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97 Sheetal Sheth on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

097: Sheetal Sheth — Breaking Barriers in Communities, Film, and Life

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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.

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96 Bobbi Brown on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

096: Bobbi Brown — Motherhood, Makeup, and Making an Impact

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Things are not getting any easier as we forge ahead during these precarious times, 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 is a serial entrepreneur at the core. Her latest endeavors include JONES ROAD BEAUTY, an edited collection of high-performance, multi-purpose essentials and 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.

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95 Stephanie Dua on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

095: Stephanie Powell Dua — Teaching Your Kids Life Lessons

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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).

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94 Meghan Hurley on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

094 Meghan Hurley — Providing Ready-Made Healthy Meals Around the Country

094 Meghan Hurley — Providing Ready-Made Healthy Meals Around the Country 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

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.

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93 Farnoosh Torabi on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

093: Farnoosh Torabi — Let’s Talk Money: Knowing Your Value + Net Worth

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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.

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092: Ali Koplar Wyatt — Building Businesses, Brands & Bosses

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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.

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91 Jeanne Bleu on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

091: Jeanne Bleu — Toys That Bring Joy During Each Milestone

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Are you worried your kids are addicted to their screens and are not using their imagination and curiosity as much as they should?

Do you feel like toys and gadgets have taken over your home and you just want to go back to the basics with minimal things for your babies and kids to play with, that happen to be decoration pieces too?

Today, I’m joined by the creative director of Manhattan Toy Company, Jeanne Bleu, who is going to share her special connection to toys and why the brand is so intentional about serving parents with thoughtfully crafted toys that stand the test of time and are made to pique a child’s development at every stage.

Jeanne Bleu began her career as a graphic designer and illustrator and decided to take time off to raise her two children. During that time, she took on various part time pursuits including being a muralist, painter, co-owned a gift and furniture store. When she made her foray back into the work force, she was the illustrator at a stationary company, a trend director at gift and stationery company, and creative director of Manhattan Toy since 2014.

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90 Nichole Healy on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

090: Nichole Healy — Photo Books Made Easy for the Paparazzi Parent

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When it comes to photos of your kids. What are you having most trouble with?

Organization – You have so many digital photos from newborn phase on up and you don’t know how to compartmentalize it all?

Time – You would love to be the scrapbooking mom but just don’t have the time or energy to do it. Life in a pandemic is all consuming!

Lack of Creativity – You tried apps online but you don’t have the creativity to create a photo book from scratch on your own.

We are going to answer all your questions around preserving photos and precious memories today!

Nichole Healy’s background starts with dance, which she pursued even at the college level. She studied dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She always had a desire to build a business, as she hails from an entrepreneurial family and also wanted to create a business that was BOTH meaningful and provided the kind of freedom that allowed her to adventure with her own family!

To that end, Nichole began her entrepreneurial endeavor when she was feeling tremendous mom-guilt over not having photo books done for her family. She thought there had to be an easier way to stay on top of getting her memories archived into photo books. She quickly discovered other parents were also frustrated that their memories were lost to the cloud too.

Her business meets this frustration head on. Memory My Way was founded in 2017 when Nichole started taking on clients one-on-one. Along the way she became a Certified Photo Organizer and today, she has gathered everything she knows about organizing, curating, and getting a plan in place for success into a membership experience. Inside, each member can take control of their photo clutter (if they feel unorganized) and/or put a system in place to get photo books done every year by learning from her self-paced courses and workshops. Each member is paired with a professional designer who custom creates photo books for them – saving tons of precious time and ensuring their books get done. Her mission is to help families rescue their memories from the cloud and remember their best adventures gathered around photo books, instead of another screen!

Nichole is also working on moving the membership to a web and mobile app that will only make all of this easier and more streamlined going forward. She describes her app as “the cloud with a heart” because it will be more concerned with getting memories into our hands instead of just keeping them locked away in the cloud.

Nichole is married to her husband of almost 11 years, who is a pilot, and they have two boys ages 7 and 9. They live near Atlanta, GA in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

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89 Chriselle Lim on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

089: Chriselle Lim — Bumo: Classes, Co-working, & Childcare

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Chances are you’ve seen my guest providing her skincare tips on YouTube, creating candid and fun videos as the “Rich Mom” on TikTok or showcasing editorial worthy photos of her collabs with designers like Valentino and Balmain during fashion week on her lifestyle blog. Now her latest venture involves helping her audience navigate parenthood. She’s none other than Korean American fashion stylist, digital influencer, and entrepreneur – Chriselle Lim.

Starting off her fashion career as a wardrobe stylist as a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, she logged in years of editorial shoots with prominent fashion books and celebrities.

In 2011, she launched her YouTube Channel and website, The Chriselle Factor, to empower and inspire women all around the world through her daily musings on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. With a following of over 3 Million across her various channels, Chriselle is now ranked among the top industry experts, deemed a pioneer in new media for her success in bridging the gap between the editorial and digital worlds, and has been featured across publications such as The New York Times, WWD, and Forbes.​ In 2017, Chriselle co-founded CINC. Studios, a creative studio that specializes in the visual, digital, and social communication for beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands. ​

In 2019, Mattel created a Barbie styled by Chriselle and which sold out in the first 3 hours of launch. During the pandemic, Chriselle co-founded Bümo which brings licensed education-based childcare to the workplace. She is passionate about finding a solution for millennial parents and specifically working mothers.

BümoBrain was built based on the following principles: creativity, critical thinking and exploration. It’s backed by 350 years of educators’ experience from around the globe!

The BümoBrain Philosophy creates an inclusive environment that is centered on cultivating values in children. A child’s brain develops rapidly during the first 5 years of life. During these years, it is important to understand that teaching a child is more than just teaching letters and numbers. It is about teaching life skills that will help them thrive as older children and even as adults.

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88 Arjun and Tara Coomaraswamy on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

088: Arjun and Tara — When Music Runs in the Family

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Hi everyone. I want to start by telling you that I am so excited for this special interview because it’s like none I have done before. My guest today is a mega superstar who I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on numerous occasions in the US, Canada, and now on Zoom, and he is being joined by his one and only mom. This show is called That’s Total Mom sense for a reason. I think this his first interview with his mom so it’s going to fun for all of us.

So the artist I’m talking about is Arjun Coomeraswamy – or just Arjun.

He is a London-based singer, songwriter and music producer. He has become known for his fusion of contemporary Western and Eastern sounds, combining soulful R&B with elements of South Asian music. This formula has made him a huge hit with Asian youth across the globe. As a pioneer in the Hindi/R&B Fusion genre, Arjun has set the standard for other young Asian artists now following in his footsteps.

He is a multi-instrumentalist, capable of playing the guitar, piano, bass, drums and flute, on top of singing and beat-boxing.

He is currently the most viewed UK Asian artist on YouTube, with approx one billion views, and has a strong social media presence with over 1.5 million Facebook fans and half a million Instagram followers.

He was signed to India’s biggest record label T-Series. ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, his first single released on the T-Series channel and racked up over 65 million views, charted at #1 in the iTunes India Chart and spent over 40 weeks in the UK BBC Asian Download Chart.

He signed with Island Records, a branch of Universal Music, in September 2016 and released his first single in 2017, his second single Vaadi in 2018 and his debut album “Closer to Home” that same year, which reached No 1 on the Itunes R&B chart in 24 hours.

He has a truly international fan-base, and as a result has had the opportunity to perform for fans all over the world to crowds of up to 200,000, in countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, US, Canada, India, Sri Lanka, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Suriname, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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