Former Miss Louisiana and Miss USA, Ali Landry – a small-town girl from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana – became a household name after that infamous 1998 Super Bowl Doritos commercial. As mom to an adorable 4-year-old and with her second on the way, it’s a crazy-busy time for Ali. She’s getting ready for her new reality TV show Hollywood Moms’ Club, and will be hosting The Red CARpet Event this Saturday to help spread the word about the critical importance of car seat safety.
Ali – a certified car seat installation technician – talks to Celebrity Baby Scoop about “getting the word out that securing children properly” is important in order to help prevent “thousands of children [that] are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.” She also opens up about her “amazing” second pregnancy, her sweet daughter Estela, and her struggles with conceiving: “This time around, it wasn’t as easy.”
CBS: Tell us about the upcoming Red CARpet Event aimed at raising awareness for car seat safety. We hear you even became a certified car seat installation technician after participating in a week-long course! Tell us why this event and cause is so important to you.
AL: “Every year, thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for children age 3 and older. As a mom, that’s a really disturbing figure. So I thought I could help by getting the word out that securing children properly is the most effective thing that can be done to protect them in the event of a crash.
On Saturday, September 10th I’ll be hosting the Red CARpet Event in Los Angeles. Presented by my new online venture SpokesMoms.com, and sponsored by Britax and Buick, the event will be the first of its kind and will utilize celebrity parents to help spread the word about the critical importance of child passenger safety. I’ll be joined by a group of honorary “Car Seat Ambassadors” – celebrity moms (or moms-to-be) who have all shown their dedication to bettering the lives of children everywhere. So far our Ambassadors include Tori Spelling, Alison Sweeney, Garcelle Beauvais, Samantha Harris, Constance Marie, Kyle Richards, Alicia Coppola, Sarah Lancaster, and Sarah Drew.
A day of family-friendly fun, the event will benefit charities such as Safe Kids, a non-profit dedicated to prevent unintentional childhood injury. While tickets aren’t available for the event, anyone can join us by following @RedCARpetSafety on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting throughout the day. Should be lots of fun!”
CBS: We cannot wait for your upcoming reality TV show Hollywood Moms’ Club alongside fellow celeb moms like Alison Sweeney, Denise Richards, Brooke Burke and Candace Cameron Bure, to name a few! What can we expect to see from you and the gals?
AL: “Well thank you. We are really excited about it as well. The idea for the show came from our original Supper Club we started over a year ago where we basically got together at each others’ homes once a month, all brought a dish and shared stories and tips and just had a really great, much-needed mommies night out.
With the show we definitely want to keep it as organic as possible and keep it in our homes. We want to invite other moms we meet along the way, as well as experts and special guests. No topic will be off limits. At the end of the day, it is about connecting with other women and about life.”
CBS: Congratulations on your second pregnancy! How are you feeling? Does this pregnancy feel different than the first?
AL: “Thank you! I have honestly felt amazing throughout this pregnancy but now that I am well into my third trimester, I am feeling all of the expected symptoms.
The first three months were definitely a little rough and much different than when I was expecting Estela. I was basically nauseous morning, noon and night. Once I got into the second trimester everything changed. My energy was through the roof. I was finally craving things that were healthy which was a complete departure from what I was craving in the first trimester. My belly popped and was balancing out everything else that expanded.
Now I am well into my third trimester and I am definitely a little more tired, it’s getting a little harder to breath, uncomfortable to sleep and basically I am living in the bathroom. You know, all the normal stuff! I do hate to even bring up any of those things because I feel like I shouldn’t be complaining. This has been an amazing pregnancy and I have to say, I am going to miss this little one living in my belly. It is so funny how fast it all goes by. I have less than 6 weeks left and it seems like just yesterday we found out that we were pregnant.”
CBS: Last time we chatted, you said you were trying for baby No. 2. Did it take you awhile to conceive?
AL: “This time around, it wasn’t as easy. We were trying for about a year and a half. Finally I decided to get really serious and be as in tune with my body as I could. Really, I just wanted to do everything I could to be as healthy as possible and then leave the rest up to God. After Christmas I started eating really healthy, started a consistent workout routine, charting again, and I went back to my acupuncturist (3 times a week) and got on herbs to balance my hormones out. I was very diligent and thank the Lord that month, we got pregnant! We feel very blessed!”
CBS: Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?
AL: “We do know, but we are keeping it a surprise for all of our family and friends.”
CBS: Does Estela ‘get it’ that she’s about to become a big sister? Is she excited?
AL: “Oh yes, she definitely knows that she is going to be a big sister. She is so excited and is really bonding with the baby. We read together about how the baby is growing each week, she sometimes comes with us to my doctors’ appointments, and she talks and sings to the baby everyday. She also has a brand new little cousin that she has been practicing with. I think that she is ready for her new role and it is so cute to see how proud she is.”
CBS: How is Estela doing? What is she into these days?
AL: “Estela is having a ball this summer. First she learned how to swim, which was a huge milestone for her. Then, my mother came in town to surprise Estela for her birthday and then took her back with her to Louisiana to spend a week with all of her little cousins, her aunts, her uncles and my parents. I think it was more entertaining for her than Disneyland. She really loved it, and although it was so hard for me, it makes me so happy to know she is learning about her Louisiana roots and enjoying all of her family there.
To top it off my husband is in pre-production for his next film, and his parents who live in Mexico are now in town for the next 4 months splitting their time with him on the set in Mexico and with us in Los Angeles. So now, Estela will be able to enjoy her other set of grandparents, and practice her Spanish as well.”
CBS: How are things going at Belle Parish? What’s up next for you?
AL: “Belle Parish is going great. We are now selling online at www.belleparish.com.
They say a baby brings so many blessings – well this little one definitely has. Our family feels so grateful and truly blessed to see all of our hard work come to fruition during this special time in our lives.”