Mom Sunday Spa Night: Edible Beauty Australia #MeaningfulMeMoments

Hey Mamas,

How was your Sunday?

I finally got the kids in bed and now its’ time for a little Mom Sunday Spa Night.

Today’s pampering moment is focuses on cellulite reduction via an Australian brand called Edible Beauty. Edible Beauty Australia & Velvet Coffee Body Butter promises to enhance circulation, smooth out lumps and bumps (I’m talking to you my outer thighs and buttock) and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Edible Beauty Australia Velvet Coffee Body Butter

Mom Sunday Spa Night Edible Beauty Australia Pamela Pekerman

Edible Beauty Australia Velvet Coffee Body Butter

Mom Sunday Spa Night Edible Beauty Australia Pamela Pekerman

 

 

 

I haven’t used this brand long enough to vouch for it’s success, but I do know that all the core ingredients – coffee, coconut oil, and grapeseed extract and shea butter are cellulite beauty busters.

Here’s what I can already tell you about Editable Beauty Australia, it was developed by naturopath and nutritionist Anna Mitsios, who is passionate able not compromising on the ingredients that go into her “edible” collection of luxury skin and body care products. Ingredients are carefully curated from natural plant-based botanical and wildcraft, a term that is new to me.

Word of the night: Wildcrafting (also known as foraging) is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or ‘wild’ habitat, primarily for food or medicinal purposes.

And, at Edible Beauty Australia all products are completely free of: Synthetic Dyes, Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Artificial Fragrances and Preservatives, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Aluminium, Synthetic Dyes and Triclosan.

So, lather up you gorgeous mamas. Join me next Sunday for more Mom Sunday Spa Night suggestions. #MomSundaySpaNight

Edible Beauty Australia Velvet Coffee Body Butter

Mom Sunday Spa Night Edible Beauty Australia Pamela Pekerman

And, in case you missed it, catch last week’s Episode of Mommy Moments, my new Facebook LIVE show devoted to our mom tribe and sharing our stories, laughing, learning and not shaming one another. #ShareDontShame

Edible Beauty Australia Velvet Coffee Body Butter

Mom Sunday Spa Night Edible Beauty Australia Pamela Pekerman

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Mom Sunday Spa Night: Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil #MeaningfulMeMoments

Hey Mamas,

It’s been a loooong week – trips with kids, finally deciding to kick off Mommy Moments with Pamela Pekerman my Facebook LIVE show debuting this Wednesday 1pmEST, tons of planning for Shop 4 Vasculitis shop for a cause campaign, and, oh ya, new house planning still going strong.

Which is why, I love nothing more than unwinding with a little Mom Sunday Spa Night. #WeAllNeedMeTime

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I waited until I put my kids to bed, which is now creeping around 8:30/45pm, I’d have no energy to enjoy my beloved spa zen zone. So, earlier this year, I decided, for my own sanity, and the overall betterment of my family, I would get a babysitter to come from 5:30-8:30pm.

It’s a $40 weekly investment into my wellness, and I take these three hours very seriously – seriously zen, that is.

Tonight, my bathroom smelled like a rose garden, and I left the tub feeling moisturized and renewed for the week ahead.  (FYI Tonight I actually couldn’t get a sitter, but my father-in-law came for an hour!)

Weleda, a certified natural brand I trust enough to use on my kids – which means a lot – is my go-to for cleaner, green ways to lather my body. Weleda’s  Wild Rose Body Oil is a great way to cap off a bath and lock in your skin’s moisture while also leaving it with a silky shine.

I pair it with the Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash, which has a thick, velvet-like texture. When I lather on this body wash, I really try to be mindful of the moment, and grateful for having these pampering scents take over my body and bathroom. #Mamaste

For my cleaner-greener mamas, Weleda is free of GMOs, synthetic dyes, chemical preservatives, SLS, and other no-nos we should try to avoid. The smell of the products comes from the wild, biodynamic or organic essential oils.

Join me next Sunday for more Mom Sunday Spa Night suggestions.

Until then, follow along via Instagram, this week, as I launch Episode 1 of “Mommy Moments with Pamela Pekerman” on Facebook LIVE 1pmEST on Wednesday November 1st. My first guest is Stacy Igel, a kick-ass momtrepreneur and founder of Boy Meets Girl. I’ll also be sharing tips and products to help improve quality of beauty sleep.

Pam’s Picks Beauty: Sweet Smell of Summer Fragrance

Hey Mamas,

Last night, I took a 15-minute walk, and felt the first signs of fall’s crisp air. Fall in New York, is magical, so I don’t mind the change of weather.

Even today’s soggy rain isn’t able to damper my mood.

But, for those who still want to cling to the summer, as the kiddos gear up for Back-to-School and breezy dresses hit the back of the closet, here are three scents that will at least keep you smelling like summer.

JAFRA Sweetie Pop – Summer Fragrance

 

Summer Fragrance Jafra Sweetie pop

 

 

Playful design and playful sweet scents are what JAFRA‘s Sweetie Pop fragrance is all about. Take a bite out of this carefree beach days-inspired scent infused with fruits and florals including red fruit granite, sweet rainbow sherbet and lychee rose. Ummm, smells youthful and delicious. I’m in!

Elizabeth Arden White Tea – Summer Fragrance

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Zen-out with the light, refreshing notes found in Elizabeth Arden White Tea. I think this scent is scent is mature, but not overpowering. It’s a blend of white tea extra, madras wood, ambrette seed absolute and a blend of tranquility musks. Basically, it spells like a fancy summer cottage on the beach, in the morning.

WELEDA Jadin de Vie Rose – Summer Fragrance

Summer Fragrance Weleda Jardin de vie rose

Nothing says summer like a basket of fresh flowers, and a glass of Rose! Gather thy rose buds while ye may, and then spray yourself to smell like roses with Weleda Jadin de Vie Rose. All scents from natural essential oils.

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BEAUTY Pam’s Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

Hey Mamas,

It’s been gray and rainy here in NYC, for several days, but today is slated to be a bright, sunny day. So, I’m thinking pool day.

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Whether you plan to go to the pool, hit the beach, or you are simply planning a long walk during your lunch break, don’t forget SPF.

Right now, my face is covered in the new In Transit Skin Defence spf 45 from This Works. It’s a daily moisturizer and broad spectrum UVA/UVB cream that’s a morning routine winner. BEAUTY Pams Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

I usually talk about This Work’s Deep Sleep collection, because sleep is golden and and truly the first line in beauty care. But the In Transit products also rock my world, as I roll out of bed and get on with my mamagering. In Transit is an assortment of multi-tasking beauty items that aim to protect, repair and replenish skin from environmental aggressors. Basically, they work all the time – just like you!

In addition to the new Skin Defence SPF 45, check the In Transit No Traces, a refreshing, rosewater and water mint infused pads, which are great for cleansing, brightening and refreshing skin.

 

This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45 parents magazine

 

BEAUTY Pams Picks: This Works In Transit Skin Defence SPF 45

Younger Looking Lips, NEW Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment #NationalLipstickDay

Hey Mamas,

Happy National Lipstick Day!

In addition to scooping up a free lipstick from MAC – yup, go get them, there’s no catch! – I wanted to share a new treatment that might help you achieve younger looking lips, while you sleep.

I’m sure you apply nightly eye creams, masks and moisturizes to your face, but the lips and the area around them can develop some of the most dramatic signs of aging. Hello, my name is “laugh lines”, and I also have a friend called “feather lines”.

Sun damage, smoking, lots of smiling, even stress, will cause the lip area to develop permanent lines and wrinkles.

Celebrate National Lipstick Day by trying out a cool new product from Dermalogica called the Nightly Lip Treatment. This JUST CAME OUT so I’ve only used it a few times, but I’m excited about the treatment’s possibilities.

Fellow mama and NY-based Celebrity Dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, is a huge fan. She recommends using this product to target signs of lip aging, while also making sure you stay hydrated, avoid the sun during peak hours and don’t forget SPF on lips, stop smoking, and avoid drinking from straws.

Younger Looking Lips nightly lip treatment dermalogica

Apply Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment overnight to help firm, hydrate and restore skin on and around the lips, while preventatively smoothing away laugh and feather lines, and improving elasticity. The delicate formula is meant to target the intrinsic (physiological) and extrinsic (external) factors which contribute to lip aging. The goal, at least for me, is to achieve younger looking lips (and an overall youthful look) without an invasive procedure. Me an needles – it’s not a good mix. Key ingredients in the balm include Indian gentian extract, volumizing technology, sesame seed extract, shea butter and pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract and glycerin complex.

Curious about what your lips say about you? Click Here to check out the “Read My Lips” website, where you upload a photo  of yourself and it will guess your age based on your lips. Lips don’t lie.

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Okay, off to the pool (Coola SPF on the lips of course) to enjoy the the sun with the munchkins. Happy Saturday.

PS Don’t forget to use those lips – kiss away.

Summer Skincare Solutions for the Family – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

It’s been a while. Summer fun is happening fast, and getting to this blog has been a challenge. I apologize, since there are so many amazing mama must-haves coming across my desk and spilling onto my bedroom floor – ahhh, I can’t wait to have an real office again … coming soon #2018WeAreMoving.

Lot’s to do and share about the exciting move (renovations galore), but first here are my Friday 5 Finds, all about summer skincare solutions for the whole family.

 

 

 

Rockets of Awesome rash guard Summer Skincare Solutions

Laguna Blue Smarter Towel Pamela Pekerman mom approved

 

 

 

Summer Skincare Solutions: Bugs 

Fairy Tales Hair Care Bug Bandit – Between work, projects with the new home, typical mom-life choirs and the kids afterschool learning classes, we normally don’t get home until 5:30/6pm. When possible, I love to still take them swimming (my in-laws have a pool and are a block away! Major plus on so many levels). When we hit the pool for a 7pm dip, little bugs are also out for their evening flyby, so I turn to this DEET-Free bug spray. It’s non-toxic, pesticide free and doesn’t smell as bad as other bug sprays – still has a smell, but my kids would rather smell like a lemon citronella candle, than have bug bits. #BugetAboutIt

Pamela Pekerman non toxic Bug Spray

 

Summer Skincare Solutions: Bacteria on Towels 

Laguna Blue The Smarter Towel – After the pool, it’s time to shower and towel off. And while we all wash our bath towels regularly, I recently learned that because most towels retain moisture for long periods of time, they allow icky bacteria to thrive. Laguna Blue towels have been tested and proven to decrease the spread of potentially life-threatening bacterium, MRSA, commonly found on cotton towels. The towels dry 50% faster than traditional cotton towels, hold 7 times their weight in water and are non-linting and fade-resistant. I’m not trying to give you mamas another reason to worry, but this product is super great quality so if you need a new set of towels, it’s worth-while swapping in a safer solution. #BackupBacteria

Summer Skincare Solutions: Mid-day Frizz

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets – No dream spray or ion-blade hair tool will keep my hair frizz-free all day long. I go through 2-3 conveniently portable, anti-frizz sheets, per day. Bonus, they also give hair a nice, I-just-came-from-the-salon shine. #SummerSleek

Summer Skincare Solutions: Non Damaging Pony Tail 

Revlon Essentials All Day Comfort –  I just learned about this new hair accessory, yesterday. (Check out more from the Revlon event, on my Instagram feed right now). I love the original coiled hair band concept, but when you pull it out you also take with you chunks of hair. Oocchhhh. My daughter always cries when we try to take her coiled band out. This version is actually covered in fabric, so it’s much softer on hair when you need to take it out, but still has that gentle hold and less-hair creasing that we like from this clever design. (The product launches August 1st at Target) #HappyHair

Rockets of Awesome Swim Rash Guards

Summer Skincare Solutions: Awesome Rash Guards 

Rockets of Awesome Rash Guards – I’ve become a big fan of rash guards, even though I can’t recall my mom putting them on me. When the kids are practicing swimming for 30+ minutes, its good to know they have extra protection on their whole back and arms, since the water magnifies the rays of the sun creating a super storm bur potential – over over-scare. The kids and I LOVE the rash guards from Rockets of Awesome. Actually, we like everything that comes from this cool company. If you can’t get rash guards from them (FYI here’s another option) definitely check them out for other summer styles and back-to-school needs. #MamasShoppingSalvation

Rockets of Awesome swimwear rash guard summer skincare solutions

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Six 90s Fashion & Accessories You Actually Want to Wear

Hey mamas,

Last week, a pr firm sent me a fun package full of nostalgic candy from the 90’s, and Pretty Woman stick-on nails. It brought be back to the late 90’s when my mom let me purchase a pair of Sally Hansen stick-on nails in a light, French manicure print. I was fifteen and feeling fabulous.

Now, I’m thirty three and feeling even more fabulous. One reason could be the ridiculously wild, art-deco inspired stick-on nails I’m wearing! I wonder whatg the kids will think? I wonder what my husband will think?

I’m always looking for beauty short cuts, and it doesn’t get any easier than stick-on nails. Pretty Woman NYC has created really great options, and, as I type away, the sticky tape (I opted not to use the glue) is holding firm.

Each kit comes with 24 artificial nails, so you can find which size works for you. I have very tiny fingers and was still able to find the right fit, without having to file away sides.

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Looking to channel your inner Brenda or Kelly?

If you don’t know my reference, I’ll assume this is your first round of 90’s fashion and beauty. Welcome, you’v been Saves by the Bell. Life is about to get gnarly and totally awesome.

If you do dig my meaning, here are some 90’s fashion and accessories you won’t mind wearing again.

Totally Acceptable 90s Fashion & Accessories

90s fashion revival short shorts denim on denim

90s Fashion Short Shorts

Who wears short shorts? Well, mom can wear short shorts, if the kids aren’t round or the kids are just too young to realize mom is hot enough to wear short shorts. Check out H&M for tons of affordable options under $20! #SexyMama

90s Fashion Denim on Denim

I can’t say I ever loved this look, although photos I recently uncovered prove otherwise – see below. When wearing several denim clothing items, I like to go with different shades. Or, I’m all about a denim bottom and denim cap. This acid wash denim cap is from Bebe -another 90’s relic I used to love. #WhereTheCoolKidsShop

90s Accessories Chokers

Blame it on Bella and Gigi Hadid, thaqt chokers are back. I don’t love the ultra thin, velvet styles from the 90s. I do enjoy a multi-strand option like the one you can create with StyleSting. For luxury buffs, Chanel recently got in a slew of divine choker options. If you’re in NYC, go to Bergdorf Goodman and ask for Ilona. #AllChokedUp

90s Tech Polaroid Camera

Your go-to accessory for upcoming picnic season is going to be a Polaroid. If you kept your old one, great. If not, you can buy one at Target. #TheOriginalInstagram

90s Beauty Press-on Nails

Save time, just press and go with Pretty Woman Designer Nail Kit available in 90’s beloved all-black nails and the nude French mani. #NailedIt

90s Fashion Crop Tops

This is an acquired taste – kind of like some your friends’ spouses . I also think, much like short shorts, this is something I wouldn’t rock at the annual family BBQ. I would do it on a vaca with the hubs. The photographed crochet top was purchased in Cuba, by me, nearly 15 years ago. But you can find similar styles at BooHoo or Forever 21. #BecauseIHitTheGym 

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PS My jeans and dad‘s hair! #Totally90s

Travel Beauty Essentials by Pamela Pekerman

Travel Beauty Essentials: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Happy Friday. Happy sunshine.

Summer unofficially kicked off, this past Monday, with Memorial Day. And, that means it’s time for weekend getaways, lots of time in your car getting to picnic spots, camping grounds, museums, and more.

And while I probably should be telling you what I like to have in the car to keep the kids engaged, clean and fed, that will be next week. I’ve prioritized sharing my in-the-car, travel beauty essentials first.

How are you going to be happy in your mom mobile if you look or feel like a hot mess? #YouAreWelcome

Travel Beauty Essentials Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Travel Beauty Essentials for Lips

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip TreatmentLove your lips as much as I do? You’ll want to keep them well conditioned for that next kiss. I always seem to get dry, especially when drinking around during the summer – hot outside, AC inside. Neutrogena nailed it with this hydrating lip treatment that splashes your pucker with hyaluronic acid. #LipLove

Travel Beauty Essentials for Health

Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water – Water is one of my biggest beauty essentials, but I like to kick it up a notch and pour in a packet of Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water powder. These compact, on-the-go packets have a mix of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics that help improve skin tone and elasticity, while also giving your water an organic, spa-like taste. Lavender lemon is my favorite, but they also have Melon Mint and Cucumber Aloe. #CollagenCraze

Travel Beauty Essentials for Hydration

d.stil Water Bottle – This isn’t just a water bottle, it’s a do good water bottle. Together with Water.org, d.stil has already helped transform lives of over 400 people by providing access to safe water and sanitation. I hydrate myself and I help others hydrate and elevate their everyday lives. What I love about this brand is they don’t just donate, d.stil has partnered with Water.org from the get-go, to make the mission long-term and more than a pr blitz. I see plenty of those! We have so much power with every purchase. I urge you to choose to do good with your wallet. #HydrationWithPurpose

Travel Beauty Essentials for Hands

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream – Hands down, pun intended, this is my favorite hand lotion. Everyone needs a good hand lotion in their car. This natural sea buckthorn lotion moisturized like no other, and comes in a convenience 1.7oz size. #HandUpBaby

Travel Beauty Essentials for Stress

This Works Stress Check Breathe In – This roll-on is formulated with a 100% natural superblend of pure essential oils includes Eucalyptus, which helps combat physical and mental fatigue (much appreciated when I’m stuck in 2+ hours of traffic heading home from the Central Park Zoo!), frankincense which help fight infections and the always nerve-numbing lavender. I keep one in the glove compartment and one in my bag at all time! #TrafficJamFix

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Pamela Pekerman Friday Finds Memorial Day Activities Family

Family Memorial Day Activities: Friday 5 Finds

Hey Mamas,

When I planned today’s post, the forecast for Memorial Day weekend, at least here in the Northeast, was rainy and cloudy.  I also didn’t expect David to have a 102 fever, this morning.

So, here I am at 2pm, trying to wrap up my blog post that doesn’t exactly match the new sunny-days forecast, while David naps (thanks to Motrin), and Ilana sits on my bed and colors. (UPDATE: I’m actually completing this at 5pm)

Without further ado – as my drawing buddy is getting a little antsy – here are Friday Five Finds that will keep the whole family entertained, even if you need to take the party inside.

Friday Finds Memorial Day Activities by Pamela Pekerman

Memorial Day Clean Games

Napkids – Napkin notes and napkin games are perfect for extra fun during Sunday picnics in the park, or make-be-leave picnics on you living room floor. #ingenious

Memorial Day Sweet Spot

chef’n Ice Cream Sandwich Maker – Sure you can’t go outside and chase the ice-cream truck? Do you care if mom is SO cool that she’s prepared all the simple – no seriously, it’s super simple – ingredients and tools needed to make your very own ice cream sandwich? Yup! #BestMomEver #chefntastic 

Memorial Day ABC’s

ABC Museum Book – Toddlers love pictures. Toddlers love to sing. Toddlers love stickers. Mommy likes to show off smart toddlers. Mommy purchsed this book when first baby wasn’t even born. Now mommy loves that both kids actually like this ABC book and have some reference to iconic paintings and sculptures found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I usually follow this up with an ABC sticker book or an ABC feed-the-monster activity#AlwaysBeClever #AllBooksrCool

Memorial Day Manicure

Mixify Polish – Tweens and younger teens will love Memorial Day Mani, especially if they can custom create their own nail polish. It’s art, it’s beauty, it’s spa, and it loads of fun even without the sun. #MommyandMeMani

Memorial Day Mommy Me Time

SkinForum – Long weekend are fun … and LONG. Even if you can’t get to a much-deserved spa appointment, pamper yourself at home with the 6-step Facial  In A Box. It includes cleaning, exfoliating, toning, hydrating, and nourishing lotions and potions, as well as a silver skin makeover mask that will leave your face shinier than grandma’s best silver tray. #MeaningfulMeMoments #GlowOn

 

 

Last Minute Mothers Day Gift Ideas Pamela Pekerman

5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Buy or DIY

Hey Mamas,

Our big day is almost here, which means our own mama’s big day is also almost here.

If you’re still thinking about what to gift the most important women (hello sis, mom, grandma, auntie) in your lives, here are five ideas that you can still buy/make in time for Sunday.

Five Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Glam Her Up

Glamsquad – Mama doesn’t always have time to get to the salon, so gift her a salon that comes to her door. I’ve been a loyal fan of Glamsquad ever since they launched, back in 2014, in NYC. Since then, they have expanded to Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Let mom sit back and relax as the Glamsquad team (FYI trained so well, I’ve never been disappointed by a stylist!!) does her hair, makeup and/or nails. Get her a gift card today and a promo code will arrive via email, which she can use on the Glamsquad app or phone.  Check out the site for Mother’s Day promos including 20% off 5 Blowouts, good though the end of August (getting mom through her busy summer social calendar in VIP style).

Tea Time in Style

Villeroy & Boch New Wave Caffeon at Gilt.com –  Obsessed with tea? Obsessed with beautiful mugs? Obsessed with all that and a great deal? Pick up this gorgeous collection, currently on sale at Gilt.com for $69 (normally $159). This set is part of my Pam’s Picks What Mom’s Really Want curation for Gilt.com.

Buy it today via expedited shipping and you’ll get the products in time to gift mom some elegant Meaning Me Moments.

If you live in NYC, check out Pam’s Picks on GiltCity.com, where you can gift mom a unique experience like a semi-private tour of Guggenheim Museum.

Rose All Day

Wildfox Mama Needs Rosé Long Sleeve PulloverYou know what I always say, “You can’t have a bad day, if you end with Rosé.” Now mama can proclaim her love for Rosé in a comfy, yet stylish shirt.

Spoiler alter for my sister: you’re getting one. Best part: I have a matching one, already! Side bar: my sister hates when we match. I love it! #SistersRule

Choose Next Business Day (if shopping today) or Saturday Delivery, at checkout.

Picture Day

When was the last time you printed out a photo? Head on over to CVS, or your desired pharmacy, and print out some pictures of you, mom and the kids. It’s a simple gesture, that’s beyond retro, these days.

Bonus points if you actually put the photo into a cute picture frame you’ve scored at HomeGoods or any store that’s near your home.

PS That’s me and my mom (@AskMalvina), last week, on a pre-Mother’s Day trip to Miami.

DIY Scrub

No time to hit the stores and no extra cash for expedited online shipping? Make mom a nice sugar scrub. Yup, even if you’re in your 30s, your mama will still appreciate that extra personal effort. I know I would like that from my kids, at any age.

Wellness Mama, my new guilty pleasure, has some simple Sugar Scrub recipes, that take no time to make. You’ll final all the ingredient are already in your kitchen cabinet.

Simple go to the dollar store and find a cute jar, natural ribbon and maybe a chalkboard or other pretty label. DIY and done.