A few of my current favorites...


Raleigh Cheesy visit the shop in Raleigh, NC

Platters and Boards read the book

Build your own Charcuterie Board My free tutorial will help you design your own delicious charcuterie boards!

Design Tool

Canva the free plan is great for beginners

Wedding Planning

The Knot good for planning and keeping track of budget all in one spot (especially when your child asks you to plan her wedding in 5 months)

Farm to Table Restaurant

Mrizi i Zanave the best meal in the world and a beautiful vacation spot

Weekly Menu Planning

Beachbody Blog  easy meal prep for a week for one person

Pinch of Yum January plant powered weekly meal plan/recipes/grocery lists

Mashup Mom  Aldi meal plans – 6 dinners for 4 for $60

Home Repairs 

Big Monkey Renovations local to Wake County, NC

Entrepreneurial Education

Louise Henry  especially her YouTube videos

LLC University super helpful steps to starting an LLC

Sam Vander Wielen legal templates and training

friends – got brave and asked a few friends for coffee dates to pick their brains about starting a business

Organizational Tool

Asana get rid of all your sticky notes (I’m an Asana Ambassador. I LOVE ASANA! The free plan that works great to get started. Read about it here.)

This BEST EVER manual pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies sits on my desk. Order one for yourself and all your teacher friends. Wait until you see the color options! (Note: I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you through the affiliate program. I LOVE this pencil sharpener!)

Authors for a Fun Read

Chautona Havig so many good books and often free ones for Kindle will become available

Nicole Deese from the first book I read to the current ones, always a good read

Need to slip away to a new or familiar destination? Travel with this Bethany House book list

Books for Deep and Thought Provoking Reads

Wumbrand – Tortured for Christ – The complete story of Richard Wumbrand by The Voice of the Martyrs

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney

The Imperfect Disciple – Grace for People Who Can’t get Their Act Together by Jared C. Wilson

Parenting Books- check out the list of favorite books I mention in THIS blog post. 

Bible Study Tools

Blue Letter Bible powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word with a free online reference library

Coffee Shops

Esteamed Coffee Cary, NC for building esteem for those with disabilities

Sundial Coffee and Tea Surf City, NC for mission sourced coffee

Piranha Joe Coffee  Apex, NC for a local spot and often with food trucks

and lots more… I LOVE coffee shops with space to spread out and chat with friends

For at home coffee, I love and use the Toddy Cold Brew System for hot and iced coffee

For Fun

Long walks, good talks, hot coffee, the beach, exploring a new downtown preferably with a waterfront, watching the sunset over the water, a good book, a firepit, s’more time with my family…and best of all would be all those things wrapped into one so email me if you know of a location where all this exists in one place hello@www.tailorjoy.com 

Favorite Place to People Watch

Airports! From Raleigh Durham International to Istanbul Airport and most big cities in between. Sipping coffee and people watching in a huge airport is a fun way to relax. (I also think grocery shopping late at night is relaxing, but maybe I’m alone in this opinion.)