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81 Emily Groden on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

081: Emily Groden — Who Wants Waffles?

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As many of us are homeschooling our kids or managing their hybrid school schedules along with our own work day, we’re all scrambling in the mornings. Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day as our kiddos are breaking their fast of 12 hours of sleep beforehand. So we want to give them foods that are satiating and nourishing.

Today, we’re talking to a female and mom founder, Emily Groden, who’s helping make breakfast a little easier and a lot healthier. Her company is called Evergreen and they specialize in waffles.

Evergreen, features miniature waffles made with 100% whole wheat, no refined sugar or dairy, and flavored only with fruits, vegetables, nuts or spices. Varieties include banana peanut butter, mixed berry almond, matcha chocolate chip, zucchini and carrot, and pumpkin and pecan. The products are available to purchase online and in Whole Foods stores throughout the Midwest.

As a working mom, Emily Groden needed a quick and easy breakfast for her toddler, but was not willing to sacrifice quality, nutrition, or taste for convenience. Launched in early March 2020, Evergreen frozen waffles are made with 100 percent whole wheat flour and flavored only by real fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices – without refined sugar, dairy, or preservatives.

While Emily originally created Evergreen for her own family, she is now on a mission to clean up the frozen waffle category. Carried in more than 45 Whole Foods Market locations across the Midwest and counting, Evergreen is rapidly growing a loyal base of health-conscious consumers who appreciate the clean ingredients, nutritional benefits, and delicious flavors.

From day one, Emily has focused on embedding philanthropy and social responsibility into her brand’s DNA. Evergreen currently makes monthly contributions to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and ongoing food donations to the Common Pantry in Lakeview, a nonprofit dedicated to combating hunger and food insecurity in Chicago neighborhoods.

Prior to founding Evergreen, Emily served as General Counsel for The Alinea Group, owner of the only 3-Michelin Star restaurant in Chicago, and Tock, an industry-shifting reservation platform. Before her pivot into the hospitality industry, Emily practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis as a corporate associate focused on mergers and acquisitions and worked for Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Boston.
A lifelong athlete with a passion for food, Emily was a Division I swimmer in college, is an Ironman finisher and Boston Marathon qualifier, and a recipient of the Level I and Level II Awards in Wines through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

Emily graduated cum laude from Yale College and Harvard Law School. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter Riley, Evergreen’s number one fan.

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80 JJ Ramberg on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

080: JJ Ramberg — Building a Social Network Through Podcasting

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JJ Ramberg is the co-founder of Goodpods – the podcast centric social networking app where you can follow friends and influencers — ranging from Malcolm Gladwell and Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim Kardashian and me (Kanika) — to see what they’re listening to. Before this, JJ spent over a decade as the anchor of the show Your Business on MSNBC and she founded the mission-driven coupon company Goodshop which has donated more than $14 million to causes designated by its users. JJ has three kids ages 10, 11 and 12 and is married to her architect husband Scott Glass.

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79 Dr. Aliza Pressman on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

079: Dr. Aliza Pressman — Raising Our Kids To Be Good Humans

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I’m sure many of you know my guest by way of her popular podcast produced by Dear Media called Raising Good Humans. On her show, Dr. Aliza Pressman interviews parenting experts covering a gamut of topics from free range parenting to coping mechanisms for anxiety for kids of all ages. I am a supporter of Dear Media and a huge fan of her show.

To give your more context into her experience and expertise,

Dr. Aliza Waksal Pressman, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, her MA in Risk, Resilience and Prevention from the Department of Human Development at Teacher’s College and earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a fellowship at the National Center for Children and Families.

Dr. Pressman is a certified in parent management training from the Yale Parenting Center and an assistant clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Department of Pediatrics. Aliza is the co-founding director of the non profit Mount Sinai Parenting Center.

She is the Co-Founder of seedlingsgroup. It’s a company that provides in-person sessions in New York and Los Angeles and via Skype for anyone living in between. During their private sessions, Dr. Aliza and her team of professionals address anything specific a parent is struggling with and educate them on what normal developmental changes to expect and the best ways to respond. Popular subjects include sleep solutions, picky eating, toilet training, sibling preparation, twin challenges, behavioral issues, proper discipline, limit setting and more.
Their visits use specific research-based information to help parents make the best decisions for their family during every major developmental period – from birth through school age. Their advice is tailored to your child’s stage and your parenting style. Rather than focusing on your child’s abilities, seedlingsgroup focuses on the caregiver’s behaviors that will help scaffold your child’s optimal development. She has two girls Penelope and Vivian, 13 and 10 respectively.

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Breastfeeding Moms Should Utilize These Self-Care Tips

Breastfeeding Moms Should Utilize These Self-Care Tips

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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.


Written by guest author, Karen Weeks

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078: Marissa Goldstein — Repairing the World Through Work, Travel + Parenting

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There are many heroes that have made a substantial impact during the global pandemic. Veterans of sustainable product manufacturing, Co-Founders Marissa and Adam Goldstein, who founded Rafi Nova named after their two sets of twins and travel partners: Raya, Efi, Noa, and Eyva, quickly pivoted their business to give back.

Known for their handcrafted bags, they began making 100% cotton face masks and donated 150,000 masks to frontline workers.

Rafi Nova is a social enterprise on a mission to create products that meet the ever-changing needs of families while connecting global communities. Founded as a fair-trade fashion brand to equip adventurous families with sustainably made travel bags, the company shifted focus to face masks to solve the urgent needs of families and communities.

Marissa Goldstein is a proud mother to two sets of twins and CEO leading sustainable fair-trade travel accessory brand, Rafi Nova. As an avid traveler, Marissa founded Rafi Nova to encourage families to travel while creating meaningful connections with global communities. While the pandemic shifted her company’s production to face masks it expanded the company’s ability to connect and protect communities and support social causes committed to inclusivity. Under Marissa’s leadership, Rafi Nova will have donated more than 150,000 masks to organizations in need and workers on the front line by the year’s end.

Prior to launching Rafi Nova, Marissa and her husband, Adam, worked in the sustainable product manufacturing industry. After earning an MBA at Babson University, Marissa and her family of four (at the time) split their time in Vietnam and Boston, MA. While in Vietnam in 2017, Marissa noticed a group of Hmong women were selling handmade clothes made from brightly colored textiles. Goldstein felt compelled to tell those people’s stories and incorporate it into her business.

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77 Jaclyn Mellone on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

077: Jaclyn Mellone — Ready to Launch + Scale Your Podcast?

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According to, there are currently 850,000 active podcasts and over 30 million podcast episodes out there across platforms like Apple Podcasts, cached on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Anchor, GoodPods and more.. More than half of all US consumers above the age of 12 listen to podcasts and nearly 3 out of 4 podcast listeners say they tune in to learn new things.

Are you toying the idea of launching your own podcast?
Are you a thought leader in your field and want to know how to pitch yourself to be a guest on podcasts?

On this episode, you will definitely learn a ton because I am joined by Jaclyn Mellone, a renowned podcaster, coach, and strategist who has courses dedicated to podcasters and those who aspire to be guests.

Jaclyn Mellone helps experts exponentially grow their business by becoming the Go-To Authority in their space. She is also a Keynote speaker, mama, guac lover, and host of the Go-To Gal podcast!

Jaclyn has leveraged podcasting to build a multi-six-figure coaching and course business, generate passive recurring revenue from affiliates, become a top 25 Convertkit affiliate, and partner with brands Gusto, Acuity, FabFitFun, and Sony Music.

Jaclyn supports experts at all stages – from freelancers to global brands!

She has spoken at marketing conferences around the US, grown her social media channels to total over 50K followers and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Yahoo Finance, Reader’s Digest, Parents, Well + Good, and on dozens of podcasts and radio appearances.

Jaclyn has proudly built the Go-To Gal empire in her slippers from her living room in Rochester, NY! She is a wife and mom of two Eleanor (7) and Marshall (4), and fur baby Louie.

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75 Gabrielle Bernstein on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

076: Gabrielle Bernstein — Manifesting Your Dream Life

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could use your super powers to attract exactly what you want in life? Whether you are vying for that promotion, yearning to find love again, or praying for a child, you can manifest what you want. And my guest today can show you how.

I am thrilled to have with me New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and spiritual junkie, Gabrielle Bernstein on my show.

In 2008, she founded, a social networking and mentoring website for women. She has worked as a public relations entrepreneur and is the founder SparkPlug Communications. She co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs, and has written seven books including Add More Ing to Your Life, The Universe Has Your Back – Transform Fear to Faith, and most recently Super Attractor – Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

She’s been on a spiritual path in life. It all started with her sitting by her mother’s side, meditating in ashrams in upstate New York.

She turned to spirituality on and off throughout her teens and early twenties. She was a dabbler until her darkest hour. It was spirituality that saved her in October 2005, when she hit bottom and got sober.

The day she chose sobriety was the day she became a Spirit Junkie. She started soaking up spiritual principles, meditation practices and anything else that helped her get aligned with her true purpose: to be a source of love and inspiration in the world.

Her mission is to help you crack open to a spiritual relationship of your own understanding so that you can live in alignment with your true purpose, too!

There are many ways that Gabby can help you, no matter where you are on your spiritual path.

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76 Gail Becker on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

075: Gail Becker — It’s a Vegolution!

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Gail Becker is the Founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER. As a mom in the corporate world, Gail’s time was at a premium. For two sons with celiac disease, family pizza night was a choice between high-sugar, high-calorie, low-nutrition store-bought gluten-free pizza or tedious, messy process making it on her own. She finally cracked the code with a cauliflower recipe and is now selling nationwide.

Forbes Article – Starting in 30 Whole Foods stores in March, 2017, Becker’s Caulipower pizza line has surpassed sales of 10 million pizzas, and is available in an estimated 25,000 national and regional grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, Kroger, Walmart and Safeway, Target.

Her company, Vegolutionary Foods, is branching into new product lines, including a toast made from sweet potatoes that has just hit the market.

Gail previously served as President of Strategic Partnerships and Global Integration at Edelman. She began her career at Edelman as General Manager of the Los Angeles office, which she led for seven years and served as Western Region President for more than eight. Then, as Chair of Canada and Latin America, she helped triple the firm’s business in LatAm and grew revenue in Canada by 77 percent in five years. Gail served as Chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN) and was responsible for overseeing the company’s effort to increase the number of women at the senior-most levels of the firm. Throughout her tenure with Edelman, Gail has served as strategic counsel on a broad range of clients, including Warner Bros., Starbucks, Microsoft, Norton, Activision, MPAA and The Recording Academy/Grammys. A

She joined Edelman after serving as vice president of communications at Warner Home Entertainment, where she spearheaded the global public relations launch of the DVD format on behalf of Warner Bros. and Time Warner, leaders in development of the technology, and served as the primary PR strategist and spokesperson for the companies throughout several controversial format and copyright battles.

Gail served as director of communications for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Donna Shalala during the first Clinton Administration. There, she developed and implemented communications programs to promote the agency and its divisions, including the FDA and Centers for Disease Control.

Prior to that post, she served as a member of the national press staff and as the primary on-site satellite producer for candidates Bill Clinton and Al Gore during their ’92 presidential campaign.

Gail began her career as an on-air broadcast journalist in local news and correspondent in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill and the White House. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. Gail also directed a short documentary film, which has been recognized by a number of international film festivals. “A Journey with Purpose,” follows her nine-year old son’s trip to Auschwitz with his grandfather, who was a prisoner there for four years. Gail wrote and produced the film with her 14-year old son, which is now among the library of teaching resources of Facing History, a non-profit providing supplemental learning materials to schools around the world to combat racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice, nurturing democracy through education.

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74 Nyakio Kamoche Grieco on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

074: Nyakio Kamoche Grieco — Beauty is Skin Deep: Bridging a Gap for POC in the Industry

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Today’s episode is about how beauty is skin deep. According to, women of color will be the majority population in the US by 2060. Isn’t it incredible to think our world population is continuing to evolve.

I am excited to chat with my guest today who’s an accomplished black entrepreneur in the global beauty industry. We’re going to cover colorism and racism in society, how brands are changing the narrative to accommodate all ethnicities and embrace a full range of skin tones, how to support black lives matter, and she’ll share her favorite products with us for every season.

Nyakio (Nee Kay Oh) Kamoche Grieco is the founder of nyakio™, an award-winning collection of prestige skincare products inspired by beauty secrets she discovered through her family, friends and world travels. Her interest in beauty, coupled with a yearning to be an entrepreneur, prompted Nyakio to thoroughly research the cosmetics industry, leading her to the realization that while many cultures were represented, the sophistication of Africa was missing. She decided to not only fill the void in the market, but also honor her heritage by bottling Africa’s timeless beauty traditions, as well as traditions from across Asia, Europe and India.
Nyakio’s authentic story and her one-of-a-kind products, which are must-haves of Hollywood’s elite, provide an enriching and luxurious experience that leaves the skin more youthful-looking. The products are available at

Nyakio lives in Los Angeles with her husband, renowned sculptor David Grieco, daughter Lulu, son Rocco and dog Summer.

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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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