Curlee Girlee's Crackin' the Kid Code
Tedx Speaker - David Di giorgio

Tedx Speaker - David Di giorgio

December 10, 2019

Davide Digirio- Tedx speaker, best-selling author, motivational speaker.  Davide coined two phrases that I absolutely love: “comparanoia” and “being unapologetic”.  

Listening to Davide’s Tedx talk was like listening to your wisest friend give you advice.  It was calming, smart, and mostly just... true. We know that comparing ourselves to others is bad.  We know that children suffer from this tenfold and that the harm this does to their sense of self can be so difficult to undo.   We know as parents and educators we need to teach them that comparing themselves to others is counter to their uniqueness.  These are things we know or at least we are supposed to know. But listening to Davide talk about so many important topics in both a light-hearted fun way and a deep soulful manner is somehow more impactful than just knowing.  His calm voice and his thoughtful non-judgemental demeanor make his advice feel less like advice and more like things your grandmother always told you when she braided your hair or made you hot chocolate or helped you tie your shoes for the first time.  

Davide is an author, a speaker, an educator,  but he is so much more, listen to this Episode and you will immediately know exactly what I mean.

Dove Real Beauty Sketches’ artist Gil Zamora is our acclaimed guest today!

Dove Real Beauty Sketches’ artist Gil Zamora is our acclaimed guest today!

December 4, 2019

Curlee Girlee podcast interviews Gil Zamora of the famed Dove Beauty Sketches

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? All too often, we can be harsh, critical, unforgiving in how we view our reflection.  Women and girls particularly fall victim to negativity and self-loathing. Girls as young as eight or nine years old feel the pressures of social media, fitting in and looking just like their friends do.

Dove brand set out to make changes and in doing so they launched The Dove Real Beauty Sketches Campaign. Similar to what we do at Curlee Girlee, Dove wanted to empower, encourage, and appreciate women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and diverse make-ups. Dove wanted women to see themselves as others see them; often less critically then we see ourselves.  In an effort to spread their message, Dove Real Beauty Campaign released its real beauty sketches video. Our guest today, Gil Zamora, is integral to this campaign and this very widely viewed video is one of the most acclaimed of its kind, with over 100 million views. 

Gil Zamora began his career as a police officer for the San Jose Police Department. As a young boy, he always loved to sketch but a career in law enforcement seemed to be the “right” thing to do.  Eventually, his love and passion for drawing won out and he became certified as an FBI Sketch artist. Gil worked on many high profile cases and was instrumental in solving thousands of cases with his ability to sketch from other people’s memories.  His popularity in the San Jose area led Unilever to seek out his expertise and employ him as their sketch artist for this groundbreaking video.

I have watched this video countless times both by myself, with friends and even with my young daughters, each time I am unable to speak after the reveal is unveiled.  The impact this video will have on you will be palatable. 

Beauty standards are both innate and learned.  We can change the conversation with our children by exposing them to positive role models and influences.  Gil Zamora is one such individual. Listen to our interview and you will be entertained, humbled and awed by Gil and his accomplishments.  Together we can change the coarse of curly hair and in doing so empower ourselves and our children.

So let’s get started now! 

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As Curlee Girlee’s Got Talent launches into the world of STEM, Atara is our interviewee!

As Curlee Girlee’s Got Talent launches into the world of STEM, Atara is our interviewee!

November 25, 2019

At last, you get to know the host behind our Curlee Girlee's Cracking the Kid Code podcast! Atara Twersky,  the Mom behind the Curlee Girlee book series and the Curlee Girlee movement and Today Show Style Hero is here answering questions about her incredible new book, Curlee Girlee's Got Talent. 

Atara shares that Curlee Grilee has entered a talent show and does not go the traditional way as far as talents are concerned. We find our favorite curly heroine choosing a STEM experiment as her talent. Parents and children everywhere are going to love this book and it's sending a clear message that everyone has an incredible talent!

We then get Atara to dish on everything from travel to Motherhood. We find out what inspires her as a Mom and as a person, whether she is a city girl or a country girl and the one thing that brings her peace!

You don't want to miss this wonderful entrepreneur, author and Mom behind this fun podcast!

 

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Working Moms- this podcast is for you!- Julie Finn is our guest!

Working Moms- this podcast is for you!- Julie Finn is our guest!

November 19, 2019

Working moms take heed!  This podcast is for you!  Julie Finn, CEO of the Working Mother's Mentor is our special guest today.  Julie went through the system checking all the boxes by attending the best schools, obtaining great degrees and finding herself high on the corporate ladder. Becoming a mom was just one more thing Julie was going to excel it and she did.  But despite her success, Julie felt that something was not right and the traditional roles she was placed in were not fulfilling her in the ways she wanted or needed to be fulfilled.  "Working Mother's Mentor" was born out of Julie's need to help herself and now as CEO, Julie is helping working moms find their groove and keep it by synthesizing, organizing and prioritizing.

Listen to this podcast you will be entertained and also learn a ton!

Devices:  Are they ruining our children-  Rhonda Moskowitz, a quoted NY Times Expert weighs in.

Devices: Are they ruining our children- Rhonda Moskowitz, a quoted NY Times Expert weighs in.

November 13, 2019

Rhonda Moskowitz, an expert recently featured in the NY Times, Style section, is our amazing guest on today's podcast.  Technology is fantastic and has so many upsides both at home and in the classroom, but when devices overtake our lives, our home, and our children suffer.  Rhonda explains the pitfalls of devices, how children do better with a pen in hand rather than a keyboard and how the endless hours on phones or computers negatively affect their brains.  Rhonda further explains that there is an actual phenomenon called "Persuasive Design" which makes it nearly impossible to stop watching once we begin so that when children' say "I can't stop" they actually cannot!  If you want to find out the best way to handle device and what to do to replace them listen to this episode with expert, Rhonda Moskowitz.

 

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What to tell your curly haired child when she is feeling bad about her hair from NaturallyCurly

What to tell your curly haired child when she is feeling bad about her hair from NaturallyCurly

November 6, 2019

Naturallycurly.com is a name recognized by curly girls everywhere- on this week's episode, we interviewed one of the founders of Naturallycurly.com, Michelle Breyer.  Michelle began her career as a broadcast journalist but her hair got in the way, literally!  Michelle knew she needed to create a community for curly women to discuss, debate and decide on best hair products, best styling techniques and best hair care for curly girlies.  Along the way she realized that her work in this area was making a difference.  She gave up her day job to focus on Naturallycurly.com.  Today this website is an important resource for women with curls.  Listen for some great tips whether you are just beginning to embrace your curls or deciding to go sliver. This show is MUST-LISTEN for curlee girlees and their moms and dads everywhere! 

Dave’s Killer Bread:  The Founder details his journey from prison to baking breads!

Dave’s Killer Bread: The Founder details his journey from prison to baking breads!

October 29, 2019

Dave Dahl- founder of Dave’s Killer Bread:  If you love healthy, whole-grain breads, his name is synonymous with the best bread known to mankind.    But Dave’s story is more really one of transformation.  Dave was homeless, then in prison with little hope of a promising future and yet somehow he turned his life around and in doing so, he found peace balance and purpose in his life.

Dave’s Killer bread not only makes delicious bread that will feed your family in a natural healthful way but the company’s mission of employing ex-felons teaches us all a lesson of second chances.

As parents, we constantly need to remind ourselves and our children that mistakes are not fatal and that they cannot define who we are.  We have the ability to turn things around and do the right thing and with proper guidance, we can learn to read, follow instructions, make better friends and eventually build multi-million dollar companies.  Dave Dahl is living proof.  Listen to his words carefully and you will hear a story of positive change that everyone can learn from.

 

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A CNN Hero teaches Kids to Kick Cancer with Karate and taking a breath!  CG’s Crackin’ the Kid Code Podcast #107

A CNN Hero teaches Kids to Kick Cancer with Karate and taking a breath! CG’s Crackin’ the Kid Code Podcast #107

October 22, 2019

 A CNN HERO Rabbi G began a non profit organization, Kids Kicking Cancer, after watching his very young daughter die of cancer over 30 years ago.  Rather than fall into a hole of despair, Rabbi G decided to channel his grief toward helping other children and their families.   His powerful mantra- POWER PEACE PURPOSE and the term he coined and trademarked BREATH BRAKE really speaks volumes for children with cancer.  Rabbi G has taken his program globally and you can find him in remote parts of Africa and in small villages in Asia helping children to regain their power in the face of their illness.  Very remarkably, Rabbi G has been able to use his powerful techniques for children and adults everywhere with and without illness and he has been invited to teach his program to corporate executives both in the U.S. as well as across the globe.  Empowering parents and their children to regain their sense of self and empower them after trauma and illness has shown children everywhere that these techniques really DO work.   Children can feel helpless and disempowered many times during the course of their daily activities in the classroom, in the playground and even in the home.  Rabbi G is bringing his program to schools everywhere so that ALL children can reap the benefits.  You don't want to miss our conversation and you will be laughing and crying during this poignant interview.

 

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Train Your Mind and Change Your Body! Nadia Murdock Inspires Moms-  Podcast Episode #106

Train Your Mind and Change Your Body! Nadia Murdock Inspires Moms- Podcast Episode #106

October 15, 2019

Breaking a sweat: it seems easy and something everyone wants to do at least once a day but is not. As Nadia Murdock tells us on our podcast Breaking a sweat is not easy when you have a child and a job, finding time to have 5 minutes alone is a challenge; carving out a half hour to stay in shape can at times seem impossible.

We caught up with Nadia Murdock from Nadia Murdock Fit who details her way to fitness, eating and staying healthy, and finding balance in our lives by training our minds and changing our bodies! We all need more of it and we all need good roles models - count Nadia among the best!

If your child has ever had STREP Throat- You need to know about PANDAS on Curlee Girlee’s Crackin’ the Kid Code Ep #105

If your child has ever had STREP Throat- You need to know about PANDAS on Curlee Girlee’s Crackin’ the Kid Code Ep #105

October 8, 2019

In this week's episode, we are talking to Taralee O'Malley-Hurff about the important and not very well known topic of PANDAS.  Today October 9 is PANDAS Awareness Day and we believe this topic is important for EVERY parent to know about.  Your child may come down with a fever, chills and be diagnosed with Strept throat.  You go to the doctor, give them antibiotics and you think it is all over.  Hopefully, it is, but not always.  Taralee's O'Malley Hurff has become a reluctant advocate for PANDAS when her young daughter began exhibiting severe obsessive-compulsive disorder following a strep infection.  At first, she thought it was just "odd" behavior that would resolve itself, but as symptoms continued Taralee became frantic to find answers.  She did and in the process, she shed light on this condition that often, traditional medical doctors, are unable to diagnose.  It is a real disease and it is SCARY but knowledge is power and understanding what to look for and how to treat PANDAS can go a long way toward ultimate remission.

Taralee is a champion for families suffering with this diagnosis.  In a quiet, thoughtful way, she tells her story and through her words, our audience will be informed as to this condition so they can help their child should the need arise.  This episode is a MUST listen for every parent!