About McLean Robbins

McLean Rob­bins is a Wash­ing­ton, D.C.-based lux­ury lifestyle writer spe­cial­iz­ing in travel, spas, and wed­dings. She writes reg­u­larly for the Travel Channel, Forbes Travel Guide, The Wash­ing­ton­ian, AOL, Robb Report, Pursuitist, and many more. Fol­low her on Twit­ter: @McLeanRobbins and on Google +
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These Healthy Side Dishes Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a day for family, friends, and yes—indulgence. But that doesn't mean that every dish needs to be full of butter and cream to be delicious. These lighter-than-average Thanksgiving sides make delicious additions to your table, and are less caloric to boot.
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These Thanksgiving Pies, Cakes and Tarts NEED to be On Your Thanksgiving Table

Why not add a new dish to your holiday table? We riff on these classics, some of which have become so popular that they even replace the original—we're looking at you, pumpkin cheesecake and toffee-pecan pie. Whether you're looking to break out of the mold or simply to add something adventurous to the table, we've got the desserts for you.
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Savvy Saving: What #PrimeDay Taught Us About Shopping

I've written extensively about how to save money online—be it on groceries, home goods, travel and more. Saving—particularly savvy spending—is all about knowing how, and when, to spend your money online. With Amazon's #PrimeDay in the rear view mirror and the holidays ahead, I've compiled five financial and shopping tips for the rest of 2016.
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Make-ahead breakfasts perfect for busy weekdays: Seen on Pinterest

We're fully immersed in the school year and work is in full swing as we gear up for the busy end-of-year ... so it's easy to fall behind on our healthy breakfast routines. But save the time (and the cash) of a run through the Starbucks drive-through with these healthy make ahead breakfast treats from this week's Seen on Pinterest.
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Savvy Spending: Get Professional Interior Design … For Less

Achieving a picture-perfect home isn't as far off as you may think, either. It doesn't always take big budget interior designers to create a space that you can love. We have six ways to get professional-quality interior design help ... for less.
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Seen on Pinterest: Easy Filling (Yet Healthy) Fall Side Dishes

As the leaves fall and temperatures get cooler, we turn to warmer, heartier dishes to find comfort. But comfort food doesn’t always have to mean carbs, carbs, carbs. These veggie-focused side dishes use the bounty of the season to create filling, yet not fattening, side dishes for this week’s Seen on Pinterest.
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Seen on Pinterest: 15 Peanut Butter Treats to Satisfy Your Craving

It's back to school time, which has left us craving some old school PB&J pretty hard. But let's be real - peanut butter isn't just for kids. It's a decadent spread that forms a staple of our diet. Whether your nutty cravings are sweet or savory, we've got options perfect for you in this week's Seen on Pinterest.
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Six Great Makeup Tips We Learned On Pinterest

There are so many things you can learn about on Pinterest. From crafts and home decor ideas to small business inspiration—you name it, they have it. But one you may not think about is makeup tutorials. Pinterest is a great place to save, share, and sort all of the good ones—like these.
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Seen on Pinterest: 10 (Booze-free) Summer Sips Perfect for Parties

July and August are prime party season—barbecues, lakeside bonfires, lazy Sunday dinners that turn into get-togethers—and you're not always looking for a boozy treat. So go and gather that fresh summer produce, grab your best pitcher, and get ready to create magic with these recipes.
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Seen on Pinterest: 8 Creative Kale Dishes

Kale. It's the season's trendiest superfood. But this curly green veggie doesn't have to be boring. High in fiber and low in calories, Kale is full of vitamins, antioxidants and you can mix it into everything from salads to smoothies (your kids won't even know!).
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