Katie Miller

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Katie is a native Vermonter from Castleton currently living in Saint Albans with her husband, and two children. She works as the director of Inclusive Arts Vermont. She also shares writing and short videos on her Instagram account (@mrs.katiemiller) focused on encouraging fellow parents to feel like they're enough just the way they are. In her free time, she enjoys making art, trash reality television, and working on her new podcast, Cold Brew Salute.
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How I Am Combatting the Stress-Shame Cycle in My Marriage

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There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Those seven words have been a life’s goal of mine. I have tried my hardest to not let the small stresses of life impact my mood. But try...
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Why We’re Opting Out of Family Portraits

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It’s peak foliage season here in Vermont. The leaves are a brilliant rainbow of warm tones, apples are ripe for the picking, and folks are flocking to pumpkin patches. It’s time for mulled cider,...
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Ableism in Parenting: How to Explore it in Four Ways

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I am the mom of an incredible, funny, and charming four-year-old who is autistic and legally blind. I also work for Inclusive Arts Vermont, a non-profit focused on making our state more accessible for...
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Disabled Enough: The Thing About #FreeBritney That Bugs Me

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I am one thousand percent team #FreeBritney. I have to admit, however, that something about the movement doesn’t sit right with me. If you’re not up on the news, the queen of 2000s pop, Britney...
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Easy Breakfast Recipe: Blueberry Oat Milk Pan Muffins

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A few weeks ago, I made a colossal mistake. A mistake so major, so upsetting, so not-fixable that I did what any millennial would do: I shared it on Instagram. You see, I ran out...
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Get In The Work Zone: Five Tips to Work More Efficiently

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It’s 12:51 p.m. on a Tuesday. The kids are finishing up their lunch and my husband's car is rolling in the driveway. He is fresh off of a 9-hour shift at work and has...
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I’m a Mess: Learning the Difference Between Decluttering and Tidying Up

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Decluttering and tidying -- they remind me a bit of the chicken and the egg scenario. Which problem really came first? And with the solutions of organization and a minimalist lifestyle being all the...

Just Do Nothing: My Potty Training Secrets Revealed

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The first week in January, my family rang in a new year. The second week, the baby learned to crawl. The third, our preschooler potty trained herself. Last weekend, the baby started walking. Then...
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Celebrating Black History Month With My Preschooler

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On January 20th, Inauguration Day, as I sat with both of my young girls in my lap, I had tears in my eyes. I was elated to see a Black and Asian-American woman sworn...
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Talk Nerdy to Me: How Role Playing Games Made My Marriage Fun Again

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It’s 7:50 p.m. My children are asleep, soundly. My husband pulls a wooden cigar box out of the credenza in our dining room, an excited gleam in his eye that I don’t often see....

Growing Up Female: The Tale of the Teen Who Dared to Paint Her Nails

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My name is Katie, and my pronouns are she, her, and hers. But there was a time when I wasn’t so sure about that. Not that I thought I wasn’t a girl, but I...
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I Don’t Care if My Leggings Offend You: In Defense of my Casual Style

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Not long ago, a fellow Vermont Mom writer shared a piece of writing about the importance of “looking your best” even now, during Covid. While I know in this person’s heart it was written...
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What 2020 Taught Me: A Year In Review

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Yesterday, I was shopping and arrived at the self-checkout lane. As I scanned my items, I saw two young women, not more than 20, start to scan things, their arms piled high with small...
Winter Gear: Vermont Moms' Favorites for All Ages and Budgets

Winter Gear: Vermont Moms’ Favorites for All Ages and Budgets

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Winter is coming. Or, given the snowflakes falling outside my window and the below-freezing temps as I write this, it’s already here. If you’re new to Vermont and looking for some ideas of what...