About Us

    TAOLB was born in the Spring of 2014 when 2 Littles under four years and a bad case of mommy fog led me to search for a creative outlet. I hired a web designer and a photographer, and began publishing articles that would hopefully bring back the sense of self I had unconsciously abandoned in favor of raising the two little men with which God had blessed me.

    My forgotten passions: fashion, cooking and entertaining became the topics of tri-weekly posts, and I tripped forward in my quest to understand the internet, technology, social media, photography and everything else required for success in the publishing world. What a crazy time!

    After three years of sharing my most favorite of favorites, I decided a new, more worthy topic and interface was the future of The Art of Living Beautifully: A digital magazine dedicated to my hometown, McKinney, Texas!

    As a born and raised McKinneyite—yes, that is the official term—I feel a passion to promote our unique city-village, our businesses, our non-profit organizations and our citizens. Through quarterly magazines, monthly event newsletters and weekly posts, I hope McKinney residents and visitors alike will develop or rediscover a love for our town and local culture.

    Welcome to The new Art of Living Beautifully, and to some of you, welcome to McKinney!

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    The Rich and Colorful Culture of McKinney, Texas
    Publisher, Lauren Palmer
    TAOLB publishes a quarterly magazine
    Frios Gourmet Pops benefits the Little Free Pantry
    Our Resident Gardener shares Monthly Gardening Tips
    Our Home Editor shares home updates and decor inspiration
    Our Resident Chef shares gourmet recipes
    We collaborate with LOTS of McKinney businesses like Mercedes Benz and MPAC
    Our Staff Writer covers McKinney History
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    Lauren Palmer