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One of the best compliments of my life…

When I had my third son, I will never forget what a dear friend said to me, “I always knew you were meant to be a boy mom.” It was a huge compliment. But how did he know that? I grew up with three sisters, and girls were what I knew, and expected!

So when I was blessed with three bouncing, bruising, dirty, antsy, and loud little boys… I was kind of stunned. Where are the barrettes, the tap shoes, the frilly dresses I envisioned? Instead of arts and crafts, my life was filled with dump trucks, dinosaurs, and lots of dirty laundry. What?!?

Once the first little guy was born, it didn’t take long to figure out that constant movement was the requirement to thrive (him) and survive (me.) We did what I dubbed the “playground circuit”, visiting every and any playground in driving distance. HOURS were spent watching train after train puff down any tracks we could find. Biking, strolling, jogging and skipping happened every single day.  It was non stop action, all the time. 

Then we had two more boys… and cripes, was I tired.

When my oldest son started playing organized sports, I began to understand what my friend meant about me being a destined “boy mom.” I could really get into this; watching him learn and grow with each new sport he tried. From T-ball to swimming, I was there, and I was FOR SURE the loudest cheerleader.

Now with the three boys, we have an endless schedule of sports obligations. And yes of course it’s daunting at times. But honestly, watching my kids play sports brings me so much joy. The life lessons they learn, the friends they make (whose parents have become some of my best friends in the world!), and the ups and downs of winning and losing… I love it all.

This mama has thoroughly embraced the baseball/basketball/skiing/swimming/golf mom lifestyle. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.


“All you need is love & baseball”, 8×10 print.

My two oldest sons play in their Fall Baseball League championship games this Saturday. I am so excited and nervous already. We are currently prepping them for the possible outcome, no matter what happens. Wish us luck, friends!


These brand new prints are in the shop, in 3 colors!  The perfect coach’s gift 😉

 

 

September is the new January…

September always feels like the new year to me. Kids go back to school… and I get back on track.  But sometimes it feels overwhelming, and I feel like I can’t catch up. Sometimes it takes me until October to catch my breath. My coach Jen Liddy gave me a few tips to help, and she wrote about it here. It might help you– so I’m passing it along… check out her workshop this fall to help YOU get back on track and stop the overwhelm.

Get your tickets here– and save yourself from the crazy Fall feeling that I’ve struggled with for so long.

I am applying this #backontrack advice to all facets of my life. I got back on my yoga mat today after a couple months away from it, and it felt soooo good! Over this past weekend, and even this morning before my class, I was almost in tears over the pain my body is constantly in. What the heck, I’m 40, not 90! I just can’t seem to get my body back to where it feels good, and strong, and healthy again.

Fast forward, 75 minutes (the length of the amazing Yin Yang class at Syracuse Yoga), and I feel hopeful again. I know my body CAN heal. I just need to believe it, get to yoga, and get back on track. September is the new January, baby!

Keep track of your progress and motivate yourself to keep going with my Back on Track notepad. I keep mine on the kitchen counter, so I can’t help but see it several times throughout the day.

“How you TREAT your body this week, is how your body will FEEL next week.”

So, who’s  with me? Share with me how you are getting yourself back on track this month with the hashtag #backontrack and tag @annietaylordesign on Instagram! Good luck, friends. I am right here with you.

The BEST part of our summer, 2018

This summer I got intentional. I made the conscious choice to try and slow down; for my kids, for my husband, for my dogs, and especially for myself. The time had come to give myself a  little break from the frazzled entrepreneur life and to just be more available. Did it work?  Yes, mostly

I absolutely flubbed up regularly; I lost my cool on the kids with their endless fighting (especially towards the end of summer), I didn’t disconnect from my phone as much as I hoped, I overdid the eating and drinking, and probably a lot of others things I am forgetting on purpose 😉

We took a few more day trips this summer, we also took full advantage of the beaches and the cove. I am pretty sure Sully broke his record for amount of sea glass found. Link became quite the surfer. Nolan really REALLY enjoyed the new privilege and responsibility of riding his bike to town. Kevin reeled in an almost 300 pound blue fin tuna on his good friend’s fishing boat! And I walked all over town with my dogs while taking photos with my iphone. All the things that bring us each, individually, happiness. 

Always top on the summer must-do list is reconnecting with our good friends and family while in Maine. Coffee on the porch, cookouts at the point, long days at the beach and long walks to catch up on life. I miss that focused time to connect with everyone already.

We had lots of fun visitors, all of which helped with projects on the cottage. Moving furniture, cleaning, painting, building and hanging things. Thank you all, we could not have done all that alone!!!!!

I also rediscovered how much I adore DIY projects, while updating our new (old!) rental property, Sea Road Cottage. Kevin and I worked so hard all of July and August, putting our stamp on the place, turning it over for renters every few days, and managing all the details that come along with owning a property. Link to cottage: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25918671?s=51

It was overall, a very lovely summer. But there was a surprise that came from the summer of 2018 that all five of us agree was THE best… our new rescue pup, Barley. He came from Georgia, was trucked up to the Animal Welfare Society of Maine, and now lives happily in his forever home with us in Syracuse, New York. So now we have three dogs to go with our three kids, and the Taylor household is at max capacity… just the way we like it 😉


So how do Zuzu and Olive feel about the new addition?…

Ok mamas, good luck with back to school prep, and getting a routine back in place! I hope to be back on here more regularly, too. Drop me a line to let me know how YOU are doing!

Talk soon,

How to experience Maine for yourself…

It’s kind of old news now, but we bought the cottage next door to us in Maine, and it’s so adorable! We have made some small decor changes, and continue to update as we go… but otherwise this historic cottage is in it’s original state, and is available as a vacation rental. Check out our new baby, Sea Road Cottage!

This cutie was once a beach house, literally located right at near Strawberry Island, which is in the cove at Kennebunk Beach. In the 1950s the owners moved the house to it’s current location on Sea Road, about 1 mile from the beach. I am currently researching more on the history and want to share it with all the visitors. She really is a charmer!

You KNEW I wouldn’t wait long to slap a bold color in this door, right? Coral Gables by Benjamin Moore becomes the new Maine cottage color. We are also replacing the front door this summer, and I will post new pics of that once it’s in. Woo hoo! Serious curb appeal coming your way!


One lobster dinner, coming up!


With a peaceful reading nook in the upstairs, the house sleeps five very comfortably.


Summer sunset on the cottage.

So get up here (or over, or down!) and experience for yourself the place I have raved about forever. You will fall in love with the smell of the salty air and beach roses, the taste of the sweetest lobster, and the laid back feeling that only a place like Maine can provide.

Here is the link for the listing to book:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25918671?s=51

Ps- The neighbors are wicked cool, too 😉

See you soon!

Instagram links:
@searoadcottage ; Be sure to follow our Insta stories, for renovation progress and for sneak peeks on this adorable town.)

@annietaylordesign ; For daily inspiration, pretty paper, dogs and kid pics.

Our visit to Magnolia

Hey remember our Taylor Texas Roadtrip? It was a while ago. I haven’t been on the blog because life got too “lifey”. But anyway, I never finished telling you guys about it. So we are going back in time because I want to share how awesome this family trip was. It was a BIG one!

Ok, so we are in Texas. All five of us; Kevin, Nolan, Lincoln, Sully and me. We left Dallas and headed south in our rental car. Next stop was Waco. I know, seems like a random stop, but I am sure Fixer Upper fans are not that surprised. Ever heard of “Magnolia”? Or Joanna Gaines?

Well you guessed it, we stopped at Magnolia and wandered around, just like the thousands of other people that pulled in on tour buses. Waco is a small, quiet, rural town, but Magnolia is changing that. This place is now hopping, buzzing, and trying to keep up.

My true intention with this stop however, was to make a connection, speak to the manager, and sell them on ATD products being a perfect fit. Can’t you just see it?


She’s Whiskey in a Teacup, 8×10 print.

My Love Waco notecards are such a cute addition, dontcha think? 😉

Ya’ll Come Back Now, Ya Hear?  8×10 print. The perfect print near the Magnolia main exit!

Next stop was Harp Design Comapny! Ya’ll know Clint from Fixer Upper (I can’t say his name without doing my bad Texas accent, “Cleeeiiint”.) Love this sweet place. Small, warm and cozy.  Clint really does do beautiful woodwork!  I snagged some hand made wood earrings, of course.


Such a cute store display! 


One of my favorite “finds” was a store called The Findery.  It’s charming, friendly, and eclectic. Think of Anthropologie but on a smaller, family owned scale.  Adorable!

Goodbye Waco!  Thanks for the lovely day.  The Taylors are off to the next location!


Some people are not meant for life on the road.

Back in the car, and onto the next stop… Dixie Dude Ranch! Yeehaw!

I’ll be back soon with this one…

We are in Maine for the summer and on “island time”. I am still here, but running a little slower, breathing the salty air, and playing with my kids.  I’ll be back at full ATD strength at the end of August.  But please continue to check in and reach out! Thank you for the support, friends!

Also, follow us on Instagram this summer, not just @annietaylordesign, but also @searoadcottage.  We are updating an adorable and historic cottage!!