My little brother passed away about four years ago. Every time I think about our complicated relationship, I think about our strange family tree, and the concept of “the family you choose.” When I was in elementary school, my teacher...
As you know, Mother’s Day was several weeks ago, and I am glad I didn’t write this article about my hurt feelings in the heat of the moment. Count to ten and all of that… over time, how many...
DIY projects, or, for the uninitiated, do-it-yourself projects, are my current addiction, and I don’t see them going away anytime soon. I don’t know if it’s my age or my way of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, but I can’t...
Today is our 15th Valentine's Day together, and next month will bring our 14th wedding anniversary. This has been a wild and crazy ride, to put it mildly. Shortly after we stood in front of family and friends and became...
One of the hardest times for me as a parent was the year that my son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It wasn’t due to the fact of his autism diagnosis, but due to the fact that...
When Meghan Markle bravely declared on international news that she was, “Not okay,” after the birth of her first child, I found myself nodding along to the clip, recalling those first few weeks and months as a new mom,...
When my husband and I brought our oldest son home from the hospital, I just wasn’t right. I didn't know at the time, but I was suffering from postpartum anxiety. People don’t talk about this enough, but I wish...
Recently, I was reading a fellow mom blogger’s post about keeping adult friendships alive and it got me thinking about female friendship in light of my recent divorce. Divorce is weird. You were once a part of a pair and...
I married a great guy. He’s a likable husband. I should be proud of that. I am proud of that. But I'm also annoyed by it, if I'm being honest.  I am the wife of a likable husband. The grumpy...
I don’t know what I’m doing. There. I said it… Are you happy, world??? This dad’s life is basically a series of hot messes that I’m desperately trying to contain with Kirkland brand disinfecting wipes. Shout out to Costco for...
I’m going to have to pass on your Girl’s Night; I’d rather hang out with my husband and kids. Sorry, not sorry. I feel so relieved to finally say it out loud. I know, it’s cool to complain about and...
As a mom, I have plenty of body issues. Unfortunately, my husband often brings out my insecurities. Don't get me wrong. My husband is wonderfully supportive. He doesn't say or do anything that makes me worry about my body. Instead,...
Sex with my husband saved my marriage. Making love connected us not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Our lovemaking was a beautiful reminder of why we were together, and why we’d chosen each other to share our lives....
Divorced mom life comes with a range of challenges as I mentioned in an earlier post (which you should go read). However, there are some silver linings of a shared custody arrangement too. Frankly, it’s the silver linings of...

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Manchester- An Exciting Vermont Day Trip for the Entire Family

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Manchester, Vermont makes a great trip from any part of Vermont. My favorite destination is Hildene. Located in Manchester, Hildene was the summer home of Robert...