5 Places You Have To Go When You Visit Vermont

5 Places You Have To Go When You Visit Vermont

Everyone needs to go to Vermont!

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I recently had the pleasure of going to visit my best friend in Vermont!

Every single thing in Vermont is beautiful and there are so many adventures you can take so here are a few places you have to check out while you are there.

1. Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

https://www.benjerry.com/waterbury

The Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory was one of my absolute favorite locations! I love ice cream so much and Ben and Jerry's is obviously the superior brand over others. It was so cool to see how the ice cream was made and all of the complexities that go behind making producing it and the flavor making process. There is even a little graveyard in the back with all the past flavors that have been discontinued. It really is such a fun time for all!

2. Rum Runner's Hideaway

https://www.kidsvt.com/vermont/smugglers-notch-resort/Location?oid=2175511

For this one I would suggest going during a warmer day where you know you can have some fun in the sun. This is a place where you can get in some pool floats and swim around in the lake while looking at a beautiful scenic view. There are plenty of different things to do in the water such as paddle boarding and water trampolines! You will have endless fun at Rum Runner's Hideaway.

3. Stowe Mountainside

https://learn.uvm.edu/blog/blog-vermont/hiking-vermont-ski-areas

There are plenty of places to hike and look at the beautiful mountainside landscape. One of my favorites though had to be the lush green mountainside in Stowe, Vermont. It was an incredible hike and we even found some rocky caves to take our fake band cover album art.

4. Trapp Family Lodge

https://www.trappfamily.com/about-trapp-family-lodge.htm

If you are a huge fan of The Sound Of Music then you have to see where the movie location was based off of. This is a beautiful lodge that the Von Trapp Family Lodge is based off of. On the other side there is a beautiful view that you will never forget! This is a must see location!

5. Downtown Burlington Vermont

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/2018/07/27/burlington-parade-mural-no-racist-intent-writer-says/849186002/

Downtown Burlington Vermont is full of good shopping and good eats. I added a picture of one of my favorite spots that I saw while I was visiting there which had to be this incredibly detailed mural. I stood there and stared at all the historical and pop culture references for s long that my friends were begging to leave. It truly is a sight to see. Other than that the rest of downtown Burlington is so much fun!

In conclusion, everyone needs to visit Vermont at least once or if you are already planning a trip try to find some time to stop at at least one of these great stops.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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It Was Pretty Flashy For The US Women's Soccer Team To 'Over-Celebrate' Their 13-0 Win Over Thailand

There's a fine line between celebration and a lack of sportsmanship.

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The long four-year wait is over once again! The Women's World Cup kicked off just a few days ago with a close match between the Netherlands and New Zealand with the Netherlands pulling out a 1-0 victory. That small goal differential seems like nothing compared to the gargantuanly lopsided 13-0 win the United States had over Thailand just a few days later.

Now, as someone who's always been a soccer buff and looked up to the US Women's national team, of course, I like to see them win but it's hard to see another team, like Thailand, lose as badly as they did. And if a 13 goal negative differential wasn't enough of a blow to the Thai players, the US didn't stop or even tone down their goal celebrations. There's the issue.

In youth soccer, there are shutout rules for a reason. It's kind of cruel to let little kids get creamed 10 or more goals to one when really, they're just trying to have fun. However, these players, the ones who've qualified wor world cup play, have made this sport their lives and on such a big stage there is no shutout rule or mercy rule and while that's to be expected, there is still something to be said about team/player etiquette. Celebrations are a part of sports, sure but how much is too much?

When you have a team like the USA who have won three world cups, countless Algarve cups, Olympic gold medals, and much more and you put them up against a less established and less accomplished team such as, in this case, Thailand, it doesn't come as a shock that the score comes out to be something so disproportionate. One, two three, even four or five goal celebrations from the US would have been acceptable, it's the world cup, they're scoring, they're winning, it's game one, they're pumped but after six or seven goals, when the win is on lock and it's obvious that the scoring will continue, the goal celebrations should stop.

It's kind of a bummer for me to write this seeing as how the main player to encourage the USA's over-celebrating was Megan Rapinoe. Megan was my favorite player when I first started watching professional soccer. She was quick on the ball, smart passionate about the game, funny and she had good hair! Rapinoe still continues to be my favorite player but I recognize some of her flaws as well. She's the player on the team most known for goal celebrations so it's not shocking that she's the one that people are pointing fingers at regarding over-zealous, unsportsmanlike behavior.

And while I truly do believe that she and all of the others on the team meant no harm or disrespect to Thailand, it wasn't a classy move and people who are criticizing the team for their behavior are not necessarily out of place or off base with their frustrations with the team.

Some people will argue that telling players to be conscious of the score and how or if they celebrate, is over controlling or soft but letting teams continue to gloat as the USA did, falls into less of a celebration category and more into the category of poor sportsmanship.

With all of that said, the USA is still in the running to become four-time World Cup Champions and I personally am excited to see how the rest of the tournament plays out. I have hope that the USA is faced with a similar match again, will be more focused on sportsmanship rather than being flashy. The USA's next match is on June 16th against Chile. Happy World Cup Season!

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