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Single Mom Garcelle Beauvais Puts Her Sons First

How the busy 'Flight' actress balances work, health, and 5-year-old twins.
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Family meal time is so important. How do you manage to make that work?

It's not always easy -- they're turning 5 this month, and sometimes it gets a little crazy. But we always start our meal with a prayer, and then I'll tell a story to keep them focused. Sometimes I have to start making things up, but they'll want to hear more and then we can settle down for dinner together.

What do you do to de-stress?

I always stretch before I go to bed. It's really relaxing and great to calm down. We multitask all day, and stretching quiets my mind and gets it ready to go to sleep.

What's your workout regimen?

I need to be better about it, honestly. It's the first thing to go for me when my schedule gets crazy. If I don't do it in the morning, I'm not going to do it at all -- unless I'm gearing up for something so specific that I have to be really diligent about it. I like Cardio Barre. It's an hour, and I sweat like nobody's business. I love that and I love Pilates. It's really great for toning.

In a perfect world, if I could do each twice a week, then oh, honey! But life gets in the way.

What does an ideal day look like for you, when you have no work commitments?

I know exactly what that is! Waking up late and not rushing out of bed. The kids don't have to go to school, so they come into my bed until it gets a little too rough and then I want outta there. We'll have breakfast and then we get in the pool. Sometimes we're in the pool at 8:30 a.m.! And then just having a really great day with no "have to's." We don't have to go to a birthday party, we don't have to go to karate. We're so scheduled these days that we just forget to sometimes stay in our pajamas and do nothing. We need downtime.

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