Motherhood

7 Rebuilding Our Foundation (Horizontal)

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

AT HOME WITH HOMER: Re-Building Our Foundation — with Stephanie Dua 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

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:

Visit learnwithhomer.com/momsense for a 60-day FREE trial

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

NEETA LULLA & NISHKA LULLA MEHRA: A Mother’s Bond, Life, and Legacy 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

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:

Mom Haul:

Visit learnwithhomer.com/momsense for a 60-day FREE trial

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

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

086: Ali Levine — Taking Risks + Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

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.

Meet My Guest:

Press

Mom Haul:

Breastfeeding Moms Should Utilize These Self-Care Tips

Breastfeeding Moms Should Utilize These Self-Care Tips

Breastfeeding Moms Should Utilize These Self-Care Tips 1920 1080 Chase Jennings

Self-care doesn’t always come easily, especially for new parents. As a breastfeeding mother, you may be feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or both, and that can make taking care of yourself extra difficult. When all your time and energy is focused on the baby, it’s easy to forget about your own needs, but there are some simple things you can do to prevent burnout. Joining the blog community is a great start, and you can find tons of great advice and tips for all things related to parenting as you browse my site.

Treat yourself to some new clothes

Motherhood comes with a lot of changes and they can take a toll on your body. Comfortable clothing is a must, especially in the first months after you give birth. Look for easy, breathable items that will allow you to keep your style, such as patterned leggings, tunics, and high-waisted underwear that smooths and flatters. You can also look for cute pajamas and loungewear for the early days after the baby comes when all you want to do is relax at home.

Create a portable well-station

While you’re home, it’s a good idea to set up a portable well-station that can be kept near your favorite chair or moved to different spots around the house when you breastfeed. This is a great way to create a little self-care even while you’re taking care of the baby’s needs. Your kit should hold lip balm, an extra burp cloth, nipple salve, baby wipes, and any other supplies you might need at arm’s length; I have compiled a group of wonderful products to try.

It’s also a good idea to keep a large cup of water nearby so you can stay hydrated; look for an insulated bottle that holds a good amount, and refill it throughout the day. This is an easy way to remember how much you’ve had to drink to ensure you’re getting enough fluids.

Eat right

Just as you need to make sure you’re getting enough water, you also need to eat enough of the right nutrients and calories while you’re breastfeeding. If you’re unsure of where to begin, talk to your doctor and work out a plan for your diet. It may be tricky at first to find the right balance, since losing weight too quickly can have a negative effect on your milk supply; however, you typically can’t go wrong with proteins and healthy fats, such as those found in nuts and avocados. Berries, green leafy vegetables, and seeds are also great for breastfeeding moms.

Stay connected

Having a newborn can be a bit restrictive when it comes to going out, especially for breastfeeding moms who are focused on getting into a routine. That’s why it’s so important to make an effort to stay connected to your friends and loved ones, who can offer support or just a kind ear as you get used to balancing everything. Consider using a video chat app on your phone to stay in touch with your family members and to give them updates on the baby’s growth and milestones; read reviews to find the best one for your device. This is a great way to get some facetime with the people you enjoy most if you’re not ready to get out and about.

Taking care of yourself when you have so many things to think about can be a challenge, but doing so will help you be the best parent you can be. Take moments of rest when you can find them, and pamper yourself in small ways throughout the day in order to recharge.

Attribution

Written by guest author, Karen Weeks

Photo via Pixabay

 

052: Liza Huber — Sage Advice on Entrepreneurship + Motherhood

052: Liza Huber — Sage Advice on Entrepreneurship + Motherhood 1024 512 Chase Jennings

Liza Huber is an entrepreneur, award-winning cookbook author, wife, mom of 4 and the CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls; one of the most trusted brands in mealtime products for babies and kids available at major retailers both nationwide and internationally.

Liza had the idea for Sage Spoonfuls after her first baby was born. She couldn’t find homemade baby food products that offered the ease of use, convenience and quality she was looking for. At the time, she was working for NBC and didn’t have the desire to start a new business, but just a year and half later, her second child was born 9 weeks premature and everything changed.

After nearly losing her son, the importance of giving babies the healthiest start to life became her mission. She made a career pivot from TV to entrepreneur and dedicated herself fully to developing a product line that made healthy easy for busy parents. It was then that Sage Spoonfuls was born.

Meet My Guest:

Press:

Mom Haul:

050: Blessing Adesiyan — How To Thrive In Motherhood, Work and Life

050: Blessing Adesiyan — How To Thrive In Motherhood, Work and Life 1024 512 Chase Jennings

As the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated our society, our global economy, and our daily lives in such a pervasive way with kids home from school and parents juggling the role of provider, career professional, and teacher, we, now more than ever, are relying on our support systems. Sure, with social distancing and self isolation, meeting face to face has become virtual, but there’s no denying that maintaining connections and building bonds is so integral to humanity.

Today I am joined by Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO of Mother Honestly.

Motherhood is demanding AF! There is an enormous amount of pressure on women to over-deliver on all fronts – work, home, parenting, lifestyle and fitness. This over-demanding schedule is leaving mamas exhausted. Women like you are seeking solutions from underneath the laundry pile, the mountain high dishes, and the skipped workouts.

Mother Honestly is a platform that inspires, encourages and guides the modern ambitious woman to thrive in and beyond motherhood. Through online content, and offline activations, Mother Honestly empowers and elevates mothers to lead bigger, better and deeper lives.

Tune In:

Meet My Guest:

Mom Haul:

049: Tejal V. Patel — Kids Can Meditate

049: Tejal V. Patel — Kids Can Meditate 1024 512 Chase Jennings

Tejal V Patel JD, is a former divorce attorney turned mindfulness, meditation and Ayurveda advocate for moms and kids. She’s the host of the Time-In Talks Podcast, speaker and author of the book Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities To Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety and Stay Focused.

It’s Tejal’s mission to support moms in their journey to become mindful parents and raise the first generation of mindful children and next generation of peace leaders.
Her fun, practical and simple way of infusing mindfulness and meditation into the lives of modern families in a way that is understandable to kids truly sets her apart from the traditional self-help crowd and makes her a go-to expert for modern moms seeking to raise calm, confident, and compassionate children.

Tejal lives in South Jersey with her husband, sons, and parakeet Skye.

Tune In:

Meet My Guest:

Mom Haul:

033: Jenn Kapahi — Back to the Basics in Beauty & Motherhood

033: Jenn Kapahi — Back to the Basics in Beauty & Motherhood 1024 512 Chase Jennings

As moms, we lead very busy lives and whether we’re working women or hold down the fort at home, there’s something that changes in us when we feel we look our best – it’s that mani/pedi, that blowout, or those perfect makeup essentials that take us from feeling drab to fab and ready to put ourselves out there and take on the world.

On today’s episode, we’re zeroing in on makeup essentials that enhance your natural beauty, are quick/easy, don’t take up much real estate in your cosmetic bag or diaper fanny pack, and most importantly have a patented packaging (they’re crayons guys, and who doesn’t love crayons — not just your kids) and unique formulas that give you a fresh, flawless face. The brand I’m talking about is Trestique and I’m here with the founder and Co-CEO, Jenn Kapahi.

Jenn grew up on her family’s organic farm on the North Fork. Besides working in the fields and on the retail stand, her side hustle was waitressing, starting a piano school, babysitting, working with the vet and doing makeup at Saks in Southampton. In college she studied fine art, played on the women’s soccer team and held 3 part time jobs.

Upon graduation, she worked at Bloomingdales and worked her way up to becoming the Assistant Store Manager of the Cosmetics Dept. responsible for 7 brands and 300 employees. She loved the world of makeup but disliked the lack of creativity in the retail sector, which led her to join the marketing team of a top global cosmetic manufacturer, then she moved to Revlon where she worked as a Global Product Developer, and finally, launched her own cosmetics brand, trèStiQue in June 2015.

Tune In:

Trestique Links:

Personal Links:

Press:

Mom Haul:

Katya and Amri on Thats Total Momsense with Kanika Chadda Gupta hey mama

032: Amri Kibbler & Katya Libin — Impacting Mothers Through Community + Collaboration

032: Amri Kibbler & Katya Libin — Impacting Mothers Through Community + Collaboration 1024 512 Chase Jennings

When you’re a first time mom, it can be extremely isolating, daunting, and overwhelming. There are times when you feel so alone because you don’t have the ability to socialize, connect, and network with women and friends like you once did. Evolutionarily speaking, we all need a village.

And for me, that’s HeyMama. I live and work from my home in NJ and as you know I have twins and a baby under 3. I am juggling a ton going from digital marketing clients to podcast recordings to family life and found it so challenging to meet new people and prospect since I’m not going to weekly night time events anymore. I was introduced to HeyMama shortly after I had my third by my friend Michelle Ranavat, founder Ranavat Botanics, who lives in CA and then my friend Patrice Poltzer who is also in New York whom I know through BNI (I’m the president of the Activate 58 Chapter in NY) told me about the same week so I applied and was accepted and it’s been just the community I was seeking to be a part of both online and offline.

Tune In:

Meet My Guest:

Show Notes:

  • 00:52 – Introduction
  • 03:20 – Backgrounds
  • 05:00 – Creating an opportunity
  • 07:46 – Pregnancy and maternity leave
  • 13:00 – Family friends
  • 19:00 – Membership model
  • 23:00 – Helping women out
  • 30:00 – ‘Global domination’
  • 31:00 – Online community and offline community (events)
  • 46:00 – Examples of great leaders
  • 49:00 – Work should be something you love instead of something you have to do
  • 49:30 – ‘Mom Sense’ moments
  • 56:00 – Quote of the day
  • 1:00:00 – Mom Haul

Mom Haul: