I am not on board with Marie Kondo, and minimalism is definitely not my thing. Don't even talk to me about a new way to fold.  I am a maximalist, and I want table lamps, extra pillows, snuggly blankets, houseplants,...
It's finally here - Spring! Spring symbolizes new beginning and what better way to start fresh than to spring clean your garage! It's warm enough to get outside to tackle this project. Pick a weekend - you may need both...
My mom still lives in my childhood home. She won't be there for long, though. By next year, she will be moving into a new place, in a new town, with my brother and sister-in-law. The house is nothing special...
Everyone has heard of spring cleaning. In my house, I desperately need some pre-holiday cleaning. No matter how much I try to limit the number of presents I buy my kids, Christmas morning always brings in a new mountain of...
Are you in need of a beautiful, yet inexpensive storage solution for all those toys, winter accessories, or junk piles lying around? I'm loving the rope baskets and bowls that I see in magazines and home stores, why am I...
The Chinese art of Feng Shui is based on ancient principles of energy flow. We can understand how acupuncture works by unblocking channels, or meridians, and creating a healthy flow of Qi (energy) and blood. Pressure work on acupuncture...
So much of our waking lives are spent in digital space - on our phones, computers and other devices - yet how often do we "clean" these areas? My motivation for cleaning and organizing my home ring true online and...
As parents, we have some common goals: to raise happy and healthy kids, to get more time with our family, to spend less on groceries and unexpected life events, and save money. Right?  Recently, I wrote about my tips for...
Recently, we let some laundry pile up… okay, a lot of laundry. Like, four clean loads to fold and at least that many to wash.  I felt like there was laundry everywhere and the situation was impossible to get a...
Spring...it's coming soon, although it may be hard to tell after that monster snow storm we just got. I love spring. I long for it after the doldrums of winter start to set in around February. And at the first...
Turkey Chili Stuffed Delicata Squash Mummies With Halloween just gone by, and Thanksgiving coming, these stuffed squash mummies are a fun way to celebrate the fall harvest with a festive family dinner. Ground turkey, beans, and veggies make this a...
When my daughter was a newborn, my phone was by my side 24/7. It became my way to pass the time during round-the-clock feedings and was useful for everything from snapping a zillion photos, staying in touch with friends and...
Are you considering raising guinea hens for tick control on your property? We’ve tried it and highly recommend it. Beware though, there are a few things to think through before raising guinea hens in your backyard. Here’s what we learned...
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...

In + Around Vermont

Moving to the Vermont Gayborhood of Our Dreams

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My wife and I, with our then 2-year-old, moved to Vermont in 2021 from rural Missouri.  While we had great friends and community in Missouri,...
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Why I HATE Fall… Y’all