Halie Manley

Halie Manley
Halie is a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style, and life. She currently resides on the eastern side of the state with her husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter.) She attended Colby-Sawyer College and Philadelphia University, then returned to Colby-Sawyer where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Her family has a running joke that Halie was on her own version of Amazing Race (selecting a college edition.) While she loves to visit cities, she discovered that she can’t live in one! She best describes herself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, tea, local craft beers, ice cream, HGTV, and basically anything that sparks joy! She is ridiculously comfortable in her own shoes (probably because she ditched heels!) You can find more about her on her blog, Our Small Life Home.

Buying a Camper and Camping with Kids: Tips from a Pro

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For the Love of Ice Fishing: A Family Interview

I didn’t grow up ice fishing. Before I met my husband when I thought “ice fishing” I imagined the scene in Grumpy Old Men where they pan out on dozens upon dozens of people...
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Let’s Not Talk Politics in My Household, Okay?

We don’t talk politics in our household. I understand that it is an election year, and talking openly about issues is important. But hear me out. My husband and I have been married for 10 years,...
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I’m a Disorganized Mess Now, Thanks to the Covid-19 Pandemic!

Disorganized was simply not in my vocabulary. I never imagined I could ever be a disorganized mess. I’m not saying I didn’t have piles, but they were organized piles. I was never disorganized to the...
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Fishing with Kids in Vermont

In Vermont, fishing with kids is both a pastime and a tradition. At one point, it seemed like every family did it.  These days, teaching kids to fish isn’t as standard as it once was....
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Bathing Suit Roundup: Conservative & Self-Conscious Mom Edition

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Truth Is, I’m Still Not A Fun Mom. Part Two.

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How Do it Yourself (DIY) Projects Strengthen My Marriage

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How this Mom Is Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This is Why an Intensive Hockey Schedule Works for My Son

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The 7 Daily Affirmations of a Tired Mom

I’ve read countless articles about how daily affirmations can improve your life. It’s said that daily affirmations can improve your way of life or even turn things around to go your way. I’m going to...
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We Don’t Pay Our Kids for Doing Chores in Our Home

In our home, we don't pay our kids for doing chores, and we never will. That’s a bold statement. A very bold statement about chores that my husband and I absolutely stand behind. I’m well...
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One Mom’s Barriers To Achieving Her Dream Career

I have barriers standing between me and a dream career that makes me feel fulfilled, instead of obligated. Recently I woke up depressed. I don’t mean to negate the feelings of depression for those who...
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This Terrible Cook Has Five Favorite Recipes That Will Appeal to Everyone

I’m a terrible cook. Let’s just put that out there. Cooking is not my strength.  While I wish I was a phenomenal cook and my family could rave about my delicious yet healthy feasts, I...