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Month: August 2017

Let’s get to know each other

Let’s get to know each other

We are on vacation this week, so I thought I would mix things up a bit with a fun survey.  Feel free to pick one (or a few) and answer in the comments section. I love to know who is reading! What is on your nightstand? A fancy lamp from Costco (love that store by the way), my alarm clock from high school (which ironically Nathan has the same one), and 3 books that I am trying to get into….

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We are ready for vacation!

We are ready for vacation!

Hello and happy Friday!  It’s an exciting day over in the McLean house, as we are packing the car and getting ready to hit the road tomorrow for a week of fun in the sun.  Getting ready for vacation is always a bit nutty – we definitely don’t travel light!  And I am trying to prep and pack the majority of our food, as I really despise grocery shopping and cooking on vacation.  So I’m just popping in real quick…

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We’re drowning in produce (and finally canning!)

We’re drowning in produce (and finally canning!)

Nathan and I have a lot in common.  We both love the outdoors.  We both love March Madness.  And we both love the concept of living off the land.  Nathan calls this our “hunter-gather” side.  But whatever it is, we have always been fascinated with the concept of taking food and putting it away for the winter.  You know those Alaska shows where the families spend the entire “warm season” filling their freezers with meat and their pantries with produce?…

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Tips for pushing through the picky food stage with kids

Tips for pushing through the picky food stage with kids

Anyone with kids knows that food can sometimes be a huge stressor.  Are they eating enough?  Are they getting plenty of fruits and veggies?  Why do they eat hardly anything one day but then be a bottomless pit the next? We have thought about and stressed out about all of these things over the course of the last 5 1/2 years.  There were days that I just thought “my child is going to only eat carbs for the rest of…

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Let’s catch up over coffee

Let’s catch up over coffee

Hello there!  Can you believe it’s already Friday!  This week went by fast, and I am thoroughly exhausted and super excited for the weekend to catch up on sleep (hopefully).  Today is the kids’ last day of Vacation Bible School, and because I’m not going into the office I am super giddy about doing some organization projects around the house for a few hours before I pick them up.  Wow, that makes me sound old!  But in any event, let’s…

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Day in the Life – Summer Edition

Day in the Life – Summer Edition

I absolutely LOVE day-in-the-life posts!  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe I like seeing how other moms manage their time.  Maybe I like feeling like I’m not alone in this rat race.  Or maybe I’m just nosy 🙂  But whatever the reason, I enjoy writing these so much.  I think it’s fun to look back and see how things have changed, and with the kids growing and changing on a seemingly daily basis, these posts are great to capture…

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My beginners guide to intermittent fasting

My beginners guide to intermittent fasting

I started practicing intermittent fasting about 14 months ago, and I’ve never looked back.  I wrote this post just 4 1/2 months after starting, and looking back I was still pretty new at it.  So I wanted to put together a comprehensive “user manual” for anyone thinking about or new to intermittent fasting. Start slow There are many schools of thought when it comes to the fasting window.  I have heard anything from 12 hours to 24 hours.  Because this…

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Things I’m Loving Lately

Good morning and happy Friday to ya!  We have a busy day planned, with a trip to this amazing Kids Castle, a picnic lunch, and picking up 15 gallons of milk to restock our freezer.  Today I thought it would be fun to share with you some things I have been loving lately.  And definitely share what you’ve been loving lately in the comment! Dry roasted almonds from Costco.  I have always loved almonds, but the addition of sea salt…

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Celebrating Mom’s 70th – Hershey Style

Celebrating Mom’s 70th – Hershey Style

My parents both had big birthdays this year – my Dad turned 75 last month, and my mom turns 70 later this month.  My sister, sister-in-law and I have been talking about doing a girls’ weekend to celebrate my mom’s birthday for MONTHS.  Once we hit May we really started the planning stage, and were luckily able to find a weekend where we were all free.  Then we had to find a place to go, which wound up being much…

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