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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Hello and welcome to The Art of Living Beautifully!

Thank you for stopping by (and subscribing!) to our little space on the world wide web.

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!
-ciao for now-

PS: We want to hear from you! Send us an email with thoughts and/or ideas for collaborations at Lauren[at]THEARTOFLIVINGBEAUTIFULLY.NET

The Team

Lorie Fangio

Resident Chef

Lorie Fangio is a culinary instructor and owner of A Taste Of Paris culinary trips. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food and culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, writing for local publications and speaking engagements. She is a food blogger encouraging busy families to connect around the dinner table with simple recipes.


Beth DiGioia

Resident Gardener

Beth DiGioia is a Garden Coach, horticulturist, Master Gardener and lover of all plants. She began gardening in Texas in 1981 and was determined to find success through the tight, clay soil, broiling summer days, droughts and torrential downpours. She is a co-founder of The Herb Guild and formerly assisted Neil Sperry on his radio show, Neil Sperry’s Texas Gardening. Her goal in garden coaching is to help clients create beautiful gardens which are functional and livable. It is a passion that has evolved through years of formal education, hands-on learning and teaching friends and members of the gardening community.

Ashley Pate

McKinney Homes Editor

Ashley Pate is the owner of Ashley Pate Interior Design. She has over twenty years of experience in the interior design world, ten of which she has owned and operated her own company. Ashley desires to create spaces that reflect the lifestyle and personality of her clients, while also making them functional and giving them that “Designer Look.” She has lived in McKinney, Texas for 13 years.

Ashley Pate Interior Design

Deanne Paul

Staff Writer

Deanne Paul is an Ambassador with Forever and Advisor with Creative Memories, assisting others in preserving family stories through digital and traditional scrapbooking. She is a McKinney resident of 19 years where she and her husband, Chris, have raised their three children. With an MA in Counseling and previous experience as a school counselor, she is passionate about helping others embrace and celebrate the beauty and blessings in their lives.

Blake Boring

Graphic Design

Blake Boring is a freelance graphic designer and owner of Boring Design. She prides herself in her ability to listen to client’s needs while producing a quality design they can be proud of. A bachelors degree in Chemistry gives Blake the unique ability to understand technical and structured design needs while also having artistic freedom to think outside the box. Blake creates all of The Art of Living Beautifully’s digital magazines.

See Blake’s Portfolio

The Art of Living Beautifully will attain its mission by providing current, relevant and truthful content on an aesthetically pleasing interface with user friendly functionality;

And by supporting local vendors, businesses, artisans and residents through the creative process of this publication.

What’s being said about The Art of Living Beautifully?

McKinney Chamber of Commerce Spotlight

What inspired you to start your business?

I felt inspired to start TAOLB when I realized I had unintentionally “abandoned” significant parts of my life in order to focus on being a mother to my two boys, James and Caleb. I missed having a sense of self and I decided I could do both: be Lauren and their mom! I began writing about lifestyle topics such as fashion, cooking and entertaining–the parts of life I missed—in hopes of inspiring myself and others to recognize that creating a beautiful life isn’t as difficult as we think it is. Over the years it morphed into a culture-centric online magazine and blog that primarily focuses on McKinney small businesses, events and non-profit organizations….CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.


Sip & Sparkle Sunday

Women 2 Watch 

Meet Lauren Palmer, the publisher of the popular culture-centric blog and digital magazine The Art of Living Beautifully. Her passion for McKinney, Texas and the surrounding areas is manifested through her publications as she inspires a sense of loyalty between citizens, local businesses and non-profit organizations.

I met Lauren through the McKinney Chamber of Commerce LINKS Networking meetingCLICK HERE TO READ MORE 

photo credit Fredshots Photography

Voyage Dallas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Palmer.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The idea for The Art of Living Beautifully came to me four years ago when my 2 and 4 year olds kept me busy and I thought of little else besides them. I needed a creative outlet and decided to focus on writing about the elements of life I had abandoned in favor of stay-at-home mommyhood, a coveted position that is more difficult than many c-level jobsclick to read more

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