Michelle Besaw

Michelle Besaw
I was born and raised in Vermont, went to college in Upstate New York, and spent some time abroad in Europe. After graduating, I worked as a newspaper journalist in my college town and met my now husband, Matt. I moved him back to my home state of Vermont and have since turned him into a faithful Vermonter. I gave up my journalism gig for a career in marketing and truly love what I do. I have a 17-month-old son, Reggie; he’s a budding conversationalist, avid basketball fan, and has recently taken a keen interest in snakes – much to my horror. We have a 6-year-old mutt named Benson who has finally adjusted up to sharing my affection. In my free time, I re-live my glory days playing field hockey and I enjoy all things health and fitness. I’m a make-up junkie, wine aficionado, and career mom just trying to figure it all out.
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Surviving Mom Guilt after the Birth of My Second Child

In what felt like the blink of an eye, I was back to work after having my second baby - a daughter we have lovingly named Andrea, a reverence to my late mom, Ann....

Surviving Cabin Fever: What to Do when it’s too Cold, too Dark, and too...

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder is SAD. By this time of year, that’s exactly how I tend to feel. As a life-long Vermonter, I know that...
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5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Help You Shake the Winter Blues

I know the vernacular is “spring cleaning,” but I prefer to do a top to bottom clean and purge of our house every few months or so. I do admit, though, that my spring...

Personal Growth: New Years Non-Resolutions for 2018

Undoubtedly, when one year closes and another begins, it’s standard to spend some time reflecting on the past year. I, for one, concluded that 2017 was a year of tremendous personal growth. It was...
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Deleting Social Media: What I Discovered in My Unsubscribe Movement

In the months leading up to my son’s second birthday (and two days later, on my 32nd birthday), I started to think about time. It seems like a pretty obvious and uninspired thing to...
Helicopter Mom

Modern Motherhood: Confessions of a Budding Helicopter Mom

I remember the exact moment that I proclaimed that I would never, in the event I had kids, be a helicopter mom. I was a senior in college and the news editor of our school...
Time-saving products

Five Time-Saving Beauty Products Worth the Splurge

Before I became a mom, I distinctly remember judging other moms for unwashed hair, unshaved legs, and dirty clothes. I actually thought those moms and dads used having kids as an excuse to stop...

The Competitive Mothering Experience

As my journey into motherhood has progressed, I have become acutely aware of the judgement zones that exist across various categories of moms. Breastfeeding versus not; baby-wearing versus not; screen-time versus none. I guess...
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The Great and Terrible Second Baby Debate

When my husband, Matt, and I decided we wanted to start a family, we were beyond excited and spent countless hours envisioning our lives with our son or daughter. Now that our son is...

How Meditation Changed my Life: the Journey to Mindfulness

The first time I had a panic attack I thought I was dying. I don’t mean that dramatically; I actually thought it was the end. The sharp chest pains, inability to get air, blurry...
Toddler Tantrums

Five Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums

This blog post is about to join the library of complementary articles swirling across the Internet, claiming to have the answer to the unpredictable, yet powerful, toddler tantrums. What I’m about to share with you...
Summer-Proof Makeup

Summer-Proofing Your Makeup Routine

As much as I love - and have longed for - summer, it comes with its own challenges. Like the inevitable sunscreen and toddler show down. Or the feeling you get when a light...
Minimalist Mom Must-Haves

Minimalist Mom Newborn Needs: The Essentials

The moment I decided I wanted to be a mom filled me with excitement, curiosity, love, and a whole lot of fear and dread (because let’s be real, the fact that we CHOOSE to...
Nature takes its course

Mommy Confessions: Nature Takes its Course

As I navigate life as a new mom, that age-old saying "nature vs. nurture" is really starting to resonate with me... but maybe not the way it's intended to.  I woke up to my 14...