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104b Rebecca Minkoff on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

REBECCA MINKOFF: Being Fearless

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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.

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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”

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AT HOME WITH HOMER: Back to School, Creating a Path to Confidence — with Stephanie Dua

AT HOME WITH HOMER: Back to School, Creating a Path to Confidence — with Stephanie Dua 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

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

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104 Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

SHAYNA FERM & TRACEY TEE: Band of Mothers

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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!

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AT HOME WITH HOMER: Happiness — with Stephanie Dua

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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

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AT HOME WITH HOMER: Getting Involved— with Stephanie Dua

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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

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103 Lisa Ray on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

LISA RAY: Close to the Bone and Stories From the Heart

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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.

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AT HOME WITH HOMER: Parent Burnout — with Stephanie Dua

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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

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102 Michael Perry on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

MICHAEL PERRY: Making Parenting Easier

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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.

Michael Perry is the Founder and CEO of Maple, a company focused on building a better world for all parents. Prior to founding Maple, Michael founded Kit, which he sold to Shopify in 2016 and where worked for over four years as an executive overseeing Marketing Technology. He has been included on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, recognized by Inc. Magazine for his contributions in the messaging space, and named one of the top marketing executives in the world by Business Insider. Michael Currently lives in California with his wife, son, and two bulldogs.

What I first noticed about you was your humility, your gratitude, and your passion for making an impact and truly leaving the world in a better place than when you found it.

I know those who work with you feel the same so I want to start with hearing from your team to kick things off.

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AT HOME WITH HOMER: Re-Building Our Foundation — with Stephanie Dua

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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.

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101 Neeta and Nishka Lulla on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta (3)

NEETA LULLA & NISHKA LULLA MEHRA: A Mother’s Bond, Life, and Legacy

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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.

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