Monique is a native New Englander; she lived in Northern New Hampshire all her life until moving to Saint Albans in 2005. She has two daughters: Audrey, born in 2007, and Cloe born in 2011. She graduated from the VTC nursing program in 2010 and has found her calling as the third-party reproduction coordinator at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. She speaks French, English, and sarcasm fluently, and loves reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Vermont’s Liquid Gold and Quebec’s Signature Dessert

It’s spring in Vermont, and we all know what that means. It’s sugaring time! The sap starts to flow in the maple trees, not to mention in the veins of the locals. There are bright...

A Family Tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company

{Disclaimer: We are working with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to bring you this post, however, all opinions are our own!} In the early 1980s, an enterprising Vermonter named John Sortino discovered that there was...
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Ten Years: A Tribute To My Daughter as She Enters the Double Digit Years

Dedicated to my lovely daughter as she enters the double digit years. You must have known how cold it was on your due date ten years ago because you had no plans to exit my uterus....
My father holds my hand.

My Father: The Legacy of the Stubborn Angry Frenchman

I remember when I was a kid, whenever we would go somewhere and someone asked my father how he was doing, he had the same response. In his heavily accented English, he would reply, “Not...

The 7 People You Need to Have in Your Mom Village

“It takes a village to raise a child.” While the origin of this proverb is up for discussion, the concept itself is a familiar one for most parents. The idea of an entire community taking...

I Have a Second Child and The Second Child Syndrome Struggle Is Real

Hi. I'm Mo. I don’t know what to do with my second child. Don’t get me wrong. I love my second child more than life itself. I would lay my life down for her. She’s smart,...

The Year of Mo: Finding Myself Again in Five Steps

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I was glad to put 2016 to bed. Yes, there were some good times, but it seemed as though the world finally gave in to its...
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Five Things to Remember When Talking About Reproductive Health With Your Kids

I think it’s time we started making reproductive health an open subject. We need to have honest, supportive discussions with no judgment. I also think these discussions need to start in the home at...

A Tourtiere Tale: Christmas Comfort Food From the North

Food is one of those things that has the power to evoke very specific and detailed memories for all of us. When it comes to celebrating holidays, it’s even more true. For my family, tourtiere is...

Geek Files, or Why I Want My Kids to Be Proud of Their Quirks

I’m a proud geek. Have been all my life. In high school, I was the kid who spent her free time and study halls in the music room or memorizing lines for the...
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Reflecting on Why I Think My Halloween Birthday Is the Best Birthday

Early one Halloween morning way back in the dark ages (okay, the late 70s), my mother’s water broke.  Because she was on the downhill side of her 30s, she was considered “elderly” and “high risk”(rude)....

Day Tripping: Three Family Trails in Franklin County

My family and friends are always on the lookout for new places to go out and play. There are so many awesome trails in Vermont that we’ve explored or that we have on our...