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Great Deals at Zazzle and enter to WIN!

This is a compensated post but all opinions are mine. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas shopping is upon us in full force? Where has the time gone this year? While I love shopping just as much as the next woman the years spent in retail gave me a huge distain for getting… READ MORE »

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 »

I’m Very Thankful

Thanksgiving is our yearly time of thanks. The time where we take a step back and look at what’s going on in our life. To give our appreciation for family and friends and all the great things that have happened to us throughout the year. Like everyone else, I sometimes get the blues and think… READ MORE »

One Awesome Dress

1 /2 /3 /4 / 5/ 6 Being asked to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding is an honor. I know the few times I’ve been a bridesmaid I was so happy to be able to play a part of something so special to a good friend. What I haven’t always been happy about… READ MORE »

Nutter Butter Marshmallow Treats

I love Rice Krispy treats. I mean who doesn’t? Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t associate these yummy things with childhood memories? I know I do. They were a staple in my household growing up in the winter. My mom always made sure we had the ingredients on hand so when it snowed… 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 »

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 »