The Siren Book Review

For as long as I can remember I have loved reading. Since having my baby nearly 8 months ago I haven’t picked up a book, instead I have been using Audible. It’s a monthly subscription service allowing you to pick out a audio book each month for a low price. It’s been my life saver. Especially because my picky girl often time demands silence and to be held at all times during naps.๐Ÿ˜‰ My sweet mama graciously gifted me all of her saved up credits and I was able to stock up on some of my wish listed books recently. I haven’t stopped listening! I listen in the car bc if I have to listen to her watching Mickey Moust Clubhouse one more time I might actually pull my hair out. I listen while I do the dishes and while I rock her to sleep. It’s giving me a little piece of myself and I’m so thankful. That being said I recently finished the book “The Siren” by Kiera Cass. I wrote a review on her trilogy “The Selection” probably close to two years ago now. I’ll find the link and make sure to link it if you’re interested in reading my review on that series as well. When I saw that Kiera had wrote another book it immediately went onto my wish list. I listened to this book in less than a week. It was so good I couldn’t stop listening. I’m sure it drove my hubby nuts having to listen to bits and pieces of a young adult novel. I honestly haven’t ever thought much about Sirens or what they were made up to do. That allowed to me to enter this book with a completely open mind and not compete with my idea of what a Siren should be. All the details of this book is what really drew me in. Kiera has such a way of describing how each of the Siren’s become and bits and pieces of their pasts and futures. It is seriously “page turning”. I was bummed that this book ended and even though a second book wouldn’t be beneficial I couldn’t help but want more. It is definitely a book I will revisit.

Do you have any book suggestions? I’m always looking for new things to read!

xoxo

Taylarโค

Meal Monday

Summer Corn Chowder

It’s summer in Nevada so as you can imagine it’s about a billion degrees outside on the daily. I’m not sure why but mama wanted soup a couple weeks ago so I took to my cook books and imagination and settled on a summer corn chowder. It was a huge hit from my anti-soup hubby. Since the recipe calls for honey we opted out of giving any to the baby. It was a bit overwhelming looking at all the steps required in making this dish, especially for someone who isn’t that into cooking. It made enough for two heaping bowls for dinner, lunch the next day, and two frozen bowls for one of the weeks my husband is away on business. That’s a win in my book. My husband raved to everyone at work about this recipe. And again for someone who isn’t a cooker I was pretty proud. I learned that a recipe that had multiple steps wasn’t as difficult as I had originally imagined and that it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. Corn is a staple vegetable in this house. One of the only veggies my picky veggie husband will eat on the regular. In the past when we were first engaged I had a recipe for a chowder that had corn, rice, and chicken in it. I haven’t had the recipe for years and years and I remembered my husband loving it so decided that I needed to give this one a shot. Bring back a little nostalgia to our evening. Remembering a time when we only had to worry about the next time we were going to see each other. Those were the days. I remember he lived with a roommate who really became a good friend to the both of us. We all had many a pots of chicken corn chowder on the weekends before we were married. Yep. Those were the days. This time when sitting down to dinner we had our first little miracle sitting in her high-chair next to us demanding that she eat something as well. Heaven forbid mama or daddy eat anything with out first offering it to her. She may be a little demanding and she may or may not have gotten that from mama.๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait for her to grow and cook this with me one day. It is most surely a staple in our household from now on and will be made on many more summer nights.

Makes 6 Servings

Ingredients:

8 ears of fresh corn – kernels cut from cob (we couldn’t find any fresh corn on the cob at our local grocery store so I used organic frozen corn instead)

3 TBS Butter

5 Slices of bacon crumbled

1/4 Cup flour (we eat gluten free so we used Pillsbury GF flour)

1 Clove minced garlic

5 Cups water

1 Pound potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

Salt

Pepper

1 Cup half and half

1 TBSP honey

Shredded cheese

Instructions:

Melt butter in large pot of medium/high heat. Add bacon and stir. Add in the flour and garlic cooking 1 1/2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour in 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, continuously stirring, then stir in corn and potatoes. Add thyme and bay leaf and season with onion powder and salt and pepper. Bring to a light boil, the reduce heat to medium/low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, approximately 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf and add 2 1/2 cups of the chowder to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir blended mixture back into the bot and add in the half and half and honey. Sprinkle each bowl with cheese. (We used cheddar cheese)

 

It was so yummy I forgot to take a picture of the chowder all assembled in the bowl. We both devoured them without even thinking!

If you decided to try this recipe or have a recipe you think I should try let me know what you think in the comments!

XOXO

Taylar Maeโค

PS Mama win and how I was able to spend a half hour writing out this post. Thank you Mickey Mouse Club House!

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I found this recipe on Pinterest and adapted it from this blog http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/06/summer-corn-chowder/

Life update

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Since I’ve had my baby girl (nearly 8 months ago) I’ve had the hardest time managing life. Having a baby is seriously life changing. I know people say it to you but you have no idea how hard life becomes when a tiny human enters it. I never knew how much stuff a tiny human requires and how much time they need. I knew it would consume me but I don’t think I understood it until after she was here. It’s the best all consuming feeling in the world and I’d do it for the rest of my life if I could. I’d love to just freeze time right here and keep her this tiny forever. She is by far the favorite part of me and the greatest accomplishment of my life. That being said I can’t help but feel overwhelmed sometimes and miss the little things I used to do for myself. With that being said I have decided that I am going to start prioritizing a little me time and one on the list of things I want to do besides the occasional bubble bath is blogging. I’ve missed siting down to my computer and just writing about whatever I’m feeling in the moment. In the past this blog has largely centered around the beauty world but my focus has greatly shifted the last year and somewhat sadly it’s not that big a part of my life anymore. So from now on this blog will focus on anything and everything I feel like sharing in the moment. One thing you can always count on is “Meal Monday” where I share a favorite recipe right here on the blog every single week. Cooking has become so important now that we have an extra mouth to feed so we’ve been trying out tons of new recipes lately and some are to good to not share. I hope you’ll enjoy the direction Taylar Made is going and I hope to write 2-3 posts a week. It is a top priority for myself to have some me time! Be sure to check back in tomorrow for my first ever Meal Monday post!

XOXO

Taylar Maeโค

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Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July. I’m always reminded on this day to be thankful for the life I have and the country I live in thanks to the brave men who founded this country and for the brave men and women fighting to defend it.

XOXO – Taylar Mae

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Family Vacation to San Diego

 

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My husband doesn’t get a lot of time off of work but they do get two one week breaks during the year. This year for his first break we decided that we would take our little family to San Diego. I landed back in Nevada on Tuesday evening and we headed for California on Thursday! Friday was our first full day in San Diego and we thought about going to Sea World but decided that we would go tour the USS Midway instead. It isn’t the first Navy ship for us to tour and we are always fascinated with how they work. If you have never toured a Navy ship before we both highly recommend touring one.

It was an absolutely gorgeous day outside. Not too hot to be touring a stuffy old ship.

ย We decided to tour the “bottom” of the ship first during the hottest part of the day to keep the baby out of the sun. It took us about an hour and a half to get through all the areas and no matter how many ships we go on we are always amazed that people live in these tight quarters. We stopped after touring below and had lunch. I am on a very strict no gluten or dairy diet so I had packed my lunch of apple slices, peanut butter, and beef jerky. We sat outside on the deck of the plane and enjoyed the ocean breeze and sunshine. After lunch we headed up to the flight deck to check out all the planes.

When we left the USS Midway we decided to go check out Seal Beach over in La Jolla! It was so awesome just seeing all those cute seals just hanging out! The only wildlife we have hanging out on the beaches back home are seagulls and crabs.

Day 2 we decided to hit up theย  San Diego Zoo! Finley loved looking around at all the animals and enjoying the nice breeze. She stayed awake for quite some time and we just carried her around so that she could look around. Her favorites were the Flamingos, just like her mama!

We left San Diego on Easter Morning and our little angel slept the whole way. She only woke to nurse 2 times and when she got home she got all her Easter presents!

What are some of your favorite vacation spots on the west coast? I’d love to hear from you!

XXXX – Taylar Mae

Travel essentials with a new baby

Recently the baby and I have been doing a ton of traveling. We spent a total of about 5 days last month in our home state. It was a long but super fun month. During this time we tookย four plane rides and two 7.5 hour road trips. At the beginning of the month we ventured out to my home state of Florida so that Finley could meet the rest of my family. I quickly learned on my first of two flights there that I had indeed packed way more than I needed. I decided to compile a list of all the things that I thinkย are necessary when traveling with an infant under 3 months.

2-3 extra outfits and extra socks. Because it would be the day that baby has massive blow outs if you don’t.

10-12 diapers.

An unopened pack of wipes.

2 pacifiers with a paci clip.

A plastic bag for clothes just in case needed.

Diaper rash cream.

Gas drops.

Hand Sanitizer.

A nose sucker.

A light blanket and a receiving blanket as a backup.

A burp cloth.

A bib.

A toy.

A nursing pillow. This was probably the best idea I had!

If you breastfeed then a cover, nipple shield, whatever supplies you may need.

If you bottle feed then bottles, formula, and water.

If you have traveled with a new little one what are some essentials you needed? I’d love to hear about them so leave me a comment!

XXX – Taylar Mae

Sephora VIB Sale Must Haves

I always try toย wait to buy new products till the VIB 15% off sales. I typically buy only the necessities the rest of the year and then during the sales pick up items on my must try list and even stock up onย a few of my favorites. This sale season I decided to make up a post about my top must haves. So lets dive in!

ABH Dip Brow

ย Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade

bobbi brown shimmer brick

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

glam glow

GlamGlow Thirstymud

bite beauty lipstick

BITE Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

marc jacobs

Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

bare minerals

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

BB Surf

Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion

rose hibiscus

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist

boscia

Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

Herbavoire

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner

That’s it for my top 10 must haves! Is there anything that you are dying to get your hands on? I’d love to hear your must haves, so leave me a comment!

XXX – Taylar Mae