Kayla Tornello

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.

An Abundance of Apple Recipes

My entire family loves to visit our local orchard to pick apples. It's a great way to spend time outdoors as a family while also supporting a local business. However, I always get home from...
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Thanks, Mom!

As the school year begins, I find myself incredibly busy. My son just started kindergarten this year and my daughter began preschool. There is a whirlwind of paperwork, various meetings, and a constant shuttling of...
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Don’t Pass It On – Ending Disordered Eating

When I found out that my second child was going to be a girl, I immediately worried that she would grow up to face the same problems I did as a teenager. Perhaps my biggest...
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Preschool Prep – Learn from my Mistakes!

My five-year-old son graduated from preschool in June and will be headed off to Kindergarten soon. At the same time, my three-year-old daughter will begin her preschool experience. This time around, I know everything that...

Why It’s Okay to Talk to Strangers

My son is the most outgoing person I know. He absolutely loves talking to strangers. When he was two years old, he convinced two teenagers to read him a story at the library. Last...
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The ABCs of CSA

When I first moved to Vermont nine years ago, I decided that I wanted to start eating better. I slowly started cooking meals that required fresh ingredients, and not just something from a box or...
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A Walk in the Park: Fun in the Vermont State Parks for Families

The Vermont State Parks are wonderful places for families to spend time together in the great outdoors. Here are some great options for families to check out. Alburgh Dunes State Park The dunes at Alburgh make up...

Kids’ Picks at the Shelburne Museum

The first time I visited the Shelburne Museum, I was completely intimidated. The museum grounds are huge and filled with so many interesting things. Unfortunately, it is impossible to see everything in one visit, particularly...