Julia Northrop

Julia is a Chesapeake Bay girl who moved to the District about four years ago with her husband and kids. A Spanish teacher by trade, she feels lucky to be homeschooling her three daughters, ages seven and under. She is passionate about fostering community with moms in her area and encouraging other women. She enjoys reading, exploring the city's gems with her family, and long runs on its many trails. She is happiest with a coffee in hand and never says no to a cupcake.

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...

Sibling Room-Sharing for the Semi-Organized

Disclaimer: Not an Expert This post is not a “how-to” on organization, toy-bin labeling, or keeping kids’ rooms tidy all the time. If you find a blog post on how I can do this well...

Where the Lost Things Go: My Story About Pregnancy Loss

Mary Poppins said it best in the song Where the Lost Things Go by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Please watch full song here and read lyrics here.  Memories you've shed Gone for good you feared They're all around you still Though they've disappeared Nothing's...

PMDD: Awareness and Treatment

More than PMS Every woman you know can likely empathize with the phrase: “I am PMS-ing.” For many of us, it’s as normal as saying that you are hangry or more annoyed with a significant...

Better Sleep for Moms: 5 Tips to Catching and Keeping your Zzzzs

Sleep Deprived  Sleep. It’s something we all need and none of us get enough of. At my baby shower, I was prepped by friends for poopy diapers, mommy groups, and breastfeeding. I was told I...

Choosing to Homeschool: Insights from a Novice

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? Since I got married, I have had the desire to homeschool my kids at some point. As a public school Spanish teacher and believer in the power of education,...

Developing Self-Awareness Using the Enneagram

Enneagram Personality Test The Enneagram Personality test offers readers nine different personality types with two numbers called wings. There is no perfect number and each number has its strengths and weaknesses. I am a big...

Mental Health in Motherhood-A Battle Worth Fighting

Confused by the clouds  Eleven years ago, I began struggling with what I now refer to as “living under a dark cloud.” As a college student living in a new city, I felt like I...

Tidy and Organize Multilevel Home with Stair Baskets {Part 2 of Managing Your Home}

Baskets are a simple, energy-preserving solution to organize We recently moved from a single floor, two-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom house with three floors. My youngest was about 4 months old, and I was still...

Practical Methods to Manage Your Home: Part 1: Cleaning

Part 1: A One-A-Day Approach to Cleaning your Home This post is the first in a series outlining some pearls of wisdom I have gained from other mommas, and the trial and error process that...

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...