Kourtney Kardashian On What It's Really Like To Be A Mom

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Kourtney Kardashian delivered her two children (Mason, 4 1/2 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 also 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, to wit: 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.)

Cricket's Circle 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.

Cricket's Circle: What are your must-have beauty products?
Kourtney Kardashian: "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.

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."

How would you describe your style?
"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."

How do you stay fit as a busy mom?
"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."
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What are your tips for finding balance as a working mother?
"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."

How do you start your day on a high note?
"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 (ingredients are 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 1/2 a lemon
Small bunch of cilantro
Small bunch of parsley"

What's next for you, fashion-wise?
"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, a boys' line is in the works!

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."

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