Anyone who's had a screaming child in the backseat while trying to make it the two hours to grandma's house — or just the two minutes to the grocery — knows that a great kids' album is a must-have! Kids are crazy about music, but unfortunately, too many of the tunes that appeal most to our lil ones can cause a mommy meltdown. Instead of picking the lesser of two evils (whining or crying versus music that kind of makes you want to pull your own hair out), pick up one or all of these 10 CDs, surprisingly cool and totally easy on the ears — even for you mamas who spent your prebaby years front row at every indie rock show in town.
A mom-to-be can cut a bathroom line and she should. That's how Jessica Denay (mother of one) says hot women can "work the perks of pregnancy." The author wrote The Hot Mom's Handbook when babies were becoming Hollywood's comeback kid, and now she's upping the ante for pregnant women with The Hot Mom to Be Handbook. We recently had a chance to chat via phone about Jessica's latest tome, so strap on your stilettos and see what she had to say!
LilSugar: So moms aren't only the ones that have to be hot, but pregnant women too?
Jessica Denay: I wrote the first book like four years ago and so much has changed since then. I wanted to update that and pregnancy has never been hotter. It's just an exciting time so why not start feeling confident about yourself then? You start mothering the second you find out you're pregnant.
LilSugar: Celebrities are hot and have a lot of help. Is it possible for an average mom who juggles it all to attain this?
Jessica Denay: Absolutely! The celebrities have a lot of help, but they also have a lot more on their plates. They have paparazzi following them so they have to look good because there's more pressure on them. For the average woman, maybe you have your mother-in-law looking at you and saying "you still need to lose this or that," but celebrities have the whole world and tabloids picking them apart. They have different events to attend or are working 14-hour days on a hit show and that is a lot more responsibility. It is easier if you have help — trainers and chefs and nannies and night nurses and all that — but it is possible for every mom out there to still look and feel great. It's kind of deciding that you want to keep it together. Everyone has this thinking of, "Oh, I have to do so much." It's just really to enjoy your pregnancy and your baby and put time and energy into your relationship. It will all shake out OK.
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How much more can busy mama Tori Spelling do? The celebrity has two children — Liam, 2, and Stella, 1, — a kids' clothing line, a reality show with her husband, Dean, and three, er, make it four book deals! In addition to her auto-biographical paperbacks, sTORI Telling, Mommywood and unchartered terriTORI (out in June), the author/actress is also penning a children's book based on her upbringing. According to Entertainment Weekly:
Simon & Schuster has signed the actress to her first children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah, the tale of a spunky little girl who is constantly told what not to do: not to wear jeans, not to get dirty. “I love reading to my kids. It’s our special time together,” Spelling said. The book’s jacket looks very much like a young Tori. But the name? According to S&S, Spelling just likes the name Tallulah.
Will you buy the text for your tots?