My Holiday House Tour with E!

Every year, I love to decorate our home for Christmas, but this time around was slightly different. I recently welcomed E! into my home, which I decked out for the holidays. In honor of the season, I shared my fave décor tips and whipped up some DIY projects with the help of designer and party planner Michael Russo – you might’ve seen us work together before on The Real. I always learn a ton of tricks from him!

You can see the tour of my holiday décor on E! tonight at 7pm, but until then, here’s an exclusive peek at the filming and decorating process!

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Welcoming you all into our home…

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Our family room is my fave room in the house.

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What’s in these jars, you ask? We created a really fun DIY gift idea that’s great to have on hand for friends and co-workers, last minute parties or just visitors you welcome into your home during the holidays.

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They’re jars full of homemade peppermint sugar scrubs. And yes, they smell delicious! You can see how it’s done on E!, but I have to warn you – it’s the easiest gift ever.

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Don’t be intimidated by this DIY, even if you’re not the most crafty.

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Another project we did was create a festive centerpiece. Tune into my Facebook video for the quick tutorial.

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Since we have an open kitchen, we couldn’t go without decorating the countertops and cabinets with a little holiday flair.

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Such a great time working with you, Mikie!

Thanks to E! and Michael Russo Events for all the fun. Tune into the full segment on E! tonight at 7pm and check back for my Christmas décor + fashion ideas later all month long.

Xx,
Tamera

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season

Are you guys feeling ready for Thanksgiving? Holidays stir up a lot this time of year – we’re excited to be in the company of those we love, many of which we don’t see as often as we wish we would. If you’re hosting, you’re also likely heading up a gathering for people of all ages, making it tough to cater to everyone’s needs – literally. Even the most casual gatherings come with at least some pressure, so I really wanted to tackle ways to truly make the most of the holidays we wait all year to enjoy – both for your guests AND you:

5 Ways to be a Better Hostess this Holiday Season - Hostess Tips from Tamera Mowry

5 Ways to Be a Better Hostess

1. Learn from years past. Even if you didn’t host the last holiday gathering, you can think back and consider what stood out to you. What were the highlights? The near-disasters? Use those as a basis for planning your own party, before you dive in.

2. Don’t overexert yourself. Ask for help if you need it. I know some people really struggle with this – it’s so easy to think because you CAN do it all you should. In reality, people are often ready and willing to help – sometimes they just don’t think of it at first.

3. Keep expectations in check. Going off of that last point, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Remember, you probably know at least most of your guests pretty closely, right? …Don’t get too caught up in the planning that you forget what type of get together THEY like to attend. Keep it realistic!

4. Try something new. That said, the holidays only come around once a year. If you’ve been eyeing a tutorial like my DIY place settings or a recipe I’ve shared, now is the time to go for it! Do a trial run before the big day to work out kinks and get confident.

5. Keep it in perspective. Remember, when people look back on this event, they’re going to think mostly about the awesome day they spent with you – even if dessert took too long or one of the side dishes looked a little sloppy. Don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to your vision – different can be good too.

This time of year is so action-packed, and it’s all about to get crazier! But all this entertaining is truly all about love and comfort and warmth – don’t let anything get in the way of that.

What’s your favorite part of holiday gatherings? Any tips for avoiding stress?

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting Idea

Hosting gatherings during the holidays can be a scary thought – you’ve got food, drinks, décor and guests to think about. And if you scroll through Pinterest for fall table inspiration like I’ve been doing, it can seem impossible to pull ALL that off, even for a simple dinner party. Luckily, simplicity can be beautiful this time of year, and you can actually get creative with what you already have to make your Thanksgiving or other fall tables come alive.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

This DIY place setting looks elegant but is so easy to throw together right before an event – even while dinner’s in the oven.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

You just need a place mat, the dishware you’ll be using, and your supplies: ribbon, a metallic pen, kraft paper or card stock, and whatever twine or ribbons you already have stashed away. Navy and cream make a rustic fall combo if you ask me :)

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Punch a hole in the card stock (or use ready made tags) and write out your message. I like the idea of writing words like “thankful”, “blessed”, etc., but you can also write guests’ names down if you have a lot of friends and fam gathering around the table.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting from Tamera Mowry

Tie the tag to a piece of twine or string and then tie it and a few ribbons around your cutlery.

It’s such a simple design that really goes a long way in setting a gorgeous fall table.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about your plans!

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera

Homemade Pumpkin Bread

We had a wonderful Christmas last week so I wanted to dedicate this week to sharing our adventures. First up, this amazing holiday bread recipe that was given to me by my friend Talitha. It’s delicious and makes a great gift for the holidays and even New Years Day. Up through the new year there are always visitors coming by and family and friends to catch up with so this is perfect to have handy! I made it for the crew on The Real and it was a hit. It could be a winter hostess gift, too… So many possibilities.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread Recipe

All wrapped up and ready for gift giving.

Homemade Pumpkin Bread

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

Mix

1 ½ c. sugar
1 t. baking soda
¼ t. baking powder
½ t. ground cloves
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
½ t. nutmeg
1 2/3 c. all purpose flour

Additional ingredients

½ c. oil
½ c. water
1 c. canned pumpkin
two eggs

Instructions:

To prepare, blend mix with the ½ cup oil, ½ cup water, one cup canned pumpkin, and two beaten eggs. Spread in a greased 9×5” loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for one hour.

Super easy! I chose to spread them out over mini loaf pans for giving.

Thank you to Talitha for sharing this recipe with me.

Xx,
Tamera

Gift Guide: For Him

Shopping for men is always the hardest. You may have his interests nailed down but guys can be surprisingly specific about what they’ll wear or what product they’ll use (see, we’re not that different!), which adds to the uncertainty. Hopefully my gift guide will inspire gifts for all the men in your life this season. I’ve added ideas for anyone from sports lovers to the tech obsessed… Hope this helps put your shopping right on track!

Gift Guide for Him

1. Sports Gear: Some guys aren’t into sports, but those that are tend to go all out. Just make sure you have his favorite team right, or you’ll never hear the end of it! Lol. This MLB Giants Track Jacket is nicer than your average baseball tee, but isn’t too out there that’d he’d be restricted to wearing it only on game day.

2. Leather Phone Sleeve: When going for a simple gift like a phone case, try something that will really match his style. This leather phone sleeve is for the guy who wants something sleek but not too flashy.

3. Fitness Gear: If your man is into fitness, an activity tracker like the Fitbit One, which monitors activity and sleep, will be his next obsession. With a Fitbit you can track steps, calories, distance and more, as well as log food and workouts, and keep track of your sleep patterns (making for much better mornings).

4. Grooming Supplies: You don’t need to book an expensive spa date to pamper your husband – a new shaving kit or grooming supplies that go above and beyond his normal routine will be a great option for anyone. The Working Man’s Hygiene Kit has pretty much everything a man might need, like cleansers, moisturizers and after-shower gel. This particular kit is handmade in USA too.

5. Craft Beer Holder: A craft beer holder is a fantastic way to surprise the man who loves his brew with something a little personalized that’s still fun and relaxed. With this one, you can get a monogram in any letter. Then there’s the wine bottle holder for the wine buff too!

6. His Favorite Show: Still not sure what’s your best option? Think about whether there’s a show he’s always raving about. A lot of amazing shows aren’t on regular cable these days or are hard to find online, so getting him a DVD set guarantees he can watch whenever he wants. And if you’re both into the same type of shows, it can be something tune into together.

What do you guys think? Do you like shopping for men?

Xx,
Tamera