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Tammy’s out of the Comfort Zone

Today Karen sent me this picture.

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My first reaction was you didn’t share that did you? I’m embarrassed of this. All the photos I’ve posted as before and afters, not one have been of my heaviest. I feel a little sick to my stomach that I’m sharing this but everyone starts somewhere. Yes I was very unhealthy but I had the strength and willpower to make a change.

My husband and I went for a walk this morning. I was sharing with him that sometime I feel guilty about the money I spend on personal training and fitness. It can get a bit pricey but when Karen send that picture it reinforced that I’m investing in me. I’m also saving money being healthy. We don’t eat out nearly as much as we used to plus I am a ex-smoker. I’m not sure but I think my reduction in wine alone pays for at least a few training sessions.

If you are at a point where you want to change I strongly encourage you to maybe talk to me or contact the most amazing trainer I know in Hamilton Eric Cornell. I really hope that from me being a bit uncomfortable sharing this I can encourage at least one person to believe in themselves.

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~Tammy


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Did you know? I’m a Belly Caster!

I promised that over the next little while I would share more about my life and what I do. And let’s face it, I do a lot. Some think too much. I’ve always been someone who likes to keep busy, and when I find something I’m passionate about, I have a hard time giving it up.

I can’t really call this business a ‘job’, though it’s definitely more than a hobby. I’ve been Belly Casting professionally  for 3 years now, and I can’t see myself ever giving it up. There is something therapeutic in it for me, an artistic outlet.

Over the last few years I’ve been able to work with some amazing photographers, one who was able to come in and take photo’s of me doing her sisters cast – due with twins! (Dye Design Photography)

Another, Forever Enchanting Photography, took some photos just last week to contribute to this video project I’ve been working on. After watching her with Baby D during the photo shoot, I have a whole new respect for newborn photographers. So much patience, love and care went into it. I’m so grateful for her help, and more than thrilled with how the video turned out.

I put this video together to give people an idea of how much love and work I put into each cast. The initial casting process is actually the easiest step of them all, and the one everyone sees. Check it out, let me know what you think, and if you want to see more of my work, head on over to LoveBumpBaby.com.


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Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever

Phineas and Ferb The Best LIVE Tour Ever is coming to Copps Coliseum next month! H has just recently discovered this show, and is crazy excited to see them LIVE.

“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!” School’s out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet- Disney’s Phineas and Ferb:The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Phineas, Ferb, and the whole Tri-State Area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adventure-right in your hometown! And, before you can wonder, “Hey, where’s Perry?” the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans. Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can’t help but join the hilarious hijinks. It’s the ultimate end to summer vacation, so seize the day ’cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!

I am looking forward to this show as it will be my boys FIRST Disney live show ever! I have been many times with my friends kids, but can’t wait to see the reaction on H & Q’s faces. What shows have you taken yours to? Be sure to check back soon for more information on this event, and maybe even your chance to win tickets!

Click here purchase tickets now and use the code MUM4 for a $4.00 off discount!

 

Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.


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There’s a Tab for that – Time to get organized.

You know what isn’t easy? Running 4 businesses and having a Blog. Would I trade it for a full time 9-5 job? Not a chance. But one thing that I’ve always struggled with is being organized. I’ve always had the best intentions when it came to keeping on top of everything, but all too often there would be something missed. A week later I’d be slapping myself on the forehead asking  ‘How on EARTH did I forget that?!’. It was all to clear that I just wasn’t organized enough. My day to day tasks would be stored in my head, on random pieces of paper, or notes on my phone. Sometimes I would even write myself reminder emails, but they too would get lost in the mix. It was a terrible system.

Last weekend while at the Your Business is Now conference in Hamilton (which was AMAZING by the way!), I ran into Julie of Suburban Moms Media, and she had this big binder sitting in front of her with all these tabs for the different things she needs to do. GENIUS!

I literally went out to staples the next day and picked up some of the Marta Steward stationary I had been eyeing for a while, but couldn’t figure out what on earth I would do with it – DUH! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had one of the binders in my hands, or a set of the stylish sticky tabs.

I ended up getting one of the smaller binders with two stacks of lined paper (I know I will be going through that fast), a pouch to keep business cards in, and some dry erase tabs. I broke the tabs up into a category for each business, my blog, and than one for ‘To Do’s’ so that I can make myself a list of daily tasks I should be getting done.  So far, this week has been one of the most organized, getting stuff done – ON TIME – weeks I’ve had in a long time. I don’t feel stressed out like I usually do. I’ve had to face the fact that even in a digital age, I am a hand written list kind of girl.

Putting together my little binder couldn’t have come at a better time, heading into a weekend full of information and networking. I’m attending both the She’s Connected Conference and Blissdom Canada. I like that if something is discussed that I think will be good to use for Love Bump Baby, I can automatically write a note under that section. If there is something that would pertain to running events, I can put it under the Baby Expo tab. This way, when a weekend so packed full of information is done, looking over my notes will be much easier than all scribbled together in one place.

So step one to getting more organized is complete. Step two is to keep it up. Don’t let it disappear into my purse, or collect dust on a book shelf. I need to be sure I am opening it up every day. More organized is sure to mean less stressed. Being less stressed equals a happier mom, wife, and business owner.

Thank you Julie for the inspiration!


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Getting Prepared – Pinterest Thursday

Once again, there has been no time to craft. I actually went to a friend last night to do so, and while I got a little bit done, it was not completed. Nor will it be for weeks I am assuming! Nevertheless, I still have a Pinterest Thursday post, just not of something I have done yet.

Lately I have been gathering pins and ideas on how I want to set up my one booth space at the Expo in a couple of weeks. While I run the show, I also have two of my own booths that I set up. This makes for a lot of work. Each year, I like to change it up a bit, keep it exciting. So for this week, here are some of the inspiring pins that I will be looking to when I come to design my space.

I love the way the tables are stacked! And the casts… beautiful!

I have no idea how I will pull off Bunting like this, but I would like to try!

I love the flowers in jars. Has nothing to do with my belly casts, but I think it would really brighten everything up! So pretty!

Of course, a few weeks from now I will share just how I set it all up. I am pretty excited, and am about to head out the door to go to Ikea to grab some things I need!