Julia Germeyer

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Julia is a lifelong writer, part-time adventurer, and lover of good wine and carbs. She lives in the South Hills with her family: a husband, two littles, and two cats, and the oldest child is in the Army. She owns a digital marketing 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.

Helping Your Picky Eater Enjoy Holiday Meals

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The holidays are some of the busiest times of year for most families. The routine changes and excitement are enough to throw off most young children and throw in big family gatherings … you’ve...

What to Do with Your Family in Pittsburgh This Christmas Season 

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It’s Christmas time in Pittsburgh! This is one of my favorite times of the year, and despite hating the cold, getting ready for Christmas and sharing different experiences with my kids is something I...

On Traveling Alone 

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In college, I made at least two solo trips from Pittsburgh to Virginia every year. I had a friend who lived there and occasionally I visited some extended family, which made for good excuses...

My Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle: Part 1

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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...