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From strollers to organic baby clothes, to breastfeeding gear and everything in between, last week’s ABC Kids Expo 2014 in Las Vegas gave thousands of baby, kids, and parenting gear vendors the chance to unveil their top picks to buyers and media alike.
Nicole Kidman conceived daughter Sunday Rose, 3 1/2 months, in Kununurra, Western Australia, while filming the movie Australia, and Nicole says that right from the start, she felt a connection to the region,
“I arrived in Kununurra and we went straight to the set. I was kind of reeling for about three days. Then it started to capture me. Today, I was saying to my husband, who’s here, ‘It’s got me.’ It grabs hold of you; there’s something in the air, the sunrises and the sunsets. There’s something in the earth and the nature of the people. Before you know it, you’re a part of the land, which is what we’re trying to put into the film.”
The comment was prophetic, as the first interview took place right before Sunday was conceived. Nicole commented on there being something in the “fertility waters” of the region. And, despite “some bad morning sickness” while filming, Australia ranks as one of her favourite film experiences, if only for one very primal reason – she now has her own Kununurra kid, Sunday Rose.
“Basically this film has given me everything I wanted out of it,” Kidman says when we resume our interview 15 months after meeting on location. “She (the baby) is such a blessing and I hope the film is a blessing in the same way, because to receive her at this stage in my life was such a surprise. But at the same time, oh, what a beautiful thing to be given, and by chance.”
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And, Nicole says, after two miscarriages with ex-husband Tom Cruise, she and husband Keith Urban were not trying for a baby when Sunday was conceived!
“When you’re in the middle of a film, it’s not something… I mean, that wasn’t something I was planning,” she says. “It was a beautiful surprise.”
On how Sunday is doing,
“She’s good, she’s growing and she’s just so precious. I take her everywhere; she’s that kind of baby who’s willing to be with her mama,” Kidman coos. “She’s pretty mobile. She’s actually been very easy and lovely.”
Nicole is currently rehearsing in London for her next movie project, Nine. The musical co-stars Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Dame Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, and Daniel Day-Lewis, which she is a bit nervous about!
“I’m only working a couple of weeks in it and it’s so lovely to have this rapport with other women. And it’s nice to be singing and dancing again, but I’m really nervous to do it,” she says. “Because I’ve just had a baby, I’m behind the eight ball a bit – your body can’t do certain things,” she says. “I’m like, ‘Hang on, I can’t hip-hop.’ But (director) Rob Marshall has been wonderful and they’ve all been so accommodating – they’ve adapted certain things for me, and for having the baby around the set. I’ve had her there the whole time and she knows all the songs and has given them the thumbs up. Of course, with Keith, she’s surrounded by music – she’s very at peace with it.”
Source: Herald Sun
Jennifer Garner and her longtime trainer, Valerie Waters, spoke to OK! magazine about how she’s keeping fit and enjoying her pregnancy at the same time. Expecting her second child in December, Jennifer is already mom to Violet, who turns 3 December 1st.
“Right now, I just want to feel good and strong the whole way through this pregnancy and be able to bounce back,” Jen says.
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Jennifer tries to work out four or five times a week,
“The only thing you can do is do it before the day starts,” Jen explains. “I know that it’s brutal, but believe me, I am pregnant and I am a tired mama. But you have to do it. I have different goals for myself at different times. Right now I really just want to feel great so I’m trying to work out four to five days a week. I get motivated by saying, ‘Okay, I’ve done three at the beginning of the week, I’m just going to get these in so I can take the weekend off.’”
Jennifer follows the Red Carpet Ready program, detailed in her trainer’s book, Red Carpet Ready. The workouts are never the same, alternating days of cardio with days of strength training, and the workouts are only 30 minutes long. But not even a celebrity can always stick with the plan, especially when they’re pregnant and craving sweets!
“At every meal I pretty much have desert, but not a lot, just one little square of chocolate.”
The diet also focuses on eating lots of small meals throughout the day, avoiding processed foods, and controlling portions.
“I pretty much follow what Valerie says, she has so much to teach. I want to feel great after my workout, not like I need to lie down. I don’t want to get super skinny like the chicks in L.A. do – but to feel like myself. So far so good!”
Jen also shared some food tips:
Give in to cravings: “It took me years to learn to just have a couple of bites. Once I started I would gobble it all up. Now I can open a tub of ice cream and just have a bite.”
Don’t deprive: “I can’t not have carbs. If I’m going to have potatoes, I’ll have sweet potatoes, and I won’t fry them.”
Stay in control: “Ben keeps me really strict. But I cook a lot and control what we eat.”
Smaller portions: “If I have to have pasta, I’ll have a big salad at a restaurant and then an appetizer size of pasta for dinner, never with cream.”
Source: OK! print edition, November 10 issue
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Breckin Meyer and his 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Caitlin Willow, were seen enjoying their time together at the playground on Monday. Mom is Breckin’s wife, screenwriter and film director Deborah Kaplan.
Breckin has appeared in various movies such as Road Trip and Clueless.
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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and wife Jordyn took their 2 1/2-year-old daughter Violet Maye to a farmer’s market in Los Angeles today, where Violet got her face painted with flowers. Dave and Jordyn are expecting their second child together. When Dave revealed that, he also talked a bit about Violet,
“Violet loves the Amy Winehouse record,” he told PEOPLE. “It’s all about the ‘Rehab’ song. If she hears ‘Try to make me go to rehab,’ Violet will go, ‘No no no.’ I know, it’s a little weird, but it’s really cute!”
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Kate Winslet is on the cover of December’s issue of Vanity Fair, and talks about everything from smoking to other moms – a mom herself to Mia, 8, and Joe, 5, she is the youngest actress, to net five Oscar nominations. Winslet, 33, is currently married to director Sam Mendes, who also directed one of her new movies, Revolutionary Road, which reunited her with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Before the interview even really started, Kate admitted one of her vices to the interviewer – she smokes.
“I don’t smoke around my kids,” she’s quick to point out. “Like that makes it any better that I smoke at all, because obviously it doesn’t. But I don’t smoke in the house. I mean, I had a cigarette this morning, which is because I hadn’t been. Coffee and a cigarette: bingo!” She pauses. “I’m not sure if I want you to print that,” she says. Then she laughs.
She also told the interviewer that she knows, being a movie star, that people are always looking at her and judging her,
“You know why I fear people’s judgment?” she’s asks. “Because I know they’re judging. I know they are.” She talks about walking to school with her kids and catching looks from the other parents. “You know, these mothers are going to read this article and they’re all absolutely great, but I know when I walk into that classroom in the morning, even if it’s for a split second, at some point I’m being checked out. And some of them will even say to me, ‘O.K., what’s the secret with the skin?’ At which point I’m like, ‘Oh my God, there’s no secret. I have makeup on. And by the way, since I turned 30, I’ve had an acne problem on my chin. I’m just like everybody else—I just know how to cover it. If you’d like me to show you how, I’d be more than happy.’?”
Kate and her family are currently living in Manhattan; Mia’s biological father is Jim Threapleton, while Joe’s is her current husband.
Sources: Vanity Fair