Author Archive | julieheckman


Commuting Mom Life Hacks

About a year ago I started looking for a new job. I had been at the same employer for almost nine years at that point. I transitioned from analyst to software developer and had amazing opportunities for professional growth. I’d gotten married, gained two wonderful step kids and even had my own baby. But even […]

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What a NICU Mama Needs

Whether it’s planned or completely unexpected, when your baby is in the NICU, life just gets overwhelming. My son was rushed to Children’s Mercy by ambulance early in the morning on his third day of life. I was completely exhausted and very drugged up still from an abrupt C-section and uncontrollable nausea even after delivery. […]

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Dear Presley

Dear Presley, I was 29 and struggling when we met. I thought maybe you could help me through some lonely nights and be someone I could focus my love toward. I’ll never forget picking you up from the lady’s house. You had these sad, droopy eyes that I just couldn’t resist. You threw up 10 […]

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DIY Beauty Products

I don’t consider myself crunchy. We vaccinate and medicate regularly. We try to be as healthy as possible with two full time working parents and three kids but I definitely I feed my kids Aldi’s frozen chicken nuggets and Kraft Mac and Cheese like it’s going out of style. My baby is currently obsessed with Cheez-Its […]

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Letting Go of Feeling Guilty

My dad and I just don’t get along. He makes me feel bad about myself. Many of his comments and conversations are borderline emotionally abusive and have been since I was young. He self medicated his depression and anxiety with alcohol for many years and after my parents divorced, he fell off the grid. When […]

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Dagg Park has a great playground and a splash pad open in the summer.

Why I Love the Northland

Do you know the difference between North Kansas City and Kansas City, North? I didn’t for the first 22 years of my life. In fact, I honestly had no idea that there was any civilization up here aside from the airport. As a Johnson County native who escaped and attended Mizzou (Go Tigers!), it was […]

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A DIY Jedi Training Birthday Party

It didn’t take my stepson long to realize the benefits of having two “moms” to plan his birthday parties. Months (sometimes years) before his birthday, he tries out themes and comes up with two, one for each house. Since his mind frequently changes, I waited until May to make him commit to a theme for […]

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Talking about Money with your Kids

Talking Money with Kids

I grew up in a very frugal household where my stay-at-home mom clipped coupons and shopped sales while my dad worked a government job. My mom cooked almost all of our meals at home; eating out was something she and my dad did on rare date nights when they paid a neighborhood girl to come […]

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