Robyn Passante is an author, journalist, editor and essayist based in State College, Pa.

A former features editor and award-winning columnist for the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette newspapers in the coastal resort towns of Hilton Head Island and Beaufort, S.C., she became a full-time freelance writer and equally full-time mom in 2007. Since that time she’s written a number of cover stories for South Magazine in Savannah and her hometown State College Magazine, and her feature stories, columns and humor pieces have been published in, the Washington Post, the Indianapolis Star, Scary Mommy,, Nickelodeon’s NickMom and Hilton Head Monthly. Her columns have also been syndicated on the Huffington Post and the BlogHer network.

She’s the author of “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wedding Vows” and “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Wedding Etiquette” and has appeared in the humor anthology “Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.” Her journalism honors include being named “Reporter of the Year” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in South Carolina and numerous South Carolina Press Association writing awards. She’s a college lecturer, and has served on the boards of the Lowcountry Autism Foundation and American Cancer Society Relay for Life. In addition to writing, she runs a copywriting and editing business at She writes a lot about her kids, sets her alarm at 7:04 a.m. for some reason and is probably eating pita chips while you’re reading this.

To stay healthy, she follows a strict “Eat Chocolate Every Day” diet and coordinates many glow-stick-heavy living room dance parties with her boys. (Their current favorites are Josh Ritter, Michael Franti and Jon Hopkins; she’s trying to get them to love Led Zeppelin as much as she does, but so far Plant’s voice freaks them out.)

This very early, pre-kids blog post sums her up pretty well.

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