Mom With A Drill: Scary Or Sexy?


By Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling, the place to find trusted, vetted divorce professionals, a podcast, website and mobile app.

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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    Jackie Pilossoph is the Founder of Divorced Girl Smiling, the media company that connects people facing with divorce to trusted, vetted divorce professionals. Pilossoph is a former NBC affiliate television journalist and Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press features reporter. Her syndicated column, Love Essentially was published in the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press and Tribune owned publications for 7 1/2 years. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University. Learn more at:

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