Jessica Alba Gets Honest About Parenting and More
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit and chat with Jessica Alba during an event for her new book The Honest Life. What I loved most about talking to her was that like me, she embraces the “whatever works” mantra. A lot of moms, especially celebrities, can get stuck on a cause or a “you have to” do this rant… You HAVE to breastfeed… You HAVE to feed everyone in your family organic only… You HAVE to teach them to speak Mandarin by age 4… You just HAAAVE to…
But you know what the result is from fielding the rants of the “Have To” Mommies: The Should I?? Mommies like me, (who suffer from serious guilt and self-doubt about our parenting) end up feeling like failures. And even though Jessica Alba is seemingly perfect, poised, and never seen wearing yoga pants, she lacked preach and judgment. Do her kids eat organic aalll the time? Nope. Not always, but she tries to. When she can… Does she keep them on a tight schedule? Nope, but she tries hard to. When she can….She does what she can and doesn’t beat herself up for what she can’t or doesn’t do.
Like most of us, for Jessica, becoming a mom was the most profound, life-changing and eye-opening experience of her life. Upon becoming pregnant with her daughter Honor (now four), Alba set out to create a healthy environment for her family and herself.
Through the process of true trial-and-error with her own family and launching The Honest Company, a nontoxic, eco-friendly, beautifully stylish family products brand that offers effective essentials for every member of the household, Alba has distilled everything she’s learned into THE HONEST LIFE. Complete with beautiful photography, her personal stories, and easy-to-navigate categories she covers:
*Honest Food – How to eat seasonally, healthfully, and deliciously with practical tips like easy snacks-to-go and DIY baby food, plus Alba’s go-to recipes for home entertaining.
*Cleaning – How to clean and decorate your home with healthy, nontoxic materials and how to identify “greenwashing” while shopping.
*Style – Learn the timeless basics that are the lasting foundation for any wardrobe, how to shop for vintage, and the secrets to being a stylish pregnant mama.
*Planning for baby – How to put together a safe, fun and functional nursery (and narrowing down what baby gear you actually need).
*Beauty – Learn what is in Alba’s Honest makeup bag (how to execute the perfect red lip, her 10-minute face, DIY tinted moisturizer and must-have beauty tools), plus how to find products that are eco-friendly, effective and let your true beauty shine through.
*Honest Home – How to create a hip and healthy home full of eclectic, sustainable, unique décor, and most importantly your own personal style.
And much more…
THE HONEST LIFE is a fun and practical handbook for busy women (especially moms!) who are looking to make smart choices about living a healthy, natural lifestyle—without being “boring,” “beige,” or “blah.” The book is designed so you can read from cover to cover or jump around to the topics that interest you most.
After all, being honest means doing (and reading) what you love and matters most to YOU. I like this chick. Don’t you?