Bindis and Bangles: A South Asian Baby Shower Event

Cakes made of diapers on white

masala-logo-highresJOIN for a special cultural celebration of motherhood! ‘Bindis and Bangles,  A South Asian Baby Shower’ for new and expecting moms on November 16th, 2014! Organized and hosted by Masalamommas and presented by Huggies.


Featuring host Karen Johnson, National On-Air personality, Baby & prenatal Yoga instructor and actress Rishma Malik, parenting expert Nanny Robina and Canadian Doula, Lisa Caron.

Follow our hashtag #TimetoHug for live updates! **Please note: This event is ONLY FOR  for expecting moms or new moms with babies 6 months or younger. *** This event has limited seating, first come first serve for tickets to this event.


More about our speakers:

Karen Johnson: Host for Bindis and Bangles

karenj1Karen’s warm personality and introspective nature has helped her navigate a notoriously difficult industry to break into. After graduating from Humber College’s broadcast journalism program, The Shopping Channel gave Karen her first opportunity to showcase and hone her on-air skills. Karen’s enthusiasm and professionalism led to a reporting position for Omni’s news division, from there the station created a new entertainment show “Bollywood Blvd” featuring Karen as the host.
From Red Carpet Premieres Karen then landed the Station’s premiere cooking show, The Veggie Table. The show gave her an unexpected opportunity to hone her skills in the kitchen, which blossomed into a full-blown love of cooking and into her spinoff cooking show currently in product, The South Asian Tasting Table .
The Veggie Table has aired nationally and internationally for over 13 years and continues to air in around the world in syndication. Karen is a sought after media personality, reporter, producer, news writer, speaker and emcee. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Karen’s notable career in front of and behind the camera began in 1993 and she has been an avid face in the media since. While Karen spent the bulk of her career as the face of Canada’s The Weather Network, Karen recently served as the on-call weather anchor for Canada’s most watched morning news show Canada AM.


Nanny Robina: Parenting expert will give moms sleep tips and and more for your newborn baby

Nanny RobinaNanny Robina is one of North America’s leading parenting experts. Born in Birmingham England, to a British mother and a Pakistani father, Nanny Robina was the seventh of nine children: three sisters and five brothers. She was raised with a solid foundation to respect all faiths and cultures and grew up in a very strict and disciplined family environment.

Her genuine love of children and international travel has shaped her solution-based expertise, helping par¬ents with hot button issues like discipline, manners, play time, meal time, and sleep time. In fact, she has a 95% success rate with her strategy for putting babies to sleep–a skill that is in demand everywhere. But it is her mission to raise happy, healthy, and secure children that attracts parents to her parenting workshops, one-on-one consultations, speaking engagements, blogging and writing.

Equipped with several professional certificates: NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) in 1982 from Garretts Green Technical College; MNT (Maternity and Nanny Training) for infant care in 1985 from South Birmingham College Hall Green; and Business for Women Entrepreneurs in 2003 from the Aurora Women’s Centre, Robina put her childcare passions to work.

A self-proclaimed “open book,” Nanny Robina’s expertise is honest, raw, and guided by her personal philosophy to “enjoy parenting, but stay true to yourself as a parent.” Whether a child is feeling isolated because of a new sibling, or a parent is overwhelmed, Nanny Robina offers advice that is appreciated and recognized by all who enlist her help. Currently Nanny Robina is the resident parenting expert for Canada’s #1 talk-show Cityline (CityTV) and several magazines including Parents Canada, Chloe, and The pregnancy magazine Edomonton Parent Child magazine. She is the go-to expert for Entertainment Tonight, NBC, City TV, Breakfast Television, The National Post, CHCH morning live show, Save us from House and Till Dept Do Us Part.

Rishma Malik, yoga instructor will do a prenatal/baby yoga demo for moms and provide tips on making yoga work for you.

Rishma MallkInspired by a deep sense of purpose and passion for sharing Yoga’s unifying, balancing, and transformational power, Rishma strives to share her firsthand knowledge and experience of the ancient philosophy of yoga (union) together with modern cognitive psychology and Buddhism to provide students and clients with concrete mental, physical and spiritual tools for manifesting healthier lives and living their personal best.  Her classes are uplifting, engaging and energizing yet grounded in the calm soothing power of release and mindfulness.  Rishma Malik is a senior-level Yoga Instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance.
She is trained in the Himalayan Yoga tradition and received her formal 1000-hour Yoga Master certification at Sananda Devi Yoga in 2004.  She is also a registered kids yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and holds 200-hour certification in kids yoga (E-RYCT), followed by yoga therapy and pre-natal certifications under the direction of many accomplished yoga teachers.  Rishma is also a professional actor, producer, singer, former Miss India-Canada and on-air journalist and completed her BA in philosophy and communication studies at York University. Rishma has also received extensive training in acting, movement, and voice in NYC and Toronto for over 20 years and draws upon her in-depth knowledge of the body and mind in relation to the voice, self-confidence, mindfulness, openness and the 7 energy centers (Chakras). She knows what it’s like to be highly scheduled and the demands that come with juggling work, goals, family, aging parents, appointments and all the other “many things at once.”
Rishma is known for her specificity and innovation in constructing programs for healing and breakthroughs for Actors, Producers, CEO’s, corporations, film-sets, working parents, families, kids with special needs, kids with confidence issues, adhd and autism. Rishma teaches Vinyasa Flow, Classical Hatha, Meditation, Kids Yoga, Yoga Therapy for Re-hab and Chakra Yoga.
She is a senior level Yoga Alliance teacher (E-RYT & E-RCYT) and Reiki-Master and teaches hundreds of yoga classes a year locally and globally through skype soul-coaching and yoga programs for clients from England, Europe, India, and South America while juggling her professional career in the media arts. Rishma has been the lead yoga instructor for many yoga studios including ‘Soul Spa’ in Thornhill as well as the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto and has since built a bustling private practice.
Lisa Caron: A Well-known post partum and birth doula  and author will talk to moms about the importance of bonding in the first year with baby
Lisa Caron 150Lisa is  the co-author of two books, Bearing Witness (2010) and Joyful Birth (2012). She has volunteered with St. Michael’s Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, with pregnant teens living in a maternity home, in Guatemala and Mexico and have worked for


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