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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.

Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

I get my hair cut and highlighted once every three months.

My family goes to the dentist twice a year.

I vacuum once a day.

Even our dogs have regular check-ups and take medicine to keep fleas and ticks away.

With all the things that require maintenance, why would our cars be any different? The beauty of this regular maintenance is that most of it can be done by us…FOR FREE. As an example, these are things we can check–from home–once a month:

•    Air filter
•    Belts
•    Coolant (or Antifreeze, depending on the weather)
•    Hoses
•    Oil levels
•    Tires (pressure and wear)

 

This list goes on. Click HERE to read about the other ways we can proactively protect our cars and, by extension, those riding in them.

LOOK ALERT! Tips for Staying Alert While Driving

It goes without saying that no one should ever drive while sleepy, but that doesn’t mean some of us couldn’t use a mental boost while behind the wheel. I’ve been known to miss turns because even though my eyes are on the road, my mind has wandered. Had I followed these tips, I probably wouldn’t have gotten lost…