Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is smile. Boy, that’s an easy one because so many things can put a smile on my face.Ā  Some that top the list would be nature, my family, gurgling babies and cats. There’s a very good reason why there are so many funny and adorable cat photos and videos online. It’s to make people like me laugh and smile, boosting our mood and lowering our stress level.

So here are a few photos of my two, adorable smile-makers. I hope they give you a big smile, too.

cat in a box

 

cats at the door

 

cat

 

cats in bathroom sink

 

cats in laundry tote

Have a great day and share a smile with someone else today. A smile is universally understood. šŸ™‚Ā  šŸ™‚Ā  šŸ™‚

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Photo Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

We just to live just off the shores of the beautiful Lake Erie. This is one of the many sunsets we enjoyed.

sunset over Lake Erie

Here are a few other photo challenge posts:

Ahhh, So Serene

Air Plant Collage

Scenes From Atop

 

8 Romance Subgenres To Find Your Next Love

It’s March so that means it’s time for Spring and Romance.

Romance

 

The trees are budding and the first flowers are blooming…turns a female heart to her next Romance read.

read romance

With so many Romance subgenres, there truly is a Romance for everyone!

Here is a list of the Romance subgenres and a few authors to try within that subgenre:

  • Historical RomanceĀ – That’s right, it’s romance that takes place in the past, most often in the American West, Medieval England and Regency England. Here are some authors to tryĀ Mary Jo Putney, Amanda Quick, Beatrice Small.
  • Contemporary Romance – These take place in the present and tend toward humorous and often suspenseful. (This is my favorite romance subgenre and the type of books I like to write.) Some authors to try would be Jennifer Crusie, Elizabeth Bevarly, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  • Category Romance –Ā These romances are often shorter and written in series. Some authors to try would beĀ Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Lowell.
  • Futuristic and Fantasy RomanceĀ – These romances are obviously written in the future or in an imaginary world. Some authors to try would be Dara Joy, Susan Grant.
  • Paranormal RomanceĀ – You guessed it. These romances contain vampires, ghosts or other creatures. Some authors to try would beĀ Susan Krinard, Christine Feehan.
  • Time Travel RomanceĀ – Just like the name implies, these romances involve traveling in time. Some authors to try would beĀ  Lynn Kurland, Sandra Hill.
  • Gothic RomanceĀ – These are mostly romances of the past with authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart (I love these old ones!).
  • Romantic SuspenseĀ – These books generally involve plots dealing with drug dealers, smugglers and stalkers. Some authors to try would beĀ Susan Anderson, Tammy Hoag, Melinda Leigh.

So go out and try new subgenres, you’re bound to find your next Romance love. And never be afraid to try a new author, hundreds come out each month.

What are your favs when it comes to Romance reading?

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

Spring is in the air (or will be shortly for my northern friends & followers) so my romantic mind turns to weddings.

  • Big church weddings
  • Small chapel weddings
  • Beach weddings
  • Garden weddings
  • Large society weddings
  • Intimate family weddings

I love all kinds of weddings because they involve two people pledging their love for each other.

Through the years, wedding venues, receptions, color schemes, etc., may branch out but there are still some things that stay the same.

Roses are still the most used flower followed by tulips then canna lilies.

rose bouquet

Black & White is the most popular color scheme followed by reds then whites.

Black & White Weddings

Churches are still the most popular venue for weddings followed by ballroom/banquet hall then beaches.

church wedding

June is still the most popular month to get married followed by September then October.

summer beach wedding

So, let’s hear about your wedding? Did you stick with the time-honored traditions or branch out to show your uniqueness?

Mine was a traditional summer church wedding with a full dress and train, roses in my bouquet and my bridesmaids in coral.

wedding gown

 

Love Is In The Air!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is definitely in the air.

couple dancing

Love of spouses, children & pets:

Love Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

couple

If there is a wedding in your future…

Let Feng Shue Make Your Wedding Lucky

wedding at the beach

Beautiful Beach Wedding Attire

Also check out my Wedding page on Pinterest…

ruby red lips

Want to attract love into your life…

10 Feng Shui Tips for Love & Romance

Spice Up Your Love Life

 

And if you need some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts…

Check out my Valentine’s Day page on Pinterest

Or for 5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentine Gifts try this site

 

I wish everyone a fun and loving Valentine’s Day!