Archive for ‘Daily Life’

June 12th, 2013

Wordless Wednesday – Ready…Aim…


February 21st, 2013

Free Movie Tickets!



Our family enjoys watching the latest movies together, but it can be SO expensive to take everyone – especially if you can’t get to a matinee.  General Mills cereals has a solution for families!  For a limited time (until 12/06/2013 – still quite awhile!), you can get a free movie ticket when you purchase two boxes of specially marked packages of General Mills cereals, including Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix (my favorite), Cocoa Puffs, Golden Grahams, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs.

These cereals are “once-in-awhile” treats in our house, but there is plenty of time to get two boxes before the expiration of the offer!  Once you have the boxes and the unique codes located inside of them, visit to enter your codes and print your free Movie Cash certificate.  How easy is that??  The certificate is good for one admission, up to $12 in value, at participating theaters.  To see which theaters in your area are participating, log into

Which movie will you plan to see with your free tickets?


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January 7th, 2013

Mamavation Monday – January 7

CSA with loofa

The last week in my Mamavation journey was all about setting goals.  I want my goals – and the ones for my family – to be reasonable, attainable, and sustainable.  While I’d love to say that I’ll exercise 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, that just isn’t going to happen.  Neither is a complete change in the way my family eats – not immediately, anyway.  So, here’s what I think will challenge me (us), but not so much that hands go up in the air in defeat because it’s just too much:


  • I will lose one clothing size between now and April 4 (my birthday).
  • My family will transition to a mostly Paleo diet.  We’ll cut way back on breads and pastas, and increase our meat and veggie consumption.
  • I will exercise in some format (treadmill, Wii exercise games, outdoor activities) for at least 30 minutes 4 times a week.

I know those might not seem like huge goals, but they really kind-of are for stubborn me and my stubborn family 🙂  I tend to start out well with goals like this, but quickly lose steam and interest.  In selecting only 3 goals and making them attainable, I hope they will stick.

In the last week, I did well with the Paleo-ish diet, but bombed with the exercise.  I need to do better.  I will do better.

December 29th, 2012

Mamavation Monday – the first of many!

I’ve been saying for awhile now that I really need to make some changes to my habits and lose some weight.  The weight isn’t the biggest factor for me, it’s more about overall lifestyle for me – and my family.  We’ve attempted some changes here and there, but none of the big ones have really stuck.  This time, I’m going to do it with help and accountability!


I’ve decided to pledge the Mamavation Sistahood.  I’ve done the pledging thing before, but I’m hopeful this will be a different kind of deal 😉  I’ve been an observer of the community from the outside for awhile on Twitter, and I’ve been really impressed by how supportive of each other they are.  I’m looking forward to that support, as well as the accountability that comes from the Sistahood.  I always have the best of intentions with these kinds of changes, but I get distracted or just don’t follow through the way I should.  SO, if you’re reading this and you’re part of the Mamavation community, please help me stick with it! 🙂



That’s me, Megan, and my kiddos.  (We were looking into the sun – sorry for the squinting.)  The older one is 9 and the younger one is 4.  They keep us on our toes!  The four of us live in Huntsville, Alabama, which is in the northern part of the state.  I work nearly full time as a business and contracts manager for a local IT consulting company while the boys are in school.  Our family leans to the geeky side, so we tend to stay inside working on our various projects and games, rather than going outside to run around.  My husband found a great deal on a treadmill on Craigslist for me, though, so I have no excuse not to exercise – even if the rest of the family is inside.

So, that’s my story.  I know I need to set some goals, but I’m still trying to figure out what’s realistic for me.  I’ll have an update on that – with firm goals – next week.  Thanks for reading!

November 14th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – last of the warm autumn sunshine

Autumn sunshine, originally uploaded by ostmega.


April 18th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – Mini Muffin Army

Mini Muffin Army

April 11th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – Bruder Fan!

Bruder Mag

Even his love of Bruder Trucks couldn’t keep him awake!

March 28th, 2012

Go Fly a Kite!

The boys and I have travelled to visit my family in Pennsylvania for Alex’s spring break.  We try to come up here twice a year – once at Thanksgiving and once for the 4th of July.  Last year, though, my mom and her husband came to Alabama for Thanksgiving, so we thought we’d drive up for the week to see everyone we missed in November.

The weather here in NW PA is generally still quite chilly in late March.  When I was growing up, we would often use St. Patrick’s Day as our mark for the likely last big snow storm of the year.  That didn’t mean that it wouldn’t happen after that date, for sure, but it was a good way to remember that the end of the winter was near.  This year, though, they have had an unusually warm and mild winter, just like much of the rest of the United States.  The week before we left Alabama, it was 85 degrees for most of the week there and it was in the 70’s in Erie.  I looked at the weather for the next week when I was packing and it seemed that it would be a bit cooler, but still well above normal.  Apparently that changed while we were in the car on our way here because it was 24 degrees yesterday morning!  Holy cow, I was not ready for that!

The boys were going stir-crazy after 14 hours in the car and a day inside, so I decided that we’d head out in search of winter accessories and head to the beaches at Lake Erie.  We found gloves on clearance at Target, but also found kites!  It was perfect kite flying weather!

Kites at Presque Isle

That tiny little speck in the big blue sky is Alex’s kite!  He’s flown kites before, but I think that is the highest he’s ever had one go.  He was SO excited!  I need to remember how much fun this was so we can do it again.  The beaches will be way too crowded in July, but when we come back in the fall, it should be about perfect!

March 20th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – Fish!


(taken on the red Japanese bridge at Big Spring Park, Huntsville, AL)

June 29th, 2011

Wordless Wednesday – Technology Playground

Hi-Tech Playground

We found this super cool (and HUGE) electronic game at a neighborhood park in Atlanta.  I wish our parks were this cool!

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