In case this is your first time here: Hi, I’m Sydney and I’m a compulsive list writer.

Which means I am also a serious sucker for a good writing journal.  Truthfully, I keep notebooks for everything … One for lesson plans, one for work outs, one for day-to-day to-do lists, one for my wannabe-artist doodles, one for house hunting (uh YES! we are buying a house!! which is super exciting, but can also be overwhelming– hence the need for list making).  I am a person that absolutely-100%-I-need-it-or-my-brain-will-explode-and-nothing-will-ever-get-done rely on my plethora of lists.

Thank goodness for Pen + Pillar.

FullSizeRender3Taylor Mahkle is one of the absolutely most fantastic creators out there.  Her designs are gorgeous, without being too overwhelming or busy.  Her colors are vibrant, but not so in your face that you feel like a walking neon sign. There is a serious water-color vibe to her work that feels simple, but unique.

Plus, her actual products themselves are HIGH QUALITY.  A true stationary freak like myself can appreciate this.  You can tell that Taylor values putting out good items.  It’s a classic quality over quantity situation.  There is definite love and purpose put into every single product.

Oh and the best part (I mean as if it could get better than supporting a small business, drooling over outstanding artwork, and writing every little list your heart desires): 10% of each Pen + Pillar sale goes towards helping refugees get settled and feel safe in their new home.  How incredible is that?!


Journals are my personal fave.  The mountain journal was my first purchase from Pen + Pillar and the start of my obsession.  These are not flimsy, cheap, little notebooks.  These are thick, high-quality, you-can-take-on-the-world journals.  Really perfect for anything, especially gifts.  To your friends… to your mom (Mother’s Day Basket!)… to yourself…

See the full line up of her journals here.

*Side note: my dogs tried to eat my mountains journal (they went through a weird phase where it was like they were puppies again, and chewed everything in sight! luckily, they are out of that now).  And while it is usable and still one of my faves, it definitely wasn’t photo-worthy.


The older I get the more I appreciate a good card.  There’s something so special about receiving a handwritten card.  It’s the most simple, but definitely meaningful way to let someone know you’re thinking about them.

Get started checking out her cards here.


These are a necessity for me.  I love all of my little journals for list making, but I need some sort of calendar/planner to see how it all comes together.

See all of the planners here.


So, I may have saved the most fun for last.  Taylor’s prints (like everything else she does) are wonderful.  Brady and I have mentioned that we want our new house (did I mention we are buying a house!?!) to be filled with unique items we love.  We don’t want clutter.  We don’t want to look like Pottery Barn Catalog Page 37.  We just want to make it our home (which hopefully includes Brady’s neon Pink Floyd clock staying in the closet).  Taylor’s art will be the perfect touch.

Check them all out here.


*This post is not sponsored, but I will be working with Taylor as a brand ambassador.  Which means, lucky for you, I will be testing out some of her new products and be sharing them with you first.  Be sure to follow @mountaingirlygirl on Instagram to stay in the loop.

Thanks for reading,