Tara the Pterodactyl 

Hello! I'm Tara, a 26 year old girl born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada but now living (&loving) life in Oregon. I enjoy smiling, not taking life too seriously and being happy. Sending and receiving mail has been a hobby of mine for over 10 years and I don't believe there is anything better than a full, happy mailbox!

I have a slight obsession with pterodactyls, my favorite color is purple and I'm terrified of sharks. I like to believe I am friendly. Most people would describe as weird or unusual and I would have to agree.

dactyl life started out as Hello, Life, a blog about my adventures WWOOFing. In early 2010, I was on the road, traveling the Southwest, for three months and wanted a way to chronicle my travels online. While traveling, I sent out plenty of postcards and letters and discovered blogs about mail. After discovering all of these beautiful mail blogs, I decided that I would put more time and effort into sending and receiving mail once I returned home. Back in Las Vegas, I started sending out more mail, kept better track of it and eventually turned Hello, Life into a blog about my love for all things postal. In 2014, as an effort to expand my brand and love of pterodactyls, I made the switch to dactyl life. That same year, I also opened my Etsy store to sell the stationery I design.


  1. I love that picture of you! Or your eye anyway :D

  2. Thank you! It is one of my favorite pictures.

  3. Greetings & Salutations, Tara!

    So you're weird and unusual! How lovely!

    I do know the feeling, though... let me count the ways I've heard: "Oh, won't you ever grow up and act normal?!" Alas, cannot oblige, and not even sorry! :-)

    Here's one of my alltime favorite quotes for you, it's by Albert Einstein:
    "In order to be an impeccable member of a flock of sheep, you must first and foremost be a sheep!"

  4. found you! love it!!!
    -Alisha from Colorado

  5. Hello Tara,
    I love your blog! If you would like to swap stuff then do let me know xx

    1. Hey! I would love to swap :) You can email me your address if you want! apurplerat@hotmail.com