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15 Books to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I can really get behind a day of feasting, relaxing and visiting with family and friends, and remembering all the things we have to be thankful for.  Gratitude is such an important factor in our lives.  Practicing gratitude can relieve stress, lower blood pressure, create contentment, improve our relationships, and even further our career. And here we are, right in the middle of National Gratitude Month. Could there be a more appropriate time to teach our children about gratitude? Unfortunately, it often seems that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by the big commercial push of Read More

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My Fall Bucket List

I cannot believe it’s already fall. Not that I’m complaining. I love this time of year. From farm-fresh apples and pumpkin spice treats to cooler weather and cozy sweaters, Fall is probably my favorite season. Since I created bucket lists for spring and summer, it only makes sense to make one for Fall. Reviewing my summer bucket list is a good idea too. It was a little hit or miss, but I’m hoping my fall bucket list will be more successful.     Summer Bucket List Review 1.  Eat As Much Fresh Summer Fruit as Possible I always do a good Read More

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You’re Looking at a Sunshine Blogger Award Recipient

When I started My Cup of Cocoa almost a year ago, I did so without any thought to other blogs, blog culture, or my place in the world of blogs. That’s probably because I knew next to nothing about all that. I started because I wanted to put a little more positivity into the world. I was tired of all the negativity, anger, and hate I was seeing online. And so My Cup of Cocoa was born. A few weeks ago, it was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am so honored! Thanks to No Happy Accidents for the Read More

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Let’s Celebrate Friendship Day

Did you know that the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 to be International Friendship Day? I don’t really need a special day to celebrate my friends. I’ve got some great friends, and I am thankful every day for them. But it is nice to know there is a special day set aside just to celebrate friendship. My life is much richer because of the friendships I have. In honor of Friendship Day, I thought share a little about what makes my friends so great. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I also love great Read More