Emily Houston

Emily Houston
I am a native Vermonter, and even though the winters nearly drive me away each year, the beautiful landscape, supportive family, and wonderful communities keep us here! I’m also very fortunate to have a job in Clinical Research that married my love of organization with my fascination for science. As much as I love my job, our family is by far the greatest joy in my life. My husband and I have three boys and we have lived in Milton for five years. I also love running, cooking, and being outside with the boys hiking or hitting the beach!
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My Grateful Children Gave Me a Parenting Win Around the Holidays

I don't know about you, but the holidays were crazy at my house. There was a constant flow of family members in and out. There was endless meal-prep to be done and gifts to...
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Mom Gets Anxious Too: The Importance of Facing Stress as a Family

My six year old gets anxious in numerous situations. For instance, leading up to the first day of school, he was very vocal about fearing that he would not find his classroom. He dwelled...
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Hunting for Tradition: When Should I Let my Boys into the Woods?

Each fall, as the air gets crisp and the days get short, I can sense a feeling of excitement radiating from my husband. While I am excited about sweaters and apple crisp, he is...
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Adult Acne is Ruining My Self-Esteem

Many of us have little flaws on our face that we are self-conscious about. Growing up, acne was hardly ever a problem for me. Instead, my cleft chin was referred to as a "Butt...

Internet Smiles Aren’t As Important as the Smiles We Give Our Children

The other day, I posted a photo of me and my kids with the biggest smiles on our faces. It looks like we were having the BEST time, doesn't it? I look like I'm...
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The Bathroom Renovation that Tested my DIY Skills and my Marriage

Taking on a bathroom renovation is not for the faint of heart. My husband tried to warn me how much time and money it would require, but did I listen? Nope. Instead I pinned...
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Terrible Twos (And I’m Talking about Two Bickering Kids)

We are going through a tough phase in our house at the moment- the terrible twos. I'm not talking about the fact that our youngest son is two; but, that our two boys are...
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Tit for Tat – I Don’t Want my Kids Thinking Like That

Tit for tat is usually a term referring to exchanging blows in a fight. While my boys are certainly becoming experts in that regard (giant eye-roll), I'm using the term tit for tat in a...
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To My Angry Little Person, Love, Your Mama

Dear Angry Little Person, This evening was a doozy, my angry little person. You fought with your brother over the placement of game pieces in Candy Land, so much so that the game got put...
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My Marathon Marriage: We Are in it for the Long Haul

I love running. I may not be fast, but I enjoy running for long distances and pushing myself physically and especially mentally. As a mom, I relish in the quiet that I have on a...
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Trying to Be Productive with Young Kids and Constant Interruptions

Have you ever seen the show Cutthroat Kitchen? It's a cooking competition hosted by Alton Brown where the contestants sabotage one another by forcing other competitors to stop what they're doing and use things...
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DIY Salt Dough Ornaments: A Holiday Craft For All Ages

As the days get shorter, and there starts to be a nip in the air, my family turns to DIY crafts and baking to keep ourselves busy. The timing really couldn't be any better,...
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Working Moms- Cut Yourself Some Slack

For working moms, finding balance can be a challenge.   Most weeks, I feel like I'm operating at full capacity Monday through Friday. Beginning at 6am, it's: go, rush, go. I get two boys ready...
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I Grew Up Eating Free and Reduced Hot Lunch at School

As a mom, and as a child who grew up eating a reduced price hot lunch, I am so proud of the food subsidy programs we offer students in Vermont schools. I recently read that...