Sara Evans

Sara Evans

UPDATED 05/09/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/09/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

How a baby changes everything: "I did not get pretty or cool until Avery was born," says Evans, whose son, now 5, has been joined by Olivia, 2, and Audrey, 7 months. "I was a complete geek. I always carried 10 lbs. too much. My hair was shorter. I had no clue how to dress."

Her post-pregnancy makeover: On the advice of her sister-in-law, she grew her hair. To lose the pregnancy weight, she says, "I don't eat until I'm hungry, until my stomach growls. I stop when I'm full."

How she discovered what matters most: "I used to take everything to heart. I stressed over my career. When I had Avery, all of that went out the window because who cares? I have everything I've ever wanted. The joy that I had inside went to the outside, and you could see it."

Her new attitude:
"Just because you're in your 30s and you're a mom doesn't mean you can't be fit and cute. There's no reason why, even if you don't have a lot of money, you can't go to Old Navy and get a cute pair of jeans, cute top, flip-flops and stay young and trendy."

How her love of family shows on her face:
"Becoming parents for me and Craig [Schelske, 41, a nonprofit organization executive] made us so much more in love. We're really tight, the five of us. Craig and the kids always put a smile on my face, and I think anyone who's smiling and happy is beautiful." Or, as Avery says, "Beautifuller than the sunshine."

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