Why Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Initially Didn't Feel Like She 'Deserved' Support After Miscarriage

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Opens Up About Why She Felt She "Needed" to Share Her Miscarriage Story

Fedotowksy-Manno — who shares son Riley Doran, 2, and daughter Molly Sullivan, 4, with husband Kevin Manno — says that while she has "more time" and is "less stressed" while social distancing at home with her family amid the coronavirus pandemic, "things wear on you" at times.

"It's started to feel like Groundhog Day," she tells PEOPLE. "We wake up, go through the same routine, go to bed. It's worn on me mentally but at the end of the day we're totally good and we're trying to make the best of all this time together."

Perhaps surprisingly, spending time at home with her young children has actually given the Home & Family star "a lot more patience" with them.

"I'm not a perfect mom, but before I would be out of the house doing my show and then working at home," she says. "My time was more limited and I was more stressed. So now I have more time and I'm less stressed. I think people are realizing you can minimize your life and enjoy it more — and take a breath."

Mealtimes at home for Fedotowsky-Manno and her family are often whipped together in a pinch, thanks to her Vitamix and some creative, simple and tasty recipes.

"I make this walnut Parmesan spread and I'm telling you, it is the most delicious thing," she says. "I can blend it up in the Vitamix in 10  seconds. Or I'll get a veggie tray and put that out. I also make a walnut curry hummus — when you add the walnuts, it makes it taste a little bit creamier. Sometimes I'll add cinnamon and it's a sweet hummus."

As for her kids' palates, "Molly is such a good eater," Fedotowsky-Manno shares, adding that her daughter "will experiment with anything" culinary.

On the other hand, "Riley is a bit more picky. He likes walnut peanut butter with jelly. And we have a garden. We're vegetarian. Riley will pick spinach from the garden; it makes them see a different side of food."

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