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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on March 29th, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Dave Thomas Adoption FoundationYou know the joy that your child brings to your life and how wonderful it is to see them smile?

At this moment, there are more than 100,000 children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted and nearly 81.5 million Americans have considered adopting a child. If just one in 500 of these adults adopted, every waiting child in foster care would have a permanent family. But foster care adoption is often misunderstood, preventing children from finding their forever families. No child should linger in foster care or leave the system at age 18 without a permanent family of his or her own. We must educate one another to make a difference in the lives of children in this country.

That is why the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption believes that we have a responsibility to be the voice of foster care adoption, so that every child finds a family.

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February
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on February 5th, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice
Valentine's Day Kids

Source: Real Simple

Got a tactile-learner? A kid who loves to dance? Or maybe your child really loves color? While every child has a constellation of Sensory Alphabet strengths (shape, color, movement and sound are just a few), your child probably has one or two that really stand out — that you notice in his or her artwork or in elements of his or her collections and activities.

Valentine’s Day crafts provide ways for parents to nurture these strengths and help kids say I love you in fun creative ways. Below are craft ideas designed for each element of the Sensory Alphabet.

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February
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on February 2nd, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Losing weight used to be the numero uno New Year's resolution, but the ugly economy has shoved this lofty goal down to second place on 2013 lists.  A survey commissioned by Fidelity Investments found 46 percent of respondents said their highest priority was to save more money.

Eating right and exercising are straightforward, however, in comparison to paying off debts and socking away rainy-day cash. Of late, it feels like slipping on a Walmart sidewalk is the only feasible retirement plan; yet the top long-term goal cited in the survey was to make retirement a financial reality.

If solvency and savings are at the top of your resolution list, you'll want to give a gander at these top tips for 2013.

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January
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on January 31st, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice
Super Bowl Snacks

Source: Mercury News

The "Big Game" has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. So, to choose the most splurge-worthy foods, here are the exercise equivalents* for some of your favorite football snacks from Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of DietDetective.com and Distinguished Lecturer (professor) at the CUNY School of Public Health at HUNTER College.

The idea is to use exercise equivalents to provide a reference for calories.  Keep reading to learn more, but BEWARE, the following stats are pretty scary!  :nervous:

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January
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on January 30th, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

Super Bowl PartyWith New Year's Eve a distant (and possibly hazy) memory and Memorial Day still months away, the Super Bowl is one of the only party-worthy occasions of the season. Last year's game saw more than 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV show in US history.

Though Americans gather around the television in droves to take in the big game, it comes at a time when money is tight. Between catching up on Christmas credit card bills and dreading impending taxes, most aren't spending more than they have to. Luckily, celebrating the Super Bowl doesn't require much expense or extravagance; try these tips for a fun and frugal Super Bowl party.

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January
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Posted by: Melissa @ Mommy Living the Life of Riley on January 29th, 2013    Filed in: Tips, Techniques, How-Tos & Advice

MedImmune Now that I'm a mom, I can't even begin to imagine what I'd do without my daughter.  If anything were to happen to her, I know that it would break me.  Moms form such strong bonds with their children, beginning in the womb, yet there is a silent enemy out there which threatens to break that bond and bring serious injury to your newborn.  I want to share more information with you about a potentially life-threatening risk to babies called RSV disease.

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