Brianne Hogan

I’m Brianne, a Canadian Capricorn, and freelance contributor for Scary Mommy.

My writing has appeared in over 50 online publications, including The Washington Post, the BBC, Elle Canada, and BuzzFeed. I’m also the author of two books published with Adams Media and Running Press, respectively.

I have a black cat named Olive and six plants named after the Friends characters — that is, if I don’t kill them soon. The plants, not the cat. Although she probably would deserve it. (just kidding — she’s my world!)

Better Safe Than Sick

Does Pumpkin Pie Need To Be Refrigerated? Heads Up If You Linger For Leftovers

This holiday staple’s shelf life probably isn’t as long as you think.

Lump, There It Is

Is Surgery The Only Way To Fix Pregnancy Hernias? You’ve Might Have Options

Your treatment plan depends on the severity of your hernia.

It's Going To Be OK

Is My Shortness Of Breath From Anxiety? How Experts Say You Can Tell

If you're like me and need as much reassurance as possible that you're not *dying*, keep reading.

Things Are Getting Hairy

Why Is Our Cat Shedding So Much? What's Normal, & How You Can Minimize The Mess

A veterinarian has the advice you need when it seems like the family cat’s hair is everywhere.

Rebuilding Intimacy

Stuck In A “Roommate Years” Rut? How To Break Out Of The Drought, According To A Sexpert

Communication is the biggest turn-on, says Dr. Jess O'Reilly.

Send Help, Please

If You Clash With Your Mother-In-Law At Every Holiday Gathering, There’s Hope

Shelby Scarbrough — former protocol officer for the White House during the Reagan administration — has tips for keeping things civil... even when it’s really, really hard.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Are Poinsettias Poisonous To Cats & Dogs?

Dr. Paola Cuevas, a veterinarian pet behaviorist, offers advice for keeping your pet safe.

Good Grief!

I Rewatched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving For The First Time As An Adult

I have *many* thoughts.

A Unique Breed

7 Surprising Personality Traits Of Only Children As Adults

Spoiler alert — we don’t deserve the bad rap.

Hey, It Happens

TMI, But Why Is My Vagina Swollen? A Guide To This Down-There Discomfort

Dr. Meg Galaske explains four common culprits.

Tough Stuff

10 Signs Of Emotional Abuse You Might Be Guilty Of & Not Even Realize It

It’s not always easy to recognize — especially in yourself.

Expert Advice

5 Major Red Flags You Were Raised By A Narcissist, According To A Therapist

It’s not always easy to identify — especially when family is involved.

Scorpion World Order

75 Scorpio Quotes That Epitomize This Intense Sign

Still waters run deep — just don't get them angry.

Expert Advice

How Can You Tell If You Have Diastasis Recti? Look For These 10 Symptoms

We've got the facts about this common postpartum condition.

The Magic Remains

I Rewatched 'Practical Magic' As A Grownup & Found It Nostalgic But Flawed

Those Owens sisters' vibes will always stand the test of time.

Expert Advice

How Often Should You Get A Facial? Here’s The Ideal Frequency

Any more than this could be a waste of money, say pros.

Moody & Magical

40 Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Names Perfect For Your October Baby

Carry this mystical holiday with you all year long.

A Fall Snack For Fido

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds? What To Know If Your Pup Wants To Chow Down

A veterinarian explains what’s safe and what’s not.

Seriously, People?

I Just Rewatched Hocus Pocus For The First Time As An Adult & Have Thoughts

Honestly surprised we were even allowed to watch this as kids.

Candy-Coated Inspo

30 Names That Mean Sweet, Because Your Baby Is Like Honey In Human Form

So sweet, you could eat them with a spoon.