We are back with day 3 of Shop VT 2013, your local holiday gift guide, brought to you by us and Try Vermont First! Today we have one stop shops, gifts for the parent, stocking stuffer ideas, and gifts for...
A few weeks ago we drove home from a Family Reunion weekend at Lake Honeoye in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. I thought about how lucky my children and I are to have this experience year after...
February, the month that embraces Valentine’s Day, seems like a good time to reflect on how we show love and what we recognize as love, including the proofs of love we value. As a culture, Americans seem prone to...
Some of my favorite gifts to both give and receive are experience-based gifts, but I have to admit that this is a relatively new mindset around gift-giving for me. I used to be the mom who spent hundreds of dollars...
Christmas has always been a magical time for me. My side of the family is Catholic and, as such, we always celebrated Advent and Christmas according to our religious beliefs and through service to others.  That is not to say, however,...
Are you traumatized by current events? Feel like you and everyone else are wrapped up in it, and yet you cannot find footing? Did you just trip on your rotting jack-o-lantern on the way down your front steps to get the latest 25lbs of gift catalogs in the mail? Don’t get overwhelmed. I’ll help you get through these 2 months of Christmas preparations with advice from someone who has never celebrated Christmas.
Festivals and Events Sam Mazza's Harvest Festival This harvest festival located at Sam Mazza's has family fun for all! This year they have TWO dates to choose from: Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 12. Pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting,...

Our Magniloquent Epistle

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  We write a Christmas letter every year. It's a lovely tradition and gesture, but every year as we prepare to write it, I can't help but think two things: Our life is a bit depressing. Our life is super BORING. "Seasons Greetings!...
What do you do with old Christmas and holiday cards once the holiday season is over? Do you recycle them? Put them in a box for safe keeping and look at them once every ten years? Give them to your...
Every year for Thanksgiving, my husband and I visit his family in Massachusetts for a couple of days. It’s about a four-hour drive. Never one to sit idle on one family trip, I was looking for something to occupy...
It's time for our Vermont Mom favorite Vermont gifts of 2021! We've got a fantastic series coming your way. First to drop is, of course, our picks for ladies - or for anyone who loves Vermont-made gifts! To start, Vermont Mom...

Local Holiday Events

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The Christmas season is one of my favorite times of year and I love that there are so many family friendly events in VT to enjoy! Here are just a few of our favorites...   Christmas Tree Lighting on Church St.  Although...
In addition to Christmas and the Persian New Year, and in an effort to be more multicultural and to help our daughter understand and love her heritage, we wanted to include Kwanzaa in our annual celebrations. We began amateurishly...
I LOVE the holiday season! From Thanksgiving through the New Year, I’m all about the peppermint mochas and the spirit of giving and turkey with cranberry sauce and New Year’s Resolutions. I like to pack on the pounds indulging...

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