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Author Archive | Kayla Tornello

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Exercise At Home!

We all know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy. However, it often gets pushed to the bottom of the list of priorities when a busy mom is trying to take care of her family. While gyms are great places to work out, I can never seem to get myself there. That’s why […]

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A House Divided About Winter

When I was pregnant with my second child, I worried about how I was going to deal with two kids. Among my many worries, I felt unprepared on how to deal with discipline issues when one child was misbehaving and the other was doing what I asked. With one child, I could just tell him […]

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Christmas Break Diaries

December 23rd – Day 1 – I spend most of the day trying to convince my kids that Christmas is not tomorrow. They still don’t believe me, but they will probably get the message when there are no presents under the tree in the morning. I distract them by taking them to the local library, where […]

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School Lunch Wars

I am packing a lot of school lunches this year. My daughter is in preschool, where the children have to bring a packed lunch and my son is in kindergarten. Theoretically, he could buy a lunch, but he is picky enough that he prefers to bring a packed lunch every single day. Packing lunches is […]

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(Far From) Home for the Holidays

This year will be the tenth time I have celebrated the holidays in Vermont after moving away from my hometown in Ohio. I moved here one week after I graduated from the Ohio State University and two days after I got married. It was a lot of changes to get used to, all at once, […]

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Adventures in Bread Baking

Almost ten years ago, someone gave me a bread machine as a wedding gift. I had never used one before, but I followed the recipes in the little booklet that came with the machine and the bread turned out just fine. However, the loaf was a very strange, tall, and rectangular shape, which didn’t work […]

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An Abundance of Apple Recipes

My entire family loves to visit our local orchard to pick apples. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors as a family while also supporting a local business. However, I always get home from a trip to the orchard and realize that I now have an abundance of apples that I must use before […]

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Thanks, Mom!

As the school year begins, I find myself incredibly busy. My son just started kindergarten this year and my daughter began preschool. There is a whirlwind of paperwork, various meetings, and a constant shuttling of kids back and forth between activities. I work hard to keep things running smoothly, but my kids are completely oblivious […]

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Preschool Prep – Learn from my Mistakes!

My five-year-old son graduated from preschool in June and will be headed off to Kindergarten soon. At the same time, my three-year-old daughter will begin her preschool experience. This time around, I know everything that my child will need in order to be ready for preschool. As a novice preschool mother with my son, I […]

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