The Mama Confessionals: I Locked My Kid In The Car

the mama confessionalsWell, it happened. The day I never thought would happen. At 10:52 am this morning I locked my kid in the car. After buckling Caden into his carseat and shutting his door, I placed my hand on the door handle fully expecting it to open like it always does but it didn’t budge. Searching my diaper bag for my keys was pointless because I could see them inside the car on the my seat.  After attempting to open all the other doors, including the trunk, I called 911.

The 911 operator told me the more relaxed I stayed the better it would be for my 19 month old. Umm…I just locked my baby in the car! I was ready to bust the window open with my diaper bag if needed to get him out. But instead I said a quick prayer and begin to play peek-a-boo with him. Thank goodness for that sweet 911 operator reassuring me I was not a bad parent and that if I was ever going to lock my child in the car the weather today was ideal for such a dilemma. With the fire department in route to my location the call ended and I attempted to distract my son.

After peek-a-boo we sang a few songs and I danced around to entertain him. I could have cared less what I looked like at the time but I am sure a 5 month pregnant lady dancing and singing around her car was somewhat comical.

In the process of waiting for the fire department to arrive I attempted to call my husband at work. 5 times. I knew that he was probably out on a call, possibly playing the hero to another mama who found herself in a similar situation. I understood calling him was not going to get Caden out of the car any sooner, but one of the benefits of having a firefighter for a husband is that he can talk me out of a panic and tell me that it is going to be ok.

On my last attempt to call Josh, Caden was becoming slightly less amused by the whole situation. I think he was starting to realize that we weren’t playing a game anymore and that he was stuck in the car.

Thankfully at 11:01 am, only 9 minutes since the 911 call, which felt like an eternity, the fire department arrived in the parking lot. I excitedly told Caden through the window that the fire engine was here to rescue him out of the car. As soon as he saw the engine he became super excited and began saying “dada” over and over again.

The firefighters were super nice and Caden was in my arms within 5 minutes. With no damage done to our car and Caden unlocked from his carseat I was a happy and relaxed mama again. Caden was such a trooper during the entire ordeal and he was given two stuffed animals from the firefighters. I hugged on my baby and said thank you numerous times as the crew packed up to head back to their station.

I Locked My Kid In The Car

I will never lock my keys in the car again. Like ever. I might even physically attach them to my body so there is no chance I can do this in the future. That being said, it wasn’t the end of the world like I thought it would be, my mommy card did not get revoked, and Caden is the now the proud owner of stuffed teddy bear and duck.

Thank you Chandler Fire Department for rescuing my baby out of the car and thank you husband for cleaning my car out this weekend. This situation would have been even more awful had Caden been stuck in a dirty car surrounded by stale puffs and used kleenex.

I want to hear your confessionals! Has this happened to you? Leave your comments below. 

xoxo, Tamara

PS…Want to read my first confessional? Cough, cough, sneeze, and whoops…I peed my pants.


200 Rep Challenge

I am so incredibly excited that today is the last day to register for my online bootcamp, because that means that it is about to start! For the last few months I have been dreaming, planning, and sweating trying to make this happen. I am so amazingly happy and very blessed by the support that you have all shown me by signing up. It means so much! I have to say a big thank you to Shay from Mix and Match Mama and also to Sheaffer from Pinterest Told Me To for helping to get the word out about my bootcamp! You ladies are awesome!

These last few weeks have been so insanely busy but I am loving it! Finalizing workouts, editing video (I am by no means a professional videographer), invoicing, and lots of praying. It has been an amazing almost 15 months since Caden has come along. One of most important things I have learned is that little eyes are always watching. Little eyes are always learning. I am so blessed to have Josh. Without him there is no way any of of these dreams of mine would have ever seen the light of day. He is a great husband and father.

I am so thankful to have a partner who believes in me, prays for me, and loves me unconditionally. We are both committed to teaching Caden the importance of eating healthy and taking care of himself, both physically and spiritually.

Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn.

This workout was inspired by an early morning sweatfest with my friend Kiley. The only thing you will need for this workout is yourself and a chair. Here are the exercises:


  1. Start in plank position with hands slightly wider than shoulder width.
  2. Lower body to floor by bending arms. Push body up until arms are extended. Repeat.
  3. Modify by placing knees down. You will want to modify for this workout.


Triceps Dips

  1. Position your hands shoulder width apart on a chair. Move your booty in front of the bench with your legs bent.
  2. Straighten out your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows. Now slowly bend at your elbows and lower your upper body down towards the floor until your arms are at about a 90 degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the chair.
  3. Return to starting position and repeat.


Step Ups

  1. Place right foot on the middle of chair and step up as you balance your body for 1-2 seconds on the right leg.
  2. Your left knee should drive up towards your hip.
  3. Step down with your left leg and repeat.


To see example check out my Core & Burpees Workout.

  1. Start seated with your knees bent and your feet flat. Slowly lean back and lift your legs off the floor so that you are now balancing on your butt. Lengthen and flatten your back, trying to eliminate any roundness or arching.
  2. Lift through your sternum or upper chest. Slide your shoulder blades toward each other behind you and keep lifting long through your neck and head.
  3. Reach your arms forward and on an exhale begin to hover heels and shoulders 1 inch off the mat. Return to starting position on an inhale.


  1. Start in the top of a push up position.
  2. Jump your feet in, bringing your knees to your chest and keep your hands on the floor.
  3. Come to an standing and jump into the air, raising your arms overhead.
  4. Return to a squat with hands to floor and then jump your feet back plank.

Now that you know the exercises here is the workout. Make sure to complete 2 rounds for time. You will be sore all over. You are welcome.


For each exercise complete 10 sets of 10 reps. Once you go back and repeat the entire workout a second time you will have done 200 reps of each exercise. Make sure to give yourself a short rest between sets. Don’t move on to the next exercise until you have finished all sets.

Let me know how you did! Remember today is the last day to register and pay for a spot in my online bootcamp! Registration closes at 5pm (GMT). Have you signed up? Will you try this workout? If you are registered for bootcamp keep your eyes open tomorrow for your welcome e-mail!


CrossFit Inspired Cardio

I have a super fun workout challenge for you today! All you need is yourself and a pair of running shoes. I like to do this workout at the track but it can be done anywhere. If you are running outside and not on a treadmill you can use MapMyRun to route your mile.

But before I share the workout I want talk about this kid for a second…


Oh Caden I love you so much, and you never cease to amaze me with your super human baby strength. Seriously, this little guy is going to put both myself and Josh to shame.

We have one cabinet in the kitchen that we did not baby proof that contains our tupperware. Caden loves to play with the lids and containers so we left that cabinet open for him to explore. This past weekend I was shocked when he took the biggest lid we have and proceeded to do this…



He made his own push sled! He tried to roll the weight on top of the lid but couldn’t get it on his own so I helped him and then he took off. Up and down the hallway for 20 minutes.

I have done this exercise multiple times in front of him with a towel and weights, but never expected him to try and do it too. It was so cute and pretty amazing to watch him go. I am inspired by how strong he is!

CrossFit Inspired Cardio

I love CrossFit workouts because I know they are going to get the job done in a decent amount of time. These types of workouts push me to move faster and allow me to track my progress.

Perform the following exercises resting only when necessary. Record your time. This is a great benchmark workout to measure your improvement. Try it today and do it again in a month.

CrossFit Inspired Cardio

Let me know how you did! If you liked this workout I would love to have you join my ONLINE BOOTCAMP! Bootcamp starts September 9th and runs for 5 weeks. The best part about this program is it can be done on your schedule. Cost is $40 and workouts will be e-mailed to you each week. For more information and to find out how to register click HERE.

I want love to know what or who inspires you?

xoxo, Tamara

PS…If you received an invoice from me for my online Bootcamp but did not mean to register please e-mail me back and let me know. I will happily cancel your invoice. I am sorry for any confusion that happened during the giveaway.