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.

Sleepover – Preparing Your Child to Spend the Night Away From Home

A sleepover is a right of passage. It means your child is growing up. That said, your child's first sleepover can be nerve-wracking, both for you and your child. My children's first sleepover was with...

Lessons from Coronavirus – Changing My Family’s Schedule

This coronavirus pandemic is so stressful and terrible. Thanks to coronavirus, I have been on the verge of tears on an almost daily basis. The routines that we all took for granted suddenly disappeared overnight....
Campfire Food - Delicious and Easy Treats to Cook Over Fire

Campfire Food – Delicious and Easy Treats to Cook Over Fire

Summer is here, which means it's time for campfire food! Campfire food is so exciting for kids, whether it's at a campsite, a park, or even your own backyard. There is something so satisfying about...

Backyard Camping – Enjoy Nature Without Leaving Home!

Backyard camping is an easy way to bring some fun to your summer when everything else has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While backyard camping is fun, it is also safe and inexpensive....
Books about Race and Racism to Educate People of All Ages

Books about Racism to Educate People of All Ages

Racism is a huge problem in this country. I wish there was an easy way to solve this horrendous problem, but there is no easy answer. Each person must do what they can. One way...

I’m Dreading Summer this Year Due to Coronavirus

Summer is my favorite time of the year. I look forward to summer every year. I work as a substitute teacher, so summer means a break from school for me and my children. Summer offers...

Painting My Kids’ Rooms – A Project for When You’re Stuck at Home

I finally decided to go ahead and start painting my kids' rooms! I'm not really big on projects, so the paint on the walls of their rooms is from before they were born. (They are...

Quarantine Birthday – It’s so much More Fun and Less Pressure!

My son's tenth birthday was in April of 2020, right in the midst of all the Stay Home, Stay Safe regulations due to coronavirus. At first, I felt really disappointed that my son would be...

No, I’m Not Being Productive While I’m Stuck at Home

I'm sick of people posting on social media about how we should all be productive and get so much stuff done while we're all stuck at home due to coronavirus. I just can't be productive...

When You’re Stuck at Home – Activities to Keep Kids Entertained

My kids get so bored when they are stuck at home. Unfortunately, getting stuck at home happens to everyone at times. Maybe it's a snow day home from school. Maybe one (or more!) people in...

Books to Read Aloud to Your Elementary School-Aged Children

My son's homework is to read books for 30 minutes a day. While he enjoys reading books, 30 minutes is a long time for him, especially when he is tired after a long day at...
valentine's day crafts

Non-Food Valentine’s Day Treats for School Celebrations

What non-food Valentine's Day treats can I send to school with my children? When I was in school, everyone gave out candy with their Valentine's Day cards. Most of the cards even came with candy,...

Relaxing Facial – A Fabulous Birthday Treat to Myself

I treated myself to a facial for my birthday this year. Honestly, I was a bit intimidated by the facial because I had never visited a spa before. My beauty routine (if you could even...

Trying New Foods – My New Years Resolution for My Kids

My kids are not into trying new foods. When they were toddlers, I was able to get my kids to try new foods all the time. It was either because they didn't know better or...