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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

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

How to Avoid Getting SickLabor Day is around the corner and families are planning their last minute vacations and day trips. The last thing you want is for your kid to get sick when they are supposed to be enjoying themselves during the holiday weekend. Plus, if your child does get sick, it's more likely that you and others in your family will get sick too.

Dr. Yael Halaas, an ear nose and throat (ENT) doctor in the NYC area, came up with these great tips on how to avoid getting sick over the Labor Day weekend.

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August
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on August 5th, 2012    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Preparing for SurgeryWhile they're the place we go for healing, all hospitals have the potential to be a hotbed  for contagious infections.

But there are precautionary measures patients can take, both to reduce the need for a hospital stay and to condition the body to ward off infection and minimize pain when surgery is necessary, says Letha Hadady, a nationally-recognized herbal expert and author of Naturally Pain Free, just published by Sourcebooks (www.AsianHealthSecrets.com). Letha has been documenting in real time her recent hip replacement, preparation and recovery, in a video blog on her global website.

"We are fast approaching a time when antibiotics will be outdated because infectious bacteria – Superbugs – have become resistant," she says. "We have to protect ourselves with the gifts of nature that germs cannot adapt to – foods, minerals, herbal remedies and other natural products that build our defenses."

There are 600,000 knee-replacement and 300,000 hip-replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States, a number that has doubled in the past 10 years and continues to grow, Hadady says. As a health expert cited by NBC News, AP Radio, Newsday, the Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Barbara Walters, she says she is concerned about the risks, pain and fear as many people face both major and minor surgeries.

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June
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on June 26th, 2012    Filed in: Giveaways, Product Reviews

Educational InsightsAs a former Science teacher, I have to admit that I couldn't be happier with my daughter's budding love for nature.  She definitely enjoys exploring the outdoors and learning all she can about the critters and creatures we co-exist with outside.

Educational Insights, manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, has found an indoor way for your little scientist to learn plenty of great information about bugs, with the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Bug Net. Keep reading to learn more!

I reviewed the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Bug Net from Educational Insights which retails for $29.99, but is currently on sale for $24.40 with FREE SHIPPING.

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May
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on May 28th, 2012    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

This post brought to you by PA Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the summer season right around the corner, you may be wondering what to do on your well-earned vacation and where to take your family this year.  Pennsylvania is a wonderful destination and home to some of the most beautiful country in the United States.  I've always been a fan of the roadtrip, but in order to have truly successful roadtrips, there's a LOT of research and planning that's required.  If you're not from the area you're traveling to, finding the best places off the beaten path can oftentimes prove impossible.

That's why I'm so glad to let you in on a little secret if you're wanting to travel to Pennsylvania this year.  It's called the Roadtrip-a-Matic and is developed by the official tourism department of the state.  You can't get a travel source more "in-the-know" than that!  They have planned 15 of the coolest road trips imaginable which take all of the headaches out of planning your vacation.  Everything is mapped out for you, including great places to eat, where to stay and of course, all of the must-see sights and attractions to visit along the way.

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May
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on May 26th, 2012    Filed in: Product Reviews

AvantGardenDecor.comTomatoes, bell peppers and jalapenos...  Down here in the sultry Texas sun, I find that these plants tend to do really well in my outdoor garden.  As long as they have plenty of water to counteract the scorching heat, they'll produce a delicious and succulent harvest like no other.

But if you're growing any of these plants, especially tomatoes, you'll soon find that the best results come once you begin staking your plants.  Staking plants is a technique whereby you give the growing plant some additional support to help keep their heavy fruit off the ground.  Bugs, birds and squirrels will do their best to harvest your garden for you and if you leave your plants unstaked as well, it's even easier to lose your precious bounty to these critters.  It also makes your plants more susceptible to disease since contact with wet soil can introduce a wide variety of new problems.

I reviewed the Stake-It-Easy Plant Staking System from AvantGardenDecor.com, which retails for $20.00, but is currently on sale for $8.40.
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