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By Samantha Lande, BCB Editorial Director
NAME: Liza Huber
KIDS: Royce 8, Brendan 7, Hayden 4, Mason 2
OCCUPATION: CEO & Founder of Sage Spoonfuls
LIVE: New York
FAVORITE CHARITY: Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY
Liza Huber does not shy away from taking on something new. In the course of her lifetime she’s been a soap opera star (following in the footsteps of her mom, Susan Lucci), an award-winning author, and entrepreneur, not to mention the latter while raising four kids! And just like any mom, she understands the difficulty that goes into feeding your babies for the first time and making sure they get the nutrition they need. For her, it was a struggle to find an easy way to make her own baby food, so she created the tools to make it more convenient through her cookbook and baby food making tools. Liza tells us about her amazing save the day moment, why her son Brendan is her hero and why sometimes you have to follow Nike and “Just do it.”
Tell us about your typical weekday:
My typical weekday is probably a lot like most work at home mom’s days. I’m up early with the kids making sure they go off to school happily, then I work from my home office all morning while my youngest ones run around and climb all over me. I get some much needed quiet time to concentrate when the kids are napping and then the big boys come home from school. We have activities, homework, dinner and bedtime. Days are wild and crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I know how lucky I am to be able to work from home.
Tell us about a “save the day moment”:
My “save the day” moment was 7 years ago when I went into preterm labor with my son Brendan. I was alone at home with my son Royce, who was 18 months at the time. My husband was in London on business and my parents were hours away. It was a Saturday in August and no one was around. I was in tremendous pain and really scared. I was able to pull myself together, get to the hospital and have the baby 9 weeks early without my husband by my side. I was bleeding very badly internally from a placental abruption. The doctor said that had I not gotten myself to the hospital when I did, I would have passed out and both me and Brendan would have died.
Who is your Wonder Woman?
My mother, most definitely. She is the ultimate Wonder Woman. She taught me that you can have it all and look fabulous while doing it. She showed me that a woman can have a successful career and still be an amazing wife and mother. I also admire my daughter in a major way. She is incredible. At only 4 years old, she has the confidence and fearlessness of a true wonder woman in training!
What is your super power?
The truth is, it’s never all done. I’ve never checked everything off of my to-do list, but I get close sometimes. I honestly think the key is eating really healthy. I went vegetarian a few months ago and I’m moving towards a vegan diet (can’t give up the cream in my coffee J). As a result, I have so much energy and feel less stressed. For me, it’s the only way to successfully live such a busy life.
What is your backstory?
Great parents who taught me to believe in myself, fighting for what I believe in, chasing my dreams, succeeding, failing, falling down and picking myself back up. All of these things have gotten me to where I am today. The key is to never stop. Always, always believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
If you could have a secret identity what would it be and what would you use it for?
I would want to be some kind of invisible peace making fairy who could fly around and spread peace with the wave of my wand.
What is your arch nemesis?
I can’t say that I have one. If I want to get something done, I’ll find a way. Although, Lord knows, I would get a lot more sleep at night if I could turn my phone off and just go to bed!
What is in your Wonder Woman power pack?
Phone, Burt’s Bees lip shimmer, credit card, diaper, Thomas the Train.
Who is your Sidekick/Partner in Crime?
My amazing husband, Alex.
What would you consider your theme song?
I don’t have a theme song, but I do have a motto – Nike’s “Just do it.” Whenever I’m tired, scared, frustrated, nervous, whatever it is. I tell myself “just do it” and I power through.
Which Superhero do you most identify with and why?
My son Brendan is my superhero. He’s had a rough road due to his prematurity, but he’s a champion. An absolute fighter and a total badass.
Who is your supporting cast of characters that helps you to achieve Wonder Woman status?
My husband, my children and my parents. I am who I am, because of them.
How do you protect (and give back to) your community?
My parents are very philanthropic and taught me the importance of helping others whenever possible. I’ve been involved with Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY for as long as I can remember. I recently started volunteering with their Youth Parent Program. Teaching these young parents how to prepare simple, healthy meals for their children and providing them with Sage Spoonfuls products to help make it easy. I am truly honored and humbled to have been the recipient of Little Flower’s 2015 Humanitarian Award. Giving back is so important.
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