The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives star gave us an inside peek into her life as a mom and an actress. She also let us in on her fitness routine and her latest book -- a juicy read!
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Courtesy of Alison Sweeney / The Bump Give us the scoop on your new book The Star Attraction.
It's an inside look at Hollywood through the life of Sophie, the main character who is an entertainment publicist. It's her story, dealing with the ins and outs of Hollywood, trying to balance a relationship and work, and trying to figure out what she wants out of life!
This is your first fiction book. Why did you want to write it?
I've spent years at Days of our Lives as an actress, telling other peoples stories. I love my job, but sometimes it's frustrating to act out the stories, when it's not how I want it to go! So I started writing this character to just fulfill my own creative instincts. Now it's crazy and thrilling to know other people will be reading it!
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Justin Coit / The BumpWhen a popular baby detergent gave her a rash, Jessica Alba didn't ignore it. She got passionate about it -- and started The Honest Company, a line of nontoxic, eco-friendly products. Now, the actress-turned-businesswoman has added a new credit to her résumé: author. Her book, The Honest Life, is packed full of Jessica's healthy and green secrets, from fashion and beauty to cleaning and planning baby's nursery. She's also got these surprises up her sleeve.
She sometimes struggles at things (yes, really!)
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I am used to being the center of attention, with all the work I've done over the years building an organization that takes partially used bars of soap from hotels and recycles them into new bars. With the Global Soap Project, I have earned a reputation of doing good around the world, and for that I am proud as well as humbled. But I am also used to being the center of the universe. For example, every single day I get an email or a Facebook "like" or a kind, encouraging statement from friends around the world that really appreciate the work we have done at Global Soap Project. But someone has been filling in daddy's shoes slowly but steadily, and it has caught my attention.
My son Kevin just turned 13 in February. At his age I was nowhere in comparison. You see, at 13 Kevin is a prolific
- Common Sense Media | Parenting – Tue, May 14, 2013 1:15 PM EDT
Mom-ing It OnlineBy Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
I admit, I've spent way too long on certain friends' Facebook pages, scrolling through their photos of birthday parties, matching holiday outfits, and luscious four-course meals, immersing myself in their apparently perfect lives.
This modern age of social networks gives us unprecedented access to other mothers' lives. It's so easy to get caught up in their poignant photos and celebratory posts about kids' accomplishments and start believing that this carefully curated online identity is actually the sum of your mom friends' lives.
Inevitably, this leads to self-judgment. Nothing like looking up from a slideshow of a friend's newly designed kitchen to see your own: dirty, disorganized ... depressing.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:48 AM EDT
Baby Feeding I still remember those tiny, impossibly strong hands pushing back against my chest. It was 2 in the morning, just a few hours after what seemed like an endless 21-hour labor, and my newborn didn't seem the least bit interested in feeding at my breast - in fact, he was actively fighting me, like a mini-Muhammad Ali. Fly like a butterfly, sting like a stubborn baby.Read More »from Study Shows Supplementing with Baby Formula Early Can Encourage Longer Breastfeeding
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Now, the results of a new study suggest that temporarily including just a little formula in a breastfed newborn's diet (known as early limited formula, or ELF) in those early days won't hurt a mother and baby's prospects for exclusive breastfeeding down the line but could actually help some nurse longer.
The study, by researchers at the
A 5-year-old Newark, NJ boy became a hero after he used quick thinking and A-B-C skills to save his father’s life last week.Read More »from 5-Year-Old NJ Boy Uses ABCs to Save Dad's Life
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The two were driving home from buying Nathaniel Dancy Jr. school shoes when Nathaniel Sr. suffered an aneurysm and stroke, making him violently ill, according to a report by New York’s NBC Channel 4 News. (NBC reported his name as Nathaniel Darcy, but Nathaniel Jr.'s school, the public North Star Academy Charter School, confirmed for Yahoo! Shine it was Dancy). He was able to pull the car over, but then got out of the car, vomited, and became paralyzed by a seizure. That’s when Nathaniel Jr., who is in kindergarten, sprang into action, grabbing his dad’s phone and calling his grandmother.
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Veer / The BumpI was never the type of girl that dreamed of the day that I would be married or have children. Instead I dreamed of the day that I would be recognized for other accomplishments in my career. While I listened to my friends share the names of their future children, I was busy thinking of what countries I would travel to first or what I would say to the President when I first met him.
As time went on and I grew up, I learned an important lesson about life: you can plan all you want but nothing is certain.
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As a young twenty-something I got pregnant. The pregnancy I had never planned for myself was here, and with it came severe morning sickness. I was sick all day, every day. I tried everything I could think of or read about to feel better but nothing worked. I was a hermit. What felt like eternity finally ended one month before I had my daughter. It was a brief moment of bliss. I felt like
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
By Paula Miranda for TheBump.comRead More »from 7 Important Lessons I’m Trying to Teach My Toddler Early
Thinkstock / The BumpOne of the most important qualities I wanted to make sure my now teenager daughter and I had with each other while she was growing up were honesty and trust. I raised her with manners and morals - important values I think that all children should have. And now, raising a teen and a toddler, I've realized that these life lessons are important for my little one to learn, too. In fact, they're a good life lessons for us all.
When times get tough and my tot and I are in the middle of a temper tantrum stare down, here are the most important things I always try to remind myself of:
1. Lead by example. If you want you toddler to be and act a certain way, make sure your actions are consistent with that, too. Get down to their level and look them in the eyes. When you do this you communicate better with them and let them see through action you respect them. If they turn their eyes away, direct them to look into your eyes so they understand what your
When naming their kids, new moms and dads are finding divine inspiration in Biblical figures, as revealed by the US Social Security Administration's just-released list of the top baby names of 2012. Jacob, Noah, Daniel, Elijah, and James (to name a few) all cracked the top-25 boys' list.Read More »from Just Announced! the Top 50 Baby Names of 2012
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Things that motherhood has given me...There's a beautiful quote from the spiritual leader Osho (also know as Rajneesh) that goes like this:Read More »from 12 Biggest Spiritual Lessons I've Learned from Being a Mom
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
I love it for its profound, yet simple truth. Motherhood has transformed all that I am. The birth of my firstborn brought about a newness to life and to my role in this world. These are some of the things that motherhood has given me…
1. Hope for a Changed World
Maybe my role as a mother can change the world, even in small ways. I can show them to respect others. I can show them how to love others. I can show them how to take care of the environment. I can show them how to be a friend. Through them, maybe this world could be a better place.
2. A Grateful Heart
Each day I get to be a mother is a blessing that I give thanks to God over and over for. Motherhood has given me a grateful heart.
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