Julie is a writer, blogger and incurable sass-mouth living in Charleston, SC. When she isn't glued to the keyboard, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), perfecting the Pinterest fail, extolling the virtues of the Oxford comma, and reminding everyone about that time Josh Duhamel told her he likes to say her name. Should you run into her, give her a hug. She likes hugs.

Latest Articles

Why Late '90s Nostalgia Represents The Best Of The Decade

It's no secret that '90s kids are generally pretty pumped about the entire decade. We love to take walks down memory lane to get to the glory days of our youth. But here's the sitch, party people: not...
By Julie Sprankles

The Best '90s Board Games You Can Still Buy Today

Next to Saturday morning cartoons in the '90s, one special form of entertainment reigned supreme — board games. And fortunately, some of the best '90s board games can still be bought today. If you're ...
By Julie Sprankles

Why '80s Babies Are Salty About The '90s Renaissance

There's no denying the '90s have returned with a vengeance, with everything from the fashion trends to the music scene being appropriated daily to appeal to Millennials and feed '90s kids' nostalgia. ...
By Julie Sprankles

10 Gifts Every '90s Girl Bought For Her BFF

Teens today may think they invented squad goals, but '90s kids know the truth — we were the original squad goals. Being BFFs in the '90s was like winning the lottery, because the entire decade was fil...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Respond When Someone Calls You A "Snowflake"

If you lean toward the liberal politically, you've probably been called a "snowflake" at least once, and probably disparagingly. If you believe in equality and social justice, you've probably been cal...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Identify Toxic Masculinity In Your Life

We're all familiar with the "fairy tale" version of the heteronormative expectations associated with masculinity — in this sense, the term denotes a virile, strong man who likes women and is relentles...
By Julie Sprankles

'90s Computer Trends We Definitely Didn't Love

Like most things about the '90s, computers during that revered decade tend to be romanticized. It's understandable, too, since home computers and internet capabilities were only just beginning to blos...
By Julie Sprankles

You Definitely Made These Mix CDs In The Early 2000s

You know that wave of nostalgia that hits you when a certain song comes on the radio? It's like your brain just hailed a cab to another place in time, and you're just happy to go along for the ride — ...
By Julie Sprankles

How You Broke Up With Your Significant Others In The '90s

Back in the '90s, we didn't have nearly as many channels of communication as kids and teens do today. This limited communication meant a lot of things — one of which was that the ways you broke up wit...
By Julie Sprankles

The Worst Fears Every '90s Kid Had

Did '90s kids have it pretty great growing up? If you can't tell by the fact that we refuse to let go of the decade until someone pries its nostalgia from our cold, dead hands, the answer is yes. Howe...
By Julie Sprankles

Everyone Wanted To Have Their Birthday At These Places In The '90s

While talking about birthdays in the '90s is a sure-fire way to make us all feel old, here's the thing: Birthdays during this decade were the best birthdays in any decade, especially if you were able ...
By Julie Sprankles

11 Things That Only Seem Like They're From The '90s

Looking back on the '90s, the decade looms large in our mind's eye. We tend to romanticize everything about it and, hey, I'll be the first to admit we '90s kids sometimes get a little carried about wi...
By Julie Sprankles

11 Things You Thought Made You So Cool In The '90s

Let's just go ahead and get this out there now: Back in the '90s, we all thought we were hella cool. Possibly because we were particularly susceptible to advertisements hawking things you thought made...
By Julie Sprankles

15 Things You Never Would Have Admitted In The '90s

Looking back on my '90s self, I like to think I didn't care what people thought of me. I was a free spirit... a rebel heart. Then again, we all know the '90s was a time driven by fads, so I suppose I ...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Stop Tearing Women Down In Your Everyday Life

We've entered a place in time where women face a constant stream of scrutiny coming from seemingly every direction — scrutiny about the way we dress, the lifestyle choices we make, what we choose to d...
By Julie Sprankles

Questionable Things Our Parents Let Us Do In The '90s

My friends and I have this fun game we like to play. It's called, "Let's sit around and reminisce about growing up in the '90s and how it's kind of amazing we're even still alive." It's super fun. Bas...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Respond To Mansplaining On A Date

It's always an unfortunate day when you have to suffer through some "hero" who takes it upon himself to mansplain something to you: whether it be politics or science or some other subject he deems you...
By Julie Sprankles

12 Things You Said In The '90s That Are Obsolete Now

I'll be the first to admit that I said a lot of things back in the '90s I wish I could erase from memory. I mean, who convinced me I was cool enough to get away with dropping "da bomb" in casual conve...
By Julie Sprankles

7 Signs You're Holding Yourself Back

While it's good to strive never to fall into the fruitless trap of comparing ourselves to other people, the truth is most of us have spent at least some time sizing ourselves up against peers, family,...
By Julie Sprankles

7 Things No Grown-Ass Woman Says To A Younger One

Here's the hard truth about being a woman today: We live in a world where people tell us to do everything from smile to STFU. Some days, in fact, it seems like people are lined up around the proverbia...
By Julie Sprankles

Feminists From History We Should Be Learning About

If you ever have any doubts that women, trans, and non-binary people have systematically been oppressed, just crack open a history book. No, you won't learn about how far-reaching and aged sexism is b...
By Julie Sprankles

Amazing Things Women Have Accomplished This Decade

Let's just get this right out in the open — women have accomplished countless amazing things throughout history. Part of the reason those accomplishments are so countless, in fact, is because men have...
By Julie Sprankles

Things You're Still Mad Mom Sold At A Garage Sale

If you're anything like me, sometimes you sit around around and think about how you should have just crammed all of your favorite '90s stuff in storage and kept it for the future, considering the '90s...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Expand The Scope Of Your Feminism In 2017

As the end of the year draws near, it's only natural to look back over the progress we've made in the last 365 days and ask ourselves how we can do do even better moving forward. For feminists, that q...
By Julie Sprankles

15 New Year's Resolutions For Younger Millennials

The New Year is almost upon us, and with it comes the traditional declaration of things we resolve to do. And this year, I think it's rather fitting to send out into the universe some New Year's resol...
By Julie Sprankles

These GIFs Sum Up The Holidays In The '00s

Tradition plays a huge part in the magic surrounding the holidays — there's just a special joy and comfort that comes from knowing you have the same things to look forward to every year when December ...
By Julie Sprankles

This Is What Feminism Is Not

At this point, I'm used to the eye-rolls and "femi-nazi" barbs when someone asks if I'm a feminist and I respond in the affirmative. This does not bother me, because I feel confident I am on the right...
By Julie Sprankles

Unique Baby Names Inspired By Amazing Feminists

Choosing a name for your child is one of those weighted decisions that you can spend far too much time racking your brain over. It's only natural, since your child will most likely carry that name for...
By Julie Sprankles

These '80s Trends Need To Be Revived ASAP

Older Millennials like myself straddle the line between the '80s and '90s — while most of us were born in the '80s, we came of age in the '90s. So, sure, we love all this '90s nostalgia! But there are...
By Julie Sprankles

How To Keep Feminism Moving In The Next 4 Years

Hi, friend. It's been a rough couple of weeks, hasn't it? As a woman — and a proud feminist one at that — I'm right there with you in feeling somewhat despondent post-election. But, channeling my femi...
By Julie Sprankles

Signs You're Living By Someone Else's Standards

As a lifelong Type A personality (I own up to it), I am no stranger to impossible standards — I've always set them for myself. It's really pretty silly when you think about it, as I'm setting myself u...
By Julie Sprankles

12 Professions '00s Kids Dreamed Of Having

ICYMI, the '00s were a trendy time to be young and impressionable — as in, there were a lot of trends flying around, and we were all too eager to grab on as they whizzed by and hold on come hell or hi...
By Julie Sprankles

Want To Empower Other Women? Here Are 5 Ways

Cattiness, gossip, mean girl culture ... you can't blink these days without some reference to the way our culture teaches women to tear each other down. It's disheartening, to say the least — there ar...
By Julie Sprankles

13 Things You Don't See On The Internet Anymore

There's no denying that the wide and wacky world of the internet has changed dramatically over time. If you're a '90s kid like me, sometimes you still find yourself yearning for the glory days of the ...
By Julie Sprankles

Every '00s College Dorm Had These Things

To this day, one of my most enduring college memories is going shopping to decorate the room I'd be sharing with a roommate I wouldn't meet until I made the move from South Carolina to Hawaii (holla, ...
By Julie Sprankles

4 Subtly Sexist Comments About Parenting

It's a sad statement on society, but some types of sexism are so ubiquitous that the line between things that are appropriate to say and things that are not has become blurred. Or, let's be real, are ...
By Julie Sprankles

The NSFW Coloring Book Every Grown-Ass Woman Needs

There are about as many slang words used to describe the vagina as there are actual vaginas in the world, yet they all seem to be tinged with a pejorative tone — but not for long, if vagina-themed adu...
By Julie Sprankles

The Ins and Outs of Olympic Gymnastics Scoring

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are officially underway, and you know what that means: We're all watching with bated breath, waiting for the moment one of our favorite gymnasts scores a per...
By Julie Sprankles

Where Is Iconic Gymnast Nadia Comăneci Today?

In Montreal in 1976, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci captivated the world when she became the first woman to score a perfect 10 in an Olympics gymnastics event — and she did it at the ripe ol' age of ...
By Julie Sprankles

People Are Creating "Pokemon Go" Frappuccinos

Can't get enough of your "Pokemon Go" obsession? Good news! Now you can quite literally consume it, because "Pokemon Go" Frappuccinos at Starbucks are a thing now — not officially, but as "secret menu...
By Julie Sprankles