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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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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, 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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042: Cynthia Steffe — Designing Your Life On Your Terms

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042 Cynthia Steffe on Thats Total Mom Sense with Kanika Chadda-Gupta

We are so lucky to be living in this day and age. Start-ups have become so ubiquitous that literally anyone can take an idea and build an entire company around it and have investors scale it to attain mass market. Men and women now have the freedom to work remotely and give priority to their children, the elderly, or their health without compromising productivity.

Twenty years ago, things weren’t as easy. 9-5 was the norm and if you were adventurous enough to start your own business, you had to show up on the job around the clock.

Today’s guest is a famed fashion designer Cynthia Steffe who not only took risks with her collections, she made bold moves to be a dedicated mom when she built a childcare facility right in her showroom.

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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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