Mom With A Drill: Scary Or Sexy?


By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Mom, (single or married) if you’re like me, you are constantly calling people to do home repairs or home maintenance projects. And, all the people you call are probably men. Well, here’s a way for you to become more independent in this way, and love yourself while you are doing it!

Single women can become their very own Mrs. Fix-its

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

In the 10 years I’ve been divorced, I can think of several times when I thought to myself, “Boy, I wish I had a husband right now.”


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Some specific times that come to mind: when the toilet overflowed, when the living room needed repainting, when my daughter pushed her bedroom door so hard it caused a hole in the wall, and most urgently, when I saw a mouse run through my kitchen.

Instead of going to the store to buy mouse traps, I jumped up on a chair and screamed my head off for 10 minutes. Then I called my friend crying, and she ended up sending her husband over to set up some traps.

I have always considered myself an ambitious, independent, strong and courageous woman, but when it comes to home repairs and maintenance (which includes rodent control), to say I feel inadequate is an understatement.

So when I heard about HIP Chicks, a website that offers virtual classes for women who want to empower themselves as handymen (or handywomen), I was curious….

(Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

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    Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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