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Ali Landry: How She Balances Motherhood and Business

Like most moms, Ali Landry is a multitasker.

When she's not working on new shows, such as her upcoming series "Mi Casa, Su Casa," she's raising her three bilingual children with filmmaker husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and creating mom-friendly electronic apps. Her latest project is her free app, Favored.by, which allows moms to pick their favorite products — strollers, cribs, baby bottles — and share that info with friends, family and anyone who clicks "follow."

Because, let's face it, there are millions of products out there. And when you're a new mom, that research can sometimes be overwhelming.

"At the end of the day, it was really exhausting, very time-consuming, and it was frustrating," Landry tells mom.me. "I would find myself with this whole entire process very frustrated and just asking my friends. 'Please, just tell me: What’s your favorite stroller?' Or 'What’s your favorite bottle? Because I’m so confused.'"

Landry, a self-described "product person," also talks to mom.me about what's changed in the time since she's had 7-year-old daughter Estela, 2-year-old Marcelo and 1-year-old Valentin, how she balances everything — oh, and that time she got blessed by the Pope while pregnant!

Your new app, Favored.by, is all about mom-friendly products. What inspired you to create it?

With my daughter, I had the time to be online. When I was pregnant with her, I’m not kidding, I was on the Internet for hours and hours and hours a day, researching every single product, every category, every product. I just wanted to make sure I was getting the best for my baby. And they’re high-priced items. I wanted the latest, greatest, with all the gadgets and of course something that would fit into my family and my lifestyle.

The app just makes discovering and sharing baby products more fun, very easy, and we focus on the ultimate favorites. You see on Facebook, there are a million likes for 10 different strollers. Well, that doesn’t help me or anybody I know.

What were some of the baby items you found most challenging to buy?

Strollers were really difficult for me because there are so many great ones out there, and they all have such wonderful features. But again, I was very specific: I lived in Los Angeles; I lived in Griffith Park; there are mountains where I like to go, there are hills. We do Disney, we use our stroller a lot. With the third, I needed a double stroller.

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A lot has changed in the product world between the birth of your eldest and your youngest. What was most different for you?

So many things have changed. With my little boy, he’s still in the crib, but he started climbing out of the crib. I had a newborn at the time, and I was thinking, 'No, no, no, no. This cannot happen. I cannot have you climbing out of that crib.' So I am online, searching for every product imaginable to keep this kid in the crib. The one thing that they had at the time was this crib tent. I find out it’s been discontinued. At this point, I’m desperate and I’m going on very little sleep. I didn’t even care if it’s been discontinued. I’m going to track one of these things down somewhere. Fortunately, a few months later, I go to the ABC Kids Expo, and I see this baby that is zipped up into what would looks like a sleep sack, and it was a sheet that was attached to the bed, like the fitted sheet, but it has a little compartment where you zip them in. It has arm holes, where their arms go. I stopped dead in my tracks, I did a 180, and I was like, 'This is the answer to my problem.' This did not exist six years ago. It's called the Slumber Sleeper.

How do you balance kids, marriage, app-making and other work?

That’s what I pray for every single day. I really, really do. We’re all trying to figure it out. The guilt that you carry if you’re not with your children 24/7 is enormous, and I want to be with them all the time. I don’t want to miss a minute. But I think the first thing for moms to remember, and I’m speaking to myself as I’m saying this, is: I go into everyday really trying to do my best. Doing something for my businesses. Doing something for my family, my husband, my friends. By the end of the day, I also need to realize that something or someone is going to fall short, and that’s OK, and I have to give myself a break about that. What’s helped me is to be as organized as possible. I give myself a little 'me' time because I need it, and for me that is getting to the gym.

Also, carving out that time with your significant other. My husband, with three kids, he really does feel left out, and I try to tell him, 'It’s just for a short time. They need me so much right now because of the nursing, but it will pass.' But even during that time, I feel like my babies need me more than my husband. But It’s important for me to carve out that time where I can really focus on him and really give back to our relationship.

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Didn't the Pope bless your son while you were pregnant? What was that like?

I really honestly didn’t know what to expect, and it was an overwhelming experience just being there. We were so nervous. [Pope Francis] is from Argentina, and he speaks Spanish. My husband is from Mexico, he speaks Spanish, so my husband had this whole thing planned out. He was going to say, 'My wife is pregnant’ which was very obvious ‘and we’re going to name the baby after you.' And he was going to say this all in Spanish, and he ended up saying 'My son is pregnant,' something crazy. And the pope, he cracked up laughing. He told my husband in a way, 'It’s OK. I get it. May I bless your baby?'

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