May 05

How to choose the right presents for your children

Every year, parents struggle with choosing the right decision for their children. When Christmas is right around the corner, you have to select the proper present to keep the Santa myth alive for your kids. Buying presents for children has never been easy because there are many things to consider, including your budget, toy quality, and age-appropriateness.

Here are some tips that will come in handy when you are shopping for your kids:

Choose age-appropriate toys

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Children usually enjoy toys that they can learn how to use easily. You should buy toys that are right for a particular stage of development. Here are some recommendations for the different types of toys that will benefit your kids through certain stages:

0 to 6 months: brightly colored toys and rattles hanging above a crib are the best for this stage of development. If they can rotate as soft lullaby music plays, the toys will entertain your child and put him/her to sleep right afterwards.

6 to 12 months: mobiles, floating bathtub toys, and small toy cars are ideal for this age group.

1 to 2 years: sandbox toys, musical instruments, puzzles, and illustrated books are perfect for kids of this age because they are just starting to learn.

2 to 3 years: large Lego’s, tricycles, kitchen play sets, and chalk are the best option for kids in this stage of development.

3 to 5 years: crayons, bikes, painting sets, and coloring books are ideal for kids between the ages of three and five.

If you want to know whether a toy is age-appropriate, you should check out online reviews. Many sites such as https://corpina.com/ write product reviews that are useful to the consumer.

Choose a toy that brightens your child’s face

You should not rely on well-known and expensive toys because there is no guarantee that they will be safe. Does your child put everything in his/her mouth? Make sure that small parts such as buttons and eyes are attached to the toy firmly.

Moreover, the toy should not have any sharp edges that could injure your child. If you buy stuffed toys, make sure that the filling is free of non-toxic materials and clean.

You do not have to buy expensive

You are the adult and kids do not fully understand the value of the toys that you buy. You need to comprehend that the best toys do not have to be the most expensive. Moreover, you should not spend a fortune on a toy that will be discarded in a few months.

Simple, inexpensive toys that celebrate the power of learning are ideal. Additionally, if you always give expensive gifts, you raise the bar higher each time, and your children will be disappointed if you buy something cheap. For this reason, you should buy your kids reasonable and practical gifts that will teach them how to be grateful and happy.

Try not to overbuy

During the holidays, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are usually on the prowl for dolls and toys. As a result, your kids end up with too many gifts. Although they will be very happy while opening them, you will be setting a very high bar for presents. This will make them zoom past your pile of presents and start looking forward to the next one.

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You should try not to give more than two presents in a single day to lower their expectations. When you spread out the gifts over a few days, your kids will learn to accept them as they come.

Apr 25

Blogging or lack of 

I have been a terrible blogger, because I haven’t written an actual post in almost a year. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to. Honestly it was more like How do you catch up from almost a years worth of posts that should have been written? I mean a lot of stuff can happen in that period of time and with my memory I can hardly remember any of it. 

I didn’t want this place to get stale and go unseen  so I’m making a jump to catch up somewhere where I left off. 

Some things that have happened since we last “spoke”. 

Ethan finally got his braces off and now has a gorgeous smile. 

Jayde got braces on and is working on getting her back teeth straightened out. Her smile has always been nice, luckily for her. 

Chandlers website and Mobcrush pages have gotten super popular. You should really check them out. I’m pretty proud of him. 

I started working for Apple as a Learning Expert (a fancy name for a virtual set up helper). 

I stopped working at Apple. Not enough business to warrant my employment.  This sucked but I’m a firm believer of everything happens for a reason and I’m excited to see what the future has in store.  

I started working for a new place as a Nest support agent. Currently on day 2 of training (go me!). 

John is still growing out his hair and it is super duper long. Though I really think that he’s only growing it out because the kids dislike it. I pretend to not like his long hair, but now that it’s longer it’s starting to curl and is kind of cute (just don’t tell him that I said that). 

I spend a good chunk of my free time drawing on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. It has rekindled my love of drawing. Maybe one day I’ll post some of my stuff here, who knows. 

I really can’t think of much else, though like I said it’s been so long and my memory is shot.  I will share some pictures from this past year.


Mar 21

Expectations Of Motherhood

When you’re pregnant for the first time, your mind begins to wonder. The “pregnancy brain” aids and abets you in this. You wonder what your baby will be like. Will they be a doctor? A police officer? A writer? A poet? Will they be shy or outgoing, confident or more reserved?

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Naturally, in the midst of all this, you begin to imagine what having a baby is going to be like. You skip over the whole birth aspect and right to those first few months, when you have your baby in your arms and know that your life is changed forever. You wonder what it will be like. And of course, you begin to build a vivid imagination, brimming with expectations of the what this new world will be like for you.

Then, post-birth, the reality sets in – and it’s not quite like you imagined it would be!

Sleep

Expectation: You’re going to be tired. Everyone knows that parents of newborns struggle for sleep, delving into the depths of sleep deprivation in ways that the human body was never meant to be able to sustain. You’re expecting it and you’re prepared for it.

Reality: The tiredness is like a vice, closing around you, relentless. You know you’d be tired, but you didn’t realize how bone-deep exhausted you were going to be. It’s a shock to the system and, at the worst points, makes you evaluate those plans to bring siblings into your baby’s life one day.

You

Expectation: Motherhood is not going to fundamentally change who you are on an outside level. You’re still going to have time to see your friends, do your makeup, and indulge in things that you enjoy. You’ll still be you.

Reality: Of course you’ll still be you – but that fundamental shift is going to happen. You’ll find yourself preferring the idea of sitting over a cot watching your little one sleep to going out for a night with the girls. And surprisingly, you’ll be completely okay with that. You’ll still have time for the things you used to do, but they will no longer hold the same lure.

Clothing

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Expectation: Your baby (and as they age, your toddler) will be dressed in the most amazing clothes that money can buy. They’re going to look absolutely and totally adorable. You’re going to hit every baby boutique that you can find, and spend hours lovingly dressing them up and helping them to learn their own appreciation for clothes.

Reality: Clothes don’t last thanks to the endless cycle of washing that they have to go through. Babies are amazing, but they’re messy little creatures. Not only is food going to end up on those stunning clothes, but playtime introduces the possibility of paint and crayon stains. You might be able to preserve a pristine look for awhile, but it’s not going to last!

Motherhood

Expectation: Despite the occasional drawback and sleepless night, you’re going to love it. Every single moment is going to be worth it when you see your baby smile at you.
Reality: Exactly as you thought.

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Mar 21

Dogs: The Perfect Thing To Help Your Children Learn And Grow

You want the best for your children. You’ve probably spent time in the past extensively researching different things that can help them to learn, grow, and become better as they age. But did you know that a dog can be the perfect thing to help your children do just that? There are so many benefits for your children when you get a dog, providing you spend time choosing the perfect kind of dog for their ages, your budget, and your situation. Read on to find out more!

Dogs Can Help Your Children Improve A Number Of Skills

Did you know that dogs can help your children to improve a number of skills? You can see this happening before your very eyes when you watch your children and dog play and interact. Scientific studies back this up! Amongst other things, your children will have improved:

  • Empathy skills
  • Social skills
  • Relationship skills
  • Coping skills
  • Self esteem
  • Responsibility
  • Stress management
  • Confidence

These studies show that the closer the connection your children have with their dog, the more emphasized the benefits become. Providing you properly train the dog, as well as your child on how to act around the dog, they should have a long and happy relationship.

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Caring For A Dog

Your children will want to help you to care for your dog. This will give them a sense of responsibility that they’ve never had before, as well as a boost in confidence from the praise for getting it right. Giving them responsibilities like this also shows them that you trust them. It’ll make them feel really good about themselves! It’s no wonder that kids with dogs have higher levels of confidence and self esteem. Even if you just give them the job of giving the dog their k9 advantix ii, it’ll help them to develop strong nurturing skills that will stick with them. They’ll turn into amazing adults as they take these skills with them later on in life!

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Life Experiences

Not only will your children learn and grow from all of the aforementioned things, they’ll also enjoy many new life experiences from having a dog. They’ll meet new people, go new places, and they may even experience some sad things. Occasionally, a dog is the first death a child experiences. This can be very upsetting, but it can also teach them a lot and give you a chance to help them prepare for it later on in life.

A dog is the perfect thing to help your children learn and grow. Not only do they make a brilliant learning aid, they also become a much valued member of the family. Make sure that you’re prepared to keep your dog anywhere from 6-15 years. You need to ensure you have the space, time, and budget. Once you’re sure of that, you can select the perfect breed for your lifestyle. Then, the fun can really start. What are your thoughts on letting kids have a dog? Leave them below! Thanks for reading!

Mar 21

Samsung Vs. iPhone: When Two Phones Go To War

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Time to buy a new phone for yourself or a family member? There are lots of different makes and models in phone shops these days, and the choice can be a little overwhelming. But there are only really two brands that you should be considering: Samsung and the iPhone. These two are the kings of smartphones and are the two best-selling types on the market.

Can’t decide between these two big names? At the end of the day, it will come down to personal preferences. But, to help you decide, here are some things that you should also consider.

Apple’s Chargers

There is one thing that all iPhone and Mac users always complain about – the poor quality of the chargers! These important accessories only last for a year at best before they start to fray and, eventually, snap. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were really cheap to replace, but the complete opposite is true. If you need a new iPhone charger, you will find that you end up paying through the nose for one!

Samsung’s Fire

Samsung got a lot of really bad press recently after it was reported that its Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones were huge fire risks. The batteries were overheating and would cause the phone to either explode or set alight! Obviously, this is not what you want from a phone. If you don’t fancy your phone sparking into flames in your handbag, you might be better off with an iPhone!

General Repairs

People who are quite hands-on and like to tinker around with things won’t enjoy owning an iPhone. They are made in such a way that it is very hard for owners to get inside to fix them themselves. If something does go wrong with your iPhone, you will need to take it to an official iPhone repair company. You don’t need to go to this trouble if you own a Samsung phone. These are often easy enough to get into and fix on your own.

Apple Chic

Do you want a phone that will help improve your street cred? If so, then you should go for an iPhone. All of the products from Apple, such as the iPhone, Mac Air, and iPad all have a very cool reputation, and you will notice that they are what all the hipsters and cool kids have them these days. Next time you step into a chic cafe or coffee shop, take a look at all the laptops that everyone’s working on. I’m certain that 90% of them will be Apple Macs! So, to impress your kids, think about getting a fancy pants iPhone!

Cameras

Lots of people think that one of the most important features of their smartphone is the camera. An excellent camera can help you ace your selfies! The cameras in Samsung and iPhones are almost identical. But there are a few differences like the Samsung camera can focus quicker while the iPhone uses a LED flash.

So, which one will you choose?

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