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Q&A With Soleil Moon Frye

Remember 'Punky Brewster'? She's now a mom and a savvy businesswoman.
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Did motherhood ignite the 'mom-trepreneur' in you, from your eco-clothing shop in L.A., The Little Seed, to your clothing line and two books?

"My kids are my inspiration every day. I was looking for eco-friendly clothing and toy alternatives that were safe for kids. That's where The Little Seed came from, and it evolved. As a mom I encourage other moms to create and share. There's never been a better time; social media allows us a platform to reach other moms, at our fingertips."

Name your biggest challenge.

"I've had to learn how to be a juggler. My focus is my little ones. I'm so fortunate because I design my projects with them, and we have a blast. But the challenge is to balance it all and take risks at the same time. Sometimes it's scary, but I tell myself to go ahead and go for it, and to follow my dreams."

With so many business ventures in the fire, plus mom duties, too, do you have any "me time"?

"'Me time?' [Laughs a little.] I don't do that very often, certainly not enough. It's been a while since I had some girl-time with my friends."

What about exercise, or just blowing off steam?

"I like to take walks. And I run after my kids all day long, which is exercise. We do fun things like 'Dance Craze' together. Also, outdoor scavenger hunts. We stay active as a family."

You develop and support "green" products. What's your approach to nutrition?

"We do famers' markets. And a lot of cooking at my house. I think cooking is a great way to encourage kids to learn about food and become involved in the process. We pick out fresh fruits and vegetables together."

Describe the perfect "Soleil" day.

"My perfect day is when I spend quality time with my kids doing something they love. Being creative with them and having a good time and playing. And getting messy! So often people want everything to be perfect, but for me, the messier you get the more fun you're having."

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Reviewed on October 15, 2013

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