Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This has been a whirlwind of a year, and I know it’s not over yet, but I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for everyone who has supported me on my blog and social media. I’m so grateful for the connections I’ve made, even the ones that didn’t take place in person.

Tamera Mowry 5 year anniversary Credit: John KlycinskiPhoto:  John Klycinski

As you know, the online world opens you up to instant feedback. Though I’ve been open about how it can be tough when impulsive comments come to the top, I’m thankful to have the chance to connect with the community and share my world. Through my site, Instagram and Facebook chats, I’ve gotten to know so many users and learn what they’d like to see from me. So thank you for following my journey and sharing your insight.

But as many photos as I’ve shared online, I’m also incredibly grateful for all the little moments that no one has seen. The small, everyday moments like unwinding with family after a long day, making my little ones laugh, acting silly with my girls… It’s true what they say, that it’s the tiniest moments that make the biggest impact.

It’s amazing how time flies, and believe me, I’m doing all I can to savor each of these moments, especially this Thanksgiving. There will always be triumphs and setbacks, successes and failures, but I’m thankful to walk through it all with THE best crew by my side.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of those small, comforting moments… And of course, lots of good food. Now, log off and go hug all of your loved ones! J

Warmly,
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

How to Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is something everyone can practice, regardless of all of our differences as humans. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do, you can practice gratitude, because it’s all about how you choose to see the world. There are days when thinking about what you’re grateful for comes easy – you have that “aha moment” where you count your blessings. But on a bad day this is a much tougher thing to do, and it’s hard to muster up the strength to think positive! It’s probably no surprise that that’s exactly when we need a gratitude practice most.

How to Practice Gratitude via Tamera Mowry

There are so many ways to practice gratitude, and I’ve tried or heard about many. There are gratitude jars, journals and motivational affirmations. In the end, it doesn’t really matter exactly how you practice gratitude – just that you do. That’s because making sure to remember the things you’re thankful for isn’t just a nice sentiment. It’s actually proven to increase joy and transform our lives! Still, if you’re not used to having a gratitude practice, there are a few ways to start injecting it into each and every moment.

A gratitude journal is one way to express thanks for even the littlest moments. You can incorporate this practice by setting aside ten or fifteen minutes each day to write a quick list of gratitude. On days this is difficult and you’re really struggling to find the positive in a negative, it’s helpful to have a number in mind. Don’t let yourself close that book until you’ve got to 10 things, for example. And be detailed. What happened today specifically that you’re grateful for? Don’t be afraid to reflect on your accomplishments too – the things you can control. If you made a difficult phone call or a first step to a life change, it’s SO worthy of giving yourself a pat on the back! And what’s more, this is a great thing to do as a family. Never fails to cheer me up.

Although journals are a great way to practice gratitude, I find that expressing thanks is so important throughout the day. That means reflecting on things as they happen – good or bad. If something makes you smile, take the time to say a little prayer of thanks, and go about your day. It really works wonders when you’re in a not so good mood! Sometimes – and this is toughest of all – you even have be thankful for negative situations. If something bad happens, search deep down for a positive. For example, if you’re stuck in traffic, don’t let it kill your mood. Instead, be grateful you were in the car when your fave song came on. Or when big things happen – like not getting a promotion you wanted – be grateful you have the clarity about something that had been weighing on you.

On the day before Thanksgiving, it’s easier than ever to be inspired to invite gratitude into your life. I mean, friends, family, good food – it’s one amazing holiday. But the real test is keeping this practice up even when the day is done and life returns to normal and the positives aren’t as glaring. A few extra “thank yous” really do go a long way!

Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving. Would love to hear what you’re expressing thanks for this year.

Xx,
Tamera

A Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dish

Today’s post is by Agatha, the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls. This month, she’s sharing an amazing recipe that will be perfect alongside your Thanksgiving main dish!

Today I’m sharing a side dish that is guaranteed to take center stage on Thanksgiving. We can all agree that green bean casserole has been totally overplayed, so here is to new beginnings! Instead of overcooked greens that we see on the Thanksgiving table, this sautéed shrimp and green beans dish is an amazing easy-to-make recipe that will have everyone asking for more.

Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sauteed Green Beans & Shrimp via Tamera Mowry

Sautéed Shrimp and Green Beans

Ingredients:
1lb green beans (such as French string beans)
1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 tomatos, diced (about 1 1/3 cup)
2 scallions, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
5 spring fresh parsley, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste
1/4lb large shrimp (about 16) (washed, pealed and deveined)

Directions:

1. Wash green beans in cold water, removing tough ends.
2. Blanch green beans in a large pot of salted boiling water. Depending on the size of the green beans it can take two minutes or more. You don’t want to over cook your beans. Drain immediately and pour green beans in a bowl of salty icy water to stop cooking and keep the vibrant color and crunch.
3. Diced your onions and tomato. Set aside. Slice scallions, mince garlic and set aside. Chop parsley and set aside.
4. Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for about five minutes, stirring frequently.
5. Add garlic and continue stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
6. Add chopped tomato and scallions and sauté uncovered, until tomato begins to soften (about 7 minutes) stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add good quality sea salt or bragg to taste.
7. Toss in shrimp. Stir and drain string beans from icy cold water. Add and toss in pot/skillet
8. Heat through just enough to cook the shrimp, about 3 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Agatha

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful day full of family, friends and good food. The real meaning behind Thanksgiving can sometimes get lost in the food comas and football the day lends itself to, but it shouldn’t be. Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate the little things and the incredible people in our lives.

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So in honor of the day, I wanted to share some of the things I’m grateful for and hear from each of you. In no particular order, here is what I’m grateful for:

1. First and foremost, my family. I can’t imagine a life without them. The support and love I feel from Adam, Aden, my siblings, my parents and in-laws is unbelievable. Honestly, I don’t know how I would do it without them.

2. My friends. They have been with me through thick and thin and we love each other unconditionally. Those are the best types of friends to have.

3. My team. Every day my team makes me feel absolutely fabulous for each episode of The Real. I’m so thankful to be sharing this journey with them.

4. My health. I’m blessed to be in good health and have the knowledge to know how to eat right and take care of myself and my family.

5. My career. Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to be in entertainment. Thankfully, I’ve been able to live that dream for years. And right now, I am loving every second of The Real with Tamar, Loni, Adrienne and Jeannie.

6. You. The encouraging words and heartfelt stories each of my fans shares are priceless. Don’t think for a second I don’t read everything you all write. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for your support. Holiday or not, I constantly remind myself of how grateful I am for all of you.

Let me know what you’re grateful for. Sometimes sharing or writing these down is the best way to increase your happiness. Again, Happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Xx,
Tamera

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