About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.

When She Marched

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is Photo Share Friday And there's still time to write yours. This was from our little city's Pride Parade in May.

As usual, there is no way I’ll keep this “Photo Share Friday” to just one photo!

For that matter, it won’t be one story either. I’m not sure I’m capable of that, since my career is pretty much that of a glorified storyteller. Oh, do I love stories. Even when I think they’re not that interesting, I prove myself wrong each time.

Pretty much every story has a hot core of infinite other stories.

Most of you probably know this about where I live, but it’s a bit of a happy bubble.

It’s very live and let live, unless you cut in line at the winter farmer’s market and get the last of the kale! (slight joke) I’m not here to say that any way to live is right or wrong, but I’m telling you like it is. Northampton and its surrounding areas have a high number of unique lifestyles. I could say gay, bi, trans, etc. but it’s much more than that. It’s like I said – live and let live. Be and let be. Rock out and let others rock out. In other words, “Who cares if it isn’t hurting you?” Unless someone cuts you off from their little hybrid car, that runs on corn oil. Then just give them a friendly wave, or a one finger salute.

I’m not here to judge either way.

Thing is, my kids don’t know any other way to live – other than letting other people live (kale and corn oil cars, aside) – and I don’t really want to tell them the truth quite yet. That there are a bunch of people in this world who aren’t comfortable with who they are, and they try to change it for the rest of us. This here is our land of rich greenery and rich Pride.

And don’t take that away from us. Or I really will give you more than a one finger salute. I’ll pelt you with kale.

This was not our most recent Pride Parade and Rally. This was in 2016, but hey, that’s where my Photo Share Fridays have been taking place, so why change it now? It rained in May of 2016 for three weeks straight. I couldn’t bear it. I had all kinds of fantasies about pelting Mother Nature with kale and corn oil. And I wanted to leave. I’m really glad I didn’t, though.

There’s just so much to see and be otherwise.

Like a Giant Eye! Or a furry. Or a furry driving a school bus. Or undefined, and still awesome.

And honestly it’s the longest parade ever. It goes on for a full hour and this isn’t a huge place!

We’ve been bringing both kids since they were babies. I would have come earlier, had I known about the parade! We only missed one year because I was photographing a senior beauty pageant in Connecticut, but generally we always go, and the sun ALWAYS comes out. It’s always a gorgeous day. Even last year the second the parade started, the rain clouds ducked away and revealed a sparkling sun over all of the rainbows and the fanfare. If that isn’t magic, I don’t know what is!

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This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Photo Share Friday. And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?

Which photo most invites you to find out the story?

BIG Life Changes, and What’s Next

Thank you GEICO for sponsoring this post.

Going through life's major milestones? I find that they tend to come, one after the other. That's why GEICO is a resource beyond insurance. #ExpectMoreFromGEICO #ad

You know that feeling when you’re on the precipice of change, but you know you’re not going to fall off?

Instead, you might waver or stumble, but ultimately that self-built parachute is always with you, and that self-built trampoline is waiting on the bottom. You’ve had help, you have help, and you’ll always need help, but you know what? You did this yourself. You built your life up until this point. And, you are continuing to build your life in your own grand design.

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Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and major milestones – no two ways about it!

For part of last spring, we started seriously looking at houses. We LOVE our house with all of its charm and quirks, and isolated woodsy goodness, but we were starting to outgrow it. That’s probably about the time we started thinking about splitting the kids into two rooms, and then wanting an extra bedroom for guests and/or another baby. And then we’d need yet another bedroom for guests if the baby happened! After going to open houses for a few months, we never found anything better. So we started the bidding process to renovate what we have & love. And essentially turn it into a whole new space!

The land we have is unmatched. And the land we have is home! The process hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it.

Phase 1 is just about complete, which was a whole new master bedroom, a whole new master bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Oh, and we also refinished all of our floors! That might have been the hardest, and most displacing part of it all. Once Phase 1 passes final inspection, we will start Phase 2. This one is a two-car garage and two new bedrooms over it! Whoa. I can’t fathom what that will be like. I don’t think I’m indirect at all when I say we want to expand our family. The hows and whats and whens haven’t solidified yet. I think with all this chaos, I had to put that journey on hold. I got scared of bringing or adopting a baby into that craziness. And I worried my children would be too much older than a new baby.

It’s not worth the worry, though. What will be will be, and we feel like we’re in good hands for the next milestone.

GEICO has been a name in my household for decades now, and that’s because GEICO is a resource beyond insurance. I think I’ve always known that, but have learned it a lot more recently with the upheaval of our lives. There are so many savings with GEICO – like time and money – and they’re perfect for so many facets and milestones of life. I’m talking auto insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and business insurance.. They cover.. LIFE.

With all of the planning for new homes, renovations, babies, etc., I found that GEICO had these three incredible resources:

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2 – House-Cleaning Hacks: Get Your Home Guest-Ready in 15 Minutes – These tips cover all the important parts of the house, and it’s a thorough list for if you’re having guests over and need a quick clean that will look like it took longer!

3 – 7 Most Beautiful College Towns in America – The pictures are EXQUISITE! We live in a beautiful college town (small city) and although we didn’t make the list, I was still stunned by all the beauty of the 7 most beautiful college towns!

See what I mean about GEICO being way beyond insurance? They cover all parts of life. I’m proud to be partnered with GEICO today, the way I have felt like they’ve been a part of my life through the major milestones of the last several years.

Going through life's major milestones? I find that they tend to come, one after the other. That's why GEICO is a resource beyond insurance. #ExpectMoreFromGEICO #ad

Do you have any major milestones coming up in your life?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.