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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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5 Terrible and Possibly Cruel Valentine’s Day Gifts

I know it may seem a little early to be discussing Valentine’s Day but it’s coming, ready or not. I thought I would do a public service and help the gentlemen of Missoula out a little bit by letting them know what not to get their ladies. I figure if I can give you guys enough of a heads up, you will have enough time to find her something that she won’t be disappointed with.

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10 Reasons Why Dogs Make Great Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up. For all those single ladies out there it can be a pretty tough holiday, especially if her friends have significant others. Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you single ladies, because there is someone out there who quite possibly makes a better Valentine than any man you could ever find. A dog. Don’t believe me? Check out the list below and see if you agree.

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“Hallelujah!” Weekends

Recently, a couple wrote their children a half-warning, half-informative note detailing the dangers of waking their parents up before 10 a.m. on the weekend. The only exception to this rule was if there was an actual emergency, not just whining or squabbling between siblings. I have to admit that my husband and I never considered doing what these crafty, possibly desperate parents did when our boys were younger, that’s probably because my boys couldn’t read back when this was a problem.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

My boys (my husband included) absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. I don’t make them as often as they would like because they are a bit labor intensive. Making the dough isn’t difficult, but the fact that you have to babysit the stove and scoop blob after blob of dough onto a cookie sheet, bake it and then do it all over again, it gets a bit old. If I don’t have an hour or two of free time, then it’s hard for me to make them.

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Olympic Ad is a Tear Jerker

I’m not a huge fan of the Olympics. My least favorite of the two is the winter Olympics, mostly because I don’t enjoy winter and have never enjoyed winter sports, therefore I have a hard time really getting into the sports. I’m not sure how many different possible ski events there can be, but if there is or ever has been an event that involved skiing, it’s in the winter Olympics.

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Trunk Monkey Please? Yes, Thank you

Since we all live in Montana, most of us drive our own vehicles instead of using public transit. It could be because we live a good ways out of town, or because we don’t enjoy riding bikes in Montana’s long winter months. No matter what you drive, or the reason you drive it, vehicle ownership comes with getting yourself into some sticky situations.

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