Our Disneyland Weekend

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

Any other California mommas out there? You’re probably used to hearing those Disneyland requests come in whenever the weekend rolls around. It’s Aden and Ariah’s favorite place (did not take this girl long to become a Disney fan!) so a family weekend trip was in order. Gotta love Disney family traditions!

Ariah at Disneyland Tamera Mowry

This time around we didn’t have to travel so far, like when we visited Disney World last year. Still, Disney is a whole weekend affair.

 Aden and Cree at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

Aden was thrilled to be reunited with his cousin for our family outing. These two love getting together.

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

The Mickey moments were nice…

Aden and Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

But the sibling moments were better!

Aden and Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

Did you guys ever do the penny machine? They were fascinated.

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

She loves making new friends.

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

We had so much fun with Cree!

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

Let me tell you. Chasing kids throughout an enormous theme park is the best workout there is.

Family Disneyland Trip - Tamera Mowry

Ariah did not want to spend her Disney weekend taking photos, but we had to get a family selfie in.
Ariah at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

The trick is to catch her in the moment. Lol so fun.

Aden at Disneyland - Tamera Mowry

He refused to leave the park! So you can imagine how the ride home went…

Tamera and Adam at Disneyland

We survived! Family outings are always a blast… But don’t forget to plan a day for recovery mode. So wiped out!

Do you have traditions for family trips or vacays? Share your stories below!

Xx,
Tamera

Mommy Musings: The Bond Between Siblings

Hi guys! You know how much my kids are always on my mind, and I love that we can have discussions about parenting topics like watching our little ones grow here on my site. One such topic is the amazing bond that siblings have – as Aden and Ariah grow, I think about it more and more.

Mommy Musings: The Bond Between Siblings - Tamera Mowry

When Ariah was born, Adam and I didn’t just become parents of two little ones – we became parents of two siblings. Like in all growing families, the dynamic of our house completely changed. Something really special happened that I think every momma can appreciate: Aden and Ariah formed an incredible bond.

Being a mom of two children under 5 has its own huge set of challenges, but seeing them become inseparable makes it all worth it. I know from my own childhood that siblings are not only as different as night and day, but they have one of the tightest bonds humans ever make. This is why seeing them play together brings me endless joy – there’s really nothing like it. It’s so special.

With the closeness of siblings – and the fact that they’re literally under one roof – comes sibling rivalry at its finest. What siblings get along all the time? It’s easy for little ones to go from laughter to tears in the blink of an eye. As a parent you have to take it on and accept is as part of their growth – personalities will clash and conflicts will rise. There will be a lot of tired mommy moments spent intervening in nonsensical tantrums, while teaching kindness and making sure they always make up in the end. Aden was an only child long before his baby sis, and he’s had a lot of adapting to do from learning to share to being more gentle, but no matter what – he’s got all the love in the world for her.

I love my time spent with each of my little ones, but seeing them together like the best of friends is just another beautiful part of being a mom that I will always cherish.

Did you grow up with siblings? Or, do your children have brothers and sisters? Share your sibling stories below!

Xx,
Tamera

Ariah’s First Birthday Party Recap

Whew, what a crazy last couple weeks it’s been. We have so many family birthdays around this time, 4th of July, trips to Napa, and I did some traveling for Essence Fest. But before it got too crazy we had a nice, intimate family birthday party for Ariah, and so many of her favorite people were there.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Safe to say she had a good time.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

We had the party at Au Fudge, which is the cutest restaurant made specifically for family celebrations.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

They have a little playroom that’s perfect for when little ones get restless and need an activity.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Aden was thrilled that his Cree was there too.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Uncle Tahj time.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

After a delicious lunch it was time for presents. Luckily Ariah had Andrea to help her with all her new goodies.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Boys being boys.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

We attempted to get some family photos from the day, but Aden and Ariah weren’t exactly focused on it.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

They knew it was time for cake.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Blowing out her first candle…

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

And a few more hugs.

Ariah's First Birthday - Tamera Mowry

And that’s a wrap! Loved celebrating baby girl.

Xx,
Tamera

Ariah’s Year In Review: Part 2

Now that I’ve shared Part 1 of Ariah’s Year In Review in honor of her first birthday, it’s time to reveal Part 2! Here’s the next collection of some of our memories over the past year. It was so hard to narrow these down, but these couldn’t be missed. Now, time for a walk down memory lane…

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

I will never stop trying to capture these brother sister moments… I’m sure they’ll love that when they’re older, lol.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Even more cute fashion choices in the new year…

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Like dressing her in adorable headbands! Remember her fashion faves?

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Had to record some milestones at her 7 month mark!

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

These two are so full of energy. Which led to a few sweet naptimes too… Thankfully.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Ariah loves her father-daughter time.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

…Especially when at Disney. Remember our Walt Disney World recap?

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Disney girl through and through.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

We also attended lots of events as a family, like Safe Kids Day. Loved this pink look for her.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Time sure flies. We’re already at her very first Easter with the whole fam in Napa.

This wasn’t her first appearance or last appearance on The Real, but it was a sweet moment for sure. Thanks to everyone who tuned in to see all of our family’s appearances!

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Not even a year old and already jetsetting across the country. So glad we got all these DC and White House photos from our trip.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Fun moments at home.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Adam and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary… So much to celebrate!

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

Loves her finger foods.

Ariah's First Year in Review - Tamera Mowry

There were so many firsts this year but the best part is thinking back on all these moments. Here’s to a new year full of more firsts and more good times as a family.

Be sure to check back on Friday for my last birthday post, and thanks to everyone who has supported out family during a crazy, amazing, and eventful last year!

Xx,
Tamera

Ariah’s First Year In Review: Part 1

Hey guys! As Ariah’s birthday week begins, I wanted to do something special to recap this amazing first year. Stay tuned into my site all week long for my posts on her first year. And stop by my Facebook page for a sneak peak of her birthday party!

Up first, Part 1….

TameraMowry.com | Ariah's Nursery

First things first, we had her nursery all ready for her arrival. Instead of the theme “pretty in pink” we went for “powerful in pink”. I love the sentiment behind it. See her whole nursery reveal I shared last year. 

Ariah and Aden first meeting | TameraMowry.com

When big bro met his little sis.

Ariah and Aden first meeting | TameraMowry.com

Hi, sis!

Ariah Housley newborn - Tamera Mowry

It was a long journey, a lot of which I shared here on my site, but it was all worth it.

Tamera Mowry and Ariah

We had many peaceful walks together in her first months.

Tamera Mowry and Ariah - Photo by Katee Grace

Those tiny newborn toes. I shared a sneak peek of her when I posted about the meaning behind Ariah’s name.

Our family photo shoot - Tamera Mowry and family - Photo by Katee Grace

Our family photo shoot…

Our family photo shoot - Tamera Mowry and family - Photo by Katee Grace

…Filled with special moments.

My Breastfeeding Experience - Tamera Mowry

I also shared my breastfeeding experience with you all.

Housley Halloween - Tamera Mowry

And some sillier moments, like our first Halloween as a foursome! What a fun night.

Our Family Christmas - Tamera Mowry

Not to mention our family Christmas… This photo is the epitome of Ariah…always smiling!

Tamera and Ariah for Mini Magazine

Also during the holidays, Ariah made her Mini Magazine debut in some cute dresses.

Check back to read my next blog post, when I share Part 2 of Ariah’s Year in Review!

Xx,
Tamera

Photos from nursery + family shoot by Katee Grace.

Mommy Hacks: Teaching Little Ones to be Gentle

Hey guys! Here’s an interesting fact: you know that feeling you get when you see something that is SO cute (like a baby’s chubby cheeks or the furriest little kitten)? And you want to just squeeze and squeeze? Well, there’s actually science behind it that suggests that when we see something that evokes such strong emotion, we want to do something about it. It often triggers an aggressive reaction. Don’t get me wrong, most of us don’t mean any harm, but it’s because of “strong approach motivation”. An intense feeling = an intense (almost) action.

Teaching Kids to Be Gentle

We have this quote up on Aden’s wall.

These feelings are easily switched back and forth in negative and positive experiences. That intense feeling of aggression that comes with a negative experience comes from a similar place. Of course, most adults know not to act out on these strong emotions (we’d never want to harm baby, and similarly, when we’re angry, we generally still do not wish to harm others).

There’s a reason I bring this up, and it has to do with young children and toddlers. They experience the same feelings as we do, and it’s important to see where they’re coming from. Positive experiences – like when Aden is so excited to see his baby sister – can evoke that sort of “she’s so cute, let me squeeze her!” feeling. And because kids at this age go straight to expressing their feelings, they immediately want to do that action (squeeze, shake, bite, etc.).

Teaching Kids to be Gentle

Keep in mind that most of the time when children are acting out, it’s because they don’t know how to express their feelings. Teaching them how to do so in a healthy way means lessening the chances of troublesome behaviors. That quote from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna DIE!” comes to mind. Lol. The child really feels the need to do something about this pent up aggression-like feeling.

When your child experiences this feeling, whether because of a positive or negative experience, they need to know how to express it gently, without putting themselves or anyone else in harm’s way. The first step is to teach them exactly what gentle means. If they hit when they mean to pat, explain (gently of course) that this (motion with your hands) is gentle, and that we don’t want to hurt anyone. It can help to guide them physically (on a stuffed animal rather than a living creature, of course). Don’t forget to let them know when they’re expressing a feeling correctly!

A similar time when you can teach a child to be gentle is while they are playing with you. When they’re too rough, take this time to teach a lesson that they’ll carry through to play with other kids, pets, etc. It helps to create rules for play.

Lastly, I’ve noticed how important it is to teach these lessons in a calm manner, as difficult as that can be at times. When welcoming a new baby brother or sister, kids of any age will do anything they can, even unconsciously, to get mommy and daddy’s attention. Acting out as the parent gives them attention – though obviously not the kind they need. And if a negative action guarantees that they’ll grab your attention, be warned that they will repeat it! Keep that in mind so your efforts don’t have the opposite effect.

How did you go about navigating gentility with little ones? Have any other mommy hacks topics you’d like to see?

Xx,
Tamera