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Mother Essentials: Roma Patel

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Today’s Mother Essentials subject knows a thing or two about what makes a good brand. Atlanta-based mother of two Roma Patel not only serves as the Global VP of Marketing and PR at DockATot, she’s also recently launched her own company, Tejari—a line of organic, plant-based protein powders. When she’s not juggling between her two gigs, she’s a passionate mother to her sons—Ari, 5, and Tej, 2—as well as a proud supporter of fellow women-owned businesses. Below, she lists over two dozen of her current faves. Enjoy!

Leo Pendant. “My friend Jeet is so talented and creates all of her pieces by hand. I absolutely love all the details and I always seem to have this necklace on—and get so many compliments on it!” Leo Constellation Pendant Necklace, $675, Bare Collection.

EKOBO Plates. “Ekobo’s plates are eco-friendly, durable, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe. It works great for us for daily use and while on-the-go for easy meals at the park.” EKOBO Kids Bamboo 4-Piece Dinnerware Set, $24, Amazon.

All Things Parachute. “I’m obsessed with the linen table runners and napkins and pretty much everything Parachute. All the materials are high-quality, stylish, and easy to care for.” Washed Linen Table Runner, $49, Parachute.

How to Breathe. “I met Ashley Neese at a MOTHER event in S.F. and she is lovely. We instantly connected and her book has been clutch for me as I’ve been trying to practice my breathing and slow down more.” How to Breathe: 25 Simple Practices for Calm, Joy, and Resilience by Ashley Neese, $12.49, Amazon.

Well+Good Cookbook. “This is my go-to book when I want some inspiration on food and wellness. It’s always within arm’s reach.” Well+Good Cookbook: 100 Healthy Recipes + Expert Advice for Better Living, $18.94, Amazon.

SPF Stick. Tera launched Sconset sunscreen a few years ago and came out with this sun stick this past year. It’s lovely and so easy when all the boys want to do is rush and play outside.”On the Glow Tinted Sun Stick SPF 35, $24, Sconset.

Nutrient Mist. “I love everything about the Nutrient Mist by True Botanicals. I start off every morning with it and typically sneak in extra sprays throughout the day. It has the most amazing scent!” Nutrient Mist, $28, True Botanicals.

Hedley & Bennett Apron. “As a mom of two boys, it’s always messy in the kitchen. We each have our own Hedley and Bennet aprons since we love to cook together as a family. They are so functional and amazing quality.” Cider House Classic Apron, $85, Hedley & Bennett. Kids’ Apron, $49, Hedley & Bennett. 

Tejari Protein Powders. Named after our boys, Ari and Tej, there’s never a day that goes by where we don’t use one of these blends. Our go-to is to make smoothies together and we love using Tejari to help kickstart the day together, as a family.” Tejari 3-Jar Set, $72, Tejari

Rachel Pally Dress. “Stylish, comfortable, and works great with all the boy activities we have going on at home. This has been my go-to when I’ve wanted to feel like myself again during this quarantine.” Gauze Cecelia Dress, $260, Rachel Pally.

Vitruvi Diffuser. I’m so glad a friend recommended this essential oil diffuser. It’s absolutely lovely and blends so nicely with our decor.” Vitruvi Terracotta Stone Essential Oil Diffuser, $119, Anthropologie

Jenni Kayne Candle. “With candles, the look is almost as important as the scent. This blend smells so fresh and we love having it on display in our living room.” Musk Matte Glass Candle, $55, Jenni Kayne.

Everyday Bowl. Clean, modern dishware I actually want to show off. I fell in love with these bowls (and cups and mugs…) during many visits to their Atlanta storefront. Food just tastes better on them!” The Everyday Bowl, $34, East Fork Pottery.

Graphic Pillow. “I love this beautiful print in our living room. They are naturally non-allergic, so they are husband-approved as well!” Belgian Linen Pillow Case, $84, Winter Water Factory.

Classic Leather Tote. “I adore this brand and their pieces are timeless. This classic leather tote is perfect to fit everything I need for the day.” Classic Leather Tote, $175, Cuyana.

Astara Sandals. “Created by a dear friend, Mariah Lyons, these sandals help ground me in so many ways. The Sahara Rose Quartz Sandal is gorgeous and pair well with almost anything.” Rose Quartz Sandal, $290, Astara Collective

Wiley Body Body Oil. “I have incredibly dry skin and we just found out my youngest has eczema. We use this body oil religiously after bath and once or twice during the day for extra moisture. It’s not thick and moisturizes so well. I love it!” Wiley Body Everywhere Oil, $24, Wiley Body.

Turmeric Balm. “I love this brand by Karolina Kurkova! The turmeric balm is a house favorite—it smells great and is so good for tiny hands.” Seal The Deal Moisturizing Balm, $49, Gryph & Ivyrose.

Sol Painting. Dev Heyrana is such a talented friend and I’ve fallen in love with her paintings. ‘Sol’ is one of our favorite pieces in the entire house.” Sol, $2,800, Dev Heyrana.

Play & Learn Set. The Tot is my go-to for non-toxic products, plus I absolutely love Nasiba. I have two Play & Learn sets for both ages and couldn’t pass afternoons without them.” Play & Learn Set For Age 2-3, $110, The Tot.

Lou Lou Baker Playing Cards. My boys love this whimsical pack of playing cards. It’s usually tough to hold their attention, but the drawings definitely keep the excitement going.” Safari Playing Cards, $32, Lou Lou Baker.

Lunya Robe. This robe is a feel-good, yet functional staple for me. It looks and feels incredible. I can’t wait to slip it on after a shower.” The Robe, $250, Lunya.

Chic Jump Rope. “Amanda has the most positive energy (as a person and trainer) and her workouts, along with the stylish jump rope, brings a boost of energy into my days. I typically use her DVDs at least five times a week for a fun at-home workout.” AK! Jump Rope, $40, Amanda Kloots.

Science Tattoos. “Ari and Tej love temporary tattoos, so I’m always looking for non-toxic tattoos that apply quickly. Both boys love these science and dinosaur designs.” Science Set Tattoos, $15, Oh Happy Day

Recipe Cards. “Recipe cards are great to write down recipes passed down from my mom and close friends!” Kitchen Shelf Recipe Cards, $12, Rifle Paper Co. 

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Anna WallackCynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana HaimRachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Olympian Alysia Montano, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, cookbook author Hetal Vasavada, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, wellness influencer Joanne Encarnacion, author LaTonya Yvette, and many more!

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