I’m a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style and life. I currently reside on the eastern side of the state with my husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter). I attended Colby-Sawyer College and Philadelphia University, then back to Colby-Sawyer where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. The running family joke is that I was on my own version of Amazing Race (selecting a college edition.) While I love to visit a city, I discovered I can’t live in one! I can best describe myself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, local craft beers, ice cream, This Old House, and basically anything that sparks joy! I’m also ridiculously comfortable in my own shoes (probably because I ditched heels)! You can find more about me on my blog Our Small Home Life (www.oursmallhomelife.com)
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Fishing with Kids in Vermont

In Vermont, fishing with kids is both a pastime and a tradition. At one point, it seemed like every family did it.  These days, teaching kids to fish isn’t as standard as it once was....
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Bathing Suit Roundup: Conservative & Self-Conscious Mom Edition

A bathing suit is my worst enemy. They have always been for me. When I was younger, I was very underdeveloped compared to my friends so I was embarrassed to wear a bathing suit. Today,...
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Truth Is, I’m Still Not A Fun Mom. Part Two.

I’m still not a fun mom. I told you this about a year ago, and I’m here to say it again. How do I know this? My children clearly let me know. How do I...
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How Do it Yourself (DIY) Projects Strengthen My Marriage

DIY projects, or, for the uninitiated, do-it-yourself projects, are my current addiction, and I don’t see them going away anytime soon. I don’t know if it’s my age or my way of dealing with the...
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How this Mom Is Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sitting and drinking my morning coffee is the first step in my daily routine for staying sane during one of the craziest times I could have imagined. I’d like to share with you how...
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This is Why an Intensive Hockey Schedule Works for My Son

I’ve been asked why we push such an intensive hockey schedule on our son. Truth is, we don’t have to push it at all. I’m a hockey mom by default, not by choice. But it’s...
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The 7 Daily Affirmations of a Tired Mom

I’ve read countless articles about how daily affirmations can improve your life. It’s said that daily affirmations can improve your way of life or even turn things around to go your way. I’m going to...
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We Don’t Pay Our Kids for Doing Chores in Our Home

In our home, we don't pay our kids for doing chores, and we never will. That’s a bold statement. A very bold statement about chores that my husband and I absolutely stand behind. I’m well...
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One Mom’s Barriers To Achieving Her Dream Career

I have barriers standing between me and a dream career that makes me feel fulfilled, instead of obligated. Recently I woke up depressed. I don’t mean to negate the feelings of depression for those who...
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This Terrible Cook Has Five Favorite Recipes That Will Appeal to Everyone

I’m a terrible cook. Let’s just put that out there. Cooking is not my strength.  While I wish I was a phenomenal cook and my family could rave about my delicious yet healthy feasts, I...
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I Have a Likable Husband, and His Popularity Annoys Me!

I married a great guy. He’s a likable husband. I should be proud of that. I am proud of that. But I'm also annoyed by it, if I'm being honest.  I am the wife of...

Mom Trapped by Student Debt: What I Tell My Kids About Following Their Dreams

My student debt has me trapped, and I’m paying for a degree that I don’t even use. I just had a birthday, and each year as I inch closer to 35 I think about my...
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7 Rainy Day Activities to do in the Upper Valley during Summer Break

Rainy days have the ability to turn my children into the most stir-crazy beings I know. A rainy day during summer break takes the insanity to a whole new level. I had to come...

Am I Setting My Daughter Up to Think She’s An Athletic Failure?

When I was in elementary school, I was the definition of an athletic failure. This was completely ok with me, though. All my friends were fairly athletic, but I never really took to sports. I...