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!

saturdays Adriana Chryssicopoulos
Lives: Chelsea (SW3) in London
Family:
Husband Philippe and our 3 children – Olivia (7), Nicolas (5), and Alexis (boy, 2.5)
You might know: Founder of Nine In The Mirror, the chicest maternity shop you’ve ever seen (think Net-A-Porter for pregnant women), and YES they ship to the USA.
Secret obsession: Buying loads of magazines and not having the time to read them. I have stacks of them next to my bed.

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7:30am:

2 of our 3 kids have swimming on Saturday mornings and my husband gets them up, makes breakfast, and whisks them off to lessons. This is his ritual with him, which gives me a little quiet time to myself.

10am:

I head out to do a few errands – the dry cleaners, stopping by our local food market to get cheese, baked goods, and freshly-made Argentine empanadas which my son loves.

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12:30pm:

Lunch out as a family. We usually go somewhere local and the kids take turns picking: The Orange for delicious pizza, Daphne’s for pappardelle with wild boar ragu for 5 (!), or Royal China for dim sum.

2:00pm:

After lunch there is inevitably a birthday party for one or more of the kids, but Alexis needs to go home for a nap, so we divide and conquer. I usually go to the birthday party so I can see the other mums and have a chat while the kids enjoy themselves.

4:00pm:

Weather permitting, we go to our local park, always equipped with soccer balls, bubbles, skipping ropes, and frisbees as we never know what will be the “hit” of the day.

5:00pm:

We make our way back home to feed the kids dinner, and I inevitably eat with them even if we have dinner plans later.

6:00pm:

The kids are only allowed to watch TV on weekends, so after dinner, we have movie night in our living room and put on the latest release from Apple TV. Though not exactly new, we recently enjoyed watching Mr Peabody & Sherman together last weekend, complete with individual bowls of (natural) popcorn.

7:30pm:

We do the usual bedtime rituals, and time permitting the kids get to either read in bed or have a story read to them.

8:30pm:

My husband and I pop out for dinner with friends.

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On Our Radar: April 30, 2015

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Hatch x The Glow
WHO: This one’s for all the pregnant women out there.
WHAT: Two of our absolute favorite brands have joined forces to create the chicest maternity sleepwear – they’ll be just as cozy postpartum for those looooong days and nights.
WHEN: Before you hit the hay.
WHERE: hatchcollection.com

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Spoke Woven
WHO: Bohemian types who aren’t afraid to make a statement.
WHAT: Gorgeous customizable dreamcatchers make for sweet, special nursery decor.
WHEN: Makes a lovely gift (hint hint)!
WHERE: spokewoven.com

Cotton Rainbow WHO: Parents of the infant-set (or soon-to-be).
WHAT: A new breathable cotton cover for the stroller and car seat does the job you wish that swaddle did during naptime, thanks to weighted corners and a window to peek on baby.
WHEN: Before the paparazzi nabs a shot.
WHERE: cottonrainbow.com

Maven Clinic
WHO: Busy moms in need of help in the form of a doctor, pediatrician, lactation consultant, doula, therapy, etc.
WHAT: On-demand video appointments mean you can get the help you need in the privacy of your home.
WHEN: Download the app now, so you’re ready when the dreaded moment of need hits you.
WHERE: apple.com

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