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3SquaresVT Challenge: What Our Family of 4 Learned Eating on $99 for a Week

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 nutrition assistance program (SNAP), that provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and families struggling with food […]

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5 Great Local Lunch Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget

If you’re like my husband and me, you know how tricky it is to manage a household budget with kids. We are very organized when it comes to planning and shopping for groceries, maintaining a stock of household items, and minimizing baby product purchases. As homeowners, we have consistent bills each month that we need […]

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Bullying in Schools: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

I’ve got some pretty ridiculous parenting nightmares floating around in my head. For instance, my biggest fear while pregnant was that my kid would pretend to be an animal all the time. (Totally freaked me out and of course, came true. She loves howling at the moon with her neighborhood friends…) But one of the […]

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Quilted Gifts from Kat’s Paws: Purr-fect Gift Ideas for the Holidays

{Disclaimer: We are working with Kat’s Paws to bring you this post.} Vermont is home to a rich tradition of quilting and hand sewing; as a new transplant here, I’m finding that there’s nothing else that makes my home look quite so attractive and uniquely “Vermont” as beautiful quilted and hand sewn items. I recently […]

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Homeschool Days For Our Public School Kids: Family Field Trips

Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of public education. I love the diversity, teachers, social aspects, learning, and the routine my kids experience when at school. I have some friends who give their public school children “mental health days” which are days to chill and have a break from the normal […]

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Top 6 Products to Keep Kids Warm from Danish Woolen Delight

Top Six Products from Danish Woolen Delight to Keep Kids Warm!

{Disclaimer: We are working with Danish Woolen Delight to bring you this post.} The leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp, we all know what that means…winter is coming! In anticipation of the cold weather, we put together our Top Six Products from Danish Woolen Delight to help keep your kids warm!  1. […]

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ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care: Urgent Care for Vermont Families!

{Disclaimer: We are working with ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care to bring you this post, however, all opinions are our own!} When ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care contacted us about helping get the word out about what they offer Vermont families, I replied that we would love to help, but it would difficult to arrange since you can’t really plan […]

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Family Friendly Fall Fun in Vermont

Family-Friendly Fall Fun in Vermont — 20+ Activities!

  There’s nothing quite like autumn in Vermont — the gorgeous colors, warm cider doughnuts, and the abundance of family-friendly fall activities! Here you will find some of the many options you and your clan can enjoy in the Burlington area, sorted into five categories: Festivals and events, apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and […]

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How to Help Your Kids Love Art, Whether You Do, or Not

“How can I help my kids love art?” My mother asked my first-grade teacher. My mom was not an expert in art herself but had an inkling from parenting books that it would be a good thing to expose me and my sisters to. My teacher, one of the best I ever had, answered my […]

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