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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11 slow cooker meals perfect for weeknight dinners

There are times we feel that the crockpot or slow cooker is the savior of our sanity. A few minutes of prep and voila, dinner is (almost) on the table. We've rounded up some of our Pinterest favorites so that you too can serve easy and delicious meals at home this week.
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Seen on Pinterest: Athleisure (and Accessories) to Keep You Cozy, Stylish, and Workout-Ready This Winter

2016 marks the year that ‘athleisure’ was added to the dictionary. This workout-ready trend has moved gym-wear from ratty sweats… more...
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Savvy Spending: 5 Easy Ways to Cut Costs in 2017

Even if you're not a believer in making resolutions, the new year is a great time to step back and re-evaluate your spending habits (and maybe rein it in here and there). Perhaps you're saving for a house, a vacation, or just want to put more in savings. No matter your reason, we're here to help, rounding up five simple ways to cut costs and find savings in 2017.
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10 Champagne Cocktails to Serve on New Year’s Eve

Can you believe that we’re just week’s away from year’s end? Neither can we. Whether 2016 has been a great… more...
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15 one-bite appetizers perfect for your holiday party

The holiday season is in full swing, and whether you're hosting an open house, a family gathering, or a swinging soiree, there's always need for something delicious to start the night off right. These one-bite appetizers are crowd pleasing flavors that are easily put on trays, served as passed hors d'ouerves, or transported to a friend or family member's house. They may be small, but they're mighty!
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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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