• 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

    Everything Happens For a Reason

    If you haven’t yet noticed–I am a bit obsessed with quotes! Each of my posts usually begin with a new one. And when you think about it, we will never truly run out of them! As long as people are talking, we will have things to quote. I love how it’s such a perfect way to bring people together. Whether it’s from a children’s book that we all know and love, or a catchy song that we play on repeat, there are words all around us that we can live by. “Everything Happens For a Reason” for example. When you think about the way the world works, it can get quite…

  • INSPIRATIONAL

    What Goes Around Comes Around

    “What goes around, comes around.” A very common saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a time or two; and there’s a reason why…IT’S TRUE!  Whether we are discussing karma itself, or the hit Justin Timberlake song from 2009, the general idea remains the same. It’s like the story in Galatians 6:7. “YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.” If all you do is put out negativity, that’s all you will bring in. But on the flip side, if you live a positive and uplifting lifestyle, that’s what you will get in return!  A very simple strategy if you ask me. I want to share with you, a little experience that happened to me…