Monday, July 16, 2018

Nick and Vanessa Lachey Team Up With Bob Evans Farms To Celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day On July 14

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Mac and Cheese Lovers Are Invited to Try Nick and Vanessa's Favorite Recipe; Could Win Free Bob Evans Macaroni & Cheese for a Year

NEW ALBANY, OhioJuly 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Evans Farms is celebrating National Mac and Cheese Day on July 14, 2018 by partnering with one of America's favorite celebrity couple, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, who have each created their own custom macaroni and cheese recipes.
"One of our favorite things to do as a family is make dinners together," said Vanessa Lachey. "Mac and cheese is a staple in our household – so we were thrilled to partner with Bob Evans Farms to customize our own special recipes. We'll be making both dishes on National Mac and Cheese Day this year – and will let our kids decide which one is their favorite!"
Vanessa's recipe "Macaroni and Cheese Toppings Bar" features Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese and can be personalized with a variety of delicious toppings such as bacon bits and roasted tomatoes, while Nick opted for a "Cincinnati Inspired Mac and Cheese Burger," which is a hamburger topped with Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese, chili and finished with shredded cheese.
"We do mac and cheese each and every day – but it's great to see a special day dedicated to one of America's favorite dishes," said Chris Lambrix, SVP Retail Business Development at Bob Evans Farms. "We are proud to partner with Nick and Vanessa Lachey who took our macaroni and cheese and created fun, delicious and easy to make recipes that are unique to each of them. We invite America to try both of their recipes, then share their favorite with us."
From July 14-16, 2018, consumers can visit Facebook.com/FarmFreshIdeas to enter for a chance to win free Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese for a year*.
"We had a lot of fun making our own recipes using Bob Evans delicious Mac and Cheese," said Nick Lachey. "We hope everyone enjoys both of our recipes, but I'm secretly rooting for my Ohio-inspired dish to come out on top."
For more information and recipes, visit bobevansgrocery.com/recipes-category/mac/.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Nick and Vanessa Lachey Talk the 7-Year Itch & Juggling 3 Kids Under 5

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As they prepare to celebrate their seven-year wedding anniversary, and 12 years since their first date, this weekend, Nick and Vanessa Lachey are opening up about the simple ways they keep the romance alive while parenting three young children and juggling busy showbiz careers.
The 98 Degrees heartthrob and Top Chef Junior host tied the knot at Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker Island paradise in the British Virgin Islands on July 15, 2011. Seven years and three children (Camden, 5, Brooklyn, 3, and 18-month-old Phoenix) later, rather than feeling the relationship lull commonly referred to as the “seven-year itch,” they continue to evolve their romance while looking ahead to the next seven years and beyond.
“I think if people make it to seven years of marriage, that’s long these days!” Nick, 44, tells ET. “Any marriage is challenging -- it’s certainly not a walk in the park, but we’re very committed to each other and to working through those challenges and I’m very confident there’s nothing we can’t get past.”
“I don’t know if there’s any truth in the seven-year itch,” he adds. “We’ve always found a way to keep it interesting. We’ve been together 12 years, have a beautiful family and are very blessed, and there’s just never a dull moment around this house.”
The pair fell in love after Vanessa, a former Miss Teen USA, appeared in the music video for Nick’s solo song, “What’s Left of Me,” in 2006. Nick, who had previously been married to pop star Jessica Simpson, proposed in 2010.
Vanessa, 37, jokes that as “Lachey cliché” as it may sound, communication has been key to maintaining a fresh and evolving romance, which is perhaps why they haven’t reached the stagnant point some couples face after many years together.
“Things that were important to me and that I loved and let Nick know about when we first started dating are different now,” Vanessa explains. “My priorities and life have changed, so things that I would seek in our relationship are different now, and how is he supposed to assume that? There’s some truth to the whole Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, so I don’t expect him to be a mind reader. I constantly keep him abreast of everything and vice versa.”
“I’ll say, ‘Babe, it’s important for me to know how you feel; like, it’s not cheesy to write a card,’ and he’ll be like, ‘You used to never want a card! Good to know.’ So, every now and then I’ll get a card and it means the world to me especially on my birthday, because we have the same birthday,” she continues. “I know he loves me, but sometimes it’s nice just to hear it from your partner. Now I have a drawer with all of the cards and stick some on the wall. I know it’s cheesy, but I love it.”
Day to day, the pair have also established a routine which allows for quality couple time after the kids are in bed.
“Every night I cook and he cleans up -- that’s our deal!” Vanessa says. “We talk about the day and funny things with the kids, pour a glass of wine, then sit down and watch something. We love Netflix! It still feels like I have my husband, instead of like we’re going through the day mechanically with breakfast, lunch, dinner. It can get that way with three kids. You wake up, get shot out of a cannon, then it’s go, go, go until they go to bed!”
One of the biggest obstacles they’ve faced in the hectic kiddie routine is getting the little ones to eat well, and having sneakily tricked them into trying everything from broccoli to chicken by slipping it into their mac and cheese, Nick and Vanessa have partnered up with Bob Evans for National Mac and Cheese Day on July 14. But there’s extra special meaning behind the fun foodie day.
“We actually started dating on July 14 -- who knew we were that cheesy -- then we got married on July 15,” Vanessa says. “It’s a great circle to be married seven years, have three kids and have this partnership because mac and cheese night is one of the few nights we sit down as a family for dinner if the kids are up a little later. We make it for the kids, but Nick and I still enjoy it in our 30s and 40s!”
In fact, they don’t just enjoy it -- they’ve challenged each other to a mac and cheese cook off, with Vanessa concocting the build-your-own ‘Macaroni and Cheese Toppings Bar,’ a nod to how Brooklyn eats everything, Camden’s more selective and Phoenix is adapting to solids. The competitive nature of their relationship is evident as Nick pipes in to boast about his contender, the ‘Cincinnati-Inspired Chili Mac and Cheese Burger,’ which honors the Ohio city where he grew up. The public will get to vote on which is best by trying each recipe at home, while Camden, Brooklyn and Phoenix are also having their say -- with Nick predicting his “little princess” Brooklyn will back his creation, while Camden will loyally support Mommy. “But if Camden was honest with himself he would say mine for the win!”
Vanessa created the build-your-own Macaroni and Cheese Toppings Bar in honor of Mac and Cheese Day.
Nick shows off his competing dish -- the Cincinnati-Inspired Chili Mac and Cheese Burger.
The couple are getting their three children and the public to vote on who made the best mac and cheese dish!
Dinner time aside, juggling the three young children while enjoying successful careers in showbiz is an ongoing effort for the pair, whose biggest trick has been to “tag team,” with each of them taking one or two of the kids at a time as they go about their routines.

Vanessa says as the trio grows older, she’s realizing how much each child requires different parenting methods. “The hardest part is trying to let them be and navigate their own way through life, but at the same time discipline them because I don’t want to let them just do, say or act however,” she says. “It’s hard because they have different personalities, so the way I discipline Camden doesn’t work the same with Brooklyn. If I try the same method with her, she’ll look at me, like she’s laughing and thinking, ‘You actually think that’s going to work with me?’”
“Camden’s the best listener and will have a conversation about it, whereas Brooklyn will play games and do the opposite of what you say,” Vanessa continues. “And Phoenix, you can see in his eyes he’s getting this little conniving way about him! They’re all challenging me in different ways and every single day, Nick and I are like, ‘Are we doing this right? Are we OK?’ Then we’ll have people over and see how they interact and pat ourselves on the back like, ‘They’re not completely off the rails. We’re doing fine!’”

“We’re surviving!” adds Nick, who echoes Vanessa’s sentiments about how different the three kids are. “Camden is sweet and sensitive, Brooklyn’s Daddy’s little girl and Phoenix is the wild card. He’ll go up the stairs eight straight times and make you go get him. He’s going to be the rambunctious troublemaker, but that’s been coolest part of being a parent -- watching those personalities emerge as they get older.”
As for whether they plan to expand their brood further, Vanessa laughs never say never.

“Nick thought we were done with two -- I think we both did!” she reflects. “But Phoenix has been the best surprise. He’s like the missing piece of the puzzle that we didn’t think we were missing until he came into our lives and now we feel more complete. There’s definitely no plans as we’re loving having the three, but you never know.”
In the meantime, the couple -- who went up against each other competing on Dancing With the Stars in 2017 -- have exciting work projects keeping them busy, with Vanessa preparing for the return of Bravo’s Top Chef Junior, which was nominated for a 2018 Daytime Emmy Award for Best Children’s Series. “It’s a perfect mesh for me -- cooking, which I love, and young minds, which I love,” she says. “I get so inspired by these young chefs. It’s definitely a dream job.”
Meanwhile, Nick joins his fellow boy banders -- New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman and *NSYNC's Joey Fatone -- as the voices and musical masterminds behind supergroup Crush4U on Netflix’s new animated series, Harvey Street Kids. He’s also gearing up to hit the road with his bandmates, Jeff Timmons, Justin Jeffre and brother Drew Lachey, for their second annual Christmas tour kicking off in Canada on Nov. 1. “It was a lot of fun last year, doing something thematic like a holiday tour, so we’re excited to get out there again and see our fans,” he says.
Vanessa’s also excited for the tour … but extra thrilled that Nick will be home in time to gift wrap on Christmas Eve!
“Last year, he came home on Christmas Eve and I had to do all the wrapping and it was also our son’s birthday, so this year I selfishly had one request -- which I’m already apologizing to fans for! -- for him to be home a few days before Christmas,” she shares. “He’s going to have a room full of assembly and wrapping, then we’ll have Phoenix’s second birthday on Christmas Eve. We’re excited that he gets to go on tour with the boys, but then we get Daddy for Christmas!”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monster Jam Celebrity Event - Nick Lachey & Camden

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Nick Lachey reveals the books his kids love at bedtime

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Now that he is a dad, Nick Lachey’s evenings are a little different from his “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” days. He and wife Vanessa make sure to read to their three children, Camden, 5, Brooklyn, 3, and Phoenix, 1, every night before bed. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have very vivid memories of my mother reading to us as kids,” shares the 98 Degrees frontman, who was on the latest season of Dancing With the Stars. “If nothing else, before we go to sleep, we always read each one of our kids a book. It’s a very, very special time.”
Classics like Goodnight MoonThe Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in constant rotation in the Lachey household, and the latter is a particular favorite of Camden’s. “My son is all into construction vehicles like most boys are, so he’s enthralled with dump trucks and bulldozers,” notes Lachey. “It’s good for bedtime because it gets him into the mentality that everything’s shutting down.”
Lachey says his children are lucky because they have access to books, and he wants to help those less fortunate, which is why he recently partnered with Pizza Hut’s The Literacy Project and the nonprofit First Book to make sure kids in need have access to books and other educational resources. “Studies have shown that kids who aren’t reading proficient by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma,” says Lachey. “It’s important to get these books into the hands of kids and encourage them to read.” And if it’s every noche, even better.

Fun Boys' Night at 2018 Monster Jam - Nick Lachey

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"We came last year and Camden had a blast and with most boys his age, monster trucks are king,” Lachey told E! news. “He's got quite a collection at home so he was excited to have the chance to sit in the trucks."

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8 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons on the ‘Boy Band’ Stigma and 20+ Years as a Group (Interview at the NAMM Show 2018)

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The NAMM Show brings together musicians and industry insiders from throughout the musical spectrum. For a weekend in Southern California, the entire music business comes together to celebrate music — and learn about the latest and greatest products from top manufactures. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with musicians there for the fun. Jeff Timmons of the pop group 98 Degrees happened to be there this year and was kind enough to speak with Rock Cellar for a career-spanning interview — enjoy the candid and honest chat below.
Rock Cellar: We’re here at the NAMM Show, and I understand you come every year. What’s your main interest here, and which booths do you just have to hit up and visit?
Jeff Timmons: I have been coming every year for the past three years. I’m a big studio, behind-the-scenes guy. I’m very blessed to be in front of the scenes, love being on stage … we were very mainstream, considered a “boy band,” but a pop group, and still happy to be around 20 years later. But my real passion is to be in the studio. Producing other artists, producing things for TV, all that.

In terms of must-see booths at NAMM, I’m going to check out Universal Audio, Spectrasonics, all of the VSTI – virtual instruments, since I’m not very prolific on the keys or anything like that or any instrument in general – so any of the technology that makes that easier for me so I can compose things, I’ll be nerding around those booths.
Rock Cellar: So you do a lot of production work when you can, these days?
Jeff Timmons: Yeah, I’ve been doing that for a while. When 98 Degrees got off the road there for a little while, I was doing stuff for other artists, working with other acts, was fortunate enough to do some things for TV, I did all the music for a series on Discovery Science, that was an undertaking that I didn’t expect, but a great experience nonetheless.
Rock Cellar: You mentioned the phrase “boy band,” and I wanted to ask…20 years later, is it weird to be referred to as that?


At the time, we were young guys, we traveled the world, meeting girls everywhere, and be affiliated with a very successful genre. We didn’t have any complaints after the fact.
Rock Cellar: And then two decades later, you see your peers from back then doing these big cruises every year, still playing to large audiences.

Jeff Timmons: Cruises, we’ve been approached about them. We haven’t done one yet but we’re considering it. A few years ago we were considering coming back but didn’t know what the climate was going to be. We didn’t know if our fans were going to be there, and fortunately for us, they are, still coming out in droves supporting us. We’re having more fun than ever, as opposed to the pressures of the business and having to rely on that as our be-all, end-all. So it turned out OK, we’re still doing it and we’re having a blast.
Rock Cellar: So it’s fun to get the crew back together, so to speak?
Jeff Timmons: it’s a nice luxury to have, yeah. It’s not like we have to start all over again, since we’ve been lucky enough to sell upwards of 15 million records by now, those fans are still there.
Rock Cellar: So back in the late ‘90s, I’m sure 98 Degrees got into all sorts of crazy experiences just from the pop music scene or your success in general. What was one of the moments that stands out to you the most in a “oh damn, we’ve made it” level?
Jeff Timmons: I mean, there were so many things it’s hard to count, to be honest. It sounds like an arrogant thing to say but it’s hard to pick just one. We got to do a song with Mariah Carey that went to No. 1, we performed for Michael Jackson and the President, toured the world, the list goes on. But I think some of the ones that really stuck out … the first time you hear your song on the radio. It was here in LA, KISS FM, that blew us away. It just sort of escalates from there. Doing a song with Stevie Wonder on the Tonight Show, all that.
Rock Cellar: Unlike the other boy bands, you guys put yourselves together, as you said earlier. But then, as your career took off, a lot of your big hit songs were credited to other songwriters.
Jeff Timmons: That’s right.
Rock Cellar: So once you formed, got signed and all that, did they basically tell you how things were going to go?
Jeff Timmons: It all happened so fast for us. At the time, none of us had any instruments, we just had our voices. So we all migrated to California, basically toured southern California singing a cappella until we were discovered. We didn’t have any instruments, we didn’t have any money, none of us were prolific on anything, so we just had our voices.
We got signed and immediately, rather than putting us in the studio and telling us to make music, they bombard you with a number of songs and you basically A&R your record rather than writing it. We’d have loved to have been more creative, but we did produce a lot of our stuff. We certainly won’t get credit for that in the liner notes, but we definitely arranged a lot of stuff and contributed to how the music sounded outside of just our voices.
Rock Cellar: You do a lot of charity work and charity events, safe to say that’s something important to you?
Jeff Timmons: I think it’s karma. It should just be in your nature. To be as fortunate as we have – the odds of selling as many records as we have is something like one in 55 million – it’s mind-boggling. And there are a lot of things that go into that, but we were blessed, whatever you want to call it.
I think it’s a natural thing that you should give back, and it doesn’t matter what degree your success is. It’s something that we’re obligated to do, I just think that for us, if we’re in a position to live our dream and have fans out there who enable us to do that, we should give back anytime we can and as much as we can.
I’ve been giving to a number of charities. Look – if it’s a legitimate charity and the money goes to somebody who actually needs it, then I’m all for it.
Rock Cellar: I’m assuming 98 Degrees had some familiarity or kinship with LFO back in the day. Unfortunately, Rich Cronin passed away a few years ago.
Jeff Timmons: The first time around it was such a whirlwind, you’d be on a plane, on the bus, off the bus, in stores, radio stations, TVs, on stage, whatever. That was a rinse and repeat for like five years, so it was really hard to get to know people as people. We’d done a number of shows with LFO but I didn’t get a chance to really know them until Rich and I did the Mission Man Band reality show on vH1. It was a complete disaster, but it was a wonderful experience. He was an amazing guy, brilliant lyricist, he could have been a stand-up comedian. A ton of charisma…it was so sad to lose him.
LFO wasn’t like the other boy bands. Their main thing was rapping, and singing was secondary. So they were a little of a deviation from the norm, so I think them not being very mainstream made them a bit harder to promote at the time.
Rock Cellar: At the NAMM Show, there’s classic rock and older music everywhere. In that mindset, what bands or artists did you grow up listening to and taking a liking to that might surprise people, considering you’re in 98 Degrees?
Jeff Timmons: I grew up in the Midwest, in a small town in northeast Ohio. I didn’t get into pop music until Boyz II Men came out, so I grew up with Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, all that. Classic rock groups definitely inspired us, like Styx, Journey, the Eagles, harmony-based groups like them. We’re all about it. To be in the same place as somebody like that, look: Music transcends boundaries. It blurs the lines when it comes to emotion, so we consider ourselves just lucky to be here
Rock Cellar: The music world has seen some big losses lately, with Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington among the most tragic in the rock realm over the past year or so. The conversation about mental health is always important, but when you see artists like them succumb to their own demons like that, it says something about how difficult the struggle can be. Any thoughts on that?
Jeff Timmons: You’re not immune to life when you’re a famous celebrity or successful musician. Everybody goes through their ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Musicians and creatives, that’s a big part of what makes them so dynamic.
So couple that with taking your art and adding a business aspect to it – it’s not always the most fair business, of course – you can have success and not be able to sustain a family or a lifestyle. All of those things sometimes culminate into depression or lows that you can’t climb out of.
Part of being a celebrity is people think you’re untouchable, they’re afraid to approach you or whatever, and then you become isolated. I think that’s what happens sometimes, you feel isolated and don’t think you have anybody to turn to.
Nobody’s immune to that.

Who Will Win 'Celebrity Big Brother'? 'BB' Alum Jessie Godderz Offers Finale Insight

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The house continues to vacate as the inaugural season of Celebrity Big Brother approaches its live finale this Sunday.
And watching the drama unfold right up to the final eviction is Jessie Godderz, who you could say is a resident Big Brother expert. That’s because Mr. Pec-Tacular was a houseguest for two seasons of the reality show competition and has made numerous appearances over the years, including a surprise cameo .
The Tainted Dreams star and pro wrestler has enjoyed watching the celebrity version of the show, believing it has all the intrigue, backstabbing and emotional turmoil that you would find on a typical summer season of Big Brother, just in a condensed format. He hopes it becomes an annual tradition. Out of everyone in the house, the 31-year-old believes he would use the same strategy that James Maslow is utilizing to win.
“James knows he's a very strong physical threat, so he's trying to lay low, not make waves, and continue to try to make secret alliances with people who have no enemies in the house, like Mark [McGrath],” Godderz said.
“And then only try to win HOH (Head of Household) and POV (Power of Veto) when he's 100-percent sure his back is against the wall, and he's the target. At this point, with only a few days left to the BB finale, that really is the secret to success. I think James is playing as strong a game as can possibly be played in his position.
"That being said, there is still a four-person alliance in the house that has yet to be broken up (Marissa Jaret Winkour, Brandi Glanville, Ross Mathews, Ariadna Gutiérrez), so anything can happen. Their alliance will be very, very tough to beat. Even tougher, Marissa and Ross are super-fans who know the game incredibly well.”
Godderz believes the key to victory at this point for Maslow is to solidify a three-person alliance with Omarosa Manigault Newman and McGrath. His advice is to band together and start picking off the other side of the house one-by-one.
“The turning point of the season is coming up very quickly though,” he said.
“If they lose the upcoming HOH, they can very easily get outnumbered and start falling like dominoes. Brandi, at this point, is the X factor. She was so close to moving to the other side on Monday night's episode. If she did, the whole game could have changed that night. If she suspects her alliance is going to turn on her again, then that may be enough incentive to team up with her arch-enemy James, and switch alliances! Now that would be a sight to see.”
Before this ultimate game of human chess began, Godderz picked Maslow to make it to the end and take the $250,000 prize. His backups were Keisha Knight Pullman, McGrath and Winkour. However, there was another polarizing figure in the house that has surprised him the most.
“I had no idea Omarosa was such a huge Big Brother fan. She has played an extremely awesome game so far,” he said.
“She's one of my picks to win it all right now. Her and again, James Maslow. James, in fact, reminds me a little bit of myself in BB10. His back is always against the wall, but when he needs to, he comes through with the difficult win. If he makes it to end, he will be very hard to beat. I'm thinking it's going to be James and Omarosa as the final two right now. If they could somehow keep winning HOH and pick off the other side of the house one-by-one.”
Godderz has been impressed by the players, with most (not Metta World Peace) coming prepared.
“There are fewer floaters this season than in any past season of BB that I can recall,” he said.
BB Legend Rachel Reilly would be very proud that, so few houseguests need a life vest this season. It has made for a very, very entertaining dynamic in the house. Each week, the celebrities are truly ready to expect the unexpected, like Julie [Chen] always says. And for most of them, it's working.”
Beyond watching and analyzing Big Brother, Godderz has recently finished filming a music video with Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees for their single "The Girl is with Me," which also features Big Brother: Over the Top winner Morgan Willet.