Kayla Tornello

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Kayla grew up in southeastern Ohio and met her Vermonter husband while in college. They now live in Essex Junction with their two children. Kayla is a stay-at-home mom to her son (born 2010) and her daughter (born 2011). She is also a church pianist/organist. Her hobbies include singing, reading, acting, and coming up with tasty ways to feed her family vegetables. She enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible.

2022 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the sometimes cold but always delightful Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay close to home or decide to take a tour of the state, Vermont has so many terrific holiday activities in December,...

The Best Family Friendly Campgrounds in Vermont

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For our adventurous, outdoor-loving families who camp with kids, we've put together a list of family-friendly campgrounds in Vermont. Get your tents and s'mores supplies ready, it's time to go camping! Check out these thirteen family-friendly...

Tips and Tricks to Make Sleepaway Camp the Most Fun

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My daughter went to sleepaway camp for the first time this summer. I had been to sleepaway camp myself as a kid, but the nineties were a long time ago! While some things have stayed...

Childhood Home- When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

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My mom still lives in my childhood home. She won't be there for long, though. By next year, she will be moving into a new place, in a new town, with my brother and sister-in-law....
No, I Don't Want to Watch My Kids' Sports Events

No, I Don’t Want to Watch My Kids’ Sports Events

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I am really happy that both of my kids are active in sports this year. Sports are great for both physical and mental health. I think we all know that by now. My son is...

Maple Syrup- Where to Find a Taste of Vermont

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Maple syrup and Vermont go together like a match made in heaven. My family loves maple syrup. We visit at least one sugarhouse every spring. It's a Vermont tradition! However, you don't need to stop...

YouTubers – Harmless Fun or a Bad Influence?

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These days, our children aspire to become famous YouTubers when they grow up. I am astounded at the vast influence YouTubers have on children. In my kids' world, these people are famous superstars, to be...

Exercise – It’s Easiest From Home, for Free!

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We all know that exercise is important for our health. However, exercise is hard to fit into our schedules. I'm more likely to work out in the mornings, but I also have a hard time...

Childhood in the Nineties – From A to Z

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Watching my own children grow up brings me nostalgia for my own childhood. There are so many things I experienced growing up in the nineties that my children will never get to experience. Some things...

ADHD Task Bracelets – A Helpful Tool to Remember it All

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I recently heard about ADHD task bracelets and I was instantly intrigued. What even is an ADHD task bracelet? Basically, it's just a bracelet that helps remind you of all the things that you need...

Ice Cream Maker – Create Your Own Delicious Treats

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I bought an ice cream maker this summer and it is awesome! I honestly didn't know much about ice cream makers, but everyone in my family loves ice cream. I have heard good things about...

Thrift Stores – Searching for Second-Hand Treasures

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Thrift stores are such fun places to explore! Especially when it's raining and I have nothing else to do, shopping at thrift stores is a great way to get my family out of the house....
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Horseback Riding – A Great Outdoor Activity for the Whole Family

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Horseback riding has been on my bucket list for a long time. Every year, I keep saying that I will finally go horseback riding, but I keep making excuses. This year, I decided that my...

Manchester- An Exciting Vermont Day Trip for the Entire Family

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Manchester, Vermont makes a great trip from any part of Vermont. My favorite destination is Hildene. Located in Manchester, Hildene was the summer home of Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln. When you tour the...