Short answers from Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian delivered her two children  (Mason, 4.5 and Penelope, almost 2) on TV and literally pulled them out of her womb.  And not because she wanted the tabloid chatter but because it was her moment to embrace her calling: motherhood. She may be part of America’s most in-the-limelight family, but Kourtney’s a badass hands-on mom who puts her kids first and foremost.

The reality-TV-icon is expecting her third child with long-term boyfriend Scott Disick in December, and she’s currently summering in Southampton with her family, where she opened a Dash pop-up shop and is shooting Kourtney & Khloé Take The Hamptons.

As her own family grows, so does the Kardashian business empire: Dash boutiques, Kardashian Kollection (a women’s clothing line for Sears), Kardashian Beauty, and our current favorite Kardashian Kids – a girls apparel line for Babies “R” Us. (The second collection just hit shelves, and a boys collection is in the works.)

We quizzed the glam but totally down-to-earth mom about fitting in quality family time with an insane schedule, the beauty products she can’t give up and the secret smoothie recipe that keeps her going.

Natural Selection

I am slowly changing my beauty products over to safer choices. I love organic coconut oil instead of lotion for my body, which I also use on the kids. I ditched deodorant and used nothing for a while but have now found Lavanila Healthy Deodorant, which is great. I make sure that our products for Kardashian Beauty are made of non-toxic ingredients – our list of banned substances is longer than the list at Whole Foods, which makes me feel really proud.

Well, Almost

There are some face products I won’t give up, so I can’t bring myself to read what’s in them – for all I know, they are totally safe. I use Creme de la Mer at least once a day, Dr Brandt eye creams twice a day and Erno Lazslo black soap.

Falling For Flats

My style evolves with fashion and trends, but I also love timeless silhouettes that work for my body. I don’t think body-con dresses will ever go out of style, thanks to Azzedine Alaia. They look good on almost every woman’s body – it’s just all about how they are styled. We do some amazing ones for Kardashian Kollection. I do live for a good flat shoe now that I have children.

Run, Kourtney, Run

My idea of what is “fit” has evolved. I am not into being super skinny anymore. We are an active family and we try to eat healthy rather than dieting. We eat lots of fresh, organic foods. We do eat out a lot, which makes things a little trickier. Moderation is key for me. I still LOVE to run, I just don’t make time. I really do need that 30 minutes a day to be alone, listen to music and run. I think I just got inspired to start again.

A Race Against Time

Boundaries are crucial for a working mom. My children are my priority and always come first, which allows everything else to fall into place. Weekends are off limits for working unless absolutely necessary because that’s my family time.  I live for our precious naps when we all snooze together. We also do a lot of picnics and Disney movie nights. I just love being home with no one else around except my family. Solo time rarely exists for me. I need to make more time for that because I need it.

She Keeps Going And Going …

Surprisingly, I don’t drink coffee. I actually found out recently I am allergic to it. I love tea – either iced green or hot with honey, lemon and a little whole milk. I start every day with a green smoothie that gets me going. Here’s what’s in it (all organic):
•1 head of romaine lettuce
•1/2 bundle of spinach
•3 celery stalks
•1 apple
•1 pear
•1 banana
•1 teaspoon bee pollen
•1 tablespoon chia seeds
•Pinch of cardamom
•Couple drops of rose water
•Juice of ½ a lemon
•Small bunch of cilantro
•Small bunch of parsley

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Kids Incorporated

I love kids fashion. My grandmother actually has a children’s clothing boutique called Shannon and Co. that she’s had for 30 years. Every summer, we would go to La Jolla to visit and work in her store. My mom and I also had a children’s boutique before I had kids called Smooch, so it’s kind of in our blood. Now that Kim and I are moms, it just made sense. It’s for girls 0 to 24 months, but don’t worry, boys is in the works!

Head Designer

I took the reigns on the first collection because we started designing it ages ago before Kim was even pregnant. I thought about my favorite pieces, things that I would change or items that didn’t exist that I was always looking for. I got a biker jacket for Penelope as a gift and it’s real leather and amazing but it’s just not the most practical piece, so we made a version for the latest collection that’s really soft, thin and lightweight so it’s great for layering.

Photo Courtesy of The Coveteur / Trunk Archive

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Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein

Over the course of two hours with Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, we laughed hysterically, shed a few tears, but mostly we stopped for a minute and felt so incredibly grateful for everything we have – food on the table, a plethora of diapers, and a stroller that gets us to the pediatrician in the middle of a snowstorm.

These two moms are the real deal: Last year, their LA-based nonprofit, Baby2Baby, provided 80,000 low-income children with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities.

The successful partnership is the result of a blind date gone right. (Apparently that happens?!) They were set up as couples by Kelly’s father-in-law. Norah, an ex-corporate lawyer with a proclivity for pro-bono work helping low income women, and Kelly, a former model who volunteered with Head Start in NYC, bonded over their shared passion for social justice.

Five years and 4 kids later – Kelly is mom to girls Riley (8) and Sawyer (6); Norah to daughter Sloane (7) and son Graham (4.5) – both women sought careers helping children in need. Baby2Baby was the perfect fit – a small garage-based grassroots organization with a simple concept: people who have more than they need give to those who don’t.

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Kelly and Norah wanted to help the organization grow, and the original founder handed it over to them so they could make it happen.

Good friends Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie attended their launch party to announce the “rebirth” of Baby2Baby. The following week a photo from the event appeared in US Weekly, and 2 days later, a rep from Huggies called to say they wanted to donate 100,000 diapers (finally proof that gossip rags aren’t all bad). According to Norah, “Diapers in our world are like gold. We had room for 20 diapers at the time, but we had to say yes, so that’s what we did!”

The badass moms were totally candid about their relationship (opposites attract!) and shared some eye-opening parenting tips, beauty products you need to know about, and the pros and cons of raising kids in LA.

Without further ado, meet Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein.

The Dynamic

Kelly: I call her lawyer face – that’s my nickname for her. She’s very detailed and wound up, and I’m more easygoing, and it just works.
Norah: We are very much a team but have very different personalities, and the combination is our greatest strength. We do most everything as a unit.

Best Part of Raising Kids in LA

Kelly: I’m from Vancouver, where it rains 11 months a year. LA weather is great – I love that you can swim on Christmas Day.
Norah: We use the beach as our playground. I grew up in NYC and love it, but it’s a really special thing to be outside year-round.

Worst Part of Raising Kids in LA

Kelly: I grew up in the suburbs in a village of 200 people with bears in the backyard – I wish my kids could experience some of that.
Norah: Driving them to the pediatrician after 4pm in traffic across the 405.

Managing It All

Kelly: Bulletproof coffee is my new morning obsession. It’s 2 cups of coffee, 2 tbsp butter, and 2 tbsp MCT oil – it’s supposed to give you energy throughout the day on an even keel. When it doesn’t, I fill in with green tea. I’m always going out and have lots of energy, so I think it works!
Norah: Because I value my work so much, it takes away some of the mom guilt for things I do miss. Plus, when my kids have days off, I bring them to work and they sort clothes – it’s such a great way to teach them about giving back.

How Baby2Baby Affects The Way You Parent

Kelly: We host monthly events for kids in our program where they receive gift bags of essentials. I go home from those, and if my kids whine, I turn into Mean Mommy: Do you know you have everything and some kids have nothing. It makes me drill it into them a bit. I’m so grateful for everything we have, and I’m instilling that in them. Kids learn by example, and I see it sinking in.
Norah: We deal every day with women juggling jobs and college courses with so few resources – they have to choose between food and diapers sometimes. I still buy my kids birthday presents, but I always follow it up with having them choose something they don’t play with anymore to give to Baby2Baby.

Beauty Must-Haves

Kelly: I’m obsessed with Honest Healing Balm – I put it on my lips, eyelids, cheeks as highlighter, and on my kids for ouchies. I’m trying to use natural products, and Koh Gen Do lipsticks are sheer and wonderful. And you can be hungover and have 2 hours sleep and put on Biologique Recherche Creme VIP O2 mask and be dewy, fresh, and amazing 15 minutes later.
Norah: I love Lip Slip by Sara Happ, Restore by Francesca Paige (Kelly’s facialist who she introduced me to), and I’m addicted to blow dries with Madison McClaren at Meche Salon – they make my week better in every way! I also drink a bottle of pink lady apple Health-ade kombucha every day.

Parenting Masters

Kelly: I talk to my kids like I do anyone else (i.e. never talk down to them). They appreciate honesty. As they get older, I think it’s so important not to baby them. My 8-year old is having girl drama at school and she tells me everything because I talk to her like a human, and we have a great relationship. She confides in me.
Norah: I’ve got lunches down: I follow Weelicious, bought a Planetbox and focus on the aesthetic (almost always rainbow) – and my kids eat better.

Biggest Pet Peeve

Kelly: Norah tapping her pen on the desk. And Ugg boots out in public – it’s not snowing here!
Norah: Improper grammar makes me crazy.

Relax & Unwind

Kelly: I read myself to sleep every night. Otherwise my brain is whirling about with how many more kids I could help. That means my husband has to peel the book off my face every night.
Norah: I’m very wound up. I take a bath every night with Honest bubble bath (because both kids usually jump in at some point).

Secret Talent

Kelly: I can play the spoons. I was born in England, and we lived above a pub so my dad taught me. It’s such a good party trick!
Norah: I’m really good at hula hoop.

#Momfail

Kelly: I hate to get up early, so I make my husband do the morning routine and breakfast. He does 6:30-8am and I do the rest of the day – that’s how we structure life.
Norah: My kids are horrible sleepers… and it might be because I still lie with them in their beds while they go to sleep.

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Courtney Adamo

Babyccino

Lives: London
Kids: 4
Follow on IG: @courtneybabyccino

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Stroller

Bugaboo (Our 10-year-old stroller has carried all four of my babies – such amazing quality!)

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Car Seat

Maxi Cosi for infants;
Britax for bigger kids.

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Carrier

Ergobaby for the first 18 months; the Tula for toddlers.

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Motion Chair

BabyBjorn Bouncer

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Activity Gym

Hess

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Samantha Wennerstrom

Could I Have That

Lives: Santa Barbara, CA
Kids: 1
Follow on IG: @couldihavethat

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Car Seat

Nuna Pipa is super lightweight and has a convenient cover for naps.

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Carrier

Ergobaby Wrap (I never leave home without it!)

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Swing

Nuna Leaf

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Monitor

Summer Infant

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Sound Machine

Dohm

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Kelli Murray

Kelli Murray

Lives: Encinitas, CA
Kids: 2
Follow on IG: @kelli_murray

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Stroller

Stokke Xplory

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Carseat

Nuna Pipa

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Carrier

Solly Baby

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Bouncer

Nuna Leaf

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Raluca State

What Would Gwyneth Do

Lives: San Diego, CA
Kids: 2
Follow on IG: @wwgwynethdo

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Crib

Oeuf Classic: Absolute favorite must-have. It has held up beautifully for almost eight years and two kids. Definitely a dream registry item.

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Monitor

Summer Infant

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Swaddle

Miracle Blanket

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Swing

Fisher Price My Little Lamb: On hour four of straight crying, a friend insisted I go buy a swing immediately. I love that friend.

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Diaper Pail

Diaper Genie

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Brittany Bishop

Life of Charmings

Nashville, TN
Kids: 1 (with #2 on the way!)
Follow on IG: @beebeebrittany

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Travel Crib

4Moms Breeze Playard: It’s pricey but anyone who has ever tried to put together a playard will totally appreciate how amazingly easy it is to pop this sucker up!

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Infant Seat

Bumbo Floor Seat

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Diapers & Wipes

Honest Company Diapers & Wipes Bundle: The best way to never run out of diapers or wipes

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High Chair

Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair: I am all about saving space.

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Sound Machine

Marpac Marsona

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Jen Pinkston

The Effortless Chic

Lives: Los Angeles, CA
Kids: 1
Follow on IG: @jenpinkston

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Stroller

Uppababy Vista Worth every penny.

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Bath Tub

Stokke Flexi Bath: This was the third tub we tried, and we finally got it right!

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High Chair

Svan: It’s cozy and compact, and we’ve tossed it in the back seat when we head to a friend’s place for dinner.

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Infant Activity Gym

Skip Hop

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Baby Monitor

Summer Infant: My husband travels a lot, and this lets him to peek in on her while he’s away.

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Ellen Schmidt

Baby Meets City

Lives: New York, NY
Kids: 2
Follow on IG: @babymeetscity

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Stroller

Baby Jogger City Mini: It’s so easy to collapse and carry.

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Swing

4Moms Mamaroo: Something about the swinging, vibrating motion is so soothing and restful for babies.

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Stroller

Comotomo: The most “boob-like” bottle I could find, it’s an easy transition from breast to bottle.

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Wipes

Kirkland: They’re just as good quality as some of the name brands, but a little less expensive.

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Baby Shampoo / Bodywash

California Baby

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Amanda Gluck

Fashionable Hostess

Lives: New York, NY
Kids: 2
Follow on IG: @fashionablehostess

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Stroller

Bugaboo Donkey

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Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30

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Activity Center

Fisher Price: Ugh they take up too much space in NYC apartments.

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Baby Monitor

Motorola

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High Chair

Boon Flair Pedestal

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Abby Larson

Style Me Pretty Living

Lives: Boston, MA
Kids: 3
Follow on IG: @abbydlarson

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Stroller

City Mini: I have a single and a double – a must because of the one-hand fold-up.

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Carrier

Ergobaby: Die hard fan.

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Activity Center

Sassy Bounce Around

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Swaddle

Aden + Anais followed by SwaddleMe followed by the Magic Sleepsuit. It’s our no-fail system!

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Baby Monitor

Dropcam

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Audrey McClelland

Mom Generations

Lives: Rhode Island
Kids: 5
Follow on IG: @audreymcclellan

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Stroller

Quinny Moodd: You can easily adjust it as your baby grows.

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Carrier

Baby Bjorn: I’ve been using this since 2004 when I had my first baby. There’s a loyalty factor, and it really is a fabulous carrier that both me and my husband can use.

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Mamas & Papas

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16 Secrets To New Sibling Bliss

You’ve got a baby on board – again. Smooth the way for a house full of brotherly (or sisterly) love with these tips and tricks.

And remember, transitions are hard for everyone, no matter your age.

Before Baby

Introduce the baby in your belly only once you really start showing. As you well know, 40 weeks is a long time to wait. Now imagine you’re three.

If the hospital allows sibling tours before the baby is born, bring your little to see the digs. If your doctor allows you to bring your kiddo to an appointment – and you think she’s old enough – take her with you to hear the heartbeat.

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Read. Read. Read. Some of our favorite books about new siblings include: I’m a Big Sister & I’m a Big Brother, One Special Day, Babies Don’t Eat Pizza, We Have a Baby, Julius, the Baby of the World, and our most favorite – Twigtale’s custom version really drives the message home.

Point out all of the brothers and sisters in your life. Make play dates with friends who have babies.

Be honest. Brothers and sisters are awesome – eventually. Explain that when babies are first born they cry, feed, and sleep a lot.

Buy a baby doll. Let your little guy hold the doll, feed the doll, dress the doll. Kiddos learn through play.

Don’t potty train, ditch the pacifier, or undertake any unnecessary transitions before baby’s arrival. A lot of big sibs will regress after the baby comes home – and you don’t want all of that hard work to be for naught.

If you have to move kiddo #1 out of her bedroom or crib, make the move well in advance of the baby’s arrival – two to three months minimum. Let your big kid be involved with “designing” their new space by letting them pick colors, bedding, art, etc.

Prepare your child – as much as you can – for what will happen to them when you go to the hospital. Hype up the extra special time she’ll get to spend with (insert awesome grandparent or caretaker). And try to keep disruptions to his day-to-day schedule to a minimum while you’re in the hospital.

Saying Hello

The first time your littles meet could be as emotionally charged for you as it is for your older child. Know yourself and your big sib – it’s okay to decide not to bring him to the hospital, where everything can feel overwhelming, especially just after giving birth.

If you do bring the big sib to the hospital, make sure your baby is in the bassinet and not in your arms. Give your big sib the space to discover the baby.

Before the birth, have your older child buy a gift for the baby to bring to their first meeting. In turn, have a gift waiting for the big sib from the baby. We promise, this exchange will become a thing of family folklore.

If your big sibling is old enough to understand the concept of a birthday, let them throw a “birth”day party for the baby, complete with cake and balloons that only she can truly enjoy.

Welcome Home

Some pediatricians suggest unlimited access for the older child to the baby (within reason, of course) to ward off bad feelings. In other words, don’t treat the newborn like a precious untouchable.

Give your big kid “responsibilities” connected to the baby. We had ours in charge of burp cloths – every time there was a dribble, they helped dab it away.

It will be hard to do, but remember to schedule one-on-one “special time” with your older child. If possible, make a plan to do something out of the house (i.e. far away from the baby monitor).

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