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.

5 Essential Items Every Influencer Needs, and How to Protect Them

This post has been sponsored by GoCustomized, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Are you an ambitious blogger? Do you have these five essential items at your desk and/or in your life? Find out how these custom phone cases can protect your phone AND brighten your day.

When I first got a smartphone, I never dreamed I’d have the career I have today in which I’d do work from my phone!

I’m a Social Media Influencer. If you had told me years ago that this would be the case, I would NEVER have believed you. Sometimes, often, I still have to pinch myself. I love this world I have cultivated which combines my journalism background with my photography background, and then with other marketable hats I wear. I’m a mama of two. I’m a multiple pet owner. I know something about marketing and I can make graphics. I have growing followings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. And I track total and unique page views on analytics. I measure engagements and algorithms.

I’m almost always thinking as an Influencer, when I’m not thinking as a mama or as a photographer. Exhausting, but fun.

GoCustomized

I don’t do this alone. In terms of other people, I outsource work, hire assistants, commission unique ideas, and all around have fun collaborating with others. In terms of items, well there are some things a girl can’t live without for the Influencer life. It’s what keeps me going so well. I found something in GoCustomized that protects my phone, AND, keeps my heart close. Here are 5 essential items every Influencer needs, and how to protect the ones that need protecting!

1 – A smartphone or tablet, of course. And then you need to protect your devices with GoCustomized. They rock! They’re a start-up that specializes in customized gadget accessories – like smartphone and tablet cases. They have a user-friendly customizer so that you can create a custom design using any of their favorite designs, pictures, quotes, etc. Then it gets printed straight onto your product! Personally, I chose the cutest photo ever and now I get to see it when I’m on the go.

When you get the chance to make custom phone cases, it’s the perfect way to capture your favorite memories of your adventures with loved ones. You could also display your brand logo on one of their items, which is very cool! The one I chose has 2 layers instead of one, and has a full print. When I used the custom phone case maker, it was easy for me to design. It only takes minutes to make your own phone case, or a tablet case too. And I love the results. I find it adorable.

2 – Hard copy planners, journals, notebooks, etc. While I do keep a lot of information on my phone and computer, I need to hand write for inspiration. I have so many notebooks for different things – blog post ideas, stories, goals, details, etc.

3 – Real office supplies. Well of course! It’s a real job! There is more paperwork to this job than I ever imagined. On a normal week, I’ll use a stapler, paper clips, pens and pencils, tape, and at least access to scanner/printers/copy machines.

Storage options are also important.

4 – Water. And lots of it. It’s so easy to dehydrate when you work for yourself and work through hours and meals. To make it more exciting, I like to add cucumbers and mint, or berries to my water. It’s the refreshing kick I need all day.

5 – Camera equipment. I have known Influencers who used only a phone, but those days seem over. I always felt I had an advantage at being a professional photographer already, but I have seen many people grow their photography talents. Make sure you have protective equipment, like cases, lens caps, filters, etc. for all of your important equipment.

Are you an ambitious blogger? Do you have these five essential items at your desk and/or in your life? Find out how these custom phone cases can protect your phone AND brighten your day.

Right now I have a coupon code for you to save 10% at GoCustomized. The coupon code is active from today until May 29th, and the 10% is valid once per customer. I’d love to hear how you create your own phone case, or tablet case!

Coupon code: GC-US-PR-TAMARACAMERA10

What’s an essential item you need in your career? What would you put on your custom phone case?

Are you an ambitious blogger? Do you have these five essential items at your desk and/or in your life? Find out how these custom phone cases can protect your phone AND brighten your day.

Star Spangled Brownie Sandwiches

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

Boy, what a weekend, and what a week ahead.

I’ll write about all these things in more detail, in due time, but I had a mama staycation in a hotel over the weekend for work. And for pleasure! I’ve learned two things about me over the weekend: 1. I like the idea of being alone more than I like being alone. 2. If you’re going to be in a hotel, for me, it helps to be in a nice place with nice things to do OR it helps to be with loved ones. So I had 1 out of 2. Don’t worry. I’ll write all about it. Right now, let’s talk about Memorial Day desserts.

brownie sandwiches

Oh, and before I forget, definitely tune in this week (probably Friday) where I have my announcement to make. I’ll be linking my announcement up to Finish the Sentence Friday, because I’m crafty like that. Tune in! It’s cool! (still not a baby)

Anywho, now really. Let’s talk about Memorial Day dessert recipes, and these can also be Fourth of July brownies. I am certainly not picky. I’m also certain you can enjoy these year-round. You can change the sprinkles colors, or not. I know that every May, I am looking up easy Memorial Day dessert recipes. I also want them to impress, though. And everyone in my family knows that I don’t much care for brownies, unless you add frosting or caramel. To be fair, though, I didn’t make those ones on Instagram. I just play them on TV. This is going to be a big week so I had to open my blog week with THIS:

brownie sandwiches

Star Spangled Brownie Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 box brownie mix

Red, White and Blue Sprinkles

Star Cookie Cutter

4 tbsp butter

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 tsp to 1 tbsp of cream or milk

¼ tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Directions:

1 – Prepare brownie mix as directed on the package

2 – Pour into a 9×13 greased pan and bake as directed

3 – Once the brownies are ready, let them cool completely to room temperature

4 – Cut cooled brownies using star cookie cutter

5 – Lay cut brownies out on a parchment lined cookie sheet

6 – Prepare Icing: Mix butter with electric mixer until it’s creamy

7 – Once creamy, add salt, vanilla powdered sugar and milk

8 – Blend until well combined and has desired consistency (should be thick)

9 – Put Together: Put icing into piping bag with desired decorating tip or in a sandwich zip bag and cut a corner off

10 – Pipe icing onto one star brownie and then place another brownie on top to form a sandwich

11 – Place sprinkles along the edges of white icing

12 – Enjoy!

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

And that’s it! This has you covered for all summer, whether you’re looking for Memorial Day dessert ideas, EASY Memorial Day desserts (like this is), 4th of July brownies, or whatever it is that will make you happy! My kids are more like me – they like brownies more when they’re special. And frosting/sprinkles makes everything more special, I say. I can’t wait to get a mouthful of this yumminess! How about you? How do you like your brownies best? Plain or with all the decorations?

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly

What do you think of this recipe? Do you have Memorial Day plans?

Are you looking for easy memorial day dessert recipes? Or maybe fourth of july brownie recipes? You've come to the right place! These are impressive and delicious, and absolutely festive. This is a wonderful time of year - let's celebrate together with brownie sandwiches! #recipes #MemorialDay #FourthofJuly</center