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33 minutes | 17 days ago
Ep 58: Jennifer Singh, CEO of She’s Newsworthy Media
My special guest this week is Jennifer Singh: former TV reporter, current CEO of She’s Newsworthy Media where she offers PR strategy and media coaching. We talk about her career pivot, the impact of COVID-19, working from home, how women can step up and use their voices (in business or otherwise), allyship and inclusive marketing…and more! You can find Jennifer Singh and She’s Newsworthy Media on the web, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and you can also join the She’s Newsworthy Media Success Facebook group – I’m a member! At the end of the episode, I share some personal news which explains why the show will be on hiatus for a while – I’ll be posting updates as I can!
43 minutes | a month ago
Ep 57: The Juggling Mother Author Amanda D. Watson
Amanda D. Watson, author of The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety, is here to discuss her area of expertise! We talk about media representations of juggling mothers (in TV, movies, commercials) and who’s left out of them, plus I ask Amanda about her own little ones, her thoughts on all of the “mommy needs a drink” memes, the role of influencers in both normalizing and easing the burden on moms (plus she shares one of her favourite accounts to follow) and the impact of COVID-19 on the “coming undone” of the juggling mothers. This was one of my favourite chats to date! Also in this episode I recommend: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg and the new podcast Go Ask Ali You can find Amanda D. Watson on Instagram , Twitter, and her website, and order her book here. Thanks to my sound editor, LUKASOUND.
43 minutes | a month ago
Ep 56: Carolyn MacKenzie of Global’s The Morning Show
This week I’m chatting with Carolyn MacKenzie, cohost of Global’s The Morning Show – who is usually the one asking me the questions! We talk about pivoting to do the show from home during COVID, her recent rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, how her kids are doing back in school, what insider info she can give us about her cohost Jeff McArthur, how she handles social media negativity, women in broadcasting that she admires, and she even surprises me with a future career dream! Also in this episode I recommend: I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice and Living Between Worlds by Sunny Hostin So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo …and I share my advice for getting kids involved in the kitchen (my girls do way more of the household cooking and baking than I do now) as well as some tips from this hgtv.ca article, 10 Clever Ways to Get Your Kids More Involved in the Kitchen by Emma Yardley. Thanks to my sound editor, LUKASOUND!
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 55: Dr. Liza Egbogah, Celebrity Body & Posture Expert
It’s impossible to share all of Dr. Liza Egbogah’s titles in the same breath: chiropractor and manual osteopath, designer of Dr. Liza shoes and bags (both comfortable and gorgeous), clinical director of the[fix] in Toronto (her “Face Fix” treatment is on my wish list)…oh, and she’s a mom too. In this interview we talk about some of her celebrity clients (the ones she’s allowed to mention), her beautiful bags and shoes (I own two pairs), how she became an expert contributor for TV, and even more serious topics like her experiences as a Black woman and her thoughts on the recent anti-racism movement. Also in this episode, I recommend two books: Framed by S.L. McInnis The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine I also talk about Canva, which I love for DIY graphic design, and my new Instagram account, @EvenBetterProject (actionable tips for becoming an even better person and making the world an even better place). Come give it a follow! Finally in this episode I share a little giveaway I’m doing of five $10 Tim Hortons cards, and all you have to do to enter is leave a review of the podcast wherever you listen (e.g., Apple Podcasts) and send me a screenshot (past reviews count too). You can find Dr. Liza Egbogah on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Also check out Dr. Liza Shoes & Bags and the[fix].
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 54: Erin Flynn of Cladwell
This week I’m chatting with Cladwell cofounder and CEO Erin Flynn – I have the Cladwell personal styling app and use it all the time! We discuss purging closets (she took hers from 450 items to 75!), shopping intentionally (and how “planned obsolescence” and “perceived obsolescence” keep us shopping), the impact of COVID-19 on business, how to make the most of Cladwell and more! Also in this episode I recommend two controversial books that I enjoyed (and delve into some of the controversy): American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (this one’s the October pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club – come join us!) Plus I run through my 20 for 2020 goals (with credit to Gretchen Rubin) and give an update on the progress – which is actually better than you’d think during a pandemic! (“Wear lipstick more often” has not, however, been a success.) Thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Minimalist Moms. If you live in Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough or Durham and have a child under 6 you really should check out their monthly toy lending subscription kits – save money, reduce clutter, help the environment and keep your child interested in their toys! You can find Erin Flynn on Instagram, and find Cladwell on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can download Cladwell from the App Store on iOS. For more information visit www.cladwell.com. This episode was edited for sound by lukasound.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 53: Melissa Grelo of The Social and marQ Designs
This week on the podcast Melissa Grelo, cohost of The Social and cofounder of marQ Designs, is here talking about filming the show from home, the post-COVID future of TV, her experience as a woman of colour, anti-racism allyship (genuine vs performative), why she left her teaching career for television,what’s coming next for her gender-neutral kids’ clothing line, how The Social has changed over seven seasons, her pandemic puppy…and more! Also in this episode, I recommend three great nonfiction book picks: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Steven Sonenshein Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand …and I share three very important parenting tips for the COVID-19 return to school: 1. Rely on trusted sources of information 2. Do what’s best for your family 3. Communicate and assume good intentions I elaborate on all three tips in the show. Thanks to Couture Candy PTBO for sponsoring this week’s episode – you can find them on Instagram, Facebook and at CoutureCandyPTBO.ca (Personal note: I can highly recommend their amazing candy boxes and candygrams which can be sent anywhere in Canada. The chocolate box in particular is amazing.) You can find Melissa Grelo on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and melissagrelo.com. The Social is on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. marQ Designs is on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and their website. As always, this podcast was sound edited by the fabulous lukasound.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 52: Finance Expert Pattie Lovett-Reid
We’re back from our COVID-19/summer hiatus and starting out strong with a conversation with the very kind and gracious Pattie Lovett-Reid, Chief Financial Commentator for CTV News. In this chat we cover a huge range of topics: COVID real estate, investments, setbacks and supports; choosing charities, talking to kids about money, her role with CTV and the (sometimes self-imposed) pressure on women in television plus embracing her natural curls this summer! Pattie also answers listener questions, including one from someone she knows very well! In this episode I also recommend some excellent books: The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan Hurry Home by Roz Nay The Mountains Wild: A Mystery by Sarah Stewart Taylor The Guest List by Lucy Foley (the September 2020 pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club – it’s a very welcoming Facebook group; come join us!) Check out my Reading List for Summer 2020 for the books I read during my podcast hiatus and didn’t get a chance to mention on the show! In the lifestyle segment, this seemed like the perfect episode to talk about kids and money and share my own experiences with my two girls. (I forgot to mention that they’re both eager thrift shoppers – they’d rather go to Vinnie’s or Value Village than the mall!) On a very related note, the sponsor of this episode: Eva’s Scrunchie Co You can find Pattie Lovett-Reid on Instagram and Twitter. Sound edited for this episode as always by the excellent lukasound.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 51: Traci Costa of PK Beans on Kids and the Importance of Play
PK Beans founder Traci Costa is here today talking about her kids’ clothing business, their fun and educational new subscription box and working at home with her husband and daughters during COVID-19, plus we have a big conversation about kids and the importance of play. What does free play really mean? What is the role of parents, and are they too cautious when it comes to letting kids be outside and explore risky play? Also in this episode: Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge Small biz shoutouts (both take orders online and ship across Canada): Unwrapped Kawartha (zero waste products) Couture Candy Ptbo (candy boxes/candygrams) You can find Traci Costa on Instagram, and PK Beans on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thanks to lukasound for sound editing this episode…and every episode to date!
47 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 50: Mabel’s Labels Maven and Mom of Six Julie Cole
It’s episode 50 and Mabel’s Labels maven and mom of six Julie Cole is here! We cover a lot of ground in this conversation: the celebrity customers that her multimillion dollar business has attracted, parenting (before and during COVID-19, including how she mobilizes the older kids to help the younger ones learn at home); organizing schedules, paperwork, clothes, toys and all the “stuff” that comes with a big family; plus being a special needs mom (her oldest child has autism), and I ask her my most pressing parenting question: how does she stop sibling bickering??? Julie also opens up about her separation and the “nesting” style of coparenting that’s working for her family, plus much more! Also in this episode: The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s the May pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club; come join us! This Mom Loves x Hidden Gems By Raquel: Mother’s Day order deadline is April 24th and we continue to donate $4 per bracelet to food banks. (Remember there are cute mommy & me options too!) Winn-approved board/card games that won’t bore the adults to tears or make you want to stick a fork in your eye: Jenga, Clue, Trouble, 5 Second Rule (Jr.), Euchre You can find Julie Cole on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Mabel’s Labels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their website. One final plea from this teacher: I beg of you, please label your child’s belongings! Special thanks to my fantastic sound editor, lukassound – he has been with me right from Episode 1 and I couldn’t do this podcast without him! If you need any audio-related support (production, composition or even consultation) check out his new website!
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 49: Psychotherapist Kelly Bos helps us through COVID-19 Stressors
Psychotherapist Kelly Bos is here with help for our COVID-19 stressors: working from home, physical distancing, parenting/schooling, health-related anxieties. and more. Also two book recommendations, and on the lighter side of things, how celebrities are handling the “learning at home concept” – HELLO! Canada magazine even asked me for my expert input! Kelly Bos can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her website; Talk Therapy Podcast is on Instagram. Book recommendations: The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham Beartown by Fredrik Backman Plus: Celebrity and Expert-Approved Tips on How Children Can Learn at Home While Self-Isolating (HELLO! Canada – I know I should be proud to be one of the experts but it would also have been fun to be one of the celebrities!) How Celebrities are Handling Homeschooling (This Mom Loves) Thanks to my amazing podcast editor Lukas Wojcicki!
56 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 48: Lindsay Sealey on Teen Girls, plus more book recos and a home workout app
Lindsay Sealey, author of Rooted, Resilient, and Ready: Empowering Teen Girls as They Grow is here talking about the big issues: appearance, mental health, phones and social media, friendships, peer pressure...we cover it all! Also in this episode: This Mom Loves x Hidden Gems By Raquel for every bracelet purchased between now and April 24 we will be donating $4 to the food bank - and you're probably going to be shopping online for Mother's Day! In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (the April pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club - come join us!) Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong With the Fit52 Life by Carrie Underwood The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel by Georgie Blalock Keeping Kids Learning During School Closures (segment video and a huge list of resources that I continue to update as I come across new ones) Working Out At Home: My Favourite New Site/App For more information or to order Lindsay Sealey's book: Rooted, Resilient, and Ready: Empowering Teen Girls as They Grow You can find Lindsay on Instagram, Twitter and her website.
39 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 47: Marcy D’Alessandro with Fundraising Tips and Tricks
Marcy D'Alessandro, Chair of the PRHC Mombassadors, is here sharing fundraising ups and downs, tips and tricks and a pile of ideas that might help you raise money for your cause! We're also talking about a couple of fun upcoming events for the Mombasadors, including their Girls Night Out: A Night in Nashville (...in Peterborough!) Marcy is also the unofficial Prime Minister of the This Mom Loves fan club...a longtime supporter! We talk about more personal connections in our chat too, and you have to check out the amazing event Marcy organized recently for International Women's Day, so a small group of women could make a big difference! (I was there too!) Also in this episode: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman My new bracelet collaboration: This Mom Loves x Hidden Gems by Raquel My treadmill desk: You can find the PRHC Mombassadors on Facebook and Instagram. Thanks to my fantastic podcast editor, Lukas Wojcicki!
37 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 46: Raquel Paulo on the Small Business Side Hustle
Raquel Paulo of Hidden Gems By Raquel is sharing all her tips and tricks for running a successful business while working a day job and raising kids! We talk about her highs and lows and everything in between, and of course also discuss our brand new bracelet collaboration, This Mom Loves x Hidden Gems by Raquel! Also in this episode: Followers: A Novel By Megan Angelo - this one is the March pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club. Interested? Come join us! and I recommend a fabric razor! Thank you to my editor Lukas Wojcicki!
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 45: Special Needs Parenting with Kate Wells and Jane Fitzgerald
Kate Wells and Jane Fitzgerald, each the mom of a child with special needs, are here sharing everything they want other moms to know, and answering a pile of listener questions: how to interact with a child with special needs, how to include them in activities like birthday parties, how all kids can benefit from inclusion and how to answer when your child asks in the grocery store (loudly of course) "What's wrong with him?!" - they're sharing all their thoughts! I love the interviews that I do in person, and we sat around my dining room table on a snowy day having this chat together. Kate and Jane have also made themselves available if any of you have a private question for them - please reach out to me through social media or email email@example.com and I can put you in touch! Also in this episode: Start Here: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children and Teens Through Mental Health Challenges by Pier Bryden, M.D., and Peter Szatmari, M.D. The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and The Wardrobe by Angela Kelly Thanks to my wonderful podcast editor Lukas Wojcicki!
66 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 44: Jessica Lahey on Kids and The Gift of Failure
Jessica Lahey, teacher, mom and bestselling author of The Gift of Failure, is here with tons of advice to help our kids become independent and thrive! We cover homework, bullying, rewards, parent/teacher relationships, the importance of free play and her surprise endorsement from Kristen Bell! Jessica also gives us a sneak peek at the fascinating subject of her next book. You can find Jessica Lahey on her website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and find more info or purchase The Gift of Failure here. (I chose it as the inaugural pick of the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club and we had some great discussions about it throughout this month! We're reading Woman on the Edge next - come join us!) Also in this episode: I made a big announcement about TML x HGBR, my first This Mom Loves product collaboration, with the gorgeous jewelry brand Hidden Gems By Raquel, launching March 1st! AND This Mom Loves logo t-shirts are now for sale! Order by February 7th to get in on the first batch! Thanks as always to my fantastic podcast editor Lukas Wojcicki!
29 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 43: Jenn Robertson on the Final Season of Schitt’s Creek
Actress Jenn Robertson (she plays the mayor's wife Jocelyn Schitt on the hit show Schitt's Creek) is answering all our questions about the 6th and final season, as well as talking about her family, favourite things and what's next in her career! Also in this episode: Woman on the Edge by Canadian author Samantha M. Bailey (This was just announced as the February pick for the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club - come join us!) My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019 (#1 is closely connected to this episode's special guest!)
34 minutes | a year ago
Ep 42: Money Talk with Kelley Keehn
Financial educator Kelley Keehn is here answering questions about RESPs, online baking safety, why she won't ask us to make a budget, shopaholic strategies, how to talk money with partners and kids and more. Kelley Keehn's website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter For more information or to purchase Kelley's book Talk Money To Me: Save Well, Spend Some and Feel Good About Your Money Also in this episode: Find Your Pleasure: The Art of Living a More Joyful Life by Cynthia Loyst The movie Bombshell: Displaying meaningful items: Thanks as always to my fantastic podcast editor Lukas Wojcicki!
35 minutes | a year ago
Ep 41: The Social’s Marci Ien
Marci Ien of CTV's The Social is here to talk Raptors, race, opening up on national television, her IEN LEE shoe line and more! Marci was my very first Momterview on the blog back in 2010 and has continued to be unfailingly kind and generous in the time I have known her. Case in point: we originally recorded this episode months ago but ended up having an issue with the audio and it was unusable...and Marci did not hesitate to agree to record again! Marci Ien on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram The Social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram IEN LEE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Also in this episode: The BBC Roast Calculator Someone We Know by Shari Lapena Plus I share some ways you can be an amazing school parent - giving some recent examples from my own class! Did you hear about the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club? Click to check it out!
66 minutes | a year ago
Ep 40: Holiday Tips Special Edition
The experts are here with advice to help you survive and thrive this holiday season! Caron Irwin is talking holiday parenting, Dr. Sheila Wijayasinghe has holiday health covered, Lisa Orr's taking care of holiday etiquette and Chelsea Montgomery has tips for holiday stress! It's a jam-packed episode that you won't want to miss! Thanks to my editor Lukas Wojcicki!
46 minutes | a year ago
Ep 39: Dr. Andrea Gelinas, Toronto’s Coolest Dentist, plus Ways To Give Back, DIY Gel Manicures at Home and Suspense Novel Recos
Dr. Andrea Gelinas is a mom and business owner with an eye for design - and she's also been called Toronto's Coolest Dentist! She's here to chat about all of that and more. Also in this episode: ways to give back (you may not have heard of all of them), DIY gel manicures at home and as always, some book recommendations - this time a couple of great suspense novels. For more information on Gelinas Dental Studio, follow them on Instagram and Facebook and visit their website. More details on Ways To Give Back More details on At-Home DIY Gel Manicures Two suspense novels recommended in this episode: Wherever She Goes by K. L. Armstrong The Night Before by Wendy Walker
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