Motherhood

052: Liza Huber — Sage Advice on Entrepreneurship + Motherhood

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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.

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

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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.

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049: Tejal V. Patel — Kids Can Meditate

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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  • 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

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009: Mara Shiavocampo — Get ‘Thinspired’: How I Lost 90 lbs After Having a Baby

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As the adage goes, “Nine months on; nine months off.” It takes about 9 months to put on the baby weight during pregnancy, and roughly that amount of time to lose it. But for many women, it’s not that easy. I know I can relate after having my twins! Now imagine having the added pressure of being in the  spotlight on TV, which sadly does add 10 lbs, all while juggling life with a new baby.

Today, I’m interviewing someone who has done it all and more, Mara Schiavocampo. She’s a three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent for ABC News based in New York, chart-topping podcast host, and best-selling author of her memoir “Thinspired,” which documents how she lost 90 pounds after her first child. Unbelievable! Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.

She’s here to tell us her story and give us some tips along the way. Get ready to get thinspired!

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  • 2:23 – Tell us what it was like growing up as Mara
  • 4:30 – What was your family life like living all over the world?
  • 6:30 – What life is like working in the #1 market in the US as a broadcast journalist
  • 10:40 – Your motherhood journey
  • 14:50 – Weight issues and the expectations women have to deal with
  • 16:00 – What’s your take on the “snap back”?
  • 17:30 – Describe the weight loss experience after having your baby
  • 19:50 – Did you set goals?
  • 20:00 –  Was there added pressure to lose weight because you were on air?
  • 22:37 – Tell us your trade secrets – how did you lose the weight?
  • 23:40 – What is your new diet like?
  • 25:40 – What were the benefits you felt early on?
  • 27:30 – Snacking and meal prepping
  • 28:50 – Finding the perfect workout for you
  • 30:00 – Did you workout with your baby?
  • 30:30 – What are your kids like?
  • 32:40 – How do your kids humble you?
  • 34:04 – How has motherhood changed you?
  • 35:59 – Mom Sense moment
  • 36:37 – Mom Haul
  • 37:50 – Quote of the Day

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005: Caroline Zwickson — Rediscovering Yourself (After Kids)

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A common theme moms face during postpartum is not being able to recognize ourselves and feeling a sense of loss of our former identity. I wanted to be a mother more than anything, but even I went through these emotions in my head. I felt blessed to have kids, but also hated my body and how I had less time to myself, my work, and my interests. I remember looking in the mirror after I had my third baby (which was 18 months after I had delivered twins) and I just wanted to cry. I saw my weight gain and this puffy face looking back at me and I just didn’t feel like myself. If you have felt this way, know that you are not alone.

>On this episode, I am joined by Caroline Zwickson. She is a Certified Women’s Health & Life Coach and the creator of the Well Mama program.Caroline earned her Master in Counseling Psychology and obtained her Health Coach Certification from The Integrative Women’s Health Institute.  She is a passionate mother who supports fellow moms in creating holistic and thriving health as they rediscover their identity as a woman and mother. Her focus is to help clients create optimal hormonal balance and discover true emotional well-being through functional nutrition, positive psychology, transformative life coaching tools, and lifestyle adjustments. With Caroline’s expertise and dedication, her clients discover what it truly means to flourish in motherhood and in life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Caroline currently lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco.

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  • 3:19 – What is postpartum depression vs. postpartum anxiety
  • 8:00 – Misdiagnosis due to a thyroid issue
  • 10:00 – How your world changes post baby
  • 13:00 – Rediscovering our new identity
  • 14:50 – Self love vs. self honorship
  • 16:00 – How our cycle is tied to the moon
  • 18:00 – Nutrients you may be in deficient in during postpartum
  • 20:00 – Postpartum diet and hormonal health
  • 25:55 – Postpartum depression and anxiety resources
  • 30:28 – Caroline’s mom sense moment
  • 34:04 – Quote of the Day
  • 36:00 – Mom Haul

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004: Patrice Poltzer — Raising Kids in a Concrete Jungle

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For so many families, the exodus of moving to the suburbs to live the “American Dream” with their 2.5 kids, dog, and white picket fence is a thing of the past. They’re trading in the backyard, garage, and minivan for balconies, a doorman, and Citi bikes…with no regrets.

Patrice Poltzer is a bonafide city mom who has raising kids in the city down to a science. A former Emmy-nominated TODAY show producer, she is the founder of Patrice Poltzer Creative, a video production house, as well as the co-founder of CityKin, a parenting site that celebrates raising kids in the city by way of advice, community, and inspiration for families around the world.

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  • 2:30 – Patrice talks about her childhood, how she met her husband, and her life in NYC
  • 5:00 – Patrice tells us about a CityKin, an online community for city families
  • 7:11 – Pros and cons of living in the city
  • 13:30 – Patrice walks us through a day in her life
  • 16:22 – Are most city parents more free-range in their parenting styles?
  • 20:00 – Do you take extra safety or precautionary measures for your kids?
  • 23:00 – Can you shed light on moms who chose to leave the suburbs for the city
  • 26:01 – What problems does CityKin solve for city parents?
  • 32:20 – Patrice shares her “mom sense” moment

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How to Swaddle Your Baby

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My OBGYN told me the first three months of a baby’s life should be considered a fourth trimester. Anything and everything that simulates the womb reminds your baby of his ‘happy place.’ Swaddling is one of the first techniques new parents learn to soothe their crying babies. I still remember learning to swaddle our twins at the hospital. My husband and I would practice on either my son or my daughter and then switch! With my third baby, it couldn’t be more easy peasy. He’s a lovely, low-maintenance kid and the fact that I actually know what I am doing probably helps too. Over the years, I’ve learned complicated swaddling techniques and easy ones and have tried various swaddle blankets and sleepers. And you know what? I personally feel that coming back to the basics is what works best for my baby. Here’s a video on swaddling made easy! I love Aden and Anais swaddles since they’re lightweight, breathable, and made of 100% organic cotton muslin. 

 

Soon to Be Party of Five!

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It has caught us by surprise that after our twins, I am now expecting baby #3. A lot of friends have warned, advised, and damn-near scared me about what it’s like having three kids under the age of two (the twins and our littlest one will be 18 months apart), but my husband and I are bracing ourselves for the adventure that lies ahead. 

Here are a few checklist items we got started on since we found out the good news:

Organizing our Hand-Me-Downs. Since we have boy-girl twins, we already have every single piece of clothing (blue or pink) along with toys and essentials for each milestone from newborn on up. Whew! I organized the twins’ clothes in separate bins (I love these Container Store Long Underbed boxes), which I labeled (0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc.). Easily being able to find what we need will be super handy when our baby arrives.

Be Prepared for Anything. Since this isn’t my first rodeo, it’ll be interesting to see the nuances of this baby’s needs vs. our twins how our twins were at that age (e.g. will the child take to a pacifier or not? Will he/she sleep through the night? Will he/she take to breastfeeding?) I am prepared for anything. Our twins are already so different, whether they’re gravitating to various toys (Suhana loves books, Krish likes playing with his toy basketball and soccer ball) or soothing mechanisms (Suhana likes to be held with her hair stroked and Krishie prefers his pacifier and falling asleep being rocked in the glider), so we know baby #3 is going to come with his/her own personality and preferences.

Go On a Couple’s Getaway. We aren’t doing a babymoon since we don’t want to the leave the kids for too long, so my husband and I are doing a mini spa retreat over a weekend. I can’t wait to relax, indulge in prenatal massages, and relish our adult conversation which won’t be centered around questions like, “did you remember to order the size 5 overnight diapers for next month?”

Book a Family Vacation. We are booking our very first beach vacation this summer prior to the baby’s arrival. Our twins were only 6-months-old last summer and weren’t quite sitting up so we avoided taking them to the beach. (Can you just picture them doing tummy time in the sand. No thanks!) So this year, I am very excited to be taking them on this trip where they’ll to explore unchartered waters (literally!) and we enjoy quality time as a family. 

If you all have any tips on what else to do prior to baby #3 arriving, please leave them in the comments below. Any advice is welcome! Thank you for you good wishes!