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Weekend Shots [2/17/14]

17 Feb

Sometimes the snow is awesome. Sometimes the snow sucks. This weekend was one of the later two.

Unfortunately, the unexpected snow storm ruined our plans to make a quick trip to visit our cousin. However, it all ended up working out and she found a beautiful dress to walk down the aisle in. We all three have a feeling that our dad had something to do with it. He likes to do stuff like that.

We spent the majority of Saturday being lazy because lets be honest sometimes we all just need a lazy day.

Sunday we slept in, made a big bowl of oats for breakfast, sipped our coffee slowly, and started studying for an upcoming exam. Then we spent a few hours in the afternoon at work and then spent the evening with our Phi Sigma Sigma sisters. Twas’ a good weekend indeed. Here are some photos to prove just how marvelous it truly was.

Chili & cornbread. 

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Enormous bananas anyone?

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Kombucha.

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Overnight oats.

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Sandwiches. 

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Pears galore.

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Late night snacks.

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Poached eggs.

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Juice. 

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Make sure to check out the all the other marvelous Monday blog posts over on Katie’s blog, Healthy Diva Eats. Marvelous

Meal Prep 101

11 Feb

If you took a look at our planners you would probably be a little overwhelmed. We are busy girls. Between our 5:30 am workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, our 8 am classes every day, and meetings for our sorority on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, we barely find time to sit down and relax from early Monday morning to Friday afternoon.

We both try to fit in as much schoolwork as we can between Monday morning and Friday afternoon so we can spend the weekend relaxing, catching up with friends and family, cooking, and simply just enjoying our morning cup of coffee without having to glance at the clock every five seconds.

One thing we have found to be extremely helpful for us is to prep a bunch of food one day to help us get through the busy week. There is nothing more convenient than being able to have lunch on the table in less than 10
minutes on a busy afternoon thanks to meal prep. Plus, a steaming bowl of homemade soup and fresh corn bread for lunch sure does make any crazy busy day 100 times better.

If you feel like you are always rushing around during the week and spending way too much time cooking or even resulting to unhealthy options just because they are convenient in a hurry maybe you should consider doing some weekly food prep.

Although some weeks we have more time than others we usually do some type of meal prep on Sunday. This is how we prepped for the upcoming week.

On Sunday afternoon in less than two hours we made a Moroccan and chickpea soup, a lentil salad, and maple pumpkin corn bread from Nutritious Kitchen.

These three items will come in handy for quick lunches and dinners on days this week we really do not have time to spend cooking. Although prepping food for the week consumed a small portion of our Sunday, we think it is worth it in exchange for the less amount of time spent later.

A couple of our favorite blogs got us hooked on the convenience of meal prepping. Our favorite inspiration by far is definitely, the Lean Green Bean. Lindsay is awesome and preps just about everything she will need for the week ahead on Saturday or Sunday!

We hope you consider giving  meal prep a chance especially if you are a busy college student, a mom with a full time job, or even a frustrated person who is trying to eat healthy but just cannot find the time. If you are new to this whole food prep thing you may just be surprised how easy it is to put together breakfast in the morning when your strawberries are already cut and your yogurt is already measured out.

How do you prepare on Sunday for the upcoming week?

WIAW [2/5/14]

5 Feb

After a busy last week it was quite nice to have a snow day on Monday.

A full day of catching up on work, staying warm inside, and tons of time to meal prep for the next few days!

Yesterday we made a big batch of chili in the crockpot, a large freekeh, chickpea and roasted vegetable salad for lunches, and homemade whole wheat banana bread! The smells coming from our kitchen were to die for.

Here are our eats from Tuesday, enjoy!

We started off the day with a big bowl of oat bran, enjoyed leftover butternut squash and black bean enchiladas on mixed green salads for lunch, and for dinner we had some chili topped with greek yogurt and avocado. A smoothie held us over in the afternoon and we ended the day with a mug of plain greek yogurt topped with a crumbled piece of banana bread.

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We just received an e-mail that our classes today are cancelled again due to the snow and freezing rain! Cheers to another snow day! This week is turning out to be quite fabulous. Make sure to check out what everyone else is eating lately on this snowy Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons. 

WIAW [1/22/14]

22 Jan

We love Wednesdays. Especially Wednesdays after snow days. Snow days that leave us stranded at home curled up by the fire with Grey’s and a heavy pour of sweet red in our hand. Here’s a picture recap of yesterday’s eats. It was a good food day indeed.

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Have you ever tried toasted coconut coffee? Heaven.

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After coffee we started the day with a banana dough boy smoothie. Kath sure knows how to make a mean smoothie. 20140121-185752.jpg

Snacky lunch. Tuna, avocado and greek yogurt dip with Late July tortilla chips, red pepper slices, cucumber slices and an apple on the side. Lunch is just so much more fun when it involves dunking chips.
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Late afternoon we enjoyed a small yogurt parfait filled with Chobani, blackberries, and granola. If we must say it was a pretty tasty combination.

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Dinner was whipped up in a matter of minutes thanks to some meal planning earlier in the week. Already cooked bulgur wheat, grape tomatoes, chicken, melted mozzarella, roasted brussels sprouts and homemade lemon tahani dressing over a big bowl of mixed greens.

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It was a well enjoyed snow day that may or may not have ended with a small bowl of blueberry oatmeal with a blob of almond butter on top. Let’s be honest, a day without nut butter is a pretty sad day. wiaw

Happy Wednesday! We hope you have a great day. Just think you’re halfway through the week already.  For all of you who are still enjoying another snow day, we are jealous! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else is eating today too!

WIAW [1/15/14]

15 Jan

Food. Wednesday. Enjoy.

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Thank you Peas and Crayons for making Wednesdays fun.

WIAW Winter Break Edition

18 Dec

Hey guys, happy Wednesday! We hope you all are having a fabulous week! Can you believe there are only 6 days until Christmas? Yeah, we can’t either. All our Christmas shopping is officially done and our gifts are wrapped and already waiting under the tree!

If you ask us what our favorite part about winter break is, we definitely would say it is cooking and getting creative in the kitchen. During the semester our busy schedules make it hard to be creative and try new recipes but our schedules are wide open right now and we’re definitely taking advantage!

It’s Wednesday so today we are going to share with you all what we’ve been eating lately! Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out what everyone else is munching on lately. We love Wednesday’s, and WIAW is definitely our favorite blog link up ever.

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We were definitely creative yesterday, especially with breakfast.

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A banana split for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do!

Overnight oats poured over a sliced banana topped with drippy almond butter, homemade quinoa granola, and shredded coconut. Best idea ever.

Lunch was an arugula salad paired with a fresh and juicy apple.

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We made a big salad for lunches this week based off of Kath’s beet salad recipe. We tossed arugula with roasted cinnamon and cayenne sweet potatoes, chickpeas, pomegranate arils, bulgur wheat, and sunflower seeds.

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Around 4pm our stomachs were growling and we had peanut butter cookie Lara bars to hold us over until dinner!

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We usually are not big pasta fans but we decided to give it a try and let’s just say we may be bringing pasta back into our dinner rotations. We always feel that a serving of pasta isn’t very filling but we bulked it up with kale, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, and chicken.

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We’re hooking on watching all 9 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy during winter break. We are currently on Season 4 and cannot stop watching!!Greys

In between episodes we snacked on siggi’s plain yogurt (love the ingredients list btw, just skim milk), a 1/2 of a crumbled trader joe’s blueberry bran muffin, banana slices and pomegranate arils.

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And maybe one or two spoonfuls of this baby. Our mom brought us back a jar from her weekend business trip to Boston. She’s the best!

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Yesterday was definitely a good food day. We hope these photos inspire you all to add lots of vegetables to your next pasta dish, to go get in your car and buy those trader joe bran muffins, and to possibly spark your interest in becoming as obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy as we are.

Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy or have a series you just cannot stop watching?

What did you eat on Wednesday?

11 Dec

We love Wednesdays.

It’s our favorite day of the week to share with you what we have been making in the kitchen. It is the first week without any classes for the both of us, so we have spent a lot of our time thinking of good recipes to make with all of our free time.

Be sure to check out the rest of the link-up over at Peas and Crayon’s.

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We haven’t touched on this months theme yet so we thought we would share with you a few of our healthy habits.

Healthy habit #1: Eat breakfast. So many of our friends have told us that they skip breakfast. We wonder, how are you suppose to ace a final without any brain food? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Research shows that our metabolisms do not start until we’ve eaten something. It takes less than five minutes to make a bowl of oatmeal or toast a piece of whole grain bread and slater it with peanut butter and banana slices. Don’t make time an excuse to skip out on our favorite meal of the day.

Healthy habit #2: Always be prepared. We always make sure to carry a couple of healthy snack options so we never run into trouble. We have lost count of how many times this back up snack has saved the day. One time Devon even gave her emergency snack to the secretary at the dentist office who was complaining of hunger. I think she made her day.

Healthy habit #3: Read the ingredients label. At times we are even surprised at some of the ingredients we find in a product we thought would be a clean option. Our general rule of thumb, if you don’t know what an ingredient is you probably don’t want it in your body. Of course it is almost impossible to be critical 100% of the time, but we try to make sure at least 75% of the products we use meet this standard. Next time you purchase a food product check out the ingredients list. You may just be surprised.

Here’s a recap of what we ate yesterday!

We started the day with a big bowl of egg white oats, complete with almond butter, coconut butter, banana slices, and strawberries!

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After breakfast, we met a good friend for coffee at our local Dunkin Donuts!

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After catching up all morning we decided soup would be a perfect idea for lunch considering the winter wonderland going on outside.

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We pulled out two cans of Amy’s soup from our pantry that we’d been saving for a day like today.

No chicken noodle soup, homemade corn bread, and a fresh pear made for a pretty perfect lunch!

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We spent the afternoon cleaning out and organizing our closets. Then before our 5 o’clock pump class we fueled our bodies with an afternoon berry smoothie made with 1 cup of mixed frozen berries, 1 cup of soy milk, and 1/2 frozen banana. It was a great afternoon snack topped with Natures Path almond crunch granola and eaten out of a bowl.

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After pump we were staving and super glad we has leftovers on the menu for dinner tonight. More cornbread and leftover kale and corn quiche we made yesterday served with a side of green beans. Simplicity is key.

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We ended the day watching the Victoria Secrets fashion show with a few friends while snacking on apples and bananas with almond butter.

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We are loving on apples and bananas lately. What’s your favorite winter fruit? Do you have a healthy habit you always follow? Please share!

WIAW American Style

27 Nov

Hi WordPress friends,

We’re happy to announce we are officially reunited and blogging together in the same house and the same time zone. No more breakfast-dinner dates for us.

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These past few days we’ve spent catching up on sister time, sleeping, eating good food, and just relaxing. Kayla’s body was not quite sure what she was doing after traveling over 30 hours to get back to Pennsylvania so she’s been adjusting the past few days and taking it easy.

If you ask her what she most looked forward to coming back to America (besides being reunited with her family) was definitely the stocked kitchen and pantry waiting for her. I guess Dorm life really is not her forte.

Since it is Wednesday, and Wednesdays mean another link-up party with Peas and Crayons, we decided to share what we both have been enjoying together since Kayla has been back from the land down under. Plus, we just love sharing food pictures anyways.

Here’s a few breakfasts:

A blueberry bran muffin from Trader Joe’s crumbled over Fage greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower seed butter.

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Smoothies shared in bed with the newest issue of People.

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A few spoonfuls of coconut peanut butter that safely made it all the way home from Australia.

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A delicious lunch featuring a cranberry, avocado, swiss, and turkey sandwich with carrots and a pear on the side.

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And lots of dinner entrees to share:

A wheat berry salad inspired by Katheats!

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Here’s one of the servings paired with leftover brussels sprouts and baked salmon.

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Homemade pumpkin black bean soup with Late July chips for dipping purposes.

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And a few snacks that can’t be forgotten about:

Our own homemade granola- complete with sunflower seeds, buckwheat groats, rolled oats, almonds, flax seeds, coconut oil, and honey.

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A  loaf of cranberry oat bread made by a wonderful friend as a welcome home present!

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And lots of plain greek yogurt with an array of toppings. We can’t get over plain Fage greek yogurt. It’s the star of the show this week.

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Until next time, what’s your favorite brand of greek yogurt?

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WIAW Australian Style

31 Jul

Happy Wednesday!

It’s Kayla checking in again. Devon and I thought it would be fun to feature a WIAW post Australian style.

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To be honest, Australian food is pretty American. Despite the occasional kangaroo burger you may find in the grocery store, it’s mostly filled with typical American food.

While making the decision to study in Australia I knew I would be living in a dorm again. Although I am not a huge fan of dorm life my favorite part about this program was the fact that I was not required to have a meal plan. Instead, each dorm is equipped with industrial kitchens so that students can prepare their own food.

Although we have community refrigerators, I opted to purchase my own bar fridge for my dorm room. What can I say, I like my food right where I can see it.

Although at home I prefer to eat at least one salad a day, sometimes that isn’t possible here. Instead I try to fill my plate with a huge serving of vegetables, some type of whole grain, and a protein. Meat is pretty expensive here, so it is good I am not a big fan. Instead I have been surviving off of tuna, canned beans, lentils, and brown rice.

For breakfast I usually have either oatmeal with fruit and peanut butter or cottage cheese with fruit and nuts.

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Sandwiches for lunch have been super easy as well as filling. My favorite combinations include:

Scrambled eggs, feta, mixed greens, and hummus

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Tuna and hummus

Smashed chickpea and avocado

Cottage cheese and tuna

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Hummus, feta, and mixed greens

I always pair my sandwiches with carrots and some piece of fresh fruit.

Last week I visited the Victoria Market in downtown Melbourne and was able to score tons of cheap fruit including 5 pink lady apples for 90 cents as well as a huge bag of Australian oranges for $3, amazing.

Veggie burger salads have been my go- to dinners. They are simple, quick to throw together, and super filling. I found Australian chickpea and sunflower seed veggie burgers at the grocery store. They rock.

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Huge bowls of random goodness have been enjoyed a lot as well. This one includes brown rice, cauliflower, kidney beans (they are there-I promise) and avocado.

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I have not been able to find any granola bars I like lately so I’ve been snacking on nuts and fruit as well as yogurt topped with raw oats and buckwheat groats.

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Eating out in Melbourne is expensive. Yet again, everything is pretty expensive in Melbourne. So far I’ve tried to limit my eating out to once a week if at all possible. Most of my friends are broke exchange students too, so that works out nicely.

Finally, our school provides a bus free of charge on Saturday morning that runs from campus to a local shopping center. The shopping center has a large grocery store as well as an Aldi. I’ve tried to buy the majority of my food fresh and here is a picture of my latest grocery haul!

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A cashew, almond, hazelnut & coconut cereal, pearl barley, balsamic vinegar, mixed grain bread, mixed greens, spinach, bananas, carrots, apples, avocados, chickpeas, rice cakes, greek yogurt, cashews, hummus, lentils, cottage cheese, tofu, tuna, sardines, and a Chobani greek yogurt (sadly at $2/piece they are a luxury item).

Although I definitely prefer my American kitchen with a fully stocked pantry and fridge, i’m definitely getting by just fine!

Do you have any questions about my stay in Australia that you would like for me to answer? 

A Marvelous Family Road Trip

8 Jul

Happy Monday!

Today we want to share with you a recap of our fabulous 4 day road trip to our Aunt Dawn’s house in the form of pictures we snapped over the past few days.

Surprisingly, our iphones take some pretty marvelous photos.

We started off our road trip Wednesday morning with a peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl.

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After we loaded the car we snapped a quick pic!

 

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We only managed to get five hours of sleep the night before so not far after we left a pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts was much needed. Blueberry iced coffee for the win.

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We arrived at our cousin Katelynn’s house around noon to find this beautiful set up! She is seriously the greatest hostess ever. On our bed was travel sized shampoo and conditioner, a fun TJ Maxx reusable bag, the new allure magazine, gum, and coffee!

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After lunch we headed to our Aunt’s house. Check out this Fairy Garden she made for our cousins Katie Scott & Liza. She is so talented!

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The greatest thing about having family down south is definitely fresh Georgia peaches.

 

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For dinner on Wednesday we threw together a bunch of stuff. Aren’t these bowls awesome? They have mixed greens, tofu, avocado, yellow peppers, and carrots with Annie’s Gingerly dressing.

 

 

 

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July 4th

We are huge fans of July 4th! It may just be because it’s our half birthday…we love birthdays. Especially because we are officially closer to being 21 more and more every day now.

We started off our holiday with a huge bowl of overnight oats.

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A on-the-go salad that was pretty similar to Wednesday night’s dinner.

 

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Our family had a pretty typical fourth of July spread of hamburgers, hot dogs, and picnic salads. Our Aunt Dawn picked up some black bean burgers for us and we enjoyed them with some fresh watermelon and a massaged kale salad!

 

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Crazy McKain girls

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Fresh flowers from our aunts garden.

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More flowers, our aunt definitely has a green thumb!

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As well as picking up black bean burgers, our aunt also grabbed a huge tub of plain Chobani greek yogurt. For the past few days we snacked on greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola….aka the best summer snack ever!

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Friday

Breakfast at our cousins house before we went shopping. Hot oats with cottage cheese, chai seeds, fresh Georgia peaches, Trader Joe’s sun butter and Kind granola.

 

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Friday night we threw together another salad. Leftover massaged kale salad with black beans, pineapple, peppers, and carrots.

 

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Saturday

Why do days off from work seem to go by so much faster? We didn’t want to leave!

After leaving our cousins’s bright and early we enjoyed a yogurt parfait on the go!

 

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Once we got home we unloaded the car, unpacked, and made a quick lunch before we had to work. Tempeh and fresh fig sandwich with grapes and peppers on the side.

 

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Hope you enjoyed all our pictures from the past few days. Family time is always the best!

What was your favorite thing about your 4th of July weekend? Did you get together with family or friends? Attend a fabulous picnic or host one of your own?