Tricia Van Vliet

Tricia Van Vliet
Although I am a Jersey girl at heart, Shelburne, VT is where my family has planted our roots. I’m a mama to three: Sean, Fee, and Maggie. I work in special education by day and can be found reading, running or eating cheesecake after the kids are asleep. (Sadly, I have yet to discover a way to combine all three of my favorite hobbies.) I love food, eclectic fashion, morning coffee in my favorite mustache mug, and am passionate about all things local and Vermont. Although I have yet to learn how to ski, I'm your girl if you need some gas pumped.

Creating Traditions: Dutch Baby

I love food. Preparing it, waiting for it, sharing it. But my favorite dishes are those that are steeped in memories. The cinnamon scent of Mom's Deep Dish Apple pie, Dad's frugality-inspired pennyrolls, Howard Johnson's crispy mozzarella sticks...

The Dare

In 2012, I became a working mom and the state of my house quickly took a turn for the worse. I wrote about being a Messy Mom. I tried to connect with you and...
Eating healthy with your kids

Mama T’s Tips for Encouraging Healthy Eaters

1} Stop using the phrase “picky eater.”   Guilty as charged. But when I saw how the phrase was starting to effect not only my own pre-schooler's perception of food, but my own ideas about what she...

Moving Mountains

some days I look around me and see mountains mountains of laundry miles I'm dying to run stuffed animals on the office floor dog drool on the walls mountains of wonder how does she have it all together? how does...

My 6 Year Old Stylist

When my now six year old was a mere 18 months old, she discovered a pair of red leather Venezualan leather Mary Janes in a bag of hand-me-downs. And like that, she was smitten. She wore...

When You Told My Kids to Be Quiet

You called to me from your side of the fence that borders our backyards. Although at the time my family had lived in our house for over a year, I wouldn't have recognized your face at...

Tips for Extrovert Parents With Introvert Kids

I am the youngest of five kids and grew up feeling at home in social situations. In general, I am energetic around people and thrive off of interaction. Although I don't love labels, I...

Dreading Holiday Overkill? You’re Doing it Wrong.

It's the holiday season. And while the stores are piled with all things peppermint, another yearly custom is about to occur. The one where some Mommy Blogger tells me to quit celebrating so darn hard....

Feeding Sean

In my last trimester of pregnancy, a flood destroyed our home.  The spring green nursery complete with washed and folded-hand-me-down clothes and a honey colored armoir that I had as a babe, was destroyed. All...
boy, two girls, brother, two sisters, brother and two sisters, girl holding apple, kids sitting at picnic table, happy siblings

On Being “Done”

“We're going to have a little boy.” My friend told me over the phone and I almost burned the pork carnitas I had labored over all afternoon. I yelped with pure happiness for her, her husband,...

Cry Me a River

It was winter out. Icy, frigid, gray. I found myself sitting in the Skinny Pancake at Burlington Airport, waiting for my outbound flight to Newark, NJ. I was going to the funeral and services for...

Across the Miles on Mother’s Day

To My Mom: mother of five, grandmother to 16, nurse, wife, Sarah Lawrence graduate, back-rubber, story-teller, and forever-confidant of mine. Dear Mom, Thank you for teaching me to read, for sitting in the corner of our Glen...

Wax On, Wax Off

To wax or not to wax. It's never been a question. At the ripe old age of 14, I began a dutiful pilgrimage to the nail salon in the center of town to have my...

Unplugging in the Afternoon + A Giveaway

Yesterday, the kids and I colored monster pictures.   Maggie is into patterns these days and so alternated coloring her monsters turquoise and brown. Sophia, having recently begun feeling proud of her artistic skills, worked slowly...