Jessica Alba to Release Her First Book

03/19/2012 at 06:45 PM EDT

Jessica Alba to Release Her First Book
Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba: actress, wife, mother, and now, author!

Alba, 30, will release The Honest Life, a how-to handbook based on her mission of creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family.

"It's totally crazy but amazing," Alba tells PEOPLE of her book news, adding of her lifestyle, "I'm not extreme. This book is for people who are in the middle but want to create a healthier life, like me."





The actress recently launched her first business, The Honest Company, with business partner and co-author Christopher Gavigan. And her book will detail her life as a mother and entrepreneur, seeking to give her children, Honor, 3 and Haven, 7 months, a better and safer start in life.

The Honest Life will offer tips on how to create a non-toxic home, from design tips to some of Alba's favorite family recipes. "Honor's favorite meatball recipe will be in there," says her mom.

"And I always hide flax seeds in everything," she explains, keeping it healthy but still tasty for her two girls. The book will also include beauty tips including "homemade" treatments to incorporate into your routine. Among them: simple, fun DIY family projects (Alba and husband Cash Warren refinished furniture for daughter Haven's room), tips on making sure your home is filled with only the purest of materials and inexpensive ways to find your own authentic style.

"It will be easy and fun and I want it to be really colorful," says Alba. "I'm a crazy foodie. I love doing projects with my kids. Everything in this book will be something meaningful that I've incorporated into our lives. I wanted some kind of handbook with all the information I was consuming so I could apply it in a practical way."

The Honest Life will be published in early 2013 by Rodale.

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