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About: Megan McCoy Dellecese

Megan is a wife, mother to two young children, freelance writer, and educator. She shares her attempts at simplifying, among other things, at her blog, Meg Acts Out. When not busy meeting deadlines and chasing cats and kids, she enjoys acting in community theatre (where she met her husband), watching old movies, and sharpening her history buff skills.

Recent Posts by Megan McCoy Dellecese

Make-Ahead Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

While we’ve been sending lunches for our kids to their grandmother’s (who kindly sits for us) for several years, this is the first year our son will be actually eating lunch at school. Can you hear my anxiousness about this whole thing? Kindergarten is rough, guys. 😉

Add to that the fact that I’m starting at a new school in our district so my hours are way earlier (leaving a lot to fall on my poor husband) and, y’know, my pregnancy, I’m looking for ways to streamline and simplify our lives to make mornings easier on everyone.

Enter meal planning, stage left. When we think of this concept, it usually involves dinner planning – and that’s something I’m hoping to do more of – but today I’m talking LUNCHTIME!

As far as our son’s concerned, he’s all ready to go – he got his Beat Bugs lunch tote. For us, Read More

Plan a Superhero Party for Any Age

No matter the age of the child, we always want to help them know how special they are. Particularly when they celebrate a birthday – whether it’s their first or 21st – don’t we want to make it as awesome a day as we think they deserve? This was my experience, at least, when our oldest turned five years old recently.

We’ve made all of his birthdays (and his sister…and, for that matter, his future sibling!) fun, but between the fact that this year a) it was his last before heading off to school and b) he seems to be entering that “big kid” stage, we had a big shindig for family AND a slew of his pre-K buddies at our house. I figure we’ll switch between small family parties and doing something with a few friends from hereon in, so we wanted to make it count.

Like many boys … Read More

No Pants, No Problem – Boy’s Edition


A little while back, I shared a little “fashion show” of clothes my daughter wears with her cloth diapers – without pants! Summertime is an awesome time to show off your cloth collection since, well, it’s so darn hot.

Of course, there are a variety of opinions about whether or not a child should be allowed out in public wearing just a diaper (whether cloth or otherwise), and everyone’s entitled to them. In our case, most of the time we might strip her down if we’re playing at our house or at a relative’s or friend’s, but for the most part we use dresses (which, y’know, what’s the difference when it comes to an almost-2-year-old?) or shorts in public places. But, seriously, whatever you prefer, you do you!

Well, I heard some comments that mentioned how fun it is to dress a little girl but that it’s harder Read More

Beating the Heat with Little Ones

This summer has been one of sweltering conditions for many across the country, hasn’t it? While this is our first year with central air, we still hate to overuse it due to its energy sucking and near-constant running, so I’ve found myself searching for other heat-beating options. That, plus the fact that both of our kids seem HIGHLY bothered by the heat (you’d think the 6-month pregnant one in the family would be bothered the most, but nope – it’s my husband and the kiddos), means I’ve been getting creative.

And don’t forget to grab your Thirsties swim diaper before you go! They’re available in ADORABLE designs and are just the trick for all your summertime fun.


Splash pads! This can be a tough one depending on your locale (it was quite a schlep from my old house to any splash spots, so I understand if you’re in a Read More

Giving Yourself a Break Even When Vacation’s Not in the Cards

Just because the summer so far has been busy and crazy thanks to selling our old house, changes for him at work, and planning an EPIC 5th birthday shindig for our son, my husband and I are STILL trying to nail down our vacation plans (last minute much? ;-)). It may end up being a close-ish to home getaway – and that’s okay.

We still feel like we’ve been making the most of the summer and spending it with each other that I thought I’d share some of the ways we’re taking a break from the craziness of it all. We legitimately did a few of these things over the weekend and all feel like we’re heading into the week ahead with our batteries recharged and like we made the best of our time together!

Get into nature. One of our local colleges has a perfect-for-families walking trail that’s pretty Read More

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