Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a WAHM


The year was 2009. I had given birth to my blue-eyed baby boy and was contemplating returning to the classroom full-time. The thought of leaving my little angel (and of having to shower before 6am) was daunting, so during an early morning feeding, I Googled “teach from home” and was surprised that there was actually […]

Is Your Student a Good Candidate for Online Learning?

WAT_6 tips for successful online learning

Cyber school, or online learning, has the potential to provide a solid education to students who wouldn’t otherwise receive one. I’ve had students enrolled in my virtual classroom for reasons ranging from medical issues to a crazy busy schedule of training to become a professional ballerina! Sure, there are some students who opt for cyber school […]

Bitches, Lesbians, Teen Mothers: The Inspiration Behind Some of Pittsburgh’s Listen To Your Mother Stories

Courtesy of Ashley Mikula Photography

July 29, 2006 July 26, 2009 May 9, 2011 April 14, 2014 May 8, 2015 Those are the dates that changed my life, the way I define myself as a woman. I will forever remember those days as the ones that challenged me to open my heart in ways I never had before. My wedding day […]



The second I held my son in 2009, my heart was permanently relocated from my chest and stitched to my sleeve, out in the open and vulnerable. This is not unique to me; all mothers will tell you the same thing: when we give birth to the incredible little humans we’ve created and carried for months, it’s […]

This One Time I Took Stuff Without Paying For It…


I was in seventh grade. Maybe eighth. I was having a hard time “finding myself” as I watched those around me submerge, never to be seen again, in the various social cliques of middle school. Preps? Brains? Jocks? Bad Girls? I owned an argyle sweater, had a 4.0 GPA, played softball, and had a smart mouth. Where […]

Disney Told My Kids to Kill Me

I overheard my 3 y/o daughter say: "Let's play pretend! You can be the Daddy and I'll be the baby because the Mommy died." And I totally blame Disney

The kids were playing so nicely. No one was using the other as a balance beam, no one was arguing over the “not broken” pretzel. The baby, nursing contentedly, clung to the soft fabric of my shirt with one of her chubby hands. She graced me with a mid-suckle grin before succumbing to sleep. As I […]

Oversharing: Group Poop


A contributor to the New York Times Bestseller,  I Just Want to Pee Alone, is here to share her funny. She also happens to be one of my favorite writers and people:  Amy’s blog, Funny is Family, will make you laugh, cry, and then eat. No, really; she feeds my family every Thursday with her Crock Pot Thursday Recipes. See […]

Grandparenting: It Isn’t For Everyone


Recently, I’ve been ignoring the love of my life (HGTV) in order to devour The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. Between fits of giggles and poking my sleeping husband in the forehead to read him hilarious excerpts, I barely have time to put away the folded laundry that has been waiting patiently in baskets […]

5 Reasons You Should NOT Buy The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets


Are you on Twitter? If you just said, “What’s Twitter?”, then the answer is no, you are not on Twitter. Think of Twitter as text messages with a limit; you only have 140 characters (and spaces count!) to convey your joke, thought, or otherwise useless and uninformative quip. And the people love it. Because the Twitterverse […]

I Stalked a Baby Sideburns Fan and Here’s What Happened


One week ago, my sweet baby girl turned the big 0-1. For the days leading up to her birthday, I held my Facebook pals captive and reminisced by binge-sharing photos, memories, and everything I’d ever written for or about her. By the end of the day on April 14th, my ovaries were in overdrive. “PLEASE!” I […]

Do You Have Gross Feet? Stop it.

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I told myself it wasn’t going to happen. Not this year. Nope! I would be prepared and not caught off guard. I would rock those flip-flops on the first flip-flop worthy day and have NO SHAME. Then it happened. This year. Yep. I wasn’t prepared and certainly caught off guard. I rocked flip flops because […]

I’m A Really Good Mom

Mott's Good & Honest

It was the winter of 2012. My almost-two and almost-four-year-olds were suffering from a bad case of cabin fever. It was too cold to head to the park, the snow too deep to let my littles frolic around outside. The girl would surely be lost in a drift and, if I’m being honest, I don’t do […]

Parents, Stop Using Labels As Scapegoats

Quit using labels as scapegoats!

“Do you think she has a…problem?” My husband asked this about our three-year-old because, recently, she has become really stellar at looking us square in the face and completely ignoring the words coming out of our mouths. I’ve noticed she normally utilizes this tactic when asked to do something. Namely, something she doesn’t want to do. This child is the […]

When a Type-A Becomes a Parent


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.   I’m a typical first child; a people-pleasing follower of the rules. As you can imagine, my by-the-book motto made me wildly popular in junior high, […]

5 Things School Administrators Should Do To Make Kindergarten Registration Easier (on Moms)

Tips for helping Mom cope with the emotional Kindergarten registration

At this time last week, I found myself sitting in the bleachers at our local elementary school waiting for my number to be called. In my own version of the Hunger Games, I wrung my hands and conspicuously dabbed the sweat pooling at my hair line. This was it. There was no turning back; I was officially registering my baby […]

March 26, 2015: Today I Am Drowning In Parenthood

Today was a bad day. And that's OK.

The 5-year-old is arguing because he is right and I am wrong. The 3-year-old is whining because something, anything, didn’t go her way. The baby is screaming because she no longer fits in my uterus. The dogs are so sick of the noise that they’ve disappeared upstairs, not even to emerge to bark at the mail truck. Today the […]

Great Expectations for a Little Reciprocity


A couple of weeks ago, my piece We’re Expecting! No One Cares was featured on Mamapedia. I was saddened by how many other mothers have experienced the “Meh” reaction to their pregnancies, but I was more emotional about the comments that said I shouldn’t expect others to be excited just because I was. This isn’t […]

There Are So Many Morons

That Guy is a bad guy to be

Having worked with the public since I was 16, I like to think I’m a people person. It doesn’t mean I actually like them; it just means I know them. I’ve encountered and taken orders from various men and women courtesy of a plethora of part-time jobs and alllll my different teaching assignments. Through so many positions, working with so many […]

GB Asana35 AP Review

Carseat review_GB Asana35AP

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GB. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”   Hey, know what’s fun? When your husband accidentally backs over important stuff. Like your baby’s stroller. Your chubby-thighed, full o’ rolls, can’t carry her through the […]

Do You Belong On Facebook? Take This Quiz and Find Out!

Do you behave badly on social media? Are you a TROLL?! Take this quiz and find out!

The way people conduct themselves online never ceases to amaze me. From the Know It All to Negative Nancy, my computer is jam packed with people who have no idea how to behave on social media. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow my Facebook page over the past few years, but with the increasing numbers come the […]