Photo from Ketchum
Photo from Ketchum"Mommy, your nipples look like blueberries."
Just another day in a mommy's life. But for Tori Spelling, it doesn't stop there. Not even close.
The mom of two has released a new jewelry line for HSN, another season of Oxygen's reality show Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood begins April 5th, and her third book, unchartered terriTORI will be hitting bookstores June 15th. Whew. It makes me tired just typing it.
I had the opportunity to chat with Tori and her husband Dean McDermott about their insane lives as one of Hollywood's favorite families.
Your third book, unchartered terriTORI, comes out this summer ... how is it different from the first two? What's your favorite part of the book?
I really try to find a balance with my books to make sure they appeal to everyone. So in this one, I tried not to overload it with kids stories but you know, you always have those moments that happen that you just have put in there.
There's a really funny story about a double stroller incident. The tire popped and it sounded like a gun shot, basically everyone heard it and hit the deck.
Dean, have you read the book yet?
Not yet, I mean, I've read a chapter here, a paragraph there, and if she needs my opinion on stuff, but I like to read the book when it comes out, just like everyone else.
Tori: I don't like to let anyone read it because it's my point of view. So I don't let Dean or my best friend read it because I don't want people to say "Oh, you should change this." I don't want to be jaded by other people's perspectives.
Dean, people say that you're a hot dad ... what is your response to that?
Tori: First off, you just made his day.
Dean: Ha, yeah, I'm grinning from ear to ear! I don't even know what to say, I'm blushing right now. It makes me feel great that people say that I'm a great dad, never mind the hot part. I just want to be a good dad. It means the world to me. I'm very flattered people think I'm hot, though.
Tori, how do you juggle being a mom and your countless projects?
I don't know. I mean, I run on adrenaline. It's a lot. Obviously my first priority is my husband and kids. And that puts things in perspective, and I make sure they always come first. But I also love working and creating and there's so many things that I can do. And I just keep working on what interests me and that is my family. Our lives and everything just work around that.
What's a recent "mommy moment" that you've had?
Hmm ... well, last night Liam told me that my nipples looked like blueberries. And then he corrected himself and said, "No Mommy, actually they look like meatballs."
I love it, even more so for a mom, so when they say these things it's like, "Oh my gosh, you were in my belly. And now you're saying these things!" I try so hard not to laugh. For example, we were on a playdate last week and Liam didn't want to leave so he proceeded to haul off and hit me in the face and then start choking me. It took everything I could to keep myself from laughing. I had to compose myself and explain to him that I understood that he was frustrated and upset but that the playdate was over. I had to do the whole mom bit, but inside I was just dying I was laughing so hard.
I know your youngest, Stella, will be two this June ... have you started potty-training yet?
Actually, we didn't even have to start. She started it. She's been off and on pooping in the toilet since she was 13 months old ... she's an over-achiever like me. She's so into it. Her and Liam will take a bath together and she will ask to get out of the tub and sit on the toilet, and then she'll ask for a book so she can sit on the toilet longer and poop.
Does raising a family on a reality TV series make you more aware of your parenting decisions?
Tori: Really, we work more on our relationship because we have different parenting perspectives and we have to work through it. But on the show, it's pretty much what you see is what you get.
Dean: I think a lot of parenting is instinctual. Couples have different instincts.
Tori: I find that you end up doing things that your parents did.
Dean: Well, I'm trying not to do what my parents did.
Tori: You always hear, "I don't want to turn into my parent," but then that's what you grew up knowing, especially the good experiences. I'll find myself doing something or buying a book for Liam and then think "That's what my mom did" and "That's what my mom bought me," and That's what song she sang to me," as I'm singing it to Liam.
I heard you were trying for baby #3 ... any truth to that rumor?
Tori: We didn't hear that rumor!
Dean: That's breaking news, except for the "trying" part.
Tori: Well, we're not actively trying. We do think we want more kids, but with two this young ... let's get Stella out of diapers first.
Dean: Yeah, we need a diaper break.
Tori: They're both so young and all over the place. They need my attention and right now I can split it evenly between the two of them. Once they get to the point that they're self-sufficient maybe then we can try for more.
What can we look forward to for this season of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood?
We start off the season taking a road trip cross-country with the kids and the guncles in an RV. So that's a lot of fun. There's a lot more kid stuff this season just because they're so damn entertaining
Dean: And so damn cute.
Tori: They're talking so much and every day there are new little firsts. And we're so lucky we can capture it all on camera. And just taking a better look at our relationship and trying to be a functioning family and a couple, working through things and loving each other.
Thanks guys for taking the time to chat!
Are you a fan of Tori and Dean? Do you plan on watching Monday's season premiere of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood?