Stacy Mcdonald-Taylor

Stacy, a former health care program manager, came to the first coast by way of Charlotte, NC. “Passionate for community and creative arts. Stacy is Master Signing Time Instructor with Signing Time Academy and has worked with families and educators through Parent Education & Outreach Programs. Since welcoming the births of her and her husband’s two delightful, energetic sons, she has worked from home, always seeking to find new ways to provide a joy-filled, creative environment, nurturing a love for people, learning, nature, and healthy, natural/organic foods. Stacy shares tidbits of her “life learnings” on her blog, Wasting Nothing

They Didn’t Believe I Was Deaf

One afternoon, I was alerted 16 times in the span of 30 minutes to a TikTok video of a mom crying over Dunkin Donuts. Seriously?! I love my coffee in the morning, but what...
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Amanda Gorman Lights the Way on How to See Delay

Amanda Gorman captivated us — along with the entire world — on Wednesday as she graced the inaugural stage with her eloquent poetry. She met the historical moment with sublime alliteration that revealed transcendent...

Spoiler Alert: Diana Is the True Villain of ‘WW84’

It hurts me to not like WW84 as much as I do not like this film. I am a longtime comic book fan. Pop culture tends to paint women who read comic books or...
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Hot Cocoa Bombs You Can Make In Under 30 minutes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Hot Cocoa Bombs are everywhere I scroll. My social media feed is full of these little delights bursting with marshmallow goodness inside cozy mugs, so...

Turn Your Old Junk Into Planters with Gorgeous Greenery

This has been a hard year, and it's not even officially autumn. Our communities, businesses, healthcare systems, and social structures are being challenged and strained. And yet, 2020 has also somehow become the year...
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Expert-Led Training to Help Prep for the School Year

There is no denying that the beginning of this school year is like nothing we have ever experienced. Typically, this time of year is chock-full of fun traditions and not-so-fun getting back to routines....
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We Didn’t Need a Mask Mandate

Nine months ago, the idea that Jacksonville would need to impose a city-wide mask mandate would seem ridiculous. If you told me back then that a mask mandate would be required, I doubt I...
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The Peanut Pill: Food Allergy Danger Zone?

As a mom of a child with a life-threatening allergy, I am so deeply grateful for the amazing group of advocates who surround our family. To be sure, we have had some downright horrifying...
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Cover Up: DIY Face Masks (or Shop Local)

A few weeks ago, before our local safer-at-home guidelines were established, a friend of mine asked if I could help her make some face masks. She explained that their doctor had recommended the children...
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Easter Brunch At Home: Delivered (and Curbside)

Enjoying Easter brunch with friends and family is one of the most relaxing and beautiful traditions my family enjoys every year. This year has presented us with the new challenge of the need for...

GoodRx, SingleCare, RxSaver: Are They Worth It?

The short answer is yes. Prescription saving apps are worth downloading. You are paying too much at the pharmacy. It’s an unfortunate reality for all of us. Seriously, all of us. If you have lousy...

Learning to Float: Striving for Inclusion

Float is a five-and-half-minute Pixar short film that boasts only one spoken line, and yet for so many families like mine, it speaks more truth than most full-length feature films. If you are lucky...