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, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, 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.

It’s All About Great Relationships

This post is a collaboration with Rockland Trust. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Do you have a relationship in your life that is great and meaningful and fulfilling? That's how I feel about my oldest friend. #ad #EachRelationshipMatters

I remember where I was the first time we finally had a conversation.

It was Music Theory class – senior year of high school. Christa had been in my school since middle school, but we had never crossed paths, and in a high school of over 1,200 students it was easy to blend in. I always wondered if we might be friends, but it had never happened previously. Our township had four or five elementary schools that went up to 5th grade and then spit everyone together in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. She came to Roxbury sometime then – when I was surely going through my own adolescent catastrophes. I’m so glad I didn’t meet her until high school because I was a different person by then.

I was taller. More confident. I was ambitious. More open.

And then that day came. We were in the same class. She came and sat right next to me and opened with a joke or a touching story. We were always on the same wavelength from that day forward. Our teacher loved us! We could both hear music – but for different reasons. She had a more rigorous musical background. Mine was sparse and random at best, but I could hear things in emotions and rhythms. That’s the only reason I aced that class – even though I had never committed to vocal or instrument lessons. And that’s where and how we started – powerfully and meaningfully. We’ll never lose touch.

We went to college together for one year, and then she moved up to New England. In fact, it was her years of adventures living in Massachusetts (Cambridge) that made me more inspired to move here. I left New Jersey for San Francisco, and then came to Northampton, MA. Christa now lives in New York (so unfair that we’re passing ships!) but we both have families with summer houses in Cape Cod. And we’re just a train or car ride away. I know I can call her with anything, and she’s better about calling me with everything. I struggle to ask for help, but I know she’d drop everything for me. We have visits.

And she took one of my favorite photos of Des and me:

And that is a huge reason I love Rockland Trust so much. It’s about relationships. They put so much emphasis in making each of their relationships meaningful – that’s what they’re built on. It’s deep and longterm. That reminds me of my friendship with Christa! Rockland Trust is about community. When you look for a bank, it’s like looking for a friendship. You want it to be great, and long lasting. You want it to weather the storms – and go through life’s ups and downs with you. It’s that feeling in your heart you get when you see someone nearly as familiar as your own family. That’s powerful!

Rockland Trust is a community bank found in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They offer a wide range of banking, investment and insurance services to businesses and individuals. No matter how small or large, old or new, they are committed to serving and meeting all of their customer’s needs. It’s important to find a bank that values relationships.

Rockland Trust is about relationships and trust and time together. That’s one of the many reasons it reminds me of Christa! And also because when she lives in New England, she lived both in MA and RI – both places that have Rockland Trust.

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TeamSnap – Every Coach and Parent’s Dream

This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Somewhere along the lines last year, we learned that we are team sports heavy in my house!

I honestly never saw it coming, because it wasn’t the childhood I had, but both kids have athletic tendencies. Scarlet started second grade on the soccer team with Cassidy as her coach! Des is left-handed with an amazing pitcher-arm, and Scarlet ran a 5K last month for Girls on the Run. I love her interest in athletics, because it’s truly an important aspect of a happy and healthy childhood! And while my own childhood was different, I was plenty active. I just didn’t do a lot of team sports after age 10. That’s why I’m excited to have a tool to guide me during this phase of life – and that’s with TeamSnap!

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TeamSnap is a coach and parent’s dream. Or if you’re like us, both the parent AND the coach at times. It’s an easy-to-use, indispensable tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of team life. It’s there to tame the logistical nightmare that is wrangling busy schedules, practices, equipment, volunteers, photos, weather, etc. TeamSnap provides up-to-the-second info for where everyone needs to be and what they need to bring too. This is one place for ALL pertinent info.

You know what’s cool? 15 MILLION coaches, parents, team managers and players use TeamSnap’s web and mobile apps to save their sanity and to stay in the know through emails, texts, and my favorite – instant alerts. What I love is that I was able to start using it in seconds. I’m not always the most tech savvy person when it comes to apps, so I appreciate good user functionality. I happened to download it during one of our busiest sports season so I got to see how it would help us with logistics. TeamSnap has a streamlined platform that facilitates every aspect of team and group management. It can store contact information, host and store group messaging, track payments, hold photo galleries, and more. It helps so much.

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When I think about who it helps, I love that it helps every member of a team – whether it’s team players, coaches, parents, volunteers, etc. I love that it gives you the gift of free time and sanity. We can get so consumed by logistics, that it’s almost dizzying. I can’t keep track of email chains and text chains and schedules and equipment, etc. TeamSnap reminds you of the true joy in the activity or group in the first place. You should sign up to relieve yourself of the stresses and burdens, and make team sports truly fun, and also more of a team effort. I love to focus more on the joy Scarlet and Des get from their activities and groups.

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TeamSnap app is available via iOS and Android. Enjoy!