Suburban Haiku, A Giveaway, & Love At First Syllable

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Those who say so much yet speak so few words have always earned my admiration. These people are like walking, talking Twitter feeds: zeroing in on only the essentials and then leaving you alone with your thoughts to mull over the information in the comfort of your own brain. Take my husband for example: his gift […]

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! But Common Core Math Is Another Story…

Common Core Nightmare

My brother can’t hold his sugar. His beer is one thing, but sweets? Not so much. I’ll never forget the Halloween that ended in his night terror that woke the whole house. He was shrieking at the top of his lungs that a Snickers bar with a knife was chasing him. He was screaming and sweating, and […]

Oversharing: Double D Disaster — A Bra Shopping Tale of Woe

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My children have basically ruined my breasts. Once perky and full, they are now sad, deflated balloons found shriveled and embarrassed behind the couch a month after the party: they tried to remain afloat, but gravity and grubby hands got the best of them and finally brought them to their demise. All this to say I […]

Giveaway: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Built To Amaze!

This guy is pumped.

I’m making plans for you and your family. Ready? On November 5th or 6th–you pick, I’m not that bossy–you’ll be heading to the CONSOL Energy Center to witness the greatest show on earth. That’s not hyperbole, either; it’s trademarked and stuff. If you’ve no idea what the CONSOL is, you’re probably not from Pittsburgh, and that means I […]

Oversharing: From the Mouths of Babes

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We all have that one facial feature we’d like to change, or a body qualm that, try as we might, we just can’t come to terms with. Some of us, like myself, would like to decrease the amount of junk in her trunk. Others would rather–ahem–augment. Today’s Oversharer is no different; Amanda dreams of the day […]

Meet My Friend Nelle

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There are more of me, you know. More crazy ladies who are sick of pumping their kids full of over the counter medicine every cold and flu season, dousing their little hands in alcohol-laden sanitizers and soaps. There are other women trying to do the all-natural thing without losing semblance of and appreciation for modern science […]

My New Mantra


“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”   In 2009, I gave birth to the child with the most sensitive skin EVAH. He had beautiful, porcelain skin, easily ravaged by sun, wind, […]

Oversharing: You May Remember Me From Walmart


When I started blogging, I stumbled upon a little corner of the interwebs called Bad Parenting Moments. From the name, I thought I was in for a dose of Pinterest fail-y stuffs and a fellow mom’s admission that imperfection is the thread which holds her days together, too. Power in numbers, people. Anyway, I couldn’t have […]

10 Signs That My Frat Party Days Are Over

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Over the weekend, a bunch of 30-somethings intent on reliving our glory days took to a friend’s basement to christen his new bar. We had ourselves a barwarming party, if you will. It was Parents’ Night Out. Weeeee! Even when I was in high school a legal 21-year-old, I couldn’t hold my liquor. A few drinks and I’d […]

And I Was So Excited When They Learned To Talk…

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

Fairly well-versed in humiliating myself, usually via foot in mouth, I’m no stranger to embarrassment. At least, I think that’s what it’s called. It’s second-nature to me at this point so I barely notice when I’ve said something…inappropriate? Unwelcome? Off. Yes, let’s just call it “off.” It’s not that I set out to intentionally make those […]

Oversharing: Parisian Laser Hair Removal


We’re baaaaaack! I know you’ve been all, “Where has that hilarious weekly Oversharing series been?” and you haven’t been able to sleep for lack of entertaining tales o’ lady bits, explosive bathroom mishaps, and foul words spewing out at the most inopportune times. Well, have no fear, loyal Oversharers, we’re back in action and the fun starts […]

Need Frozen Halloween Costumes? Kandoo!

Halloween is nearly here, and I’m teaming up with Kandoo and some of my favorite bloggers on Instagram to co-host an epic Frozen Halloween costume giveaway. Do your kids love Halloween? Are they obsessed with Frozen? We’re giving away three Frozen Halloween costumes and a $100 Amazon Gift card! Enter Now! Complete the form below […]

Here’s What I Think of Your Fundraising

Raising funds or asking for handouts? How to tell the difference!

What used to be a few times a year, has become a weekly occurrence. No longer for kindness and charity, it has morphed into a gruesome beast whose singular purpose is to keep a king in his throne. I’m talking fundraising, people. And it’s outta control! The days of simply shelling out for Girl Scout cookies free of caloric […]

Breakfast Burritos Make Me Sick and I Hate Guys That Wear Abercrombie & Fitch


He was charming. Handsome. Ambitious. Fun. <Insert lavish sigh and girlish giggles here> On the heels of my first real break-up, I met Bryan.* We lived in the same dorm and despite my role as big bad Resident Assistant, he continued to underage drink in his room. He was the coooolest. One night after a […]

My Husband’s Love Affair With Another Man…

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Excel spreadsheets. Family budget. 401K and retirement packages. “Live like no one else today so you can live like no one else tomorrow.”   If any of that got you all hot and bothered, you’re probably my husband, who, by the way, is having an ongoing love affair with another man. Yes, pals, you read […]

Video Killed the Radio Star

You know how, a few weeks ago, I was on the radio? It was awesome because I didn’t have to brush my teeth. But then, I was asked to polish myself up and go to the KDKA studios where people would see (and smell) me. I did and it was FUN! That said, I’ve never […]

Dear Students: Don’t Ever Ask Me These Questions

10 Questions Students Should NEVER Ask Their English Teachers

This may come as a surprise to you, but not every kid loves school. I know, I’ll give you a minute. Not only that, but some don’t really pay attention when teachers are explaining assignments, answering other students’ questions, or generally speaking words about anything at all. It’s quite frustrating as the teacher, but even more […]

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Run

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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 […]

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 […]

Oversharing: The Day I Had Balls


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 […]