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  

 

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp

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skillet apple crisp

One of the many reasons I love fall is because of the baking! This time of year always inspires me to get creative in the kitchen and to use seasonal ingredients like apples and pumpkins in my recipes. I also love to experiment in the kitchen, and try out recipes ahead of time that I think would be good for Thanksgiving. However, I am also doing my best to make sure that my family and I are eating as healthy as we can. That’s why I was so excited to come across this recipe for Easy Skillet Apple Crisp from Every Last Bite.

The recipe is paleo, vegan and refined sugar free — And you would seriously never know it! It is unbelievably delicious, and has just the right amount of sweetness. I love that I could serve or bring it to any holiday dinner, and it would comply with almost any dietary restriction (which is very hard to do with a dessert!). The recipe uses almond flour, walnuts and shredded coconut to create a crispy topping, that you would never know didn’t have grains or dairy in it.

When I made this recipe, I prepared 1.5x the amount of topping, because my skillet was pretty large, and I needed more topping to fill it. I would recommend having extra topping ingredients on hand, just in case you find that you also need a little more.

You can also prep this recipe the night before if you need to! Simply cook your apples 80% of the way, remove the skillet from heat, and cover tightly with tin foil. For the topping, make it ahead of time, and then store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. When you are ready to finish your recipe, re-heat your apples, finish cooking them on the stovetop, and then add your crisp topping and bake in the oven.

I will definitely be making this Easy Skillet Apple Crisp again this holiday season! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Please let me know if you make this recipe, and how it turns out for you! I would love to see!     

Xx
Tamera

everylastbite recipe

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp | Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 20 mins | Total time 25 mins | Serves: 4

Grain/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, SCD Legal, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Recipe created by Every Last Bite

 

INGREDIENTS

Apple Filling

  • 5 apples
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 11/2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp nutmeg

 

Crisp Topping

  • ¼ Cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ Cup almond flour
  • ¼ Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ Cup walnuts, roughly chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel and core the apples and cut them into small chunks. Place them in a bowl and top with the lemon juice to stop them browning.
  • Place the skillet on the stove on medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet and cook for approximately 2 minutes until hot then add in the apple pieces and stir to coat them in the sauce.
  • Cook the apples for approximately 8 minutes until they are soft.
  • While the apples are cooking, in a bowl stir together all of the ingredients for the topping. Spoon the mixture evenly over the apples. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden in color.
  • Serve the crisp topped with coconut whip or lemon cream

DIY Painted Pumpkin Vases

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pumpkin vase

I love to try different DIY home décor projects … Especially ones that are seasonal or holiday related. There is something so fun about being festive, and getting into the spirit of each season. Little home DIY projects are a great way to subtly make your home feel like it is decorated and embracing the time of year, without adding a bunch of expensive new décor.

That’s why I got so excited about this pumpkin flower vase! This simple project only takes about an hour to make from start to finish, and the final result looks adorable both indoors or outdoors! I used my vase as a table centerpiece, and then moved it outside to decorate my front porch.

painted pumpkin vase

The steps are very easy, and totally customizable!

Simply start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin, and cleaning out the inside (exactly like you would if you were going to carve a Jack-O-Lantern). Next, you can paint the outside of your pumpkin however you would like to! I suggest that you use an acrylic based paint, so that it will adhere well to the outside of the pumpkin. There are literally endless possibilities on how you could paint and decorate — I went with a metallic paint, but pure white would look nice, or even a bright and bold color.

For my pumpkin, I chose to spray paint the outside with a metallic finish silver spray paint. Once the silver paint had dried (about 20 minutes), I then used a metallic rose gold paint marker to add little polka dots to the pumpkin. It was as quick and easy as that! The end result was an adorable pumpkin that doubles as a lovely flower vase.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY, and how your pumpkin vase turns out! I would love to see your different artistic spins on this project!  

Xx
Tamera

My 5 Fall Fashion Staples

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If you guys are anything like me, a new season rolls around and you can’t wait to adjust your wardrobe! I love the seasonal transitions — Especially changing my closet over from spring and summer, to fall and winter (we are lucky in California and don’t have to adjust four times a year). Fall fashion is just so chic and fun, and I love that I can wear boots and sweaters again!

However, I always have to reign myself in a little because it is not reasonable to be shopping for a new wardrobe every single year. That’s why I like to invest in some key seasonal pieces that I can keep wearing year after year, and that stand the wardrobe test of time. I usually purchase these pieces in black, because it’s a classic fall / winter color that is always in style!

What I really love about my staple pieces is that they are versatile, and can be worn a ton of different ways. They also don’t have to be super expensive —There is so much amazing selection out there for clothing, and you can find beautiful items that aren’t overpriced. It’s more about finding the right piece as opposed to making a big investment!

Here are my top 5 fall wardrobe staples:

  1. A great black sweater — I have several staple black sweaters (one turtleneck, one great cashmere sweater) and they are constantly on rotation in the cooler months. You can dress them up or down, and they always look chic. Look for one that is good quality, and fits you nicely (especially at the waist).
  2. Faux Leather Leggings — These leggings look good with everything! Here is the thing about faux leather leggings though, you can pick them up for cheap at a ton of different stores, but the really cheap ones just don’t hold up! I suggest making a small investment in a higher quality pair. They will stay in your closet for a long time because the fabric will hold up, and they won’t stretch out.
  3. A wool or felt hat — There is a big difference between a summer hat and a fall / winter hat. Pick up a dark colored wool or felt hat, and it will literally be in your closet for years to come. They instantly make a simple outfit look fashionable and put-together.
  4. Black denim — A great pair of black jeans are another worthwhile fall wardrobe investment. Pick up a pair of simple black jeans that you love, and I promise you will get a lot of good use out of them because they can be worn with anything.
  5. A pair of black pumps — A classic pair of black pumps look good with everything! Whether you are headed out to something fancy, or want to feel chic in jeans and a t-shirt, black high heels are always a must-have. They don’t have to be crazy expensive, they just have to be comfortable! Make sure you pick up a pair that fits your feet and once they are broken in, are shoes you actually enjoy wearing!

FALL STAPLES

 

Leggings: SPANX Faux Leather Leggings | Sweater: UNIQLO Women’s Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater | Hat: Old Navy Floppy Felt Hat For Women | Denim: AG Jeans The Farrah Skinny | Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors – Antoinette Pump

 

What are your fall wardrobe staples? Let me know if there are any other pieces that you love year after year!

Xx
Tamera

My 10 Skincare Tips For Fall

Tamera Mowry Skincare Tips

Now that fall is here, that means that my summer skincare routine no longer holds up quite as well as it did in the warmer months. The air is getting colder and drier, and my skin tends to do the same thing! So, every year around October, I make changes to my beauty routine to ensure that my skin can stay as healthy as possible.

Today I wanted to share with you guys what my fall skincare routine looks like, and give you my 10 best seasonal skincare tips!

  1. Switch up your cleanser — I use different cleaners seasonally because while a lighter gel cleaner works great in summer (when your skin is naturally producing more oil), it’s often too drying for my skin in winter. This time of year, I switch over to a moisture-rich cleansing lotion instead.
  2. Use a more intense moisturizing lotion — To my point above, your skin produces more oil in the summer months, and so you require a less intense moisturizer. Even if my skin doesn’t feel dry yet, I still like to use a heavier moisturizer so that I can stay ahead of dryness.
  3. Use SPF — Just because summer is over does NOT mean that the sun is not still damaging your skin. Remember to continue to use SPF daily on your face, neck and hands!
  4. Exfoliate — Invest in an at-home gentile exfoliating peel to brighten and even your skin tone. Summer months often leave our skin more sensitive from the sun, chlorine, etc, and so fall is the perfect time to exfoliate.
  5. Use a mask weekly — Find a mask for your skin type, and use it weekly. Masks used over time make a big difference in keeping your skin looking bright and radiant!
  6. Don’t forget about your whole body — Again, I like to stay on top of skin dryness before it even starts. Invest in a super moisturizing body lotion or body butter, and apply daily.
  7. Book an appointment with your Dermatologist — We should go see the Dermatologist annually to get checked up (especially after increased summer sun exposure). Doing this every fall is an easy way to remember your annual appointment.
  8. Don’t neglect your hands — Hands can get very dry during the fall and winter months. Between harsh soaps and dry weather, our hands can easily crack and dry out. This time of year, I make sure that I have a good hand lotion in my purse and start applying it regularly. Same goes for your cuticles — Try using a cuticle oil daily (which will also make your manicures last longer!).
  9. Remember to hydrate — As it gets cooler out, it can be harder to remember to drink as much water. Hydration is so vital to skin health! I make a very conscious effort to try and remember to drink enough water each day.
  10. Stock up on lip balm — I like to buy several tubes of lip balm at once, so that I can stash them in various purses and places (like my bedside table and in the car). Lips can so easily become dried out, and it’s a good remember to keep them moisturized if you are always looking a tube of lip balm.

I hope these tips help you guys transition your skincare routine to fall! If you have any other tips, please let me know!    

Xx
Tamera

Smart Snacks: Peanut Butter + Toppings Apples

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Peanut Butter Apples

I am a big believer of everything in moderation, and always having a balance in life. I especially try to apply this concept to the food we eat in our house! I want my children to grow up understanding the importance of eating nutritious meals, and also to have a healthy relationship with food.

That is why I have been especially focused lately on making sure that we snack smart! Recently, I was on the hunt for some healthy on-the-go snack for inspiration, and I came across the idea of topping apple slices. I decided to make this concept my own, and I played around with a few different variations — And they all turned out great! The best part is that they are really fast to make as an on-the-go snack, and prevent me from reaching for something less nutritious just because I am starving!

These topped apple slices are really easy to make, and you can pretty much get as creative as you like with the toppings! Simply cut up slices of your favorite kind of apple, and remove any remaining pieces of the core. Next, top with your favorite nut butter (I used peanut butter). Finally, finish off by topping them with whatever you like! I used a mix of the following toppings:

  • organic granola
  • vegan chocolate chips
  • fresh shredded coconut
  • crushed walnuts

peanut butter topped apples

This snack is also very customizable for any diet! It is already vegan, it can be made gluten free (make sure your granola is made with gluten free oats), and it can be made Paleo. I am just about to start eating a Paleo diet, and so I love that I can modify this recipe by using almond butter, and skipping granola. You can also easily limit the sugar intake by changing your toppings to other healthy options like: raisins, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, banana or cinnamon!

Let me know if you guys try these apple slices, and if so, how you like them!

Xx
Tamera

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