How Kristen Bell Redirected Her Career Path to Be Present for Her Children

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How Kristen Bell Redirected Her Career Path to Be Present for Her Children

Kristen Bell knows what it takes to balance career and family life. 

E! News sat down with The Good Place star and mom of two at Baby2Baby and Homeboy Industries’ Mother’s Day event on Saturday, which aimed to celebrate low-income moms and their little ones. She opened up about motherhood’s most challenging aspects, and revealed the steps she takes to ensure work never gets in the way. 

“Personally,” Dax Shepard‘s wife shared, “My first priority is to stay territorial of my family time. So when I have the luxury of looking at a job and seeing if it shoots out of town, I’m probably not going to do it.”

Bell added, “Are the hours awful? Will I miss six months of my kids’ life? I’m probably not going to do it.”

Kristen Bell, Baby2Baby

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“So for me, spending their baby years alongside them and not on FaceTime is very important,” Kristen shared. “And when I’m at home I put my phone by the door and I’m just with them.”

She described disconnecting from technology as “hard in the beginning, but now that I do it, it’s quite liberating.” 

Kristen and Dax welcomed daughters Lincoln in 2013 and Delta Bell a year and a half later, an experience the actress told us was a wakeup call on perspective.

“Motherhood right sized all my problems,” she said. “Anything I thought I was worried about kind of evaporated when I realized my babies were healthy and that I could provide for them… I have become acutely aware of the fact that is not everyone’s situation.”

That’s why Bell said she’s invested so much time and energy into helping fellow moms: “If I were in a different situation, I would want other mothers to reach out and help be my support system.”

“We’re sort of all in this together,” she continued, “It used to take a village and now this, we’re recreating a village.”

And let’s just say we love the village you’re raising, Kristen!

(Why?)

Published at Sat, 06 May 2017 21:52:35 +0000

Larry Birkhead and Dannielynn Birkhead Honor Anna Nicole Smith's Memory at the 2017 Kentucky Derby

It’s a stroll down memory lane…

Earlier today, Larry Birkhead and his daughter Dannielynn Birkhead remembered the 10-year-old’s late mother, model Anna Nicole Smith, at the place where it all began—the Barnstable Brown Party at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville. 

Earlier today, the proud papa posted a pic of himself and his daughter on Twitter from last night’s bash, along with the caption, “Dannielynn b4 she raided the dessert room at the Barnstable-Brown Party where I met her Mom in 2003 #lifefullcircle #BarnstableBrownParty.”

A whopping 14 years after Larry met Anna Nicole, the doting dad and his daughter looked oh-so-cute at the same event. The two are once again matching at the fashionable soiree, which is always on the eve of the Derby.

So a little more on the fab party where Anna and Larry met: Patricia Barnstable-Brown and her twin sister Priscilla “Cyb” Barnstable have been hosting the glittering gala for over 29 years. The star-studded event, which is known for its musical guests and it’s A-list attendees, is hosted at Patricia’s mansion in Louisville. Over the past decade, the gala has donated $13 million dollars for diabetes research to the University of Kentucky’s Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center. 

“I think about all the people who have walked through the front door of my home,” said Patricia in an interview with the Courier-Journal. “Rod Stewart, Janet Jackson, Lloyd Bridges. It just feels very special that they come to my house.”

It’s also the place where Dannielynn’s parents first met all those years ago! 

Kentucky Derby, Dannielynn Birkhead, Larry Birkhead

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs

After the twosome attended Friday night’s festivities, the 10-year-old, whose mother died at age 39 in 2007 from an accidental prescription drug overdose when Dannielynn was eight months old, and her dad hit the red carpet earlier today for the actual Derby.

As previously reported by E! News, Dannielynn wore a white and pink floral over-the-knee dress with a flared skirt and a matching hat. Her photographer father wore an eggshell suit with a pink plaid tie.

Dannielynn is no stranger to the Kentucky Derby; she’s gone every year since 2010. She and Larry have made it a memorable daddy-daughter day for seven years now and that’s because this is the location where it all began.

“She’s my good luck charm,” he told E! News in 2015. “She picks all the winners.”

It may seem like a far trek for a day at the races, but Dannielynn and Larry actually live in Kentucky. He told the Today show in 2016 he “made a conscious decision” a long time ago to move there.

(Why?)

Published at Sat, 06 May 2017 21:29:08 +0000