That's Total Mom Sense

Kanika Chadda-Gupta

Entrepreneur, wife, and mom of three (twins + 1) Kanika Chadda Gupta, invites guests to share their mom sense experiences & dig deep on topics like how to teach your child to meditate, making your marriage last, & mastering your car makeup routine. Grab your latte (that's ice cold by now) & laugh along with "That's Total Mom Sense."

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Nina Meehan inspires the broader community as a skilled theatre producer, award-winning director, and dedicated arts educator, with expertise in youth development and creativity! Nina’s award-winning theatrical work for young people as CEO and Founder of Bay Area Children's Theatre has reached more than 1 million kids and adults and has toured nationally and internationally. Nina speaks and writes frequently about creative play, arts education, nonprofit management, and theatre for young audiences (TYA) and is the host of the Creative Parenting Podcast. She is also the proud Mama of three kids and a nature lover! Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: NinaMeehan.com INSTAGRAM: @nmeehan FACEBOOK: /nina.meehan LINKEDIN: Nina Meehan

Nov 25

22 min 39 sec

As you all know, my passion is storytelling and it’s been the common denominator in my work in media so it’s no wonder that I look for stories wherever I go. Did you ever think that a piece of jewelry could tell a story? I am so pleased to announce my partnership with a demi-fine jewelry brand, Klas Squared. We have a very special surprise for you at the end. But for now, I want to shine a light on the founders of the brand, a mother-daughter duo - Lori and Kirsten Schmidtke, and share their story. About Lori Schmidtke Lori Schmidtke is the founder and lead designer of Klas squared. With a career in fashion design spanning over three decades, Lori’s creative brilliance is the passion behind the brand’s designs and aesthetic. Her artistic vision combined with a focus on quality is evident in the modern minimalism and clean composition of each piece. Lori designs and handcrafts Klas squared jewelry in her home studio in London, Canada. Designing for Klas squared is all consuming for the designer. Lori thrives on the process of sourcing materials based on colour, shape and texture and finding new and modern ways to create jewelry for the everyday, powerful woman: “I see everything through a lens: colour, shape, and composition. Whether it’s admiring nature, fashion, contemporary art or travel, I’m always envisioning it as a piece of jewelry”. About Kirsten Schmidtke Kirsten Schmidtke leads the business, branding, and content strategy for Klas squared. With a successful background in business and creativity in her DNA, she was motivated to join forces with Lori for an opportunity to make a mark and leave an impact. She is drawn to the colour, detail and composition of fashion, falling in love with its ability to transform your mood, your energy, and your confidence. Kirsten’s talent in the art of styling, curating a look, and creating a brand aesthetic, led her to the centre of Klas squared’s campaigns modeling the newest designs. Although much of her time is spent analyzing numbers, driving business strategy, and writing copy, her love for the creative process is equally as important, and fulfilling. “I don’t get to make all of the decisions [at work], but I do get to decide what I wear. I believe fashion has the ability to transform your energy, and accessories have the power to take it a step further: to express your personality, your beliefs, and what you stand for.” Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: Shop.KlasSquared.com INSTAGRAM: @klassquared INSTAGRAM: @lorischmidtke INSTAGRAM: @kirstenschmidtke FACEBOOK: /klassquared FACEBOOK: /kirstenschm LINKEDIN: /klassquared

Nov 18

30 min 26 sec

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. The anchor of this episode is why Nanit is so focused on the "Magic in the Crib." The idea that there is so much magic that takes place in the crib is one that CEO Sarah Dorsett is very passionate about, and that has influenced much of the innovation Nanit is so well known for. Memories came out of the drive Sarah and the Nanit team have to bring that magic to life for its families. Episode Links: WEBSITE: Nanit.com INSTAGRAM: @get_nanit FACEBOOK:  /GetNanit TWITTER: @getnanit PINTEREST: @Get_Nanit YOUTUBE: Nanit

Nov 15

7 min 7 sec

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. For the community episode, we focus on how Nanit is creating a modern version of the village. Our discussion begins with why Nanit created its community and how its extensive data has made Nanit uniquely equipped to foster a welcoming and educational environment where new parents can build their community. Episode Links: WEBSITE: Nanit.com INSTAGRAM: @get_nanit FACEBOOK:  /GetNanit TWITTER: @getnanit PINTEREST: @Get_Nanit YOUTUBE: Nanit

Nov 14

9 min 20 sec

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. There’s no owner’s manual when you have a baby. Nanit studies babies to learn and gather data and has found that the crib is where they do all their work (sound, physical development, where they are growing independently, 0-3 years are so critical). CEO Sarah Dorsett shares an insider's take on what this family tech brand has built from baby monitors to sleepwear and how it all works. Episode Links: WEBSITE: Nanit.com INSTAGRAM: @get_nanit FACEBOOK:  /GetNanit TWITTER: @getnanit PINTEREST: @Get_Nanit YOUTUBE: Nanit

Nov 13

20 min 44 sec

Milestones with Nanit is a special podcast and video series on “That’s Total Mom Sense” sponsored by Nanit, a family tech company that specializes in smart baby monitors and sleepwear. CEO, Sarah Dorsett and I talk about her journey as an executive in leadership, as a mother, and we hear from the Nanit team and community. Parenting is tough, especially in the early years when you’re getting the hang of things. We are here to support you through the growing pains and to celebrate your babies’ milestones along the way. Episode Links: WEBSITE: Nanit.com INSTAGRAM: @get_nanit FACEBOOK:  /GetNanit TWITTER: @getnanit PINTEREST: @Get_Nanit YOUTUBE: Nanit

Nov 12

31 min 41 sec

Today’s show isn’t just WHATEVER. It’s kind of a big deal and if you don’t feel like listening, AS IF. It’s going to be bewildering, leaving you bewitched. OK, I’ll stop with innendos, but I am fully fanning out because today, I have Elisa Donovan with me on “That’s Total Mom Sense.” For over 20 years, Elisa Donovan has been a major part of pop culture. She began her film career when she played the role Amber in the iconic comedy Clueless. She later starred in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, playing bad girl Ginger LaMonica. She then went on to reprise her role of Amber for three seasons on the television series of Clueless. During which time she shot the Paramount/SNL Films comedy, A Night At The Roxbury. Then for three seasons Elisa played Morgan Cavanaugh on the monster hit series Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Elisa was also the star and co-producer of the NBC comedy web series In Gayle We Trust, created and written by Brent Forrester (The Office), which was an unprecedented success for the network, garnering over 35MM views. Elisa was voted Reader Favorite as a Celebrity Mom Blogger for people.com and was hand selected by Sheryl Sandberg to be the voice for her #1 bestsellers Lean In and Option B. The audiobook for Lean In was also #1 on the charts and was submitted for a Grammy nomination. Meet My Guest: IMDB: Elisa Donovan INSTAGRAM: @reddonovan FACEBOOK: /elisa.donovan Press US MAGAZINE: Clueless’ Elisa Donovan Reveals Where Amber Would Be Today, If She’s Run Into Mean Girls She Based Her Character On PEOPLE: Clueless Actress Elisa Donovan Remembers 'Sweet' Costar Brittany Murphy as 'Like a Hummingbird'

Nov 11

33 min 43 sec

Today I am honored to bring you a very special interview to commemorate the holiday season and Diwali. It’s with a woman who embodies her feminity so effortlessly as an actor, author, producer, daughter, sister, wife, and mother of two - she’s Kareena Kapoor Khan. Kareena Kapoor Khan is Bollywood royalty hailing from the Kapoor family who’s ancestry has revolutionized the film industry for generations. She is the recipient of several awards including 6 Filmfare Awards and is one of Bollywood’s most popular and revered actresses. She received critical acclaim for her roles in Chameli, Omkara, Jab We Met, and Heroine. Her highest grossing releases include Singham Returns, Good Newz, 3 Idiots, Bodyguard, and Bajrangi Bhaijan. Kareena hosts a radio show and has contributed as a co-writer to four books among them two are autobiographical memoirs, The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva and My Pregnancy Bible: The Ultimate Manual for Moms to Be . She has started her own line of clothing and cosmetics for women, and has worked with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate for the education of girls and an increase in quality based education in India. Kareena and her husband actor Saif Ali Khan have two sons, Taimur and Jeh. Today we dive in to her career, her perspective as a woman in the entertainment industry, and her personal experience as mother. She shares her fun anecdotes and sage advice and is sure to delight. Listen in. Meet My Guest: INSTAGRAM: @kareenakapoorkhan TWITTER: @KareenaK_FC FACEBOOK: /OfficialPageKareenaKapoor

Nov 4

35 min 35 sec

Today I’m joined by a mom and daughter duo I’m sure many of you know - Anisha Ramakrishna and her mother Chitra. They’re both hilariously funny and were the lynchpin of the Bravo reality series, Family Karma. After climbing the ranks of the New York City fashion industry and reaching the peak of her career, Anisha Ramakrishna decided to pursue her dreams of starting her own size-inclusive clothing line. She left her life in the city, including breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, to move back home with her family and follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps. After the successful launch of her clothing line, she is focused on her personal life. You can catch her on the Bravo TV show Family Karma, which showcases the lives of 7 young Indian professionals and their families. Family Karma is the first tv show in American television history with an all-Indian cast. Chitra Ramakrishna was born and raised in Mumbai. She spent much of her time raising her three children and working in a business she founded with her husband. She is Anisha's mom and you can also catch her on Family Karma. Meet My Guests: WEBSITE: ShopCurrently.com INSTAGRAM: @anishramakrishna PODCAST: Currently Cringing YOUTUBE: Anisha Ramakrishna

Oct 28

35 min 4 sec

Celebrity Doula, Maternal Wellness Expert, Bestselling Author and Founder of Mama Glow, a global maternal health and education platform and Mama Glow Foundation, a non-profit serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham is the founder of Mama Glow, a global maternal health and education company serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. Mama Glow supports birthing families during the fertility period, pregnancy, birth as well as during postpartum offering hand-holding through their bespoke doula services. Their doula education platform empowers birth workers around the world. Latham is a fierce advocate for birth equity and works to bridge policy gaps in maternal health. She’s co-founder of The Continuum Conference, a gathering centering on the experience of fertility, pregnancy, and new motherhood. And the Mama Glow Foundation, advancing reproductive justice through education, advocacy, and the arts. Cultivating her wellness practice over nearly a decade she has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients including Alicia Keys, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Graham, DJ Khaled, Rebecca Minkoff, Doutzen Kroes, Tamera Mowry, Gabrielle Union, and more. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Breakfast Club, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal Magazine, FORBES, SELF, Essence, and more. She is the proud mother of 18-year-old DJ prodigy, producer and entrepreneur, DJ Fulano. Latham is a graduate of Columbia University and author of two best-selling books;Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living And Crowning The Queen Within and Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: MamaGlow.com WEBSITE: MamaGlowFoundation.org INSTAGRAM: @GlowMaven FACEBOOK: /MamaGlow

Oct 24

39 min 48 sec

Today we are unearthing all the things related to pregnancy that aren’t so peachy from infertility to postpartum depression to misscarriage and stillbirth. These are the gut wrenching experiences many have to face and may not know where or how to seek help. Here are some stats. Women with infertility can feel as anxious or depressed as those diagnosed with cancer. Up to 20% of women experience prenatal or postpartum depression, and postpartum anxiety affects 20% of first-time moms. 10-15% of women experience depression during pregnancy, but it often goes untreated. Half of women experience significant distress following a miscarriage. Also, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and 1 in 160 babies are stillborn. Today, I’m joined by Nneka Symister who is a psychotherapist and licensed social worker. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: MyLocalTherapist.org INSTAGRAM: @nneka_symister FACEBOOK: /nnekasymisterlcsw

Oct 23

29 min 5 sec

If you hope to be pregnant some day, we understand your anticipation and anxiety. If you’re pregnant right now, we get that you’re nervous, excited, and just want to feel prepared. If you’ve lost your little one, we feel your pain which never goes away and want to help heal your broken heart, and if you were neglected, we want to take up for your cause. This is “The Birthing Series” on That’s Total Mom Sense where I’ll be speaking with experts on labor and delivery, loss, and advocacy. Today’s guest is Sara Lyon. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: TheBirthDeck.com LINKEDIN: Sara Lyon Glow FACEBOOK: /thebirthdeck INSTAGRAM: @thebirthdeck

Oct 22

40 min 56 sec

We all know and love M. Night Shyamalan as a world renowned director, producer and actor who was labeled “the next Spielberg” by Newsweek in 2002. His films have grossed over $3 billion globally with cult classics like The Sixth Sense which received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Signs, The Last Airbender, and The Unbreakable Series. We may also be fans of Saleka, his daughter who is a singer songwriter and wrote an original song for his recent release, Old, with a voice smooth as silk reminiscent of old school R&B. But today, I’m honored to interview M. Night’s wife, Bhavna Vaswani Shyamalan, who is the silent strength of the family and is the glue who is keeping it all together. For more than 15 years, Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD, has served in her role as co-founder and vice-president of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. The foundation focuses on discovering and supporting grassroots leaders around the world who are moving depressed communities out of poverty and oppression. These global leaders are empowering their communities by supporting social justice, equality, and access to basic needs such as food, water, and education. A deep belief in human-dignity and freedom as a birthright, as well as in our joint responsibility to become participants in the fight for social equity and justice, have been Dr. Shyamalan’s driving force in creating and steering the efforts of the foundation. With an international upbringing and global perspective, Dr. Shyamalan has developed a keen awareness of the power of poverty to determine the life course of individuals, families, and communities by severely limiting opportunity and choice. The foundation leaders work to eliminate those barriers. More recently, Dr. Shyamalan has focused her foundation on helping the most disenfranchised communities; the forgotten and “disposable’ people entrapped and exploited by modern day slavery and human trafficking. Although born in India, Bhavna was raised in Hong Kong before her family moved to the U.S. An immigrant herself, Dr. Shyamalan is keenly aware of the challenges posed to immigrants in any new country. Having travelled widely, however, her exposure to different people and cultures has not only reinforced her belief in the gift diversity brings, but also deepened her commitment to valuing each individual life. Dr. Shyamalan oversees the foundation’s international grants, the implementation of its vision and mission, strategic growth, fundraising, and overall operations. Additionally, DR. B (as she is known in the fitness world) is co-owner at Vibe Vault Fit, a boutique fitness & wellness studio in PA, and has been teaching Dance Fitness classes since 2011. Dr.B’s believes working out can be inspired, and should address health and fitness in all aspects, including body, mind, spirit. In addition to teaching dance fitness classes, Dr. B also manages the “mind” and “spirit” side of Vibe Vault Fit, running workshops, and talking about how to uplift our lives through the Vibe Vault Fit podcasts and blogs. Her vision for Vibe Vault Fit is to promote a warm community, that will walk together toward a healthier, more fulfilling, and extraordinary life. Dr. B sees wellness, like happiness, as a mindset. Her goal is to help you make your own wellness a priority and claim the life that is waiting for you. Earlier in her career, Dr. Shyamalan worked as a therapist in the counseling centers of Swarthmore College and St. Joseph’s University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her B.A. in psychology from New York University. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: MNSFoundation.org WEBSITE: VibeVaultFit.com FACEBOOK: /DrB.DanceFitness

Oct 21

42 min 21 sec

Martial arts is a metaphor for life. Did you ever think about that? It requires a fine balance of the body, mind, and spirit - a keen understanding of people and their intentions, skill, flexibility, wisdom, focus, anticipation, practice, and after you are hit to the ground with this challenge or that level of adversity, you muster up the courage and willpower to stand up and fight again. That is what living is all about. Today, I am joined by a woman who lives by this philosophy more than anyone I know. She is Shannon Emery Lee. She’s famously known as Bruce Lee’s daughter but she is SO much more than that and is carving her path and place in this world in such an authentic way. Across the globe, billions revere her father who made his mark as an incredibly talented martial artist, filmmaker, actor, and philosopher. But to her, he was simply Dad. To say she had big shoes to fill is an understatement, and to think her father’s shoes were never worn again when he died at the age of 32 and little Shannon was just 4 years old. Shannon has been a keen martial artist throughout life in her own way. She’s also an American singer, actress, producer and entrepreneur. After her father’s death, her mother Linda Lee Cadwell left Hong Kong and raised her in California along with her brother Brandon Lee, who also died far too young during an accident while shooting for a film. People tried to tell her that acting was not good for the family but Shannon decided to maintain the legacy of her father and learned martial arts from his students. She then made her debut into film and TV with movies like Enter the Eagles and Martial Law. She endeavours to preserve and promote her father’s legacy as the president of the Bruce Lee Foundation and Bruce Lee Enterprises. Her book Be Water, My Friend pays homage to her father’s life and teachings, and her most important role is being a dedicated mother to her daughter Wren. Welcome to the show, Shannon! Let’s bow in ceremoniously to this interview so that we are both aware and present. Meet My Guest: INSTAGRAM: @therealshannonlee

Oct 14

56 min 9 sec

As you all know, I am an organization aficionado. I am a minimalist and believe in buying things of good quality and store them in a way that’s functional and aesthetic. That’s why I am LOVING the brand Hudson+Bleecker. They provide storage solutions for your daily needs from cosmetic bags to suitcase storage to garment bags. I became fast friends with the founder Eram Siddiqui and am excited to have her on this IG PODCAST LIVE today. Eram Siddiqui brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience as Founder and CEO of Hudson+Bleecker, the premier travel and lifestyle accessories brand focused on thoughtfully designed and functional accessories for women on-the-go. Launched in 2011, Hudson+Bleecker is one of the fastest growing travel accessories brands for women in the country, with over 500 global retailers including Nordstrom and REVOLVE. Hudson+Bleecker has also been featured on QVC, Forbes, Fast Company, The New York Times, The Today Show, Newsweek and has a following of notable beauty, travel and style influencers. Eram started her career in Public Policy advising two female United States Senators on banking, finance and international trade and then moved on to providing legislative guidance to financial institutions. She loves to travel, hike, cook and spend time with her family as well as support not-for-profit and philanthropic causes. Eram is a Board Member of the Sundara Fund, is Founding Member of Imapct100NYC and supports The Floating Hospital with annual donations of hygiene kits to survivors of domestic violence and women living in NYC shelters. Eram received her B.A. at the University of California, Irvine in Political Science and International Studies. She lives in NYC with her husband, Anees (pronounced Uh-nees), her son Raif (pronounced Rayf) and daughter, Inara (In-ara) Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: HudsonandBleecker.com Promo Code Receive 20% off at HUDSON + BLEECKER using promo code MOMSENSE20 Mom Haul: WANDER BEAUTY: Anything from Wander Beauty!

Oct 13

31 min 43 sec

Avani Patel is the Chief Operating Officer at ESSENCE. In this role, she leads the Technology, Finance, and Human Resources functions. A veteran of the technology & business consulting industry, her career spans product launch, management/operations and consulting across Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. She intends on fulfilling ESSENCE’s mission of serving Black Women deeply by a continued focus on the company’s digital landscape and business growth. Patel previously led technology at Sundial Brands/Unilever, as well as professional services at Verizon/Totality Corp. Avani is also a PMP (Project Management Professional) and Six Sigma Black Belt. She recently completed the Women in Leadership Program at Oxford University. A true Jersey Girl by heart, Avani was born and raised in Sayreville, NJ and went on to attend Rutgers University. Avani is an award-winning Indian folk-dance choreographer and former television host for a South Asian network. Coming from a large family, Patel learned to be organized and vocal from a young age; these are the skills that became the greatest asset to the launch of her career. She continues to lean on the skills and values inherited from her Gujarati family to help guide her, both personally and professionally. When not strategizing for ESSENCE, Avani travels the world with her children, Lucas, 15 & Lara, 14 with the hope that they will, one day, become model global citizens. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: AvaniPatel.com INSTAGRAM: @missavani.patel TWITTER: @ FACEBOOK: / LINKEDIN: Avani Patel Mom Haul: MANLUU: Luxurious, unexpected interpretations of Creole culture

Oct 7

47 min 3 sec

Isn’t it ironic and kind of sad that having kids can wreak havoc on a marriage and your sex life? Today, get ready to get your mojo back and rekindle the spark with your spouse thanks to renowned licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sex counselor Ian Kerner. Ian Kerner, who is a PhD and LMFT specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues that often lead to distress. Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in across all media outlets. He’s a regular on the Today Show and in CNN HealthThe Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist and NPR. He gives lectures on sex and relationships, with recent presentations at NYU, Yale, Princeton, the Ackerman Institute and TED 2021. Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into over a dozen languages. His new book, So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex was recently published by Hachette. Ian lives in New York with his wife, two sons and two dogs. He maintains a private practice in NYC dedicated to honoring the centrality of sexuality in his patients’ lives. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: IanKerner.com FACEBOOK: /IanKernerLMFT Mom Haul: CORAL MOBILE APP: Relationship Self-Care App WE VIBE: Couples’ Vibrator OMGYES.COM: The Science of Women’s Pleasure

Sep 30

37 min 35 sec

Today’s show delves deep into motherhood, how it’s intergenerational and we are birthed from the mothers before us. Their love, their thoughts, their dreams live on in us. I am thrilled to have Nandana Dev Sen on my show. Nandana Dev Sen is an award-winning actor, writer, and child-rights activist. Daughter of the world renowned economist and philosopher Amartya Sen and the famous Indian poet, author, and academic Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana was destined to pursue a career in the arts. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University (where she won the John Harvard Scholarship and Elizabeth Agassiz Prize each year) and studying filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema-Television, she worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a script doctor, a poetry translator, a short film maker, and just for fun, as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Nandana grew up in India, England, and America, and has acted in over 20 feature films from all three continents (and in multiple languages). She is the Ambassador for Child Protection for Save the Children India. Nandana has worked closely with children and grown-ups at UNICEF, RAHI (India's first organization for survivors of child sexual abuse), Apne Aap (ends sex-trafficking by providing education and preventing intergenerational prostitution), and Operation Smile (transforms lives of children with cranio-facial deformities), as an Ambassador and advocate for child protection. In 2019, Nandana was awarded the Last Girl Champion Award for her campaign against human trafficking and child abuse, and her tireless fight to empower marginalized girl children. Nandana is the author of six children's books, In My Heart (Penguin Random House, 2019), The Monkey Who Wanted to Fly (Italian: La scimmietta che voleva volare, Fetrinelli Kids, 2018), Talky Tumble of Jumble Farm (Penguin Random House, 2017), Not Yet! (Tulika Books, 2017), Kangaroo Kisses (Otter-Barry Books, 2016), and Mambi and the Forest Fire (Puffin, 2016), as well as Youthquake, a fiction series for young adults (published in The Wire, The Telegraph, and Youth Ki Awaaz). Nandana‘s first book Kangaroo Kisses was selected by 320+ UK nurseries as a “Book of Excellence”, and her interactive workshops have been loved by more than 30,000 young people, in person, across the world. She frequently writes for newspapers and journals, and has edited and co-authored a bilingual book of her translations of her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen's Bengali poetry, Make Up Your Mind. Her latest book, Acrobat, is a collection of her mother’s poems translated from Bengali by Nandana and is published by Archipelago Books. Nandana lives with her husband John Makinson and daughter Meghla with homes in New York, London, and Kolkata. She loves to eat, bike, rhyme, dance, and argue. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: NandanaDevSen.com INSTAGRAM: @nandanadevsen TWITTER: @nandanadevsen LINKEDIN: Nandana Sen Press NANDANADEVSEN.COM: Latest Press

Sep 23

52 min 45 sec

Kanika: In our final “At Home with HOMER'' episode, I want to focus on something we’ve strived to incorporate into every one of our conversations -- How can we simplify information for families with easy, quick, applicable, tips for parents that help instead of overwhelm. In the spirit of that, I would love to hear in a more general sense about what you think parents truly need to focus on and more importantly, what parents can confidently forget about! Stephanie: Yes, I love this question, because this is truly my goal. Simplify, streamline, cut out the noise and find the 80/20 approach to parenting. Stephanie’s Tips: Enlist your kids! Skills, reaching, tying your shoes. Feel agency and mastery in building those skills Double duty - math and meals Complex - you look at outside solutions Focus on the connection, not perfection Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Sep 22

6 min 12 sec

Dr. Alpa Patel is a pediatrician, who has retired from clinical practice, a biochemist, mother of 2, and now, CEO & CoFounder of Luvanya. After completing her Bachelors in Biochemistry, Alpa worked as a biochemist for a short time, learning to identify and separate chemicals in pharmaceutical waste for recycling, before going on to medical school and a pediatric residency. She and her husband, an Internal Medicine physician, settled in CT after marriage and started their family medical practice together. Unfortunately, during the 15 years she spent growing her medical practice and raising her two children, Alpa also dealt with rare, chronic medical conditions. After suffering for years with severe health issues, chronic illnesses, surgeries, and treatments, she was forced to close her pediatric practice over 4 years ago and move her family across the country. Once she realized that the treatments were doing more harm than good, and were also damaging her skin, she turned to researching botanicals, natural oils and ayurvedic ingredients to treat herself. By adopting a holistic lifestyle, using meditation, and nutrition Dr. Alpa regained the strength she needed. She used ayurvedic and plant based ingredients in both topical form to rejuvenate skin, as well as in homemade juices, to revive her health at the cellular level. By utilizing her biochemistry background, not only was she able to turn her skin back to life, but she was also able to formulate simple, safe skincare solutions for all of her family. That’s when she knew she had something to share with the world, and there came the birth of Luvanya, a 100% clean, vegan, non – toxic skincare brand, made for the health of your skin, which combines Science with Nature for the most visible and effective results! Other than her efforts with Luvanya, Dr Alpa enjoys painting, meditating, spending time with family and spending time in nature. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: Luvanya.com INSTAGRAM: @luvanyabeauty INSTAGRAM: @alpapatelmd FACEBOOK: /luvanyabeauty LINKEDIN: Dr. Alpa Patel Press BLUSH: Luvanya Beauty — Your Skin Deserves the Best INDEPENDENT AVENUE: Loving the Skin you’re in with Luvanya GLOW & GREEN: Boss Series: Luvanya Beauty Founder: Alpa Patel Mom Haul: ABILLION: A brand new app that allows you to discover and review vegan brands, businesses and products from around the world

Sep 16

52 min 5 sec

In the digital age, we have the ability to create and consume content, namely stories be it fiction or nonfiction, around the clock at our fingertips and since this way of life is all that Gen Z has ever known, it’s important to understand what sticks. What do teens enjoy as a pastime? How do they communicate? What resonates most? One such app which is revolutionizing the art of storytelling is Hooked and the mastermind behind it is Prerna Gupta. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: Hooked.co INSTAGRAM: @prernagupta TWITTER: @prernagupta FACEBOOK: /yogiprerna LINKEDIN: Prerna Gupta Press FORBES: ‘The Queen Of Viral Apps’ Prerna Gupta Is Leveraging A.I. To Bring Diverse Storytellers To The Forefront LA TIMES: The Wide Shot: The producer taking TikTok storytelling to Hollywood Mom Haul: SLACK: A new way to communicate with your team Originally published on here on KanikaChaddaGupta.com

Sep 9

55 min 53 sec

Kanika: It's been a hard year; families have been through a lot of twists and turns. Through it all, our kids have shown us just how resilient they are. As we prepare for kids to go back to school this Fall, what should parents be thinking about? How can best prepare their kids? Stephanie: For me personally and the way we think about it at HOMER is, it's most important to spend time this summer building confidence and connection. As you mentioned, kids have shown just how resilient they are but we as parents must continue building their confidence by giving them tools to continue learning, solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and taking on challenges with a growth mindset. Stephanie Tips: Building Social Emotional Confidence To thrive academically, kids need a deep sense of security and safe spaces to process their pandemic experience. Create open dialogue about the pandemic What I loved the most about last year, what I liked the least? What I am most excited about next year, what I am most nervous about? Write a story Celebrate “I Did it Moments” Celebrate the small victories along the way, Learning is a journey When kids are learning something new, praise can really help them through those early frustrating moments and help them push on Embracing a Growth Mindset Develop a daily affirmation Practice tools and strategies to change and grow and with a healthy mindset Calming strategies to help deal with stress Prepare for the academic year What supplemental resources might you want to incorporate this year, that might not have in the past? There are a number of digital resources including HOMER, codeSpark Academy, etc that can help academically all while playing and having fun! Be informed -- Speak to the school about: Their focus on SEL How they might deal with the varying learning levels after 2020

Sep 8

7 min 20 sec

Back to School season is upon us and whether you’re hybrid or in person, the best part about it in my opinion is the shopping and getting organized. Today, I have the founder of Mabel’s Labels Julie Cole on the show! Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless awards. Cole is a passionate entrepreneur, published author, and sought after speaker. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. As a blogger and writer, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an engaged community member serving on boards and volunteering. She is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, and social justice. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: MabelsLabels.com INSTAGRAM: @mabelslabels FACEBOOK: /Mabelhood

Sep 1

53 min 50 sec

Kanika: In case our listeners don’t know, your children are very involved in their community. How do you inspire your kids to get involved? Stephanie: I used to think that teaching my children generosity meant I had to put together these big, elaborate gestures to be meaningful. But the BEST form of generosity we can teach our children comes in the form of small, simple acts of kindness. The best part is these small acts can fulfill many purposes, making them a double win -- a win for you and your child! Stephanie’s Tips: Put together a care package for a neighbor Collect non-perishable items for a food pantry Set up a spare change jar in your home for a local charity Pick up trash around your neighborhood Find your local community garden and volunteer Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Aug 30

12 min 53 sec

The Breastfeeding Series on That's Total Mom Sense August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month so I am bringing you The Breastfeeding Series on That’s Total Mom Sense. A 3-part series with leaders in the industry. Some people feel breast is best and others think fed is best and I’m here to be an objective insight and provide perspective for you because in the end, you have to trust your mom sense. So whether you breastfeed, formula feed, pump, or use donor milk, it’s entirely up to you. However, it is important to destigmatize breastfeeding in modern day society. I want you to know your options, the benefits, hear from medical professionals, public figures, and legal experts on lactation regulations in the workplace which you can use to your advantage. I hope you feel empowered by the Breastfeeding Series on “That’s Total Mom Sense.” Introduction Debi Yadegari is the Founder and CEO of Villyge. Her experience juggling a challenging legal career and breastfeeding as a new mom was the muse for Villyge, and why Debi is so dedicated to providing parents with the workplace support they need to pursue their professional goals while also balancing the responsibilities of new parenthood. Debi traded her brief case for a diaper bag in 2005 and has been supporting working parents ever since. Today, she is the leading authority on lactation accommodation law and a trusted expert on all matters working parenthood. She is a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to Fox Networks, Working Mother Media, and various HR syndicates. Most importantly, she is a working mother of five (ages 3, 9, 12, 13 and 15). Prior to joining the esteemed ranks of motherhood, Debi developed a distinguished legal career. She began her career as a Corporate Associate in Big Law, where she specialized in security offerings within the capital markets. Subsequently, she served as Counsel to the Investment Banking Division of a leading international investment bank. While practicing law, Debi also offered pro bono legal assistance to the New York Legal Assistance Group. Debi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she double majored in economics and political science, and her Juris Doctor from George Washington University. Debi is a Certified Lactation Counselor with the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and lives on Long Island, with her supportive husband and five children. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: Villyge.com INSTAGRAM: @villyge FACEBOOK: /villyge LINKEDIN: Villyge Press NASDAQ: The 9 to 5 is Dead FORBES: How This Company Is Helping Women Balance Work With Health And Motherhood Mom Haul: INSTACART: “Instacart for door-to-door Costco essentials, because I have zero time!”

Aug 19

52 min 34 sec

The Breastfeeding Series on That's Total Mom Sense August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month so I am bringing you The Breastfeeding Series on That’s Total Mom Sense. A 3-part series with leaders in the industry. Some people feel breast is best and others think fed is best and I’m here to be an objective insight and provide perspective for you because in the end, you have to trust your mom sense. So whether you breastfeed, formula feed, pump, or use donor milk, it’s entirely up to you. However, it is important to destigmatize breastfeeding in modern day society. I want you to know your options, the benefits, hear from medical professionals, public figures, and legal experts on lactation regulations in the workplace which you can use to your advantage. I hope you feel empowered by the Breastfeeding Series on “That’s Total Mom Sense.” Introduction Breastfeeding. For some, it’s a magical, bonding experience and others, it’s painful and triggering or non-existent. For some reason though, speaking to a new mom about breastfeeding has become a loaded conversation. Today, we’re going to change that and destigmatize breastfeeding whether you’re in favor or not. I’m happy to share my journey and honest opinions, and I’m excited to bring on thought leaders to share their knowledge to commemorate Breastfeeding Awareness Month all August long. Today I am joined by Patty Gatter, founder of The Breastfeeding Shop, a family owned business that supplies mothers who choose to breastfeed with the proper help, guidance, and accessories they need to nourish their babies. Patty is a mother of two boys, a wife to an amazing husband and a serial entrepreneur. Like most women, she’s got multitasking down pat. She comes from a lineage of entrepreneurs and has worked in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act made it a requirement for insurance to cover breast pumps, Patty jumped at the opportunity to make this an equalizer for all new moms. She combined her love and passion for being a mother and breastfeeding with her entrepreneurial spirit and launched, The Breastfeeding Shop. She not only provides top of the line breast pumps like Medela, Spectra and Willow to expecting moms, the company aids mothers in their breastfeeding journey with consultants available via telehealth 24/7. When Patty was in college, she felt inspired by an article she read in Glamour about a woman who started a business and was able to offer her employees a team working environment that catered to their busy “mom” schedules”. It made an impression on her and so she did exactly that. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: TheBreastFeedingShop.com INSTAGRAM: @thebreastfeedingshop FACEBOOK: /thebreastfeedingshop LINKEDIN: Patty Gatter LINKEDIN: The Breastfeeding Shop

Aug 18

1 hr 19 min

Today's guest is Regan Walsh, and she's an executive coach and life coach who finds joy and fulfillment in helping people live a life that sizzles. As a woman with a glass-three-quarters-full mentality and a deep desire to nurture, she proudly guides clients through times of transition to uncover their truest selves and find profound satisfaction in their every day. Her own journey was fraught with self-inflicted stress, unsatisfying busyness, and plenty of needless striving. Thankfully, it’s also been a journey of intentional searching and incredible transformation. Prior to coaching, Regan spent 15 years working in corporate, nonprofit, and creative agencies. She hustled hard as a high-achieving salesperson, built a nonprofit brand strategy from the ground up. She once even quit a job after 4.25 days. (We’ll get into that when we chat with her.) As someone with a strong sense of self and an inability to be anything but truthful, she began noticing a welcome trend: Her friends, family, and coworkers would often seek her advice as they faced challenges. Regan delighted in helping them discover their own resilience and courageously pursue their passions—so much so that I decided to make it her life’s mission. She’s worked with thousands of clients from around the world, has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, NBC.com, and FastCompany, and proudly calls Columbus, Ohio, home along with her husband Nick and daughters Dorothy and Maeve. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: Regan Walsh INSTAGRAM: @reganwalsh_lifecoach FACEBOOK: /ReganWalshLifeCoach Press FORBES: One Habit That's Hard To Break But Will Pay Off Forever HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW: Before You Agree to Take on New Work, Ask 3 Questions Mom Haul: BUBBSI: Baby & Child Skincare

Aug 5

50 min 12 sec

Kanika: I heard you mention in a recent interview that it wasn’t your job to “make your kids happy” and it stopped me in my tracks. I mean, making sure someone else is happy is a tall order (and might I mention impossible), but so many parents assume that role. I know I did. If happiness isn’t the goal, what is? Stephanie: Yes, I can totally relate. It’s so natural to assume that responsibility. But once you acknowledge that it’s an impossible task and start focusing on the things you do have control over, a huge weight lifts. Stephanie’s Tips: Give them power over their decisions, even the wrong ones. If kids are fighting you to put on shoes or a raincoat, once I said, “Okay, don’t wear shoes” or “Okay, don’t wear a raincoat” and when they felt the direct consequences of their decision, they were able to make better decisions in the future Give them agency over their success and failures Ex. not checking homework -- allowing the teacher to build a direct relationship with the student and hold them accountable Support them as they experience a full range of emotions You can’t control their feelings -- sadness, elation and disappointment are all part of life, so instead help them develop tools to be able to cope with these emotions Build resilience Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Jul 31

8 min 18 sec

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. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: RebeccaMinkoff.com INSTAGRAM: @rebeccaminkoff TWITTER: @RebeccaMinkoff FACEBOOK: @rebeccaminkoff YOUTUBE: @rebeccaminkoff PODCAST: Superwomen Show Notes: 02:00 - Introduction 04:20 - Finding your own path 07:13 - Positional treadmill 08:40 - First fashion show 13:00 - Dawn of social media + specialty stores 14:35 - Weaving diversity into DNA of the brand 18:12 - Collab with StichFix 21:00 - SuperWomen podcast 25:24 - Being a first time mom 27:20 - How you can be healthier 31:00 - The tribe 31:30 - Values learned from parents to pass down 35:00 - You have to be the change you want to see 36:03 - Mom Haul 37:33 - Mom sense moments and a piece of advice - "Don't sweat the small stuff" Mom Haul: AMAZON: Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump

Jul 29

39 min 3 sec

Shayna Ferm started her acting career at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and then spent 11 years in NYC doing film and theatre, and producing and performing music, stand-up and sketch comedy. After having a baby in the Big Apple and immediately becoming pregnant with her second child (whoops!), she and her family moved to her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Weeks after baby number two was born, and always in search of a creative project, she and her lifelong friend Tracey Tee launched The Pump and Dump Show, a much-needed "mom’s night out” event that quickly grew to a nationally touring production, written, produced and starring Shayna and Tracey. The pair toured for 5 years before replicating the show to star additional casts of new moms and co-founding their umbrella brand, Band of Mothers Media. Her current role in the company, outside of co-hosting the Band of Mothers Podcast, is as Chief Creative Officer for all the branches of the business as well as for the current touring productions. Tracey Tee double majored in Theatre and English at Hillsdale College, and quickly moved to Los Angeles where she worked as an actor, trained in improv comedy with The Groundlings and used her comedic flair as a freelance writer and purveyor of art and handmade goods in LA’s burgeoning art scene. After 7 years in LA, Tracey and her husband moved back to her native home of Denver, CO to start a family. Not long after her daughter was born, she dove back into live comedy with her lifelong friend Shayna Ferm as they developed a “parentally incorrect” night out for moms, The Pump and Dump Show. What started in a bar as a creative outlet (and much needed night out) for both quickly grew to a nationally touring production, written, produced and starring Tracey and Shayna. The pair toured for 5 years before replicating the show to star additional casts of new moms and co-founding their umbrella brand, Band of Mothers Media, where Tracey is CEO. She lives with her husband of 19 years, their 10-year-old daughter and recently made the happy mistake of adopting a third dog. Thanks, COVID! Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: BandOfMothers.com INSTAGRAM: @bandofmothersofficial FACEBOOK: /ThePumpAndDump LINKEDIN: Tracey Tee Press PEOPLE: Samantha Busch Has 'PTSD Anxiety' About Pregnancy Tests After Past Let Downs: 'I Can't Do It'

Jul 9

44 min 11 sec

One of India's first supermodels. Actor. Cancer survivor. Mother of twins through surrogacy. Woman of no fixed address. Today I am honored to interview cross cultural phenomenon Lisa Ray. She is an internationally acclaimed performer, philanthropist and star with a reputation for taking on challenging issue-oriented films. Raised in Canada by an Indian father and Polish mother, Ray was discovered while on vacation in India and went on to become not only one of the most successful cover models and celebrities in India but also an acclaimed, award-winning actress who starred in Canada’s Oscar nominated film, Water, amongst other prestigious credits. Named one of the ‘Ten most beautiful Indian women of the millenium’ by a Times of India poll, Ray cemented her profile as an iconic figure in India before leaving for drama school in London and opportunities around the world. Along the way, Ray found time along the way to host her own entertainment show in India, filmed a landmark music video for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and became the enduring brand ambassador for Rado Watches. In 2009, Ray attended the Toronto International Film Festival in support of her work in two films. The event marked an important public announcement, in which Ray chose to share her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma with media and the public. The outpouring of support was immediate and overwhelming. She also started a blog (‘The Yellow Diaries’) to share her cancer experiences. Her forthrightness and humour in navigating a difficult illness have earned her the attention and respect of people from all corners of the world, as well as ‘The Voice Achievers Award, 2009’ and ‘The Hope Award, 2010’. Ray went on to help raise funds for the establishment of the first research chair for Multiple Myeloma at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Ray’s philanthropic interests range from taking part in the on-air drive for SickKids Hospital to Ambassador of Plan Canada’s ‘Because I Am A Girl’ campaign, a global movement that supports the rights of girls around the world. In 2019, Lisa released her memoirs Close to The Bone. “An unflinching, deeply moving account of her nomadic existence: her entry into the Indian entertainment industry at sixteen; her relationship with her Bengali father and Polish mother; life on the movie sets and her brush with the Oscars; her battle with eating disorders; being diagnosed with multiple myeloma at thirty-seven; her spiritual quest; lovers and traitors, mentors and dream-makers; and the heartaches and triumphs along the way. It is also about Lisa's quest for love. Funny, charming, and gut-wrenchingly honest all at once, Close to the Bone is Lisa Ray's brave and inspiring story of a life lived on her terms.” Lisa and her husband Jason Dehni have two lovely daughters, Sufi and Soleil.

Jun 25

1 hr 17 min

Kanika: Parents are juggling more than ever these days. You have so much on your plate as a mom of three and the president and co-founder of HOMER, how do you avoid burnout? Stephanie: We often put so much energy into our children that by the end of the day, we have nothing left to give ourselves. Burnout can make us feel exhausted, moody, and just not like ourselves Stephanie Tips: It’s about special things, not the everything Stop thinking doing everything is critical, its not Access clear expert-based guidance on what matters for your parenting goals See diverse points of view combined into ranked results from developmental experts, educators and experienced parents (our experts on the front line). Discover ways to get the ‘jobs’ off your plate Self - care is child care No matter how busy your kids keep you, it’s important to take time alone so that you can recharge Self care is child care -- Reference recent conversation with Dr. Harold Koplewicz Arrange a baby-sitting swap with a fellow mom, giving you both every other Saturday AM off It’s about the connection, not perfection Not everything needs fixing Reject parenting fomo, you’re the best person to decide what’s right for you Screen time - fubbing. Connected or disconnected. When used correctly, screen time can give you those quick breaks throughout the day HOMER can increase early learning scores by 74% in just 15 minutes a day. That’s screentime you can feel good about, while also allowing you to enjoy a cup of coffee in peace :) Don’t compare yourself to others Everyone may look like they have perfect lives on social media, but the truth is that we’re ALL growing and facing different challenges. Audit your social network Unfollow those that make you feel less than Find some new accounts that make you feel seen, heard and that embrace Create memories, not perfection Remind yourself that no one has the perfect life Create a weekly tradition, ex. Dua Family UNO Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Jun 19

8 min 54 sec

Imagine if parents had a project management app to help run the household and village. We all know there are so many balls in the air from ordering diapers to groceries to making fresh baby food to dropping kids off to soccer practice or ballet. This app will restore the harmony at home. It’s called Maple and today I’m joined the mastermind behind it, Michael Perry. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: GrowMaple.com INSTAGRAM: @growmaple FACEBOOK: /growmaple LINKEDIN: Michael Perry Press THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Spring Cleaning for the filing Cabinet TECH CRUNCH: Maple launches with $3.5 million in funding to become the Saas backoffice for the family Dad Haul: CAKE: High Performance Electric Bike AMAZON: Schwinn Grit Steerable Kids Bike

Jun 17

50 min 37 sec

Kanika: Wow, we are starting to resume normal life -- Kids will soon be out of school, long days, warm nights are here along with traveling, bike riding and reading but there are also nerves, questions and unknowns. How are you thinking about carrying forward some of the experiences and learnings from covid as we return to “normal”? Stephanie: Yes, alongside all the excitement there are so many questions and unknowns and still so much to process from the past year. Stephanie Tips: The Role of Mom: Less in the job of “mom”, more in the relationship of the child. Less about drive time means more quality time. Make room for kids to take agency Creating a schedule offers some structure while also giving kids agency to decide how they’ll spend their time It’s also important to make sure your kids feel like they’re part of the team by contributing with certain chores around the house. This also gives them some structure and a sense of accomplishment. Hold onto the “silver linings” of the last year Rose, thorn, bud at dinner -- sharing the highs and the lows helps kids understand that life is full of ups and downs. They feel confident and more resilient. Increased family time Decreased social calendar -- In the past our weekends would be packed with 2-3 commitments/day, which would lead to a lot of rushing, not much enjoying Option 1: 1 commitment / day Option 2: Sunday funday Re-engage slowly Depending on the age of your child, they might not remember certain places or people, so re-engage slowly Be careful not to overly stimulate -- Cut outings and social gatherings in half or start with a beach day or a hike. Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Jun 12

7 min 15 sec

I am so thrilled to do this interview as it’s with a mother and daughter duo I am blessed to have as dear family friends and I’ve had the opportunity to witness their evolution and impact on the fashion and film industry on the global scale, first hand. They are Neeta and Nishka Lulla. Neeta Lulla symbolises elegance, romance and opulence. Her designs are a unique blend of feminine fragility and power. Using India’s rich cultural heritage of craftsmanship, embroidery techniques and textiles Neeta Lulla creates her representation of Indian Bridal and diffusion wear that draws style inspirations from Edwardian silhouettes and patterns yet remains deeply rooted in tradition and forms. Neeta Lulla is one of the most celebrated and respected names in the Indian fashion industry today. Counted amongst India’s top bridal fashion designers she has created nothing short of a legacy in the fashion and film industry in a career spanning over 30 years. Starting her journey at the young age of 16, Neeta Lulla finished her formal education in Dressmaking and Apparel construction from SNDT University after which she got her first job with the famous fashion choreographer Jeanne Naoroji. Crediting her time there having taught her about how a fashion show is designed she later returned to her alma mater SNDT as a lecturer and thoroughly enjoyed her experience teaching. She was soon offered her first film project to style. Taking the opportunity head on Neeta Lulla impressed everyone with her creativity and skill and in no time became one of the most celebrated designers of Bollywood having worked with leading directors and actors of the industry. In 2005 Neeta Lulla launched her flagship store in Mumbai, to cater to her growing global clientele. Bridal, trousseau consultancy and diffusion wear are the primary offerings of Neeta Lulla label. In 2008 she became the first designer to launch her online retail platform and by 2009 she established her distribution network over 5 continents. With the growing demand for her designs she was proud to recently launch her second flagship store in DLF Emporio, Delhi in 2016. Whether it was incorporating Tanjore paintings in her designs to introducing pre stitched sarees in India in 2001 or Fibre Optics to her collection in 2017 she has always been on the forefront of curious exploration and experimentation. Hence, she also been named as the ‘Czarina of Indian Fashion’. Neeta lives in Bombay with her husband Dr. Shyam Lulla, and they have two children, Siddharth and Nishka,. Neeta’s daughter Nishka was born into fashion and it style and an eye for design is in her blood. Nishka Lulla Mehra also graduated from SNDT College, Mumbai and is also a design consultant for the fashion brand ‘Provogue’ and for the shoe brand ‘Mochi’ in India. Her label ‘Nisshk’ launched in 2009 has a chic, vibrant and funky clothing line consisting of dresses, shorts, jump suits and skirts and the embellishments are catchy, innovative and versatile using unusual materials to create the perfect coordinated look. Her label also has a range of accessories like clutches, bags and watches. A moment I had a chance to witness while working as a television anchor for CNN in India was Nishka’s debut at Lakme Fashion Week. She won a competition out of 100 GenNext designers to design an outfit and collection for Katrina Kaif, the brand ambassador for Barbie. When she sashayed down the ramp, it was a defining moment for Nishka and what was to come. Nishka is settled in Bombay with her husband Dhruv Mehra and has a daughter, Miraya.   Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: NeetaLulla.com INSTAGRAM: @nishkalulla INSTAGRAM: @neeta_lulla Mom Haul: BABYCENTER.COM: Your Pregnancy and Parenting Partner

Jun 10

50 min 36 sec

Kanika: Summer is officially underway -- School is out, warm weather and longer days are here and after a year of living through a pandemic, that freedom we feel each summer feels even more special. We’ve talked about how finding a balance of play and learning is important, but can you share tips on how families embrace the freedom and flexibility of summer, without losing structure? Stephanie: I can really relate to this. Kids more than ever need this summer to play, see friends and family and simply enjoy all the activities we weren’t able to experience during the pandemic. However we also know kids need structure. Here are a couple tips to help families strike that balance: Stephanie Tips: Create a schedule, yes even in the summer schedules are key! I’m not suggesting an hour by hour rigid schedule here (it is summer after all), but rather organizing larger blocks of time dedicated to a variety of categories. Be sure to create what works best for your family but here are some examples: free time, work time, sibling time, outdoor time, creative time, music time and family time. Weekly household themes are another fun element to layer into the schedule -- for example, cooking week, nature week, gaming week, etc! Start a project that can be worked on a little bit everyday. This summer could be a great time for a new scrap book that documents the past 12 months all while being creative and spending time with my daughters Make room for kids to take agency Creating a schedule offers some structure while also giving kids agency to decide how they’ll spend their time It’s also important to make sure your kids feel like they’re part of the team by contributing with certain chores around the house. This also gives them some structure and a sense of accomplishment. Self care is child care Self care is child care. Taking care of yourself is essential, so find time to recoup and don’t feel guilty about it. Establish a healthy balance of independent play and parent and child 1:1 time. Encourage children to engage in something because you're not their entertainment. Don’t fear the dreaded “I’m bored”! It's ok for a child to say they’re bored - it's important that they understand how to get themselves engaged in something. Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

Jun 5

8 min 13 sec

If you’re a mom, chances are you are part of the cult following that the children’s apparel brand, Rockets of Awesome, has garnered over the years. And if you don’t know, now you know. Today I’m joined by its Founder/CEO Rachel Blumenthal, who’s a serial entrepreneur, fervent risk taker, and mother of two alongside her husband Neil Blumenthal, CEO of transformative and socially conscious lifestyle brand of eyewear, Warby Parker. Together, they have an equal vested partnership in raising their two wonderful children, Griffin and Gemma. Rachel began her career at Yves Saint Laurent, before launching her first entrepreneurial venture as designer and founder of the fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh. The brand was licensed to GlamHouse in 2011. Rachel then lent her hand to Warby Parker, which was cofounded by her husband Neil, before founding and acting as CEO of Cricket’s Circle, the trusted resource and editorial destination for everything baby and toddler. It was the insights and learnings from the Cricket’s Circle community, in addition to her own experience as a mother that inspired the idea for Rockets of Awesome. The company’s credo is to simplify the lives of parents and celebrate real life with kids (meltdowns included). ROA prides itself on pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a modern kids clothing brand, giving you the ability to shop whenever and however you want—whether you want to stock up when it’s convenient for you, or Subscribe + Save big. They’ll always put the win-win (a.k.a., you AND your kids loving the clothes and experience) first in everything they do. And made up of a team of moms, dadsd, aunts, and uncles, they understand the preferences and pain points to a T. Graphic T. I’m excited to dive into this colorful conversation. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: RocketsofAwesome.com FACEBOOK: /Rocketsofawesome LINKEDIN: Rockets of Awesome Press TUFTS NOW: How Serial Entrepreneurs Neil and Rachel Blumenthal Keep Their Edge GOOD MORNING AMERICA: Rockets of Awesome CEO and founder Rachel Blumenthal on the worst advice she never took Mom Haul: THEREALREAL: Prada Tessuto Wrist Bag

Jun 3

1 hr 2 min

Kanika: Math can be daunting for kids (and parents)! I know HOMER recently added new math content to your learning program, HOMER Learn & Grow. What tips can you share with our families to ensure they’re setting their children up to be confident in math. Stephanie: Sure, math can be a real point of anxiety for both children and kids. My husband Andre is [insert Andre’s math expertise] has always loved math and I have to credit him with instilling a passion and love for math in my kids Stephanie Tips: Make math a part of everyday life Have your child count out the number of forks needed for dinner Measuring - height Math thinking: Children are natural mathematicians as math is all about exploring and problem-solving. Start early, talk about problem-solving strategies, use math language in everyday life Modeling math confidence Honor “I Did it Moments” - the little (and sometimes big) wins that happen every single day on the path to learning. Keep an eye out and celebrate the moments when something just "clicks," and kids take what they're learning and make it their own.

May 29

4 min 27 sec

Robyn Ward is a 20+ year veteran of the technology startup space. She started FounderForward, a boutique leadership development firm, to help founders and executives uplevel themselves and build high-performing teams, cultures and companies. Current and past clients include Ritual, Ordermark, Tala, STEM, and Toucan, among others. A sought after keynote and panelist, Robyn speaks at conferences, companies, and venture firms on topics relating to: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Peak Performance, and Best-Self Leadership. She also co-teaches “Performance Mindset for Business” at her Alma Mater USC. Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency, where she drove investments in Patreon, MikMak. HouseParty, and Thrive Market, among others. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the founding leadership teams of several venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit) and Verified Person (acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions). Robyn is a passionate community-builder and connector, as well as a long-time champion of DEI in the tech ecosystem and beyond. She has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek. Robyn is a Techstars All-Star Mentor (#givefirst), an Expert Network Advisor to Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Fund, a Board Member of the Women Founders Network (WFN), an LP in The Fund, and a proud part-owner in Angel City Football Club. She adopted her son Ryder who is 1.5 years old and is a beacon for women and men who knew they wanted to have children but are unaware of the adoption process. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: FounderForward.com INSTAGRAM: @FounderForward TWITTER: @RMWARD LINKEDIN: Robyn Ward

May 28

45 min 4 sec

Kanika: The last year has given us a new perspective on screen time. While it allowed for remote learning during a pandemic, we also have screen time fatigue -- and new blue light lenses : ) -- from too much of it. What are some tips, resources, and guardrails you can share regarding screen time for young learners. Stephanie: As you mentioned, technology has saved us in so many ways this past year. We’ve been able to stay connected to the outside world -- teachers, family, friends -- because of our screens. Furthermore, The pandemic has accelerated the spread of laptops and learning apps in schools, they say, normalizing digital education tools for millions of teachers, students and their families.” -NYT While those are 2 examples of beneficial screen time, we are fatigued by it and for early learnings especially, not all screen time is created equal Kanika: So how do we as parents and caregivers determine what is good screen time? Stephanie: For starters, recommend embracing Mindful Media. Rather than using the amount of time our kids are spending on screen as the only consideration, we came up with the P-L-A-Y Framework: a quick and easy guide to help you make smart media decisions for your children. P - Purpose There are so many reasons to hand your child a screen -- It could be to keep them entertained, to give them an opportunity to connect with family and friends, to assist in their schoolwork, to help them wind down at night, or to keep them safely occupied while you cook dinner. Whatever the purpose might be, think about whether the type of media you are putting on that device matches up with the intended purpose. For example, in the evening if you’re winding your kids down, you want to make sure the content is calming. Additionally, experts estimate that 65% of kids will have jobs that don’t currently exist. So even if the purpose of giving your child a screen doesn’t have direct learning value, you can feel good that your child is learning 21st-century skills that will set them up for 21st-century jobs. L - Learning Value Understand the learning value: There are so many rich, entertaining apps and digital experiences that you can find for your children Common Sense Media is a great resource that has done a lot of the legwork for parents—I personally found them to be a lifesaver with my kids. A - Appropriateness Deciding whether an app or digital experience is appropriate for your child can seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. Here are a couple of things to think about: Is it appropriate for their age? Will they engage with it? For example, will it make them giggle? Get up and dance? Try out a new word? Is it personalized to them? Does it appeal to their individual interests and learning needs, or encourage them to look at the world in a new way? Is it going to be a positive experience? Keep in mind what makes them feel confident, and what might make them feel scared or upset. Y - YES! Yes, you can use screens - Parents should feel empowered to use screens in a way that is mindful for themselves and for their family. They aren’t designed to ruin your child’s future, but rather when used appropriately, will give children the skills to thrive in the 21st century. Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

May 22

4 min 52 sec

As a longtime news anchor, former host of “Access Hollywood” and co-host of “Access Hollywood Live,” current West Coast Anchor of the TODAY Show and correspondent of Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, Natalie Morales is a beloved household name. So it's only natural that she released a bestselling cookbook called At Home With Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Kitchen to Yours. Natalie was born in Taiwan, to a Brazilian mother, Penelope, and a Puerto Rican father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario Morales, Jr. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and spent the first eighteen years of her life living in America and overseas in Panama, Brazil, and Spain as a "U.S. Air Force brat." Her multicultural experience led her to pursuing a career in broadcast journalism where she and the TODAY Show team won three Daytime Emmy Awards as best morning news program. Natalie has contributed to major breaking news stories including coverage of the royal wedding in 2011, presidential inaugurations, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the network’s coverage of the Winter and Summer Olympics since 2004. She landed many exclusive celebrity interviews including Angelina Jolie, Caitlyn Jenner on her life after transition, and Jennifer Lopez on her career and family. Hispanic Magazine named her one of the “Top Hispanics to Watch” in 2005 and one of the “Top Trendsetters” of 2003. Her childhood as a global citizen and traveling the world with her work fed her appreciation for good food, but it's her experience as a working mom that taught her how to cook on the run and keep her recipes nutritious too. Her book features 125 recipes Natalie makes at home for her family including chicken croquettes, pesto shrimp with lemon-pepper fettuccine, and a 3-minute peanut butter and banana protein shake. Natalie lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Joe Rhodes and their two sons, Luke Hudson and Josh. Meet My Guest: INSTAGRAM: @nmoralesnbc TWITTER: @nmoralesnbc FACEBOOK: /nataliemorales919 LINKEDIN: Natalie Morales

May 20

44 min 9 sec

Kanika: Summer is here, but it feels different from any other summer. Typically summer break is a time to travel, enjoy the sunshine, spend time with friends and family, however this year, how we spend our summer isn’t as clear -- Is it safe to travel? Should we use this time to catch up on school? Take summer school classes? Or is this a time for play? A time to recover and recharge? Stephanie: Absolutely, I think all families can relate to what you just described. I know I certainly can. On the heels of the pandemic, everything looks a bit different and this certainly applies to summer break. Kanika: What advice do you have for families when it comes to making the most of this summer break? Stephanie Tips: School offers kids that needed sense of structure. When summer comes around it’s important to give kids the freedom to play, while offering some structure. The key is finding a nice balance! Get into nature. Nature has the ability to heal us, so whether that’s a walk around the neighborhood, hike or a day trip to a nearby national park with your family. Create a scavenger hunt together. Before you head out, make a list of things you might see on your walk Encourage independence and a bit of downtime Start a project that can be worked on a bit everyday Studies have shown the importance of having jobs around the house. It’s important to make sure your kids feel like they’re part of the team but contributing with certain chores. This also gives them structure and a sense of accomplishment. Encourage play, not academic learning because the good news is that Play is Learning! Like our friend Fred Rogers once said: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” So think of this as your SUMMER OF PLAY! Play is so powerful because kids don’t realize just how much they’re learning while playing. It’s like “sneaking” vegetables into the muffin or smoothie recipe to get some greens in there. Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

May 15

4 min 26 sec

Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress, producer, author, and activist. She is known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles on film and television. She has starred in over 20 feature films and many TV shows and is a favorite in the independent film world, having won five best actress awards on the film festival circuit. She has earned a loyal, international following. Sheetal began her career at a time when few South Asians were making their living as actors. Despite being told she'd have to change her name to work, her successful career has trail-blazed paths for other women of color across media. Sheetal supports marginalized communities not only through her own pioneering work as an actor, but by also appearing at workshops and panels and speaking directly to issues facing those communities. She is known as an outspoken advocate and has delivered talks and keynotes at festivals and charity galas. She's had op-eds published on CNN, The Daily Beast, and Thrive Global. She served in President Clinton's AmeriCorps and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and an ambassador for CA First Partner, Jennifer Newsom's, The Representation Project. Her first children's book, Always Anjali was published in 2018 to wide acclaim. It won the 2019 Purple Dragonfly Storybook Grand Prize (voted on by teachers and librarians) and is set to be a series, the first and only in this age group featuring an Indian American hero. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: SheetalSheth.com INSTAGRAM: @beneaththesheetz TWITTER: @sheetalsheth FACEBOOK: /OfficialSheetalSheth LINKEDIN: Sheetal Sheth Press NYTIMES.COM: A Pakistani-American Tale Upends Expectations Onscreen and in Life

May 13

45 min 21 sec

Kanika: My kids are having a really hard time being cut off from their friends and dealing with COVID. How do I help them navigate through these times? Stephanie / Statistics: Most notably, the low-income, Black and Hispanic communities that urban districts more often serve have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. Their students are expected to have some of the greatest academic, social and emotional learning losses coming out of the pandemic (USNews). Even before the coronavirus hit, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety were on the rise in children ages 6 to 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research shows social isolation can worsen these symptoms. Based on prior research on isolation and loneliness, children and adolescents are more likely to have high rates of depression, and, probably, anxiety, even after the enforced isolation resulting from the COVID‐19 pandemic ends, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (source).  A national survey of 3,300 high school students conducted in the Spring of 2020 found nearly a third reporting they were unhappy and depressed "much more than usual" in the past month. Almost 51% said they felt a lot more uncertainty about the future as well. (source) ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children (CDC). Overseas, in a survey of 1,143 parents measuring the effects of the lockdowns in Italy and Spain, nearly 86% reported changes in their children such as difficulty concentrating and spending more time online and asleep, and less time engaging in physical activity. A study of 2,330 schoolchildren in China found both anxiety and depression rose in comparison to rates seen in previous investigations. Stephanie / Tips: Make sure you have a daily check-in, something I do with my child: Rose, thorn and bud Mindfulness corner, walk and belly breathwork (CMI) For younger kids ages 3-6 who might not be as verbal, HOMER has this great activity kit called Explore Feelings, and you do just that. Kids learn self expression and to identify feelings, through hands-on activities and prompts. Color-in Feelings Forest Map Conversation Prompts + Bag Social-emotional Matching Cards Feelings Activity Book & Crayons Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

May 8

3 min 46 sec

Hello listeners. How are you at this present moment? I want you to really to take a second to think about that. I know we’re overworked and tired because we’re managing a ton - overseeing our businesses whether we’re taking on new ventures or growing empires, taking care of our families and entertaining and teaching our kids at home as best we can, running our households, and doing it all over again the next day. Things are not getting any easier, but my guest today is a woman who chooses to lead her life with conviction and manage it all with finesse. She recently gave a commencement speech to the class of 2020 where she rallied, “Get over it, get over yourself and get out there!” And I think that slogan applies to adults and parents too, especially during these challenging times. We’ve got this and need to believe it. Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan, world renowned makeup artist, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and serial entrepreneur. As a professional makeup artist, Bobbi created 10 simple lipsticks that evolved into a global beauty empire. She has written nine beauty and wellness books and is a New York Times bestselling author. Since leaving her billion-dollar company Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in October 2016, she has launched Beauty Evolution, LLC and was certified as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Bobbi has returned to her roots as an entrepreneur. Her latest endeavor is EVOLUTION_18, a line of beauty-inspired wellness products. Driven by Bobbi's insatiable curiosity for all things lifestyle, she also curates the editorial website, justBOBBI.com. In addition, she and her husband, Steven Plofker, lovingly reimagined The George, a 32-room design-inspired boutique hotel located in Montclair, N.J. They have 3 sons Dylan, Dakota, and Duke. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: JustBobbi.com WEBSITE: Evolution18.com INSTAGRAM: @evolution_18 FACEBOOK: /JustBobbiBrown LINKEDIN: Bobbi Brown

May 6

46 min 38 sec

Kanika: Reading to me is one of my favorite things to do and I want so badly for my children to enjoy it, but it can be scary. HOMER’s reading program is proven to increase early learning scores by 74%, so clearly you’re the pro here. Stephanie (HOMER origin story): I was working at the fund for public schools and my daughter Anya was struggling with reading. I had access to the greatest minds in education and no one could recommend a product they trusted, so I set out to create one. Kanika: I love that and with Mother’s Day coming up, I just want to celebrate that for a second. There is real power in women starting business to solve parent pain points. What advice do you have for parents listening whose children might be struggling with reading? Stephanie / Stats: Reading is the foundation of a strong education, however it’s not intuitive or natural. We also know that if you’re not at reading level by grade 4. Stephanie / Tips: Make your home a reading rich environment Subtitles on TV shows Leave books all around Lead by example Create Reading Routine The value of bedtime stories - an oldie but a goodie. Proven to help develop literacy skills and bond parents with their children. Car time is book time - pick a book before the ride or make the car into a mini library with a small box of books on the back seat Weekly library visit 20 min / day Create a book exchange with your weekly playdate. Each week your child picks out one book to give to their playdate, who borrows it for the week. Episode Links: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer

May 1

6 min 33 sec

With over 25 years experience in education, Stephanie Dua committed to developing better education opportunities and life outcomes for our children. As co-founder and president of HOMER, an early learning brand that builds personalized learning experiences for kids, she’s passionate about crafting products that support children - and parents - on the profoundly personal journey to reading. HOMER rejects a one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Instead, the learning app taps into a child’s unique passions, teaching them the skills they need to be confident readers who love to learn. Prior to founding HOMER, Stephanie served as CEO of the NYC Fund for Public Schools, raising more than $165 million to support literacy and teacher training efforts in the country’s largest school district, was Senior Advisor to the Common Core Standards effort and worked with the Robin Hood Foundation, helping build 50 award-winning new school libraries across New York. In a modern environment where parents are inundated with information, she seeks to simplify what and who matters most in helping your child reach their potential. She currently lives in Coconut Grove, FL with her husband and three daughters. Stephanie’s hero is her mother, and her values are alive in Stephanie today, and thriving further still in her daughters, Anya (16), Siona (14), and Isla (11). Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: LearnWithHomer.com INSTAGRAM: @learnwithhomer FACEBOOK: /learnwithhomer Press REUTERS: Learning in a pandemic: An online education executive shares tips BLOOMBERG: Education Tool HOMER Has Seen Explosion in Growth, Says Co-founder and President Stephanie Dua

Apr 29

1 hr 7 min

On average, families have to prepare 21 meals a week, and when you factor in kids’ age groups, picky eaters, cuisine preferences, it can be really overwhelming for parents. During the pandemic, prodege.com surveyed 502 parents with children under 18. They found that 52% are spending more on groceries and 41% have stocked up on meal staples that’s easy enough for kids to prepare themselves. Which brings me to today’s episode where I’ll be interviewing the Head of Marketing of Farmer’s Fridge. Farmer’s Fridge has set out to remove the roadblocks to eating wholesome, delicious food. Their automated smart Fridges put chef-curated meals and snacks in the customers hands, in seconds. And to ensure we’re getting the very best, the company is dedicated to packing jars full of quality ingredients and delivering meals fresh to Fridges. Somehow, a Fridge full of tasty finds just seems to be there when you’re craving it most. Even better? Unpurchased food is regularly donated to community members in need. They say their jars may be little, but we hope all the goodness we put in them gives you a big smile. With over 400 automated smart Fridges across Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Indianapolis, Farmer’s Fridge provides fresh, chef curated, delicious and accessible food. Farmer’s Fridge made a HUGE pivot when the pandemic hit and now offers home delivery. Behind that giant shift and all things marketing at Farmer’s Fridge, is super mom, Meghan Hurley. Meghan Hurley leads a multi-functional team and drives the company’s narrative through a rapidly evolving business model. She previously worked as a senior marketing manager at Trunk Club, leading brand strategy. Earlier in her career, Meghan worked in marketing across a number of food and retail companies. She has a diverse food category background including retail, CPG and wholesale with a specific focus on premium brands, including Whole Foods Market. Within those roles Meghan developed extensive knowledge in brand strategy, market expansion, and product development and innovation. She graduated from the University of Illinois and earned an MBA from Loyola University. She’s based in Chicago where she and her husband have 2 kids - Wylder and Lincoln. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: FarmersFridge.com INSTAGRAM: @farmersfridge FACEBOOK: /farmersfridge LINKEDIN: Meghan Hurley Promo Code: FARMER'S FRIDGE: Use my exclusive code (momsense) to receive $10 off your first delivery order from Farmer's Fridge Press PIX11: Farmer’s Fridge providing fresh, healthy meals to New Yorkers and beyond Mom Haul: AMAZON: Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage  AMAZON: OXO Good Grips No-Spill Silicone Ice Stick Tray for Water Bottles

Apr 22

28 min 23 sec

Farnoosh Torabi is one of America’s leading personal finance authorities — hooked on helping you live your richest, happiest life. As Contributing Editor to Oprah Magazine and NextAdvisor, host of a primetime series for CNBC and creator of the Webby-nominated podcast So Money, Farnoosh has become our favorite go-to money expert and financial friend. The New York Times calls her advice, “perfectly practical.” Farnoosh’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast, So Money, has surpassed 17 million downloads with listeners in over 200 countries, thanks to its one-of-a-kind interviews and deep conversations about money. On the show she spotlights leading experts, authors and influencers – from Arianna Huffington to Margaret Cho, Queen Latifah and Tim Gunn – about their financial perspectives, money failures and habits. She also answers listeners’ personal financial questions each week. Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: SoMoneyPodcast.com INSTAGRAM: @farnooshtorabi FACEBOOK: /FarnooshTorabi Press TIME.COM: Contributing Editor BUSINESSINSIDER.COM: Contributing Editor Mom Haul: PERSONAL CAPITAL APP: Financial Planning and Wealth Management

Apr 15

48 min 15 sec

Ali Koplar Wyatt is a veteran of the start-up world, having worked in a leadership capacity at iconic lifestyle and culture shifting companies like Goop, Refinery29 and most recently, launching Female Founder Collective with Rebecca Minkoff. She is a business builder, advisor to start-ups and an investor in female funded businesses. Ali was one of the first employees at Refinery29 and was tasked with building an ad and brand partnership business from scratch, subsequently assembling a world-class team that integrated custom collaboration with brands on editorial, product, design, and consumer marketing. Under Wyatt’s leadership, the sales team grew from a few hundred thousand in advertising revenue to well into the tens of millions of dollars in just four years, securing a spot for Refinery29 on the Inc500 for three consecutive years. She left Refinery29 to become the first CRO at Goop, where she architected and launched the business in the US, introducing brand advertising that included a mix of native content, immersive experiences, and integrated media alongside beautifully constructed content. Staying true to her entrepreneurial spirit, she then turned to starting a company from scratch, joining forces with Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso to launch a female-focused media business called Girlboss, which hosts thousands of women at cross-country rallies and galvanizes the voices of women in key life transition points in countries throughout the world. Through her journey, she has become passionate about not only supporting start-ups through advising, but also through investing in female-led companies as an angel investor. Past and current investments include Tia Women's Health Clinic, Humanified, Caribu, The Wonder, Good Mylk, Forward Space, Summersalt, Hatch Collection, Refinery29, Sunscoop, Girlboss, The Wing, Goop, Golde, iFundWomen and Heymama Co. She is proud to invest in women to build a better future for themselves and their families.   Meet My Guest: WEBSITE: FemaleFounderCollective.com INSTAGRAM: @thefemalefoundercollective FACEBOOK: /thefemalefoundercollective Press BUSINESSWIRE.COM: UBS and Rebecca Minkoff’s Female Founder Collective Launch Project Entrepreneur's Investment Readiness Program to Accelerate Companies Founded by Women MANIFESTOR MINDSET: Female Founder Collective Cofounders Rebecca Minkoff and Ali Koplar Wyatt Mom Haul: PELETON: Live and On-Demand Workouts

Apr 8

37 min 4 sec