Author Archive | Julie T

Teeth straightening--round 1!

All the Moms are Straightening!

If I had any advice for my awkward 14-year-old self on the day my braces were finally removed, it would be, “Wear your retainers, woman!” (Also, side note: yes, my mother made that sign for me. As a surprise. Yes, I was mortified. If you think this poster’s loud, you should see the poster she held […]

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Relay Running — Seriously, I Couldn’t Do It Alone

I ran a couple of half marathons before having kids, and after that, I thought, “Yeah, I’m good — glad that’s out of my system!”  But I still enjoy running shorter races for a number of reasons: first and foremost, because I LOVE having my kids come watch, cheer, and be inspired to do this […]

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Engaging Your Kids During Black History Month in the Magic City

  I think I’m probably the Birmingham history buff of the group (see here, here, here and here), wouldn’t you say?! Yes, it’s true. I’m 80. In a 30-something-year-old’s body. THE Institute Our fair city is home to an incredible amount of history, and I’ve visited our museums many times through the years (such as […]

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Today I Am A Ma’am

“Today I am a Ma’am” That’s the title of an episode from my all-time favorite t.v. show: The Mary Tyler Moore Show. On this particular episode, Mary is called “ma’am” for the first time. She’s recently turned 30, her boss just pointed out that she’s no longer in the demographic advertisers care about (darn those 18-29 year […]

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The Worst LASIK Patient Ever!

LASIK corrective eye surgery. Have you done it? When I was in eighth grade, we read The Diary of Anne Frank at school. I remember hearing the Nazis made people in the concentration camps give up their eyeglasses. “Well, I’d be screwed,” I thought. I knew if I ever had to go to a concentration […]

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Memaw’s Pale Pink Polka Dot Dress

  By this point, I think it’s pretty obvious I have an appreciation for history and “old things”–see here and here. Beyond Birmingham’s history and historical homes, I also have a fascination with vintage clothing. As I mentioned on a previous blog post, my minor was in costume design. Fashion history appeals to every level of […]

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