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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.

Summer Essentials to Keep in Your Car

My family and I went to the Poconos earlier this summer. It was our first true foray into nature. And if you know me, the only nature I really like is the sandy kind. Also? There must be a drink in my hand.

The Poconos did not offer that kind of nature. Unless you count the tiny river-front “beach” where I came THISCLOSE to swimming with a snake. I DO NOT COUNT IT.

Anyway, out of the confines of an air conditioned house and into the wild we went. About three seconds into our first hike, I realized I had underestimated the things we’d need. So I created this list of must-have’s to keep in your car for optimal summer enjoyment*


*staying alive in nature




One-Day Getaways in PA

We just came back from the Poconos and I gotta say, stepping out of Pittsburgh and into eastern PA was beautiful. Made me want to see more of my own state! Fortunately, a ton of cool stuff is planned all over Pennsylvania this summer, and none of it requires a hotel reservation or a plane!

Click HERE for a list of one-day getaways in PA like Pittsburgh’s own Little Italy days in Bloomfield. Mmmmmm…pasta…