Elaine's Kitchen Table Podcast | The Business of Real Life | Lessons for Success in Business and Parenting

Inspirational, motivational, and practical. Elaine Tan Comeau, founder of Easy Daysies ( a favorite winning pitch on Dragons' Den, Canada's Shark Tank), Mom of 3, former school teacher, and Mompreneur of the Year in Canada, talks to you about the business of real life, success as an entrepreneur and parenting, advice from people like Kevin O'Leary, Jim Treliving, Julie Cole and Jack Canfield all straight from the kitchen table - where it started for her and where it can start for you!
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Nov 20, 2015

Sara Clarke, mom of 4 boys, business partners with her husband in Martin Clarke and Associates, bookkeepers and business consultants, tells us how to make sure we are running a profitable business, not a time-wasting "hobby business".

This is a fun interview we conducted while she was driving a van!

Here is where you can find Sara online:

Nov 13, 2015

Welcome to the "Know Your Numbers" series on Elaine's Kitchen Table!

You often hear "know your numbers" as one of the most important aspects of being successful in business.  But what numbers do you have to know?  Our goal is to go over all the important numbers, and tell you why they are important, so that you can feel confident knowing your numbers.  It's not rocket science, and for small businesses it's not even advanced accounting.

In this episode, we discuss "spending a little to make a lot", specifically using Square as a credit card processing service.

Let me know what numbers you'd like to know about next on Twitter @chatwithelaine!

Nov 5, 2015

Dea Viola is such an inspirational woman and mompreneur.  Somewhere between her business, the Baby Flamingo Company, her singing career, and her charitable work with, she finds time to raise 5 children!

How does she do it?  Dea tells us all her tips that keep her sane and moving toward her goals, tips like:

• Living in "plane emergency landing mode"
• Her "same shoe size and brand theory" on harmful comparison behavior
• How to "start your day over" any time you want!
• Overcoming perfectionism

As Dea says, you don't have to do everything today, but if you do something every day, in a month you will have accomplished 30 steps towards your goal!

Here is where you can find Dea online:



Oct 27, 2015

"Balance is impossible. Memories are better."

In this episode, I interview Marci Fair (, mom of 4, founder of, and author of "TILT - 7 Solutions to be a Guilt-Free Working Mom"

We talk about 3 of the 7 solutions, including:

• Dreams and Goals - you don't have to give up on your own to help your children pursue theirs

• Choices - including the "dirty gym shorts rule"

• Roots and Wings - what do you think about this - "The less we do for our kids, the more we help them develop!"

If you struggle with working mom guilt and want real-life parenting tips - read TILT!

Oct 20, 2015

Brad Hallwood has a very unique job. As the right-hand man to Jim Treliving of Dragons' Den (Canadian version of Shark Tank), he has witnessed hundreds and hundreds of pitches from entrepreneurs and "wantrepreneurs" alike.  In this episode, he tells us two key things about entrepreneurial investors:

• What they are definitely looking for
• What they are definitely NOT looking for

Whether or not you are in the market for an investor in your business, your suppliers and customers are looking for many of the exact same qualities when choosing who to do business with. So please listen to Brad's wisdom and enjoy!

Oct 13, 2015

Looking for an excuse to be thankful? Elaine gives 5 reasons why having an "attitude of gratitude" will actually help grow your business and make you happier overall.

Oct 5, 2015

Jody Vance of Vancouver City TV's Breakfast Television, and formerly SportsNet Canada, was Canada's first prime-time female sports anchor - one of the most male-dominated industries before Jody and others paved the way for the many female sports anchors today. Her secret? Tune in to find out, as well as:

• The daily routine of a morning news host who gets up for work at 4am every day
• The importance of paying your dues
• What it's like to go through in-vitro fertilization, and how she treats others doing the same

And much more in this wide-ranging interview!

Sep 29, 2015

In this episode, learn 2 key things to help you in business:

• How to ask for advice
• How not to ask for advice!

Elaine gives you the ABC's of getting answers to your questions from people who have gone before you. The tricky part is that they are most often quite busy, but they are usually willing to help - IF you approach in the right way.

Sep 22, 2015

Influential people play by a different set of rules. Teresa de Grosbois is an international speaker and bestselling author on the topic of influence. In today's interview, we learn:

• How the most influential people share their influence, and how to approach them
• The "Premature Ask", or how NOT to approach people of influence (with hilarious examples)
• How crying on the bathroom floor at her lowest point ignited Teresa's journey to where she is today

As an example of how influential Teresa has become, several of my podcast interviews have been with people to whom I was connected by Teresa!

You can get her newest book, "Mass Influence - The Habits of the Highly Influential" at

Sep 15, 2015

Spencer McDonald, businessman, author, keynote speaker, and mentor, talks about:

• the top 3 qualities in a profitable business person
• how people starting out in business unknowingly "finance" their coffee
• why setting a beautiful ship (that you own) on fire is sometimes the right thing to do!
• his habits of success

Check out his website at

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Show Notes

Sep 10, 2015

Nutritionist Brenda Wollenberg continues to talk family fuel, including 3 connections between nutrition and school performance, and her lesson about "coming off the mountain" that radically changed how she trains her clients.

Please check the Show Notes ( for a FREE delicious Smoothie Handbook, and a link to Brenda's brilliant family nutrition training!

Sep 8, 2015

Nutritionist Brenda Wollenberg, author of the book "Overweight Kids In A Toothpick World", talks about something we do multiple times every day - feed our family! Are we moving toward Wellness or Illness? Learn:

• Why World War II matters on your kitchen table
• 3 meanings of the words "sometime foods"
• Why "everything in moderation" is NOT the best motto

And more!

Sep 1, 2015

Google "starting a business" and you'll get millions of pieces of advice.  Ask your friends, family and colleagues, and you'll get the same.  Except it's all different and contradictory!  Here are 5 things I learned on my journey that they don't teach in business school.

Be sure to check the Show Notes ( for a helpful PDF cheat sheet that you can keep, with all 5 points!

Aug 24, 2015

My friend said weight loss is 90% food, and 10% exercise - I said "That's me exactly! 90% food, 10% exercise!".  I've got stats from 500 moms, and believe me, we are not alone if we would like to lose a few baby pounds. Tune in for a surprising and positive stat about mom weight as well!

Aug 20, 2015

Katie Day, author of "The High Heeled Leader", talks about the issues facing women in business - many of which are self-induced - and how to take personal control of your outcomes by using the very traits that make women stand out.


Every woman in business needs to hear this podcast with Katie Day.  I assure you will leave feeling more confident and be more assertive in your business after listening to this short inspiring podcast!  She gives three tips that you do not want miss before walking into your next boardroom meeting!  


Katie is a global speaker and trainer, who has been interviewed many times on radio in both the UK and in the USA.  She has appeared on television in Canada and Dubai speaking on women in the boardroom.

Aug 17, 2015

Here is a quick 9-item list of things NOT to to do when you start to feel overwhelmed.  It comes from time-strategy guru Tim Ferriss, from his incredibly useful book, The 4-Hour Work Week.

Aug 13, 2015

Ilze Alberts comes to us all the way from South Africa! Ilze is a registered Psychologist, life strategist, expert in family wealth, and building successful, happy families. She shares 3 habits of successful families, and also 3 tips to achieving family wealth.

Aug 10, 2015

Please excuse the background noise from our 11 combined kids, as 6 married people - Elaine and Ron, Noula and Jonathan, Linda, and Mel, sit on a patio and each give their #1 tip for keeping their marriage strong.

Aug 6, 2015

In part 1 of my interview with Kevin O'Leary - of Shark Tank, Dragons' Den, CNBC, etc. - brilliant business mind and investor in Easy Daysies, he talks about how female CEO's are bringing home the bacon (and why), what makes him put his "soldiers" (dollars) to war, the similarities and differences between parenting and running a business, what he gets done before noon every day. A must listen!

Aug 3, 2015

Ever have Mom guilt? No? Then you are probably not a Mom!  Elaine talks with Michele, Linda and Petra, a group with 11 kids between them, about their experiences with Mom guilt, and how we can help each other to get over it, because guess what? Life is imperfect!

Jul 30, 2015

This is Part 2 of my interview with Jim Treliving, billion-dollar businessman, owner of Boston Pizza, and original Dragon on Dragons' Den (Canadian version of Shark Tank), and investor in Easy Daysies. He talks about his opinion of failure, personal advice he got from Warren Buffet, how his little Irish Grandma mentored him, how he reads people, who would play him in the movie of his life, and much more!

Jul 27, 2015

Does the thought of running a business with your spouse give you the warm fuzzies or chills?  Elaine and Ron discuss their experiences working together on Easy Daysies, and give their formula for you to L.O.V.E. being in business together!

Jul 23, 2015

In his first podcast interview, Jim Treliving, owner of Boston Pizza and several other businesses, original Dragon on Dragons' Den, and investor in Elaine's company Easy Daysies, talks about going from police officer to head of a billion dollar business, and talks passionately about giving back to the community!

Jul 20, 2015

In this 3-part series, we recount our journey with Easy Daysies to the Dragons’ Den (the Canadian version of Shark Tank). This episode is about what happens after the taping of the show – signing the deal, the airing of the show, and all the craziness that surrounds it!  Hopefully this will provide motivation and inspiration to anyone who is thinking about applying for a business reality TV show.

Find Elaine’s Kitchen Table on Twitter @chatwithelaine, and Facebook @elaineskitchentable.

And you can find Easy Daysies online at

Be sure to check out the Show Notes page ( for your free guide with 11 steps on How To Get on Dragons' Den or Shark Tank!

Jul 16, 2015

In this 3-part series, we recount our journey with Easy Daysies to the Dragons’ Den (the Canadian version of Shark Tank). This episode is about the taping of the show - there's a little more going on than you see on TV! Hopefully this will provide motivation and inspiration to anyone who is thinking about applying for a business reality TV show.

Find Elaine’s Kitchen Table on Twitter @chatwithelaine, and Facebook @elaineskitchentable.

And you can find Easy Daysies online at

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