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Emily Deschanel Says Son’s Vegan Birthday Will Be a ‘Lot of Fun’

09/14/2014 at 12:30 PM ET

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With her son just starting preschool this week and a third birthday right around the corner, Emily Deschanel is one proud mommy.

“[Henry] turns 3. We’re going to have a little party for him, trying not to overwhelm him too much,” Deschanel, 37, told PEOPLE at the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala Friday night in West Hollywood.

“We’re going to have some vegan tacos for his party. It will be a lot of fun,” says the actress, adding she’s been vegan for 21 years.

Naturally, the Bones star has passed on her food choices to her son.

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Emily Deschanel Loves Chatting with Son Henry

06/20/2014 at 05:01 PM ET

Emily Deschanel WE tv and Paley Center John M. Heller/FilmMagic

Which is more difficult to decipher: forensics vocabulary or the babble of a 2½-year-old? These days, Bones star Emily Deschanel‘s favorite person to chat with is her sonHenry.

“I love this age because I can communicate with him so well and have conversations,” the actress, 37, told PEOPLE at WE tv and Paley Center’s ‘On the Beat: The Evolution of the Crime Drama Heroine’ event Thursday night in Beverly Hills.

Balancing mommy hood with nine seasons of her hit show has been “hard,” but Deschanel’s been enjoying her time off this summer “to hang out with my son, put him to bed, and cuddle — do all of the fun things I love doing with him.”

Something that’s a bit lower on her list of priorities? Getting her sweat on.

“You work all of these hours and when you have time off, you don’t want to spend it working out while raising a child,” she said. “[But it is] important … to be healthy and show him that that’s important.”
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