We loved chatting with actor and entrepreneur Tia Mowry recently about the parenting essentials that got her through quarantine (including family viewings of ’80s classics, natch) so we jumped at the chance to get even more mom tips and tricks from Tia’s sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley, too. Of course, we’ve been obsessed with the pair since they were on ABC as teens, but these days they’ve got much fuller, messier, and dare we say even more entertaining lives.
Mowry-Housley, like her sister, is an actor and entrepreneur and a mom of two (Aden and Ariah in this case). She recently left the show The Real after co-hosting for seven seasons and earning a daytime Emmy plus two NAACP Image Awards. In fact, this busy lady has even written for SheKnows herself before — you know, about struggles with potty-training and embracing vulnerability as a parent. Typical mom problems.
What’s Mowry-Housely up to next? She’s currently partnering with Lucky Charms to celebrate the launch of their Just Magical Marshmallows pouches this month, and she’s also hard at work with a delicious company of her own, Housley Wines, as well as her family YouTube channel Housley Life. Now, about those promised parenting essentials Tamera loves to shop…
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The podcast I’m listening to on repeat
“I have to find one! I have to get used to multi-tasking and listening to one while I’m in the car.”
The books my kids are currently obsessed with
The book I’m reading myself
“I love devotionals, especially ones dedicated to moms. I’m excited to dive into The Better Mom, a devotional by Ruth Swhwenk.”
The snacks I always have on hand for the kids
“Goldfish, fruit gummies, apples and grapes. Ariah is loving the new Lucky Charms Just Magical Marshmallows.”
The beauty product that’s always in my purse
The apps that make my life as a parent easier
“A family calendar called COZI. It helps us stay on track with all of the kids appointments and events.”
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Masks have become the new normal, and as a parent I have had to try to teach my children the importance of wearing them. We love @oldnavy masks because they are soft and breathable and come in playful patterns — Making them MUCH more exciting and fun for my children! We are covering our mouths, not our personalities 🤣
The parenting accounts I love to follow on Instagram
“@Mother.ly. It portrays motherhood in such a real authentic way that I can relate to; I feel like I’m not alone. I love it!”
The non-screen toys that keep my kids occupied for hours
“Board games. They actually love Monopoly and Chess, believe it or not.”
The TV shows I actually enjoy watching with my kids
“Chasing Monsters, Octonauts, True, Zig and Sharko. They actually are hilarious.”
The kid-friendly music I don’t hate playing around the house
“We like Kids Bop. The kids love it, and I am able to listen to songs I enjoy as well. Singing along to Disney is a must.”
My favorite subscription for the kids
“Homer is an educational platform that keeps the kids learning.”
My go-to for kids bath or skincare products
The under-the-radar kids clothing brands I love
“Honestly, Janie and Jack never disappoints.”
How I keep my mom wardrobe on point
Want more parenting picks? Here are some fantastic kids books starring Black and brown girls.