Jane Seymour

The actress and designing woman tells us how to find pleasure, peace and inspiration in the simple parts of life.
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Jane Seymour

6 a.m. I stumble to the kitchen for my coffee before I take a walk on the beach in Malibu. Looking at the waves is my meditation. For breakfast I make an omelet; I add tomatoes, onions and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. We have an organic garden, so my husband and I grow our own vegetables.

7:20 a.m. Once I get my two boys, Johnny and Kris, off to school, I spend a few hours working in my studio. I go there to paint, sketch and write. When I started painting 17 years ago, I never imagined that anyone would look at my work or buy my pieces. But now I do about 14 exhibitions each year.

12:30 p.m. Unless I have a specific engagement, I take a quick lunch break. I have a lovely housekeeper who makes me quesadillas and a spicy arugula salad from the garden. I drizzle it with my homemade balsamic vinaigrette -- I throw in lots of garlic and everyone always loves it.

3 p.m. I spend my afternoons painting and working on my Open Hearts jewelry line for Kay Jewelers. I designed an image of a heart that isn't completely closed. My mom always told me to live with an open heart -- when life gets tough, you should go out and help someone else.

4:30 p.m. It's time to check on how the kids are doing with their homework. I'll grab a snack like pistachio n4:30 p.m. It's time to check on how the kids are doing with their homework. I'll grab a snack like pistachio nuts, almonds or dried cranberries. I'm susceptible to the hand-to-mouth thing. People ask me how I keep my figure, and I tell them it's because I paint. When you're covered in paint, it's quite hard to put food in your mouth!ple ask me how I keep my figure, and I tell them it's because I paint. When you're covered in paint, it's quite hard to put food in your mouth!

6:30 p.m. In the evening, I stop everything for our family dinner. We make dishes that are quick and healthy, like stir-fry with chicken or shrimp and brown rice. Friends often stop by unexpectedly for dinner, so I cook the meat and vegetables separately. This way, if vegetarians come over, I have something for them.

9:00 p.m. I don't let the children watch TV on weeknights. They practice playing musical instruments instead. Both my sons play piano, drums and guitar, so my husband and I listen to them in the evening. Once the boys are in bed, I catch up on the news by watching 60 Minutes or 20/20, then it's off to sleep.