What does being Brave mean to you?

What does brave mean to you? Bravery is viewed differently from individual's eyes given their life experience. We can all agree on that, right? 'Brave', what's the first thing that comes to mind? I asked this question on my personal facebook page, "When you think of the word 'Brave', what comes to your mind? Something you've seen someone do? Something you've done? Is a specific someone?", and here are the brave responses... RS said, "Risk, standing up for your beliefs." CF said, "CHD kids, their parents and siblings. Astounding bravery in those families." NC said, "some times brave is just getting out of bed to face the day" CS said, "Doing what’s difficult" CP said, "Being afraid … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Healthy Food Choices

I am not much of a New Year's Resolution kind of gal, BUT I knew that I wanted to start eating healthier this year. I figured if I made 5 small dietary changes, that it would be attainable and I'd be successful at making the shift.  I revert back to when I was training for my bodybuilding competition a few years ago to guide me and to RE-focus me.  It's not that another bodybuilding competition is in my near future, but when training for one in the past, I lost over 60 pounds in 6 months post partum. So, I know it's in me, I have the discipline to lose a few added pounds that I've found over the years. Here's my vow ... 5 Simple Ways to Healthy Food Choices: 1/ Balanced breakfast... … [Read more...]

Django Unchained, Shark Tank, The Newsroom, SNL: Meet Taradara

What does Django Unchained, Shark Tank, The Newsroom, and Saturday Night Live have in common? Their cast {and more} have all now held Taradara products AND they all are owners of Taradara products!! The whole Golden Globe Gifting Experience was amazing and a LOT of work.  However, it was certainly ALL worth every little bit of it. Took a look at why it is all worth it right here .... 2 of the Django Unchained cast members posed with a Taradara kindle cover Dennis Christopher from Django Unchained now actually is using this very kindle cover because he went home with it. Rex Linn poses with the same kindle cover as Dennis Christopher.  He is one tall dude {and I was in a pair of … [Read more...]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says it all

I cannot help myself when it comes to The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. I have had the HUGEST crush on the dude, well, since forever. And when I saw this picture of him with this quote, I just could not resist posting it. Unfortunately I don't have the source for this {I ALWAYS post the source as I believe it's good karma}, but I couldn't pass this up! The Rock pretty much sums up my motto, my life, my mantra. How about you? xo Tara … [Read more...]

American Express Open Forum Likes…

Taradara!!!!!! They interviewed me over the telephone last week and the post is LIVE now!!!! We talked about starting out, Etsy, goals, and where Taradara is going from here. There are a few incorrect, but for the most part it's on the money.  {I got one art scholarship from my high school and I am still currently an active member of The Artisan Group ... but no biggie!}  He captured Taradara pretty well and I couldn't be happier to be featured on the American Express Open Forum!!!!! Wahoo!!!!! Sheesh, coming home from the SNAP Conference to this wonderful news made all the housework just disappear!!! POOF! I like it! xo Tara … [Read more...]

Baseboards Update #1

Entry way COMPLETE!!!! 6 days ahead of schedule! Nice and white ... for now! On to the Kitchen... A before pic in our pantry Just to give you an idea of how BAD these puppies are!! They're soooooo beat up and gross that I cannot take it anymore.  We've lived her for 2 years and now is the time to take charge of the the BASEBOARDS!!! Watch out, House, here I come!!! See my Baseboard Painting Schedule here.  I'm ahead of schedule already!!!! xo Tara … [Read more...]

SCORE ~ My first 'business' counseling session for my Handmade Business

Back in January, one of my goals was to contact our local Small Business Association {SBA} and/or SCORE {not sure exactly what it's an acronym for}. SCORE contacted me and we set up an appointment to meet with a counsellor.  My meeting was today! You can go here and see what SCORE is all about.  Basically, I went because I'm a relatively new entrepreneur and need all the help I can get. SCORE is a FREE resource!!!  Now why wouldn't I use it?  I met with a retired businessman who was so kind and focused me on NUMBERS.  Me, being an artsy kind of gal, has not FOCUSED on numbers during my first year so much.  I have been focused on developing my products, on establishing relationships with my … [Read more...]