Giuliana Rancic was juggling her full-time E! News job in Los Angeles and her family life in Chicago for years, then she decided to make a change. Now, the former anchor is busier than ever running her many businesses (or as she likes to call them “passion projects”) and spending quality time with son Duke and husband Bill Rancic! spoke with Giuliana about her participation in Red Nose Day and her many ongoing and upcoming projects. The second annual Red Nose Day is happening the U.S. which helps raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. Giuliana described it as a “great way to give back” by buying the funny Red Noses for $1 or any of the new “Red Flair” which includes, hats, sunglasses, bow-ties, and beads for up to $6, all sold exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the country.

This charity strikes a chord in the young mom particularly—“[It’s] about supporting projects that keep kids and young people stay healthy and safe and educated.”

“Today I’m happy and healthy but almost five years ago it was a different story,” she continued. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 36. It was a very scary time in my life.”

She wants to use her platform “to let people know about things that can change people’s lives or save people’s lives is very empowering and I see it as a real privilege.” The program also allows her to talk about issues with Duke in simple terms. She can teach him that he’s doing something good for other kids out there who are struggling.

Duke, almost 4, is in preschool and thriving in Chicago. “Duke loves to sing and he has a little guitar that he plays.” Giuliana also revealed he’s got a knack for languages as she speaks Italian and Spanish to him.

And the 41-year-old’s life isn’t slowing down anytime soon! She and Bill have two restaurants in Chicago (RPM Steak and RPM Italian) and they’re opening another Italian one in DC!

“I’ve been able to really grow my clothing business on HSN, G by Giuliana. We’re having our best year yet,” she added. “I have a wine that’s just growing and growing. We just picked up two big accounts. We picked up an airline this week and another huge grocery chain.”

For more information about Red Nose Day, click here and make sure to watch the live NBC TV special Thursday, May 26 at 9/8c!

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