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5 Celebrity Parents on Love & Valentine’s Day Plans

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With successful careers and growing families, it can be challenging to keep a high-profile marriage happy and healthy.

But for five celebrity couples, including Gena Lee Nolin and husband Cale Hulse, and Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, keeping the flame alive is par for the course.

Let’s look at some of our favorite celebrity parents and hear how they keep their love alive.

  • Gena Lee Nolin:

Mom-of-four Gena Lee Nolin and her husband, former NHL star Cale Hulse, are parents to four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

But the Baywatch alum is sure to keep the romance alive amidst their busy family life.

“Love is beautiful when it’s right — it can’t be bought, it can’t be forced and it should never hurt [abusive],” she blogged for Celebrity Baby Scoop. “The moments of hardships and the growing pains we go through together make it real. If it were always easy, it would be a bore. Great things in life are worth fighting for, and that usually requires work.”

She added: “I am so blessed to have found a man who accepts me for me. He’s never once told me what, where or how I should do something. He allows me to be me and loves my silly-willy ways. He encourages my family and friends to be around, he’s a very confident man that wants to see me happy (as I do for him). Unconditional love is such a rare gift — that’s accepting your partner exactly the way they are.”

As for their plans on Valentine’s Day, the couple are planning a romantic evening together.

“This Valentine’s Day will be spent with our children, decorating boxes for school parties and cutting lots of pink and red hearts,” she shared. “Then we’re off for a quiet dinner for two followed by a night at a hotel with my Valentine. Zzzzzzz!”

  • Alison Sweeney:

The Biggest Loser star Alison Sweeney and husband David Sanov are parents to two kids: son Ben, 9, and daughter Megan, 5.

To keep their marriage strong, the Days of our Lives actress says they enjoy plenty of alone time together.

“Dave and I make a point to have time to ourselves, even if it’s only going for a hike or watching a movie,” Alison shared with Cupid’s Pulse. “This time together enables us to keep our connection strong. We cook dinner together and then watch Survivor or Breaking Bad and just hang out.”

As for her best love advice, Alison said: “Enjoy life, meet people and know that you’ll meet the right guy who will explain all the wrong ones along the way.”

She added, “With Dave, there was definitely a spark that led to our relationship and two incredible kids.”

  • Alysia Reiner:

Orange Is the New Black star Alysia Reiner and husband, actor David Alan Basche, are parents to 5-year-old daughter Livia. The actress says this Valentine’s Day is especially important to her.

“Lately with David shooting The Exes in LA and me shooting Orange in NYC, we have been sorely lacking in date nights!” she shared with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “We don’t usually do a big deal for Valentine’s Day. I prefer the surprise flowers, secret love note, or sweep-away weekend to a calendar-enforced box of chocolates any date! But this year is special to me because I co-designed a locket and 100% of the proceeds go to the Women’s Prison Association. So the biggest gift I want this year is a lot of men to buy it for their ladies and raise a ton of money for WPA.”

  • Hugh Jackman:

Wolverine star Hugh Jackman and his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, have two kids: son Oscar, 13, and Ava, 8. The hunky actor opened up to Your Tango about their “thrilling” love affair.

“I run into people, really powerful, big people, who say, ‘Congrats to you, but your wife is really one of the most talented.’ And every time I hear that, it reminds me of the sacrifice she’s made, her selflessness, her love and what she’s done for the kids,” Hugh shared.

“We always made family a priority but I’m acutely aware, everyday, that actually, when it comes to sacrifices, Deb has shouldered most of those,” he added. “In fact, I was telling her right now, ‘You need to get back to work because you’re just too good to waste that talent. Everyone needs to see it.’”

As for their seemingly perfect family life, Hugh admits he’s not perfect.

“If you ask my wife, the biggest fault is my inability around the house,” he shared. “She says the only thing handy about me is that I’m close by. And, I have a terrible memory. I’m bad at saying no. I often double-book. There are a lot of things.”

“I have a terrific marriage, but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow, no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day,” he said. “It’s kind of the best thing that can happen to you. It’s thrilling.”

He continued: “The thing I find hard is that a lot of people won’t even see her, and they’ll obviously be talking to her to get to me. I’ve seen Deb literally be knocked out of the way. She just knocks ‘em back. She’s a morning person. Deb pops up, and it’s, ‘Come on, baby. Let’s go!’ Yet at night, she falls asleep instantly, sometimes in mid-conversation. She’s fallen asleep during every movie I’ve ever done.”

And lastly, his best relationship advice is: ”Your wife is always right. Very simple. I think I’m going to get it tattooed on my forehead.”

  • Sarah Rafferty:

Suits star Sarah Rafferty and husband, stock analyst Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka ‘Santtu’ Seppälä, are parents to two daughters: Oona, 6, and Iris, 2.

The actress shared her “offbeat” Valentine’s Day plans with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

“We try to do something offbeat for Valentine’s Day, and don’t ever really celebrate it right on the day. I don’t even try to get a reservation that night for dinner,” she shared.

She added: “Last year, we got a babysitter and we went to a local ski mountain and enjoyed some quick runs and then we were home for dinner with the kids. We like to take hikes. If we can carve out a couple of hours where can talk to each other without being interrupted, we find that to be an incredibly romantic day or night. We’re so tired by the time night comes around as well. I’m a big fan of having a date during the day. We might go out to lunch or to a spa.”

 

Alison Sweeney: Don’t Give Up On Picky Eaters

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Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney has teamed up with Arnold/Oroweat breads to launch the Feed Your Better, inspiring Americans to achieve their own personal health and wellness goals.

Alison opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her “awesome kids” Ben, 8 1/2, and Megan, 4 1/2, and her best tips for picky eaters. She goes on to talk about the upcoming season of The Biggest Loser, which premieres October 8 and includes a former Olympic athlete and Ruben Studdard from American Idol.

CBS: Tell us about teaming up with Arnold/Oroweat breads to launch the ‘Feed Your Better‘ campaign. Tell us about the campaign and why you got involved. How can we share our own inspirational stories and become involved in the campaign?

AS: “It’s been super exciting, because the ‘Feed Your Better’ campaign really challenges people to figure out what their ‘better’ is and what goals they want to set and strive for. I help ask that question, because we should all give ourselves something new to dream of and work towards. I love that Arnold/Orowheat has really been encouraging that, and they even have a contest at FeedYourBetter.com and the Facebook page. They are going to give away $100,000 in prizes to encourage people to feed their ‘better’ and work towards their goals.

I get to help judge the contest. Everyone can go to the website and share their story, dreams, goals, what they want from those goals, and how the goals will improve their lives. We are going to be a part of bettering people’s lives.”

CBS: Tell us what we can expect on the upcoming season of The Biggest Loser, premiering on October 8.

AS: “Oh my gosh, it’s a great season! Once again, the contestants are wonderful people who are working so hard to get healthy. It premieres on October 8th and we’ve had some amazing contestants this season, including a former Olympic athlete and Ruben Studdard from American Idol.

The contestants are great people of all walks of life. We all got to know the contestants right from the beginning and help them get on the right track. It’s been very special.”

CBS: Tell us about the feedback you’re getting on your book, The Star Attraction. Have you been inspired to write another book? If so, what topic(s) would you like to tackle this time?

AS: “It’s been so wonderful to read everyone’s tweets and posts on my Facebook page about the book! I also love all the positive reviews I’ve gotten everywhere, from Book Review toPeople magazine. It’s been amazing to get the good feedback.

Casual, light reading is so popular, especially in the summertime, and that’s what I love to read. I work so hard and have a lot going on all the time, so it’s fun to tuck into bed at night and read a couple more pages of a book that provides a great escape. That’s what I love about Days of Our Lives and The Star Attraction, and I’m so glad people have found a great escape with my book.

I am actually just finishing my second book this week, which also features the working-in-Hollywood theme. The book is about a girl working as a script supervisor on a TV series. It’s all about girls who are everyday girls finding jobs – the characters can be you! The book tells their story in a fun way and also gives a little behind-the-scenes look on what goes on in Hollywood. The book centers on finding yourself and learning lessons about who you really are. It is also about not putting yourself in a box, dreaming big, and opening up your eyes to what else you can do.”

CBS: Tell us about your two kids. How old are they now and what are they into? Are they enjoying school so far?

AS: “My son, Ben, is 8 1/2-years old, and I also have a 4 1/2-year-old daughter named Megan. They are such awesome kids, and I have so much fun goofing around with them all of the time. One of the things I talk about a lot is how important it is for us to play together, have fun together, and be silly together. We definitely demonstrate that when we all just team up to make dinner; my husband will be working the barbeque, I’ll be making the salad, and our kids will be setting the table, and a song will come on the radio and next thing you know my daughter starts a dance break. We’ll literally all start rocking out!

We all love to sing, dance, be silly, and have fun together. I think it is a great idea to include your kids in daily activities like getting dinner on the table, but it’s also important to sometimes just let loose.

In regard to how my kids have been enjoying school, the back to school season has been great! My son has been back in school now for a little while, and it’s so crazy because it’s been so hot and it still feels like summer. It’s been a tough adjustment, but he loves school and is back at it. That’s been awesome! My son had his hair cut right before school and loves it. His hair was all shaggy and long in the summer and I said he could leave it long if he wanted to, but he opted for a cute short cut.”

CBS: What are some of your best tips for parents with picky eaters? Are you strict with your kids and the food they consume?

AS: “That is a tough one. I think it is really important for parents to remember that a lot of those vegetables that picky eaters have a tough time getting on board with are really important for them to consume. One thing I learned at my kids’ preschool is that some of the foods take getting used to. It can take up to ten tastings to decide whether or not you really like a certain food! I keep that in mind when I try to get my kids to try different vegetables. It’s important to not give up and instead keep trying.

I sort of made it a policy that my kids have to eat their vegetables. We’re very firm in our house about stuff like that, and I’ve also found vegetables that they like. I am not going to make them eat Brussels sprouts if they don’t like them, however, I think they are crazy because I love Brussels sprouts [laughs]. My kids do enjoy eating peas and broccoli and dipping them in sauce. Find something that the kid might like and don’t give up. Keep trying with the vegetables!”

CBS: What are your best tips for busy moms who say they don’t have time to exercise?

AS: “I think working moms are so wound up and have so much going on. Of course, it is also exhausting just being a taxi service for your family, trying to get everything done, and organizing it all. I can totally sympathize with how it seems like there is not enough time in the day to do everything. I recommend planning ahead, as it’s been a great tip for me. I think about tomorrow and figure out if there is a break in the day, because then I know if I can bring my gym bag with me or pack up my shoes and get in a run during that time.

If I dropped my kid off at school and then went home and put on my gym clothes, I would never actually go. On the other hand, if I put on my gym clothes first, then I would go straight to the gym after I dropped off my child. Those kinds of things sound so simple, but they really do help get it done.

If you are really finding that you’re not able to get in a workout during the day with your kids, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. If you can’t get in the 45 minutes at the gym, don’t just do nothing. Instead, do squats while watching your kid so his homework and do lunges while making dinner. You can also do jumping jacks during the commercial breaks of your TV show or your kid’s TV show. There are a lot of little things you can do to get your heart rate going, which will put you on the right path and in the right direction. It is a lot better than doing nothing.”

CBS: How do you prioritize your health (body, mind and spirit)? Do you think it’s important for moms to prioritize their health?

AS: “It’s a balancing act, just like everything else. I think it is really important to take care of all of the different parts of your life. I know that the President put out the ‘Know Your Plate’ education system for nutrition in schools, and the idea is figuring out the portions that should make up your plate. If you look at your plate, you should know every element that should be on it, such as proteins, carbs, grains, and vegetables, and also know what the portions should be.

I think that taking care of your spirit, your mind, your health, your wellness, your family, and your business are all things that should be a part of your own ‘plate.’ You should give all of these elements the attention that they need.

For me, I’ll go really heavy on work one day, then I’ll go heavier on being with the family the next day. Then, for two nights in a row, I might need to just sit at home and catch up on episodes ofBreaking Bad [laughs]. Sometimes you just need to veg out a little bit, but I try to make sure I get everything covered. I am not going to hold myself to it in a 24-hour period; I instead ask myself, ‘What did I do this week? Did I get it all done? What can I do better next week and pay more attention to?’”

CBS: Please give us your own tips to Feed Your Better.

AS: “Feel your best with better food. Find meals that go the distance, like a well-built sandwich. Sandwiches make it easy to get the nutritional benefits that will help you feel great. Try Arnold®/Brownberry®/Oroweat® 100% Whole Wheat Bread topped with lean protein and veggies to help boost your performance during a workout.

Find ways to stay active in your everyday life. Some weeks, I exercise daily and others, I work out as many days as I can! During these busy times, I try to find ways to incorporate physical activity into my schedule, like running around outside with my kids or going for a family hike. Spending quality time with friends and family while staying active allows you to feed your better in more than one way.

Find a motivation mentor. Whether it’s a friend, family member or co-worker, find someone who is also striving for positive improvements in life. Having a partner can be so inspiring, and it truly gives you the mutual motivation and energy to push you towards your goal.

Focus on the end goal of what being healthy means to you. Making healthy choices isn’t just a one-time decision – it’s a lifestyle that will allow you to become an entirely better you. That’s why I love the Feed Your Better Campaign – it acknowledges that everyone has their own particular “better” that can lead to a lifetime of change. Whether it’s having more energy to keep up with your kids, getting your blood pressure in-check, or completing that 5K race, look at the long-term picture. Keep in mind the wonderful benefits you’ll reap once you start living well!

Prepare and plan. It’s easy to skip a workout or opt for an unhealthy meal when you’re unprepared or in a crunch. Sandwiches made on Arnold®/ Brownberry®/Oroweat® whole grain breads are a perfect on-the-go option that never gets boring, and allows you to create something different every day. Or, cut up your favorite fruits and vegetables at night so the next morning, you can grab a snack that holds you accountable to healthy habits and keeps you on-track – no excuses!”

 

Alison Sweeney Talks New Novel & Being A ‘Parent In Charge’

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As if The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney wasn’t busy enough, she decided to make her foray into fiction with her first novel, The Star Attraction, which published earlier this week. The novel is about a Hollywood publicist who risks her fabulous job and happy relationship when she hooks up with a sexy client.

The mom-of-two chatted with Cupid’s Pulse about her new novel, fitness routine, and life with her two children, Ben, 8, and Megan, 4.

On the inspiration for her novel: “My best friend is a publicist, so that was certainly the inspiration for writing about that perspective of the industry. Plus, I have a lot of personal stories that contributed to the red carpet scenes in the book.”

On ways people can take control of their weight: “I encourage you to schedule time in your calendar to work out and to plan your food ahead time, so you’re not scrambling when you’re starving. Prepare healthy snacks and meals to get you through your day.”

On her fitness routine: “I run and ride my bike (both outside and at spin class). I try to complete a good cardio workout at least four times a week, and then, at least once a week, I do circuit training with weights.”

On what is important to her as a parent: “Manners and structure are really important to us. We’re the parents, and we’re in charge. We don’t take a lot of sass from our kids, but we love them so much, and they know that.”

To read more of Alison’s interview, please go to Cupid’s Pulse.

 

Who Is the Hottest Lady On Daytime Television?

When you think of Daytime TV you think of Ellen DeGeneres or Judge Judy. Not exactly your dream girls, right? But there has to be some hot chicks on daytime TV somewhere, right?

We have listed five daytime hotties below and your job is to vote for who you think is the hottest in the poll below! Don’t be afraid to leave a comment and explain your vote. We don’t judge…that much.

1. Rachael Ray:

What is better than a hot chick who knows how to cook? Two hot chicks who know how to cook! *insert fake audience laughter*

2. Kelly Monaco:

She is the hottie from General Hospital. I think she may actually be off the show now, but who cares? She was on daytime television long enough to be included on this list.

3. Elisabeth Hasselbeck:


I think we can all agree that she would be a lot hotter if she would just shut her mouth.

4. Alison Sweeney:

A lot of you probably know her as the host of the, ‘The Biggest Loser’ but she is also on Days of our Lives! Every time I see her on that show she is making out with some guy.

5. Sharon Case:

She is on the long running soap, ‘The Young and the Restless’ she is looking pretty good for a woman that is about to turn 41.

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Alison Sweeney: Ben Loves Michael Jackson, Megan Loves Lady Gaga

Alison Sweeney is one of the hardest working moms in Hollywood! She's still shaking things as Sami on the longtime running soap opera, Days of our Lives, as well as hosting the popular weight loss show, The Biggest Loser. Alison is teaming up with Crest's Summer of Sensitivity campaign and Feeding America to encourage healthy living and support the fight against hunger.

Alison and her hubby of 10 years, David Sanov, are proud parents to son Ben, 5, and daughter Megan, 1 1/2. The 33-year-old mom of two opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about fighting hunger and promoting well being, her two kids and how motherhood has changed her "on so many levels."

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Swaddle Designs: Making Swaddling Simple

Moms and dads everywhere struggle with getting their little ones to sleep. Did you know that swaddled babies sleep better? Swaddle Designs founder Lynette Damir sure did and, consequently, developed the ultimate receiving blanket line and called it SwaddleDesigns. Swaddling can seem complicated, however, to new parents. This is why SwaddleDesigns blankets are large and square with swaddling instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket, so parents have an effective swaddling technique at their fingertips. Now everyone, moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers can swaddle like a Pro!

There are plenty of celebrity moms are swaddling like pros too. The brand has an impressive list of celeb mommy enthusiasts including: Tori Spelling, Brooke Burke, Alison Sweeney, Bridget Moynihan, Marcia Cross and many more. Famous identical triplets and new mommies, Erica, Jaclyn, and Nicole (Erica is married to Dr. Phil's son) even collaborated with the company on a special Triplets Paisley collection. Jaclyn is pictured above with daughter Chanel cozied up in her Swaddle Designs blanket.

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Alison Sweeney & Her Katsuya Cutie

What a cutie! Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney was seen with her husband David and their two children - Ben, 5, and Megan, 1 - at Katsuya restaurant in West Hollywood on Friday (July 2).

Megan recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adorable kids:

Ben is so funny. He loves to make people laugh. I think it's so funny when he uses adult expressions, in the proper context. Megan does this little growling thing. It's so adorable, this deep growl coming out of her little body. And when you growl back at her, she totally knows you're copying her and she laughs, and loves it."

 

Alison Sweeney: My Kids Come First

Actress Alison Sweeney and her adorable kids Ben, 4, and Megan, 1, are captured in the midst of a sweet moment on the cover of the May issue of Working Mother magazine. A longtime favorite on Days of our Lives and host of the ever-popular reality weight loss show The Biggest Loser, Alison chats about a few of the ups and downs of being a working mom-of-two.

On balancing career and children: "It’s hard to strike that 50-50 mark each day, but if I look at a whole week or month, I feel that overall I get to spend a lot of time with my children. And when I’m with them, I give them my full attention. When I go to work, I give work my full attention and commitment. Everyone has doubts occasionally, but it’s important to know you’re doing the best you can. And if you regret a decision, make a different choice next time."

On handling the demands of both: "That’s a tough one, but there’s no question that my kids come first. Every time there’s a call from Ben’s preschool, I worry that it’s an emergency. Even when I get normal calls from the preschool, there’s that instant that I wonder why they’re calling and if everything’s okay. There was one time that my husband and I were on our way to a charity event when the school called and said that Ben got a nasty scrape on his forehead. We turned the car around and met our son and his babysitter in the emergency room. I had that sick feeling in my stomach until I was there with him, holding his hand, making him laugh. Ben, on the other hand, was completely calm, asking questions about all the equipment, how the bed moves."

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Galen Gering: Fatherhood Is Truly Amazing

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” How many times have us die-hard Days of our Lives fans heard that one?! Celebrity Baby Scoop was thrilled to chat with three of the hottest characters from our favorite daytime drama: Rafael "Rafe" Hernandez, Brady Black and Arianna "Ari" Hernandez.

First up is Galen Gering as Rafe, the sexy suitor of bad girl Sami Brady. Galen opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about on-set playdates with Alison Sweeney's son Ben, his longtime love Jenna and their two boys Dillon and Jensen, and how he juggles his family life with his scandalous life in Salem.

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Tiny Prints: Beautiful & Contemporary Personalized Stationary

Tiny Prints, one of the leading online stationers has become a favorite with celebrities due to their modern, fresh designs from some of the best designers in the industry. They have become the go to company for my personal stationary needs because of the simple do-it-yourself ordering system and unbeatable quality.

In October 2009, Tiny Prints announced the launch of their second annual Celebrity Holiday Card Collection For Charity. Designs from Alison Sweeney, Angie Harmon, Cindy Crawford, Marcia Cross and Molly Sims are available to consumers excslusively at tinyprints.com/celebrity . Not only do you have the opportunity to share heartfelt messages of love, hope, joy and peace through these beautifully designed cards but you are also given the opportunity to support major humanitarian causes!

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Alison Sweeney: I’ve “Learned To Appreciated The Simple Moments”

We've loved her as bad girl Sami Brady on Days of our Lives for the past 17 years. Alison Sweeney continues to shake things up in Salem, as well as host popular weight loss show, The Biggest Loser. Alison recently teamed up with fellow celeb moms Denise Richards and Lisa Rinna at the Hallmark Celebri-Tree Holiday Open House and Auction to create Christmas keepsakes for Clothes Off Our Back. And she's pictured above going through the Glide Tight Spaces Challenge obstacle course with her son to benefit Feeding America.

The busy mother of two - 4 1/2-year-old son Ben and 10-month-old daughter Megan - sat down with Celebrity Baby Scoop and dished about her busy life, the funny things her kids do and her charitable work with Feeding America.

CBS: What kinds of things do your kids do that make you laugh?

AS: "Ben is so funny. He loves to make people laugh. I think it's so funny when he uses adult expressions, in the proper context. Megan does this little growling thing. It's so adorable, this deep growl coming out of her little body. And when you growl back at her, she totally knows you're copying her and she laughs, and loves it."

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