Pre-pandemic, one of the most popular gift trends for birthdays and holidays appeared to be experience gifts. I think we will start to see more of this trend again. For those unfamiliar with the term, “experience gifts” refers to giving...
Ah, it’s December. It’s time for the good ol’ Elf on the Shelf to come roaring back into social media pics. Yes, Sally, I see that fun idea you just shared about freezing the Elf with Elsa’s powers. I...
Mama's, while you've got visions of stuffing and sweet potatoes, your little ones might very well be thinking of the much anticipated arrival of your family's Elf on the Shelf. Whether it's your first year or your fifth, there will most...
Honestly, I'm not a fan of Mother's Day. Don't get me wrong-I love that my mom and I go out and get a pedicure together sometime around Mother's Day, but I don't feel like forcing my kids to celebrate...
The holidays are fast approaching and I am getting excited. I am one of those people who loves everything about the holidays and sharing them with family. The whole aura of the Christmas brings me joy. This includes the...
Dear Dad, Happy Father's Day. I know this past year has looked different for us. Our hearts are heavy with the burdens of life during a pandemic, and we are both navigating different seasons of change. We are noticing our differences...
Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?  We do.  Her name is Jingle. I was super excited to start this tradition when I heard stories of a co-worker's mischievous elf two years ago.   Elf painting red noses on the children's...
Having children changes how we view the world; we all know this to be true.  During the holidays, that cliche holds even more truth.  My oldest kiddo is 8, so child-centered holidays are my happy norm now, but several...
As I’ve grown older, my short term memory has grown worse. So much so that I actually asked my doctor if early onset Alzheimer’s was a possibility. His response was, no, you’re a mom. That was all he said,...
Chinese New Year 2021: Year of the Ox The year of the Metal Yin Ox is about to begin. Chinese New Years are determined by the lunar, or moon, cycle, and this year, the beginning of the Year of the...
The holiday season has arrived.  The first snowfall always brings excitement.  There really is something magical about snowfall in the holiday season.  I have been listening to my friends, co-workers and even my patients discuss all the things that...
I have been enthusiastic about celebrating holidays ever since I was a child. I really enjoyed all the routines and traditions that go along with them. Both of my children take after me in this respect and they both love...
Since I became a mom, I’m finding that I need my mother now more than ever, and the meaning behind celebrating Mother’s Day has come to be that much sweeter.   Let’s face it, aside from being one of the...
I have loved Christmas since I was a child. As an adult, though, I'm experiencing Christmas overload. I am overwhelmed with all things Christmas. I want to enjoy the season and create some magical memories for my children. However, the...

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The only way to enjoy winter in Vermont is to make sure you have cold-weather gear. You don’t need a lot, but there are...