online audio stories for children and families
Yes, storytelling is still alive! And of course, coming to you from Vermont. Surprised? We’re not.
Every week Sparkle Stories releases a new audio story to subscribers. It’s simple – you subscribe or purchase audiobooks and get access to fun, inspiring and entertaining stories for the whole family.
In our crazy, connected world, Sparkle Stories is using technology to bring you back to a screen-free time. Partially unplug, give eyes a rest and let imaginations flourish allowing listeners to create scenes and images for themselves.
Interested? Listen to a story here.
Still not convinced? Read these testimonials. Buy for your own family or as a great green gift for others. Have travel plans? Sparkle Stories also has accompanying printables for the Martin & Sylvia stories.
They were voted iTunes Best of 2013 by Apple for a reason!
Inspired Nautical Living
When you think of Vermont you probably think of mountains and maple syrup. Right? But there’s also a fairly large boating community across the state that enjoys our beautiful lake champlain.
The Starboard Collection is a new company based in South Burlington that makes “casual dinnerware designed with the nautical lifestyle in mind.” This new line is made from recycled materials, BPA free, non-toxic and best of all made in the USA! The full set includes a stand, tray, stackable, non-slip plates and bowls that are designed to hold the most amount of food while taking up the least amount of storage space making the set perfect for:
- your galley
- small kitchens everywhere
Not only is this set stylish and good looking, it also comes in a bag making it easy to grab for any of your on-the-go dining needs whether on water or on land. Starboard Collection is launching March 2-5, 2013 at the International Housewares Association Show in Chicago.
We wish them bon voyage & bonne chance!
Put this “FRESH, FUN, SUSTAINABLE, STYLISH” dinnerware on your summer wish list. We’re thrilled they call Vermont home and think they’re one to watch!
K.D. Hill Knitwear
hand loomed knitwear made in vermont
Looking for an original hat no one else has? And one that’s made in Vermont? Well, look no further than K.D. Hill Knitwear.
With colorful designs and a variety of styles, there will be one for you! You’ll find:
- cuff hats
- flat top hats
- round top hats
Even a line for babies and children ranging from adorable, cozy, colorful hats and mittens to sweaters. You can have a Danforth Pewter button added to a hat if you’d like – making them great made in Vermont baby gifts.
Worth noting is that this is a one woman show! K.D. Hill herself makes every single item! You can buy directly on her website or at any of these retailers.
Green Mountain Mustard
Gourmet Mustard Made in the Mountains of Vermont
These are no ordinary mustards. Not only are they rich and creamy, they’re also made in Vermont using local ingredients:
- Eggs from local family farm
- Butter from Vermont Cabot Coop farmers
- Maple syrup from local farms
- Yellow mustard seeds from Clear Brook Farm in Shaftsbury
Every one of their flavors are distinct and delicious:
- Barn Burner
- Garlic Oregano
- Sweet Hot (original flavor)
- Wholegrain Mustard
The Green Mountain Mustard story is similar to other made in Vermont products that got their start at local farmer’s markets – at their second market they sold their 24 jars in less than 30 minutes! That was in 2010. Today you can find their mustards in over 70 stores nationwide.
Dip pretzels in their mustard, smother your meats or fish with their mustard, use it in salad dressings or in any of these recipes! Good mustard can be used in so many ways!
How can you not switch over to Green Mountain Mustard? And turn on someone else while you’re at it. Can you say party gift? stocking stuffer?
Inspired by nature and made from Kraft paper, FLXIT is a simple new toy that will spark imagination at any age.
Pull it, twist it, wave it, slink it, sculpt it, stretch it, flex it and tag it. Wait? tag it? what’s that mean? find out here! Tagging it is part of the creativity!
Intrigued? FLXIT currently has a kickstarter campaign. Help them streamline production of this back to basics toy and bring this Vermont toy nationwide!
You’re never too old to play.
Find some fun with FLXIT.
Hand-crafting the world’s finest wooden puzzles since 1974
So you think you’re good at puzzles? Have you tried a Stave? You just might not be as good as you think you are!
In our fast-paced-high-tech-plugged-in world, these puzzles are a welcome distraction. Made in Norwich, Vermont, Stave Puzzles are works of art that will challenge you in ways you didn’t think was possible from a puzzle. As each piece is hand cut (yes, hand cut), by one cutter with one saw, it’s so rewarding as two pieces slide perfectly together. Not to mention that even getting two pieces that fit is such satisfaction!
Stave Puzzles are not your ordinary puzzles either. Not only are they made from wood (they’ll last), you’ll find:
- adjacent edges*
- empty spaces
- phony corners
- no photograph to help you
Take a look at their Teaser, Trick and Troublemaker puzzles! No wonder Stave’s boss calls himself the Chief Tormentor!
Every home needs at least one Stave Puzzle.
* “adjacent edges are whammy edge pieces which are two abutting edge pieces that look like corner pieces held together by a third piece.”