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Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms

Naaree Interviews Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms

Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs.

A graduate of Brown University and law school after that, she started Paperwork Media LLC, a music management firm and her first entrepreneurial venture. (Her parents still wonder why she opted for the music business over the seductive and alluring career of a bankruptcy attorney.)

She went on to create The Bumble Brand, LLC, to sell Bumble Bells, audible anklewear for the newest of human beings (she sold it in 2011.) Having built two successful companies, she launched The Founding Moms to connect mom entrepreneurs around the globe with one another.

A sought-after speaker, Jill has been featured in national media outlets including CNN’s Headline News, People Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Daily Candy Kids, Business Matters, WGN TV and WAHM Talk Radio. Her TED talk, Why Moms Make The Best Entrepreneurs (see below), received rave reviews. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Women To Watch In Tech and Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer.

Jill’s been profiled in several books: The Solopreneur Life: 42 Solo-Business Owners Speak the Truth on Dreaming Big, Failing Forward, and Calling Your Own Shots, A Cup of Cappuccino for The Entrepreneur’s Spirit, Volume II, CRAVE Chicago and was recently featured in a film on social media.

Jill currently writes for NBC5′s small business blog, Inc. Well, and she’s been published in The New York Times and She released her first book, Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs, published on January 12, 2012 through Piggott Press.

In December of 2012, Jill launched The Founding Kit to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses using affordable, spectacular services. In her spare time, Jill enjoys kloofing, traveling to small towns, and erasing her daughters’ crayon artwork from the kitchen walls. caught up with Jill to find out what makes her tick.

What inspired to become an entrepreneur? Did you always love it or was it something you got into?

I think I always knew I’d be an entrepreneur. It didn’t take much to get me to launch my first company, which I decided to do out of a home office in preparation of the day I’d have kids. I knew I’d want to be around them.

When do you know that it is no longer just an idea in your mind, and that you can really turn it into a lucrative business?

Testing it out on the market is always the first step for me. I’ve had more than several ideas that I thought were brilliant but when I asked around, discovered that I was clearly the only one who thought so.

One of my businesses, selling imported baby jewelry, took off because I was approached so many times about it I knew the market could bear bringing that business to fruition. Since then, I grow companies by market interest, and in having grown three companies to date, this rule of thumb hasn’t let me down yet.

What inspired you to start out on your own or with your partners? What learning lessons can you share from your startup experience?

I went solo for my first two companies. I didn’t think others would have the passion for my company that I did. I also assumed that no one would work at the pace I wanted to, and working with someone else just sounded like a lot of extra work to me.

It wasn’t until two years ago that I took on my first business partner – and boy do I regret not doing it sooner. There’s an entire new dimension to business that’s added with another perspective.

And those silly assumptions I made about speed & passion? Very silly indeed. I now have four business partners on four different projects within my current organization and I couldn’t be happier about all of them.

What are some challenges that you faced initially when you started out? Do you have some examples to share and advice to women entrepreneurs on overcoming them?

Money is always a challenge, particularly at the start. I’ve always bootstrapped and never asked for funds from an investor, so I’ve had to create something out of nothing. It’s worked, but not without a lot of sweat and anxiety.

Although that’s the catch-22 about entrepreneurship: Is it the drive to make the business work (i.e. create profitability) that inspires me to build a better company, or is it the fear of failure that pushes me forward? I’d like to think it’s the former.

And really, there is no greater challenge than wanting to make your company work – my advice to women entrepreneurs to overcome that challenge is to dive in and do it. Just do it.

Don’t think much about the what-ifs and the business plans you should be editing every day. It takes away from the joy that is entrepreneurship. And if failure is not an option – which is a choice you can make – then it will take off at some point. It’s just a matter of staying smart and keeping your ears and eyes open.

What are all the things that a woman entrepreneur needs to keep in mind? I.e. apart from your great idea, what do you need to be armed with?

You need to be armed constantly with updated information about your industry and social media trends. In my view, you can’t really be a player in the business world in this day and age without understanding the basic ins and outs of social media, and obviously to grow your business you need to know what your market desires and where things are headed.

While you could spend all day Googling these matters, I usually recommend leaving your home or office and meeting up with fellow entrepreneurs. Usually, and often casually, they will talk about the latest phone apps or social media tools that helped their businesses, as well as tools that help them stay on top of trends. Get out and chat with others!

Do women entrepreneurs find it tougher to get funding for businesses? If yes, why do you think that is?

I’m not informed enough to answer this properly. I’ve met many women who find funding, and many who do not. Same for men. And since I’ve not sought out funding, I cannot say. I do know that the Pipeline Fellowship is an amazing organization that helps train women to fund women – may be worth checking out.

Is it beneficial to have a mentor when you’re starting out on your own? What does a mentor bring to the table?

Absolutely. I’m not sure it’s only necessary at the start – many years in, I still like talking with mentors. Like business partners, they bring great perspective to the table – and years of experience, to boot.

My favorite website to find them is but I’m sure there are others to find great mentors. And talking to people in your circles who could help tremendously are a bonus – add them to your mentor roster, too.

How did you recruit your first team? How difficult was it to get people on board during the initial stages?

I didn’t! I’ve never recruited a team.

What are 3 key things that you have learned as an entrepreneur?

1. That you think you understand your market, especially if you are your market, but that you don’t.

2. That there is no one regular day and at a moment’s notice, everything can change.

3. That if we entrepreneurs band together, we can make things even bigger and better.

How important is social media in building a business today? How has it played a role in helping you build yours?

Social media has played such a huge role in building my business, and plenty of others’ businesses, that I can’t see folks going without it. It’s imperative. It’s free. It enables entrepreneurs to connect with potential sponsors, investors, partners, clients, customers and more. It’s pretty amazing and I’m its biggest fan!

Can you share some tips for women entrepreneurs to maintain a balance between work and family life?

Not really. It’s different for everyone. And I’m not sure I believe in balance – or at least, I’m not trying to achieve it. I love the imbalance and imperfection of raising my 2 kids and running my business – it’s a challenge that makes me a better mother and a better entrepreneur.

Think you know what personality type makes for the best entrepreneur? You might be surprised. Jill Salzman tells her story—with cameos from Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani — and along the way makes the case for why moms make the best entrepreneurs.

Top 5 Natural Treatments To Make Your Hair Strong And Gorgeous

With all the available hair treatments that we have today– rebonding, perming, keratin treatments, etc.– it can certainly take its toll on our hair. When you regularly avail such chemical treatments, you will soon notice that your hair will become dry and frizzy.

Instead of having the dream hair that you have always wanted, you might end up with a damaged hair. Even if you do not avail such treatments, your hair will still be affected by the pollution that it will encounter day after day.

long strong hair

If you wish to maintain long, gorgeous and strong hair, then you must go all natural.

  • Natural Hair Treatment #1: Olive Oil and Egg Yolk

We all know how great olive oil is for your skin as well as your diet. However, did you ever stop and think what this amazing natural oil can do to your hair? For your information, applying olive oil in your hair can actually do wonders for it. In fact, olive oil is known for restoring the elasticity of your hair.

On the other hand, egg yolk is great in replacing the protein that has been lost in your scalp. Aside from that, egg yolk contains high amounts of protein and lecithin which has amazing moisturizing and strengthening properties. When you combine these two, you can surely say goodbye to hair thinning and hair loss and say hello to your gorgeous and beautiful long mane!

  • Natural hair Treatment #2: Coconut Oil

They call coconut the tree of life and for good reasons! All the parts of the coconut tree can be put to good use. This is most especially true with its amazing oil. If you have limp and dry hair, you can use this amazing oil to revive your dry and limp hair.

Coconut oil actually has a great molecular structure, which allows it to penetrate the hair shaft. This coconut oil can even get past the cuticle. In turn, it can repair as well as prevent the damage from inside out. Amazing, right?

According to studies, people who use coconut oil for their hair actually has experienced an increase in body, shine as well as manageability. In addition to that, you will also enjoy a decrease in breakage, split ends, static and many more.

  • Natural Hair Treatment #3: Banana and Papaya

In Thailand, lots of women use fresh fruits to deep condition their hair. One of the most popular combinations include the banana and papaya hair conditioner. This is done by placing a banana and a large slice of papaya in a plain yogurt.

Ensure that they yogurt that you will choose is full-fat. Blend until it becomes thick. Put it in every strand of your hair, leave for one hour and then rinse.

This natural treatment does not repair split ends. It does, however, make the split ends less noticeable. As a result, you will have a more gorgeous looking hair.

  • Natural Hair Treatment #4: Mayonnaise

This natural hair treatment can be easily found in your refrigerator. These days, a lot of women slather on some mayonnaise on their hair for deep conditioning and it has certainly worked wonders for them.

  • Natural hair Treatment #5: Aloe Vera

This is, by far, the oldest hair trick in the book. All you need to do is put some of the gooey jelly found in the middle of the aloe Vera plant on your hair. Rinse afterwards. You will certainly get to enjoy a long, lustrous hair.

About the Author

Sarah del Rosario is a beauty and lifestyle blogger from The Thrifty Senyorita. Aside from writing, she is also fond of painting and DIY crafts. She juggles all of these hobbies and never forgets that she is a wife to her husband and a mother to her little Blake. Currently she is collaborating with Hair Booth, one the trusted online shops of Muk products in sharing tips about hair care and trends.

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The No No’s of Hair Extensions: Tips From The Experts

For the past few years, more and more women see the advantages that having hair extensions can give them. With extensions, any woman is given the chance to style her hair in any way she wants to.

When it comes to managing your hair extensions, here are a few no no’s:

hair extensionsDon’t apply the extensions by yourself.

This is most especially true if this is just your first time. Many women think that they can pull off putting extensions on their own just by following some instructions.

I tell you, there is no Youtube video that can tell you the amount of work that must be put in order to apply the extensions. Because of this, it would be best that you leave this task to the hair experts. It may seem easy at one glance however putting on extensions is quite a complicated process.

If you are not used to such tasks, you will surely commit a mistake that may not only damage the hair extensions but your hair as well.

In addition to that, remember that no hair stylist who knows what he’s doing will glue the extensions to your scalp. If the hair stylist that you have hired is doing this, run as fast as you can.

Don’t focus too much on taking care of your extensions that you end up neglecting your real hair.

Most women spend most of their time taking care of their hair extensions. Although changing the style of your hair extension can make you feel like you are playing with Barbie, you must understand the fact that you are a real person and that you have real hair underneath it.

If you are the type person who wish to try different types of hair extensions every now and then, then you must take good care when you apply and remove them. There is nothing wrong in taking care of your extensions. However, you must not neglect your real hair.

Don’t let the extension stay on longer than recommended.

Since it is not real, except that the hair extensions will get worn out at some point. No matter how good the quality of your hair extension is, it will surely get deformed from all the washing, styling and dressing that it will be getting.

When this time comes, face the reality and have the courage to throw it out. Hair extensions are applied in order to make you look beautiful and not to make you the embarrassment of the town. If you have no replacement yet, then settle with your natural hair.

Don’t glue your extension to your scalp.

I know that this may sound ridiculous but I have met so many girls who did this trick and they end up with an even more damaged hair. Gluing your extension to your scalp is a big no-no. Doing this may lead to hair loss since the glue that you will use will surely take the hair with it. In addition to that, it is possible that your skin will get irritated.

About the Author:

Sarah del Rosario is a beauty and lifestyle blogger from The Thrifty Senyorita. Aside from writing, she is also fond of painting and DIY crafts. She juggles all of these hobbies and never forgets that she is a wife to her husband and a mother to her little Blake. Currently. She is collaborating with Hair Booth, one the trusted online shops of Muk products in sharing tips about hair care and trends.


6 Summer Ingredients to Help Lose Weight and Stay Slim

Summer can be rough on diets right when they matter most, with all the parties, family gathering, grilling and calorie-heavy drinks. When planning out full meals, party-time snacks, or just a quick lunch, here are several ingredients to help you maintain your diet plans while still enjoying some of the tastiest summer foods.

chicken sandwiches

1. Chicken:

Chicken is the white meat of preference for summer get-togethers: It has less fat, fewer calories, and a healthier impact than beef, steak, hamburger mixes, and other types of red meats.

So break out the chicken sandwiches instead of the hamburgers, and start experimenting with unique grill options like chicken kebab (also great with mushrooms, peppers, and other health options). Chicken meals also work well with popular fresh summer ingredients like basil, beans, and peppers.

2. Seafood:

If chicken dishes are not your style or you want to branch out, seafood is another great summer option. If you live close to a shore, look into local shellfish options like crab and lobster, which can provide a great (if messy) party meal and comes with low calorie costs compared to red meat.

For best results, avoid layering on the butter and stick with steamed or boiled options with light cocktail sauce. Grilled fish are also a great way to experiment with summer herbs and fresh farmer’s market corn dishes, and shrimp are always a fun, easy option.

3. Blueberries:

Summer dishes play host to a number of fresh fruits, but few are as healthy or diet-friendly as blueberries. They are freely available, relatively inexpensive, and low-calorie even for a fruit. They are also filled with antioxidants.

Blueberries are versatile as an ingredient, but tend to work best as a slimming party snack or an inventive alternative to desserts with the additional of cream or yogurt. You can also experiment with blueberries in salads.


4. Pan-Friendly Vegetables:

Summer is one of the best seasons for stir-fry, so stir it up by using plenty of vegetables in your frying pan and wok experiments (vegetables on the grill work well, too). Summer sweet peas in the shell are a classic option, while fresh beans and leeks are more inventive options.

Bok choy, scallions, celery, and bell peppers are also possibilities. Steam or boil carrots for a side dish. Not only will light olive or vegetable oils keep these stirfry options healthy, but the heat will help unlock make the more nutritious elements of the vegetables, like carotenoids, easier for the body to break down.

5. Pestos:

While pestos are not a single ingredient, the widespread availability of their contents in summertime and their low-calorie qualities compared to other dips makes them a very attractive option for summer snacks and foods.

Basil pesto is a traditional favorite, but experiments with sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, leeks, and local summer favorites can also make excellent home-prep options. Go easy on the cheese and rich on thyme, garlic, and olive oil to make the healthiest pestos, then enjoy with chips or flatbreads.

6. Romaine Hearts:

Romaine hearts are a perfect summer ingredient for both easy snacks and sit-down summer meals. Think of Roman hearts as a source for lettuce-based wraps or little pocket salads, and fill them with ingredients like rice, chicken, those stir-fried veggies, or other tasty ingredients.

Make them easy to dip in a pesto or ranch sauce for more taste. Try to avoid calorie-heavy cream cheese, however – stick with a simple sliver of cheddar or dusting of parmesan in your filling.

Regina Donelson is a professional blogger that enjoys providing readers with advice on cooking, recipes and dishes. She writes for Just a Pinch, the best place to find French onion soup recipes,  glazed ham recipes and everything in between.

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Naaree Interviews Woman Wrestler, Sonika Kaliraman Malik

By Swarnendu Biswas

Meeting Sonika Kaliraman Malik can be itself an experience. At least for me it was.

It was an experience not only because women wrestlers are still a rarity in India, not only because she towered over me with her tall 6 foot frame and amazingly broad shoulders (here I took solace from the fact that in Zor Ka Jhatka she towered over Shahrukh Khan too), but also perhaps because my preconceived mindset, which still regrettably has some remnants of male chauvinism, couldn’t comprehend that a champion wrestler could also be so ravishingly gorgeous and beautiful.

sonika kaliaraman and akshay kumar

Yes, I had seen her in television many times in the recent past, in various realty shows like Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi (Season 2), which was hosted by Akshay Kumar, in Zor Ka Jhatka, which was hosted by Shahrukh Khan, and in Big Boss (Season 5), which had Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan as the host.

But the beauty and grace of Sonika in flesh and blood seemed much more enchanting to me, as compared to what was depicted through her televised images. She is one of the greatest wrestlers of post-independence India, but she could also easily seem to be a supermodel or a Bollywood diva.

No wonder, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar was also greatly impressed by Sonika. On seeing Sonika on the sets he said, “Wrestler? You look more like a super model.”

Her super-powered physique, her spellbinding features and her wonderfully built biceps put me in total awe of her. When she shook hands with me, I instantly realised that she could break my weak male hand within seconds, if she choose to.

However, thankfully and mercifully, she chose to put me at ease with her cascade-like laughter, as our conversation progressed…

sonika kaliraman wrestling

Initiation to Grappling

As we talked, I learned about the rigorous struggle and grit behind the Sonika’s astounding success story, as the first woman Bharat Kesari and 10 times winner of medals in the National Wrestling Championship, and the winner of several other prestigious national level awards in the arena of wrestling.

All in all, she won a jaw-dropping 16 titles at the national level during 1998-2009. But Sonika’s journey towards fame and success was nothing short of an uphill backbreaking endeavour against several odds.

It can’t be denied that the knack for wrestling and the talent of emerging as a champion in this sport involving great brawn and skills was perhaps ingrained in her genes.

Sonika is the daughter of the late and great wrestler Chandgi Ram (popularly known as Master Chandgi Ram), who won a Gold Medal at the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok and was the recipient of the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.

He represented India at the Munich Olympic Games, in 1972. Across his illustrious career, he was crowned with prestigious titles like Hind Kesari, Bharat Kesari, Bharat Bhim, Rustom-e-Hind, and Maha Bharat Kesari.

Many outside the wrestling fraternity know that Chandgi Ram was a great wrestler turned great coach of wrestling, but not many of them know that he was a great champion towards the cause of women’s wrestling too.

To him goes the credit of setting up an akhara (a sort of wrestling arena and wrestling training centre combined) to train women wrestlers for local, national and eventually, international events. His Herculean efforts had contributed to the increasing acceptance and also to the rising popularity of women’s wrestling among the by and large conservative Indian mindsets.

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