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

Get Your Fit On: Week 2

GET YOUR FIT ON: WEEK 2 As I sign off on Week 2 of my 12-Week Get Your Fit On Challenge, I was elated (2 pounds down) but also feeling a wee bit defeated. I injured my back and my doctor says no working out for a few days. Walking is A-OK, however, so I am logging my goal of Read More

#1: Get Your Fit On

#1: Get Your Fit On Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to really, truly, madly get in shape this year? The noble promise to yourself that you’d get off the couch, peel yourself away from binge-watching “The Affair” and bravely blaze into the gym? What happened? Trust me, we all have those heroic goals heading into the new year. Read More

A holiday present to me

A holiday present to me When I planned my early Christmas vacay in Arizona, I booked a room at the CopperWynd Resort & Club in Fountain Hills. My mission: To relax. Because a busy careerist needs to take all the pampering she can squeeze in. Seriously. I was more than delighted with the wonderful front-desk staff (thank you, Veronica, for Read More

Westward bound: Phoenix

Westward bound: Phoenix Oh Mother Nature, you are a fickle one indeed. Our plans tonight have been delayed due to the snow in Chicago. However, after few phone calls to the understanding and highly efficient agents at United Airlines and Expedia — we are once again ready for takeoff tomorrow. The lovely suite at the CopperWynd Resort and Spa in Read More

Flower power on T-day

Today is the day of giving thanks! Yippee skippee! The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pies and all the other good fixings are ready to go. flower power on t-day But. The decor is not quite there. Boo hoo. Here is a last-minute, game-day idea for making Thanksgiving not only taste amazing, but look quite impressive as well. Read More

5 Tips: Awesome Holiday photos

5 Tips: Awesome Holiday photos OK, the season to celebrate and take serious selfies is upon us. Although Thanksgiving is just a turkey hop away (it’s Thursday, my darling divas and dudes), there is still time to get a crash course in taking the best-ever impromptu holiday photos of you and your loved ones. You’re armed with the cool camera Read More