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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kellogg's cereal coupons

Do you like Frosted Flakes, Raisin Bran, Corn Pops, Special K, Fruit Loops, Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, or Apple Jacks? Click here to print eight $1 off coupons for each box! After printing, you can then hit your BACK button and print one more of each, totaling 16 coupons.

So, it might have never happened

Wow, this might have never happened. Faraday is dead. What!?!?!?!?!?

Wednesday nights are our favorite TV night of the week. We play the preview in slow motion to get as many details as we can for the next week's episode.

Gosh, we love this show. It will be worth the money to purchase the entire box day.

3 generations

I just wanted to share the thrill of family because this picture makes me laugh for all the right reasons. That's my father-in-law pushing my sister-in-law and my niece on our church playground. Three generations pictured....and I'm so glad to be a part of the McGinnis family!

I hope you're not embarrassed, Valerie!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Free Sonic

Want a free CrosSonic at Sonic? Enter your email address and Sonic will send you a coupon! The only catch is that you order a large drink to go with it. You've got to have something to wash it down with, right?


The Big Picture with amazing aerial shots of places in the world.

Goop recipe

My good friend, Jennifer, called me yesterday afternoon and shared this fun recipe with me for homemade goop. No, it's not like playdough and it's not like silly's GOOP! My children enjoyed playing in it with their hands and feet. Once the goop hit the skin, it dried and reminded me of paraffin wax. Only three ingredients are needed and I had all on hand - I knew I bought that cornstartch on sale a few months back for a reason!

Homemade GOOP recipe

1/3 c. water

1 c. cornstarch

Food coloring (if desired)

small bowl

cookie sheet

(Makes enough for 1 child)

In a bowl or pie plate, mix water and optional food coloring. Add the corn starch and let the combo sit for two minutes, allowing the water to soak up the startch. Begin mixing with your hand or spoon. If you need to add more water, add just a couple of drops (especially after playing with it for awhile). Have fun!

FYI: I would HIGHLY advise that you play with the GOOP outside. Trust me.

Eternal life!

Security in Christ -we can be sure we'll remain saved through all eternity.

HT: Desiring God/Abraham Piper

Would you rather....?????

...have one eye in the middle of your forehead?


....have a six foot long tail?

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

So many freebies!

CVS deals this week with printable coupons.

Walgreens deals this week with printable coupons.

Free stuff at Target this week with printable coupons.

Publix deals this week with printable coupons.

$.31 scoop night at Baskin Robbins tomorrow from 5pm-10pm, April 29.

Free pasta bowl at Domino's on April 29.

Free Hallmark card, good til May 4.
Use code CARD4MOM upon checkout (shipping is free, too!)

Free postcard from My Virginia Memory.

Free TCBY for moms on Mother's Day, May 10.

Sign up for all those birthday freebies!


As most parents tend to do, Mitch and I tried to have a minute of private conversation while at the dinner table tonight with our children. We began spelling words so our sons wouldn't know what we were talking about. That's when our oldest piped in and said, "Would y'all stop spelling please?".

Believe me, it was funny...guess you had to be there.

She loves to read

I catch her doing this often. I hope she continues to find joy in flipping the pages and sitting alone, soaking in the pictures (and eventually, words).

Monday, April 27, 2009

Free BRAVES ticket

You can click here to register for a free ticket to see an Atlanta Braves baseball game as a birthday gift from the team. Make sure you read all the details as each month is different since baseball is a seasonal sport.

RedBox Code today only

RedBox code good today til midnight.


Different day, different lizard

Abigail just picked the poor lizard right up, almost squeezing it to death. She has quite the love grip. Andrew and Dad let the lizard walk on their shirt and arm...not me, though. In fact, the lizard got loose at one point and jumped on my shirt, causing me to scream like a little girl.

(Click on the collage for a larger view.)

Solar System head gear

Andrew's class just finished studying the solar system. They did everything from visiting our local space and science center, making a model of Saturn from a CD and fruit cup containers, to wearing their handmade space head gear one day at school. I am amazed at how much information Andrew can now feed back to me about all the planets and our galaxy. If you ever get some time with him, you should quiz the boy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Baskin Robbins 31 cents scoop night

Baskin Robbins is honoring America's firefighters by having 31 Cents Scoop Night on Wednesday, April 29, from 5pm - 10pm. Locally, we have three locations to choose from:

1. The Landings on Airport Thruway
2. Veterans Pkwy Uptown, near the corner of 13th St (includes Dunkin' Donuts)
3. Marne Rd. at Ft. Benning

My favorite flavor is Raspberry Cheese Louise but it tends to be a seasonal item that doesn't come around very often. What's your favorite flavor?

Summer is almost here!

The temperatures have been in the upper eighties this week
so we've been cooling off outside in the sprinkler.

Sometimes I feel as if I have three boys. Look at that face!

He's not practicing Tai Chi. That would be funny, though.

How cute is this?

Don't you love the "water-snot?"

Saturday, April 25, 2009

No closed spaces!

Once Dad got home early this afternoon from his business trip, we wanted to venture somewhere as a family before coming back home to eat some dinner. Since we had a few points on our ride card, we took the family to a local indoor fun place where we rode bumper cars, the Ferris wheel, the carousel, and the moonwalk. Our kids enjoy the swings and choo-choo the best but those two rides never seem to be in working order when we visit.

At this amusement park of sorts, there's a ride that's always tempted me but I've never wanted to spend the points to make it happen (it's 18 points per human!): the two seater Max Flight Simulator. I hate, let me repeat, HATE small closed spaces. So, as intrigued as I am to pretend I'm riding a roller coaster or flying on a jet, the reality is that I could never ride the simulator. That is, until tonight. My oldest son was approved to ride it with me so I asked all the proper questions before boarding:

"Is there an emergency button we can push in case he gets scared and wants out?"
"Is he tall enough to endure the tossing and turning?"
"Have you ever approved five year olds to ride this thing before?"
My concern was for my son, but deep, deep, deep down...I was scared! Let me clear something up: I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE roller coasters. Mitch and I have joked about taking a year off one day to do nothing but drive around the U.S., riding as many roller coasters as possible - but this was the only part of the ride that was gonna be fun for me. As we waited in line, I could feel my heartbeat increase in rate, my neck get clammy, and my mouth get dry. This whole wait, my son is standing next to me with a look of HUGE excitement on his face. He can't belive he's actually about to ride a "grown-up" ride.

It's our turn.

We step up to the simulator and pay our points.

We sit down and buckle up.

I ask my son, "Are you alright? If you feel you want to get off at anytime, you just tell me and the operator will stop the ride, ok?"

He smiles and says, "I'm ok, Mom."

The operator steps back and smiles, waving goodbye as she closes us into the tiny (TINY!) space.

The video begins and at the three second mark, I hit the emergency button.

She's not coming fast enough and this thing might take off. What if she didn't get the emergency message?

I hit the button again.

What?!?!! Where is she?

I begin to knock on the inside panel of the ride to make sure I have her attention.

The hatch opens and I see sunlight.

The operator makes eye contact with me.

I give a general answer and say, "It's not gonna happen, but we tried!".

The operator thinks my son freaked out and decided he was too scared to ride. Nope. It was me. I actually felt tears forming in my eyes and a lump in my throat. When we got out of earshot of the ride, I bent down to my son, grabbed his hands and looked into his eyes.

Son: "Mom, why didn't we ride?"

Me: "Because Mommy got scared, baby. I didn't like being in the small space so I had to get out. I'm so sorry you didn't get to ride. Maybe you can come back with Daddy soon and ride it with him instead."
My son seemed happy with that answer.

Mitch was just happy we got our 36 points back on our card.

Hockey is the best!

We are a hockey family....well, as best as we can be while living in the deep south. I can hear all my northern friends laughing at me now. But boys love the game and we go to the local minor league games often during hockey season. We even venture to Atlanta once or twice a year just to catch the Thrashers play. Our YMCA even offers a street hockey league but we're not so sure we like the aggression the game encourages (but watching it just fine, right, Jawan? Hypocrite!).

On a different note, Mitch and I have had Verizon phone service almost our entire marriage. We have not been disappointed and are pleased that they have always taken care of the customer. What do hockey and Verizon have in common?

...a VERY funny commercial that had Mitch and me laughing our booties off.

Her face brings a smile to my face....

...warming my heart.

A great "boy" gift put to use

Andrew received a Backyard Safari Habitat for his birthday (Thanks, MeMe & Pop!) and he has been anxious to put it to use. I promise he was elated to get this gift even though the picture looks otherwise.

While playing in the sprinkler a few afternoons ago, Andrew caught his first occupant on our back porch. We only kept this lizard for one night before releasing him back "into the wild". I'm thankful Andrew isn't intent on keeping all his creature finds f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Now, mark lizard off the list. Next up: frog. I love being a mom to boys.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Microwavable bread recipe

Thanks to THE KITCHN', I think I'm gonna try making some bread....but this time I'm gonna do it in my microwave. Crazy huh? We'll see!

Free Reynolds aluminum foil w/ rebate

Wanna a free roll of Reynolds Aluminum foil? You can only print this rebate form today (one time printable) but it's good until May 4, 2009.

I'm a mom who uses foil like crazy....meats, leftovers, casserole cover, etc.....this is a rebate I'm gonna appreciate!

The Door to Hell

Someone found the door to hell. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Andrew's cake

We celebrated Andrew's actual birthday over the spring break holidays with my family that lives 2.5 hours away...but, we still wanted to celebrate with his local friends and family. This past Saturday afternoon we did just that. Our plans included meeting our friends at the fire station for a tour but it just so happened that an emergency call came in minutes before our tour was to begin. So, the tour didn't happen (we'll reschedule a smaller trip where he'll take two friends) but Andrew seemed OK with it. We then took our friends to our church where we ate cake and ice cream, played on the playground, and opened gifts. It was a wonderful time with friends and family!

Thanks to Andrew's preschool teacher, Mrs. B, for making the special "fire & emergency" cake!

Monday, April 20, 2009

RedBox Code today only

Today's RedBox code, good til midnight:


Come to Jesus

Although Joshua listed 22 essential words that make up cheesy christian songs, I don't think that one of my favorites (songs) would fall into that category.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

click DELETE

I REALLY need to clean out my email Inbox. It's way too full. The earliest email saved is dated 2/13/04.

Would you rather....?????

...have five bottles stuck on all of the fingers on one hand for a year?


...have a bucket stuck on your foot for a year?


Hand-me-downs are the best! Abigail loves her "new" boots. Thanks, Kerin!

Free cone @ Ben & Jerry's on Tuesday, 4/21

Go get you a free cone at Ben & Jerry's this Tuesday! Want proof?

Saturday, April 18, 2009


One day this past week, my husband took our oldest to the doctor to get his five year old shots. During this time, our youngest was taking her afternoon two hour nap. I was looking forward to this time because it meant that I would get some good solid time with our middle child who is no longer taking regular naps. I asked him what he wanted to do and he grabbed my hand and led me to his room. There, we sat on the floor for almost two hours constructing a train track, setting up a surrounding town, blowing the choo-choo whistle, and watching Percy pull the cars.

Luke-Duke, I sure do love spending time with you, my sweet little man.

Friday, April 17, 2009

You might be a Canadian if....

Does this apply to you or to someone you know?

Is it just me?

To my fellow Yahoo Mail it just me or is anyone else getting IM invites from random, strange, raunchy people?

Cake Wrecks

Since we're on the topic of high-fat foods, you should take the time to visit one of my favorite blogs. Be prepared to laugh your booty off. I say, "scroll til your finger hurts and then keep going!" The archives are THE BEST!

Flubber blubber

Talk about being blunt.

Just like dad

The boys wanna be just like their dad. If Daddy is playing it, they want to do the same (no matter what the sport!).

Springtime = mudtime

It's springtime and that means it's time to play in the mud!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Uncle Tyler

Abigail sat in her uncle's nap for a little while this past weekend when we were over to his house for dinner with the extended family. I thought it was precious how she just talked and talked to him. I guess he's used to it since he's the father of only daughters.

My girl

I can't believe she's almost two years old! I enjoy her more and more everyday.

Who am I that God has chosen to bless me so?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Documenting the return of soldiers

I'm sad, grateful, and proud.

The Big Picture documents the return of US war dead.

Wordless Wednesday