Julie Breithaupt

Julie Breithaupt
Hey! My name is Julie and I use too many exclamation points! My husband Grady and I are attempting to raise two wild women, Mia and Reese. We live in Shawnee where our faux bulldog Marge rules the roost. My hobbies include driveway drinking, going to parks and desperately trying to have date nights. My likes include the Jayhawks, coffee, craft beer and ChapStick. My dislikes include samesiders (people who sit on the same side of the booth when no one is on the other side), jerks and grocery shopping.
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Dear 2020: I Will Never Forget You…

Dear 2020, I will never forget you. I am not sure anyone will ever forget you. Not even if we want to. You made “masks”, “social distancing” and “quarantine” the new buzz words. Your tests...
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How to Safely Enjoy the Holidays in Kansas City

The holidays are looking a lot different this year, but that does not mean you can’t still finagle some fun as we close out the dumpster fire that is 2020. Here are several ideas...
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Keeping the Holiday Spirit Alive

The holidays are going to look a lot different this year. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it is to learn how to make the best out of a crazy COVID situation. I...
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Why I Force Family Pictures Every Year

It goes like this. I give my family a heads up about one week out that we have family pictures scheduled. I steel myself for the collective groan. I then start trying to throw outfits...
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Supporting Our Kids and Their Activities

We have probably all seen something similar to the situation I am going to describe. I was walking with my seven-year-old daughter to her softball practice in the sweltering heat. All of a sudden,...
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The Top 10 Things I’m Taking out of Quarantine

I get it. Quarantine. We’re all over it, right? Not over it like we are going to have 150 people to our house for a kegger, but just like mentally over it. As we...
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I Need to Hug Someone

I need to hug someone. That is my overwhelming feeling right now. I am a hugger. I am the type of person who strikes up random conversations with people at the grocery store. I...
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Stop Squabbling Siblings While Staying At Home

“If you’re making each other mad, why don’t you just separate?!” “Why are you guys on top of each other ALL THE TIME?” “Just stay away from each other if you keep fighting!” I know I am...
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Okay, Kansas City: Let’s Do This.

I get it. The weight of all this has been crushing. Disappointment, sadness, frustration and worry are just some of the feelings overwhelming many of us right now. But I’m starting to see, hear,...
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How A Whiteboard Saved My Mornings

I am not what one would describe as an ultra-organized person. My organization skills don’t stretch much further than my iPhone calendar and a lot of Post-It notes at work. So when I was...
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The Top 10 Reasons Why I Am Over Winter

Are you just completely over winter yet? If your answer is "heck yes," please join me in a short list of reasons why we are ready for the next season. Let me preface this...

I Don’t Like to Cook and We’re All Still Surviving

I am not a person who loves to cook. Honestly, I am not a person who even likes to cook. Granted, every once in a while, I will get my Martha Stewart moments where...
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All I Need to Know I Learned from a First Grade Soccer Match

We so often hear the negative side of youth sports. Trust me, I get it. I’ve seen the overly involved parents living vicariously through their kids. I’ve done a double-take when finding out a...
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A Weighty Discussion

I was having a conversation the other day with two co-workers who also have daughters. The topic turned to parenting and how we can teach kindness. It then morphed into a discussion about how...

Mom Text Chains

Me: (Sends picture of weird rash on my kid’s arm) “Does anyone know what this might be?” Mom Friends: “Hmmm… looks like molluscum. My kids both had it really bad. Have you tried to put a...