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Julia Willhite

Julia Willhite
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I'm Julia and I live in Olathe with my husband of 13 years, my 7 and 2.5 year old daughters, and a sweet old blind pug we call Boopers. I’m a social worker turned SAHM (at least til my youngest starts school). I love Dr. Pepper, thunderstorms, and talking to other adults. I hate coffee, diet culture, and washing dishes. I'll talk your ear off about the best local parks and which restaurants have wronged me by changing their long-standing menu items. I try to walk the line between knowing a lot of stuff and not being a know-it-all. Some days I'm better than others.
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My View: What Am I Preparing For?

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All the hand sanitizer is gone. I’d heard this, but hadn’t seen it until I was at Target this morning. When COVID-19 hit the Kansas City area over the weekend it made me wonder:...

The MVPs of Indoor Play Time

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February feels like a LONG month, spent mostly indoors for us. Between the inevitable ice and snow days and the (too many) days off school for holidays and conferences, we spend a lot of...
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The Best Family Pizza Spots in Kansas City

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If your family is anything like mine, pizza is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at mealtime. Kansas City has a TON of options for pizza, including many locally-owned restaurants. I've rounded up some of our contributors'...
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The Year I Became a Whole New Me

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I used to fantasize about having a year where I would finally become a whole new me. No longer the "before," but the new and improved "after." What I believed (and what society told...
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Best Neighborhood Light Displays in Kansas City

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Looking at Christmas lights is a tradition that I know many of us enjoy with our families. I love a good walk around the Plaza to look at the lights or a visit to...

The 25 Books of Christmas Tradition

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Six years ago, we started a holiday tradition with our kids that we've actually managed to maintain each year (unlike many others that fell by the wayside). I call it the 25 Books of...

7 Ways to Become a Money-Wise Mom

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Being the detail-oriented and Type-A half of my marriage of thirteen years, it happened pretty naturally that I began managing our day-to-day finances. I know many other moms that manage the money in their...

Date Night Every Night: Board Games for Two!

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With just a few exceptions, my husband and I have had a date every night for the last year and a half! No, we don't have a money tree to pay for babysitters, but...

Cornucopia: KC’s Ultimate Fall Festival – The Perfect Way to Welcome Fall

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This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Power & Light District. Last weekend my seven year old and I had the opportunity to go to the first annual Cornucopia: KC's Ultimate Fall Festival, presented by...

Your Guide to Music Classes in Kansas City

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One of my favorite activities to do with my kids when they are little is to take them to a baby or preschool music class. They are so cute shaking their little egg shakers...
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Tips for the First-Time Kindergarten Moms

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If you or someone you know has recently sent their first child off to kindergarten you may have noticed that the (mostly) chill mothers of preschoolers often transform into a ball of worry when...

A Mom’s Guide to Lake Olathe

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Olathe's newest family hot spot just opened this summer and we can't get enough of it! With a swimming beach, aqua park, marina, nature playground, and Olathe's first spray ground, you may have a...

7 Summer Survival Tips for the Stay-at-Home Mom

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I typically enjoy being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) but the summer of 2018 was rough in my house. I had an 18-month-old and a 6-year-old and the novelty of summer wore off fast. There...
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The Best Toy Stores in Kansas City

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Your first inclination when it comes to picking out a birthday or holiday gift for a child may be to hop online or go to your nearest big box store, but here in the...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Local Resources for Kansas Citians

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Some sobering facts: 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men have been victims of domestic violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV),  20 people per...