Adoptive Families Blog

Savings Alert: Decorating on the Cheap

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 2, 2013

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

Individual Pineapple Cakes

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 2, 2013

This is a dessert that you can literally whip up in a few minutes. If an unexpected guest drops by, you can treat them to a little bit of heaven! After you taste this yummy dessert, you may want to make one for yourself, after the kids are in bed.

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Topics: Recipe, General

Something Else To Think About...Besides Your Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2013

  1. If you start getting the recommended seven to eight hours of solid sleep a night, you can lose up to ten pounds in a year…
  2. Sugar? Juicy juice has a whopping 6 ½ teaspoons of sugar. Serving your child juice has almost as much sugar as soda. Water is a much better choice!
  3. Did you know that teaching your child a second language and/or to play a musical instrument can strengthen their math skills?
  4. Many retailers are installing special “spy” mannequins in their stores. Cameras are set into the eye-sockets of the display mannequins. They are used for security, but also for customer identification. They keep a record of gender, height, race and physical build. Soon, it is rumored theses new mannequins will also be equipped with recording devices. So, if you get the feeling that the mannequins are watching you…. They are. Isn’t that a Twilight Zone episode?
  5. On December 5th of this year, the oldest person in the world passed away peacefully, in her sleep. Her name was Besse Cooper and she was 116 years old! Besse lived in Monroe Georgia. The Guinness World Book of Records recognized her and honored her. Think about this; Besse was born in the year 1896. She was born into a world where the telephone and the automobile were not yet widely used. Utah was admitted as the 45th state into the Union. She saw WWI, WWII, television, computers, cell phones and the microwaves. Besse lived through a period of the greatest change our world has ever experienced.
  6. Did you know that babies understand language as early as six months of age? They can’t speak, but they know what you saying! Baby is smarter and more alert than you think.
  7. Check out your local fabric or craft stores for free classes. Many stores will offer free “how to” sessions. Look on their web sites or ask the manager. It is a great way for stores to encourage customer loyalty and introduce you to a new skill. You get a free class and the store gains a new customer. Everybody wins!
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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, General, Waiting to Adopt

Creamy Spinach Pie

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2013

Are you looking for a hardy and rich dish to bring to your next potluck? Try this amazing spinach ricotta pie. It is easy to make and oh so delicious! Serve in a nice ceramic dish and you will wow your guests. Even the little ones will dig into the creamy, egg center. They won’t even know that it is good for them (spinach strengthens immunity, the heart, the bones and brain function).


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Topics: Recipe, Family, General

Reigning Baby Names for 2012

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 31, 2012

The results are in! According to, the top ten girl and boy names are in for the year. There are a few surprises. However, the names tend to run towards the conservative and traditional.

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Topics: Parenting, General, Newborn Adoption

The Remodel Party

Posted by Guest Contributor on December 29, 2012

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

New and Unusual Foods to Experience

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 28, 2012

I like corn and oats. I like wheat and rice, too. However, why stop when there are so many other grains and seeds that offer high quality protein and fiber? They are inexpensive and nutritious

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Topics: Parenting, Family, General

Calorie Comparisons for your Favorite Drinks

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 27, 2012

This is the season for festive celebration and indulgence. You might tell yourself, “just one little treat won’t hurt me!” It is the second, third and fourth that create a problem! You should be aware of the caloric intake in your favorite holiday drinks. Just because it’s a liquid; it doesn’t mean it won’t help pile on five pounds by 2013. We have compiled a list of the yummiest seasonal drinks and their calorie content so you can plan accordingly.

  1. Starbucks tall Peppermint Mocha with whipped cream: 350 cal.
  2. Hot cider with cinnamon and orange peel (one cup): 120 cal.
  3. Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Grape (one cup): 120 cal.
  4. Hot Buttered Rum (one cup): 385 cal.
  5. Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice herbal tea: 0 cal.
  6. Eggnog with a shot of whiskey (one cup): 320 cal.
  7. Champagne (one 4oz. flute): 78 cal.
  8. Freshly squeezed orange juice: 112 cal.

Christmas, New Year’s and all the parties in between are not always the most convenient time to go on a diet. However, just by being aware, you might choose to indulge in just one glass of eggnog, instead of two. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Cheers!

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Topics: General, Holidays

Gun Free Home Safety

Posted by Guest Contributor on December 26, 2012

Did you know that there are safer alternatives for protection than a gun in the home? Many of us want to feel sheltered and secure in our houses, but do not believe in owning firearms. I am not commenting in any way on our Second Amendment rights. I am suggesting that we have viable and feasible alternatives to gun ownership (if we so choose).

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Topics: Adoption, Parenting, Family, General

Spicy Artichoke Crostini

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 24, 2012

Discover the flavors of this hearty and spicy appetizer. This festive finger food can be ready in minutes and it will wow your guests. Try serving them at your next get together. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these decadent morsels disappear.


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Topics: Recipe, General, Holidays