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Sarah Jessica Parker battles her twins for jewels

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By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Sarah Jessica Parker loves her jewelry — but so do a pair of 3-year-old thieves.

Parker’s twin daughters Tabitha and Marion get to try on mom’s baubles, and she said “they have walked away with many pieces.”

“Nothing of enormous value and I’ve told them basically all of it’s theirs with some set aside for my son,” Parker said Thursday at Tiffany and Co.’s Blue Book Ball.

Parker joined actresses Jessica Biel, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Williams for the celebration of Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection, inspired by the New York Jazz Age in partnership with the film “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

Hudson said she has a more whimsical approach to her jewelry box.

“I have a theory about jewelry. If you lose it, it’s supposed to be gone. I don’t shed a tear if I lose something,” she said. But if not, she says, “I hold on tight to it.”

But when it comes to jewels and baubles, does size matter?

“Oh, that’s a good question. No, I think workmanship matters more than size,” said Paltrow.

Actress Alice Eve disagrees: “Yes. Size always matters,” she said with a laugh.

Parker had a more meaningful response, as her modest-sized wedding ring from husband Matthew Broderick is from Tiffany’s.

“Not to me, no. I have a beautiful ring that I love very, very much and it’s from Tiffany’s and it’s my most, most favorite ring at all and it’s not as you can see super robust or muscular but I think it’s every bit as lovely as any big-dot rock,” she said. “But it’s great fun, don’t get me wrong, to borrow the big stuff occasionally. I mean, it’s a real privilege.”


Amanda Beard: ‘Motherhood has taught me a lot about accepting myself’

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By Francoise Shirley,

Seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard is set to welcome her second child this summer with husband Sacha Brown. The swimming champion, who is currently sponsored by Aqua Sphere, is already mom to 3-year-old son Blaise.

Amanda opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop ( ) about her prenatal workout regime and encourages all expectant moms to get into the water to “calm and soothe muscles.” She goes on to talk about preparing her son for the new addition and coming up with another “unique name.” Continue reading about Amanda’s hopes for a natural birth and how motherhood taught her self-acceptance.

Q: Congratulations on your pregnancy! How are you feeling? Have you been experiencing any side effects? Any cravings?

A: Thank you! I’m feeling great right now; during my first pregnancy I was sick the whole time and felt awful. So far this pregnancy has been a lot easier. I’ve only been sick a few times and I have a lot more energy. We are all so excited to add to our family!

Q: Do you have a birth plan? Are you hoping for a natural birth? Scheduled C-section? A similar birth to Blaise’s birth?

A: I’m hoping to have a similar birth as I did with Blaise. I was in labor for a little over 24 hours but he came out healthy and happy so to me it was perfect. A lot of people tell me the second one can come faster so hopefully that will be true and we can cut out some of those painful contraction hours.

Q: How are you staying fit during your pregnancy? Do you find it challenging to fit in a workout with a preschooler in the house? What are some of your best tips for staying in shape?

A: With a preschooler at home, I understand firsthand that leaving the house to exercise is not always plausible, so I suggest rolling out a yoga mat at home and practicing along with a prenatal yoga DVD in order to move at your own pace. I also try to make the time to swim while pregnant, and suggest that other expectant mothers do so in order to calm and soothe muscles. Gentle stretches in the shallow end can help alleviate back pain, make you feel weightless and soothe tired muscles. Walking is also a great way to add in a cardio exercise while pregnant. You can swap running for a walk around your neighborhood, take your dog out on a stroll or simply find a visually stimulating area to walk around to keep it fun. It’s important to keep exercise a priority during pregnancy, but know that it’s smart to readjust your normal exercise routine so you don’t overstress your body. It can be difficult to feel motivated to work out when you’re not feeling your best, so I always encourage pregnant women to make their workouts as convenient and low-impact as possible.

Q: Is Blaise excited to be a big brother? How have you been preparing him for the new addition?

A: Blaise is very excited to a big brother! He keeps telling me that he will hug and kiss the baby, and that he’ll help me take care of the baby…we’ll see if that actually happens. I’m excited to watch Blaise learn the role and responsibilities of being an older sibling. I think we’ll feel like an even more complete family unit with our new little one!

Q: We hear you’re due in July. Do you know the gender? Do you have any names picked out? Are you planning for another unique name like Blaise?

A: As far as names go we have a couple in mind, but nothing for sure. We will most likely have a unique name like our son Blaise. Picking a name is stressful and fun. It’s a huge responsibility to choose a child’s name for the rest of their life and we are taking it very seriously.

Q: We hear Aqua Sphere has a great maternity swim suit. Tell us more.

A: Yes! The Isis suit by Aqua Sphere is made specifically for pregnant women, and I used it to swim for exercise when I was pregnant with Blaise. The suit actually has an expanding belly pocket that will grow with your body, so you can use it throughout your entire pregnancy. It’s also really comfortable and supportive for your hips and bust– who would have thought you could feel fit and confident in a swimsuit while pregnant? It’s the best feeling knowing that you’re doing something good for your body by staying active and feeling great about yourself while doing it.

Q: What do you think motherhood will be like the second time around? What has motherhood taught you?

A: Motherhood has taught me a lot about accepting myself; when I became a mom for the first time, it really rearranged my priorities. Now, Blaise is at front of my mind at all times and my most important job is being his mom. I’m so excited about becoming a mom for the second time; everything from dusting off all the baby gear, buying bottles again, it’s all so fun and exciting!

Q: Do you celebrate Earth Day in your home? Tell us some of the ways you’re teaching Blaise to be eco-friendly. Is this important to you?

A: We try to be very eco-friendly in our house. We love our planet and have a huge passion for animals and all living creatures. We try to teach our son to respect nature. From the littlest bug to the largest whale, from flowers to cactus. Respect and recycle! features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Kristi Yamaguchi: ‘I feel so lucky in being a mom’

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By Francoise Shirley,

Olympic mom Kristi Yamaguchi opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two daughters — Keara, 9, and Emma, 7 — and the joys of motherhood. She goes on to discuss the Always Dream Foundation and the importance of having an eco-friendly household.

Q: What’s new with your Always Dream Foundation? Tell us all about the program and how it is helping people.

A: We launched a couple of different reading programs in schools that focus on early childhood literacy. For one of the programs, we partnered with an organization called “Raising A Reader.” It’s a book bag program where children get five books a week in a book bag to take home and it involves the parents’ engagement at home, really just sitting down and encouraging the love of books and the love of reading at a young age. Our foundation provides the technology side of that program by providing tablets and ebooks, in which some of the titles correspond to the hardcover books they take home. This makes it so the children can see the different ways they can view books. It also helps them gain knowledge of technology and where that is going today.

The second program we launched is a language arts software program. Again it is on a tablet. It utilizes the classroom’s reading curriculum. It is very hands-on and everything that the child does on the tablet is recorded. It’s really great to see the progress and to see where the child actually might need help.

Q: How are your daughters doing? What are they into these days? What do they do to make you laugh?

A: They are doing great, thank you. They are keeping busy with school obviously, and their various other activities. Our older daughter Keara is into softball. She is starting that in a couple of weeks and it is her second season doing that. She is also in a Polynesian performing arts group and she is a competitive hula dancer. She also plays piano. Our younger, 7-year-old daughter Emma, has been skating for about a year. She does that a couple of times a week at the recreational level, and she also loves soccer.

Everything they do makes me laugh. The two of them together is pretty hilarious. They create their own language…they make up words that mean certain things to them. I have to ask them, “what does that mean?” (laughs) I think the interactions they have together are fun to watch. They are silly together. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain.

Q: What’s been your biggest challenge in motherhood? Greatest reward?

A: I think there are challenges everyday. You just face them with open arms as a mom. You try to take each challenge as it comes. Obviously, it’s a different lifestyle having grown up as an athlete in an individual sport, where my life was really just centered around me the whole time. It’s hard to say, but it is a very self-centered lifestyle. When you become a mom you really understand that unconditional love is and you really want to do something for someone else.

I don’t know what my greatest reward in motherhood is. Every day I think there is something that I feel so lucky about in being a mom. It’s hard to say just one thing. I think one of the most emotional moments was when I saw my older one, who was probably only 2 ½ years old, try so hard and finally get her sister to smile at her and start to interact with her. Seeing that was amazing as a mom.

Q: Do you and your family celebrate Earth Day? What are some of the ways you teach your girls to be eco-friendly?

A: At school my kids do activities for Earth Day. We don’t really celebrate it but we talk about it and how we can be more Earth-friendly around the house. For example, we are cautious of turning off lights when they are not in use, recycling and unplugging things that aren’t being used.

Q: What’s up next for you?

A: I don’t know… I am looking forward to summer vacation. (laughs), Not much. I think that I am working on a third children’s book. Other than that, just keeping up with the kids’ schedules and seeing where that goes. features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Tori Spelling: Our family is amazing & complete

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By Jenny Schafer,

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are proud parents of “four amazing miracles” — sons Liam, 6, and Finn, 6 months, and daughters Stella, 4, and Hattie, 1. With two in diapers, things are “definitely chaotic” in the Spelling-McDermott household, but Tori says things have “gotten easier” in recent weeks.

Tori and Dean open up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and the Valspar Color Project. They go on to talk about their newest addition, a “tough little dude,” and their older kids who love to play “caretaker” to baby Finn.

Q: Tell us about teaming up with Habitat for Humanity and the Valspar Color Project. What is the online video series all about? What will you be showcasing on the series? How can we get involved?

TS: “We’ve partnered with Valspar Color Project to do this amazing transformation in our playroom. We have four, small, little kids, and the playroom is really the hub of our home. We spend all our time in that room, and the room was really lacking energy. We couldn’t figure out what it was. Then we realized it was color. It had drab, beige walls. … It was a great space, a great playroom, but it was just missing something.

“So, with Color Match through Valspar, we were able to pick our perfect color match and transform our room with Rushing Stream as our new color. It’s great because people can go onto Valspar Paint’s Facebook page ( and there’s a link, and you can actually see our video. They can see how our room is transformed, and they can also download an app … the Perfect Color Match App. And, they can do it themselves.

“Valspar figured out, with our personalities, our perfect color match. They can take the quiz online, they can paint their room, and they can share their room. If they share their perfect color match, $1 is donated to Habitat for Humanity by Valspar.”

DM: “It’s super easy!”

Q: How’s Finn doing? What kind of baby is he?

TS: “Finn’s amazing. He’s 6 months now.”

DM: “He’s growing so fast.”

TS: “He is. It’s so funny, day-by-day you see their personalities coming out more and more. He’s such like a little man — like a tough, little dude. With three brothers and sisters running around him all the time, he’s just trying to keep up with them.”

DM: “He wants to get in there so bad.”

TS: “Yes, he loves them. Liam and Stella always want to hold him, and we put him on them and he’s just like all over them — kissing their faces and stuff. It’s so cute!”

Q: Does he seem like a different baby than your other three?

TS: “Well, we think he might actually have brown eyes. They’re all blue eyes.”

DM: “Yeah. He was born with blue eyes, and they’re slowly changing to brown.”

TS: “They might stay. …They might stay blue.”

DM: “I don’t know. They’re looking pretty brown, just like yours.”

TS: “He’s actually the brute of the group, I think.”

DM: “Yeah, he’s all boy. He’s sturdy; he looks like a little athlete already.”

Q: How have the older children adjusted to baby Finn? Are they helpful?

DM: “Oh yeah!”

TS: “Liam and Stella are just great. They’re caretakers. They’re feeding him and holding him. Hattie and Finn are only 10 months apart, so she’s like a mommy. She goes over to him and is like, ‘Oh baby.’ She thinks she’s talking baby-talk to him, but she’s really talking (inaudible) talk. So, it’s actually really funny to see how at that age that the maternal instincts kicks in. She tries to put the pacifier in his mouth.”

DM: “And, she’ll shove it in his eye, but you know.”

Q: How are things going in the Spelling-McDermott household now that Finn is 6 months? Have you found your … groove with four kids?

TS: “It’s definitely chaotic in our house, but it is amazing. It’s definitely gotten easier. It was overwhelming at first, especially having two in diapers. I think that was the hard part, having them so close together.”

DM: “The more they become independent, it helps. Having Liam and Stella at the age they are, they’re really becoming independent. And, now Hattie is following. So, it certainly makes it a lot easier.”

TS: “The toughest part I think is the sleeping schedules. Everyone’s got a different sleeping schedule.”

Q: What are your upcoming Mother’s Day plans? What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

TS: “Well, for me it means four amazing miracles. I have a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day — an amazing, complete family. So, I am really, really blessed. I don’t know what we’re planning.”

DM: “No, we usually plan brunch. But, with four rugrats, maybe I’ll whip up brunch. Mother’s Day is all about honoring moms. I’m blessed that the mom we have gave me four, beautiful little babies. And, it’s her day, so try and spoil her.”

Q: Do you celebrate Earth Day in your house? How do you teach your kids to be eco-friendly?

TS: “Every day is Earth Day in our house. We definitely try to teach our kids to take care of the earth. Just the other day, actually, in fact it was in the playroom, Liam came up and said, ‘I turned off the lights in the playroom because I don’t want the earth to get sick.’ It was really cute. We teach all about recycling; we compost. We try our best to teach them how to take care of the earth.”

Q: We understand you’re both working on books, and Dean, even a cooking show. Please share what readers and viewers can look forward to. What’s up next for you?

DM: “Oh boy, lots of stuff…lots of irons in the fire. I would love to get a cooking show off the ground. I would love to get a cookbook going, a restaurant. You name it. I’m really making strides in the culinary world. And, of course, T and I are always working on projects together, so we have stuff in development. Our hopes for 2013 is to get them all made.”

TS: “We’re both busy writing away. He’s writing his first cookbook right now, and I’m writing my fourth memoir, so there’s a lot of writing going on.”

DM: “We both have our blogs, EdiTORIal by Tori Spelling (( ) and The Gourmet Dad by Dean McDermott (( ).”

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

DM: “It was just Liam’s birthday. He just turned 6.”

Q: That’s awesome. Happy Birthday, Liam!

TS: “And, concerning the Valspar Project, Valspar also has a color guarantee, which is great because we totally encourage people when you’re doing a room, do it up with color — go for a pop of color. And, Valspar makes that easy because if you pick a color you don’t fall in love with, the Valspar color guarantee lets you go back to Valspar and pick another color. It gets people motivated to try out color.” features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip.


Lisa Loeb debuts album, talks breastfeeding and birth stories

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By Jenny Schafer,

We first fell in love with Lisa Loeb and her catchy tune, “Stay (I Missed You),”€ featured in the classic ‘€˜90s film “€œReality Bites.” The singer-songwriter — now a mom-of-two with a successful eyewear line —€“ is set to launch her seventh album, “No Fairy Tale.”

Lisa opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her new album of “€œlyric-based songs”€ that she’€™s excited to share with “€œfans of old and new.” She also talk about her two children —€“ daughter Lyla, 3, and son Emet, 7 months — her breastfeeding and birth stories, and coming up with her unique baby names.

Q: Tell us about your upcoming seventh album, No Fairy Tale.

A: The album is a collection of lyric-based songs that are very energetic, intimate, and immediate sounding. My friend Chad Gilbert, of the band New Found Glory, proposed the idea and wanted to get to work producing the album right away. Although I usually take more time to think things through, this sounded like an exciting idea, so we jumped into the studio to write and record songs for the album.

He also invited Tegan Quin from one of my favorite current bands, Tegan and Sara, to write a couple of songs and sing on the album too. I’€™m so excited to share the songs with fans old and new.

Q: Congratulations on the arrival of your son Emet Kuli. How is he doing? Are you getting any sleep?

A: Emet is a really sweet baby, very smiley, personable and I think he even has a good sense of humor. He laughs when he sees something funny and smiles and tries to reach out and speak when he sees his sister.

He was sleeping through the night and then we got into a bad habit of waking up a few times to eat. Over the last few days, we’ve been able to soothe him instead of eating, and I’m sleeping more now and so is he.

Q: How did you come up with the name Emet Kuli?

A: “Emet” is a Hebrew word meaning “truth.”€ Like his sister’€™s name, Lyla, which means “night” in Hebrew, but both sound Southern as well, and I’€™m from Texas. Kuli was my husband’s grandfather’€™s name; really a nickname given to him when he was a young man. Since he was a very fast soccer player, his friends gave him the nickname based in a Hungarian word, “Kulimasz” which means “wheel grease.”

Q: Last time we chatted, you said you were hoping for a drug-free birth. Did you have a natural birth with Emet? Please share your birth story. Did it differ from Lyla’s birth?

A: I did not have a drug free birth. Just like Lyla, I went as long as I could and then when it was time, I went for the epidural. During both, at a certain point, the contractions were too frequent and strong to go it “€œalone.”€

I honestly can’t remember how it differed from Lyla’€™s — they were both incredible experiences. I think since I’d done it once, it wasn’t as shocking to me how intense it was, and I was quicker to get the partial epidural when it was time for me.

Q: Are you breastfeeding? If so, how is that going?

A: I’ve been breastfeeding, and it’s going well. Like with Lyla, it definitely started off more painful, and (now) we’€™ve gotten into a groove. I think it’s so funny (not “€˜ha ha” funny) that people think it’s so natural, but it’s something that has to be learned and studied and practiced. I’m considering some weaning, with all the work travel I have coming up, but it’€™s not an overnight process.

Also, like with Lyla, I’ve had some mastitis issues, so it’€™s been important for me to have a lot of support from my doctors as well as a lactation specialist to help figure out how to manage my body properly. (That sounds so technical, but breastfeeding mothers will understand).

Q: How has Lyla been adjusting to the new baby?

A: Lyla loves her baby brother. She has times when she really needs her mom to herself, but overall, she’€™s a very great big sister.

Q: How do you and your hubby make time for each other amidst a busy household and demanding careers?

A: We try to stay organized, utilize our support systems, like our nanny and the grandparents, and communicate. We also try to look at it as a process of learning how to make the right choices as we continue to move forward. We try to have the weekly date night, but it’€™s not always weekly. It’€™s a priority, and we have to remind ourselves a lot.

Q: What’€™s up next for you?

A: Professionally, I’m touring with my album, continuing to work on my eyewear line, and I have an illustrated book with CD coming out in April with Sterling Publishing. It’s songs to move to, and I’€™ll be out promoting that album as well.

As a parent, well, it’€™s always something next! We’€™ve just started solids with Emet, and Lyla has been enjoying preschool and is starting some ballet lessons too. features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Mario Lopez wants ‘at least four more’ children

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By Jenny Schafer,

Newlyweds Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza team up with NIVEA for its “Kiss of the Year” contest on Facebook in search for America’s greatest love story. The winning couple will ring in the New Year with Mario and Courtney — parents to 2-year-old daughter Gia — in New York City’s Times Square.

The “Extra” hunk opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the romantic contest, his favorite family recipe at the holidays, and his hopes for “at least four more” children.

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tell us all about teaming up with NIVEA and its Kiss of the Year Contest on Facebook.

Mario Lopez: Back in October, we kicked off NIVEA’s “Kiss of the Year” contest which will give one lucky couple the chance to ring in the New Year alongside my wife and I and enjoy that unforgettable midnight kiss atop NIVEA’s Kiss Stage, in Times Square. After carefully reviewing over 1,400 love stories that fans submitted on NIVEA’s Facebook page, we, along with our panel of judges, decided on the three “Kiss of the Year” finalist couples.

CBS: Did you practice your kiss for your recent nuptials?

ML: No, we’ve had plenty of practice.

CBS: Are you hoping to have a big family? How many children are you planning on? Do you want a mix of boys and girls?

ML: Yes, at least four more. Either boys or girls would be great.

CBS: Do you have a favorite holiday family recipe you can share with us?

ML: My nana’s tamales….they’re a secret family recipe though. features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Jane Krakowski talks motherhood, Christmas plans, ‘sad goodbye’ on ’30 Rock’

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By Jenny Schafer,

“30 Rock” star Jane Krakowski recently partnered with Bank of America to raise thousands for Feeding America. The mom-of-one says that “giving back is such a big part of the holidays and Christmas.”

Krakowski talked to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her son Bennett, 20 months, and hosting Christmas this year in his honor. She goes on to talk about the “sad goodbye” on “30 Rock” that will finish filming just days before Christmas. “They did a really great job” with the series finale and gave the “characters a beautiful send-off,” she says.

Celebrity Baby Scoop: How is Bennett doing?

Jane Krakowski: He is doing really well. It is so awesome to be a new mom; it’s absolutely great. Obviously this holiday time is a crazy time, because we’re juggling getting Christmas ready and wrapping up “30 Rock,” and being a new mom and wanting to make it all special for Bennett.

CBS: Can you tell us all about the recent charity event you attended for Bank of America?

JK: I’m was happy to work at Bank of America and have access to all these mobile apps and online tools that help me get everything done, and also make donations to charity as well. It’s a great time to be giving to people who are in need.

Bank of America very generously donated a lot of money to the charity Feeding America. Through the very easy mobile app and online banking system, we had people come to the Bank of America, put a Christmas ornament on the tree, and by the touch of a button on their iPhone, iPad, or tablet, donate $250 each.

Bank of America donated $25,000 just on the day of the event, which was a larger part of a $2.5 million dollar donation to Feeding America over the whole holiday season.”

CBS: Do you enjoy giving back over the holidays?

JK: Yes, for me, giving back is such a big part of the holidays and Christmas. Certainly, with “30 Rock” ending, I felt very fortunate to have had such a great job for so many years, and I think it is very nice to be able to give back to people who are in need, especially at this time.

CBS: How do you juggle your busy career and family life?

JK: I do it through organization, multi-tasking, being able to do a lot of things at once. It takes a village with lots of friends and family to help along the way. We’re really lucky; Bennett is a great kid and he brings us so much joy every single day. We feel blessed every day that we have all these things to juggle at the moment.

CBS: What are your upcoming holiday plans? Is Bennett showing signs of excitement for the holidays?

JK: This holiday season, we are hosting Christmas at our house for the first time in Bennett’s honor. He is the youngest child now, and I figured that the person who has the youngest child gets to throw the holiday get-together, because that is where all of the spirit of Christmas is. Christmas is, like, three days after we finish wrapping “30 Rock,” so it is all a bit crazy right now.

We had fun getting the Christmas tree and we recently brought Bennett to Santa and got the classic screaming photo on Santa’s lap (laughs). I also plan to get all of my Christmas shopping done. I am very excited about the mobile transfers, because I have nephews who at this point really just want cash. I am excited that I can just send them cash wherever they are, because they are all grown and at college or touring America with bands. There comes a point where they really don’t want the pajamas anymore, or the perfume they haven’t worn since they were 12 (laughs). They would really just like to receive cash.

In regard to whether Bennett is showing signs of excitement for the holidays, I think he is. I think he is not sure what all the festive decorations in the house mean.

CBS: What’s up next for you?

JK: I don’t know right now…I’m going to be a stay-at-home actress (laughs). There are lots of things in the works right now. Creatively, the bar of “30 Rock” was so high, so picking the next thing is going to be interesting.

I think we are all kind of going through that right now, and it’s going to be a sad goodbye for everybody at ‘30 Rock.” It has been such a great, great experience. I will say though, I think that the final episodes are so fantastic, and I think the writers have really given all of the characters a beautiful send-off. For the fans of the show, it will be very satisfying to them and also satisfying to the actors who are playing the characters. They really did a great job to satisfy who the characters have become over the seven seasons. I hope everyone who watches it really enjoys it! features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Katherine Heigl starts pet products line

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By ALICIA RANCILIO, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Bedtime at Katherine Heigl’s house can take a while. As a mom of two daughters and seven other kids of the four-legged variety, she likes to give each one special attention.

The Emmy Award winner says first she tucks in her girls, 4-year-old Naleigh and baby Adalaide, who turns 1 in April. Then she takes her seven dogs through their own nighttime ritual.

“I literally put each one to bed and every one of them gets hugged and kissed before they go to bed,” she laughed in a recent interview. “It sounds absurd because there are some nights where you’re like, ‘I’m exhausted!’ but there’s never a night where I don’t want that time with them.”

The actress has channeled her love of animals to ending animal abuse. She’s launching a line of pet products called Just One where portions of the proceeds go to help programs that foster, train, neuter and rescue animals.

Merchandise ranging from pet collars to apparel and accessories for people is available on the product’s website.

“It’s been an interesting and long process developing this and it feels so rewarding and exciting that it’s coming to fruition,” said the 33-year-old actress in a recent interview.

Recently she even helped fund two transport flights to send animals from Los Angeles kill shelters to North Shore Animal League on Long Island, New York, which is known as the world’s largest no-kill shelter.

Heigl says she understands not everyone can afford to help the way she can but says, “If every person does one small thing to help one pet that could be the solution to the whole problem.”

Heigl says she bought her first three dogs — miniature schnauzers — because “I just didn’t know any better.” Since then, she’s been turning to rescues. “One dog I rescued from Rhode Island while filming ‘27 Dresses.’ I love older dogs. I think people don’t realize how much easier they are than puppies. I think they just sense or know that they have you to thank.”


Ali Landry says, ‘We are open to having another baby’

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By Jenny Schafer,

TV guide Network’s “Hollywood Mom’s Night” star Ali Landry is one busy mama! The mom of two young children — daughter Estela, 5, and son Marcelo, 10 months — is a self-proclaimed chocoholic and has recently partnered with Hershey’s and their low-cal treat Simple Pleasures.

Ali opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about enjoying the finer things in life with moderation, the joys — and challenges — of breastfeeding, Estela’s excitement about Kindergarten, and her thoughts on baby No. 3.

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tell us partnering with Hershey’s and their newest line of chocolates, Simple Pleasures. In all honesty, do you really eat chocolate?

Ali Landry: It’s true! I love chocolate and eat some every night before bed. But for me it’s about moderation and balance, which is why I love the new Simple Pleasures line from Hershey’s. They are individually wrapped and only have 30 calories a piece. They come in milk chocolate with chocolate crème, dark chocolate with chocolate crème and milk chocolate with vanilla crème and are 30 percent less fat compared to the average of leading milk chocolates.

CBS: You have so much going on with your new hit show “Hollywood Mom’s Night” and your new site Tell us all about both.

AL: “Hollywood Mom’s Night” has been such a fun project because I’m working with my best friends. With juggling so much of our time between being a good mom and wife with a hectic work schedule, a series of themed dinner parties were born.

We’ve been having a blast cooking up different meals and trying our best to avoid kitchen disasters, like the one I had during the first episode when I was trying to cook gumbo. It was a million degrees in the kitchen and I was stirring this pot, and the recipe got too close to the stove and it caught fire. Then, I stepped on her blind dog because I couldn’t see over the belly and then proceeded to pee on myself because I was pregnant and had the bladder issues.

Spokesmom is my latest endeavor — a website where real moms can share their insights on products, help other moms by sharing personal experiences and win prizes and deals in the process. We are just getting it off the ground, but so far have had a great feedback and participation from hundreds of moms.

CBS: We hear you’ve got another biter! Please tell us about your breastfeeding journey with your second child, son Marcelo.

AL: “Nursing has been one of the most amazing experiences for me — so intimate and special. It has been a blessing to spend such quality time with both Estela and Marcelo, and thankfully Alejandro and I learned a lot through breastfeeding Estela.

We are definitely more prepared this time around with Marcelo. Just being prepared for the things that no one likes to talk about, like having insanely sore nipples or wrestling with a breast pump.

Recently, Marcelo began to get some of his teeth in and also began biting, like his big sister. While I had so many ambitions of pushing through that, it was just too painful and ultimately I had to wean Marcelo off of breastfeeding. I have to say, I think breastfeeding is no small feat and the time I was able to spend with my kids are memories I will hold onto forever.

CBS: How is Marcelo doing? What is he into? What does it mean to you to have a son?

AL: Marcelo is growing so quickly, it’s astounding! He is a very alert and curious 10-month old. No doubt he will be walking in no time!

It means so much to Alejandro and me to have two healthy and happy children. We are so blessed.

CBS: How is Estela doing? What is she into? How has she adjusted to being a sister? How are you preparing Estela for Kindergarten? Is she excited?

AL: Estela is doing great! She is a happy little 5-year-old and has truly taken on her role as big sister. She loves singing to him and playing with him. She is very curious and enjoys learning about bugs (mommy has to put her brave face on), and she spends a lot of time practicing her cartwheels.

She is extremely excited to start Kindergarten! Alejandro and I have been spending time with her, practicing numbers and ABCs, trying to get her geared up for kindergarten. We all have such busy schedules, we hope it will be a smooth transition for her starting school and I can’t wait to get her picture on her first day!

CBS: Maybe it’s a bit early to ask, but are you thinking about a possible baby No. 3?

AL: Let’s just say we are open to having another baby. features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at


Brooke Burke-Charvet encourages kids to drink water

Posted by Lorain County Moms

By Jenny Schafer,

Mom-of-four Brooke Burke-Charvet has teamed up with Brita and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage kids to reduce their intake of sugary beverages and drink more water. In an effort to make that step easier for parents, Brita is introducing the Brita Bottle for Kids.

Brooke opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about balancing motherhood with her four children — Neriah, 12, Sierra, 10, Rain, 5, and Shaya, 4 — staying healthy while always “on the go,” and her thoughts on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Queston: Tell us about teaming up with Brita and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage kids to drink more water.

Answer: As a mom of four kids it’s important that I make sure they are leading healthy lives and that includes drinking water over sugary beverages. I’m teaming up with Brita and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage other kids and parents to do the same and Brita makes it easy with the new Brita Bottle for Kids that has a built-in filter and fun designs so kids can stay healthy anywhere.

Q: How do you stay balanced?

A: I am lucky to love what I do professionally and I love being a mom. I do carve out time for myself — even if it is just an hour alone each week to relax and regroup – and I make sure my kids are a priority and give them each one on one time so that they feel special. Somehow or another it all seems to work out.

Q: What’s one example of how you keep your kids healthy?

A: We are constantly on the go between home, school and athletic practices, so I have learned to keep the car stocked with healthy snacks like organic mixed nuts, protein and granola bars and dried seaweed.

I also make sure my kids are drinking plenty of water during the day. I recently discovered the Brita Bottle for Kids, a reusable bottle with a built-in filter, and it makes it so easy for the kids to fill up with fresh filtered water anywhere and avoid buying sugary drinks.

For our family, it is just about keeping the selection healthy and simple so we are all able to make good choices.”

Q: Who do you think will win this season of “Dancing with the Stars?”

A: I’d be a fool if I made any predictions or picked a winner for All Stars. It is a really talented cast and tough season. We are seeing finale level dances every week so even an eight is like a ten this season. I really can’t wait to see who takes home the mirror ball trophy! features daily updates on baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip. Read more at