This is the first child for the husband and wife duo. Jackson is most notable for his roles on Dawson’s Creek and the Sci Fi show Fringe. He currently stars in the HULU hit show Little Fires Everywhere.
Turner-Smith has a boatload of high profile projects in the works including a role in the Tom Clancy film adaption of After Remorse.
Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is in the homestretch and has no plans of slowing down before or after her first child is born.
She and partner Matte Babel have agreed on a name for their daughter who they expect to arrive in October and are working through a disagreement on whether to go with an epidural or not, but one thing she is sure of, she has no plans of having a maternity leave.
“My entire team knows that there’s no maternity leave for me,” Mitchell revealed while attending the 2019 PaleyFest “upfronts” for HULU streaming channel in Beverly Hills, California promoting her new series Dollface on Tuesday. “I do a lot of my work on my phone and I have another company that I run. I love what I do, so for me, it doesn’t feel like work.”
To that announcement, I say, “yeah right!”
As the self-pronounced institutional memory of celebrity pregnancy, I have reported when other celebrities like Cardi B, Amal Clooney, Ivanka Trump, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer all made bold pronouncements about taking short leaves before changing their minds after baby arrives.
After Amal Clooney said she planned to take just a month and a half off, insiders reported she was having “mixed emotions” about returning to work, but “will return back slowly.”
Besides Clooney, every single one of them realized in short order that a baby needs time to connect, be nurtured by mom and to get the benefit of security, nutrients and antibodies if mom is breastfeeding and they needed time to focus on baby while not have to juggle space in their mind and life to balance a myriad of other ventures, businesses and work activities at the same time.
My position is that a lot of women across the globe must work and cannot afford to take time out to be with their baby so if you are in a position, financially and have the support and ability to get help, please do! Baby and mama come before career.
“It’s a mistake that I really want to make sure other women don’t make.” the mother of three lamented over her decisions prompted by a fear that she would lose her slot in primetime lineup. “Make sure you take every bit of time because the reality is the job will always be here but that time with your child, you will never get back.”
She added. “That’s important time for you as a mother. One of the things that is so important as a working parent is to remember: What are our priorities?”
First-time mom-to-be Krysten Ritter showed off her baby bump at the premiere of the third and last season of her Netflix Marvel show Jessica Jones in a fire engine red bump-hugging Rodarte dress.
“This super pregnant superhero had lots of fun at the #jessicajones season 3 premiere celebrating the final 13 episodes!” the actress captioned an Instagram post about the event celebrating the season.
The Breaking Bad actress didn’t stay away from the sizzle while donning her signature dark cat-eye makeup, crimson lip and jet black hair in loose waves in ankle strap metallic red heels.
This will be her first child with boyfriend of 5 years Adam Granduciel of the band The War on Drugs.
Though Netflix canceled Jessica Jones, a Marvel series about a super strong private detective, Hulu’s senior vice president of originals Craig Erwich told The Wrap that the streaming service may revive the series, along with Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.
A few school systems in several regions in America and across the globe have started a new school year already. Still, many more are still out and this means that families are sneaking in their last minute getaways and vacations. Personally, I can share that on my various social media platform feeds, I see many friends and family on weekend and weeklong excursions.
On Sunday, my family of 5, my baby sis and niece did the same and headed to Virginia Beach about four hours south of our home outside DC.
To get there, on the drive down, I partnered with Mazda USA and Driveshop and tested out its signature top-of-the line luxury three-row crossover sports utility vehicle, the Mazda C-X9. We ABSOLUTELY LOVED this vehicle and were honestly sad when we had to return it at the end of the week.
First, it looks really regal and very expensive! The atomic grey version of the premium vehicle we were generously loaned to drive came with decadent auburn interior leather seats. The SUV itself doesn’t even look like a heavy cargo vehicle from the outside because the car’s design features a sloped rear and sleek aerodynamic exterior.
Full disclosure: this was my first time driving a keyless entry, push-button start vehicle and I was nervous about leaving the key in the vehicle, but good thing, the SUV alarms if the engine is running and you walk away with the key.
Some of our adventures during the week, during which I celebrated my 19th wedding aniversary.
For today’s modern tech obsessed and addicted families, this vehicle is loaded with high tech features. This 2018 model comes with its own Wi-Fi. Also new for this year are two head rest videos with wireless headphones and remotes. For our drive up and back from Virginia Beach, the kids plugged in their Amazon Firestick on one monitor and the Roku on another, then tethered our family’s unlimited wireless phones so they could enjoy Amazon, Hulu and Netflix on the trip.
There is an XM, Pandora, and other streaming services options. We could control the dashboard as a touch screen or using a dial on the center console. There are two USB ports in the center console, two inside the pull down arm rest and cup holder. The trunk and inside the passenger side panel both have cigarette lighter ports that can be used to house another dual USB port, making it possible to charge 8 different electronic devices at the same time if we wanted.
There is an active driver hologram on the window above the dashboard that shows the miles per hour being driven. I was in awe to see a small Stop sign appear on the windshield each time the car approaches a street with an actual Stop sign on the corner. During the highway drive, each time there was construction on the road, a yellow strip appeared on the hologram to warn the driver of the more dangerous road condition. Similarly, each time the car would get close to the shoulder, there was a signal in the hologram signal. Amazing!
Active Driving Display appears on the windshield above the driving console.
All of these features are great to supplement driver’s instincts and assist for the safety of the precious cargo, the family!
A push of the button activates the push-to-talk hands free dashboard and another button toggles the dashboard monitors: miles driven, Trip A and Trip B analytics for comparisons, the gas mileage, the vehicle service update and more.
The trunk features a hands free open. You just hit the key fob and the rear opens automatically, with one touch of a button near the keyhole, it auto closes. If something is in the way, the door will retract a bit and will not close.
The navigation system is Smart and sophisticated.
Besides the standard navigation options, even when you haven’t programmed the vehicle to give you direction anywhere, as you drive, the dashboard indicates the name of a street or cross street you are about to enter and gives you the speed limit sign for the road you will enter before you enter it so you know how fast oncoming cars should be traveling and how fast you should go once you merge into or enter that lane of traffic.
There is a rear camera that helps you get in and out of tight parking spots or to parallel park.
The Safety Features
The high tech options on the full package vehicle we tested included innovative safety features. One of my faves is the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. If a pedestrian is close to the car walking across the parking lot as you’re about to back out of a space or if another vehicle is close to passing, the CX-9 gives out an audible alert. You can also see it through the rear view camera which I also appreciated because while using it, I was able to back into a parking spot at the grocery store absolutely perfectly!
There is also a blind spot signal on the side mirrors that illuminates each time another vehicle on the road coasts in your blind spot. Neat! There is a touch emergency brake button on the center console that can be easily released with the touch of a button.
It also includes in suite of active safety features such as automatic high-beams, lane-keeping assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control.
The car had great maneuverability and handling, typical for any all wheel standard car. I looked it up and the vehicle comes with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control, a system that reduces engine torque imperceptibly as the vehicle enters a corner to help improve cornering stability.
The CX-9 crossovers is a 2.5-liter turbocharged I4 making 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine is a reaction to the new category of hybrid vehicles on the market. It helps this SUV get more miles per gallon. We traveled about 4 hours and a little over 200 miles from Virginia Beach to right outside Washington, DC on a half tank of gas. That’s highway miles. Excellent fuel economy.
Although we didn’t need it this trip, there are heated seats for the driver and front seat passenger and second row seats.
For $38,655, you can get the front-wheel-drive CX-9 Touring with the Premium package. That Touring Premium package is an additional $1750, but adds a long list of features, including navigation, automated emergency braking, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, LED fog lamps, and a power sunroof.
Overall Pros: This vehicle is great for a medium to large family of 3-7. It looks and feel great from the exterior to interior. The sporty sleek look gives it a very top-of-the line feel, comparable to other SUVs in the market, including luxury brands. The tech features are up to par with all of the innovation out there on the market and what modern, tech driven and connected families need. The safety features gives you an extra layer of security for the family.
Cons: The USB ports in the front in the center console is hard to reach when driving and the cigarette lighter one along the center console floor paneling is awkwardly placed and very difficult to reach. It would be better if it was placed below the dashboard so it is easier to maneuver.
While we appreciate the slope in the back giving off a more sporty feel, it took away cargo space so we weren’t able to carry as many suitcases because we had two extra people in our party. However, for the average family of 5 who are traveling on a road trip, you can easily fold down the third row to accommodate more bags back there.
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