Family Living and Choices

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September 23, 2017

Behind every successful man is not only a woman but also a bunch of mischievous children, supportive siblings, and loving parents. Who knows, even Uncle John and Aunt May may just be part of the list, too!

The simple truth is that family does count where success is concerned, and the choices a family makes can either make or break an individual who has important roles to play in our society. Just like everyone else, we believe in the value of quality family living. To create a better nation is to strengthen one family at a time. And believe it or not, everything about quality family living boils down to a single word — choices.

Choose to live for the greater good. Decide to lead a healthy family life here and now, and everything else will simply follow. When you have the right mindset and defined goals, it becomes easier to choose between hotdogs (processed and filled with nitrate) and vegetable salad. Mind you, choosing to come to this site is a right decision made and one step forward towards your goal.

We welcome you with arms wide open to our collection of stories, mementos, tips and guides, and the many other wonderful and practical thoughts about family living. Our partnership is the beginning of what would be a successful journey towards quality family living.

Here, you will find a wide range of topics to answer your latest family dilemmas, including ideas for your kids’ activities, tips for mothers to relax and build a stress-free home, products to try for your newly born, names to call your adopted pet, lists of beautiful places to spend your next holiday, and so on. Basically, anything that improves your family life and makes every member happy, we got them covered for you. Our approach is holistic, taking up both serious and light topics so you, our readers, will become more discerning. There is always something in store for everyone in your family, including children. After all, we believe that a child is only as good as his family.

We are all made at home. It’s a fact we all have to embrace. With this, we are providing you with the right information beneficial to you and your family. Do you want to know more about arts and crafts, camping, family holidays, leisure, pet care, child-safe toys, and so on? Then, you have come to the right place. Together, we will discover more and learn more. So hold on tight as we make the world a better place, one family at a time.

Again, welcome and happy browsing.

4 Tips to Choosing the Right Toys for Your Kids

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September 23, 2017

The holiday season is just around the corner. Soon, every parent will be heading to their favorite toy shops to pick one that their kids will surely love. While it is very easy to pick one that looks absolutely hip and trendy, sometimes you have to really give a much deeper though on what plaything best suits your kid. Here are 4 tips to help you choose the right toys for your child.

  1. Brush up on your understanding of basic child development. 

Checking the age appropriateness of the toy you want to give should help you zero-in on the right toy. However, a much better approach is to employ your knowledge of basic child development so you’ll know what developmental benefits these toys will bring to your child.

  1. Pick one that is safe for your kid. 

From exploding batteries to toy materials that contain harmful chemicals to toy parts that easily fall off, safety is a paramount consideration when choosing a toy for your kid. Certifications from appropriate government and recognized third-party organizations can help allay these safety concerns.

  1. Consider a toy that will grow with your child. 

Always go for playthings that your child will be able to use even when he or she is already older. This is where design functionality and the durability of the product kick in. It’s more practical, too, especially if you have younger kids down the line.

  1. Listen to what other parents are saying. 

Consumer reviews are not objective evaluations of products. However, they do provide you with a glimpse of what it’s like to own such a product and how kids are responding to such playthings. You can then use your better judgment to evaluate whether these reviews hold water or not.

Getting the right toy for your child should not be stressful. By adhering to these 4 tips, you can at least ensure that your child will use his or her new plaything to the fullest.

Why Camping Is Good For You

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September 19, 2017

CampingThe picture of a perfect night filled with music and laughter over the flickering flame of a bonfire easily comes to mind when the word camping is mentioned. Sure, camping is fun. There is certainly no doubt about it, especially when you’re with the best of your friends and family. But there are many other good reasons, besides fun, as to why you should indulge yourself in a good camping adventure once in a while.

Camping improves your physical health

From packing your camping gear down to assembling your tent, you actually move your limbs and stretch your muscles. Camping does make you exercise, thereby releasing serotonin and improving your body’s circulation. Not to mention trekking your way to your destination exposes you to a good ray of sunshine and your body then gets to absorb Vitamin D, which is essential for keeping your bones strong and regulating your level of calcium. Experts also agree that a good dose of Vitamin D helps prevent depression and serious conditions like multiple sclerosis and cancer. So if you want a healthy way to spend your holidays, go hiking and camping with your loved ones. You may add other physical activities to your camping itinerary as well. You may swim, play with your kids, ride horses, or simply laugh your hearts out. Laughter, after all, is good exercise.

It promotes mindfulness

Camping offers you a way to de-stress in a quiet and refreshing environment, away from pollution and the daily grind of life. If you’re dying to break your routine and perhaps brainstorm for a new work project, then camping is your best option. Choose a destination that complements your personal element. If you’re a beach lover, then stay at a cozy lodge feeling the sea breeze against your hair. If you prefer the mountains, then bring your tent up somewhere overlooking the city. Being with nature truly affords you the luxury of time to meditate and rest. You begin to appreciate life in the littlest of things and you almost always wake up with a fresh perspective or with a creative idea. Better mornings are spent at camps and you can ask your camper friends about the long, restful sleep they often get when they are under the stars and surrounded by greens.

It builds relationships

Where should couples go after a fight? While Paris and Scotland are breathtakingly romantic, visiting these places may cost you unnecessary expenses. Plus, you may not have the time to travel. Why go far when there is that beautiful cabin in the next town where you and your partner could fish, walk by the lakeside, and enjoy a nice throw of conversations by the fireplace. Camping does sound like a perfect makeup plan to ease the strains in a relationship. This especially holds true when you turn off your gadgets to disconnect from the outside world and focus on your togetherness. Mind you, the relationship-building aspect of camping is not confined to lovers. Even friends and family bond over camping food and games.

The bottom line here is that camping recharges you and offers you a unique experience that you never go back the same person – physically, mentally, socially, and even spiritually. And this brings a host of many other benefits even after the camp, such as higher work productivity, happier disposition, increased creativity, and a greater zest for life. It even brings out the inner primitive in you, strategic and methodical, as camping sometimes tests your survival skills. Naysayers would tell you that camping is stressful and risky, but surely, with proper planning and exercise of caution, you would certainly enjoy the benefits of camping to the fullest.