Julie Robenhymer
When It’s More Than Just Nail Polish
I have a confession to make. I haven't painted my nails in a REALLY long time. I can't even remember the last time I had them done, which is so...unlike me. But, you know how it is. Life gets in the way and some things - like your nails - don't get done and you end up rocking the au natural look as best as you can. In fact, my nails have been bare for so long that I straight up forgot how transformative a fresh manicure can be because when I applied these polish strips from Color Street this [...]
My #1 Thing to Do in Seattle
While I usually love a good walking tour and learning about a city's history, I don't know that one has ever been recommended as a "must do" quite as much as Bill Speidel's Underground Tour in Seattle was by just about everyone I asked. It came so highly recommended that I was wary of it being a monumental let down. I also thought the $20 fee was a little steep and wondered if it'd even be worth it, but five minutes into the tour I knew not only would it be worth every penny and I'd likely give our guide [...]
My Name is Julie and I’m a 2-wing-3
Not long ago, I was talking with a friend and sharing my long-term plans with them and they shocked the heck out of me when they asked why I always needed their approval. My reaction was very Blanche Devereaux being turned down for a date. And, if you don't know who that is, you need to binge watch The Golden Girls ASAP. I was so taken aback by that question because I'm 100% certain I don't need anyone to validate me. I am an emotionally strong, confident woman with with a vision and goals and plans to back them up. [...]
How To Crochet the Best Blanket Ever
When I taught myself how to knit in college and then crochet a few years later, my intention was to make beautiful things that my friends and family would hopefully cherish forever. That's why I couldn't wait to have the opportunity to make my first baby blanket. I still have most, if not all, of the baby blankets that were handmade for me and I refuse to consider ever throwing them out because someone MADE that for me. And, while the yarn might be inexpensive (although there's definitely some pricy yarn out there!), the time it takes to hand make [...]
I Want To Be A Wednesday Sister
I truthfully have no idea how I stumbled upon The Wednesday Sisters, which was published a decade ago. My guess is that I was looking for another book in the same stack and the spine caught my eye. Then, the synopsis did it's job and reeled me in hook, line and Miss America crown. It reads: When five young mothers - Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally and Brett - first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the [...]
Maggie Hope is My Hero
  Towards the end of a three week trip through Italy, Croatia and Slovenia this past August, I ran out of books to read. Whomp, whomp. That's when I discovered that you can download e-books from the library. Woooo hoooo! Only problem is the selection is not nearly as robust. While I was searching and searching and searching for one of the 300+ books on my Goodreads - To Read List to be available, I stumbled upon a book called Mr. Churchill's Secretary. It wasn't on my list, but it was historical fiction wrapped around a mystery featuring a strong [...]
Don’t Let Fear Win
When I was in grade school, we had this really amazing art teacher who taught us about famous artists and their contributions to the art world whether it be a technique or color combinations or composition or subject matter and then she would teach us ingenious ways to simulate their works of art but with our own twist. We'd create impressionist art with melting crayons and paint self portraits and draw large scale objects one section at a time and even though I would never call myself an artist in that way, I sure felt like one. So thank you, [...]
Anne Frank House
As you know, I'm presently on a little European adventure and earlier this week I was in Amsterdam. (It's a beautiful city and you should go.) While I was there, I visited Anne Frank House - where she, her family, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer hid from the Nazis for two years - and was completely inspired by the ambition and attitude of the 13-year-old. Having visited Auschwitz two years ago and cried an absolute river while I was touring the facility, I was prepared to feel the sadness of their situation, but I wasn't prepared to feel the joy [...]
Sportsmanship On International Stage
If you've been paying attention or following me on twitter, you'd know that I'm in Europe covering the 2017 IIHF World Championship which is co-hosted this year by Germany and France. It's one of my favorite events to cover because the fans are so amazing, the hockey is next level and I get to travel to Europe. Throw in some amazing sports moments - like last year when Hungary earned their first tournament win in 77 years - and it's a win all around. At AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Sunday night we got to experience one of those moments as [...]
Luck Has Nothing To Do With It
As I'm posting pictures from another European adventure to cover the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne with stops in Milan for the pre-tournament training camp, Lake Como because why not when it's an hour train ride away and eventually Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris for a little vacation after the gold medals have been awarded, I'm getting a lot of messages about how lucky I am and while I do feel incredibly lucky to live an amazing life filled with friends, family, travel and hockey…I'm not doing anything you couldn't be doing. I knew at at very young age that I [...]
Hello, 2017!
I love a new year, new month, new week, new day. I can't help but get all excited about the possibilities! I'm definitely among those that like to start a new challenge at the beginning of something - except that one time I gave up dessert for the rest of the month...that one I started immediately because you've got to check yourself before you wreck yourself - and there's just something special about a new year and a clean slate. I often refer to life as a book and encourage everyone not to let anyone else hold the pen and today...the entire [...]
The Rest is Still Unwritten
As the year comes to a close, I'd like to thank it for being awesome. I have accomplished so much, experienced so much and learned so much about myself in the past 365 days and it's amazing what life can be like when you live with intention. In years past, I allowed life to pass right by me on so many occasions that I was determined to proactively make sure that didn't happen this year and decided it would be my most productive year yet and I'm very happy to say that it was. I traveled to new places like Estonia, St Petersburg [...]
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    Julie is a self-improvement junkie who loves to travel, wear pretty dresses, eat big breakfast and watch all the sunsets. She’s been there and done that and sharing all her life lessons with you. Read more

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