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September
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on September 12th, 2012    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Summer Camp Sleep-away summer camp represents an epic moment for both kids and parents – a time for kids to take a big step toward independence and a time for parents to begin letting go.

Amidst the frenzy of planning for this childhood milestone, Moms need to turn their attention to one important area to ensure that these best-laid plans don’t spiral into disaster: bugs!  These little pests represent a natural part of summer camp but left unchecked, bugs – including mosquitoes, bees, ticks, horseflies, chiggers, ants, lice, and bedbugs – can render even the most outdoorsy kid into one who crosses summer camp off his list for good.

Here are Stacy’s mom-friendly tips to avoid the summertime swarm:

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November
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on November 10th, 2010    Filed in: Giveaways, Product Reviews
Galison Mudpuppy Children's Puzzles

Colossal Christmas Countdown:

44 Days Until Christmas!

 

Puzzles are a classic toy which will always fascinate and be enjoyable for children.  My daughter absolutely LOVES doing puzzles, for it fills her with a great sense of achievement when she can finally figure out just how those pieces fit together and she views the completed picture.  Since I am always searching for a great source of quality children's puzzles, I was thrilled when I happened upon Galison/Mudpuppy Press.

They have such a wide selection of puzzles, which all look very stimulating for children.  I had the opportunity to review two of their bug-themed puzzles, the Bugs 2-in-1 Puzzle and the Busy Bugs Floor Puzzle.  Keep reading to find out whether or not they were Riley-approved!

I reviewed the following two puzzles from Galison/Mudpuppy Press:

Bugs 2-in-1 Puzzle, which retails for $10.00

Busy Bugs Floor Puzzle, which retails for $17.00

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June
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on June 12th, 2013    Filed in: Product Reviews

LifeLockMore children will visit the emergency room this time of year due to near-drownings than any other type of injury.  All of the fun kids have at lakes, parks and pools also brings unfortunate injuries. It’s a time for parents to raise their awareness of the everyday outdoor dangers that can cause tragedies and start practicing a little injury prevention.

What are the biggest dangers in summer and fall? The most common child injuries result from unsafe playgrounds, bicycle accidents, burns from campfires and fireworks, motor vehicles, and water hazards at pools, beaches and lakes.  Almost every kid will be at a park or campground, on a bike trail, or playing in water this season.

It wouldn't be practical to try to keep your kids safe by restricting them from playing at parks and pools, but you can follow these tips for injury prevention to ensure their personal safety.

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November
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on November 30th, 2012    Filed in: Product Reviews

Fairy Tales Hair CareDid you know that 85% of all school districts in the U.S. report at least one case of head lice every year and that the majority of the 12 million cases reported annually occur in preschool and elementary school-aged children?  :pull hair out:

Fortunately, head lice can be prevented naturally with regular use of the Rosemary Repel hair care collection from Fairy Tales Hair Care, the leader in natural lice prevention products for children.  Safe for daily use, Rosemary Repel's natural formulas are infused with organic rosemary and citronella oils and are proven to effectively and safely repel lice - without the use of harsh chemicals.

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October
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on October 30th, 2012    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Healthy SnacksJust because school is back in session and time might not be on your side as you’re getting your family out the door in the morning or while getting homework done at night, doesn't mean you have to skimp on nutrition.  Here are a few quick and easy healthy snacks for kids from celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder, that require little planning and minimal preparation, and are healthy items that your kids will love.

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October
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on October 27th, 2012    Filed in: Product Reviews

Peaceable KingdomKeeping a preschooler entertained all day in a way that's both enjoyable for her and for me isn't always easy.  That's why I love finding games that we can play together which also help her develop new skills.

I've long been a fan of Peaceable Kingdom's Cooperative Games collection because these games allow you to play together with your child instead of compete against them.  Riley and I recently had the chance to review two award-winning board games from Peaceable Kingdom.  Keep reading to learn more!

I reviewed the following cooperative games from Peaceable Kingdom:

Willy's Wiggly Web, which retails for $19.99 with FREE SHIPPING

Feed the Woozle, which retails for $19.99 with FREE SHIPPING

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