Welcome to Moonfrye, a place to learn, share and celebrate the power of being a parent. We’re excited to provide you with fresh, fun content from a wide range of amazing contributors, and we’ll soon be building on this foundation with new ways for you to share with and inspire others. We’re dedicated not only to giving a voice to families, but supporting their right to play.
Meet our team
- Soleil – Founder/Chief Creative Officer
Soleil is responsible for bringing you fresh, compelling content and her creative vision, with lots of “happy chaos” mixed in.
- Kara – Founder/CEO
As the CEO of Moonfrye, Kara sets the company vision, inspires the team and keeps the lights on, all while cleaning paint from her kids’ clothes.
- Ashley – Design/Contributor
Designer, contributor, snapshooter… Ashley keeps herself fairly busy. She’s responsible for bringing you a great visual experience, so send all design complaints her way :)
- Jenny Feldon – Editorial/Contributor
Jenny Feldon manages editorial content for Moonfrye. She’s also an author, a blogger and a full time mom. Jenny believes in karma, yoga, coffee, and rain. Visit her blog here.
- Juan Carlos – Engineering/Contributor
Juan Carlos is in charge of all things tech at Moonfrye. He’s a special FX, Dad DIY, passionate-about-science-and-art rockstar in progress, and a huge Beatles fan. Follow him on Twitter.
- Kyle – Product/Contributor
Kyle works on defining and expanding Product at Moonfrye. When he’s not wrangling kids, he’s posting on his blog.
- Lauren Chighisola – Video/Contributor
Lauren was born and raised outside of Boston and moved to Los Angeles after graduation for a change of pace and a little more sun. In her free time she’s snowboarding, trying out a new restaurant or at a rock show.
- Sophia Rossi – Contributor
- Jenni Kayne – Contributor
Jenni Kayne is an American fashion designer and just as importantly, a young mother to Ripley and Tanner. Visit Rip + Tan.
- Jane Buckingham – Contributor
Jane Buckingham is one of the world’s foremost expert on Gen X, Y, and upcoming Z Generations. Jane is President of Trendera, a research and trend forecasting company focusing on 8-44 year olds. The company produces The Trendera Files, a monthly trend report as well as Thetfiles.com a daily blog. Jane is also the author of the bestselling book series, The Modern Girls Guide to Life, The Modern Girls Guide to Motherhood and The Modern Girls Guide to Sticky Situations. Visit her site: decentdaughters.com
- Sean Bonner – Contributor
Sean Bonner lives in Los Angeles but commutes to Tokyo while working on Safecast, an environmental non-profit he co-founded in 2011. He mainlines coffee, annoys people on twitter, pretends to be a photographer and puts words on the internet constantly. Find out less about him at seanbonner.com
- Alecia Spendlove – Contributor
Alecia Spendlove is a mother, a wife and the creator of Alexandra Rain, Super Model Extraordinaire. Focusing on helping kids model kind, positive behavior through her interactive children’s book apps and music. Alecia’s family is her true inspiration and she resides in Los Angeles, Ca. For more information please visit www.alexandrarain.com.
- Angela Amman – Contributor
Angela is a former middle school teacher who can’t let go of paper calendars, colored pens, and dreams of writing women’s fiction. Find her at AngelaAmman.com where she melds together a love of reading, writing, and the lovely miscellany making up her world. Procrastinate with her on Facebook or Twitter, and write with her at Write on Edge, where she’s a managing editor of a creative writing community. Angela and her husband Ryan live in metro Detroit with their children Abbey and Dylan.
- Ashley Fitting – Contributor
Oh the difference a few years makes… Where once I was a professional event planner and fundraiser in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego, I am now a full-time SAHM to one hell-raising preschool boy (and another kidlet on the way) in a semi-rural chicken town in wine country. I’ve embraced my inner farmer by learning how not to kill my vegetable garden and keep chickens alive(?!?!) and even made the switch to a green and sustainable lifestyle. I may be living in a small town, but I hear Sonoma’s good for wine, so I should be ok… right?
- Bridgid Joseph – Contributor
Bridgid Joseph is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Critical Care, and currently works in a large teaching hospital in Boston, MA working with Cardiac Arrest patients. She is all about living a healthy lifestyle and promoting wellness to prevent illness on her blog NurseBridgid.com, and she just happens to be bit of a fitness fanatic (as well as a Personal Trainer)! She has two high energy dogs that have strange human tendencies at times, but they keep her balanced, make her smile, and are her adventure partners. Bridgid is always trying to live her life to the fullest by not missing a moment, and shaking things up by trying new things daily! Visit Bridgid on Twitter and Facebook.
- Carinn Jade – Contributor
Carinn Jade is a former lawyer turned freelance writer, yoga teacher and mom-on-demand. Often funny, sorta crunchy, never judge-y, this mom to a three-year-old boy and one-year-old girl makes Manhattan her home. Carinn’s blog, Welcome to the Motherhood, is a humorous account of the trials and tribulations that put a new mother through the wringer. No topic is off-limits for an honest and respectful conversation. Join in on Twitter or Facebook!
- Christina Holt – Contributor
Christina Holt is a So Cal mom of three boys and is currently pregnant with her 4th child – likely another boy. With a design and early childhood education background, Christina looks at life with an enormous amount of creativity, impeccable detail and utmost passion… Once she has had her morning coffee. As a go-to national parenting resource for all things baby and child, Christina leverages her adventures in parenting, experience in early childhood education and child development and knowledge of children’s products and trends to inform her articles on her personal blog, guest columns, insightful live television segments and private consultations.
- Claire Bidwell Smith – Contributor
Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles. She is a therapist specializing in grief and author of the memoir The Rules of Inheritance. You can find more of her at clairebidwellsmith.com.
- Debbie Anderson – Contributor
Debbie Anderson is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. She’s a partner in the video production company, Two Funny Brains, is co-writing a blogging-centric humor web series titled BlogTHAT, and contributes content to a variety of web sites, including Savvy Source, and The Trend Tribe. Debbie’s been featured in Writer’s Digest, San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD “Best in Lifestyle” blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson.
- Deborah Cruz – Contributor
Deborah, @TruthfulMommy is the creator of the snarky and brutally honest parenting site The TRUTH about Motherhood. She’s a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who’s trying to do it all well; occasionally falling short. She lives in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend her days shuttling little people while trying to maintain her sanity. She loves being a mom because no matter how awful a day can be going, at the end of the night, there will be little arms around necks, nose kisses and cuddles.
- Elizabeth Flora Ross – Contributor
Elizabeth blogs about her struggles and successes as a writer and a mom at The Writer Revived. She is the author of Cacophony: How The Mommy Wars Have Reached New Heights Online and Today’s Mom Simply Cannot Win, which she is currently working to get published. In March 2011 she launched The Mom Pledge, an online campaign to eradicate cyber bullying among moms. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. She loves social media!
- Galit Breen – Contributor
Galit Breen is a Minnesota writer. On any given day she can be found juggling three kids, one husband, one puggle, and her laptop. Galit writes women’s fiction, is the series editor of Pens and Paint, an anthology of children’s poetry and artwork, and is co-producing Listen to Your Mother Twin Cities 2013. Galit blogs at These Little Waves and – it has to be said – tweets and Facebooks a lot.
- Gigi Ross – Contributor
Gigi Ross is a wife, mom of two, fumbling foodie, social media geek, Jason Mraz fangirl, reality TV show addict, tech lover, freelance writer and wine drinker – not necessarily in that order. Gigi’s personal blog is KludgyMom, a snappish take on parenting, pop culture, technology and much more. She lives in sunny San Diego, where her 9 year-old son and 7 year-old daughter keep her on constant tooth fairy and homework duty. Catch up with Gigi on Facebook and Twitter.
- Hillary Fogelson – Contributor
Hillary Fogelson is a wife, a mother of two young girls, writer, blogger, three-time melanoma survivor and the author of Pale Girl SPEAKS: A Year Uncovered, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her website palegirlspeaks.com and Twitter feed @Palegirlspeaks provide simple sun protection tips and advice as well as product recommendations.
- Ilse Ackermann – Contributor
Chicken, geese, duck, rabbit, tortoise and bee keeper, earth bag builder, cob oven baker, vegetable gardener, fruit tree tender, old home revitalizer, vintage RV restorer, rain water cache’r, wanderlust-prone traveler, gypsy-chic inspired art director and farm girl at heart, Ilse has finally come to terms with living in the city of Los Angeles by dedicating herself to her own urban homesteading endeavor, the much celebrated Skyfarm where she lives with her husband, Meeno, and their two daughters, Bindi & Mette.
- Jackie Park-Cross – Contributor
Jackie is a wife, mother of 4 kids from toddler to teen, a project manager, a writer, and social media consultant and to pull it all off it takes a bit of magic! Most of the time you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and of course Instagram. And yes… she does have a magic wand!
- Julia Hembree – Contributor
Julia Hembree is a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home-mommy who still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. She thrives on Starbucks, chocolate, slobbery toddler kisses, and heartfelt writing. You can find her words at Elated Exhaustion, an honest blog that explores the adventures of raising a toddler and the ups and downs of life. She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook, and you can see adorable toddler pictures on Instagram.
- Katie Hurley – Contributor
Katie is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about helping parents enjoy the ride, she provides parent education and simple strategies to take the guesswork out of difficult parenting situations. You can find her at Practical Parenting and allParenting. She lives in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her rock & roll husband and her two children, Riley and Liam. She believes in lattes, family time and the power of play.
- Kerry Lyons – Contributor
Marketing maven by day, writer by night; Mama Lyons 24/7 to five tots six and under – including identical 3 year-old triplets. Funny, honest, well caffeinated and never bored! Come visit me on Facebook, Twitter, or at LyonsDenMom.com!
- Kimberly Muller – Contributor
A lover not a fighter-but she will fight for all she loves… Author of two children’s books, The Adventures of Fifi & Noni & Last Night I Swam With a Mermaid… Wife, crafting goddess, activist and mother of three… All around awesome lady… visit her site
- Lacy Stroessner – Contributor
Lacy is a wife, mom, teacher, and dreamer, determined to live a BIG life in a simple way. She writes at Living on Love where she shares inspiration for doing just that. From great recipes and fun projects to adventures in the outdoors and experiences in parenting, Lacy believes in living a meaningful life on a daily basis. In addition to her blog, Lacy writes a column for the Columbia Tribune. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
- Laura Rossi Totten – Contributor
Laura Rossi Totten is Mom to boy-girl twins. She’s a blogger and a public relations expert. Laura writes for Huffington Post and other sites. Visit Laura’s blog My So Called Sensory Life and her website Laura Rossi Public Relations.
Follow her on Twitter @BookPRGirl. And on Pinterest.
- Lerner Farrington – Contributor
Lerner is a heavily tattooed, heavily sarcastic, diehard foodie mother of two. She is a freelance writer and social media consultant and can be found on Facebook and Twitter experimenting with brand new ways to use “crazytown” in a sentence.
- Lisa Rowe – Contributor
My name is Lisa. I’m a mother to Hopper, wife to Brad and master crafter to all. I’m a sewer, granola baker and rubber stamper extraordinaire.
- Maria Lianos-Carbone – Contributor
- Maria Stanley – Contributor
Maria Stanley has a deep appreciation for cardigans, caffeine and Colin Firth. She’s a full-time mom to two very sweet and loud little hyenas, and blogs as BORED Mommy. You can find her on Twitter @BOREDMommy and Facebook.
- Meeno Peluce – Contributor
Beginning his adventure in Amsterdam, Kathmandu, and southern India, Meeno grew up on the road with his gypsying parents and then came back to Hollywood for a childhood as a successful actor alongside his sister, Soleil Moon Frye. As an adult he’s gravitated to the other side of the lens and has been a professional photographer for the past 20 years. Meeno’s married to Ilse who is also his production designer and their CHICKS, Bindi and Mette, are their full time muses, doing shoots all around the world disguised as family adventures. Visit his site.
- Megan Samarin – Contributor
Megan is a stay at home mom of two living in Southern California. She writes about life, parenting and her inability to resist snacking all day at Mama Bub.
- Megan Taylor – Contributor
Megan Taylor is a stay-at-home mom, wife, and blogger. She is a coffee fanatic, wine devotee, and book lover. She writes about life with her two children on her blog A Baby Makes Four. She loves to connect with her readers, so come say hi on facebook and twitter!
- Natalie Hoage – Contributor
Natalie is a SAHM of three children and author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins. In her free time, which she rarely has anymore, she reads, cooks, gardens, works as a freelance writer, and drinks wine… lots of wine.
- Nicole Standley – Contributor
Wife + mom who digs fancy-dancy hotels, live shows and blogging about all-things music, travel, fashion, entertainment, decor & events. Southern California. Visit http://www.thetrendtribe.com
- Sarah Reisert – Contributor
Sarah Reisert enjoys sharing the West Coast way of life—sun, sand, and a sense of balance—with her husband and toddler son. Formerly a lawyer by day, Sarah now practices the art of blogging, freelance writing, social media’ing, mothering, and Bravo TV watching from her home in Los Angeles, CA. You can find her at Salt & Nectar, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Sherri Kuhn – Contributor
Sherri Kuhn is a wife and mother, writer, lover of wine and cheese, coffee fanatic, and sometimes exerciser. She writes at Old Tweener, a place that’s sometimes funny, often sarcastic, and requires tissues once in a while. She writes about raising teenagers, the craziness of being a middle-aged woman, the perils of a clean home, wistfulness over babies, and anything else that makes her laugh (or cry) in the years between changing diapers and wearing them. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.
- Steph Calvert – Contributor
Steph Calvert is the work at home mom, graphic and web designer, and illustrator behind Hearts and Laserbeams. Her work has been seen worldwide on apparel, in print, and online, and she’s been writing the Hearts and Laserbeams blog for over 10 years. Steph lives in Savannah, Georgia with her hilarious partners in crime, husband Josh, son Phil, and mom in law Carole. She enjoys coloring with her son, karaoke, and a good glass of wine every now and then. (But preferably now, thanks.) Join Steph on Twitter and Facebook.
- Suzanne Perryman – Contributor
Suzanne Perryman loves books, spending time in her kitchen, good coffee and wine, sushi, playing with thread and yarn, her Macbook and date nights on her patio. ( Not in priority order of course!) She has two new loves in her life, she is faithfully devoted to; her Ftbit and pretty pink cruiser bike. Fast approaching 45, she recently refocused her care taking priorities and lost close to 20 pounds. She is a reunited adoptee and presented the keynote address at The American Adoption Congress Convention with her birthfather, Joe Eszterhas. Her well crafted , heartwarming words remind us that life doesn’t have to be perfect, to embrace the simple joys of mothering. She celebrates the every day moments of special needs parenting, one story at a time at her blog. She is married to the love of her life, and lives in Scottsdale Arizona with her two tween girls, A Bernese Mountain Dog and Golden Retriever. Suzanne is a published author, and in her former life, worked in the trade publishing field. You can follow her on Facebook.