Julie McNulty

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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.
In Defense of Jessie James Decker: Why I DON’T Think She Edited That Photo of Her Kids

In Defense of Jessie James Decker: Why I DON’T Think She Edited That Photo...

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On Sunday, I learned something new. I learned who Jessie James Decker is, and here I am, just a few days later, coming to her defense. I don’t think she edited that photo of...

Vermont Breakfast on the Farm: Shining a Light on Local Dairy Traditions

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There’s nothing like the smell of a dairy farm in the morning. If you grew up in rural Vermont, it’s a familiar smell and not one most of us recoil from. It’s sort of...

Mormon Mom TikTok Drama: My Top 3 Takeaways

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So, have you heard about the Mormon moms on TikTok who got caught up in a swinging scandal? I swear this is not a setup for a joke. There is no punchline coming. Unfortunately.  Let...

I’d Still Rather Hang Out with My Husband and Kids…

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Three years ago I wrote a little piece called, “I’d Rather Hang Out with My Husband and Kids. Sorry, Not Sorry.” It was shared by Yahoo! Lifestyle. To say readers had a visceral reaction to...

Sorry Dave Grohl, The Storyteller Was Not The Book I Wanted

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Let me start by saying - I love Dave Grohl. I love every band he’s ever been associated with - Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, and more. I love hearing him on...
How to Eat Local in Rutland County

How to Eat Local in Rutland County

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A while back, the lovely Kayla Tornello shared a post here on Vermont Mom about the Climatarian Diet. If you missed that post or you’re needing a refresher, here are the CliffsNotes: A Climatarian...
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Four Rookie Homeschooling Mistakes I Made

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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?

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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,...