Happy Herald - Family Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[Planning a Joyful Summer Escape ]]> Nearly everyone needs something to look forward to again, and few things can bring more joy than planning the perfect getaway. Many travelers have different ideas in mind when it comes to planning or dreaming about a summer vacation.]]> <![CDATA[Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet]]> As a dog or cat parent, you are responsible for your pet’s well-being and making good decisions about what’s best for him or her. Providing your cherished companion with a high-quality, nutritionally balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life.]]> <![CDATA[Make Reading Part of Your Mother’s Day Celebration ]]> Whether your mom devotes time each week to read the latest best-selling novel or can only find a few moments every now and then to spend some quality time reading, there are plenty of thoughtful options available for nearly every mother regardless of how often she settles into a comfy chair with a good book.]]> <![CDATA[Four Ways to Refresh Your Pet’s Routines]]> After a long year of cozying up inside, it is probably safe to say your dog’s bed could use a refresh. If you notice he retreats to the couch, floor or your bedroom for a good night’s rest, that may be a sign it is time to switch out the old for something new.]]> <![CDATA[How to Plan for a Future Vacation ]]> For any kind of travel, it’s important to make sure you’re up to date on any restrictions your potential destinations may have in place.]]> <![CDATA[Three Pandemic Travel Trends That May Stick Around ]]> COVID-19 has challenged families in different ways, and many had to cancel or reschedule trips during the pandemic due to travel restrictions, which meant missing out on quality time with loved ones, and the mental health and self-care benefits of going on vacation.]]> <![CDATA[Expert Tips for Welcoming a Kitten ]]> Fostering kittens and cats has risen in popularity during these unprecedented times, and many pet lovers are becoming fosters to help overcrowded animal shelters. Fostering a kitten can be a fun and exciting time, but it may also come with a learning curve.]]> <![CDATA[Overcoming the Mask Tips for communicating through COVID-19 ]]> “With COVID-19 and masks, everyday tasks are a source of frustration, such as asking a question at the grocery store deli or talking to someone from behind a customer service desk,” said Bill Schiffmiller, a lifelong hearing aid user and founder and CEO of Akoio, a hearing wellness company.]]> <![CDATA[How to Welcome a New Puppy to the Family ]]> In fact, it takes the average pet owner almost four months to get into the flow with a new four-legged family member, according to a survey by Royal Canin. Eight in 10 respondents said the first year of pet ownership is the most important, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.]]> <![CDATA[Safe Entertaining Tips in a COVID-19 World]]> After an extended period without social contact, it’s only natural to crave some interaction, and there’s evidence that doing so can be advantageous for your mental health. However, taking precautions to protect your physical health, along with your guests’ health, can make for a more enjoyable event.]]> <![CDATA[Four Ways Life with Pets Evolved During the Pandemic ]]> To better understand the challenges and changes pet parents are experiencing during this time, Mars Petcare conducted its second annual BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program report, “Pets in a Pandemic.” The report revealed the growing need for individual assistance and pet-friendly accommodations as pets become more integrated into people’s lives.]]> <![CDATA[Shop Small and Give Back This Holiday Season]]> For those who will be celebrating this season and are looking for gifts that give back, UNICEF Market offers an online collection of handcrafted gifts made by artisans from around the world.]]> <![CDATA[Get the Dish on Proper Nutrition for New Pets ]]> One possible reason for animal lovers looking to expand their households is the mental and physical health benefits from the human-animal bond.]]> <![CDATA[Help Families Struggling this Christmas due to COVID-19]]> Nearly half of low-income Americans reported that they or someone in their household experienced some type of income loss during the pandemic, according to information published by Pew Research Center.]]> <![CDATA[ Fire Safety for Furry Family Members]]> If you have a fire escape plan in place for your home, you’re steps ahead of many Americans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 30 percent of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.]]> <![CDATA[Build Heart- Healthy Behaviors for Preschoolers at Home ]]> Data from a study published in the “Early Childhood Education Journal” from the American Heart Association shows children diagnosed as overweight between 7-13 years old may develop heart disease as early as age 25. However, preventative steps taken in early childhood can help reduce this risk.]]> <![CDATA[Get Curious About Your Cat’s Health ]]> Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.]]> <![CDATA[Try a New Way to Travel]]> Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, families are still finding ways to make the most of unusual schedules to plan a getaway. With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families rent vacation homes later in August, September and October, consider staying longer to mix work and play, and often get better value in high-demand locales. ]]> <![CDATA[Keep Safe with Home Upgrades This Summer]]> “When used properly, a portable generator is a convenient and efficient power source for a wide range of home repair and restoration projects,” said Susan Orenga]]> <![CDATA[Four Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines]]> A Suzy survey of 5,000 U.S. pet owners found nearly 70 percent of respondents are concerned their pets will have new or additional anxiety when they return to work.]]>