Kayla Tornello

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Kayla grew up in southeastern Ohio and met her Vermonter husband while in college. They now live in Essex Junction with their two children. Kayla is a stay-at-home mom to her son (born 2010) and her daughter (born 2011). She is also a church pianist/organist. Her hobbies include singing, reading, acting, and coming up with tasty ways to feed her family vegetables. She enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible.

ADHD Task Bracelets – A Helpful Tool to Remember it All

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I recently heard about ADHD task bracelets and I was instantly intrigued. What even is an ADHD task bracelet? Basically, it's just a bracelet that helps remind you of all the things that you need...

Ice Cream Maker – Create Your Own Delicious Treats

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I bought an ice cream maker this summer and it is awesome! I honestly didn't know much about ice cream makers, but everyone in my family loves ice cream. I have heard good things about...

Thrift Stores – Searching for Second-Hand Treasures

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Thrift stores are such fun places to explore! Especially when it's raining and I have nothing else to do, shopping at thrift stores is a great way to get my family out of the house....
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Horseback Riding – A Great Outdoor Activity for the Whole Family

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Horseback riding has been on my bucket list for a long time. Every year, I keep saying that I will finally go horseback riding, but I keep making excuses. This year, I decided that my...

Manchester- An Exciting Vermont Day Trip for the Entire Family

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Manchester, Vermont makes a great trip from any part of Vermont. My favorite destination is Hildene. Located in Manchester, Hildene was the summer home of Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln. When you tour the...

Last Day of School Celebrations – Start Summer Off with Fun!

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The last day of school is finally here! It felt like the last of school would never arrive. 2020-2021 has been a very long school year. With all the pandemic precautions and transitions between virtual...
Paddleboards - Summer Fun for the Entire Family

Paddleboards – Summer Fun for the Entire Family

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Paddleboards are a great way to enjoy the water with your entire family. Paddleboards are easy enough for anyone to use! You can use them on just about any body of water. Paddleboards are also...
Why Can't Women Feel Safe Walking Alone At Night?

Why Can’t Women Feel Safe Walking Alone At Night?

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The murder of Sarah Everard has highlighted an important issue for women: we aren't safe walking alone at night. Can't women feel safe? Sarah Everard was a Londoner. She was walking home around 9pm and...
Things I Took For Granted Before the Pandemic Changed Our Way of Life

Things I Took For Granted Before the Pandemic Changed Our Way of Life

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There are so many things that I appreciate now because the pandemic took them away. I didn't realize how many things in life that I simply took for granted. When these things were taken away,...

Real Vermont Maple Syrup – Eight Creative Uses Beyond Breakfast

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Maple syrup is my favorite Vermont-made product. I always keep a healthy supply of syrup in my refrigerator at all times. That is the Vermont way, right? I also love to visit sugar houses to...
The Climatarian Diet - Reducing Our Carbon Footprint Through Food

The Climatarian Diet – Reducing Our Carbon Footprint Through Food

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What on Earth is a climatarian? In 2015, the New York Times defined a climatarian diet as "a diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change." While this certainly sounds like a worthwhile, noble goal,...
DIY Kitchen Renovation - What You Need to Know

DIY Kitchen Renovation – What You Need to Know

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I have wanted a kitchen renovation ever since I moved into my house twelve years ago. However, we kept putting off the kitchen renovation because we had no idea what to expect. My husband had...
Oral Surgeon - What to Expect at Your Child's Appointment

Oral Surgeon – What to Expect at Your Child’s Appointment

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Both of my children have been to see our local oral surgeon. I was nervous when they were referred to the oral surgeon. The title makes him sound so much more intimidating than our dentist!...

50+ Vermont Gifts Available Now! Vermont Mom’s Shop Local Favorites 2020!

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Still need a gift? Check out these 50+ Vermont gifts that are available today along with Vermont Mom's Shop Local Favorites 2020 Gift Guide. We could all use a little cheer, right? How about...