Finding Beauty. Making a Difference.

As the cooler temperatures arrive, I am counting on three things to keep my skin soft and supple: Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, which I discovered when I was living in the high (and super-dry) desert of New Mexico. I usually order it through Amazon because the price is better than what I have seen elsewhere. Trader Joe’s A Midsummer Night’s Cream Read More


I hit Trader Joe’s every Tuesday to stock up on some pretty amazing goods. My list? Lemons, for sure. Yogurt. The cute little tin candles. Fresh flowers. Coffee. Herbs to gently plop into my garden. Organic half-and-half. Etc. Since I was pretty much starving when I shopped today, I grabbed a prepared salad (for one) from the fresh produce section. Lemon Read More

Travel Indiana: Road Trip Time

One rarely associates Indiana with haute cuisine. I must admit, Tom Petty is the first thing/person/attitude I think of when I drive through Indiana. “Last Dance With Mary Jane.” Kim Basinger. Indiana nights. (FYI, “Last Dance With Mary Jane” stands out as one of my favorite rock tunes.) My tendency to be an Indy Snob ended when I finally, after Read More

Brightly Twisted for Summer

The travel bug is gnawing me quite feverishly today, and Southern California instantly popped into my mind as I daydream about trips this summer. I lived in SoCal for 10 years, and I haven’t been back in a while. I especially love Santa Monica and its shopping, eateries and bustling pier. (And the occasional celebrity spotting.) With Santa Monica in Read More

Have crockpot. Will travel.

Crockpot recipes I admit, I have been an accidental recipe thief. (In my defense, that’s not nearly as heinous a crime as being a chi thief.) Planning office potlucks (or carry-ins as they are oddly called here in the Buckeye State) for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do. Seriously. So when we enjoyed a magnificent spread Read More

Strawberry fields (and smoothies) forever

  STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIES Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a dairy-free strawberry treat that is quite delicious. Thank you Kroger grocery store for providing me with one of my favorite recipes for smoothies. The Strawberry Smoothies have been a true hit with my family and co-workers; in fact, my 6-year-old nephew Mason requested a to-go cup for his beverage before he Read More

Dakota Diva Travel: Phoenix

TRAVEL Yes, I finally made it to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Ariz., which quite rightly bills itself as the world’s only global musical instrument museum.   My cousin Kelly and I had booked about 2 hours to stroll through the museum after we had a simply divine lunch at the Pita Jungle. But we had woefully underestimated Read More

GET YOUR FIT ON: Motivation

Get Your Fit On: Motivation It’s a basically bleh kind of day for exercising outdoors. Rainy. Cold. Just icky. Procrastination reigns today. When I feel laziness sink in, I am reminded of the incredible progress my dear friend and former colleague Adam has made to lose weight and get in shape. Adam has lost more than 150 pounds, and, lucky Read More


DAKOTA DIVA CREATES: BRANDING Lucky me: I attended the Antioch Writers’ Workshop Spring One-Day Seminar last Saturday at the University of Dayton, and the presenters more than inspired. I certainly needed that boost of creativity, networking and remarkable insight as I work on the redesign of my website and elevate my brand — as a writer, editor and designer. As Read More

Get Your Fit On: Vision Boards

Get Your Fit On: Vision Boards This has not been the best of times for a 12-Week Get Your Fit On With Dakota Diva challenge. But then again, is there any good time? Obstacles will always pop up when you are on the path to wellness. For me, it began last month with two birthday parties and Valentine’s Day squeezed Read More