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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.

Pittsburgh Summer Fun

Sandcastle Water Park, anyone? How about a ride on the Thunderbolt? Gotta have some Potato Patch fries!

If you don’t understand those things, you’re probably not from Pittsburgh! But summertime is the perfect time to visit our beautiful city if only for our water and amusement parks. Click the image below for a list of my favorite fair-weathered ‘burgh attractions…

Affordable Summer Trips

Not every vacation requires extensive travel or expensive accommodations. In fact, some of my family’s favorite memories were made on free trails and public beaches. When I was young, my parents took my brother and me on a “staycation” where we visited our local city’s museum’s, restaurants, and ballparks. Those simple trips remain some of my favorites.

Click HERE for other ideas for affordable summer travel!