Candace Cameron Bure, aka Full House's D.J. Tanner, has survived childhood stardom in a much more relatable way than, say, her sitcom siblings — meth-addict Jodie Sweetin and scenesters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — or her real life sibling, uber-christian Kirk Cameron, did.
Now 33, Candace still seems like the older sister we all wished we had. She's acting again, staring on ABC Family's Make It or Break It, and balancing that with a robust family life. Married in 1996 to L.A. Kings hockey star Valeri Bure, she has three children with him: Natasha, 11, Lev, 10 and Maksim, 8.
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When planning family size, always consider your rental options.
"We're done. Would I like more? Sure. I would love more. But we're finished. As my husband would say, when we travel and rent a car, we can all fit in a normal-sized car and not have to get an SUV for five seats. It's all about the car."
Find a man who cooks.
"My husband does most of the cooking at home," she says. " I do a lot of the sides and the salads, but if I make something, it's probably soft flour tortillas – tacos, or I'll make meat loaf. My husband does a lot on the grill. He cooks. He's a great chef. But if I'm making something, it's probably going to be end up being bean tacos. We don't fry anything – it's just ground beef, lettuce, tomato and salsa."
Re-think date night.
"Lunch dates are huge for us," she says. "We do a lot of lunches because the kids are all in school, and it's the perfect time. On days I'm not working, we do lunch dates. We try to do a lunch or dinner together once a week, just the two of us, to talk, go through the week, go through schedules and just have alone time."
Spirituality is key.
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"Our marriage is grounded in the word of God," she says. "That's really it. God is the core of our marriage, and the foundation and the blueprint for it is how we live, and being open and honest and communicating, but ultimately doing what pleases God, and not in a selfish manner."
For more on the actress' thoughts on Jodie Sweetin, her older brother, and the tragic passing of Andrew Koenig, check out the full interview on OK magazine's web site.