January 28, 2021
The year 2020 brought us all so many changes.
Notably in the workplace, many began WFM (working from home). What a shift for so many people who were used to going into an office, day in and day out! Much has been written about how to improve the quality of your work-from-home experience – from investing in a good chair and noise cancelling headphones to setting (and sticking to) a workplace routine. At T.E.D. we think that anywhere you work can be more fun when you have the right accessories. Simple, inexpensive touches to your desk can help improve your mood and motivation. That’s why Taylor Elliott creates colorful, fun desk accessories to help inspire and motivate! Here are a few of our favorite work from home (or anywhere!) desk accessories.
- Pen Cup. Accessorize your desk with this confetti-encrusted pen cup. It’s sure to put a smile on your face when you select a pen from the bunch. Doesn’t confetti just make everything better? We think so.
- Motivational Pen Sets. These motivational pens have messages like, “You Got This”, “Dream Big”, “Be Brave”, “Believe You Can” and “Work Hard” to remind you as you work. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement.
- Be So Good Notepad. Boring old Legal Pad? We think not. Sometimes you just need a basic notepad and this serves that purpose – but is anything but boring. Rather than sheet after sheet of yellow lined paper, you get orange, blue, and green. The words, “BE SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU” is printed in silver hologram to remind you to be your very best.
- 2021 Planner. Part of being successful while working from home (or from anywhere, really…) is to be organized. Check out the 2021 T.E.D. Planner. This planner is full of fun details we love – like gold hologram foil, storage pocket, and metal corner protectors. On top, each week has a new motivational quote, goal planning, and thoughtful touches like a user name/password keeper. The message, “Today is the Day” is on the front along with Taylor’s signature hand illustrated floral pattern with roses, peonies, anemones, butterflies and daisies.
- Confetti Frame. Dress your desk (and match your new pen cup) with this 4 x 4” confetti acrylic photo frame. Add your favorite memory and help it keep you grounded in your day and in your purpose.
There’s no doubt that creating a space within your home that is uniquely for your work will help set you up for a productive workday Creating a space that you love for your work though, will make you motivated and feel positive at work!
January 22, 2021
With our holiday decorations packed away and our new years’ intentions freshly inked, we find ourselves in the middle of January in a blink of an eye. We’re starting to look ahead for the new year and what’s coming up? Valentine’s Day is less than 1 month away now! We absolutely love the trend of celebrating your girlfriends with “Galentine’s Day.”
Celebrated one day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your non-romantic relationships and friendships with your girlfriends. Love it!
At T.E.D, we’ve been thinking of some creative ways you can celebrate your friends. Here’s what we came up with!
- Keeping it socially distant? Organize a Galentine’s Day Zoom dinner party with your friends. As the organizer, assign everyone a “dinner fairy.” As the dinner fairy, you are in charge of what your assigned friend eats for dinner. Door Dash Thai Food, Sushi, Pizza, or whatever the person would like and surprise them! Eat together on the Zoom and have a dinner party! You are treating a friend to dinner while getting dinner and all being together.
- Send Snail Mail. Depending on where you are sending mail in the country, your correspondence can take anywhere from 1-5 days. Plan accordingly. Grab some cards (we’re partial to The Paper Source’s collection of Galentine’s Day & Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards!) Take the time to write a nice message about your friendship and how much you appreciate your friend.
- Treat your friend to a small gift! A small gift that brings a smile to your friend’s face is a great way to show appreciation. There is always chocolate or flowers (no shortage of either in the month of February) or consider some of our favorite items at T.E.D. below.
Pom-pom cardholder keychain pouch – We love this fun, colorful and useful key chain pouch. Perfect for storing your credit cards, ID’s, and a bit of cash along with your keys. It’s priced right at just $12.00. It’s the perfect little something for your Galentine.
Gratitude Journal -- Perfect for your introspective, gratitude practicing friend. This hardcover journal has 365 papers and is full of details like a pink ribbon page marker, pink gingham interior covers, and gold foil imprinting. A tip? Write a short message in the front of the journal letting your friend know why you are grateful for her!
Pen & Notepad Set - A little something for your friend, we love this gift set of the pen & pad that reads, “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.” At under $20, this gift set will let her know that you’re thinking of her
What ideas do you have to celebrate your gal-pals this year? Friendships are so important as women. We hope you find small and meaningful ways to celebrate those people who support you all year-long. Share your ideas with us here, on Facebook, on Instagram or shoot us an email. Happy Galentine’s Day!
December 15, 2020
Have you taken a few minutes to check in and ask yourself – how am I doing? During all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to go into “auto-pilot mode.” As mothers, wives, friends, and nurturers, we tend to be thinking about others, often times a lot more than ourselves. While that is a beautiful quality, it can also be a detriment to our physical and mental health. I encourage you today to pause and take stock. Ask yourself, how are you and what do you need right now? Take time to address what those needs are in the short term.
Longer term and bigger picture, are you able to find some time to envision 2021? What are some of your goals this coming year? Planning is one of my favorite things and I have created a few tools to help make many planning processes just a little more exciting. I find that I am happier when I have taken some time to plan – both short term and long term!
Have you seen my Goal Setting Notepad? On the left, take your goal and break it down into obtainable, baby steps. The perforated lines allow you to tear your list off. There are stickers included with the notepad to hang it as a reminder. The right column has bigger picture monthly goals that you can use to work towards your annual goals. Goal setting doesn’t have to be daunting or complicated. There is no right or wrong way to do it. What’s important is that you set aside the time to think about what is important to you. What will 2021 look like for you? What is important this coming year? It may be about your career, your marriage or relationship, friendships, a hobby or activity that you’d like to learn or pursue – there are endless options!
Time is one thing that there never seems to be enough of. For this reason, I’ve also tried to make products that help reduce the amount of time things take like, for example, grocery store shopping or meal planning. I also aim to make things more fun, too! Check out my Meal Planner Notepad and the Weekly Meal Planner Notepad. I am a big fan of simple touches that elevate so you will see both of these have real gold foil on each page. Who says planning is boring? Not me!
Another organizing tip? Check out my best-selling Choose Happy Weekly List Pad Planner. While I am a huge fan of a hardbacked calendar/planner (I just launched a new one for 2021), I also love having a paper, tear off pad. I’ve seen large families use this as their family calendar. Store it on the kitchen counter or in a high traffic area and allow everyone to add their events, appointments, practices, & etc. Another great tip? Color code each family member with a different color pen. Check out my motivational, colorful pen sets here.
“Mindfulness” and “Intentional” are two words that we are hearing a lot more of these days. What do those words mean to you? To me, the help me focus and prioritize and live a more enriching life. Planning ahead can make things run more smoothly for me, and when I am prepared, daily events can be more enjoyable and less hectic.
What are your favorite planning products or tips & tricks? Share them with me here or on my Instagram at @taylorelliottdesigns
December 04, 2020
Hi y’all! We are on a blogging roll here at Taylor Elliott Designs! In case you missed my last two posts, be sure to check them out. I shared some of my favorite unusual gifts (for the one that has everything!) and gifts for toddler boys. Today I am sharing gifts for teacher, for your bestie, and gifts for mom. You will notice that these are actually all my designs and products. At first, I felt funny about sharing gift ideas that were just mine but I asked myself – would I give these to my children’s teacher, my best friend, or my mother? The answer is yes! These are some of my favorites and I hope that they will get you into the spirit of giving.
1. Gift for Teacher. Best Teacher Ever Notepad. This simple message, “best teacher ever” makes a big impact in any teacher’s life. It helps them stay organized while they are reminded that they are loved and appreciated. We’ve added a small touch to make it feel even more special with the gold foil. At just $11, we think this is the perfect gift for a teacher this holiday season
2. Gift for Teacher. Best Teacher Ever / Teachers Like You Journal Set. These notebooks have gold foil imprinting for an extra special touch and contain 50 lined pages for all of your teachers thoughts and notes. They are shrink wrapped together and perfect for gifting. Just add a festive bow! The messages are, “best teacher ever” and, “the world needs more teachers like you.” And at just $14, this is an easy one to show your teacher appreciation!
3. Gift for your bestie. Pom Pom Pouch. We’re convinced that you can’t have enough pouches. Why not have pouches inside your pouches? Store just about anything in this one. It’s perfect for your bestie who has everything already and whom you want to treat to a little something special.
4. Gift for your bestie. Confetti Picture Frame. Grab your favorite photo of the two of you, a wild night out or a comfy pj’s night in, and this is the perfect gift for your bestie. Nearly sold out, be sure to snag yours before they’re gone!
5. Gift for mom. Prayer List Pad. Give your momma something that will mean a lot to her and something that is thoughtful. This pad allows you to jot down your prayers easily and also write down your answered prayers. It’s just as important! The perforated lines allow you to tear off and the pad comes with stickers so you can stick the lists to just about anything!
6. Gift for mom. Gingham Notecard Set. This cute notecard set is a small gift for mom that she’ll really appreciate. Fun, whimsical, and sweet – we love writing snail mail and we know that Mom will, too! The notecard set comes with 10 cards and 10 envelopes in a clear box package. These notecards are just so much better than a text!
November 29, 2020
Hi y'all! I hope you enjoyed my first gift guide that I posted on Friday. Giving and receiving gifts is one of my top love languages so it is my joy to help others find special gifts for their loved ones.
Next up is one of my favorites, toddler boys! My son, Harrison, is 3 years old and is about as busy as they come. It has been so fun seeing some of the things he's interested in. I included a few sensory and STEM activities in here as well as just some fun toys that Harrison has been loving lately. We either purchased or were gifted, by loved ones, each of these items so I know for a fact that my 3 year old loves them. Also, everything on this list is under $50 so that is pretty awesome.
1. Toy Sink With Flowing Water
If your toddler is obsessed with water then they will love this sink. All you do is fill the based up with water and the water will steam out of the faucet. Just this morning, Harrison "washed dishes" for about 45 minutes.
2. Bears in Pairs Game
Bears in Pairs is is a great game for toddlers. Together we practice colors, counting, matching, and fine motor skills by opening the doors and hiding the bears.There are several levels so this game can grow with them.
4. Light Up Rain Boots
Harrison calls his rain boots "work boots". These boots are very easy for him to put on and take off and they are easy to clean. Plus, they light up which is so fun to him. We have them in navy!
5. Writing Tablet
This little writing tablet would be a great stocking stuffer coming in right under $10. Harrison plays with this a lot while we are driving. It comes with a protective sleeve, perfect to throw into my purse for when we are out and about.
6. Dyson Vacuum
We love this cute little vacuum. It actually has a sucker on it and sucks up dust and dirt which is really neat. We have had ours for a couple of years and it has taken a beating but is still running great.
7. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Rosenthal
I discovered this book while I was at market selling Taylor Elliott Designs. It was the first book I purchased when we found out we were expecting our first baby, Harrison! It's the sweetest book. It teaches important life lessons like patience, sharing, and compassion with a topic that toddlers can understand...cookies!
PS: they also make a Christmas version of this book, too!
8. Kinetic Sand Kit
Harrison loves kinetic sand and mama loves this kit because it's like a mini sandbox. If you haven't heard of kinetic sand, it's a lot less messy than regular sand! This is a great gift item for the holidays and for birthdays, if you have several kiddos to shop for. It's under $9!
We love magna-tiles! It has been really fun watching Harrison's imagination when we play with magna-tiles. As of lately, he builds garages for his cars. He will be receiving another set for Christmas so we can build even more things!
10. John Deere Gator
This is a small gator, not much larger than a hot wheels car. But, Harrison loves it and it's under $10 and would make a great stocking stuffer. Harrison often tows his gator on is "tow truck", mentioned below.
11. Wooden Truck and Trailer
This quite possibly might be Harrison's favorite toy right now. He is very into trailers and towing things. He loads and unloads this truck and trailer daily.
November 27, 2020
Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving. We had a great one over here.
You may or may have not picked up on the fact that I love gift giving. I am a gift product designer...so it makes sense! I took a poll over on Instagram and there was an overwhelming response for some guide gifts. Done and done! I hope these gift guides are a helpful resource to you.
Disclaimer: I only feel comfortable recommending items that I have used or have gifted to loved ones. So, please know that I am not just recommending random items to you. These are items I consider great and gift worthy!
This first gift guide is for our loved one who seems to have everything. We all have a loved one like this, right? Here are some fantastic ideas for you. These ideas also work well for workplace gifts and gifts for your boss. I always had the hardest time thinking of gifts for my bosses.
1. Jeni's Ice Cream
Did you know that Jeni's Ice Cream can be shipped anywhere in the US? Yes, it's true! How fun would it be to receive an assortment of ice creams? I sent these to my remote employees as a Thanksgiving treat and it was a hit! You can send your gift with a gift note directly to your recipient.
2. Sugarfina Candy
Sugarfina's Bento Boxes are the perfect gift. If you've never heard of Sugarfina, they specializes in gourmet candies...Some even with a splash of liquor like champagne gummy bears. All you do is simply select the number of candies you want to send, include your gift note and done! So easy, so delicious.
I have sent Sugarfina to several of the partners and vendors I work with for Taylor Elliott Designs.
3. Farm Girl Flowers
Fresh flowers are such a fun luxury. What I love about Farm Girl Flowers is how modern their arrangements are. They have several different price points and also so many styles to choose from. Right now, during the holidays you can even send a loved one a mini Christmas tree with ornaments -- it's so cute!
I have sent Farm Girl Flowers to some of our Taylor Elliott Designs vendors.
4. Milk Bar
I was first introduced to Milk Bar when I was in search of a cake for our gender reveal - I wasn't looking for a cake with pink or blue inside, just a celebratory cake! I stumbled across Milk Bar online, the reviews seemed good so I ordered it. Y'all, it was SO good! I ordered their funfetti birthday cake but I have also been gifted some of their assorted cookie tins and they are equally as delicious!
The way I see it, you can never go wrong with food or flowers :) Happy gifting!
March 22, 2019
Hi, friends! Happy Friday! Today marks #31 for me! Last year I wrote a post titled 30 Things I'd Tell My 20 Year Old Self . I feel like 20-30 was a huge growing decade! During those 10 years I really grew into an adult and the person I am now. I established what I believe in, the kind of person I wanted to marry, how I wanted to manage my money and I discovered I had a desire to be my own boss and start a company. My early 20's were not easy...they were actually super hard and a lot of my memories from that time are not that happy. However, I feel like I learned some really vital lessons during that time, lessons I am grateful for now. I have summed up my favorites below into bite-size pieces :) This year, I am adding just 1 nugget for #31. I would love to keep this traditional up and add to it each year.
This year has been full of a lot of #7. I am a people pleaser, but saying no has been freeing. It has allowed me to focus on the people and things that truly set my soul on fire.
So here we go! 31 Things I'd Tell My 20 Year Old Self:
1. It's okay if you don't have everything figured out the day you graduate from college or even if you don't have it figured out 10, 15 or 20 years after college. Work hard and pursue your passions and you'll figure it out. Just don't give up.
2. Though college was fun, post college is even more fun! And starting a family is even more fun than that...!!
3. Darling, you are just too darn hard on yourself. You're doing great. Be a little more gentle and kind to yourself.
4. You're going to feel directionless and lost sometimes, especially when you're trying to figure out who you are. That is okay. Welcome those feelings and let them make you stronger.
5. A "no" might feel like a rejection but really it's a blessing in disguise. Both in relationships and careers. God is shutting a door to open a better one. Trust Him.
6. Sometimes relationships don't work out, personally and professionally. Try your hardest not to burn bridges. It is better to not carry that weight on your shoulders.
7. When you say yes to something, you're saying no to something else. So, it's okay to say no. And learn to not feel guilty about it.
8. The impressive things will often times be made up of a lot of unimpressive things.
9. You're going to have bad jobs, bad bosses and just general uninteresting jobs. It isn't going to be a waste of time and it isn't going to be for nothing. You'll learn from those experiences and those experiences will be beneficial to you in some way.
10. You are not destined to have a mediocre job, marriage or life. These things take a lot of really hard work and dedication. But it'll be so worth it.
11. There are a lot of "shoulds" tossed around in life. If something doesn't feel right to you, listen to your gut and let that "gut feeling" be your answer.
12. If someone consistently makes you feel less than or is feeding you negative thoughts, give yourself permission to reevaluate the importance of the relationship.
13. Wear sunscreen, always.
14. God made you unique and different. Boldly and bravely be you.
15. If something is important to you, you must fight hard for it and never give up.
16. Sleep is very important. It's easy to skimp on sleep when you've got a lot to do but the work you'll produce (and your overall mood) will be so much better after rest!
17. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
18. Don't be a negative Nancy, no-one likes her. And in return don't let someone else's negative comments get to you or hinder you from pursuing your dreams.
19. Choose kindness, always. You never know who is quietly struggling or fighting some sort of battle.
20. People might not remember the things you say but they'll remember how you made them feel.
21. Keep your word, always.
22. Be an "includer". It hurts to be left out so don't ever make anyone feel that way.
23. You can do anything you set your mind to (my mom constantly told us this growing up and she's right).
24. Don't be afraid to speak up, your thoughts matter: in a relationship, in business, etc. If you don't ask or speak up, you will most definitely never get what you want.
25. You control your money, it does not control you. Save, contribute to your 401k and donate when you are able to.
26. God has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your dreams. Go get those dreams, girl!
27. Life is too short. Take the trip, eat the cake, buy the cute dress.
28. Gossip is not cool and it's hurtful. What Sally says about Suzy says more about Sally than it does about Suzy.
29. Give abundantly without expecting anything in return.
30. Love is a choice. And say I love you a lot. Your people need to know you love them every single day.
31. Always keep a little room in your heart for the unimaginable. God is always working. When our eyes are open and our heart's are full of faith in God, it's amazing to watch things fall into place, doors being opened and doors being closed. By having our hearts and eyes open, we are able to more clearly witness, acknowledge and give glory to Him.
Thank you so much for reading along. I hope you found a tid bit of encouragement :) Have a blessed day. xo, Taylor
July 31, 2018
I am often asked for advice from aspiring female entrepreneurs and I love it :) It makes me so happy to see other women dreaming big and working hard. I mentioned last week that being intentional about time is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to fast track towards your dreams. And this week I stumbled upon this quote and I couldn't agree more and I just had to share it with you.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
I think many new entrepreneurs look at other entrepreneurs journeys, who are further along, and want to be where they are. It's easy to get impatient, I know. But I truly believe that if you start where you are, not comparing yourself to others, and start with your passion or something you love doing then you will have completed the hardest part which is simply just starting. It's important to use what you have. This might be the one thing I want you to listen to the most: do not go into debt before you even know the demand of your product or idea. Do not go buy the fancy new computer. Do not buy the fancy new desk. You don't need them. What you need to do is focus on opening your business and making that first sale. Get that making sales part down really really well and then go buy the fancy desk :) Lastly, try to do what you can in the beginning and not hire everything out. This is important for two reasons: when you do hire help, you will have worn every single hat of your business and will know it like the back of your hand. I remember early on I referred to myself as the owner, designer, packager, shipper and the janitor :) Secondly, most businesses starting out don't have the budget for additional employees so try to do as much as you can on your own, get as many sales as you can and build up your business and then you'll become so busy that you'll know when it's time to hire your first employee :)
Cheers to making dreams happen! xo, Taylor
July 29, 2018
July 23, 2018
Hi friends! I was thinking about something earlier while I was rocking my sweet 11 month old to sleep and I wanted to share it with you.
I am often asked what my tips are for entrepreneurs just beginning their journey in owning a small business. That is a big question because it seems like every season I am learning something new. But, I think implementing this one thing has helped me so much, I just had to share with you in the hopes it might help you too.
A couple of years ago, I began being extremely intentional about my time. I chose to never waste a moment doing something that wasn't productive (hear me out on my definition of productive). Even if I was sitting down to watch a movie, it became intentional. I love movies and find a lot of relaxation in watching them, so I believe watching a movie can be productive because relaxation is a must! An area that I have had to be super duper intentional about is social media. I personally choose to not let myself lose an hour scrolling facebook or instagram. I do use social media for my business and I love it--when I hop on facebook or instagram, I have a goal in mind whether it's to post something or to scroll with the intention of seeing what our customers (and my friends!) are up to that day.
It it crazy the amount of work I can get done when I am being intentional about my time. I owe a lot of my business growth to simply being intentional about time. When I am working, I am working very hard but when it's time to play with my baby boy and husband, my intention is being present and having fun with them. It's simply a balance.
Hope you found this the slightest bit helpful.
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