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Emily Blunt: Parenting Is a ‘Fear-Based Industry’

Emily Blunt: Parenting Is a ‘Fear-Based Industry’

Just because she’s a mom doesn’t mean she can’t work a crop top!

Emily Blunt, who gave birth to daughter Hazel in February, flaunts her tight tummy in a midriff and back-baring looks for the Dec. 18 issue of online magazine, The Edit.

In the high-fashion spread, the actress, 31, shares her laissez-faire approach to parenting.

“[Raising children] is such a fear-based industry,” Blunt says. “There used to be one book that everyone read, now there’s How to Raise a Gluten-free Baby, How to Raise a Scientific Baby … It’s insanity! So I haven’t read anything, I’m just letting her do her own thing.”

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She also reveals that she got her role in the upcoming film, Into The Woods, the same week she found out she was pregnant.

“It was a big week,” recalls Blunt, who has been married to actor John Krasinski since 2010.

Luckily, she was able to pull off the role of The Baker’s Wife with a growing baby bump.

“In a way, the part was the only one in Hollywood I could still have done, because it didn’t matter if I was a bit big — The Baker’s Wife eats a lot of buns!” she jokes. “But by the end of the shoot, I was about seven months and hiding behind every tree in the woods.”

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– Gabrielle Olya

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Nick Lachey: Why I’ll Have a ‘Different Kind of Love’ for My Daughter

Nick Lachey: Why I’ll Have a ‘Different Kind of Love’ for My Daughter


Nick Lachey is tossing aside the balls and making room for the dolls!

As the singer-songwriter prepares to welcome a new baby girl with wife, actress Vanessa Lachey, 34, he is making sure to squeeze in as much boy-on-boy time as possible with the couple’s 2-year-old son, Camden John.

“I love to wrestle with my son — that’s our thing,” Lachey tells PEOPLE. “We wrestle and tickle and just roughhouse.”

While Lachey, 41, isn’t exactly sure of what to expect once his daughter makes her big debut — Vanessa is due right after the holidays — there is one thing he is having a hard time wrapping his head around.

“I can’t imagine loving a child more than I love my son, so I guess it’s just gonna be a different kind of love,” says The Sing-Off host.

 “I think that there’s something special about that bond between father and daughter, which I’m excited to experience first-hand.”

Luckily, for the Lacheys, Vanessa’s pregnancy has been very smooth — and an experience that she truly enjoys.

“We both look forward to meeting our daughter,” says Lachey, as he and Vanessa anticipate the arrival of their new bundle of love. “[It’s] just at that point now where you’re ready to meet this little life you’ve watched grow for the last eight months.”

And Camden’s thoughts about being a big brother?

“I don’t know if he completely grasps the concept of a little sister, but he’ll kiss her belly and say goodnight to [his] little sister,” says Lachey.

The family plans to celebrate this holiday season comfortably at home, but an expected gift could make their season even merrier.

“We’re expecting a little girl pretty much at any time now,” says Lachey. “We’re celebrating, but we’re celebrating with one eye on the contraction clock, if you will.”

He adds, “We’re ready to hit the hospital if we have to, but it adds a special dynamic to this holiday season knowing we’re getting the best gift of all in a daughter, at some point.”

– Nicole Sands

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Stacy Keibler: How I’ve Completely Bounced Back After Baby in 4 Months

Stacy Keibler: How I’ve Completely Bounced Back After Baby in 4 Months

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It’s been less than four months since Stacy Keibler gave birth to daughter Ava Grace, but she’s already bounced back to her pre-baby body thanks to a healthy diet and a regular workout routine.

“I feel strong, flexible, and very high energy,” Keibler, 35, posted on her website. “In fact, my abs are in better shape now than before I got pregnant!”

The actress and TV host says she was able to drop the pregnancy pounds thanks to staying active and maintaining healthy eating habits.

“What I put into my body was the biggest single thing that helped me get back in shape,” she shares.

Keibler also credits breastfeeding — which she notes burns 300 to 500 calories a day — and exercise to her postpartum weight loss.

After having Ava, I took my midwife’s advice and waited four weeks to let my body heal before working out again,” she explains. “The day I was cleared to exercise, I started walking and working with my trainer Nonna [Gleyzer] to properly re-attach my ab muscles.”

The new mom shares her low-impact, total-body workout routine on her site, which she recommends doing three to five times per week.

So what are the moves that helped Keibler get lean? The ballet-inspired ronde de jambe to work the legs and hips; side-ups to tone obliques and lats; teasers for the lower stomach; trapeze pull-ups to shape the arms, back, glutes and hamstrings; and ballet arms for the triceps, lats and obliques.

“Pregnant or not, fitness doesn’t have to be daunting,” she adds. “Simply incorporating a walk into your day, whether short or long, can help your body feel a connection to your mind, which is a powerful thing.”

– Gabrielle Olya

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Drew Barrymore: Bouncing Back After Baby Is ‘Not My Experience’

Drew Barrymore: Bouncing Back After Baby Is ‘Not My Experience’

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Family comes first for Drew Barrymore.

“It’s amazing. It’s the driving force behind how I live my life,” Barrymore told PEOPLE at the Refinery29 L.A. Holiday Party on Dec. 10.

Barrymore, 39, and husband Will Kopelman welcomed daughter Frankie in April. The couple’s baby girl joined older sister Olive, 2.

And with her two little ones at home, Barrymore says she’s had to prioritize her many hats.

“The acting has to be less and less because it’s too time-consuming. I love it and I don’t want to abandon it, but it can’t be at the forefront right now,” the actress explains, adding she loves her cosmetics line, Flower Beauty, “because it allows [her] to be a great mom.”

But even though she’s focusing on her growing family, Barrymore admits dividing her attention between her girls has its own set of challenges.

“It’s a balance of who gets the attention, and it’s a tightrope,” she shares. “But it’s also a wonderful, amazing journey to raise two kids that love each other.”

And with so much going on, the proud mom is just starting to focus on shedding her pregnancy pounds.

“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off,” she explains. “I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell.”

Barrymore adds, “I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off. That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off.”

For more on Drew Barrymore’s body after baby pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.

– Mariah Haas

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum Wonders How Moms Find Time to Wear Makeup

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Wonders How Moms Find Time to Wear Makeup

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One look at Jenna Dewan-Tatum and it’s hard to fathom the fact that it has only been 18 months since she gave birth to her first child, daughter Everly.

But the 34-year-old actress insists that it is just the result of much hard work.

“I work out with Jen Johnson, this trainer that I’ve worked out with forever who does a dance-based training,” Dewan-Tatum told PEOPLE while attending the Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment Breakfast.

“It’s awesome. It’s so hard. Everyone I brought to it says it’s the hardest workout they’ve ever done.”

But even the demanding certified trainer has nothing on Dewan-Tatum’s other exercise partner.

“When I can, I do that,” she says of her fitness regimen, before laughing and adding, “When I can’t, I’m literally ruining around chasing Everly and that is my workout. When you have [a daughter] who wants to do nothing but run and dance … you are just running after her making sure she is not hitting her head on everything.”

Or, more often, hiding her mama’s stash of cosmetics. Dewan-Tatum jokes she’s clueless how mothers manage to leave the house with a full face of makeup, let alone keep track of their essentials at home.

“I’m like, ‘How does that happen?’ Everly will actually take it from me and go put it somewhere else,” she says. “I’m like, ‘Okay, I need that makeup back.’ It’s a whole big circus in our household.”

But her wardrobe has changed, too. Since giving birth, the hands-on mom finds herself gravitating to stylish staple items that are easy for on the go.

“It’s like, ‘What’s comfortable? What can I look like I didn’t roll out of bed in?’ ” she shares. “Those are my two things. I’m like, ‘Okay, throw on a pair of jeans, maybe a cute pair of boots and you’re done.’ Sunglasses and hats are everything after you have a child.”

Despite loving all of the day-to-day chaos, Dewan-Tatum is looking forward to a time when she and Everly can enjoy the more sedate aspects of life.

“She won’t even sit through five minutes of Baby Einstein,” she says with a laugh. “So there’s no movies to be watching. Maybe in a year. Everyone says in a year — 2½, 3 is when they really start watching movies. That will be fun because I want to see them more than she does. That’s the thing — all those cartoons. It’s embarrassing.”

So for now, keeping Everly happy and engaged — and maybe a bit still — will fall to Dewan-Tatum’s secret weapon.

“It’s not a toy,” she shares. “She just loves boxes and pulling things out and in of boxes. Literally, I can give her my purse and she will pull things out and put things back in for — I’ve counted — an hour before. So far, it’s been really good.”

So good that when the notion of giving Everly a Christmas present that was a box with a purse inside of it was offered up, the doting mother was floored.

“Yes!” she exclaims. “It would blow her mind. That is probably what I am going to do!”

– Reagan Alexander

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Constance Zimmer: My Husband Handles ‘All of the Cooking and Cleaning’

Constance Zimmer: My Husband Handles ‘All of the Cooking and Cleaning’

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From Boston Legal to Entourage, Constance Zimmer is known for playing characters with an edge.

But that hard shell immediately melts away when the actress talks about her precocious daughter, Colette Zoe.

“She’s writing poetry!” Zimmer told PEOPLE of her 6½-year-old daughter while attending the Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment Breakfast.

“I think that it’s so impressive because she’s writing poetry and she’s like, ‘Mom, it’s okay if it doesn’t rhyme. It doesn’t have to be long or short.’ “

She adds, “I said, ‘You’re right! It can be whatever you want it to be. That’s your poetry because you’re an artist!’ “

While Colette, who also excels at drawing and ballet, happily disregards traditionally recognized rules of style and rhythm, there is little doubt that she has a muse.

“The most recent one she did was about me being a mom, and how I was between a daisy and a rose,” the 44-year-old brunette beauty says. “It went something like, ‘You’re between a daisy and a rose, if I created you, Mom, you would be a rose that looked like a daisy.’ It was super sweet, and just like, ‘Yes! Amazing!’ “

Ever the proud matriarch, Zimmer collects all of her daughter’s work, even the ones that bluntly express love in a way that only she could get away with. “I keep them in all my journals,” the actress says with a laugh, “and every day I look at little things that she’s drawn for me and every day she writes me little things like, ‘You’re the best mom in the world. Why don’t you wear more dresses?’ That was the other poem that I got.”

While the bulk of Colette’s early work is focused on her mama, Zimmer is quick to spread the praise, pointing out that little of the happiness she enjoys would be possible without her husband of four years, Russ Lamoureux.

“[He] does all of the cooking and all of the cleaning,” she shares. “I was working for four months in Vancouver on a new show and he was taking [Colette] to school every day, packing the lunches, he was doing everything, and everyone was like, ‘What do you mean your husband does that?! I wish my husband did that!’ I was like, ‘Everybody should be doing it!’ “

It is a system that Zimmer is careful not to take for granted, even though she feels as if it should be the norm.

“Someone said, ‘That’s so weird that your husband cooks and cleans.’ I said, ‘I don’t know any different,’ ” she admits. “We trade off, and we do whatever needs to be done and it gets done.”

It is a familial ecosystem that runs so smoothly that Zimmer is hesitant to mess with it, so when asked if she had plans to add to the mix, her answer, as always, was both thoughtful and honest.

“I’m happy with one,” she explains. “I like being a working mom and being able to be a mom, and not just work and have that separate. I think with one [child] I’m able to do both.”

– Reagan Alexander

Tyler Perry: I’m Only Here to ‘Usher’ My Son

Tyler Perry: I’m Only Here to ‘Usher’ My Son

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Tyler Perry has played his fair share of challenging roles — including a female — but his latest project could be his hardest yet.

The actor and director, 45, welcomed son Aman Tyler, with girlfriend Gelila Bekele in November, and the first-time father is still settling into life with his baby boy.

“It’s been two weeks today. It’s been surreal, incredible, moving,” Perry told PEOPLE at the N.Y.C. premiere of Selma, produced by his good friend and colleague, Oprah Winfrey, on Sunday.

He adds, “I see my face in him every day and it’s pretty wonderful.”

And while he’s still learning the ropes of parenthood, there’s one thing Perry is already confident he won’t do: use his award-winning directorial skills on his son.

“[I’m surprised] how much of a personality he has of his own,” he says. “Just watching his facial expressions and realizing that this kid has come to me with his own life, and mine is not his and his is not mine. I’m just here to usher him.”

He’s also here to change diapers — though Perry admits he has a disadvantage when it comes to his daddy duties.

“It’s hard and difficult for me because I have very big hands, so I’m not that comfortable at it yet,” Perry tells the New York Post‘s Page Six. “He’s very small. I need him to get a little bit bigger, then I’ll be better.”

One milestone the father-son pair have managed to already meet together? “I’ve been christened,” Perry jokes. “He’s peed on me, but it’s all good.”

– Anya Leon and Maggie Parker

So Cute! Justin Moore Brings Adorable Daughter As His ACCA Date

So Cute! Justin Moore Brings Adorable Daughter As His ACCA Date

Justin Moore admits he got strong-armed into taking his date to Monday’s American Country Countdown Awards — but he’s okay with that.

Moore’s oldest daughterElla Kole, 4½, joined the country crooner and his wife Kate on the carpet and in the audience, fulfilling a promise the singer had made.

“She threw a little fit when she saw me on the ACMs and made me promise to take her to another awards show,” Moore, whose hit, “Lettin’ the Night Roll,” was nominated for song of the year, told PEOPLE at the star-studded event. “I can’t tell if she’s enjoying it, but I kept my promise.”

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Ella, who wore matching red boots and a purse to complement her white dress, was a natural posing with Dad in the photo booth. But Moore is worried what he’ll do when his other two girlsKennedy Faye, 3, and 5-month-old Rebecca Klein, decide that they want to share the spotlight as well.

“The other two are at home,” the doting dad, 30, says. “I don’t know what will happen when they want to go!”

– Eileen Finan with reporting by Kay West

David Arquette Buys Stunning Diamond Ring for Daughter Coco

David Arquette Buys Stunning Diamond Ring for Daughter Coco

No last-minute holiday shopping for David Arquette: He has already made a big buy for the little lady in his life.

While in Miami earlier this month, Arquette stopped by the U.S. launch of jewelry line YVEL at MC Kitchen, where he purchased the line’s Dazzling Black & White Ring ($11, 500) for daughter Coco Riley.

According to a source, Arquette, 43, “went crazy over the jewelry — even re-merchandising some of the cases.”

Eventually, the actor settled on the stacked jewel-encrusted sparklers for his 10-year-old daughter with ex-wife Courteney Cox because of their “very dainty and delicate feel.”

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But it’s no surprise the doting dad went all out for his firstborn. “Every time she calls me, my heart melts,” Arquette said while shopping, a source tells PEOPLE.

Arquette was in town to support the Art Basel pop-up of his Bootsy Bellows club at the Shore Club Miami, where stars including Miley Cyrus and Leonardo DiCaprio were spotted partying.

– Becky Randel

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Gaby Hoffmann Welcomes Daughter Rosemary

Gaby Hoffmann Welcomes Daughter Rosemary

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Gaby Hoffmann is back to being sleepless.

The Transparent actress welcomed her first child, daughter Rosemary, at home on Wednesday, Nov. 19, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Hoffmann’s baby girl is her first child with longtime love, cinematographer Chris Dapkins.

“Everyone is healthy and doing great,” her rep tells PEOPLE.

Hoffmann, 32 — who is also guest-starring on Girls and will next appear in Manhattan Romance, due out next year — announced her pregnancy in June when she showed off her growing baby bump at the screening of her film, Obvious Child.

– Anya Leon with reporting by Julie Jordan


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