HOL­LY­WOOD’S BIL­LION-DOL­LAR MOMMY MOGUL

Like a boss: The pow­er­house mom of three proves there’s noth­ing she can’t do

US Weekly - - INSIDE US - BY JAMIE BLYNN

Mul­ti­task­ing mama Jes­sica Alba jug­gles par­ent­ing her three chil­dren (with hus­band Cash Warren) with her du­ties run­ning her bil­lion-dol­lar Hon­est Com­pany. Find out how she does it all!

From the out­side, Jes­sica Alba is un­stop­pable: She raises three well-rounded kids, runs her bil­lion­dol­lar Hon­est 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, mid­dle child Haven, 7, 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 re­cently said. “As they grow and ma­ture, they get to do more and more things.”

Jes­sica, the queen of mul­ti­task­ing, knows all too well about hav­ing a full plate. Build­ing an em­pire — she grew her line of eco-friendly baby prod­ucts into a pow­er­house of clean­ing, beauty and skin­care sup­plies — “you’re go­ing to make mis­takes,” the 37-year-old, wed to Cash Warren, tells

Us. “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, she learned to thrive by ask­ing for help. Ad­mits the busi­ness­woman: “I have a great sup­port sys­tem, and a great hus­band, and a great team at Hon­est.”

FIND­ING HER ZEN

For Jes­sica, who’s spo­ken to Us over the years about balanc­ing fam­ily and ca­reer, the key is liv­ing in the mo­ment. At work, “I feel re­spon­si­ble for over 350 peo­ple,” she has said. “So I feel a lot of pres­sure in try­ing to make the right de­ci­sion and choices.” If she starts to feel over­whelmed, she takes a mo­ment to re­group. “I lis­ten to a med­i­ta­tion pod­cast from the UCLA

Mind­ful Aware­ness Re­search Cen­ter,” re­veals

the Sin City alum. “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, she also ded­i­cates an hour to work­ing out four days a week, ac­cord­ing to her long­time for­mer trainer Ra­mona Bra­ganza. (Jes­sica al­ter­nates car­dio and cy­cling with strength train­ing and yoga.) “You

have a lot of en­ergy in your mid-30s, enough to work, work out and have a fam­ily,” Bra­ganza, the in­struc­tor be­hind the 3-2-1 Train­ing Method, tells

Us. “I’m re­ally proud of what she’s ac­com­plished be­cause she man­ages her stress with work­outs.”

More im­por­tant, per­haps, she doesn’t stress over her diet. When she needs to slim down, “I try to stick to a diet that’s low in sugar and carbs and high in pro­tein and veg­eta­bles,” she says. (Many celebs make sim­i­lar re­stric­tions to lose weight with the pop­u­lar keto diet.) But the mom of three ad­mits she also in­dulges at times: “Life’s too short to deprive your­self!” It’s a les­son she hopes her kids pick up on. After wel­com­ing her brood, “I felt more com­fort­able in my

own skin,” con­fesses the

Fan­tas­tic Four ac­tress, who has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted that grow­ing up, she felt “ashamed” after de­vel­op­ing her fa­mous fig­ure early. “If I want them to be happy with their bod­ies, I need to walk the walk.”

BALANC­ING ACT

Jes­sica re­cently had to amp up her fit­ness reg­i­men when she be­gan film­ing her new show, L.A.’s Finest, just four months after Hayes was born. (She ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces the show, set to premiere on Char­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions’ Spec­trum plat­form next year.) “Act­ing... is my first love,” Jes­sica re­cently told

Par­ents mag­a­zine. And after be­ing “semire­tired” for the past 10 years, the life­long fem­i­nist was pleased to find that the busi­ness has changed a lot 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,” Jes­sica says. “For L.A.’s Finest, I didn’t even think about what a man would be paid. I said, ‘This is what I’m worth.’ ”

She also be­lieves it’s im­por­tant for her daugh­ters to see their mom on the job. “I can’t be at ev­ery school drop-off and pickup,” 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. (He also pitches in at Hon­est, telling Us, “We try to sup­port each other. I help out as much as I can.”) “It’s nice to have some­one,” says Alba, “who can just lis­ten

and be there for you and cud­dle.”

HAV­ING PER­SPEC­TIVE AND GROWTH MAKES SOME OF THE THINGS THAT USED TO BOTHER ME LESS IM­POR­TANT.” JES­SICA ALBA

With re­port­ing by Brody Brown, Marc Lupo & Carly Sloane

“I try my hard­est ev­ery day,” the Hon­esthon­cho (in LA in Jan­uary)tells Us.

Jes­sica (on Aug. 12) tells Us she feels “su­per blessed.”

Jes­sica (on Sept. 18 and, in­set, Oct. 22) cred­its a diet low in sugar and carbs and high in pro­teinfor what she jok­ingly calls her “#mom­bod.”

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