About Taylor Bradford

I am a shoe lover, book hoarder, wanna-be-fashionista. I call Texas home, Chai Tea Latte’s my go-to drink and time spent with my hubby and friends music to my soul. I call myself a Lifestyle Blogger, but really that just gives me an excuse to blog about what I want. You’ll find Blogging Edumacation posts, Fashion posts and Book Reviews frequenting my blog weekly. You might even see a craft, recipe or healthy living post every now and then. My motto in the blogging world is to roll out your own red carpet and keep your big girl panties pulled up high. I've always got something going in the works...my brain very rarely shuts down. Welcome to my blog!!

Craft: The BEST Sharpie Mug Quotes + Tutorial

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Wanting to make some super awesome gifts for your friends or family? How about a DIY Sharpie Mug? I've got a tutorial & some of the BEST quotes to use!
What’s a better gift than a DIY gift?? Not too long ago, I showed you how to make your own DIY Sharpie Mug. Now, I’m going to share with you some of the BEST Sharpie Mug Quotes to help you get a little inspiration going…get the creative juices flowing. These DIY Sharpie Mugs make the perfect gift because who doesn’t enjoy a little coffee/tea/cocoa every now and then?? I’m kind of a mug hoarder…especially the ones I make or the ones that are unique. I would be OVER THE MOON excited if someone wanted to make me a mug!! Check out the ideas below!!

Wanting to make some super awesome gifts for your friends or family? How about a DIY Sharpie Mug? I've got a tutorial & some of the BEST quotes to use!

ONE: All I need today is a little bit of Coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.

TWO: I woke up like this.

THREE: I don’t like morning people. Or mornings. Or people.

FOUR: I’m sorry for what I said before I had my coffee.

FIVE: I love you a whole Latte.

SIX: Take life one cup at a time.

Coffee before Talkie.
A yawn is a silent scream for coffee.
I wake up awesome.
Please go away. I’m introverting.
Shhhhhh…..there’s wine in here.
I love you more than coffee. But not always BEFORE coffee.
Drink tea. Read books. Be cozy.
Make it Happen.
Bring your own Sunshine.

Feel free to make your own versions of these quotes! :) Have fun!!

What are you making first??

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Book Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

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Check out my latest Book Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison AllenThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. Another magical story from Sarah Addison Allen with a little bit of mystery. I don’t think she can disappoint me. If you haven’t picked up her books, I highly recommend that you do so!!

Want to find out what else she’s written? Try Garden Spells and it’s follow-up First Frost. Check out all my Book Review Titles here.

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#bloggingedumacation – 11 Things to Check Before Hitting Publish

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Are you about to hit the publish button your post? Check out these 11 things to see if you've got everything ready to go first! #bloggingedumacation

Blogging isn’t easy. There’s so much to learn. And things are changing every single day. As bloggers, we work really hard to get our posts ready for publish. Whether we are creating recipes or crafts, styling outfits, curating great information or whatever it is….we work really hard right up until we hit publish. But before you let the world see your hard work, let’s make sure your post is ready to go! Check out these 11 Things that you need to double check prior to publishing your post!

ONE: Did you proof-read your post?
Go back in and double check that everything is spelled correctly and that you are using the write words instead of the wrong ones. See what I did there??

TWO: Do you have a call to action at the end of your post?
This can be a question that you ask your readers or add in a Pinterest widget or add in an email sign-up form. All of these are calls-to-action.

THREE: Have you tested your links?
If you have links in your post, I highly recommend that you test them all.

FOUR: Do you have an Pinnable Image?
Make sure you have something that people can pin from your post!

FIVE: Do your photos have actual titles and ALT Text?
Make sure your photos don’t say IMG00055. Google reads Image code and let me tell you…no one is searching for IMG00055. So make sure you change your photo file name. Also, get in that ALT Text. The Pinterest “Pin-It” button pulls your ALT text before it pulls your picture file name. Tell a story with your Image ALT Text. Think of it as if you were describing your post to your best friend.

SIX: Is your Post Title & Post SEO-friendly?
Make sure you have a keyword or keyword phrase for your post and make sure that is somewhere in your title. Do you have the keyword or keyword phrase being used throughout your post? It doesn’t have to be in every single paragraph, but you want to include it at lease 2-3 times in your post.

SEVEN: Is your post sponsored in anyway?
If it is, make sure you disclose that fact to your readers. Your disclosure must be clear, concise and conspicuous. It cannot be hidden and it cannot be at the very end of your post. At the very least, your disclosure MUST be before your first outbound sponsored link (or affiliate link). I HIGHLY recommend that you disclose at the very beginning of your post. I know you probably think that will kill your post when it goes out to RSS feeds…but let me tell you…the FTC is the real deal. And they get their panties in a wad if they think a consumer is being duped. No lie. So make sure you are disclosing properly. Read more about FTC disclosures here.

EIGHT: Do you have any Internal Links to yourself?
Link to yourself when you can. Have a similar post, share it and then go back to that particular post and add a link to your new post. Self-promote your previous posts as often as you can within your own posts.

NINE: Add relevant Affiliate links.
If you have a craft post, add affiliate links to the tools you were using. If you write a book review, add an affiliate link to the book. REMEMBER to disclose that your post has affiliate links. Your disclosure must appear before the first outbound affiliate link. I recommend you place your disclosure at the top of your post. (You can see mine at the top). ALWAYS DISCLOSE!! And read all about why you should disclose in my #bloggingedumacation post about the FTC Disclosure Guidelines.

TEN: Do your outbound links have the “open in a new window” code attached to them?
I highly recommend that those links going elsewhere (meaning not within your blog), open in a new window when they get clicked. Add this code at the end of your link: target=”_blank”
Here’s an example: <a href=”http://pinkheelspinktruck.com” target=”_blank”>Pink Heels Pink Truck</a>

ELEVEN: Have you No-Followed your Sponsored or Affiliate Links?
Any link that you either got paid to insert or that you might make money from (Affiliate), those links need to have the No Follow code attached. This is what your No Follow code should look like: rel=”nofollow”
Here’s an example: <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://pinkheelspinktruck.com/”>Pink Heels Pink Truck</a>

So now that you’ve gone through the list, pin it to Pinterest or Bookmark it so that you remember this for next time!!

Want more #bloggingedumacation lessons? You can check them all out here!

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Cocktail: Raspberry Chocolate Mint Mojito

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This is your next cocktail!! The Chocolate Mint pairs perfectly with the Raspberries creating a party in your mouth! Try out this Raspberry Chocolate Mint Mojito Cocktail!

We’ve been having Spring-like temps in Texas as of late and well, it has me itching to start buying the herbs and bulbs and annuals to spruce up the boring winter yard. I actually just planted some bulbs last weekend and cannot wait until they start popping out of the ground!! I also picked up some Mint and Chocolate Mint in that same shopping trip. National Chocolate Mint Day is happening soon, and what better way to celebrate than with this refreshing Raspberry Chocolate Mint Mojito! I think the Mojito is going to be my new favorite drink. It’s just super refreshing without being overly sweet. Now on to the drink…


Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

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Book Review: First Frost by Sarah Addison AllenFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves…

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.


BEAUTY: DIY Scarf Hair Tutorial + Smooth Made Simple

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Wanting a fun hair look? Try out this super simple DIY Scarf Hair Tutorial!This post is written in partnership with Style Made Simple with Suave, Tresemme and Dove. All opinions, stories & tutorials are 100% my own.

Ohhh, y’all..I’m so excited to be sharing my first ever DIY Hair Tutorial with you!! I wear scarves a lot in my hair and thought it’d be fun to show you one of my looks. It’s super simple and well, I don’t think you can really go wrong with a scarf in your hair. ;) But before I get to the tutorial, I want to share with you how I was finally able to get my hair to celebrate being smooth. My hair is naturally stick straight but it has frizz. Like TONS of frizz. I am always battling the frizz. It’s crazytown in my hair. I was sent the Smooth Made Simple products to try and O.M.G. they worked! Here’s what you do to get your hair to celebrate SMOOTH!


Housewarming Party – The PINK edition!

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Hey friends! It’s time to celebrate all things PINK today!! I’ve teamed up with some Wayfair Homemakers to host a Housewarming Party and our theme is Pink! I think it’s super fitting for my blog, don’t you?? ;) Below you are going to find some really cute ideas all centered around something pink. We’ve got Valentine’s Day ideas, gift ideas, DIY ideas, food ideas. You name it, it’s probably in here. So, pull up a chair and browse awhile. I’m 100% positive you will ohh and ahh at one thing (or two!) in here!! Welcome to the Pink-Themed Housewarming Party!!

Pink Valentine’s Day Ideas
Valentines Day PrintablesHow cute are these Pencil Tag Valentine’s Day Printables?? Find more cute Valentine’s Day Printables over at the Wayfair Idea Lounge!


Recipe: Chocolate & Banana Smoothie Recipe + #MorningWin

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This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own.

Chocolate and Banana Smoothie: This is an amazingly satisfying breakfast smoothie! Definitely add this one to your list!!

How do you celebrate morning wins? Let me tell you…when I have a #morningwin, I shout it from the rooftops. I’ve never been a morning person. I despise having to wake up to an alarm (who doesn’t??). If I had it my way, I’d wake up when my body was ready to get up. Right now, I don’t have it my way and I actually have to be in an office working by a certain time every morning. Boo to that! Ha!


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