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I’m kind of astounded by the continued traffic this blog still gets despite being inactive.  There are around 3,000 of you still visiting every month.

Wow and thank-you.

If you’d like to follow along on where I am the best way is Instagram:

Michelle Little Photography – my lifestyle photography work, my family, my travels, and things I love

MtlPortraitPopUps – These are my fun pop-up photography sessions and my daycare work.  These are popular, easy photo sessions that sell out.  If you are interested follow along and most of all sign up to my photography newsletter.

MontrealGorgeous – A mostly curated account of all things gorgeous in Montreal.

My photography website is here.

If you’d like to get in touch, my RoastedMontreal email address has been completely deleted.  I was getting so much spam it was totally out of control and clogging everything.  The best way to contact me is through the contact form on my photography website.

I still blog but it’s mostly photography related.  It’s still fun to see and can be found here.

Lastly, I encourage you to sign up to my photography newsletter.  I fill it with stuff you’ll actually want to read like how to take better photos of your kids, etc.  Because we all want great photos of our kiddos, right?

Thank-you all once again.

xx Michelle

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When I started this blog 8 years ago I had no idea what it would give me.

The reflective writing made me pause and consider who I really am and what I stand for.  I think it definitely forced me to take a good look at myself and my actions.

I made many many friends through this blog.  It’s unreal to think of a blog as a way to make friends in real life – it’s such a solitary activity.  But many of the people who contributed or wrote in turned into good friends and for that I am grateful.

It helped launch my business.  There is NO WAY that I would have had the success I had without the many loyal readers.  You guys are AWESOME and I’m so happy that you had such faith in me.

Lastly, it served as a sort of journal for me and my family through the years and it’s fun looking back on.  I still look up my own recipes (I’m making frosting from this blog Sunday).  It documented my journey from a corporate underwriter in London, England to a family photographer in Montreal.  It showed the highs and the lows and I hope was an honest and open dialogue.

But I’m going to say good-bye for now because I find as my kids get older the more personal my sharing gets. It’s no longer about sleep or tired nights but about who they are as people and I’d like to keep that private.  I’m also focusing more and more on my photography business and I want space for that, to be a good mother and time for myself too.  That balance has been lacking the last few years and I feel like I’m finally starting to regain a sense of self.  Finally.

If you’ve subscribed to my newsletter, you will be transferred over to my photography newsletter.  You can unsubscribe at anytime.

If you’d still like to follow in on our adventures, you can see my Instagram feed.

If you’d like to get in touch please contact me through my photography contact page.  My @roastedmontreal.com email address will be cancelled next week.  The amount of PR and Media emails I get through that address is enough to drive anyone crazy.

I want to thank-you all from the bottom of my heart for your time, your readership, your comments and your love.

Also a special thanks to my husband who says he still checks the blog daily despite the fact that I never update it.  Who knew back in 2010 when I started focusing mostly on burritos and graffiti where it would lead.  And thanks to my sister who gave me the idea in the first place, and my mom who probably wins number one for comments.

xx Michelle

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We recently went travelling with kids to Stowe Vermont and I thought I’d post about it – basically because posting about our adventures is my favourite thing ever.  First off, I took a lot of my recommendations from this post on Midnight Mom so please do check out her write up.  I’ve been to Stowe, Vermont approximately once for two nights and she has been going for ages.

What to Do

My kids are pretty low key.  My youngest is still too young for major walks, but too old to be carried around in a backpack.  We chose activities that were simple, active and fun.

The River

My kids favourite activity was probably just throwing stones into the water and building totem statues.  We were recommended to head to this spot to the right of this covered bridge just behind the very Austrian looking Innsbruck Inn which you can’t miss from the road.  

It had very easy access and lots of room to walk without falling in the river.  Plus there were all these amazing rocks balanced on their ends.  I don’t know how long it would have taken to do that but we couldn’t stop staring at it.  There is a small parking area just to the left of the road.

Stroller Accessible Walking

If you’d like to go for a walk the parking lot mentioned above is also the start of the bike trail which is stroller friendly.  There are a couple points where you can access the river as well.  Don’t walk on the horse trail unless you like horse poop.

The Gondola

The mountains were fogged in pretty much the entire time we were there and we decided against paying to take the gondola up the hill.  However, there is a free 90 second gondola that goes from the area at  Spruce Peaks to just across the road and that was perfect for us.  We rode it a few times.

Spruce Peak

The area behind our hotel is a shopping/adventure/restaurant area called Spruce Peaks.

While we were there, the parking was free for the public but it may change.

Near the parking lot through a covered bridge is The Enchanted Forest – a play area with places for both big and little kids to play.

It was pretty cool.

There’s also an indoor climbing wall.  The bouldering area (without harness) is $16 and the climbing area (with harness) is $31 (as at June 2018).  The are walking trails all around Spruce Peaks as well.

Next time I was there, I’d definitely rent bikes and bike the town bike path.  It looks lovely.  There’s also Bingham Falls which looks great and also sorts of hiking access points between Smugglers Notch and Stowe to explore.  If you have older kids pretty much every family was rocking up to the hotel with mountain bikes.

Wander Around Stowe

I was surprised to see that most of the restaurants and shops were spread out along the small highway but the actual town of Stowe is quite cute as well with beautiful architecture.

Where to Eat

Piecasso – Great pizza and probably our favourite place in Stowe.

Green Goddess Cafe – I had the huevos rancheros with carnitas and it was fantastic.  The boys buttermilk pancakes were pretty awesome too.

The Bench – Recommended by pretty much everyone we talked to, I liked this place a lot but preferred the above two.

Note: When we were in Stowe it was pretty busy and arriving at 6:00 without a reservation wait times were in average between 15-25 minutes.  

Stowe Ice Cream – Get yourself a cremee and enjoy!  Note that they only take cash.  There’s an ATM on site or get your own from a bank.

The Family Table (Jeffersonville, VT) – We tried this place on the way out of town and it was awesome – one of our favourite places.  I also stopped into an amazing looking bakery called The Farm Store which I’d recommend stopping into.  Their doughnuts looked gorgeous.

Where to Stay

I definitely did not research hotel options, my husband did this 100% but we stayed at the Stowe Mountain Resort and it was pretty awesome.  This was pretty much totally due to the fact that there was a great outdoor pool right on site and the location is right on the mountain.

Other tips: 

We crossed the border at Philipsburg and granted it was St-Jean weekend but we had to wait an hour.  Friends who make the trek regularly recommended taking VT-108 and crossing at Frelighsburg.  We tried and there were literally no other vehicles.

The drive between Smugglers Notch and Stowe is pretty crazy and I wouldn’t recommend doing it in the dark or poor weather.  It is very twisty and turny and at some points pretty much turns into a one-lane road.  It is closed in the winter.

One last thought: Travelling with kids gets easier.  I can remember travelling with my oldest and walking around with him in a stroller at 2am trying to get him to fall asleep.  This trip he fell asleep quickly and in his own bed.  Ditto for schlepping all the stuff around (diapers, creams, purees, etc.)  Have faith.  It does improve.

Have you been to Stowe, Vt?  Any tips?

Ps I’m a family photographer here in Montreal.  See my webpage here!  I love doing casual, fun family sessions creating photos just like you see here!  You can also email me at michelle@michellelittlephotography.com

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