Category Archives: Minibury

New Minibury Column: Our Favorite Things


Several months ago, a fellow mother and the founder of local family website Minibury asked if I’d be able to provide some content for the site. This opportunity rolled together many of my favorite things: supporting other moms, supporting good community-building ideas, and writing. Today, my first post in the “Our Favorite Things” series is up on the Minibury website. Click here to check it out!

The concept behind “Our Favorite Things” is simple: Each month, I’ll share with your families one of our family’s favorite things. The goal is to highlight things that are simple, inexpensive (or free!), local, and that promote creativity.

Today’s topic: Popsicle sticks!

[For those who, like me, have tired brains and heavy hearts from following recent political developments in our country (and I suspect that’s everyone), a post about popsicle sticks may seem either a welcome diversion, or akin to fiddling while the Titanic sinks. Here is what I tell myself: No matter what may be happening at the moment, we still need to parent our children. In fact, parenting our children is one of the absolute best things we can do at times like this. So, here’s to popsicle sticks!]

Minibury Guest Post: Meet the Parent VI

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Maine Saville is one of those moms I see all the time around town at kid-related activities, but aside from a quick “hello,” or commenting on her very adorable newborn, I’ve never had much opportunity to talk with her. Whenever I do, she always makes me laugh.

Then last month I ran into Maxine at Junebug, and she said she’d been enjoying these “Meet the Parent” profiles; that she’d learned of a mom who’d just moved into her neighborhood through reading one. So I promptly recruited her to be my next profil-ee. (Lesson: Be careful about talking to me!)

I knew I’d made a good choice when Maxine emailed me her responses, prefaced by: I am on my phone in my driveway while kids sleep (ah, peace)! What parent can’t relate?

Click here to continue reading the latest in my “Meet the Parent” guest series for Minibury.

Minibury Guest Post: Meet the Parent V

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I’m thrilled to introduce the subject of my latest “Meet the Parent!” profile for Minibury: my dear friend Caitlin Myers! This one includes an important announcement about the Adam Myers Memorial Fundraiser, so if you read nothing else, check out the details on that at the end. Click here to meet Caitlin!

Minibury Guest Post: Meet the Parent IV

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Jennifer McCarty is one of those moms I see often, but with whom I rarely get to talk.  So, I was thrilled when somebody nominated her for a “Meet the Parent” profile. I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit: a fellow buyer of ginger moose cookies, mediator of Anna/Elsa disputes, and lover of chocolate creemees. In the fourth installment of my guest series for Minibury, meet Jennifer McCarty!

Minibury Guest Post: Meet the Parent III

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Welcome to the third installment of my “Meet the Parent!” guest series for Minibury! There are a couple of reasons why I’m excited about today’s profile:

  1. Jamie Gaucher is a father. Fathers are parents, too, and he’s the first to be featured in “Meet the Parent.” His wife nominated him to be interviewed. I love everything about this!
  1. Jamie and his family are a perfect example of why I wanted to do “Meet the Parent.” I met him and his wife, Elizabeth, when our daughters were in a week-long gymnastics camp together last summer. The Gauchers had recently moved to Vermont, and I wanted to be warm and welcoming. I was also trying to feed a six-week-old baby, contain a two-year-old, and convince my four- and five-year-olds that I was “watching” them do gymnastics. I promptly forgot all the Gauchers’ names, although I continued to see Elizabeth around town and greet her with a vague, “Hi, how are you?” Now, I will never forget their names again!

Click here to meet Jamie Gaucher, a father and Middlebury’s Director of Business and Development and Innovation. (Seems like a good person to get to know, right?)