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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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  • 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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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: Raising a Reader — with Stephanie Dua

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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.

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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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86 Ali Levine on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta.jpg

086: Ali Levine — Taking Risks + Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Today I’m excited to feature a guest who is a known risk-taker and prides herself on living by her own terms. Ali Levine.

Celebrity stylist and motherhood/fashion/lifestyle expert Ali Levine believes that no matter where you roam, from the laundry room to the red carpet, authenticity is your superpower and “confidence is your best accessory.” Raised in the high-velocity fashion culture of New York City, a natural gift for style led Levine to opportunities working with international designers like Coach, Talbots, and the opening of New York’s flagship Target location. A transition to television/film took her to Hollywood, where she founded the Ali Levine Design headquarters, quickly establishing herself as LA’s “it” girl of celebrity styling with a star-studded portfolio that includes top names like Jesse McCartney, Arianny Celeste, Holly Robinson Peete, Joey King, Gretchen Rossi, Lisa Vanderpump and more. She rose to reality stardom with her Bravo show Stipped, which had exposed couple’s relationships wilee stripping them of everything they own – clothing, furniture, money, coveted possessions, to uncover what truly matters most.

After the arrival of her first child, daughter Amelia Rei, Levine wholeheartedly embraced the role of mompreneur/mommy influencer. She is now a mama of two and shares her real raw truth of motherhood. She is a sought-after motherhood style/lifestyle expert covered by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, and LA Times, with design ideas featured on national network television and in print/online media outlets such as Real Simple, PopSugar, and FabFitFun. She is also one of Yahoo’s “Top Influencers to Watch and Follow in 2020.” The Ali Levine blog – which shares the unfiltered moment-to-moment evolution that is #MomLife, along with everyday style inspiration – earned a spot among the top 100 personal stylist blogs and has been named one of the top 40 LA fashion blogs. On the “Everything with Ali Levine” podcast, the New York hotshot-turned-Hollywood style maven delivers a real, raw look at her own motherhood journey amid the treasures she’s uncovered in the universal search for authenticity, spiritual wholeness, and happiness.

Follow along at AliLevine.com and on Instagram @AliLevineDesign. Discover true-life inspirational interviews with some of Levine’s fellow A-list moms in the 5-star rated “Everything with Ali Levine” podcast on iTunes.

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85 Calum McGuinan on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

085: Calum McGuigan — Self-Care and Personal Growth Made Simple

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Shape + Foster takes members on a journey of personal development, providing knowledge and actionable insight via six amazing professionals in mental health, fitness, nutrition, finance, life coaching and yoga. All members are here for the same reason – to learn and grow. This makes for an active and positive community, and one you should be part of!

Calum McGuigan is the founder:

Originally from Scotland, Calum McGuigan moved to Canada to play rugby. He became immersed in the  health and wellness field thereafter. He launched a company called Fervent Events with just $4000 and it was listed twice on Canada’s Growth 500 list, reaching $4 million in annual sales, completely bootstrapped. During the pandemic, he launched the Shape +  Foster mobile app to help individuals, especially parents, take charge of their mental, physical, spiritual, and financial well being.

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84 Shani Darden on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

084: Shani Darden — Skincare Secrets of the Stars

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2020 was the year of going back to the basics and focusing on self care, whether it meant making time to meditate to fill us spiritually or honing on our skincare regimen to make us feel confident. Especially since we’re wearing masks on the daily and our skin is affected by that.

That’s why I am so excited to have industry leader and beauty expert, Shani Darden on my show today.

Considered the secret behind Hollywood’s including Kelly Rowland, Jessica Alba, Emmy Rossum, most flawless faces, expert esthetician Shani Darden sets herself apart with her results-oriented approach to skin care. Her passion for simple, yet effective solutions has earned her clients’ trust and respect in a town where beauty, health, and wellness standards are high.

Shani trained as an esthetician under a leading dermatologist, eventually going out on her own. She developed a passion for creating products she could not find, sending clients home with custom-made formulas between visits. Her Retinol Reform® serum quickly built a huge celebrity following. Today, Shani is sharing her proven formulas and trusted expertise so people everywhere can achieve their best skin.

In June 2019, Shani opened her first flagship studio in Beverly Hills where she treats clients, develops high-performance formulas and shares her expertise with her followers on social media.

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73 Sarah Harden on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

073: Sarah Harden — What Women Want: Championing Female-Driven Narratives in Media

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If you’ve found yourself binging on the latest shows to break free from the stress and monotony of life in a pandemic, chances are you’ve come across The Morning Show, Little Fires Everywhere, and Big Little Lies. All productions of Hello Sunshine released on Apple TV, Hulu, and HBO respectively.

Having bagged 18 Emmy nominations, Hello Sunshine is a welcome disruptor and new media company that puts women at the center of every story that it creates, celebrates, and discovers. Stories we love, big and small, funny and complex, across television, film, books and podcasts, shining a light on where women are now and helping them chart a new path forward.

It’s the brainchild of America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon, who…fun fact…began her acting career after first enrolling at Stanford. We’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow up on screen through her roles in Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, the Legally Blonde series (which is soon to be a trilogy!) and her Academy Award winning performance in Walk the Line, to name a few. To top it off, she became a mom at the ripe age of 23 and made it her priority to be devoted to her three children, Ava, Deacon, and Tennessee.

As accomplished as she is, she knew she didn’t want her career to be just about her. She decided to leave a legacy that’s far more impactful and inclusive. Hello Sunshine.

So who’s heading the company behind the scenes and is Reese’s own trusted right hand woman? It’s Sarah Harden. Sarah has been at the helm as CEO leading Hello Sunshine through its rapid growth as a premium content studio and direct-to-consumer media brand. Prior to this, Sarah was President of Otter Media, a privately held joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, where she spearheaded Otter’s first investment – Hello Sunshine. As President, she acquired, invested and launched global OTT video services with a variety of media companies including Fullscreen, Roosterteeth, Crunchyroll, Ellation, and Sky. During her leadership, Otter generated $400 million in revenue and acquired and retained more that 1.5 million paying subscribers across its video subscription businesses. Earlier on, Sarah was Group Director at New Corp Asia and SVP of Business Development at Fox Networks. She began her career at Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne, Australia and went on to attend Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

Sarah’s most important role, however, is being a mother. Sarah and her husband Dave have 3 kids — Lulu, 16, Tommy, 14, and Fletcher, 10. And, another fun fact…she’s a twin! These days, she’s helping crack algebraic equations and reading her kids’ persuasive letters to bring home a pet hamster, while negotiating multi-million dollar deals with top global networks via Zoom. All in a day’s work.

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70 Shannon Murray-Doffo on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

070: Shannon Murray-Doffo — Kids Apparel That Sparks Imagination

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Imagine if children’s apparel was so much more than just clothes. What if it were experiential and allowed kids to use their imagination and bring things to life.

My guest has been there and is doing it as we speak.

Shannon Murray-Doffo, is an award winning serial entrepreneur, marketing expert, and business strategist. Shannon spent over 13 years helping Fortune 10 companies strategize, build, and implement their marketing campaigns, culminating in launching her own brand in 2019, Living Loudly.

Living Loudly serves parents as a children’s clothing and lifestyle brand, helping parents realize they’re not alone and bringing a little more joy to the parenting experience.

Whether parents are picking out super-soft, eco-friendly apparel with their kids and cuddling up with a story, or taking one of her online workshops to get real support with their relationships, self-care, or parenting, Living Loudly puts connection at the heart of the business so parents (and their kiddos) can have a few more laughs and a few less bribes.

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68 Nicole Cannon on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

069: Nicole Cannon — Toddlers and Sleep: Routines, Regressions, and Remedies

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An age old problem we face as parents is getting our kids to sleep. Regressions, routines, daylight savings, traveling and what tools we can implement to help our toddlers fall asleep and stay asleep.

Nicole Cannon is a certified sleep consultant, founder of Sleepy Mama, wife, and mom of 3 kids ages 7, 5, & 3 with her 4th child on the way!

She has worked as a nanny, babysitter, and baby planner and in 2012, she completed the Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant Course through the International Maternity Institute to become a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants. Through this certification, she has been educated on numerous methods that help families get more sleep. She looks at sleep holistically and addresses all elements in a child’s day-to-day life that may be preventing him or her from sleeping well. She recently completed a certification in Infant Mental Health and a course in Maternal Mental Health. Her goal is to be sensitive to both the mother and the baby during the sleep work process.

However, the biggest change came when she welcomed her son in February 2013. From the start my son was a terrible sleeper. Suddenly Nicole was one of those sleep-deprived parents and she never imagined how hard it would be to go through sleep issues first hand!

Thus, during one morning of sleep-deprived delirium, Sleepy Mama was born. Nicole is here not only to help you and your loved ones get better sleep, but also to let you know you are not alone! Part therapist/part sleep consultant, this Sleepy Mama will work with you for a healthier, happier, well-rested family.

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