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.

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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Kids Eat Free Deals in Kansas City

Now that the world is re-opening and families are venturing out to restaurants again it's a great time to check out all the kids eat free deals at area restaurants. We've compiled a list...
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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...
Berry Picking Guide

Kansas City Berry Picking Guide

Berry picking has been a fun family tradition for a few years for us, as well as the "uh, what do we do with 14 pounds of berries?!" freakout that comes next. Area farms...

Birth Story: 59 Minutes and 4 Pushes

This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  My first labor was called a precipitous labor. Fortunately in that case, I was already in the hospital for observation when my water broke and...
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Family Friendly KC Patio Guide

As the weather warms up and the COVID numbers go down, many of us are ready to emerge from our homes, sit on a restaurant patio, and let someone else serve dinner! I have missed...
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Family Friendly Charcuterie Boards

Last year, in an effort to stop the non-stop snack requests, I started putting out a snack tray in the afternoon to offer a variety of foods to my kids. Sometimes on a plate,...

Valentine’s Day 2021 Guide: A Date Night at Home

With COVID-19 still making date night out a challenge, this Valentine's Day we're celebrating with a little at-home date night after the kids are in bed. There are lots of great local choices for...
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The “2020 Effect” on Friendships

I've been reflecting recently on how 2020 was a year that brought a lot of change and clarity to friendships in my life. I've spoken with others who also experienced this. One friend put...
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Kansas City Hot Chocolate Guide

Hot chocolate season is upon us! It is the perfect kid friendly drink for the holiday season whether you're going to see lights or enjoying a family night at home. It is especially great on...
Wonderscope Children's Museum

Introducing the New Wonderscope Children’s Museum

The new Regnier Family Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City is an incredible addition to family attractions in the Kansas City area. It is located at 433 E. Red Bridge Road in Kansas City,...
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Why I Left MLMs Behind

Last year was a big year of changes for me, and one of the things that changed was my participation in a multi-level marketing company (MLM). There was no big drama when I left...
Kansas City Drive-Thru Guide

Guide to Kansas City’s Favorite Drive-Thrus

Supporting local restaurants is something that is really important to my family, even more so during the current pandemic. I especially love drive-thrus because it means I don't have to get out of the...
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Kansas City Ice Cream Guide

National Ice Cream Day is July 19th this year, and we are so lucky that here in the Kansas City Metro there are an abundance of locally owned ice cream shops where we can...