About Diva Patti

Hello and Welcome to

Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal Meets Fabulous!

I’m Patti Diamond AKA Diva Patti and I help frugal people be fabulous and show fabulous people how to be frugal.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to live a life filled with style, elegance and grace and I can show you how. I write bullet-proof recipes using only inexpensive ingredients, family fun ideas, and offer inspiration for holiday and party planning.

This blog is a new incarnation of my previous website. I’ve been around for a while now and want to thank my readers both long time and new. Your support means the world to me and you are the ones who inspire me to be a better writer, a better person and to continue to scour the world for frugal and fabulous ideas to share with YOU.

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“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Auntie Mame

About me

Fearless home cook, lover of all things elegant and stylish, world traveler, connoisseur of life, a self styled, Auntie Mame kind of a gal.

I like things fancy but I’m not a snob.

I’m actually the opposite of a snob. I believe we all desire and deserve grace and beauty in our lives and such things should be available to everyone. Not just reserved for the wealthy.

I believe everyone should live like a Diva, even if you’re living on a dime.

My greatest accomplishment is being mother to two wonderful sons who make me proud every single day.

TMI about me

I read my first cookbook cover to cover when I was six years old while acting out the recipes pretending I had a cooking show in my basement and I’ve read cookbooks like novels ever since.

Thanks to my Mother, I was raised on MGM musicals. I constantly burst out in song because everything is a song lyric to me.


For more than 35 years I’ve been a professional in the entertainment industry, beginning as a tap dancing teapot at age three and working as a child actor from the age of eleven.

I’ve been blessed to spend my life as a musical theater performer in national tours, regional theater, cabaret and in concert.

I quit performing 16 years ago so I could eat cookies and drink wine.

My former husband, Bob Lauder Jr and I spent six years as headline vocal entertainers, living on board cruise ships, mainly Crystal Cruises and Holland America Line. Not only did I get to immerse myself in staggering feats of hospitality on a daily basis but I got to plunge, fork first, into different cultures around the globe.

But most importantly; it’s amazing what you can learn when you make “nice-nice” with the chefs. It was like my own private (six year long!) master class.

Along the way, I became a licensed cosmetologist and make-up artist working in film and television. In addition to special effect make-up for film, I’ve worked for USA Network, ABC, CBS and NBC news (I designed make-up for the news anchors) and as a special event artist and product knowledge specialist for cosmetic lines including Lancôme, Clinique, Estee Lauder and Revlon. I now have a wonderful little side gig as a consultant for Rodan + Fields dermatological skincare. If you’re looking for a lucrative little side gig, let me know. 

After seeing the world, I settled in quaint and quirky Pahrump, Nevada for many years. I eternally appreciate the support the community has shown me. 

For 6 years I’ve been writing a weekly column that appears in several southern Nevada newspapers including the Pahrump Valley Times and the Boulder City Review.

I also spent a year as Editor in Chief of a lifestyle magazine where I learned a lot about the businesses of writing and publishing and for that I am forever grateful.

Now I split my time between Southern Nevada and my hometown, beautiful Portland, Oregon. I truly have the best of both worlds. 

I sincerely appreciate you visiting my little corner of the internet and hope you come back often.

Thanks for reading!