Acts of Kindness (and Another Giveaway!)

The most recent cover article I did for Her Life Magazine was about a young man named Jeffrey Owen Hanson. The article mostly focused on his mom, Julie… an amazing woman who has the desire to give to others more so than anyone I have ever personally known. I don’t want to give the story…

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A Fish Family

I do not remember ever having a meal at home that included seafood when I was growing up. My mom made a lot of delicious meals, but I never recall having shrimp, salmon, cod… any of that. My husband, growing up on a cattle farm, was the same way. Everything was meat and potatoes. He…

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Family Recipes and The Viva Diva Cafe

I have been thinking a lot about family recipes lately. The other day I called my mom for the millionth time asking her to repeat her spaghetti and meatballs recipe to me. I know most of it by heart, but I like calling her to hear her version of it, just to make sure I…

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Parenting With a Heavy Heart

My heart is so heavy tonight and I just cannot seem to get past the emotions I am feeling. I tried to sleep but my tears won’t stop flowing and and the gut wrenching emotional pain is not letting up. My 6 year old is the kind of boy I want with all of my…

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Anyone Seen My Mojo?

  I am trying… desperately trying. It seems that many of the things I usually love to do… blogging, photography, cooking, reading, etc. are hidden somewhere among a mass of things that stress me out. Those activities that I deeply love to do are falling into the same categories as cleaning my house, paying the…

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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Blogger

I launched Adopt a Blogger #2 last week. Blogging friends, we have some eager food blogging newbies who need an experienced blogger to adopt them. Thanks to those of you who have already stepped forward. For the rest of you veteran bloggers, here are the top five reasons why I think you should adopt a…

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