By peoplestaff225
September 02, 2009 06:00 PM

When it came to creating a playroom for her 2-year-old daughter Estela Ines (with husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 32, a film director), Ali Landry reached back to her small-town roots in Breaux Bridge, La. “Traditional — that’s my thing,” says the former Miss USA, who hosts Spotlight to Nightlight, a weekly parenting show on Yahoo.com. That means old-fashioned toys such as wooden blocks, and framed original Mattel Barbie sketches and dresses worn by Estela and Ali on the walls. “My mom saved them all,” she says.

The actress took additional inspiration from Estela’s Los Angeles preschool. “We have an art center with an easel and paper and stickers,” says Ali, 36, who plans to also put in an ant farm. So does that mean Estela is a tomboy? “She goes to the playground and gets dirty,” says Ali, “but yeah: She’s in a dress!”

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