It’s no secret that having your first child is challenging. Everything is brand new: how to hold them, burp them, bathe them, and even how to talk to them. But when it comes to the second baby, does it...
In our latest episode of Whose Kid Is That?!? Val and Julie are joined by Allie Mirosevic, the founder of Bliss'd Co, a self-care brand that empowers moms to live more joyful, connected, and fulfilling lives through the transformative power...
What is that feeling in my chest? Is it love for my two wonderful children? Maybe. But more likely, it’s extreme anxiety because of the pressure of modern motherhood. Do you feel it too?  Am I doing too much or...
I played with Barbies when I was a kid, but my older brothers made fun of me so I don’t remember playing with them for very long. I took out my mature disdain for Barbie and her pink-tinged world in...
Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for the Barbie movie. Read with caution. Who expected the Barbie movie to convey a searing indictment of the patriarchy, its impossible expectations of women, and the alarming erosion of women’s rights through recent...
June is Audiobook month! If you happen to listen to our Burning for Bridgerton or But the Book Was Better podcasts, you have probably heard me say that I “read” that episode's book via audiobook. Now, before you say...
In our latest episode of Whose Kid Is That?!?, Val and Julie are joined by Lauren Hays and Megan Dalton, co-founders of The Matrescence. The Matrescence was born out of Lauren and Megan's desire to provide more support for moms after...
Honestly, I didn’t really think through the process of my teen son learning to drive and getting his license. Specifically, I completely ignored the fact that someone would have to give him driving lessons, and the reality that someone...
In our latest episode of our Whose Kid is That?!? podcast, Julie and Val are joined by Aliza Shapiro, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist and founder of Therapy in the City. They chat about what revenge bedtime procrastination is, why we do...
The relationship between a mother and daughter is unlike any other. There is arguably no one else in the world who knows you so wholly and so intimately, sometimes better than you know yourself. Your mother saw you through...
While at my daughter’s gymnastics class, someone made a reference to Nick At Night and my old Gen X heart soared. Is there someone here who remembers Nick At Night besides me? Let’s be besties! We can put our...
This is a really cool time to be a mom and an avid reader. Millennials, my generation, born between 1980-1995, are starting to have kids of their own. And we are not accepting the tired tropes of Mommy Culture....
I have a lot of friends and I'm not saying that to brag. I'm saying it because I'm proud of myself. I have spent most of my life as a shy, introverted bystander. A wallflower, happy to blend into...
We are a few weeks into school, which means I am a few weeks into being a stay-at-home mom of school-aged children. Y'all, I have no kids at home during the day! Our youngest just started kindergarten, so between...

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