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That's Total Mom Sense

That's Total Mom Sense

By Kanika Chadda Gupta
As first time moms, we often struggle with navigating our new role. Whether we're Googling for answers at 3 am, joining FB groups, or are taking advice from friends, we must realize there’s no substitute for our intuitive superpower - "mom sense."

Entrepreneur, wife, and mom of three (twins + 1) Kanika Chadda Gupta, invites guests to share their mom sense experiences and dig deep on topics like how to teach your child to meditate, making your marriage last, and mastering your 5-min makeup routine. Grab your latte (that's ice cold by now) and laugh along with "That's Total Mom Sense."
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Teaching Kids Kindness + Gratitude
Today’s interview is with media trailblazer and pioneer in children’s programming, Angela Santomero. Joan Rogers, wife of the late Fred Rogers, says “Angela is carrying on Fred’s legacy with her work in children’s media - a modern day Fred Rogers.” Angela C. Santomero, Creator & Executive Producer of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Blue's Clues, Wishenpoof, Creative Galaxy & Super Why has been changing the way children watch TV for more than twenty years. She is the Creator, Executive Producer and Writer for award winning kids and family content for PBS, Nickelodeon, and Amazon Studios. With a Masters in Child Developmental Psychology from Columbia University-Teacher’s College, Angela's vision for integrating educational curriculum into entertaining content for kids led her to co-create, executive produce and head write Nick Jr. 's landmark series, Blue’s Clues. Malcolm Gladwell referred to Blue’s Clues as "One of the stickiest TV shows EVER made”, in The Tipping Point. Angela is the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award for Outstanding Childrenʹs Programming as well as several gold and silver Parents’ Choice Awards. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series at the 2019 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Ms. Santomero's book Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World (Touchstone) was released April 2018. Her second book Radical Kindness: The Life Changing Power of Giving and Receiving was released in 2019.
December 1, 2020
What’s For Dinner? This Smart Oven Is Doing the Cooking
In these days when we’re continuing to stay safe and families are opting to eat at home instead of dining out, premium delivery services have become ubiquitous and oh so necessary. We’ve all become familiar with Farmer’s Fridge, Instacart, Fresh Direct, Hello Fresh, and Amazon Prime which deliver either groceries or pre-packaged meals to your doorstep. I just found out about a new food tech startup that sends you premium meals on a subscription with get this, your very own oven. It’s called Tovala. You simply scan the barcode and the oven knows exactly how much time to cook it for. What I was most fascinated about is that it can scan other bar codes like packages from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I recently tried making my favorite Trader Joe’s Manadarin Orange chicken and the dish was cooked perfectly. In addition to this high-tech capability, it can be used as a standard toaster oven for pizza, bruschetta, etc. I am so excited to be interviewing the CMO of Tovala, Lesley Butler.
November 26, 2020
Kids Apparel That Sparks Imagination
Imagine if children’s apparel was so much more than just clothes. What if it were experiential and allowed kids to use their imagination and bring things to life. My guest has been there and is doing it as we speak. Shannon Murray-Doffo, is an award winning serial entrepreneur, marketing expert, and business strategist. Shannon spent over 13 years helping Fortune 10 companies strategize, build, and implement their marketing campaigns, culminating in launching her own brand in 2019, Living Loudly. Living Loudly serves parents as a children’s clothing and lifestyle brand, helping parents realize they’re not alone and bringing a little more joy to the parenting experience. Whether parents are picking out super-soft, eco-friendly apparel with their kids and cuddling up with a story, or taking one of her online workshops to get real support with their relationships, self-care, or parenting, Living Loudly puts connection at the heart of the business so parents (and their kiddos) can have a few more laughs and a few less bribes.
November 24, 2020
Toddlers and Sleep: Routines, Regressions, and Remedies
An age old problem we face as parents is getting our kids to sleep. Regressions, routines, daylight savings, traveling and what tools we can implement to help our toddlers fall asleep and stay asleep. Nicole Cannon is a certified sleep consultant, founder of Sleepy Mama, wife, and mom of 3 kids ages 7, 5, & 3 with her 4th child on the way! She has worked as a nanny, babysitter, and baby planner and in 2012, she completed the Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Course through the International Maternity Institute to become a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants. Through this certification, she has been educated on numerous methods that help families get more sleep. She looks at sleep holistically and addresses all elements in a child’s day-to-day life that may be preventing him or her from sleeping well. She recently completed a certification in Infant Mental Health and a course in Maternal Mental Health. Her goal is to be sensitive to both the mother and the baby during the sleep work process. However, the biggest change came when she welcomed her son in February 2013. From the start my son was a terrible sleeper. Suddenly Nicole was one of those sleep-deprived parents and she never imagined how hard it would be to go through sleep issues first hand! Thus, during one morning of sleep-deprived delirium, Sleepy Mama was born. Nicole is here not only to help you and your loved ones get better sleep, but also to let you know you are not alone! Part therapist/part sleep consultant, this Sleepy Mama will work with you for a healthier, happier, well-rested family.
November 17, 2020
Creating Blissful Moments for Moms at Every Stage
One Mom hack or piece of advice I share with all new mothers-to-be is Mommy’s Bliss gripe water. It’s a panacea for babies’ gas and digestive issues, helps with colic, and instantly soothes them just before bed. Mommy’s Bliss was founded by Roshan Kaderali, a mom and pediatric nurse, midwife and doula who had used Gripe Water to ease infant colic and fussiness for years while working in Scotland. When she moved to the U.S., she was astonished that the “magical” Gripe Water formula she relied on wasn’t available here. So she set out to create Gripe Water and Mommy’s Bliss was born. As the company has grown, their mission hasn’t changed: help moms everywhere bond with their babies by creating effective, trusted products that incorporate wise ingredients from around the world. Now, at the helm of a company is Roshan’s daughter, Yasmin Kaderali. Yasmin Kaderali grew up learning from her mom about the “miracle of life”, surrounded by the realities of childbirth and infant health through her mom’s maternity center. After attending college at the University of California, Davis, Yasmin spent two years living in Central America volunteering with programs focused on women and children’s human rights. Inspired to learn more and make a difference, Yasmin pursued an MPH & MBA and continued this work in the non-profit sector for five years. Her path led her back to Mommy’s Bliss and she is now CEO of the company. Both Roshan and Yasmin share the dream of helping children and women all over the world to live in bliss, with food, good health, respected human rights and peace.
November 12, 2020
Talking To Kids of All Ages About Race
As we navigate the current climate of our country, we as parents have a responsibility to teach our children about race and how to be aware of injustices, stand up for what’s right, and be proactive as anti-racist citizens of the world. On today’s episode, I am joined by the hosts of the Dear White Women podcast - Sara Blanchard and Misasha Graham. They are Harvard grads who have been best friends for over two decades, and have very mixed-race families they want to advocate for. They’re smart, real, funny, and ready to make change. Dear White Women is an award-winning weekly podcast dedicated to starting real discussions for (busy) people who wish they knew more about race, identity, and happiness in the United States. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND EVERYONE HAS VALUE. And we each have the power to influence our communities. Through their episodes and resources, Sara and Misasha are helping us reflect on (1) our nation’s history & current events, and (2) our personal experiences with race, justice, and more — so we leave the world a little better than we found it. Sara Blanchard helps communities build connections through conscious conversations, which she does as a podcaster, facilitator, TEDx speaker, writer, and consultant. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and having helped to teach positive psychology at Harvard, Sara speaks the language of traditional accomplishment, but for over 10 years, Sara has also pursued the science and techniques of well-being as a life coach, mother, and author of Flex Mom. In addition to emceeing events like the World Happiness Summit and facilitating meaningful panel discussions about race, Sara co-founded and co-hosts award-winning Dear White Women, a social justice podcast that highlights the humanity in the history, race, and happiness of the United States. Misasha Graham has spent her life attempting to bridge gaps, both professionally and personally, and foster understanding among groups of people.  Misasha is an accomplished attorney, specializing in intellectual property law and cross-border work with Asia, with over ten years spent at several international law firms honing these skills.  She is currently a Special Counsel at a Bay Area law firm, having stepped away from BigLaw to focus more on being present at home. Misasha is also passionate about diversity, equality and inclusion in the practice of law as well as in her communities.  Besides being a Megaformer instructor, she is the proud mom of two very active young boys, and the co-host of the award-winning Dear White Women.
September 29, 2020
A Pediatrician's Perspective on Covid-19
We are facing unprecedented times and as parents, we have an added responsibility of decision making for our children. We may be working from home, but should they homeschool or go back for live sessions or do a hybrid of virtual and in-person. Today I am joined by my kids’ beloved pediatrician, Dr. Melissa Garofalo Monaco of Forest Pediatrics in Paramus, NJ. Originally from Saddle Brook, NJ, Dr. Garofalo had been practicing pediatrics in New Jersey since 2008. She started as a graduate of the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Hackensack, NJ. She then graduated with high honors from the combined BS/MD program though Stevens Institute Technology, Hoboken NJ and New Jersey Medical School Newark, NJ. She completed her pediatric training at Schneider Children's Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and also served as Chief Resident of Pediatrics. Her interests include promoting breast feeding and obesity prevention. She is board certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the NJ AAP section on Breast Feeding and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2007. Her hospital affiliations include Hackensack University Medical Center and Valley Hospital. She has been the recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award and NJ Kids Favorite Docs.
September 21, 2020
School Safety and Guidelines
According to, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that based on each region's infection rate, schools across the state are permitted to open this fall. Every region's infection rate is below the threshold necessary by the State's standards to open schools. The Department of Health will review submitted reopening plans from school districts and notify districts of their status on Monday. Out of 749 school districts across the state, 127 have not yet submitted plans to the Department of Health, and another 50 are incomplete or deficient.  The determination of how individual districts reopen - in-person vs a hybrid model - will be made by local school districts under strict Department of Health guidelines. The Governor also announced that school districts must post their remote learning plan online as well as their plan for testing and tracing students and teachers. Schools must also have three to five public meetings prior to August 21 with parents - who will be allowed to participate remotely - as well as one meeting with teachers to go through their reopening plan. "Based on our infection rate, New York State is in the best possible situation right now. If anybody can open schools, we can open schools. We do masks, we do social distancing, we've kept that infection rate down, and we can bring the same level of intelligence to the school reopening that we brought to the economic reopening," Governor Cuomo said. " Our school guidance has been touted as the smartest in the country. Our economic reopening guidance was the smartest in the country. So, if anyone can do it, we can do it. But we have been successful because we've been smart and we have to continue to be smart.  Parents and teachers must feel safe and secure in each school district's plan to return to school, and those plans must adhere to the Department of Health's guidance.  To ensure that is the case, New York's family's must be fully informed and part of the conversation.  And so, over the next several weeks, school districts must engage: Talking to parents and teachers and getting all parties on board." Of the 70,170 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 714, or 1.0 percent, were positive. Today I am joined by Superintendent Anibal Soler.
September 10, 2020
Back To School Or Not? An Insider's Take
Parents are in a state of frenzy as we navigate Back To School season. Gone are the days of buying binders and decorations for our kids lockers. Now we’re ensuring our Wifi is up to the mark and are having our kids become acclimated with Zoom, Google Meet, and Google Classroom. Alice Benedict is a retired paralegal and president of the board of education in Botavia City School District in upstate New York since May of 2020/elected in July 2020. Our school district has approximately 2200 students. She’s also a mother of three. Mother of three children since 1978. They are all adults now.
September 10, 2020
Stop Yelling + Implement Positive Parenting
To gain knowledge and strength through study and experience, while laughing along the journey, to better support our family and friends in an effort to serve society. This is the family mission statement of Reena B. Patel, a Parenting Expert, Guidance Counselor, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. For more than 20 years, Reena B. Patel, LEP, BCBA has had the privilege of working with families and children supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness. Patel has worked extensively with developing children as well as children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development.
August 12, 2020
Navigating Career Through Motherhood
Leslie Rubisch has built a career helping brands form a strong, singular identity, and using it as a foundation to create successful marketing programs across all channels of consumer touch points. Her innovative style has helped launch and grow brands such as Alexander Wang where she oversaw branding, communications, and marketing. In 2012, she founded her own company specializing in business development and brand strategy across fashion, beauty and lifestyle categories. She has partnered with companies such as LVMH, Via Spiga/Caleres, Barneys New York, Samsung, Y-Combinator backed skincare brand Dear Brightly, Yoox Group, Inez and Vinoodh, Senreve, Sofia Coppola, For Days. She loves to mentor, and endeavors to continue to work with inspirational individuals and brands whom she admires. This includes a new role as a community organizer at HeyMama where she loves to help support an inspiring community of working mothers.
August 5, 2020
Kids & Dental Health
If you’re still using conventional toothpaste, know that the biggest brands in oral care have often been the biggest culprits for containing harmful ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and calcium chloride to name a few. It’s safe to say, we unknowingly ingest a lot of poison every year just by brushing our teeth. Risks from simply ingesting a fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. Therefore, I encourage you to do your research and make a switch to organic oral care for yourself and most definitely your kids. On today’s show, I’ll be chatting with Kori Estrada, the Co-Founder of the new natural oral care company RiseWell, and co-CIO of Axon Capital, an asset management firm in New York. With a focus on consumer, technology and healthcare related investments throughout her career in both public and private markets, Kori is passionate about innovative companies and brands that are moving the needle in these specific industries. Prior to joining Axon Capital, Kori was an Associate at Shumway Capital Partners and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at UBS Investment Bank. She received her BA from Columbia University majoring in Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time, she can be found fishing with her husband and fellow Co-Founder John in the North Fork of Long Island, spending time with her 2-year old son Leo or cooking healthy recipes for her personal blog
July 29, 2020
Get Flossy With Your Kids’ Dental Care
Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your baby is due for his first dentist visit when he turns 1 or 6 months after his first tooth erupts? Don’t worry if you haven’t booked the appointment as yet. This episode will help answer any questions you have regarding your children’s dental health from baby to teenager. I am joined by pediatric dentist Deep Shah, also known as the @superherodentist, to discuss the most common dental problems in children which include teething, cavities, tooth sensitivity, dental emergencies like a chipped or broken tooth, gingivitis, excessive thumb sucking or the use of pacifiers, and orthodontic problems. We’re also going to discuss homecare like the best toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.
July 22, 2020
Owning Your Power of Intuition
I want to begin this episode with my story. Storytelling is my passion because I love that stories have the power to bond generations and humanity. I fondly remember listening to the stories of my grandmother, from the life lessons in the epic Ramayana to her family’s struggle as refugees during India’s partition in 1947. Storytelling has been the common denominator in my career. I worked as a television anchor and producer for CNN International where I had the opportunity to share the shocking stories of survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to the back stories of some of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters to a viewership of over 100 million people. Now, as an entrepreneur, I help my digital marketing clients tell their brand story, and as a mom of 3 with this podcast as my vehicle, I have the privilege of sharing the personal stories of thought leaders and experts who are mothers and fathers to converse with me about their experiences of how to problem solve as parents, lead a purposeful life, and a legacy they can be proud of for our children. I have always been a fervent believer of intuition. Hence the name of my show, “That’s Total Mom Sense.” I want to encourage all of you listening, especially first time parents who are nervous and weary, to trust your innate superpower, your mom sense or dad sense, when it comes to your kids - it will always set you on the right path. I am prefacing with this because I am SO honored to interview my two guests today who as husband and wife are born storytellers and are pioneers in helping others tap into intuition. Mark Willard is a beloved television and radio personality and understands what it means to connect with an audience and tell a story. His wife Jill Willard is a gifted intuitive and has a keen sense of what’s going on with her family, people, and the world.
July 15, 2020
Kids & Dental Health
If you’re still using conventional toothpaste, know that the biggest brands in oral care have often been the biggest culprits for containing harmful ingredients like fluoride, triclosan, and calcium chloride to name a few. It’s safe to say, we unknowingly ingest a lot of poison every year just by brushing our teeth.  Risks from simply ingesting a fluoride toothpaste include permanent tooth discoloration (dental fluorosis), stomach ailments, acute toxicity, skin rashes (perioral dermatitis), and impairment in glucose metabolism. Therefore, I encourage you to do your research and make a switch to organic oral care for yourself and most definitely your kids.  On today’s show, I’ll be chatting with Kori Estrada, the Co-Founder of the new natural oral care company RiseWell, and co-CIO of Axon Capital, an asset management firm in New York. With a focus on consumer, technology and healthcare related investments throughout her career in both public and private markets, Kori is passionate about innovative companies and brands that are moving the needle in these specific industries. Prior to joining Axon Capital, Kori was an Associate at Shumway Capital Partners and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at UBS Investment Bank. She received her BA from Columbia University majoring in Economics and Philosophy. In her spare time, she can be found fishing with her husband and fellow Co-Founder John in the North Fork of Long Island, spending time with her 2-year old son Leo or cooking healthy recipes for her personal blog
July 8, 2020
Keeping Your Family’s Health & Immunity Strong Through Nutrition
Nutrition is important for everyone but especially for growing little humans in critical development stages. From infant to toddler, tweens to teens, it is important to take a look at the food and diet we give our little ones to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need and proper nourishment. During the pandemic, we all are hyper aware of our health and are eager to learn ways to boost our immunity, as well as our kids, as we stay safe. Jackie Elnahar is a registered dietitian, attorney and founder of TelaDietitian- the premier telehealth solution for nutrition counseling that was recently acquired by Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC). Jackie has successfully counseled many patients in nutrition using the latest evidence based research on diet and nutrition science. She believes in a nutrient dense approach that maximizes health boosting compounds such as phytonutrients and minimizes harmful ingredients like neurotoxins. Jackie has been featured in Today, Shape, Dr. Oz, Women’s Health, Glamour, Huffington Post, among others.
July 1, 2020
Skincare for Teenage Boys
If you have teenage boys, this episode is for you. I am delighted to one of the-cofounders of Stryke club with me today. Between the four founders, they have four boys. As their boys got older, they realized they were buying acne products aimed at girls, so they decided to come together and fill this gap in the skincare market. Stryke Club, a one-of-a-kind product line made specially for today’s teenage boy. Designed for the busy teen boy, who’s ready for a lesson in self-care, the brand is set to revolutionize the beauty industry thanks to its unique, meticulous and effective combination of clean ingredients. Comprised of three core products and formulated over two years with help from a board-certified pediatric dermatologist, the skincare system promotes clear skin, confidence and mindful grooming habits for life. Today we’re going to talk more about this innovative skin product and what life is like as a professional mom. We’ll also discuss how to support your child if he’s dealing with acne. Stacy earned her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After graduating from Wharton, Stacy began working in private equity at the Prudential Capital Group in San Francisco. Following business school, she founded and sold her first company, During this time, Fortune Magazine chronicled Stacy’s career for a span of nearly two years, running stories about her in several issues and featuring her on their cover in May of 2000. WebWisher is now part of The Knot, a publicly-traded company. Following WebWisher, Stacy founded Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC), the leading admissions consulting firm. SBC has now placed thousands of clients in every top MBA program in the world. The company also has a popular video series, runs workshops and has a publishing division. Stacy was elected for two terms to the Board of Directors of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants and has published a book, The MBA Application Roadmap. In 2019, Stacy founded Stryke Club to fill a void in skincare and grooming for teenage boys. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
July 1, 2020
Let’s Talk About IVF
Anate A. Brauer, M.D., FACOG, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with extensive experience in treating all medical and surgical aspects of infertility. She serves as SGF New York’s IVF Director. Dr. Brauer earned her medical degree, with distinction, from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to opening Shady Grove Fertility New York, Dr. Brauer was an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Brauer has published and presented at numerous national meetings on various fertility topics and is a regular contributor on a variety of women’s health topics to local and national media. She is especially passionate about helping young patients with cancer build families, which has led her to serve on the Advisory Board of the Young Survivors Coalition. Dr. Brauer She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Nathalie Carpenter is an infertility awareness advocate, blogger ( and marketing strategist who recently founded Well + Luxe which support brands in communicating their purpose and authentically connecting with their desired audience. Nathalie has 18+ years of luxury brand marketing and communications experience with brands including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Highgate Hotels, Grey Goose Vodka, D'USSE Cognac, Crumbs Bakeshop and Red Bull.
June 24, 2020
Black Lives Matter - What You Should Know and How To Support
We, as a global community, are reeling after witnessing the devastating events that have been going on in the US justice system with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black citizens who died at the hands of police officers in the past decade. Institutional racism is still prevalent in our country today and black Americans have been targeted, stereotyped, and killed without just cause for generations. Enough is enough. On today’s episode, we are going to discuss how racism impacts our society, how we can educate ourselves through literature and resources, where to donate, how to support black-owned businesses, and get involved with the cause. Today I am joined by Chivona Renee Newsome. Chivona is the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Greater NY, a civil rights leader at the forefront of the New Civil Rights Movement and former Financial Advisor at New York Life. She has dedicated her adult life to the betterment of her community & our nation as a whole. Her parents actually met at a civil rights rally in the 1960’s, so you can say that she was born into this fight. The Bronx native was raised in a devout Christian household. As a youth, Chivona’s father became very ill and she became his advocate, learning early on how to negotiate for health care with insurance companies and the local pharmacy. She attended pre-K through college in the New York’s Congressional District 15th. The one year she chose to study out of state at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, DC., her political action was noticed by then Senator Barack Obama’s campaign staff, and she was asked to be a part of the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee. As a financial advisor, Chivona served her community. She worked on the $50 Billion Dollar challenge which created college savings, retirement plans, and generational wealth for over 300 black and brown residents of New York. Since then she has engaged in protests and activities to combat financial injustice. Over the past few years, Chivona has worked tirelessly leading protests and seeking justice for the families of police brutality, she works with members of LGBT community, victims of human trafficking, the mental health community, women’s reproductive rights organizations, and housing justice advocates. She co-founded Black Lives Caucus, lectured students and expanded Black Lives Matter Greater NY to multiple New York City charter schools. She is also the producer of Black Lives Matter with Chivona on WBAI 99.5 fm. She is currently running for Congress to represent New York’s 15th Congressional District. The primary is on June 23, 2020.
June 17, 2020
Raising Black Children to Dream Big
“God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers.” This adage could not ring more true when it comes to the life of C.J. Taylor. Her life story could be made into an Oscar-winning biopic, and believe me, it’s just a matter of time. She is a divorced single mom of three, an attorney, and a football coach with over 20 years of experience - she is the first female coach in the Snoop Dogg’s youth football league, is the Former Director of Football Operations and Assistant Coach at Los Angeles Southwest College, and was an the Junior Varsity HEAD COACH and Assistant Coach on Varsity at Verbum Dei High School, a private all boys school in southern California. She has generated more than 45 millions dollars, sending hundreds of student-athletes to college on scholarships with over 300 NCAA programs including with Marist College, Univ. of Texas, TCU, Vanderbilt, FAMU, LSU, CAL, Boise State, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Syracuse and more. She has single handedly raised three tremendously successful children: her daughter Mi-Calynn is a California State Licensed Nurse who is on the front line during the COVID pandemic. Caylin is a 2017 Rhodes Scholar, 2014 Fulbright Scholar, D-1 Student-Athlete and graduate of Texas Christian University, 2019 graduate of Oxford University, a current PhD candidate, and author of the NY Times bestselling memoir, A Dream Too Big. Last but not least Chase Moore, an Archer Fellow, Children’s Defense Fund recipient, and a recent D1Student-Athlete at the University of Texas at Austin victor of the 2019 Sugar Bowl, and member of the AFCA Allstate Good Works Team. Though the family has witnessed many glory days, life has not been easy. As written in an ESPN profile by Senior Writer Adam Rittenberg, CJ shares, "We used to have a five-bath, four-bedroom house and seven vehicles. We had what looked like the Cosby life. It was like a Monet: From a distance, it looked beautiful, but up close, it was all messed up." Inside those walls, C.J.'s now ex-husband, Louis Moore, was psychologically abusive toward her. She twice saw him physically abuse Caylin, who was just 2 at the time. In 2000, she left him, taking the children to live with her mother in Carson, on the border of Compton. She filed for divorce but still feared for their safety. She always told her kids: “We may live in the hood, but the hood doesn’t live in us.” In 2004, she went to the hospital for heart surgery and came back in even worse shape. She was assaulted while being sedated, and later slipped into a depression. In 2009, her ex-husband was convicted of murder. He had a drunken argument with his girlfriend and fatally shot her with a rifle. After weeks of her kids feeding her and bathing her, her middle child told her, “Get up, Mom. You’ve got to live. You’ve got three kids. We need you!” That’s exactly what she did and she continues to give every bit of her soul to her children every single day. Today, I am honored to welcome CJ Taylor and her youngest son Chase Moore to the show.
June 10, 2020
Playing Fair As You Raise Your Kids
Eve Rodsky is working to change society one marriage at a time with a new 21st century solution to an age-old problem: women shouldering the brunt of childrearing and domestic life responsibilities regardless of whether they work outside the home. In her New York Times bestselling book Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live), she uses her Harvard Law School training and years of organizational management experience to create a gamified life-management system to help couples rebalance all of the work it takes to run a home and allow them to reimagine their relationship, time and purpose. Eve Rodsky received her B.A. in economics and anthropology from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. After working in foundation management at J.P. Morgan, she founded the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise high-net worth families and charitable foundations on best practices for harmonious operations, governance and disposition of funds. In her work with hundreds of families over a decade, she realized that her expertise in family mediation, strategy, and organizational management could be applied to a problem closer to home – a system for couples seeking balance, efficiency, and peace in their home. Rodsky was born and raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Seth and their three children.
May 27, 2020
Sage Advice on Entrepreneurship + Motherhood
Liza Huber is an entrepreneur, award-winning cookbook author, wife, mom of 4 and the CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls; one of the most trusted brands in mealtime products for babies and kids available at major retailers both nationwide and internationally. Liza had the idea for Sage Spoonfuls after her first baby was born. She couldn’t find homemade baby food products that offered the ease of use, convenience and quality she was looking for. At the time, she was working for NBC and didn’t have the desire to start a new business, but just a year and half later, her second child was born 9 weeks premature and everything changed. After nearly losing her son, the importance of giving babies the healthiest start to life became her mission. She made a career pivot from TV to entrepreneur and dedicated herself fully to developing a product line that made healthy easy for busy parents. It was then that Sage Spoonfuls was born.
May 20, 2020
The Business of Comedy
During these uncertain times when fear and anxiety are just as pervasive as Coronavirus itself, it's okay to give yourself permission to find joy in the little things and share a laugh with friends and family. As they say, laughter is the best medicine. And in my humble opinion, we have a metaphorical doctor helping us - Zarna Garg. Yes there's a double-meaning here because she's South Asian. She’s a lawyer turned comedienne, mom of three, and I’m blessed to call her a dear friend. Zarna and I met earlier this year and became fast friends. I was fortunate to work with her on her branding and website - You'll see a lot of shocking pink across the pages because A) it's damn near shocking for a South Asian mom to make her mark in comedy and B) pink is overtly feminine and bold and stands out in an industry of men. Elle Woods approved. Yes that was a girly lawyer joke, which pretty much sums up my case in point. Zarna Garg is an award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian, and headlines a monthly show at Caroline’s on Broadway called “My American Dream.” Zarna has produced and performed in multiple sold-out comedy shows in top comedy clubs across NYC including the groundbreaking HinJews shows. She has expanded into online comedy shows across multiple time zones, a move which was recently covered in the New York Times and Rukus Avenue Radio. Her debut romantic comedy screenplay ‘Rearranged’ won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award (placing #1 out of 11,000 scripts) at the Austin Film Festival, and was also a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist. The script has been optioned by Marginal Mediaworks. She has received numerous community accolades for pioneering one-of-a-kind works as an Indian mom of three and former lawyer turned comedian whose comedy uniquely combines the immigrant and American experience. She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians worldwide, and possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law. She is currently providing comedy shows to first responders and their patients, as well as interviewing them on her Instagram Live to find out whether they are single.
May 13, 2020
How To Thrive In Motherhood, Work and Life
As the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our society, our global economy, and our daily lives in such a pervasive way with kids home from school and parents juggling the role of provider, career professional, and teacher, we, now more than ever, are relying on our support systems. Sure, with social distancing and self isolation, meeting face to face has become virtual, but there’s no denying that maintaining connections and building bonds is so integral to humanity. Today I am joined by Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO of Mother Honestly. Motherhood is demanding AF! There is an enormous amount of pressure on women to over-deliver on all fronts - work, home, parenting, lifestyle and fitness. This over-demanding schedule is leaving mamas exhausted. Women like you are seeking solutions from underneath the laundry pile, the mountain high dishes, and the skipped workouts. Mother Honestly is a platform that inspires, encourages and guides the modern ambitious woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. Through online content, and offline activations, Mother Honestly empowers and elevates mothers to lead bigger, better and deeper lives.
May 6, 2020
Kids Can Meditate
Tejal V Patel JD, is a former divorce attorney turned mindfulness, meditation and Ayurveda advocate for moms and kids. She’s the host of the Time-In Talks Podcast, speaker and author of the book Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities To Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety and Stay Focused. It’s Tejal’s mission to support moms in their journey to become mindful parents and raise the first generation of mindful children and next generation of peace leaders. Her fun, practical and simple way of infusing mindfulness and meditation into the lives of modern families in a way that is understandable to kids truly sets her apart from the traditional self-help crowd and makes her a go-to expert for modern moms seeking to raise calm, confident, and compassionate children. Tejal lives in South Jersey with her husband, sons, and parakeet Skye.
April 29, 2020
Goodbye Bad Hair Days
One of the best byproducts of pregnancy are having the most thick and luscious hair of your life. Personally, my hair grew all the way down to my waist and it was so shiny and healthy. During pregnancy, there is an increase in the level of estrogen hormones in your body. Estrogen causes hair to remain in a growing phase and stimulates the growth of your hair. But, as we all know, all good things must come to an end, so during postpartum and your 4th trimester, you may likely encounter hair loss where your body stabilizes and returns to what your growth cycle was all along. Today’s episode is all about hair - how we can take care of it and maintain it to be healthy, pregnant or not.
April 27, 2020
Homeschooling During COVID-19
Around the nation, more than 124,000 schools are closed or are scheduled to close, impacting more than 55.1 million students. Chances are that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has impacted your family and your kids are at home indefinitely. As families evaluate how to keep their children safe and healthy while still learning, here are some of my recommended educational resources to navigate these unique times, including printables - my toddler schedule, worksheets for toddlers on letters, shapes, and numbers, and at-home scavenger hunt.
April 22, 2020
Resilience in the Face of Health Challenges
More than the F word, it’s the C word that scares so many of us, especially women who have a history of cancer in their family. As mothers, we try to be hyper aware of the carcinogens all around us - in the environment and nutrition - and try to steer clear of them to protect our kids. But when you’re predisposed, it’s a situation that often feels helpless because there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it. Cancer affects the world population in such an invasive way - we all know at least one person who is currently fighting cancer, is a survivor, or has passed away. Today’s episode is about the measures we can take to prevent ourselves from becoming a statistic -- how to screen for breast cancer and how to deal with it if you do happen to be diagnosed or have a friend or family member who is. Parul is a healthcare executive and cancer survivor turned inspirational speaker championing health, resilience, and a positive mindset. As the Founder & CEO of Silver Linings, Parul combines her experiences as a young working mother diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s, a caregiver who transformed her parents' lives with her patient advocacy, and a businesswoman with 15+ years of experience in management consulting and executive roles in consumer, technology, and healthcare companies. Parul's mission is to help improve the state of healthcare by sharing her experiences, and inspiring others to live a healthy, thankful, and fulfilling life. She has shared her personal story through her cancer blog that's been read in ~80 countries, films on survivorship and mindset, TV and radio segments, podcast interviews, and public speaking engagements. Prior to becoming a professional speaker, Parul was Head of Global B2B and B2B2C Marketing at Color Genomics, where she built and led the team responsible for the entire sales and customer success marketing funnel for Color’s enterprise and clinical channels. Before that, as VP of Growth for Weddington Way, Parul led the vertical integration and retail growth strategies that led to the company's acquisition by Gap Inc. As a management consultant at Bain & Company, Parul led teams advising Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms, and helped launch Bain's first consulting office in India. Parul currently serves on the advisory board for Stanford's Health Communication Initiative and early stage start-ups. Parul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Parul and I are connected through our mutual friend Payal Kadakia Pujji. Payal is the founder of ClassPass which is the first female led start-up to hit unicorn status this year and Creative Director Sa Dance Company - Parul and I are members. I love that we are bonded by our passion for Indian dance.
April 15, 2020
Stirring the Pot with Junk-Free Sweet Treats
Today’s episode is with the founders of Foodstirs. Foodstirs is an American cooking and lifestyle company that produces baking kits, mixes and grab and go sweet snacks for sale online, by subscription, and in select stores like Whole Foods. All products are organic, non-GMO ingredients and are intended to be "kid-friendly" to prepare. Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery was founded by Galit Laibow, Greg Fleishman, and Sarah Michelle Gellar in Santa Monica, California in 2014. Galit first came up with the idea and showed her baking kits to other parents (including Sarah Michelle) at her children's school, which spurred her to become a co-founder. The two then presented the idea to Greg, which encouraged him to join as co-founder/President and Co-CEO. These three parents are determined to challenge the status quo and create better food experiences for everyone and are reinventing the multibillion dollar fresh baked goods food category. Over the years, Galit and the team have increased Foodstirs’ sales by more than 10 times and has successfully landed the brand’s USDA Organic baking mixes in more than 7,500 natural, conventional and big box retailers across the U.S. They say, “If you can’t pronounce it, we’re not making it. Because the only place for junk is in the drawer. When ingredients are awesome and steps are simple, we can create sweet experiences. Together we can all be Foodstirs.”
April 8, 2020
Legal Counsel, Business Strategy, and Spiritualism
This episode is for the mompreneurs in the audience. So you have your newly launched brand and have taken it to market. You are seeing steady growth, are consistently posting compelling content on your company website and social media channels, and are engaging with your audience in an authentic way. Last week, we talked about creating a buzz and establishing your brand credibility through Event Production with veteran Rachel Paige Goldstein. Today, we are talking about all things legal related to your business. Enter author, attorney, advisor, speaker and idea acupuncturist, Anjali Kumar. Anjali recently co-founded The Justice Dept, a women-led firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy development for female entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands in technology, consumer product, entertainment, and fashion. Prior to that, she was the Founding Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, and the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker. Anjali was Founding General Counsel at Acumen and Senior Counsel at Google. While at Google, Anjali curated and hosted the Google Speaker Series on campus in NYC bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including Anthony Bourdain, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin and hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google.” Anjali has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She has served as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund and In November 2017 she spoke at TEDWomen. Her “beautiful inspiring, and funny” talk “My Failed Mission To Find God - And What I Found Instead”, based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has been watched by over 3 million people around the world and translated into over twenty languages.
April 1, 2020
The Business of Event Planning & Production
As moms, we learn to become expert multitaskers and masters of resourcefulness. So many of us make major life transitions after we have a baby and decide to launch our own business and become our own #momboss because we have a new found purpose in life. Whether it’s a children’s apparel line or a novel product, launching a consultancy or service-driven agency, or becoming an influencer. Once you have your idea off the ground and establish a critical mass, the next phase is launching an event to connect with your audience. On this episode, we are going to talk about all things events and showcasing your product or brand on a larger scale. Today, I am joined by PR expert and veteran, Rachel Paige Goldstein. An event production veteran with over 25 years of experience, Rachel Paige Goldstein is a masterful facilitator and connector of people, using her diverse background and perspective as a New York City native to cultivate singular experiences and opportunities for her clients. In her role as founder and CEO of Agent of Change, Rachel inspires global change by producing live events that create impact and leading strategic buzz strategy campaigns that celebrate today's most influential voices and personalities. To date, Agent of Change has raised over $70 million for various initiatives related to women's rights, veterans' issues, political advocacy, peace, social justice, and the arts. In the wellness sphere, Rachel leverages her unique access to create dynamic buzz strategy campaigns for product launches, corporate openings, and book release events. Rachel also produced the online Microbiome Medicine Summit utilizing her vast intimate network of functional and integrative medicine experts. Rachel was a strategic advisor and core organizer of the inaugural Women's March on Washington and is a senior advisor at the Milken Institute. She is the co-founder and executive producer of the annual Dot2Dot Summit, a movement to convene powerful young leaders to inspire and challenge their generation to take ownership and action. Rachel is also a proud mama to her four-year old son.
March 25, 2020
Designing Your Life On Your Terms
We are so lucky to be living in this day and age. Start-ups have become so ubiquitous that literally anyone can take an idea and build an entire company around it and have investors scale it to attain mass market. Men and women now have the freedom to work remotely and give priority to their children, the elderly, or their health without compromising productivity. Twenty years ago, things weren’t as easy. 9-5 was the norm and if you were adventurous enough to start your own business, you had to show up on the job around the clock. Today’s guest is a famed fashion designer Cynthia Steffe who not only took risks with her collections, she made bold moves to be a dedicated mom when she built a childcare facility right in her showroom.
March 18, 2020
Crowdfunding to Scale Your Business
As the adage goes, “it takes money to make money.” For female entrepreneurs, that money can be elusive when starting a business or trying to grow one. According to a Forbes article by Kerry Hannon, author of “Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life,” her friend Linda Abraham — a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and start-up board member told her the biggest hurdle for female entrepreneurs: “Raising capital. I am sorry to say that, but it’s true.” Hannon interviewed several women in the early stages of starting ventures and each said that having enough seed money in the bank is what is slowing them down. A few said they considered launching a crowdfunding campaign — raising cash online through a campaign and inviting people to help them. But they were nervous about taking this non-traditional approach. On today’s show, I am joined by Kate Anderson of iFundWomen, a popular crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs. Kate Anderson is a leader in generating change and gender equality within the private fundraising space. As co-founder and Operations Director of iFundWomen, she has driven millions of dollars into the hands of female founders. iFundWomen's flexible crowdfunding platform combines a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for its entrepreneurs, all with the goal of helping female entrepreneurs launch and grow better businesses. Kate lives in Boston with her husband and their three kids, Maggie, JR and Audrey.
March 11, 2020
Fashion On The Go!
Founder Penny Goffman grew up in Montreal with some of the most unique and fast fashion in the world. Inspired by European trends and a father who owned his own fashion line, she loves to dress ahead of the curve. With a degree in business and a passion for style, Penny decided to take the high road and launch Gotique! Jolie, by French definition, means “Pretty” and Jolie is also the name of Penny’s sassy sidekick and beautiful daughter. Inspiration and model, Jolie regularly wears clothing from our children’s boutique and weighs in on her favorites!
March 4, 2020
Wild Beauty - Why Plant-based is the Way to Go
Jana Blankenship authored a book called Wild Beauty and is here to tell us all about it. She is the founder of Captain Blankenship. Founded in 2009, Captain Blankenship is a green beauty company based in New York’s Hudson River Valley that makes haircare, skincare, bodycare products and scents with organic ingredients. Social responsibility and sustainability of ingredients and packaging are at the heart of the company, which is a B Corp, Leaping Bunny Certified and part of 1% for the Planet. Captain Blankenship was born out of Jana Blankenship’s desire to create organic beauty products that create a direct link with nature. From its birth in Jana’s kitchen, the company has grown into a full product line sold at The Detox Market, Credo Beauty, Anthropologie, Follain, CAP Beauty, and over 300 stores nationally and internationally. Captain Blankenship also launched a gender-neutral skincare and grooming line called Sailor by Captain Blankenship in 2018 that is available in Target stores nationwide. Jana is the author of Wild Beauty, a holistic primer for green beauty rich in practical wisdom, anecdotes and 45 DIY recipes for natural perfumes, skincare, hair care, body care, teas and tonics. She lives in Gardiner, NY with her husband, two children, dog and cat. She’s a mom of two kiddos, Mila (6) and Caspian (4). She’s a passionate educator about plant based beauty and says, “It’s been a wild ride running a growing business alongside two growing kids, but I am loving the joyful chaos of it all.”
February 26, 2020
Finding a Babysitter Near You
As founder, Sean has used his success in disruptive innovations to develop Bambino, a ground breaking babysitting app that is disrupting the underserved segment of in-home childcare. Prior to Bambino as CEO of MatchCraft, llc., he led a turnaround and successful exit, and saw significant growth in revenue, profits, and personnel. As a long time leader and innovator within consumer platforms, local search and SMB marketing, Sean has a proven and consistent track record of achieving profitability through revenue growth and operational improvements, and he has a talent for building top-flight teams while instilling a customer-centric approach. While at Dex, he pioneered their early transformation into the digital space with the introduction of performance-based marketing, and led their efforts to be the single largest reseller of Google AdWords to SMBs in the mid 2000's. In addition, he innovated with early consumer models with a focus on consumer generated content (ratings and reviews) and introduced one of the first mobile applications for local search. Today, Sean continues his efforts to transform local media and enjoys attending and speaking at conferences around the World. While in the process of growing Bambino nationally, he serves as a Board Member of SafetySkills, an online learning company.
February 19, 2020
What to Feed Your Picky Eaters
Founded by Michelle Piccolo, Feeding Our Toddlers is an online community highlighting toddler-friendly recipes from food-loving moms. 
February 12, 2020
Redefining Pregnancy Health & Fitness
As women, our bodies are constantly evolving. From our teenage years and puberty to our prime in our 20s and 30s to our pregnancy bods and postpartum. So it makes sense that our workouts should evolve as our bodies needs change. We must focus on the areas that need the most attention, have the correct form and cadence to each workout (sets/reps), which prevents injury and allows us to achieve those results we are seeking. Brooke Cates, Founder & CEO of The Bloom Method, is a Pre & Postnatal Fitness & Health Expert, as well as a Diastasis Recti & Core Rehabilitation Specialist. Brooke created The Bloom Method with a desire to empower women through movement before, during and after their pregnancies. Recognizing gaps in both the mainstream and pregnancy fitness world, she created a method that consists of diastasis recti rehabilitation and prevention exercises, labor training, functional exercise movements and innovative core techniques that are designed to keep women strong and thriving through pregnancy and into motherhood. The Bloom Method is the recommended fitness method trusted by Doctors, Chiropractors, and Pelvic Floor PTs. In 2018 Brooke took The Bloom Method online with Studio Bloom, making it the first ever Pre and Postnatal virtual fitness studio. Since then thousands of women have experienced empowered pregnancies, birth and now experience a deeper connection to their body, movement and exercise than ever before.
February 5, 2020
Fashion Forward Mamas
We wear so many hats in our lives, or shall I say, outfits - as mothers, entrepreneurs, stay at home moms, and working moms. Now the trend has become to embrace these roles while we look and feel our best. Today I have two of my friends and stylists with me - Jasmine Snow and Liz Teich. Jasmine Snow is a Fashion and Accessories Editor, Creative Consultant and On-Air style expert in New York City. She has over 10 years of experience in fashion market, editorial development and curiating exclusive content for major fashion brands. Jasmine built the foundation of her career as the Senior Fashion Editor at Seventeen Magazine, which reaches 12 million readers in the US and appears in 10 different countries worldwide. She developed strong relationships with some of the industry's leading stylists, photographers and creative directors as well as discovering the new generation of design stars. Jasmine creates and conceptualizes co-branded editorial partnerships with celebrities, fashion tastemakers and global brands such as ShopBop, ShoeDazzle, Bauble Bar, Kendall & Kylie, and while also consulting on editorial projects for leading print and digital brands such as Glamour Magazine, People Magazine, People's Style Watch, Elle, InStyle, Barney's New York and Tommy Hilfiger. Jasmine is known for her insider advice and extensive knowledge in fashion, styling and pop culture. Her expertise on Millennials along with her approachable sense of fashion has led her to become a style expert appearing regularly on E! News, Extra, MTV, Seventeen Magazine's YouTube Channel, Good Morning America and as a judge on Lifetime's Project Runway: THREADS. Liz Teich is a NY-based fashion stylist, lifestyle blogger and mom to her toddler son with a baby  on the way. Her blog, The New York Stylist, covers affordable wardrobe ideas, advice on motherhood, fitness, home decor trends and a behind the scenes look at the fashion industry. Liz has been a professional stylist for over a decade. She works on print and digital advertising campaigns for major brands including Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Target, Lane Bryant, Netflix, Alex & Ani. She has appeared on-camera as a style expert for Rent The Runway,  White House Black Market as well as a recurring fashion & lifestyle expert on Good Day New York. Other press include Glamour, Instyle, Women’s Health, Huffington Post. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Jasmine and Liz. I was on Jasmine’s holiday segment for the TODAY show hosted by Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie and Liz’s segment for the hottest holiday trends on Fox 5’s Good Day New York hosted by Lori Stokes and Roseanna Scotto.
January 30, 2020
Sisterpreneurs of Shapewear
Lori Caden is the COO & Co-founder of Belly Bandit,® a company dedicated to helping women look and feel their absolute best before, during and after pregnancy. In 2008, Lori along with her two sisters, Jodi and Kari, introduced the Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap, a postpartum compression wrap that revolutionized the body after baby marketplace. Doctor-recommended and mom-endorsed, the Belly Wrap modernized the ancient practice of post-pregnancy belly support and quickly turned Belly Bandit® products into a new mom must-have. Since its launch, the company has seen tremendous growth. It has evolved from its signature product, the Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap and expanded to include solution-based maternity wear, intimates, activewear, and a complete line of compression shapewear, the Mother Tucker® Collection. Belly Bandit® products are sold in more than 1,000 retailers nationwide and over 80 countries worldwide. Their success has earned Lori and her sisters the moniker, Sisterpreneurs of Shapewear. I am so excited that I not only have Lori on the show today, but her sisters Jodi and Kari are here too. Ladies, welcome to “That’s Total Mom Sense!”
January 22, 2020
Back to the Basics in Beauty & Motherhood
As moms, we lead very busy lives and whether we’re working women or hold down the fort at home, there’s something that changes in us when we feel we look our best - it’s that mani/pedi, that blowout, or those perfect makeup essentials that take us from feeling drab to fab and ready to put ourselves out there and take on the world. On today’s episode, we’re zeroing in on makeup essentials that enhance your natural beauty, are quick/easy, don’t take up much real estate in your cosmetic bag or diaper fanny pack, and most importantly have a patented packaging (they’re crayons guys, and who doesn’t love crayons -- not just your kids) and unique formulas that give you a fresh, flawless face. The brand I’m talking about is Trestique and I’m here with the founder and Co-CEO, Jenn Kapahi. Jenn grew up on her family’s organic farm on the North Fork. Besides working in the fields and on the retail stand, her side hustle was waitressing, starting a piano school, babysitting, working with the vet and doing makeup at Saks in Southampton. In college she studied fine art, played on the women’s soccer team and held 3 part time jobs. Upon graduation, she worked at Bloomingdales and worked her way up to becoming the Assistant Store Manager of the Cosmetics Dept. responsible for 7 brands and 300 employees. She loved the world of makeup but disliked the lack of creativity in the retail sector, which led her to join the marketing team of a top global cosmetic manufacturer, then she moved to Revlon where she worked as a Global Product Developer, and finally, launched her own cosmetics brand, trèStiQue in June 2015.
January 15, 2020
Impacting Mothers Through Community + Collaboration
When you’re a first time mom, it can be extremely isolating, daunting, and overwhelming. There are times when you feel so alone because you don’t have the ability to socialize, connect, and network with women and friends like you once did. Evolutionarily speaking, we all need a village. And for me, that’s HeyMama. I live and work from my home in NJ and as you know I have twins and a baby under 3. I am juggling a ton going from digital marketing clients to podcast recordings to family life and found it so challenging to meet new people and prospect since I’m not going to weekly night time events anymore. I was introduced to HeyMama shortly after I had my third by my friend Michelle Ranavat, founder Ranavat Botanics, who lives in CA and then my friend Patrice Poltzer who is also in New York whom I know through BNI (I’m the president of the Activate 58 Chapter in NY) told me about the same week so I applied and was accepted and it’s been just the community I was seeking to be a part of both online and offline.
January 8, 2020
Teaching Our Girls to Be Brave, Not Perfect
In 2019, women earn .79 cents for every dollar a man makes. Though we can attribute the gender pay gap to several factors including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and circumstances like racial bias, disability, and access to education, there’s no denying numbers and that we still have a lot of work to do to create an even playing field. On today’s episode, I am thrilled to have a woman and mother who has been an advocate for closing the gender gap throughout her career. Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. It has reached 185,000 girls in all 50 states, Canada, and the UK. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company. Reshma is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and has a podcast with the same name and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. She began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, she visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law. Her work on behalf of young women has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and bulldog, Stanley.
January 1, 2020
Do You Have 2020 Vision?
Hey there Mamas! Happy New Year! I hope you all got a chance to unplug and disconnect and enjoy the simpler things in life over the holidays. My 3 kids were home from Christmas Eve through New Year’s and my husband and I really optimized on our spent as a family. I planned out one major activity per day to occupy my 2 year old twins and 1 year old, because we know if you tire them out before noon, they actually NAP, which means, we may be able to sneak in snooze. That is always the goal, right? We went to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City where they enjoyed a new Dino Train exhibit, built towers out of large foam blocks, saw bees in  a beehive, and met a real reindeer. We explored different parks in our neighborhood and the three of them cannot of swings and slides and even named a clubhouse the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We baked a ton - cookies and cupcakes. The kids really enjoyed getting their hands dirty, cracking eggs and whisking flour. We built a gingerbread house. And the biggest achievement was our second bootcamp for potty training which was a success, honing in on their morning routine, and table manners. I will do podcast episodes on all of these because I think there is enough interest for these topics. For now, I want to talk about the cliched new year’s resolutions and how goal-setting can be made easy with a toolkit. I’m going to give you 3 things to implement into your life which are simple and you can stick to throughout the year. I’m doing this right along with you! MEDITATE  GOAL-SETTING DRINK MORE WATER FOCUS ON YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH HAVE A SQUAD
December 25, 2019
The Secrets to Living a Satisfying Life
I often compare life to a pie and how many pieces of the pie are dedicated to our various priorities be it our family, relationships, our work life, our homes, and our self-care and personal goals and so on. Samantha Ettus wrote her fifth book on exactly that: The Pie Life: A Guilt Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction where she breaks down this metaphor to a granular level in such a compelling way. She is a bestselling American author, speaker, TV contributor and syndicated radio host, widely known as a work life balance expert and successful businesswoman, Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam is a renowned speaker and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio show and best-selling author of several books: The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do, The Experts' Guide to Life at Home, The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster, and The Experts' Guide to the Baby Years. She writes a popular weekly work/life newsletter and penned a Washington Post Op-Ed that landed in the top 10 Op-eds in 2017. As a dedicated champion of women, Sam has devoted her career to advocating and supporting women in the pursuit of their dreams. Thousands of women from C-level leaders to administrative assistants to moms returning to the workforce have benefitted from Sam’s unique guidance. In Sam’s quest to help women achieve financial independence, she launched Park Place Payments. We delve into all of this and more - listen in!
December 18, 2019
How CBD Can Change Your Life
CBD is all the rage -- there’s things we know, we don’t know, and a ton of misconceptions out there. This episode is all about CBD. And I have just the expert to break it down for us. Dawn Fable is a working mother of 3 drowning in this thing she calls her "own beautiful disaster." She's struggled with generalized anxiety disorder for over 20 years and when she discovered CBD, it changed her life. As the founder of the Press Pause Project, a natural and quality CBD line for women by women, she's set out to create a true mission for other women to give themselves permission to press pause and stop the whispering and vulnerability around mental health.
December 11, 2019
Planning Your Child's Birthday Bash
Curating your child’s birthday party can be daunting even for those who are Etsy lovers with Pinterest boards galore and themes mapped out a year in advance - there’s the venue, guest list, invitations, decor, props, goody bags, food, entertainment, and cake! I decided to bring two incredible women on my show, Catherine Hildner and Allison Carter, who can help you become the hostess with your mostest when planning your little one’s big day! Allison Carter lives in the Seattle area with her high school sweetheart, Ryan, and two kids, Evie and Hudson, and has always loved a party! She loves bringing people together and creating memorable experiences for her loved ones. Allison believes that every occasion, big or small, deserves to be celebrated, and she helps families do just that. With her business, Allison Carter Celebrates, she creates digital party and holiday planning guides that help families celebrate all of life’s occasions and holidays. while saving time, stress and money. She takes the stress of planning off your plate so her clients can focus on all the fun parts of hosting a beautiful party. Her Memories in Moments podcast has served thousands of families around the world, helping them turn up the volume on life’s little moments to create beautiful, lasting memories. She recently debuted her first physical product, Memories in Moments: Unwrapped, a holiday themed subscription box helping families bring her popular holiday celebration guides to life! Allison and her business has been featured in Forbes, Better Homes and Gardens, Mingle Magazine, Motherly, and more. Catherine Hildner is the creator, designer and heart and soul behind Kitty Meow Boutique (KMB). At Kitty Meow Boutique you can shop beautifully designed paper & party goodies based on your mood, witty or sweet. Whether you're looking for something witty and even a little rude, or prefer sweet sentiments, she's got you. Kitty Meow products, are FUN and fierce, and encourages women to take the bull by the horns in life. You can snag these products on the KMB site or at an ever expanding list of retail shops throughout US & Canada. Catherine is also a wife, momma to two gorgeous little ladies, anchor-loving philanthropist, and self-proclaimed Customer Service Queen. She's dedicated to bringing a little personality to the party and sharing what she knows with other creatives.
November 27, 2019
A Lifetime In Fashion
Residing in New York, making her mark in Los Angeles, and hailing from a small town in Nebraska, Marylou Luther is a fashion industry legend. She had little exposure to fashion when she began her career at The Lincoln Journal and The Des Moines Register. Fast forward forty years and she became the Creative Director of Fashion Group International, Editor of the International Fashion Syndicate, CFDA Award winner, syndicated Clotheslines columnist and more. “Marylou’s bi-annual, ready-to-wear trend report for FGI — narrated in her signature authoritative, sophisticated voice, sets the seasonal tone with her much anticipated summaries. It’s no wonder her trend reports are followed by industry professionals in 28+ regions all over the world.” Marylou and I have our own special story of how we crossed paths. We met in 2009 at Lakmé Fashion Week in Mumbai, India, and when we got to chatting, we discovered we both have ties to CNN (I was Chief Fashion Correspondent for the CNN affiliate in India; her son Walter has been an acclaimed video journalist for the bureau in New York for the past 30 years), have a penchant for Parisian cuisine, prefer our coffee with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream, and are members of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Long lost sorority sisters (nearly sixty years apart) meeting for the first time in India? We think there’s only one word to describe it – “serendipity.” I am so thankful to have my 88-year-old gal pal, mentor, and soul sister in my life. Cheers to you, Marylou!
November 20, 2019
Mastering the Art of Traveling with Kids
Hitha Palepu is an entrepreneur, investor, and writer. Her blog, Hitha On The Go, reached hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide and became known for its travel and productivity content. Her first book, How To Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip was published by Clarkson Potter in 2017. It has been released worldwide, translated into German and Italian, and is currently in its 3rd printing with 50,000 copies in circulation. Hitha and the book were featured by the New York Times, People, Travel+Leisure, and Elle. She is also the creator of #5SmartReads, a daily curation of the 5 must-read stories that reaches over 30,000 readers. Through here work and lifestyle content, she aims to provide simple solutions for women to live their best lives. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: @HithaPalepu TWITTER: @HithaPalepu FACEBOOK: /HithaOnTheGo LINKEDIN: /HithaPalepu Press: HOUSE OF HARPER: Mom Crush: Hitha Palepu, Founder of Hitha On The Go, Author, CEO, & More!
November 14, 2019
Meet Your New Board of Directors for Your Personal Life
Walt Disney once said, “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world…but it requires people to make the dream a reality.” Many of us run our own businesses or are part of the entrepreneurial world and understand how important it is to us to have a trustworthy, dynamic, connected board of directors. My guest today believes that we could all use a board when it comes to our personal and mom life too. Corey Spiegel is a married mom with two teenagers, born and raised in New Jersey and now living in California with her high school sweetheart for over 20 years. Her company, Light House is a fresh, new community of like-minded women who get together to share, advise, inspire and help each other navigate life in a judgement free zone. The connections are genuine, the conversations are real and the brainstorming vibrant. They feature a curated list of topics that resonate with today's modern woman and provide interactive classes. Sometimes a more objective audience works better than a dearest confidant. Corey worked as a senior executive working in the entertainment industry for brands like Playboy, National Geographic, Warner Bros., Extra, Ellen, Rotten Tomatoes and TMZ to name a few, overseeing digital sales, product integrations, social media and brand partnerships. She learned a ton at these companies but after so many years in the trenches, it was time to start her own business in a space that combined her skillset with her passion points outside of advertising. This led her to create Light House.
November 7, 2019
Are You Ready to Publish a Book?
Angela Engel is recognized nationally as an experienced senior sales professional who promotes and places brands strategically in the marketplace. Her resume highlights her work with some of the most recognized publishing, baby, home, and textile brands. These include Chronicle Books, Dwell Studio, Moleskine, and Cameron + Company. Angela’s success in selling to key national and international retailers such as Nordstrom, Amazon, Costco and Target, has made her a sought after expert in the industry. Her clients benefit from her dedication and passion, resulting in millions of dollars’ in revenue. Angela is an ardent cook, a lover of wine, and is passionate about exercise and raising her three young girls with her husband in Oakland, California. Angela is the founder of the Collective Book Studio which is a full service partnership publisher. The studio works with content creators to produce and distribute high quality books in virtually every category. The team has collectively 30 years of combined experience working as authors, artists, and industry leaders to make dreams come alive on every page. They specialize in creating gorgeous, professionally designed, high quality books and their experience with national, mass market, and specialty retailers gets these books out into the world where they belong.
October 30, 2019
Makeup Made Simple for the Multitasking Mama
What is the #1 skincare issue that moms face? You guessed it. Dark under eye circles. We get little to no sleep when we’re taking care of our littles, and unfortunately, it shows up all over our face. Have you seen the glam golden under eye mask patches that have gone viral on Instagram? Well, they’re by a brand called Wander Beauty, co-founded by serial entrepreneur Divya Gugnani and model Lindsay Ellingson. Today, I am excited to be chatting with Divya Gugnani. She is a renaissance woman and has seen success in almost every industry. She brings 20 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience to her role as CEO and Co-Founder of Wander Beauty, which is a company focused on multitasking beauty essentials created with global inspiration. Launched in 2015 Wander Beauty has proven to be one of the fastest emerging brands in the country, with over 19 highly prestigious beauty awards under their belt, plus a loyal following of A-list celebrities, top journalists and notable beauty and style influencers. Prior to that, Divya co-founded Send the Trend, an e-commerce site focused on personalized fashion and beauty, and sold it to QVC, where she focused on digital innovation. She has co-founded multiple companies after starting her career in I-banking and private equity. Divya is a self- proclaimed startup junkie, a food and fashion lover, as well as a beauty experimenter. She has appeared regularly on shows on CNBC, NBC and MSNBC. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. In addition to a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Divya attended the French Culinary Institute.
October 23, 2019
The SnapBack - Myths & Misconceptions Busted!
I am joined by Dr. Pinkey Patel, who knows all too well about what it Snap Back should back and has an app called exactly that - The Snap Back. She is  a Clinical Pharmacist with 8 years of experience in personal training, as well as a Pre and Post-Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist and is the founder of The SnapBack. She has an expressive three-year-old daughter who has inherited her strong will, love for books, and total inability to sit still. Aside from her full-time job and family, her passion lies in preparing women for birth, the postpartum period, and helping develop thriving moms and thriving babies.
October 16, 2019
How to Protect Your Child From Food Allergies
Soon after Meenal Lele's first child was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, new research upended decades of allergy advice. The LEAP study found that consistently adding allergenic foods beginning at four months of age could drastically reduce the rate of developing food allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics subsequently began recommending that parents give allergenic foods to their babies early and often. As Meenal struggled to prepare allergens three times a week for her second child, she realized how hard it was to mix nuts into baby food without exposing his older brother or contaminating the blender. There had to be a better way! She took my background in chemical engineering and worked with food scientists to develop a solution. Lil Mixins is specially prepared to blend smoothly into breastmilk, formula, or baby foods, so it’s simple to give to infants. They use the best quality ingredients and no additives or sweeteners – the same way you would make it yourself, but without the mess. And they've made it so one jar of each product will last from early infancy until your baby can start to eat whole foods. Their goal is to make early introduction easier for busy moms.
October 9, 2019
What the F: Fashion, Family and Female Empowerment
Rebecca Minkoff is a global fashion brand that was founded by brother and sister duo Rebecca Minkoff & Uri Minkoff in 2005 in New York City. The brand has four domestic retail stores, nine international locations, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide.
October 2, 2019
What’s Your Child’s Personality Type?
Wendy Gossett is a Parenting Specialist. She helps parents understand their children by using temperament psychology and neuroscience. She has over twenty years of experience in education, working in the classroom and corporate sector. However, all her educational experience didn’t help when parenting her daughter. Because they were opposites, she struggled as a helicopter parent, an explosive parent and an embarrassing parent. (Google “dancing mom in traffic to see for yourself.”) Because she has struggled, she wants to help other parents struggle…a little bit less! She is a speaker, author and contributing writer for multiple parenting publications.
September 26, 2019
Yoga and Fitness for Your Pre and Post-Baby Body
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body and spirit. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health from reducing stress, inflammation and improves breathing, sleep, happiness, strength, flexibility, and mood. My guest today  is Rachel Welch, who is a women’s health advocate and post natal fitness pioneer and expert. Her life-elevating fitness method empowers women with the knowledge and skills to understand, heal and embody motherhood from the inside-out. Revolution Motherhood™ Fitness Method merges Yoga, Soft Foam Rolling, PT, Pilates, Bootcamp and Breath into empowering, inspirational workouts.  Rachel brilliantly fuses education, alignment and strength training into progressively challenging sequences so that you start to see and feel results immediately.  Whether you are newly post baby, just beginning a workout routine, or have a strong fitness lifestyle, Rachel will maximize your workouts, tone your core, glutes, thighs and arms, and leave you feeling open, strong, balanced and confident.
September 18, 2019
Finding Your Rhythm: Strategies for Mompreneurs
On today's episode, I have a gab fest with Brooke Allen and Heather Lovato, the founders of Sōlspace, a no holds barred podcast and blog for moms. These two mompreneurs share their journey from being single AF to married with children, and give you real-talk parenting tips along the way. Brooke, an entrepreneur and digital marketing strategist, loves spending time with her family, a glass of red wine with her girls (or alone), snuggling with her 2 year old boy and has a weird obsession with finding information online (friends affectionately call her “cyberstalker”). No one is safe but your secrets are safe with her. Heather started a successful conscious creative agency called clover PR over 6 years ago, married the man of her dreams and then they had the cutest, chunkiest, delicious little boy... but nothing is quite figured out. Heather loves being creative, coffee + morning walks with her family, attending anything with a theme and sarcasm is her true love language. She has always dreamed of sharing her thoughts with the masses one day -- even if only for her own therapy. The two each have one son and are now pregnant with their daughters (due any day now!) We talk time management, how the mom life #juggleisreal, and more.
September 4, 2019
101 Simple Strategies for Parenting with Sanity & Joy
In my opinion, the most challenging facet to being a parent is wondering if you are making good decisions for your kids. Should I sleep train or not? How much screen time? Should I opt for a nanny or daycare? When are we doing away with bottles? When to start potty training? And these small problems evolve when we have tweens and adolescents who are faced with peer pressure, bullying, self esteem issues, keeping up with competitive academic environments, honing in on their passions, and being socially accepted. Sue Groner is founder of the Parenting Mentor, which provides on-site and virtual sessions for parents of toddlers through teens. As a University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School graduate and a former advertising executive, Groner uses her training in creative problem solving with her CLEARR methodology to help parents foster and maintain a more fulfilling and stress-free experience while in the trenches of day-to-day children. She lives in New York with her husband and two children. “One of the most frustrating aspects of parenting is that there is no school for it. You learn by doing.” -Dr. Elliot Barsh, Pediatrician “Sue Groner’s parenting tips provide immediate access to wise and loving guidance that can help when navigating the many day to day challenges we encounter when raising children. Her big picture, common-sense approach offers parents a “tool box” that allows them to act from a position of confidence.”
August 29, 2019
Mom Guilt Stops Here - Why We Feel It and How To Deal
No one likes feeling guilty. It's just not a happy place to be. Yet somehow mothers seem to riddled with what is called "mom guilt" all the time. We sacrifice so much for our children, but despite that, we still feel like we're not doing enough. For some, they feel guilty for not being able to take care of their children because they're working, and for others, they long to be out in the workforce because they feel they're homebound with their kids too much. Either way, it's a difficult conundrum to grapple with all the time. On this episode, I am joined by Dr. Terri Bacow, who is a clinical psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has deep expertise in using skills-based therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and related disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety. Dr. Bacow is dedicated to empowering each client with the concrete, sustainable coping skills to better manage overwhelming thoughts and emotions. She especially enjoys working with young adults (including college students) and parents, including moms and dads adjusting to new parenting or interested in parent coaching. Ready to shed the mom guilt, and hone in on your greatest, most powerful self? Let's do this!
August 15, 2019
From Drab to Fab - A Personal Stylist's Top Tips for Moms
When you think "mom fashion," it may sound like an oxymoron because moms are stereotypically viewed as frumpy and disheveled because we are too busy sacrificing for our kids. Hello! But it doesn’t have to be this way. We CAN look like a million bucks and we SHOULD spend time and energy to do so because it does wonders for our confidence and self-esteem, which makes us better as moms, at our jobs, and positively impacts every facet of our life.  Katie Kabel is the founder of Kabel Styles and is my personal stylist. After spending over 20 years working in retail, Katie left work to start a family. She always enjoyed working, and knew she wanted to return to work when the time was right. She was eager to get back to doing what she loves; cultivating meaningful relationships, making women and men feel confident and empowered. Working as a personal stylist allows her to fulfill her desire to be productive and creative while still attending to the needs of her young family. Being a personal stylist is so much more than dressing an individual, it’s about a relationship of trust, gratitude, and commitment. Giving someone the confidence to walk into an interview, go on a first date, tackle a new life adventure, or simply putting a smile on their face. That’s why she doesn’t just label herself as a personal shopper/stylist but also as an image consultant. Listen in to Katie's top tips for moms on the staples they should have in their closet and what pieces they should consider that are flattering, functional, fashionable, and fun!
August 9, 2019
How to Get Your Groove Back in Your Marriage After Kids
According to an article in Fortune magazine, For around 30 years, researchers have studied how having children affects a marriage, and the results are conclusive: the relationship between spouses suffers once kids come along. Comparing couples with and without children, researchers found that the rate of the decline in relationship satisfaction is nearly twice as steepfor couples who have children than for childless couples. In the event that a pregnancy is unplanned, the parents experience even greater negative impacts on their relationship. On today’s episode, I am joined by Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez. She says the process of healing often leads to deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationships. She works collaboratively with her clients, creating a safe, healing, therapeutic space that allows for growth and change. She offers an integrative approach to therapy, tailored to your unique needs. She specializes in working with individuals, couples and families struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and major life changes, like having a baby. She says the challenges we face as we move through various phases of life can seem overwhelming and isolating. It doesn't have to be this way. She truly believes that each individual possesses the power within to live to their highest potential, and she’s here to support your journey to a place of hope, compassion and self love.
July 31, 2019
Hush Little Baby - Sleep Training vs. Co-Sleeping
You know what the most trite advice is about babies and sleep? “Honey, sleep when the baby sleeps!” It makes me think of a meme I came across on Instagram that said, “Sure. And I’ll do laundry when my baby does laundry and wash bottles when my baby washes bottles.” When the baby sleeps, that may be our only window of  time to get to the umpteen things we have to do.  One of the most polarizing and confusing topics for a new mom is “To sleep train or not.” There are some parents who are die-hard believers in the Ferber method and others who prefer co-sleeping, and others who fall somewhere in between. First and foremost, there is no right or wrong method. You do what is right for your baby and your family and your schedule.  What I aim to provide you with is knowledge. If you’re a mom who is unsure of what to do to put your baby to sleep and sleep well, this is the episode for you. I interview Kelly Murray, founder of Kelly Murray Sleep Consulting and Dr. Amber Price, Pediatrician/Lactation Specialist, and they talk about the pros and cons of sleep training vs. attachment parenting.  My goal is to keep things as objective as possible. As a journalist, I’m hardwired to tell both sides of the story, that way you can take both of these very different perspectives and schools of  thought and do what’s best for your baby and your family. Sweet dreams!
July 16, 2019
Get 'Thinspired': How I Lost 90 lbs After Having a Baby
As the adage goes, “Nine months on; nine months off.” It takes about 9 months to put on the baby weight during pregnancy, and roughly that amount of time to lose it. But for many women, it’s not that easy. I know I can relate after having my twins! Now imagine having the added pressure of being in the  spotlight on TV, which sadly does add 10 lbs, all while juggling life with a new baby. Today, I’m interviewing someone who has done it all and more, MaraSchiavocampo. She’s a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent for ABC News based in New York, chart-topping podcast host, and best-selling author of her memoir “Thinspired,” which documents how she lost 90 pounds after her first child. Unbelievable! Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog. She’s here to tell us her story and give us some tips along the way. Get ready to get thinspired!
July 11, 2019
Terrible Two’s, Tantrums, and Tears - Oh My!
If you’re a mom of toddlers, you’ve probably had to deal with the dreaded tantrum. They happen all the time - at home and in public - and when we have an audience like when you’re at a grocery  store or at the mall, it’s like the most embarrassing thing ever. They don’t call it terrible 2s for nothing. Today, we’re going to learn how to deal with tantrums and really get to the root of the issue. Brooke Campbell is a licensed creative arts therapist and board certified trainer of drama therapy with fifteen years of experience and holds a master’s degree from New York University . She’s the founder of Creative Kinections LLC an arts based community organization providing drama therapy to private clients, universities, hospitals, schools, non-profits, addiction centers, and domestic violence organizations. Brooke is an alumni and teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with the School of Social Policy and Practice and guest lectures at New York University and The School of Visual Arts. In 2018, she received the Women's Excellence Award in Children's Advocacy and has been voted by parents as a Favorite Kids' Doc in the category of psychotherapy from 2013-2018.
July 4, 2019
How I Built a $100M Business After Becoming a Mom
Shortly after a new mother gets wheeled into her recovery room after labor and delivery, she’s handed her newborn baby, who’s fresh and clean from the nursery, and gets a crash course on swaddling. Pediatricians, nurses, and trusted moms the world over swear by aden + anais, which are breathable, muslin blankets to swaddle your little one to sleep.  Today I am honored to have with me, the powerhouse behind this iconic baby lifestyle brand, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, wife, mother to four daughters, and thought leader, Raegan Moya-Jones. She is the CEO and co-founder of aden + anais. She founded the company with an initial investment of $15,000 in start-up capital in 2003, and grew it to $100 million business. The company sells over 2,000 products in 68 countries and has clients like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, DJ Khaled, Neil Patrick Harris, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few.  Raegan was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and aden + anais was named to the Crain’s New York Business “Fast 50” list for three consecutive years and was recognized for a 338% growth rate and reported revenue of $41.7 million in 2013. Raegan most recently co-founded Saint Luna, a premium moonshine brand.  She sits on the board of directors for Hopeland, a nonprofit created to pioneer innovative solutions and build new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care. She is the author of “What it Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds” and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four daughters. 
June 27, 2019
What to Expect When You're Done Expecting
When I found I was pregnant, the first thing my sister in law gave me was the book - What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Since the early 80s, it’s been the bible of a mother-to-be’s pregnancy journey. And now we have apps like The Bump, Ovia, Sprout, WebMD Pregnancy, and more that walk us through each trimester week by week illustrating how our baby goes from being the size of a blueberry to a watermelon.  But what happens next? How come we aren’t as informed about what happens during postpartum? I personally asked my OBGYN a bajillion questions and she was a fellow twin mom so had a lot of advice relevant to my situation. During my hospital stay after my c-section, I must have befriended at least 6 RNs who were taking care of me during various shifts and they were all very helpful and chatty and didn’t hesitate to give me their 2 cents. And of course, I was searching every topic under the sun on Google and YouTube from ‘how long does it take to recover from a c-section’ to ‘when will my milk come in?’  On this episode, we’re going to do a crash course on what to expect after you have your baby or  babies and how to feel mentally prepared with all the things that happen after pregnancy - essentially, what to expect to expect when you’re done expecting. My guest today is Intrepid mother of two, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Dr. Tara for short. She’s an ob/gyn, practicing gynecologic surgeon and an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Tara is recognized as an international leader in global women’s health and a frequently cited expert in this field. She is also an accomplished researcher focused on interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality, with work published in prominent medical journals such  as  the American Journal of Perinatology and ACOG Today. She launched a company called Mommy Matters because a simple truth: women everywhere find it hard to focus on their own comfort and recovery during pregnancy and after childbirth. Mom takes care of everyone else, but who takes care of mom? Mommy Matters has products including a pregnancy pillow and postpartum kit. Dr. Shirazian is also the founder of Saving Mothers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications in low-resource settings. Saving Mothers believes no woman should die giving life. 
June 20, 2019
Rediscovering Yourself (After Kids)
A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.  On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women's Health Institute.  She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.
June 12, 2019
Raising Kids in a Concrete Jungle
For so many families, the exodus of moving to the suburbs to live the “American Dream” with their 2.5 kids, dog, and white picket fence is a thing of the past. They’re trading in the backyard, garage, and minivan for balconies, a doorman, and Citi bikes…with no regrets. Patrice Poltzer is a bonafide city mom who has raising kids in the city down to a science. A former Emmy-nominated TODAY show producer, she is the founder of Patrice Poltzer Creative, a video production house, as well as the co-founder of CityKin, a parenting site that celebrates raising kids in the city by way of advice, community, and inspiration for families around the world.
June 5, 2019
Navigating the Entertainment Industry as a New Mom (feat. Melanie Chandra)
New mothers are under a ton of pressure - dealing with their recovery, tending to their baby's needs around the clock, nursing, managing their home and other family members, work, the list goes on. Actress and producer Melanie Chandra (ABC's "Code Black," HBO's "The Brink," "For Here or To Go" on NetFlix) knows this all to well as she was pregnant when she was filming her pilot, "Surina and Mel," and began pitching her projects shortly after her daughter was born. Being a woman of color adds another layer of responsibility and challenges faced along the way.  I've known Melanie for over a decade and I have to say, she's taken on her new 'role' as mother with aplomb. We talk about her journey during pregnancy, being a mother in entertainment, working with her best friend and having Kal Penn as their executive producer, and her advice to women who want to make it in Hollywood and not give up their family life.  Contact:
May 29, 2019
How Much Screen Time is Too Much? (feat. Holland Haiis)
The World Health Organization recently tightened its guidelines on screen time for kids.  Babies in their first year of life should never be exposed to screens and those aged 2 to 4 should spend no more than an hour a day in front of a screen. (Cue - parents gasping everywhere). Though technology can be beneficial in many ways, we can't deny the increase in cases of childhood obesity, vision/eyestrain issues, anxiety, and behavioral disorders due to introducing our little ones to our digital world too soon.  Speaker, author, and leading expert on digital detox, Holland Haiis advises on how much time each age group should ideally spend in front a screen, if it all. She also takes a deep dive into why kids get addicted, how it effects their brain and behavior, and how we can flip the script and get them to ditch the habit. Parents, you may want to put down your smartphone and lead by example with this one!  Contact:
May 22, 2019
Massage is the New Bath!
Massage has numerous benefits for children including infant weight gain, stress and anxiety relief, motor development, and cognitive development. On this episode, I’m joined by Sweta Doshi, the founder of Bubbsi, a skincare brand for babies and toddlers. Leveraging her 10 years of experience working in strategy and marketing at major beauty and apparel brands, Sweta decided to solve a problem that all moms face -- finding all-natural skincare for our babies. Drawing from her own experience when her daughter developed eczema as a newborn, Sweta explains that bathing our babies every day can be extremely drying on their skin, especially if they have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema, so parents should make massage the focal point of their bedtime routine. Listeners, enter promo code MOMSENSE10 for 10% off your first Bubbsi order. Contact:
May 16, 2019