Miki Beach

Miki grew up in Florida and felt skeptical (to say the least) when her parents announced their move to Vermont during her freshman year of college. She moved away a few times to escape the cold, but once she had children, nowhere else felt like home. Miki is a divorced mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing son born in 2006 and a creative, talented daughter born in 2010. A few years back, she met and married the love of her life, and they (mostly) enjoy their adventures as a blended family together. Miki loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard. Miki holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and is thrilled to be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.
Adele, Divorced Moms' Anthem

Divorced Moms’ Anthem: Adele’s “Easy on Me” Amplifies Our Voices

After six years of silence, Adele finds her voice, offering up the ultimate divorced moms’ anthem in “Easy On Me,” the first single from her new album 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3ASj1L6_sY This morning, I woke up to a...
Fall School Reopening: What Does Readiness Look Like?

Fall School Reopening: What Does Readiness Look Like?

Disclaimer: The opinions stated in this post on fall school reopening are my own, and only my own. I am a working mother in Vermont, and my views do not reflect the views of...
My Family Is Home Together with Nowhere Else to Be

My Family Is Home Together with Nowhere Else to Be

Except for two standard-length maternity leaves, I have worked outside the home throughout my motherhood tenure. In the wake of school closures in mid-March and the ensuing “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, my kids...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios: Tips for Your Visit

I read all the Harry Potter books in my 20s before having children. Much to my delight, Universal Studios opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 18, 2010, less than three months...
winter driving

Winter Driving: Tips and Tricks for Navigating White Knuckle Conditions

Winter driving is not for the faint of heart. Honestly, even the most seasoned among us (like my husband) still encounter nearly impassable white-knuckle conditions from time to time.  Growing up in Florida, I...
mary poppins

Mary Poppins Returns: What She Means to Modern Parents and Children

Disney released the original Mary Poppins movie in 1964. Speaking for myself, I watched Mary Poppins as a child and fondly remember the catchy tunes and uplifting story. At the end of 2018, 54 years...
parenting guidelines, new year

Two Simple New Parenting Guidelines for the New Year

As we end one year and start another, the temptation to set resolutions for the New Year creeps in. In my experience, the desire for a do-over runs strong among modern moms. Instead of resolutions,...
Middle school, cross country

Middle School: An Open Letter to My Son in this Time of Transition

Since my sensitive son entered 5th grade two years ago, his middle school experiences cause me to remember this awkward time of life in vivid, unwelcome detail. As I witness his struggles helplessly from...
back to school, end of summer, water, summer washed away, sand, beach, summer at the beach

Vermont Summer Camps in Retrospect: Lessons Learned from a First Timer

I enrolled my kids in Vermont summer camps for the first time this year. While lots of parents can make the same claim, my newbie status carries the additional weight of initiating this process...

Mom’s Best Advice from the BurlingtonVT Moms Blog Writers

Celebrating Mother's Day brings up reflections on how our moms parented us, including how our moms' best advice continues to guide us to this day. While mother-daughter relationships run the gamut from close to distant...

Government Shutdown: How it Could Impact My Family

My husband works for the federal government. When mention of a government shutdown due to the inability of Congress to agree on a budget starts circulating, we pay close attention. News related to this...
dinner, pasta

3SquaresVT Challenge: What Our Family of 4 Learned Eating on $99 for a Week

Food insecurity, or the lack of resources, often financial, to acquire nutritious food for every meal on a consistent basis, impacts one in ten Vermonters. The federal government sponsors an entitlement program, known as...
father's words

The Power of a Father’s Words: Ten Things I Wish My Dad Said to...

Becoming a parent forces you to look at your own parents in a new way. As a mom, I know what I say to my kids, positive or negative, matters. It shapes them, just...
body comments

More Thoughts on Body Comments from the BVTMB Writers

I recently wrote a post about negative body comments and things you can’t say in front of my daughter. In crafting that post, I asked my community of Burlington VT Moms Blog writers for their...