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Ali Landry talks about motherhood, Simple Pleasures and more

Ali Landry at the Hershey's store in Times

Ali Landry at the Hershey's store in Times Square for a Simple Pleasures event. (Aug. 8, 2012) Credit: Handout

Actress Ali Landry recently shared one of her guilty pleasures: Every night she eats a piece of chocolate.

"For me it's about moderation and balance," she said. "I'm from Louisiana and all my family and friends just want to feed you. That's how they show that they love you. But as I've gotten older, I've learned to appreciate food and enjoy it in moderation."

Her new favorite indulgence? Hershey's Simple Pleasures chocolates.

"I love these because they're individually wrapped and only 30 calories a piece," she said. The Simple Pleasures chocolates come in milk chocolate with chocolate creme, dark chocolate with chocolate creme and milk chocolate with vanilla creme.

When she's not appearing in movies or on TV, Landry is taking care of her two young children,  Estela, 5, and Marcelo, 9 months.

"Everyone always asks me how I balance work and family and my answer is this: I'm like every mom out there trying to figure it out," she said. "I don't have the answers but I go into every day with good intentions to be the best mom, the best wife, the best friend, the best at my job and sometimes I fall short. I just remind myself that tomorrow is a new day."

Just like all moms, she sometimes needs a little break.

"My mom always said if you don't take care of yourself no one else is going to," she said. "You're happier when you take 'me' time. It really helped me to release the guilt that all moms have."

When it comes to her kids, she's learned to appreciate the small things.

"Being a mom has really changed me," she said. "I released so many insecurities that I've had as a woman. It really empowered me in a lot of ways. Now I have two precious children that I have to guide through this world and give them everything they need to succeed and be happy."

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