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Exclusive: The Ladies Of Married To Medicine Say “We Are Not Showing A Ghetto Side Of Black Women, We’re Showing A Human Side” [Video]

Dr. Simone Whitmore and Quad Webb-Lunceford of Married to Medicine talk to Bossip about the perception of black women on reality shows.

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Paul Adelstein: “I’m Surprised By What Parenthood Does To Time”

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Paul AdelsteinPrivate Practice alum and currently playing Leo Bergen in Scandal – has a new movie coming out called Return to Zero. The story follows the story of Maggie and Aaron, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child. Just a few weeks before their son’s due date, Maggie and Aaron receive devastating news that a heartbeat is no longer detectable in the womb.

As the couple attempt to go on with their lives, they quickly discover they cannot escape their grief and their relationship is forever changed by their loss. With infidelity and separation at their heels, Maggie discovers she is pregnant again, and the two must reunite to face another turbulent and terrifying pregnancy that tests their strength and love. The movie also stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker and Connie Nielsen. Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Paul to talk about the film and being dad to 4-year-old Josephine.

CBS: You star as Aaron in the Lifetime movie Return To Zero.  Please tell us about your role and how you prepared for it.

PA: The film follows a couple and some of their extended family through the trauma of losing a child to stillbirth. I read the script and was struck by how subtly the relationship between Aaron and Maggie (Minnie Driver’s character) was rendered.  Obviously, the subject matter is emotional and difficult, but it was really this relationship that is the center of the movie.  With Sean Hanish’s (the writer/director)  help, I tried to find out as much I could about Aaron before they lose the baby–his relationship with his father/business partner (Alfred Molina) and his wife–and then just the let the rest happen.

CBS: What was it like working with Minnie Driver and the rest of the cast?

PA: Minnie is a wonderful actor and a generous one as well, which made playing Aaron a great deal of fun.  I know that must sound strange given the brutal event at the heart of the story, but getting to act with Minnie and Alfred Molina and Kathy Baker was a joy, even in the most distressing scenes.

CBS: Did you pull from any of your experiences as a real life dad to play the part?

PA: I did. As an actor, I try to tap into whatever is going to help me understand a character and that character’s relationships.

CBS: Please tell us about your daughter? How old is she and what is she into?

PA: She is 4 and she is smart and an absolute joy.

CBS: What does she do to make you laugh?

PA: Pretty much anything.

CBS: How has fatherhood changed you? What has surprised you the most about being a parent?

PA: I’m surprised by what parenthood does to time. I’m not sure who said it, but ‘the days are long and the years are short’ is spot on, in my experience.

CBS: Summer is right around the corner. Tell us about some of your favorite vacation destinations. Do you have any special summer plans?

PA: I had a big travel summer last year with my family, but I think work will keep us mostly home this summer. Hopefully I’ll get to visit the camp I went to in Wisconsin at some point.

CBS: What else is up next for you?

PA: I’ve been playing a role on Scandal, which is ridiculously fun. In June, I’ll start shooting a new series for Bravo called The Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce with Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garofalo. I’m also writing an episode of that show, so I’m basically excited and terrified.  It’s a blast.

 

15 Star Moms Celebrate First Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day from Celebrity Baby Scoop!

In celebration of moms everywhere, let’s take a look at Hollywood’s newest matriarchs who will celebrate their first Mother’s Day on May 11.

From Kim Kardashian, to Jenna Dewan-Tatum, to Olivia Wilde, to Fergie, look through our list of 15 star moms celebrating for the first time this year.

Kerry Washington:

Congratulations are in order for Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Scandal star, 37, and former San Francisco 49ers cornerback, 32, welcomed their first chid – daughter Isabelle Amarachi – on April 21 in Los Angeles.

Olivia Wilde:

It’s a boy for Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis.

The Her actress, 30, and the SNL alum, 38, welcomed their first child – son Otis Alexander – the proud new mom announced via Twitter on April 23.

Teresa Palmer:

Congratulations are in order for Teresa Palmer and Mark Webber.

The Warm Bodies star, 27, and her director husband, 33, welcomed their first child together, a son named Bodhi Rain, on February 17. The Australian actress took to Instagram to share the happy news.

“Thank you God for blessing us with the most divine gift of our baby son,” Palmer captioned a photo of her newborn clenching her left ring finger.

“Introducing Bodhi Rain Palmer born safely, lovingly and naturally last night. 8lbs even,” she added.

She went on to talk about their newborn’s chosen name.

“Bodhi means ‘Enlightened one’ Rain means ‘Abundant Blessings From Above’ and we chose Palmer as his last name as Marks son Isaac didn’t take his dads name either,” she said. “Thanks for all the blessings and love everyone :):) @likemark.”

Danielle Jonas:

It’s a girl for Kevin and Danielle Jonas.

Giving the term ‘Twitter party’ a whole new meaning, the former Jonas Brothers star, 26, literally live tweeted the birth of his first child after wife Danielle went into labor on February 2.

The couple welcomed a baby girl named Alena Rose Jonas after about 8 hours in labor.

“#babyjonas is on the way!! Follow dreft for all the updates!!!!! It’s showtime #thisisnotadrill,” the excited father-to-be tweeted earlier in the day.

Laura Linney:

Exciting news for Laura Linney and Marc Schauer.

In a surprising announcement, the Love Actually actress, 49, gave birth to their baby boy named Bennett Armistead Schauer on January 8.

Baby Bennett is the first child for the couple who were wed in May 2009.

Jennifer Love Hewitt:

Double the congratulations are in order for Jennifer Love Hewitt, 34, and Brian Hallisay,

The Client List costars welcomed their first child – a daughter named Autumn James – on November 26.

And that’s not all — the new parents also secretly tied the knot!

“Jennifer Love Hewitt and her husband Brian Hallisay are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter,” their rep said. “Autumn James Hallisay was born on November 26.” A source adds that the couple “got married recently in private.”

Morena Baccarin:

It’s a boy for Morena Baccarin and Austin Chick.

The Homeland actress, 34, and her director husband welcomed their first child – a son named Julius– on October 22.

Born via home birth, Julius weighed in at just under 8 lbs.

Jaime King:

Congratulations are in order for Jaime King and Kyle Newman.

The Hart of Dixie actress, 34, and her director husband, 37, welcomed a baby boy on October 6.

The proud new parents announced their son’s birth via Instagram. “Nice to meet you! #FATHER #IMADAD #BABYTIME @jaime_king is doing amazing! The most incredible feeling,” Kyle captioned an image of their baby’s hand.

Heather Morris:

It’s a boy for Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell.

The Glee actress, 26, and her longtime love welcomed a son named Elijah on September 28.

“The newest Mr. Hubbell #sayuncle,” Taylor’s brother captioned a photo of baby Elijah via Instagram.

Jordana Brewster:

Congratulations to Jordana Brewster and Andrew Form.

The Fast & Furious 6 actress, 33, and her husband welcomed a son named Julian.

“Jordana Brewster and her husband Andrew Form are excited to announce the birth of their son, Julian Brewster-Form,” her rep announced. “They welcomed their son via surrogate. The parents are overjoyed.”

Fergie:

It’s a boy for Fergie, 39, and Josh Duhamel.

The star couple welcomed a baby boy named Axl Jack Duhamel via C-section on August 29.

Their first child weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Hillary Scott:

There’s a new little lady in town!

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott, 28, and husband Chris Tyrrell welcomed their first child, a daughter named Eisele Kaye, on July 22, the proud new mom announced via Twitter.

“She’s here, and we are in HEAVEN!!!” the singer tweeted. “Eisele Kaye, our beautiful angel, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!”

Evan Rachel Wood:

Congratulations to Evan Rachel Wood and her husband Jamie Bell who welcomed their first child – a boy!

The actress, 25, delivered her son child via home birth.

She tweeted on July 29: “Its a boy!! Song of the day “beautiful boy” #johnlennon.”

Kim Kardashian:

It’s a girl for Kim Kardashian, 33, and Kanye West.

The star couple welcomed a daughter named North West on June 15. Baby North was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“Kim had her baby,” a hospital source said. “She’s five weeks early. Kim got sick last night and had the baby early. They’re all doing great and amazing!”

Jenna Dewan-Tatum:

Hollywood couple Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, 32, announced the birth of their daughter on their respective websites.

Both parents posted, “Welcome to the World!” with the message: “Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Everly Tatum, who was born on May 31st in London. Sending love and light to Chan, Jenna, and Ms. Everly!”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

 

Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: What Mother’s Day Means To Me

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Mom-of-four Gena Lee Nolin is inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers along as she shares her life experiences – and asks for advice – as she juggles her busy life with husband, former NHL star Cale Hulse, and their four children: Spencer, 17, Caia, 12, Hudson, 8, and Stella, 5.

In her latest blog post, Gena talks about what Mother’s Day means to her. She opens up about her love of homemade cards, enjoying a “beautiful brunch” with all of her family, and how she embraces every day with her kids. Continue reading Gena’s thoughtful blog, titled, “What Mother’s Day Means To Me.”

For more information on Gena Lee Nolin, please check out her official website.

What Mother’s Day Means To Me

Growing up we always tried to make Mother’s Day a big celebration not only for my Mom, but for my Grandma. It was usually church and then a nice home cooked brunch with friends and family.

We rarely went out for the occasion — looking back probably from the lack of funds to splurge the way we would’ve liked on our respected Mothers! But as a kid I didn’t see it that way. I remember making cards and cupcakes for my Mom, knowing full well she’d be proud of my hard, thoughtful work.

As I grew older, we’d make a point in taking them out for a beautiful brunch, sending them to the spa or whatever else us three kids could do to make it special. It meant a lot to see my Mom happy. I must admit after having my own children, I’ve never respected my Mother or Grandmother more than I do now [Amen].

Mother’s Day to me has never been about getting flowers or fancy restaurants. It’s truly being with my children, eye to eye, sharing stories, their homemade cards and embracing the way they want to celebrate me. I let it unfold the way they want, as we did for my Mom, special cupcakes included.

It especially warms my heart to have my oldest child Spencer [17 years old] appreciate me professionally, and of course, just as his Mama. We have such a special bond — I think it’s because we’ve been through so much together over the years. I can tell you this: he’s exceeded my expectations in every way as a son. I’m so proud of him and his outstanding achievements.

And my little ones are just so fun. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to relive what I did with Spencer, but have a lot more time with them than I did back then. I’m a big lovely Mama bear that can have my kids crawling all over me and still somehow do three other things at the same time.

I think with the younger ones, I definitely appreciate my time more. I see how fast they grow and I try to soak in every minute. I also never take a day for granted — being a mother is such a gift and I embrace it with such appreciation. I feel so blessed with the chaos, the bedtime reading, and the snuggles. I also demand that my big boy never leaves the house without a goodbye, an ‘I love you’ and a kiss on the cheek. It’s the small stuff that keeps this Mama happy — that’s what it’s all about.

Never forget our days our numbered — enjoy, live, love, forgive and just roll with it (even in the teen years). Breathe and exhale, yoga’s good for that too.

Mother’s Day will be spent with my entire family — with my Mom always! Homemade cards is a must and whatever they have in store for us. Maybe a foot rub (wink, wink). Let this day be focused on the Mothers who’ve guided us, wiped our noses, given that gentle hug at just the right moment, and loved us unconditionally. Those are all things that make Mom, Mom!

Regardless if your mom is living or not, celebrate today. Let the memories flood you with her love and laughter. I’m wishing all the Mommys of the world today a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Love & Light, Gena Lee Nolin

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Jeff Cassidy: I Don’t Think “The Fishbowl” Has Magnified Too Much

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The Cassidy family – one of the families featured in Lifetime’s Preachers’ Daughters – lets viewers into their lives every Wednesday night.

In this season Jeff has joined the ministry full time while his wife Darleen adjusts to being an Associated Pastor’s wife. Meanwhile, their son Zac is in rehab and their daughter Megan is sharing everything she does on Twitter letting the congregation see what she is up to. Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Jeff Cassidy to discuss the series and going to family therapy.

CBS: How has joining the ministry impacted your family dynamics?

JC: Our family dynamics haven’t really changed much. We’ve been serving in ministry bi-vocationally for 5 years so moving into it on a full time basis hasn’t affected the dynamics much at all. It just highlights the fact that it is now my only job and we as a family need to be aware of the fact that it may put more attention on us.

CBS: Being in ministry can sometimes feel like you live in a fishbowl.  How much has that feeling been magnified by living out your ministry on a reality program?

JC: I don’t think the “fishbowl” view has magnified too much more since doing the program. When all of our problems began in dealing with Zac’s drug problems, we openly went before the church and our members and said, “Here’s what we’re dealing with and we want you to know and find out from us and not through gossip.” We have been very open about our problems and our pasts…mine in particular.

CBS: What advice would you give other families with teenagers who are considering joining the ministry?

JC: Listen and follow the Lord! It is he who is placing you where he needs you…follow that call obediently and he will handle the rest! He will give you strength to handle any and all problems. Your teenagers and children will see how you stand strong in your calling and they will learn to trust god just as you do. You will all learn things together.

CBS: The season finale has you going to Christian therapy.  What do you hope will change in your family as a result?

JC: What we had hoped for with therapy was for us…parents and children…to better understand the other…to help us open up our communication better. It didn’t take long and it has happened for us. We no longer have therapy and we have communication between us like we never dreamed of. Our children know now that as long as we share and talk the truth with one another…and not deal with issues based on lies…we can overcome.

Preachers’ Daughters airs on Wednesday, May 7 at 9p ET/PT.

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Debbie Matenopoulos: “I Am So Excited About The Baby”

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The View alum Debbie Matenopoulos is “excited about every aspect” of impending motherhood. Expecting her first child later this year, the mom-to-be, 39, says she hopes for a natural birth and is reading What to Expect When Expecting to help her prepare for the baby.

Debbie also opens up about her regular role on Home & Family and her new book, It’s All Greek to Me, which she calls her “first born baby.” She goes on to talk about losing her father to ALS, meeting her husband during the grieving process, and keeping in touch with Meredith Vieira from The View.

CBS: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling?

DM: “I am so excited about the baby. I feel so fortunate that the universe has blessed us with this unexpected surprise. I am feeling great…now. However, for the first 3 1/2 months, I wasn’t feeling so hot. I was really tired and nauseous all day. It should be called ‘all day sickness’ instead of ‘morning sickness.’ ”

CBS: Congratulations also on your marriage! Tell us how you met your husband and a little bit about your love story.

DM: “Thank you! I met my hubby through friends a little over 2 years ago. I was going through a very tough time in my life and was definitely not looking for love. I had just lost my father to a horribly debilitating disease, ALS, and had not been out with friends in 5 months. My girlfriends dragged me to a Labor Day party and that’s where we met.

Although I thought he was incredibly charming and handsome, I was still mourning the loss of my father and I wasn’t emotionally or mentally available. After hanging out with him for about 2 hours at the party, I excused myself to the ladies room and then slipped out without saying goodbye to anyone. He tried to track me down for two months and kept asking my friends for my number. And then finally one night I was at a mutual friend of ours restaurant and our friend called him and said, ‘If you wanna see her again, you better come now.’ He was there within 20 minutes and came right up to me and said, ‘This time you can’t leave.’ And we’ve been together ever since.”

CBS: Do you have a birth plan? Are you hoping on a natural birth?

DM: “I don’t have a birth plan. I am just getting used to the fact that I am pregnant [laughs]. I would ideally like to give birth naturally, but I know things don’t always work out that way. I do know I will do my best to have a natural birth. My biggest hope for the birth is that the baby is healthy. Everything else is secondary.”

CBS: Are you excited about motherhood? Have you always wanted kids? How are you preparing for the baby? Reading all the books? 

DM: “I am excited about every aspect of motherhood. It’s all new to me and I’m really looking forward to it. I am focusing on having this baby first and who knows what the future holds, but god willing, I’d like to give this baby a sibling at some point as well.

As far as preparing for motherhood, I have been taking lots of advice from my friends who are already mothers and I have been reading, What to Expect When Expecting. It’s the greatest book ever — so helpful. I have always wanted children and I feel like right now is the perfect time.”

CBS: We’ve been fans of yours since you appeared on the original cast of The View. Tell us how life has changed since then. Did that job change everything for you? Do you still keep in touch with those original co-hosts?

DM: “Thanks for being my longtime fans! That means a lot. My life has changed so much since those days. I was only 21-years-old. The experience of being on The View was the most defining moment in my television career. I owe all of my successes to Barbara Walters.

Although looking back, I was probably too young to have much of a ‘view’ about the world at that time, it was an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am better suited for The View at this point in my life than I was back then because I now have a well of experience to draw from.

I do still keep in touch with Meredith [Vieira] and always love to see all of the ladies whenever we happen to be in the same place. They are all really great women.”

CBS: You often appear on Home & Family. Tell us more about that show and your recurring role. Please also tell us about your book, It’s All Greek to Me. Do you look to cook? Tell us about the recipes and inspiration behind the book.

DM: “I am currently one of the cast members on Home & Family on The Hallmark Channel. I cover everything fashion, and I also do makeovers every Monday on deserving women and men that often have very compelling stories — sometimes heart warming, sometimes heart wrenching. I really love my job. We have such a great time on set. We are truly like a real family.

It’s All Greek to Me is my first born baby [laughs]. It is my first cookbook that was just released on April 28. I worked harder on this project than I have on anything else in my career and I am very proud of it.

I initially set out to write this book because I love to cook and often have dinner parties and cook everything from scratch myself. All the recipes, however, are my families’ century old recipes and I wanted to share them with the world. They are not only delicious, but they are also incredibly healthy for you.

I truly believe that we humans were intended to eat a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in whole foods from our earth. But I also believe that we don’t have to deprive ourselves to be healthy. The recipes in this book are absolutely delicious, satiating and incredibly good for you. This book started as a cookbook, but throughout the process, turned into so much more than that. It became my love letter to Greece, where we traveled to make the book and where we shot the whole thing. I really really loved this experience.”

CBS: Besides motherhood, do you have any special upcoming projects?

DM: “I hope to continue writing and creating cookbooks and building a following in the food space for years to come. It seems like a natural progression as I begin the nesting phase of my life. I want to begin to create things that my children will be proud of someday, and that will allow me to spend as much time as I can with my family. To me, family is the most important thing in life.”

Home & Family airs weekdays at 10 am on Hallmark Channel.

For more updates from Debbie, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kendra Wilkinson Celebrates Baby Shower

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Kendra on Top star Kendra Wilkinson enjoyed a posh baby shower on Saturday, April 19 at the home of her good pal, model-actress Jessica Hall. Produced by Good Carma Studio, the expectant mama, 28, and a few of her close girlfriends enjoyed an afternoon of pampering, good food and loads of laughter.

“My favorite part of the shower was while all my friends were drinking VEEV VitaFrute Coconut Colada inside real coconuts and having fun, I went over and had a massage from the guys from Manly Handz,” Kendra tells Celebrity Baby Scoop.

As for some of the baby gifts, it sounds like Kendra got some sweet stuff at the soirée.

“I got some really cute stuff including some adorable Stride Rite little girls shoes, a POSH Mommy ”We Love You Mommy” necklace and a Tupac onesie,” she says.

Guests noshed on an organic spread from Paleta and an amazing candy bar from Candy Me Up. And everyone went home with good bags personalized with Mabel’s Labels’ bag tags saying “Kendra’s Sprinkle.”

And not to mention the wine tasting (for the non-pregnant gals) from Consensio Wines, psychic readings by Melodie, flower arrangements from Bashful Rose, and the gorgeous cake from Polkatots.

While some people frown on having a second baby shower, Kendra says she’s glad they talked her into it.

“My friends really made me do it, but I’m really glad we did,” she shares. “With the help of Good Carma Studios producing the shower, everyone came together to help me celebrate having a little girl. I think we all had a really great time.”

In these last few weeks of pregnancy, Kendra says she’s feeling ready as ever for her daughter to arrive.

“I’m going to start drinking some red raspberry tea (I hear it induces labor) to get things moving along,” she admits. “I am ready to have this little girl. It has been a little painful the past few weeks and it’s time.”

As for losing the baby weight fast, the reality star says she’s trying to keep things in perspective.

“Of course I am,” she admits to be worried about dropping the baby weight. ”It took a whole year with my first pregnancy to get back in shape. I have been very healthy and fit during this pregnancy so I am very motivated to get my body back in shape. I will not put a time limit on how fast I want to lose the weight. The last thing I want to do is stress about it. I’d rather spend time with my family and focus on their happiness. Hopefully while I work on me getting back into shape I will be able to get my thyroid under control too.”

It sounds like The Girls Next Door alum is feeling mentally preparing for baby No. 2.

“I’m relaxing and taking some time for me to chill,” Kendra shares. “The last couple weeks of this pregnancy are dedicated to me — sleep and relax. Hank has been here taking care of everything and letting me take it easy. And spending a lot of quality time with Lil’ Hank has also made it easier for me to get ready.”

As for being nervous about the upcoming late-night feeds, Kendra says she’s feeling well prepared.

“I’ve prepared my whole life for something to keep me up at night,” she laughs. “If I can twerk all night, I can feed all night [laughs]. I’m beyond excited for the months to come. I cannot wait to see her face and enjoy our new family dynamics.”

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Marie Coleman: “The Whole Ordeal Has Made Our Faith Stronger”

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Ken and Marie Coleman of Lifetime’s Preachers’ Daughters have a lot going on this season. The couple – who live in Joliet, Illinois – are dealing with Ken’s need for a kidney transplant while raising their 18-year-old daughter Taylor – who yearns to be an actress and singer.

Marie Coleman recently shared to Celebrity Baby Scoop the update on her husband’s health and how Taylor is coping.

CBS: Ken’s health has been deteriorating this season and is in need of a kidney transplant.  What updates can you share with us?

MC: Still waiting on a transplant, and still going through dialysis four days a week.

CBS: How have viewers reached out to you during this season?

MC: Many viewers have contacted us to share that they have been praying for our family, some have even shown a desire to be a donor, unfortunately all of them who have said they would like to donate a kidney live very far away.

CBS: As parents of an only child, do you feel that you have been stricter on Taylor than you might if she had siblings?

MC: Taylor is not an only child, she is the only child that I (Marie) gave birth to.  When we got married, Ken had five other children from two previous relationships.  Taylor is the youngest and only child at home.  Some of Taylor’s siblings have made poor choices and struggled with growing up into adulthood like most of us, this is one of the reasons why I feel we may be a little stricter on her than the other children.

CBS: How is Taylor coping with Ken’s health issues?

MC: Taylor has sacrificed a lot to help out, continue to watch the show and you will see that she has a big heart, and when it counts she will do almost anything for family.  Taylor has been taking this all in, we did not initially tell her, how bad it is, to try and allow her to not have to shoulder all of the weight that comes with having a sick parent.  She has certainly matured during this time and the whole ordeal has made  our faith stronger and brought us closer together as a family.

The season finale of Preachers’ Daughters airs on the Lifetime channel on Wednesday, May 7, at 9p ET/PT.

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Victoria Koloff: “I Believe Boundaries Are Incredibly Important”

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Victoria Koloff – one of the parents featured in Lifetime’s Preachers’ Daughters – lets the public into her life as a mom to four daughters - Kolby, Teryn, Tawni, and Kendra, every Wednesday night. The series is produced by Thinkfactory Media and follows the lives of four preacher families – including the daughters who struggle to live up to the expectations of their parents and their congregations.

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Victoria to discuss the series, her family, and her parenting style.

CBS: Your parenting style has been labeled as overbearing.  What rules do your daughters think are too strict?

VK: If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that you’re always going to have your critics!  I’ve definitely had my share, especially now that I’m on a reality show. So, instead of answering this question myself, I decided to ask my daughters if they’d considered me an overbearing parent.  They told me that my parenting didn’t make them feel that I was overbearing, but made them feel loved, cared for and safe.  I’d say that if knowing who my daughters friends were, spending time with them, knowing where they were at all times or who they were with, or having a set of rules and boundaries made me an overbearing parent, then I’m guilty!

As far as what my strictest rule was? The girls have expressed many times that my “No Dating Till 16″ rule was it. Looking back now, I’d have to admit that I agree with them.  Although my girls are so much alike, they are also different in many ways.  One of them could have been mature enough to date earlier, while another daughter may not have been ready till she was older.  I did the best I knew at the time and have few regrets about how I raised my girls. The proof’s in the women they’ve become. Because here’s what I know. I have healthy relationships with each one of my daughters and they have close, healthy relationships with each other. We are all extremely close, have open communication and the utmost respect and trust for one another. So, I’d say, overbearing or not, I did something right because they are four of the most incredible people I’ve ever known!

CBS: What advice do you have for parents who want to set clear boundaries, but give their kids enough room to reach their potential?

VK: First of all, I believe boundaries are incredibly important. Our children need them, just as they crave discipline and guidance. My advice to parents would be get to know each one of your children well.  Find out who they are, what interests them, etc.  Something that may work well for one may not necessarily work for another.  I had the same boundaries for all four of my daughters. That’s a mistake I wouldn’t make again. One thing I wouldn’t change is this. I gave my daughters permission to hate me and didn’t take it personal when I got a door slammed in my face! I encouraged them to “color outside the lines”.  And now, I’m proud to say that my girls aren’t afraid to try anything. They don’t define themselves by whether they succeed or fail. If they want something, they go for it.  So, give your children room to breathe, but also give them room to fail. My girls know that no matter what they do or don’t do, I’m going to be here for them and love them unconditionally for the rest of my life.  We need to assure our children that failing at something doesn’t mean they’re a failure.

CBS Many parents struggle discussing sex with their kids, why do you feel it’s important to be candid and address the topic head on?

VK: My own parents barely spoke to each other unless they were fighting, let alone with me or my siblings. As a child, I craved conversations with them, but rarely got them. So, I made a decision early on that when I became a parent, I would strive to have healthy conversations with my own children, determined to be the parent I never had.  It’s not always comfortable having uncomfortable conversations with our kids, but it’s very necessary! I don’t know about you, but I wanted my children to come to me when they were curious about something or had questions about life, sex, friends or anything else then go to someone else.  Another person could have given them the wrong information or answered according to their own morals and values instead of mine. It may not be comfortable to talk about tough issues, but as parents, we have to step out of our comfort zones and do what’s best for our kids!  It worked for us and created an environment of open communication and trust.

CBS: What’s it like raising four daughters?

VK: Raising my four daughters has been the greatest joy of my life!  Sure, it’s been challenging at times, but it’s also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. My four daughters, Teryn, Tawni, Kendra and Kolby, are truly four of the best things I’ve ever done!

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Star Moms on Joys Of Parenthood, Mother’s Day Plans

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Happy Mother’s Day from Celebrity Baby Scoop.

In celebration of moms everywhere, let’s take a look at some of our favorite celebrity moms – including Sheryl Crow, Alyson Hannigan, Heidi Klum and Kendra Wilkinson – on the joys of parenthood and their Mother’s Day plans.

Gena Lee Nolin:

Mom-of-four Gena Lee Nolin has been inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers along as she shares her life experiences – and asks for advice – as she juggles her busy life with husband, former NHL star Cale Hulse, and their four children: Spencer, 17, Caia, 12, Hudson, 8, and Stella, 5.

In her latest guest blog, Gena shares her thoughts on the real meaning of Mother’s Day.

“Mother’s Day to me has never been about getting flowers or fancy restaurants,” she shared. “It’s truly being with my children, eye to eye, sharing stories, their homemade cards and embracing the way they want to celebrate me.”

She added: “I let it unfold the way they want, as we did for my mom — special cupcakes included.”

Bethenny Frankel:

Reality star and talk show host Bethenny Frankel is set to celebrate her daughter Bryn‘s fourth birthday a few days before Mother’s Day.

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with the talk show host, and asked how Bryn would describe her.

“She would say that I am a fun, strict, and loving mommy,” the single mom said of her pretty preschooler.

Bethenny went on to gush about the joys of motherhood.

“There’s nothing we don’t do together to bond,” she added. “We go to the park and to Disney On Ice, and we also have picnics and take nice walks. We have snuggle parties, cook, bake, and do everything. We sing and have dance parties too.”

Alyson Hannigan:

How I Met Your Mother alum Alyson Hannigan and husband, fellow actor Alexis Denisof, are parents to two daughters: Satyana, 5, and nearly 1-year-old Keeva.

“Being a mom is simply the best thing I have ever done,” Alyson gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop. “My kids make me laugh and smile every day.”

Hank Baskett, regarding his wife Kendra Wilkinson:

Former NFL star Hank Baskett and wife, Kendra on Top star Kendra Wilkinson, are expecting their second child – a daughter – any day.

Hank recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of seeing his wife expecting their child.

“I just love looking at her because that’s when you really look at a woman and say, ‘You have really given me everything.’ When a woman gives you a child, she is truly giving you everything,” Hank shared.

He added: “I just grow more and more in love with her over the years. To this day, I fall in love over and over because she keeps me on my toes and I never know what to expect from her.”

As for Kendra, the reality star is “beyond excited” about their daughter on-the-way.

“We had another child so we could have a girl and balance out this house,” she told Celebrity Baby Scoop of giving their 4-year-old son Hank a sister. “I’m ready for the challenge and am excited to show her what life is all about.”

She added: I’ve always wanted a boy and a girl. I think it’s a perfect balance. Now, it’s going to be 3 girls and 3 boys, including our dogs – the playing field is now even!”

Sarah Rafferty:

Suits star Sarah Rafferty is proud mom to daughters Oona, 6, and Iris, 2.

The actress recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her girls, whom she says are “the light of my life.”

“It’s funny. Sometimes I have disassociated moments where I think, ‘Wait, I’m their mother.’ I’m just here having fun with these children and enjoying them but I can’t believe I’m already at this phase in my life where I’m raising them,” she shared.

She added: “It’s such a blessing to have my two girls. The world that they’re growing up in is different than the one that I grew up in, in so many wonderful ways, and in so many ways that I’m a little bit nervous about. They’ve got the Internet and social media. There’s a lot to educate myself on, as a parent, in the years to come in terms of raising children in this environment.”

Kym Whitley:

Actress and comedienne Kym Whitley recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her 3-year-old son Joshua.

“One of the rewards is the discovery,” Kym said of the joys of motherhood.

She added: “My life is different now and I have a different path of discovery. I would have never had that if I hadn’t become a mother. It has made me look at life differently. The reward is that instead of a barometer, I now have a meter of what is important in life, because I put him first before I make a decision.”

Heidi Klum:

Model Heidi Klum is proud mom of four kids – Leni, 9, Henry, 8, Johan, 7, and 4-year-old Lou – and recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her favorite part of motherhood.

“That is so hard, because there are so many amazing things,” said the Project Runway star.

She added: “I would say the love that you feel with a child. For me, having a family is life and I understood once I had children how amazing it is, and that nothing else is really important but them.”

Malea:

Singer-songwriter Malea recently welcomed her first child, daughter Grace.

The Rainbow Girl singer opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about celebrating her first Mother’s Day.

“I’m very excited to finally be a mom and of course will be sharing it with Grace,” she said of her first Mother’s Day with her baby girl. “We will probably take a walk with our dogs (my hairy babies) and have a nice breakfast together.”

As for motherhood, the singer says, “It has made me softer and healed me in some ways… Little things don’t seem to matter much anymore.”

Trista Sutter:

The Bachelorette star Trista Sutter and husband Ryan Sutter are proud parents to two children – son Max, 6, and daughter Blakesley, 5.

“This year, I will be watching my daughter at her first dance recital over Mother’s Day weekend,” Trista recently told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “I can’t wait. She is so proud of her dance class and what she’s able to do and she just thoroughly loves it.”

She added: We have an event called ‘Dance TV’ through the Vail International Dance Festival. Each year they teach master classes with some of the people from So You Think You Can Dance. Allison Holker, Twitch, and Alice Long were there one year and we took a class. She turned to me and said, ‘Mommy when is everyone else going to leave because I want the stage.’ [laughs] It is in her bones–she wants to perform and she wants to dance. I’m so excited to see her at her first recital!”

Bill Rancic, regarding wife Giuliana Rancic:

Kitchen Casino star Bill Rancic and wife, Giulana & Bill star Giuliana Rancic, are proud parents to son Duke, 20 months.

“Moms are so important in my life. My mom continues to be a huge influence, as does Giuliana’s,” Bill recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop.

He added: “And now that we have Duke, I love celebrating what a great mom my wife is to our son. I’m sure we’ll do something to celebrate our family and how blessed we all are.”

Kimberly Elise:

Apple Mortgage Cake actress Kimberly Elise is mom to daughters Butterfly and Ajableu and recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her favorite way to spend Mother’s Day with her girls.

“I like to be pampered and I like to eat breakfast in bed,” she shared. “I want to start with breakfast in bed and continue in that way throughout the day.” They know it’s coming and I’m like, ‘Get ready!’”[laughs]

When asked what kind of mother they would say she is, the actress replied: “I would say that they would say I am very dedicated. They have always felt that they have come first. They’d say I’m fun very strong and very loving. I feel confident today that they would say they are happy to have me as their mom.”

Kellie Martin:

Life Goes On alum Kellie Martin is proud mom to 7-year-old daughter Maggie.

When Celebrity Baby Scoop recently asked if motherhood has changed her at all, the actress replied, “Oh my gosh, massively!”

“If it doesn’t change you, you’re doing something wrong,” she added. “I waited until I was thirty to have Maggie and I think I was pretty selfish before having a child. I definitely don’t put myself first at all. I take the time I need to do certain things, like I always make sure I work out every day. I take good care of myself so I don’t put myself first.”

For the actress, it sounds like motherhood has made a huge difference in her life.

“The things that used to make me happy or really excited don’t really make me happy or excited anymore,” she continued. “It’s kind of different now, because my priorities change and all of that. I am a lot more patient than I used to be too…I was never a patient person and I have a lot more patience now.”

Holly Madison:

Former Playboy model Holly Madison has been transformed by motherhood since the arrival of her daughter Rainbow in March 2013.

“Rainbow is an amazing, easy baby. I got really lucky,” Holly gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “I love her so much and she has inspired me to slow down and enjoy life in the moment. It’s hard to keep up with everything when you are a mom, but you also realize it’s OK to let some of the stuff you used to think was so important go.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley:

Sister, Sister star Tamera Mowry-Housley welcomed her first child – son Aden – in November 2012.

The Tia & Tamera star opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood.

“It’s been a beautiful and amazing journey, and it’s taught me humility,” she gushed.

And the actress was sure to keep it real when describing the adjustment into motherhood.

“I’ve also experienced the most challenges in my life with him, all in a short amount of time. It’s really interesting,” she admitted. “The challenges I had before were spaced out, like dealing with a break-up and college. When you have a kid, there are like three big challenges a week. It humbles you and teaches you that things will always work themselves out.”

She added: “It also teaches you that you can’t control everything. Your child will sleep through the night one day, and the next day you’ll be like, ‘What the hell happened to my angel?!’ [laughs] That’s just the way it is! It teaches you to just go with the flow.”

Hilaria Baldwin:

Married to 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin, yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about welcoming the couple’s first child together – daughter Carmen, 9 months.

“I think the biggest surprise of motherhood is just the reality of it and how much you can really love this little person,” the new mom gushed. “She is such a sweetheart. People told me I was going to love my baby more than I could ever understand, and I almost didn’t believe them. However, they were absolutely right. Carmen is an absolute blessing.”

“To me, the biggest challenge is that you start to worry as soon as you have a baby,” she went on to share. “I want her to be happy and a lot of it is realizing you’re not in control of everything. You can only do your very best and a lot of it is letting go. It’s scary how fast they change. It’s incredible, because she’s still such a little baby who just turned one month, but I still think to myself, ‘Oh, she’s growing up so fast!’ People say that you blink and all of a sudden your kid is eighteen and going off to college, so I’m trying to enjoy every single moment.”

It sounds like the new mom is lapping up every moment with her sweet baby girl.

“Every moment with her is so special,” Hilaria continued. “It sounds silly, but one really special moment with her was when they gave her to me. We didn’t record my birth, because that was something that I wanted to remember but not record. However, he did use my iPhone to record the moment she was given to me. I wasn’t thinking about anything other than her. A few days later, I was looking through photos and I found the recording that they did. I can’t tell you how beautiful it is to have your baby put in your arms. It’s unbelievable. It’s also so incredible whenever she smiles and giggles. It’s all so amazing, even waking up with her at 2 a.m. is wonderful.”

Snooki:

Jersey Shore alum Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi welcomed her first child – son Lorenzo – in August 2012.

For the former party girl, Snooki says motherhood has been transformative.

“Motherhood has completely changed my life — from the way I view things to the way I live my life,” she shared with Celebrity Baby Scoop. “Becoming a mom has just made me realize, ‘Grow the hell up.’ And just looking at my son everyday made me realize he’s my life now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

She added: “The best thing about being a mom is knowing that my little nugget is mine and will always be my baby. He’s my sunshine.”

Sheryl Crow:

Rockstar Sheryl Crow is proud mom to two sons – Wyatt, 7, and Levi, 4.

The singer-songwriter recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her boys, who she says are “just the best.”

“They have so much energy and they keep me young! I wouldn’t change a thing,” the proud mom gushed. “I love getting to see things through their eyes.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all our favorite celebrity moms — and to all of you!

 

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Chilli talks to Bossip about the crazy lawsuit Pebbles has in the works to get paid from the TLC Biopic.

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Renee Graziano: “Food Is What Keeps Us Together”

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Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and her sisters –  the show’s creator, Jennifer Graziano, and restaurateur, Lana Graziano – have joined together to create a full color cookbook, titled, How to Use a Meat Cleaver: Secrets and Recipes from a Mob Family’s Kitchen.

Renee opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about sharing 100 of their favorite and most coveted family recipes, the joys of motherhood with 20-year-old son AJ, the success of Mob Wives, and her best advice for parents facing the empty news.

CBS: Did it surprise you that Mob Wives became the No. 1 show on VH1? How do you keep up with such a demanding schedule?

RG: “When I first started on the show, I did not know what was going to happen but everyone tuned in and the fans made it the No. 1 show. This is the most realistic show that depicts this type of lifestyle. Filming season 5 starts early this summer and I am busy with my new book tour, Playing with Fire.

After I am done filming I make time for myself and spending time with my son, family and close friends.”

CBS: What is it like to work with your sisters? And tell us about the inspiration for your cookbook, titled, How to Use a Meat Clever: Secrets and Recipes from a Mob Family’s Kitchen.

RG: “The recipes come from my real family. My father is actually a big cook, so it was passed down from my parents and grandparents. When it comes to Italians, food is what keeps us together.

We wanted to pass down our recipes into other peoples’ kitchens because when your family comes together, no matter how angry somebody is, you can still sit down and break bread — that is really important. How To Use A Meat Cleaver is more than just recipes — it’s a story, pictures, it is personal.

The cookbook was a way to thank our parents for everything they’ve done for us.

Jennifer came up with the name. Ever the marketer, she wanted it to be catchy and reflect the content of the show, but also be real and authentic enough to stand against any Italian cookbook out there. It really is amazing.”

CBS: How has your life changed since you started filming Mob Wives? How do you keep a sense of normalcy with your celebrity status?

RG: “It has changed that I am more noticed in the public eye now, but I love my supportive fans. I still have the same friends since I was young. I stay true to myself and my son is my No. 1 priority so that keeps it normal.

I’m focusing on Renee. I’m working on me and the show has given me a platform to work on my brand.

Overall, it’s been quite an experience. It’s comforting that my sister is behind the camera, because there is a feeling of safety there, although I definitely don’t get special treatment.”

CBS: Italian families’ lives are centered on family and food. What’s it like sitting around the dinner table at your house?

RG: “I love to cook. Sundays are a very important day for Italian families. You could hate each other all week long, but when that food hits the table on Sunday, it no longer matters. So it brings the family together — it brings health to your body and it gives you time. Even if it’s just 5 minutes with your family to sit and talk and ask them how their day was. My son will say that no matter what, mom always had a meal on the table for me and that’s important.

Our family gets together — we laugh, we argue, we catch up on everyone’s lives. It’s like glue – it keeps us together.”

CBS: How old is your son AJ? Does he have plans to attend college? What are his interests these days?

RG: “AJ turns 20 this year – he is out of school and is working now. He wanted to enter the work force for a few years and make some money while he decides exactly what he wants to do with his life/career.”

CBS: What kinds of things do you enjoy doing with AJ? How has your relationship changed since you started filming Mob Wives? What words of wisdom would you share with moms who are preparing for an empty nest?

RG: “We have our mother son dates – whether it’s to a movie, dinner, or sports game. He’s my buddy and I love him as a mother loves her child, but also as a best friend.

He’s greatest kid in the world — I can’t even explain what an amazing child he is.

Since filming started, we’ve learned so much about each other. He has been my rock.

My wisdom for moms out there that have kids leaving for school or a job in the big city is spend as much time with them at home as you can. Quality time with your kids is very precious because they grow up fast.”

 

5 Co-Stars Turned Couples & Parents

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Parents-to-be Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher - along with Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas – join a long list of Hollywood A-listers who’ve found love at work.

We’re taking a look at 5 celebrity couples who met on-set, and later became parents.

  • Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas:

Parents-to-be Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are taking their fairy tale from the screen to real life.

The Once Upon a Time co-stars were wed in April 2014, and are currently expecting their first child together.

The couple met in 2011 while filming the hit ABC show. For the pair, life imitated art as their own romance started after playing on-screen loves Snow White and Prince Charming.

  • Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher:

Although they met in 1998 on the set of the hit television series, That ’70s Show, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher didn’t start dating until 2012.

In February 2014 it was announced that the couple were engaged. And in March, news broke that they are expecting their first child together — reportedly a girl.

  • Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos:

Longtime couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos first met on the set of All My Children in 1995. The pair eloped the following year in Las Vegas.

The couple are now parents to three children: Michael 16, Lola 12, and Joaquin 11.

Of their 18-year marriage, Kelly says their inspiration comes from their own parents.

“Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shared.

  • Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer:

The stars of True Blood, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, first met on-set of their hit television series in 2007.

The pair were wed in 2010 and welcomed fraternal twins Poppy and Charlie in September 2012.

  • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:

A-list couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Their union attracted much media attention since Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston when he first started the film. But in April 2005, one month after Aniston filed for divorce, “Brangelina” were spotted canoodling on a beach in Kenya.

Together now for nine years, the power couple have six children: Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 7, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The happy couple became engaged in April 2012.

“We’d actually like to [get married],” Pitt said prior to their official engagement. “And it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”

 

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Challen Cates: “Motherhood Has Completely Changed Me”

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TV’s top mom Challen Cates, lights up the small screen on Nickelodeon’s No. 1 live-action musical-comedy Big Time Rush as Jennifer Knight, mother to the hockey-playing, reluctant boy band member Kendall, and his younger sister Katie.

Challen opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two kids – son Colton, 8, and daughter Jasper, 5 – who are “into everything.” She goes on to talk about her Pinot Noir wine from Tantara Winery, set to be released this fall, and she shares her best tips for balancing work and motherhood.

CBS: How has being a mom prepared you for your role as Jennifer Knight in Big Time Rush? How does your TV family life resemble life at home?

CC: “I completely understand her point of view – it’s about doing what’s best for your kids and always coming from a place of love. Truly, the backbone of her character is love of family. So whatever crazy situation the writers put me in, I know she is doing it because she wants to make her kids happy. I can totally relate because I find myself doing the exact same thing in my real life – comedic pratfalls included!”

CBS: How does it feel to be part of the third longest running live-action series in Nickelodeon TV history? What sets the show apart from other things airing on TV these days?

CC: “I’m very proud of the success of the show and that the audience cares so much about the characters and relationships.

BTR is a very broad comedy but it also has a big heart. The music is another thing that sets the show apart from other things on the air right now. Scott Fellows did a great job of incorporating a lot of the music into each episode so that the audience has a relationship with the music as well as the characters.”

CBS: Being married to actor Aaron McPherson, are there stresses put on your relationship that other couples don’t face? What is your secret to building a solid marriage and family?

CC: “We make a conscious effort to do things together as a couple, and also as a family. We all love being together more than anything so that is always our goal — to spend time together creating special memories.

Aaron and I also understand the importance of keeping the romance alive, so we find one-on-one time to nurture our relationship. Gotta keep those home fires burning! Date nights and staycations are a must.”

CBS: What are your kids into these days? What are some of your favorite things to do with them? What’s it like for them to watch you be a mom on TV?

CC: “They are into everything! Colton is really loving baseball right now, and Jasper is into dance and musical theatre. Honestly, she wakes up singing and doesn’t stop until she falls asleep – it’s like her life is one big, beautiful musical. It’s so amazing to experience things through your kids eyes, so we try to explore as many parks, monuments, sports, activities, and arts as possible.

It’s completely normal for them to see me as a mom on TV. Jasper was 11 months when I started on BTR, so it’s really all she knows. She often tells people, ‘This is my mom, and she’s also a mom on TV.’ I love that Colton and Jasper also consider Kendall (Kendall Schmidt) and Ciara (Ciara Bravo) to be part of our extended family.”

CBS: Has motherhood changed you at all? What has surprised you about being a parent?

CC: “Motherhood has completely changed me! My life with children feels like a brand new, amazing, fulfilling adventure. So many things surprise me about parenthood, most of all, the fact that you never ever stop thinking about your kids. Even when they aren’t physically in my presence, they are on my mind. That, and the lack of sleep [laughs]. Whew, I’m tired, but I wouldn’t trade the exhaustion for anything.”

CBS: Summer is approaching. Tell us about some of your favorite vacation destinations. Do you have special plans to get away this summer?

CC: “We try to have one big summer getaway, but this summer Aaron is doing a play in L.A. so we will probably do several shorter journeys. Some of our favorite spots are Park City, Utah (to see the cousins), Ojai & Santa Ynez, California, Mexico (for the beach) and Virginia (when I’m homesick).”

CBS: Between helping with your family’s vineyard and acting, how do you find balance with work and family? What advice would you give other working moms?

CC: “After helping my parents with their winery (Tantara Winery), I decided to start my own, which I’m really excited about. I just bottled my first vintage of Challen Winery Pinot Noir with the help of my winemaker father, Bill Cates. I will be releasing the 2012 vintage this fall.

Finding balance and prioritizing is always a working moms biggest challenge. Family is my first priority, but I also need to feel productive and creative – being creative makes me happy and a happy mom is a better mom.

Some of the things that work for us are:

1. Going over the next day’s schedule: My husband and I go over our next day’s schedule together so that we can support each other and the kids.

2. Me Time: For me, it’s waking up a few minutes before everyone else to enjoy my coffee in peace, or going for a 20-minute run before dinner. Those little things clear my head and keep me calm.

3. Have a support group: I have a few mom friends I know I can lean on in a pinch – say, if I’m running late for afternoon pick up.

4. Don’t over schedule: I totally understand the feeling that you need to do everything, but sometimes it’s healthier to say ‘no’ to some things. Pick the things that you really need to do and that make the biggest impact – you will breathe easier.

5. Give yourself a break: I used to be so organized and tidy. I had to just give into the fact that my house is not going to be spotless and completely neat. And, really, who cares? Wouldn’t you rather spend that time having fun with your family?!”

CBS: Do you have any new projects coming up that you’d like to share with us?

CC: “Chasing The Devil is currently available On Demand, A Million Ways to Die in The West premieres May 30th, and I’m starting on a new web series called Namaste Bitches playing a control freak vegan. And Challen Pinot Noir will be available in September. Cheers to that!”

 

You Got Us Twisted Exclusive: Ebro Says “Bossip Is In The Blognatt” And In Cahoots With The Breakfast Club [Video]

Ebro from Hot 97 decided to talk about our senior editor ‘Janee Bolden’s’ friendship with Angela Yee being the reason behind The Breakfast Club killing them in stats and getting the kind of juice we post daily. But, he’s got it twisted…

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Beverley Mitchell Shares Details of Posh Nursery

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7th Heaven star Beverley Mitchell enlisted the help of designer friends Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (a.k.a. “The Guncles“) to create the perfect nursery for her 1-year-old daughter Kenzie.

“Kenzie’s nursery is truly my most favorite room in our house,” Beverley tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “It is so calm, we always have music playing in there while we play. She absolutely loves to play with all her musical instruments in her room.”

The Guncles – who have also created posh nurseries for high-profile pals such as Tori Spelling and Kristina Guerrero – created a “tranquil” space in the actress’ LA-based home.

“I wanted something that was more neutral and calming,” Beverley shares. “I am not so much of a pink girl, but I love aqua so we went more for a tranquil nursery. I hunted Pinterest and came up with a theme from there.”

The Secret Life of the American Teenager star, 33, chose bedding and drapes from Carousel Designs, which was the perfect fit for everyone — including her husband Michael Cameron.

“Carousel Designs was just amazing,” she says. “They have so many great styles to choose from. If anything, trying to narrow down the choices was the tough part. I fell in love with the Taupe Suzani print and instantly started designing the room around that. I love that it is so tranquil and serene and I also wanted Michael to be comfortable in the room and not overwhelmed by pink.”

And she added some unique family heirlooms to Kenzie’s special space.

“One of the needlepoints was in my nursery, my great grandmother, Memo, made it for me,” Beverley shares. “I wanted something from our childhood in her room. My mom gave it to me at my shower and it reminded me that I knew Michael had a needlepoint as well, so I asked his mom if we could have it. When we opened it up, we were shocked. His needlepoint that his Aunt Annie made him for his nursery had the exact same characters. They actually looked like a set. It truly was perfect so I took them in and got them framed and they are my favorite part of Kenz’s nursery. A little something special from Michael and I’s childhood that we get to share with our precious little girl.”

As for her designer pals, Beverley says that Bill and Scout are truly talented.

“Bill and Scout are like my baby whisperers,” she says. “I had no idea where to start and what I needed and they totally came in and just took over and made sure we had everything we needed.”

The room was fully-equipped with posh items such as a 4moms mamaRoo baby seat, ceiling light from Oilo, dresser by Pottery Barn Kids, Pitter Patter Print, a fun height chart, charming toy box, a birth details pillow, and a “Kenzie” banner above the crib.

“I am a huge Etsy fan. I can’t get enough,” Beverley shares. “I love that it is simple and cute and is safe to hang over the crib.”

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Bill Rancic Debuts ‘Kitchen Casino’

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Giuliana & Bill star Bill Rancic is set to host the upcoming Food Network show, Kitchen Casino. Premiering on Monday, April 7th at 9pm ET/PT, the new show brings together four talented chefs in a high-stakes game of chance that requires skill, speed and adaptability.

Bill opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about his new show, how fatherhood has made him an “even better communicator” with wife Giuliana Rancic, the importance of date nights and family vacations, and how “everything in life matters more” thanks to his adorable 19-month-old son Duke.

CBS: As a restaurateur you have an appreciation for food. What made you want to be a part of Kitchen Casino? It’s a novel idea to combine gambling and cooking, what was the inspiration behind the show’s theme?

BR: “People love to eat and to gamble, so why not combine the two! When I was approached to host Kitchen Casino, I was thrilled because I loved the novelty of the idea, combined with the required skills from the contestants to execute great dishes in such a challenging environment.”

CBS: How were the competitors selected for the program? How much strategy is involved in winning the game versus luck of the spin?

BR: “The more sill a competitor brings to the competition, the more likely they are to yield success despite andy twists and turns we throw their way. You could quickly tell the chefs from the cooks in how they would adapt to every situation.”

CBS: You and Giuliana have busy careers. How do you make family a priority? What kinds of things do you enjoy doing as a family?

BR: “Family always comes first for Giuliana and myself and we make sure to constantly work our schedules to ensure that never changes. We are constantly going on hikes and spending time with Duke. We make a point to have date nights and we believe that because of our hard work, we are fortunate enough to enjoy family vacations and that quality time together.”

CBS: You recently went to Mexico. Since having Duke, have your ideal vacation spots changed? Where do you like to go and get away from it all?

BR: “We love going to places that encourage relaxation. Mexico is definitely a favorite because you really feel like you’ve gotten away from the stresses of work and can focus on the enjoyment of family.”

CBS: Mother’s Day is approaching. How do you plan to celebrate?

BR: “Moms are so important in my life. My mom continues to be a huge influence, as does Giuliana’s. And now that we have Duke, I love celebrating what a great mom my wife is to our son. I’m sure we’ll do something to celebrate our family and how blessed we all are.”

CBS: How has being a parent changed your relationship with Giuliana?

BR: “Giuliana and I have similar parenting styles on the big stuff, but lots of different opinions on the little stuff. It’s made us even better communicators with one another and we’ve learned to make compromises along the way.

Giuliana is such a great mother and her bond with Duke is one of my favorite things to watch every day.”

CBS: How has fatherhood changed you? What are some of your favorite memories so far as a dad?

BR: “I have nieces and nephews, but nothing really prepared me for being a dad myself. Because of Duke, I love the little things even more — a quiet moment, his smile, his first steps. Everything in life matters more because of him.”

CBS: Do you have any other upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

BR: “Right now my priority is on my family, the new season of Giuliana & Bill on E!, and hoping for many more seasons as host of Kitchen Casino on Food Network.”

 

Jason & Molly Mesnick Celebrate Daughter’s First Birthday

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Bachelor couple Jason and Molly Mesnick recently celebrated their daughter Riley‘s first birthday — and they pulled out all the stops! They made the most of their little girl’s milestone with an “over-the-top” birthday bash, attended by 100 family members and friends, including former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and fiancé Chris Siegfried.

With the birthday girl rockin’ her sweet Stride Rite kicks, and guests leaving with posh party favors from Mabel’s Labels, the reality couple celebrated in style at their Seattle-based home.

Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with the proud parents to hear exclusive details of their daughter’s fun soirée, their baby girl who has “quite a silly personality,” and their hopes to add another baby to the brood.

CBS: Happy birthday to your sweet daughter Riley! Tell us all about her milestone birthday.

MM: “I wanted to go big with Riley’s first birthday party because, well, you only turn one once, right [laughs]. We invited 100 of our closest family and friends. We even had family members fly in from out of town. Desiree and Chris, our fellow Bachelor family members, also came out to celebrate.”

CBS: Tell us some of the highlights of the party. What was your favorirte part? Tell us about some of Riley’s favorite gifts.

MM: “The dessert table, by Jenny Cookies, was far and away the highlight of the party! She put together a table emulating ice cream treats and it made the look of the room. We had cake pops shaped like ice cream cones, krispie treats shaped like popsicles, and even and 3-tier ice cream scoop cake.

Riley received a ton of gifts, but she’s very into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right now, so her Minnie Mouse car was the highlight for her.”

CBS: Now that the soiree has occurred, do you think you will throw such huge parties for her in the future?

MM: “I’m a party planner by nature, so as much as I’d like to say her future parties won’t be as over-the-top, chances are likely they will be [laughs]. It’s just too much fun to plan.”

CBS: Do you think the first birthday is more of a party for the parents than it is for the child? Or a little of both?

MM: “This party was definitely catered more towards adults. Riley is only one, so it’s not like she has a ton of friends. Most of the guests were our own friends.”

CBS: How is Riley doing? What is she into these days? What does she do to make you laugh?

MM: “Riley is constantly making us laugh. She is at such a fun age where she is really starting to interact with us, understand words, and she’s got quite a silly personality. She’s also on the move, big time! I have to watch her like a hawk because if I turn away for even a minute, she’s already playing in the toilet [laughs].”

CBS: How were the first few months of motherhood for you? Did you feel overwhelmed at all? How have you adjusted to new motherhood?

MM: “Honestly, I was a very low stress mommy at the beginning and still today. I didn’t read a lot of books beforehand, so I wouldn’t get worked up about the little things. I took everything in stride and just enjoyed the little moments with Riley. She has a great disposition — very happy, calm, and easy. I got really lucky with this one.”

CBS: Are you hoping to add to your family one day soon and have another baby?

MM: “I think so. Riley already has a big brother (Ty, who is 9), but I’d love for her to have a sibling closer in age. I grew up with a sister who is only 2 years old than me, and we are so close. I want that for Riley too.”

CBS: Any other special projects you are working on right now?

MM: “I just started a completely new job as the morning radio show co-host on 106.1 KISS FM. It’s quite the career change for me, but it’s so much fun and it now allows me to have the entire afternoon with Riley. We’re just about to start swimming lessons with her, and I wouldn’t have had that luxury with my previous job, which was more of an office, desk job.”

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Elisabeth Röhm: I Can Be The Voice & Compassion On Infertility

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Elisabeth Röhm is taking part in Fertility Planit – a two day event taking place on April 4th and 5th at UCLA in Los Angeles. Fertility Planit is the first event of it’s kind, an all-fertility focused show featuring leading fertility experts. Topics include Beginners Guild to Infertility, Becoming A Single Parent by Choice, Egg Freezing, Creating a LGBT family, Adoption, Male Infertility,  Fertility Over 40, Adoption, and IVF.

The actress will speak about motherhood, IVF and her book Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not As Expected). Other celebrities speaking are Emily Blunt, The Guncles’ Scout Masterson and Bill Horn, and Jason Patric.

Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Röhm to discuss Fertility Planit, her past struggle with infertility, and being mom to her daughter Easton.

CBS: Many couples struggle with infertility, and in your book “Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not As Expected)” you openly share your experience.  How do you think your story has provided hope for women who haven’t been able to conceive?

ER: “I think we all need a friend and a safe place to be able to tell our truth. Secrets are sickness and suffering in silence is not advised.  We all need human connection and compassion. Turning a subject that is taboo into something that is open is also comforting. I hope it is comforting to younger women who have yet to traverse the road to motherhood but may want to.  I want to give them the right information so they can have the power of knowledge about what’s happening with their bodies.  I think it creates a deeper community with women.”

CBS: Fertility Planit is a unique forum to learn more about treatment options.  What inspired you to become a part of this outreach?

ER: “I don’t necessarily know how to advise anyone on treatment, but I can be a voice of openness and compassion on the subject.  I want to encourage women to be proactive on behalf of their bodies.  This just happens to be the disease that I have.  If I had a different disease, I’d probably care a lot about women in that regard and I’d want to be open about that, sort of like Angelina Jolie being very open about getting a double mastectomy. I think that that is the highest way to live.  Women are a community by nature and should be, because they need to connect, they need talk, and they need to be able to count on each other.”

CBS: What kind of support is available to women who struggle with infertility?

ER: “If I accomplished one thing from writing my book, it would be to help women in the reproductive generation. They have their destiny in their hands, as they can go to their OB/GYM and check their fertility levels and hormone reserves. If you start doing that at 30, then you are in control of your destiny as a mother.  I really want to see women empowered with good information.  As far as advising them on doctor’s stuff, I have an incredible doctor who helps me.  I would happily recommend him.”

CBS: You’re a huge advocate for literacy.  What kind of books do you read to Easton?

ER: “We’re reading Harry Potter and we love it.  She’s getting ready to turn six in April, so she’s just learning to read.  I think it’s a pretty big accomplishment that she’s letting me read her a 400-page novel!”

CBS: What advice would you give to parents to help their kids develop good reading habits?

ER: “Love reading yourself and put some life into it.  Be excited about it, come home and say, ‘Let’s read what happens next in Harry Potter!’ I can’t wait when I’m shooting and I’m not home and unable to read to her.  It breaks my heart and I say to her, ‘I can’t believe we’re not going to be able to find out what happens next.’  

I love storytelling because it mirrors our human experiences.  You can light that love in your child and make them fall in love with storytelling.  Storytelling is all about truth…you’re coming to terms with your truth.  You identify with characters in movies and books, and if you love that, then your children will love it too.  My mother and stepmother love to read, and I love that my daughter now loves to read because I love to read.”

CBS: Is Easton looking forward to summer vacation?

ER: “You know, she’s one of those really happy kids in her school, which is great!  She’s landed where I think she needs to be, but she’s definitely excited.  She gets to come to Montreal with me on holiday while I work.  Then she’ll roll right into her beachy summer plans.”

CBS: What do you have planned to keep her busy this summer?

ER: “We’re in a beach community so she’ll go to beach camp and learn to surf and all of that. My husband and stepdaughter are big tennis players, so she’s going to start learning tennis this summer.  You know, just the usual stuff.”

CBS: Kids can be our best teachers.  What kinds of things have you learned from Easton as her mom?

ER: “I guess what I’ve learned is, sort of like my own mother taught me, is that it’s not over until it’s over.  There’s always the opportunity for renewal and restoration of love.  Each day is new and you may fall into your bed haggard and worn out, then in the morning you wake up and you have a second chance at love and you have a second chance at mothering. She’s taught me that. Every morning I wake up and I’m like, ‘WOW, I love you like crazy!’  You always have a new beginning; it ain’t over until it’s over. Oh guess what? You get another day tomorrow.”

CBS: What kind of mom would Easton say you are?

ER: “She always tells me that I’m the greatest mom on the world.  What I think she means by that is I’m fun.  I engage with her and I like to keep her curious mind alive.  I laugh with her, nurture her, and don’t ignore her.  I think I’m present.  I’m not sure what she’d say, she’d probably just go ‘You’re a great Mom.’”

CBS: What is one of your favorite Mommy and Me moments?

ER: “There’s so many.  Ultimately, I guess it’s the moment I’m about to have that excites me.”

CBS: Do you have any upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

ER: “I am filming a pilot right now for TNT called Guilt By Association and I have a movie out. That’s kind of what’s happening.”

 

DeAnna Pappas Stagliano: “Motherhood Is Such A Blessing”

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The Bachelorette alum DeAnna Pappas Stagliano and her husband Stephen Stagliano  welcomed their first child – daughter Addison Marie – on February 6. The new mom, 32, is sharing exclusive details of her daughter’s posh nursery with Celebrity Baby Scoop. Everything from the Carousel Designs Pink and Gray Chevron Crib Bedding set, to the Newport Cottage Crib, to the closet full of Stride Rite baby shoes labeled with Mabel’s Labels Shoe Labels, to her new POSH Mommy necklace, DeAnna shares her mommy must-haves with our readers.

The reality star also opens up about her beautiful baby girl who is “already sleeping through the night” before the age of two months! She goes on to gush about her “flawless” adjustment into motherhood, why they shared Addison’s first pictures on social media, and how they came up with their daughter’s meaningful moniker.

CBS: Congratulations on the arrival of your daughter Addison Marie! How is she doing? And how are you adjusting to new motherhood?

DPS: “Addison is doing amazing — already sleeping through the night! Such a big girl. The past two months have just flown by. It’s like I blinked and she grew into a baby instead of a newborn. So crazy.

I am loving motherhood – it is seriously the best thing I have ever done with my life. I’m obsessed with her — I can’t stop staring at her or kissing her. Motherhood is such a blessing and I am so grateful to be experiencing this. The transition has been flawless. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I miss her so much even though she is just in the next room in her crib. The magnitude of the love I feel is so hard to put into words.”

CBS: Why did you choose to announce Addison’s name a few weeks after announcing her birth? Also, why did you choose to share her first pics on social media?

DPS: “We chose to keep the details and photos of Addison with just our family for a bit because Stephen and I both are so forthright with so many details in our lives, that we wanted this special time to be enjoyed by just our family.

I signed up for the show, and I signed up for the fame that follows it. Addison didn’t, and neither did our family. We wanted to enjoy this very special time with her and our family before allowing the rest of the world in on it. That’s not too much to ask, is it?!

Once we were ready to share photos, we chose to share them on Twitter and Instagram because there are a lot of loyal fans who love to see updates and photos of past Bachelors and Bachelorettes and we love to be able to share those moments. We just wanted to do it on our time and on our terms.”

CBS: How did you come up with Addison Marie’s name? Was it a tough decision for you and Stephen?

DPS: “Stephen and I loved the name Addison way before we were even thinking about getting pregnant. The name is just so beautiful and sophisticated. Her middle name, Marie, is passed down. It was my grandmother’s, my mother’s, and my middle name. It is something I wanted to share with my own daughter. I wanted her to know and have a piece of my mother with whom I loved so much.”

CBS: Tell us all about baby Addison’s beautiful nursery. What was the inspiration behind the soft pink and gray room? Have you always had a nursery like this in mind for your first child?

DPS: “Addison’s nursery is our favorite room in the house! When we were planning out her nursery, I knew I wanted to decorate it in soft pink and soft gray. The gray took some convincing with Stephen, but once he saw it, he loved it too.

Choosing the bedding with Carousel Designs made it all complete. It was so easy when making the decision because we used their online tool. They had the perfect pink and gray chevron bedding that we just fell in love with. I found some vintage pieces of furniture that Stephen and I restored for her room that just fit perfectly.

We did a photo collage on the wall for a finishing touch. We wanted our little ‘Addie Bear’ to have a room that she felt at home in, and a place where she was comfortable and loved.”

CBS: What’s your favorite component/piece in the nursery?

DSP: “I have a few different favorite pieces in her nursery. I love the photo collage on the wall because each piece is hung with love from family and friends. Some were made by hand which makes them so unique.

Speaking practically, I love her Poopoose changing pad. It is ‘mom invented’ which I love. The changing pad has a belt to strap Addison in so she doesn’t roll off and get hurt. I’m also a huge fan of my Bobee diaper dispenser. It makes storing diapers easy and stylish so I am not cluttering up Addison’s dresser or drawers with all the extra diapers.”

CBS: Now that you’re a new mom, do you have any tips for expecting and new moms? What is some of the best advice you’ve received so far?

DPS: “Everyone is so willing to give expecting moms advice. We listened to what everyone said and then did what was best for our family. You have to do what works for you. I would tell expecting moms to be patient and love every moment. Babies do grow up so fast, that is true. Soak in every waking moment and take lots of pictures. The lack of sleep, sore nipples, and sleepless nights are all worth it.”

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5 Celebrity Moms With All Daughters

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Last week we took a look at 5 celebrity moms with a brood of boys. Now we’re highlighting famous families with all girls in the mix.

Continue reading about 5 celebrity moms who have plenty of female energy in the house.

  • Jessica Alba:

Sin City star Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren are parents to two daughters: Honor, 5, and Haven, 2.

“Every day with my girls is a dream and just hanging out with them is the best thing ever,” Jessica gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop.

The eco-friendly mama added: “We do a lot of DIY crafts like using cardboard boxes to make airplanes and dollhouses—our creative playtime together similarly shows the girls about repurposing old items.”

  • Denise Richards:

Twisted star Denise Richards and ex-husband Charlie Sheen are parents to two girls: Sam, 10, and Lola, 8.

The actress adopted a third daughter, Eloise, as a single parent in June 2011.

“I’m definitely a hands-on mom,” Denise has said. “For me it’s about priorities, and my girls always come first. I look at it as having a harmonious house more than balancing – it’s never quite balanced!”

  • Demi Moore:

Ghost actress Demi Moore and ex-husband Bruce Willis are parents to three daughters: Rumer, 25, Scout, 22, and Tallulah, 20.

The Charlie’s Angels star actress admits that she constantly asks herself if she’s a good mother.

“There is no job in our life that you want less to make a mistake with,” she told E! News of motherhood. “And it is inevitable. The pain of that is deeper and more enormous than anything you could grasp because you spend most of your life as a mother wanting to save them from any pain at all. So to have to look at yourself as being the cause of their pain is excruciating.”

  • Alyson Hannigan:

How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan and husband, actor Alexis Denisof, are parents to two daughters: Satyana, 5, and Keeva, nearly 2.

The actress recently gushed to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the joys of motherhood.

“Being a mom is simply the best thing I have ever done,” she shared. “My kids make me laugh and smile every day.”

“Satyana is very into dressing herself and everything has to be bright pink or purple,” Alyson added of her girly-girl. “If it glows or is shiny that is even better. If you need sunglasses to look at her outfit, you know that’s a good outfit. Her choices are not always the fashion choices I would make, but they always make me smile!”

As for Keeva, it sounds like she’s Sati’s biggest fan.

“Keeva really wants to be like her big sister and follows Sati around — she’s always watching her,” Alyson shared. “At this point, they really get along and love being together which is great.”

  • Melanie Brown:

Girl power, indeed!

Spice Girls star Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, is mom to four daughters: Phoenix, 15, Angel, 6, Madison, 2, and stepdaughter Giselle, 8.

“I do want a boy,” she revealed shortly after welcoming Madison. “But I’m enjoying my girls and my baby. She’s about to start crawling in Sydney and I’m like, ‘Don’t let her move until I get back!’ It would be nice to have a son, but it wouldn’t be straightaway.”

“The gap between Madison and Angel works brilliantly,” she continued. “I’ve just had them all on Skype and Phoenix is holding Madison and Angel’s playing with Phoenix’s hair. It’s beautiful.”

 

Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: Girls vs. Boys

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Mom-of-four Gena Lee Nolin is inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers along as she shares her life experiences – and asks for advice – as she juggles her busy life with husband, former NHL star Cale Hulse, and their four children: Spencer, 17, Caia, 12, Hudson, 8, and Stella, 5.

In her latest blog post, Gena contemplates the differences between raising girls versus boys. The former Baywatch star says, “Boys are way easier than girls,” and goes on to share some family stories to prove her theory. Continue reading Gena’s thoughtful blog, titled, “Girls vs. Boys.”

For more information on Gena Lee Nolin, please check out her official website.

“Girls vs. Boys

When I was asked to write an article on the differences between boys and girls, I jumped at the opportunity. What’s been said about women through the years is, with out a doubt, true. We’re hormonal, emotional creatures — and sometimes yes means no and no means yes.

I’m proud to say that even with our raging complexities, women create miracles with childbirth, and have an innate motherly instinct that our counterparts don’t have. The yin and yang between men and women has created the perfect balance — and let me tell you, there’s a difference when raising them!

After having two healthy boys and a beautiful step-daughter, we thought we were done. Things were sailing along until a little over a year had passed and I started having these overwhelming thoughts of having another baby. I’d shake it off thinking we had the perfect family, and we’d already agreed that we were done. I sat my husband down expressing my baby feelings, and to my surprise, he wasn’t completely against it. Weeks went by and he said, ‘You know, I’ve been thinking about what you said and someone’s missing from this family, let’s do it!’

Literally… we did [laughs]!

I’m a planner by nature, so this baby already had a due date. When we learned I was pregnant, everyone in both our families was absolutely thrilled! Being that I had 2 boys full time, I really yearned for a baby girl this time around. When I found out I was carrying a girl, I cried all the way through the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – happy, glorious tears of laughter and disbelief!

We wanted our son Hudson (who wasn’t even two at the time) to be close in age to his younger sibling. Smart move! I can’t stress how important it is to have siblings close in age. It’s hard for the first few years, but then they really become best buds.

Spencer was much older — 9 years between him and Hudson, so not much in common until just lately. Spencer teaches him piano, they ride bikes, play tennis, etc. The bond will get stronger as they get older, but it’s still hard to relate to one another. The kid is almost 17-years-old — Dino Dan isn’t high on his list of favorite shows [laughs].

I can only speak for myself, but girlfriends, boys are way easier than girls!

My boys came home from the hospital with a sh*t eating grin, like they knew they had me at their first cry. And they did. They’d sleep for hours on end, a little moan for the boob, a diaper change, and then back to dreamland. As they grew, and I’ll say it again, all they wanted was a good meal, sleep and a swing at the park. It seemed to be a breeze and I felt very confident with each child under any condition. The boys were always cuddle bugs with me and preferred being with mama over dada. Actually, with that being said, mama were both of their first words.

The twos and threes can be a bit challenging with the standard tantrums, potty training issues, and just listening to basic logic [laughs]. Other than the obvious, it was truly easy and fun with both of my baby boys.

Drumroll please…and then Miss Stella Monroe Hulse debuted December 3, 2008 at a healthy 7lbs 3oz. She was perfect — a beautiful baby and I’m not just saying that because she was mine. She was the talk of the maternity ward among the nurses. I was in the hospital a few days longer because of a C-section and that gave us time to really bond. Cale was at home with the boys and it was just the two of us, eye to eye, as she laid on my chest her first night. I was in love and she was all mine.

We arrived home to a house full of curious boys that were a little unsure. Pink was everywhere — I mean everywhere! So, it was fun to watch them all settle into our new family member. Two weeks went by and things ran smoothly — lots of sleep, feeding every 2-3 hours, the usual newborn routine. Until, suddenly, screaming morning, noon and night! I rocked her, sang to her, walked her, put her on top of the dryer in her moses basket, praying the hum of the machine would soothe her.

Nothing worked, so off I went to the pediatrician for help. I was exhausted — thankfully my husband is a very hands-on father. We had tried everything, changing formula, back to the boob, formula, and so on. This went on for awhile, taking shifts, so the other could get some sleep. I learned that my sweet little twinkle toed daughter had a set of lungs on her that I’d never heard before. It had an ear-piercing pitch that would stop people dead in their tracks — everyone knew when we arrived at the party [laughs].

I put a soother in her mouth hoping to heavens it would help ‘soothe’ her. Suddenly, it got quiet! She suckled that thing like Maggie from The Simpsons and I instantly felt my blood pressure dropping back to normal.

She’s still my pistol — very athletic, smart as a whip, reading and talking early on, no surprise. And FYI, my husband wanted you to know that Stella’s first word was, dada!

Whatever it was, it was definitely unexpected and now that we see her thriving and growing beautifully, it’s a great relief.

What a joy to be given the gift of raising both boys and girls. They are so very different and both the loves of my life. The world would be such a bore for only one, that God created two. So different, yet all united in perfect form for us to learn, grow and inspire from the other.”

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Exclusive: Yung Joc Talks Dating Old “Karlie Redd” And Being On Love & Hip Hop Atlanta [Video]

Yung Joc talks to us about knocking Old Karlie Redd’s backs into outer space

, Ratchet Reality TV, and Love And Hip Hop Atlanta.

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Scott Wolf & Wife Celebrate Baby Shower

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Party of Five alum Scott Wolf and wife Kelly recently celebrated their baby shower at the home of dear friends, Access Hollywood host Billy Bush and his wife Sidney. Friends and family gathered for a garden-themed soiree to celebrate their daughter on-the-way, whom they plan to name Lucy.

The afternoon event – dubbed ‘Lucy’s Garden’ – encouraged guests to pick the veggies and fruit for the new garden Kelly plans to plant in honor of her new daughter.

Guests got crafty and decorated small pink flower pots that Kelly will place in Lucy’s upcoming nursery. Friends and family also noshed on garden box cake from Sugar Fairy Bakeshop.

For the shower, Scott and Kelly joined forces with BumGenius to raise awareness on the health and environmental benefits of cloth diapering. Additionally, BumGenius will be donating diapers to families in need.

Some of Kelly’s favorite gifts included the Spectra bling breast pump and the Infanttech baby monitor.

Big brothers Jackson, 5, and Miller , 1, were in attendance, and appeared every bit ready to welcome their little sister.

“The third is the charm,” the expectant parents told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “We are so excited to add some pink into the house and our hearts. We were so blessed with two beautiful boys, and now Lucy will complete our little family.”

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*Exclusive* Working Out With Terrio Ep. 1: Lil Terrio Hits The Gym With Bossip.Com And Professional Boxer Breon Smiley [Video]

Your boy Lil Terrio linked up with Bossip.com to get his workout on in this “Working Out With Terrio Part 1.” Folks are always talking about how “Lil Terrio needs to get fit,” so we thought we would do our part in helping the little man on his mission to wellness by incorporating X3 Sports and professional boxer Breon Smiley.

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Kendra Wilkinson: “I’ve Always Wanted A Boy & A Girl”

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Kendra on Top star Kendra Wilkinson is getting ready to welcome her second child – a daughter – with husband Hank Baskett. The expectant mama, 28, tells Celebrity Baby Scoop that she is “beyond excited” to welcome a girl to complete their family of two dogs and their 4-year-old sweet son, Lil’ Hank.

Kendra goes on to talk about her second pregnancy, which as been “completely, 100 percent different,” her ever-changing cravings, her hopes and dreams for her daughter, and how she’s preparing Lil’ Hank for big brotherhood.

As well, Celebrity Baby Scoop is thrilled to announce that Kendra will be guest blogging soon on all things pregnancy, motherhood and family life. Continue reading the interview, and stay tuned for her first guest blog…

CBS: Congratulations on your second pregnancy! How are you feeling these days?

KW: “I’m officially in my third trimester and it definitely feels that way! I’ve been taking Epson salt baths every night because of my ligament pain sciatica — so trying to hold everything up with a belly band. Pregnancy massages are definitely helping, too. And my temp is rising, so no need for blankets any longer.”

CBS: Has this been a different pregnancy than your first?

KW: “This pregnancy has been completely, 100 percent different than my first. This time around, I know what to expect and my mind is more relaxed. But, the difference is with this one, I have started nesting earlier than I did with Lil’ Hank. I feel more in control since we’re not living out of a suitcase and traveling around the country. And, instead of being snowed in, I’m taking full advantage of the sunshine and healthy food that is around me.”

CBS: Do you have any weird cravings this time around?

KW: “I feel like I got all of my pregnancy cravings out of the way in the beginning because I was only able to eat what my body wanted so I wouldn’t throw it up. Oranges and deviled eggs have definitely been my craving throughout the pregnancy. And just recently, for some reason, I been craving beer! Strange. I live in Calabasas and my favorite deviled eggs are in Beverly Hills, so I drive the distance to get them.

Actually, my craving happened more in the beginning and were really strong – I definitely knew what I didn’t want. Lil’ Hank loves chicken noodle soup, and at the beginning of the pregnancy I absolutely could not stand the smell! As the pregnancy has gone on, I’ve been noticing that I’m craving more sweets, which is not like me as I’m not generally a sweets person. I was doing pretty good with my cravings this trimester, but then Thin Mints knocked on my door — five minutes later they were gone [laughs].”

CBS: Are you excited about having a girl this time around?

KW: “I am beyond excited! We had another child so we could have a girl and balance out this house. I’m ready for the challenge and am excited to show her what life is all about.”

CBS: Have you always wanted a girl and a boy?

KW: “Yes! I’ve always wanted a boy and a girl. I think it’s a perfect balance. Now, it’s going to be 3 girls and 3 boys, including our dogs – the playing field is now even!”

CBS: What are you most looking forward to in having a daughter?

KW: “I’m looking forward to living life through her eyes and also giving her a childhood where she can explore and find who she is without any pressure from society. I definitely want her to be a mini-me, but also herself as well. Most of all, I can’t wait to see my little girl competing with the boys in sports — she’ll definitely be the winner in sports.”

CBS: What do you want to pass down and teach your daughter?

KW: “I want to make sure she respects life, animals and people and is not judgmental. I want her to be just like Lil’ Hank! I also want her to understand what’s real in the world and that it’s not about princesses and frogs. I want her to be able to hang and hold her own with the boys.”

CBS: When we recently spoke with Hank, he said you’re planning on a unisex name like Jayden and Taylor. What are your top favorite names so far?

KW: “We have a top five name list and every week the one in the number one spot changes. When we meet her, we’ll determine which name best fits her. But, we’re definitely going with a unisex name.”

CBS: We’ve loved your red carpet maternity style! How have you decided on which dress to go with? Does Hank and/or Little Hank give their input? How would you describe your everyday maternity style? Do you enjoy dressing your baby bump?

KW: “Thanks. In general, I’m a scrubby mom, but when it comes to going out with friends, dinner or red carpet events, I dress up the best I can. My goal is not to hide the bump, but embrace it and wear fitted dresses that hug my bump rather than hang on it.

I’m really short, so I can’t wear anything flowy; otherwise, I look like a big balloon. I want my arms covered and my belly form-fitted. This is my last time pregnant, so I want to go out looking like a winner.

I like color and pretty much anything that embraces my baby bump. And, yes, I always make sure Hank is my last opinion – he gives it to me straight.”

CBS: How are you preparing Little Hank for big brotherhood? 

KW: “The second we found out we were pregnant, that’s the moment Lil’ Hank knew. We don’t want to hid anything from him. Life is life and we want to take him along every positive emotion we have. We want him to be included in everything. I pretend to hear messages in my belly from the baby and then tell Lil’ Hank that she’s telling him. ‘I can’t wait to meet my brother,’  we share that with him so he feels a connection.

When I take him to the park, I watch him watch little babies so he can understand more. We ask him where the baby is going to sit at the dining table and he replies, ‘On my lap.” He prays for her every night and can’t wait to meet her.”

 

5 Celebrity Moms With a Brood of Boys

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Let’s hear it for the boys!

With the recent arrival of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale third son – Apollo Bowie Flynn –  let’s take a look at 4 more Hollywood moms whom have all boys in their brood.

  • Gwen Stefani:

Rocker couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third son - Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale – on February 28, 2014.

In January, the Cool singer – already mom to sons Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5 – revealed that she was expecting another boy. Wearing a blue shirt and crown, Gwen captioned an Instagram photo: “I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house. #itsaboy #surroundedbyboys.”

In 2010, the No Doubt frontwoman admitted that her brood of boys is a bit “weird.”

“I mean, it does seem weird that I don’t have a girl, but I feel like I’m running out of time,” Gwen shared. “I also don’t want to spread myself so thin that I can’t even be good for them… Poor Zuma, he’d be the middle guy. I’m not focusing on it right now, but it’s not up to me anyway, you know? These things are miracles, so we’ll see. Otherwise, the clothes are probably going to go to some girlfriend of Kingston’s!”

  • Melissa Joan Hart:

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart and husband, musician Mark Wilkerson, are parents to three boys: Mason, 8, Brady, 6, and Tucker, 18 months.

“I was actually relieved it was a boy,” Melissa told Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “It makes life a little easier. I wasn’t prepared for the ‘girly’ toys and accessories. I couldn’t be more happy with the family I have surrounding me but I’m not ready to say I’m done having kids just yet.”

  • Cate Blanchett:

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett and husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, have three sons: Dashiell, 12, Roman nearly 10, and Ignatius, nearly 6.

“Having boys is great,” the Elizabeth star said. “It’s a neat position to be in and I love the high energy that comes along in raising boys. It’s fun.”

  • Julie Bowen:

Modern Family star Julie Bowen and husband Scott Phillips are proud parents to three sons: Oliver, nearly 7, and 4 1/2-year-old twins John and Gus.

What’s life like in her all-boy household?

“I have three boys, so my house is … rowdy!” she joked with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

She added: “They are close in age, so they really do like playing with one another, and so far, get along very well. I hope that continues.”

  • Britney Spears:

While she loves her boys, pop superstar Britney Spears says she’d love to give her sons — Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7 — a baby sister.

“I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl,” Britney admitted.

She added: “I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”

 

Andrew Zimmern on People’s Choice Food Awards

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Chef, author and host of Bizarre FoodsAndrew Zimmern, has “gone bigger” this year with The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards. In its third year, the online contest honors 20 categories of the top food experiences America has to offer, and the public has the chance to vote daily through March 31.

Andrew opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about his passion for food and cooking, his 9-year-old son Noah who seems to be walking in dad’s chef footsteps, and his best advice for “time-poor” parents of picky eaters. Continue reading about his fun family foodie game, including food questions and a mason jar.

CBS: This is the 3rd Annual Munchies: People’s Choice Foods Awards. How has it evolved over the past years? What new this year?

AZ: “I’ll tell ya, we’ve just grown and grown and grown in every way possible. We have expanded our footprint of panelists, which is great because the more panelists from around the United States, the more choices we have to present to the consumer, and the better the list they get to vote on.

People can vote through March 31st. We are about three times ahead of where we were last year in terms of participation. And, that’s the whole point — participation.

We have gone bigger this year in terms of showcasing the event. We’ve sponsored a big closing party at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival so we’re really excited.”

CBS: You probably dine out a lot with your family. How did you get your son Noah to try new foods?

AZ: “There’s no such thing as a child that won’t try new foods. Children are not picky by their nature. There’s nothing in, for example, a Minnesotan child’s DNA that says that they won’t eat oily fish jerky. All you have to do is look at communities all around the world from Scandinavia, to Inuit communities, to Asian and South American communities where that’s what kids eat. It is psychological and cultural.

We got to Noah, and I would urge other parents to get to their children, before pop culture or your own biases get to them. That’s really the place I think we have the most work to do as parents. Children take queues from us. They pay attention when foods come to the table and we say, ‘Oh, its gross,’ or we’re not open-minded about.

With Noah, we decided when he was ten months old that we would take him to every restaurant we went to, we would feed him what we ate, we would not do multiple choices for dinners, and we would educate him about food, which included telling him how bad McDonalds was for him. He is an extremely good eater because of that. Our culture and our biases affect our children. We have to stop it.”

CBS: Do you have any advice for families trying to make healthy meal choices on very limited time?

AZ: “Absolutely! Spend a lot of time on AndrewZimmern.com – we have a lot of family driven recipes. In my Instagram feed I document a lot of what I’m cooking at home for my family. Everybody is time-poor, including me. I cook once a week — I make three or four meals worth of food. Last week I braised pot roast and I actually doubled the recipe. We had one that night and the other one I reduced the sauce, cooled the meat, and froze it in a zip lock bag. We have a whole other pot roast meal that all I have to do it take it out and defrost it the night before in the refrigerator and just heat it up 25 minutes in a pot with a lid on it and it’s ready to go.

People have to remember that the smaller you cut things, the faster they cook. We did pork chops the other night on the grill. It was warm enough out. I took all of the root vegetables because we’re in that transition season and I didn’t have a lot greens, but I had a lot of rutabagas and potatoes and onions and sweet potatoes. I cut them all really small, made hash out of it in a sauté pan, and it was great side dish. Everybody chomped through it.

The other thing I do with vegetables when I’m cooking on that one day a week, is steam a head of cauliflower or roast a tray of brussels sprouts. I’ll put that stuff in the fridge so I can do other things with them faster when I come home from work.”

CBS: How can parents teach their kids how to have a healthy relationship with food?

AZ: Well, all of the other things I just talked about, but the other thing we did with Noah was I typed out 100 food questions double spaced on my laptop and printed it out. Things like, ‘What’s a healthy sized piece of meat to eat at dinner?,’ and silly questions like, ‘Name your three favorite green vegetables.’ I cut these into strips of paper and put them in a mason jar.

We kept that jar in the middle of the dining room table for two years. Every night Noah would get to ask three questions and we’d go around the table. Some of them were pretty provocative. It was stuff about dangerous foods, about hunger issues in the world, water safety, food-born pathogens, but there was also a lot of fun stuff like, ‘What are your favorite ingredients on pizza?’

Through all of those questions, without us bringing it up, we made it like a game where he brought it up we got the chance to educate him about a lot of food issues.”

CBS: On your show, Bizarre Foods, you’ve raised awareness of cultural delicacies. Was there ever a point when you refused to try a certain dish?

AZ: “Twice out of the tens of thousands of things I’ve eaten in the last twenty years, twice I have refused it. Both times because of food safety issues. It was food that was so far gone and I didn’t’ know where it had come from and it was too goofy even for me. I knew I would get so and so I passed.”

CBS: How do you decide what foods to introduce to your audience?

AZ: “I don’t have a hoot about the food in my show. My show, to me, is not about food. My show is about telling stories of people and about their culture and I use food as a lens to do that. We actually go after communities and cultures and people and tell stories about them, and then what they are eating is sort of an explanation point at the end of a sentence.”

CBS: What’s Noah up to these days?

AZ: “School, a lot of swimming, which he loves, rock climbing, biking. He’s a very active kid.”

CBS: Do you think he’ll follow your footstep and become a chef?

AZ: “Yeah, he loves to cook. He’s really in to it. He loves food, he’s getting more and more into the fact I do what I do for a living, so who knows?”

CBS: How do you balance travel and family?

AZ: “I don’t. It’s a huge struggle for me. I’m trying to spend more and more time at home with my loved ones.”

CBS: Noah must miss you a lot when you’re on the road. How do you handle being away so much?

AZ: “Well, I don’t know how I handle it. I handle it poorly is how I handle it. I miss my wife and son a lot. I don’t know if I could even be able to do what I do if it wasn’t for things like Skype and Facetime and all of the rest of that.

I was in Palenque three hours outside of Cartagena, Colombia in a tiny little village in the middle of the jungle. I looked at my phone and I had full bars. I decided to try my Facetime, and Noah picked up and I got to walk around and show him kids living in a small village in the middle of the jungle in Colombia, South America. It was thrilling, so I get to bring him with me and I get to show him where daddy’s working and that’s a lot of fun.”

CBS: What is your favorite thing about being a dad?

AZ: “My favorite thing about being a dad is just having someone in my life that no matter how much I screw up still loves me. That’s really cool.”

CBS: What other projects are you working on?

AZ: Oh gosh, new seasons of Bizarre Foods, new shows, and we’re really focusing a lot on AnderewZimmern.com – one of the most vibrant websites in the food business that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Our podcast Go Fork Yourself is doing really really well. I’m just trying to keep all the balls up in the air and going.”

 

Julie Moran: “Our Kids Need Us More The Older They Get”

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Julie Moran has returned for another season of Lifetime’s Mission Makeover. The former Entertainment Tonight host is there every step of the way to support the journey of six women who are ready to fight for the health and wellness changes they need to make in their lives.

The 13-week special series – sponsored by South Beach Diet and Sports Authority – airs on Mondays at 7:30am (ET/PT). The finale and big reveal airs on Monday, May 19th. Viewers can join the women from home via the website where they can start their own journey, view behind-the-scenes action, watch the women’s personal video diaries, and find motivational tips, advice and weekly recipes. Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Julie to chat about the series.

CBS: How are your girls adjusting to you being back at work?  What have you done to make the transition easier for them?

JM: I have been able to carve out my TV shooting schedule to 5 days a month. I leave on Sunday night and return Friday night one week a month. The girls miss me, but the older they get I can tell they are empowered by seeing me live my dream as a journalist. They always know they come first over any assignment. O2 Media is a Fabulous place to work because they honor my priority of being a mom and help me work around my family’s schedule. I was able to coach my 9-year-old daughter’s city basketball team and missed one game the entire season.

CBS: Finding balance in our life can be a struggle.  Between work, kids and being involved in our communities, it’s hard to avoid burn out.  What advice would you give busy Moms to keep reasonable boundaries in their lives?

JM: My motto has always been “You can have it all”, just not all at the same time! When I am on my once a week date night with my husband I don’t take calls from the kids or work unless it is an emergency. That is our time. When I am with my kids I do not take calls form work or look at my iPhone or work on the computer. When I am at work, I concentrate on work period!

CBS: Obesity is a growing concern in our society. How do you hope season two Mission Make Over will inspire viewers who struggle with their weight?

JM: Mission Makeover is a show about making yourself over from the inside out. Shows like The Biggest Loser scare me. When someone loses 155 pounds in 7 month! How can that be healthy. Unlike The Biggest Loser our contestants are not sent away to  a camp. They have to makeover their lives in their own homes around their spouses partners and children.

CBS: Weight loss is a journey that is more attainable when the entire family is supportive.  How much impact will incorporating family activities into the contestants’ daily routines make on their success rate?

JM: Some of the revealing and moving parts of our show are the video diaries our contestants keep. I also love to see the family’s involvement with each contestant. Children are the biggest cheerleaders and such strong motivators in seeing a parent want to get healthy and live a better life.

CBS: Many people attribute “dieting” to starvation and fad diets.  To lose weight and keep it off, there has to be a lifestyle change.  The new tag line in the health industry is “fit is the new sexy.”  How will Mission Make Over help women redefine what beauty is for them?

JM: I have always tried to to make my daughters be aware that beauty come in all shapes and sizes. Skinny is not necessarily beautiful to them, but healthy is beautiful to them, talent is beautiful to them.

CBS: Has doing this show changed the way you think about or approach being healthy? What are you teaching your daughters about health, fitness and body image?

JM:  I have always tried to to make my daughters be aware that beauty come in all shapes and sizes. Skinny is not necessarily beautiful to them, but healthy is beautiful to them, talent is beautiful to them.

CBS: Is the family meal important in your household?  Or do you find other ways to carve out a bit of family time every day?

JM: I would say that the family meal is the single most important ritual in our household. We try very hard to sit down together for dinner every night during the school week and every Sunday night. I keeps us centered, it keeps us boned, and it keeps us in tune. When we were moving this year form Los Angeles to Atlanta this year the first few months were quite hectic. both of my daughters approached me separately to tell me we need to focus on getting our family dinner back on a regular basis. I am so glad they called me out on that!!!

CBS: What are some things the entire family enjoys doing together?

JM: We love taking road trips together! this New Years we drove 15 hours to Key West. could we have flown…Yes…but we would never laughed as hard or had more fun. We took our time stopped and spent the night where ever looked appealing and they both learned to play their Christmas presents( 2 ukulele) on the way down and back. It was much more fun on the way back…they could actually play songs in tune.

CBS: Your oldest daughter is now 14?  What’s it like to parent a teenage daughter?  Any advice you can share?

JM: .Having a teenage daughter is a blessing. She teaches me more about myself than anyone in my Life. She challenges me, because I need to know all the reasons being my No’s and my Yes’s. I think our kids need us more the older they get… not less.

CBS: There’s a 5 year age difference between your two girls.  Do they get along well?  Are they close?

JM: Having 2 daughters 5 years apart has also been a blessing. They can’t share clothes or boyfriends!!!

 

Kellie Martin: “Nobody Tells You How Much You Multitask As A Parent”

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Former Life Goes On actress Kellie Martin stars as Katie Miner in the UP Original Movie Dear Viola, premiering this Sunday, March 16 at 7 p.m. ET. In the movie, Martin plays a “very introverted and insecure” girl who takes over an advice column and “finds her voice as she gives other people advice.”

Celebrity Baby Scoop chats with Kellie about how it was a challenge “to play someone who is quieter and less self-assured” in Dear Viola. The mother-of-one, to daughter Maggie, 7, went on to discuss the biggest challenges she faces as a working mom, Maggie’s very unique “unofficial hobby,” and her upcoming projects.

CBS: Tell us about your upcoming role as Katie Miner in Dear Viola.  What drew you to her character?  How is the role of Katie different from other roles you’ve played?

KM: “Katie Miner is a very introverted and insecure, bookish girl who tries to keep to herself and keep a very low profile. When the opportunity opens up for her to take over an advice column, which she’s always loved and admired, she kind of jumps at it and finds her voice as she gives other people advice. She’s completely shy when you talk to her in person, but through her letters and advice column she is very confident and self-assured and she figures out who she is. She ends up falling in love with one of the most eligible bachelors in town; basically, they end up falling in love with each other through the letters. He doesn’t know that she’s Viola and she doesn’t know that he is who he is. It’s a sweet little story that is really fun.

I have always been pretty confident and precocious my whole life, and very bossy, so it was kind of a challenge for me to play someone who is quieter and less self-assured. I liked her art and I liked how she started off as someone and ended up still as her, but as someone who has really came into her own. You don’t always get to do that in however many minutes the movie is, so it was kind of a nice opportunity to do that.

In regard to how this role is different from the other roles I’ve played, I got to wear glasses like I used to wear on Life Goes On, which was super fun. I haven’t had a character with glasses the whole time since then. I also think she’s more of a real observer, as opposed to being ‘in it’ and making the action of the story happen. She is more of an observer who sits back and takes it all in, which is different from what I normally play. I usually play very proactive characters who move the story along. I think that Katie has things happen to her in the movie, as opposed to making things happen. She’s a nerdy little wallflower and that was different for me.”

CBS: You were also an executive producer on this project.  Tell us about being on the other side of the camera.  Was it difficult to produce a film you also had a role in?

KM: “It was very fun to develop the script before we even started casting the actors. I worked on the script with the writers, the director, and the other producers, which was really fun. I also helped pass all of the other characters, which is an actor’s dream. I loved being on the other side of the casting process, being able to help cast the people, as opposed to being cast. On set it was definitely a juggling act, because I was in every scene basically every day. I had to juggle being a producer and being the lead actor, which can be done. I’ve directed a show that I’ve been in before and you definitely have to be firing on all cylinders at all times. This was such a short shoot, as it was only for 10 days, so it was possible to do that. I don’t think I could have sustained it for much longer than that though.” [laughs]

CBS: What are the biggest challenges you face as a working Mom?  Have you been able to find balance between career and family?  What’s your secret?

KM: “I really think that nobody tells you how much you multitask as a parent. I had no idea how I was going to be juggling literally everything once I became a parent. My daughter is seven now, so she helps me out a lot more than when she was four. When I am away working on a show, I am away working. Like for Dear Viola, I was gone for basically two-and-a-half weeks working in Toronto, then I came home.

When I am home, I am a full-time mom and I am here taking her to ballet class, taking her to school and picking her up from school. We don’t have a nanny, so my husband, Keith, or I do everything. I actually just had a book come out called MADAM, and when I was working on that, I worked at home and my daughter was there and around. I actually found that much more challenging—being in my home, working on things, and having to figure out how to split my time and my attention and letting her know, ‘Mommy needs to work from home sometimes.’ I had to make sure she gave me the time I needed to work. I found that much more challenging than just being away, doing my job, and coming home.

The thing that makes it work so well for my family is that we really listen to each other and we have meals together. Dinnertime is very important; we sit down at the table together, we have a meal together, and there are no distractions. There is no answering the telephone and no watching television…it is really time for the family. We always check in with each other and I think that a lot of things come up at the dinner table. Whether it’s something that she’s eating or something we’re missing, we have a chance to talk about it. Family dinner time is really a great problem solver.”

CBS: How’s Maggie doing?  What does she like best about going to school?  Does she have any special hobbies?

KM “Maggie is an amazing violin player, but she would not tell you that that’s her favorite hobby. Her favorite hobby is playing outside and looking for bugs…she’s actually a bug doctor. [laughs] I think that’s her unofficial hobby. She loves finding bugs who need help, rehabilitating them, building a habitat for them, keeping them for a while, and then releasing them back into the wild. It’s very sweet and that’s probably her favorite hobby.

Her favorite thing about going to school is her friends, definitely, because she’s very social. Science class and her friends are her favorite things.”

CBS: Now that Maggie is in school, does she face any special challenges having a celebrity Mom?  How do you handle those situations?

KM: “No, I think the only thing that is hard for her is when I go away to work. We also have a rule where I am never gone for more than two weeks. If I am going to be gone for more than two weeks, then my husband and Maggie will come to visit me or I will fly home for at least the weekend. That’s the only challenge I think my job presents to her.”

CBS: Do you think motherhood has changed you at all?  What has surprised you about being a mom?

KM: “Oh my gosh, massively! If it doesn’t change you, you’re doing something wrong. I waited until I was thirty to have Maggie and I think I was pretty selfish before having a child. I definitely don’t put myself first at all. I take the time I need to do certain things, like I always make sure I work out every day. I take good care of myself so I don’t put myself first. The things that used to make me happy or really excited don’t really make me happy or excited anymore. It’s kind of different now, because my priorities change and all of that. I am a lot more patient than I used to be too…I was never a patient person and I have a lot more patience now.”

CBS: Do you have any spring or summer get-a-ways planned for the family?

KM: “Yes, we’re going to Montana. My husband is from Montana so we try to get up there as much as possible. We usually spend time in the summer up there and Maggie’s learned how to water-ski and do all kinds of awesome Montana activities. We are going to go up there in May and then again in July. We have a really good time up there!”

CBS: Do you have any other upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about? 

KM: “My book just came out. I’ve never publicized a book and it’s my first novel, so this is kind of new for me. It came out February 25th and it’s called MADAM: A Novel of New Orleans and it’s about a woman who rises to become the most powerful madam in New Orleans at the turn of the century. That was really interesting and fun. You can find it on Amazon by looking up ‘MADAM: A Novel Of New Orleans.’ I also own a children’s website called ROMP Store, which is an online children’s boutique where we sell unplugged toys like wooden toys. Everything is nontoxic, safe and classic. That is a relatively new project but is something I’m really excited about. Maggie and I pick out all of the toys and she definitely inspired my interest in all of this. I wanted kids to play and use their imaginations and their bodies, as opposed to using toys that have batteries and flashing lights. Everything that we sell is very classic and open-ended.”

 

Heidi Klum: “I Try To Live My Bucket List”

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America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum is sure doing “sweet” things to give back! Last week, she partnered with Operation Shower and Babies “R” Us for a “Sweet Surprises” grand-scale baby shower for 125 military moms-to-be. At the event, held at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, Klum showered the expectant moms with joy and much-needed gifts from her Truly Scrumptious collection, available at Babies “R” Us.

Celebrity Baby Scoop also attended the “Sweet Surprises” event and had the chance to catch up with the Project Runway star. The mom-of-four, to daughters Leni, 9  and Lou, 4, and sons Henry, 8, and Johan, 7, chatted about the Operation Shower event, her Truly Scrumptious line, how she balances everything “like other working moms,” and why she feels that she lives her bucket list.

CBS: Could you tell us why the “Sweet Surprises” baby shower is important to you?

HK: “I think that these women are all very important. They are all military moms or moms-to-be, and their husbands are far away. They don’t get to experience most of their pregnancies with their husbands, so I thought it was nice to put this event together for them to get together, share their stories, and hook them up, so that when the baby arrives they have a crib, a stroller, a diaper bag, lots of diapers and clothes, and everything. I thought it would be a nice gift for them, because their husbands do so much for us.”

CBS: How did you get involved with Operation Shower?

HK: “Through Babies ‘R’ Us. I’ve been with Babies ‘R’ Us now for a little over a year and at the beginning of the year, we always look at the calendar to see what kind of events they are doing. I said that for me, this Operation Shower event was an important one and I wanted to participate and gift a bunch of things to these moms. There were 125 moms invited here today and I think that it’s great!”

CBS: Could you tell us more about your Truly Scrumptious line?

HK: “I do cribs and bedding, lamps, rugs, and stickers for the wall, such as butterflies and monsters for the boys. I also do strollers and I try to make really cool diaper bags. I also do boy’s and girl’s clothes, which go from infant up to five years old.”

CBS: What is the inspiration behind the line? Did you kids help you design any of the items?

HK: “The inspiration is fun! I think that kids should have fun and be comfortable, and I wanted the clothes to be easily washed. You have to wash the clothes all the time because you want them to have fun and get dirty. I have four kids myself and my little ones love color, bright, and bedazzle, and they are not interested in black or white tee shirts or sophisticated things; they want fun stuff. The louder, the brighter, and the more ruffles, the more they are attracted to it.

In regard to whether my kids helped me design the items, my son Johan has done some things for some of the boys’ clothes that I’ve done in the past. He loves to paint, so he designed some monsters that we printed onto the shirts.  All of the proceeds from those shirts went to charity.”

CBS: What is your favorite part about being a mom?

HK: “That is so hard, because there are so many amazing things. I would say the love that you feel with a child. For me, having a family is life and I understood once I had children how amazing it is, and that nothing else is really important but them.”

CBS: How do you balance your career and family life?

HK: “I think I do it like other working moms, it’s just that for me, other people get to see it because I am on TV and do different things. When other moms go to an office from nine to five, I go into a studio and shoot something. It’s the same, but it just looks different from the outside. My hours are similar and I’m quite lucky that I have the weekends off and can ask to start earlier so that I can come home earlier. I have a lot more freedom, in a way. I don’t have a boss, let’s say, where you have to be there at a certain time and stay until a certain time. I am very lucky in that way, as I can say, ‘I want to start earlier because I want to be home for dinner.’ [laughs] It’s great, because I can have both; I can work and be there for my family.”

CBS: What bonding activities do you do with your kids?

HK: “We love to paint. I also do all of their activities, like they do soccer on Saturdays and gymnastics. They like to change things up too, as they get bored and want to try different things. I have gone through karate stages with them, where for two years they were really into karate and I had to get all of these karate outfits [laughs]. They did karate with the helmets and I had to get all of this stuff for everyone. Then there was the ice-skating phase, and now it is the gymnastics and the soccer phase.

My older son Henry, who is eight years old, is really into flag football now. He is the running back and is quite good! They all were fighting over him and I was like, ‘He’s eight years old! Really, you guys are fighting over that already?’ Those dads are hardcore. [laughs] They want to get the best players, but at this age, I didn’t know because I am from Germany and I am just learning about football. It took me the longest time to realize where he has to run to and what he has to do!” [laughs]

CBS: You have accomplished so much thus far in your career. What else is on your bucket list?

HK: “To be honest with you, I try to live my bucket list. I try to do it all now, because I have the opportunity to. I feel like I am doing my bucket list. If I want to go somewhere, I go there, and if I want to do something, I do it. I am very fortunate that way and I know that. I know that a lot of people have to save money to go to a certain place, and I understand that not everyone can do that. I feel like I am doing my bucket list now.”

CBS: What is up next for you?

HK: “I start shooting America’s Got Talent and I already did castings in New York two weeks ago. I am also going to go to London in a week to shoot a commercial there, then I go back to New York to do America’s Got Talent and then I go right into Project Runway. I am doing all of this back-to-back. I will move my whole family to New York and we will stay there this summer.”

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Noelle Pikus-Pace: Winning A Silver Medal Was Our Family Dream Come True

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Skeletal racer Noelle Pikus-Pace  has a lot to be happy about. She recently won her first Olympic silver medal at Sochi. The mother of two was also sponsored by AT&T and was involved in their national ad campaign in support of Team USA. Noelle and her family appeared in one of the commercial titled Hours. She also filmed another video for AT&T in which she talks about her training.

The free AT&T’s #ItsOurTime app allowed fans to upload a “U-S-A” chant that was shared via Facebook, Twitter, or email. The user generated content also populated a virtual wall of support at ItsOurtime.com, as well as on a Times Square billboard on the day of the opening ceremony. Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with the athlete to discuss the ATT campaign, her time at Sochi and family life in Utah.

CBS: Congratulations on winning the silver medal in Sochi!  Tell us what it meant to you to be able to share that experience with your husband and kids.

NPP: It was a dream come true, not just my dream, but our dream, our family dream come true.  That’s why the minute I crossed that finish line I just had to be with them.  I had to get to Janson and the kids. They had all given up so much for so long for that moment.  It was mine, it was 100% ours.

CBS: Tell us about making of the AT&T commercial.  Were your children excited to be in it?

NPP: I am so proud of the AT&T spot, they did a great job capturing our daily life when we are at home. It was a perfect snapshot of our family. Lacee has loved being involved in all the media, she picks out outfits, we do her hair, so she loves the production part. Traycen is almost 3, so he just follows what Lacee does when they are filming. They do not really get the magnitude of it all, but one day they will.

CBS: Did your kids enjoy being at the Olympics?  How did dad keep them busy?

NPP: They loved all the great things we got to do. Not sure they realized it was the Olympics. They have been to every World Cup event this season and know everyone in the skeleton community, so it probably seemed like they were at another event with all their friends. We were able to do some great things as a family while traveling, visiting the sites in each location (what better way to see the world?), visiting friends, celebrating the Christmas holiday and birthdays (Lacee turned 6 in Austria), etc. We always have a bag of toys and goodies for them to play with. Most of the time Janson is getting them to stay active and burn some energy, they are running, climbing and exploring everywhere we go.

CBS: Is the commercial representative of a day in your life?

NPP: Absolutely, it is organized chaos. Janson and I try to plan at the beginning of every week the best we can and then we just jump right in. One minute I am training and the next minute I am running to soccer games, getting food on the table, etc. It was a perfect window into our lives.

CBS: You travel so much during the year – where is your home base?  How do you stay connected to your family?

NPP: We live in Eagle Mountain, UT, just outside of Salt Lake City. The four of us traveled the world together for the season and into the Olympic Games. Honestly, AT&T kept us connected. I could call my mom and dad, my sister, friends from anywhere in the world.  We were calling, texting, emailing, updating social media, taking a million photos and video all from our cell phones through the AT&T network. They kept us connected and also enabled us to document and share our journey.

CBS: When you’re not training – what does the family like to do together?

NPP: We spend time together playing games, cooking in the kitchen, playing outside, etc. We love gardening and cooking together.

CBS: How did you decide to become a skeleton racer?  How old were you?

NPP: In high school, I ran track and field and through my coach found out they needed athletes to try to bobsled. While training , our coach asked for volunteers to try something new. Before I knew it, I was on a skeleton sled and my coach pushed me down the track. I think I was the only one who jumped up at the end and wanted to go again. That is how it all started.

CBS: What are your children’s (Lacee and Traycen) personalities like?

NPP:  Both kids are great little travelers and have been adaptable to moving around, to my training and to not being home since late fall. Lacee is  sweet caring and very social. Traycen is all little boy-curious, into everything, and follows everything his big sister does. Both are high energy, so keeping them busy is key.

CBS: How do you balance training and motherhood? Do you struggle like most moms trying to “do it all”?  Do you have childcare help?

NPP: I have the best husband in the world, we are a team and manage everything with our family. We set the schedule together at the beginning of the week which has included my training at home and at the track. We do not have childcare even when we were traveling around the world. We just jump right in and stay as flexible as we can since we know things do not always work out perfectly.

CBS: Do you have plans to have more children in your future?

NPP: Absolutely.

CBS: What happens after the Olympics for you?

NPP: I just arrived home after solid travel since October for competitions. So, the immediate answer is laundry. We will be focusing on getting back to our lives in Utah. We have had such a great support system in our community that I need to share this with everyone back here. Once I take a deep breadth, I will also focus on my speaking career and hope to keep very busy with that. I do a lot of volunteering here at home in any way I can, so I will continue to do so. I want to write a book and have many other goals to share my story and help others.

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Liz Lange’s 2014 Oscar Recap On Three Pregnant Celebs

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Liz Lange - mom of two and founder of Liz Lange Maternity – is giving Celebrity Baby Scoop readers her exclusive maternity style rundown on three pregnant celebrity mamas who showed off their blossoming bumps at the Oscars. Here’s what she had to say about Olivia Wilde, Elsa Pataky and Kerry Washington.

Kerry Washington – “Kerry nailed her maternity style. The draping on her dress is gorgeous, it creates a flattering silhouette even though the dress is not form fitting.”

Olivia Wilde – “Olivia is pure vintage glam. I love how she chose a classic black and white palette and the silhouette of her dress is very slimming.”

Elsa Pataky – “Elsa’s dress was all wrong. While the color was stunning on her the drop waist made her look much larger than she actually is.”

Check out Liz’s latest collections and visit lizlange.com.

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Hank Baskett: Our Family Will Be Complete

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Kendra On Top star Hank Baskett is “honored and blessed” to host the 1st Annual Every Thing For Dads Convention on March 15 in Sarasota, Florida. The convention will be the launch of a long-term grassroots movement designed to raise awareness of the increasing need for dads to be involved in parenting and for their role to respected and recognized in the parenting process.

The proud papa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about happy family life with wife Kendra Wilkinson and their 4-year-old “LEGO fanatic” son Little Hank. The former NFL star, 31, chats about possible baby names for their daughter on-the-way, his “old school” relationship with Kendra, and their “complete” family once baby No. 2 arrives.

CBS: You are co-hosting the first annual Every Thing for Dads Convention in March. Tell us about the event.

HB: “I’m extremely honored and blessed to host the first ever Every Thing for Dads Convention in March. You look at all the dads out there in the world and I was speechless when I found out I get to host the first one. When I told my dad, he reacted the same way.

My definition of success whenever I die is going to be based on how I was described as a husband and a father. I live my life for my family, my son, and soon-to-be-born daughter. It’s an honor, because this type of award is not one you can just buy. The opportunity to host this is not something you can pay for; it’s earning the respect of your fellow fathers and peers. It’s in my eyes, it’s probably one of the most prestigious awards that I’ve ever been given.”

CBS: How did you get involved in the Every Thing for Dads Foundation?

HB: “They reached out to me. When they told me about the Every Thing for Dad Foundation, I was like, ‘Wow!’ First, how did they find me? Second, what caused them to look me up? And third, why me?”

CBS: How has fatherhood changed you?

HB: “First off, I get to be a kid again. I get to live vicariously through Hank. We’re building LEGOs left and right right now. I was a LEGO fanatic when I was a kid. When you have a child, it makes you appreciate the little things every day. You see things as your child is developing, especially at a younger age, that you don’t remember when you were a kid.

It gives me a feeling of joy that little Hank is learning how to kick, learning how to throw, learning how to build, and has awe in his eyes every day he does something good. It gives me so much joy whenever Kendra and I are there to share it with him. When he says to you, ‘Look papa at what I built!’ and when you see how proud he is, it makes you realize that as adults, people put too much emphasis on everything we have to do during the day.”

CBS: You and Kendra are expecting a girl this year. Congratulations! How has this pregnancy been for you and Kendra?

HB: “It’s been amazing. This was a little harder for her but also a little bit easier. During the first pregnancy, I was still in the NFL and we were traveling across the country nonstop. Having her house and building her camp in one spot has been amazing. It’s so much easier for the both of us and there’s so much that gets taken out of the decision from the first pregnancy.

Kendra is having a little pain that’s associated with a second pregnancy, as the baby is sitting lower and things like that. Overall, it’s been a blessing and it is great that Hank is old enough to understand that he’s going to have a baby sister and he gets to help and be involved. It’s just amazing to incorporate him as much as possible.”

CBS: Is Little Hank excited to become a big brother? How did he react to the news?

HB: “At first, he said, ‘Ok, I’m having a brother or sister.’ He was excited. Now, he’s really excited because we ask him what things he likes and what he wants to do with his baby sister. I also get to raise him now the way my father raised me — to always take care of your mom and take care of your sister. He is so excited to be a big brother and he knows he gets to help protect this little sister.”

CBS: Do you think you’ll be a different kind of dad with your daughter?

HB: “Oh, I told Kendra that all the loving and hugs I give her are going to be cut in half, because my little girl is going to have me wrapped around her little finger and I know it [laughs].”

CBS: What are you looking forward to most in having a daughter?

HB: “I would say being a complete family. We have a son and we will also have a daughter. We know we’re done after that and we won’t have to wonder. If we had another boy, we might wonder, what if we had a little girl? I am also looking forward to the joy of accepting the challenge of learning how to take care of a little girl.”

CBS: Do you have any names picked out for your baby girl?

HB: “We’re all over the place. We’ve thrown out names like Jayden, Taylor, Addison, and Ashton. It’s been all over the place and we’re trying to narrow it down, but you know little things happen while we research baby names and whatnot.

We want to raise a little tomboy but we want her to be our little princess on the other side. Jayden is one of the first names we thought of, and we thought of that awhile back.”

CBS: What is Little Hank into these days? Could you tell us about his personality and hobbies?

HB: “Oh, he’s such a sweet kid. This little kid just makes your heart melt like butter. He says, ‘Hey Daddy, I picked a rose out front. I’m going to give you and my baby sister a flower every day.’ This made Kendra say, ‘Awe, you’re sweeter than your dad.’ Which made me say, ‘No, dad has been teaching him right [laughs].’ He loves to build and loves LEGOs. He creates these magnetic shapes and I’m so impressed that every day he can build bigger and better. It makes me think, ‘Wow! We have a little architect on our hands.’”

CBS: What does he do to make you laugh?

HB: “It’s just his personality. He jokes around and likes to play games. He likes to hide under things and we pretend we can’t see him. We get so much joy from his laugh afterwards. He’s like, ‘How fun!’ I’m loving it. The best thing that makes me so happy is when I put him to bed, or when I drop him off at school and he says, ‘Papa, you’re cool,’ or, ‘Papa, you’re my best friend.’ I’m like, ‘That’s my guy!’”

CBS: Does he like football like his dad?

HB: “He likes all sports and he just started his first soccer practice. He is also trying to dribble a basketball around. I’m very, very impressed at how good he is. We have a little athlete on our hands! He can also throw a football now.”

CBS: How has your relationship with Kendra has evolved over the years? Have you fallen more in love with her during the pregnancy and motherhood?

HB: “Any man who looks at his wife when she is pregnant understands that it’s the most beautiful feeling. You don’t know how many times she is going to get pregnant, it might just be once. I appreciate the nine months that she was pregnant. She could be going through pain, but I just love looking at her because that’s when you really look at a woman and say, ‘You have really given me everything.’ When a woman gives you a child, she is truly giving you everything. I just grow more and more in love with her over the years. To this day, I fall in love over and over because she keeps me on my toes and I never know what to expect from her.”

CBS: You and Kendra seem like a solid couple. What is the secret to your success?

HB: “Communication. If we have something on our minds, we don’t hold back from sharing it.”

CBS: What do you think is the downfall to most high-profile relationships?

HB: “Kendra and I are old school, and I’m not saying others aren’t. We got married for the right reasons. We’re not about fame, who makes the most money, or this or that. No, it’s about seeing what we can do that is best for our family. That’s what both of us see. We’re not about buying things. We’re about family trips and family activities and things like that.”

CBS: What is up next for you?

HB: “Right now, my foundation partnered with a company called Gaems. We are making the first-ever portable gaming environment, and with that we will do gaming events. In New York, we did a direct play for helping sick children in hospitals.

I also have my charity golf event, the Hank Baskett Classic, coming up on May fourth and fifth down at Trump National in Rancho Palos Verdes. This will be its third year. I’m going to also do a bike ride with some veterans in Dallas in March. I’m just trying to be all over the place.

At my gym, we also had another draft class. I lead a game. I’m hoping to have another top-five draft pick again this year and hopefully have a guy who could potentially run the fastest combined time ever and break the record. I’m just trying to do it all.”

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Autumn Calabrese Launches ’21 Day Fix’

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Celebrity fitness trainer and national-level bikini competitor, Autumn Calabrese, recently launched Beachbody’s latest program, 21 Day Fix. Building on a foundation of portion-controlled eating and healthy exercise habits, Autumn empowers people to reach their weight loss goals with “simple fitness and simple nutrition.”

The single mom opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about getting “fast results” with 21 Day Fix, her best advice for busy moms who want a lifestyle change, and her 5-year-old son Dominic who loves to cook and exercise with mommy.

CBS: Tell us all about your new Beachbody program, 21 Day Fix. Tell us about the workouts, as well as the eating program with portion control containers.

AC: “The 21 Day Fix is a two part system. It is simple fitness and simple nutrition. When you put them together, you get fast results.

There are 7 workouts, one for each day of the week. They are 30 minutes each. There is something different every day to keep you interested and to keep your body from plateauing.

These workouts are for everyone. You can be an athlete who workouts everyday or a person who has never worked out a day in their life — you will still benefit from these workouts. Each workout has a modifier, so if you are a beginner you start with them. You push yourself to your limit. Each exercise is 1 minute in length with a 20 second rest.

When it comes to the nutrition plan for 21 Day Fix, I’ve taken the guess work out of how to eat. There are 7 color-coded containers that you will use to portion out your food. If it fits in the container, you can eat it — nothing is off limits. I’ve even left wine and chocolate in the program!

You calculate a simple formula for yourself to tell you what calorie bucket to eat from. Once you have done that, you eat the number of containers in your list. There is green, purple, red, yellow, blue and orange and the teaspoon. For me I eat 5 green containers, 3 purple, 4 red, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange and 4 teaspoons a day. You will always feel full and satisfied because this is clean eating and portion control.”

CBS: Congratulations on the huge success of 21 Day Fix thus far! Why do you think this fitness program and eating plan has been such a hit?

AC: “Thank you! I believe the 21 Day Fix has been so successful because it is so simple. Nutrition really is what people struggle with most, and I have made this plan foolproof. If you follow it, you are going to have amazing results.

The 21 Day Fix is fast, fun and designed for everyone. The moves will challenge you, but they are not complicated and you take it at your own pace. When you combine simple fitness with simple nutrition, you have a recipe for success.”

CBS: Have you ever had issues with portion control?

AC: “I myself never have had issues with portion control, but my dad owned Italian restaurants most of my childhood so I grew up eating pizza, pasta and subs. When I started dancing competitively, I needed to make changes and better choices. I was 13 and it really sparked my interest seeing how my body changed when I cut out certain things like soda.”

CBS: Tell us why 21 Day Fix is the perfect fit for busy moms. What is your best advice for busy moms who say they don’t have enough time for a regular workout program and/or a portion control eating plan?

AC: “The 21 Day Fix is perfect for busy moms because it is so simple. There isn’t a lot of planning when it comes to the food. If it fits in the containers, you can eat it. The containers can be taken with you on the go and they are microwave and dishwasher safe.

The workouts are fast — only 30 minutes long. Busy moms don’t have all day to workout. You have to get in, get it done, and get on with your day. That’s how 21 Day Fix is designed — fast and effective.

My best advice for busy moms who say they don’t have time for a regular workout program is this: you have to take care of yourself to be the best mom that you can be. I understand we are all busy, but everyone has 30 minutes to workout and you will feel so much better because of it. Plan it in your schedule just like you plan activities for the kids or a work meeting. It takes 21 days to make a new habit. Once you have worked out consistently for a few weeks, you will wonder how you ever went without.

My advice for busy moms who say they don’t have time for a portion control eating plan is this: look at the 21 Day Fix as a fun way to eat healthy that really doesn’t require extra work. You are going to make yourself food anyways, so it might as well be in the correct portion to keep you healthy and energized.”

CBS: Tell us about your son. What is his name and age? We hear you are a single mom — how do you manage your busy career and motherhood?

AC: “My son Dominic just turned 5. People ask me all the time how I manage 13-hour work days, and my workouts, and taking care of him — ummm I’m like Nike and I JUST DO IT! I don’t think about it, I just know what needs to be done each day and I go at it full force until it’s finished — even if that means I’m in my living room at 9:30 at night getting my workout in and then making my son’s lunch for the next day before I go to bed. If it’s important to you, you will find a way — if not you will find an excuse, its that simple.”

CBS: How do you integrate your healthy lifestyle with your son? Are you strict about his eating choices? Does he enjoy exercising and staying active with mommy?

AC: “I always bring my son into the kitchen with me when I’m cooking and teach him about what I am making. I explain to him that we eat fruits and veggies to make us strong, and that eggs and chicken give us strong muscles.

He has seen me at work and seen me compete in my fitness competitions so he understands what mommy does. He loves to try to exercise with me. He cracks me up when he puts my tennis shoes on and says, ‘Bye mom, I’m going to work.’

Dominic is super active — he is a great skateboarder, loves karate and just got a Tony Hawk BMX bike. I have a hard time keeping up with him [laughs].”

CBS: Did you gain a lot of weight during pregnancy? How did you lose the pregnancy weight?

AC: “I gained 36 lbs. during my pregnancy. I worked out every day, but I had days where I didn’t always eat perfect. I had a C-section, but I was determined to lose the baby weight in 12 weeks or less. I would always read in magazines about how a celebrity lost the baby weight in 12 weeks, so that was my goal. As soon as I was cleared to exercise I started taking Dominic for 2 walks a day (each walk was 3 miles), then I started jogging, then I added in the weights. The weight came off in 11 weeks and 4 days.”

CBS: Any last thoughts on making a lifestyle change, and starting a program like 21 Day Fix? 

AC: “The key to success is taking it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one workout at a time. It’s good to have a long term goal, but it is also very important to have smaller goals so that you can see your progress and have motivation to keep going. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so be patient and trust in the process.”

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Lauren Holly: Why I Raise My Kids In Canada

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While she had us laughing hysterically as Mary Swanson in Dumb and DumberLauren Holly is now keeping audiences on the edge of their seats as Dr. Betty Rogers in the CTV television drama, Motive.

Lauren opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the upcoming second season of her hit police drama. She goes on to talk about raising her three sons - Azer, 13, George, 12, and Henry, 11 – in Canada, and her idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day.

CBS: You’re filming the second season of Motive. What do you think accounts for the show’s success?

LH: “I think the unusual order of events, the audience knows the killer from the beginning, is what makes the show different and interesting.”

CBS: Anything we should look forward to with your character Dr. Betty Rogers?

LH: “Dr. B and Angie develop more of a relationship. As the season unfolds, they need each other more than ever.”

CBS: Has the role made you look at death differently?

LH: “No, but it does remind me of the feeling I had as a kid at my first funeral viewing – the body was like an empty shell.”

CBS: You moved to Canada with your family. What is the main difference you notice between the neighboring countries?

LH: “I really wanted to raise my boys in a place where ‘celebrity’ wasn’t important, and where I could be closer to where I grew up (upstate NY). I love it here — it reminds me of my childhood. It seems more open minded and inclusive, and I love the seasons. This winter has been the hardest to deal with so far though. How long until tulips?? [laughs].”

CBS: What is it like raising three boys?

LH: “Life NEVER slows down [laughs]. I feel so loved, as do they. We are quite a team.”

CBS: If we asked them what kind of a mom you are, what would they tell us?

LH: “Probably tough – I have a lot of rules – but also fun and spontaneous.”

CBS: What do you like to do when you’re all hanging out together?

LH: “Either we pick a fun activity for the day like going out on ATVs, go carts, or skiing. Or we stay in PJs, make popcorn and watch movies.”

CBS: What is a typical day like for you?

LH: “Up early. Always hot breakfast, and we all eat together even though there are three departure times to three different schools. While they are in school, I run around and do errands, have auditions, workout – whatever needs to get done. Mondays and Fridays friends come home with them from school; Tuesdays one takes singing. Wednesdays and Saturdays they all play lacrosse (this season). Thursdays they all have music lessons – the singer is lead guitar, then I have a bass player and a drummer (they say NO chance of a boy band,). Since every other day is a crazy pace, Sunday is veg day.”

CBS: Tell us about one of your upcoming movie Hoovey

LH: “I love this movie! It is a true story about a family that not only has to deal with a health scare, but then the ensuing financial drain. So many know this story too well, unfortunately. Still, the ending is so uplifting.”

CBS: You’re also in the upcoming film, Field of Lost Shoes. What was it like working with costar David Arquette?

LH: “I didn’t get to work with him, but I am so honored to be in the same movie with him. It is another true and amazing story from U.S. history.”

CBS: You’ve been in a lot of dramas – any desire to do a comedy again?

LH: “Yes! I miss it. I try to put a few laughs in everything I do.”

CBS: What’s your favorite way to spend Valentine’s Day?

LH: “Cozy with a box of chocolates on my lap [laughs].”

 

Candace Cameron Bure Enjoys Girls’ Night In

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Good Carma Studio hosted Full House actress and Balancing It All author, Candace Cameron Bure, and some of her BFFs – including Beverley Mitchell and former costar Andrea Barber – to a girls’ night in at her L.A. based home on Saturday (February 8). The gals dined on Paleta’s avocado wraps, mini burgers and quinoa citrus salad.

Candace served her ladies wine from her own label, Bure Family Wines, and enjoyed a wine bottle cupcake cake from Polkatots.

Continue reading more details about the fun evening and Celebrity Baby Scoop’s exclusive interview with Candace…

The mom-of-three and her friends were treated to massages by the manly Handz while listening to Candace’s party playlist and talked for hours.

The ladies took home Nutrimeal Shakes and vitamin D from USANA, Mabel’s Labels’ NEW Write Away Labels, LL Bean Totes, Net Nanny online protection software, and more.

Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with the actress – who is mom to 15-year-old daughter Natasha and sons Lev, nearly 14, and Maks, 12 with husband Valeri Bure – about her thoughts on love and marriage, the Olympics, and more.

CBS: You got a lot of attention for your recent “submissive” marriage comment. Why do you think the public reacted so strongly?

CCB: “The word ‘submissive’ itself has several connotations and can evoke strong, negative feelings if not understood in its proper context. My use of the word is not one of those definitions. It is simply meekness. I think it’s safe to say that in general, people don’t like being told what to do, so hearing this word makes the hair stand up on their necks. Yet, we submit to authority every single day through our government, laws, boss, and parents, etc.

But guess what… this is our marriage, not anyone else’s. Val and I have a 17-year long marriage with joy, love and respect for one another.”

CBS: Why do you think the divorce rates are so high? What do you think is missing in many marriages?

CCB: “I think people are fed the lie that life is all about our own personal happiness and fulfillment, and when a spouse fails to meet that expectation for the other, marriages fail. I believe the key is to look beyond ourselves and look at what you can contribute to building up your spouse into the man or woman they were created to be.”

CBS: Tell us more about your book Balancing It All. What is it all about?

CCB: “Balancing It All is my life journey — taking you through my early years as a child actor, school, dating, marriage, motherhood and being a successful working woman to date, pulling out key moments that have helped me juggle each season of life.

I share my struggles and successes, what’s worked and what hasn’t, hoping to inspire each woman to take a deep breath in their current circumstance and realize balance looks different for each of us. But, when we trade secrets and support one another in our walk of life, we’ll feel good that investing in what’s right in each of our own lives is how we balance it all.”

CBS: With your hubby being a former hockey star, we assume you’ll be watching the Winter Olympics? What are your thoughts on the controversy in Sochi, regarding the anti-gay laws?

CCB: “Of course we’ll be watching! My hubby is a 2-time Olympic medalist playing for team Russia in ’98 and ’02. Many countries don’t have the same freedoms the United States has, and while these are very important issues, we hate to see it detract from the Olympic Games themselves.

These athletes from all over the world have trained their whole lives for this moment and we choose to focus our attention during this short time on their amazing accomplishments and opportunity to represent their country proudly and earn an Olympic medal.”

CBS: How are your kids doing? What are they into these days?

CCB: “The kids are great! Natasha is getting her driver’s permit in two weeks. YIKES! She’s singing and learning to play piano. I’m finally going to live my dream of being a professional singer through my daughter [laughs]. Let’s hope I don’t turn into a reality show stage mom! My boys are playing hockey and still have their eyes set on the NHL.”

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Lashinda Demus: “I Want To Empower Other Women”

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American hurdler Lashinda Demus has launched her new website GoWomanGo.com.
Demus wants it to be a place where she can share the lessons she has learned as an athlete, a daughter, a wife, a mother and a fellow woman on the journey through life. The mother to 6-year-old twin boys has a lot to be proud of. She won gold at the World Championships in 2011 and followed it up with a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Demus to find out more about GoWomanGo.com – and how she juggles raising her children in L.A. while training for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

CBS: What made you decide to start GoWomanGo.com?

LD: The concept came along about 1-2 years ago. I felt there was a voice missing in social media and on the web that represent women like myself.  I had more to talk about outside of my athletic accomplishments and I think a lot of people have a perception of how female athletes and/or working women/mothers are. I think everyone wants to be heard and this was my way to shout to the world I’m here and I’m here with twins boys!

CBS: What kind of content can we expect to see on the site?

LD: You can expect to see me talk about the issues I’ve experienced as a working woman and working mom. While my experience may seem unique as a woman who is a professional athlete, I think there are many parallels and similarities to all women who are balancing a lot and pursuing their dreams. I want to be open and transparent, and hopefully other women can relate to me and not feel like they are alone in what they are going through. I want to empower other women to face their challenges and to pick themselves up after making mistakes or falling on bad luck.

CBS: What advice can you give to moms who want to get back into the work force?

LD: The desire in you to come back was not put in you for no action to take place! Where there is a will, there’s a way. Pursue, pursue, pursue! You know you’re headed in the right direction when you face road blocks. No road worth traveling rides easy. Kids’ perception of women is established through their mother. If you are weak and timid, they will think women are. But if you are strong, intelligent and ambitious, they will think that. As women we often feel guilty for working and not being with our kids more, but look at the example we are setting for them! Working hard for our kids is a great example and a great display of our love for them.

CBS: Is there a certain demographic of women you want to reach with your website?

LD: While certainly my intent is not to exclude anyone, I think the kind of woman that will find my website most enlightening is the woman who has goals and dreams she wants to pursue but sometimes runs into barriers and who sometimes feels overwhelmed with everything on her plate. She is a confident woman who also has some insecurities! She may seem happy and put together but deals with stress and even depression too! I want to be a realistic example for those women so they don’t feel alone or discouraged.

CBS: What challenges have you faced combining motherhood and a successful athletic career?

LD: It has always been challenging for me to balance the two.  I struggle with this presently.  I always question if I’m giving enough time, am I loving enough, or just am a good mom?  I think this can affect your career in many ways because you always feel like you are neglecting one for the other.  I’ve learned to be at peace with knowing for sure I’m completely doing my best.  That’s a truth I can hold on to.

CBS: What does empowerment mean to you?  How do you achieve it?

LD: Empowerment, like love, is an action in changing peoples lives; it’s only empowering if this occurs.  I’m a truth-seeker, so naturally I’m drawn to people that speak truth or are trying to find the truth, whether it’s the truth about themselves, life, space, law, etc.  Their willingness to find answers shows their desire for answers that turn into solutions.  This empowers me.

CBS: You now live in Los Angeles – what is a “typical” day like for you?

LD: I wake up at 6:45am to get the boys ready for school (it takes me 10 minutes just to get them out the bed). They brush their teeth and eat breakfast while I iron their clothes and prepare their lunch.  We leave the house around 7:45 to get them to school by 8:00am.  I then rush home to prepare to go to practice by 9am.  Practice could take up to 2-5 hours depending on if I have weight room or other training pertaining to my sport.  The boys are picked up by an after school program which gives me time to finish all my appointments, run errands and prepare dinner.  I pick the boys up and we go over homework and eat dinner together and prepare for bed to do it all over again the next morning.

CBS: Tell us about your 6-year-old boys Dontay and Duaine. What are their interests? Do they like sports?

LD: Even though they are twins, they are totally different.  Duaine is older by a minute and he takes being the older brother very seriously. He’s into sports but doesn’t really enjoy practicing, this is something I will continue to work on with him.  He likes basketball, swimming, soccer, and hockey. Dontay on the other hand has hard work engraved in him already, and he wants to be the best. It’s scary to see this in a child so young because I was exactly the same way, and it can be stressful! I try to encourage him not to take losing so seriously and to keep it light, especially at his age. He loves football and track!

CBS: What’s it like to raise twin boys?  If we asked them what kind of mom you are, what would they tell us?

LD: Many people ask me this.  This is the norm for me because they’re my first I’m raising, so I have no prior comparisons – it’s all I know! I would say that it’s a lot of fun.  It’s cool to see them interact and for people to be intrigued by them.  I honestly don’t know what they would say about me being their mom, LOL!  I think I’m just mom to them, somebody that loves them.

CBS: Obviously you’re a healthy eater – do you let yourself and the boys indulge in junk food a little once in awhile?

LD: I’m guilty in letting them indulge on junk food, but what balances that out are my healthy eating habits that they’ve picked up on as well.  I don’t have to force them to eat vegetables, they naturally think they’re good!  When they were in preschool their teacher told me that they were the only kids that asked for seconds with the veggies.  Just the other day we were all vegging out (eating vegetables) with Persian cucumbers and Oikos garlic hummus, and they were totally content.

CBS: Having a busy schedule – do you have time to cook dinner and do the school runs?

LD: I love to cook so I try to cook as much as my body allows me too.  I use to stress over not having a home cooked meal for them everyday, but I would just be so tired sometimes that I would cheat.  I think it comes from me competing.  I try to be perfect at everything and that’s hard work, so I try to remember to let myself off the hook from time to time because it can become overwhelming.

CBS: You plan to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016. Will it be the last time you compete?

LD: It will definitely be my last Olympics, but I can’t say that for competing.  It depends on how my body is doing and other factors that tie into training. But it will be my last Olympics, so every day when I’m training, Rio is on my mind.

CBS: What are your goals for 2014?

LD: Definitely my goals for 2014 are to make Go Woman Go a massive movement  that impacts the lives of many women. I truly feel that my ultimate purpose in this life is to influence and empower others. This was a big step for me to take and now I can’t wait to keep running with it!  I also want to regain my number-one world ranking and compete in a series called the Diamond League (a major track and field competition series in the summer) and become the 2014 Diamond League champion in the 400m hurdles.  I want to create a new “normal” for female athletes – I’m tired of us being kept in a box! I truly believe I’m meant to be extraordinary and do extraordinary things. I mean I’ve already carried two babies that weighed 6.8 pounds and 5.8 pounds – the skies are the limit!

 

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.”