Claire Hanover

Claire is mom to her thrill-seeking, 2016-born prankster son, who always keeps her on her toes. Her degree and professional background are in legal and administrative practices. Claire splits her time between being the team mom, reading cheesy (and not so cheesy) romance books, trying to keep her plants alive, spoiling her dog, and enjoying anything outdoorsy. You'll find Claire on two of our podcasts, Burning for Bridgerton and But the Book Was Better. She also admins for two of the Vermont Moms’ Facebook groups. Follow her on Instagram at
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Costume on a Budget: DIY No-Sew Knight Costume for Halloween

Earlier this year, my son’s daycare had a Castles and Dragons-themed week. The kids were invited to dress up for the occasion. A few weeks prior, we happened to visit Medieval Times, and our...

KonMari with Claire: My Experience with the KonMari Method

If you missed part one of this KonMari method post, catch up here. My husband and I jumped on Marie Kondo’s bandwagon of organizing joy by spending a few late nights binge-watching Tidying Up after our toddler went...

A Mom’s Take on KonMari: The Book vs. The Series

A while ago, I saw a book repeatedly recommended in a minimalist group I’m in on Facebook. I kept reading about the book and the Konmari Method online but never jumped all in because my husband...

Ease the Back to School Transition: Lunchbox Note, Meet Pencil Box Note

I knew my new second grader was nervous about going back to school. I had to figure out a way to ease the back to school transition. I searched my house for a Sharpie...
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Backyard Scavenger Hunt: Fun for the Whole Family!

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to get outside! I am a huge believer that everyone needs to spend time outside. I just don’t see how spending all day on the couch...
Audiobooks are great for busy moms

A Case for Audiobooks: Audiobooks Are Perfect for Busy Moms

June is Audiobook month! If you happen to listen to our Burning for Bridgerton or But the Book Was Better podcasts, you have probably heard me say that I “read” that episode's book via...

The “I’m Bored” Jar: Downtime Fun for Kids!

We are all going to hear it multiple times this summer, in every long, drawn-out tone imaginable: “Mooooooooom... I’m bored." No matter what we do to prepare, the reality is that people like us have...
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Huggy Wuggy and Kissy Missy: YouTube Characters You Need to Know About Now

While scrolling through Facebook, as usual, I saw a post from a friend who has a kid a little older than my son. Her post was along the lines of the Momo story –...
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The Lifelong Benefits of Childhood Counseling

Earlier this month, I started speaking to a counselor again to help me with my mental health. This is the fourth one I've had in my 30+ years on this planet. Coming back to...