February School Vacation - To Dos!

Outdoor Activities

Check out the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association website - 

The “Activities/Tours” column provides information and links to Dog sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Another great website for info on ski area offerings and current snow conditions is

For local sledding spots, we find is a good website.


Indoor Activities

Get Air Trampoline Park -

Gonzo HD Sports -

Green Mountain Training Center -

metroROCK Vermont -

Petra Cliffs -

Spare Time Entertainment -


For The Arts Check Out

Flynn Center -

Burlington City Arts -

Radiate Art Space -

Davis Studio -

And Local Libraries



Billings Farm & Museum -


Fleming Museum -

Montshire Museum -

Shelburne Farms -

VT Ski& Snowboard Museum -



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    Create Your Own Valentine

    How to Create Your Own Cute and Clever Valentine


    1. Start with your valentine wish or theme.  If you need help with a valentine wish, click HERE to go to a link to 150 Valentines Day Sayings. 

    2. Purchase an item related to your valentine saying.  Depending on the item, attach it to a card or maybe fill a bag or jar.

    3. Decorate with saying, to and from, and any other decorations of choice like stickers, ribbon, washi tape, etc. or use one of the free pintables found with the 150 Valentines Day Sayings on



                                                         The Marcelino Team                                                       


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      Winter Storm SAFETY!

      Forecast Says Potential for 10”-20” of Snow Thur/Fri

      Remember to clear around your FURNACE VENTS, drains and fire hydrants when clearing your drive and walkways. 

      Also, please follow these safety tips!

      National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:

      * Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

      * Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

      * Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

      * Push the snow rather than lifting it

      * If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

      * Lift with your legs, not your back

      * Do not work to the point of exhaustion

      Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness,

      stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.

      Snow Blower Safety

      Be safe with these tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

      * If the blower jams, turn it off

      * Keep your hands away from the moving parts

      * Do not drink alcohol and use the snow blower

      * Be aware of the carbon monoxide risk of running a snow blower in an enclosed space

      * Refuel your snow blower when it is off,   never when it is running


      Find additional Winter Safety Tips here - National Safety Council


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        Thanks to Phil, the Spring Market is coming early!

        Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, So the Spring Market is right around the corner.



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          Make Your Own Pillow Covers

          Changing Out Pillow Covers Was One Item Mentioned to Give Your Home a Fresh New Look & Feel for 2020

          So wanted to share these free directions to create slip on pillow covers.


          Free Directions to Sew Envelope Pillow Covers

          By Debbie Colgrove  |   Updated 11/20/19   |


          These step-by-step directions are designed to save you the expense of new pillows. The envelope design of these pillow covers makes them

          removable slipcovers for your throw pillows. Always preshrink your fabric so that your finished pillow covers stay the same size after washing.

           Materials needed

          Fabric needed for standard sizes

          12-inch pillow: Fabric 12x28 inches

          14-inch pillow: Fabric 14x32 inches

          16-inch pillow: Fabric 16x36 inches

          18-inch pillow: Fabric 18x40 inches


          Sewing machine

          Measuring tools

          Note: The cutting directions do not add a seam allowance so that the finished pillow cover is a little smaller than the form and creates a "plump" pillow with no space.

          ***NOTE - Great way to use clothing that you no longer wear or make a special cover out of a loved ones past clothing.



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            Houseplants Brighten Your Home

            Winter is a great time to brighten your home with plants!

            Houseplants are not just pretty to look at but can offer so much more!


            Plants have a variety of temperaments, lifespans and care routines, so your houseplants should fit your lifestyle and be as personalized as your own home. What better way to narrow down the options than to lean into your zodiac sign for answers? When in doubt, let the stars decide.

            Aquarius             (1/20-2/18)         Lifesaver Plant

            Pisces                 (2/19-3/20)         String of Pearls

            Aries                   (3/21-4/19)         Cactusbest houseplant for your zodiac sign illustration

            Taurus                (4/20-5/20)         Jade Plant

            Gemini                (5/21-6/20)         Air Plant

            Cancer                (6/21-7/22)         Mimosa Pudica

            Leo                     (7/23-8/22)         Begonia

            Virgo                  (8/23-9/22)         Prayer Plant

            Libra                   (9/23-10/22)       Peace Lillies

            Scorpio               (10/23-11/21)      Venus Fly Trap

            Sagittarius           (11/22-12/21)      Snake Plant

            Capricorn             (12/22-1/19)        Juniper Bonsai Tree


            26 Gorgeous Low Maintenance Houseplants to Brighten Your Home


            1. Aloe

            2. Snake Plant

            3. Bromeliads

            4. Jade

            5. Pothos

            6. Rabbit’s Ear

            7. Rubber Plant

            8. Dumb Cane

            9. Philodendron

            10. Spider Plant

            11. Cactus

            12. Cast-Iron Plant

            13. Umbrella Tree

            14. Kalanchoe

            15. Air Plant

            16. English Ivy

            17. Peace Lily

            18. Ficus

            19. Shamrock Plant

            20. Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree

            21. Areca palm

            22. String of Pearls

            23. Lucky Bamboo

            24. Zebra Cactus

            25. Ponytail Palm

            26. Begonia



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              Furniture Arranging Tips

              If your looking to prep your home for the SPRING MARKET or you just want a fresh new look, follow these designer tips for re-arranging furniture for the best look, feel and flow.


              10 Simple Decorating Rules for Arranging Furniture By Lauren Flanagan


              1. Choose a Focal Point

              2. Consider Traffic Flow

              3. Create Conversation Areas

              4. Don’t Push Furniture Against the Walls

              5. Find Balance When Arranging Furniture

              6. Use the Right-Size Rugs

              7. Get a Big Coffee Table

              8. Put Tables at Arm’s Length

              9. Let There Be Light

              10. Use the Right-Size Artwork


              10 Best Free Room Design Apps By Freshome Team  December 21, 2019 in Decorating Ideas

              1. Planner 5D

              2. Roomstyler 3D Home Planner

              3. Ikea Home Planner Tools

              4. Ikea Kitchen Planner

              5. Design a Room

              6. Autodesk Homestyler

              7. The Home Renovator

              8. Sweet Home 3D

              9. SmartDraw (as featured in photo on the left)

              10. HomeByMe

              And one more place to look;




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