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Jes­sica’s a bil­lion­dol­lar mama

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From the out­side, Jes­sica Alba is un­stop­pable. She raises three well-rounded kids, runs a bil­lion-dol­lar com­pany and con­tin­ues to shine on­screen.

Her se­cret weapon in jug­gling it all? The ac­tress/en­tre­pre­neur has a loyal team of minia­ture as­sis­tants. While daugh­ter Honor, 10, helps care for baby brother Hayes, 10 months, her sis­ter Haven, seven, likes to lend a hand in the kitchen, whip­ping up pan­cakes and eggs for the fam­ily.

“It’s just nice for the kids to feel in­volved and feel like they’re par­tic­i­pat­ing,” Jes­sica says. “As they grow and ma­ture, they get to do more and more things.”

Jes­sica, 37, the queen of mul­ti­task­ing, knows all too well about

hav­ing a full plate, hav­ing built her line of eco-friendly baby prod­ucts into The Hon­est Com­pany, an em­pire of beauty, sk­in­care and clean­ing sup­plies.

Her ad­vice to busy work­ing mums? “Don’t be so hard on your­self. You’re not go­ing to be per­fect. You’re go­ing to make mis­takes. Try to learn from them. At the end of the day, if you’re do­ing your best, that’s all you can re­ally do.”

In her case, Jes­sica learned to thrive by ask­ing for help. The busi­ness­woman, who is mar­ried to film­maker Cash War­ren, ad­mits, “I have a great sup­port sys­tem, a great hus­band and a great team at Hon­est.”

Like a boss!

The key to bal­anc­ing her fam­ily and ca­reer, the ac­tress tells, is liv­ing in the mo­ment. “At work, I feel re­spon­si­ble for over 350 people, so I feel a lot of pres­sure in try­ing to make the right de­ci­sion and choices.”

If Jes­sica starts to feel over­whelmed, she takes a mo­ment to re­group. “I lis­ten to a med­i­ta­tion pod­cast,” re­veals the SinCity beauty. “Each one is lit­er­ally just three min­utes long, so I can go into a bath­room stall or do it in my car.”

To fur­ther re­duce ten­sion, four days per week, she ded­i­cates an hour to work­ing out, al­ter­nat­ing car­dio and cy­cling with strength train­ing and yoga.

Her long­time per­sonal trainer Ra­mona Bra­ganza tells us, “You have a lot of en­ergy in your mid-30s, enough to work, work out and have a fam­ily. I’m re­ally proud of what she’s ac­com­plished be­cause she man­ages her stress with work­outs.”

More im­por­tantly, per­haps, Jes­sica doesn’t stress over her diet. When she needs to slim down, she says, “I try to stick to a diet that’s low in sugar and carbs, and high in pro­tein and veg­eta­bles.”

But the mum-of-three also in­dulges at times, ad­mit­ting, “Life’s too short to de­prive your­self!”

It’s a les­son she hopes her kids pick up on. The Fan­tas­tic

Four star felt “ashamed” of her body af­ter de­vel­op­ing her fa­mous curves early in life, but when she be­came a mother, Jes­sica says, “I felt more com­fort­able in my own skin. If I want them to be happy with their bod­ies, I need to walk the walk.”

She’s so fine

The ac­tress re­cently had to amp up her fit­ness reg­i­men when she be­gan film­ing the up­com­ing po­lice drama LA’s

Finest, for which she is also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, just four months af­ter Hayes was born.

“Act­ing is my first love,” ad­mits Jes­sica, adding that she’s been “semire­tired” for the past 10 years and was pleas­antly sur­prised to find the in­dus­try has changed fol­low­ing the #MeToo move­ment.

“There’s a new aware­ness of how im­por­tant it is for women to be paid well, and to be rep­re­sented in front of

and be­hind the cam­era. For LA’s Finest, I didn’t even think about what a man would be paid. I said, ‘This is what I’m worth.’”

Jes­sica also be­lieves it’s im­por­tant for her daugh­ters to see their mother on the job. “I can’t be at ev­ery school drop-off and pick-up,” she says, “but I’m show­ing them my time is valu­able and that they have value to me.”

Which is why from the mo­ment she steps into her seven-bed­room Bev­erly Hills pad, Jes­sica makes it a point to put down her phone for the night and turn her at­ten­tion to her chil­dren.

“I try to be com­pletely present with them,” she tells us. “I want to make the time I spend with them qual­ity.”

The same goes for the rare alone mo­ments she gets with Cash, 39, who spends more time pitch­ing in at Hon­est than on film sets th­ese days.

Jes­sica smiles, “It’s nice to have some­one who can just lis­ten, be there for you and cud­dle.”

The pow­er­house has a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy. “I try my hard­est ev­ery day,” she says.

This busy mum’s not get­ting out of her PJs! With hus­band Haven, Cash and kids (from left) baby Hayes and Honor.

Jes­sica met Cash on the set of 2005’s Fan­tas­ticFour when he was a pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant. Th­ese days, he’s jug­gling kids and help­ing out at Hon­est.

The big-screen star is go­ing to be grac­ing TV screens next year in gritty cop drama LA’sFinest with Ernie Hud­son (left).



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