Aden’s Style: Pumpkin Patch Adventures

Hey everyone! Did you see all the cute pictures I posted of Aden and Ariah at the pumpkin patch? These two have the most fun together and we all had a blast on our family outing. I haven’t posted an Aden’s Style guide for you all since I wrote about his activewear essentials back in July, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a style post in honor of the fall season.

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Aden LOVES his rain boots. He seriously never wants to take them off! Lately a white T and rain boots are his favorite outfit, but we managed  to dress him up in some dark jeans and a jacket for the day. Believe me, it’s not always easy getting this one to pose for pictures… But so worth it in the end ;)

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Children’s Fisherman Jacket in Yellow (more sizes here) / Cable knit sweater / Classic Hunter boots / Dark wash jeans

Isn’t this a cute look for a boys’ fall outing? A little prep in his step, hehe.

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Anyone else out there dressing their little ones for fall weather?

Xx,
Tamera

Mommy Hacks: Potty Training Tricks

One thing every parent goes through with their children: potty training. No surprise there – this is something all kids go through. The most important thing is to get your little ones comfortable with this transition. It’s unfamiliar terrain to them, so the biggest hurdle is putting them at ease. My secret?

Potty Training Tips by Tamera Mowry

Cheerios!

As you can imagine, making it a game is a great way to make them feel more comfortable and at ease. When I was training Aden, I would tell him it’s time to play a game called Shoot the Cheerios. It’s not necessarily the type of game that matters, but that they feel relaxed and open to learning what you have to teach them.

Beachy Home Decor

Naturally we had to incorporate the Cheerios into our beachy home décor.

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Positive reinforcement is also really important. It’s what tells children they’re on the right track, and they’ll feel accomplished with their achievements. That’s why I love little art prints like this throughout our house.

Quick Potty Training Tips

  • Make this a laidback, fun experience – it doesn’t have to be serious!
  • This time in their lives is full of information overload, the simpler, the better
  • Some parents reinforce success by cheering them on, adding stickers or marks on a chart, or giving a special prize/treat – but no matter what, the important thing is that they know when they’re doing it right.
  • Encourage them when they have a setback – accidents happen after all
  • Be prepared for a relapse – this can happen and usually it’s a result of other changes in their life. At first, Aden did that for a little while – he wanted to be like his baby sister! So the fun game came in handy here, and he was back on track.

Have you been through this experience yet?

Xx,
Tamera

Aden’s Summer Project

If you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen me post about Aden’s latest summer project… Gardening! My favorite thing about the summer is all the time we get to spend just hanging out together outdoors. You don’t have to go on a road trip or vacation to soak up the sun – as you know from Aden and Ariah’s kiddie pool fun, it’s all about getting creative and finding new ways to enjoy the season together.

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Aden is the shadow of Adam, guys. Adam is always keeping our gardens fresh and healthy, and Aden has started helping out – mimicking his every move. Kids this age just really want to be involved, and by welcoming their input and including them on household projects and hobbies, they learn from your expertise. They’re so impressionable and are soaking it all in. Plus, he’s getting good!

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The goods. A family that gardens together stays together! We each have our own tools.

What’s your favorite low-key summer activity? And how do your little ones help out around the house?

Xx,
Tamera

Train Time With Aden

Today I thought I’d share about just one of the many times Aden and I have shared some quality time together lately. It’s really important to me to make time to spend with each of my children individually – we all love to play and explore together but there’s nothing like one on one… It’s so important!

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Not surprisingly, one on one time tends to involve trains whenever possible.

Play time with Aden - Tamera Mowry

Puzzles are such a fantastic educational activity for little ones because they teach patience, hand eye coordination, motor skills, memory and so much more. These are all things that we take for granted as grown ups, having long forgotten the process of learning them, but they’re absolutely necessary skills to have.

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What’s more is the sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a goal – and with a puzzle, there’s always a clear goal. The puzzles he does are already becoming more complex, and soon he’ll have more to achieve and be proud of!

Quality time, learning – so much goes into a little puzzle time. :)

Click here for more of our mommy-son time activities.

Xx,
Tamera

The Housleys Go To The White House

I’m still in awe as to how blessed I’ve been to be able to visit the White House two times in one year, but I’m forever grateful for this experience. This trip was especially meaningful as Adam and I were invited to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and both Aden and Ariah were along for the trip.

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Takes after his dad!

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My favorite thing about our DC trip is being able to teach Aden about some of the history of our country. He loves learning and I know this will be an impressionable visit for him for years to come.

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​Little man and his camera. He is obsessed.

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We made all the necessary stops: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and more.

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Seeing all of the names on the wall is indescribable.

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This California crew had to be prepared for the DC weather. Isn’t Ariah’s little hoodie sooo cute?

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Fave pic!

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I also love this picture that Adam snapped of me and the First Lady. It was such an honor to be in this room again. I will never forget our time together with the kiddos.

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​This cape blazer is one of my fave pieces as of late (similar here). So chic!

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Next up was the dinner. I am so beyond honored! I was without words for the better part of that night :)

Tamera & Adam Housley

We had our own little after party.

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What an unforgettable experience. If you have not been to Washington, DC, I hope you get the chance to go!

Xx,
Tamera

10 Crafts to Make with Your Toddler

Recently I shared how much fun Aden and I have playing together. We also love to do crafts. With littles of toddler age, it’s important to find crafts that are fun and keep their attention (harder than you’d think!), yet encourage learning and creativity! It sounds complicated, but once you get into the crazy world of crafts, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless. It’s always fun to get our imaginations going as parents too.

10 Crafts to Make with Your Toddler

Have you been on my Pinterest lately? I’m all about finding new crafts to try. Here are some of my faves you might want to give a try!

1. DIY Crown – Parents can create crown templates and lay out all the supplies for kids to paste onto their very own crown. Think colored paper, stickers and crayons. Aden loved this one!

2. Paper Plate Caterpillar – It’s amazing how much you can do with a simple paper plate! Cut out the caterpillar and let them run wild with decorations.

3. Potato Stamping – You create the stamp from a potato, and they create their own work of art with the different shapes.

4. Toddler Mural – Create no-mess workstation for your child to create works of art again and again.

5. Popsicle Stick Frames – This craft is something mommas can easily whip up and attach photos to for personal home décor, but it’s even more special if your kids can help paint or decorate the popsicle sticks.

6. Ocean Themed Crafts – It’s always nice when a craft also offers up a sneaky lesson! Create ocean creatures while teaching toddlers about sea life.

7. Paper Popsicles – These popsicles are so cute for summer! Cut out popsicle shapes from cardstock and create paper embellishments for little ones to add to each one. Once your done, you can display them on the fridge or string them together for a summer garland.

8. Shape Sorting Activity – Create different shapes and colors from paper to make color sorting game to play afterward.

9. Cupcake Factory – Similar to the popsicle idea, you can do the cutting beforehand and sort all the pieces for your child to make paper cupcakes with. Then you can both decorate them together.

10. Nature Paintbrushes – This is a really fun and original idea that can involve the whole fam. Go out in search of sticks and leaves. Then you can create “paintbrushes” from your findings and kids can use them to paint pictures!

What crafty things have you made with your kids lately? Stay tuned for some DIY projects of our own!

Xx,
Tamera