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Month: May 2017

2nd McLean Family Camping Trip

2nd McLean Family Camping Trip

We made it!  Coming into the weekend I was a bit skeptical, mainly due to the weather forecast.  But we crossed our fingers, stopped checking the radar, and headed out.  Luckily for us the weather was PERFECT, and we had an absolute blast.  I’m going to share some highlights (and a massive photo dump) below. Enjoy!  Recap of our first camping trip. Once we got settled into camp on Friday (and got the tent and everything setup) we all headed…

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Recent Eats – Part 6

Recent Eats – Part 6

Happy Memorial Day!  We are currently away camping for the long weekend, not heading back until later today.  I will have a full recap of our camping trip up on the blog later this week.  I’m also planning on dedicating a post to food prepping for a camping trip (or any vacation really).  I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend and the official kick-off to summer.  Wahoo! That being said, it’s time for another edition of my Recent Eats (part…

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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

The McLeans are off on our second family camping trip this afternoon, and we are busy, busy getting all packed and ready to go.  We are staying 3 nights this time, and everyone is beyond excited.  With that, I’ve got some Friday favorites coming your way.  I hope everyone stays safe and has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Let the summer begin! Sticker charts We are all about sticker charts in our household.  And it doesn’t really matter what we…

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It’s okay to be weird

It’s okay to be weird

Our Mother’s Day church service is always amazing.  I think partially because they have all the moms stand up and the congregation gives them a round of applause for being awesome.  I mean, who can complain about that?  But seriously, our pastor always comes up with great topics on that day that hit straight to the heart.  This Mother’s Day was no exception.  The sermon was entitled “it’s okay to be weird.”  I was immediately intrigued.  As someone who has always…

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My week in review – workout style

My week in review – workout style

Hello everyone!  I know I don’t normally post on Tuesdays, but I just wanted to jump on real quick with a rundown of last week’s workouts.  I have taken notice that the blog has been very family and food focused lately.  But don’t think that means I’m not fitting in my fitness!  I have recently decided to add in some additional quick workouts to my regular twice weekly gym nights – and this was the result of last week. Monday…

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Picture an hour – Birthday edition

Picture an hour – Birthday edition

I saw this concept on a blog a few months ago and I keep wanting to do it.  Honestly, I have just had a hard time remembering to take a picture every hour!  This past Thursday was my birthday, so I thought it would be fun to try. Enjoy! 5:30am – heading out on my annual birthday run.  I do this every year.  Nothing crazy, 3 quick miles.  But I think it’s just a reminder that I CAN run, so…

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Kids don’t come with owner’s manuals!

Kids don’t come with owner’s manuals!

I came across this article on Facebook, and the title intrigued me.  As I read through it I kept finding myself nodding my head.  Yes.  Yes.  YES!  I have had a similar conversation with Nathan along with my coworkers on many different occasions.  Comparing how our parents raised us to how our generation is raising their own children.  What has changed?  And are these changes really for the best? If you read the article, the first “issue” they bring to…

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How our kids’ eating styles have evolved

How our kids’ eating styles have evolved

Food and kids is a hot topic these days.  Everyone seems to be looking for the most nutritious meals, healthiest snacks, best ways to “hide” veggies, tastiest green smoothie recipes, and tips on how to get their kid to be a good eater.  Ever since we introduced solids with Graham, I became one of “those moms.”  I obsessed over the best method for introducing food (veggies first, wait at least 3 days between new foods, etc).  I made my own baby…

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Scenes from Mother’s Day Weekend

Scenes from Mother’s Day Weekend

Yesterday was my 6th Mother’s Day, and I have to say – I don’t feel “old enough” to be celebrating.  I guess Mother’s Day was always about celebrating MY mom, so when I became a mom myself it just seemed kind of odd to be celebrating ME.  But I definitely can’t complain about all the extra love I feel on this day every year.  And Nathan and the kids always go out of their way to make me feel special….

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Things I Wish I Had Known in College

Things I Wish I Had Known in College

College was a life-changing experience for me.  I went “away” to college, choosing the University of Kentucky (which was a 10-hour drive from my house).  I chose this school mainly because I was recruited to shoot on their rifle team.  Their coach was amazing, and I knew choosing a school that was consistently in the top 3 schools in the country for rifle, I would be pushed to continue to improve.  And my senior year I was able to captain…

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