Meet Vanessa Rempel and Melissa Shad, television hosts on the Rogers network and self-proclaimed mompreneurs, believe health and fitness are very important aspect in any woman’s life, especially parents. In our Q&A interview, they share their parenthood and lifestyle tips, as well as their new parenting show/brand Vanessa & Melissa:
Q: As busy TV hosts, mompreneurs. and social media influencers how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a big priority for both of us, but with six kids and a business it can be challenging. We often workout early mornings when the kids are still sleeping, or late at night. We both actually prefer clean eating, so when it comes to food choices we are always on the same page. That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some wine and treats here and there, as well, but all in moderation. But, let’s be honest, some weeks we kill it and some weeks we totally fail, but we’re always trying to make good choices when we can.
Tell us how you began working together as a duo and your new Vanessa + Melissa new venture?
We both previously moonlighted as correspondents for an entertainment show on Rogers TV, and simultaneously we were both pitching the idea of a parenting show. A producer set us up on a blind date and we’ve literally been working together ever since.
Our show was originally called Diapers & Lipgloss, which is our business name, but we’ve evolved into solelyVanessa+Melissa on all our platforms, because we also cover lifestyle topics beyond motherhood.
How are you making a difference doing what you do in addressing parenthood to women’s lifestyle?
We’re talking about subjects that people are often too scared or embarrassed to talk about. Topics that have previously been deemed taboo or were just swept under the rug. We want moms, and women, to feel safe, comfortable and accepted no matter what is going on in their lives. To know they’re not alone and we’re all in this together.
You both lead active lifestyles and practice “what you preach”, how does it make you both feel you are inspiring others or making a difference?
To be honest, it’s everything to us. It’s actually the best part of what we do. We get so many messages from women around the world asking us for advice and thanking us for covering a certain topic and almost every message we receive ends with ‘please keep doing what we’re doing’.
What are some tips to work out safely during pregnancy and after post-baby?
Don’t stop working out! It is so beneficial to you and babe.
If you are new to working out though, work with a personal trainer to make sure you are using proper and safe form.
Make sure that you do not raise your heart rate over 140.
Stay away from heavy squats and stop running if you experience round ligament pain.
Make sure to have fun, and enjoy your workouts. Never feel pressure to workout, or workout if your body is telling you to relax!
What is next for you?
We plan to continue to grow our parenting/ lifestyle brand , Vanessa+Melissa globally, in many new ways, through all our social channels. We also have lots of projects & ideas in the works, so stay tuned!!
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