Clean Kiddo Eats – Part 5

Clean Kiddo Eats – Part 5

Hello and happy Labor Day everyone!  The official last weekend of summer and we are soaking up every minute of these 3 days together.  I’m just jumping on real quick to share some meals the kids have been enjoying lately.  I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the last weekend of summer to its fullest. This dinner is so summery – I love it!  I think this was Reagan’s plate.  BBQ grilled chicken, mashed sweet potatoes (with butter and…

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Outer Banks 2017

Outer Banks 2017

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Friday already!  Getting home from vacation on a Sunday really left me chasing my tail all week, and I am super excited to get caught up this weekend.  And did I mention school starts next week?  Our family is VERY ready for this, as I think the summer has been tough with the lack of routine – especially these last 4 weeks.  So with that, I am going to take a virtual trip back to…

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What I am loving lately

What I am loving lately

Hello everyone!  We are officially back from vacation, and it’s been a pretty rough re-entry this time.  But last week was exactly what I needed to recharge my battery.  I probably slept 9 hours every night, didn’t wake up to an alarm clock once, barely ever checked the time, and spent TONS of quality time with Nathan and the kids.  And although I am staring at dirty bathrooms, mountains of laundry, and bags that need to be unpacked, I am…

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Recent Eats – Part 10

Recent Eats – Part 10

Time for another edition of My Recent Eats!  We just got home from the beach last night, and I am drowning in laundry and sand.  So I’m going to keep things simple today with lots of fun food pictures (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, and part 9).  Enjoy! This is pure summer on a plate.  Grass-fed beef burger, mashed sweet potatoes, a huge cucumber from Nathan’s garden (salted, because in my opinion that’s the only…

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What I ate in a day on vacation

What I ate in a day on vacation

I always love reading blog posts that document an entire day’s worth of eats.  It’s easy to look at a picture of a perfectly photographed picture on Instagram and assume a person eats that way all the time.  But an entire day really shows the reality.  So I thought it would be fun to recap what I ate on a day of vacation, as there has definitely been some cheating! Every morning of my life, regardless of being on vacation,…

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Checking in on vacation

Checking in on vacation

We made it!  After a lot of driving, TONS of traffic, and some pretty dehydrated and cranky kiddos (and adults) we are all settled into our beach house and having an absolute blast!  I’m going to basically just photo dump for this post, as everyone is eager to get back to the beach.  We’ve got waves to ride and sand castles to build! We left early Saturday morning and drove about 2/3 of the way and stayed in a hotel…

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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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