Second time mom and actress Ali Landry shares her tips to balancing motherhood, while still making “me time.”
Chocolate & girls night
“I’m still trying to figure that out,” laughed Landry. “I say, you do the best you can. At the end of the day there’s always someone or something that falls short, but tomorrow’s a new day.”
One way Landry stays sane is by making time for herself and planning fun activities with her girlfriends. One of these things is Hollywood Mom’s Night, the TV Guide show Ali and fellow mom Alison Sweeney started last year.
“It’s so much fun,” Landry told SheKnows. “You need that me time as a woman to get together with your friends and chat — away from the family.”
Landry also occupies her free time with workout sessions. Unlike some famous starlets who bounce back almost immediately, Landry admits that dropping weight after her second child has not been easy.
“I was nursing for about nine months and I just weaned him,” said Landry. “During that time I held on to 7 to 20 pounds, so now I’m trying to get the baby weight off.”
She says core exercises and spinning are her favorite activities.
“There’s not much time with two children to work out, so I try to hit a lot of body parts at once,” said Landry. “I need to get in, and get out. You get more bang for your buck.”
Ali sticks to a healthy eating plan as well, getting new ideas every day from Pinterest.
“I’m obsessed with Pinterest,” she told SheKnows. “One of my boards is, ‘You are what you eat.’ I love making incredible things with a lot of vegetables, fish and proteins.”
But Ali certainly allows herself some guilty pleasures as well. Her new favorite snack are Hershey’s Simple Pleasures. The chocolates are only 30 calories each and half the fat of regular chocolate.
“I’m very passionate about chocolate,” said Landry. “I eat it every single night before I go bed.”
Ali is also very passionate about helping others. Next month she will work with Safekids.org to raise awareness about seatbelt safety.
“I met a woman whose child was ejected from a car seat,” said Landry. “I thought, that could have been my child. I became a certified car seat technician. It’s been very empowering for me to spread that message.”