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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.

Winter Tire Care

I admit I’m a little OCD about stoopid things. For instance, if the light switches on one panel are facing different directions, I can’t sleep. My family has learned to look past these little quirks and love me anyway.

When a warning light is aglow on the dash of my car, I go full-blow OCD. It happens a lot this time of the year when the tire pressure is constantly fluctuating because of the change in outdoor temperatures and it drives me CRAZY. Following these winter tire care tips helps keep my vehicle safe and my sanity in check.

Best Vehicles for Holiday Shopping

It’s that time of the year, you guys. When we shop ’til we drop because SALES!! This year, my family has “adopted” three children in our community for whom we’ll buy Christmas gifts, so saving money is a must. I plan to get my shop on come Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and for carting around my goodies, I’ll want the right vehicle. Aside from Santa’s sleigh, these are the best vehicles for holiday shopping and they have three things in common:

Tons of cargo space
Decent gas mileage
Tons of cargo space

Go forth, shop!