Me, in a nutshell…

So, where do I start? How to blog?

Well, let’s start with the who and the recent past. I am Tammy Sullivan, I am a wife, mother, women of god, creative manager, lego helper, erector set builder, class room door designer and Color Street, Independent Stylist. 47369270_10217678881581555_4919625711737634816_o
Life is crazy; so, why not add to the crazy by creating a blog. How hard could it be? Well…it took me 2 weeks to write the first sentence so this is going well.

I am a creative at heart with a project management mind, hence the crazy! I have spent the better part of my life as a graphic designer in corporate USA. I have been with the same employee-owned company for the last 10 year. They were recently purchased by one of the big guys. I was recently promoted to Creative Manager. Wow, it’s been a rollercoaster. I work the normal corporate grind, with one major exception, I LOVE MY JOB! I love my team and I love what we do. It is extremely busy and challenging and stressful.

37689814_10100628218622194_521817713052483584_oI am married to a wonderful, supportive husband. Jim is kind, loving, hilarious and quite a character. He struggles with depression and is a recovering alcoholic. Through his struggles, we have grown. We have fought. We have laughed. We have cried. We have learned we can get through anything together and we have found a deeper, more profound relationship with GOD. We aren’t always on the same page but we try to stay in the same chapter. We love each other fiercely and that’s enough for me. It is complicated and wonderful and stressful. (Click to read more.)

37933183_10100630081868234_7509833093960695808_o-1I am the mom to the sweetest, most chaotic, rambunctious 6 year old that I know. Riley is smart, funny, kind and lovable. He is also hell in a hand bag. He is a normal 6 year old little boy. He loves dinosaurs, baseball and legos. His grade are good. His behavior scores? Not so much. He struggles in the class room. Riley has ADHD as well as sensory impulse control issues. One minute he is loving on you and the next he is bouncing on your head. We are blessed to be his parents because this little boy is going to do big things one day and it’s miracle we got him in to this world. (Click to read more.) Being a mom to this little boy is rewarding and heartwarming and stressful.

I am lost my Dad 5 weeks ago. He was an amazing Dad. He fought the good fight in a long, four year battle with cancer. He lost. I am crushed. I miss him so much. Anyone that says, it gets easier, lied. It has not gotten easier. 56387495_10218698377588318_3692556218150158336_n-1I don’t think it ever will. He was my dad and now he is gone. I wake up everynight at 3:02am. That is the time he died. (Click to read more.) It is sad and depressing and stressful.

I am a new homeowner, in a new community, in a new city. Last spring, we sold our house, packed our bags and move to Fort Mill, SC so I could be closer to my job and our kiddo could be in an amazing school district. Thank God we did. Resources to assist our kiddo are required and better school districts offer more assistance. We moved to a street with more kids than you can count on 2 hands. We are so blessed with amazing neighbors that have become instant friends. We have a new tribe and they are awesome and for that we are thankful. So, new house, new community, new friends. It has been fun and exciting and stressful.

Life is stressful. So what do most people do? Go on vacation? Take a day off? Take a nap? Get a massage? Go to the bar? Crawl under the covers and hide?

Well…not me, here goes that crazy again.

What did I do? I opened up a little nail biz. Yep. As if I wasn’t busy enough, I jumped in head first as an Independent Color Street Stylist. Why would I do that? Why not? When life is at its most stressful and emotions are running high, I needed something fun to focus on. Something without stress. Something with sparkle to brighten the day. I have a glitter addiction, you’ll find out soon enough.CS26-TokyoTwinkle_Header

So, in a nutshell, this is me. Life is wonderful and stressful and I love every minute. I am kind of a mess. Hair, always in a pony, a few wrinkles in my clothes, forgetting where my keys are but MY NAILS ARE ON POINT. No matter what kind of day I am having, fabulous nails make me feel pretty. Click here to read more about Color Street’s awesomeness.

What makes you feel pretty? I’d love to know. Let’s chat more soon. I have lots of craziness to share.

Until then, in the midst of chaos, sparkle. Don’t let life dull your shine.

Much Love,

The Manicured Mom


  1. You are an inspiration and I love u Tammy 1. Keep fighting. Your family is amazing and so are you.

  2. Loved reading this. Great writing skills!!! I feel most beautiful when I feel healthy and confident. Life is crazy and stressful. I couldnt agree more.

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