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Mother Essentials: Sri Bodanapu of Heirloom

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

The importance of passing down treasured recipes from one generation to the next is what inspired Sri Bodanapu’s latest business venture: Heirloom. The tech-savvy start-up allows users to preserve their family’s unique culinary identity and heritage through gathering and organizing favorite recipes and photos through a simple online process, before printing gorgeous, keepsake-worthy copies of cookbooks for oneself and loved ones. The India-born, Bay Area-dwelling certified nutritionist and mother of two has always had a deep love of food and holistic wellness—which can be seen clearly in her inspiring list of Mother Essentials below—enjoy!

Brightland Olive Oil. “I love to cook and have a background in nutrition, so nothing gives me more joy than high quality ingredients like Brightland’s olive oil.” Olive Oil, starting at $40, Brightland

Literati Books. “My 6-year-old is a voracious reader and I love that with Literati I can get him to explore a new collection of books in a super easy and approachable way.” Book Box, starting at $29.99, Literati.

Diaspora Co. Spices. “Fresh spices are the key to a great dish and Diaspora not only delivers on that, but also provides incredible economic benefits to its farmers.” Diaspora Spices, starting at $10, Diaspora Co.

Lovevery Play Kits. “I have a curious and high energy 2-year-old and our Lovevery boxes are such a hit with her!” The Play Kits, $80 to $120 per shipment, Lovevery.

How I Built This Podcast. “Founder stories are so inspiring and such a great way to learn and appreciate how hard it is to build a scalable and successful business. Guy Raz is a phenomenal interviewer and this is my favorite podcast.” How I Built This via NPR.

Mlouye bag. “I bought this bag via an Instagram ad and always get stopped and asked about it.” Sera Tall Tote Mini, $475, Mlouye.

Seed Probiotic. “IMO, the best probiotic out there. Gut health is everything and Seed, with its pre and probiotic strains, is a fantastic immunity supplement.” DS-01™ Daily Synbiotic, $49.99 a month, Seed.

Brooklinen Eye Mask. “I don’t say this lightly—this is the best eye mask that I have ever found!” Mulberry Silk Eyemask, $26, Brooklinen.

OSEA Body Cream. “I discovered the OSEA CBD cream at a MOTHER event and got hooked. It smells like a herb garden and is so soothing to the body.” Undaria Algae Body Butter, $48, OSEA.

Cymbiotika Magnesium Spray. “Everything Cymbiotika makes is great, but this spray has been really helpful sleep in addressing my sleep issues.” Topical Magnesium Oil Spray, $32, Cymbiotika.

Ranavat. “Started by another female founder, Ranavat is my go-to for skincare essentials. Their saffron serum is luxurious and so helpful for dry and patchy skin. I swear by these products.” Brightening Saffron Serum, $135, Ranavat.

Poppy Shoes. “Color and comfort! I love this new brand that is bringing Indian textiles to the modern shoe.” Slip-On Sneaker, $95, Poppy.

VTech Camera For Kids. “I encourage my 6-year-old to travel with his camera so he is just as curious and engaged in new sights as we are. And all the photos make for a great way for him to share this adventures when we’re back home.” VTech KidiZoom Camera, $36.48, Amazon.

Matilda’s Bloom Box. “Let’s call it self-care—a beautifully curated box of local flowers that get delivered to your doorstep each week. This also helped me appreciate flower decoration so much!” Flower Delivery, $39, Matilda’s Bloom Box

Wine Time. “Not only are these wines delicious but Sophie has a lovely story and the wine packaging with all its dried flowers is dreamy.”

For more Mother Essentials, peep our recent features on Lady Falcon Coffee Club founder Buffy Maguire, the mama-duo behind Spring & Mulberry chocolate, Dear Bella Creamery co-founder Alice Cherng, designer Becky Hui Chan, author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, ByHeart co-founder Mia Funt, Backdrop founder Natalie Ebel, Oui The People founder & CEO Karen Young, author-illustrator Grace Lin, the co-founders of ODDOBODY, Happy Family Organics’ CEO Anne Laraway, YA author J.Elle, kid-lit authors Karen Chan and Suzanne Greenlaw, the founders of EADEM, Minimalista author Shira Gill, and Domino’s Chief Content Officer Kate Berry.

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