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Kelli Berglund

“There are a ton of new things that I’m very excited about. There’s a lot of secrets and twists involved in the story,” said Kelli Berglund, talking about season two of her Disney XD series Lab Rats, which premieres tonight. “Last season ended with Marcus trying to sabotage all of us and nobody knows why. Season two begins that storyline again, and you find out why Marcus is so evil, who he’s working for and how it relates to all of us. There’s some new characters that come into play. I think with season two, you kind of see the Lab Rats bond closer as a family. It definitely takes the whole team for the job to get done.”

Kelli plays Bree Davenport, one of three engineered teenagers with superpowers, on the hit series – but off-camera, she’s a fan of all the characters in the Lab Rats ensemble. “Of course, I love Bree as a character, but I think each and every one of the characters on the show has their own personality in such a unique way,” she said. “You have Adam [played by Spencer Boldman], he’s the not so bright one and he gets some of those really, really funny jokes. Spencer plays that character very well.”

“I really like Hal’s character, Mr. Davenport, because Hal is such a fun person to work with,” she continued, referring to multi-hyphenate Hal Sparks, the underrated performer who portrays the Lab Rats’ creator, Donald Davenport. “He’s like a kid in an adult body, basically. We’re always like joking around with him on set and he’s literally one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He’s really, really good at portraying this super-smart billionaire inventor. “

Her starring role on Lab Rats, which stands as Disney XD’s most-watched series, is also a breakout role for Kelli, who came to acting through her career as a dancer, when she was spotted during a school district production. “I was a featured dancer and there was a talent agent there,” she explained. “We went to that agency and I started doing dance auditions and commercial auditions, and that was kind of a hobby of mine. I started to transition more to television and movie auditions – and I was getting really, really close on some of these auditions.

“I think Lab Rats has been that stepping stone,” she continued. “I had just been dreaming of getting that one opportunity for years and years. I’d gotten little roles here and there, but I was really waiting for that one opportunity to set my career in motion and for me to be super-serious about this, and I think Lab Rats has definitely been that.”

Now that she’s made the leap to TV, Kelli is enjoying the perks that come with being part of a successful show. “Going to work is probably my favorite thing to do. I do that five days a week for probably ten hours a day, but it doesn’t even feel like work and it shouldn’t,” she said. “When you enjoy a job so much like I do, it’s not work, it’s play. It’s hanging out with people that you love. Getting along with all these people and meeting new people and learning new things every day. I learn something new every day whether it’s from Hal or learning about how different camera things work.

“I work with the greatest people in the entire world,” she added. “We get along so well and it’s always been that way. We hang out off-set all the time, and we’re really close with our producers and our director, too. We all know that we can talk to each other about anything. And I get to film the show for hundreds of thousands of fans. I do it for the fans, of course. That’s the number one reason why!”

While she’s in no hurry for Bree to leave the lab, she also knows that as a young actress, she has a whole career ahead of her – and there are plenty of things she’d love to do in the future. “Acting is something I want to do whatever [the part],” she said. “A dream role would just be anything at this point. I would love to get into feature films; I’m willing to do an action flick, I’m willing to do a romantic comedy. I think it’d be the coolest thing if I could get a role in a dance movie. That’s something I’m always going to love.”

“I would love to work with Kristin Wiig one day. I find her hilarious and I totally idolize her,” she continued. “Also Johnny Depp. He’s an amazing person all around. I admire him greatly. I would probably die if I got to work with either of them!”

What does Kelli watch when she has the opportunity to be a fan? “Movie-wise, my favorite is The Avengers. That was a favorite of mine last year. I totally loved Black Widow’s character because they kind of modeled my character after her,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of time for television anymore because I’m working all the time, [but] I really like The Vampire Diaries. I’m only on season two; I’m a little bit behind!” Perfectly understandable, considering that Bree has more missions to go on!

You can keep up with Kelli on Twitter (@KelliBerglund). Lab Rats starts its second season tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted.

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Josh Kelley Naleigh Adalaide Instagram

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Daddy’s girls!

Proud papa Josh Kelley shared a photo of himself relaxing on the couch with daughters Naleigh, 4, and Adalaide, 9 months, on Twitter Saturday.

Posing with his arms around his girls, Kelley Tweeted, “I love my little chickadees. Everyone keeps saying it goes by so fast so I’m gonna soak it up!!”

This isn’t the first time the husband to Katherine Heigl has doted on his daughters via Twitter.

On Feb. 6, he Tweeted he had gone golfing with Naleigh — who sported a panda hat to the green.

“Naleigh hitting golf balls with daddy rocking her panda bear ski hat. She’s a nut if I’ve ever seen one!!!”

– Maggie Coughlan

Water baby! Sheryl Crow takes elder son Wyatt Steven, 5 , for a spin on a jet-ski while vacationing in the Bahamas on Tuesday. The musician, 50, is also mom to son Levi James, 2 .

Crow is currently taking a break from working on her new record — her first country album! — at home in Nashville.

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Jason and Molly Mesnick Pregnant: Baby Bump Photo

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Happy holidays! Celebrities gathered to celebrate the season Saturday, attending the Second Annual Santa’s Secret Workshop in West Hollywood, Calif. Presented by Bill Horn and Scout Masterson and held at the Andaz Hotel, the event benefitted L.A. Family Housing.

Among the revelers: Bachelor alums Jason and Molly Mesnick — whose first child together is due in March — attending their first event since announcing the happy news.

“I’m just about six months and feeling really good,” Molly tells PEOPLE.

“I’m at a perfect stage now so I’m trying to get as much done around the house as I possibly can while I have the energy.”

Also in attendance? Tori Spelling, Malin Akerman, Tiffani Thiessen, Ali Landry, David Boreanaz, Marla Sokoloff, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney, Angela Bassett, Ian Ziering, Amanda Righetti, Marshall and Jamie Anne Allman, Kimberly Van Der Beek, Spencer Grammer and more.

Guests enjoyed manicures from Mom.me, cookie decorating with Jenny Cookies, photos with Santa from HP, create-a-card with Snapfish.com, and a craft bar from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

Styled by Sybarite Designs, the event featured companies such as SodaStream, Corolle, Stokke, Orbit Baby, Ergo Baby, Teddy Needs a Bath, Funktion, Numi Numi Design, Ju-Ju-Be, Innobaby and Joovy showcasing their latest products — be sure to enter this week’s giveaway for a chance to win them all!

Tori Spelling

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It was a family affair for Tori Spelling, who brought the whole gang for their first public event since 3-month-old Finn‘s birth in August.

Joining the actress, husband Dean McDermott and their newborn are Hattie, 13 months, Stella, 4, and Liam, 5 .

“I’m not going to lie. It’s a little crazy. It’s hard work,” Spelling tells PEOPLE.

“I think three was safe. Four tips you over the edge a little bit. Maybe it’s because they’re 10 months apart — but we’re so blessed. It keeps you on your toes.”

Malin Akerman

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With her first child on the way in April, Malin Akerman was all smiles at the event, posing with her growing belly.

“I’m feeling great,” the actress tells PEOPLE. “I’m closing in on five months now so it’s getting more and more exciting as time goes by.”

Tiffani Thiessen

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White Collar star Tiffani Thiessen gave 2-year-old daughter Harper Renn a leg up at the event.

On the Landry-Monteverde family’s list? Meeting Santa! PEOPLE.com blogger Ali Landry held 13-month-old son Marcelo Alejandro while husband Alejandro Monteverde snuggled in behind 5-year-old daughter Estela Ines.

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Amanda Righetti

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Ravishing redhead Amanda Righetti showed off her growing belly at the event — The Mentalist star is due this winter with her first child.

David Boreanaz

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No Bones about it – David Boreanaz‘s children look like him! The actor and wife Jaime Bergman brought kids Jaden, 10, and Bella, 3, to meet Santa.

Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney brought their elder son Axel, 2, to the event, but little Leo, 7 months, sat this one out.

Kaitlin Olson

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Angela Bassett

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Meeting Santa was twice as nice for Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, who brought along their 6-year-old twins Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah (peace out, dude).

Kimberly Van Der Beek

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Who cares about photos — it’s time for a snack! PEOPLE.com blogger Kimberly Van Der Beek gives 2-year-old daughter Olivia (plus her doll!) a lift.

Picture perfect! Ian Ziering gets daughter Mia, 19 months, in the frame while enjoying the craft table. The actor and wife Erin expect their second child in May.

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Marla Sokoloff

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With a baby doll in tow, PEOPLE.com blogger Marla Sokoloff and her little lady, 9-month-old Elliotte, check out the event.

Spencer Grammer arrived with her main men — husband James Hesketh and their son, 13-month-old Emmett.

Spencer Grammer

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Marshall and Jamie Ann Allman

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The event was a baby bump debut for Marshall and Jamie Anne Allman as well — the True Blood and Killing stars just announced that they’re expanding their family — by two. Twins are on the way this spring!

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Whether daughter Willow is whipping it back and forth or cutting it all off, Jada Pinkett Smith is committed to allowing her daughter wear her hair any way she chooses.

The actress and mom of two took to her Facebook page to address critics of her parenting style, particularly those who questioned why she “let” her 12-year-old chop off her locks and sport a super-short style a few months ago.

“This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination,” she writes.

Pinkett Smith, also mother to Jaden, 14, continues: “Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.”

She also added that “even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires.”

And it sounds like she has husband Will Smith‘s full support. “When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body?” the actor told Parade earlier this year.

“If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world.”

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We’re thrilled to welcome Marissa Jaret Winokur back to our celebrity blogging family!

As you may recall, the Tony-winning actress, 39, beat cervical cancer 11 years ago, underwent a hysterectomy and later she and husband Judah Miller welcomed a baby boy with the help of a surrogate.

Their son, Zev Isaac, is now 4 and Winokur is back on the small screen, starring on TV Land’s Retired at 35.

She can be found on Facebook and on Twitter @MarissaJWinokur.

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Visiting the Empire State Building – Courtesy Marissa Jaret Winokur


The week after Hurricane Sandy, I sat down to do my monthly blog. There has been a lot of focus on my weightloss, so I knew I needed to address that. I thought, “This blog is going to be easy to write. I’ll talk about how I did it to everyone out there who is struggling with their weight as well.”

But then I got distracted by Facebook. Who doesn’t? My God, what did I do before Facebook? I guess I had to call people and see how they’re doing! Now I can just read a post and call when in trouble.

I saw a post from my oldest friend Nancy. We were best friends at age 5, living in New York, where she still resides.

Her post said, “Nine months pregnant … nine nights without power but my incredible husband is keeping us safe, warm and well-fed. Thank you to all who have been checking in on us. Baby L is a good listener so far, I told him/her to please not make your appearance until the power is back!”

OMG!!! Who cares how I lost weight?! Nancy was going to give birth to her first child alone and in the freezing cold dark. How terrifying!

My New York family had power only because my brother has a generator (very MacGyver of him!). But the theater my niece Emily worked at this summer is still underwater! How can I even think about a weightloss story?

I lived in New York my whole life. Like every New Yorker, I have stories about spending summers on the Jersey shore, riding the roller coaster in Seaside that is now famous for that sickening photo of it being washed out to sea.

I have many friends on Facebook who organized cars to drive into the devastation with basic things like blankets and diapers. My heart is broken for my hometown and all the people that Sandy has hit. I can’t imagine Nancy about to give birth!

The storm really had me thinking about our home safety. I live in California: earthquake capital!

I realized Zev is almost 4 and we really haven’t talked as a family about what to do, where to go and where to meet if there was an earthquake. HAVE YOU?! I mean, REALLY? Your first instinct is, “Yes, I totally know what to do.” But really think about it! DO YOU REALLY?

This weekend, we are doing a legit earthquake drill at my house. We picked tables to hide under and meeting places. I am going to put together stuff you need in your garage and get flashlights and candles ready!

I mean, I can barely think ahead enough to have the right foods for Zev’s lunches let alone what I need for an earthquake kit!! You can find that info online — I was happy to see many websites dedicated to safety kits and such.

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With my family in Bedford – Courtesy Marissa Jaret Winokur

This September was the first time I took Zev back to the street I grew up on in Bedford, N. Y. It was very emotional. I lived in the same house my whole life on a beautiful dead-end dirt road.

I always dreamed I would raise my family in that house — my father designed it and built it. My brother still lives nearby, so visiting is fun and easy.

We also took Zev into N.Y.C. We stayed downtown, right where all the flooding was. What would we have done if we were there when Sandy hit?

I know there are storms and disasters all the time, but this one really hit home to me. Now that I’m a parent, it all seems so incredibly sad and hard. I can honestly say — not proudly, but honestly — before I had a child I would see things on TV or hear the news, feel sad for the people and move forward with my day.

Now I see everything through a mother’s eyes. How would I deal with telling my son we are lucky to be alive, but we lost our home? How would I be able to make him understand we are lucky to have our house, but there will be no lights or electricity or warm food for weeks?

I feel so bad for the parents out there. Let’s be honest — being a parent is hard on a normal “everything is okay” day. Now add being a parent when you are made to feel helpless by the storm pounding on your house.

At a birthday party this past weekend, the mothers and I were all talking about how we can help, maybe sponsor a school that was hit or do a clothing drive or something. Anything!!

Within one day from the party our preschool teamed up with New York’s Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services‘ relief effort. There were flyers in every kids cubbyhole asking for help.

This is just one organization. There are so many ways you can help or work as a community with your friends and other families.

I know on Facebook Jennifer Cody is spearheading the Broadway community by gathering clothes and food and strollers and diapers and driving them in her own car to Staten Island and Queens — where families have been hit the hardest — and handing supplies to families in need.

I am in awe of everyone pulling together and really stepping up. I felt so helpless here 3,000 miles away in beautiful sunny weather … But we are not helpless.

This is when we can really work together and help out any way we can and teach our children through example.

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Zev hails a cab — Courtesy Marissa Jaret Winokur

Zev is putting a box of his toys together to send to kids himself, and as he said, “Not just the baby toys. I’ll send some good ones too!” Ha.

I know for a fact that my weightloss blog would have been funnier. I understand the fluff and — dare I say, “lightness” — in the face of sadness is always welcomed! Trust me, I am a comedian and that’s how I make my living!

But right now I’m a mommy first. If this blog makes you put together a box of your old sweaters that you will never wear and send them to a family in need, then my time was better spent making you think than laugh.

I promise next month I will tell you how I lost 60 pounds step-by-step and the plan on keeping it off!!!

If you don’t have time to research other ways to help, please donate to the Red Cross.

– Marissa Jaret Winokur

Dannielynn Birkhead Models for GUESS Campaign

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Look who’s taking after mom!

Dannielynn Birkhead is following in Anna Nicole Smith‘s footsteps and making an adorable appearance in the GUESS Kids spring 2013 campaign.

And judging from the pictures (seriously, check out that sweet stance!), the 6-year-old is already a pro.

Dannielynn’s modeling debut also has special meaning for her and the company. Not only was her late mother named the face of the brand in 1992, but it marks the first time GUESS has tapped the child of a former model.

“Dannielynn has the same playful spirit that her mother had on set,” says creative director Paul Marciano. “She is a second-generation GUESS girl.”

The cutie also joins the ranks of fellow camera-ready celeb kids including Alessandra Ambr sio‘s little girl Anja, Cindy Crawford‘s daughter Kaia, and Jennifer Lopez‘s twins Max and Emme.

– Anya Leon

Tori Spelling Stella Saved My Life

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Decisions, decisions!

On Thursday, Tiffani Thiessen caught daughter Harper Renn Smith pondering a tough question that would leave any toddler deep in thought.

“What am I going to do today?” the actress Tweeted along with a sweet snapshot of her pensive princess.

Luckily, Harper didn’t need to think twice about her outfit for the day.

The adorable 2-year-old is wearing the Lily top ($28) from Lately Lily, a cute line of tees that feature a mini globetrotter who travels the world with her yellow suitcase and trusty best friend, Zeborah.

To keep up with Lily’s adventures, each T-shirt comes with a tag that provides a backstory on which country (Iceland, France and more!) she’s visiting. To see the full collection, go to latelylily.com.

– Anya Leon

Constance Marie's Blog: Kid Versus the Vegetables

Halloween bunnies – Courtesy Constance Marie

Look who’s back! We’re thrilled to say hello again to Constance Marie, our original celebrity blogger!

The actress, mom to daughter Luna Marie, 3 , with fianc Kent Katich, stars on Switched at Birth, which returns Jan. 7 to ABC Family.

She’s also one of the celebrity voices narrating beloved children’s stories for Little Golden Records, available now at Walmart.

Marie, 47, can also be found online on Facebook and @goconstance on Twitter. If you’ve missed any of her past posts, check them out here.

In her latest blog, the actress shares her secret for getting Luna Marie to eat well.

In this corner, the all-time champion, Little Tommy, weighing in at 40 lbs.! And in the other corner, packed full of vitamins and gently saut ed in butter … Se or Green Bean!!

I know this is a sore subject for many, many moms! Moms trying to get their kids to eat vegetables or eat healthy or just eat anything! As I mentioned in a previous blog, I was an overwhelmed, exhausted, and totally terrified new mom who realized I was in way over my head. So, I dragged myself to a mommy group when my daughter was three months old. I admitted I NEEDED HELP!

One of the many great things about this mommy group was that it was run by a therapist. And while I was sitting there in a sleep-deprived, cracked-nipples-breastfeeding haze, I heard this therapist say: “If you make your child’s food intake a battle, it will be a battle you will be fighting with them for the rest of their lives.” I thought to myself, “Wait, what was that?!” It apparently was SO important she said it again, for which I was very, very thankful.

I wasn’t really sure what she meant by this, but I do remember watching many moms over the years. They tried to get their children to eat and the children really, really, really enjoyed saying “NO.” Thankfully this therapist from the mommy group showed us an exercise and said, “We need to teach our children that their hunger needs to be more important to them than to their mothers. Thus, ending the power struggle.” Oh! And she also added, “Whatever you do, be CONSISTENT!”

I realized a lot of children don’t like their vegetables. NEWSFLASH: I am a vegetarian. I also wanted to raise my child vegetarian — there was no way I was going to raise a vegetarian who hated vegetables. C’mon! That would just be wrong! I also learned that children eat how WE parents eat. Sad to say, if you want your child to eat healthy, we parents have to eat healthy! I KNOW!!!! I’m not happy about it either. Gone are the easy, breezy, awesome days of “Do as I say, not as I do!”

So when Luna Marie was about seven months old, I used the exercise the therapist taught us.

Constance Marie's Blog: Kid Versus the Vegetables

Luna Marie starts to eat! – Courtesy Constance Marie

Full disclosure: I was completely terrified and a nervous wreck before I tried this, but I did it anyway.

I prepared some steamed broccoli. I put it in one large bowl in the center of the table. I put my daughter in her highchair. I grabbed two plates and set them down in the center of the table. Then I took a deep breath and sat down. I took one plate from the stack, put it in front of myself, left my daughter’s place empty, and started to serve myself some broccoli. I did not offer my daughter anything. I just sat there and ate my broccoli contentedly.

Of course, I hammed it up a bit like it was the greatest broccoli I had ever eaten in my entire life (if anyone saw me, they would have called the acting police)!

Needless to say, she did not like being ignored. She started to crane her neck to look into the bowl of broccoli like, I can only guess her thinking, “What is in that bowl that is so yummy and making my mommy so happy?” Her next thought, “Why isn’t she giving me any?!” And then the one I was waiting for, “I want some of that!!” Then there was a lot of baby pointing and whining to which I responded innocently, “Oh! You want some broccoli?”

That was exactly the moment I was waiting for! DING! DING! DING! DING! The first round goes to Mama!

She learned that if she wanted to eat, she was going to have to make sure she got some. I wasn’t going to force it on her. If she didn’t eat, she would just have to wait till the next mealtime.

I also need to tell you — my daughter eats five times a day. Because she is a vegetarian, she needs to eat more often … I have also read that it is healthier to eat smaller meals more often throughout the day. On a typical day, Luna Marie eats breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner.

Of course, if she didn’t eat I moved up the next mealtime a little. But I never told her that!!! I wasn’t going to give away my secrets. That would have wrecked my entire master plan! She didn’t have to feel hungry for long, but she did learn what her hunger felt like (I in turn, also learned how to breathe and tolerate the anxiety of knowing my daughter didn’t eat as much as I would have liked her to). And I only had to do this two times to get this to work.

Constance Marie's Blog: Kid Versus the Vegetables

Digging into noodles and lima beans – Courtesy Constance Marie

The other thing I learned was to course the meal out:

First, I served the vegetable. Then, I served protein. In our case, beans, tofu and veggie meat.

Then come the yummy carbs … ya know, all the things kids/moms crave!!!!! Lastly, the fruit! Another main point, keep the rest of the meal hidden in the kitchen because if kids see there’s something else, those little suckers want that instead, thus continuing the power struggle!

I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. I am just a mom trying to give my child a balanced meal. Raise your hands if you hear me.

And we parents know that it can be so hard to follow our own rules.

Especially in today’s modern age of no time, limited budgets, prepackaged foods with lots of chemicals and sugar in everything!!!!!

The last thing that I learned was a very simple rule. My kitchen is not a restaurant and I am not a chef. Let me say that again. I am SO not a chef. I THINK CHEFS AND COOKS ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNDERRATED, UNDER-APPRECIATED AND TALENTED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD — and I am NOT one of those people! My daughter knows we eat what I have prepared and that’s it. If she’s really hungry, she will eat what I have made. If she doesn’t want to eat what I have made, she does not have to. But that’s all there is. It’s her choice.

I grew up the daughter of a single mom with very limited resources — we had what we had, and if I was hungry I ate it. There really was nothing else … so I have applied these lessons to my daughter. She knows if she doesn’t like what I have prepared, she has the choice not to eat it. But she WILL be hungry. That is her choice. And I use all my strength and patience to be okay when she says, “NO THANK YOU.” (Yes, she is that polite when she rejects my cooking).

Every once in a while, I also hear, “I don’t like this!” But I also learned that you have to introduce a new food to a child at least 10 times before making a proper evaluation whether they truly do not like that food or if they are just in a mood. If my daughter consistently hated something after 10 times, I would remove it from the menu but try to make up the vitamins with some other kind of food.

Honestly, in the beginning it was a complete learning experience for me too. I realized that I was measuring my worth as a mother by whether my child ate or not. I also learned that as a mom, it is almost impossible not to do that.

Constance Marie's Blog: Kid Versus the Vegetables

Amongst the squash – Courtesy Constance Marie

I know to some parents this approach to food may sound hard-core but I also know it worked for me. It has saved me so many struggles and a lot of worry. Both my daughter and I know what to expect at meal time. As a result of this, Luna Marie is an amazing eater!!!! (Just like her mama…) Yes! This worked for me and I do not take ANY credit. This was taught to me and now I am sharing it with you.

My daughter eats green beans, asparagus, brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, spinach, raw beets etc… she will eat all of them. And the best part — she actually likes them! That part I had no control over. Luna Marie learned she doesn’t have to eat her vegetables if she doesn’t want to, but she will not get to the next course if she doesn’t.

Also I have her eat vegetables with lunch and dinner, because come on, none of us really want to eat vegetables for breakfast! Unless it’s spinach … in a yummy omelette saut ed with garlic in a little olive oil and some cheese … Wait! I digress! (I told you I love to eat.)

I know I will not be able to control what my daughter eats for the rest of her life, but I can for now! I also know that someday, after she has lulled me into a false sense of security, a mealtime will come where Luna Marie’s head will spin all the way around and peas will come flying out at me like The Exorcist. Children are these little feisty creatures that are constantly evolving and we as parents are constantly having to adjust to that. DAH-MIT!!!

I learned somewhere that the first five years of your child’s life are so important and set the stage for how they will live in the world … Also, that that’s the time when you as a parent get to set their eating patterns.

Our children can accomplish amazing things if they just have a healthy body fueled by healthy food. What ever you choose to do, and however you do it, I wish you all the strength and courage in the world because you’re going to need it. Being the rule-maker is hard. I also applaud you for taking the time to read and research how other moms do things! It truly does take a village.

– Constance Marie
More from Constance’s PEOPLE.com blog series:

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  • Constance Marie’s Blog: Meltdown Management

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London calling!

Gwen Stefani leads the way for her little man Zuma Nesta Rock, 4, as they make their way through London on Thursday.

Stefani — who is also mom to son Kingston, 6 — recently opened up to Marie Claire about expanding her family with husband Gavin Rossdale further.

“I really, really, really wanted [a baby] about two years ago. And it didn’t really work out,” the No Doubt frontwoman, whose new album Push and Shove was released this week, said.

“So … I feel good with what we’ve got. Everything works out how it should. You can’t plan anything, right?”

RELATED: Gwen Stefani: My Biggest Accomplishment Is My Marriage

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