At the beginning of my third trimester, I failed the glucose tolerance test. Every pregnant person takes it and the grade is either pass or fail. I failed the super glucose tolerance test, too. I spent a whole morning at...
At my last physical my doctor told me I needed to schedule my first routine colonoscopy. My immediate reaction was that at 45, I am way too young to have a colonoscopy. I was surprised to learn that the...
For many of us, the time has come to start prepping for our kids to leave for college. Shopping lists may include shampoo, soap, shower caddy, mattress pad, storage bins, extra long sheets, travel mug, desk lamp, fan, etc....
Girl, you are crazy! That is the reaction I get when a friend or family member learns about my new hobby. “You seriously go into freezing water... in the middle of winter in Vermont... for fun?” I hate being cold, so...
I was 30 years old the first time I heard about PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I gave birth to my third child 10 months prior, and during my c-section, I had a tubal ligation done. No more birth control,...
I started lifting weight at age 48 because I wanted to tone up. The program I used happened to include barbell work; in particular, what powerlifters call the big three competition lifts: back squats, bench presses, and (shown here) deadlifts. I...
We all know that exercise is important for our health. However, exercise is hard to fit into our schedules. I'm more likely to work out in the mornings, but I also have a hard time waking up early. In the...
Please note: Brianna's experience and the medical care she received are not medical guidelines and are intended for informational and anecdotal purposes only. Please speak with your medical care provider if you are not well.  As a medically complex adult...
Today, I was mindlessly scrolling my feed during lunch break, liking all sorts of things, from puppy videos to monologs, when – wham! – I was smacked right in the face with something I work actively to avoid. It was...
In January 2020, we didn't anticipate that COVID-19 would be impacting us for years. Yet here we are, starting 2022 with several COVID vaccines, some potential treatments for COVID infection, and knowledge about how to avoid COVID infection. It's...
DISCLAIMER- Mario writes about her personal experience with breast cancer and is trying to articulate the struggles she has with medication side effects, survivorship decisions, and mortality. Many people tolerate hormone blockade without significant side effects. She absolutely believes...
By now we’ve all read about, watched, and reflected on Simone Biles’ decision to drop out of the women’s gymnastics team competition in Tokyo after performing on the first apparatus of the night, the vault.  When Biles revealed that her...
Most people think food allergies are only diagnosed in kids, but both children and adults can develop different food allergies. In fact, 10.4% of the US population is food allergic, which translates to upwards of 32 million people. One...
Paddleboards are a great way to enjoy the water with your entire family. Paddleboards are easy enough for anyone to use! You can use them on just about any body of water. Paddleboards are also a great way for the...

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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...