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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saturdays Brittany Cobb
Lives: Dallas, TX (Highland Park)
Family:
Husband Michael, Daughter Landry (2), Son Barrett (9 months)
You might know: Cobb Interiors residential design firm or The Dallas Flea, a quarterly curated indoor marketplace featuring vintage and one-of-a-kind things from Texas creatives.
Secret obsession: Flea markets (duh), hot dogs, and weekends at our lakehouse with no WiFi

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7am:

Barrett wakes up chomping at the bit for a bottle. Landry catches wind in no time and soon we have a party of four in bed with Caillou streaming in the background.

8am:

The Nespresso machine is humming while I whip together Mickey Mouse shaped blueberry pancakes (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is king in our house). Meanwhile, Barrett is zipping around the kitchen in his walker like a mad man.

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9am:

Off for a walk in the Graco Ready2Grow double stroller to feed the ducks at Lakeside Park. Landry loves to stuff bread in her sparkly purple crossbody bag from Baby Bliss. Barrett passes out for a solid hour snooze.

10:30am:

Michael feeds Barrett the pureed version of last night’s dinner (spaghetti squash with ground turkey and tomatoes is a standby). Landry loves a messy art project so we head to the playroom for some finger paint and glitter fun.

11:30am:

Bathtime. The kids love to bathe together, especially when water toys and bubbles are involved.

12:30pm:

We’re nearing the witching hour so we opt for a quick kid-friendly lunch. Snuffers (best turkey burger and cheese fries) and La Duni (Latin joint with killer desserts) are faves. If there’s a flea market or festival in town, we go there for some fair food and market research for my business.

1:30pm:

The kids hit the hay at home. Michael watches football (go Longhorns!) while I catch up on client emails, the latest Elle Décor or stack of home catalogs. If it’s nice out, we’re in the cabana playing Gin Rummy with a cocktail.

3pm:

Michael and Barrett catch the second half of a football game while I take Landry to a play date or the park. We love Fairfax Park for its big shady trees and multiple swings. Landry is obsessed with swings so it’s nice that there’s almost always one free.

4pm:

Time for a Yumilicious frozen yogurt. Landry loves to top her vanilla-chocolate swirl with strawberries, rainbow sprinkles, and a pink animal cracker. I run by the grocery store in the same center for a few things to whip together dinner.

5pm:

We entertain at home several times a month. Landry helps me make queso, guacamole, and taco soup while Michael preps the bar (Barrett is usually in his turquoise Bumbo happily observing the chaos). Landry loves to help me set the table and cut palm fronds from the backyard for a simple centerpiece.

6pm:

Our friends arrive with their brood. The kids enjoy the Little Tikes Shady Jump ‘n Slide bounce house outside while the parents sip on jalapeno margaritas.

9pm:

We bid adieu to our buds, dress Landry and Barrett in their Old Navy zipper onesies, and put the kiddos to bed. It’s a good hour later than usual, but hey, it’s the weekend.

9:30pm:

We slip into our pajamas, pour a nightcap, and turn on a movie since we rarely get to the theater these days. Within the hour, one of us is usually asleep on the sofa.

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On Our Radar: October 23, 2014

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WHO: Parents of newborns that could use some zzzz’s.
WHAT: Meet Love To Dream’s Swaddle Up, the latest craze in baby straight jackets that keeps them in the ideal position to sleep and self soothe without being able to startle themselves awake. No LO is breaking out of this one.
WHEN: What are you waiting for – parents say it works.
WHERE: diapers.com

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WHO: Parents with a soft spot for cool kids threads.
WHAT: New line Izzy & Ferd bases each collection on exploring an environment, the first being 20,000 Leagues (under the sea).
WHEN: Warning – if you click, you will likely buy. It’s that cute.
WHERE: izzyandferd.com

WHO: Expecting moms who want to exercise in the privacy of their own home.
WHAT: Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful – the workout Lily Aldridge swears by – has just launched a prenatal series of streaming routines to keep pregnant women in shape.
WHEN: Now. (You’ll thank yourself later.)
WHERE: balletbeautiful.com

WHO: Pregnant women who need a cravings fix.
WHAT: Hatch and Mouth have joined forces to create Hatch Cravings, artisanal treats that will satisfy penchants for sweet, salty, and sour.
WHEN: Before it hits you at 3am and there’s nothing in the house that will suffice!
WHERE: mouth.com

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stroller resurrection

Your stroller is a means of transportation (just like a bike or car) and it can get all gunked up and slow you down if you don’t take care of it. A random squeak, a sticky brake, or a folding issue is likely from build-up of dirt, sand, salt, hair, raisins, and Cheddar Bunnies.

Thankfully, Sam Osborne from Uppababy happens to be a stroller mechanic of sorts (on top of her day job as a marketing exec), and in most cases, she says stroller woes can be fixed with a good DIY tune-up.

Here are her instructions for solving the most common ailments.

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The Problem:

Baby vommed all over
the stroller.

What You Need:

To start, a strong stomach and plenty of patience. BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat Cleaner or laundry detergent.

What To Do:

Remove fabric from stroller seat (check that manual and pre-treat with BuggyLove or laundry detergent, soak completely. Wash in machine on delicate (as long as you have a front loader machine – if not, handwash) and hang dry immediately.

Pro Tip:

Make sure the fabric dries thoroughly before putting back on stroller, otherwise you run the risk of mold developing.

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The Problem:

A squeaky wheel is driving
you batshit!

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller Lubricant, Vaseline, or White Lithium Grease (any hardware store will have)

What To Do:

Remove wheels and wipe clean of any dirt, grit, or salt (the worst culprit). Place a dose of Buggylove Wheel Love, Vaseline, or White Lithium Grease on the wheel shaft and reinsert into stroller.

Pro Tip:

Fixes it almost every time.

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The Problem:

Urine has seeped into the seat and it smells
like you’re pushing a fire hydrant.

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat cleaner or laundry detergent and Nature’s Miracle Laundry Boost

What To Do:

Wash thoroughly either by hand or on delicate in a front loader machine. Nature’s Miracle works, well, miracles on urine smells and stains.

Pro Tip:

The smells hang around only when fabric is not completely dried, so be sure it dries thoroughly.

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The Problem:

All of a sudden, it feels like you’re pushing uphill even
on flat surfaces.

What You Need:

Elbow grease.

What To Do:

1. Remove all the wheels and make sure there’s no obstruction (refer to your manual on how to remove the wheels). Balloon strings are often the culprit here. 2. Brake mechanisms get filled with gunk. It’s usually a pin that comes out of a tiny hole to stop the wheel. When that hole is filled, you’ve got trouble, so clean it out. 3. Does your stroller have air filled tires? You may just need a quick inflate using a bike pump or the air pump at a gas station to get the job done.

Pro Tip:

One of these 3 things fixes the problem 95% of the time. If you do all 3 and are still having issues, call the manufacturer.

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The Problem:

The brakes are not so trusty. Safety is at risk!

What You Need:

wd-40 or forced air at the gas station (for chemical-free cleaning)

What To Do:

Most brake issues are due to build-up of dirt, sand, and other elements. Remove the back wheels (refer to your manual). Spray the brake housing (in tune-up speak, that’s the metal shaft where the wheel slides into the base) liberally with wd-40 (or forced air) and let it clean out the area. Hit the brake several times while the wheels are off. Place your back wheels back on, and brake should be good as new.

Pro Tip:

It’s a good idea to do this twice a year as a preventative measure.

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The Problem:

There are sunscreen stains all over the canopy.

What You Need:

BuggyLove Stroller and Carseat Cleaner or Dawn Liquid soap

What To Do:

If you opt for BuggyLove, shake the bottle well and squirt right on the stain, for Dawn pre-treat the spot then soak the whole canopy.

Pro Tip:

Mold is the enemy, so make sure it dries completely.

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The Problem:

The locking clip that holds the collapsed stroller together is broken!

What You Need:

bungee cord, carabiner, or zip tie

What To Do:

In a pinch hold it all together with any of the above until you can get a replacement locking clip from the manufacturer.

Pro Tip:

Ideally this is a short-term solution.

If DIY is not your thing, stroller tune-up businesses are launching left and right. Here are some of our favorites.

Stroller Spa

Clean Bee Baby

Baby Bubbles

Clean My Buggy Boo

Sudsy Buggy

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