New Year’s Eve Infused Champagne Cocktails

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Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, and I’m sure that many of you guys are like me and busy planning your celebration. I love to host a get-together to ring in the new year, and am always trying to think of ways that I can add some special touches to the food and drinks that I serve.

So, this year I decided to get a little creative with my champagne, and infuse my brut to create a glass of bubbles that has a little extra something for my guests. I tested these out at a Christmas party, and they were a total win!

What is great about these champagne infusions is that they aren’t complicated cocktails, or overpowering in flavor — They don’t ruin the classic taste of the champagne, or add sugar to the drink. They are also easy to do, and don’t require a lot of time spent at the bar.

infused champagne

Here are the three champagne variations I created:

PEAR + SAGE INFUSED CHAMPAGNE: To create this, simply add 1 oz of fresh pear juice to a glass of cold champagne, and then add in a sprig of fresh sage and serve.

POMEGRANATE INFUSED CHAMPAGNE: Place a tablespoon of fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a flute. Add in 1 oz. of POM Pomegranate juice, and top off with cold champagne and serve.

ROSEMARY + ST. GERMAIN CHAMPAGNE: Place 1 oz. of St Germain liqueur to a flute, and add in a fresh sprig of rosemary. Top off with cold champagne and serve.

Do you guys ever infuse cocktails? Let me know if you have any other creative ways to serve champagne. Cheers!   

Xx
Tamera

 

 

 

Five Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

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We are just days away from Christmas, and if you guys are anything like me, you keep thinking of gifts you still have to buy … For me, it is the little gifts for friends that I always tend to leave until the last minute. With all the holiday craziness, these gifts tend to get pushed to the back burner (we can’t do it all). I know that I can always go the traditional route of a card and a nice bottle of wine, but during the holidays, I like to take the opportunity to come with something a little extra special.

This year, I have found five great friend gifts that are either easy to go pickup, or can still be ordered online in time for Christmas! I hope these gift ideas help some of you guys out with your last-minute holiday shopping!

What are some of your go-to gifts this time of year? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Xx
Tamera   

Echo Dot1. Amazon Echo Dot … Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! With fast delivery and endless options, Amazon is always a good place to start shopping for your last-minute gifts. The Echo dot is a great little devise that is a hands-free, and voice-controlled with a small built-in speaker, perfect for listing to music — It can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth. At $29.99 it’s a great gift idea!

Cards Against Humanity2. Cards Against Humanity … The title of this game says it all! It’s wildly inappropriate, and a fun gift for the adults. It makes for a playful holiday party gift, and often gets opened up right then and there. This game is sold at many places, including Target for $25.00

Pineapple Candle3. Sunny Life Pineapple Candle … You can’t ever really go wrong with giving someone a beautiful candle. What I love about this one is that instead of a pretty jar, the actual candle is what is so pretty! It’s a nice gift, that also makes for lovely décor. Also, did you know that pineapples were the colonial symbol of hospitality to welcome someone in your home? Available at Nordstrom for $30.00.

Wine.com

4. Bubbles & Godiva Gift Set … Sometimes you don’t get to see everyone that you want to over the holidays. When that happens, I like to send a special little something anyways! Wine.com has some wonderful gift options like this bottle of Brut and Godiva chocolates. $49.99

Nordstrom Throw5. Nordstrom Chevron Plush Faux Fur Throw … Everyone loves a cozy throw, you can never have enough of them! This one from Nordstrom is beautiful, ships in time for Christmas and is even on sale for $39.00!

 

My DIY Holiday Table Setting

Tamera Mowry Table Setting DIY

Rosemary Table Setting

We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!

I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.

Table Setting DIY

Rosemary Table Setting Idea

Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.

Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!

Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!

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

Transforming Your Home for the Holidays

As you might’ve seen from my post last Friday, I love decorating our home for Christmas. Red, green, and gold are fun to throw around this time of year, but there’s a catch – our home has a coastal, beach chic vibe throughout. Combining these two themes isn’t the easiest, but instead of doing away with our beachy everyday décor, we decided to roll with it and create our very own Christmas design.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

We placed our tree near our nautical built-ins and a big window so that it would stay just as light and bright as the rest of the space. Natural light is a MUST for me, so keeping the tree we’ll gather around on Christmas makes it even more inspiring.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

One tip? Find unexpected places to hang things like bows and garlands from. That way you don’t have to rearrange much at all.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Yup, that would be 3 A’s and a T up on our mantel…

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Because our everyday décor is full of nautical colors like red and blue, it actually mixed in well with the festive accents. (See my tips for mixing prints here!)

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

No need to take down current décor if there’s a way you can work in greenery and other winter accents. Love how this turned out!

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Here’s that centerpiece I mentioned before that we shared on Facebook.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Only in California, hehe.

See more photos from my holiday house tour here.

Xx,
Tamera