About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com 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. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts.

Recovery Time Matters: Ten Ways to Prevent Muscle Soreness

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias.

One thing about getting older that has surprised me is how common chronic pain is in our lives. Try on these tips to avoid muscle soreness. #StopPainNow #ad

One thing about getting older that I never expected, although I was warned about it, is that there is less recovery and rebounding from injuries. I’m not saying I’ve ever been accident prone, but pain was never a part of my life when I was younger. I knew aches and pains if I stubbed my toe, or had my famous “once a year” headache! Yes! I was that lucky.

I’ve always been spry, flexible, and energetic.


In fact, I’d always been a bit smug about my levels of pain because I have never truly felt back pain, but most of my loved ones have. I’m not smug anymore! I started working out for the first time in my life in 2016. I was so proud of myself, but I went too fast and too soon, and I didn’t consider the ways to be active and NOT hurt yourself. Not only that, it’s what can happen to your body even when you’re not exercising. You could be on a break from it, or just in recovery time on an off day.

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I can get sore or even injure myself by the way I hold my phone too much, or by putting wear and tear on my wrists and shoulders at my computer, day after day. When I don’t stretch adequately and when I do too many repetitive motions. There’s also lack of circulation, and lack of circuLATING. All of this matters. And this is also when I’m NOT exercising!

Lately, I’ve been trying to be a hiker, a power walker and a barre student. I’m also a busy mother of two.

A few years ago, I had the kids on some sort of spring outing and I figured I didn’t need my phone because they were both with me. That happened to be the one time my husband needed me the most. While going for a lunch hour run, he slipped on a curb and landed on his left shoulder. He’s a tall guy and the impact was instant. We didn’t know what had happened at first, but I raced to the hospital with my little one on my lap to meet Cassidy there. It turned out to be a separated shoulder – and a severe one. Between an ankle injury from his past, and this newer injury, my husband knows life with chronic pain.

And what we want you to know is that you can live a normal life, even in the face of pain.

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When I first started barre workout classes early last year, I did too many too soon, and I also didn’t stretch adequately. I didn’t prepare my body before working out, and I didn’t use my recovery time to continue to build muscle and stay limber. I pulled a muscle in my stomach so painfully, that I thought I was having problems with my appendix. While I do regret what I did, all I can do now is move forward and not make that mistake again. I’ll never be a personal trainer or a marathon runner, but I know how to be a busy working parent who also works out! Our personal fitness stories are still unfolding as we speak.

Even as we write!

One thing about getting older that has surprised me is how common chronic pain is in our lives. Try on these tips to avoid muscle soreness. #StopPainNow #ad

1 – Use Curamin® Stop Pain Now. Curamin® is the award winning pain relief product that has provided life changing benefits for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, and the clinically studied ingredients in their formula are carefully selected for safe pain relief. Curamin® is the #1 selling brand with 28 awards and counting in the industry! That’s because it’s safe, effective and non-addictive. It doesn’t just mask occasional pain – it gets to the source and stops it.

Curamin® Extra Strength 60 count is available at fine health food stores nationwide. You can check the store locator to find a store near you. I get mine at our local co-op in town, in the pharmacy section with other dietary supplements:

Curamin® is my family’s first line of defense against chronic pain. It helps us all have a better life that includes playing with our kids, having pain-free work days (important!), having better peace-of-mind, and regular exercise. Speaking of which:

2 – Stretching should be a 1st line of defense after exercise because exercising contracts your muscles and they need to be lengthened again after a workout. This will help with mobility and recovery. The kind of stretching depends on muscles used.

3 – Use a foam roller. This is a good way to massage my muscles after a workout – spending extra time on sore spots.

(Moose socks for the win)

4 – Don’t just foam roll your sore spots – massage them too!

5 – Eat for recovery. I remember the first time I truly worked out and then I called my fit sister and said, “Well, what do I eat now?” At the time I ate a protein bar and a banana – looking to get enough healthy proteins, carbs and fats. When you’re not working out, you still want to eat with the intention to repair and maintain your muscles. This helps with soreness.

6 – Sink into a bath or jacuzzi! Personally, I’d use a jacuzzi with jets every time, but that’s not always possible. What IS possible is using this powerful recovery tool between workouts. Note, this is between workouts and not right after one.

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7 – Ice those muscles! Now I know I mentioned warmth above, but the timing is different. The heat therapy is for in between workouts. The ice is for immediately after a rigorous workout. This can help prevent inflammation and also pain.

8 – Keep your body moving. Many workouts and classes will have a recovery workout at the end. This is good! This is designed to prevent or reduce sore muscles. That’s also why people cool off with walking after they run.

9 – There are also topical ointments that you can rub on muscles to relieve soreness and work toward recovery.

10 – Hydration. Of course I saved the most important ones for #1 and #10. Your muscles need water! Give them water!

Now, go try Curamin® Extra Strength 60 count – and enjoy this safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula.

Party Time: Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits

These Unicorn Cupcake Parfaits are so fun and colorful! It's hard to imagine they taste as good as they look, but they do! Wonderful for a #party #recipe!

Look, I’ll be the first one to tell you that I look at the world through unicorn and rainbow-tinted glasses.

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I’ll also be the first one to tell you that my kids still think that unicorns are real, along with Santa, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns, all Disney characters, and Des thinks that Star Wars is real life, but Scarlet is more inclined to tell you that it’s fiction. Maybe? Maybe. Hey, remember that time we threw a Star Wars party and wore these awesome costumes outfits?

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In fact, remember any party we ever threw ever? I do. Each one impressed me for a different reason – whether it was dedication to the party planning craft, costumes, appetizers, decorations, scenery, or the general awesome atmosphere.

It’s the people who make the party, and boy have we had some party people.

Now that this fantastic photo montage is over, let’s discuss a party theme/recipe that can be used for any party, for anyone of any age – Unicorns. It’s a timeless classic, right? Real or not, unicorns are sort of taking over the world right now! That’s why I had to share this recipe for Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits. You’ll notice that they’re gorgeous, first of all, but also – they taste great! ESPECIALLY, if you’re four or seven (or 36) and still believe in unicorns. Does that sound like anyone you know?

Are you planning a party with unicorns and/or rainbows as the theme? For that or any kid party, the Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits make a great #party #recipe!

So while I’m at Scarlet’s choir concert this morning – speaking of unicorns and rainbows and magic – I hope you’ll be finding these ingredients and assembling them together to create the kind of magic you thought was only in Disney movies.

The cotton candy and the princess sprinkles make sure it looks fantastic! The other ingredients make sure it tastes fantastic. I seriously want a warm weather party RIGHT NOW so I can be extra proud of myself for pulling off something so awesome.

So tell me – are you a believer too?

Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits

Unicorn Cheesecake Parfaits


  • Jell-o no bake cheesecake
  • Cotton candy
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Food coloring
  • Princess sprinkles (from a craft store)
  • Butter or butter spread
  • Sugar


  1. Use Jell-o on box directions to create crust mix and cheesecake filling
  2. Divide cheesecake filling into 2 or 3 bowls
  3. Use food coloring to create fun pastel colors
  4. Start with a drop or two, you can always add more food coloring but you can’t remove any
  5. Spoon crust mixture into bottom of glasses, mason jars etc.
  6. Using a piping bag, layer the cheesecake filling on top of the crust mixture
  7. Repeat with remaining cheesecake filling and crust mix
  8. Sprinkle a small amount of crust mix on top of the parfait
  9. Let parfait firm up in the refrigerator for one hour
  10. Add cotton candy, whip cream if desired and princess sprinkles
  11. You can stick the sprinkles to the cotton candy!
  12. Enjoy immediately after adding cotton candy, otherwise it will melt and harden