First Day+A Puffer Vest

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

HYesterday was my first day at my new job!  It went great!  So far I like my new job, plus we have an office cat!  How awesome is that?!  
I can't believe it's already Christmas Eve!  I love this time of year because we get to spend so much time with family.  Last night we went to Gavin's parents house and had dinner and watched the musical Scrooge.  It's been a tradition in their family for a long time, and I'm glad I get to be part of it!  If you've never seen Scrooge, you should, it's wonderful!  It's a new tradition to me, and I hope we keep it going for a long time!
My outfit for the first day at my new job:  cute puffer vest, and this warm sweater!  I LOVE these vests.  

vest: american eagle
sweater: target
boots: forever young

Today is the last day to take advantage of our Sweet Minis on GroopDealz!  30% off! :)

High Five for Friday!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello all! IT'S FRIDAY!  And next week is Christmas!  I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by!  I've had a great week, but am really looking forward to my weekend plans and next week! Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday!

1. I finished and shipped out some orders for Sweet September!  I love being able to share something I love doing!  It's a joy to make things to ship out to people! :)

2. One of our vendors sent us this huge box of chocolates.  It gets to live on my desk, which means a constant, chocolaty temptation.  Don't worry, I'm sharing with the office!

3. I'm starting a new job on Monday!  Which means today is my last day at my current job.  I've had the opportunity to work with such nice people, and I'm going to miss everyone!  But I am really excited for a new adventure!

4.  Hilary and I added some new items to Sweet September, these adorable Sweet Minis!  AND! They are going to be featured on GroopDealz this Sunday-Tuesday!  We are so excited!

5.   I get to spend the day with my Mama tomorrow!  Last minute Christmas shopping and going to see Frozen! (Finally!)

6.  This week is going to be a "High Six" haha!  My cute friend Ashley is doing a FABULOUS blog design giveaway!  (How glorious would that be!?)  She can help you customize your blog, and make it yours!  I could really use some help in that department!  Go enter!

I hope everyone has had a great week!  I'm so excited for the holiday fun next week!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your Christmas season has been magical :)

loves, Tayler

No More "Fat Talk"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A few of my friends on Facebook shared this video today, and I absolutely LOVE it. #feelinginspired

It's so easy to call ourselves fat and other unkind things. I'm guilty of it, we are all guilty of it, and if you aren't guilty of this, teach me to be like you.  In a world where we are constantly bombarded by pictures/videos/commercials ect. of "perfection", it's almost impossible to stay away from "fat talk" as they call it in the video.  The pictures of touched up models that show us from a young age what we are "supposed to look like" are harmful.  It gives an unrealistic idea of how we should look, and striving to look like those pictures will only set us up for failure. Because guess what? Not even the people in those pictures really look like that.

As the year comes to a close, I'm beginning to think of some resolutions for the new year.  A big one on my list is to get away from "fat talk", and putting myself down.  Imagine looking at your best friend or sister and saying "Wow. You look like a cow."  While most of us would never say something like that to a friend, (I hope no one really would say that to a friend haha) we EASILY say things like this to ourselves all. the. time.  So here's a rule we should all implant into our brains: if you wouldn't say it to your best friend, or sister or someone you love and respect, you should NEVER say it to yourself.  No more fat talk.

loves, tayler

High Five for Friday

Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Friday Everyone!

We've made it!!! Finally the weekend is here!  My week has been hectic, but fabulous. I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday!

1. Monday night, me and the hubby decorated gingerbread houses with the Olsens. SO fun!

2. Christmas season is here, which means I'm going to eat way too much candy, YAY! Starting with these yummies.

3. Sweet September got its first sale this week, SO EXCITING!!!! Check out our pretty products here!

4. My December Birchbox came, more on that later! Lots of fun new products to try! If you've never heard of Birchbox, check it out here!
This Month's Box

5. I saw this Sprint commercial for the first time.  Get ready to pee your pants.  Haha, okay please don't pee your pants. But enjoy this hilarious commercial.

Looking forward to all the fun things I have going on this weekend! Hope everyone had a wonderful week! And enjoying this beautiful Christmas Season!
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Thursday Thankfuls

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Hello to you wonderful blog readers :)

Today I am feeling very thankful and humbled.  The past couple of weeks have been causing me a lot of stress and anxiety.  Yesterday I asked my sweet husband to give me a priesthood blessing.  After the blessing, I felt the comfort I had been searching for.  Waking up today, I feel refreshed and extremely grateful for the things I have.

First and foremost, I am thankful for a merciful God.  I know that he hears every prayer we say, and the ones we just carry in our hearts.  He feels what we feel, and knows what we are going through.  He knows all of our anxieties and our doubts, even if we don't voice them out loud.  He sees all the tears we cry, and is there with us during our hardest days.  He never leaves us, and will never abandon us.  He is there at all times, even if we cannot feel Him.  I've learned over the years that if I feel like I'm alone, it's usually because I'm being too stubborn to feel the comfort that comes through prayer.  I sometimes need a reminder to take a break from all the busy moments in life, and just be still.  In those moments, I can feel my Heavenly Father comforting me.  I have a testimony that if you are doubting anything, you have to let Him in, with real intent.  God wants to hear from us, even when we feel unimportant.  If it's important to us, it's important to Him.  Don't ever forget that!!! :)

I am also very thankful for my sweet husband, and his support in everything that I do!  I'm thankful for a wonderful family that makes me feel loved.  I'm thankful that I'm able to express myself through my blog, that I have somewhere to share the things I care about!  And I'm thankful for you, reader, for showing your support :)

Quote by Richard G. Scott, apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember :)

Decorating Our Small Apartment for Christmas

Monday, December 9, 2013

This is our first Christmas as a married couple!  Which means our first Christmas decorations!  There isn't much room in our apartment, so we had to go small!  I love all of our decorations!  One of my favorite things about Christmas time is the beautiful decorations.  Coming home and turning on the Christmas tree makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!  I like to enjoy the Christmas decorations as long as possible!!
Our first Christmas tree, perfect size for our small apartment!

Red, green and gold ornaments

I love these decorations on our book shelf.  The lyrics to silver bells gets me in
the Christmas spirit every time I read them!

First Christmas pictures :)
I can't hang the stocking "by the mantle with care" but I sure can
command hook them under the counter :)

Love this cute little snow-guy

Yummy candy cane kisses in this adorable bird bowl my momma
gave me! (just put them in today, they'll be all gone in no time!)
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautifully decorated time of year!  Show me how you've decorated your small spaces this holiday season!  Leave a link in the comments!  :)


New Earrings on Sweet September!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I love these earrings that we just put on Sweet September! We have 3 prints right now, but are planning on adding a LOT more!  These earrings are lightweight and easy to wear. (I'm wearing the cheetah print ones today in honor of adding them to Etsy!)  They are about the size of a dime.  I love pretty, little, stud earrings!  I used to always wear big dangly earrings, but lately I've been buying smaller, simpler ones.  They are a great addition to any outfit, I especially love wearing them with a cute braid or a top knot!  These earrings are only $8.00! They are made to order, and ship out the day after you place your order!  Click the picture link to order, or follow this link to view other products on Sweet September!

Cheetah Print Stud Earrings
These cheetah print (or leopard, if you prefer!) are my favorite!

Houndstooth Stud Earrings
Cute houndstooth
Floral Stud Earrings
Feminine Floral

Be sure to follow our new Instagram for Sweet September!
I just wanted to take a second and say thanks to everyone that has shown support as we have started our Etsy shop!  All of your kind words and support mean so much to me!! Thank you thank you thank you!


Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Have you ever had those delicious mini cookies from Mrs. Fields??  When I worked at the mall, I got a discount at Mrs. Fields.  Dangerous.  Which meant I ate about a million (small exaggeration) of those yummy mini cookies during the time I worked at Forever Young Shoes.  Mini chocolate chip cookies just help you cope with a busy, stressful day. Am I right!?  I found this recipe for mini chocolate chip cookies and decided to try it out!  They turned out great!  Plus they are so cute and tiny!  Which means you can eat more of them, because they're small!

This recipe makes a TON of mini cookies, perfect for a holiday party, or neighbor gifts!  You can also freeze the dough and make it later :) enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour--can be found at Target :)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
mini chocolate chips

Mix together the flours, salt and baking soda.  In a separate bowl, mix together the butter and sugars.  Add the egg and the vanilla, mix until combined.  Slowly mix in the dry ingredients.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Refrigerate the dough until firm.  
Scoop dough by 1/2 teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 5-8 minutes. (I liked mine at 5 minutes so they are nice and chewy!)


Christmas Pictures 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

We got our Christmas Pictures back!  I love them all!  Chelsea did a fantastic job!  Check out her website, Chelsea Elena Photography, to see more of her work.  I highly recommend her! 

Here are a few of my favorite pictures with my sweetheart!

I'm so happy the holiday season has officially begun!  My favorite thing about Christmas time is spending time with my wonderful family.  I also LOVE the decorations and the yummy food we get to eat all season!  But most importantly, I'm glad we have a special time of year to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season so far!


And the winner is...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the giveaway for Sweet September!  I really appreciate all of the support I've been shown since I started blogging!

Crochet Cowl Scarf
I love these scarves. I sell them on the Etsy
shop, but I also LOVE wearing them myself!

We offer lots of colors, please feel free to special request colors as well!
The winner of a crochet cowl scarf is... a Rafflecopter giveaway
The winner was picked at random by the Rafflecopter Widget.

Thank you so much for entering this giveaway!  This scarf can also be purchased on the Etsy Shop-Sweet September.   Check back for future Giveaways!


High Five for Black Friday

Friday, November 29, 2013

Hi there :) I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know I did!  I have so much to be thankful for.  I have a great family, wonderful friends and the best husband I could ever ask for.  I love this time of year because we take extra time to celebrate our families, and all the amazing blessings we have.  Another thing I'm so thankful for is this blog, and everyone who takes time to look at it!  I love blogging, and sharing what I love.  Now for my High Five Moments!

1. Coolest thing I did this week: got the Etsy shop, Sweet September open!  Check out this post to find out more about Sweet September and to enter a kick off giveaway!  (Who doesn't love free stuff!?)

2. This week I tried out a new craft: embroidery. And I love it.  I have lots of cute embroidery projects I want to try out!

3. My sweet husband puts up with my weird quirks and eats cereal with me at 11 pm.

4. First fashion sketch-Miley. This dress is so gorgeous and I LOVED her hair and make up. (This is obviously an ooollld picture, before the hair chopping, and tongue showing.)

5. Today is the day after Thanksgiving, which means I can FINALLY put up my adorable Christmas decorations!

Link up with Lauren Elizabeth, and share your high five moments!
Hope you've all had a wonderful week, and had great luck with your Black Friday Shopping!


Sweet September Launch + Giveaway

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hello!! I am so excited to announce the launching of Sweet September on Etsy!  Hilary and I came up with the idea a couple months ago to do an Etsy shop.  Right now we are only offering a few hand crocheted items, but have plans to get many more items made and put on the shop!  Items like holiday wreaths and other holiday decor, and any other pretty things we can come up with!

We decided we wanted to open up an Etsy shop because we both LOVE crafting and making pretty things!  The name Sweet September was thought up by Hilary!  We wanted to do something with September in the title because our birthdays are both in September, plus we both LOVE the fall!  We're best friends, sisters and now Etsy business partners! I am so excited to start this new adventure!

To celebrate Sweet September, we've decided to do a giveaway!  I absolutely love this crocheted cowl.  I made myself a few different colors, and I wear them all the time!  One winner will receive a free scarf from Sweet September! Winner gets to choose the scarf color! So enter, and tell your friends! :)

Enter by following this blog, favorite Sweet September on Etsy or pin the image (or all 3!) and then use the giveaway widget to verify!

Ships only to the US.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, December 2nd!

Christmas Pictures Outfit

On Saturday,  my husband and I got some cute Christmas pictures taken!  We thought it would be fun to do for our first Christmas as a married couple :)  We absolutely LOVED our photographer, Chelsea Pett!  She was so fun to work with and was really good at directing us so we looked our best!  I am SO excited to get our pictures back!  Check out more of her work here!
Sweater: Target
Scarf: Mindy Mae's Market
Polish: OPI Big Apple Red

Although it was sunny outside, there was freezing cold wind!
This is a picture my bestie Hilary took of us before we left the park,
Gavin has a cute red shirt on under his jacket, but was way too cold
to take it off again haha!  (Isn't he just the cutest?!!???)

The Olsen's also got Christmas pictures taken with Chelsea, so we
warmed up with hot chocolate at Starbucks after!  

This is the preview shot Chelsea put up. I LOVE IT. I'm so excited to see the rest!

The Easiest Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's Monday, and I'm already looking forward to the fabulous 4 day weekend ahead!  Thanksgiving is only a couple days away, which means the season of pumpkin flavored everything is coming to an end.  So to enjoy it while we still can, my mom and I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  We aren't really "made from scratch" kind of people, so this 4 ingredient recipe was perfect for us!  They turned out really yummy!

All you need is a boxed spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice and a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips!

Mix together the cake mix, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice.
Add half the bag of chocolate chips.  (You can add more if
you like them really chocolatty!)
Spoon the mix onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Simple as that! The cookies come out nice and chewy and delicious!
Pour a big glass of milk and enjoy!

      Cake Mix Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
      1 boxed spice cake mix
      1 can pumpkin
      1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
      1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix cake mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.  Add chocolate chips.  Spoon mix onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

These cookies are easy and delicious! Perfect pre-Thanksgiving pumpkin treats!


High Five for Friday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hello to all of you lovely people who are reading this!  Can you believe it's already Friday!? This week has gone by so fast!  I didn't have a super eventful week, but I did have some High Five moments!

1. On Sunday, I made the most delicious Pumpkin Trifle for Sunday dinner at the Stokes' house.  I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of that masterpiece.  It was so good, and very easy to make!  I will share the recipe soon!

2. I parallel parked for the first time. They didn't teach me how to parallel park in driver's ed.  I guess that's something you're supposed to learn how to do on the driving range, but I took driver's ed in the dead of winter, and there was so much snow on the range we weren't able to use it!  So luckily my bestie Hilary talked me through it, and I parallel parked beautifully.  Haha!

3.  I saw this quote on Pinterest and it has stuck with me all week!  I love creating pretty things.  I love doing crafts and DIY projects.  I love blogging.  I love to be able to share my words and my projects and I am so thankful for all of the support I have gotten since I began blogging.  I think all of these things are wonderful and fun, and I do them because I like to do them!  Not to get page views or "likes".  I love creating beautiful things because building on my talents makes me feel a sense of self accomplishment!

4.  These books arrived this week, and I'm thrilled to start looking through them and learning all the amazing stuff inside! (Aren't books wonderful?!)

5.  I downloaded this awesome yoga app!  It is so wonderful!  More on that coming in a later post!

I hope this week has gone by quickly for everyone! I'm so excited it's the weekend! I have lots of fun plans!!!