Just Keep Swimming


My 6-year-old is arguing because he is right and I am wrong. My 4-year-old is whining because today is not her birthday. My 2-year-old is screaming because she no longer fits inside my uterus. I’ve used the scary mom voice more times in the last 30 minutes than I have in the last 30 days. You […]

2016 Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh Videos Are Here!

LTYM group shot

Once we choose our cast, which is a monumental and emotionally exhausting task, we begin an equally laborious labor of love in organizing the individual essays in an order that highlights their individual importance, but also allows for a smooth transition from one story to the next. When you’re talking about heavy stuff like bipolar disorder or […]

Smiling is my favorite


Sometimes, people suck. They’re hateful and hurtful and emphatically unapologetic. They’re purposeful and pointed in their words and actions, aiming to cut others with them. Sometimes, people don’t suck. They go on hugging sprees, give a voice to the voiceless, and stand up for those who are being beaten down. They’re purposeful and pointed in […]

Give the Gift of Experience: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust & Citizen’s Bank Children’s Theater Series + GIVEAWAY!

Pgh Cultural Trust Series

My brother-in-law and his super thoughtful wife got my daughter the BEST birthday present when she turned a whole hand old in May. The kid absolutely loved it and it wasn’t even a toy. I KNOW, RIGHT?! My newly minted 5-year-old and her big brother were escorted to downtown Pittsburgh where they enjoyed time with their aunt and uncle at the […]

Bra Shopping Post-Babies, Or OHMYGOD What Happened To Me?!

Bra shopping after kids? NOPE.

I won’t lie, it has been a while. A long, long, looooong while. The last time I bought a new bra was in 2009, and I had been looking for the nursing kind.  When my son was born that July, the girls were spectacular! Full, yet somehow still perky, and actually keeping another human being alive. […]

Dream! Explore! Do!


YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! –the summer battle cry of kids everywhere Parents, on the other hand, have been known to yell a little something different; namely, IF THESE KIDS TELL ME THEY’RE BORED ONE MORE TIME, I’M SELLING THEM ON EBAY! Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but suffice it to say, the freedom of summertime doesn’t always […]

Breaking up (with milk) is hard to do…

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Disclosure: I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Nutritionals, LLC Subsidiary the makers of LACTAID®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post and I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write it. Last year when all of my stomach issues came to a head, or to […]

This one time, I made a meme & more than 20 million people saw it

Getting ready for vacation

I’ve previously written about how my husband enjoys embarking upon irrelevant tasks at the absolute worst times (some of my favorite examples of his nonsense have been published in Jen Mann’s humor anthology I Just Want to Be Alone), particularly while I’m in labor with our babies. One of his more recent stunts was shoving an elaborate meal […]

Idlewild Park & SoakZone Discount for My Readers!


T-minus seven days until we’re done with school ’round these parts! My brood cannot wait for lazy days in the pool and back yards full of neighbor pals. Personally, I’m excited to not have every second of the day scheduled with another to-do, but remind me I said that when I’m losing my ever loving […]

To My Daughter: You’re a Whole Hand!


My VBAC baby. The one who was born with a broken clavicle and never once flinched. You nursed like a champ, snuggled like a pro, and were the happiest baby on the planet…as long as you were in my arms and ONLY my arms! You’ve known what you wanted from the day you entered this […]

When Things Fall Apart: The Abuse of School Board Power

School Board

Lots of local pals read my blog. I tell you that not to toot my own horn, but to explain why I can’t name names or go into too much detail regarding a situation that absolutely should have had–AND STILL SHOULD HAVE–legal ramifications because of the absolute lunacy and illegal/unprofessional manner with which a School Board is […]

Winner, Winner Evolution Grille Dinner! (and tons of other great stuff)

The winner of our Mega Mother's Day Giveaway is....

  If your first name is Carly and your last name is Williams you are the official Mega Mother’s Day Giveaway WEEEEEEEENER!   Congrats, Carly! Check your email for a confirmation message and to respond with your mailing address and an approximate date by which I will be receiving the chocolate you’re sending as a […]

My Baby is Two!


Insurance company woes forced me to part ways with the doctors that delivered my girls, and in a cruel twist of fate, my last appointment with them coincided with my youngest’s birthday. These two monumental to me events joined forces and knocked the wind right outta me, and in all honesty, I’m having a hard time catching my breath […]

Earn Your Future

I don't know, student, CAN YOU?!

When I was in a senior in high school, I took a class called Independent Living. I figured since I was leaving for college in a few short months, it was smart to prepare to manage on my own. Only years later did I realize college isn’t quite “independent living” what with the cafeteria or take-out doing my […]

This Is Why I Write


Like many of you, I spent a lot of time with family at Easter. Over drinks and completely out of nowhere, my aunt posed the question: why do you share so much of your personal life with perfect strangers?  Up until that point, I had never really looked at it that way, sharing with perfect strangers. I’ve always written for one […]

Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mega Mother's Day Giveaway

Fact: free stuff makes Moms happy. And any lady who has willingly wiped another person’s butt deserves to be happy, right? As a mother myself, I know how important it is to take a break from parenting and pay attention to my needs. Pampering myself either with a good book or an evening out with my girls […]

Me, Too

Having one ofdays-

You feel not good enough Like all of your kids’ bad traits come from your side And you’re nowhere near as patient as you should be, showing more restraint with strangers than with your own family. Me, too. When your harsh tone is repeated back to you, and you feel like the biggest failure to ever fail, but […]

I’m a Butt Paste Mom

Butt Paste Trio

You see this little nugget? She’s about to turn the big 0-2. I have mixed emotions about this milestone. Technically, she hasn’t been a baby for the past year but mind your own business, BabyCenter, with your emails telling me she’s a toddler about to embark upon the Terrible Twos. Who asked you anyway?! Ahem. As I was […]

Free Cookies & Other Uphill Battles

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

I’m at a corner table in the coffee shop I frequent every Wednesday when, without a word, the gracious owner places a fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie next to my laptop. She waits with expectant eyes, proud of her confection, willing me to take a bite. The delectable aroma of hot chocolate chips wafts up to my nose and instantly, […]

Steaming is the New Mattress

Mizuno MVP glove

I remember the day I got my first ball glove. The smell of leather made me feel like a Major Leaguer, and I attributed the fact that I could out-throw most of the boys to That Glove. To break it in, I lathered the palm in baby oil, then closed it around a ball, securing it under […]