Chilly Mornings & Happy Moments

Good Morning & Happy Halloween!

I’m a bit excited over here. I am having coffee with the fireplace turned on for the first time since last winter. It’s officially cozy weather๐Ÿค—. It’s 37 degrees, so I plan on walking the dogs later in the morning when the sun comes up, and the temps rise a little. I’m still in a bit of a weekend coma. If any of you follow me on Instagram, then you know I was on a press trip in Jackson County. I can’t believe this gem of a place was only two and a half hours away from Charlotte. I had the most amazing time, and I am already planning on taking my entire family back up there soon. We went horseback riding, hiking, flyfishing, brewery tours, ate at delicious restaurants, visited coffee shops, pottery shops, stayed at a beautifulย and history-richย inn, and so much more! I took over 1600 photos from the weekend, so going through them has been a blast. I’m excited for you all to see the post! It makes me wonder how many places there are out there just waiting to be discovered. I had so much fun.ย 

This weekly recap post will be a bit shorter than what you’re used to! I spent a lot of downtimeย writing, so more time stuck inside, which isn’t that great for photo ops. I contemplated even writing a recap post this week, but I’ve had a recap post each week for the past two years, and there is no breaking that streak now! I guess a small and not-so-exciting recap is better than no recap at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
On Monday morning, I packed up all of the boxes for Coffee Giveaway, and don’t worry; they weren’t in the box like that. Bubble wrap and tissue paper made its appearance. Kyle enjoyed my morning singing and rap enough to snap the entire experience. If anyone ever got ahold of his snap library…

Speaking of giveaway…shall I do a Christmas one?….
I spent the rest of Monday blogging last week’s recap and hiding out from the rainy weather. Around four, I headed out to a massage appointment in hopes that it would help my pulled muscle in my back, and it most certainly helped. After the massage, I ran over to the mall to buy the Adrianna Papell dress I was talking about weeks ago. I said I wasn’t going to buy it until it went on sale, and it finally did. I left the mall around six and headed uptown to celebrate our friend, Steve’s, birthday.
The rain was nonstop all day! I’m kind of glad it was because I ended up getting a lot done.ย 
We headed to Aria in Uptown for Steve’s birthday (last year’s birthday) dinner. I ordered the wild caught salmon alla Plancha, and Kyle and I split some of their grilled meatballs. The meatballs were the best part. The salmon was good, but I’ve definitely had better for cheaper (too honest? sorry.) I mean, it was served upside down, so maybe the chef was in a hurry. They made up for it by having incredible tasting espresso. I know a shot of espresso at 9 PM sounds crazy, but it doesn’t keep me up.

Kyle found out some amazing news late Tuesday night before we went to bed, so we were up talking late and just filled with too much joy to go to sleep.
I wanted to get Kyle a congrats gift, so I headed out on Tuesday morning to one of his favorite stores to pick out a new briefcase. I was shocked that he didn’t have one, so I wanted to get one he’d love! You can never go wrong with gifts for your boyfriend at The Frye Company.ย 
I ended up going with the Logan Top Handle bag in the Cognac color. He LOVED it! He had to fly to California for work yesterday, and he kept sending me pictures of the bag at the airport, on the airplane, at the hotel, and in random places all day long. It made me laugh, but I’m happy he loves it! He deserved it with his accomplishment! I wish I could brag on him and tell you guys more, but I do love keeping his personal life as personal as I can.
I headed to the gym with him later in the evening, and then we stopped at Panera to pick up dinner. I always order the Fuji Apple salad and customize it by adding kale, cucumber, blueberries, grapes, pumpkin seeds, extra chicken, avocado, egg, and no cheese. I usually add two cups of kale from home and half the salad into a large bowl and then having the same thing the next day. The Panera salads are always so big!

Kyle and I started a new show, and then headed to bed!ย 
On Wednesday morning, I got up early and took the boys for their walk. When I got back, Kyle set up my coffee for me before heading out to work. He left the sweetest note, and it made my heart flutter. I don’t know how I got so lucky.ย 

For breakfast, I had scrambled eggsย and a blueberry waffle. The waffle was still toasting while I took this photo.
I got ready for a fun night on Wednesday!

Shoes: Green Flats
On Wednesday night, Kyle and I were invited to an amazing dinner prepared for us by Chef Luca! I am going to have exciting details about this dinner on my Instagram tomorrow! Look out for that post!ย 
Goat cheese Dolce Creme Brule…omg…

There was lemonย juice in this espresso. I would never have thought about mixing the two, but it was surprisingly enjoyable.

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About a month ago, I asked you guys about Invisalign. I had so many people hurry to reply with their thoughts. SO MANY of you suggested that I try out Smiles Direct Club. Again, I live under a rock because I had never heard of it. I checked it out, and then reached out to them, and they were kind enough to send me my own box! I thought it would be fun to share the process with you all during the next six months. I put together my molds from the impressions kit! It was pretty fun. I have straight teeth, but over the past year, they’ve shifted, and now I have more gaps. I’m pretty self-conscious about it, so I’m excited to see the changes! When I take pictures, I literally have to shove my tongue against my teeth because it fills the gaps. They also included the promo code:ย TARALYNN if you’d like to receive 50% off your first impressions kit! I’ll keep you all posted!

 


Thursday morning breakfast: Eggs filled with sauteed kale, pineapple. blackberries, banana, and a waffle with peanut butter. Unfortunately, Leo enjoyed my waffle while I was putting the camera away. Note to self *never leave your plate on the coffee table.ย 
I was all over the place running errands on Thursday. I decided to go through all of my winter clothes and get rid of what I won’t wear. The cool thing about the ThredUp clean out bags is that they donate the leftovers to charity.ย 
I picked up salmon from Earthfare while I was out and about for dinner.ย 
I also bought prepared zoodles to go with the salmon. I’ve been obsessed with these lately! I have a veggie spiraler, but the convenience of these already-prepared zoodles makes it so easy and mess free.

I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and sauteed the zoodles until they were fully cooked.ย 
I flavored the zoodles with pepper, red chili pepper flakes, garlic, onion powder, and paprika.
I seasoned the salmon with garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, dill weed, paprika, red chili flakes, and gluten-free teriyaki sauce.ย 
I baked the salmon at 400 for 23 minutes, but the baking time will depend on the size of your salmon. Mine was pretty thick, and I like salmon to be cooked medium.ย 
Thirty-minutes meals for the win! Steve and Kyle enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ™‚
I was up bright and early on Friday morning! Becca and I were heading out at 7 AM for a weekend in Jackson County.ย We were so excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Before I took of, I wrote a post about fitnes & how I’ve been feeling lately..hope you read it!ย ย 
Easy on-the-go breakfast: RX BAR & a Honeycrisp apple. I found Honeycrisp apples for $1.99 a pound at Earthfare! WIN.ย 

About an hour into the drive, we stopped at Dunkin for much-needed road trip coffees. I always order the medium roast at Dunkin and it’s sooooooo yummy. No cream necessary!

Had to show off my pumpkins ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
My weekend was INCREDIBLE!!!! I can’t wait to share it with you! Post coming very very very soon. A big THANKS to Jackson County for showing Becca and I an amazing time.ย 
Some of you were asking who takes care of the dogs, but Kyle was home all weekend, so he had so much fun with them. He took them on his own little trips! I had lots of snaps sent to me ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, Kyle sent me this text while I was out flyfishing and it made my heart melt. He knows I’m obsessed with Charleston and also with coffee, so he picked up this coffee blend for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, how in the world did I get so lucky! I love him to pieces.ย 
I was really sad to leaveย but happy to be home with the boys! We stopped for road trip coffee and took off for Charlotte.ย 
The drive back was beautiful. Fall foilage in the mountains and fields of Sunflowers near Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚
When I got home, I walked to B.Good with Meighan for some food to-go!
I ordered their lettuce wrap turkey burger and a kale side salad. My salad had kale, butternut squash, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, brussels sprouts, and a vinaigrette.ย 

I was happy to be back and head out for a walk with my boys! Missed them so much ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Early morning Monday stroll.
Grumple’s road back with his head on my shoulder the entire car ride. I think he missed me ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent all day doing laundry, writing, grocery shopping, walking the dogs, cleaning the house, and getting everything in order again. Today, I’m painting the office with my dad! We are also going to rip out the carpet and add new flooring.ย 
For dinner, I sauteed some butternut squash and zucchini noodles, kale, brussels sprouts, and ground chicken. I added one tablespoon of gluten free teriyaki sauce, and done! Easy fifteen-minute dinner.ย 

Have a wonderful Halloween, everyone!

Questions For You! (picking your brain a little)

  1. Scary movies on Halloween? Yay or Nay!
  2. Kyle and I were talking. I think it would be cool for him to write a recap post from his perspective, and he agreed to do it! Is this something you guys would want to see?
  3. I had a lot of IG DM requests for make up tutorials and cooking videos. Which ones would you like to see??

Comments

  • Siobhan

    I would love to see a recap post from Kyle!
    And I think cooking videos and makeup tutorials would be awesome! I was also wondering if you could do a kitchen walk through, how you organize your pantry/fridge, what your grocery list usually looks like, what are your pantry/kitchen staples. I hope that isnโ€™t too demanding…Iโ€™m just curious haha.

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  • Jennifer O’Neill

    Loving your dress and bag choices. Your healthy eating balance always inspires me to keep on top of my eating issues!

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  • Jess

    Your dogs are adorable

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  • Mila

    Kyle is a sweetie!

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  • Jenna

    Hi Taralynn!
    I love your dog harnesses! What brand are they?
    Thanks!

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  • Adison

    Your dogs look like they could be in commercials!

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  • Gessie

    That note from Kyle!:)

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  • Iris

    Are you and Kyle moving in together?

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  • Anonymous

    Your mascara! Gorgeous lady!

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  • Malorie

    I can’t wait to see your Jackson County post. That salad from the roots place looks really good too! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  • Annalisa

    So happy you could check out a new part of NC! It’s always so fun to explore in your own backyard. And this time of year things are gorgeous down here. Thanks for the recap post, they make my week, every week, and I’m sure others would echo that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1) Scary movies on Halloween, 100% !
    2)A recap post from your man would be awesome to see! I’m sure he has a unique perspective.
    3) Girl I can’t choose between make-up or cooking tutorials, both please ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Annalisa!

      I agree! I love being introduced to new places and new things! ๐Ÿ™‚

      & thank you for the kind words!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad my recaps bring light to your day!

      It would definitely be fun to see!

      lol both it is!!

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  • Ian

    Where is your most favorite place to shop for food?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      The most convenient for me is my nearest grocery store, Harris Teeter!

      But I LOVE Fresh Market!:) I do wish we had a Sprouts closer, though!

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  • Sharron

    I am obsessed with your dogs!

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  • Sherry

    Is Jackson County close to Ashville?

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  • Lace

    I’m loving your Instagram stories lately! I enjoy your posts, but it’s fun to get a taste of your personality through video!

    Lace

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  • Sara

    I wish I liked vegetables or salmon! I can’t get myself to like it.

    Reply to Sara
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Sara!

      I WAS THE EXACT WAY!

      But, you have to try them cooked different ways. I slowly started adding them into my diet. I started topping sandwiches with peppers, eating stir fry, and sneaking in vegetables in every way possible! Eventually, I just grew to love them! Salmon is amazing, but only when cooked properly! Just keep trying! You’ll eventually like it!

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  • Haley

    I love all of your mugs!

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  • Jessie

    Are you going to have kids?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol this is an interesting question.

      I’m only 26 (I know that may seem old to others, but too young for me) and kids are the last thing I’m thinking about right now!

      My dogs are my kids!:)

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  • Sharni

    Your press trip looked SO fun! I loved all the ghost stories that you told on Snapchat with Becca.

    Sharni xo
    http://www.agirlandgrey.com

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  • Cami

    Your office is looking great!

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  • mae

    Do you have health insurance? do you pay taxes?

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  • Anonymous

    How old are you, Taralynn! You have such a young face with an old soul!

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  • Kenny

    I live in Jackson County! OMG I WISH YOU DID A MEETUP!

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  • Hannah

    Love your coat!

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  • Kate Lowe

    I’m loving all of your sneak peek photos from your Jackson County trip! I’m so excited to read. It’s great that you got to bring Becca. I feel as if you always have a great time together and you really let loose around her. Your Instagram stories always make me laugh! I wish I had a friendship like you guys ๐Ÿ™

    Scary movies are my jam!

    I would love to see a post from Kyle. Not only is he handsome, but he seems like a sweetheart. It gives me hope that there is someone out there for me.

    BOTH! I love how flawless and natural your makeup is. You are naturally pretty and I like that you don’t go overboard on makeup. I hate makeup tutorials that spend too much time drawing on eye browns and applying fake eyelashes. Are yours real?

    Kate

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kate!!

      Thank you so much & yes yes yes! We have a blast together!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel so lucky to have my friends in my life! I’ve only known them for a few years, but it feels like we’ve been connected forever.

      Lol mine too! (depending on which ones……)

      He really is a sweetie! & yes yes yes everyone has a match out there. Just gotta date some not-so-great ducks until you find the perfect one!

      That you so much!! That is very very sweet! I do NOT look good with a ton of makeup! It’s actually scary! I had my makeup done professionally one time and I wanted to cry lol I looked like a damn clown!!! & YES my eyelashes are 100% real!

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  • Harriet

    Fantastic recap!! Your pups are definitely the cutest. Your press trip looks amazing, can’t wait to read about it. Yes! Kyle should do a recap post would be amazing to read. Yes to scary movies on Halloween ๐Ÿ‘ป but I always end up double checking the locks before going to bed. Both of those tutorials would be great. A tutorial on how you warm up pre run and workout classes, would be amazing , I am doing my first 1/2 marathon on Sunday and warming up has been one of them hardest things for me to make sure I warm up the right mussels etc. Hope you have a great weekend!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Harriet!

      I know you’ll LOVE the Jackson County post! All things outdoors!:)

      I can’t wait to hear about your half marathon!!!! eeeeeek!!!

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  • Amani P.

    Hi there!
    1. Can’t stand scary movies! They make me want to hurl, that’s how scared I get.
    2. I think it would be so cool to see a recap post from another perspective! Especially from someone who is so important in your life. Good thing Kyle is willing to do it! My boyfriend would take a hard pass at writing anything haha.
    3. Cooking videos would definitely be awesome. Your recipes are so straightforward and delicious!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Amani!

      Lol I get like that if I’m watching them alone!

      Hahaha Kyle is an extremely talented writer.

      I love a straight forward (that’s where the simply in simply Taralynn comes from) recipe that is quick!!

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    I have always wanted to try Smile Direct Club! I can’t wait to hear how you like it. I think I might have to take the leap soon!

    As always… Kyle and you are the CUTEST. It’s those little notes and sweet gestures that make it SO GOOD. Ben and I have been together for 9 years (HOLY MOLY), and we still leave each other silly notes and stuff. It keeps the spark alive! We forget that those tiny things make the biggest impact.

    I also love how you always use spices in your cooking. I KNOW spices add so much flavor, but I always forget to use them. I’ve gotta get better at it, so I vote for cooking videos!

    NO on scary movies. I will literally be up all night waiting for something terrifying to happen!

    I’d love to hear a recap from Kyle! We hear so much about him, it’d be fun to hear what he says!

    Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!! Good morning ๐Ÿ™‚

      OMG. I’m seriously so excited for them to get here!!! Straight teeth, paleeeeese!

      Thank you. He never fails to make me smile and make my day 10000000000% better. I love hearing that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes me so happy to see how happy you are and how well you are treated. xo xo Tiny things are the biggest things.

      lol I can’t do it alone!

      I think it would be so fun too!!

      xo xo xo

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  • Jennifer

    Scary movies I’m okay with… but not very often! I’m one of those people that always has to watch a not scary show/movie afterwards! If you’re in the mood for a scary movie… watch Hush on Netflix. It was SOOOO good!! And I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but I will admit, that one was super good. And yes, I did end up watching the Great British Bake Off afterwards.

    YAAASSSSS KYLE.

    I think either kind of tutorial would be neat! You’re great at cooking AND your makeup so I think you’ll do great with both!

    Also, I’m super excited to see your office. I’m LOVING the sneak peek of the colors you’ve shown so far. LOVE it!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes me too! I always watch Spongebob or Rugrats after lol Or a Nicholas Sparks movie!

      OMG NO!!!!!! I HATED THAT!!!!! LOL SO SCARY! I had to fast forward to the ending lol

      Thanks, girl! both would be fun ๐Ÿ˜€

      OMG IT’S COMING ALONG SO GREAT! I want it to be cozy/warm/rustic!

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  • Carly

    I loved following your Instagram trip to Jackson County… can’t wait for the pictures and post about it!

    I LOVE Kyle’s gift, it look SO nice and sounds perfectly functional! *Thank you for the perfect christmas gift idea for my husband!*

    Never heard of Goat Cheese Dolce Creme Brule, but I do love everything with goat cheese, so it sounds delicious!

    I apparently also live under a rock and have never heard of Simles Direct Club, I will definatly be checking it out!

    Scary anything and me are a NAY!

    I think a recap from Kyle’s perspective would be really cool! Different viewpoints of the same events can be so interesting with how similar or different they end up! Although I’m sensing his will also include a lot of the dogs!

    I would love cooking videos! I love to cook new things but always wish I had some one to ‘show’ me so I can see how/what to do! One of my favorite parts of Blue Apron is that they have pictures with the different steps so I can check and see that ‘yes I’m on the right track or nope not at all’ ha!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Carly!

      I have been going through all the photos during little breaks today and it has been so much fun to re-live it all over.

      YES! He honestly has sent me 15 photos today haha It’s definitely an investment for him and something that looks even better the older it gets! I had never heard of it either and now I need it in my life again.

      OMG. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THEM TO ARRIVE! I’ve wanted braces/liners forever.

      lol NAY when I’m alone.

      OMG, He takes photos of the dogs 100 times a day!! hahaha

      I love doing blue apron too!!:) Speaking of…gotta go get myself another box!!

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  • Perri

    I would love to see a cooking video! I love your receipes Taralynn ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Clancy Phillips

    Hi Taralynn! So cool that you went to Jackson County, I grew up about 45 min west of Sylva in a place called Robbinsville. If you ever go back to Jackson County I highly recommend the trip to Robbinsville and a stop along the way in Bryson City for the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. They’re both much smaller mountain towns but so beautiful. My hometown has the Cherohala Skyway which takes you from NC to TN with elevations of 6000 feet, the views of the mountains are AMAZING–especially this time of year! And a visit to Tapoco Lodge and a ride on a road called the Dragon (it has 318 curves in 11 miles) is also a must if you visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Always love reading about your travels!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Clancy!

      So neat! You grew up in a wonderful place ๐Ÿ™‚ I will take note next time I’m up that way. Thank you for all of the recommendations & I can’t wait to get back there!! xo xo Thanks for reading!

      Have a wonderful week!

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  • nicole @ bento momentos

    Love how Kyle kept sending you pictures of his bag — so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kelly Mercer

    I love your adventures and love even more that the places you go are around me too!

    I think Kyle writing from his perspective would be so fun to read! It is nice to switch things up and hearing from the other side! I also would love to see cooking tutorials! I tend to buy all of the ingredients but never know exactly what would go with what or how to go about cooking it. Happy FALL! FINALLY!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think you’re right & he’s a fabulous writer.

      I definitely was to do more cooking videos, I’ve been reading some how to’s for them lately.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    No scary movies for me, EVER! Iโ€™m a huge coward.
    Iโ€™d like to see Kyleโ€™s post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • Dana

    I can’t wait to read about your press trip!

    Yes! I hope Kyle writes a weekend recap!

    D

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  • Brooklyn

    Horror movies = YAY! My favorite genre ๐Ÿ™‚
    A recap post from Kyle’s perspective would be awesome! He seems like such a sweetie.

    That photo of you hugging Becca is great, you both look so happy ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to read about your weekend away!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I love scary movies, but they can’t be things like Chainsaw massacre or saw!! eeeeek.

      & yes! Kyle really is so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the best people I’ve ever met!!

      I’m excited to share it all with you! xo

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  • Natalie M.

    I loved this recap post. You seem really, really happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Also, if you don’t mind me asking, where did you get those coffee mugs that you put in the coffee giveaway packages? They are so cute, and I want one!)

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  • Kate

    Hey Tara! Hocus Pocus is my Halloween tradition! I think a post from Kyle would be so fun! I was actually going to ask if you could post about zoodles! I don’t have a spiralizer and I’ve never made them but I would love to see how you do! I’m glad you had so much fun this past weekend! It looked so beautiful!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kate!

      Hocus Pocus is always a good one to watch! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I will definitely crank out the spiraler!

      It was so much fun and I’m more excited to share all the photos!!

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  • Dana

    Makeup tutorials would be fun! Perhaps you could share some of your favorite products!

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  • Jenna

    OMG the notes and texts from Kyle are so cute. I totally love that you’re giving us more glances into your relationship. I feel like I don’t know Kyle, so a post from him would be really neat.

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  • Katie

    I love all of your posts!

    This question might be a bit out of the ordinary but when you moved to Charlotte how did you find your “place” so to speak with your friends and Kyle? I just started my career in a new city and am still working on finding that place. You seem to have found something in Charlotte that I wish to find in my life in a new city!

    Reply to Katie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Katie!

      I think moving is always going to be tough. I know one day I’ll leave Charlotte and have to make new friends all over again. I’m pretty introverted, so it doesn’t bother me that much, but it is nice to have a group for sure. I think in the early stages of living somewhere new, you have to be 10x more outgoing than you normally would. Try to find groups and meetups for the things that you enjoy. Walking groups, church groups, fitness classes, running groups, sports, or anything you’re interested in. It only takes meeting one person that will eventually connect you to more and more and more people. I’ve been here for 3 1/2 years now, so I’ve had some time to fall into place. You’ll meet people you like, some you don’t, but just put yourself out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • marti @fitwithheart

    love your adventures – looks like a BEAUTIFUL place to explore! of course i would love guys perspective recap! always fun and even entertaining at times to see their side of things ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Lauren

    1. Yay for scary movies on Halloween! I always watch Dracula!
    2. That would be awesome to see Kyleโ€™s perspective (and maybe a โ€œhow you two metโ€ post! :))
    3. Make up tutorials!! Your makeup always looks so flawless and beautiful but still natural!

    Love your blog!!

    Reply to Lauren
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Oh, NOW THAT is a good Halloween movie!

      I definitely want to bring him into the blog more! He’s so fun.

      I ALWAYS love a natural look ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • JENNIFER

    You and kyle make a really cute couple, I have a feeling he’s the one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really hope you keep us in the loop if it does happen. I been following you on your journey for years and I can see the love between the two of you. I’m very happy for you.

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  • madison

    lol girl, no. salmon seared with skin on should be served skin side up. the chef worked hard to crisp it, it would be a shame to serve it upside down and let it get soggy.

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  • Jessica Haggard

    O.m.g I would love a recap post from Kyle! I feel like I don’t really know him, which totally understandable wanting to keep his private life private. BUT a recap post would be the bomb dot com!

    Reply to Jessica Haggard
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jessica!

      I know and I wish everyone could get to know him because he’s such a sweetie! I think him doing a recap post would be fun because he can still stay private with his private life, but you can get to know him through his writing. THE ONLY PROBLEM would be that he’s an INCREDIBLE writer and it’ll make me look bad hahahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Diana

    That mug is adorable, I really want to get one like that for nights spent camping. Horseback riding would be so fun! I’m an equestrian rider so I love to get out every chance I can. You did so much while out there it sounds amazing! Have a wonderful week ahead xx

    http://mylovelierdays.com

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  • Kellie

    1) Scary movies are always fun on Halloween, especially if you have someone to cuddle with!

    2) Would LOVE to hear from Kyle! It’s awesome you commit to keeping his personal life private, but you know we would love to know more about him! He seems like such a sweet perfect guy and I’m so happy you found each other!

    3) Cooking videos!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kellie!

      Yes, agree!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m so happy we found each other too. Everything just feels right with him. <3 He’s the best.

      I think so too!

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  • Sara

    I love your posts, even if they are small!

    I’m so happy you didn’t skip out or I’d be so sad

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  • Kristen

    Scary movies on Halloween: yes! Going to watch Saw 5 tonight or finish stranger things 2!

    I would love to see a recap post from Kyles perspective! Because you always talk so great about him!

    I love reading your recap posts every week with my coffee in the morning <3 I'm jealous of all the things you get to do and see!

    -Kristen

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      AHHHHHHH no saws for me hahahahhaa

      He is just the best! I think everyone would really enjoy it!! At least a weekend one!

      Thank you for the kind words. Makes me happy that you read my blog with coffee! XO

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  • Carlee

    Can you post where your adorable winter coats/scarves/sweaters are from??!!! I love every single one in this post!

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  • Maxi

    1. I’m not going to be watching any Halloween movies today, because I’m doing a 100-day No-TV challenge. TV has just been a huge distraction for me lately and seriously inhibiting my productivity as well as family/friend time. Normally though I’d definitely be watching something. Are you? And if so, what are you watching?
    2. I’d love to see a post from Kyle! It would be interesting to hear something from his perspective ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. YAS! I’d love to see both makeup videos as well as cooking tutorials! Both would be so helpful!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Maxi!

      Good for you for taking that challenge! I’m ALWAYS watching something. I’m a TV addict…so bad. But I do get things done while watching. I never just sit and watch.

      ๐Ÿ™‚ I think so too!!

      xo have a great week!!

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  • Maddie

    I love you and Kyle’s relationship! Seriously goals.

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  • Charity

    Loved the post! I have to ask, what mascara are you using these days? Your eyelashes looked soooo good in these pictures and I’m always looking for a good mascara! <3

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  • Susie

    Aww, that love note made me tear up! Please tell me you kept it…You are definitely lucky, but he is too!

    Scary movies on Halloween? Yay!!

    Recap from Kyle? Yes!!

    Make up or cooking tutorials? Both!! That bright pink lipstick is stunning on you and I love the natural look in your last pic. Have a great week!

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  • Tara

    1. Yes, Absolutely!!

    2. That would definitely be cool! He seems like such a sweet guy ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Make-up tutorials please!

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  • Mercedes

    I was following your insta story and this place looked so beautiful and fun! Also – I love the green coat you’re wearing in the picture with Becca. Where is that from?!

    1. YES – as long as I don’t have to sleep alone for the next week!
    2. Yes totally!
    3. Make-up tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks for following along, Mercedes!

      It’s actually from Old Navy but last years! I tried to find it online but couldn’t ๐Ÿ™

      Hahaha true true!!!

      xo

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  • Peyton

    I love your teeth! I think the gaps cute and unique ๐Ÿ™‚ but I understand the insecurity about them. And YES to the Honeycrisp apples!! I’ve been finding them super cheap here too (in SLC) and it’s awesome. My boyfriend and I just stocked up last night lol.

    1. Yes to scary movies! I used to hate them until I started dating my boyfriend, now I love them!
    2. I think this is such a cool idea!!
    3. Girl, both please. I’d kill for your eyelashes lol

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Peyton! I used to love my gap but it’s literally growing and the side teeth are spacing out as well ๐Ÿ™

      I was so happy to see how cheap the Honeycrisps were! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m usually opting out and going with the galas because they are so pricey!

      I like them as long as they aren’t too realistic lol I like crime and ghost movies!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ I think so too!!

      THANK YOU!! It’s funny because my brother has longer eyelashes than I do! My parents both have good lash genes.

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  • Shannen

    Loved this post! Always love pics of your pups and the autumn pictures are some of my favorite. I can’t wait for the post about your trip. I’ve missed seeing Becca in your posts! Glad you two had a great trip together!
    I’m not a scary movie person! I light the slightly more positive movies!(: My sister teases about me about it all the time haha
    I think Kyle should write a recap! Something different to switch things up a bit is always fun!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Shannen!! If you love the Autumn photos, just wait for the Jackson County recap!! :D:D I was so happy that Becca and I got to spend time together! We have both been so busy and our schedules never align, so it was so fun. It reminded us that we need to spend more time planning trips together and making it work! But even if we go weeks without seeing each other, it’s like it never happened.

      Hahahah I like thrillers and crime shows! Not-so-much horror films.

      I think you’re right!!

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  • Rebecca

    That’s how salmon is supposed to be served ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta preserve the crispy skin!

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  • Emily

    I love scary movies on Halloween!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’d love to see a recap post from Kyle! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy Halloween!

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