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Tamera Mowry Talks Mommyhood

When I was pregnant – and on bedrest – I used to stay up late with Tia and Tamera Mowry on their E! reality show. Aside from generally being adorable, I loved watching how they delicately balanced their own spunky personalities, their careers, their weddings and now babies. So when the LOVELY Tamera offered to give us an inside peak at her mom-spirations with stunning family photography from our friend, Jose Villa, well, I jumped! And make sure to head on over to Weddings to see Tamera’s beautiful I-Do’s also photographed by Jose with a film by Joel Serrato.

SMP: As a working mom, do you have any tips for balancing your career and your role at home?

Tamera: Honestly, just try hard take it a moment at a time and try to be very patient and kind to yourself. Some days will be blissful other days will be challenging. And it’s gonna be okay. You will most likely figure it out. In the beginning. I tried to be the perfect mom and wife. I actually was trying so hard to do things perfectly that as a result, I was actually depleting myself. As mothers we must know it’s ok to ask for help and also be ok with everything not being done the way we planned it.

SMP: What advice would you give to a mom who’s feeling guilty about trying to balance it all?

Tamera: It’s ok and normal to feel overwhelmed. Some days you’ll feel you’ve got this. Other days might feel like you are falling apart. Breathe and know it’s normal to feel that way. Do not be afraid to ask for help and take some time to yourself. When we do that, we actually have more patience and more energy to be a better mother. Don’t forget about you. It’s ok to give yourself at least one hour a day to yourself. Whether that’s watching your favorite show, reading a book, or taking a long bath. We mothers work hard. It’s ok to give back to yourself. Your child will thank you with a smile when you come back:) Even your spouse.

SMP: How has your life changed since becoming a mom?

Tamera: Drastically. My priorities have changed. I just want to do everything I can so that my son feels loved. I just want to be the best for my family. I work actually harder. I plan for the future more.

SMP: What have you found to be the most challenging aspect?

Tamera: The sleep deprivation and worrying. My OB said once I became pregnant. “Welcome to excessive worrying. It won’t go away when the baby arrives. You are parent. It is here to stay. “

SMP: The one thing you miss most about life pre-motherhood?

Tamera: SLEEP.

SMP: Now that you have a baby on the hip, what’s the one thing you wish you had done more of a few years ago?

Tamera: I wished I enjoyed the freedom and the time to get up and go anywhere and everywhere I wanted more.

SMP: What are your top mommy-must-haves?

Tamera: A baby swing for when the baby is born. My twin and I’s product called Milky ( if you are nursing), a great rocking chair or glider in the nursery, and a GOOD diaper cream.

SMP: If you were stranded on a dessert island with just your little one, what is the one baby “tool” you’d want with you?

Tamera: His pacifier. That boy loves that thing.

SMP: What’s your go-to MomTail (that’s code for mommy cocktail by the way!)

Tamera: I’m not a liquor person but love my mommy juice. A nice glass of Pinot noir.

SMP: What’s your top fashion pick for new moms?

Tamera: Red lips. It says I’m still fashionable and I can be hot and exhausted at the same time.

SMP: And I have to ask. What’s next for you?! Any amazing things on the horizon that you’re dying to spill the beans about?

Yes, I’m a co host of a new talk show called The Real. It will be airing on Fox stations nationwide this September. I’m so excited. All mommies will love this show.

Cinematographer : Joel Serrato Films | Hotel And Resort: San Ysidro Ranch | Photographer : Jose Villa Photography

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15 Fall Recipes

As the leaves begin to fall and the air becomes crisp, I find I religiously crave my kitchen. To me, there’s nothing more comforting that a cool autumn day and a loaf of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. So it only made sense for my to round up 15 of my favourite fall-inspired recipes! From cinnamon almonds to individual chicken pot pies, here are 15 epic recipes that are certain to get you in the spirit.

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Preppy Rehearsal Dinner

Though most people get all giddy for the wedding, I happen to look forward to the rehearsal dinner most of all. It’s at this point that anticipation is at it’s highest, the bride and groom are typically beaming, and the excitement is virtually palpable. Plus? If you have Esla Events at the helm, it’s going to be just as gorgeous as the big day. With photos from Jessica Burke, there’s more right here! 

 

From Laurel… Warm and bright — that was the kind of welcome that Lisa and Ethan wanted to give their closest family and friends as they arrived at Bardessono for the wedding weekend. They incorporated bright pinks, tulips, and checkered linens into the event’s design, with the aim of creating a casual and welcoming environment. Both this couple and venue are beautifully chic and modern in style, but Lisa and Ethan’s top priority was to make sure everyone felt 100% at ease and comfortable. By pairing bright and youthful details with the sleekness of the setting, they achieved the perfect balance between casual and special.

In addition to making it a warm and festive dinner visually, Lisa and Ethan wanted the activities to follow suit. They decided to skip traditional toasts and instead asked each guest to share a short memory or story. Each guest brought a photo from home of Lisa and/or Ethan, and then shared the story behind it with the group. (These photos were then pinned up on a board and displayed together at the wedding the next day.) This story-plus-photo idea proved to be an amazing way to bring the entire group closer, with equal measures of happy tears and gut-wrenching laughter.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Florist: Leigh Okies | Event Planning + Design: Esla Events | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Bardessono

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