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.

Aden Gardening - Tamera Mowry

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.

Play time with Aden - Tamera Mowry

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.

Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley

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

Milk+Bookies Story Time Celebration

Over the weekend the whole fam and I got to take part in the Milk+Bookies Story Time Celebration and I thought it would be fun to share with you all! Milk+Bookies is an organization dedicated to spreading the love of reading to those who don’t have access to books of their own. Not only that, but they teach little ones the value of giving and foster literacy and a love of learning. It was really great to have my own children there to see firsthand the importance of reading, learning, sharing and just taking part in story time.
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You can read more about Milk+Bookies on their website, but here’s how it works – they provide all the resources for people to host their own book-raising events, where children can participate and by choosing and donating books on their own.

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Had to bring out the oxfords!

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Anyone can host their own event, but the biggest fundraiser takes place during Story Time Celebration each year in Los Angeles. It was so fun being able to read to the crowd.

Tamera Mowry at Milk+Bookies

Like I said, children are invited to do the giving. This is so important and an amazing way to get your kids involved early on. Of course when it was my turn to read, I chose one of Aden’s favorite books, Goodnight Moon. I scanned the crowd for him as I started to read his fave story, but didn’t see my little man until he ran up on stage to read along with mommy! Hehe.

Tamera Mowry at Milk+Bookies

Lots of familiar faces were there, like Amy Davidson,Lena Headey, Henry Winkler, Busy Phillips, BJ Novak and more. It was great to see everyone come out in support of literacy and learning.

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I think we know who would rather be reading than taking pics…

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But Ariah had to make her red carpet debut! Loved my Zara dress.

Thanks to Milk+Bookies for having me!

Xx,
Tamera

Our Family Easter Photos

Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic Easter. Mine couldn’t have been better! We were fortunate to be able to sneak away to Napa for a family weekend away. Time spent bonding with my loves always puts me in a happy mood.

Tamera Mowry Easter Family Photos 2016

Look who came out to join us! These two always have a good time when uncle Tavior is around.

Tamera Mowry Easter Family Photos 2016

He is Risen. Ariah in her Sunday best!

Tamera Mowry Easter Family Photos 2016

When you try to get little ones to look at the camera… Either you end up looking away or they do. Lol.

Tamera Mowry Easter Family Photos 2016

My loves. This girl is ALL smiles.

Tamera Mowry Easter Family Photos 2016

Absolutely loved celebrating Easter with everyone. We went to church and then it was off to an Easter egg hunt. Aden found so many! We’ll have to hide them better next year. ;)

How was your Easter Sunday?

Xx,
Tamera