Category Archives: Awards

Life by Numbers

I’ve found that the biggest secret to keeping up a blog is to just keep going! I’ll admit that blogging does mess with my mind as I have a picture in my head of how it should be and should look. BUT I’d rather wait and write a piece that I’m proud of and that I LOVE and that I WANT to share with YOU.

I’ve done soooo much over the last few months that I’m a little lost with everything that’s going on- yet at the same time, I feel like I haven’t done anything- makes sense, right?

In school I got a C for Maths (not great – whoop whoop for a pass though!), but here are some more impressive numbers that made up my 2013 year:

  • I became an Aunt… 3 times! So that’s 3 little nephews: Riley, Joshua and Frank.
  • I saw 20 of my favourite music artists live. Katy Perry is next! 😀
  • I drove around 6,450 miles in my first year of driving (includes one return trip to Scotland = circa 746 miles)
  • I visited 1 new country (Belgium) – I say that’s impressive as some people don’t have the opportunity to travel.
  • I took 191 photos on Instagram (Taylaac4)
  • I was nominated in 4 out of the 6 categories at our work’s awards evening- one category included the award for “Working Together” where I was part of the winning team.
  • I got the key to the door of life itself- I turned 21!!!
  • England became my home of 3 years.
  • With a little help from my friends, I raised £2,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children by skydiving and having the greatest adrenaline rush.
  • I survived another year… that’s 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes and 31,536,000 seconds. Way to go!!!!

Much love,



life is too short

Versatile Blogger Award – WHAT WHAT???!!

Well, It’s taken me faaaaaaarrr too long to type this up and it is way overdue (about 3,000 years late), but I am excited to share with all of you that I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely human that she is, LA EDWARDS. Initially I was confused as I only discovered that I was nominated a few months after I actually was- so I thought it may be have been an error, but once I read in to it, I saw that I was nominated for the following reason:

Taylaac –  Tayla is a young, innovative, and cheery girl who  brings out the inner teen in me. She picked up her life and moved to a new country and made me realize anyone whether they have a terminal illness or merely have their entire life ahead of them, everyone needs a Bucket List.

Versatile Blogger Award

I am truly humbled as (admittedly), I am not great with thewholekeepingeveryoneuptodatewithmyblogandallthehappeningsasIgetdistractedeasilybutthisisnoexcusesopleaseforgivemeand…I love lamp.

So thank you so very much LA Edwards– I really appreciate the award and am grateful for your support. Keep your incredibly beautiful spirit shining and portray it through your equally beautiful photographs. Much Love!!!!!! xoxoxox

happy dog

I remember the first time someone liked my first ever post on WordPress… I was like “Ooooh check me out!” Then I got my first follower and I was shocked that people who don’t even know me like to read my ramblings.  I got a warm, fuzzy feeling and I really appreciate that I’m appreciated on here. 1 year, 6 months later and I’m still loving it!

This award comes with a few responsibilities where I need to tell you all SEVEN things about myself. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re trying to make it interesting and worth the reading time, it can be quite a difficult task. The list of the rules are as per below:

1. Display the award logo on your blog- TICK!!

2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their respective blog- TICK!!

3. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers for this award- SEE BELOW

4. State 7 things about yourself>>>>>>>>>>> DRUMROLL PLEASE. DrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRr

1. I can’t cook. I do try, but don’t really have an interest in it as it’s quite embarrassing that I once wasted 6 eggs when making Tom breakfast because they were inedible. I always mess up porridge… yes, that’s right… PORRIDGE. And I know that it’s literally a sachet, in a bowl, with some milk and 2 minutes in the microwave… I KNOW that… but ya, it doesn’t work. Ever. This leads to the second point…

2. I don’t eat touch weird foods. If I could live on peanut butter toast and Milo for the rest of my life- I’d be quite happy. Oh- and watermelon. Can’t forget that! “Weird” food according to me is anything besides the three mentioned items. 

3. Cliché time: I have ALWAYS wanted to be a singer. I kinda, sorta, maybe, secretly still want to be one. It all started when I was 11 years old and this 4 minute & 18 second video is the reason why. Can I sing? Well, yes- yes I can.  Can I sing well? No, I sound like a drowning cat. But if I could choose to be ANYTHING I wanted to be… I’d be a professional gig-goer-to. THAT would be incredible. 

4. I have a terrible fear of “small” heights. I freak out if I need to stand on a ladder or chair, but ask me to ride the tallest roller coaster, do the highest bunjy jump, skydive…. SURE!! Ask me to stand on a chair- uh uh. No. 

5. I’ve always wanted a big family of my own. Like 4 kids minimum… but after my sister had my ever- gorgeous nephew- that shizz doesn’t seem so appealing any more. We’ll see.

6. I was born with a tiny hole in my heart, but it closed after a few months. 

7. I got my belly button pierced when I was 12 years old. Rebel!

8. (FOR LUCK!). I speak fluent Japanese… 

……………………………………………………………………………….I don’t really.


And the lucky nominees are……….


1. Phantasmagoria– This stunning friend of mine is my inspiration to being a better and happier human. Her blog is simple, yet so beautiful. Karina- please keep being you. xoxox

2. I Can’t High Five– Previous award winner, Tennizzlle describes herself as: A typical Aries, blunt, direct and bossy, with bad tone, a lack of social prompts and an inability to high-five. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!!!??

3. The Better Man Project– This guy… is cool man. Watch the video– read the blog. SIMPLES!

4. Vicky…the Northern Chicky– This fun loving lady has 5 kids and always lives life to the fullest! She’s won the award previously, but I do think she deserves it again!

5. Moths To A Flame– A wonderful collection of mis-adventures. It’s a great blog!

6. Outside Air– You can find Kari Ann outside chasing the breeze with a pen and camera on hand at all times. Beauty!

7. Kooky Kuckoo– Quirky, thrifty, retro, movie enthusiast…. all of this in one!




Being a part of the blogging community opens your eyes to see how different people are out there and how something so simple can make us blissfully happy. It’s a safe place where I can be me and you can be you… it’s a place where we can be friends. I started this blog for a number of reasons and haven’t looked back since. Thank you to each and every one of you who has read my blog either once, twice or religiously. I really appreciate it 🙂 If this is the first post you’re reading of mine, thank you too! Oh … and welcome 🙂


Much love homies… always!


Hello World… Is that you??? It’s me, Tayla!

I’m surprised that an error message didn’t pop up to say that WordPress has deleted my account for a lack of love. Fear not followers… I am back… for good!!

My last post was a brief Christmas message, now looky here- it’s almost Christmas time again!! So what’s been happening since then…. ?


1. Tom and I are expecting 🙂 We are sooooooooo excited!!!!


Our little NEPHEW is due in June 🙂 Hahahahahaha- Got Ya!  My sister and her lovely Dan are having a little baba- we were told on Christmas Day, thus making it the BEST Christmas EVERRRRRR!!!!! He is 23 weeks old and is a very healthy little womb hi-jacker. XoXoX

2. Only 18 weeks to go until my sister, Jen, and her other half, James, come to visit us in the UK :)!!! 

3. I was nominated for the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD 🙂 Details to follow, but I am so delighted- Thank you.

4. I got a sexy little Mini One as I am now a DRIVER!! Yeah, that’s right… a DRIVER!! 

Mini One

5.  Tom and I are moving out our dingy flat next month and hope to save enough money to buy a house together. (OoOoOoOoh!!!)


THAT’S ALL FOR NOW… But in the words of Sir Arnold….



One Lovely Blog Award

I get emails from WordPress every day saying that there’s a new post or comment up and today I received one saying that I had been nominated for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD by a fellow blogger responsible for the AWESOME blog: I Can’t High Five . Apart from being really excited and quite shocked… I am proud of myself that I have the ability to create a blog that some people find worth following 🙂

As I have read, this award comes with a few simple rules…

The 3 rules are as follows:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog- together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

I am extremely grateful Tennizzlle (writer of: I Can’t High Five ) for this award nomination!!! Thank you so, so very much!!! You have fuelled the drive (even more) for me to make this blog exactly what I’ve always dreamed of. xoxox.

I started this blog in January 2012 and have enjoyed every second of it… My mom (Meh), sister (Alex) and lovely boyfriend (Bear) have been extremely supportive in the short time that I’ve been writing this blog and continue to do so always. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with so many good people from all around the world and  I appreciate all those who have contributed to my blog in any way.

2. Pass the award to other newly discovered blogs.

I love searching for fresh, interesting topics on WordPress and would like to give the following newly- discovered bloggers recognition for being quite lovely 🙂 and thank them for providing endless amounts of entertainment!

3.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Done!!  🙂