The Today Show crew got into the holiday spirit on their annual Halloween episode this morning with help from Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, who were decked out as their characters in Megamind. Hosts Meredith Vieira and Natalie Morales both took the singing star approach as Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, respectively, even going the extra mile with choreographed performances. Al Roker, meanwhile, was Superman, and Ann Curry channeled Amelia Earhart. We're following in the fun here at Sugar headquarters with our own pop-culture-inspired costumes, and if you plan to dress like a celebrity and are still looking for the perfect getup, we've got you covered with ideas for couples, great outfits for the guys, and lots more!
Natalie Morales navigates motherhood with a pair of broken in sneakers! We chatted with the NBC Today Show host at Baby Buggy's Bedtime Bash last week where she was enjoying amusement park rides with her sons Josh, 6, and Luke, 1. To keep up with her boys, the triathlete recommends, "a good pair of running shoes to chase after them!" We were also curious if she draws on any personal experience in her recurring role on Marriage Ref.
BabySugar: How do you handle differences in parenting styles with your husband?
Natalie Morales: We make a pretty good tag team. We trade off quite a bit, although both of them (the boys) seem to think Daddy is fun, fun, fun all the time and that's where I have the Marriage Ref argument because it's always mommy's the bad cop and daddy's the good cop.
BabySugar: You know you’re a mother when ____.
Natalie Morales: When the most incredible love — every little thing your child does you just well up with this love and at the same time the most incredible heartbreak. They can say something and just crush you, annihilate you and you're just curled up in bed sobbing.
BabySugar: Fill in the blank. Why didn’t anybody tell me _____ about motherhood?
Natalie Morales: It's pretty much all that I thought it would be. The one thing that I've learned is trying to keep my patience and not try to raise my voice, even though you know that's going to happen. But once you become a mom, you're like "Arrghh, it's really happening!"
BabySugar: What’s the best trick your mama taught you?
Natalie Morales: Dealing with diaper rash! Long before there was Triple Paste, my mom was making her own concoction. Cortisone, cornstarch and petroleum jelly and mixing. She came and helped me out when (my first son) was born, and it was key!
BabySugar: Helicopter mom or free range kids?
Natalie Morales: I'm a little bit of a free range, but I come in for dives with the helicopter. I let them roam a little bit, but always within helicopter strike distance.
Is comedy contagious in the Seinfeld home? Last night, Jessica Seinfeld hosted Baby Buggy's fourth annual Bedtime Bash in New York City. We had a chance to chat with the children's charity founder and mother of three — Sascha, 9, Julian, 7, and Shepherd, 4 — and ask what life with Jerry is like!
BabySugar: Your husband is known for his humor; in raising your children, have you found that comedy is learned or innate?
Jessica Seinfeld: I see in our children a sophisticated sense of humor that seems to grow more and more each year. I hope that we encourage that at home, but I think it's also part of what they've been around their whole lives.
BabySugar: After money, most parents' biggest arguments are about their kids — have you ever needed to call in a marriage ref for your parenting disagreements?
Jessica Seinfeld: My husband happens to be a wonderful communicator and really doesn't let us fight for a long time. He doesn't let things get crazy. We let a few minutes or a few hours go by and then talk about things. Listening to what your children have to say and really hearing what they're trying to say always gets back to what the root of the issue is.
As for the best trick Jessica's own mama taught her? "Benign neglect!"
Tune in Monday to see what NBC Today Show host Natalie Morales had to say about life as a mom of two and the homemade trick her mother taught her for treating diaper rash.
Most moms don't fondly reminisce about the mornings they watched the sun rise while trying to coax a tot back into bed. After three years in her current news desk role on NBC's Today Show, Natalie Morales has seen more than her fair share of early mornings.
The mom of two — Josh, 5, and Luke, 6 months — juggles a high-powered, very visible job with a knack for running that has seen her complete five marathons. Her powerful interviews, including one this week with the author of the Case Against Breastfeeding story, have earned her the respect of colleagues in the news industry and viewers alike. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Morales also caught the eye of expectant women with her ability to remain stylish and fit throughout her pregnancies. In announcing her pregnancy, Morales mentioned the struggle she and her husband had trying to conceive. She said:
"When I found out I was pregnant, it was the best news I'd gotten all year. We had been trying for a long time. Most people think you can just decide to have a child, but it just doesn’t work that way."
- Usher and his wife Tameka Foster are expecting another baby, which will make 10-month-old Usher Raymond V an older brother. — Us Weekly
- Angelina Jolie will make her first post-twins appearance on Oct. 4 for the premiere of her film Changeling. — People
- Lance Armstrong announced he is coming out of retirement and will attempt to win an eighth Tour de France in 2009. — FitSugar
- Mariah Carey is becoming her own manager but will still be working with her ex-manager, Benny Medina, on upcoming projects. — E! Online
- Barbara Streisand is singing at an Obama fundraiser on Sept. 16 in Beverly Hills. This is most likely Obama's final Hollywood stop before the election. — AP
- Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Kenny Chesney are among the nominees for this year's Country Music Awards. — CMT
- NBC's Natalie Morales gave birth to her second son yesterday and named him Luke. — Today Show
I don't know what it says about me — or maybe about the state of television — that though I'm firmly in my mid-20s, some of my favorite TV shows these days seem to be on ABC Family. I've already talked at length about my love for Greek, and with that show on "Spring break," I'm curious about the new series that's taking its place starting on Monday: The Middleman.
The show, based on a comic book series of the same name, follows the adventures of a character named, well, The Middleman (Matt Keeslar). He's a strait-laced, old-fashioned superhero who — as the show's slogan says — fights crime "so you don't have to." Caught in the Middleman's orbit is Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales), an artist, temp worker, and newly seasoned crime fighter who reminds me a little of Veronica Mars, if Veronica were asked to deal with more supernatural weirdness.
The ads that have been airing on ABC Family intrigued me, but what really caught my eye was this Variety review that praised it for all its spy and crime genre references (from The Avengers to The Godfather). The review dubbed it "a show, frankly, for people who love (and have probably watched too much) TV," and, well, that's me to a T. Plus, I wouldn't mind some wacky crime-fighters to tide me over till Chuck and Reaper return for second seasons in the Fall.
One of the Today Show's personalities, Natalie Morales, is expecting her second child with hubby, Joe Rhodes. The couple will make their four–year–old son, Josh a big brother this September.
After making her announcement on this morning's Today Show, she said,
I'm inspired to do all the "getting fit after the baby" segments.
I'm sure Natalie and Giada de Laurentiis will have many a playdate with their tiny tots.