Favorite ThingsChristmas Wish List Edition

Favorite Things: Christmas Wish List Edition

I may not be Oprah, but I do have a Favorite Things Christmas Gift List that I’d like to share with you. I used to love watching her Favorite Things show. People were so excited to get a pair of Oprah’s favorite cashmere pajamas and a fancy coffee maker.  Well, cashmere makes me itch and I don’t drink coffee, so you won’t find either of those things on my list. And, sorry, I won’t be giving anyone a car. But I will share some of my favorite things with you. Perhaps my hubby will read this post and I won’t Read More

Favorite ThingsChristmas Wish List Edition

Much Needed Getaway in Vancouver, B.C.

I just spent six days in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My husband and I marked our 25th wedding anniversary in August and decided we deserved a getaway.  The last time we took six days away without kids was when I was pregnant with child number one. She turns 21 next month. So it was more than time for our trip. I can’t say enough good things about Vancouver. I loved it and I’m not necessarily a “city girl.”  The city boasts a population of over 647,000 people who come from an amazing variety of backgrounds. Vancouver reminded me a little Read More

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17 Quotes to Help Shine Light During Dark Times

Have you watched the news lately? Maybe you shouldn’t. Some days it seems like all we hear about are tragedies, victims, anger, hate, violence, crime, and wars. The world can seem like a very dark place. It can be discouraging and even frightening. It’s part of the reason I began this blog. I wanted to share some light during dark times. How we talk to ourselves and others has a big effect on how well we handle dark times.  Negative self-talk creates self-doubt, lowers self-esteem, and creates fear, anxiety, and even depression.  The same goes for how we talk about Read More

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My 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges

A year ago, I began looking into how to start a blog. It was something I had been thinking about for a while. My husband was on an extended trip out of the country. My kids were back in school, and I was looking for an outlet. I finally had some time to do what interested me.  After some online research, I decided I could do it. My Cup of Cocoa was born. There have been ups and downs on my blogging road. But I am still enjoying the journey. First, let me say that I am not a technical Read More