 months makes! July 10, 2016 Dear Graham, Wow, we now have a 5-year old!  Amazing how quickly times goes by.  I can still vividly remember the day you entered this world 5 years ago, and the instant love Mommy and Daddy felt for you.  We never imagined that love…

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Our first family ski trip

Our first family ski trip

This past weekend the McLeans hit the slopes for the first time as a family!  We took Graham skiing 2 years ago, but Reagan wasn’t old enough at that age to ski. Last year was a wash between bad weather and us trying to get settled into our new house.  This year it was all systems go!  We decided to take the kids to a small resort in the Catskills, NY called Villa Roma.  It is a small hill (just…

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Scenes from my iPhone

Scenes from my iPhone

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  It’s Friday!!  To keep things light on here today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my latest iPhone pics to see what I am taking pictures of.  It’s actually kind of funny to see the randomness  Last weekend Graham proclaimed that he “wasn’t tired” and was definitely not taking a nap.  I told him to just read quietly in his room.  I came upstairs 15 minutes later…

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Day in the Life – Ages 5.5 and 3.5

Day in the Life – Ages 5.5 and 3.5

I wrote a “day in the life” post when I first started my blog, as I find it interesting (and maybe a bit creepy) to read how other moms spend their days.  Plus I like having the ability to look back and remember this phase of life.  So I am doing another one to see how things have changed over the past 4 months.  This was from last Wednesday. 6am – alarm goes off and I hit snooze while simultaneously…

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Running vs. Weight Training

Running vs. Weight Training

I know I’ve mentioned it on here before, but I’m in a kind of strange place right now in regards to exercise.  Normally this time of year I am ramping up to start training for a spring half marathon.  I am pouring over training plans, locating all of my winter running gear, and overall getting excited about having a goal to work towards.  This year is different.  I’m not running a spring half marathon – actually I’m not even running…

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2017 New Year Goals

2017 New Year Goals

I’ve never been one to make official New Year’s goals.  In fact, I’ve never been one to even celebrate New Year’s too much.  Funny thing, because Nathan and I actually got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2004.  We were lame and even fell asleep before the ball dropped (although in my defense, I had just flown from NJ to CO that morning and we had spent the afternoon skiing, so midnight actually felt like 2am).  But for some reason this…

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