Dr. Alpa Patel on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

DR. ALPA PATEL: Clean Beauty That Heals Your Skin From the Inside Out

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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.

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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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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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062: Leslie Rubisch — Navigating Career Moves Through Motherhood

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As shared on mompowerment.com, If you’re a mom and you’re wondering about mompreneurs or mom-owned businesses, here’s some food for thought. Of the women-owned businesses out there, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 is owned by a mom. That number is pretty amazing as it translates to more than 4 million businesses.

Mompreneurs are resourceful, tenacious, and get the job done because they truly have no time waste.

Today, I’m delighted to have Leslie Rubisch joining me on the show.

Leslie Rubisch has built a career helping brands form a strong, singular identity, and using it as a foundation to create successful marketing programs across all channels of consumer touch points. Her innovative style has helped launch and grow brands such as Alexander Wang where she oversaw branding, communications, and marketing. In 2012, she founded her own company specializing in business development and brand strategy across fashion, beauty and lifestyle categories. She has partnered with companies such as LVMH, Via Spiga/Caleres, Barneys New York, Samsung, Y-Combinator backed skincare brand Dear Brightly, Yoox Group, Inez and Vinoodh, Senreve, Sofia Coppola, For Days. She loves to mentor, and endeavors to continue to work with inspirational individuals and brands whom she admires. This includes a new role as a community organizer at HeyMama where she loves to help support an inspiring community of working mothers.

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057: Stacy Blackman — Skincare for Teenage Boys

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If you have teenage boys, this episode is for you. I am delighted to one of the-cofounders of Stryke club with me today. Between the four founders, they have four boys. As their boys got older, they realized they were buying acne products aimed at girls, so they decided to come together and fill this gap in the skincare market.

Stryke Club, a one-of-a-kind product line made specially for today’s teenage boy. Designed for the busy teen boy, who’s ready for a lesson in self-care, the brand is set to revolutionize the beauty industry thanks to its unique, meticulous and effective combination of clean ingredients. Comprised of three core products and formulated over two years with help from a board-certified pediatric dermatologist, the skincare system promotes clear skin, confidence and mindful grooming habits for life.

Today we’re going to talk more about this innovative skin product and what life is like as a professional mom. We’ll also discuss how to support your child if he’s dealing with acne.

Stacy earned her BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
After graduating from Wharton, Stacy began working in private equity at the Prudential Capital Group in San Francisco. Following business school, she founded and sold her first company, WebWisher.com. During this time, Fortune Magazine chronicled Stacy’s career for a span of nearly two years, running stories about her in several issues and featuring her on their cover in May of 2000. WebWisher is now part of The Knot, a publicly-traded company.

Following WebWisher, Stacy founded Stacy Blackman Consulting (SBC), the leading admissions consulting firm. SBC has now placed thousands of clients in every top MBA program in the world. The company also has a popular video series, runs workshops and has a publishing division. Stacy was elected for two terms to the Board of Directors of AIGAC, the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants and has published a book, The MBA Application Roadmap.

In 2019, Stacy founded Stryke Club to fill a void in skincare and grooming for teenage boys. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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039: Jana Blankenship — Wild Beauty – Why Plant-based is the Way to Go

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Jana Blankenship authored a book called Wild Beauty and is here to tell us all about it. She is the founder of Captain Blankenship.

Founded in 2009, Captain Blankenship is a green beauty company based in New York’s Hudson River Valley that makes haircare, skincare, bodycare products and scents with organic ingredients. Social responsibility and sustainability of ingredients and packaging are at the heart of the company, which is a B Corp, Leaping Bunny Certified and part of 1% for the Planet. Captain Blankenship was born out of Jana Blankenship’s desire to create organic beauty products that create a direct link with nature. From its birth in Jana’s kitchen, the company has grown into a full product line sold at The Detox Market, Credo Beauty, Anthropologie, Follain, CAP Beauty, and over 300 stores nationally and internationally. Captain Blankenship also launched a gender-neutral skincare and grooming line called Sailor by Captain Blankenship in 2018 that is available in Target stores nationwide. Jana is the author of Wild Beauty, a holistic primer for green beauty rich in practical wisdom, anecdotes and 45 DIY recipes for natural perfumes, skincare, hair care, body care, teas and tonics. She lives in Gardiner, NY with her husband, two children, dog and cat.

She’s a mom of two kiddos, Mila (6) and Caspian (4). She’s a passionate educator about plant based beauty and says, “It’s been a wild ride running a growing business alongside two growing kids, but I am loving the joyful chaos of it all.”

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029: Samantha Ettus — The Secrets to Living a Satisfying Life

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I often compare life to a pie and how many pieces of the pie are dedicated to our various priorities be it our family, relationships, our work life, our homes, and our self-care and personal goals and so on.

Samantha Ettus wrote her fifth book on exactly that: The Pie Life: A Guilt Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction where she breaks down this metaphor to a granular level in such a compelling way. She is a bestselling American author, speaker, TV contributor and syndicated radio host, widely known as a work life balance expert and successful businesswoman,

Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam is a renowned speaker and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio show and best-selling author of several books: The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do, The Experts’ Guide to Life at Home, The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster, and The Experts’ Guide to the Baby Years. She writes a popular weekly work/life newsletter and penned a Washington Post Op-Ed that landed in the top 10 Op-eds in 2017.

As a dedicated champion of women, Sam has devoted her career to advocating and supporting women in the pursuit of their dreams. Thousands of women from C-level leaders to administrative assistants to moms returning to the workforce have benefitted from Sam’s unique guidance. In Sam’s quest to help women achieve financial independence, she launched Park Place Payments.

We delve into all of this and more – listen in!

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  • 02:00 – Introduction
  • 04:45 – The better your life is, the better you are at being a better person
  • 06:30 – Setting specific goals for yourself
  • 10:00 – Kids and productivity
  • 12:50 – Behind The New Way to Get Happy, Samantha’s TEDx talk
  • 17:00 – How to inspire our kids to fulfill their potential
  • 22:30 – Building communities
  • 24:00 – Competitors
  • 27:00 – Client-focused solution
  • 32:30 – Taking pride in your work
  • 33:00 – “Mom built”
  • 38:20 – Growing up
  • 48:00 – Early stages of child development
  • 53:30 – Mom sense moment
  • 55:00 – Quote to live by: “Don’t live life in the past lane”
  • 55:45 – Mom Haul: Bandolier phone strap and Travel Esteem Steamer

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007: Raegan Moya-Jones — How I Built a $100M Business After Becoming a Mom

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Raegan Moya-Jones

When you think of tissues, you think of Kleenex. When you think photocopy, you think of Xerox. And when you think swaddle blanket, you think of aden  + anais.

These companies have held the greatest market share for the products they manufacture, so much so, they’ve become part of our daily vocabulary as synonyms for their products. 

Shortly after a new mother gets wheeled into her recovery room after labor and delivery, she’s handed her newborn baby, who’s fresh and clean from the nursery, and gets a crash course on swaddling. Pediatricians, nurses, and trusted moms the world over swear by aden + anais, which are breathable, muslin blankets to swaddle your little one to sleep. 

Today I am honored to have with me, the powerhouse behind this iconic baby lifestyle brand, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, wife, mother to four daughters, and thought leader, Raegan Moya-Jones. 

Raegan Moya-Jones is the CEO and co-founder of aden + anais. She founded the company with an initial investment of $15,000 in start-up capital in 2003, and grew it to $100 million business. The company sells over 2,000 products in 68 countries and has clients like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, DJ Khaled, Neil Patrick Harris, and the Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. 

Raegan was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and aden + anais was named to the Crain’s New York Business “Fast 50” list for three consecutive years and was recognized for a 338% growth rate and reported revenue of $41.7 million in 2013.

Raegan most recently co-founded Saint Luna, a premium moonshine brand. 

She sits on the board of directors for Hopeland, a nonprofit created to pioneer innovative solutions and build new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.

She is the author of “What it Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds” and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four daughters. 

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Show Notes:

  • 4:20 – Growing up in Australia, walking off the beaten path
  • 5:28 – Working in sales and growing her side-hustle to become her full-time gig
  • 7:20 – When did you have your aha moment to launch aden + anais?
  • 9:30 – Tell us about the supply chain and how you created your quality product?
  • 12:00 –  Sleep deprivation as a mother and entrepreneur
  • 18:00 – Who’s in your village and team?
  • 23:00 – The most important facet to a successful business
  • 29:00 – Has motherhood changed you?
  • 34:00 – What is it like raising four daughters in the digital age of social media?
  • 40:00 – From aden + anais to Saint Luna moonshine
  • 46:00 – What inspired you to write your memoir?
  • 48:00 – What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
  • 48:54 – What was your mom sense moment?
  • 51:00 – Teaching children to not feel entitled
  • 52:45 – Quote of the Day