Busy Philipps Talks Vacationing With Kids and Unplugging Over the Holidays

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It's just a few days before the midterm elections when I meet  at the W Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. She's wearing a purple dress speckled with pink heart-shaped polka-dots and bubblegum pink lipstick to match. It's not exactly what I had in mind when I imagined meeting the person who I knew best as Kim Kelly from Freaks and Geeks, but Philipps has clearly catapulted far beyond her first TV role into the successful actress, Instagram icon, late-night talk show host, , and mom of two that she is today.

She's fervently typing on her phone before we begin talking. "I'm trying to post about voting," Philipps tells me before looking me straight in the eyes and offering up a compliment about my . I feel immediately at ease as we begin chatting about how she plans on spending the upcoming  with her kids and  in general. According to her, there's nothing that can truly prepare you for being a parent. "It's all so much harder than you thought it was going to be, and it's so much better than you think it's going to be," she says. However, she has learned a thing or two about being a mom since having her two daughters.

Ahead, Philipps shares some of her family traditions, how she keeps her kids (and herself) from spending too much time with technology, and the best way to approach traveling with young children over the holidays. Here are just a few of the actress's best parenting tips.