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Confessions of a Scary Mommy

Having just spent a very busy weekend with adorable, 4-year-old twin girls who were visiting with my nephew, I was extremely interested in the sight-seeing tips from Jill Smokler, the Baltimore-based Scary Mommy blogger who recently released "Confessions of a Scary Mommy."

Smokler provided the Baltimore Sun with her Top Five best -- and worst -- places to take the kids. I missed all of them over the weekend, instead falling back on the National Aquarium, which I've found to be a very entertaining, if very expensive, spot for kids of all ages. There's something about the constant motion of the fish that's entrancing for them.

Smokler's irreverent look at motherhood has drawn a community of devoted parents on the blog, and the book promises more. An excerpt from Chapter 1: "I joined a gym just for the free day care. I drop the kids off and read magazines and blogs in the locker room." Another: "I kiss my young teenager good-bye in the morning as she leaves for school, rising above the hormone-fueled snarling and histrionics. Then I close the door and flip her off, with both hands."

If you'd like to catch Smokler on her book tour, here are some nearby options:

-- April 14, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD

-- April 18, 7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD

--May 14, 7 p.m. Wee Chic, 10751 Falls Rd., Lutherville, MD

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