Laina Turner

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Athena’s Holiday a cozy short story

Meet Athena Parks, thirty something law professor who on a whim invites a guy she just met, Tristan West, home with her for the holidays. As crazy as it might seem she was willing to risk him being an ax murder in order to have a buffer between her and her mom. They had that kind of… READ MORE »

Fab 5 Friday

 So many great posts and so little space to recommend them all. I hope you enjoy my favs from the week! A Beautiful Mess – DLSR Basics and Photoshop for Bloggers…I so need these courses. Putting Me Together – Red Blazer For Fall…you can’t go wrong with red! Rosy Chicc – My Top 5 Editing… READ MORE »

I’m Turning into my Mother

Growing up I spent a lot of time making notes of all the things I wasn’t going to do when I was an adult and criticizing my parents. In my teens I would cringe if someone said anything that compared me to my parents. But as often happens I evolved into a grownup who now… READ MORE »

Stylish Winter Boots — This Year’s Must-Haves

Boots, boots, boots! I love the winter season for this very reason — I get to wear boots almost every day! Whether you want casual, every-day boots, stylish professional ones or practical boots for the wintery weather, we have some great options for everyone. Check out some of our favorites below: Frye Stitch Cowboy Boots… READ MORE »

Wedding Wednesday

I got engaged in May. You can see my first ring here but as sweet as this one was I wanted something a bit more substantial so we ring shopped over the summer and had a difficult time agreeing on a ring. We have very different tastes so it was a bit of a stressful… READ MORE »

What’s in my closet?

The first thing I want to say about this post is it’s November in the midwest and taking these pictures was COLD. I now have a new found respect for supermodels who take swimsuit pictures in a snowstorm to get a good artistic effect. You may be seeing a lot of pictures of What’s in… READ MORE »

Garlic Basil BellaVitano Spread

I tried another Sartori cheese recipe, a garlic basil Bellavitano spread, and I was not disappointed. I didn’t pay much attention to the quantity of ingredients as I bought the items but as I started to make it I realized I should have halved or even quartered the recipe because it made a ton. The… READ MORE »

Gems & Gunshots – a cozy mystery

In this cozy mystery, Presley heads to San Diego to hang out with Cooper and enjoy the great west coast weather. She didn’t expect that while hanging out at the local coffee shop she would be a witness to a robbery and murder at Gemstone’s Unlimited. Much to Cooper’s dismay Presley feels compelled to investigate…. READ MORE »

Fab 5 Friday

A few of the amazing posts I loved this week from around the blogosphere. Thanks, I made it – DIY Glitter Earrings…so cute. oh dear drea – Self Discovery…love, love, loved this. We all have our own journey. Smitten Kitchen – Pretzel Parker House Rolls…I love carbs. Chocolate Covered Katie – Cookie Dough Pumpkin Baked… READ MORE »

Time to Order Your Holiday Photo Cards!

It amazes me that even though we’ve pretty much eliminated snail-mail from our lives, there are still a few occasions where sending a card through the mail is deemed the “norm” and is highly encouraged. One of these occasions is during the holidays — it seems like everyone still sends a holiday photo card. And… READ MORE »

What’s In My Closet

While I don’t wear a lot of animal print, they just doesn’t seem to look good on me, I love this simple dress that I bought a couple years ago from Kohls. When I started the What I Wore/What’s in My Closet series (I couldn’t decide what name I liked best) it was to systematically… READ MORE »