Live, Love, Simple is a lifestyle blog. It’s all about living simply, loving madly, and making magic. Read on to find out more about me and my little family.

Our Family

livelovesimple.comDena (Mama) — I am the keeper of this little blog. I am currently thirty-two-years-old and my birthday is the fifth of May. I am a Taurus. I am a stay-at-home mom / photographer / & blogger. You can check out my little photography business at Firefly Jar Photography. My life has been an incredible journey so far. I grew up in a sweet little town in northern New Jersey. I have great parents and a younger (by two years) sister.

My life took a turn when I was around fifteen-years-old. While dealing with childhood/teenage obesity and teenage hormones, I became depressed and severely anxious. My depression and anxiety would haunt me for many years. I tried various medications and forms of therapy from ages 15-21. Finally, when I was twenty-one, I met a therapist who introduced me to a therapy that would change my life — Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). With the tools that CBT gave me, my life quickly transformed. Within a few years, I lost sixty pounds, found happiness, and began to live the life that I had always wanted. You can read my entire journey in my e-book, Beat Depression: The Journey from Darkness to Light.

livelovesimple.com Roman James — Oh, my little love. What can I say? This boy is the moon and the stars and the sky and the sun and the sea. He is our everything, our whole world. We spent nine beautiful months awaiting his arrival, dreaming about his sweet little face, and then on May 7th, 2013 he joined us. It was the most wonderful day of our lives. We still cannot get over him. We often stop and marvel at what a treasure he is. We are convinced that he is the cutest, the smartest, and the sweetest little guy that there ever was. We adore him and cannot wait to watch him grow.

Marina Grace — Born March 7, 2015… Coming soon!


History of this Site

In July of 2009, I created this site to share my story and to teach other people how to follow the path from darkness to light. I was unhealthy, overweight, and suffered from severe anxiety and depression from the time I was fifteen until my early/mid-twenties. I tried various medications and therapies without success. Then, that all changed when I discovered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With the tools that CBT gave me, I overcame my depression and anxiety, I lost seventy pounds, and I began to change my life.

My first ebook Beat Anxiety, Overcome Depression: The Journey from Darkness to Light is a comprehensive account of my journey. It is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Today, I do not often write about my journey and my past. Instead, I focus on the beautiful life that I have been blessed with and I count my one million blessings.



  • Heather

    Hi Dena, I am a late comer to your site.
    Amongst a few other things, my very special relationship ended a few weeks ago and I found this site while I was searching for inspiration to help me through this difficult period in my life. Although the pain is by no means over yet, I am starting to look at why it happened and trying to learn. Your story, life and beautiful site have been very uplifting. Thank you, Heather

    • denabotbyl

      Thank you, Heather. I am so grateful to know that my story has helped you in some way. Best wishes to you on your continued journey. Sending you much love & light! XO

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