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Tuesday, March 5, 2024


Kelly Sikkema

Spring is upon us, and with it comes fresh blooms of flowers, warmer weather, rain, and a whole lot of renewal. And what also comes with spring? Spring babies of course! Spring babies are often associated with energy, optimism, and creativity and often bring a sense of hope to many expectant families. 

But here's the kicker. You’ve done all your prep, you bought all the things, you’ve set up the nursery, and washed all the laundry. All in anticipation for your baby girl’s arrival but now you just have one last thing to do. Pick her name. 

You know you want something unique and that signifies spring without it being the typical spring names we hear all the time, but you’ve combed through hundreds of them! You went through the pinterest boards, the baby name books and the notes app in your phone. You’ve called out at least a hundred dozen to your partner and to no avail you can’t agree on any of them. 

Well, we have combed the internet top to bottom and have compiled a list of 25 of the most unique spring inspired girl names just for you! (Psst! #10 is our favorite!) but you can let us know if we have good taste.  

1. Juniper 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Young 

Translation: Evergreen Tree. 

2. Olive 

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Olive Tree

3. Dahlia 

Origin: Scandinavia

Meaning: Type of flower

4. Cedar  

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Growth & Strength 

Translation: Strong Tree

5. Eirwen

Origin: Welsh 

Meaning: A flower that blooms in early spring. 

Translation: Blessed Snowdrop. 

6. Leif

Origin: Scandinavia 

Meaning: Represents growth and renewal 

Translation: Leaf 

7. Sakura 

Origin: Japanese 

Meaning: Cherry Blossom 

8. Neva 

Origin: Russia 

Meaning: Snow 

Translation: Melting Snow. 

9. Fernley

Origin: English 

Meaning: Clearing in the forest 

10. Fairlie 

Origin: Scottish

Meaning: The far meadow. 

11. Honey

        Origin: Old English

        Meaning: Nectar

12. Beatrix

        Origin: German

        Meaning: Blessed Voyager

13. Eira

        Origin: Scandinavia / Welsh

        Meaning: In Scandinavia this is the name of the Norse Goddess Eir.

14. Ever

        Origin: English

        Meaning: Always

15. Florie

        Origin: Latin

        Meaning: Flowering or Blooming.

16. Sunday

          Origin: Old English 

          Meaning: The Sun's Day.

17. Bloom 

Origin: English 

Meaning: Too Bloom. 

18. Demeter

Origin: Greek 

Meaning: Earth Mother. Comes from the Greek goddess of grain, agriculture, and harvest. 

19. Indra 
        Origin: Sanskrit 
Meaning: Possessing drops of rain. In the ancient Hindu religion, Indra is the warrior goddess of sky and rain. Can be spelled Indre as well, like the river in France. 

20. Midori 

Origin: Japanese 

Meaning: Green 

21. Enfys 

Origin: Welsh 

Meaning: Rainbow 

Note: This is considered a unisex name but is most often used for girls. 

22. Gen 

Origin: Japanese 

Meaning: Spring 

23. Wren 

Origin: English

Meaning: A small song bird 

24. Zara 

Origin: Arabic 

Meaning: blooming flower 

25. Bodhi 

Origin: Sanskrit 

Meaning: Awakening Enlightenment 

Friday, March 1, 2024

Image by Susan Wilkinson 

            February has come to an end, and with that we shout, "Hello Spring!," from the rooftops! Well, we will be shouting that in 19 short days, as that is when it is officially spring, but we wanted to start the celebration early here at The Taylor Note and have curated a playlist that celebrates the spirit of renewal and inspiration that comes with the changing seasons. This month's lineup is a vibrant mix of indie hits, pop anthems, upbeat rap songs, sensual romantic melodies and soulful tunes, carefully curated to lift your spirits and brighten your days for the next month.

Check out the playlist on Spotify here

The playlist for those without Spotify 

- I mean it (Feat. Remo) - G-Eazy

- Don't Blame Me - Taylor Swift 

- Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls

- Beautiful Mistakes - Maroon 5 & Megan Thee Stallion

- Close - Nick Jonas & Tove Lo 

- Love Lies - Khalid & Normani 

- Sweetest Pie - Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa 

- Working for it - Zhu, Skrillex, & THEY 

- Be Careful - Cardi B 

- Nevermind -Dennis Lloyd 

- Mr. Perfect Fine ( Taylors Version) - Taylor Swift 

- Space Song - Beach House 

- One step ahead - Aretha Franklin 

- Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - Outkast 

- Daylight - David Kushner 

- This Could Be Us - Rae Sremmurd 

- I Was Never There - The Weeknd, Gesaffelstein 

May everyone have a wonderful March!

Sunday, December 3, 2023


Photo by Aaron Burden via Unsplash

Happy December from the Taylor Note and happy holidays to all that celebrate! We curated a little playlist to end out the year with! There are only 28 days left until New Years so let's make it count and end our goals on a high note! 

The list for those without Spotify. 

- The Taylor Note 

Tuesday, November 21, 2023


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Digeorge Syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in 4,000 people. It is caused by a missing piece of genetic material on chromosome 22 and can lead to various physical and developmental problems. In this blog post, we will discuss in detail the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Digeorge Syndrome.

Causes of DiGeorge Syndrome

Digeorge Syndrome is caused by a missing piece of genetic material on chromosome 22, known as the 22q11.2 deletion. This missing genetic material affects the development of various body parts and systems. Specifically, it impacts the development of the thymus gland, which plays a crucial role in the immune system. The thymus gland is responsible for producing T-cells, a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections. When the thymus gland is affected, it leads to a weakened immune system, making individuals with Digeorge Syndrome more susceptible to infections.

Symptoms of DiGeorge Syndrome

The symptoms of Digeorge Syndrome can vary widely from person to person and can affect various body systems. The most common symptoms include heart defects, cleft palate, and low calcium levels. Heart defects can range from mild to severe and may require surgical intervention. Cleft palate refers to a split or opening in the roof of the mouth and can cause difficulties with feeding and speech. Low calcium levels can lead to seizures, muscle spasms, and developmental delays.

In addition to these primary symptoms, individuals with Digeorge Syndrome may also experience learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral problems, and psychiatric disorders. They may struggle with social interactions, have difficulties with their speech and language development, and experience challenges with their hearing and vision. These additional symptoms can significantly impact their overall quality of life and require targeted interventions and support.

Treatment for DiGeorge Syndrome 

Currently, there is no cure for Digeorge Syndrome. However, treatment is available to manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with the condition. The treatment approach is multidisciplinary and individualized based on the specific needs of each person.

For individuals with heart defects, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the structural abnormalities and improve heart function. Cleft palate can also be surgically repaired to improve feeding and speech abilities. Additionally, hormone therapy may be required to regulate calcium levels and prevent complications associated with low calcium, such as seizures.

In terms of developmental and behavioral issues, speech, occupational and physical therapy can play a crucial role in addressing communication difficulties, fine motor skills, and daily living activities. These therapies can help individuals with Digeorge Syndrome reach their full potential and enhance their independence.

Regular medical care is essential for individuals with Digeorge Syndrome to monitor their immune system and overall health. This includes routine check-ups, immunizations, and screenings for potential complications. Early intervention and ongoing support from healthcare professionals are vital in managing the condition effectively.


Digeorge Syndrome is a complex genetic disorder that can affect various body systems and lead to physical and developmental problems. While there is no cure, significant progress has been made in understanding and managing the condition. Treatment options, including surgical interventions, hormone therapy, and therapy services, can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with Digeorge Syndrome. With appropriate medical care, support, and interventions, individuals with Digeorge Syndrome can lead fulfilling lives and achieve their full potential.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023


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Tongue scraping has overtaken social media for the last few months (well, its over taken mine at least) and if you're wondering what the heck it is, I did too. Thus, began my deep dive into what it was and what was the point, and why should I add it to my morning and night time routine? (hint - I did end up adding this to my routine and I've loved it!) 

The short answer? 

Tongue scraping is a dental hygiene practice that has been around for centuries (from the 15th century to be exact)  all over Asia and has slowly made its way over to Europe and now the Americas, where (you guessed it) influencers have taken it over and are talking about it constantly. Its an ancient technique where you use a metal U-shaped scraper that you run over your tongue after you brush your teeth. (preferably you use it between meals too but who truly has time for that?) Doing this helps remove bacteria, debris, toxins, and dead cells from your tongue and leaving your tongue feeling and looking better. 

The long answer?  

Tongue scraping is a simple yet highly beneficial practice that you should definitely consider incorporating into your daily oral hygiene routine. Not only does it promote better oral health, but it also contributes to your overall well-being. Let's explore in more detail the five reasons why tongue scraping is a must for everyone:

1. Improved oral hygiene: When you brush your teeth, you may overlook one crucial area—the surface of your tongue. This is where bacteria, food debris, and dead cells tend to accumulate, leading to bad breath and potentially causing oral health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. By regularly scraping your tongue, you can effectively remove these accumulations and significantly reduce the risk of such problems. This, in turn, promotes a healthier mouth, fresher breath, and a more confident smile.

2Enhanced taste perception: When your tongue is coated with bacteria and debris, it can hinder the ability of your taste buds to fully perceive and appreciate the flavors of food and drinks. By gently scraping your tongue with a dedicated tongue scraper , like this one (which is my favorite and the most cost effective), you can effectively remove the buildup, allowing your taste buds to function optimally. This can lead to a heightened sense of taste and a more enjoyable dining experience.

3. Reduced risk of oral diseases: The tongue is home to a significant amount of bacteria, which can contribute to the development of various oral diseases. Regular tongue scraping helps eliminate this bacterial buildup, reducing the risk of conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. By maintaining a clean tongue, you actively promote better oral health and prevent potential oral health issues from arising. It is a proactive step towards a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.

4. Improved digestion: Did you know that the tongue plays a crucial role in the first stage of the digestion process? It helps break down food particles and mixes them with saliva, making it easier for you to swallow and digest. However, a coated tongue can hinder this process, affecting your digestion and overall nutrient absorption. By scraping your tongue regularly, you can effectively remove the layer of coating, allowing your tongue to perform its digestive function optimally. This can lead to improved digestion, better nutrient absorption, and overall digestive health

5. Overall well-being: Tongue scraping not only benefits your oral health but also contributes to your overall well-being. By removing harmful bacteria and toxins from your tongue, you can help boost your immune system. It's worth noting that the mouth serves as a gateway for many pathogens, and maintaining a clean tongue can be an effective way to support your body's defense mechanisms. Additionally, a clean tongue can improve your breath, leaving you feeling fresh and confident in social interactions. The sense of cleanliness and well-being that comes with incorporating tongue scraping into your daily routine is truly invaluable.

In conclusion 

Incorporating tongue scraping into your daily oral hygiene routine is a simple, cost-effective, and highly rewarding practice. With improved oral hygiene, enhanced taste perception, reduced risk of oral diseases, improved digestion, and overall well-being, tongue scraping offers a multitude of benefits that you don't want to miss out on. So why wait? Start tongue scraping today and experience these amazing benefits for yourself!

Monday, September 11, 2023


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I have been grieving since I was 25 weeks pregnant. When my OB said that something was wrong and I needed to see a specialist. Grieving when I had an emergency C-section and he was in the NICU. Grieving when he was airlifted to New Orleans. Grieving when he had open heart surgery at 8 months old. Grieving at every delay and every diagnosis. Every specialist visit and every therapy drop off. 

But what I grieve the most is that people don’t understand. 22q11 is rare, so rare that in a country of 332 million people, only 1 in every 3,000 births is diagnosed with it. I had no idea what 22q was when I was pregnant, nor did anyone else that I knew and here I am three years later knowing his diagnosis and all his delays along with every single possibility of things he might not be able to do in his life like the back of my hand. 

I get a lot of comments like “I don’t know how you do it,” or “I don’t know what that is,” or “You are so strong,” 

I do it because I have too. Because I have no other choice. I know these things because I have to know them. Because if something goes wrong or he gets hurt and we have to go to the emergency room I have to be able to spout off every single detail about his past three years. 

 I am not strong, I struggle with it everyday but I put the strongest face I can on to push forward and give him the best that I can. I do not want his childhood filled with more trauma than he already has had from his infancy. 

When he was two, right as we had figured out that he had a speech delay, we were at the grocery store, waiting to check out. When an older lady turned to us, talking to him as old ladies do, her smile instantly fell when she had asked him a question and he didn’t reply. He didn’t even acknowledge that she was there. She asked me how old he was. I replied with 2 and she turned to him again and asked if he was going to speak to her because that was rude. 

I vividly remember interrupting her and saying no because he can’t talk yet due to a syndrome. She hummed her disappointment at me before she turned back to her line. From that point on, I knew no one would understand. I imagined how many times I would have to interrupt adults who would scold him for not acting “Normal”. I imagined how many times I would have to explain why he acted the way he did.  Why he wouldn’t speak to them, or answer when he was asked a question. Why he couldn't participate in certain things. 

I grieve that people don’t understand when I explain things he cannot do because of his delay when they counter that their child has been doing that since they were 2 or since they were 1. I understand that they are trying to relate their experience to the conversation. I am well aware that it's normal and not meant to be anything bad or malicious, but I grieve it. 

I grieve it especially when I see him struggle to make friends whenever we go anywhere with children his age. How he sits off by himself and plays alone, observing the other kids around him. He would rather interact with adults than kids his own age and I fear the isolation he would have in school because of it. 

School is an entirely different beast that I will grieve when that time comes. A new fear that is going to implant itself in my heart and head as he only has one more year left of being protected at home. A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Tik Tok when a video crossed my FYP, a preschool teacher yelling in a video telling parents to stop babying their children and maybe they would talk. She stated how she ignored the kids unless they used words, that she doesn’t do things like being handed stuff as a form of communication. 

This has already consumed my thoughts after I watched it. We are already aware that he may be put in special Ed due to his delays, but what happens if he gets a teacher like this? What if he gets ignored because he can’t speak? What if he hands her something, like his lunch or his water and she ignores it because he “won't”  use his words. 

I know these are frivolous things I am worried about but I grieve that one day I am going to have to deal with a teacher like this. 

I have grieved for a long time, since spring 2020, long before he was born and I will continue to grieve for years and years to come. Each old grief will get replaced by a new grief and the cycle will continue until who knows when. And while most of my griefs have changed and evolved these past three years, my grief that people won’t understand will stay with me forever. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2023


It's the end of an era. 

After weeks of speculation on the status of their marriage, Joe Jonas and his wife, Game of Thrones Actress, Sophia Turner have officially called it quits. Joe has filed for divorce in Miami after four years of marriage. 

In the documents that have been obtained by Today , the files sight that the marriage between the two is  "irretrievably broken."

Rumors started spreading over the course of a few weeks after Joe had been seen numerous times without his wedding ring. 

The couple married in 2019, first in Las Vegas, NV and then a second time in a glamorous wedding in the south of France. They soon welcomed their first child, Willa, in 2020 and then their second, whose name they have not shared, in 2022. 

Neither party has spoken publicly on the news. 

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September is finally here, and WOW has it flown by! I feel like January was just yesterday! None the less, its a new month meaning new beginnings, new goals and a whole thirty days to try our hardest and accomplish and do whatever we ever we set our minds too! 

To kick off our September-- and the beginning of a new season (our favorite season actually) we curated the perfect playlist to put on repeat, whether its to listen to the message, for background noise while you work or to discover something new we made this playlist just for you. (lol that rhymed, totally didn't mean to do that!) 

Let us know what you think! 

The Playlist for those without access to Spotify. 

- The Taylor Note 


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