Kristin Cavallari Doesn't Regret Her Party Days, But Says Who She Is Today Is Her True Self

Kristin Cavallari is a party girl no more. Although, she hasn't been for years. She's just a few months short of turning the big 3-0, and the reality TV-star-turned-designer has experienced a lot, learning and growing more in the last few years than perhaps she ever anticipated. Die-hard Laguna Beach and The Hills fans may be disappointed to see that the real-life Kristin Cavallari is a huge departure from her role on the shows (which most know is a bit fake anyway, at least on The Hills). Although fans know and love Cavallari as the wild life of the party, in reality, she's crafted a life for herself in which she's just the opposite. Cavallari tells me that she doesn't regret a thing, and in fact, wouldn't have it any other way.

A mellow mom of three, Cavallari often shares photos on social media of her and her husband Jay Cutler, her young kids, and home-cooked meals, as a day in the life of a fashion designer and lifestyle expert. This is not the same girl who was dancing on a bar in Cabo on spring break in Laguna Beach. "I was too worried about what club I was going to when I was 18," she says. "I had the time of my life in my early twenties, don’t get me wrong, I’m so glad I went through all of that."

"I’m glad I got it out of my system, and now this is who I am," she states. Little did she know, becoming a mom would change everything and finally make her feel like herself. "Once I had kids, I feel like I really came into my own, and I finally feel like I’m at the right place in my life. This is who I was supposed to be," she says. Cavallari has three kids with Cutler: Camden (4), Jaxon (2), and Saylor (11 months). "I love being a mom, I love cooking dinner for my family every night. I love all of that."

Being a mom brings out yet another side of Cavallari that she perhaps didn't expect: a love of cooking. She loves keeping her family fed and healthy so much, cooking has not only become a part of her life, but a business venture. She has a cookbook coming out next spring, which she says is a "reflection of how [she] eats on a daily basis."

Cavallari gives me a breakdown of what fans can expect.

"Since it’s coming out in the spring it’s very light and fresh, it’s just real, wholesome ingredients," she explains. "It’s not gluten or dairy-free, but it’s almost gluten and dairy-free. It’s almost paleo, like 90 percent." Cavallari wants to show fans that they can eat what they want without fearing the dreaded associations of words like "healthy" and "diet." "I just really believe that if you use the right ingredients, you can, in fact, eat everything. Healthy doesn’t have to equal boring or bland," she says.

It's wonderful to see Cavallari embrace life as a confident, hard-working mom and wife. But just for old times' sake...

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