Julia Willhite

I'm Julia and I live in Olathe with my husband of 14 years, my 8 and 4 year old daughters, and a sweet old blind pug we call Boopers. I’m a social worker turned SAHM and 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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Guide to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City

Over winter break I took my kids to Great Wolf Lodge for a fun staycation. We only stayed one night but packed in a lot of fun. This mom's guide includes all the inside...
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Ice Skating Spots in Kansas City

When it comes to fun family outings in the winter, our options can be somewhat limited. Sledding is a blast but some winters we have a serious snow shortage. Fortunately, there are ice skating...
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25 Kansas City Memberships that Make Perfect Gifts

Over the last few years many families have been making a move toward experience gifts for holidays and birthdays (or asking grandparents to consider these as gifts!) An annual membership to a local museum...
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Best Neighborhood Light Displays in Kansas City

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...

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Kansas City

Tis the season for holiday dates and night's out with friends and nowhere is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar! The Kansas City area has many to choose from with themes like Home...
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Best Family Board Games and Where to Buy Them

My husband and I have a shared love of board games, and most nights you'll find us playing one after the kids are in bed. When we go on trips with friends or get...
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Take Out Thanksgiving Options in Kansas City

If you aren't up for making an entire Thanksgiving meal this year, check out some of the many options for take-out meals. Grocery stores, restaurants, and caterers offer full meals (or just the bird...
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Romantic Inns and Bed and Breakfasts near Kansas City

For a weekend getaway with your partner, a bed and breakfast or locally owned inn is a great option. There are many in the Kansas City area to choose from. Some are in the...
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Trick (and Trunk) or Treating in KC

Need an excuse to wear that Halloween costume one more time and add to your candy stash? Check out these fun and mostly free events around town during the last two weeks of October....
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Spooky Halloween Events in Kansas City

While there are plenty of fall and Halloween events in Kansas City to look forward to this year, for some it's not Halloween without a good scare. If you really want to send chills down...
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Helping our Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food

I have struggled with my relationship with food since I was very young, but I internalized the idea that eating disorders are a thin person problem and that people in larger bodies didn't have...
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Kansas City Parks Guide

With hundreds of parks to choose from in the Kansas City metro, it can be hard to know where to start! Here's our guide to our favorite parks in Kansas City with details to...
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Guide to the Best Cookies in Kansas City

It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and a great excuse to try a new bakery to find the best cookies in Kansas City. I love a good chocolate chip cookie but can never limit...
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A Mom’s Guide to Lake Olathe

With a swimming beach, aqua park, marina, nature playground, and spray ground, you may have a hard time fitting in all the fun available at Lake Olathe in one visit. Here's what you need...
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Best Splash Pads in Kansas City

Summer is here! As the temperature rises, we're all looking for ways to cool off. If you are new to splash pads (also called spray grounds or spray parks), they are typically free public parks with...
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