How Mom Made It!

Mary Goulet & Heather Reider

How Mom Made It! And How You Can Too! We’re Shining a Light on Mom Creators... Whether they’re baking cookies, playing pickleball or spreading peace around the world, moms are making it and making a difference. “How Mom Made It! is a new podcast dedicated to showing moms you can do it too! Produced by MomsTown, and hosted by Mary Goulet and Heather Reider, “How Mom Made It!” is on a mission to share the stories of mom creators, not only to promote their products and services, but to serve as an inspiration for other moms to take action on their ideas and dreams. read less
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Episodes

Hey Sugar Mamma!
Nov 3 2023
Hey Sugar Mamma!
Welcome to another sweet episode of the "How Mom Made It!" podcast, the show that uncovers the inspiring stories of mothers who've turned their passions into livelihoods, crafting success from the comfort of their own homes. Today, we're unwrapping the sugary success story of Nancy Gulizia-Flint, the culinary artisan behind Sugar Mamma Caramels. Nancy's journey is one of tenacity, taste, and the transformative power of motherhood. She began with a simple pot, a spoon, and a kitchen filled with love, and has since cooked up a profitable candy company that still holds true to its homegrown roots. In our conversation, we'll melt into the details of how Nancy transformed a family caramel recipe into a bustling business that sweetens the day of caramel connoisseurs far and wide. From her first batch to her latest creation, Nancy's tale is as rich and enticing as the confections she crafts. Join us as we delve into the sticky, yet satisfying world of home-based entrepreneurship. We'll discover how Nancy balances the roles of mom and mogul, stirs in creativity with business savvy, and turns the challenges of running a home-based operation into opportunities that set Sugar Mamma Caramels apart. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a foodie, or just someone who appreciates the magic that happens when passion meets perseverance, this episode promises to be a treat. So, tie on your apron, preheat your entrepreneurial spirit, and let's get a taste of how Nancy Gulizia-Flint made Sugar Mamma Caramels a household name, one delicious bite at a time. Welcome to "How Mom Made It!"—where we celebrate the mothers who are raising businesses and babies with equal flair.
Breakdown with Bethany
Nov 3 2023
Breakdown with Bethany
Welcome to a journey through the multifaceted world of parenting, lifestyle, and the vibrant intersection where they meet pop culture. In the spotlight today is none other than Bethany Braun-Silva, a name synonymous with the pulse of modern parenting and the heartbeat of home and culture. Join us as we dive into the mind and musings of the esteemed host of "The Breakdown With Bethany," a podcast and web show sensation on Mom.com. Bethany isn't just another voice in the parenting arena; she's a seasoned guide, having steered Parenting.com as its former editor and lent her pen to esteemed outlets like People, Real Simple, and Parents. Her insights into the essentials for children and families are not only read but lived, as her engaging works span health, women's lifestyle, and even the culinary arts. Author of "Like a Mother," Bethany brings to the page and the airwaves a treasure trove of anecdotes, hard-earned wisdom, and a revolutionary manifesto for mothers forging their unique paths. She narrates the dance of parenting with a blend of tenacity and grace, sharing how she navigated raising her children, weathering marital ebbs and flows, and ascending the ranks of her profession with an unyielding spirit and the support of a community of fierce women. A familiar face beyond the written word, Bethany graces television screens, from local TV to QVC, and continues to capture the stories of celebrity moms and everyday triumphs alike. Her academic roots run deep, with theater arts and creative writing shaped by New York University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, all fueling her passion for storytelling and community service. Bethany's move to Los Angeles in 2010 marked a decisive step into journalism, propelled by her passion for broadcast storytelling at UCLA. Welcoming her son Eli into the world was a turning point, melding her love for motherhood with her craft in writing, leading her to influential roles at various media powerhouses, including Understood.org, Big Apple Parent Magazine, and Hollywood Life, to name a few. So, gear up to peel back the layers of the parenting world with a maven who walks the walk, talks the talk, and writes the stories that help other parents do the same. Bethany's narrative weaves through the parks and playgrounds, studios, and stages of life, always ready to share a tale or tip with a fellow traveler. Welcome to a conversation with Bethany Braun-Silva, where every episode is an invitation to break down the walls and build up a life you love, like a mother.
Exposing Bullies & Leading with Love
Sep 11 2023
Exposing Bullies & Leading with Love
New Award-Winning Children’s Book, Henri and the Magnificent Snort, Makes Hearts Burst with Joy     With kids back in school and October as National Bullying Prevention Month, a local author’s award-wining picture book about a bullied French bulldog helps children rise above bullying and love all parts of themselves. A touching review from 12-year-old reader, Avery C.: The book made her “heart burst with joy.”    Henri and the Magnificent Snort has already been awarded three book awards and has 142 five-star Amazon reviews. MomsTown has asked local Solana Beach author, Samantha Childs, to tell readers about Henri and the Magnificent Snort, why she wrote it, and the importance of the book’s themes.      Henri and the Magnificent Snort is about a little French bulldog, named Henri, who is bullied because he snorts. Henri later learns that he is lovable, snorts and all!    The book is inspired by two true stories: my own childhood experiences being bullied, and the story of my Frenchie, Henri. I mix the two stories and share what happened to me through the lens of Henri. I believe it’s easier for kids to relate and understand when the messages are taught through dogs. And Hannah Farr’s amazing illustrations really bring it all to life.    In the book, Henri turns his challenging experiences into an opportunity to help others see that they are loved, uniquely special, and all connected. For me, the book is my opportunity to do the same, and for beauty to blossom from my own past challenges. It’s also a special way to further share Henri with the world. [Henri is beloved celebrity dog @henrilefrenchie and has 67k Instagram followers.]    It is a children’s book, but it’s filled with humor and messages for both children and adults. The book is for anyone, at any age, who needs reminding of their own magnificence. We are all magnificent. We all deserve to feel our hearts bursting with joy.    The book is available on Amazon, select shops, and the book’s website: www.henriandthemagnificentsnort.com
Designing Bikinis
Aug 16 2023
Designing Bikinis
How Mom Made It! In Bikinis -  Netta Ziv | Founder & Designer, Naya Swimwear Netta Ziv is the founder and designer of Naya Swimwear, a local San Diego swimwear brand that hand draws her prints. Netta is also the mom of a little boy. Since Netta was a little girl, growing up on the coast of the Mediterranean, she always knew she would be working in the fashion industry, designing and creating. She studied textile design in college and that’s where she learned to express her creativity, turning her drawings and art into prints and fabric. Swimwear is where her love for the ocean and its creatures and fashion, art and textiles are combined. It’s the inspiration behind Naya Swimwear. Every Naya Swimwear piece begins with a drawing that Netta hand draws and paints, then designs and turns into an original pattern, that she prints on high quality recycled fabric, and sewn into swimwear pieces. Naya Swimwear’s designs are very unique, with vibrant colors and textures that are  flattering and stand out. Her inspiration also comes from travels. Hawaii, India, Costa Rica, California and Israel. The vibrant colors that exist in nature, flowers in shapes she’d only imagined possible and exotic fish and animals unlike anywhere else. The name Naya is from the Hawaiian word Na’ia which means Dolphin. She started her swimwear line with a vision to create a brand that reflects my own personality but also enables women and girls to share their own vision with her, to feel beautiful, trendy, optimistic, and comfortable, especially when women oftentimes feel the most vulnerable - in a bikini. Be sure to listen as we talk to Naya about: Her hand drawn prints & the incredible design processThe importance of sizing and body positivityWhat it takes to build sustainability into a businessThe opening of her new store in Carlsbad, California To see more visit: Naya Swimwear
Playing Pickleball - Champion, Historian & Pickleball Hall of Fame
Aug 16 2023
Playing Pickleball - Champion, Historian & Pickleball Hall of Fame
Jennifer Lucore - How Mom Made It! Playing Pickleball She is a pickleball champion, pickleball historian and she’s in the Pickleball Hall of Fame!  Pickleball! If you don’t play, you probably know someone who does. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, it’s the fastest growing sport three years in a row with more than 36-million players in the United States.    California apparently has the most players and in San Diego County, we have one of the best players in the nation. We recently had a chance to catch up with pickleball champion, pickleball historian and pickleball hall-of-famer, Jennifer Lucore. Jennifer is a native Californian and mom living in Oceanside, and has helped craft the pickleball world during her 15+ years of competition and contribution Jennifer Lucore list of pickleball accomplishments: - Pickleball Hall of Fame inductee  - Co-author with her mom: History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!  - Board of Director at Naples Pickleball Center (Pickleball capital of the world with 66 permanent courts)  - USA Pickleball Ambassador at Large (since June 2015)  - Pickleball Magazine – Board Member and Around the Post column co-contributor  - USA Pickleball Historian. Assisting the media with their research of pickleball history (got to make sure they get it right! and yes, the sport was named after the dog Pickles)  - Board of Director for the newly created team Naples JBB United, part of the National Pickleball League.  Be sure to tune in to our interview as we discuss with Jennifer The fact that pickleball has 36 million players in the US and why is it so popularWhy she thinks we should all give it a try and whyThe importance of follow your passion as she did and what happens when you doTips for how to find your passion, you can “make it too”Whatever age you are, you CAN carve out time for YOU, to find an outside passion, something that lights your fire, gives back, fills your soul.Pickleball checks a lot of the boxes of good stuff for YOU, so again if you’re playing Fabulous, if not give it a try, it could be your newest love. To learn more visit Jennifer’s site: All Pickleball
Inspiring Kids to Create Peace & Kindness Worldwide
Aug 16 2023
Inspiring Kids to Create Peace & Kindness Worldwide
How Mom Made It! Promoting Peace Around the World Jill McManigal, Founder of Kids for Peace Global Website: Kids for Peace Global Jill McManigal is the proud mother of two beautiful children and the co-founder & executive director of the global nonprofit, Kids for Peace. What started in her Carlsbad backyard in 2006 has grown into a kindness movement with over 19 million youth in 115 countries participating. Through Kids for Peace, Jill and her team are building a worldwide community of kind, compassionate and empowered young people. We recently had a chance to catch up with Jill. She shares the story of how an idea that started in her backyard sparked a global movement. During the interview, we are talking about: The Great Kindness Challenge (for schools, families & businesses)The Peace Pledge – what is it? The Peace Pledge Program – and how to start a chapter We’re also talking about three important points about making peace a part of your world. Words matter! Create a positive home by placing affirmation notes around the house Actions matter! Download our free Great Kindness Challenge – Family Edition checklist and tackle one act of kindness together per week. Kindness Heals! The pandemic made for some very tough times for our kids. Research shows that engaging in acts of kindness helps with depression and feelings of isolation. Commitment to intentionally practicing kindness together.To learn more, visit: www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org   *This podcast is for entertainment and education purposes only.
Getting Her Product onto Store Shelves Nationwide!
Aug 16 2023
Getting Her Product onto Store Shelves Nationwide!
How Mom Made It! And got Her Product onto Store Shelves Nationwide! Leeanna Gantt, Founder & CEO, TookTake & TookTake Pets Leeanna Gantt, a mom and breast cancer survivor, invented a product to help people of all ages get & stay well. Now, she wants to share her story to inspire other moms. Her story is inspiring! It all started with being diagnosed with cancer. During her chemotherapy, she found herself overwhelmed by the medications she had to take and the schedule of medications. The solution she came up with sparked the beginning of her company- and it all started with a sticky note. Tooktake is a simple label-based solution that helps busy parents, pet owners, teenagers and kids track their wellness products while allowing them to stay in their child-safe packaging. Leeanna hopes that her story will inspire others, and she believes that Tooktake will help millions of people get healthy & stay healthy. One dose at a time. Be sure to listen to how her cancer recovery inspired a popular product invention + her advice for aspiring mom inventors! Also, be ready to take notes. Leanna is sharing great tips for aspiring mom entrepreneurs and mom inventors. Here’s just a few of the highlights of what to expect during the conversation: If you have an idea that you just can’t get out of your head, go for it. There is no timeline you have to follow when you are starting something. Some people take years and years or sell one at a time, other people jump in with both feet. They are different but neither is better. A few things not to do when you start your business. ( Example: don’t order a ton of packing materials before you have even had one sale : ) Tips on what you really should have ready before you even think about trying to get into big retail like Walmart and CVS Once you do decide to go for it, talk to anyone and everyone you can find to get advice from. Entrepreneurs love to share their frustrations and mis-steps and you can learn so much from the mistakes they have already made. And, they can give some great advice too.To learn more about Leanna’s journey and her products, visit her site: www.tooktake.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeannagantt/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tooktake/ or @tooktake   * This podcast is for entertainment and education purposes only.