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.

TeamSnap – Every Coach and Parent’s Dream

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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.

You can get started TODAY with a four month free trial valued at $72.00. The link is HERE. No credit card is required for the trial period. You can explore the platform’s wide range of options to see how TeamSnap will enrich your life.

TeamSnap app is available via iOS and Android. Enjoy!

My Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Charming Sisters

This post is sponsored by 7 Charming Sisters, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Boy, do I have a treat for you today!

I’m a jewel girl, through and through. I love jewels, of course. I love jewel tones too – choosing to pretty much ONLY wear bright white or different shades of red and pink, deep purples, emerald greens, and bright blues. You can say I LOVE it all.

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And, I remember when we were shopping for engagement and wedding rings. I wanted something different. As much as I do love diamonds, I’m much more taken in by beautiful eye-catching color. Although my birthstone is ruby, I think blue and blue-green jewelry is gorgeous. You know I see quite a bit of jewelry as a wedding photographer. Not only do I see the jewelry, it’s my job to photograph it. I love that 7 Charming Sisters marches to the beat of their own drum. Like me!

They’re a fashion jewelry brand created by a group of co-workers who had bonded as a family over the years. They are modern day women who work hard and celebrate their good deeds! Each of the 7 Charming Sisters has their own shoppable jewelry line – with unique personalities. Every woman can find her own style from 7 Charming Sisters. I just know it! Tomorrow night is Cassidy’s holiday party and I’m thinking of upping it just a bit from the first photo. A little lipstick?

Maybe a different color dress?

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7 Charming Sisters wants all women to feel fabulous without breaking the bank. They provide affordable jewelry and help women learn how to style and feel fab in their own skin. It’s all about having fun! Here are some of my favorites:

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Now look at the pieces here. Which are your favorites?

Enjoy!