Entryway with storage bench and coat rack

4 Easy Home Organization Hacks

Controlling Clutter & Organizing Your Home When we’re suffering from the mid-winter doldrums, the urge often strikes to clean up and clear out all of our “junk.”  Junk might qualify as boots, hats and mittens that never seem to find a home; dog toys that Fido carries from room to room; toiletries that clog up… more

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Tidy

5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Tidy

Looking to keep your home in tip-top shape? If you’re like us, you’re always looking for ideas to keep your home neat, tidy and comfortable and easy ways to clean up the messes that inevitably happen…every day! We checked our shelves and found five great products that made a big difference in how clean and… more

Max Factor Pan Stik: Perfect for Ageless Beauty

Max Factor Pan Stik: Perfect for Ageless Beauty

What’s Our Favorite Long-Lasting Foundation for Mature Skin? As we get older, we have found that our skin needs have changed and the skin care products that worked for us in our 30s and 40s aren’t the best solutions for our skin now. Menopause, hormonal changes, and slowed oil production can dry out the skin… more

Paper Bag Cow, a Great Kid's Craft

Practical Solutions For Everyday Problems: 25+ uses for brown paper lunch bags

Frugal folks like us are always looking for new uses for favorite old-time products. We asked our Facebook friends if they still used brown paper lunch bags, and WOW, they sure do! Here are some of the many ways this humble object can make your everyday life a little easier: Flour-coat chicken, stew meat, etcetera.… more

sleep

How To Get a Great Night’s Sleep

There’s nothing like a great night of sleep. To fall asleep quickly — and stay asleep all night — waking refreshed and ready for the day, is worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately for many of us, getting a full night’s sleep is something we mostly daydream about. According to Sleep in America polls, only… more

Jersey milk cows

Practical Solutions for Everyday Problems #1: What to do when a cow steps on your foot

Don’t laugh. When the populations of cows and people are nearly equal, as it is in Vermont, such events are not at all uncommon. The first thing you must do is get the cow off of your foot. That’s oftentimes easier said than done because they tend to settle in for a spell when they’re… more

Portuguese Flannel Sleepwear & Sheets

Portuguese Flannel Sleepwear & Sheets

We Traveled the World to Find the Softest, Warmest Flannel By Mike Laflamme, fabric expert at The Vermont Country Store Vermont winters are known for being brutally cold and extremely long, but we get by in comfort, thanks in large part to our flannel sleepwear and bedding. Our customers write to thank us for carrying… more

A great night's sleep starts with the right pillow for you.

Pillow Talk: How to Pick Your Perfect Pillow

Find the Best Pillow for Your Best Night’s Sleep By: Theresa Darling From early childhood through old age, people love their bed pillows. Throughout the night, a pillow is fluffed, sniffed, cuddled, and most likely drooled upon. In the morning it is again ritually fluffed (and perhaps sniffed and snuggled some more) before being tucked… more