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Rebecca Branham Holistic Life and Health Coaching - An Interview with Rebecca Branham

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Rebecca Branham, owner of Rebecca Branham Holistic Life and Health Coaching. Rebecca is a R.N, Life, Health and Freedom Coach. 

She works with you on all aspects of your health journey and is hyper-focus on helping moms who are ready to quit making BS excuses and release the mom guilt so they can take care of themselves while feeling AMAZING and teaching their kids it is selfless to do so.

Tell us about your business. How do you help expecting or new moms?

I help those who are ready to leave the mental exhaustion behind and overcome self-sabotaging behavior by learning to accept all parts of yourself while building your confidence so you can stop experiencing cycles of holding yourself back.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I really focus on the true needs of my clients. They often tell me you HEARD me and truly take the time to acknowledge my needs without making me fit into your mold. Listening and then celebrating wins with my clients is an honor.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Exhaustion. It is so easy to make excuses and let our children see us make those excuses and let things get in the way of a healthy mindset.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

I HATE doing the BUSINESS STUFF!! I mean I really hate it!

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

Getting to connect and work with so many amazing women in their journeys to health and freedom from stress.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

My purpose work is to help you rise above your negative self-talk and shine as the most vibrant version of you possible. When that version of you learns it’s ok to be seen, heard, and cared for you will embody self-care, self-love, and self-respect on a deeper level.

You will become the woman who truly cares for herself and models that behavior and those ideals to her children, her family, her peers. You will literally change the vibration of this earth for the better - all because you said yes to yourself.

How has motherhood changed you?

I can't even begin to list it all! Everything has changed including my mindset, my habits, and the way I communicate with my clients.

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

I have 100's and it's hard to narrow it down. I would suggest going with anything that your gut tells you is good.

About Rebecca Branham

Rebecca Branham left her nursing job in 2015 after feeling like her job was consuming her. She knew a change had to be made. She now focuses on being a Health & Lifestyle Coach specializing in Joy and Freedom Coaching (+ Registered Nurse), and her passion is helping women feel empowered and tuned in to their bodies, by helping them show up for themselves like never before.

Find Rebecca Branham:

Website: https://www.rebeccabranham.com/

Instagram: @beccabranhamhealth

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Little Otter Press - An Interview with Lindsay Madsen

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Lindsay Madsen, owner of Little Otter Press. Madsen is a writer, business developer, and mother to four young children. She recently funded a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign for approx. $9k USD for the first print run of her book, The Lovely Haze of Baby Days. 

Tell us about your business. How do you help expecting or new moms?

In January 2021, I launched my first board book, The Lovely Haze of Baby Days - to show love and support for a new & expectant moms. The Lovely Haze of Baby Days is a playful tribute to the chaos of motherhood and life with babies.

I wrote it to remind moms they aren't alone using soothing rhymes and relatable moments, that are sure to entertain little eyes and ears too! I wanted to create a beautifully illustrated board book that would truly captures the tender love and messy reality of mom-life.

This honest, funny, and sweet little book is a symbol of solidarity for overwhelmed moms with babies and toddlers. As a twin mom who knows that every mom experiences many of the same pressures/stress points, I made sure this book celebrates diversity, twins/multiples, and the importance of the motherhood community from baby's bookshelf. The Lovely Haze of Baby Days launched on Kindle January 13th, 2021. Hard copies are also in stock. 

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I am a Canadian mom living abroad with my 4 little ones, including 16 month old identical twin girls, all born within 5 year.

I am a Business Developer focused on Health Innovation, and I've rediscovered the power of words in my post partum struggles. I hope that the publications I make will be a support for maternal mental health, and put something beautiful into the world.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Juggling the demands of a busy household and small kids while pursing my passions in the publishing space.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

How frequently I look like a DISASTER (messy hair, sweatpants, various food spills...) while trying to be professional in my business.

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

The independence and flexibility to pursue meaningful initiatives in my work.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

When you find something in this world that lights you up, and that you'd rather be working on MORE than watching Netflix, cling to it. Nurture it. Never let it go.

How has motherhood changed you?

I am a different human. My priorities have changed, and I realize how much of my decisions were made with a self-centered focus. Having children made me more sensitive and vulnerable, while simultaneously becoming invincible. It has been a magical paradox of change that I have loved.

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

Podcast: The Birth Hour (this was especially useful for me as a twin mom, feeling lost and alone), Dear Mama Project (a beautiful tribute to motherhood and matrescence… this has been eye opening for me about the changes that happen in a woman as she shifts through motherhood).

About Lindsay Madsen

Lindsay Madsen is originally from southwestern Ontario. She currently lives with her family in the Danish countryside where they explore, go on adventures, and thrive in their everyday chaos.

Find Lindsay Madsen:

Website: www.lindsaykmadsen.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.madsen.littles/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsaykmadsen

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Starting A Postpartum Underwear Brand - Starter Story Feature

Do your goals of entrepreneurship seem like they’re out of reach? We’ve all felt that way at times which is why I was so excited to be featured on Starter Story. In my interview with Pat Walls, we discuss how I started Brief Transitions and why. I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly about entrepreneurship and why I wouldn’t change it for the world.


I’d love for you to read the full interview here. I also talk about: 

  • How I went from an idea to a product
  • How my business has grown along the way
  • Tips and tricks to push through the hard times

There are few things that are truly essential after childbirth – mesh underwear is one of those things. That is why I wanted to make mesh underwear more available to women everywhere. For women having home births, for women whose hospitals don’t provide mesh underwear, and for women like myself – who just wanted my supply to last longer. 


If you’re ready to try them, use the Coupon Code: Undies 2021 for $2.00 off your purchase. You can redeem your code here.


And, as an extra bonus here’s a guide about ALL the things that everyone else ignores (or kindly forgets to mention) when you have a baby. Click here to read 10 Things I Learned After Giving Birth That No One Tells You!
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Mabel's Labels - An Interview with Julie Cole

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel's Labels. Julie is a recovered lawyer and mom of six who has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition, and win countless entrepreneur awards. 

Julie is a serial entrepreneur, regular television contributor, published author, sought after speaker and emcee, digital influencer, and blogger.

Tell us about your business. How do you help expecting or new moms?

Frustrated by my children’s things getting lost, mixed up and leaving home never to return, along with my co-founders, I knew we could do better than the scribbles on masking tape that were being passed off as labels. From there, the idea for the product was born: the very best personalized waterproof name labels and tags that were equally cute and durable.

Mabel’s Labels started humbly out of a basement and has grown to be an award-winning, market-leading company loved by Moms and kids alike.

Today, Mabel’s Labels is the best-known brand of durable labels for families, and our growing line of products features baby bottle labels, allergy and medical alert products, sports labels, household labels and seasonal items. They’re extremely durable, they're laundry, dishwasher and microwave safe – and they’re 100% guaranteed.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I started Mabel's Labels 17 years ago from a basement and it now does 12M in sales a year and employees 40 full-time team members. I also have six children which has made growing a business and a family a very interesting journey!

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

In the early days, it was managing a start-up while also providing an incredible ABA program for my son who is on the autism spectrum. Oh, and also his five siblings! The most difficult thing is making time for everything that needs to be done, learning how to prioritize and knowing when to take an opportunity and when to say no!

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

I have been very transparent about the realities of being a mom and entrepreneur. Now that I have teenagers, I am respectful of their privacy so if there are any teen related issues, I get their permission before sharing.

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

It is the flexibility - but as I often tell anyone who will listen... flexibility does not get your work done for you! Sure, you can volunteer at the school or go to the park in the afternoon, but you will be on your laptop at midnight making up for it. That was the life I chose and I wouldn't have it any other way.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

I know when you are in the thick of it, this can be difficult, but there are a few things:

You are the expert of your child. Take on what people share with you, read books, chat with friends - but you were given mama guts for a reason. Don't be afraid to use them.

Cut yourself some slack. If you have a newborn and are stressing about the toddler having too much screen time or your family has had cereal for dinner, that's OK! There are times we just have to get through the day. It won't last forever and your family won't get scurvy if they've had hot dogs three nights in a row!

Know your needs. If you need a break, don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are managing just fine, don't let others tell you to take a break. Everyone has different tolerance levels. Know yours and honour them!

Perspective is my secret sauce. When life gives me lemons, I make a gin and tonic! :) Your perspective is the only thing you can try to control. Don't take life or your parenting too seriously. Lose the mommy guilt. I gave it up four kids ago. When I make a mistake, I apologize and try to do better the next time. That's enough. The kids are alright!

How has motherhood changed you?

I think I am essentially the same person I always was, just busier, tired but with way more mom friends!

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

Well, Mabel's Labels of course! There are so many great products, blogs and podcasts out there. I always try to support those created by MOMS!

About Julie Cole

Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards.

Cole is a serial entrepreneur, regular television contributor, published author, a sought after speaker and emcee and a digital influencer and blogger

Find Julie Cole here:

Website: https://mabelslabels.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram/com/mabelslabels
                    https://www.instagram.com/cole.julie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mabelslabels/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mabelhood
              https://twitter.com/juliecole

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There's a Monster in My Closet - An Interview with Denise Gassner

A new interview in the Mommin' It Business Series is here! Featuring mom owned businesses that support pregnant and new moms.

Today I’m speaking with Denise Gassner, owner of There's a Monster in My Closet. Denise is a child sleep specialist and educator, that helps new or soon-to-be mamas understand sleep and how it develops over the first 5 years of life.

She is a scientist first and a sleep professional second, allowing her to disentangle the most trusted, most evidence-based information when it comes to developing sleep. This lets Denise focus on the most important aspects of each family’s values and environment and tailor a more proactive approach to sleep behaviour.

Tell us about your business? And how do you help expecting or new moms?

I offer a wide variety of resources and services that help new or soon to be mamas understand sleep and how it develops over the first 5 years of life. I focus on building trusted resources for moms (both free and paid) and offering education packages to help moms understand sleep developments (think of it like the wonder weeks of sleep). This lets moms know what to expect and also how to cope in a way that is both empowering and informed. 

I have one-on-one consulting packages targeted to parents ranging from expecting to having children up to 5 years of age. I also offer a series of educational workshops to provide the most foundational information regarding childhood sleep development. I have quick reference downloads, an active blog, and a website full of the most up-to-date Pediatric sleep science. And, I have a series of lovable sleepy time plush pals that represent the 5 stages of sleep development and come with my comprehensive eBook - Healthy Sleep, Healthy Start - to help new moms get off on the right foot.

What makes you unique as a mom & business owner?

I am a scientist, an entrepreneur, and a mama of two. I have a PhD in Biology and Anthropology, teach at the University of British Columbia, and have been studying and teaching on various aspect of behaviour for nearly two decades. Upon becoming a mom myself, I became privy to the discombobulating world that is baby sleep. Like many others, I sifted through all the “how tos” to get myself and my family a few more zzzzzs, but I wanted more. I wanted to know “why”. I wanted to truly understand sleep and how such a natural state can feel anything but natural in the early years. It has been my mission to help families understand sleep from its core - how it functions, how it develops, and how we can help our children and ourselves to get the healthiest most restorative sleep possible, without rigid or prescriptive methods.

What's the hardest part of running your business and being a mom?

Time. Always time. I’m an educator, a mom of two and an entrepreneur. I wear all the hats in both my business and my household. I have big dreams that I feel like I’m just scraping away at half the time without major traction because there are not enough hours in the day. I’m also a workaholic so balance can be a challenge - I want to be my best self no matter what hat I’m wearing.

What is one "messy" thing about being a mom/biz owner that you would never share in public?

Sometimes I feel like a major poser because my kids are not perfect and their sleep I’m not perfect. And I’m super awkward and uncomfortable when it comes to posing Instagram images/videos (though maybe I’d share that because I feel like I’m definitely not alone on that front).

What's your favorite thing about being a mom/biz owner?

The two are so intertwined and I looooove learning. My background is in primatology and I see my kids as my little primates that I love to try and deconstruct - Their behaviour, their development, their thoughts and feelings and ways of viewing the world. It’s fascinating and it energizes me. I can’t help but look at them as a scientist and I adore finding creative ways to communicate everything I see to other mamas.

What advice and words of encouragement would you give to expecting or new moms? 

Sleep is not something that your baby can do well or poorly. It’s a behaviour like all other behaviours that takes time to learn, practice to hone, and patience as it develops. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a “right” or a “wrong” to it, but if you’re struggling to find your sleep groove you do not just have to grin and bear it

How has motherhood changed you?

Motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks. I have always excelled at academics and work life. When I was on maternity leave, I felt like I lost my sense of self. I didn’t know how to be “good” at being a mom. Now I realize that I’m the best mom that I know how to be, and that may not look like how anyone else does it, but I have happy, healthy, loving children that are going to take this world by storm. And that’s something I can be proud of.

What is one toy, item, product, book, resource, podcast that you would recommend to a new or expecting mom? 

My Sleep Monster plushies! Eco-friendly, fair trade, sleepy time pals for the littles with access to jam packed, evidence informed sleep info for parents - a “what to expect” and “how to cope” gift to ease the transition and improve mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

About Denise Gassner

Denise Gassner has been researching aspects of behaviour for nearly two decades. She turned her attention to sleep after having her own little humans and becoming fascinated by how unnatural sleep can feel in those early years. Denise is driven to help make sleep less of a mystery for new parents and empower them to make informed decisions that adhere to their unique parenting styles. When not spilling about all things sleep, you can find her heading undergraduate classrooms at the University of British Columbia or hanging out with her husband, two kids, and their pup in beautiful Squamish BC.

Find Denise Gassner here:

Website: https://theresamonsterinmycloset.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sleep.monster/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresamonsterinmycloset

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-gassner-75405030/

 

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