Taylor is a San Antonio native and stay-at-home mom to two daughters: Harper and Hayes. She and her Okie husband, Jeff, have been married 12 years despite their Texas/OU rivalry. Taylor is a former Clark Cougar, a devout Texas Longhorn, where she studied English, an active MOPS member, and often feels like a professional juggler. She relishes trips to the theater, loves embarking on new adventures with her family, and admittedly spends too much time on Facebook. A former contributor, Taylor’s posts center on parenting her tenacious, strong-willed first-born and the challenges she faced along the way to becoming a mom of two. She also served as ACM’s editor and resident proofreader, and as such, cares way too deeply about the use of Oxford commas.

MOPS: General 411

I first heard about MOPS four years ago via my Facebook newsfeed. A good friend often mentioned MOPS in her status updates, and I couldn’t help but wonder what this MOPS thing was that...

Five DIY Kids’ Valentines Ideas for the Not-So-Crafty

When I hear the words “kids” and “crafts” in the same sentence, I confess I always cringe a little. Many projects that are supposed to be fun quickly lose their luster when I discover...

The Great Debate of Baby #2

It happened about two weeks after my now four-year-old daughter, Harper, turned two. "Sooo, Tay, when it is happening?" friends and family would inquire, grinning as though they knew a secret I didn't. "When is what...

24 Creative Elf on the Shelf Suggestions

Many of you probably have one of these little guys hanging around your house right about now: Allow me to introduce you to our Elf on the Shelf, "Pepperoni," so named by my daughter, Harper,...

Teaching Our Kids to Give Back During the Holidays

If your children are anything like mine, they begin compiling their holiday wish lists around (if not before) October. “Ooooh, I want that!” my preschooler shrieks, her eyes feasting upon a commercial featuring eight-year-olds...

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Mother

Almost five years have passed since I became a mother to my daughter, Harper. Four-and-a-half years of parenting hardly makes me an expert, but I can’t help but shake my head at all the...