OnlyOnAOL: Kate Hudson and Lucy Liu's beary good week

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

If there's one question lobbed repeatedly at Kate Hudson, it's about those rock-hard abs. And her insane post-baby body. It's why she penned the lifestyle book "Pretty Happy."

"It's what everybody was asking about. And then they always get it wrong. My big thing is, it's a lifestyle shift if you want to be healthy. People talk about happiness a lot. You can't sell happiness. It's subjective to each person," says Hudson. "It's focusing on mindfulness, exercise and food."

Her key to finding something resembling inner balance: "You have to make a pact with yourself that you're going to get your head straight."

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Lucy Liu, her co-star in "Kung Fu Panda 3" -- opening Friday -- can relate. She's the single mom of her infant son Rockwell, an adorable tot whose exploits she sparingly shares on Instagram. "If I was a younger mom, I would have panicked more. But he's fine. He sleeps through the night. You have to trust that he'll be OK," she says, adding that her son rides the subway with her and comes to work on set when she's shooting her CBS series "Elementary."

Motherhood has been easier because, says Liu, "I set it up beforehand so I knew it would be pretty stable in terms of where I was and being in New York City and not having to travel. The rest is just to make sure he's doing well, he's nourished, he's happy. You don't need that much stuff. He learns to move around on his own. He goes to classes for development – you're putting their hands up and down."


Hudson is busy raising her two boys; her youngest, Bing, 4, was with her in New York City when the blizzard Jonas hit. They had a blast and played in the snow while Ryder, 12, stayed back in Los Angeles at school. "I think every kid is different. You get into a different groove with each child. It's about what your child needs," she says.

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Liu, too, tries not to sweat the small stuff. In that sense, she's like her "Kung Fu" character Viper, a centered, caring mother hen. And she's a fan of Marie Kondo, who wrote "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" -- as is Hudson.

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"It's understanding that you don't need to push the panic button every time something happens. There's a level of being grounded and an understanding that how much energy you want to expend to make something happen is much less than you think it is. There's a freedom that you have to find within yourself. And that requires inner peace in a way that you have to discover what's not working for you. Start getting rid of material objects, people in your life. How much do you really need?" she says.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 30: 'Absconded' -- Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson enlists Watson's services in an off-book investigation that helps him make a life-changing decision, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, May 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 30: 'Absconded' -- Holmes and Watson look into the death of a member of Holmes' online beekeeping community who was a researcher looking into a deadly Northeast honey bee outbreak. During the investigation, they meet Tara Parker, a brilliant entomologist, academic and the leader of New York's beekeeping society. Also, Captain Gregson enlists Watson's services in an off-book investigation that helps him make a life-changing decision, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, May 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell, Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Sutton Foster as Tara Parker (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Actress Lucy Liu on the set of 'Elementary' on August 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 5: 'A Stitch In Time' -- Holmes and Watson (left Lucy Liu) investigate the murder of a professional skeptic, a man who debunked paranormal, religious and scientific phenomenon for a living. The case becomes urgent when his homicide reveals a potential threat to homeland security. Also, Captain Gregson's daughter and fellow NYPD officer, Hannah (right Liza J. Bennett), asks Watson for help with one of her cases, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey Neira/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 7: 'Seed Money' -- While Kitty tries to find a runaway teen, Sherlock and Joan work a case in which the murder of a brilliant bioengineer looks to be at the hands of a drug cartel. Also, Joan makes a major life decision but worries it will impact Sherlock negatively, not knowing that Sherlock has big news of his own, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Jan. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu and Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 23: 'The Best Way Out Is Always Through' -- When a judge is murdered, Holmes and Watson become involved in the interstate search to find the prime suspect, an escaped convict from a privatized prison. Also, when Holmes applies his deductive reasoning to Detective Bell's new relationship, the romance hits a rough patch, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Lucy Liu as Joan Watson, Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Jon Michael Hill as Detective Marcus Bell (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 17: 'For All You Know' -- When Holmes is implicated in the murder of a woman who was killed during the height of his addiction, he investigates himself to find their connection. As Holmes retraces his steps with Watson's help, the clues make his confidence in his own character waver, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, March 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: 'One Watson, One Holmes' -- Holmes and Watson find themselves in the middle of a civil war being fought on the Internet when a member of Everyone, the anonymous hacker group they periodically work with, is murdered, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, April 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Lucy Liu as Joan Watson and Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: 'The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction' -- A bored Sherlock forces his investigative services onto Joan, who is trying to locate a woman who has been missing for five years, and the only clue is the smell of nutmeg at the site of her disappearance. Meanwhile, Joan's bond with her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew, is tested when a man from her past reappears and asks for her help, on ELEMENTARY, Thursday, Dec. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Lucy Liu as Joan Watson (Photo By Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images)
381311 02: Lucy Liu (Alex), Cameron Diaz (Natalie) and Drew Barrymore (Dylan), left to right, star as a trio of elite private investigators in Columbia Pictures'' action-comedy, 'Charlie''s Angels.' (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Newsmakers)
381311 05: Drew Barrymore (Dylan), Cameron Diaz (Natalie) and Lucy Liu (Alex), left to right, star as a trio of elite private investigators in Columbia Pictures'' action-comedy, 'Charlie''s Angels.' (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Newsmakers)
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Bachelor of the Year' - Airdate: February 7, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) LUCY LIU (FOREGROUND) WITH EXTRAS
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