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Sunday, May 1st:   Happy May Day

Common sense, daily ideas to encourage you.

 Many of us experience difficult days. These simple ideas will inspire you to lead a more fulfilling life.

  1. Get proper sleep.
  2. Eat proper meals
  3. Exercise
  4. Do a little something for yourself
  5. Do a little something for others
  6. Listen to cheerful, upbeat music
  7. Change your perspective and focus on the positive

Sunday, April 24th:

Nothing is more perfect than that first cup of morning coffee. Or you can enjoy coffee midday for a pick-me-up, or to cap off the evening alongside a sweet Italian cookie.

The following are tips to make a perfect cup of coffee:

First, remember these three facts:

  • Use filtered water: the fewer impurities, the better
  • Regardless of which type of coffee machine, use the correct proportions, which are:
  • two tablespoons of grounds per eight ounces of water. Then adjust to your taste.
  • Use the right grind for your machine: it differs by machine. As a general rule, the more time coffee grounds are in contact with water, the courser the grind should be.

The following are the most popular type of coffee makers:

Automatic Flat-Bottom & Automatic Cone: These are both very similar: water pours through the coffee filter and basket into a pot, and only differ by the shape of their baskets. They are best for easily brewing several cups of coffee.

French Press: This is an easy, manual brewing process in which the coffee grounds are soaked in hot water. This brews a full, rich cup of coffee, and is best for 1-4 cups served immediately. However, there will be coffee sediment at the bottom, so resist that last sip.

  1. Spoon grounds into the carafe (two tablespoons per eight ounces of water)
    2. Pour boiling water into the carafe, allowing the coffee grounds to soak for several minutes, then pour.

Automatic Gold Cone: Similar to an automatic cone, this machine uses a gold-plated stainless steel filter instead of a paper one. The gold cone filter is similar to a French press, so it will produce a fuller-flavored coffee. The advantage is a French press flavor with the automatic machine convenience.

Soft Italian Cookies are delicious and satisfying with that great cup of coffee, and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients for this recipe on hand in your kitchen.

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Mix together:

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter (melted and cooled)

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon extract

6 heaping teaspoons baking powder

Add: 4-5 cups sifted flour, or the amount needed to make a soft, pliable dough. Knead dough lightly and shape into rings. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Frost with a colored butter frosting.

 

Sunday, April 17th:

5 Daily Habits of Happy People

Are you happy? Studies have shown that happy people do the following every day:

 

  1. Pray or meditate

 

  1. Do one random act of kindness

 

  1. Exercise 30 minutes

 

  1. Write down 3 things they’re most grateful for.

 

  1. Write down the one remarkable event that happened the day before.

 

Couldn’t be simpler or more impactful! Happy people are truly an inspiration to others!

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Sunday, April 10th:

Five inexpensive ideas to celebrate a beautiful Spring: (Plus bonus #6!)

The first day of Spring was March 20th. Many of us are experiencing Spring-like weather, and Spring is definitely “in the air.” Here’s some fun ideas to help you celebrate:

 

  1. Enjoy a simple picnic in the park.

 

  1. Clean out your closet and donate your clothes to a woman’s shelter.

 

  1. Commit to eating healthy.

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  1. Start a veggie garden in your yard, a pot container, or a neighborhood shared garden.

 

  1. Peruse old cookbooks for a favorite fresh salad. Plan your veggie garden around the new salad recipes.

 

  1. Find a comfortable outdoor space to read, spread out a blanket, and enjoy your favorite romance read.:)

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Sunday, April 3rd:

Spring Style Challenge!

Want to look fresh and fashionable this Spring?

If you’re like many of us, finding suitable clothes in your closet may be a challenge.  I highly recommend Allison Lumbatis and her fashion challenges!  For a fee, she’ll email you 3 weeks of a “capsule wardrobe” printable list and share styling tips. Plus, you’ll be invited to a private Facebook page to see what all the other ladies are wearing each day. Allison encourages you to “shop your closet”, so you don’t have to purchase new clothes! (Unless you want to, of course!)

Check her page out here and have fun looking fashionable:

 

Sunday, March 27th:

For those who celebrate, I wish you and yours a blessed and joyous Easter Sunday!

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Sunday, March 20th:

I love setting a beautiful table for any holiday.

This past Christmas was especially cold and rainy in the south of Ireland, thanks to Storm Frank. However, weather didn’t dampen our spirits the day my daughter and I visited the Waterford Crystal shop.

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Waterford produces many patterns of fine lead crystal stemware. The original company dates back to 1783. Fine flint glass that became known around the world was produced at that time. The company closed in 1851.

Surprisingly, most of the Waterford crystal is now produced outside Ireland in Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. And, we learned that Waterford Crystal makes the 2,688 crystals for the famous ball that is dropped on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Some of you may be wondering if I purchased any crystal that day in the Waterford shop. Yes. Three beautiful crystal (and affordable) Christmas ornaments!

Do you have a favorite glassware set you use for the holidays, or at any time? Please share!

And, exciting news! Here is a sneak peek at the cover for my latest sweet romance novella set in Ireland, Oh Danny Boy. Stay tuned!

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But in the meantime, I Love You More is still available for .99 cents!

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‪#‎AmazonGiveaway It’s back and even better! Enter to win a free copy of I Love You More!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/64b7ab3e80971ebf

No purchase necessary.

Author Josie Riviera lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.
“Like” her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera
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Sunday, March 13th:

Most everyone loves corned beef and cabbage, especially since St. Patrick’s Day is nearing. Here’s an easy and quick recipe—ready in 2 1/2 hours.

corned beef and cabbage

Ingredients:

3 lb. corned beef with spice packet

2 packages of peeled baby carrots

1 white onion

5-10 white or red potatoes

1 head cabbage

Place corned beef in a large pot and cover with water. Add the spice packet that comes with the corned beef. Cover and bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Add potatoes, onion, and carrots, and boil until the vegetables are tender. Add cabbage and boil for an additional 15 minutes.

Serve with Irish soda bread and enjoy!

There are so many recipes for corned beef and cabbage. Please add yours in the comments below.

And, exciting news! Here is a sneak peek at the cover for my latest sweet romance novella, Oh Danny Boy. Stay tuned!

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But in the meantime, I Love You More is available for .99 cents!

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‪#‎AmazonGiveaway It’s back and even better! Enter to win a free copy of I Love You More!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/64b7ab3e80971ebf

No purchase necessary.

Friday, March 11th:

What do the words to Danny Boy, actually mean? I’m blogging at Sweet Romance reads today. Leave a comment there for a chance to win a copy of I Love You More!

http://www.sweetromancereads.com/2016/03/oh-danny-boy-by-josie-riviera.html

Sunday, March 6th:

Hi Everyone,

Many people are focusing on St. Patrick’s Day. My daughter attends university in Northern Ireland, and she recently shared some Irish sayings that are well-known. (At least in Ireland.) I shared several on an Author’s Facebook page, but will continue, as it was great fun!

  1.  “About ye!”  —How are you?
  2. “What’s the craic?”—What’s going on? This term is used constantly. It also means great fun.
  3. “Such a dose.”–What an idiot.
  4. “Shall we go for a dander?”–Shall we go for a stroll?
  5. “Full so she was!”—She was drunk.

This photo was taken in Wexford, Ireland. (Yes, that’s my husband and I in the corner!)

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Remember, “What’s the craic?”

My  Sweet Contemporary Romance Valentine Novella, I Love You More, explores International Adoption and is still on sale for .99! http://amzn.com/B01BM25NBK

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A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

Get if free!  #AmazonGiveaway Enter to win a free copy of http://amzn.com/B01BM25NBK I Love You More. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ff182f9ff6067774

No purchase necessary.

Author Josie Riviera and her family are transplanted New Yorkers now living in the sunny Carolinas.
Visit Josie at her blog, The Italian Blog, at josieriviera.wordpress.com, and sign up for her newsletter and blog.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera/

Twitter: @josieriviera

Instagram: josie_riviera

Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com

Sunday, February 28th:

And The Winner Is:

I love a good story. Besides being a writer and a reader, I’m also a movie watcher.

While we’re all sitting on our couches tonight, Hollywood will be all dressed up because tonight is the Academy Awards. The show will air live on ABC at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles starting at 7 p.m.

Th academy ballot has just about zero diversity, and people noticed. #OscarsSoWhite is trending. As host, Chris Rock has plenty of material to work with.

Acceptance speeches may not be as rambling because names of people who the winners thank will scroll at the bottom of your screen.

My dh and I have seen most of these movies, although I still need to check out the documentaries.
Here is the partial list of nominees for the 2016 Oscars:

Best motion picture of the year:
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”
“Spotlight”

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
Matt Damon in “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
Brie Larson in “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

I’m predicting “The Revenant” and Leonardo DiCaprio will win because, (paraphrasing The Skimm here along with a “spoiler alert” ) “Leo didn’t hang out inside a dead horse so that he’d go home empty-handed.”

Do you have Oscar predictions and/or favorite movies? Please share:

 

My  Sweet Contemporary Romance Valentine Novella, I Love You More, explores International Adoption and still on sale for .99! http://amzn.com/B01BM25NBK

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A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

He’s a billionaire businessman …

Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.

He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.

She’s a single mom …

Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC for romance. She’s here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.

Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia’s reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the rain.

Author’s Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.

Author Josie Riviera and her family are transplanted New Yorkers now living in the sunny Carolinas.
Visit Josie at her blog, The Italian Blog, at josieriviera.wordpress.com, and sign up for her newsletter and blog.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Josie.Riviera/

Twitter: @josieriviera

Instagram: josie_riviera

Send her an email at: josieriviera@aol.com

Sunday, February 21st:

Is International Adoption the right move for you?

As a Mom of a twenty-one year old daughter from S. Korea, I’m writing firsthand to inform you that you’re about to encounter one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences of your life.

This is a photo of my daughter at 18 years old:

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OK, back to International Adoption. Here are eight insights to keep in mind:

  1. The process is intimidating. Remember that your decision will be affecting your life, and, more importantly, the life of your child. Prepare for a wait. We waited two years for our daughter. During that time, we completed pre-qualification forms, attended information meetings and home studies, and just waited.
  2.  The process is expensive. All agencies and countries are different, but costs include legal fees, home study costs, and adoption fees, which will vary by country.
  3. Flying to a foreign country. You may need to fly to your child’s country and stay sometimes an undetermined amount of time. That means you may not speak the language or be able to drink the tap water. Your home arrangements may include an undetermined leave of absence from your job, as well as care for your other children at home, pet care and home maintenance, etc. At the time we adopted our daughter from S. Korea, we were able to stay in the states and our daughter arrived with a Korean escort at Boston airport.
  4. Paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. Remember you’re not just dealing with the U.S. any more, but also your adopted child’s birth country. Plan on fingerprints, clearance, notaries, and reading and re-reading specific requirements.
  5. The Great Wait. As previously mentioned, we waited two years for our daughter, but plan on an average wait of 18-48 months. Each case is handled individually, so hang in there!
  6. Open vs. closed adoption. In most domestic cases, open adoption is encouraged, but you’ll probably have a closed adoption when adopting internationally because of strict privacy laws.
  7. Medical records. You’ll receive your child’s medical records, but because of translation, etc., keep in mind that these may or may not be accurate.
  8. Read and research. Respect your child’s birth country and customs. Educate your friends and family.

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My  Sweet Contemporary Romance Valentine Novella, I Love You More, explores International Adoption. http://amzn.com/B01BM25NBK

A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

 

Author’s Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day from I Love You More  

This book is offered at .99 for a limited time.

A Sweet Contemporary Romance Novella

A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.

He’s a billionaire businessman …

Luciano Donati, entrepreneur and eligible bachelor, lost his first wife to cancer. So though he lives in romantic Charleston, SC, he has every intention of ignoring the upcoming holiday for lovers … at least until he sets eyes again on his younger sister’s best friend.

He remembers Anastasia as a teenager who idolized him, not this lovely, fragile woman with heartbreak in her eyes. Heartbreak that he finds himself wanting to cure. Her smile warms his soul, her touch ignites his desire, and her little girl Soo-Min melts his frozen heart. Adopted internationally himself at a young age, Luciano understands all too well the strong need to belong somewhere.

She’s a single mom …

Anastasia Markow, cancer survivor and divorced mother, didn’t come to Charleston, SC for romance. She’s here to make sure she has custody of her adopted daughter, Soo-Min. But when she encounters the first man she ever loved, here in the city of horse-drawn carriages and candlelight, her battered heart can’t help but bloom again. And when Luciano and Soo-Min take to each other, resisting his charm becomes even harder.

Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia’s reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the rain.

Can Valentine’s Day bring this unlikely pair together … this time for good?

Author’s Note: Thousands of families around the world have opened their homes and hearts through international adoption. Soo-Min is the embodiment of many, many fortunate adoptive children and parents who’ve together created forever families.

Don’t miss this poignant story of love, loss and renewed hope—get your copy of the novella today!

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Today I’m also featuring a blog I wrote for the Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers. It features a recipe, a funny blurb from Dave Barry, and my link for my newest release, I Love You More.

https://pinkfuzzyslippersauthors.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/happy-valentines-day/

 

 

2 Responses

  1. Thanks loved reading this and I am going to have to try the corned beef recipe. Sounds yummy!

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