Soleil Moon Frye

If you were a child of the 80s, you know her as Punky Brewster. It’s not often you see a child star disappear from the limelight and emerge on a new path of total success, but Soleil Moon Frye did just that.

Not only is she a totally hands-on mom of three (Poet, 8.5; Jagger, 6; and Lyric, 5 months), but she’s also a badass entrepreneur with an empire of kid-friendly companies. There’s Moonfrye, an app and website dedicated to getting crafty with littles – and her DIY projects are actually easy and fun (for you too, we swear). She’s the host of Home Made Simple on the OWN network, author of Let’s Get This Party Started, co-owner of eco apparel shop The Little Seed, Today Show contributor, a Target Mommy Ambassador, and she just launched PSXO – a chic line of party decor that also gives back, so for each party box you purchase, you’re “bringing a little celebration to someone in need.”

Amongst all that, she still found time to chat with us about how she stumbled on her kids’ unusual names, her favorite art projects and the guilty pleasure her husband does not approve of.

And in case you’re feeling nostalgic, Punky Brewster lives on (thank you, YouTube).

DIY Master

The girls and I have so much fun getting crafty. Some of our favorite DIY projects are making stress balls, concocting slimey goo and anything to do with collaging. We went through a homemade crayons phase – you take all the little crayon nubs around the house, break them into little pieces, put them in silicone molds (mix and match colors) and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.

Start ‘Em Young

My earliest memories are of baking with my mom, who was a chef – I remember sitting on the counter stirring batter. I started doing fun projects with my kids as soon as they could sit up – we would freeze toys in ice trays for sensory experiments. When they were a bit older, we would blindfold each other and do taste tests of different fun flavors.

Parenting Advice

You’re going to have these incredible moments as a parent where you feel great and empowered and like you’re doing it right. Embrace those moments because the next day, you may feel like you’re doing it all wrong.

Ahem, Yes, It’s True

Early on, people say, cherish the moment because it goes by so quickly, and at first, I was like, Really?! It’s all so new and overwhelming and sure doesn’t seem to be flying by. But turns out, it really is true – I can’t believe Poet is going to be nine. It goes even faster with the second, and it’s flying by with the third.

On The Go

When we aren’t at home, you’ll find us at the beach in Venice, strolling along Abbot Kinney, hitting up the farmers market or getting mom-daughter mani-pedis. On a rainy day, the movies or a museum. And scavenger hunts – we love scavenger hunts!

The Name Game

All of our kids named themselves in a way. Poet was a name we always loved, and on Father’s Day before she was born, we were walking around and said, What should we name her? And we looked up and saw a sign that said poet. We both love the Edgar Allan Poe poem “A Dream Within a Dream”, so we call her Poe for short.

Jagger had a seriously strong kick in my belly, and we felt like she needed a powerful name. We didn’t know if it was a girl or boy, and this worked for either.

With Lyric we were talking about names and saw a sign that said lyric and absolutely loved the name. And we kept seeing signs that said lyric throughout the pregnancy, so it just felt right.

Melt

I love those moments when we’re all together as a family. Lately it’s been group ooohing and ahhhing over baby Lyric (aka honeybunny, sweetie pie and lovebug). We have a lot of impromptu dance parties and cozy snuggles with everyone in our bed. It’s important not to take yourself too seriously.

#Momfail

I’ve had so many of them, even in the last three weeks. I was wearing ridiculous fancy heels at the girls’ school and fell going up a hill, did a couple of flips in front of the whole school! My girls were so sweet, but I was mortified.

Guilty Pleasure

I love indulging in a really bad gossip magazine once in a while. My husband gets on me, but I’m allowed if I’m going on an airplane.

A Night Out

The last time I was out past 1am was at the J/P HRO gala, a charity that is very close to my heart. It was an incredible celebration – people were in town from Haiti and a good time was had by all, including me, and I was really pregnant!

Who Knew?!

I love playing basketball. I used to play on an entertainment league basketball team – all 4’11” of me. I also used to spend summers rollerblading on the Venice boardwalk. I was one of those people!

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We knew we were in for an honest heart-to-heart when Katia Beauchamp announced she had to pump during our interview. She’s the co-founder of the brillz beauty business Birchbox, which delights its subscribers every month with a delivery of trial-size beauty products tailored to their needs. It’s a win for brands (that exposure!) and you, since you’ll discover your new fav product without having to buy a full-size bottle.

The West Texas native (clear eyes, full hearts, y’all!) has been doing quite a lot of discovery herself recently: She gave birth to twin boys, Alec and Guy 8 months ago.

Katia’s finding her way in the working mom world, but she has a bone to pick with some other moms, “Everybody tries to make pregnancy and motherhood seem so easy. But it’s hard. And just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome and amazing. I wish more women would be honest about that.”

Read on for straight talk including, yes, beauty must-haves, as well as life-saving baby products, and much more.

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Truth About Multiples

Having twins is such a blessing, but it’s so important to find other moms with them – otherwise you feel like an alien! Nursing two is a whole different ballgame. Same goes for sleep training. I found my people through the Manhattan Twins Club. It’s such an active community: you put questions up there and people respond with great advice.

Life Savers

I’m obsessed with Wubanubs [the pacifier with a small “lovey” attached]. Initially I didn’t realize how helpful it is to have those stuffed animals on them – it helps them grab it themselves and find it in the middle of the night. I call it their wub instead of their paci.

I’m still using the Zipadee-Zip, a Shark Tank product that’s similar to a swaddle but still safe for babies to wear once they can roll over.

Obsessed

As a brand, I have been really impressed with Babybjörn. We use the bouncer, travel crib, and high chair, and I’m blown away by the design. I am so brand loyal because they are so thoughtful about how they make their products. My boys sit in that bouncer forever. The high chair is so sleek and easy to use but doesn’t take up space. And the playard is totally lightweight and easy to transport and they LOVE it.

How She Does It

I have an amazingly helpful husband who was born to be a father. We divide our responsibilities, besides nursing of course. We have an incredible nanny who quickly became part of our family. She started as our baby nurse, and I begged her to become our nanny. She loves the boys so much and cares for them so thoughtfully. It allows me to go to work and disconnect from home with complete peace of mind.

Great Nanny Tip

Our nanny stays over 2 nights a week – it allows us to have a date night, and we can each have a work commitment. It’s also 2 mornings that I don’t have to get up, so I get a really solid night’s sleep. Game changer.

Beauty 180

I have never been obsessive about ingredients, but I started paying a lot more attention when I got pregnant and changed everything. There aren’t a lot of truly organic, natural make-up brands out there, but W3ll People is such a fun brand. They are beautiful and such great products. For skincare I am so passionate about Tata Harper – I could see a difference in a week. I am so fastidious about skincare and am a diehard believer in her products.

Top 3 Beauty Products

1. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (You can sleep in it.)
2. W3ll People Multi-Use Color Stick (I love this.)
3. Oribe Apres Beach Spray (I just cut my hair off, and it’s been amazing for styling it.)

Baby Beauty

I’m so minimalistic about what I put on the boys. Sometimes I just use warm water so their natural oils can do their thing. Honest’s products are really nice, and I use Aquaphor as a diaper cream.

Morning Routine

I wake up, nurse the babies, and play with them for 30 minutes – they are so happy in the morning! It’s our special time. Then I take a shower when the nanny arrives. I run around in various states of being dressed and play with them again and again. Then I say bye 10 times before I finally leave. It’s so hard!

Just STOP

Pregnancy and motherhood is a whole shift in your life, and whatever you were doing before kids is still important to you, and balancing that is really challenging. I wish more women would be open to a conversation that we are going through this together as mothers.

Unwind

I have not been great at doing things for myself since the boys were born. I haven’t exercised much, and I did before them – I don’t have the energy or even want to right now. Cooking brings me joy, and I don’t have time to really cook, but I love preparing a meal from Plated while having a glass of wine. That works for now!

Brilliant Post-Baby Fashion Tip

We’re going to the Grand Caymans with the babies soon, and I needed a bathing suit that covers the dark line below my belly button that hasn’t faded yet. I found high-waisted on-trend bathing suits at Urban Outfitters that cover the line and are so cute!

Perfect Moments

Every morning, the 4 of us snuggle, laugh, and sing in our bed after I have fed the babies. It’s dark in our room and totally blissful!

3 Hours Alone, No Work, No Family

How many things can I do in 3 hours? I’d definitely go to a Soul Cycle class, then go on a meandering walk, stumble into a cafe for lunch with a friend, followed up by an afternoon cocktail. That sounds so delightful!

Secret Talent

I make amazing homemade salsa. I’m from Texas, and my mom’s Mexican, so I have that in my blood! The key is to roast the jalapeno on an open flame on the stove and everything else has to be super fresh fresh. People come over, eat it, and think you are a goddess.

The Name Game

Guy is a family name on my husband’s side. I wanted a name from my side of the family – my dad is Greek and I wanted a greek name, but Alecos sounds weird with our last name, so we went with Alec. His middle name is Austin, where I was born.

#Momfail

I was in my business partner’s wedding 2 months after the boys were born. First of all, we were driving upstate and realized one ZipCar was not enough to haul all our stuff and had to get a second. We get to the rehearsal dinner (they kindly included the boys), so we put them in white linen overalls from Paris, which were SO cute, and wouldn’t ya know it – diarrhea explosion! And yes, my husband got poop on his clothes too.

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Gift Guide

Before kids, Valentine’s Day was sort of a downer: You were either single and at home watching bad TV alone (man, that sounds like heaven), or you’re out with your S.O. having a cheesy prix-fixe meal – and slightly humiliated by it (gee, thanks hunny).

But once you have littles, it becomes a favorite holiday – there’s nothing better than explaining “love” to a toddler. Plus it’s a perfect excuse to buy heart-themed prezzies.

These are the ones we want. Mwah!

Bouquet

$35

Urban Stems

Heart Sunglasses

$16

Urban Outfitters

Jonathan Adler Heart Pillow

$165

Diapers

Scattered Hearts Scarf

$148

Cricket’s Circle

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Ruby Heart Ring

$3,000

Sarah Hendler

Angel Skin Heart & Arrow Studs

$595

Finn Jewelry

Stripe & Heart Sweater

$198

Amber Hagen

Gold Heart Eternity Band

$220

Cricket’s Circle

John Derian Shooting Arrow Tray

$110

John Derian

Heart Spatulas

$11

Huset

Hearts Back-Up Charger

$30

Ban.do

Spa Collection

$72

Herbivore Botanicals

Dyptique Rosafolia Candle

$65

Cricket’s Circle

Kiss, Kiss Postcard Set

$7

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Edie Parker Heart Clutch

$1,295

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Heart Wall Stickers

$21

Design Public

I Heart Color Doll

$25

Sophie & Lili

Kiss Hair Clips

$12

Hello Shiso

Conversation Heart Rings

$3

Shop Sweet Lulu

Milk & Heart Cookies Kit

$23

Acme

Pink Acoustic Guitar

$44

Cricket’s Circle

Wood Stacking Hearts

$46

Romp

Love Notes Mailbox

$20

PB Kids

Hearts & Arrows Card Kit

$13

Shop Sweet Lulu

Personalized Heart Apron

$19

PB Kids

Selima Heart Sunglasses

$55

Cricket’s Circle

Heart Elbow Sweater

$68

Cricket’s Circle

Llama Llama I Love You Book

$5

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Lips Sweatshirt

$39

Atsuyo Et Akiko

Love Burnout Tee

$44

Darling Clementine

Kiwi Crate Card Kit

$15

Kiwi Crate

Radio Flyer Spin N Saucer

$25

Cricket’s Circle

Playforever Racecar

$40

My Sweet Muffin

Maroon Bow Tie

$22

Little Skye

Oeuf VW Bug

$68

Alex & Alexa

Stella McCartney Heart Tee

$25

Alex & Alexa

Love Notes Mailbox

$20

PB Kids

Heart Scarf

$20

Cricket’s Circle

Elmo’s Valentine Book

$4

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Heart Teether

$12

Little Sapling Toys

Sweet Hearts Grasping Toy

$15

Romp

Heartbreaker Onesie

$20

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Heart Hat & Mittens

$25

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Heart Tights

$5

Cricket’s Circle

I’m So Glad You’re Here Giant Book

$100

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Heart Diaper Cover

$17

PB Kids

Love Blanket

$40

PB Kids

Heart Onesie

$23

Cricket’s Circle

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Send “holiday” cards

Stand apart from the holiday crush and send your annual family greetings as Valentines instead.

Teach them to treat themselves

Every year go to the store with your little and buy a box of chocolates to share. Lesson being love yourself, treat yourself, share the love.

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Send them love notes

Tape paper hearts to their doors while they sleep. On each one, write a word or sentence that describes why you love them.

A Love Jar

For the two weeks before Valentine’s day keep a jar front and center in your house where you can write down all the people you love with a quick “why” then mail them off to the recipients as valentines that you make together.

A romantic dinner for three or four

Make Valentine’s dinner a formal, multi-course family occasion by dressing up the menu with appetizers, sparkling lemonade, and dessert; dress up your dinner dates in their fanciest togs (or heart-print tights) usually reserved for holidays.

Heart-y breakfast

Make a stack of pink heart pancakes or waffles — just add (organic) food dye. Slice strawberries to look like hearts. And slurp down a berry smoothie.

Make love

Make your own heart tarts with the kids with Foodstirs kit.

Spread love

Make little love notes with your kids and then take them (and tacks) to the park. Pin these love notes for strangers, teaching your kids kindness (and wonder) at the same time.

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