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10 Celebrity Mom Bloggers

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Celebrity Mom BloggersThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

Hollywood’s moms have joined the blogosphere.

From Denise Richards’ online community to Tori Spelling‘s family-oriented site to Alicia Silverstone’s eco-friendly blog, to Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s Gluten-Free community, our favorite celebrity moms cover it all.

Take a look through our list of 10 celebrity mom bloggers.

Bethenny.com

Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel promises more than just Skinnygirl tips on her official blog! The mom of 1-year-old daughter Bryn dishes on everything from food, health and lifestyle tips. And be sure to check out her new line of Skinnygirl wines as well! Bethenny.com is an interactive community and online destination for Bethenny’s take on leading a healthy lifestyle, parenting, giving back to the community and life as she sees it,” her blog states. “It is a go-to resource for delicious recipes, parenting advice and news on Bethenny’s latest projects.”

ToriSpelling.com

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and expectant mom Tori Spelling shares everything from family photos, to fashion must-haves, to funny quotes from her kids on her official website. The reality TV starlet – who is already mom to son Liam, 5, and daughters Stella, 3, and Hattie, 5 months – isn’t shy to share her political views as well, having recently weighed in on the African leader Joseph Kony. “The idea for this website came from my desire to share ideas and inspiration for elevating everyday life,” Tori describes on her blog. “From crafts to entertaining, I love to be creative, and everything I do, from wrapping a gift to writing a grocery list, to planning a surprise party, has a stylish, yet personalized feel to it. It’s possible to approach all areas of life this way, and living artfully doesn’t cost a thing – except a little creativity.”

MollySims.com

Mom-to-be Molly Sims recently launched her blog and shares everything from fertility boosting tips, to updated baby bump pics, to healthy recipes. “It’s hard for even me to believe, but as of last week I’m officially five months pregnant,” Molly blogged of her pregnancy excitement. “The baby just started kicking and at this point it’s only a matter of weeks until life as I know it is going to completely change—and I can’t wait!”

PadmaLakshmi.com

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi shares some of her family favorite recipes on her official website. The single mom of 2-year-old daughter Krishna also shares fashion, beauty and lifestyle tips. “PadmaLakshmi.com is an online community to celebrate what life has to offer,” her blog says. “The site encourages you to take a personal journey and discover your truest, happiest self while exploring the world using bare senses. Itʼs a place to cultivate new skills and a lust for adventure as well as a forum for Padma to share her honest, insightful view of the world and connect with those who believe anything is possible.”

ElisabethHasselback.com

Does anyone in your family have a gluten allergy? If so, Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s new blog is the place for you! The busy mom of three kids – daughter Grace, 6, and sons Taylor, 4, and Isaiah, 2 – recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her online G-Free community. “While visiting ElisabethHasselbeck.com, you will share in fashion, food and favorites that I find along the way!” Elisabeth told us. “The Deliciously G-Free community is incredible and inviting, whether you are a resident expert or new to the gfree lifestyle. The recipes and sharing are not to be missed! In addition, you can see my various posts on travel, decor, shopping, kids, family, and our great nation.”

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Getting Toddlers to Eat: An Interview with Padma Lakshmi

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

If you’re a fan of Top Chef, you already know Padma Lakshmi as the host of the cooking competition show, alongside head judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.  The adventurous eater and former model also because a mom last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Krishna Thea.  Recently, Lakshmi partnered with Huggies and Baby Loves Disco to launch the new Huggies Little Movers slip-on diapers, disposable diapers designed to help parents reduce changing time.  We chatted with Lakshimi over the phone to get tips on how to encourage picky toddlers to eat and what parenting advice she would give other moms and dads.

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As an actress, a Top Chef judge, a cookbook writer, and a jewelry designer, you are a very busy mom!  How do you balance your work schedule with mommy time?
It’s very, very hard. No two days are alike. Each day I just try to figure out what is the most important thing on my list and I prioritize that way.

Besides Huggies slip-on diapers, are there any other products that have made your life easier as a parent?  Any tried-and-true mommy time-savers?
The Huggies Little Movers slip-ons are a real time-saver because now that my baby is getting more active and squirmy, it’s really hard to keep her still. You can change the diaper while the baby is standing up. They’re just as absorbent, they have Velcro, and they come sealed so you can slip them up like underwear. I live in New York City and most of the restaurants don’t have changing tables, and you’re always doing some kind of balancing act.  If you have an on-the-go lifestyle, this is a great diaper because it shaves a couple of minutes off each diaper change.

You’re an adventurous eater.  Now that Krishna is a toddler, has she become a picky eater? 
I’m very lucky that she’s not a picky eater. There are things that she doesn’t like, but she’ll try things once.  I give her two or three healthy choices. You have to teach children about good nutrition and eating habits, about adaptability and being able to get along in any situation. Trying to get them to eat healthy regular food is the best way to go so it’s not such a shock when they transfer their diet from baby food to normal food.

What are your tips for introducing new or more adventurous foods to your toddler? 
The biggest tip any pediatrician will teach you, is to try out one new food at a time for two to three days and then introduce a new food after that. This also helps you makes sure your child isn’t allergic to things. At first I was abandoning a particular fruit or vegetable after one time because I thought, ‘Okay, she doesn’t like it.’ But babies don’t know whether they really like something or not; it depends on their mood and on what stage they are in. You want to try again a couple weeks later or try two, three days in a row. Because of the unfamiliarity of a certain food, children will reject it, but they will often try something by the third or fourth time.

What are your strategies for preparing nutritious, well-balanced meals for your toddler? Do you have any easy, go-to recipes?
You make a little stew or a lentil soup and you put in a protein, a few vegetables, and a starch, like a little broken pasta or rice or noodles or potatoes, and then you finish off with fruit of some kind. The hardest job is washing and chopping all the vegetables, but you can do that ahead of time. I do a version of this in my own home a lot. It’s a balanced meal.

What was the best and worst parenting advice you have received?
The best parenting advice I received was to do what was best for my family and my child because no two families are the same and no two children are the same. And to do what is appropriate at that given moment, based on the circumstances. The worst advice I’ve been given is to just let your baby cry.

What parenting advice would you give to other parents?
I would give the advice to make the decisions that are right for your family. And seek the counsel of people in your family that you trust because there is a common value system or a shared set of ideals.

Follow Padma Lakshmi on Twitter (@padmalakshmi).

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