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14 Simple Ways to Make your Home Festive for the Holidays

14 Simple Ways to Make your Home Festive for the HolidaysYou don’t have to be a fancy interior decorator to make your home festive for the holidays. A few touches here and there and some personal flare will make your home feel warm and bright this season. Today we’re sharing 14 simple ways to make your home festive for the holidays.

String Twinkle Lights Indoors: Lighting up the outside of your home is lovely but you spend most of your time inside. String holiday lights around banisters, your fireplace or other family spaces where you gather often to brighten your indoor décor.

Change your Linens: Make everyone’s beds with holiday sheets during December. If you’re so inclined, use holiday quilts or comforters as well. Alternatively, simply add a decorative holiday pillow to the mix for a more festive bedroom feel.

Countdown to the Holidays: Buy or make a countdown to the holidays display such as an advent calendar. This is a fun way to get everyone in your family excited for the approaching holidays.

Fill your Home with Holiday Scents: Holiday spiced candles fill your home and nose with beautiful festive scents. Or use fresh spices by tying ribbon around cinnamon sticks or creating satin bags with holiday spices including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.

Bake your Favorite Holiday Treats: Another way to make your home smell like the holidays is by baking. Create a baking list and tackle new recipes as a family every few days. This is a delicious way to get into the holiday spirit!

Wishes Wreath:  Encourage everyone in your family to write down wishes on small cards. Then create a wreath using everyone’s holiday wishes that you can display prominently in your home.

Play Holiday Music: Nothing makes you feel the holidays from head-to-toe and in your soul than some good holiday tunes. Fill your home with festive music and dance your way through December.

Frame your Doorways: Welcome the holidays by framing your doorways using holy, garland, paper chains, popcorn strings or anything that strikes your fancy. As you enter each new room you’ll feel the warmth of the season.

Use Holiday Table Settings: From flatware and glasses, to plates and placemats, keep your home feeling festive with seasonal table settings. Add a warm centerpiece and every meal will feel like a holiday meal.

Display Holiday Cards: Share the cheer that others send by displaying the holiday cards you receive. You can pin them to a bulletin board, clip them to a string or prop them along your mantle so you’ll get a glimpse of them throughout the season.

Decorate your Plants: If you’re not into having a big Christmas tree, decorate your house plants with small ornaments, candy canes and lights. This is also a fun way for each member of your household to have their own “pallet” to decorate as they please.

Make Holiday Crafts: Get crafty as a family and fill your home with your creations. Challenge your kids with different arts supplies and encourage them to decorate to each space you want to fill.

Serve Holiday Accessories: Another simple way to make your home festive for the holidays is by placing holiday accessories in dishes, vases or glasses throughout your home. You can use ornaments, garland, holly, tinsel, tissue paper, candies or any other holiday-themed items.

Display your Presents: Once your presents are wrapped, leave them out for everyone to see. This way you can build anticipation for gift-giving and receiving and decorate your home.

We hope you enjoy these simple ways to make our home festive for the holidays! From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Sources: Real Simple, Interior Decorating About.com, and The Inspired Room

How to Foster Long Distance Relationships with Grandparents

How to Foster Long Distance Relationships with GrandparentsGrandparents are a wonderful asset in your child’s life. They usually provide the same unconditional love as parents and are eager to participate in their grandchildren’s lives. But when grandparents live far away your children may feel disconnected from them.

Young children learn through repetition and consistency so when grandparents are a sporadic influence, babies, toddlers and preschoolers may not bond and feel comfortable around them. Even if grandparents cannot visit regularly, there are ways to help facilitate a better relationship with grandparents. As the holidays approach and the New Year is upon us, it’s a great time to consider how to foster long distance relationships with grandparents so your children can have a meaningful experience with your parents or in-laws during their lifetimes.

Video Chat: Modern parenting and grand-parenting offers the ability to video chat from virtually anywhere in the world. Take advantage of this technology to speak to and see grandparents often. A video conversation increases bonding because children are extremely visual. Start this routine as early as possible with your baby so she becomes familiar with seeing her grandparents, even if only on screen. If everyone’s schedules are hard to coordinate, set regular video chat times to make sure the calls happen often.

Read Books Together: Reading is a bonding experience that children can share with grandparents from across the miles and at any age. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, ask grandparents to record themselves reading books. Then you can play them back time and time again for your youngsters to enjoy. Reading can also be done on video calls. For older children, start a grandparent-grandchild book club where they select books together and then call one another to discuss them. This is not only educational but also creates a meaningful emotional connection over a common interest.

Create a Photo Website: Sharing photos is another important way to foster long distance relationships with grandparents. A photo website can help you keep grandparents up-to-speed on everything happening in your kids’ lives. Make a point to upload photos weekly so grandparents get a regular update. Grandparents can share photos from their day-to-day lives too. Photos make a great starting point for conversations as well.

Play Games: For younger children, playing games with long distance grandparents may be relegated to peek-a-boo and funny faces on video chats. But as children get older, you can play fun games online including tic-tac-toe, chess, scrabble, Sudoku and other words and numbers games. You can also play 20-questions via email or on phone calls or come up with a secret code and send private messages back and forth to one another.

Send Care Packages: Grandparents don’t need to spoil your children with tons of gifts but sending a postcard, letter or small meaningful items once in awhile is a great way to engage children with their grandparents. Your kids can also send artwork, letters and small gifts to their grandparents in return.

Share Family Memorabilia: Having a few special items that belong to grandparents or are family heirlooms can help keep the spirit of their presence constant in your home. Designate a spot in your home to keep these items and allow your children to look at them often. Explain their significance as well.

Share a Song: This may seem simple but simplicity can go a long way to foster long distance relationships with grandparents. Encourage your child to pick a favorite song with her grandparents. They can sing it together during calls and visits and you can sing it with her when she’s not with her grandparents to keep them top of mind. She’ll be excited and delighted whenever she hears her special grandparents’ song.

We hope your children foster long distance relationships with grandparents so every generation in your family can bond, share and spread love. Happy Holidays!

Sources: Grandparents.com, Health Day and Psychology Today

Sexy Nursing Bras

Although your whole world changes after having a baby it’s important to maintain who you are as a person outside of motherhood. Nurturing your marriage falls into this category. As a nursing mom you’re probably wearing nursing bras and nursing tanks around the clock which is why we offer sexy nursing bras as part of our Leading Lady collection. Sexy nursing bras help moms feel great while still providing comfort, support and functionality to breastfeed.

sexy nursing brasBefore having a baby, you probably wore sexy bras on the regular. Whether you needed a personal confidence boost or wanted to impress your partner, you had your stash of special sexy bras to spice up your life and marriage. When you’re nursing you can still maintain that same excitement with Leading Lady’s sexy nursing bras. You and your partner will love our sensually soft fabrics, feminine silhouettes and luxurious lace designs.

Many women believe a comfortable bra cannot be sexy. At Leading Lady we know how to design for both. Not every bra in your intimates drawer has to be sexy, but you’ll definitely want a few on hand that give you the lift you need in every sense of the term.  This is even true when you’re nursing.

Our sexy nursing bras offer the same great comfort, support and fit you need and love plus they’re chic and sensual to turn up the heat when you’re ready. Our lace cup and lace trim nursing bras in both underwire and wirefree are classically sexy and give you that beautiful shape that you crave. Many new moms avoid lace because they believe it will be itchy against their sensitive breasts or on their baby’s delicate skin. At Leading Lady we know the importance of the texture of our fabrics. We use only the softest laces on our cups and bands to ensure your ultimate comfort. And our lace is durable during washes as we know that your sexy nursing bras need to last throughout your breastfeeding journey.

When you’re shopping for sexy nursing bras, keep a few things in mind: First, a sexy nursing bra doesn’t do you any good if it is too uncomfortable to wear all day or night. Don’t forsake comfort for style but do ensure you’re getting both. Also, nursing bras need some stretch and flexibility. A bra that is restrictive will not make for a pleasant nursing experience. Lastly, look for design features that make you feel great. Sexy nursing bras should suit your personal style and bring out the best in you.

Motherhood changes many things about you but it shouldn’t change the way you feel about yourself. Give yourself a confidence boost and keep your hubby intrigued with our collection of sexy nursing bras.

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 2

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 2It’s a magical time of year and kids everywhere are hoping for exciting new toys as holiday gifts. It’s also a time of year when we should stop and consider toy safety to make sure we’re bringing into our homes only safe toys for our children. As we support Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month, we’re sharing facts and advice on toy safety. Earlier this week we talked about statistics of toy injuries and today we have toy safety tips to help you avoid becoming part of those statistics.

Whether you’re buying for your own children or other kids on your gift list, keep these toy safety tips in mind as you shop:

  • Avoid toys with sharp edges that could poke or pierce a child. This is especially dangerous for eyes.
  • Avoid toys that are too loud. If a child holds an extremely loud toy to his ear, it could damage the ear or cause hearing impairment.
  • Avoid toys with shooting or flying parts that could hit children.
  • Read the packaging of toys to find out its developmentally appropriate age. Toys for older children should not be given to younger children as they may not be capable of properly using the toy.
  • Do not give toys with small parts to younger children as they are more likely to put them in their mouths, causing a potential choking hazard.
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that feature long cords or ropes, have open wires or are heated.
  • Know your child’s abilities. Regardless of the age range, if you know your child cannot manage a toy properly, do not allow him to have it.
  • Electronic toys should have a secure battery cover.
  • Enforce safety gear including helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads when your children are using riding toys. If giving a riding toy as a gift, include safety gear.
  • Inspect all toys for lose parts, sharp edges, splintered wood and other potential hazards before giving them to children. Periodically inspect them to make sure normal wear-and-tear hasn’t caused any safety issues.
  • Throw away or mend toys that are broken or dangerous including toys that have rust or stuffed toys with broken seams.
  • Teach your children how to use their toys properly and don’t allow use unintended for the toy.
  • Avoid older toys that may not follow the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards that were put into practice in 1995.
  • Read packaging to be aware of safety warnings
  • Also read packaging to make sure the toy has passed the American Society of Testing and Materials standards. Art supplies should be labeled non-toxic.
  • Throw away all packaging immediately after opening toys as they can be sharp or suffocation hazards.
  • Encourage your kids to put away their toys to ensure younger children don’t get into them and no one trips over them in your home.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with fun, love and toy safety!

Sources: Prevent Blindness, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kid’s Health, Health Tradition and HAP

 

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 1

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 1It’s holiday time and you’re surely scoping out the best toys for your kiddos this year. But as amazing as some toys are, they aren’t so hot if they aren’t safe for the developmental stage of your child. December is Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month. As we’re all looking for the best toys and gifts to give during the holiday season, this is a great time of year to consider toy safety for children. This week we’re examining statistics surrounding toy injuries and offering tips on toy safety.

Toys are supposed to bring fun and happiness into your home. Unfortunately, toys are responsible for more injuries, and even deaths, than you may think. Most toy injuries are due to user error or wear-and-tear, not an actual malfunction of the toy itself.  In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict guidelines for toys that are manufactured or imported into our country. The safety precautions include being flame resistant or retardant, not using lead paint, art supplies should not be non-toxic, and stuffed toys should be washable. These standards have been in place since 1995, yet toy safety remains an issue.

The non-profit organization Prevent Blindness designates December as Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month to help keep parents, grandparents, caregivers and gift-givers vigilant of the toys they select for children as holiday gifts. Almost any toy can be dangerous if mishandled or when it is used by children under the developmentally appropriate age intended for the product. This toy safety campaign also reminds adults to keep a close eye on children as they play to ensure their safety. This is especially true for younger children who are not always aware of the safest way to play with toys.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, every year over 200,000 emergency room visits are due to toy injuries. Riding toys such as bikes and scooters are the leading cause of toy injury, are most likely to cause head injuries, and are reported most often for 14 year olds and younger. Other toy-related injuries include choking, drowning, suffocation, lacerations, abrasions and concussions.

Later this week we’ll offer tips on toy safety to help ensure you and the kids on your gift list have a happy holiday indeed.

Sources: Prevent Blindness, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kid’s Health, Health Tradition and HAP

 

Tips for Family Photos

As we approach the winter holiday season many families will be posing for family photos. Some families may choose professional photo shoots while other do-it-yourselfers enjoy taking photos of their own. Either way, all of them will be precious memories of this special year. Get the most out of your shots this year with our tips for family photos:

Tips for Family PhotosTip #1: Location, Location, Location

Where you take your photos will have a big impact on the results. Most photographers agree that natural lighting is best when possible. If the weather permits, outside your home, at a park, at a high elevation overlooking a cityscape, or at a cool outdoor space are ideal places for family photos. If the weather does not cooperate, try an indoor spot near windows that will allow natural light to shine through. When you or your photographer select a location, look at the entirety of the backdrop to make sure you like what you see.

Tip #2: Wardrobe

Completely matching outfits from head-to-toe are unnecessary but do coordinate colors. Even if you choose neutrals, add a few pops of color to brighten your photos. Lay out everyone’s outfits together before the photo shoot so you can decide if you need to make any changes. Also consider what shoes everyone will wear and iron or steam the clothes prior to your photo day. Keep in mind, kids who are uncomfortable will not take great photos so involve your family in wardrobe decisions to ensure everyone likes their outfit.

Tip #3: Set-up for Success

Talk to older kids about taking family photos before the session begins so they know what to expect. Offer them plenty of playtime before and promise more playtime afterwards so they understand the posing and stillness are only temporary. Make sure everyone is well-fed and well-rested before taking family photos. This may mean you’re working around meal times and nap times when coordinating the shoot.

Tip #4: Use Props

Props can add a fun element to your photos and keep younger kids interested and occupied during the family photo shoot. Props such as pinwheels, flowers, leaves, umbrellas, paper airplanes, stuffed animals or another favorite toy are great ideas. Consider an appearance from your family pet in some photos too.

Tip #5: Have Fun

You may have an image of everyone calm and smiling at the camera for your family photos but with young children, and especially babies, that may be unrealistic. Keep your expectations in check and have fun with your family photo shoot. Some of the best shots may be the unexpected moments when you’re all just having fun. Jumping, giving kisses and laughing after a joke are great ways to create a fun feeling in your photos, while actually having fun!

Tip #6: Take Breaks

Kids especially need breaks during long family photo shoots. It’s hard for children to stand still and follow directions so give them periodic breaks to run around and get some energy out. Hopefully they will return to the shoot refreshed and ready to smile for the camera. Adults may need breaks too so pace yourselves so everyone has a little breathing room.

Tip #7: Get a Helper

Having an extra set of hands available can be extremely helpful when you have younger kids. A friend, neighbor or grandparent can help you get everyone ready and take kids away for a break when others have their turn in front of the camera. Also, a helper can stand behind the photographer to get younger family members to look towards the camera. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, have a basket of bright and noisy toys that the helper can use to elicit smiles.

We hope you take gorgeous photos this year with our tips for family photos. Happy Holidays!

Maternity Nursing Bras

When you’re pregnant, comfort and convenience are at the top of your priority list. You’ve got a lot on your plate as you prepare your home for a new baby. So when you can achieve two goals in one simple move, you’re probably pleased as punch. That’s exactly what you’re doing when you buy maternity nursing bras. They’re a two-in-one comfort and convenience purchase that you’ll be so glad you made before your baby arrives.

Maternity Nursing BrasMaternity nursing bras are bras that are ideal during pregnancy and have nursing features – either drop down cups or slide-over cups – that allow for simple breastfeeding. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are both experiences that usually require new bras because your breasts are sensitive and growing. You’ll certainly want to stay comfortable as your size changes. Then when your little one arrives, you can easily breastfeed on demand without even having to buy different bras. Pretty brilliant, right?

As an expectant mom your breasts are preparing for breastfeeding. Your body is instinctually changing and making hormones that activate milk production. In fact, your body is able to produce breast milk as early as your second trimester. But even before then a shift in hormones may make your breasts extremely sensitive and cause them to grow. As soon as your regular bras are uncomfortable, it’s time to shop for maternity nursing bras.

The best maternity nursing bras will be made of soft, breathable fabrics that will stretch with your body throughout pregnancy. It’s hard to know what your breast size will be at the end of pregnancy or as you begin breastfeeding so having some give-and-take in your maternity nursing bras will allow flexibility. Plus, you’ll still want the mobility you enjoy from your regular bras, now in your new size. Even bras with a little less stretch that have adjustable straps and bands will help accommodate your size range during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Maternity Nursing BrasMaternity nursing bras should also be supportive enough to comfortably lift your breasts. It is estimated that some women gain approximately one pound in each breast during pregnancy, which is a substantial amount and one that will surely warrant new bras. After pregnancy you may lose weight throughout your body but your breasts may remain large to accommodate your milk supply. Plus, your supply may increase gradually in the weeks after giving birth, remain high for awhile and then taper off as your body learns to meet the needs of your baby. You’ll want functional support for all of these stages.

When you opt for maternity nursing bras you’re in great shape once your baby arrives. Your bras will transition from maternity bras to nursing bras without missing a beat. Crossover sleep/leisure designs are fantastic maternity nursing bras for the early stages of nursing since you’ll probably be spending a lot of time at home and nursing at all hours of the day and night. Stretchy seamless styles are also great for maternity, your early nursing days and beyond. And don’t forget about nursing tank tops – these are great options for maternity and nursing and help you nurse with ease on-the-go.

Maternity nursing bras are the best of everything you need during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Don’t bother buying separate intimates for pregnancy and then starting over when it’s time to nurse. Enjoy all-in-one comfort and convenience with maternity nursing bras!

 

 

Last Minute Reminders for Thanksgiving

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving you’ve probably been planning and prepping for the holiday all week. As a parent holiday hosting can be a lot to juggle before and during the gathering. We’ve put together some last minute reminders for Thanksgiving to ensure your holiday is relaxed, delightful and festive.

Last Minute Reminders for Thanksgiving

The Meal

Between you and your guests the big items are covered – the turkey, stuffing, cranberries, bread and desserts are all accounted for. Now it’s time to think through the smaller details. What time do you need to turn on the oven to ensure your meal is warm? Set a calendar reminder for yourself. Do you have spreads and toppings such as butter for bread, gravy for turkey and cream and sugar for coffee? Turn on the ice maker in your freezer to be sure you have enough ice for the big day. If you’re serving cocktails, gather all of the mixers and garnishes you’ll need for your drinks.

The Serving Pieces

The night before Thanksgiving pull out all of the serving platters and utensils you plan to use. Make sure everything is rinsed and ready for serving so you can easily transfer your items just before meal time. Also, make sure you run your dishwasher and empty it the day before Thanksgiving so you’ll be able to load it easily after the meal is over.

Table Décor

If you’ve been more focused on food than décor, don’t fret. You can fill vases with colorful fall leaves and pinecones for a beautiful seasonal centerpiece. Or get crafty with your kids and make table art including handprint turkeys, mini pilgrims and Indians, or personalized name cards. If you plan to light candles, make sure you have a lighter or matches handy.

Kids Activities

Despite the days and hours of prep, your kids may scarf down their Thanksgiving meal in 10 minutes or less. Be prepared with some fun activities for the kids to do at the table after they’ve eaten. Printable coloring sheets, easy gluing projects or stringing beads are great quiet activities for little ones at the table to give you and the other adults a few more minutes to enjoy your festive meal.

Outfits

Lay out your family’s outfits the day before Thanksgiving so everyone knows what to wear. This creates less drama if you have picky dressers. Plus you can make sure everything is clean and wrinkle-free before your guests arrive.

Other Last Minute Reminders for Thanksgiving

If it is cold or rainy, have a designated spot for coats and rain gear.  Clear away clutter from your kitchen and gathering areas to make your home feel organized and inviting. Consider lighting a fire in the fireplace for a particularly cozy holiday. Plan to share leftovers by having to-go boxes available for your guests to take home a sampling of each dish.

We hope your holiday gathering goes off without a hitch with our last minute reminders for Thanksgiving. Happy a wonderful holiday!

8 Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Thanksgiving

8 Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First ThanksgivingBabies make the holidays particularly joyous. During the first year, each new holiday is a special time to celebrate with your new family member. With the focus on family and gratitude during Thanksgiving, introducing your baby to the sights, sounds and warmth of the holiday is meaningful to everyone. Today we’re sharing eight ways to celebrate baby’s first Thanksgiving.

Spend Time Together: As the world slows just for a short time on Thanksgiving, take advantage of time together as a family. After all, family probably tops your list of what you are most thankful for in your life. Cater to each family member by finding activities everyone can enjoy together or taking turns picking out what you’ll do as a family. Whatever it is you get into, togetherness should be your priority.

Dress the Part: Baby’s first Thanksgiving warrants a special outfit. Whether it’s a cute slogan shirt or a full-on turkey costume, your baby can be festive and adorable in Thanksgiving attire. If you want to keep it low key, a Thanksgiving headband or bib are also great options.

Discover Something New: When mom and dad are off work and older siblings are off school for a few days, take a family outing to show your baby something new and interesting. Perhaps a trip to the zoo or aquarium would be entertaining. Or check out a hiking trail or park to thrill your baby’s senses.

Try New Foods: The taste of Thanksgiving alone is a wonderful way to celebrate baby’s first Thanksgiving. Depending on where your baby is with solids, incorporate many of your family’s holiday foods such as turkey, vegetables, sweet potatoes and pumpkin into your baby’s diet for a festive plate.

Get Crafty: Your baby may be too young to design her own masterpiece but you can help her by doing fun crafts using handprints and footprints. These will make for great keepsakes for years to come or terrific grandparents gifts.

Play with Autumn: The fall season is very much a part of Thanksgiving. Go outside for a play session using the visuals and textures of autumn. Let your baby crinkle leaves in her hands and toss them in the air to watch them float. Make a sensory box with pinecones, tree bark, acorns, twigs and leaves to let your baby feel the various textures.

Picture Perfect: Use Thanksgiving as the backdrop for adorable photos of your baby. Some ideas include posing your baby with pumpkins or even inside a gutted pumpkin, placing your baby in a basket surrounded by fall foliage or capturing your baby playing with colorful leaves. These beautiful memories will surely be treasured forever.

Bring Joy to Others: No one can resist a baby. Spend a few hours visiting people in your community who could use some cheer. This may include a trip to a retirement home or simply dropping by a neighbor’s house. Babies are often the best medicine when someone needs to lift their spirit.

We hope you have a special and heartwarming holiday with these ways to celebrate baby’s first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Gratitude and Attitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude and AttitudeThanksgiving is a wonderful time to concentrate on “tude” with your children. When we say “tude” we’re referring to two major principles that are at the core of the Thanksgiving holiday and are crucial to productive, happy, healthy lives. These Thanksgiving “tudes” are gratiTUDE and attiTUDE. Here’s why you should talk to your kids about gratitude and a positive attitude this Thanksgiving

Gratitude

Research shows that gratitude is good for your physical health, emotional wellbeing and improves social relationships and your own self-esteem. It’s pretty amazing that just by being grateful and reflecting and acting on thankfulness can have these powerful full-body benefits, all of which are big picture goals you probably have for your children.

On a physical level, expressing gratitude helps people sleep better, motivates people to be more active, increases energy and reduces illness. Emotionally, gratitude makes you feel happier, content with your life, confident and more relaxed. These feelings contribute to better social interactions because you’re more likely to show empathy and kindness to loved ones, friends and even strangers.

Perhaps most importantly gratitude helps you have better perspective about yourself and the world around you. Experiencing gratitude gives you center yet makes you less self-centered. Seeing how much there is to be thankful for helps you realize what really matters, often making you less materialistic and more optimistic. All of these amazing benefits of gratitude can result in a longer, healthier life for you and your family.

Positive Attitude

Similarly, a positive attitude has many of the same health benefits as gratitude. Positivity can be particularly advantageous to lowering stress.  As such, it has a host of cardiovascular benefits including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

With less stress adults and kids alike have a reduced risk of depression and anxiety and find more happiness in life. In fact, studies show that having a positive attitude combats the signs of aging and may make you live longer.

A positive attitude opens your mind and heart and can be contagious. When you’re positive about life – whether it’s new experiences or facing challenges – you’re more likely to enjoy the journey even if you don’t always succeed. And this positivity can rub off on others, making everyone have a brighter outlook and creating a more pleasant, kind, and caring environment for all.

This Thanksgiving, focus on “tude.” Gratitude and a positive attitude are two very teachable and very beneficial values you can share with your children. We wish you a wonderful thanksgiving filled with lots of “tude.”

Sources: Forbes, Happier Human, Cheat Sheet and The Mayo Clinic

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