Idlewild Park & SoakZone Discount for My Readers!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Fueling Education

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Raise your hand if you know teachers who spend their own money on classroom stuffs. That’s a rhetorical question, you guys. EVERYONE knows a teacher who forks over cash money for extra pencils, classroom decor, or to supplement their lesson plans. The average teacher actually spends, like, $500 out of pocket every year! I’m having a […]

My Afternoon with the First Lady

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As a member of the POPSUGAR Select network, and by the grace of baby Jesus, I was one of about 150 writers invited to the White House to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move event. Upon receiving the invitation, my Type A flared up and I initially declined. Too much to do, too many people […]

The Road to the White House is Paved with YESes

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If we live within five miles of one another, perhaps you heard a sound reminiscent of pigs squealing in delight coming from my house late Tuesday evening, as it was then that I formally accepted an invitation to the White House. I may have freaked the freak out just a little, but I think it was warranted. […]

We All Survived

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On Friday night, I babysat four kids under the age of four in order to give my best friend a much-deserved night out. Since two of the kiddos were mine, I was feeling confident I could manage. No, I was not drunk. I’m just a good friend. After a successful dinner, the older kids were […]

Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh tickets on sale now!

Giving motherhood in a microphone in Pittsburgh, PA. Audition and performance date information now available! Write an original piece on Motherhood and share your story with us!

Friday, May 6, 2016 8pm Carnegie Lecture Hall in the Carnegie Public Library / Museum of Natural History Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   Me + you + our incredible 2016 cast + about 700 other people = a perfect Friday night   With the first year under our collective looks-name-brand-but-really-from-T.J. Maxx belts, Listen to Your Mother Pittsburgh is back in action.  New […]

The Proof is in the Pages

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When I began my career, I embodied the perfect trifecta of a promising teacher: tenacious enthusiasm, blind ambition, and bunches and bunches of naivety. That’s what youth affords us: complete oblivion of glass ceilings. Before first-hand experience could taint my fresh face, a fellow English teacher came to me with an incredible idea for a collaborative project. […]

Take Your Students to Peru!

RSVP Peru

Our neighbor is an elementary school teacher and a few years ago, she told me how she had shared a live-streaming of bald eagle eggs hatching in their nest. Without ever leaving their seats, her students saw nature at its best. Those kids probably didn’t realize how lucky they were to witness something so incredible, something the generation […]

The New Face of Romance

The New Face of Romance

Our first true love is butterfly wings beating against our brain, clouding good judgement and all reason. An all-consuming, borderline obsession coupled with a physical ache that plagues us when separated from our love. It’s the kind of excitement rivaled only by a young child’s on Christmas Eve. In a word, it is glorious. He was a few months younger than […]