This past week, my family, along with many of our fellow Americans, received our first payment in the Advance Childcare Tax Credit. We were excited to see it appear in our bank account and right away my husband and I...
Ever since it was legal for me to work, I had a job and often times I had two. I always enjoyed working and have had so many jobs, I can't even count them all. When I started dairy...
My student debt has me trapped, and I’m paying for a degree that I don’t even use. I just had a birthday, and each year as I inch closer to 35 I think about my dreams. I review the plans...
Too pushy! Now, that’s a hot button topic for me! I wish I could remember when being “too pushy” first became an issue in my life. When I was a young girl, I remember advocating for what I wanted. It...
I have a confession: I love clothes and I LOVE to shop!! Earlier this year, I blogged about our family getting serious about reining in our spending and one of the things that had to change was my shopping habit....
The work from home mom life presents some serious challenges. If you don’t believe me, you’re going to want to read about my summer struggles… and here’s a preview: think naked bottoms and screaming children during a video conference...
I recently attended an educational webinar produced by a large sales company. Drawn to its description that advertised, “flexibility, endless possibilities, and big financial rewards,” I was curious to learn more. Within minutes, the top agents shared their “sales...
It’s a fear we’ve all had. For us, it began once we placed our sweet babies in daycare. For others, maybe it struck in the checkout line while purchasing diapers, or at the pharmacy, picking up yet another antibiotic, or...
I have barriers standing between me and a dream career that makes me feel fulfilled, instead of obligated. Recently I woke up depressed. I don’t mean to negate the feelings of depression for those who suffer daily, but it was...
I’ve had a lot of jobs. Close to 20 if I’m being honest. I’ve worked as a preschool teacher, a law office assistant, an online ESL teacher, a travel agent, a Walt Disney World Cast Member, an ice cream scooper,...
I was born to older parents. In the 70s, it was unusual for couples over 35 to start building their families. I’ve always grown up knowing that my parents would probably need longer-term care sooner than those of my...
Truth - I’m not very organized by nature.  I’m pretty laid back and messy. If you don’t believe me, take a look at my car or dresser - or ask my husband (he’d be happy to tell you allllll about...
I've been a jewelry artist in Vermont for a little over 20 years. I have sold at various shops, markets, and craft fairs for nearly that long too. These days, you can find me in my big, beautiful showroom...
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 food stamps or the supplemental...

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Each September, when school starts again and subtle hints of fall creep into the air, I get the itch to start filling my weekends...