BurlingtonVT Moms Blog is made up of moms from all around Vermont. We love our mom community, locally owned businesses, and everything that makes Vermont uniquely wonderful. It is our mission to support and connect moms in every community in Vermont!
Having grown up in Vermont, Abbie recently made the big jump from Essex to Jericho with her husband, Erik, and son, Oliver. She’s a Secondary Market Analyst (mortgage rates lady) at New England Federal Credit Union by day and a food allergy mom and advocate always. Almost three-year-old Ollie is anaphylactic to peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower, sesame, milk, egg, and all legumes except soy. Abbie details her family’s experiences in hopes of raising awareness and helping other food allergy families on her blog, ollergy. When not working, you can find her playing outside with her family, organizing, making money-saving grocery lists, shopping/dreaming of shopping, wishing she worked out more, and eating anything maple/Mexican/mashed potatoes (they are each their own food group in her family).
A. Y. Berthiaume
A.Y. Berthiaume is a native Vermonter, writer, feminist, recovering middle child, hobby junkie, and a mom who’s just winging it most of the time. None of these things pay the bills so by day she’s an admin assistant and hides her cape under her cardigans. If she could conjure her own Patronus, it would be a heron. Once voted as most likely to star in a romantic comedy, people generally find her amusing and her laugh is the loudest you can hear in a movie theater. You can find some of her other writing on the League of Vermont Writer’s blog, League Lines Live. Berthiaume holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Northeast Ohio Masters of Fine Arts Program and has a number of book projects and an author website underway. In writing for the Burlington VT Moms Blog, she hopes to help other moms find humor in every situation, a friend when they feel alone, and a fresh perspective on motherhood. That being said, she is terrified that in writing for this blog it makes her some kind of expert in parenting. She would like the record to state: A. Y. Berthiaume is a just a regular mom and real person figuring it out with everyone else.
Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Amanda moved to Vermont with her husband after they were married almost 10 years ago. Amanda holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology and, over the last five years, has experienced life as a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, and a stay-at-home mom to two young children. These days, she plays the role of ‘stay-at-home mom’ and spends her time chauffeuring her older child to and from school, chasing her younger child around, reading books to her kids, and seeking out any activity that will get them out of the house.
Cassandra is a born and raised Vermonter who currently lives in her tiny hometown of Monkton. She met her husband, Ryan, in high school, and they started dating when she was studying business at UVM and he was serving in the Marine Corps. The two got married in 2015, and in March 2016, their daughter Reagan was born! She is a stay at home mom, and when she is not chasing their busy girl (or fur-child Ellie Mae) around, she runs a mom blog, Little Green Pear and owns a small business, with the same name, making and selling baby gifts and accessories.
Emilie is a born-and-raised Vermonter and full-time working mom. She grew up within the ranks of a Vermont ski resort following in the footsteps of her parents and raised her daughters in the foothills of the mountains until 2018. In 2018, her family made the move to her husband’s hometown on the shores of Lake Champlain. The mother of three daughters (born in 2004, 2007 and 2014), Emilie enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, mountain biking, painting, sushi, a really great book, inspiring podcasts, a good cup of coffee, and being on the water, when she’s not busy juggling the extremes of teenage angst and the stages of just-out-of-toddlerhood. Emilie is passionate about connecting with other women, especially moms, and working through who she is outside of her typical roles. You can follow along with Emilie’s journey defining herself as a woman – and discovering her passion for writing – on her personal blog, Finding Me in Mom.
I’m a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style and life. I currently reside on the eastern side of the state with my husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter). I attended Colby-Sawyer College and Philadelphia University, then back to Colby-Sawyer where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. The running family joke is that I was on my own version of Amazing Race (selecting a college edition.) While I love to visit a city, I discovered I can’t live in one! I can best describe myself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, local craft beers, ice cream, HGTV, and basically anything that sparks joy! I’m also ridiculously comfortable in my own shoes (probably because I ditched heels)! You can find more about me on my blog, Halie Manley.
My husband, Mike, and I were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but we’ve recently relocated to Vermont! Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and we love the swimming, hiking, and skiing. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. I’ve spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, I’m a full-time stay-at-home-mom to my two crazy boys, Luke- 5 and Liam- 4. I enjoy reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with my kids and husband. You can follow our adventures on Instagram, @catch_us_in_VT.
Kat grew up in Northern Vermont and has lived here for almost her whole life. She’s a full-time Spanish teacher in a local public school and is working on getting her Masters in Applied Linguistics. Kat loves to sew and co-owns Kat’s Paws with her mom. She lives in Milton with her husband, her son, and their two dogs.
Kayla is a stay-at-home mom and church pianist/organist. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Essex Junction with her husband, Joseph, and her son Andrew (2010) and daughter Gianna (2011). She has way too many hobbies, but her favorites include singing with the Vermont Choral Union, tap dancing, playing the piano, and participating in the wide world of theater both onstage and off.
Laura is a contributing writer for BurlingtonVT Moms Blog. A good Canadian girl, she moved to Vermont with her family in 2013, and spends her days chasing two irrepressible little girls around the Green Mountains. She has spent most of her life making and teaching live theatre. Follow her on Twitter @redsmirk.
I am Lisa Tidman, and I have been living in Vermont for 20 plus years raising a family, trying to stay warm in the winters, and getting outdoors in the summers. I was the oldest in a family of 8 and quickly learned how to take care of my siblings and the neighborhood kids. I grew up dancing and went to College for Dance where I developed a great appreciation for the arts. I became a single mom at the age of 23 and take pride that I put myself through college, became a Physical Therapy Assistant, and earned a Bachelors in PE, which required many years of struggling, doing odd jobs to get by, watching every penny, and trying to take the best care of my son. Today, I live with my blended family of 3 boys. My husband of 17 years has a son, Graham, who is a year younger than my oldest, Aaron. We decided to have a child together, and Michael was born in 2001. Now I have a teenager again, and yikes! What was I thinking? I have added Yoga Teacher Training and Health Coaching to my work and thrive on the passion of movement and healthy living. I enjoy learning new things, dancing, motivating others in health, cooking, meditation, yoga, being outdoors in nature, and traveling.
Born in Argentina and raised in New York, I’m a ballerina, a Phish head, a Beatles expert, and a LuLaRoe Fashion Retailer. Above all, I’m Mama to two wonderful girls, Violet and Sabine, and Wifey to my soulmate, Mike. We live in Shelburne village, along with Desmond the Golden Retriever.
I am a Southern transplant to Vermont by way of California, where I taught middle school. These days, you can find me still working in education with a local college and as a playwright with the Burlington-based, Complications Company. I like to write about things that make me laugh, like how my eldest sometimes channels a 50 year-old British man when she speaks; everday tragedies, like being the only person in the house who seems to know how to change a toilet paper roll; and things that keep me up late at night, like climate change, school shootings, and if I remembered to pay my car registration or not.
Meredith lives in a cozy house in Winooski with her husband, toddler, baby, and dog. She grew up in southern Vermont but lived in several cities and states across the country (most recently, Chicago) before coming back to the Green Mountains. She works in communications/public relations and on her blog Meredith Tested. Her favorite things to do include dancing with her daughters, gluten-free baking and cooking, challenging herself to “crazy” experiments like attempting a zero waste home, and enjoying all that Burlington has to offer.
Michelle was born and raised in Vermont, went to college in Upstate New York, and spent some time abroad in Europe. After graduating, she worked as a newspaper journalist in her college town and met her now husband, Matt. Michelle moved him back to her home state of Vermont and has since turned him into a faithful Vermonter. She gave up her journalism gig for a career in marketing and truly loves what she does. She has a 17-month-old son, Reggie; he’s a budding conversationalist, avid basketball fan, and has recently taken a keen interest in snakes – much to her horror. In her free time, Michelle relives her glory days playing field hockey and enjoys all things health and fitness. She’s a make-up junkie, wine aficionado, and career mom just trying to figure it all out.
Miki grew up in Florida and felt skeptical (to say the least) when her parents announced their move to Vermont during her freshman year of college. She moved away a few times to escape the cold, but once she had children, nowhere else felt like home. Megan is a divorced Mom of two fabulous kiddos: a funny, outgoing 11-year-old son and a creative, talented 7-year-old daughter. She recently married the love of her life, and are settling in as a blended family. Megan loves to read on her deck, see movies at the drive-in, and sled down the hill in her parents’ backyard. Megan holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and is thrilled to (finally!) be writing something other than a contract, grant, or software manual.
I’m a native New Englander; I lived in Northern New Hampshire all my life until I moved to Saint Albans with my husband Jason in 2005. We’ve added two daughters to our family: Audrey in 2007, and Cloe in 2011. I graduated from the VTC nursing program in 2010, and have found my calling as the third-party reproduction coordinator at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. I speak French, English, and sarcasm fluently, and love reading, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Morgan was born and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Keene State College with her B.A. in Journalism. It wasn’t long after graduation that Morgan fell in love and married her husband Andrew. She is a proud mom to her sweet and sassy little girl named Hope who joined their family in August of 2016. (Hope is looking forward to becoming a big sister this July!) In her spare time, Morgan volunteers as the Outreach Coordinator for Emma’s Foundation for Canine Cancer in an effort to save our fur babies! When Morgan isn’t working or volunteering she and her family can be found anywhere you can cast a line in on Lake Champlain!
I was born in California, and moved to Vermont when I was two, so I consider myself a native Vermonter. Married to one heck of a guy, Kelvin, who deals with all my crazy shenanigans and almost always goes along with my off the wall ideas. We live in Jericho with our two daughters, Munashe age 9, and Kuziva age 5. In life before kids, I worked in the non-profit sector working in public schools with children and families. These days you can find me chauffeuring, playing, cooking, gardening, attempting to run, cleaning or spending time with family and friends. Family time is key, and we strive to have as much play time as possible. Traveling, skiing, hiking, swimming, and eating maple creemees are some of our favorite activities. Personally, I love setting goals, writing lists, reading, gardening, organizing and dreaming of far off lands.
Sarah was born and raised in Enfield, Connecticut, but her home is now in Fairfax, Vermont. She is a high school physical education teacher, wife, and mother of two. Sarah’s older son, who she lovingly refers to as Mr. Mischief, is six and on the autism spectrum. Her younger child is two and is developing neurotypically. Her true passion is connecting with special needs parents and spreading autism awareness with some humor mixed in. You can follow all of their adventures on Sarah’s blog Raising Mr. Mischief.
Leah moved back to her home town in Jericho Vermont after grad school in Boston in 2006. She’s so thankful that she did because it was then that she started working at Howard Center for Human Services where she met her husband. She feels so lucky and honored to be mom to her two daughters. Along with being a mom, she loves meeting other moms and reading and writing about the adventures of parenthood!