All About Me | Mommy Living the Life of Riley


Cleaver Family If you browse around here for long, you'll find most of the posts are written by me, Melissa, the founder of Mommy Living the Life of Riley.  I started this blog back in February 2010 as a social and creative outlet for myself.  As a brand new stay-at-home mom, I found that I was watching way too much Maury Povich and my brain was rotting in the process.

I longed to do something which would challenge my computer skills and keep my writing skills sharp.  I also wanted to find a way to help supplement my family's income in order to ease the burden on my husband.  I couldn't be happier with the path I've taken and have been blessed to find something that I'm good at and that I thoroughly enjoy.  Who can call it work when you're doing something you love?

I'm a former Science teacher with a bachelor's degree in Genetics from Texas A&M University.  I'm married to my college sweetheart, Michael, and have a snappy, sweet and fiery little girl named Riley.  My best pal and dog of 12 years, Noel, rounds out our family and for once in my life, I feel like the white-picket fence girl I've always aspired to be.

I consider myself a jack of all trades and love knowing a little bit about everything.  I can shop like nobody's business and sniff out a bargain a mile away.  I'm an accomplished saxophone player, karaoke singer and rapper, pool player and bowler.  I love making things with my hands which is why I've dabbled in everything from wood working to scrapbooking, needlecrafts of all kinds and sewing.

Cleaver Christmas Holiday Pictures 2011

Recently, I even became an inventor and both my husband and I have started our own small business together, called MCM Inventions.  Toothpaste 2 Go, the patent-pending invention currently available through, allows you to convert your full-sized tube of toothpaste into as many travel-sized tubes as you need, saving both time and money.

I'm a self-taught "webmaster" and am proud to say that I designed this blog myself through painstaking research and plenty of experimentation.  I love learning and hope that I'm able to stay busy and active as long as I live, both physically and mentally.  I'm a firm believer that life is what you make it and that attitude and outlook are everything.

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