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Feeling the Love

29 Jul

Thanks to Monica from The Atypical Housewife for awarding me, not only one, but two awards!  I am so honored that she thought of me.  Seriously, when I started blogging a few months ago, I never imagined that I would come into contact with so many amazing people!

Here’s are the awards:

Cool, huh?

So, as I am learning, when you receive an award there are always “strings” {a.k.a. rules} attached.

These awards are no different.  Here’s what I’ve got to do:


To visit my bloggy buddy, Monica, over at The Atypical Housewife, click HERE.


1. I have ZERO musical ability.  I mean, I’m not tone deaf but I’m no rock star either.

2. I consider shopping to be a sport!

3. I prefer gift cards as gifts over an actual item {unless it’s one I’ve specifically asked for} because to me it’s “the gift of shopping”.

4. I love to go out to eat.  Yes, there’s the benefit of not having to cook the meal or clean up afterwards, but I really just like good food.

5. I’m addicted to sodas.  I’m not proud of it.  I know they’re bad for me but I just can’t seem to quit.

6. My husband and I only dated for two months before getting engaged and then were engaged only 6 months before getting married.

7. If I could live anywhere in the U.S., I’d pick New York.  Anywhere in the world?  London.  And since I’m dreaming here, my southern accent would magically turn into an English one immediately upon arrival.  🙂


Name your favorite color-
Name your favorite song-
Right now it’s “Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant.  Hear it on YouTube HERE.
Name your favorite dessert-
Hmm.  Believe it or not, I’m not really a dessert person {I’d rather have pasta!}.
But if I had to choose, I’d reach for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.  Hands down THE BEST ice cream ever!
What wizzes you off-
Hmm… it would have to be rude people.  I just don’t get why some people just insist on being mean.  Being rude or snobbish just makes people ugly, no matter how pretty they may be.
When you’re upset you-
Get alone and talk to myself.
I know that sounds crazy but I have to talk through my problems and sometimes it’s nothing I need to be sharing with anyone else because it would turn into a husband-bashing or gossip session.
Plus, it’s when I quit running my mouth that God begins to speak to my heart and tells me how to handle it.
Your favorite pet-
I have to choose my childhood dog, Bogey, because I do not own any pets right now {unless my son’s beta fish counts}.  We got him when I was eleven and he was such a smart dog!  I say “was” because he died a couple a years ago.  He really was a wonderful family dog and was almost like a brother to my sister and I.

Black or white-
I usually gravitate towards black clothing before white ones but I’d choose a white accessory for my home over a black one any day.
Your biggest fear-
Being robbed at gunpoint {knock on wood}.  Sometimes I lay away at night worrying about it.
I know it’s crazy but that really is the thing I fear the most.
best feature-
Depends on who you ask.
Ask my husband and he’d tell you it’s my backside.
If I must answer, I’d have to go with my eyes because the good Lord knows I’m not liking much else these days {gotta get back to working out!}
Everyday attitude-
Content but hopeful.
I’m happy with my life but I’m so excited about the future.
What is perfection-
Outside of Jesus there is no perfection.
So, if you’re asking me to define what perfection is today, I’d have to say “a myth”.
Guilty pleasure-
Right now it’s watching shows like “Cashmere Mafia” and “The City”.
I know this probably makes me a total dork but I kind of like to think of myself as an “undercover dork”.  🙂


1. The Scott’s Crib

2. A Simple Life

3. Home Preferred

4. Erin’s Fit Life

5. La Buena Vida

6. Life {Sweet} Life

7. Joy in the Jumble

8. Walnut Acre

9. Getting the Skinny on Getting Skinny

10. Intentionally Living…

I hope you ladies like the awards!  🙂

Where I’ve Been

21 Jul
Yuri Arcurs –
I know it’s been about four days since my last post and those of you who are regular readers know how unusual that is.  Speaking of you, the reader, if you have written me a comment anytime during those days, please forgive me for not responding.  I have read and appreciate each of them.  Life has just been a little, um, trying lately.
Without going into too much detail, let me just say that my husband and I have several important decisions ahead of us and we really need you to pray for wisdom and clarity.  I cannot say anything more and if you know me in person, please do not ask us any questions about it.  I don’t mean for that to sound rude, so please don’t take it that way.  I just want God to reveal His will for our lives to us and then we will turn around and share what He’s doing in our lives at a later date.
xxknightwolf –

With that being said, I’d really appreciate it if you all would allow me to take the next week or so to pray about things and then I’ll jump right back in with {hopefully} some more information.  {Not to mention, a normal organizing-related posting schedule.}
I will say that there is going to be a slight change soon here at Taylor Made Home.  I am making the switch to WordPress.  I’m not going to do self-hosted just yet because I’m going to attempt to learn how to use WordPress first and then once I’m comfortable with it, I’ll make the switch.  So, stay tuned.

Elena Schweitzer –

In other news, my birthday is coming up next week!  Yay!  I will be turning a quarter-of-a-century years old!  🙂  I’m excited about another birthday yet the age of “25” just seems to be such an “adult” age and I don’t exactly feel like an adult yet.  Although, from what I hear, no one ever really feels like an adult, which is a good thing, I guess.
So, there you have it: a request for prayer, a switch to WordPress and an upcoming birthday!  Lots going on, but I’m so grateful for the family and life that I’ve been given.  I’m also really excited about how God is going to use my family and I in the future.  He’s already done great things for us, but as the song “God of This City” says: Greater things have yet to come.
Not sure what I’m talking about?  I’ll leave you with the song:

Could You Do Me a Favor?

8 Jul
I know I don’t say it enough, but I really do appreciate each and every person who takes time out of their day to visit Taylor Made Home.  You are the reason I continue to write!  Whenever I get the feeling that no one cares what I have to say, one of you always comes through with an encouraging comment or email telling me how much you enjoy reading.
I also know that I ask a lot of you guys sometimes when I create a new survey or ask for advice and you all NEVER fail me!  If I may, I’d like to ask you all to vote for me daily {one vote per day} at Picket Fence Blogs.  All you have to do is click the logo below or the one on the top of my sidebar and your vote will be cast.

Thanks to you guys, TMH has seen tremendous growth in the 5 short months it has been a part of the wonderful blogosphere.  Voting is simply another way to show your support.
I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  I’ll see you guys back here next week for some more Taylor Made fun.  🙂

Drool Worthy Office & What I’m Working On

23 Jun
No, that’s not my office.  But, man, I wish it was!  This “girl cave” was featured on Made By Girl a couple days ago and, yes, I had a pool of drool to wipe up after viewing all of the gorgeous photos!  It belongs to Rhiannon, a wedding stylist/planner biz and blogger (Hey Gorgeous), who uses it as her headquarters but I think it would make a delightful space for ME to retreat to daily!  I’m sure her inbox has been flooded with “can-I-move-in-with-you” plea bargains, so I thought I’d spare her mine by mentioning how wonderful it is here! 


Anyways, I wanted to tell you all that I have officially gotten my {Resources} tab filled with plenty of places to find home management printables, organizing inspiration, and products to help you get it together.  I’m no where near DONE with this page, so keep checking back from time to time.  Also, if there is a particular website, blog or online store that you adore, please email me at ourtaylormadehome at gmail dot com.  I’d love to share it with everyone else!
I’ve got a lot of behind the scenes work to do today, so please excuse the lack of an extensive post.  Because this post is so short, I’ve got some ideas of how you can use the rest of the time you’d normally spend reading the rest of this post:
  • Enter this week’s linky party by linking up any and all organizing posts!  Next week, I’m featuring my favorites!  You could be on that list!
  • Read through some older posts and leave comments.  Remember, tomorrow I’m featuring the top commenter of the week.  Reading old posts and leaving relevant comments is a great way to “rack up” entries.
  • Email me an organizing question.  It may be featured in an upcoming “Ask the Organizer” post.  You can also email me with any topic you would like for me to cover.
  • FOLLOW ME!  If you haven’t already done so, take a moment to follow along.  Each week, I’ll pick a “favorite follower” at random to feature.  You could be next!

A Taylor Made History

17 Jun


Taylor Made Home has 80 followers!  That may not sound like much to most people, especially since there are plenty more blogs out there who have thousands and thousands of followers (plus millions of pageviews per day).  But, I am so grateful for each and every person who chooses to take a few moments out of their day to pay little ol’ me a visit!

Today, I’d thought I’d share with you how this blog came about, how it has changed since its “birth”, and the direction I envision it will go.  (But don’t worry.  I will be back with more organizing related goodness tomorrow!)


When it comes to maturity, Taylor Made Home is still in it’s infancy.  However, my blogging adventure started a little over a year ago.  In March of 2010, I started a blog.  The intention was to blog about my transition from a working mom to a stay-at-home-mom, and then continue to be a “mom blog”.  I would write about all of the wonderful meals I would whip up (mind you, I DON’T cook well at all); how amazing my house would look once I had extra time to decorate (HA!  Turns out you need money too!); and how stylish I would look without the restrictions that my employers dress code impossed on me (Um, ashamed to say I have fallen prey to the tshirt-and-jeans-mom-uniform-combo that sucks the youthful style out of so many of us young mothers).

Needless to say, life at home was not what I imagined it would be and I was not accomplished all of the wonderful things I had set about to do.  I had zero content for my blog because I was so uninspired with my life (read: discontent with my life) that I grew frustrated.  Not to mention, maybe three people followed it and I would have (maybe) 15 pageviews per day.  Yep, the blog was just another disappointment.


It was only when I took the time to bow my head and ask God what HE wanted me to do, that I realized what I was doing wrong:

  • Although it is an admirable thing for a homemaker to be able to bake fresh bread, sew her own curtains, and maintain a perfectly spotless house (all while wearing a dress, heels, and red lip stick, of course!), this standard is one that the WORLD has told me that I must maintain.  God showed me that even though I should always work on improving my homemaking skills, I should be more concerned with allowing Him to create in me a content heart and a serving spirit.
  • He showed me that my first attempt at blogging was done in a completely selfish manner that He would not bless.  I wasn’t trying to help anyone, I just wanted to “brag” online about everything I knew how to do and how much I resembled “June Cleaver”.  When He impressed upon my heart that my blog could be a tool for ministering to busy women who were doing all they could to juggle family, home and possibly career, it gave me a bit of a taste for how He might want to use me and my talents.  (What few talents I have.)


With a renewed heart for my home and for ministering to other women, I made my second attempt at starting a blog.  I sat down at my computer, logged into Blogger, and breathed a quick prayer: “Lord, use me!”  Then, I typed in the words “Taylor Made Home” and officially began my journey.

In my very first post, I shared that my goal was to motivate and inspire you to become a better wife, mother, and home manager.  The idea was to consistently work to improve certain areas in my life (parenting, cooking, finances, style, etc) and then share what has worked for me, in hopes that it may work for you as well.  (Or at least provide you with a starting point for your own self improvement journey.)  Thus, I classified myself as a “General Homemaking Blogger”.

Then, in a later post, I expressed my goal to give this blog a bit more focus by writing on topics that had more to do with decorating and organiznig (the atmosphere of the home) versus trying to include all areas of homemaking.  This worked well for me because creating a beautiful (this would be the decor part) and effecient (this is where organizing comes in) home is my favorite hobby.  Plus, no matter how organized you are, there is always room for improvement and we can improve together!

Even though sticking to decorating and organizing (mostly organizing) gave me more direction, I was still unsure about what style of blog I should create.  In other words, did I want to be a more “upscale/designer” blogger or would I rather stick to “budget decor/DIY”?  (Looking back, I’m not sure why it was such a hard decision.  As the ol’ saying goes: “I’ve got Champagne tastes on a beer budget”.)  I decided that I didn’t want to put on a facade and pretend like I was this uber-chic woman with discriminating tastes.  I wanted to be real with those who came to be for information, advice, and inspiration.


Since joining the “31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge” over at the SITS forum, I have decided to fine-tune the direction of this blog a little bit more so that I would know exactly where it was headed and exactly HOW I would help you as a woman.  The new goal of Taylor Made Home is to show you how organizing principles can be applied in all aspects of home management in order to create the calm and efficient home that you crave.

With this focus in mind, there are several exciting things that I have planned for you:

  • A New Linky Party – Click HERE for more information and to enter the “Name that Linky Party Contest”.
  • Commenter Rewards – Beginning immediately, I will be giving a shout out to my top commenter each week.  Meaning, the person who leaves the most comments on Taylor Made Home will be gifted with an entire post dedicated entirely to them and their blog.  This is one of the ways I want to show my appreciation for you.  I only ask that your comments related to the post and contribute to the discussion somehow.  In other words, please don’t comment for the sake of commenting.  But please do add your two cents, ask questions, and share your knowledge with us!
  • An Organized Homemaker Series – I haven’t decided if I will do this on a weekly or monthly basis, but it will focus on how to organize each task that you’re responsible for, including: cooking, cleaning, paying bills, running errands, decorating, entertaining, etc.  This series will include guest speakers, challenges, and (hopefully) giveaways.  It’s a lot to plan but I am hoping it will be a huge success; a way for all of use to brush up on organizing skills together.
  • Ask the Organizer – Do you have an organizing question you’d like to ask?  Is there an area of your home that needs some attention, but you don’t know where to begin?  Ask me!!  Email your question to ourtaylormadehome (at) gmail (dot) com and I will happily answer it for you.  Doing so, gives me permission to use it on my blog in an “Ask the Organizer” post.  (Your identity will be kept private as I will only use your first name and the first letter of your last name.)  You never know who else is dealing with the same thing. 


Geez, this was kind of a long winded post.  Thanks for hearing me out.  Now, I’ll turn the mic keyboard over to you:

Is there a certain area of homemaking that you would like for me to tackle from an organizing standpoint?

Just a Couple of Things…

14 Jun

I had another post lined up for today, but I’m going to wait until tomorrow to post it because there are a couple of things I want to talk to you about:

First of all, I’m SO excited because I’m am working on putting together my very own linky party!  It’s going to be a place for you to share your organizing sucesses all week long!  Each week’s party will be kicked off on Wednesday (maybe posted late Tuesday night) and will focus on a different topic or challenge each time.  Also, I will be writing a separate post later on the following week that will feature my favorites from the prior week’s linky party.


What I want to do now is announce a “Name that Linky Party” Contest.  Based on what I’ve told you about the new linky party here at Taylor Made Home, I want you to come up with a creative name for it.  The name should clearly define what type of links I am looking for (organizing posts). 

What’s in it for you?  Each and every linky party will include a shout out/thank you to you for naming the party as well as a link to your blog.  Which means, as long as the linky party is a part of Taylor Made Home, your name and blog link will always be mentioned!


  • You may submit as many names as you’d like.
  • I will be doing a little digging to make sure that the chosen name isn’t already taken by someone else.  If I find that it is, the entry will be eliminated. 
  • If two entries are exactly the same, I will go with the one that was submitted first.
  • You can email me at ourtaylormadehome (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions you have that may help you in your name brainstorming. 

When you’re ready to submit your entries, please fill out this form:

Best of Luck!!

The second item I want to bring to your attention is something a little more personal to me.  If I may, I’d like to give you a little bit of background before I present a question that I would appreciate your input.

I have only 1.5 years of college under my belt.  Needless to say, I do not have a college degree.  Over the past several years, I have toyed with the idea of going back.  However, right now I am a stay-at-home-mom who is raising one son (with plans to add more to our family in the future) and managing a household.  I have no itention of becoming anyone’s employer anytime soon (preferably, never again).  Instead, my goal is to start and run my own business or at least work from home so that I can contribute to our family’s finances without giving up the flexibility of being available to my family as well as being able to effectively manage my home.

The idea I have come up with, since organizing is my passion after all, is to teach organizing workshops locally (and maybe one day, online).  My target group is busy moms who I would reach through local churches, mom’s day out groups, daycare centers, schools, YMCA’s, and other places that these women frequent.  I believe women everywhere would benefit from learning how to better manage their home, family, and career, as well as other responsibilities. 

I am currently working on my first workshop which will cover the basics of Time Management.  Being my first one I want to focus on one particular group of busy women: those involved in local women’s ministry groups.  The plan was to charge $30 per ticket with $5 of each ticket being donated to the church they are associated with.  I would also offer large group discounts by reducing the cost of each ticket to $25 with $5 still going to their church.  (Date of workshop is still undetermined.)

I was all excited to get going witht this new venture when, yesterday, someone mentioned to me that I might have a hard time getting people to come and listen to what I have to say since I don’t have a college degree.  It really bummed me out and I spent the better part of last night feeling like I had to cross this off my “Ideas-I’ve-thought-of-doing-but-haven’t” list.  So, with all of this in mind, my question is:

Do you think a college degree makes a person more qualified to teach a class on organizing?
In other words, would you base your decision to attend an organizing workshop on whether or not the person teaching it has a college degree or not?
Do you think the prices I quoted are reasonable?

Please either leave a comment below with your answer or if you’d rather have your answer remain more private, you can email me at ourtaylormadehome (at) gmail (dot) com.  I really appreciate any light you can shed on the subject for me.

Taylor Made Makeover

12 Jun
In the next week or so (now that our computer is being a tad more cooperative these days), I am going to be working behind the scenes to improve the look and function of Taylor Made Home.

(When deciding, please ignore the header.  This one isn’t permanent.)


Because you are just as important to me, feel free to leave any further recommendations.

Features on Facebook

3 Jun
First of all:
Happy Friday!! 
I hope you had a wonderful week and have an even better weekend!
Just a little announcement before I kick my weekend into high gear:
If you’re not already a fan of Taylor Made Home on Facebook, I have a great reason for you to “like” me.
Every so often, I will be sharing an “Organizing Quick Tip” that can only be found on my Facebook page.
First tip has already been posted, so click HERE to like me and get in on some great tips.

Help a Sister Out!

24 May

I am doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to improve Taylor Made Home.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it 100 times again if necessary: I want this blog to be about YOU.  When it comes to your role as a home manager, I want to be your #1 resource and cheerleader.  In order to do that, and because I can’t read anyone’s mind, I’m asking that each visitor to this site (whether a current follower or not) fill out the following survey.

Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!