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Mom Hacks & Travel Tips from “Mom of the Year” Tamera Mowry

by Nellie


Last week I had the honor of being invited to a ceremony that honored one of my favorite actress/diva/hosts Tamera Mowry as Resident Inn’s Mom Of The Year for 2015.  You may remember last year when Mia Hamm was honored–I was super excited because I have been a fan of Tamera’s since I was a kid!

The luncheon was held at the new Residence Inn at the World Trade Center. It is right in the heart of downtown Manhattan just a few steps away from the beautiful Fulton Street train hub and across the street from the famous discount store Century21.

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Known for her role in Sister! Sister!, many films and most recently as one of the hosts on my favorite daytime talk shows “The Real”, she is not only a TV personality but a mom of a toddler son Aiden and a soon to be mom of a princess due to arrive this summer!

Tamera Mowry-Housley Tamera Mowry-Housley

As Tamera arrived she was glowing and just incredibly fabulous. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t look that good non pregnant. She received her award and flowers from Residence Inn and settled in for an interview.

Tamera Mowry-Housley, Diane Mayer

Tamera shared a ton about traveling with toddlers and how much “fun” it is! One thing she liked the most about staying at the Residence Inn was the free wifi, it really helps when the toddler needs to be distracted!

Another perk she loved about staying at the residence inn is the in room kitchenette. I have to admit I am a fan of this too because there may be some nights on your vacation when the kids have hit their max for the day and going out for dinner is an impossible task. Having the kitchen and being able to make your own food is priceless!

Tamera then shared her packing tips and gave us some really great ideas on how to pack and they all involve plastic ziploc bags…who knew?!

Tamera Mowry-Housley

She even shared this delicious easy recipes for easy toasted banana bites–no flour needed!


Afterwards we were able to take tours of the fabulous hotel. Some of the great features include:

  • Deluxe Kitchen/Kitchenette with dishwasher, convection bake oven, silverware, toaster, coffeemaker, pots, pans, dishes and glasses
  • FULL size fridge
  • Complimentary wireless high speed internet access
  • FREE Hot Breakfast buffet
  • Fitness center with state of the art equipment available 24/7
  • Complimentary grocery shopping

Did you know about the Ziploc trick? Have you ever stayed at a Residence Inn? What is a MUST for you at a hotel??

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CARLA May 11, 2015 - 5:42 am

Im all all all about the free breakfasts.
is that sad? 🙂

Nellie May 13, 2015 - 3:53 pm

not. at. all!

Janine Huldie May 11, 2015 - 5:46 am

I absolutely adore both Tamara and Tia from Sister, Sister and even recently watched their reality show on cable, too. So definitely loved that you got attend this event with her. So awesome on so many different levels!! 😉

Nellie May 13, 2015 - 3:50 pm

I loved that reality show so much!!

Kristina Walters May 11, 2015 - 5:50 am

Great tips! I love her! I wish I did the Ziploc thing when my boys were small.

Nellie May 13, 2015 - 3:52 pm

I am so doing it on my next trip!!

Allie May 11, 2015 - 6:04 am

Wi-Fi is a must at any hotel!!! And I love the ziploc bag trick. Genius!! Although for me, with the twins, that’s A LOT of plastic bags 🙂

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 5:00 pm

It would be! Multiple children multiple bags. At least maybe you could put both twins outfits in one bag for one day? Might help a bit.

emma May 11, 2015 - 7:11 am

Traveling with a toddler… doing that next weekend! Don’t remind me! I love Tamera ever since Sister Sister!

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Good luck to you my dear! Bring snacks. Bring lots and lots of snacks.

Britt May 11, 2015 - 8:52 am

I need a kitchenette when we travel with Cooper. I can’t survive with all his food needs without one!

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:59 pm

The kitchenette is critical for the little ones!

Terri May 11, 2015 - 10:18 am

First of all, I’m super jealous you went to this luncheon to see Tamera. When I found out she was in NYC last week, I kept thinking I should randomly travel there and try to figure out the places Tamera would be LOL

Secondly, even without toddlers I have to agree that free breakfast and a kitchenette in room has been a godsend for my travels. That free breakfast always comes in handy when I have that early morning flight to catch back home. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been too tired to head out to dinner and found something to microwave in the room instead!

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Lol!! I gotta give you access to my calendar I might have got you in!

Kita May 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

I need to have a nice big room and I must have access to internet easily. Don’t make me hunt for a passcode or anything. I love her those sisters wished they kept their show going it was so positive.

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:58 pm

I know. If the wifi is free then just BE free dangit! No need to jump through hoops!

Tamara May 11, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Oh man – I used to watch their show religiously. They’ve grown up beautifully which is nice to see.
I did know the Ziploc trick! I swear Cassidy taught it to me.

Cassandre May 11, 2015 - 11:57 pm

I love Tamera. she looks fantastic pregnant. I might have to try the banana bites recipe. Hotels must for me include a comfy bed and wifi and good restaurant/dining options.

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:55 pm

The banana bites were yummy and crazy simple!

From Mrs. to Mom May 12, 2015 - 11:01 am

I love Tamera (& her sister) and am beyond jealous you got to be there! I’m beyond jealous cause she and I are due a month apart with baby girls and I swear our sons resemble one another! I can’t view the video because my browser blocked it 🙁 but am very curious about the ziploc hack.

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:53 pm

You gotta see it!! I’m totally doing this on our trip to Florida this summer

Nellie May 12, 2015 - 4:57 pm

She does! The free (hot) breakfast is crucial!

Leslie May 13, 2015 - 12:03 pm

I used to LOVE Sister, Sister. It’s so hard to believe that she has a 2 year old and is about to have another baby. We always like to stay at hotels with kitchenettes if we can afford it. Though recently we graduated to the adjoining room crowd. (eek!) Thanks for sharing all of her tips, too. Ziplock baggies are a mom’s best friend!


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