Chocolate for the Soul

Live simply. Laugh often. Add cocoa.

What is it about hot cocoa with mini-marshmallows?

new-hot-chocolate-wmRemember curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa?

How it warmed your fingers and made your insides feel all toasty?

Back then life was simpler, less hectic. There weren’t so many items on your calendar.

Wouldn’t you love to recapture that feeling? It is possible, you know…

Well, for starters, join my tribe at Chocolate for the Soul and receive a Daily Bite… Inspiration Dipped in Chocolate 

Daily Bite

Then for fun, test your self-knowledge with a simple quiz at Simpler Life’ Coach.

Want to get the kids off their hand-held devices?

Tempt them with my Puppet Script-of-the-Month Club  where you can download some FREE scripts. It’s in my Chocolate Workshop with a few other goodies I’ve been cooking up!

My Story…

Originally a New Yorker (the Upstate version), I grew up in a large family and loved playing with my siblings, especially during those long, cold winters when we would all be stuck inside, driving my poor mother crazy while Dad was at work. I seized that opportunity to assist my siblings in more ways than even they wanted and earned the nickname of Mother 2.

After years of the joys and torments of raising us, our real mother still won’t put marshmallows in our hot cocoa, so I have to sneak them in when she isn’t looking. She’s says they’re not real food (Let’s see what the experts say about that!).

A survivor at heart I had to do something to increase the ‘fun factor’ in the years I taught elementary and middle school. My solution to alleviate the hum drum of the daily grind was to get my students to perform puppet shows. It wasn’t in the curriculum, but that’s okay because at the end of the year, what do you think was everybody’s favorite activity? (I had them fill out a survey just to prove it!)

Co-host of the radio show, Wake up, Louisiana!, and creator of Beautiful Minds, Chesterton’s Corner, Books & Movies and Hearth & Home, I love helping people simplify their lives, lose weight, get organized and bravely go where no puppet has gone before!

I live in Baton Rouge, LA with my very Southern husband, Steven.

But, enough about me…

How can I help you get more out of your life?

Email me with your questions, comments and compliments at


Karen J.

4 Replies

  1. M. Labranche

    I think it was you I heard a few mornings ago make a reference a poem. The name you were looking for is Martin Niemöller.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


    1. Karen Hornsby

      Thank you, ML. I appreciate that!

  2. Andree Chol

    You can help me by 1st and foremost, make a healthy version of little marshmallows…they are a must!

    1. Karen Hornsby

      In the hot cocoa or in the Marshmallow Wars series?

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