Amanda Dall

Originally from upstate New York, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they got married in 2007! She holds a Masters's degree in speech-language pathology and, over the last five years, has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom to two young children. These days, Amanda plays the role of 'stay-at-home-mom' and spends her time chauffeuring, chasing kids, reading children's books, and seeking any activity that will get her family out of the house.
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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: What the Mama in your Life Really Wants

Attention all those looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for those special moms in your life; I know just what you’re looking for! While flowers are always appreciated, going out to dinner is a...
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Board Books: Our Family’s Favorites and Why We Love Them

It’s been scientifically proven that reading to babies at early ages encourages cognitive and language development. It is never too soon to start reading to your babies. I’ll admit, when I was pregnant with my...
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Nine Over the Top Ideas for Your Gender Reveal Party

When it came to finding out the sex of my babies, I found that I enjoyed waiting until birth to find out much more than finding out ahead of time. However, not everyone feels...

My Baby’s Gender Reveal: Pink or Blue or Delay the Hue?

I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I had suspicions that I could be pregnant. The anxiety was killing me. I woke up at 5am on a Sunday...

Two Children, Two Epidurals, and Absolutely No Regrets

Like many first time mothers, I took a childbirth class when I was pregnant with my oldest. It was useful and terrifying at the same time. I absorbed so much information that my head...

The Complete Family and Why I Know I Am Done Having Children

Over the last ten years, I’ve seen many moms and moms-to-be struggle when people comment about the sex of their children, or ask when they are having more. You know, the mom of five...
When my phobias kick in, my brain hits the panic button.

How My Phobias Have Changed Because of Motherhood

There are a few things I have always been afraid of. Some I’d categorize as phobias, and others are more anxiety-producing, rather than an actual hardcore terror.  However, one thing is certain; since becoming a...
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Holiday Placemats: A DIY Project To Recycle and Reuse Holiday Cards

What do you do with old Christmas and holiday cards once the holiday season is over? Do you recycle them? Put them in a box for safe keeping and look at them once every ten...
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Baby Gifts for the Holidays: What to Consider Beyond Toys

I think many parents have realized that babies don’t need much. Once you start celebrating holidays and first birthdays, you also come to the conclusion that other people love to buy your baby toys...
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Building Blocks and Creativity: Building a Jetpack for Piglet

There are times that my husband and I joke that the real reason for having kids is so that we have an excuse to play with toys like building blocks again. Even if it isn’t...
A Lego firefighter and truck I could use when discussing fire safety with my children.

Fire Safety: Effectively Improving Your Kids’ Knowledge

There is a never-ending list of topics we should talk to our children about. One topic that doesn’t usually come to mind immediately is fire safety. I recently found out that the month of...
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Sibling Separation Anxiety: Back to School Is Hard on Little Sister, Too.

My son has been in kindergarten for a month now and he’s doing just fine. He has made some new friends, comes home excited about the library books he takes out, and tells me...
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Self-Consciousness and Young Kids: How Early do These Feelings Start?

Having a child entering elementary school makes me nervous about a lot of things. But up until the second week of school, I didn’t think too much about my son being worried about what...
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Thanking Teachers: From a Former Educator Turned Stay-At-Home Mom

From the moment the month of August began, I have been reflecting upon how my role during back-to-school time has changed over the years. In the past, I’ve been a student and an educator....