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Kate Hudson Proves She’s World’s Coolest Aunt in New Ann Taylor Ads

When Kate Hudson starting shooting Ann Taylor‘s fall advertisements, the brand didn’t have to look far to find the mini models who would appear with her. It turns out brother Oliver Hudson‘s boys (Wilder, 5 , and Bodhi, 3) were more than available to get their Zoolander on.

“My brother brings my nephews over to my house a lot, and all the kids get along so well,” the actress told WWD. “We have a very, very close family, so for them to be here today and enjoy this process with me and to be able to see them on Madison Avenue in these pictures is going to be a lot of fun.”

Shot by photographer Mikael Jansson, the campaign celebrates the multitasking career woman and portrays a very well put together Hudson – who is mom to sons Ryder, 9 , and Bing, 2 – stylishly juggling her work and family life. In one image, she’s reading a pile of scripts, while in another she’s baking cookies with her nephews.

Kate Hudson Ann Taylor Ads Nephews Oliver Hudson

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“This campaign is my favorite so far. It’s a glimpse into my life and the full, busy lives women live every day,” shared the actress. “We are constantly striving for balance. We want to excel at our jobs, be there for our families and look and feel fabulous doing it.”

Kate Hudson Ann Taylor Ads Nephews Oliver Hudson

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It definitely seems Hudson, who has signed on to be the face of Ann Taylor until 2014, has a good handle on being a working mom – all while looking stunning. But she doesn’t pretend it’s easy.

“We’re all just figuring it out as we go, right? But if I were to offer my advice, I’d say, Try to be present,” explained the actress, left pictured with her adorable nephews on set.

“When you’re at your job, be 100 percent committed to it and do the very best you can. And when you go home at night, leave all the work behind and show up completely for your family. That’s the best part of your day, so really be there.”

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Elisabeth Röhm’s Blog: Are Your Kids Zinging Yet?

Elisabeth R hm, best known for her roles as Serena on Law & Order and Kate on Angel, has been blogging for PEOPLE.com for over two years now.

The actress, 40, currently plays Taylor on The Client List, and will next star in David O. Russell’s latest film, American Hustle, to be released Christmas Day.

Her book, Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not As I Expected), was released in April.

She can be found on Facebook, Google + and on Twitter @ElisabethRohm.

In her latest blog, R hm – mom to 5-year-old Easton August with fianc Ron Anthony – works her way through her daughter’s zing phase.

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EASTON LINING UP FOR A SIGNED COPY OF MY BOOK – Courtesy Elisabeth Rohm

Zing! Those four magic letters. Did you ever see Hotel Transylvania? The film explores the zing subject quite wonderfully. (It’s a great movie by the way! We’ve seen it at least 30 times. We’re loyal like that in my family.)

Same thing goes for what we fondly refer to now as “grownup movies” since everything in our lives now is skewed through the eyes of a little tyke. It used to be we just called movies, movies. Now things these days are seen through a PG point of view.

Since I spend most of my time with a five-year-old, I’m up on all the cool kid stuff, movies included. I’m fully in the loop as they say.

And yet, perhaps I missed the chapter in What to Expect on when your child starts zinging.

I don’t know if it’s the whole princess movie thing, but marriage and whom Easton will be marrying is a big subject in our house these days. She colors in her coloring book humming along to the age ole’ classic, “Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.” I think it goes something like that as I have not been personally exposed to its melody seeing as Ron and I are indeed unmarried and living in sin.

So, there is my sweet Easton talking about marrying her fellow schoolmate Zach and singing THE song. And suddenly my memory comes flashing back of meeting Brian Moonan on the playground at 5 years old.

He made my heart swoon, I think, as he’d blow the dirty trodden sand off of a plastic hair barrette and casually give it to me as his blond hair would glisten in the sunlight. From there it grew to us calling each other quite frequently on the phone to say not a whole heck of a lot.

Then there was Grant Sharpe, who I first saw at Sunday school. We were also in the choir together. His auburn hair shimmered too in the proverbial sunlight as he tossed his locks out of his eyes. Zing!

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Zinging at camp – Courtesy Elisabeth Rohm

That whole zinging thing is happening with these little five-year-olds. They are also crushing on the grownups and there are a lot of “I love yous” flying around. So we’re having to talk about all of that too.

“I love you is special and saved for your family and best friends.” Not just the latest zing in the playground. And certainly not for Mommy’s friend who runs the best Italian restaurant in Boston. I mean, seriously.

But then I recall when I met Alex at Baskin-Robbins oh so many years ago and I’d order my bubble gum ice cream with moonbeams in my eyes as if I was talking to Elvis or Justin Bieber or, in my case these days, it would be Robin Thicke.

Towering over me, he’d step out from behind the glass ice cream freezers and personally hand me my cup of frozen pink ice cream with chunks of gum or my other favorite, rainbow sherbet, and flash his pearly whites as he’d bend down and say, “I’m gonna put a brick on my head and wait for you to grow up, Lis.”

And so I was hooked and had to go to Baskin-Robbins every day – or at least as much as my mom would allow – just so I could bask in his glow for five minutes.

And so this was exactly what happened in Boston when we were in town filming for a month. One night we went to a local place in the North End where Easton met a ZING! From that moment forth we had to eat there most every night.

For the rest of her life she will remember Carmelina’s as if it was glowing with pink neon lights in the shape of a heart. The owner of this awesome eatery in Little Italy, aptly named Damien, had her at hello. “Whatever you want,” he crooned in a Boston/Italian accent.

That was it. He suddenly became beloved, like her grandparents who never enforce anything. First it was the balloon art. Not only did he get her one carefully wound flower with pink petals and a bright green stem, but each time she asked for another one, he happily crossed the street to answer each request.

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CLIMBING TREES – Courtesy Elisabeth Rohm

We all wish our guys would hop to like this fine gentleman did. By the time we left dinner she had a whooping amount of balloon art, one more complicated than the other, climaxing in a towering hat of balloons made just for Easton and directed by Damien. Oh, and then he actually wore the hat around his restaurant, proudly claiming how much he loved his daughter and missed these younger years where they actually want to talk to you and sit on your lap and kiss and hug.

Then came the gelato, reminding me of those carefree days at Baskin-Robbins. Not only did he give her two flavors, but he went out of his own restaurant during the dinner shift to his all-time favorite gelato shop in the North End to please her taste buds.

What a guy. Again I say, if only our guys could get the memo from Damien. Perhaps he should teach a weekend training course on doting and how to “get the girl.”

“When I grow up I’m going to marry Daddy,” Easton said yesterday. “When you grow up, Daddy will still be your Daddy,” I corrected. “Really?” “Really.”

“I’ll always be your baby?” she asked sweetly. “You’ll always be my baby, even when you’re all grown up and have your own family.”

This is where we are at these days. Love and marriage. I’m waiting for the next question to be, “When are you and Daddy getting married?” I’m getting prepared.

All of this growing up stuff makes me think about how conflicted we are with our age. When we are little we want to grow up fast and as we get older we wish we were younger. All these major life lessons and subjects get all the more complicated as our little ones embrace, battle and explore growing up.

And all that zinging stuff is even more complicated. We know that all too well, right ladies? If only we could all personally call the brilliant matchmaker Patti Stanger to help us find a nice fellow who can afford to buy us that ice cream cone and then some. (Or perhaps just check out Pattiknows.com. I find her site to be full of great advice.)

The other day Easton said she did want to marry Zach, but that he wanted to marry Alessandra. She said, “I need to find someone who wants to marry me too, but there isn’t anyone and Tristan bothers me. We argue.” My heart aches thinking about all of this and Easton’s ultimate quest for love.

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BALLOON HATS WITH DAMIEN – Courtesy Elisabeth Rohm

We all want to feel loved and these early zings bring up all kinds of memories and questions. Again, maybe we should all call Patti.

Tell me – what or who is making you zing? What or who are you loving this summer?

And remember what Mommy said, “Choose someone who – like Damien – dotes on you and brings you gelato when you get hot this summer.”

Until next time …

– Elisabeth R hm

More from Elisabeth’s PEOPLE.com blog series:

  • Elisabeth Rohm’s Blog: Locked Down in Boston with Easton
  • Elisabeth Rohm’s Blog: My Visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Ali Landry: Our New Son’s Name Is Inspired by the Pope

Ali Landry Palmer's Shoot

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Ali Landry‘s baby bump was barely noticeable when PEOPLE caught up with the nearly-due TV personality in late June – but as she explains, she owes much of her slim and trim figure to her newly discovered exercise regimen.

“At this point, when you’re three weeks away and so uncomfortable, the last thing you want to do is put on spandex and go to a gym,” Landry, who is expecting her second son any day now, says.

“I just recently switched to water workouts. I don’t feel like I’m pregnant in the water.”

The best result of the tri-weekly workout that she calls “insane” is it has smoothed out her cellulite – something the brunette beauty admits affects her lower bottom area.

“[Getting rid of my cellulite] is something I work on even when I’m in really great shape,” Landry, 39, says. “But when you’re pregnant, there are more hormones and you get more cellulite.”

Adds Landry of her aquatic-induced slim-down: “I’m feeling really good. With my other pregnancies, at this point, I would stop working out because it’s too uncomfortable. I’m in shock. I can’t believe I haven’t done this workout before. It’s a big revelation for me. I think I’ll be able to workout quicker after the baby is born, but it’s no pressure whatsoever on your body.”

Despite a little cellulite, one issue the pregnant starlet has never dealt with is stretch marks. She says part of having none “whatsoever” is hereditary and the other is because she can’t get enough of Palmer’s cocoa butter formula.

“I’ve been using the products forever,” she explains, while at Hollywood’s Siren Studios, on the set of her shoot for the ad she’s filming for the line. “I’ve never been so moisturized in my entire life.”

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Also on hand to shoot were Landry’s two little ones, Estela Ines, 6, who recently graduated from kindergarten, and 21-month-old Marcelo Alejandro.

“Estela will be great,” Landry predicts of her daughter’s little cameo. “Marcelo is a wildcard. I don’t know what he’s going to do. I’m a little anxious.”

As Landry and hubby, Alejandro Monteverde geared up for their third child, they had a tougher time coming up with a name.

“We wanted a worldy set of names, and that has been our challenge with this baby,” the former Miss USA explains. “We have to find a name that goes with Marcelo and Estela. I wanted a name that I really like that still had more of a European flair than a Spanish flair.”

And while she isn’t giving away the decided name just yet, she does tease that there may be some religious affiliation.

“We were in Rome for a trip – we got to meet the Pope and he blessed this baby. So part of the name might have something to do with our new Pope,” Landry says. “The other part of the name we came up with on our own. We’re excited. My daughter doesn’t love it. I love it, but she wanted other things. Sorry!”

Ali Landry Palmer's Shoot

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Spotted: Jennifer Garner and Seraphina’s Coffee Break

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Move along!

Jennifer Garner and daughter Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 4 next month, grab coffee — and some mommy-and-me time — in Brentwood, Calif. Friday morning.

Taking a break from filming The Dallas Buyer’s Club in New Orleans, the actress has been fitting in plenty of time with her family — including Violet Anne, 7, and Samuel Garner, 9 months — while home on the west coast.

“We both know we couldn’t do what we do without each other,” Garner, 40, told InStyle of husband Ben Affleck.

“Ben always says, ‘If you love it, we can make it happen.’”

RELATED: Jennifer Garner: Ben ‘Excels’ at Tea Time with Our Girls

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Spotted: Michael Strahan and Twins — The Air Up There

They’re on top of the world!

Michael Strahan admires the view with 8-year-old twin daughters Isabella and Sophia on Thursday from atop New York’s Empire State Building, where he lit the iconic landmark green in honor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The new Live Kelly and Michael cohost — and honorable mention for PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive – is also dad to Tanita, 20, and Michael Jr., 17.

Michael Strahan and Twins on Empire State Building

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RELATED: Michael Strahan Strips Down for PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive Issue

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Spotted: Halle Berry and Nahla Book It

Halle Berry and Nahla Book It

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Book buddies!

Amid all the drama in her personal life, Halle Berry tends to her little bookworm, 4 -year-old Nahla Ariela, in Los Angeles on Thursday.

After reportedly being denied permission to move with her daughter to France, a Thanksgiving Day brawl between ex Gabriel Aubry and her fianc Olivier Martinez — and subsequent emergency protection orders — it’s been a hard few weeks for the actress.

But on Thursday, Berry’s lawyer confirmed the former couple had reached “an amicable agreement” in regards to custody of their only child.

RELATED: Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry’s Ongoing Custody Battle Explained in 5 Clicks

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Tori Spelling Introduces Son Finn Davey

Tori Spelling Introduces Son Finn Davey

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Meet Finn Davey McDermott!

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott introduce their fourth child, posing inside the 10-week-old’s nursery in a set of recently released photos.

After a difficult pregnancy that included hospitalization and bedrest due to placenta previa, the actress delivered her son via c-section at 37 weeks.

“I would rub my belly and talk to Finn. I kept telling him, ‘We’re going to be fine’ and ‘I can’t wait to hold you,’” Spelling, 39, tells PEOPLE.

Now happy and healthy at home, Finn joins siblings Hattie, 13 months, Stella, 4, and Liam, 5 , as well as Jack, 14, McDermott’s son from a prior marriage.

Check back Monday, when PEOPLE.com will have an exclusive look at all of Finn’s nursery details.

Tori Spelling Introduces Son Finn Davey

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