Featured Member: Cindy Dudas

Cindy Dudas

Meet Cindy Dudas of Whatever Works.

Cindy Dudas

We asked Cindy some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a stay-at-home mom in sunny South Jersey where there’s a Wawa on every corner and everyone eats pork roll, not Taylor Ham. I grew up in northwest Jersey (Morris County) where my family still lives, so we have the best of both worlds. We live near the beach, but can travel just as easily to the mountains. Also, we can call them hoagies OR subs and either is acceptable.

My husband and I met at a barbeque – a pig roast, to be more specific – where it was love at first site. I knew I wanted to marry him immediately, and was really happy to find out he felt the same. We have two beautiful children who love to question everything at all times. Since I don’t have all the answers for them, I thank God every day for the internet.

I started writing publicly about a year ago after my dear friend Jamie taught me that it’s more than OK to put it out there. I started my own blog as a way to test the waters. Now my life as Wife and Mom also includes the title Writer, and I’m so happy about it.

What is your blog about?

Whatever Works is a personal memoir about things I don’t necessarily talk about out loud. It’s my brain spillage. It’s mostly about my life as a mom since that is what takes up most of my days, but it’s also about odd things that might happen outside of motherhood. By sharing my thoughts I have found that there are many other people out there that have similar experiences. I love finding personal connections with people when you least expect it.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

I chose to call my site Whatever Works after realizing how much I actually use that phrase in real life. I’ve always been a big fan of making things work in whatever way I can. I don’t like to follow specific rules if there is an easier and more effective way of doing something. When I started out, I got caught up with trying to make my writing appealing to other readers. I found that by doing that, I kind of lost the main reason why I wanted to write in the first place: to pour my soul out. I wasn’t being true to myself. So I chose Whatever Works as a way to remind myself that even if my writing isn’t a major hit, I can still look at it knowing I used what I’ve got.

Who or what inspires you?

EVERYTHING inspires me. I mean that honestly. It might be watching the Olympics on TV or watching my daughter reading in her room. It all touches my heart and makes me want to be more.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Facebook 100%. I have reconnected with so many friends and made so many NEW friends on Facebook. I love everything about it.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

The most exciting thing that has happened to me due to my writing was when I wrote a story for NJ.com about a tattooed Barbie doll. (My position is Who cares? It’s a doll.) Anyway, Fox News called and wanted me to go on TV and have a debate about the infamous tokidoki Barbie with a famous beauty expert. It never ended up happening, but it still felt pretty good to be recognized.

Oh, I also played craps with Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots once. I definitely think that counts as a claim to fame, right?

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a dentist for other dentists. I wondered who cleaned their teeth since they were so busy cleaning all of ours.

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

SEX! Sexy, sexy sex. I think it would be so much fun to write about how moms feel about sex: all the pros and cons of sex after babies, when we have time to fit in a little romp, what books are good and trashy…all that.

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?

Ugly Like Me by Jamie Tripp Utitus

What is your favorite indulgence?

Any time away from the kids when I know they are safe and happy and I can just relax.

Be sure to follow Cindy on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Whatever Works.


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Jo-Lynne Shane is co-founder of Philly Social Media Moms and author of her personal fashion and lifestyle blog, Jo-Lynne Shane: My Life & Style, where she shares wearable style and beauty tips for the suburban housewife. Jo-Lynne lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with her family.


  • Love this! you have such a great sense of humor. :-)

  • Cindy says:

    Thanks Jo-Lynne! So now that the cat’s out of the bag about wanting to write about sexy sex, maybe I’ll do it! …nah, I’m still a chicken. :-)

  • Patti Ruland says:

    Congrats on your blog I think it is fabulous to be able to write how you feel or what you are feeling about life in general. I think you should write about any topic you want when you want to. There is alot of people out there that would love to do what you are doing but cannot find it in them to start. So hats off to you Cindy for being brave, a great mom and a fabulous wife, your husband and kids are very lucky.

  • HA! I would totally love to write about that. But I value my marriage, so I never will. :-)

  • Jamie Utitus says:

    Wow I love you–and I will gladly talk about sex with u! Someone also needs to address facial hair on women as we age. Just sayin. Thanks for the Ugly Like Me shout out too….xoxo

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