Hi everyone :)
Please read the details carefully, I've researched this as best as i know how to and i will continue to do so until i find a solution that works for me. I will respond to comments and continually check for updates. Thank you and i appreciate your help.
I'm using xampp as per Jeff's (bless his soul) recommendation. I'd like to continue using the xampp, Apache & PHP this way as opposed to Laravel/Homestead becasue i'm following the php practitioner course (intro to php).
I've asked this question on stack overflow to no avail: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/54226999/how-to-allow-css-content-to-be-rendered-in-my-local-apache-web-server-with-chrom