Keep Your Kids Safe From Toys

Keep Your Kids Safe From Toys!

Okay, first of all, this doesn’t mean to keep your kids away from toys. Kids love toys, and toys are great. They’re proven to help your kids learn, grow, and enjoy themselves. If I could still learn just from playing with a silly toy I guarantee you I would be spending half of my check at Toys R Us. However, when you’re buying toys for your child it’s important to make sure that the toys you’re purchasing are safe.

The last thing you want your child learning from playing with their toy is how to give a Heimlich maneuver to their sibling. You already pull your hair out enough as it is without the threat of looming death emanating from a toy with small, almost-swallowable pieces. Keep your kids safe from dangerous toys this holiday season by following these simple tips!

With Christmas on the horizon, you’re probably getting tired of wading through the crowded stores with dystopian fluorescent lighting and aisles that feel like mazes. The last thing you want to be doing in these dark times is poring over each toy with a practiced eye for potential risks. Make your shopping experience easy by visiting Toy Review Experts and choosing a top rated toy without having to step foot in a store full of frustrated parents. Here are the simple things to look for to keep your kids safe without having to cover every sharp edge and hard surface with bubble wrap.

Keep it Age-Appropriate!

Most toys should come with a recommended age. If your child is younger than the recommendation, it’s a safe bet that there’s some amount of risk. Of course, these are the most general guide, so it’s important to be aware of your child’s maturity level. If your 4-year old is still putting everything in their mouth, you may want to shoot for a lower recommended age. On the flip side, if your 3-year-old is very mature and developing fast, they might be able to use projectile toys that are typically labeled for 4 years and older. You know your child better than anyone, so you know best what age-group they should be considered with.

Keep it Big

The most common risk with toys is small parts. When your child is young, the best way to play it safe is to simply never buy a toy smaller than their mouth. If they can’t fit it in their mouth, there’s no risk of choking. Easy fix. However, unless you bring your child with you to the store and start shoving every potential toy in their mouth it can be hard to figure out what fits this rule and what doesn’t. One easy trick is to just bring an empty toilet paper roll with you. If you can fit it through the toilet paper roll, it’s a hazard. If you can’t, your kid most likely won’t be able to gnaw on it.

Better Quality Translates to a Safer Toy

This problem pops up the most with used toys. If you’re buying a toy from a yard sale, or it’s a hand-me-down from a friend or relative, you’ll want to check the toy for any loose parts. Scan for buttons, strings, gears, or pieces that look like they might snap off. Your kid will be pretty rough with their toys, so you want to make sure that there’s nothing that could break off and leave a sharp edge or become a choking hazard. If you buy toys of a higher quality, there’s a much lower chance of anything breaking or becoming a problem later.

Some Final Words

This Christmas, keep things safe and fun by buying toys that are appropriate for your child. Remember to always make sure your child is physically and mentally ready for any toys you purchase before you buy them. If you’re worried a toy might be pushing it for your kid, never be afraid to stash it in somewhere in your closet until they’re ready for it. It’s always better to give a surprise gift a few months later than to have to deal with a life or death scenario on Christmas day.

Traveling to Mongolia

Traveling to Mongolia

Are you planning to take a vacation? Maybe you’re looking to travel to somewhere open and adventurous? Somewhere unusual where you can take in sites you normally don’t see photographed on your friend’s Instagrams or Facebooks? If this is the case, you need to look no further than the vast landscapes and unique cultural experiences that would be abundant upon visiting Mongolia.

Mongolia, its people, and its history

Mongolia is a nation bordered by Russia and China. A long-existing country known for its vast expanses and beautiful culture, it’s home to the Mongol Empire’s original founder and one of the greatest conquerors in human history, Genghis Khan. Much of his efforts went towards shifting the fractured cultures into a unified force and the culture towards what it looks like today. His leadership and tactics lead to a reign and military campaign are still studied to this day.

While their history extends back BC times, it was Genghis Khan that united the various tribes and peoples. The combined efforts of him and successors saw nearly all of Asia and European Russia captured, with armies sent as far as Southeast Asia and Europe. While the Empire no longer holds the world captive, and the country itself is rapidly modernizing, the nomadic traditions can still be seen in much of the country outside of its capital of Ulaanbaatar.

As mentioned above, life in the capital is much like any other expanding city with offices, entertainment, hotels, and nightlife. Ulaanbaatar is, of course, no exception to the influence of its home country, but if you truly want to see Mongolia, outside the cities, in the steppes. There you’ll find the nomads and their unique traditions. While many western visitors may never come to fully understand the way of the roughly 900,000 nomads, most come to appreciate and respect the beauty, ingenuity, and self-sufficiency of the lifestyle.

The beauty in store for travelers

Lake Khovsgol National Park host one of the seventeen ancient lakes. This body of water is over 2 million years, old is potable without treatment and is a major source of water for the country. It is also surrounded by mountain ranges and is near the Russian-Mongolian border. If you’re looking for an amazing site, be sure to put this on your list.

The Gobi desert is an arid expanse that you can ride through. While we’d suggest 4 x 4, more traditional methods are optional. The Galba Gobi is the largest and most deserted, so if you’re looking for the undisturbed natural beauty of historical relevance (it was once part of the caravaners journey on the ancient Silk Road), you should add this to your list.

For the truly adventurous there is Western Mongolia’s Altai mountain range. The Altai mountain range is the largest and highest making is excellent for those that love to trek or mountaineer. While you’re there, stop at Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. A trip to Altai is a rare oppurtunity to see history, meet the local people and get a peek into traditions like eagle hunting. Surely the fresh air and scenic views won’t easily be forgotten.

Before you go

The easiest way to ensure you’ll have a great trip is by booking through a proper tourism agency. If you’re from France, DMD has everything needed for your voyage and they also understand the long and positive history before France and Mongolia. For the rest of the world, everything needed for a quick trip one of Earth’s more beautiful places is a short click away.

So, you’re sold on the beauty and wonder of a trip to Mongolia? Before you go I have some easy tips to make your trip much more smoothly. Pack properly: The crazy thing about being out in nature is that the conveniences you’re used to aren’t there. A proper jacket, hat, scarf and wet wipes (nature will call) will go a long way towards being comfortable. See the people: I can’t stress how kind and welcoming the nomadic people are. Do bring a gift though as it’s customary for visitors. Manners: A short Google search can save you from being rude.

The Perfect Way to Spend Your Summer Days: How I Get Through Those Heat Waves!

Summer DaysSummer is a time to enjoy, especially if you live somewhere that only becomes warm whenever that season rolls around. When you live in places like Texas or California, you’re not really surprised when it’s hot outside. If you live in Canada or anywhere else that doesn’t get to be warm the entire year around, it’s a blessing in disguise. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all of the extra time I have during the summer months as well, because I’m currently a student. I’m going to school to become a teacher, so even when I get into my career, there’s going to be free time during the hot months.

I don’t think about the summer as being an escape, since I’m somewhat fond of the winter. I used to ski as a child, so that’s probably why I prefer the snow over a hot and sunny day – many people wouldn’t agree with me in that case! You’d probably take Cuba over Alaska any day of the month, where as I might have a tough time doing that. You may think I’m crazy now, but when you look at how I spend all of my time away from work, you probably won’t question my methods. Don’t judge somebody until you’ve seen where they come from, and that’s the case here as well! Without summer, many people wouldn’t get a much needed break from winter, so there’s a lot to be thankful for. If you want some tips on how to go about using your time during the months of heat, check the rest of this article out.

Wash Your Home!

Wash Your Home!I’m a simple man, and if there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s a clean house. I rent a house with two other students myself, but it’s still our duty to keep things as clean as we can. I have a tendency to start spraying the outside of our house with a hose, so much so that one of my buddies went out and bought us a pressure washer (I now owe all of my house washing gifts to Wash Wisely – thanks for that!). It works way better than a hose, and it can get off the dirt that’s really stuck on the outside panels of your house. The outside of your home can say a lot more about the inside than you give it credit for, people might think you own way too many cats if you’re not keeping stuff in check.

Wash Your Car!

As you can tell, cleaning stuff is almost my number one priority. If you don’t live a clean life, are you really living life at all? Well, probably, but it’s a dirty one at best! I’m not a germophobe or anything, I just take pride in my car (as well as my home). I have a 2010 Dodge Charger that’s completely paid off, and I managed to pay it all off by my own means. I didn’t need help from my parents, so it’s almost like washing my pride – wouldn’t you do the exact same thing? I’m sure there are some readers out there that polish trophies on a consistent basis, so I’m not too worried!

Wash Your Dog!

If you have a dog, giving them a bath can be one of the most bonding experiences you’ll ever go through. I have a pit bull myself, and he’s one of the nicest dogs you’ll ever meet. He loves people, and he loves being pet just as much as any other dog around. If he’s not busy trying to get some love, he’ll nudge you until you’ve given him the attention he craves (and deserves, of course). When I give him a bath he doesn’t even squirm around, he actually enjoys it quite a bit – so it makes thing a lot easier on me. I don’t have to worry about holding him down the entire time!

There you have it, a few ways on how you can go about spending your summer days. Are they practical? Probably not, but like I said, I work a lot and don’t really have time to live an exciting life.