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For her daughter Birdie Leigh's fourth birthday, Busy Phillipps baked and decorated the cake herself. 
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For her daughter Birdie Leigh's fourth birthday, Busy Phillipps baked and decorated the cake herself.

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She buys the cutest clothes for her kids.
She buys the cutest clothes for her kids.
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And this one too!
And this one too!
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She gets creative with Elf on the Shelf.
She gets creative with Elf on the Shelf.
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She bakes and decorates all of her cakes.
She bakes and decorates all of her cakes.
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She respects her daughters' decisions.
She respects her daughters' decisions.
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Before Busy posts any photos of her daughters, she asks their permission. If they say they don't want her to share the photo, then she won't.

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She knows her daughter deserves a prince.
She knows her daughter deserves a prince.
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She makes bath time fun.
She makes bath time fun.
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Like this one.
Like this one.
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Even when Christmas is over.
Even when Christmas is over.
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She can turn a stack of books into a tiny city.
She can turn a stack of books into a tiny city.
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She appreciates organization.
She appreciates organization.
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And even designs her own dresses.
And even designs her own dresses.
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She thanks her husband for all his help.
She thanks her husband for all his help.
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She lets her daughters dress themselves.
She lets her daughters dress themselves.
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She makes her own board games.
She makes her own board games.
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She gives her girls the star treatment.
She gives her girls the star treatment.
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And this one.
And this one.
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Busy Philipps
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Busy Philipps at Pathway to the Cures For Breast Cancer.

Busy Philipps at the 2014 CFDA Awards
Busy Philipps at the 2014 CFDA Awards
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Busy Philipps in Irene Neuwirth at the CFDA Awards.

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Busy rocked a bold cat eye and glossy lip at the CFDA Awards.

Busy Philipps attended the CFDA Awards in a bright dress and beads.
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Busy Philipps attended the CFDA Awards in a bright dress and beads.

PS: What advice would you give to other moms?
BP: I think the hardest thing for all of us moms — working, stay-at-home, actresses, lawyers, writers, or whatever — is the mommy guilt. I think we all struggle with it. "Am I doing a good job? Am I too hard on my kids? Did I not spend enough time with them? Did I spend too much time with them? Am I a bad wife?" It's that kind of spinning wheel going on in your head all the time that can really prevent you from just enjoying it and existing in the moment. So I try to turn off that voice as much as possible. 
Angela Davis, one of my amazing Spin teachers in Los Angeles, says this thing over and over: "You are what you say you are." It's OK to be concerned and to worry that you're not doing the best that you can do, because that helps you strive to go further. But at the end of the day, keep saying to yourself, "I'm a good mom. I'm a good partner. I'm a good wife. I'm a good daughter. I'm good at my job." I mean my job in terms of being a parent, not my job in terms of being an actress. Everyone knows I'm good at that! Haha!
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PS: What advice would you give to other moms?

BP: I think the hardest thing for all of us moms — working, stay-at-home, actresses, lawyers, writers, or whatever — is the mommy guilt. I think we all struggle with it. "Am I doing a good job? Am I too hard on my kids? Did I not spend enough time with them? Did I spend too much time with them? Am I a bad wife?" It's that kind of spinning wheel going on in your head all the time that can really prevent you from just enjoying it and existing in the moment. So I try to turn off that voice as much as possible.

Angela Davis, one of my amazing Spin teachers in Los Angeles, says this thing over and over: "You are what you say you are." It's OK to be concerned and to worry that you're not doing the best that you can do, because that helps you strive to go further. But at the end of the day, keep saying to yourself, "I'm a good mom. I'm a good partner. I'm a good wife. I'm a good daughter. I'm good at my job." I mean my job in terms of being a parent, not my job in terms of being an actress. Everyone knows I'm good at that! Haha!

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PS: We love seeing it on Instagram. Speaking of which, you are one of those moms who balances showing off your girls while also giving them their privacy. How do you decide what to post when it comes to the kids?
BP: It's a family decision. My husband is involved and honestly Birdie's involved. I went on Ellen a while ago, and Ellen is famous for being a show where people share great photos of their kids. There's this amazing video of Birdie singing and dancing to this song. It was a really short little clip and I thought it would be perfect for Ellen. I asked Birdie if I could show the clip, and she was like, "No Mom, that's just for us." Then she was like, "You can show that picture of me and Cricket," and I said "Great, that's what I'm going to show." 
I think that parents have a responsibility to their kids with their online presence. These things are going to exist, possibly in perpetuity, and you don't want your children at age 12, 15, 19, 25 to be embarrassed by something you posted on Facebook about when they were 3 and had a hard time pooping. Yes, they are my greatest pride and joy and I love them so much, but they are their own people. They deserve to be treated like that. 
PS: In a way, you are also teaching her how to be responsible online, which a lot of parents forget to do when it comes to social media. 
BP: I think, because it's an exciting new medium, and people are proud of their kids, we want to share how amazing, wonderful, and unique snowflakes our kids are. But you have to do that while being mindful of the fact that the Internet can also not be the safest place in the world. Your kids are their own people and they're going to grow up to be their own people. You need to be aware of that.
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PS: We love seeing it on Instagram. Speaking of which, you are one of those moms who balances showing off your girls while also giving them their privacy. How do you decide what to post when it comes to the kids?

BP: It's a family decision. My husband is involved and honestly Birdie's involved. I went on Ellen a while ago, and Ellen is famous for being a show where people share great photos of their kids. There's this amazing video of Birdie singing and dancing to this song. It was a really short little clip and I thought it would be perfect for Ellen. I asked Birdie if I could show the clip, and she was like, "No Mom, that's just for us." Then she was like, "You can show that picture of me and Cricket," and I said "Great, that's what I'm going to show."

I think that parents have a responsibility to their kids with their online presence. These things are going to exist, possibly in perpetuity, and you don't want your children at age 12, 15, 19, 25 to be embarrassed by something you posted on Facebook about when they were 3 and had a hard time pooping. Yes, they are my greatest pride and joy and I love them so much, but they are their own people. They deserve to be treated like that.

PS: In a way, you are also teaching her how to be responsible online, which a lot of parents forget to do when it comes to social media.

BP: I think, because it's an exciting new medium, and people are proud of their kids, we want to share how amazing, wonderful, and unique snowflakes our kids are. But you have to do that while being mindful of the fact that the Internet can also not be the safest place in the world. Your kids are their own people and they're going to grow up to be their own people. You need to be aware of that.

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PS: Birdie's birthday is also in the Summer. Any special plans for that?
BP: We're having a Full House birthday. Birdie gets one show a day and she chooses Full House. It used to be Brady Bunch, then for a while it was just parts of Frozen. Now she's become so obsessed with Full House.
PS: How are you going to pull that off?
BP: Not sure yet. Haha. Stay tuned!
PS: Well, you seem to be a natural at this stuff! We were in awe of your Frozen cake and Elf on the Shelf endeavors. Where does all this creativity come from?
BP: A lot of it comes from my mom. She definitely encouraged creativity and activities. She was always coming up with fun stuff for my sister and I to do. I had a Summer birthday, and my birthdays were always loaded with arts and crafts. You remember that show Double Dare?
PS: Yeah! Such a great show. 
BP: Right? Why don't they bring it back? Anyways, I had a Double Dare birthday party when I was little and my mom did all the challenges in our backyard like whip cream, slip and slide, and a giant kiddie pool filled with spaghetti and meatballs.
PS: Does she help you plan your daughters' parties?
BP: She does actually. She loves helping me with the cakes. I learned my cake skills from my mom, but I've taken it a little bit above and beyond. 
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PS: Birdie's birthday is also in the Summer. Any special plans for that?

BP: We're having a Full House birthday. Birdie gets one show a day and she chooses Full House. It used to be Brady Bunch, then for a while it was just parts of Frozen. Now she's become so obsessed with Full House.

PS: How are you going to pull that off?

BP: Not sure yet. Haha. Stay tuned!

PS: Well, you seem to be a natural at this stuff! We were in awe of your Frozen cake and Elf on the Shelf endeavors. Where does all this creativity come from?

BP: A lot of it comes from my mom. She definitely encouraged creativity and activities. She was always coming up with fun stuff for my sister and I to do. I had a Summer birthday, and my birthdays were always loaded with arts and crafts. You remember that show Double Dare?

PS: Yeah! Such a great show.

BP: Right? Why don't they bring it back? Anyways, I had a Double Dare birthday party when I was little and my mom did all the challenges in our backyard like whip cream, slip and slide, and a giant kiddie pool filled with spaghetti and meatballs.

PS: Does she help you plan your daughters' parties?

BP: She does actually. She loves helping me with the cakes. I learned my cake skills from my mom, but I've taken it a little bit above and beyond.

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