To celebrate today’s launch, Celebrity Baby Scoop participated in an online chat with Denise who discussed her holiday plans with daughters – Sam, 7, Lola, 6, and Eloise, 6 months – her favorite holiday recipe handed down by her late mother, baby Eloise’s first Christmas, and keeping the peace with ex-husband Charlie Sheen.
Denise said that holidays are all about family and friends.
The actress, 40, admitted that part of her family includes ex-husband, troubled actor Charlie Sheen.
“I do see Charlie over the holidays,” she said, and added, “He’s my family.” Denise and Charlie – who are parents to Sam and Lola – keep things in perspective. “I think it’s best to stay friendly whether it’s the holidays or not,” she said. On her best advice for co-parenting, Denise shared, “Keep it about the kids and keep the peace.”
She added: “[We spend] Christmas morning opening presents with the kids. Then Christmas dinner at our house – this year it will be all of us. Many of my friends can’t get home, they come for dinner as well.”
The single mom went on to talk about favorite family traditions over the holidays.
And she even shared a special tradition passed down by her late mother Joni — whom she named her adopted daughter after. “I make the chocolate no-bake cookies my mom always made.”
Denise and her girls don’t cut any corners for their annual holiday party — even bringing in fake snow for the festive event!
Denise said the homemade gifts from her girls are “the best” and “the kids make the holidays.” She added, “Every year has wonderful memories.”
And this year will be no exception with the celebration of baby Eloise’s first Christmas! “I can’t wait for her first picture with Santa,” the proud mom shared.
As for any New Year’s Resolutions, the gorgeous mama said she had none, “but if I did, it would be to be consistent with my fitness routine,” she shared. “I really dropped that ball this year. No more excuses!”
Following the success of Courteney Cox’s boutique to benefit the EBMRF, mom-of-four Nicole Kidman is opening her own store which will include products from Max Daniel, Kidkraft and Vintage Hermes. All of the proceeds will go toward the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, a cause that is close to her heart.
“I am thrilled to partner with Rue La La to support Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, which provides a real place of hope for women,” Nicole tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “In my ‘Doing A Little Good’ boutique I have chosen items to encourage moms to shop for a cause this holiday season and help this amazing program which is so close to my heart.”
Nicole added: “My mother had breast cancer when I was 17, so I was personally affected by the disease. I saw a woman suffering, a woman who I loved, who was the heartbeat of our family, going through such distress. This is where I’m putting my efforts right now – keeping our mothers, sisters, and daughters healthy.”
Nicole and ex-husband Tom Cruise are parents to daughter Bella, 19, and son Connor, nearly 17, while she and husband Keith Urban are parents to daughters Sunday, 3, and Faith, 11 months. The Academy Award-winning actress says she loves motherhood.
“I love nurturing and caring for children,” Nicole said. “I obviously love my own children, but I feel an enormous connection to children in general. I’ve always been very drawn to them. I think being an actor gives you a very childlike quality. We still get to play a lot, so my sense of play, my spirit of play, is heightened. I think children keep that alive in you.”
When asked if she sees her fashion sense in her daughters, Nicole replied,
“I try not to see myself in my daughters,” she said. “I try to see them as who they are. My 3 1/2-year-old just happens to be absolutely obsessed and delighted with clothes, shoes, and jewelry – anything that sparkles. And my other two daughters, they aren’t interested in any part of it. It’s fascinating watching them evolve.
And as for the upcoming holiday celebrations in the Kidman-Urban household, Nicole said, “We decorate, we snuggle, we go to church, we see friends and family. And we try to remember that Christmas is not all about ‘the presents.’ It’s a time to reflect.”
The Nicole Kidman ‘Doing A Little Good’ boutique opens on December 15th at 8:00 p.m. EST. The boutique will benefit reproductive cancer research at Stanford Women’s Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Berek, a world-renowned expert in ovarian cancer. The Center, which is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to women with breast and gynecologic cancers, delivers integrated, comprehensive, personalized care to patients and their families. Its advanced research is illuminating new possibilities in early detection and prevention, genetics, cancer vaccines, immunotherapy, and cancer stem cells.
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To celebrate the festive season, we’re taking a look at how some of our favorite celebrity families spend their holidays. From Tori Spelling‘s love of decorating, baking and eating, to Jodie Sweetin‘s multi-celebrations, to Jennie Garth‘s “village under the tree,” to Denise Richards‘ favorite holiday traditions, let’s take a look at how the celebrities and their families enjoy the holidays.
Reality TV stars Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott welcomed their third child Hattie Margaret on October 10th, and the proud parents told Celebrity Baby Scoop they’re “excited” to celebrate baby’s first Christmas, along with older children Liam, 4, and Stella, 3.
We’re definitely going to hang with friends and family,” Tori said of their holiday plans. “We love the holidays, so we’re excited to celebrate Hattie’s first Christmas. We’re excited to have our Santa Claus pictures with all three of them. Stella’s already picked out matching outfits for her and Hattie. We love to cook and bake a lot. We’ll be decorating the whole house so that’ll be a lot of fun.”
Cougar Town star Busy Philipps – who is mom to 3-year-old daughter Birdie – opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about a low-key Christmas at home.
Christmas is at home this year. We have a big tree and I always make a few different kinds of cookies. Decorating sugar cookies is always one of the most fun events. Birdie will have some friends over and we let them go crazy with the sprinkles and frosting.”
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Actress/author Denise Richards adopted daughter Eloise Joni in June, joining her older daughters – Sam, 7, and Lola, 6 – whom she co-parents with ex-husband Charlie Sheen. The single mom-of-three opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their holiday plans.
I spend my holidays with family and friends,” Denise said. “The more the merrier.” The actress, 40, admitted that part of her family includes her troubled ex. “I do see Charlie over the holidays. He’s my family.”
And this year, the household will be that much more merry with the celebration of baby Eloise’s first Christmas! “I can’t wait for her first picture with Santa,” the proud mom shared.
Denise went on to talk about favorite family traditions over the holidays.
The kids & I track Santa online to see where he is and when he will be at our house,” Denise said, and added that her girls still believe in St. Nick. “They’ve heard otherwise, but I’ve reassured them he exists. We set out cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer.” She added, “I make the chocolate no-bake cookies my mom always made.”
Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth and her her sexy Twilight star hubby, Peter Facinelli, plan to celebrate the holidays with three daughters: Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and Fiona, 5. The busy mom-of-three – who stars in this season’s holiday family film A Christmas Wedding Tail – recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their favorite family traditions.
Traditions. The girls and I love to bake Christmas cookies and give them out to friends,” Jennie shared. “We also do this crazy huge village under our tree, with little people and snow and mountains and twinkle lights. That’s something Peter’s family originated, and our girls love it!”
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Due to give birth to her first child – a surprise delivery – in the early new year, Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew told Celebrity Baby Scoop that she’s excited to create new holiday traditions in her expanding family.
I’ve been listening to Christmas music since October because I’m sort of obsessed with Christmas,” Sarah said. “I’ve been talking with my husband about what kinds of traditions we want to instill and have for our family Christmas traditions. It is the best time of the year. I just love it!”
Full House alum Jodie Sweetin recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two daughters – Zoie, 3, and Beatrix, 1 – and their upcoming holiday plans.
We do Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Years — all sorts of celebrations coming up!” Jodie said. “And now with every commercial that comes on, Zoie says, ‘Mommy I want that for Christmas.’ “
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For more than 25 years, Leeza Gibbons has reported the latest in entertainment, music, and Hollywood. The mother-of-three recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their holiday plans.
For Christmas, we always do a family pajama photo that is our holiday card,” Leeza said. “Through the years (19 so far) we have worn ducky pj’s, cowboys, kissy lips, plaids, paisleys and more! It’s always fun, and kind of embarrassing.”
Wizards of Waverly Place star Maria Canals-Barrera – mother to daughters Bridget, 8, and Madeleine, 6, with husband David Barrera – recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about a special family Christmas tradition.
I have six sisters-in-law and every year we give each other ornaments so I get six brand new ornaments every year,” Maria said. “We love to revisit every ornament when we put the tree up. We talk about the sister-in-law and what year we were given the ornament. I love that tradition. We have lots of family spread out around the country so that is fun.”
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Little House on the Prairie alum Melissa Gilbert – who recently separated with husband of sixteen years Bruce Boxleitner – opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about spending the holidays “healing” with all four of her sons.
So far our plans are all about being together as a family and being home for the holidays,” Melissa said. “We’ve traveled the last few years during the holidays so this year it’s all about home, healing, and laughter….with lots of carbs of course!”
Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope – mom to sons JR, 3, and Wellington, 9 months – recently opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her third pregnancy and their upcoming holiday plans.
My father and step-mom are coming in and we are going to have a traditional English family Christmas,” Rosie said. “That means Turkey!”
All My Children star Alicia Minshew – mom to 2-year-old daughter Willow – opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about embracing Jewish and Christian traditions over the holidays.
My husband is Jewish and I am a Christian so Willow is getting to celebrate everything,” Alicia said. “Both of our families are on the East Coast so we will be traveling a lot these next couple of months. We will go to New York for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah we will do here in LA, and then we will celebrate Christmas with my family in Florida. So Willow is a lucky little girl who gets to do it all. We want to expose everything to her and let her know and understand what both of her parents grew up with. Then, as she gets older, she can form her own opinions as to what she believes.”
Basketball Wives LA star Gloria Govan isn’t letting her recent “shocking” split from NBA star Matt Barnes ruin her holidays! The busy mom to 3-year-old twin boys Isaiah and Carter opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about spending the holidays in the Bay area with her sweet sons.
This year, we have the opportunity to actually spend the holidays with our family which is nice because we haven’t spent a Christmas with the family in the last five years,” Gloria said. “So me and the boys are going to be heading up to the Bay area and are going to hang out my family. Everyone’s going to be there! My sister is flying in from Orlando, and my brother will be there. Everyone’s going to be coming into town with their kids. We’re all going to be staying at my parent’s house too, which is going to be hilarious. It’s going to be one big sleepover. I’m excited — I’m definitely going to be helping my mom in the kitchen.”
Grammy nominated singer Eric Benét and wife Manuela Testolini are expecting their first child together end of December. The former husband of Halle Berry – who is also dad to 20-year-old daughter India – opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their Christmas plans, which revolved around baby-on-the-way!
My wife is an extremely prepared person so we have everything we need for the magic hour! India will definitely be home and it will be a holiday season of love and family sitting around the house for a big event to happen.”