Tiffani Thiessen Doesn't Even Have to Try to Get Daughter Harper to Eat Her Veggies!

November 6 2015

Tiffani Thiessen Harper Veggies

Tiffani Thiessen's daughter might be one of the few kids in the U.S. who doesn't like french fries or cupcakes. According to the White Collar actress and mom of two, 5-year-old Harper favors snacks like fruits and veggies — preferably hand-picked from the family garden.

"She's really a pretty healthy eater," Thiessen, 41, told Us Weekly of her little girl at the Ulta Beauty Spa Day for breast cancer survivors earlier this month, noting that Harper "hates" fries and isn't a fan of frosting. "She likes carrots and hummus and things like that."

She's also very naturally active, and would rather run around outdoors than sit in front of a screen for hours on end. (US Magazine)


"She's really not that kid. She's more of an outside kid. Her TV watching, I have to say, is luckily pretty limited," Thiessen says. "She likes to, you know, collect rocks and put flowers together and look for roly polys. She loves running and riding her bike, she's very much that person. Not that she doesn't have the iPad and use it, but it's very limited. It's not a lot."

When she does want to watch something, she's a "Netflix girl," Thiessen tells Us. "She knows she has to watch the G stuff, but she's got a couple shows that I hadn't even heard of. That's what's crazy about Netflix! I'm like, 'What is this?' and it's from Australia, some cute little cartoon about a shark and a mermaid."

Of course, some of Harper's day now is spent in kindergarten — which has taken some getting used to for her mom, who just welcomed a son, Holt, with husband Brady Smith in July.

"It was kind of surreal at first, but I haven't seen her grow this much...I don't think I've ever seen it," the Saved by the Bell alum gushes. "It's almost like she's a whole new kid. It's amazing." The Beverly Hills, 90210 star is proud, of course, but the transition is a little bittersweet nonetheless. "It makes me happy, but it also makes me sad because I know that those other phases are kind of gone and she's moved into the next one," she admits. "But thank God I have another baby...It's going to be even worse when he's done and gone to the next level and I'm like, 'Oh God, I have no more babies!'"

For now, though, Thiessen is enjoying her new family dynamic — especially the bond between Harper and her little brother. "She's great [as a big sister]," the Dinner at Tiffani's host shares. "I mean, her only problem is kissing him too much. She absolutely loves him so much, she really does...She's really been quite sweet."

Seven Breast Cancer Survivors Join Tiffani Thiessen for a Day of Pampering

October 24 2015

Tiffani Thiessen with Breast Cancer survivors

Maureen Anderson was shopping for wedding jewelry in June 2012 when she got the call notifying her that she had triple-positive stage 3 breast cancer.

"When I got diagnosed, I did not think I had cancer," Anderson told PEOPLE. "You know how people always think they have cancer like, 'Oh my god, I found a lump?' I was the opposite, I thought my lump was just something benign – I was really shocked."

Three days after her wedding, Anderson underwent a double mastectomy. Her honeymoon was replaced by chemotherapy and radiation.

Maureen Anderson was shopping for wedding jewelry in June 2012 when she got the call notifying her that she had triple-positive stage 3 breast cancer.

"When I got diagnosed, I did not think I had cancer," Anderson told PEOPLE. "You know how people always think they have cancer like, 'Oh my god, I found a lump?' I was the opposite, I thought my lump was just something benign – I was really shocked."

Three days after her wedding, Anderson underwent a double mastectomy. Her honeymoon was replaced by chemotherapy and radiation.

"It was really bad timing," she said, "but it was probably like that for everybody – there's never a good time."

The bad timing was one of many topics of discussion between Anderson and six other breast cancer survivors that gathered in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a day of pampering, compliments of Ulta Beauty. The event, hosted by Tiffani Thiessen, gave the survivors a chance to take the day off and share their journeys. (People)

Proof Tiffani Thiessen's Family Has the Most Adorable Life Ever

October 24 2015

Tiffani Thiessen's Life 2015

We wanted to be Tiffani Thiessen's best friend back when she was Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, and today we want to be the Dinner at Tiffani's host's third child.

Tiffani lives in a beautifully restored 1920s LA estate with actor and artist husband Brady Smith, 5-year-old daughter Harper, newborn son Holt, and a peep of chickens. The only thing more charming than their designed-to-perfection home is their picture-perfect family life, as proof by the snapshots they share.

Check out the 18 times we wanted to join the Thiessen-Brady brood here.

Tiffani Theissen Shares Her Favorite Kelly Kapowski Outift & '90s Trends

October 24 2015

Nostalgia for the '90s is huge right now — in fact I think we might care more about it now than we did in the actual '90s, and nothing gives us that nostalgia quite like Saved By The Bell. I mean, who didn't want Kelly Kapowski's voluminous, cool-girl hair? Well, now you're going to find out how to get it, because Bustle had the chance to interview Tiffani Thiessen, and she revealed Kelly Kapowski's hair secrets, her favorite '90s trends, and also talked female empowerment. Spoiler: You're going to need a whole lot of hairspray.

Thiessen recently partnered with Ulta Beauty to host an event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and after watching her mother-in-law battle the disease, the 41-year-old actress and chef knows how difficult it is to remain confident in the face of a life challenge.

"I think my best advice to women – whether it is in the face of an illness like this or just a moment of self-doubt – is to remind yourself each day of five things you are thankful for," Thiessen said. "Choose to think about the things you love about yourself, and the blessings you have, and all the rest will start to seem insignificant." There's nothing more empowering than gaining a little perspective.

But we couldn't interview Thiessen without talking Kelly Kapowski, so we got right down to the most important question: HOW did she get that fabulously voluminous hair? Turns out, it's pretty simple: it just took a lot of teasing and a lot of hairspray. Grab your combs, ladies.

Kelly's fashion was also on point, and luckily, with the resurgence of '90s style trends, Thiessen's favorite Kapowski ensemble — a crop top, denim, and suspenders — is totally "in" for 2015. But there are definitely some things that were left in the '90s for a reason. "I’ve always loved the bright patterns and colors – so it’s great to see those back again! If we could keep the big scrunchies and bowl cuts in the past, I’d be OK with that," Thiessen said. Truth.

If you want to join Thiessen and Ulta Beauty in the fight against breast cancer, snap a photo of yourself (dare I say with your favorite Kelly Kapowski outfit?) to social media using the hashtag #UltaPinkOver. For every post, Ulta will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.(Bustle)

Tiffani Thiessen: "I was never the waif model type"

October 24 2015

LOS ANGELES – Tiffani Thiessen is a sitcom sex symbol that had all '90s teens going wild, but she doesn't want to talk about it.

When FOX411 asked the "Saved by the Bell" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," star about her sex symbol status and the pressures that come along with it, she artfully avoided the question and opted to speak about the pressures all women face in Hollywood.

"I think when you are a young actor/actress, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to be a certain body type... a certain size," she told FOX411 via email. "I was never the waif model type and that's OK. In all honestly, I think it's hard for all women not judge themselves. . .whether she is working in Hollywood or not. I hope to instill in my kids the importance of healthy living as well as the importance of loving and accepting yourself and your body for who you are."

Similarly, Thiessen declined to discuss her former "90210" co-star Tori Spelling, and her recent admission that she slept with two cast members. (Fox News)


However, the actress did divulge that she is in touch with her old cast mates.

"I see Elizabeth [Berkley] and Mario [Lopez], (of 'Saved by the Bell')," Thiessen, who was promoting Ulta Beauty's Donate With a Kiss event for Breast Cancer Awareness month, shared. "Jason Priestley (of '90210') and his beautiful wife did an episode of my show 'Dinner at Tiffani's' on the Cooking Channel. We definitely try to keep in touch but it's hard as we're all busy with our careers and, of course, we are married now and many of us have kids."

Thiessen gushed about the mini-"Saved by the Bell" reunion a few months ago that Jimmy Fallon organized.

"They did such a great job recreating the set – from the posters on the wall to the locker numbers to the trashcan Mark-Paul sat on in so many episodes," she explained. "It was a lot of fun."

But these days, Thiessen, 41, is focused on enjoying the present and on her show.

"I love being a mom and wife and getting to spend time with my family," she said. "We are in the midst of shooting the second season of 'Dinner at Tiffani's' for the Cooking Channel, and I'm having so much fun with that."

Saved by the...Bagel! Tiffani Thiessen tucks into a scrumptious sandwich as she mingles with the chefs at food festival in NY

October 24 2015

She was there to help find the crème de la crème of a food competition as it's host.

But Tiffani Thiessen also demonstrated her sartorial excellence in an over-sized beige coat at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Festival on Saturday.

The former Saved By The Bell actress, 41, flashed a perky smile as she presented a bagel sandwich while hosting the Stacked: Sandwiches And Sides contest inside the Hudson Hotel.

Tiffani Thiessen at food festival 2015

Tiffani looked incredible as usual with her glossy brunette locks curled over the collar of her thick and short-sleeved coat. (Daily Mail)


The actress highlighted her youthful complexion with full and curled lashes to brighten her blue eyes, and light pink blush atop her cheekbones to brighten her complexion.

Worn beneath her beige coffee-hued coat was a black long-sleeved shirt, matching trousers, and glittering metallic ankle boots for an added pop of glam.

After narrowing down the competition, Tiffani looked ecstatic as she posed separately with winners Chef Andy Kitko and Chef Michael Ferraro.

The actress also donned a sharp apron and white Converse sneakers during a demonstration at the Grand Tasting that same day.

Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis were also seen at the Grand Tasting as well.

While likely best known for her days on Saved By The Bell, Tiffani is no stranger to the food world.

On top of sharing her recipes on her website, the actress also hosts the Cooking Channel TV show, Dinner at Tiffani's.

Tiffani has also recently welcomed her first son into her family.

The Saved By the Bell alum announced in January that she and husband Brady Smith - who she wed in 2005 - were expecting their second child together.

Tiffani gave birth to Holt on July 1.

The now mother-of-two - who also has five-year-old daughter Harper Renn Smith with her husband - recently told E! she believes she's 'done' expanding her family.

'I think we're done. I was very fortunate to have one of each and I think we're happy. We don't want to be too greedy, right?

Tiffani Thiessen on Life With a Newborn and Child Stardom

October 24 2015

Tiffani talks with Yahoo Parenting about how her life and marriage have changed since welcoming baby No. 2, getting her daughter involved in the kitchen, and whether she'd let Harper follow in her footsteps to become a child actor-model.

Holt is only 3 months old, so you're still in the thick of those early baby days. How is it going? How are you adjusting?

It's going well — two definitely multiplies parenthood to another level. You thought you were tired the first time! I'm nursing 24/7 these days, but that's just the way it is for the first six months to a year. I recently went back to work on my cooking show, so it's been a lot. But you know, you wonder when you get pregnant with a second, How can I love my second child as much as I love my first? How is that even possible? But you do. You can. He's a doll and delicious. I just want to eat him.

How is life different with two kids? Do you have a different approach to parenting, knowing more the second time around? (Yahoo!


I don't know that it's a different parenting approach, but each child is different. Holt is already different than Harper. But I think the biggest challenge in having two is just the split time. Now you need to divide that mommy time between two — because kids need attention 24/7. I feel bad for my husband because now he is pushed even further down the list! But he's amazing, and we're in it together. Right now I'm trying to make sure my daughter gets what she needs, so she's spending a lot of time with Daddy, which is really special. But I know she needs her mommy time too. And Holt, well, he obviously needs Mom around always. So it's hard. You get that guilt working you every now and then, but you breathe through it. Luckily, Harper is in love with her little brother, which is beautiful. We haven't had to deal with a lot of the jealousy stuff, which I think might be a function of a bigger age difference between them than a lot of parents have. She's in kindergarten, so she's really into school and into being a big sister.

Harper was recently featured in photos debuting Gymboree's new Olivia for Gymboree clothing line. You started as a model before you moved into acting as a teen. Would you let your daughter shift into acting while she's still a kid, knowing what you do from your own experience?

My husband and I have talked about it. Right now we think her life should be about school and having no stress. Kids already have enough stress and peer pressure, and I want to limit that for her until she's old enough to handle it. So we don't expect it to happen anytime soon.

You mentioned you just started filming the second season of your Cooking Channel show, Dinner at Tiffani's. Obviously food and cooking are really important to you. Do you get your kids involved in that? How do you introduce them to cooking, and get them engaged in the kitchen at a young age, in a safe and fun way?

Harper is very interested in cooking. She takes a class at school on Fridays and is always very proud of her creations. It's cute. She loves to bake with me and help me stir — and she likes to go to town with the salt- and peppershakers.

When it comes to eating, she was more of an adventurous eater when she was younger. Now she's all about independence and is more set in her ways and doesn't always want to try new things. But we encourage her to be adventurous and reward her when she is. It's always lead by example with us — if she sees Mom and Dad eating it, she's more likely to eat it too. Luckily she's a good fruit and veggie eater, so we have that down.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you're spending the day supporting breast cancer awareness, prevention, and research. Why is this issue so important to you?

It hits close to home for me. My mother-in-law was diagnosed a little over a year ago and a dear friend of mine was diagnosed two months ago. This is a woman's issue, and being a mom of two and having a lot of women in my life, it's important to me. Breast cancer survivors are superwomen, and we want to make sure they are getting the love and support they need and also that we are raising awareness that you need to get checked and make yourself a priority so you stay healthy.

Do you talk to Harper about this already, with women in her life going through treatment? I imagine it's a hard conversation to have with a 5-year-old.

Absolutely. That friend who was recently diagnosed, she just started chemo, so she hasn't had to deal with the side effects like hair loss yet. I know that is something my daughter will ask about: Why doesn't she have hair? That's something my husband and I have discussed. How do we approach that conversation lightly? We will say that she is OK and she's fighting a good fight. It's touchy, and hard to know how kids will react, but we'll approach it lightly.

Yahoo Parenting recently kicked off a big initiative to end parent shaming called #NoShameParenting. There's so much judgment out there. What's your advice for moms who are trying to do their best and not let shaming get to them?

I totally get it. It's hard enough to not judge yourself. The last thing you want is other women judging you. We should all be in it together. It really does take a village to raise a child, and I feel like I've been lucky enough to have that support. We just need to remember that we are all trying to survive and trying to raise good kids with good morals who are happy and healthy.

Tiffani Thiessen and Daughter Harper Help Debut Gymboree's New Olivia Line

October 9 2015

Tiffani Thiessen's daughter Harper Renn steals the spotlight (and shares it with Olivia in a few shots!) in a series of photos showcasing the new line, Olivia for Gymboree.

Harper Renn model

Featuring a mix of Olivia's signature colors — red, black and white — the collection includes everything from striped leggings and bold party dresses to whimsical blouses that bring the cartoon character to life.

Both Thiessen and her 5-year-old mini-me were all smiles while admiring the different patterned dresses during their mother-daughter time.

Harper Renn model

For her own moment in the mirror, Harper got help from Thiessen to hold up the Olivia Checked Dress ($24) over her Peek-a-Boo Olivia Tee ($17) and Olivia Tutu ($17).

Posing next to her stylish new BFF, Olivia donned the Olivia Bow Ponte Dress ($24) and Stripped Leggings ($17).

Harper Renn model

Then the two giggly girls had fun jumping on the bed together while Harper showed off her stylish new outfits.

The line, which also includes sweet swimsuits, adorable accessories and cozy winter coats, officially launched Monday and is available at Gymboree.com. (People)

Cooking Channel Renews Tiffani Thiessen Series For Second Season

October 9 2015

Tiffani Thiessen's "Dinner at Tiffani's" will get a second season on Scripps Networks' Cooking Channel.

In the series, the actress associated with series including "Beverly Hills 90210," "White Collar" and "Saved By The Bell" invites friends and former castmates to her house for intimate dinners. The new season will include 16 half-hour long episodes, according to a statement from the network.

Thiessen will try her hand at everything from birthday bashes to farmer's market inspired meals, to surf and turf dinners throughout the new season, The series is meant to showcase ways viewers can combine culinary skills and ideas for entertaining in order to throw small get-togethers.

The second season will appear in 2016. (Variety)

Screencaps from "Going Old School" Dinner at Tiffani's

October 4 2015

I screencapped episode 9 of Dinner at Tiffani's, "Going Old School":

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J.J. Watt Wonders Where Kelly Kapowski Is, Actress Tiffani Thiessen Responds

October 4 2015

After meeting Mario Lopez, aka A.C. Slater, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt decided that he needed more Saved by the Bell in his life.

So he went looking for Kelly Kapowski. She responded.

Watt posted a picture of himself and Lopez hanging out down on the field at NRG Stadium before Sunday's game. Although Watt seemed to be happy to meet Lopez, he couldn't help but wonder where Kapowski was.

That's why he included the hashtag #WhereIsKellyKapowski with the photo.

Tiffani Thiessen—the actress who played Kapowski—heard Watt was looking for her and responded, congratulating him on a good game. (Bleacher Report)

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