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About Tara & Feels Like Home

Does your life feel like home?

I know you used to think you’d be a great mom someday – but now, you find yourself yelling at your kids as you hurry them from one activity to the next because you're tired and feeling strung out.

I know you used to dream of a strong, thriving marriage – but you find yourself snapping at your husband over every little annoyance.

I know you used to picture peaceful mornings with your Savior – but the longest prayer you can managed in recent memory is Help me Jesus right before you yell at someone.

Reality has set in, and you’re overwhelmed and out of sorts. You’re building a marriage, raising some kids, keeping a home, working a job, cooking all the meals, washing all the laundry, and managing all the things.

Your life is FULL. And you love it, really you do – but you’re also struggling to get it all done. You want to feel like you're doing a good job.

What you really crave is a slower life where you can spend more time with your family, experience less stress, get connected to others without feeling overwhelmed, actively pursue good health, and make time for the truly important things. You just can’t figure out how to do that when it seems like you’re juggling too many balls as fast as you can and still dropping the most essential ones.

I’ve been there. I get it. I've dropped them all a time or three, and I want to tell you something:

You can do this. I promise you can.

It is possible to make time for what matters most, even when life feels overwhelming.

You can start each day with more peace and focus, knowing that you have a plan to face what comes.

You can escape the pressure you constantly feel, learning how to truly enjoy this season with your family.

You can finally focus on the most important things, the things that matter most to you, and just let go of the rest, without guilt.

Your life can feel like home.

I know you can do this, and I’m here to help!


Hi. I'm Tara.

I am a 30-something wife and mom who loves creating fun, meaningful, and educational experiences for my two young daughters as I inspire them to be lifelong learners who live fully (and frugally). I live with my husband, our girls, and our cats near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

I love Jesus, reading, writing, learning, and making life fun for my family. In the summer, I love to hike, swim, picnic, and explore nature. In the winter, I like to watch the snow from my couch.

That last bit, about watching the snow from the couch? Not a joke.

I have battled my weight for my entire life. I am a food addict and compulsive overeater who had bariatric gastric sleeve surgery in April 2017 and have, so far, lost 190 pounds. I'm still losing and want to lose another 50 or so pounds. 

I live the life I love, and I love the life I live.

I work hard to stay positive here; I believe that happiness is a choice we can all make. I love the life I share with my husband, Joe, and our daughters, Grace (11) and Allie (7), and I celebrate it as often as I can.

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That's not to say that my life is all sunshine and daisies. I have bad days. I get crabby. My family hits bumps in the road, once a yearlong string of bumps. Big ones. I wrote about those, too.

My husband and I try (and often fail) to achieve a frugal, back-to-basics lifestyle despite my habitual overspending. I'm a work in progress in many ways.

I stay busy balancing my passion for blogging with a career teaching science in a public high school my life as a full-time business analyst, consultant, and homeschooler. Over the last 15 years, I have worked full-time and part-time, been a stay-at-home mom, and worked on-site and from home. I'm currently working full-time from home as a business analyst for a large health insurance company.

I have a B.S. in secondary education and an M.Ed. in teaching and curriculum, both from The Pennsylvania State University. I also earned a Writing Specialist Certificate from Penn State. If you're interested in my full professional profile, please jump over to LinkedIn or contact me. I'm really kinda brilliant.

But not modest. That doesn't come naturally.

Tara Ziegmont - Feels Like Home Blog


Why Feels Like Home?

When I was growing up, my family moved all the time. It felt like we got settled in to a new home and new town, and then we had to move. No place I lived ever really felt like home to me. When I graduated from college, I was determined to build a life for myself without ever moving again.

At that point, I was a young woman who intended to be a single professional forever and aspired to earn a PhD and become known as the neighborhood crazy cat lady.

God intervened. In 2005, I met my soul mate. Two years (to the day) after our first date, we got married. Ten months after that, we became the parents of a baby girl. When she was four months old, this blog was born.

These days, I have two precocious daughters. I am a busy mother, and my life feels like home. I know that I'm right where I belong.


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40 thoughts on “About Tara & Feels Like Home

  1. What a coincidence! I have my B.H. in Secondary English Education and my M.Ed. in Teaching & Curriculum (BOTH from PSU, too!)

  2. What a coincidence! I have my B.H. in Secondary English Education and my M.Ed. in Teaching & Curriculum (BOTH from PSU, too!)

  3. Thank you for linking up at my Bloggy Boot Camp Round Up… What a great introduction. I, too, have struggled with weight, and I can identify with some of your posts.

    I am a working mom of a baby girl too… crazy, hectic, and amazing.

    See you in March, lady!

  4. Tara,
    I love your about me page! Even though I've “known” you for a while, I feel like I know you so much better now! I can't wait to see you in Baltimore!

  5. What positivity! You have one of the toughest jobs out there, guiding and teaching our children is a role not made for everyone. Thank you for taking on the task.

  6. Your About Me put tears in my eyes. I am really looking forward to reading your blog and learning more about you.

  7. Thank you so much for your amazing talk yesterday at Bloggy Boot Camp! I had absolutely no idea what SEO was all about and you really opened my eyes to it all!

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  9. Hopping by from BlogHop 10. What an adorable cutie you have!

    Just made our first jelly this year (jalapeno jelly) and starting to do some canning this fall. Can't wait to hear about how things are going in your home.

  10. Stopping in from the Blog Hop! I have been thinking about making peach jam lately! How funny that I should come across a blog about canning and other homey things! I think it's wonderful that you do those things and I bet it really makes your home warm and happy!

  11. Hey there! You were one of my favorite people to meet and spend time with at SBS, you know. 🙂 Thanks for stopping (or should I say, hopping?) by today! 🙂

  12. Seems we have a lot in common:) I moved around a lot when I was little and went to every school in our county! I still struggle with my weight:( I read your Bucket List and it looks wonderful! Maybe I will make one:)

  13. I can so relate to the “feels like home”! I love that knowledge that I am where I'm supposed to be – doing what I'm supposed to be doing! Life is good!

  14. Hi! I stopped by on the Blog Hop.
    I'm headed over to check out your bucket list now… and will not apologize if I brazenly steal an item or two. 😉

    Happy Friday.

  15. Newest follower from Blog Hop '10. Can't wait to read more on your blog. Please visit my blog & follow me back.

    Proudwifeymommiiof3.blogspot.com

    Thanks bunches =)

  16. Just Hoppin By, Sorry I’m a little late, I’m #255,
    I am happy to meet you… but you have to work on shorting your bucket list.
    Lots of libraries have audiobooks that you download free.
    Download Greek language book and learn while you clean the house.
    You can’t achieve your dreams if you never make the first step. lol

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  18. So about the ‘stuffing’ the turkey idea. My hubby is the cook , he always ‘stuff’s the Turkey ,
    Do you think it is because we live in CA. ?
    Do you think its ‘territorial’ , like east, west, north , south thing?
    What do you think ?

  19. So about the ‘stuffing’ the turkey idea. My hubby is the cook , he always ‘stuff’s the Turkey ,
    Do you think it is because we live in CA. ?
    Do you think its ‘territorial’ , like east, west, north , south thing?
    What do you think ?

  20. Watched from afar on #blogchat. You are a brave soul and though I didn’t chime in, mostly because I couldn’t keep up, I think your blog looks great! I love this post, very real and transparent and it already feels like I know you a bit.. 🙂 I blog at http://www.uniquefamilyvision.com if you get a chance to stop by, say hello! 

  21. Hi Tara. This is the first time I’m “blogging” lol and I really appreciate how open you are about your life and how it can help many people out. I’m also a stay at home mom of two girls. 😉 I wasn’t sure though if you’re catholic or not I didn’t see it mentioned on your section about you. Other blogs I’ve noticed it”s the first thing they tend to mention about themselves so I didn’t know if that’s just a priority to some to mention or how that works since I’ve never “blogged”. I also was struggling with my weight after I had my second daughter. God Bless

  22. I just wanted to let you know that I respect you SO much. I randomly happened upon your blog and perused through, and your perspective on life and your determination to fight and KEEP fighting through the hard stuff astounds and inspires me. Thanks for keeping hope alive and sharing your fresh and beautiful perspective. You are beautiful. <3

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