Published on April 27th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Haylie Duff On Life During COVID-19, Working With HP On Home-Based Educational Tools & More

An actress, singer, designer, entrepreneur and mother, Haylie Duff has been keeping busy as an entertainment professional since the late 1990s. She created a food blog called The Real Girl’s Kitchen in the early 2010s, which led to a cookbook and Cooking Channel TV series of the same name. This in turn led to Duff starring in a separate Cooking Channel series called Haylie’s America in which she explored everything from trendy hot spots to not-yet-discovered local mom & pop shops.

A recent Gallup poll found that 42 percent of parents are concerned about the negative impact sheltering in place will have on their children’s education. And Google Search trends shows there has been a 160 percent increase of interest in free printable activities for kids since the start of the pandemic. Parents are obviously scrambling and need all the support they can get. Fortunately, parents are getting a big lifeline via HP, which partnered with, TIME For Kids, Canva, and KiwiCo to launch a free online resource full of fun and engaging activities to support families who have transitioned to remote learning as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

As embedded below in video form, I spoke with Haylie Duff on April 24, 2020 by phone about her work with HP, life during the current COVID-19 pandemic, future projects and more. Duff can be followed online via visiting and/or

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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