Kayla Tornello

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.
Why Can't Women Feel Safe Walking Alone At Night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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...
memories of my grandmother

Grandma – Fond Childhood Memories of my Grandmother

My grandma was one of my favorite people as a child. I miss spending time with my grandma. She is currently in hospice care in Ohio and I live in Vermont. Due to coronavirus concerns,...
Homemade advent calendar

Advent Calendars – Not Just For Kids – They’re Fun For Adults, Too!

My children love to get advent calendars at the beginning of every December. Advent calendars help them count down the days until Christmas. They also give them a little surprise every day so they don't...

Do It Yourself Ruth Bader Ginsburg Halloween Costume

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an amazing woman, an icon, and a role model for boys and girls everywhere. She is most well known as a justice of the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought hard...

Girly Girl- Remembering my Pink and Purple Childhood

Growing up, I was the definition of a girly girl. Most of my clothes were pink and purple. I refused to wear jeans because they were "too plain." I enjoyed dressing up for any occasion....

Outdoor Autumn Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy

Autumn is a magical time of year in Vermont. The weather may be cooler, but there are so many outdoor autumn activities that your whole family will love. The colorful leaves make a wonderful backdrop...

Sleepover – Preparing Your Child to Spend the Night Away From Home

A sleepover is a right of passage. It means your child is growing up. That said, your child's first sleepover can be nerve-wracking, both for you and your child. My children's first sleepover was with...

Lessons from Coronavirus – Changing My Family’s Schedule

This coronavirus pandemic is so stressful and terrible. Thanks to coronavirus, I have been on the verge of tears on an almost daily basis. The routines that we all took for granted suddenly disappeared overnight....