Julie McNulty

Julie and her husband, Mike, were both born and raised in Southern New Jersey, but recently relocated to Vermont. Though new to the Green Mountain State, it already feels like home and they love the swimming, hiking, and skiing. Julie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Theology. She spent the past ten years working with kids and teens but, these days, she's a part-time work from home/full-time homeschooling mom to her crazy boys, Luke- 7 and Liam- 6. Julie enjoys reading big books, writing witty blog posts, cooking new recipes, indulging in celebrity gossip, watching trashy reality TV, and doing anything outdoors with her kids and husband. You can follow her adventures on Instagram, @ur_basic_mom instead, and you can check out her content strategy and marketing business, Writes Well with Others.
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Four Rookie Homeschooling Mistakes I Made

If someone asked me the most important lesson I learned in my first year of homeschooling, I could answer without even thinking: If something isn’t working, it’s probably my fault. Y'all I made so...
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What if My Kids Grow Up to Be Garbage Men?

I will be proud if my kids grow up to be garbage men. Louder now for the people in the back! Yes! It’s true. Frankly, I’d be proud if my kids grow up and work in...
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GoPro Parenting: My Personal Parenting Style

I’m a GoPro Parent, and I’m proud of it! I’m sure you’ve heard of Helicopter Parents. You can spot them at the playground hovering over their child(ren), supervising their every move, ready to swoop in...

One Week Without Beta Blockers: A Cautionary Packing Tale for Moms

Disclaimer: This is absolutely, like 100%, not - at all - in any way, shape, or form, medical advice. In fact, it couldn’t be any further from medical advice. It is the opposite of...
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I’m Obsessed with Knowing My Kids – Go Ahead, Diagnose Me

I've become completely obsessed with knowing my kids. Let me explain. The other day, I was listening to Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran. And the lyrics hit me hard. Don’t laugh, that’s not a...
How Bernie’s Mittens Won the 2021 Inauguration (and Where to Get a Pair)

How Bernie’s Mittens Won the 2021 Inauguration (and Where to Get a Pair)

On Wednesday, as the country prepared to watch the historic inauguration of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris, an older gentleman quietly took his seat at the event. He was dressed in his “errands...
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The Newbie Homeschoolers’ Starter Kit

Oh heyyyyyy! Where my newbie homeschoolers at? Can I get a “Heck yea!” for Covid homeschooling? Now I know I’m not homeschooling alone, based on a VTDigger article that stated that Vermont home study enrollments...
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Schooling Options: Distance Learning, Home Schooling, or In-Person?

I recently saw the graphic posted below about schooling options from Latched Mama. I liked seeing the graphic and it made me feel supported, so I decided to venture into the comments (I know,...
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Vermont Mom’s Favorite Vermont Breweries

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are kind of a lot of breweries in Vermont. And they’re good. Really good. World-class even. Who knew! As of May 2019, there were 56 operating Vermont...
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Our Chore for Money Earning System: Why and How We Started Teaching Our Kids...

It’s hard to explain the feeling you get the instant when you realize you’ve completely failed your kids in one specific area. I’d kind of liken it to a gut punch - you sort...
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For Your Quarentinainment: 5 Shows to Binge Watch While Stuck at Home

Holy crap guys, what is going on?!? I don’t know about you, but I haven't left my house other than for walks around my neighborhood since March 16. Life is weird, I am weird...

Calm: How I Feel Knowing Vermont Schools will Be Closed for In-Person Learning

I’m currently experiencing every emotion under the sun. Even so, I feel calm that Vermont schools will be closed for in-person learning. I’m guessing you have been on the same emotional roller coaster in the...
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Winter Gear is Pricey – Here are 5 Tips to Nab what You Need...

Since moving to Vermont almost 4 years ago, my family has really become a “ski family.” You’ll catch us at the mountain no fewer than 2 days a week. My kids ski all day...

My Quest to Find the Perfect Planner: Confessions of a Hot Mess Mama

Truth - I’m not very organized by nature.  I’m pretty laid back and messy. If you don’t believe me, take a look at my car or dresser - or ask my husband (he’d be happy...