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Local baker in running for TV show

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ZACHARY - An East Baton Rouge Parish baker's bright red hair and never-give-up-attitude could land her a television show.

Donna Buttler's cooking show, "Living Abeeya Loca", just made it to the top 15 spot in Lifetime's search for their next reality show. The housewife-turned-baker is also the co-host of an internet radio show called "The Attitude Shift".

"I was a housewife, and I had to get back out in the workforce to save my home, I wanted women to see you don't give up, you don't have to go on welfare, you don't have to wait for the handout," Butler told News 2.

She started working after her husband couldn't anymore, and their family was losing everything they had.

"You can either sit and wallow in self-pity or you can rise above it all, and make dough," Butler said. "That's what I'm doing, making cookies and taking care of my family. Instead of just making lemonade with the lemons, you use the rind, you use the seeds, you use every bit of the lemon."

Their family has survived three closed businesses, a foreclosure on their home and her grown children moving back into the house. Butler submitted her story with a video of her "loca" life, and she says she thinks she has a chance.

"It's not going to always be sunshine and bright, but there is always hope and that's what I want to give back to people, hope," she said.

Lifetime will pick five finalists, then one reality show hopeful will make the cut and start their pilot show.



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