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Friday, July 12th, 2013
Most moms would agree that a million dollars is more attainable than balance. None of us have perfect balance in our lives, including celebrities. I recently had the chance to chat with Melissa Joan Hart, and the Melissa and Joey star shared some of her struggles and tips for making life with kids easier.
Q: You’re a mom of three and your youngest is only 10 months. How have you been able to slim down so quickly?
A: Morning workouts are great for me because my day hasn’t gotten in the way yet. I try to dedicate 1 hour to fitness in the morning, or I make my workouts a social experience. I like to take spinning classes with friends. I’m working on my fitness while spending time with people that I love. Nutrisystem has also really helped me stay on top of my diet.
Q: How have you been able to balance work and motherhood?
A: I used to leave the boys in Connecticut while I traveled to LA for work. We wanted them to have a grounded home base. That was pretty hard, so now we all travel together. They can come on set and see me work.
Q: What advice can you give to moms who are struggling to find work-life balance?
A: Get a calendar. My calendar is my best friend. And always prioritize. Once work is done, it’s family time, and then friends, in that order. And, like I mentioned earlier, you can combine friends and workout time.
Q: How did you approach labor and delivery? Did you have a birth plan for each of your children?
A: I did have a plan for each. I wanted to avoid drugs each time, but it wasn’t always possible. It’s great to plan, but I realized that sometimes you just have to let go and forgive yourself. The most important thing is that the baby is healthy.
Q: As a mother of three, what is the one thing you can’t live without?
A: I hate to admit it, but my iPad. It’s really helped in the car, at dinners, and on planes with the baby.
Q: Is the baby sleeping in a nursery on his own yet?
A: Oh yeah. He’s a big boy and he gets to sleep in his nursery on his own. We’re actually redoing the room for him. We chose chalkboard paint from the Disney Paints line, so he’ll be able to draw on his walls! I love that it’s non-toxic and safe for him. They even have glow-in-the-dark paint, which is really cool.
Q: You have a new book coming out this fall, Melissa Explains it All. Is there anything that moms can look forward to?
A: Yes. I’m very excited about the book. There’s a whole chapter on motherhood. It’s my true story of all of my different worlds (motherhood, work, marriage) colliding.
Q: You have three beautiful boys. Do you think you’ll try for a girl?
A: Doing a little girl’s hair is a scary thought. No girls for me.
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Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Here’s the skinny on the Kim Kardashian miscarriage scare: Apparently Kim K was returning from Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night when she was rushed to a Los Angeles doctor with worries that she was suffering a miscarriage. Pregnant Kim Kardashian, who is four months along, reportedly started feeling ill on the plane and started calling friends in a panic. The great news is that she and baby are A-Okay. The not so great news is why Kim’s health was in jeopardy in the first place.
Mean-spirited tabloids have been splashed with “Pregnant Kim Kardashian this” and “Pregnant Kim Kardashian that” for weeks now. Maybe you saw a photo that was making the rounds on Facebook, comparing an unflattering pic of Kim with Shamu the Killer Whale. Heck, maybe–like a few of my friends–you even shared it on your wall or liked it on someone else’s page. I know it seems like it’s all in good fun, but in the end, it’s really not.
This is hard for me to say, since I am in no way a fan (I really don’t understand why she’s famous!), but Kim Kardashian is human, and she suffers the same insecurities that any of us would. For a woman whose entire empire has been built on her physical attributes, getting slammed for pregnancy weight gain has got to be painful. I’m sure she’s freaking out. And apparently, that kind of criticism is at least in part responsible for her miscarriage scare. She’s been so upset about the attacks on her figure that she’s reportedly been obsessively working out seven days a week—and wearing herself out. Not good for her, and not good for baby.
Anyone who knows me can attest that I love snarky gossip as much as the next girl, but I do think commentary on super-sensitive things like pregnancy weight gain is in really bad taste. I mean, the woman is going through one of the biggest physical and emotional challenges she’ll experience in her life, and weight gain is a part of that. I’m not saying we should sit around and sing Koombaya together (booooooriiiiiing!), but I do think pregnant women (including Kim K!) deserve a break.
Do you agree that people are too hard on Pregnant Kim Kardashian? Do you think people have gone too far with insults about her pregnancy weight gain, or do you think that as a celeb she’s fair game? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
Image of Pregnant Kim Kardashian via Shutterstock.
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Thursday, July 5th, 2012
It’s shocking to know that 1 in 4 children (about 16 million) in America is living in poverty, which often leads to decreased literacy and increased drop out rates, violence and crime, and obesity.
To combat of childhood poverty, Save the Children, a non-profit dedicated to improving the standard of living for kids around the world, recently launched its Freedom from Poverty campaign.
Celebrities Jennifer Garner, Julianne Moore, and Randy Jackson are helping raise awareness for the campaign by encouraging people to sign the Freedom from Poverty pledge and be a part of the solution to alleviate childhood poverty around the country. The goal is to have 15,000 signatures by August 14, when the campaign ends.
Save the Children also has a child sponsorship program that helps provide resources (such as books, computers, after-school learning programs, activities, and snacks) to impoverished kids. You can sponsor a child on their Freedom from Poverty page.
To sign the pledge, visit the pledge page online or text READ to 69866.
For more: Read about the hunger crisis in America and watch a mom share her family’s story of poverty.
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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Is it just us, or have celebrity parents seemed less relatable than ever recently? We’re not talking about multiple nannies and lavish nurseries — that’s to be expected at this point. But saving Baby’s umbilical cord? Pre-chewing his food?
Maybe that’s why it was so refreshing to read actress Michelle Pfeiffer’s recent interview with Parade.com. When asked about the difficulty of parenting versus acting, Pfeiffer said:
“Being a parent is the hardest thing in the world. Sometimes I feel like I have to go back to work to get some rest, and we work a minimum 12-hour day making a movie! None of that is nearly as exhausting as parenthood—the psychological toll it takes on you because these lives are in your hands. I take it very seriously. Just when you think you’ve got your kids figured out, they change on you.”
A celebrity who admits that parenting is difficult? What a nice change of pace. Read what else Pfeiffer said about motherhood, including her decision to adopt her daughter as a single mom, in her full Parade.com interview.
Image: Michelle Pfeiffer via Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com
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Friday, February 10th, 2012
Our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop wrote this post.
There are some experiences that are unique to celebrity parents alone.
Sure, there’s the perks of full-time nannies, house cleaners and gourmet chefs! But with the fame, comes the invasion of privacy…and the paparazzi. Whether they’re waiting at LAX for the jet-setting Beckham family-of-six, or following Heidi Klum and her kids to a local playground, the shutterbugs are never too far from the perfect snapshot. But how do celebrity families deal with their daily presence?
Read about 5 high-profile couples who weigh in on the pros and cons of the paparazzi.
Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale:
Rockstar parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have been outspoken about the ever-present paparazzi in their daily lives. The mom-of-two boys - Kingston, 5, and Zuma, 3 – recently admitted there are good and bad parts about having the paparazzi follow her and the family around. “What’s nice is even though they’re annoying, these guys that follow us around, it’s really nice having all these family photos!” Gwen said.
The singer/fashion designer also said she worries about the possible dangers of raising her family in Tinseltown. “The kids, their privacy, a responsibility for them and not knowing if this is going to ruin their lives,” Gwen contemplated about their high-profile life. “They’re so exposed and they don’t have a choice – that scares me a lot. But I think it’s going to be fine,” Gwen added. “My children are very loved. Hopefully, they’re going to grow up and not be crazy because of it. I don’t think there are that many sacrifices – I really don’t want it all to go away.”
Gavin has also talked about the lurking presence of the paparazzi in their day-to-day lives. “We haven’t found the words to explain it,” Gavin said of explaining the paps to their sons. “I’ll want to take my kid to the beach, and there’s six grown men chasing us. He’s running around in his underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, ‘Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?’”
That being said, the Bush rocker can’t deny that the shutterbugs can take amazing snapshots from time to time. He recalled a conversation with his mother Lucy who praised the paps for a sweet shot of her gorgeous grandson. “She goes, ‘I saw a great picture of you guys.’ I played a show in L.A. and there’s a picture of Kingston at the sound mixer – he’s wearing a Rasta hat, he’s got sunglasses on and he’s got a microphone that’s switched off – but he’s singing. My mom’s like, ‘Did you see that picture? That was the best picture!’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it was a paparazzi picture.’ And she says, ‘Yeah, but if we didn’t have that we wouldn’t see what you’re doing.’”
David & Victoria Beckham:
Whether in Europe or North America, power couple David and Victoria Beckham are more than well acquainted with the paparazzi. How does Posh and Becks deal with the nonstop presence of the paps? The mom-of-four said she tries to boost her kids’ self-esteem when explaining the shutterbugs. “I don’t complain about paparazzi because I’ve put myself in that position, and so has David,” Victoria said. “But I always say to the boys, someone is going to take your picture because you’re handsome or you’re smart or because you’re so good at soccer. But every now and again, Romeo might pick up one of David’s cameras and say, ‘Victoria, Victoria, over here!’ And his attitude is sort of angry.”
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes:
While most stars have a rocky relationship with the paparazzi especially when their children are being photographed, Tom Cruise said how much he admires some of the shots taken of his beautiful daughter Suri, 5, with wife Katie Holmes. “I have to say some of those paparazzi shots of my daughter are incredible,” Tom said. “As a parent you protect your children but Suri is a very open and warm child and she will just wave to people on the street. She is such [a] happy, fun girl. It is certainly different these days with the media, but people have been very good to us and do give us space so I am not going to be difficult.”
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Friday, January 6th, 2012
It’s tough not to be charmed by Daniel Radcliffe, who will always be known first and foremost as Harry Potter. He’s very articulate, intelligent, funny, and hyper-aware of the downfalls of being a child celeb. In fall 2011, I had the chance to see Radcliffe being interviewed for a Broadway Talks event at the YMCA in New York City and he was surprisingly down-to-earth.
Parade.com recently interviewed Radcliffe about his first post-Potter movie, “The Woman in Black,” a supernatural thriller in which he plays a young father who has lost his wife. In a candid video, Radcliffe shares how he adjusted to portraying a father on screen and why he would want to, in his words, have “a small army of children.” Watch the video below and read highlights from the Parade magazine interview with Radcliffe.
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Julianne Moore’s red hair and freckles are a source of envy these days, but, as a child, they earned her the unwelcome nickname Freckleface Strawberry. She admits, “It’s not mean, but I felt teased by it. I was living in an area in the Midwest where there were very few people who had the kind of freckles I had.” She channeled that feeling of being different into her children’s books, Freckleface Strawberry, Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever, and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully: A Freckleface Strawberry Story. “I want my readers to see themselves in the stories,” says Moore. “Sometimes there are things about ourselves that we don’t like.” The series has now been turned into a musical, which she says has “a real message of acceptance and tolerance.”
Moore attended a special benefit performance this weekend where she lent her support for the charity Save the Children. “Not every child gets an equal chance,” she says. “When I started with Save the Children five years ago, one in five children was living in poverty in the United States. Now, with the recession, it’s one in four.” The charity serves children and families in more than 120 nations, helping them to access education and health care.
Photo: BRUCE GLIKAS/FILMMAGIC.COM
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Monday, November 14th, 2011
Have you ever wanted to chat with actor Taye Diggs? Yes? Well, we have great news! On Monday, November 14 fans of our Facebook page can talk with Diggs from 1PM to 2PM EST.
During the chat, Diggs will answer questions about parenting (his son Walker with wife Idina Menzel is two) and topics touched on in Chocolate Me, his new children’s book about a boy who grows up looking different from everyone around him. In the book, the young boy’s mother helps him learn to love his sweet, chocolate self; and during the chat, Diggs wants to answer your questions about raising a child who might be different.
For more on Diggs’ work-life balance and what he’s learned from his son, read his interview with Allison Winn Scotch on The Balance Sheet.
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