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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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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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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.”

 

Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: How To Keep Your Love Alive

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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, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

In her latest blog post, Gena shares how she met the love of her life on a blind date. Although reluctant at first, the former Baywatch star talks about their immediate strong connection, how they “work together as a team everyday,” and how “the moments of hardships and the growing pains make it real.”

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

“My husband and I met on a blind date September 2, 2003 at Starbucks. I reluctantly met this ‘mystery man’ after my good friend insisted time and again he was the nicest guy she’d ever met in hockey. All I knew was that he played professional hockey and was recently traded to our local team. My previous relationship was with a pro-baseball player – which was extremely tumultuous – so to say I was a bit gun shy was an understatement.

I have to admit when my friend uttered the words ‘professional athlete’ I shut it down immediately and thought she was nuts! It did take some convincing for me to give out my number, but in the end, I trusted my friend. When he called he was polite and seemed extremely genuine. Then I had a quick flashback of my nightmare with ‘Baseball Boy’ and thought if this guy thinks he’s going to get a Pamela Anderson, he’s sorely mistaken.

I called him without warning to meet for a quick coffee — that way I could get out easily if he wasn’t my type. When he answered the phone, he said he was at Home Depot and could be there in 20 minutes. Uh-oh, snap, crackle, pop! I threw on a tee and a pair of jeans, leaving the house without a trace of make-up! Perfect.

I casually walked into Starbucks and before my eyes stood a 6’3 blonde adonis! He said softly, ‘You must be Gena.’ I paused….. ‘Ahhhhhh, yes!’ I was thinking to myself, ‘You dumb cluck, why on God’s green earth didn’t you put on a little make-up and fix yourself up a bit!’

He had ordered my coffee ahead of time, so we found a cozy corner and talked for over 3 hours. He was well read, educated and interesting! Forget the fact that he could’ve modeled for GQ, played pro-hockey and was at Home Depot [laughs]!

To my surprise, I felt really comfortable with this guy, like I’d known him my entire life. Suffice to say, we hit it off! He called the next day asking for a ‘real date,’ and as they say in Hollywood, the rest was history! Exactly one year to the day, we were married in front of one hundred of our closest friends and family. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as we exchanged our vows, including my own. Everyone knew this was different, it was true love unfolding in front of them.

In every marriage it takes work and it isn’t always easy street. In our 11 years together, it didn’t include magic dust, darn it! We have to work together as a team everyday. The stress of having 4 kids (his, mine and ours) can take a toll, but we’ve always talked things through, understanding that it’s our responsibility and as long as we’re on the same page, things move along pretty smoothly.

I can’t speak for you all, but it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. For instance, the other day he wrote me a love letter with the lyrics to a song he said was ‘our song.’ It’s called Future Days by Pearl Jam. He printed out the lyrics and put the song on my iPhone with a note. It’s those magic moments that make me fall in love with him again and again! I can’t stress how important date nights are, getting away from every day life to just focus on the two of you really nurtures your relationship.

Love is beautiful when it’s right — it can’t be bought, it can’t be forced and it should never hurt [abusive]. 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.

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.

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

Here are my tips for keeping your love alive:

  • Communication;
  • Respecting one another and listening to each of your needs;
  • Take time, even 5 minutes, to write little notes saying you love them or that you’re thinking of them;
  • Make sure you give your partner space, everyone needs alone time. As they say, absence makes the heart grow founder;
  • Don’t take each other for granted, not for one moment. Love needs to be nurtured, just like flowers need the sun;
  • Have date nights! It reminds you of what made you two kids fall in love in the first place;
  • Intimacy! This can be as simple as dancing in your backyard, kissing is always nice, maybe deep conversation, and as my grandma would say, ‘A good roll in the hay isn’t bad either!’ [Hmmm!];

My grandmother once told me the secret to her and my grandfathers long, beautiful marriage. She said, ‘Never go to bed angry, forgive one another and have lots of sex!’ Oh, Grandma Marie!

Sadly, she lost the love of her life suddenly to a heart attack and never once thought of dating since his passing 33 years ago. She’s 93 years old and still talks about her true love as if it were yesterday.

May you always treasure the love you hold, it’s such a blessing! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love & Light, Gena Lee Nolin

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Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: ‘Tis The Season

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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 Cale Hulse and their four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

In her latest blog post, Gena shares her thoughts on what the holidays are all about. She discusses why “we tend to put harsh expectations on the holidays” and shares her family’s holiday traditions. Continue reading the former Baywatch star’s words of wisdom, and share your thoughts, questions and advice in the comments. For more information on Gena Lee Nolin, please check out her official website.

“Yes, it’s that time of year again. People rush throughout the stores, bumping, growling, grabbing trinkets, and charging towards the deals. Parents grip their children’s hands in line for hours so their little girl or boy can sit on Santa’s lap. Eyes shine in the hopes of telling him word-for-word what they’ve rehearsed a million times. However, when they finally get their turn, they look up at his cheery expression and stare at him in complete shock, until that dreaded emotional break down. Exactly what us parents were waiting for—two hours in line to meet Santa, all to get the traditional photo of our children crying on his lap!

We tend to put harsh expectations on the holidays, whether it’s cooking for eight glorious nights during Hanukkah or gearing up for the Twelve Days of Christmas. I get mixed feelings from all my friends. I have some with five kids and in-laws, and some with none at all. I feel that many people suffer from depression around this time of year because of the pressure placed on giving material gifts when some can barely get by. ‘Another year has passed,’ you may wonder. ‘Did I do enough? Did I cook the turkey just right? Will I be alone without family again?’

Luckily, for me, dating back to four years old, I still remember the sound of my dad’s large feet stomping through the snow, pretending to be Santa leaving after delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. We celebrated the traditional Scandinavian Christmas– we attended church, ate a scrumptious dinner with all the fixings, and then had our gift exchange later that evening under the multi-colored tree, pine candles burning a fresh scent throughout the air. I still feel the warmth and love from those childhood memories and have now incorporated them into my children’s lives. However, my husband grew up under the tradition that Santa comes on Christmas morning each year with heaping stockings filled to the brim. We had to meet somewhere in the middle. He embraces my Swedish evening traditions and actually loves it, and I enjoy the 5 a.m. wake-up call from my kids, shouting,’“Mommy, can you get up, NOW!’ I couldn’t be happier and am even more so when my husband hands me a hot cup of coffee. Sweet chaos!

It’s a short-lived time that our children will believe in Santa, so I treasure every moment I have with them. 
Elf on the Shelf? If you’ve got little ones, you’ve got the Elf book! Oh, the fun I’ve had with Jack (our Elf!) We’ve had many discussions over my Crown Royal hot toddy’s on politics, healthcare, and, of course, the North Pole! (Maybe it wasn’t Jack talking…it could’ve easily been an overly tired mom, but it’s in the spirit, so shush!)

We’re gearing up for another family Christmas at our home this year: food, friends, the Polar Express movie, and of course Santa. I find that as I get older, I realize what this time of year is really about; I get so much more out of giving than I’ll ever get from receiving. It’s not that I’m not appreciative of what I have, but knowing I’ve helped someone or given a child a gift they didn’t think they’d receive, such as through Toys for Tots, is very rewarding.  It’s those simple moments that truly mean everything!

I believe true happiness comes from within and this time of year rings true to that. Breathe and relax, it’s just a turkey! Be thankful for everything, especially your health and the health of your spouse and kids. Hold on to the magic with your little ones as long as you can, because they’ll be asking to go to the ole girlfriend’s house on Christmas day in no time! (Ugh!) Actually, in a blink!

I always try to remember that life is one big circle, bringing in your memories and making new ones for the next generation!

Whatever faith you may believe in, don’t forget to wave and smile when driving past a neighbor or say ‘Happy Holidays!’ to a stranger on the street! You’ll be surprised at their reaction, leaving your own heart bursting with pure joy.

‘Tis the Season, 
Merry Christmas, and Cheers to 2014!”

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Gena Lee Nolin & Family: ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2′ Arrival

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Gena Lee Nolin and her husband Cale Hulse brought their children Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4, to the Los Angeles premiere of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on Saturday (September 21).

The event was held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.

Gena recently blogged, “My job as a mother is to teach my children how to give with compassion — the way I had been taught early in life. It’s so easy to be judgmental — easy to say, ‘Ewww that person is crazy, dirty or not like us.’ Who are we to judge and really, who are we, if we’re coming from a place of entitlement?

“What’s that old saying, ‘Until you’ve walked in someone else’s shoes, zip it, keep a lid on it or if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.’ Those are some of my mom’s favorites!”

 

Hollywood Tuna’s Extra Catch Of The Day

Today’s extra catch consists of Courtney Stodden, Brandy, Una Healy,Michelle Hunziker, Tara Reid, Caitin O’Connor, Gena Lee Nolin, Olivia Holt, Cher Lloyd, Natalie Portman, Stacy Keibler, Christine Woods, Darby Stanchfield, Meredith Monroe, Peta Murgatoyd, Maddie Hasson, Sasha Pieterse, Jennette McCurdy, Stephanie Jacobsen, Jackie Cruz, Jacqueline Bracamontes, Eva Mendes.

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Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: Can Moms Truly Have It All?

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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 Cale Hulse and their four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

In her latest guest blog, Gena talks about the illusion of ‘having it all.’ The former Baywatch star talks about the stress and challenges facing moms everywhere – from Hollywood’s leading ladies to everyday women. Continue reading her words of wisdom, and share your thoughts, questions, and advice in the comments.

“Can moms truly have it all?

It’s the question most every working mother inevitably asks herself: can I have it all? The answer you may not be expecting to hear… It depends on your situation and your own definition of ‘having it all.’

Most working women face much more difficult life circumstances. Some are single mothers; many struggle to find any job; others support husbands who cannot find jobs. Many cope with a work life in which day care is either very expensive or unavailable; school schedules do not match work schedules; and schools themselves are failing to educate their children.

Many of these women are worrying not about having it all, but rather holding on to what they do have. Mind you, that’s real life, not Hollywood!

I’m not saying the mothers of the world can’t make it happen — they can and do all the time with the right mindset.

Speaking of Hollywood, almost everyone I know has nannies, personal assistants and chefs. Yes, I said chefs!

However, in my colleagues’ defense, working 15-hour days on set doesn’t exactly make it easy to be the next June Cleaver. It’s incredibly challenging, as it is for all us working moms. You must have help in order to obtain a healthy family life while keeping up with the grind of the entertainment industry.

I was lucky enough to have my mom nanny for me while working full time. I knew I couldn’t care for my son and deliver lines at the same bloody time, so having the best care taker was my number one priority. Don’t forget, I chose to be a working mother, some women don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing their next television series. It was a privilege that I never once took for granted.

All this Hollywood talk brings me to this… I call it ‘funny money.’ You get paid a lot working in this industry. So, it’s really unfair to compare others who are just getting by like my own mother did. She had three of us, divorced, and had no choice but to work hard for everything she got. I respect it, as it was how I was raised and all I knew.

While working with a hectic travel schedule, press, and the stress of having my own series on my shoulders, it was extremely demanding. Ultimately, it cost me a 10-year marriage while giving me extreme mommy guilt. That’s one of the reasons I chose to take a Hollywood break. I wanted to be on the other side of the white picket fence, to wake up with my children, make dinner and be the mother I wasn’t able to be.

Now that I’m back at it again with my upcoming whirlwind schedule, it’s all about balance. This is where my 16-year parental experience comes in handy! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m horrible at taking time for myself. I put everyone’s troubles before my own — it can be draining and exhausting at times.

I’ve learned how to become a balanced mom, wife and friend. Also, I am learning my own definition of ‘having it all.’ I can tell you this, it’s certainly not about being on the number one show in the world or being on the next magazine cover. It’s about being present in every thing I do. No matter what adversity life throws at me, my children know how important they are and that I can always be depended on.

I feel blessed to be invited back into a business I truly love. My writing, being a health advocate, a spokeswoman for RLC labs, host, endorse beauty products and author to my new book, Beautiful Inside & Out. Who would’ve thought my forties would be the best part of my life?

My perspective has totally changed as I’ve gotten older and wiser. At the end of the day, we’re all mothers and I firmly believe that’s the true meaning of ‘having it all.’ “

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Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: “The Power Of Words”

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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 Cale Hulse and their four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

In her second guest blog, Gena talks about teaching her daughter healthy self-esteem and body image. While stressing the importance of words, the former Baywatch star shares some great tips. Continue reading her words of wisdom, and share your thoughts, questions, and advice in the comments.

“After having two boys, I was overjoyed to discover that I was finally having a GIRL! I drove home from the sonogram giddy, rocking out to Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun!” I was going to have my baby girl and the world just seemed brighter.

When she was born, I realized I had a little lady on my hands and that I’d be the woman she’d look up to. I wondered, what will our future talks be like? Will she understand the career path I chose in my early 20s and be okay with the famous red swimsuit?

Since having children, I’ve become an open book and I allow all topics to be up for discussion. If you’re honest and come to the plate with knowledge and experience, your children will see that and respect you. Being known as a sex symbol isn’t exactly a bad thing; it’s actually very flattering. However, it’s really just a small part of who I am.

My children see their mom 90% of the time in jeans with no makeup on, running to soccer practice, volunteering at the local Goodwill, or giving any extra time I have to my thyroid awareness Facebook page. When my kids look at me, they most certainly don’t see the hundreds of magazine layouts or TV shows I’ve done; they see their mom and, frankly, they could care less about any of it!

At the end of the day, it’s about showing them firsthand the importance of loving yourself, owning your past, and looking to the future without missing a beat. Amen to that!

Today, girls have so much pressure to look a certain way, wear the current trends, and, of course, be paper-thin. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned with what my daughter might be faced with later in life. So, how do we prepare ourselves for the inevitable? I say, start as early as we can to teach them healthy self-esteem.

When Stella was about 6-months-old, she’d sit on my lap after bath time and play the “patty cake” game and sing songs until bedtime. We’d always end our fun with this affirmation: “I am a Strong, Confident, Beautiful Girl!” This little jingle became a routine for us. As she grew older, she started saying it on her own. I can’t stress the power of words and the importance of how we speak about our own body image in front of our children.

I’ve had to stop myself many times from saying, “I’ve got to lose another 5 lbs” or, “Ahhh, I look terrible in this outfit!” We all have our moments, but that’s what girlfriends are for. Stella really listens and watches what I do. She’ll go in my closet and come out with my high heels on, saying, “Which ones should I wear today?” The day before, she saw her mama asking herself the same question.

Remember that the first three years of your daughter’s life are crucial. Those are the years that they develop significant intellectual, emotional and social abilities. Likewise, those are the years that she will learn to give and accept love. She will learn confidence, security, and empathy, too.

The first three years are the doorway to forever. Having a solid male figure in her life will be essential, too, as he will be her first love and he will affect how she will view men in general. The bar has definitely been raised in our home, because Cale is an amazing father and now Stella is a “Daddy’s Girl.”

There’s nothing sweeter than having my daughter pick me flowers on our walks or having spa night in “Mommy’s Bathroom.” She’s the future, MY future, and I want her to feel sturdy and grounded in whatever path she chooses. I can only guide her so far and then she’ll be off to create her own adventures.

When she looks back, she’ll see a very proud mama cheering her on. Watch out, world, here comes my “Strong, Confident, Beautiful Girl!”

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Gena Lee Nolin’s Blog: Creating Harmony In Our Family

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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 Cale Hulse and their four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

In her first guest blog, Gena talks about creating a sense of harmony in your family. From cultivating good listening skills, to honoring everyone’s feelings and opinions, to setting boundaries, the former Baywatch star shares some great tips. Continue reading her words of wisdom, and share your thoughts, questions and advice in the comments.

“Keeping “harmony” in our family isn’t something that just magically happened, it takes work by everyone in our family everyday. First, it’s important that each one knows they are loved and appreciated by the others. One way we can show this is to respect them, their ideas, and their property. For example, if someone is feeling sad or lonely don’t just disregard this. Ask why and listen to what may really be going on.

We can show respect simply by being polite to one another. This isn’t always easy when you have children ranging from 4 to 16 years old! However, a simple please and thank you goes a long way in our household and they’ve been taught that.

The one thing this mama bear has learned is to show respect for all ideas, this does not mean I agree with them. Sometimes children come up with some wonderfully outrageous ideas that need to be penned in their baby books. But through the hindsight of our wonderful parental wisdom we can clearly see their outrageous idea isn’t viable. Remembering children see the world through rose colored glasses, (wasn’t that the best??) I think holding on to the kid in ourselves, helps us understand our children and by doing so, makes us better parents.

Here are some key things that have helped us keep harmony in our home:

Listening to my children. Knowing that we really hear what they’re saying, means so much to them. Having respect for them from day one, allows that very same respect to reflect back on us. They follow our lead and do what we do… I have some goofy sayings, I guess it’s the Minnesota in me… But my 6 year old just said in the car, good gravy mom, we’re going to be late! “Good Gravy!” Yes, it could’ve been much worse! But still…. [Laughing]

Remember each family member has different needs. Taking my little ones to the zoo does nothing for my 16 year old who wants to go see “Argo” for the third time to then discuss the film over dinner. One doesn’t always go along with the other. So, that’s where time management comes into play. I’ve had to make special mom time for each of them. Not always easy, but it can be done.

Did I forget that I had a husband? No… Of course not! Mommy and Daddy time is absolutely necessary! We always take a night to have special alone time. Whether it’s as simple as a walk or dinner, even a night out with another couple. Just being romantic in some small way is the glue to keeping harmony in our family. I call it the pyramid effect. When Mommy and Daddy are happy, everyones happy! [Wink] [Wink]

Having boundaries in all aspects of our lives is also so important, especially when it applies to our families. When you’ve promised your kids something, stick with it. Mean what you say, say what you mean. If someone from work say’s, we need you for this or that on Thursday night and I’ve already planned a night out with my family… Sorry, I can’t make it happen! Family always comes first. No if’s ands or but’s about it. Keeping your word creates accountability and in return makes my kids feel safe.

At the end of the day, NOTHING is perfect! We have our days where nothing works. Really, nothing! Kids are screaming, one is emotional with pimples being a lippy teen. I have pimples and cramps and I want to LOSE it! I guess looking back, there’s harmony in all of it. Except for the pimples and cramps!”

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David Hasselhoff & His Girls Go To Roast

David Hasselhoff posed with his two daughters - Taylor Ann, 20, and Hayley Amber, 17 - as they entered the Comedy Central roast of the 58-year-old Knight Rider star in Culver City, Calif. on Sunday (August 1).

Also in attendance were some of his Baywatch co-stars including Pamela Anderson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin and Traci Bingham.

All eyes were on The Hoff as he confidently faced press before taping the comedy 'roast' of his career and personal life, which will air on Comedy Central on August 15.

"If you can't laugh at yourself and you hold everything in, then that's when you have problems," he said. Hopefully they didn't hassle The Hoff too much!

 

Gena Lee Nolin & Family Help Kids Smile

Baywatch alum Gena Lee Nolin, her husband Cale Hulse and their two children - son Hudson, 4, and daughter Stella, 1 1/2 - were all smiles at the Sunshine Kids Partners with Ringling Bros to Help Kids With Cancer Smile in Los Angeles on Thursday (July 15). Gena's 16-year-old son Spencer, from her previous marriage to Greg Fahlman, was not spotted with the group.

The gorgeous 38-year-old mom of 3 opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her struggle with postpartum depression.

I want you to know getting over PPD was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I call it the real success of my life, because at the time I was in such a horrible state, that I seriously didn't know how to live or feel. It was impossible for me to do anything without getting the proper help I needed, which is why I'm saying - Get help! The best advice I can give and something I personally did was call my OBGYN. They will point you in the right direction and most likely have you come in to discuss medications or other directions you may want to take. This is a serious illness, so please for you, your loved ones & me... Reach out!"