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Joy Larson

Joy Larson was raised in Montana, is a graduate of the University of Montana, mother of four, animal lover and writer.
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Breast Cancer Awareness – There’s an App for That

Breast Cancer is a very serious issue. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is also the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women.

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7 Simple Natural Cold Soothers and Cures

This time of year is filled with the sniffles and the sneezes. My boys have been coughing and hacking for the past couple months. It seems that as soon as one gets well, the cold has moved on to the next one. Pretty soon the whole family has had a cold for a month. If at all possible, I like to treat my family’s colds with natural methods. Here are a few natural remedies I have found to help soothe and cure those nasty winter colds.

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Quick and Easy Cake With Fruit Recipe

I love baking, but don’t always have time to make things from scratch. My kids have dessert or a baked good of some sort almost every day. But with my kids getting older and playing sports and all the other after school activities that they are involved in, I don’t have as much time to bake as I would like. So, when I can find a way to make my life a little easier, I do it. I ran across this recipe on Pinterest the other day and couldn’t wait to try it. It’s easy enough that my boys can make it by themselves too.

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Are Cats Serial Killers?

The long and short of it is yes. Cats are the worst kind of killers – serial killers. They kill over and over and usually with the same M.O. According to a report put together by scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service, it was estimated that cats in the United States (both domestic and feral) kill 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year.

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Crockpot Potato Pig Soup Recipe

This soup is called potato pig, because I use either ham or bacon when I make this soup. All the boys in my family love both, but I definitely prefer ham. There is nothing quite like hot potato soup on a cold Montana day. It’s creamy and hearty. This is a super simple recipe. If you wanted to make it even simpler, you could always prep the potatoes and onions the night before then all you have to do is throw everything in the crockpot in the morning before work. This would save you at least 20 minutes in the morning. I don’t have a lot of spare time in the mornings, so this makes it way more convenient.

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Weird Hockey Injuries That Didn’t Happen on the Ice

Hockey is known for being a rough sport. It is the definition of full contact. I don’t think I’ve ever met a hockey player who had all his teeth. Hockey players are notorious for getting in fights and getting injured. So, I’ve dug up a list of professional hockey players, who sustained injuries off the ice, instead of on.

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Crockpot Apple Betty Barrie Recipe

After reading through this recipe, you may wonder why it is called Apple Betty Barrie, instead of an Apple Brown Betty. This is because my grandma’s name is Betty Barrie, and I thought it would be awesome to name a delicious dessert after her, so here it is. Sweet and tart, just like my grandma. This is one of my favorite crockpot desserts. It is super simple and super delicious. I hope you love it as much as I love my grandma.

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