My Hot Tomato Why – Unlearning Mean Girl CultureOn January 22, 2020 by pinkcrush1112
The photo above is me with my gals (minus Jesse Hyde), my crew, my Hot Tomato tribe at Sparkly Ladies Night 2019. You may not understand how remarkable this photo is without understanding where I come from. So let me give you my “why”. My high school years were a bit miserable. I had fallen Read More
Smart Budgeting for a Hot Tomato Portraits SessionOn July 22, 2019 by pinkcrush1112
A portrait session with Hot Tomato is an investment in you and we want you to make the most of the time you spend with us. You invest your time finding just the right outfits for your session, AND you invest your time in talking to us and meeting with us to plan your session Read More
Body Love, One Step Forward, Two Steps BackOn April 17, 2019 by pinkcrush1112
This post is an old one I started but never shared on the blog. I need you all to know more about my why, what makes me tick and my path to being a woman that works to empower other women. xoxoxo Andi I ordered a couple of bikini’s from Forever21 Plus last week. I Read More
The Invisible WomanOn March 8, 2017 by hottomatopinupacademy8
It’s only a matter of time. I actually fear it. The day that I walk into a room and no one takes notice. I am a woman who doesn’t mind being looked at. I wear my emotions, ideals, convictions and intentions on my tattooed sleeves…and statement necklaces, ripped jeans, scarves, dangly earrings, big hats and Read More
Default BeautyOn February 19, 2017 by hottomatopinupacademy8
Being a person of less than advanced ability with all things technology, I had owned my Samsung Galaxy S6 for 8 months when I discovered the “beauty face” setting on my phone’s camera. Beauty Face is a sliding scale that one can use on the selfie setting. It activates by default (#8) if you use Read More
Hot Tomato Pick of the WeekOn January 4, 2017 by hottomatopinupacademy8
MOV Red Tent Okay..actual quotes from me, Jesse Hyde earlier this fall when Cat I asked if Hot Tomato would like to be involved. “Wait, is this one of those events where white ladies pretend they’re in a sweat lodge?” No, no! It’s a gathering for women to reconnect to their authentic selves and celebrate Read More
The Guide to Getting Over It and Booking Your Hot Tomato Portrait SessionOn November 16, 2016 by pinkcrush1112
For some women it is hard to take the leap to do a Hot Tomato Session. Most women feel nervous, don’t have a clue what to wear or concerned about spending the money. Here is a definitive guide to getting over it and getting your session in the books! Read More
Vines: What Would a Plant Do?On November 7, 2016 by hottomatopinupacademy8
My mother always grew Morning Glories around my childhood home. In my fast paced childhood, I can remember thinking “When I’m older and have nothing else to do, I’m gonna sit and watch those vines reach out and grab the next link in the fence.” How do they know where to go? Do they look Read More
A 300 Hour DayOn November 3, 2016 by hottomatopinupacademy8
“Stay Tuned” was how I ended my last post. The next day my sister overdosed on heroin.
Mom held her as she seized in the ER. Dad paced the hall with his hand fixed over his mouth. I made phone calls. Our work, political agenda, domestic duties, holiday preparations, social obligations and personal priorities were checked at the hospital doors. Read More
Tomato RootsOn October 20, 2016 by hottomatopinupacademy8
I want the same thing for myself as I want for my vegetables…To grow strong and colorful, to nourish those that care for me, to leave behind quality seed and to die as organic compost”
I wrote that note on Facebook soon after I opened my account in 2009. Hot Tomato wasn’t a twinkle in my eye or even ink on my skin yet. I homeschooled. I gardened. I hung herbs around my kitchen. I watched my little girls chase butterflies and build fairy houses.
Facebook recently asked me if I’d like to update my bio. I read the current version and thought “Oh geez, how antiquated! Yes, I must update with something sassy that tells the world that I am a powerful Hot Tomato!” Then I read it again. Read More
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