Singer and songwriter Jewel has been one busy mama! She recently performed during the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Lifting Lives Moment to benefit ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign. She is also set to play June Carter Cash in the Lifetime Original Movie Ring of Fire, coming out this May.
Jewel opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her son, Kase, 20-months, who went on his first “road tour,” her involvement with ConAgra and the cause to end child hunger, finding a balance between being a mom and having a creative outlet, and her Mother’s Day plans.
Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tell us about your partnership with ACM Lifting Lives. How did you get involved with the organization?
Jewel: “I was the spokesperson for ConAgra Foods last year. ConAgra’s initiative is to bring awareness to end child hunger, and they did this by partnering with the ACM. They have songwriters and artists write songs in different formats, such as a country song or a pop song, which are then used in the commercials. Last year, I sang a song for the campaign and Little Big Town performed it for the ACM Lifting Lives moment. This year, another girl wrote the song and I performed at the ACM Awards.”
CBS: How did you prepare for your performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards?
J: “I performed a medley of my song Hands and this other song. I’ve prepared in all sorts of ways. I had to work on the medley, work out the keys, and practice on it to make sure I was ready to do it live.”
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are proud parents of “four amazing miracles” – sons Liam, 6, and Finn, 6 months, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 1. With two in diapers, things are “definitely chaotic” in the Spelling-McDermott household, but Tori says things have “gotten easier” in recent weeks.
Tori and Dean open up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and the Valspar Color Project. They go on to talk about their newest addition, a “tough little dude,” and their older kids who love to play “caretaker” to baby Finn.
CBS: Tell us about teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and the Valspar Color Project. What is the online video series all about? What will you be showcasing on the series? How can we get involved?
TS: “We’ve partnered with Valspar Color Project to do this amazing transformation in our playroom. We have four, small, little kids and the playroom is really the hub of our home. We spend all our time in that room and the room was really lacking energy. We couldn’t figure out what it was, then we realized it was color. It had drab, beige walls…it was a great space, a great playroom, but it was just missing something.
So, with Color Match through Valspar, we were able to pick our perfect color match and transform our room with Rushing Stream as our new color. It’s great because people can go onto Valspar Paint’s Facebook page and there’s a link and you can actually see our video. They can see how our room is transformed and they can also view an app…the Perfect Color Match App. And, they can do it themselves.
Valspar figured out, with our personalities, our perfect color match. They can take the quiz online, they can paint their room, and they can share their room. If they share their perfect color match, $1 is donated to Habitat for Humanity by Valspar.
So, once again, here are the steps: If they use the app and they pick their perfect color match, all they have to do is share their color match and $1 is donated by Valspar to Habitat for Humanity.”
TS: “He is. It’s so funny, day-by-day you see their personalities coming out more and more. He’s such like a little man – like a tough, little dude. With 3 brothers and sisters running around him all the time, he’s just trying to keep up with them.”
DM: “He wants to get in there so bad.”
TS: “Yes, he loves them. Liam and Stella always want to hold him and we put him on them and he’s just like all over them – kissing their faces and stuff. It’s so cute!”
It may be cold and dreary outside now, but springy Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Since it’s never too soon to start making your wish-list (and dropping hints), we want to know what really makes the day special for you.
Moms, this is your chance to weigh-in (Dads, take note)! Vote in our poll below, and check out the final results in our May issue.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re giving you a chance to take home all of the “2012 Product of the Year” winners. Each year, a panel of more than 50,000 real-life consumers votes on products with great new innovations. Check out the list of the products that made the cut below, which include everything from laundry detergent (sorry, Mom!) to Snickers. They may not be exactly what Mom asked for Mother’s Day, but they’ll make her day-to-day easier. To enter to win, post a comment below by 9 a.m. E.T. on May 20. Read the full contest rules by clicking here. Happy Mother’s Day! And Goody luck!
2012 Product of the Year winners:
• Laundry – Wisk Deep Clean • Pet Treats – Milk-Bone Mini’s Dog Treats • Pet Health – Better Than Bones Plus Dental • Personal Hygiene – Softsoap brand Coconut Scrub Bar Soap • Oral Care – Listerine Total Care Zero • Professional Oral Care – Philips Zoom NiteWhite & DayWhite • Whitening – Colgate Optic White • Baby Care – Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers
• Beverage – Sierra Mist Natural • Candy – Snickers Peanut Butter Squared • Snacks – Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Up Bowl • Frozen Food – Healthy Choice Top Chef inspired Café Steamers • Specialty Foods – New York Brand Garlic Knots • Air Care – Air Wick Flip & Fresh • Toddler Mealtime – mOmma by Lansinoh Straw Cup with Dual Handles • Toddler Oral Care – Aquafresh Training Toothpaste • Paint – Valspar Spray Paint • Household Cleaning – Zero Odor
• Insect Repellent – OFF! Deep Woods Dry Insect Repellent • Skin Treatment – RetinoSyn-45 • Creamer – Coffee-mate Natural Bliss S
• Beauty Care – Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Color Blend Foam
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still stuck on what do to for the special mom in your life, look no further than this week’s top pins! Check out our ideas for everything from delicious weekend dishes to sweet and simple gifts you can make with your kids.
Trying to find a way to sneak more vegetables into your children’s meals? The two cups of zucchini in this Blueberry Zucchini Bread make this a healthier alternative to regular muffins or breakfast pastries, and the 20-minute prep time means it’s easy to make ahead and enjoy all week long.
Whether you find an old-school photo booth at the local mall or use some family snapshots, this handmade bookmark is a great gift for the reader in your life. Simply glue the pictures to a piece of card stock and personalize the other side. We used the word “mother” in different languages, but you could try a handwritten note or a favorite memory from the previous year.
Have a complete gourmet lunch at home when you try this Chicken, Mozzarella and Basil Panini with a side of Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips. To save time, make the sandwich with leftovers from earlier in the week or pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. The chips are a great alternative to fried ones, and since they aren’t prepackaged you can season them however you want—we tried a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.
Creating custom-made art can be as easy as 1-2-3. First, cut out several equal-sized rectangles and write a single letter on each, making sure they’re easy enough to read in a photo. Next, pose your kids—or yourself!—holding each sign up for the camera. Finally, print out the pictures in black and white and arrange them in a frame so they spell out your message of love.
Any kid will tell you that everything tastes better when it’s on a stick. For this twist on the classic Root-Beer Float, just freeze a layer of soda in plastic molds or cups before topping it with softened vanilla ice cream. For a fancier popsicle, tilt the cups so the soda freezes at an angle before adding the final layer. Hide a maraschino cherry at the bottom for an extra surprise.
The Inflation of Life — Cost of Raising a Child Has Soared
The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 has surged 25 percent over the last 10 years, due largely to the rising cost of groceries and medical care, according to the Department of Agriculture, which tracks annual expenditures on children by families.
Doctors Unravel Mysteries of Heart Failure During Pregnancy
A mysterious and sometimes deadly type of heart failure that can strike otherwise healthy, expectant mothers late in pregnancy and leave them sick for life at last can be traced to faulty blood vessels in the heart, researchers reported today.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re turning this most sacred holiday into a week-long blog party. From now through May 16th, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack for yourself or the lady in your life. And we have something awesome for every type of mom: For the techie, a Toshiba netbook computer; for the shopping diva, a $100 Zulily.com gift card; for the social-networker, a Skype webcam and group calling voucher; and for the domestic goddess, a Hoover vacuum. To enter, make sure to post a comment in eachof the individual giveaways by clicking on the images below. Goody luck!
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Come back soon for more great giveaways.
Stay connected to Goodyblog.com (and other OK sites like Facebook and Twitter) on the go with Toshiba’s portable Mini Notebook NB505. The 10.1-inch screen is also big enough to entertain your kids with videos, check out their adorable pictures, and keep up with all of their activities. Score this sleek laptop by posting a comment below by May 16th. One very happy reader will be selected in a random drawing. Read the full rules here. Goody luck!