Don’t Monday Morning Quarterback Me

Don't judge

There are days that feel like the big game is resting squarely on my sore shoulders. I’m the quarterback, the clock is running out, and gigantic dudes who get paid to lay me out are snarling threats inches from my face. Yet the job requires a cool head and clear thought process if I’m going to be anything that resembles successful. […]

Auditioning for Listen To Your Mother, Pittsburgh-style

Ladies and gents of Pittsburgh (and surrounding areas, of course), You asked and we answered! We’ve compiled a list of the most pressing questions regarding our audition process and turned them into a Q/A post on our Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh site. For instance:   Q: Should I bring Steph a Primanti sandwich upon auditioning for Listen To Your […]

Listen To This Mother

Auditions for Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh are now open!

Maybe two years ago, I emailed this lady named Ann Imig about her “little” show, Listen To Your Mother. At the time, I wasn’t all too familiar with the ins and outs of the performances; all I knew is that I wanted to be a part of them. In some capacity, I wanted to be […]

Health Insurance for Dummies

Health Care Reform_WCME

There are many things in life I don’t pretend to understand: basic math, how Kathy Griffin is famous, or why bad things happen to good people. Namely, why Anderson Cooper was forced to host a New Year’s Eve show with Kathy Griffin. Unfortunately, and embarrassingly, health care is on the list of things I can’t wrap […]

And I Was So Excited When They Learned To Talk…

Kids say the darn--forget it. Let's be real--they're humiliating.

It’s not that I set out to intentionally make those around me uncomfortable. I just do it. The problem has been pinpointed (I’ve no filter and say what others only think) and named: I believe the textbook term is Verbal Diarrhea. I’ve learned to live with VD (teehee) and make adjustments when necessary, namely, not speak in public. […]

Six Degrees of Saving a Future Marriage


Research suggests financial problems are the #1 cause of a cold marital bed. Apparently, rubbing two pennies together isn’t as sexy as it sounds. Wouldn’t it be nice if, along with the marriage vows, came a promise that ends would always meet and the bacon would always be brought home? While there is no guarantee husbands will ever […]

Suzy Weiss, Spoiled High School Brat, & Her First-World Problems


  If you’re not familiar with Suzy’s story, you can read about her spoiled rich kid troubles HERE. In a nutshell, little Suzy is upset that, despite being of the Caucasian Persuasion, she did not have first dibs on her college of choice; she muses that lesbians and international students are stealing her seat at Ivy League […]

If You Take My Mom To Target

If you take my mom to Target...

My Mom is not a shopper, which makes me wonder if I was accidentally given to the wrong woman upon my birth. You can imagine the teenage agony I experienced growing up that was my Mother’s refusal to shop with me. Ask your friend’s mom; she loves the mall! But she would hand over her Visa, and all […]

Western PA Pride & A Giveaway

21-day challenge

In April of 2014, I gave birth to my third child, an almost 10-pound baby girl. In August of 2014, the family and I went to the beach and I ate all the things. Also, alcohol. In September of 2014, I sat myself down and had a talk.   Self, you’re large and out of shape. […]

Oversharing: The come hither slither, chin hairs and other slices of midlife

Oversharing #women's #humor: menopause

There are a few reasons I’m looking forward to becoming a woman of a certain age. Mostly, stuff is cheaper. But also, I know so many ladies who are crazy confident in their skin–think any role played by Diane Keaton–and I’m kinda excited to get to that place. Jill, today’s Oversharer, makes me think menopause can’t be that bad. […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review.” Over the past year, I’ve had the exciting pleasure to review various phones and products courtesy of the Sprint Ambassador Program, and today marks the last of my ambassadorship. Which is a shame because I […]

Organizing My Mornings: The First :59


I wake up, the 3 and 5 year-olds wake up. Someone yells out breakfast requests like I’m a short-order cook, the dogs have to go out. Breakfast served, the baby’s babbling upstairs in her crib, I’ve yet to brush my teeth. I throw a load of darks in (invariably forgetting them in the washer until later in […]

Be A Bitch: A Wish For My Daughters

Raising Strong Girls

You hear it a lot these days in music, movies, friends using it as a term of endearment. Bitch. The first time I was called a bitch–like, 30 years ago–the word didn’t have a socially acceptable connotation like it does today. I grew up hating the word; it had hurt my feelings on more than one occasion, and […]

#myChargeCheer Giveaway!

Always Charged. Always Connected. Always in Style 2 (1)

The setting: Santa’s Village at the mall The characters: toddlers The conflict: the longest line ever assembled to sit on Santa’s lap You’re sweating, right? I would be, too. Asking my adorable yet impatient 3-year-old to wait for ANYTHING is like asking the Kardashians to make good choices: just isn’t their strong suit. I am […]

The Missing Something Club

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This afternoon, a handful of gal pals and I sat down with some cheese and wine and gabbed about the book The Missing Something Club by William Haylon. The characters, Medicare, Katfish, Predator, Wallflower, The Maybe/Maybe Not Lesbian, and the Really Beautiful One, sound like a modern day The Breakfast Club, and in a way, I guess they […]

Oversharing: How A SAHM Cleans Her House For the Holidays

Holiday cleaning tips

In case you’re a new reader (hiya!), let me introduce you to this thing we do ’round here called Oversharing. I share stories that aren’t exactly in good taste, made for mixed company, or generally socially acceptable. Basically, stories that would make me blush if I told them in person. Like the one about the time I […]

The Time I Ruined My Own Engagement & The Dog Ruined Christmas

ruined engagement

A few days before Christmas 2004, my boyfriend of two years took me to a Christmas lights display. It’s no secret that I’m like a toddler in an empty refrigerator box when it comes to Christmas, so the venue was perfection. The icing on the cake was that a portion of the entrance fee went to local […]

Impressing My Kids, 140 Characters At A Time

Hilarious quotes by kids

Know what I hate? Talking on the phone. Text me, email me, knock on my front door (after you’ve texted or emailed that you’ll be knocking on my front door), but for the love of everything holy–if you can avoid calling me, DO IT! It’s not that I don’t care about you–I do!–it’s just that I […]

Oversharing: Gifting Porn To My Dad


I once colored a picture of crabs carrying sand buckets, wrote a caption underneath it, “Now I have crabs, too!” and gifted it to my dad. Because of his t-shirt, “I got crabs in Ocean City, Maryland,” I knew he would just LOVE my picture. Problem was, he didn’t realize I was too young to know […]

Oversharing. I Naired My Face: A Cautionary Tale

You may remember Amanda from her last guest post whereupon she shared her “little” story with us. Teehee. Little. Aaaanyway, she’s back today with another Oversharing that is bound to have you clutching your chinny chin chin hairs in horror. Read with caution. You have been warned. ********** It’s an ordinary day. And like any other […]