My twenty-four-year-old self would be aghast at who I’ve become. Out hiking with a friend, our toddlers strapped to our backs in packs built to make that weight seem as light as a feather. I’m wearing what are called “camp...
Oh, last summer was rough, really rough. It was our second summer in Vermont. We moved here from Alabama during the height of the COVID lockdown in 2020 with our five little kids- ages eight and under, and a...
Fun fact about me, I am pretty obsessed with books and reading… and by pretty, I mean completely. No shame in my book-obsessed game! But there is a slight problem with an obsession like this when it comes to...
I am really happy that both of my kids are active in sports this year. Sports are great for both physical and mental health. I think we all know that by now. My son is on his school's track team...
I picked up my kids, 9 and 6, and loaded them into the car after a full day of summer day camp. This part of the day is always crazy as they both race to share about their days....
In July, my family moved from Vermont to South Carolina. You can read about our journey. To summarize: my family was priced out of Vermont due to the rising cost of rent and lack of appropriate housing options. I...
Moms? I have a question. Did you sign your school-aged kids up for summer camp when you were still in the hospital after delivery or did you wait til you got home? Seriously, folks. Summer camp sign-ups here in Vermont...
The rising costs of food can be a concern to any parent trying to provide for their family and trying to save money. Something I have mastered in the past 9 years is not only how to coupon but...
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At the beginning of the pandemic, my two boys were remote learning. I was working from home and trying to keep everyone smiling despite the unpredictability of this new COVID world. It was late March and there was some crusty...
Are you a parent with an opinion? Want to share your expertise, passions, and thoughts with a wide audience? Take a chance and apply to write for Vermont Mom! Being a Vermont Mom Contributing Writer is a volunteer position that...
These days, our children aspire to become famous YouTubers when they grow up. I am astounded at the vast influence YouTubers have on children. In my kids' world, these people are famous superstars, to be envied and adored. While some...
As I was scrolling on LinkedIn, I read a post from Erika Spradley, a business coach who helps women excel at work.  The post started with a sentence from a client that said, “I don’t have any ambition. I really...
Let me start by saying - I love Dave Grohl. I love every band he’s ever been associated with - Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, and more. I love hearing him on podcasts (like Smartless) and I...
I’ve hit my winter limit: The snow has turned ashen, the skies are a perpetual state of gray, and one sickness blends into the next in this household. Not to mention I’m home way more often, nowadays. It all leaves...

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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...