Julia Germeyer

Julia is a lifelong writer and lover of good wine and carbs. She lives in the South Hills with her family: a husband, three kids, and two cats. She owns a marketing communications consulting firm and was also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Julia has an MBA from Point Park University and a Bachelor's degree from Pitt. She enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling to new places, Wheel of Fortune, and sleep. If she had a superpower, it would be to fly: traffic jams would be a thing of the past.

My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle: Part 1

Hands up if you, too, fell victim to the Quarantine 15! Not sure what I’m talking about? It’s the little catchphrase coined after the Freshman 15 that makes gaining weight in a short amount...

Local Pittsburgh Startup PorchShip Removes the Hassle of Online Returns

Social distancing restrictions have increased online shopping, a trend that is likely to continue for months. Lots of online shopping means that returns either have to go to a physical store or packaged and...

The Lazy Parent’s Guide to Potty Training

Potty training: the toddler rite of passage. For parents, we envision the other side with positives like cute underwear and saving money not buying diapers. But we also dread the thought of training our...

Can I Recycle That? A Quick Guide to Single Stream Recycling in Pittsburgh

Last week, our borough distributed new recycling bins for residents, and we were pumped to get a brand new container since our old one had started to crack. (You know you’re getting old when...

Becoming More Resilient Parents During Coronavirus

Here in Pittsburgh, we’ve become accustomed to coronavirus quarantine since mid-March. Since all that upheaval two months ago, things have sort of leveled off. We’re even starting to see some restrictions eased a bit as...

Gratitude and Hope In the Era of Coronavirus

I don’t know about you, but in the past five weeks or so my anxiety has been running pretty high. Between all the unknowns, the rising infection and death tolls, the kids being home...

Would You Trust Your Kids With a Male Caregiver?

The other evening, our 17-year-old son asked for a job application from our local gym. The employee, a female, told him that they are hiring for the children’s room, but he wouldn’t be able...

To Pierce Or Not To Pierce (The Baby’s Ears): That Is The Question

I got my ears pierced two or three times as a child and adolescent before I finally had a successful piercing that allowed me to keep my earrings in. Two times I went to...

On Aging

To that new gray hair, I see you there Replacing the brown in plain view. You’re not misplaced, but I must say I’m not at all thrilled to see you. You see, I’m not quite 35 So I thought...

The Flip Phone … Or, Why We Took Away Our Teen’s Cell Phone

Parents of teens, I have a question for you: how many times have you said you wish you could take away your kid's stupid cell phone? This statement usually comes after your son or...