10 Reasons To Love Vermont

10 Reasons To Love Vermont

"They say home is where the heart is, these green mountains are my home."
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There are many reasons why I am proud to call myself a Vermonter, but I've narrowed it down to ten that I find to be most important.

1. Green mountains

Vermont is known as the “green mountain state,” so of course the green mountains are one of the best things about living there. Every road you turn onto has breathtaking scenery!

2. Real maple syrup

Golden with a delicate flavor, amber with a rich flavor, dark with a robust flavor, or very dark with a strong flavor. Vermont has a syrup grading system like no other, with higher standards than other syrup producers. Whether it is on pancakes, french toast, or vanilla ice cream, VT maple syrup is the very best kind! About 500,000 gallons are produced in the state each year.

3. Covered bridges

Vermont has the highest number of authentic covered bridges per square mile in the United States. There are just over 100 of them, each with their very own personality. 80% of the bridges were built in the 1800’s, when traffic consisted mostly of horses and buggies!

4. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Ben & Jerrys was founded in 1978 in Burlington, VT. One of Vermont’s favorite tourist attractions to date is the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, where you can go on a factory tour and visit the ice cream shop. The most popular Ben & Jerry’s flavors are currently Half Baked, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

5. The seasons

The most beautiful season in Vermont is the fall, when leaf peepers come from all over the country to see shades of red and gold in the trees. But truthfully, all of the seasons are beautiful (except mud season). Vermont is a great place to hit the slopes in the winter, or enjoy the great outdoors in the spring and summer.

6. No billboards

Vermont is one of just four states in America where billboards are prohibited. The other three states are Hawaii, Maine, and Alaska. It’s very nice to be able to drive down the highway and not have billboards blocking my view of the beautiful mountains.

7. Cheese

The Vermont Cheese Trail consists of about 30 different cheesemakers who are “dedicated to the production and image of premiere cheese.” One of my personal favorites is the Cabot Creamery, in Cabot, Vermont, which offers factory tours and delicious samples.

8. Education system

In 2015, Vermont was ranked 6th overall for the best education system in the United States. Vermont also has the lowest pupil to teacher ratio in the country, and is one of the top five states for high math test scores.

9. The history

Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the original 13 colonies. It was also the first state to outlaw slavery, leads the country in marble production, and was home to the Vonn Trapp family (from the Sound of Music) who escaped Austria during World War II. There is amazing history to be found in every square mile of Vermont, and it is so much fun to explore.

10. Happy people

Vermont is known as one of the happiest states in America. It is the safest state in the country, with a crime rate of just 115 incidents per 100,000 residents. In 2015 Vermont was ranked 13th for overall happiness and 7th for emotional and physical well-being. Living in Vermont sure does make me happy!

Cover Image Credit: TIME

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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20 Spots That Make The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Your Personal Photo Studio

Artsy AF.

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New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is so big, I wasn't able to reach every corner in the countless hours I spent there. If you ever find yourself in this aesthetic paradise, check out these spots for the best photo ops.

1. Start outside

A huge fountain sits outside the Met and is the perfect start to your photo festivities.

2. A dip in the pool

While you can't go for a swim, some people may sneak a toe in the fountain to cool down.

3. Bring out the MOODINESS

We love a moody facial expression to bring life to this photo.

4. Find a friend

Find a friend and color coordinate your outfits because that's what friends are for.

7. Life imitates art

Grab a friend and pose as ridiculously as the figures on the art.

6. Life IS art

Spot the difference.

5. Memes imitate art

Haha, GOT 'EM.

8. I am art

My friend said this sculpture looked like Avatar Aang so here I am, trying to channel the airbending spirit within me.

9. Dangerous beauties

We love some sexy ladies who appreciate fine and classical art.

12. This is just an illusion

There is a glass barrier preventing anyone from picking this teacup up. But you could fool a couple people with the right angle.

10. This is just the illuminati

It's a conspiracy.

11. This is just a wall

Even the things not meant to be artsy can be artsy.

13. Jin in "Fake Love"

If you look up "Jin Fake Love" on Google, you will see exactly what we were trying to imitate for this photo.

14. Candle goddess

According to my friend who snapped this photo, the candles look like antlers on my head. We love imaginative minds.

15. Free her

Save her.

16. Religious queen

Sacrifice your religious beliefs for this holy photo.

17. Eye see you through the stars

Again, angles are everything.

18. Plant lady

This green haired lady admires her plant friends.

19. Save her

Free her.

20. Power poses

Hold your model poses and teach a stranger how to use your camera before taking a picture of you in this garden.

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