• TATTOOS

    MY TATTOO STORY: #1–VII

    Hi there. My name is Taylor. And I have a slight obsession with tattoos… Okay so maybeee that is a LITTLE dramatic. “Obsession” might be a stretch–but what can I say, I do love them! Each one has it’s very own story. Whether it was a drunken decision, an emotional attachment, or just a way to express your artistic style…it’s a story nonetheless! I get it, tattoos are fairly controversial! Even within my own family, there are some who approve, and some who couldn’t really care less about them… Which is totally fine! It’s a free country, to each their own! But hey, if it’s up to me, I’m just…

  • HOLIDAYS,  RECIPES

    Festive Christmas Swirl Cookies

    If you’re anything like me, you like to stick to the four main food groups—CANDY, CANDY CANES, CANDY CORN, and SYRUP. Especially when it comes to the holidays, I basically thrive on sweets alone.  On the other side of the scale, I fully support the practice of “balance being key”. That’s why I enjoy my salads and drink my green juice…while also eating my weight in sugary carbs…oh well!! Whether you’re a fan of sugar or not, can we just take a minute to appreciate these cookies!? Please. 5 hours. It took us 5 hours from start to finish to create these bad boys!! (all from scratch of course) Knowing my…

  • HOLIDAYS

    Christmas Cheer Playlist

    “THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IS SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR.” Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit quite like Christmas music!! Elvis, Eartha Kitt, Bing Crosby…all blessing us with their joyful talent. Each year, November rolls around and it takes every ounce of self-control (that I don’t have) to hold off on blasting my fave festive tunes. First or second week go by, and I give in!! Yes, I’ve already found the 24 hour radio station and it’s programmed in my car. No shame!! Please just let me be holly jolly for like 2 whole months in peace:) In years prior, I would just go to…

  • INSPIRATIONAL

    Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    “…In every life we have some trouble, But when you worry you make it double. DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY…” This song holds a very special place in my heart. It’s gotten me through many hard times, and it just has that tune that can instantly bring your mood up! I’m sure you have a song like that too. !! Stop what you’re doing, go leave me a comment with your favorite song that always makes you happy !! (then come back of course) When you think about it, humans are just so complex! We love, we hate, we laugh, we cry. So many emotions that we go through–EVERY SINGLE DAY.…

  • MOVIES

    My 13 FAVORITE Horror Films

    Hello again, dear old Friday the 13th… This time in October!! Oooohhh creeeppyy!! *CUE PYSCHO MUSIC AND SCREAMS IN THE DISTANCE* Come on, who doesn’t love a good scare!? I promise, you won’t find me riding roller coasters, or pitching a tent out at Camp Crystal Lake–but I can’t pass up the adrenaline rush from a horror film!! Something about that “edge of your seat/face hidden behind your hands” feeling that just gets you every time!! Man, I love it. Call me crazy, but I grew up with scary movies. It was such a fun part of my childhood, and something that most of my family (brother excluded) could all…

  • RECIPES

    Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    COME TO THE DARK SIDE…WE HAVE COOKIES. What better way to feel right at home, and take you back to your childhood, than a simple CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE!? The perfect treat, that most everyone loves, where can you really go wrong? I’ll be honest, since moving into my new place, I haven’t been baking as much as I used to…or as much as I’d like to, for that matter. Granted, my diet plan is thankful! (who am I kidding–the word DIET isn’t in my vocabulary) I am now beginning to realize all the things I took for granted living at home. Things like, having my own well-stocked, bulk pantry…or Grandma…

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    VSCO Photo Editing (for beginners)

    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of editing photos?? The super artsy, all white space, tumblr aesthetics in your feed… OR is it something more along the lines of the over exposed, highly saturated ORANGE toned edits?? Back when XXPRO and VALENCIA were basically the only options for Instagram…and NO ONE knew what the hell a “theme” was. Luckily, over time, we have slowly evolved, and managed to realize our mistakes. (Please don’t try to search back to 2013-14 posts of mine. I promise you will be scarred.) Now, personally, editing photos was never really something that I used to do… I always tried to work…

  • PHOTOGRAPHY

    Aspiring Photographers: LOOK NO FURTHER!! (social media/blogging)

    “TAKE A PICTURE, IT’LL LAST LONGER” A fairly common saying that I know you’ve heard at least once! Now, the context in which this is being said can differ, but in the end, the meaning is the same! Pictures are an excellent way to freeze time. To stop and to take it all in. A way to look back on a certain place, or time, and just feel all of those memories rushing back. Of course, some photos come with scars, and it can hurt to look back at them…some may be full of such love that one simple frame can’t express it…and some may be so so simple, “you…

  • INSPIRATIONAL

    Take the Risk or Lose the Chance

    “Take the Risk or Lose the Chance” As humans, I feel as though we tend to get caught up in life as we know it. Many of us being too afraid to go out on that limb and to take that chance…even when it is something we want SO bad. The question is, “Are YOU willing to take that risk before it’s out of your grasp??” I know I probably sound like a broken record just going onnnn and onnnn about the same old thing. But this is truly something that holds a special place in my heart. I want to live my whole life, on MY terms–doing what I…

  • INSPIRATIONAL

    A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

    We’ve all heard the stories of Cinderella. Just an average girl, that was dealt a rough hand in life…things were hard, but did she let that stop her!? Absolutely not. “A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep” She dreamt of making a life for herself, and doing what she loved! And I believe that–dreams are intended to be made! What good is it to sit around wishing, and never making it happen… When you have a goal in mind, you should also set a plan to achieve it! Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to get a fairy godmother, and a pumpkin-turned carriage…but that shouldn’t…