Julia Northrop

Julia is a Chesapeake Bay girl who moved to the District seven years ago with her husband and kids. She is passionate about education, community, motherhood, and running! She's a Spanish teacher and girl mom of three who enjoys reading, traveling, and long runs on the many trails in the DMV. She is happiest with a coffee or cold craft beer in hand and never says no to a cupcake.

Back to School: A Teacher Mom’s 5 Best Practices

Back to school already? It’s that time of year. Summer is coming to a close. Target began showcasing their school supplies in late June, reminding us all that eight weeks would go by way too...

A Real-Life Guide to Parenting with Less Guilt

As a mom of three and a fellow traveler on this journey of parenthood, I am well-acquainted with the extra pressures that mothers place on themselves. In a world where everyone’s brightest moments are...
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3 Laundry Hacks to Make Laundry Day Easier

If you're anything like me, there is at least one part of laundry day that you absolutely dread. From the gathering and the washing to the drying and the folding, I don't know any...
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Save Money on Groceries with a Monthly Cabinet Cleanout

As a family of five, we have learned the art of meal planning over the last several years. Not only does it save us stress and relieves us of the "What will we eat...
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Little Kids With Big Feelings: My Intro to Gentle Parenting

Gentle parenting: Great for all ages For the last three years, we have been a homeschool family and I have considered our journey of discipline and behavior to be relatively smooth. While I am no...
5 Tips to Start Running

5 Tips to Start (or Restart) Your Running Journey

As an introverted mom of three kids, I know what it means to need alone time. As a long-time anxiety sufferer and lover of nature, I know what it means to need a stress...

Skincare: My Favorite Self-Care Regiment

Confession: I have never had good skin. Since puberty I have been managing, covering, or obsessing over new breakouts. I got a brief respite from this in my twenties when I was having and...

My Must-Read Recommendation for 2021: The Lazy Genius Way

I consider myself an avid reader and am always looking for new book recommendations. That being said, I am a little burnt out on how-to and self-help at this point. I have read a...

Walking Through Grief With Kids: Tips from a Novice

Over the last eight years, I have read a lot of parenting books. Before my girls were born, I read a lot about how to care for my body during pregnancy, how to feed...

3 Content Creators That Keep Me Clicking

If quarantine life has taught me anything, it has certainly opened my eyes to my relationship with technology. More specifically, the amount of time I spend on my phone. Several months ago, I fasted...

Coming Alive: A Busy Mother’s Struggle to Find Time to Write

I find it slightly comical that I am about to share how much I love writing. I have loved it since I learned to put pencil to paper and some of my most highly...

Homeschooling Tips, Tricks, and Resource Picks | Part 2

So you’ve decided to homeschool. Now what? Due to the unexpected nature of 2020 and all of the changes brought on by COVID-19, many families are making the decision to homeschool their children. In Part...

A Pep Talk About Homeschooling | Part 1

Confession: I never planned on homeschooling. What a unique time to be writing about homeschooling! While some parents have been pondering this idea for weeks, months, or even years, homeschooling was never the plan for...
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Questions From Quarantine

When every day feels the same As I was pondering what to write for this month’s post, I was struggling to find something both relatable and noteworthy that has occurred in the last few months...