Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hello, my name is Mom

Don't get me wrong I LOVE being a mother, I really do, it's just sometimes I feel that I am only a mother and not Tara.  I know I cannot be the only one out there that feels this way.  For the past 6 years of my life I have either been pregnant or nursing a baby.  I also have not had more than 3 periods in that time (TMI, but hey, that's a high point of my life).  Now that my youngest is a year old, I can finally feel confident to leave him with someone for more than an hour or two.  Now all I have to do is find stuff to do, right?  Easier said than done.

Now onto the #mombod issues we all face.  I am struggling with these last 12 pounds or so.  Now, I know to officially be able to complain about it I actually have to go and workout and not see results- buzz kill.  So instead of complaining, I will ask you what you have found that helps shed those last few pounds without having to practically starve myself or eat apple sauce for two weeks?  I recently tried this "magic drink" of grapefruit juice, apple cider vinegar and honey.  I would love to tell you that after drinking this magical concoction I shed those last few unwanted pounds.  Instead, I about threw up all over my son as he watched with bug eyes in disbelief.  I like to think of it as pay back for all the times he spit up on me.  I think eventually I will have to suck it up and join a gym, but who really has time for all that craziness?  Another alternative, is strapping my youngest on my back while I chase my older boys around the house.  That way I can get a good sweat in, while still playing with them.  Win, win in my book.  Seriously ladies, let me know what works for you.  I am open to just about anything. 

Now to shamelessly show off my handsome boys.  I may just be Mom now, but I am dang lucky to be theirs. Fun fact about my two oldest: They share the same birthday but are 2 years apart.  No it was not planned but I love it! 


Friday, August 26, 2016

What my logo means to me

When I started this adventure, I designed my logo in Photoshop.  It was black and gold; simply put, boring.  There was a part of me in it with the black and gold, Geaux Saints,  but the logo itself was not sexy as my husband would say.  A year ago, I decided to take his advice and hire someone to revamp my logo.  I knew I wanted it to be classic and clean.   I knew that my logo not only needed to represent me, but my home.  I wanted to stick to my Southern roots and chose to have a Fleur de Lis as a part of the design.  When I look at my logo now, it reminds me of walking the French Quarter in New Orleans (Nawlins for your locals).  It reminds me of the sound of tap dancing on the streets or a saxophone playing in Jackson Square.   It reminds me of the rich jazz history that surrounds you when you walk the cobble stone streets.  It also reminds me of all the devastating events that have happened to my home state.  All the hurricanes year after year and most recently the extreme flooding that has swept my hometown.  This is what my logo means to me.  I may have moved to another state, but Louisiana and all her beauty will forever be my home.  


Friday, August 19, 2016

Why I decided to extend our return policy

I can honestly say that I have not shopped in a mall for over 5 years.  I am not sure if it's just the hassle of getting dressed, finding a parking spot, walking to the store and then waiting in line to either try on the clothes or check out.  Draining, right?  

I wanted to make sure that every woman who comes to Tara Lynn's, feels comfortable with their buying experience.   So I decided that giving you a full 30 days from the date you ordered to try it on, see if you love it and then return it if not, would be something that I would want as a customer.  I even made it easier for sending in a return.  If you do not love it, you can fill out a quick form on the site, print the mailing label and drop it in your mail box.  Trust me, you do not want to have to go to the post office, especially during the holiday season.  You're welcome.  You can check out our Happiness Guarantee here.

It's the little things that make life easier.  Have an idea to make  Tara Lynn's a better company?  I would love to hear it. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sneak Peek of Fall Line Releasing

 We have teamed up with a new clothing line Hazel Blues and are beyond excited for their Fall collection.  Below are a few sneak peeks of what is to come.






OK ladies... what is your favorite?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mid Year SALE


                                          Keep reading! This is important stuff:
  • Items do NOT hold in your cart & are very limited, if you're 100% in love with something check-out quick then go back for more! (shipping is FREE)
  • We cannot adjust, combine, cancel, or add to existing orders once the order has been placed, as we start shipping immediately. So, please double check your order (size, color, address, etc). 
  • We will not be price adjusting any items purchased prior to the sale. 
  • We will not be restocking any items during the sale, everything available will be listed. 
  • Please refer to the item sizing guidelines 
  • Orders will still (and always) ship FREE! (US only)
  • We will ship in the order received, but please allow 3-4 day shipping time frame (unless otherwise noted on a listing) just in case! 
  • Most items are on their last production run, so if you want it... get it now! 
  • Due to the deep discounts, ALL items during this sale are FINAL SALE! (again, double check your order - no exceptions will be made!)
  • Sale will run from 12:00 am (MST) July 29th to midnight July 31th (MST).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Polka Dots for the WIN!


We are beyond excited to release this Polka Dot Chambray top next month.  We paired it here with our Weekend Blues and Floral Necklace.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Motherhood and Fashion: The Struggles and Battles

Let's face it, if we get out of the house with two matching shoes, we are doing good most of the time.  Being a mother and being in fashion, do not always go hand and hand.  It does not have to be that way though!  Here are some simple tips that I have found worked for me.

1) Plan ahead.  I remember setting out my outfit the night before, so I did not have to wake up 30 minutes early, back in my school days.  The same idea applies here.  If you know what you are going to wear ahead of time, it will be quicker to throw it on and get out the door.

2) Allow time to get ready.  I have to get dressed 1.5 hours before we even plan on leaving.  Sadly, sometimes I am still running out the door some of the times, but trust me, this helps.  You know you will have a million, "mom's" sang at you during this 1.5 hours, so plan ahead and hopefully you can get it done in time.

3) Choose your battles.  Unless we are going to church (and sometimes even then) I let them choose what they want to wear.  Batman shirt, basketball shorts and cowboy boots, why the heck not?  Any mother/father that sees your child will know they chose their own outfit.  If they do not have children and look at you funny, give them ___ years until they have their own child.  They will remember that moment, and think, "I take back all the mean things I said about other parents".

4) Do not compare.  It's hard in today's day and age, where you can follow (OK, stalk) celebrities or bloggers literally all day.  They all seem to have the perfect life, the perfect outfit, the perfect children.  Sighs.  Remember, that they are women, just like you and me.  They have bad moment and only blog about the good ones.  They get PAID to look good and put on a good front.  They are NOT you.  Be happy with who you are, you are good enough.  Trust me, your children do not care if your face lands on the front page of Vogue.  They just want a loving mother who is there for them.  You do not have to spend millions of dollars to buy their happiness.  Just show up and be there.  Trust me, it will always be more than enough.

Above all else, just be yourself and love.  Your children will remember the time you spent with them more than anything.  I am sure all of you wonderful mothers have plenty of other tips as well.  Please share them in the comments so we can all learn from each other.


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