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About

Orlando Lifestyle Blog

Hi, I’m Julie!

Welcome to my lifestyle blog, featuring family-friendly activities around the Central Florida area!

ikeaMy name is Julie, and I am a thirty-something #boymom.  It’s a stressful job!  My little toddler is the light of my life and you will see pictures of him on many of my posts.  

I started this blog to document all the places I’ve been taking him, and hope that other families can get ideas on places to go by reading my articles!

Other facts about me…

I am a military brat.

californiaMy dad was in the US Army, so I spent the first half of my life as a military brat.  I grew up in San Francisco and have lived in military bases across the United States before finally settling in sunny Orlando, Florida!

The military lifestyle has had a great impact on me and has shaped me into the person I am today.

I work full-time and go to college part-time.

university of floridaI am a former registered nurse, but left that career because it was not my calling.  

I now work full-time in quality assurance, while also completing my BS in Business Administration at the University of Florida.  (Go Gators!)

I am a HUGE sports fan.

tampaI am a girl who loves to watch sports, especially soccer and hockey, but really I watch them all!  When I have time, I try to attend as many live sporting events as I can.  

A fun fact is my son’s first hockey game was the 2017 Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh!

I used to model for Disney.

julie pajarilloIn addition to working as an RN, I have worked other random gigs, including modeling for Disney.  Never in a million years did I think I could book jobs as big as Disney productions, but I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to pose for various print ads for Disney.  

I no longer do this kind of work, but my advice to aspiring models/actors is you must have very thick skin and not be easily offended by criticism.    

I am super close with my sister.

wawaMy little sister is pretty much my best friend.  We hang out all the time and get along very well.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, we get mistaken for twins!  

Her daughter (my niece) is pretty awesome too.  You will probably also see lots of pictures of her around my blog.

I traveled as much as I could before deciding to have a baby.  

Norway

Moving around so much led to my passion for traveling.  Along with my sister, we spent six years making frequent visits to different countries in Europe.  I will probably talk about our European adventures in future posts!

My favorite part of the world is all of Scandinavia, but my absolute most favorite city is Stockholm.  I really enjoyed the Swedes and their friendliness!

Now, tell me about you!

I also want to get to know you, so please feel free to comment on any of my posts and tell me about yourself!  Anything you can relate to?  Any tips?  Something you want me to write about?  You can also email me at julie@chicnavigator.com.  Let’s talk!  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope to hear from you soon!