Adoptive Families Blog

Get Creative with Your Adoption Fundraising

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Aug 6, 2013 3:07:03 AM

Are you raising funds for the domestic adoption of a baby? Check out these helpful tips, excerpted from Lifetime Founder Mardie Caldwell’s award-winning book, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide:

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Awareness, Fundraising, Economy, Savings

Q&A: Adoption Tax Credit Simplified

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Feb 15, 2013 2:21:22 AM

Q: I hate to admit it, but I have read and studied and still don’t understand the adoption tax credit and how it works. Can you help me?

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Economy, Adoption tax credit

On Target for Super Savings

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 9, 2013 5:02:19 AM

I love shopping at Target! They have great products, fair pricing and convenient locations throughout the country. Target is never stagnant. They are always looking for ways to secure the loyalty of shoppers everywhere. Their latest “carrot” is Target’s new low price promise program.

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

Savings Alert: Decorating on the Cheap

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Jan 2, 2013 10:52:34 PM

Everyone wants a comfy home! We want to show the world a little of whom we are through our decorating styles and tastes. Now here comes the conflict… You want a nicely decorated space, however, your budget is trying to accommodate saving for your adoption. What is an artistic minded homebody to do?

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

The Remodel Party

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 29, 2012 5:12:55 AM

A few years ago, we knew a couple that purchased a fixer upper to completely remodel. On the weekend before construction was to begin, we were invited to a large neighborhood destruction party! About twenty families showed up in grungy clothes; ready to play! Everyone was given spray paint, paint brushes, hammers and even shaving cream. The idea was to paint, play and destroy in a safe and controlled way!

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings

Savory Roast and Root Vegetables

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 10, 2012 10:34:23 PM

This is an easy, yet elegant choice to serve while entertaining. Your company will think you worked hard in the kitchen all afternoon. It makes for a lovely presentation and tastes great. During this holiday season, we all want simple. After all, the meal should enhance the conversation and atmosphere. The hostess wants to enjoy the party too!

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Topics: Recipe, General, Economy, Holidays

Savings Alert: Keep Your Purse Looking Great

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 10, 2012 9:40:42 PM

I have a favorite leather purse. It’s honey colored with tassels and a long sturdy strap. I love the tactile feel of the leather under my arm; the comfort of it. My purse cost me a pretty penny and I am determined to make it last.

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Topics: General, Economy, Savings, Waiting to Adopt

Wrapping Paper 101

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Dec 1, 2012 12:52:04 AM

Every Christmas I scramble. Where did I put the wrapping paper? Do I have enough? How do I wrap that?!? I can’t believe I saved those gift bags. Wrinkled paper and torn tissue is never in season. I have had friends and family comment on the sweet job my seven year old son did at wrapping the presents. Oops, it was me… My sheepish smile gives away nothing.

Sometimes, I wish a professional gift wrapper would appear at my house, loaded down with lovely ribbons and double sticky tape. She would smile an angelic smile at me. “You have been so good this year, I am going to wrap, tuck and tape every present you have! Go ahead. Have coffee with your friends. I am your personal wrapping fairy and I am here to make your life easier.” Alas, it is not to be! The burden is mine alone.

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Topics: General, Economy, Holidays

Baby Its Cold Outside

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 30, 2012 2:05:57 PM

Have you noticed the cold weather setting in? I sure have! You might even be experiencing snow where you live. No one wants to be cold and uncomfortable in their home (especially over Christmas). On the other hand, it’s no fun to get a huge bill in the mail on January 1st. There are a few simple changes you can make to save money on your heating bills, without sacrificing comfort.

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Topics: Family, General, Economy, Adopting a Baby

Help for Service Members

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on Nov 27, 2012 8:57:04 PM

The recession has hit everyone hard. It has been especially difficult for active duty military and armed service veterans. Trying to take care of mortgage and bill problems, while thousands of miles away from home, can burden an already stressful family dynamic. There is help to be found. The government has come up with a $25 billion dollar program to assist struggling homeowners.

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Topics: Adoption Tips, Military, Economy, Newborn Adoption, Adopting a Baby