Ariah’s First Ballet Lesson

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

Last weekend my baby girl had her first ballet lesson. It was a huge milestone for Ariah and I wanted to share a few sweet moments from the day. So proud of her!

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

We decided to put Ariah in dance because she seems to naturally enjoy it. If your child is really curious about something, getting them involved in it from a young age is a great way to help them learn and explore. I know a lot of adults who wish they’d explored their interests more when they were little ones, myself included, so I wanted to make sure Ariah had that experience if she wanted it.

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

She’d already gotten on her toes and twirled on her own, not to mention how much girl loves a cute tutu, so all signs pointed to ballet for Ariah’s first official dance lesson. Love how confident she is when trying new things!

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

Momma was by her side for support the entire time.

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

She’s a natural! Ariah had a blast learning the basics… And getting silly too.

Ariah's Ballet Lesson - Tamera Mowry

Aden has his own extracurricular activities, like karate and soccer. I’m so excited to see both of my babies follow their passions as they get older and find what they truly enjoy doing. Life is so much more fun when you make time for what you love, and I want them to know that early on.

I’m one proud momma! Moms, when did you start enrolling your little ones in activities?

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

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

9 Festive Toddler Dresses for Stylish Baby Girls

Can you believe the word toddler is in the title of this post? As you’ve seen in my baby girl fashion posts (these rompers were so cute, and here are some of her fav outfits), I love, love baby girl fashion. There are so many options out there, it’s hard not to get carried away even when she’s growing into new sizes in the blink of an eye. Luckily most of these dresses range from 12 – 24 months, with some other sizes mixed in – hope all you on the hunt will find one you like!

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Ralph Lauren sweater dress / Aletta dress  / Pippa & Julie dress / tulle bow dress / embellished tulle hem dress / pink tulle dress / polka dot jumper / TesaBabe baby girl dress / two piece sweater + dress

Who here is bringing a young toddler to a holiday gathering? First thing’s first, consider the vibe of the event. If you want some nice Santa photos or are planning for church on Christmas, you might be looking for something more formal. But if you’re not really the formal or preppy type, you’ll want her to wear something more laidback. Ariah is constantly smiling – seriously, girl loves to laugh – which is why I put her in fun tulle skirt and bows so often. I like to show off her playful attitude! But let’s be real, this isn’t your everyday attire. Actually, if you’ll just be lying low and hanging with the fam this season (something we do as much as possible), it’s a good idea to have some cute, casual dresses ready to go. That first polka dot one is perfect for layering, right?

In all seriousness, time FLIES with little ones. Be sure to cherish the memories you’re making whether or not she’s dressed in glitter and sequins.

What do your little ones wear to holiday events? Share your suggestions below!

Xx,
Tamera

Aden’s 4th Birthday Costume Party: Part 1

Are you ready for part one of my recap of Aden’s birthday party? Even though his official birthday isn’t here until the 12th, he loves Halloween and dressing up so much that we knew he would have a ton of fun at a costume party. Ghostbusters made for an amazing family costume and jumping off point for our Halloween-inspired birthday bash, even though when the day came, Aden didn’t want to wear his ghost costume anymore. Kids, lol. But there was so much to do, he had a blast regardless…

Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry
Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry

We had yummy treats like candy apples and autumn pies, as well as other snacks catered by Bite Catering. My talented assistant Amy was behind the table accents… So impressive!

Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry
Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry
Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry

For spooky centerpieces, we had cauldrons filled with dry ice and water so the little ones could stand back and watch in amazement.

Tahj, Tia, and Tamera at Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Sibling pic! So many of our family and friends were able to make it to the party, which is what really made the day so great.

Tamera, Aden, Adam, and Ariah at Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Then it was time for Aden to open his gifts. Ariah wasn’t so sure about her hat at the beginning of the day, but she warmed up to it.

Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry
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Party planning tip for those of you with little ones? Two words: Bubble. Machine.

Aden's 4th Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Aden’s party, where we recap the magic show and cake cutting! So fun.

Xx,
Tamera

10 Unique Finger Food Ideas for Little Ones

It’s no secret that Ariah loves her finger foods. Once we transitioned to them, there was no turning back. Since she’s at that oh-so-fun age of being curious about all types of foods, I’ve had to get creative…

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Lunch time!

Unique Finger Food Ideas - Ariah

Grilled cheese, turkey, and lettuce… Always a hit.

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Cereal and rice are great, but for those of you with more adventurous little ones, here’s a big list of unique finger food ideas.

10 Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers

1. Grilled cheese with the crusts cut off, cut into small cubes
2. Sweet potatoes, cooked and cut into small chunks
3. Salmon or white fish – you can cut it or flake it, just make sure it’s not one high in mercury
4. Tender spiral pasta, cut into small pieces
5. Scrambled eggs
6. If they’re teething, cucumber strips can help
7. Bits of turkey
8. Homemade chicken nuggets, cut into pieces
9. Bits of pita with small amounts of hummus on it
10. Cooked beans (various kinds) – make sure they’re cooked until tender

Any finger foods I should add to this list?

Xx,
Tamera