Kat Salemno

Kat Salemno
I grew up here in Northern Vermont, and I've lived here for almost my whole life. I'm a full time Spanish teacher in a local public school, and I'm working on getting my Masters in Applied Linguistics. I love to sew, and I co-own a small business with my mom (katspawsvt.com). I live in Milton with my husband, our son, and our two dogs.

5 Easy Screen-Free Hands-On Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy

Like lots of teachers around the state, I am currently teaching from home while watching my 3-year-old every day. My husband, who is a postal worker, is still working outside of the home and...

Allison Hicks: Sleep Consultant and Postpartum Doula You Need to Know

When I had my son a few years ago, I knew a little about what labor doulas do, but I hadn’t heard of a postpartum doula until I met Allison Hicks. Like most new moms, I...

Personal Goals Ten Years Later: How Being a Parent Changed Me

I just finished reading, “What Alice Forgot,” by Liane Moriarty, where the main character hits her head at the gym and wakes up to find that ten years of her memory have disappeared. Her...
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30+ Ideas for Creating a Locally-Sourced Easter Basket

Last Easter, when my son was about a year and a half old, I’ll admit: I was unprepared. The Easter Bunny and I did not coordinate schedules. There was no great planning session, no...
growth mindset, progress, parenting philosophy

Embracing the Growth Mindset As A Parent

I've been a teacher for a decade. For ten years, I've helped students and parents navigate the constantly-changing world of education. I've been through many educational initiatives and adjusted my curriculum and teaching styles...

Six Places to Buy, Sell, and Donate Konmaried Kids’ Items

If you’re like me, you’ve been watching Marie Kondo on her Netflix show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo, and you may have your own box of “Konmaried” possessions to get rid of. There’s something...

Meet the BVTMB Team: Moms, Entrepreneurs, Writers, and Volunteers

I have been a writer for the BurlingtonVT Moms Blog team for nearly two years. Through participating in blog events, I’ve come to know a little bit about the moms on our team, and I...
alone, breaking up, loss, coping with loss, friendship loss, keeping friends, adult friends

Mom Struggles: the Challenge of Keeping Adult Friendships Alive

It's no secret that I have had trouble making friends as an adult. Last year, I wrote a post about how hard it was to connect with new people, and I quickly found that...
toddler mom, toddler

A Helpful Checklist to See if You Might Be a Toddler Mom

When you have a baby, or possibly even beforehand, you are bound to hear comments about toddlers. You might hear about, “The terrible twos,” or what it's like having a “Threenager,” in the house....

Celebrating the Holiday Season with Festive Family Traditions

While I’m not completely in love with Vermont’s below-zero winter weather, I love pretty much everything else about winter. I love watching the snow fall, bundling up to go out in fresh snow, and...
new job, quit my job, leap of faith, self esteem

Professional Moms: Finding the Courage to Get a New Job

It was April 5th, around lunchtime. I was at a conference with a fellow teacher (and friend) when I decided that I was going to leave my job. Now, I don't mean that I...
sewing, old fashioned

The Top 3 Reasons You’ll Think I’m Old-Fashioned

My husband frequently jokes that I have, “old lady hobbies.” I used to roll my eyes at this comment, but in recent years, I’ve come to realize that not only does it not bother...

Five Things I Learned during my Digital Declutter

You’ve heard this a thousand times already, but I’ll tell you again: being a parent changes you. Before kids, everything was different. I got to shower when I wanted (even every day!), use the...
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Father’s Day for Grandpa: Becoming Baba

I had been just a normal adult male, a grandpa, going about a normal life, until one recent day I learned that I had become, “Baba.” My grandson didn’t call me anything for more...