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Jessica Alba pens first book

Jessica Alba

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Who doesn’t want life tips from Jessica Alba? The actress and mom of two is sharing the secrets behind her natural, healthy parenting skills in her first book.

The Honest Life will focus on Alba’s life as a mom and how she crafted a healthier and safer start for her two daughters, Honor, 3, and Haven, 7 months. The guidebook will dole out tips and tricks on raising a family in a safe, chemical-free environment, everything from DIY family projects using only pure and inexpensive material to making ‘homemade’ beauty fixes. But don’t expect it to be over the top.

“I’m not extreme,” she said. “This book is for people who are in the middle but want to create a healthier life, like me.”

The book, out early next year, also has some of the star’s family recipes.

“Honor’s favorite meatball recipe will be in there,” she said. “And I always hide flax seeds in everything.”

While it isn’t a memoir full of her deepest, darkest secrets, Alba insists it will be personal.

“Everything in this book will be something meaningful that I’ve incorporated into our lives,” the Fantastic Four star shared. “I wanted some kind of handbook with all the information I was consuming so I could apply it in a practical way.”

Would you read’s Jessica Alba’s new book? Are you a fan of celeb lifestyle guides?

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Originally posted March 20 2012 — 12:56 PM EDT

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