2010 / November

Tiffani Thiessen Talks Motherhood: 'I've Never Been So Happy'

Friday November 5 2010

Tiffani at the PetitNest Launch PartyTiffani Thiessen will always be recognized for her fun-loving role as Kelly Kapowski on the 90s hit teen TV show, Saved By the Bell, but she's recently taken on the biggest role of her life — motherhood.

Partnering with Crest, the actress and new mom hopes to bring awareness to the importance of oral health for everyone, even toothless babies! (Parade)

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Tell me a little bit about your partnership with Crest.

"Being a new mom and an actress, my smile is very important to me. I was shocked to learn that one out of two American adults have gingivitis and many don't even know it! Through my partnership with Crest, I can encourage other people to pay closer attention to their oral health and protect their smiles. I've been using new Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste. It provides advanced protection to help prevent and help reverse gingivitis in just four weeks."

So many mothers don't realize that dental hygiene should be encouraged even before a child's first birthday. How do you plan to educate your daughter about the importance of dental hygiene?

"It's important to start oral health habits young, even before they have teeth by caring for their gums. Once Harper is old enough to start brushing I think it's important to make the process fun. Playing her favorite song or video while brushing, or letting her choose her favorite toothbrush color will make the oral care process exciting and engaging for her. Also, I think it's important to teach children at an early age the importance of eating fruits and vegetables because nutrition plays a big role in oral health."

How did you and your husband come up with the beautiful name, Harper Renn for your daughter?

"Harper is a name my husband and I have always loved. Renn was given to her by my mother. It's sort of been a tradition that the grandmother gives the middle name in my family. Amber was given to me by my own grandmother as well."

I know that you got your start as a child model, how would you feel if in the near future Harper expressed an interest in show business?

"I honestly wouldn't want it for her. At least not while she is young. It was hard enough when I was doing it 25 years ago and I feel it's even harder now. The pressures are even greater for child actors."

You have a new eco-friendly baby/children furniture line, PetitNest, did decorating Harper's nursery inspire this venture?

"It was very much inspired by Harper and designing her nursery. My partner Lonni Paul and I were working together and decided to start a line of our own after noticing there wasn't a lot of baby furniture lines out there that appealed to our aesthetic taste. So PetitNest was born."

What's the best advice that you could give a first-time mom?

"Breathe...lots and lots of breathing. It's not easy. But it's so rewarding at the same time. I've never been so happy. She lights up my whole entire world by just smiling or giggling at me. It's amazing. And live for each moment. They go by so fast! I truly try and live for each special moment with her."

What's been the most unexpected aspect of being a new mom?

"The fact that I could love such a tiny new addition to my life so much and in a way that I have never loved anything before!"

Tiffani can be seen on USA Network's action drama, White Collar, returning with new episodes January, 18th

Celeb M.O.Mpreneur Team ~ Tiffani Thiessen & Lonni Paul

Friday November 5 2010

Actress Tiffani Thiessen & Celebrity Designer Lonni Paul of HGTV "Design Star" Team Up to Inject Style & Sophistication into Design for Younger Generation

The collection was created by Tiffani Thiessen currently starring in the hit USA Network series "White Collar" and celebrity designer Lonni Paul of HGTV's "Design Star," two design savvy Hollywood moms and now Mompreneurs!

The collection is a collaboration between Tiffani Thiessen and award-winning designer Lonni Paul, known to millions as the reigning female finalist from HGTV's "Design Star" where she was chosen from over 10,000 designers. Selected for the Fendi Casa Designer of the Year Series, Lonni has designed luxury residences in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu, Provence, Aspen and the Hamptons.

The ladies met on national television when Lonni designed a guest room in Tiffani's home on HGTV and they have gone on to successfully collaborate on a number of design projects. While working together to create a nursery for Tiffani's daughter, Harper, they decided to launch a high-style infant and children's line with an entirely fresh perspective. The PetitNest collection features cribs, dressers, gliders, children's chairs, wall art, bedding and a children's rocker.

The amazing collection can be seen on http://www.petitnest.com/

We we honored to chat with new M.O.M Tiffani and M.O.M Lonni and learn more about their venture together and of course being M.O.Ms. (Master of Multitasking Mom)

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Congratulations on so much! Tiffani, welcome to Motherhood and we welcome both of you as M.O.Mpreneurs! I'm sure you were always M.O.Ms (masters of multitasking) because you both were always doing a million things but along with the biggest job of all, being Moms, you've launched an amazing new company, PetitNest.

M.O.M Katie ~ So Tiffani, tell us, have you learned to juggle? Ha! How is it as a first-time Mom managing work (White Collar), marriage, social life, entrepreneurship, and sleep? Do you sleep much these days? Do you have a daily routine figured out?

M.O.M Tiffani ~ No No and No. lol. Juggling is definitely the word...or actually balancing could work as well. I'm overwhelmed but for all the right reasons. I couldn't be happier with my life right now. I have an amazing healthy happy little girl, a wonderful supportive husband, an amazing family, the best job in the world and starting a new business that I couldn't be more excited and passionate about. So life is goooooood!

M.O.M Katie ~ Most M.O.Mpreneurs realize their entrepreneurship while pregnant or after they have kids. Was design always a passion for you? Did being pregnant with Harper jump start the dream of starting your own business, PetitNest?

M.O.M Tiffani ~ It definitely started the fire for sure. Between "nesting" while pregnant and working with Lonni...it all came together. Design has always been a side passion of mine so when I started working with Lonni it just seem to make sense for us to start this company.?? ?

M.O.M Katie ~ The PetitNest Collection is amazing! What was the hardest part about starting the line/company? Will there be seasonal lines or all year round with adding new pieces and lines here and there? What is your favorite piece so far? I love the gliders, myself.

M.O.M Tiffani ~ I don't think there has been just one hard part. Starting any business from the ground up is hard. Then add our other jobs, kids, husbands in the mix and you've got difficult! Lol. But it has been fun. Lonni and I have been laughing through the whole process as well. It's what keeps us sane.

As for the line, we haven't really decided on whether or not we'll do seasonal collections or just update when we have new things to add. But the way our creative minds are going these days we could be adding things all the time.

It's hard to pick a favorite. I love the gliders because they are so comfortable and if you choose the sunbrella technolog, you can bleach it. It's an amazing feature. But then I do love our cribs and dressers. I think the designs are like nothing that's been seen before...so to me they are very special.

M.O.M Lonni ~ Thank you! We're very happy with how it turned out! The hardest thing about starting a new company is the overwhelming time it takes. So many hours involved with making sure safety regulations are met or exceeded and monitoring quality control. But it was all worth it!

Right now we're working on the next phase of our line which will be conversion kits for the cribs and other pieces like twin beds and armoires. My favorite pieces are the dressers because they are so versatile and can be used anywhere in the home. I also love the gliders because they are designed to be comfortable for a parent holding or reading to one or two kids! (so important to me as a mother of twins!) And I love that, like Tiffani said, they are easily cleaned so they will last for years.

M.O.M Katie ~ Recently you showcased at the ABC Kids Expo. How was that experience? Most small companies go back and forth about attending, would you recommend that show as a great way to launch your product/company? Will you be heading to Louisville next year?

M.O.M Tiffani ~ It was a big undertaking..even moreso for my partner Lonni. I have to give her credit. I was in NY shooting and then having a brand new infant. She took on most of the ABC show and boy, was it a lot! We thought it was an amazing way to showcase our company....so I would recommend it for sure.

M.O.M Lonni ~ It was fantastic! We planned our launch for the show and worked very hard to make it happen in time. Our line was so well received and we met wonderful retailers who are now carrying our line so I would most definitely recommend the ABC Expo as a great way to launch your company. We haven't had time to even think about louisville!!! But we'll probably be there!

Thank you so much for inspiring us M.O.Ms and our NOW mutual M.O.Mpreneur community. We look forward to following your success as Moms and Entrepreneurs with PetitNest.

Tiffani: "Miley Cyrus Seems To Be A Normal Teenager With Good Family Values"

Friday November 5 2010

Everyone's favorite villain from our youthful days watching Beverly Hills, 90210 has teamed up with Crest Pro-Health to help Americans take better care of their pearly whites. Tiffani Thiessen chatted with BettyConfidential about the importance of teeth care and her fitness regimen.

Miley Cyrus haters might be surprised to hear that Tiffani is one mother who has no qualms with the teenager's recent sexified persona. In fact, she thinks Miley is good role model. Do you agree?

Check out our exclusive Q&A with Tiffani now. (Betty Confidential)

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How have your teeth changed since partnering with Crest?

Since teaming up with Crest Pro-Health, my outlook on my teeth and oral health certainly has changed! Being a new mom and an actress, my smile is very important to me but, I was shocked to learn that 50% of American adults have gingivitis and many don't even know it! So through my partnership with Crest, I'm excited that I can encourage other people to pay more attention to their oral health and help teach them how they can protect their smiles. Using new Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection toothpaste provides advanced protection to help prevent and help reverse gingivitis in just four weeks.

Do you have any beauty secrets you'd like to share with Betty readers?

Staying hydrated is my most important beauty secret.

What's your fitness regimen?

I am a runner first and foremost. But, I love to have a variety of ways to stay in shape. Some include weight training, yoga, Pilates and hiking.

What's the food people should avoid while trying to stay in shape?

I have always been a believer that everything is good in moderation. I believe it's okay to even have small amounts of the less healthy things like sugar, white flour etc.

What's a food you suggest eating while trying to stay in shape?

Again, I'm an advocate for water. It's the best tool for losing weight.

What's been your favorite part of acting in White Collar?

My favorite part of White Collar is the cast I get to work with. I feel like I am the most blessed actor.

You've been part of two of the most important and notorious television shows for teens (Beverly Hills, 90210 and Saved By the Bell) in the 90s. How does that feel?

It makes me feel very special. Both shows were very significant in my life and I have such fond memories of both.

What do you watch on TV now?

Having a newborn, I don't have time for TV anymore.

Who in pop culture do you think teenagers look up to a lot now?

It seems a lot of teenagers look up to Miley Cyrus.

Do you think she's a good role model?

I think Miley is a great role model. She seems to be a normal teenager with good family value.