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My Story

Hi there. I’m Teresa, the face behind Tiaras & Tantrums. Although no one really calls me Teresa. I go by T, Rese or Teresa . . . or you can even say "hey You over there"  Please feel free to call me whichever you like, I answer to all of these names!

But I was getting off track there, I believe in doing what you love and loving what you do. I have a degree in Finance and left the corporate world a decade ago to take care of my special needs son. My grandmother taught me to stop and enjoy the little things in life and that is what I am doing now with my life.

Tiaras & Tantrums

Some people think that Tiaras & Tantrums is all about photography. And it is… to a point. But a lot of people can’t see what’s behind the photography: self discovery, love, family, a home educating mom . . .

Tiaras & Tantrums Family Photo

Behind every photo and every recipe or review on this blog, is a lifestyle photographer, a home educating momma, a home cook, and a social media mom. If you could take a peek into the creation of each of my posts, you would discover hours of photo editing, some design work, and overcoming writer’s block because I have no less than 25 interruptions every hour!

There is a lot of time and creativity that goes into creating a blog post. I have to set up photo shoots, develop the settings and photograph the shoot. I need to do this in order for my photos to come across as creative enough to catch your eye in a moment. I also want you to enjoy them enough that you will come back and visit again.

Tiaras & Tantrums Kiddos

I want you to fall in love with my family when you're here visiting. I have grown so much over the past decade (yes! celebrating 11 years of blogging this year!) of blogging. I want you to see that and to remember. For me, this blog is a journey and it's about creating something new within myself everyday.

I'm a happy, home educating momma! We live in the suburbs of Chicago and my husband is a big executive at some fancy communications corporation (which is where we met, where I was a big fancy Finance gal). My children are 14, 12 and 9 and are super awesome (they do not pay me to say that). Everyone is super cooperative of my crazy, busy schedule and I couldn't do it without all their help . . . and posing for me! My daughters are the perfect muses!

We love to travel and go all over the world, especially my son and I. I have scaled The Great Wall of China, stood inside the Sistine Chapel, ate lunch outside the Eiffel Tower and London Bridge, repelled the rain forest in Costa Rica and bought silver and wine in Germany. I’ve had high tea in Hong Kong, sat in massage chairs in Thailand, and I have scoured every back street market in Beijing. Here is where we have been so far {and I say so far, as we have many more countries to visit!}



  • Italy
  • Germany
  • England
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Vatican City


  • Beijing, China (lived there in 2005)
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Thailand


  • Montreal
  • Vancouver

United States:

  • Chicago (of course!)
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Louisiana
  • Florida
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska
  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Hawaii


  • Acapulco
  • Cancun
  • Cozumel
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Los Cabos
  • Riveria Maya


  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Caymen Islands
  • St Lucia
  • Jamaica
  • Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Turks & Caicos

Central America:

  • Costa Rica

Tiaras & Tantrums focuses on family, travel, photography, education and food. I offer photography sessions product reviews, travel reviews, education reviews and anything else I feel like writing about.

Please NOTE: I am VERY interested in doing more travel blogging. If you are putting together a blogger group for a client – I would love to discuss details.

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On behalf of all five of us, I want to thank you for stopping by Tiaras & Tantrums! We hope you’ll stay a while and make us a part of your day… preferably the photographing part!

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