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Smarts with a Side of Sass

English teacher by trade, smack talker by nature, Stephanie Jankowski subscribes to the mantra: Life is too short, laugh! A mother of three in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she spends way too much time caring if her kids' socks match.

Stephanie is a freelance writer for We Are Teachers, published in the bestselling parenting humor anthologies I Just Want to Be Alone, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, and co-directs the annual live-reading celebration of motherhood, Listen To Your Mother Pittsburgh. She also makes a mean ham barbecue, but unless you're a 'Yinzer,' that probably means nothing to you.

Her blog, When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, is full of hilariously sassy musings on being a woman, mother, and educator. Steph was famous for six seconds when her pieces I Put My Husband First and The Worst Mother I've Ever Seen went viral in 6 different countries and more than 10 languages. Her parents still think she caught the flu from the Internet.

Trunk or Treating

Many communities and organizations have picked up the fun Halloween tradition of Trunk-or-Treating. If you’re not familiar with this craze, it’s basically Trick-or-Treating in a controlled environment like a parking lot. Cars take the place of homes: families still hand out candy, kids still get dressed up and enjoy the spoils of their labor, but it’s trunk-to-trunk instead of door-to-door, and usually during the day. Read: it’s safer.

Get costume ideas for your car HERE!

Fall Trips for Pittsburghers

We Pittsburghers love fall! The hot summer gives way to cool breezes and beautiful scenery and, of course, football!

But the younger Pittsburghers seem to appreciate the pumpkins patches, corn mazes, and hay rides more than Sunday NFL games, and who can blame them?

Pittsburgh is home to some of the best fall activities around, and regardless of where you live from the city, there’s something in your neck of the woods guaranteed to make your season fabulous.

Click HERE for a list of fun-for-all and beautiful fall trips.