10 Reasons Why I Don’t Run

I fall walking UP the steps

School is in session which means we moms supposedly have more time to ourselves. Unless, of course, you’re like me and all three of your little ankle-biters are still at home with you. What free time I have is spent scrubbing jelly off of walls and folding forty piles of laundry a day. LOL! Just Keep reading…

MyCharge: Fueling My Addiction

Know when I need my cell phone the most? When the battery’s dead. It’s like some cosmic force drains the battery when I’m low on gas and lost on some back road trying to find that little country ice cream shack everyone raves about, or when I’m relying on Siri to entertain the kids while Keep reading…

Oversharing: The Day I Had Balls

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Hiya, pals! Welcome back to another installment of Oversharing: I Ain’t Scarrred! Today’s Oversharer, Amanda, is a dear friend and colleague who agreed to embarrass herself in the name of laughter, but also hopes all the women out there will learn something from her experience: when it comes to treating feminine itch, less is more. More Keep reading…

Dolla, Dolla Bills Ya’ll

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Teachers can win up to $100,000.00 for their classrooms with the H&R Block Budget Challenge. Register for one of the six sessions and enter your class today!

When the Line is Blue, There May Be Poo

Huggies Little Snugglers. Maybe next time I won't pile the diapers in front of the box that's supposed to be visible, eh?

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies and Target. I received samples and a promotional item to facilitate my review.”   One of my favorite parts of having a baby in the house is the adorable sound effects. Raspberries and slobber. Squeals and giggles. The unmistakable grunting as she unloads in Keep reading…

The Interview That Changed My Life. As Told By Me.

Oooh! A van! I have a chance to look at this for about 15 minutes as I am locked out of the building. I believe I've been punked, but manage to slip in quiet as a ninja past an unassuming intern. Okay, fine. He held the door for me.

You guys, I’m kind of a big deal now. *Pops collar, trips over dog* You may have heard my presence was requested at the KDKA studios in Pittsburgh? Talk radio host Mangino contacted me last week after my article, I Put My Husband Before Our Kids, exploded all over the Internet. Lots of people loved Keep reading…

“Your Baby Has Holes in Her Heart” As Shared By the Worst Pediatric Cardiologist EVER

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It was about 7AM, an otherwise acceptable time to wake a gal up, unless she had just spent the entire day before laboring and expelling the cutest almost 10-pound baby girl (along with some other stuff…). I had been looking forward to the first comfortable stomach sleep in almost 8 months, and was happily sawing Keep reading…

The Time My Brother Almost Lost His Mind Buying a New Cellphone

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” My brother’s cellphone broke, and because I am the best sister in the history of sisters (he’s on board Keep reading…

The “F” Word

Feminist shouldn’t carry the negative connotation that it does. Thankfully, Taylor Swift has seen the light, and now all is right in the world.

Being a Grown-Up Is Hard

You guys, I’m drowning. This summer has been all kinds of wonderful, but it has also been all kinds of busy. You see, I like to overload myself with responsibilities and then complain about them. Normally, I enjoy coupling a new, huge undertaking with the birth of a child: 2009, birth of first child: While Keep reading…

Does This Confidence Make My Butt Look Big?

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The fam and I made our annual trek to the beach last week, and the weather, unlike last year’s chilly and windy BS, was glorious. The kids had a blast splashing in the surf, digging to China, and eating snacks covered in sand. The grown-ups enjoyed a few too many adult beverages and laughed until our Keep reading…

Boogie Wipes Giveaway!

Hey, you. Yeah, YOU! Wanna win MORE free back-to-school stuff? Then you’ve come to the right place. In celebration of Great Grape Boogie Wipes, I’m teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer the Great Grape Summer Giveaway!

Oversharing: When Tampons Go Missing

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If this post looks familiar, that’s because I’m re-publishing it to get us back in the spirit of Oversharing. School’s in session, boys and girls. If you’re new ’round these parts, my Oversharing: I Ain’t Scarrred series is basically where we all disclose our most private, horrifying moments with complete strangers. And we laugh and laugh because Keep reading…

Back-to-School Giveaway For Kids and Moms!

In less than a month, it’s alarm-setting time. It’s rushing out the door time. It’s back to school time. You’re either all, “yay!” or “boo!” It depends on how your summer is going; if the kids have been whining that they’re bored and you’re still digging sand out of your bits from vacation, you may be ready Keep reading…

This Is Gosser Hill

When neighborhoods were our village...

If you’re lucky, you grew up in a small town like I did. Friends from the top of the hill, the whole way down to the alley, sprinkled with some crotchety old folks in between. Quad rides to a place aptly nicknamed the Toilet Bowl in the fall, flying down Kepple’s Hill on a sled in Keep reading…

I Wanna Feel Done

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Yesterday, the husband and I celebrated 8 years of wedded bliss. Every July 29, I bug him to pose for The Anniversary Picture that proves we still like each other:   In years past, we’ve held a sign that reads how many years we’ve been married, but 2014 worked out that the ages of the older kids (5 Keep reading…

Balancing Love & Discipline with MomAssembly

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Years ago, my nightstand was home to an array of lip glosses, novels that substituted for reality as long as I continued to turn the pages, notes about upcoming lesson plans, and a framed picture of yours truly and my soon-to-be-husband. Almost ten years later, my nightstand is hidden beneath a cluttered stack of parenting books. And one Keep reading…

Help Baby Feel Better With Essential Oils

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Have you noticed how babies can’t talk? Yeah, it can be pretty frustrating. Me: Why are you crying?! Baby: WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Me: What do you want?! Baby: AHHHHHHHHHHH! I mean, come on manners. Thankfully I have about 148 books on babies and how to parent them, and according to the experts, my 3-month-old may get teeth Keep reading…

To My Baby Brother, On His 30th Birthday

30 Reasons to have a rockin' 30th birthday

Hellooooo, Michael! You keep telling me to stop writing about my lady bits and birth stuff, and write about you because, like a typical man, you enjoy being fussed over. So, here it is. Your very own post on your very special day. The day you don’t want to celebrate but I’m making a huge Keep reading…

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 Keep reading…