Emma Frappier

I was born and raised in Vermont. I live off a dirt road in Huntington with my husband, teenage step daughter and four year old son. I work as a baker at Krins Bakery and love my job! I run outside every morning, all year, and I am usually training for some race. I have an obsession with pizza, ice cream, and trashy tv shows.

Buying Organic: The Trials and Tribulations of Organic Milk

I quickly grabbed a half gallon of 2 percent milk out of the cooler case and placed it in my basket. Unfortunately, my four year-old son happened to notice the chocolate milk placed strategically...

The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and My Parenting Shortfalls

In June, I attended my son’s final Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting of the school year. G just completed his second of what will be three years of preschool. He has been on an IEP...

Confessions of a Reformed Adventure Seeker

Spontaneity and motherhood do not go hand in hand. As much as I enjoy being a mom, it is difficult to make impulsive plans and commitments. Leaving the house even just to run one...

5 Reasons Why Spring Saves My Sanity and Recharges Me

Its spring! We made it through the long, harsh New England winter. Today, I threw open the windows, opened the back door and released my toddler out into the warm morning air. He runs...

Motherhood Makes Me Wear My Heart on the Outside

I will be the first to admit I am a sensitive person. But I never used to be so tenderhearted until I became a mother. I once read that when you become a parent,...

Top 5 Reasons I Love Living and Raising my Family in a Rural Community

My family and I live in a rural community, a twenty-five minute drive from the closest major city. There are dense forests, steep mountains, dirt roads, and farm fields. There are no stop lights, spotty...

Motherhood Dilemmas: I Don’t Want to Have Another Baby… Right Now

I always wanted to have two or three children. I grew up with siblings and valued having someone around to play with. But my 4 year-old son, G, is an only child and the...

Is Social Media the New “Keeping up with the Joneses”

I love social media. I love the connections it creates, the resources it provides, and the news it generates. But I also hate social media. I hate the way it sucks me in and...

My Not-Traditional Path to Marriage: How My Husband and I Found Bliss

My husband, T, and I have been together for over five years. We have a four year-old son, a house, a joint checking account, and he is my emergency contact and I am his....
Gearing up for potty training.

My Potty Training Saga: Why Potty Training is Making Me Crazy

My son is four years old and still wears diapers... and not just at night. We are in a potty training stalemate.  My son, G, is four years old and absolutely refuses to potty train....

So Many Questions, So Little Time

My son, G, is four. Like most four year-olds he asks a lot of questions, so many questions! Questions about what I am doing, where we are going, and why he can't have a...

Emma’s Review: Top Six Board Games for Preschoolers

Winter has arrived and so has cabin fever. My son, like most preschool age children, requires constant entertainment. Snow, sleet and freezing rain trap us inside our house. I strategically lay out art projects,...

Cell Phones, Social Media and Our Children’s Self Esteem

In April of 2015, our family dog was hit and killed by a car. Of course, we were devastated. However my 13 year-old stepdaughter, R, who lives with us full time, took the loss...
Mother Runner with medal and son.

Mother Runner: How I Hit the Roads and Found My Inspiration

My alarm goes off at 4:30am and I leap out of bed. Quietly I pull on my leggings, sports bra, t-shirt, and socks. I peek into my son's room where he is sleeping soundly, the...