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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Top 10 Favorite Toddler and Baby Products

Everyone has their own list of favorite baby products. This list has been successful with both of our kids.

Wow. My baby girl is a year old now. She is walking, starting to talk, sleeping through the night, (loudly) voicing her own opinions, and all around growing up. Sigh. I can’t really call her a baby anymore (but I still will for a long time). Now that she is entering the toddler stage and my son is exiting that stage, I’ve come to realize how many products we have come to love. Despite their vastly different personalities, there have been 10 (toddler and) baby products that we have come to love.

**There aren’t any affiliate links…these are all just personal opinion, but I have linked the exact or similar products below***

Everyone has their own list of favorite baby products. This list has been successful with both of our kids.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Thoughts on The Office

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

I remember The Office being a big deal when I was a teenage and beginning college. I watched the second half of the seasons almost episode to episode. This was when Hulu had just come out and I was so grateful because I could still mostly keep up with it when I went to college. However, I never really watched the first two or three seasons.

My friend, Danica, is obsessed with The Office. Seriously. Like it’s on most days in her house as background noise. Like, she probably can’t count how many times she’s watched all the episodes. Recently, Netflix took off How I Met Your Mother (my favorite sitcom). And, I had just finished another run-through of Friends. So, with Danica on my mind, I decided to do my first full run-through of The Office.

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

  • Michael Scott, in any work-related situation, makes me very uncomfortable. I completely understand that he is very good with people–he’s a brilliant salesman because understands and connects with people. But, he’s also crude and ignorant and that does not do a manager good. And, he always procrastinates and tries to pass off important decision making. He doesn’t know how to be a manager. Seriously, how has he not been fired or at least demoted back to a salesman with every new HR nightmare that he becomes? Again, he’s a good person, he just doesn’t know when to shut it sometimes and doesn’t know how to manage properly.
  • I am so happy when Jim Halpert finally helps start up Athlead. I mean, he was one of the major protagonists, and he basically glorified mediocrity. As a teacher, as a mother, and as a Type-A/anal-retentive person, that really irked me. I mean, he is such a sweet-heart and so romantic, and I definitely had a crush on him in high school, but at least try.
  • Dwight really is a good person. I understand he had a weird/strict/cultish German Pennsylvanian Mennonite upbringing, and was such a geek and know-it-all, but he really was a good person. Like Barney from HIMYM. Both of them try to play it off, but they really care about their friends and have deep feelings.
  • Gabe is just weird and creepy and pathetic.
  • I know it’s Michael, but do companies typically have that many parties and catered lunches….well, then again, when Justin worked for Verisys in Sandy, Utah, they had a lot of catered lunches….
  • I know Michael Scott left to be with Holly because Steve Carell went onto actual movie acting, but The Office really changed after that.
  • love, love, love, love, love the Jim and Pam relationship, courtship, and wedding. I love, love, love, love, love the Niagara wedding episodes. …. And you know that song everyone danced down the aisle to? Well, it was huge when I started college–and everyone knew it from The Office. There was one time at a dance I went to where that song started playing and couples and dates started dancing down the middle of the dance floor together…I did with my date (who ended marrying my roommate–haha).
  • I love how Jim and Pam care and sometimes indulge Michael.
  • Jan is cray-cray! But, there was actually a long time where I really considered the name Astrid for a daughter. Not because of Jan, but because of How to Train Your Dragons…then, my mom reminded me that Michael called Jan’s baby “As-turd”, and Justin said he didn’t like the name…..
  • I feel so bad for … oh my gosh, now I really feel bad…I forgot Toby’s name while I was writing this!!!! I’m part of the problem!!! I feel so bad for Toby. He really did seem like a nice guy.
  • I’m jealous they got to go to Gettysburg. Yes, I grew up in northern Virginia and had like 5 Civil War battlefields within 30 minutes of me and went to at least one every year for a field trip…but still. Justin grew up in Pennsylvania and went to Gettysburg on field trips.
  • Because Justin grew up in Pennsylvania, I’ve asked him numerous times how close Scranton is to Lancaster. And, whenever other Pennsylvanian cities or places were named: “Justin, how far is that from Lancaster? Have you been there? Is it really like that?”
  • I’m so happy that Phyllis had such a doting husband. But, now watching it after seeing Disney’s Inside Out, I can see why they chose her to be Sadness.
  • It’s also weird to see Mindy Kaling play Kelly Kapoor after reading her two memoirs and learning about her rise to fame by starting as an editor for the scripts, then writing the scripts, then producing some episodes….
  • It’s also weird to know that B.J. Novak played such a crucial role behind-the-scenes but that his voice still sounds really young…..
  • And, with Catherine Tate! Knowing her now as Donna Noble from Doctor Who, it was interesting to see her play such a part in The Office…and so skinny too!
  • And Erin Hannon after watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She’s still kind of an innocent, naive, dolt.
  • Holly is perfect. I love her. And she has such a cute little nose. And she is absolutely perfect for Michael…dare I say it….more perfect for Michael than Pam and Jim are for each other.
  • When Jim was at the other branch, he and Karen and Andy played a lot of Call of Duty…and the manager was in on it too…does this actually happen in corporate America??????????
  • I’d actually date Andy. And Jim. Always Jim. Maybe give Toby a date or two. And Darrell.
  • I like Darrell, but I don’t think he’d like me.
  • With all the apparent mistakes Kevin has made in accounting, why wasn’t he fired?
  • Angela is a b***. Yes, I’m glad she and Dwight eventually married at the end of the series, but I’m happy for Dwight, not for her.
  • I found it interesting that Creed Batton’s actor’s name is also Creed Batton. I always find it interesting when characters have the same name as their actor, but are totally different. So, I researched Creed and apparently was born “William Charles Sneider” which is one of the character’s aliases. Also, apparently he was in a popular band in the 60s called the Grass Roots.
  • I kind of really hate Ryan for leaving his baby. Seriously. And I kind of really hate Nellie for basically kidnapping the baby to Europe.
  • Robert California disgusted me. I really liked Cathy Bates as Jo Bennett. That was a fun character.
  • I know Will Ferrell did an episode or two as the new manager after Michael Scott left. But, did he end up in a coma because Ferrell became too expensive or didn’t want to do it anymore or became too busy with other projects???
  • Honestly, I think Oscar and I would have been friends. Sometimes I’m elitist, I admit it. But, I’m pretty sure he would talk about me behind my back.
  • I like the idea of the Boom Guy helping Pam in the last season. It makes sense–they’ve known each other (albeit with a metaphorical wall in their way) for almost a decade making the documentary. I liked that was added in.
  • I also like the way they showed the chaos of having two young children–it’s not always perfect or ideal. And there is a lot of dual crying. A lot.
  • I still like Friends and How I Met Your Mother better.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stitch Fix

Kenidy Drawstring Knit Top & Camilla Fleece Lined Drawstring Jogger Pant | Stitch Fix

I have always wanted to do a Stitch Fix. However, as with all subscription boxes, I never liked the subscription monthly fee. And, with Stitch Fix specifically, I never was impressed with prices of the clothing–way to expensive for my taste.

But, when my friend, Liz, shared a code to waive the styling fee for all her readers, I had to jump at the opportunity. I love things like Stitch Fix. They help me expand my wardrobe by getting others’ opinions on what fashion I’d look good in!!

Now, here is the clincher…I didn’t actually buy anything…especially not this close after Christmas. But, there were a few pieces that I’d love to buy–if I had more available, spendable money.

Skies Are Blue | Mayven V-Neck Blouse

Mayven V Neck Blouse (Stitch Fix)

Mayven V Neck Blouse (Stitch Fix)

Box Appeal: Meh…I’m not one for florals, but I’m willing to add to my wardrobe. But, when I saw it was shear, it was a definite nope.

Although it’s a cute design and I like the sharp colors, this wouldn’t work for me. I requested light fabrics because Texas is so hot, even in the winter. But, because of my Mormon garments, I have to wear a full shirt under this to make it Mormon-modest.

Decision: Would not have kept–Returned

41 Hawthorn | Nio Pullover Sweater

Nio Pullover Sweater, Stitch Fix Nio Pullover Sweater, Stitch Fix

Box Appeal: meh

I wasn’t sure how I would like this sweater shirt seeing it out of the box. I’m kind of picky when it comes to long sleeves. But, I actually really liked this sweater on me. I loved it. I personally thought it was flattering…but many of you weren’t so sure with this picture I posted on Instastories, and now looking at it, I agree. But it was comfy and light.

Decision: My third favorite from the box. Would have kept, if I had the budget. Returned.

August Mist | Brisa Cardigan

Brisa Cardigan from Stitch Fix Brisa Cardigan from Stitch Fix

Ink Love & Peace | Kenidy Drawstring Knit Top // Andrew Marc Performance | Camilla Fleece Lined Drawstring Jogger Pant

Kenidy Drawstring Knit Top & Camilla Fleece Lined Drawstring Jogger Pant | Stitch Fix Kenidy Drawstring Knit Top & Camilla Fleece Lined Drawstring Jogger Pant | Stitch Fix Kenidy Drawstring Knit Top & Camilla Fleece Lined Drawstring Jogger Pant | Stitch Fix

Knit Top

Box Appeal: I loved it right out of the box.

I’ve wanted a knit top like this for a while–it’s athleisure. I wanted it to work out as well as to just wear around the house or errands. I also loved how it looked on me. It was so soft and comfy and warm, but not overbearing. This is what I desperately wanted right from the time I pulled it out of the box.

Decision: I would have definitely kept this–first option. …But, just like everything else, I had to return it.

Jogger Pants

Box Appeal: I wasn’t sure about this out of the box…they looked short and I don’t like leggings or jogger pants that only go to my shins.

But, when I put them on, I was happily surprised. They fit perfectly and went to my ankles. They weren’t tight at all against my waist, but they weren’t loose either. The jogger pants were also really super soft. It was like wearing cotton candy. I really wanted keep them. Really badly.

Decision: I would definitely have kept this, but had to return.

All in all, this was such a fun experience because I was able to see some good quality clothing that would totally work with my wardrobe that I never would’ve chosen myself. I wish I had the budget for this!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Word of the Year 2018 | Create

2018 World of the Year: Create. Create a life worth living. Create doesn't have to be tactile. You can create opportunities and relationships as well.

I thought I had a word of the year – “present.” It was perfect. I was going to focus on being “present” in my life, present with my kids, present with contentment, etc. But, then a few weeks ago, “create” came to my mind. It seemed absolutely perfect. I want to be able to create actual products this year. But, create can also encompass things I’d list under “present”: create time with my family, create a stronger relationship with Christ, etc.

Last year was hard – hard physically, hard mentally, just hard. This year, I want to come out into the light. I want to be happy with my life. I want to live all aspects of my life. I want to flourish. So, I’m going to create.

2018 World of the Year: Create. Create a life worth living. Create doesn't have to be tactile. You can create opportunities and relationships as well. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

2017 in Review

A review of the lives of the Morrells in 2017.

 

This year. It definitely was better than last year, but it went way too fast. I mean, my baby girl is already one year old! How did that happen? We did a lot of traveling (local or back to Utah), got used to being a family of four, paid off a car, got a reliable and steady work-at-home-job, and more. So, on to one of my favorite posts of the year–2017 in review.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.