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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

No More Empty Freezers

Recently, I shared a picture of our almost-empty freezer on my Facebook page, citing LMLP (Long Month, Late Pay) as the culprit for its sparse contents. I initially meant it to be a joke, and captioned it with “Cereal for dinner!” But what happened next wasn’t funny. So many of my readers admitted that they struggle, much […]

It’s Your Birthday, Husband!

Zachandkids

Hiya, honey! Yesterday was technically the big 3-6 for you, but I had to publish a sponsored post, and since you like saving money and stuff, I figured you wouldn’t mind. Having said that, I do want to officially wish you a happy birthday. And it’s not official until it’s on the blog. Obviously. You […]

Finding Balance at the MomCon in Pittsburgh

Women have a lot on their plates, and I’m not just talking about my soon-to-be birthday plate that had better be overflowing with lasagna, cake, and ice cream. I’m basically the human version of Garfield the Cat. Anyway, no, I’m talking about our proverbial plates that are piled so high with responsibility and worry that we […]

Shopping with Kids: One Mother’s Victory

Ross Dress for Less Brave canvas

I love shopping. LOVE. IT. I do not love shopping with my kids. DO. NOT. Children can’t appreciate the beauty of purchasing new shoes; they much prefer to put the beautiful, knee-high, leather (okay, fake leather, #broke) boots on their arms and pretend they’re monsters. Nor do these small humans understand a woman’s innate need for quiet […]

Oversharing: The Chicken Cutlets

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I’m not a fan of fantasy or sci-fi for the very reason that I suck at suspending my disbelief; I just can’t get with fairies or spaceships or what have you. That said, The Hunger Games is my shiz, so you explain that one. The point I’m trying to make is that I find reality provides […]

If Toddlers Chose Their Own Consequences

7 Consequences for Toddlers

  The concept of time Cause and effect Putting on one’s shoes   These are some of the abstract ideas that completely elude toddlers. It can be maddening trying to reason with their pint-size persistence, and despite very clear explanations, they tend to miss the mark like their preschool counterparts miss the toilet: completely.   3y/o: […]

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 […]