I have two children ages five and seven and a half. So, why am I reacting to the sound of a random stranger’s baby crying by gripping my shopping cart with white knuckles? Because unfortunately, I still get triggered...
The other day, I scored big time at a local consignment shop. I got “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls,” for a mere $4! This amazing book usually sells online for $35! Yay, consignment! I was so excited to get...
Over the past few weeks, our family has experienced a reopening society in Oslo, Norway. I’ve written before about what it was like to choose to stay in Norway during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, friends have...
I really needed a COVID vacation. So I took one. When the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order began in Vermont, I had incredible anxiety. COVID-19 was on every segment of the news. It was in almost every social media post....
If you had asked me a few years ago if I would go someplace I’ve never been, to do an activity I’ve never done before, with a group of people I had never met, I would have scoffed at...
Summer is my favorite time of the year. I look forward to summer every year. I work as a substitute teacher, so summer means a break from school for me and my children. Summer offers a chance to relax and...
It’s hard to explain the feeling you get the instant when you realize you’ve completely failed your kids in one specific area. I’d kind of liken it to a gut punch - you sort of freeze for a second...
Currently, my days are a mix of “Okay, I’ve got this,” and, “Oh crap, I so do not got this.” Anyone else? One of my first contributions to the blog was an article on working from home with a toddler....
Holy crap guys, what is going on?!? I don’t know about you, but I haven't left my house other than for walks around my neighborhood since March 16. Life is weird, I am weird (and smelly and crying often...
Has anyone ever said to you, “You should write a book, you’ve got great stories”? Yeah, yeah, that would be nice, but I don’t have the patience. Most of what I write is a few words, then done. Quick...
COVID-19… did this one ever turn the world on its butt!  What were the other big events during this mother's lifetime, you ask? If you were alive then, you remember everything about President Kennedy being shot. I was 10. I recall...
My son's tenth birthday was in April of 2020, right in the midst of all the Stay Home, Stay Safe regulations due to coronavirus. At first, I felt really disappointed that my son would be stuck celebrating a quarantine birthday....
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 and I, like most parents...
How can we protect our kids from online predators, if we're somewhat clueless about the social media world in which they live?   Several years ago, before I became a mom, I was a juror in an online child pornography...

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Vermont Mom’s Favorite Vermont Breweries

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I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are kind of a lot of breweries in Vermont. And they’re good. Really good. World-class even....