A Letter to My Fans

Over the past couple weeks I’ve received more comments, emails, and messages than ever and I wanted to address a few of you guys because I don’t get the chance to do that very often. If you watch The Real you might’ve seen that recently we all got up close and personal about how guilt can hold us back in our lives, making it hard to make our New Years wishes come true. I mentioned my desire to go a little easier on myself, and talked about how I’ve experienced mom guilt from being a working momma away from my little ones so much. At the time, I knew that of course lots of other working moms could relate, but boy did it finally sink in!

Tamera Mowry Dressing Room on The Real

Photos of my family in my dressing room at The Real.

It’s true that on social media there are plenty of people who aren’t into hearing about motherhood, who don’t relate to raising two young children who are my everything, but what I’ve seen lately is that all of you who DO relate, who felt supported by MY feelings and who in turn supported me, outweigh the naysayers.

Tamera Mowry Dressing Room on The Real

I’ve received a ton of inspiring messages and stories but a few really touched my heart and I wanted to share and just say thanks to them and everyone else who has spread positivity already this year – whether it was to me or just by inspiring a mom friend or anyone who needs it. I hope that everyone who reads this can be inspired by your amazing messages too :)

Lauren B said, Today I watched the clips about guilt on The Real’s YouTube channel. I watched them as I sat in the “Mother’s Lounge” pumping at work. Your words resonated deeply with me. As I watched, I knew my husband was waking up our daughter and getting her ready for the day. I long to be there in the mornings. I feel guilt for leaving her day in and day out to provide for our family. I worry that she’ll love her dad more than me. The feelings you expressed and the words of encouragement that Jeannie, Loni, and Adrienne shared were very beneficial to me today. Especially coming back to work from a wonderful vacation. I needed that extra boost to help me carry on. 

Phebby Z said, I remember as a child missing my mother but looking forward to her coming home and sharing with us all her experiences. She has a huge sense of humor and the moment she got home, it was like she never even left. Because, she would just shower us with love and play catch up on whatever was going on in our lives individually. In my eyes my mother is the best mother ever! We’ve all grown up to be strong women and men and nobody has any issues as a result. All of us kids agree that between mother and daddy, we got the best parents ever! …From one woman to another, those little blessings you have are always looking forward to your coming home and telling them all about your day. Don’t think you have to make up for lost time without them! Just be there when the time allows according to your schedule and play and lather them with as much LOVE as you can.

Juliette said, As mothers we always want to do more and be the best we can be and not everyone is going to agree with how we raise our children, but then not everyone will understand the things we give up to make sure our families want and need for nothing. Even if it means missing out on a few things here and there… Be proud of the mom you’ve become because trust me it’s so worth it in the long run when they turn to you and say, thank you mom… Continue to be who you are never let the negativity disrupt that.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who chooses to lift other women up instead of tearing them down. You inspire me.

Xx,
Tamera

Our Family Trip to Mexico

Hey guys! Remember those gorgeous blue waters that I posted on my Instagram not too long ago? We took a family year-end trip to Cabo, Mexico during my break from filming – can you say relaxing – and I have been wanting to share the pics ever since!

It was our first trip out of the country with Ariah and we decided to head to San Jose Del Cabo and the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. We wanted a resort with something to offer for all of us and still feel like Adam and I had some adult time. The beachfront location is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and our room had a gorgeous front row view. I got much needed spa time and it was amazing!

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

It was so nice to just hang out with Adam, Aden and Ariah. The chaos of our jobs and the busy holiday season just melted away. It’s so important to take time off when it’s needed, and I couldn’t have asked for better company.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Of course, even the most relaxing family trips still include tons of playtime. This was a big break for Aden after being in school this fall, so he needed the vacay too! He had a great time enjoying the hotel’s children programs and daycare.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Had to get some blog pics of course. This is a view from the JW’s lobby!

She loves to dance.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Blessed to experience this journey with my love.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Vacay style! This girl teaches me so much. She has enriched my life in so many ways.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Dad and his girl.

Tamera Mowry Mexico Trip

Love this pic Adam snapped… Sums up our trip perfectly. I had a chance to recharge and reflect on what this past year with my growing babies was like. Parenting is always a roller coaster, and getting a little time to unwind lets your brain refresh. In these moments, I couldn’t help but sit back in awe of all that God has blessed me with.

2017, I’m ready for ya!

Xx,
Tamera

Merry Christmas from the Housleys!

Hi guys! Did you do family Christmas cards this year? It can be a struggle to get the whole fam together to take a pic, but no matter how it turns out, I love having this to look back on! For our family Christmas card this year, we coordinated our outfits… Love seeing the kids all dressed up like this.

Merry Christmas from the Housleys! - Tamera Mowry Family

We hope you have a chance to celebrate the blessings 2016 has brought you and reflect on the meaning of Christmas with the people who have been by your side all year long. This is a time to take a step back from the hectic schedules our busy lives bring and surround ourselves with the people and experiences that are most important to us as we walk into a new year together. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas… from our family to yours.

Warmly,
Tamera, Adam, Aden, and Ariah

Mommy Hacks: Surviving Christmas with Toddlers

Are you ready for Christmas this Sunday? If you don’t know where the term “holiday stress” comes from, you probably haven’t experienced them with little ones yet! It’s no secret that there’s nothing more important to me than spending time with family, and Christmas is one of those occasions that gets us ALL together. It’s a great time for little ones to see family members they aren’t used to hanging out with every day, but it can definitely be exhausting. Here are my tips for making it as painless – and fun – as possible!

Mommy Hacks: Surviving Christmas with Toddlers - Ariah and Tamera Mowry

A gift from a friend that Ariah got to open early (a sneaky distraction from the ornaments…).

Traveling with toddlers. If you’re traveling with toddlers this weekend, be prepared. Have a car activity ready because they will get restless. It’s great if it’s something that can keep them busy on the road, but also comfort them if you’re spending the evening or weekend away from home. And be sure to plan around their normal schedule – whether it’s a nap or when they are their cheerful, energetic selves – you want to make sure your schedule works with theirs as much as possible.

Traditions with toddlers. Family traditions turn into amazing memories, and the earlier you include them the better! Even if you have a young toddler like Ariah, they can always sense when they’re not included… Carry on comforting family traditions or start new ones and make sure the little ones are in on it. It will keep them happy and active.

Decorating with toddlers. When I posted a photo of my tree on Instagram, so many of you asked how we pulled it off with two little ones around. The truth is, we have to never take our eyes off them if they’re going to be in our family room this time of year! Bright lights and shiny ornaments – all with presents underneath? No wonder a toddler can’t resist! Keep any fragile decorations out of reach for little hands, and keep your breakable ornaments toward the top of the tree and anything sturdier below. Ornaments are made of tons of materials these days, so you can opt out of the super fragile bulbs if need be. You can also tie ornaments on with ribbon rather than loose, sharp hooks.

Eating with toddlers. When planning your Christmas menu, make sure there are some toddler approved recipes in the mix. Who wants to negotiate with a picky eater during a busy holiday celebration? There are tons of kid-friendly ways to go about Christmas dinner, but you’ll want to make sure to serve up some comfort foods you already know they love. And if they’re old enough to eat at the kids’ table, be sure to decorate and make it look extra special, so they know what an important day they’re part of. They’ll love the attention!

Mommy Hacks: Surviving Christmas with Toddlers - Ariah Tamera Mowry

The simple toys are the best toys…

Remember, as overwhelming as a big holiday gathering can be for YOU, it’s even more so for babies and kids. Happy holidays!

Xx,
Tamera

5 Ideas for a Cozy Date Night In on the Cheap

The temps have finally dropped here in California, making for chilly evenings and nights spent inside. But no matter where you are, I’m sure many of you could use a date night ASAP – I know Adam and I could! The holiday season is just a perfect time to rekindle the romance. And since wallets are stretched with gift costs and entertaining expenses, I made sure that these 5 ideas for a cozy date night in were as cheap as could be:

5 Ideas for a Cozy Date Night In - Tamera Mowry

 1. Game night for two. Game nights usually come to mind when you have a group of friends to entertain, but it’s surprisingly fun as a party of two too! Board games and card games are perfect for nights you seriously need to unplug as a couple. Cook up a meal, pour a glass of wine and break out a classic game.

2. Gourmet movie night. If you and your partner have been together for many moons, you’re probably used to the those “veg on the couch” evenings. Spice them up with a craft cocktail or homemade cocoa, and whip up a few different flavored popcorns before settling in. (Try sprinkling popcorn with rosemary + parmesan, or another recipe from this article.)

3. Double date dinner. If you’re used to meeting your couple friends out for dinners and drinks, why not bring the party inside? Decide on a dinner and cook together while catching up. This is especially good for busy couples that haven’t been able to make much time for a social life this season. Much needed!

4. Make gingerbread houses. The holidays are full of family-friendly activities, but it’s just as important for you and your hubby to create memories as a couple too, not just mom and dad. Try something lighthearted like making a gingerbread house or decorating homemade cookies for a festive, low-key night you’ll remember.

5. Start a marriage bucket list. Have you and your spouse done this before? If you’ve never written a list of things you’d like to experience as a couple, save this one for when the weather has you stuck inside with no plans. Writing down all the things you want to do together will inspire you to plan fun activities for the new year. Gotta love getting inspired :)

What’s your ideal date night in?

Xx,
Tamera

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Little Ones

Did you guys get a head start on your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving? Shopping sales can be fun, but there’s plenty of time left to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life this month. Since so many people I know have little ones, I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide with them in mind. (Plus, toys are just more fun!) Whether you want to wrap something up for your own, have some nieces and nephews to shop for or want to gift the mommas in your life with something special for their babies, this gift guide has you covered.

Gift Guide for Little Ones - Tamera Mowry

Robeez bear hug baby shoes / Aden + Anais silky blanket / Wooden toy elephant / Retro kitchen / Set of 2 storage boxes with wheels / Tegu circuit racer / Pom pom basket

Here you’ll find a mix of toys like this cute retro kitchen and more practical gifts like a quality blanket and storage solutions. Love when something practical can act as décor too, such as those wheeled storage boxes with the fun sayings. Stylish, creative toys and wares like the pieces above are gifts that both mom and child can make use of (though I think we know who would prefer the toys ;)) and they don’t throw off the care you put into decorating your house and making it look welcoming for guests. Win, win.

Are you gifting with any little ones in mind this year? Stay tuned for more gift ideas!

Xx,
Tamera