Profile avatar for London LovettI LOVE to read, I average between 50-100 novels per year, so when my birthday came along {this past spring} it was no surprise that my husband got me a Barnes and Noble gift card…so did my kids…as well as my mom! I was excited to peruse my favorite category “Cozy Mysteries and Armature Sleuths” As I scrolled I came across some very lovely covers {yes I am drawn to covers of books first then I read the description, I’m sure I am not the only one}

One cover caught my eye and I was immediately interested in it because of the gorgeous cover, then I read the title “Marigolds and Murder” by London Lovett! Yes, it was absolutely perfect, I bought right than and there, I just knew I’d love it…like when you find the right wedding dress and it just clicks! {I got the ebook, sadly no one sells the paper back near me and I wanted to start reading it asap!}

It was Friday, my husband and kids were playing Fortnite so I knew I had some serious “me” time on my hands, which means reading! I read Marigolds and Murder in a little over one evening {its about 180 pages on my Surface Pro using the Nook app} I LOVED it! In my excitement of downloading it I didn’t even think to see if it was in a series…OMG it is…and at the time there were EIGHT more books in the series {book 10 came out on June 17th} I was ecstatic and bought the other eight books, plus everything else by the lovely London Lovett, which are Port Danby, Firefly Junction and Starfire series.

Books I purchased:

  • Books 1-9 in the Port Danby series {book 10 came out this June}
  • Books 1-4 in the Firefly Junction series {book 5 came out in early April}
  • Book 1 in the Starfire series {book 2 came out in early May}

I ended up purchasing all the books in ebook form but I love them so much I plan to get them all on paper back so I can always have one or two with me!

I went back and forth about how in depth I wanted to get about this series, I don’t want to give anything away so I decided make it a skim off the top summery of the entire series as a whole. I don’t ruin the awesomeness of this series and the characters, so here goes…

The Port Danby series takes place in the sweetest little costal town called Port Danby, where tourists visit and I want to live! Lacey Pinkerton or Pink to her friends, has recently moved to Port Danby and is starting a new life in a new place! She’s the proud owner of a flower shop, a crow that’s sure he’s not a bird and a sweet kitty, plus she has an unbelieve sense of smell! Port Danby is chalked full of people you are sure to love, from the hunky detective, to the dueling twins, the handsome neighbor, the quirky best friend and the diner that will undoubtedly make you crave Chili and Cornbread. If that wasn’t perfect enough my girl Pink finds herself in all kinds of sticky situations {although I’m confident she would refer to it more of a “right place at the right time” situation} and an unplanned partnership with the above mentioned hunky detective {Briggs}, make these books an absolute page turners. Oh and I can’t forget the mystery within the mystery…what really happened 100 years ago in that mansion on the hill?

I HIGHLY recommend all the books in the Port Danby series!

London Lovett has quickly become one of my favorite if not favorite authors!

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Guess what?!? Right now Marigolds and Murder {book one in the Port Danby series} is currently FREE on Barnes and Noble for Nook {I use the app}

I focused on the Port Danby series today but I plan to have a Firefly Junction post and a Starfire post in the next week or so!


In order 1-10

Marigolds and Murder


Carnations and Chaos


Mistletoe and Mayhem

Tulips and Trouble


Peonies and Poison


Hyacinths and Homicide


Crocuses and Crime

Crocuses and Crime Cover

Sunflowers and Sabotage

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I added links to Barnes and Noble because that’s where I bought my books from. I am NOT affiliated with B&N, please buy from your favorite place!

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*Please note that London Lovett has no idea I’m posting this, I was not asked to write this nor payed to, all books were purchased by me using my birthday gift cards. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  

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Summer Must Haves from DNA Performance Wear

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Today we are so excited to share some of our favorites from the new DNA Performance Wear summer line! It just might be our favorite summer release! The colors are gorgeous and the prints are totally Gabbi! I LOVE that DNA Performance Wear offers not only full leo prints but they also offer Flip Flop style leotards, Gabbi loves the Flip Flop leotards and wants them all! Ok on to the summer beauties!  

First up is our FAVORITE! Cactus Makes Perfect

Cactus Makes Perfect

Cactus Makes Perfect
Flip Flop- Cactus Makes Perfect
Flip Flop- Cactus Makes Perfect

Look at those colors!! Gabbi loves the full print but that Flip Flop is so stunning with the pink front, landing it in her #1 spot! Regardless of which one your daughter picks these leotards will be a show stoppers with those beautiful colors! Either one would be PERFECT for Summer Gymnastics camp!

Next up we have a GORGEOUS floral print called Don’t Worry be Poppy!

Don't Worry be Poppy
Flip Flop- Don't Worry be Poppy
Flip Flop- Don't Worry be Poppy

Ok please don’t make us pick which style is our favorite! Gabbi and I both love Poppies so we are absolutely swooning over this one! I love the blue neck and arm detailing on the full print, it really makes it pop! I can virtually guarantee that this leotard will turn heads a practice or summer camp! This one is my favorite!

On to another show stopper called Be-Leaf in Yourself!

Be-Leaf in Yourself
Flip Flop- Be-Leaf in Yourself
Flip Flop- Be-Leaf in Yourself

Oh this one screams summer time doesn’t it!? It reminds me of relaxing at the pool under the shade of gorgeous palm trees! Although the flip flop is stunning with the deep pink front the full print takes the cake for us!

Prepare to swoon over the gorgeous Petal to the Medal Leotard!


Petal to the Medal

Flip Flop- Petal to the Medal
Flip Flop- Petal to the Medal

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this leo it has such a elegant look to it! Although both styles are gorgeous the full print is our favorite! It is a show stopper for both gymnasts and dancers!

Moving on to Gabbi’s FAVORITE DNA Performance Wear style ever the Breezy Mesh!

Breezy Mesh- Silver Softie
Breezy Mesh- Silver Softie

If there was only one leotard that Gabbi could have in every color it would be the Breezy Mesh from DNA Performance Wear! She has it in Peach Perfection and LOVES it! She wears it to practice all the time and she also wears it just to wear it, she has the matching leggings so that is a common everyday look for her! She loves both the Pink and the Silver and has requested both as well as the matching shorts and capris!

Active Wear

Shorts- Pink Power
Shorts- Silver Softie
True North Capri- Pink Power

True North Capri- Silver Softie

True North Capri- Silver Softie

I LOVE the Maple Leaf accent on the capris and the tank tops so much! My kids are Canadian {on their dads side} and we love showing that off and supporting Canadian companies like DNA Performance Wear!

Be sure to stop by the DNA Performance Wear accessories page as well and pick up matching scrunchies and girp bags as well as wrist guards!

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I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the AMAZING people at DNA Performance Wear for this collab! We love you guys!  All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. We truly love this brand!

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Baby Shark Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo!

If you have spent any time any where than chance are pretty good that you know Baby Shark, if not here you go…

You’re welcome, that will now be stuck in your head for the remainder of the week!

Baby Shark is like the Macarena of 2019…seriously its everywhere! One of the funniest places I’ve seen Baby Shark is during gymnastics conditioning {if you are a gymnast or dancer look it up, you love it!}

Does your daughter love and want to show off her inner baby shark at the gym? Well my friends Lizatards has made that possible with their ADORABLE new Baby Sharks Leotard! Seriously look at how cute this is!


This precious leotard comes in the purple pictured and the sweetest pink ever! It has quickly become Gabbi’s favorite leo as well as her gyms staff favorite! She had more questions about this leotard than any other one! Baby Shark has taken the entire world by storm and this leotard really makes Gabbi look the part!

Head over to Lizatards now and grab yours…Gabbi defiantly wants the pink one too! The leotard is perfect for summer gymnastics camp!

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Butterfly Gorgeousness from DNA Performance Wear!

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Just a quick post to show you something absolutely GORGEOUS! Look at this new beauty from DNA Performance Wear!

Pixie – Iris

Pixie- Iris

Pixie- Iris

I know right? We are totally swooning over it, Gabbi loves it!

Keep an eye out over the next couple weeks when I feature some of our favorites from the DNA Performance Wear new summer line!

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I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the AMAZING people at DNA Performance Wear for this collab! We love you guys! *please note that although these items were sent to Gabbi, we were not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own. We truly love this brand!

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