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I mentioned before in my last couple “hey, I’m excited we bought a house” posts that my fiancé and I have completely different tastes when it comes to décor. So we both shared the same concern going into this of not being able to agree on anything. Though honestly, he is probably more into decorating… READ MORE »

Accidental S’mores Fudge

Who doesn’t love s’mores? Anytime I’m around folks who start roasting marshmallows for this yummy treat it brings back childhood memories of camping and stuffing myself silly on chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Who am I kidding I still stuff myself silly on chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. I was watching an episode of Food… READ MORE »

Quote of the Day

Enjoy this quote by Thomas Edison. Something we should all keep in mind. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Stilettos & Scoundrels – a cozy mystery

I am excited to announce that the 4th edition of Stilettos & Scoundrels, a Presley Thurman cozy mystery, is now available. This was my first book and originally came out in the spring of 2009 in paperback. E-books were just starting to gain popularity and I was one of the holdouts who didn’t want to… READ MORE »

It’s May Day!

Happy May everyone! I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe it’s already May. In fact, it’s May Day which if you didn’t know is a holiday. I knew people talked about May Day but never actually knew what it was for so I decided to look it up. May Day – celebrated on… READ MORE »

Stella & Dot Mother’s Day Promotion

Special Stella & Dot Mother’s Day Promotion **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Stella & Dot wants to wish all mom’s an early Happy Mother’s Day! As a gift, they are offering a special mother’s day deal … when you spend… READ MORE »

Best Laid Plans

A lot of us bloggers do more than just blog. Besides being a blogger, I also write fiction and non-fiction books. If you like cozy mysteries you might want to check out some of my titles here or get a free book by joining my mailing list here. I simply love to write. Writing books… READ MORE »

32 Shades of Grey

Before you get all excited that this is some fan fiction erotica, it’s not. I’m talking about grey paint. One of the reservations I had when we decided to buy a house that needed a lot of work was the decorating. Not because I don’t want to decorate our house but because Matt and I… READ MORE »

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I sure did. It was the first relaxing weekend I’ve had in about 2 months that I didn’t realize until I wondered why it felt so odd to not have twenty million things to do. I wasn’t traveling, and my kids were at their dads,… READ MORE »

3 Tips To Make Your Blog Post Sizzle

I recently read somewhere that people only read about 20% of your blog post. That was no big surprise to me because we all know people surf and skim. There is so much information coming at us day and night that it would be impossible to read every word of everything we come across. As… READ MORE »

Here Comes a New House

 We put an offer in on a house Sunday and after a little back and forth negotiation our offer was accepted. I’m excited. And a little freaked out. Excited because it’s a new chapter of my life and the home I hope to live in until the kids are all out of the house and… READ MORE »