My parents have both been blessed with green thumbs that would make Mother Nature herself proud. Throughout my childhood, the two of them maintained a vegetable garden that was approximately one-quarter of an acre in size and provided our...
The first time I ever tried knitting, I was a wee Girl Scout in elementary school. I knit a headband.  My mom cast on my stitches for me and, with some instruction, off I went, happily knitting. I wish...
I am broke.  Well, not totally, but broke enough not to be able to afford to buy 20 family members gifts for Christmas. This year I am taking my cue from a good friend who MADE ALL HER CHRISTMAS...
I have loved crafts my entire life. Now that I have children, I want to pass on my love of crafts to them. They are finally old enough to be able to do crafting activities with minimal supervision. I want...
I love planning parties! I planned a surprise party, and birthday weekend, for my husband two years ago. Last year I planned our very own brew tour for my husband’s birthday and rented a minivan to cart around all our friends. I...
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 now 8 and 10 years...
I recently had the pleasure of flying across the country with my 4.5-year-old son, M.J., and my 14-month-old daughter, C. I wasn't at all worried about the big kid. The 4-year-old was happy as a clam to have extra iPad...
This year my 4 year old, Aden, finally gets it. Gets what's supposed to happen at Halloween that is. And the thing that is exciting him the most is not the gobs of candy (that will haunt Mommy until...
My daughter is currently obsessed with bath bombs. A simple offer of a bath bomb with her bath can turn any bath time tantrum around. I get it! If I took baths, I’d like them too! After getting some bath...
I have been enthusiastic about celebrating holidays ever since I was a child. I really enjoyed all the routines and traditions that go along with them. Both of my children take after me in this respect and they both love...
With springtime springing, we know that Easter is right around the corner, and it's time to dye some eggs in our house. This year, we decided to venture into natural dying and thought we’d share our experience making naturally...
When I told my daughter, Violet, that I would be combining her birthday party with her little sister's last summer, I expected some pouting. Instead, she surprised me by announcing that she wanted a Doctor Seuss birthday party featuring...
Today I’m sharing with you my latest DIY home improvement project.  Coat Hangers inspired by nature…and a mashup of a few posts I found on Pintrest.  This project is so easy and you can basically find the materials in...
I recently polled friends and family on social media to ask their thoughts on creative projects with kids, and what keeps them from doing these projects with their young kids. Here’s what they said: “It’s messy.” “I wind up...

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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...