How Jewel Finds Time for Motherhood and Family Dinners [Video]
As she and her husband, nine-time world champion rodeo rider, Ty Murray, 41, expect a son, Jewel, 36, is not complaining about morning sickness, fatigue, or swollen ankles. She's working, although differently than before -- doing as much as she can from her home in Stephenville, TX.
Bring back family dinner with music
Jewel is bringing her talents to Libby's, the company best known for canned fruits and vegetables. The iconic brand founded in 1868 is looking to update its old jingle. Contestants are invited to upload entries until May 13. Jewel will pick her five favorite jingles and the public can vote on the winner until June 17th. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize.
She's also supporting a new campaign encouraging family dinners, and not just on the weekends. Jewel grew up in a single parent household where her dad knew his way around the kitchen, cooking with the freshest ingredients they grew on their land in Alaska. In her Texas home now, Jewel runs the kitchen with a variety of cuisines, depending on her mood.
"I cook. It's a lot like my music," she says. "It might be Mexican one day, the next day it's French, the next day it could just be soup. So I'm very adventurous. I like to try a lot of things and luckily, Ty indulges me."
One project at a time? Ha!
Not to be sitting idly by waiting for jingle entries or knitting blue booties, Jewel is set to release her second children's album this fall: "The Merry Goes 'Round." She needed something to play in her nursery so she figured why not share it with the world. It's inspired by The Beatles, with hopes parents will enjoy the music as well as their kids.
"We've always enjoyed the fact that we get to do what we love," Jewel tells AOL Jobs. "But I look forward to doing it from home a little bit more. I'll probably travel less."
She'll also be hosting and judging for a new Bravo reality show called "Platinum Hit," which debuts late May. Unlike many other music competitions, this show will highlight songwriters, people who often hover in the background behind the superstar singers.
The "big" project
Jewel and her husband may not seem like typical parents, superstars in both their chosen fields. But they hope to instill solid values in their son and encourage him to follow his dreams, whatever they may be.
"We kind of hope that our child won't ride rough stock like his dad," she says, laughing. "But we can't control it if that's what he really wants to do, we'll certainly encourage him."
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