8-year-old Mighty Girl Taylor Moxey made her first batch of cookies and brownies to sell in hopes of making enough money to buy a coveted toy. Little did she know, she'd end up with her own baking business! Now, Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes has reached nearly $10,000 in sales and she donates 30% of her earnings to charities that raise dyslexia awareness -- a passion inspired by her father's dyslexia.
Taylor’s father, Vernon Moxey, says he spent part of his life homeless so it seemed natural to teach his daughter the value of working for her money when she asked for the toy. They wrote up a business agreement on a napkin, with Vernon providing a $40 loan for supplies, and Taylor made a batch of baked goods to sell at her church after service. “Honestly, I didn’t think she would make $40 back,” Vernon says, but Taylor came home with $175 and the start of a new passion.
When Taylor heard about the KISS Country Midtown Miami Cornbread Competition, she had to enter, even though it meant competing against adults. She won first prize, which included $250 and a billboard advertisement. After that, Vernon laughs, “Everything went bonkers. Suddenly I’m taking orders for Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes.” Her clients have even included former Miami Heat player Joel Anthony and HGTV designer Bobby Berk.
Taylor not only bakes each order herself, but also creates a custom box for each order, decorating them with stickers and marker. Vernon wants to make sure that Taylor’s childhood isn’t overwhelmed by the success of her business, but Taylor is eager to keep going. “I think baking is mostly my passion,” she says. “You get to take your recipe and different people’s recipes and add different things to them.”
Kudos to this young Mighty Girl for her generous spirit and we wish her much success with her thriving business!
To read more about Taylor’s Cookies and Cupcakes on Today.com, visithttp://on.today.com/S8HdCv
For Mighty Girl stories the teach the value of generosity and charity, visithttp://www.amightygirl.com/books/personal-development/values?cat=317
For a parenting book focused on encouraging your children's charitable engagement, we recommend "Raising Charitable Children" athttp://www.amightygirl.com/raising-charitable-children
For stories of other Mighty Girls who love to cook, visit our "Food & Gardening" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/general-interest/food-gardening
And, to encourage your children's interest in cooking, visit our "Pretend Play Cooking" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/toys/imaginative-play/pretend-play?cat=506
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