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.

Nude Beauty Finds Pamela Pekerman

Nude Beauty and Style: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

I’m typing en route to Miami, for a mommy and me (with my mommy) pre-Mother’s Day trip – I’m also taping my Mother’s Day Gift Guide on NBC6 6 in The Mix. That’s a lot of mama love!

Do you have anything special planned for your mama?

While you take some time to think about how to pamper your special mama, here are some rosy, nude beauty ways to pamper and accessorize yourself! My Friday Five Finds, are coming to you on Sunday because, well, that’s how my #MomLife played out this week.

With these blushing rosy finds, I’m sending you lots of love and positive energy.

FRIDAY 5 FINDS – Soft Rose & Nude Beauty Accents

Nude Beauty and Style Finds by Pamela_Pekerman

StyleStrings – Mamas, if you’re looking for that one accessory that you can turn to over, and over, and over again, this is for you. Cleverly designed with equidistant snaps, this multifunctional, PVC-leather string can be born as a bracelet, necklace, lariat, choker (hello 90s, again), hat accent, boot accessory, anklet, belt and more. Who things there daughters will want a matching string?!! #StyleYourWay

ZOYA Nails in Cathy – I love Cathy. She’s refined, simple and the best pinky nude nail color I’ve ever worn. She goes on smooth, and last longer than most regular nail colors. Oh, and she’s free from the top 10 most toxic ingredients found in many other nail polishes. Cathy, my cleaner green heart loves you. #CleanerGreener

bkr water bottle – The spikes are badass with a Nintendo (remember xx?) twist. The tutu hue is ballerina goodness. The whole look rocks my on-the-go, hydration world. There’s a reason why these bottles have a cult-like following. #WaterBottleCruch  

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shine in Soft Blush– Just in time for summer’s skin dehydration mode, I’m stocking up on this hydrating lip gloss, in ultra sheer with a slight pink hue. The formula also fills in fine lines, for a smoother, sexier pout. #DontCrackMyLips

Rose Quartz – Whether you wear it in your jewelry or have a piece of this pretty stone by your nightstand (like me!) you can benefit from Rose Quart’s self-love energy. It’s a reminder to always love and nurture yourself, something many of us mamas sometimes forget. Pick up a stone at a local healing/wellness shop or online. #RosyOutlook

Nude Beauty by Pamela Pekerman

Beauty Benefits Coconuts

Beauty Benefits of Coconuts: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Is anyone else crazy about coconuts? Have any of you mamas been wondering if all the beauty benefits of coconuts are just, well, nuts? And, does anyone else feel like it was a coconuts kind of week, maybe more coco-nuts than usual?

Yes, to all of the above; at least on my end.

On Monday night, my daughter, Ilana, started to look and act sick – you know that look kids get with glossy eyes, followed by an increased desire to be quiet and still. This was during the first night of Passover. We left our family’s seder early (aka 10pm) to get home and find out Ilana was running a 101.7 fever.

Naturally, Tuesday’s planned day of fun in Manhattan was canceled.

Ilana, I found out to my delight, had tonsillitis. So, while I scrambled to find someone to help with David so that he wasn’t near her, I also began to cancel the rest of my week – save for a PIX11 segment that was focusing on, ironically, “Spring Break Survival for Moms”.

So, now, I needed to survive.

Crafting with Toddlers Pamela Pekerman

Sleeping Sick Toddler Pamela Pekerman

Fortunately, my coconuts week only strengthened my mommy game, desire to be more present with the kids, gratitude for creating the flexibility to be all-in when needed, and reaffirmed my infinite love for all things coconuts.

HELLO!! Passover means no usual dessert need apply. And, I was home – all week – with a sick toddler. Let’s pop those coconut macaroons, mamas.

While those particularly coconuts might not be the healthiest or have any beauty benefits – okay, who am I kidding, coconut macaroons are saturated with saturated fat AND artificial flavor; there are, however, plenty of other coconut-infused products that are good for you inside and out.

Today’s Friday Five Finds focus on the beauty benefits of coconuts. From your kitchen cabinet to your beauty cabinet, you want to go coco-nuts over this amazing fruit!

Friday Five Finds: BEAUTY BENEFITS OF COCONUTS

Coconut Beauty Products

Kopari Coconut Melt – Use this Vitamin-E & fatty-acid packed, organic and unrefined coconut oil as a facial cleanser that doesn’t sting eyes!!, deep-conditioner for softer hair, belly-balm, even a baby skin soothing massage oil! #Multitasker

Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water Cleansing Cloths – Need an on-the-go refresher, something to keep at work or in your gym bag? Maybe just around the house for the days when a shower isn’t an option? These cloths are pH balanced to work with your body, while removing oder-causing bacterial. They are all free from harsh chemicals like parabens, dyes and alcohol. #TheMomShower

Dr Teal’s Coconut Oil Foaming Bath – Stress relief and smooth skin in one? Sign this mama up. This is one of the newest foaming bath options from Dr Teal’s, which has been a staple in my bathroom since I gave birth. The muscle soothing benefits of Epsom Salt are a clear winner. And with the smoothing beauty benefits of coconuts, I couldn’t ask for a better bath companion. #MamasStressSalvation

Farmacy Beauty New Dawn Coconut Gel Mask Medley – If a farmer and a scientist had a baby, it would be called Farmacy Beauty. As you know from my Instastories, this is my new beauty brand crush (and I honestly, don’t have that many – I’m loyal that way!) These masks are a post Sunday shower ritual, for me. Tune into my Instastories Sunday around 7/8pm to find out why they coco-nuts rock my world. #Mascaraed

Zico Coconut Water – There are dozens of coconut waters to try, but this one gets my Pam’s Picks approve for its taste and brand-with-heart goodness. Loaded with electrolytes, including more potassium than a banana and 15x the potassium of sports drinks (hello gym bag essential), Zico also supports the sustainable use of natural resources where Zico is produced and gives back 5% of its profits to these communities. #IWannaBeLikeAlba

Zico Coconut Water Jessica Alba


8 Tips for Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet, Let’s Talk Live #TVsegment

Hey Mamas,

Spring time, at least for today, – hello sunshine and 60-degree weather – is upon us. This season always makes me want to organize and update my beauty cabinet.

Except now, I’m not just thinking about a new shade of lipstick or a bolder bronzer. My cleaner greener journey is growing, and I took the show on the road, literally, sharing my finds on Let’s Talk Live DC.

If you’ve been following this blog and my Instagram account, you know I’m constantly evaluating and questioning the cosmetics and body products that come across my desk. This segment is all about the little changes you can actually do, not a total revolt against all products that don’t adhere to the “free from” labels.

Who’s ready to for a Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet?

TIP 1 –Remember Expiration Dates

Take note of the small cylinder with lid icon, located on your cosmetics and skincare products. Inside the cylinder, there will be a number (6, 12, 18, 24) following by an M. So, “6 M” means you should stop using the product 6 months after initially opening it.

With the products that most women own, it’s espier to label your beauty items, then try and remember “When did I buy that mascara?”

I also like to color code my cosmetics, so that it’s not all black ink, and easier to sort in my beauty cabinet/drawer.

TIP 2 – Buy Nontoxic Lipstick

If you are looking to upgrade and make one nontoxic beauty change, my suggestion is lipstick. Why? Because it’s the most reapplied cosmetics idea AND we ingest the ingredients via licking lips, drinking and eating.

Make sure your popular go-to lipstick is 100% lead free. If you aren’t sure, based on their website and/or ingredient list, call the manufacture up.

Recent science indicates there is no safe level of lead exposure, even though the FDA allows small dosages. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous at small doses. Medical experts are clear that any level of lead exposure is unhealthy.

BRANDS TO TRY:

TIP 3 – Wash Face with Coconut Oil

From your kitchen to you beauty cabinet, coconut oil is a natural way to gently stick away makeup and environmental build up, on your face. It’s completely non toxic, effective, and leaves a glowy dew. Best of all, it doesn’t sting your eyes, like many common makeup removes/face wash.

TIP 4 – Skin-friendly Skincare

There are so many “free-from” skin brands on the market right now, that help improve firmness, tone and texture of skin, that you don’t need a chemically-laced option. You also don’t need to spend a fortune on the free-from options.

FARMACY is affordable, effective, and focused on naturally-derived ingredients that are free of parabens, artificial coloring and formaldehyde. The brands prized ingredient is a unique, natural antioxidant, that helps to protect your skin’s collagen (aka the glue that keeps it tight, bright and youthful!).

TIP 5 – Chemical Free Acne Care

Women tend to break out during the change of the season and thank-goodness there are always new solutions coming out to help with this pesky problem.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is a chemical-free, UV free solution for acne, using the power of blue light (which fights blemishes) and red light (which combats irritation). Dermatologists have used similar products in their offices for over a decade, now you can too.

TIP 6 – Kill Cold Sores with Flowers

As someone who’s prone to getting cold sores, I’ve don’t it all, tried it all. The over-the-counter cold sore remedies are often very strong, but feel like they are burning my skin.

Aubio Cold Sore Treatment Gel worked on me in less than 3 days. It’s made with a botanical blend that stops the painful itching, sooths and clears up the cold sore. This gel is natural, safe, and non-allergenic.

TIP 7 – Smarter Nail Care Sorting

We’ve all fussed through our beauty cabinet, to find a rainbow mix of nail polishes that never stay up. Bins and ziplock bags take up lots of space and just don’t help.

Color clutch is an innovative storage solution for nail polish, that’s compact (2 inches thick) and stands upright like a book. The clear lid allows nail color to be viewer while sitting upright in the case. #WhyDidntIThinkofThis

TIP 8 – Natural Nails

Who can stand the smell of nail polish drying? Eeek!! I’ve gotten headaches from doing my own nails in the bathroom. Can you relate?

Try Zoya nail polish for a more natural way to take care of and color your nails. Zoya is Big5Free meaning the formula is free of Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Hey preggos, it’s safe for pregnant women to use. #BumpBonus

 

 

 

 

Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Beauty: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

I’m coming at you with Red Carpet ready goodies in this week’s Friday Five Finds including how to get fuller lashes, glowing skin, even a sweat absorbing garment shield.

So, whether you’re going on a date with the hubby, planning a fun dress-up Oscars viewing party at home, or simply thinking ahead to wedding season, you’ll want to check out my Pam-tested picks.

Red Carpet Ready Beauty Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Lashes

Go big or go home with Grande Cosmetics Mascara, formulated to boost lash volume. Plus, it’s waterproof. So, enjoy that Kleenex moment while Emma Stone accepts her win for Best Actress in La La Land.

PS Use this in the morning when you’re running off to daycare and have no time for any other makeup … or even a shower. It’s an instant fake-awake that will certainly distract from the fact that you might be wearing the same shirt you picked the kids up in, the previous night. #ItHasntHappenedYet #ItCouldHappen

Red Carpet Ready Dress No Mess

I’m a sweater. Wearing long sleeve dresses, has always been a problem. When I was little my mom would cut up some special fabric and sow oval shields under my armpit area, which would absorb my sweat.

These days, I use Hollywood Fashion Garment Shields, disposable apparel shields. I have no shame in my sweat-free game. #KeepingItHonest

Red Carpet Ready Skin

I’ve been testing a lot of masks, lately and I love The True Tincture Chamomile Mask from belif. Belif which stands for “believe in truth” is a cleaner-greener brand that’s becoming a staple in my beauty repertoire.
This tincture mask is loaded with real, organic chamomile flowers that will sooth and deeply hydrate your already glorious face. #EcoMama

Red Carpet Ready Glow

Never have I been so in love with a bronzer, as I am with Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals. I’m not sure about the “self-tanning” part, and the claim to long lasting glow with prolonged use.

But, I can 10000% confirm my skin has never looked better, than when I apply this miraculous bronzing dust of goodness. #GoldenGoddessAlert

Red Carpet Ready Body

I promise to stop selecting finds from This Works, when This Works stops working!

If you’re looking to cover up skin imperfections and walk your Red Carpet with head-to-toe confidence, lather on Perfect Legs Skin Miracle. It helps diminish the appearance of skin discoloration and scars. #SexyLegsContest


DIY Minnie Mouse Manicure + Minnie Mouse x Gray Malin Leady Lady Prints

Hey Mamas,

Before Elsa, Belle, and, even Cinderella, Minnie Mouse was the main gal at Disney.

Today, there’s no question, the old broad is doing a little (maybe a lot) of Botox – hey she’s 89-years-old and spends most of her time in Hollywood. Her good looks and friendly demeanor, recently caught the eye of photographer Gray Malin, who was inspired to create a unique print spotlighting her Red-Carpet-worthy beauty.

Gray Malin Leading Lady Minnie Mouse Prints

Gray Malin “Leading Lady” Prints are inspired by Hollywood’s iconic landscape and with the ultimate leading lady, Minnie Mouse, popping out from behind a white polka dot.

The whole image is an aerial view of a staged red carpet. All faces, save for the lovely Minnie Mouse, are hidden behind white polka dots.

A lover of all things Minnie Mouse, plus I’ll do anything to get a smile out of my kids, Malin’s Minnie Mouse images inspired my current manicure.Minnie Mouse Manicure by Pamela Pekerman

 

#RockTheDots just like me by following my manicure instructions, below.rock the dots 2017 Disney

DIY Gray Malin x Minnie Mouse Manicure

Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit, featuring LED lamp

Red Carpet Manicure Iconic Beauty Gel

Red Carpet Manicure Red-y to Party Gel

Disney Nail Art Stickers

Minnie Mouse Manicure tools

  1. Following all the prepping and drying instructions included with your manicure kit, apply two layers of Red-y to Party Gel.
  2. From your art kit, find and apply a small face of mini mouse to two or four nails, in random spots. Let settle for a minute.
  3. Using the back of a thin wooden or metal brush, dip a little in the white Iconic Beauty shade and make about 3-5 mini polka-dots on each nail.
  4. Take the back of a slightly thicker wooden or metal brush, and dip it in the white Iconic Beauty Share.
  5. Make one big dot on each nail, making sure to place one just under the face of Minnie Mouse. The effect should be that she is popping out from behind the dot.

OR Go to the salon and ask someone to do this for you. That’s what I did, yesterday. #GottaBeHonest

Minnie Mouse Manicure by Pamela Pekerman

 

Self Love Journey, How to Create Self Care Rituals & a Self Love Zone

Hey Mamas,

For those who don’t live in the DC area, here is yesterday’s Self Love Journey tips on Good Morning Washington. As always, it was so much fun sharing the set with the delightful Jummy Olabanji.|

Create Love Rituals

When you set aside time to pamper yourself, you are saying to yourself that YOU are worth it. How you treat/view yourself, is how others will treat/view you. A simple evening self-care ritual will set the tone for a positive night and bright morning.

SELF-CARE SHOWER

Self Love Journeu with Pamela Pekerman

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial (Target, $6.99)
Rejuvenate your skin and your senses with NEW (just launched Jan 2017) in-shower facial that will even tone and brighten skin. It features a Soy Complex known to visibly transform the 5 Factors of Radiance including: tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots. The benefits of soy were initially discovered when workers who regularly handled soy in Asia’s soybean factories found that their hands were especially smooth and even toned. Pretty cool, right?

HASK Greek Yogurt Collection (Walgreens, $9.99)
There’s no better way to care and love yourself than pamper your lush locks! I already talking about Hask’s new Greek Yogurt Collection in last week’s Friday 5 Finds. The shampoos and conditions, smell a-frekin-masing, and feature a dual-chamber system which separates the fruit treatment and Greek yogurt until they are fused together for optimal use.

SELF LOVE EVENING RELEASE

Self Love Moorea Seal 52 Lists

Moorea Seal 52 Lists for Happiness ($16.95)
Share your daily gratitude, triumphs and desires in a beautiful journal to gain valuable self-knowledge, not to mention decrease stress – hello stress causes wrinkles, mams! If you need a little help journaling, pick up 52 Lists for Happiness focusses on cultivating a happy and fulfilling life through the power of lists. Through weekly practice and simple list making tools, you will delve into your own understanding of what happiness truly means to you as you explore how to live a happier life everyday.

Art Naturals Top 8 Essential Oils & Oil Diffuser Set ($39)
Set the mood for your evening release with boosting scents. The right essential oils can put you in the self-care mood, and send you off to sleep with positive intentions. Look for non-synthetic, natural fragranced oils. Try:

Lemon, Rosemary, Peppermint = clarity, focus
Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Orange = decrease anxiety
Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood = increase love, sensuality

Surround Yourself with Love

Your home is your spiritual sanctuary, create pockets of beauty and calmness that help instill positive energy to supports your self-love journey.

SPIRITUAL SETTING

Self Love Home Decor

Park B. Smith Decorative Pillow from JC Penney ($30-50)
These cushions give a whole new meaning to pillow talk. Jump into your spiritual setting with uplifting messages like “Dreams are Free” or “Life Is Better When You Are Laughing” or “Life if Beautiful”.

Royal Velvet Egyptian Cotton Blanket from JC Penney ($29.99)
Cozy up with a good book and a great mood. Knit blankets aren’t just for grandma’s anymore. They will set serene tone for your quality time with yourself, to gather thoughts of positivity. Invest in your meaningful me moments setting.

The Sarling Project Candle Self Love

 

The Starling Project Scented Candles ($55)
Add some ambiance and light to your home with this sleek scented candle, while also sending out light (literally!) and positive love into the universe. Lighting one’s home and lighting the world, the sale of each Starling Project Candle provides solar energy – which offers access to electricity, clean water, safety, health, education, and much more – to under-resourced countries globally via the support of key philanthropic organizations including UNICEF (the brand has already donated over $100,000 to UNICEF since its launch one year ago).

DRINK YOUR GOODNESSSelf Love Celebration with Pamela Pekerman

Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe

1 cup boiling water

1 heaping teaspoon of grated ginger

1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey

20 drops of Naturopathica Skin Radiant Tinker

Add all ingredients to boiled water and let steep for 3-minutes, before drinking. I don’t remove the ginger, but you can, if desired.

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, ideal to sooth muscles post-workout.

Drink ginger before meals to sooth the stomach.

Ginger tea can help ease stress and anxiety.

Home Made Ginger Tea Self Love


Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Mermaid Blankets, Yogurt for Hair, & more – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Cooper infused socks, mermaid blankets? The world is either going mad, or it’s time for my Friday Five Finds.

As always, I’m wishing you a blessed and bright weekend. Hopefully, you’ll make some much-deserved space for Meaningful Me Moments and self-care rituals.

Mermaid Blankets & more Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

I Can Be A Mermaid

Snuggle into the hottest home essential – a mermaid blanket. Don’t laugh until you’ve tried it.

Nothing puts a smile on my face quite like snuggling into my ombre mermaid blanket (a Hanukah gift from my beloved sister Michelle Finkelshteyn) and enjoying a cup of tea … or glass of Rose – just depends on how the mom-day went down.

If you have a tween or teen, you probably already know about this craze. Truth: my twelve-year-old niece told me about it. #AmITooOldForThis

Greek Yogurt Hair Care

Hask is one of my favorite hair-care lines because their products are free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, and they always smell so good. It’s a full, sensory experience washing your hair.

Their newest concoction is Hask Greek Yogurt, which features a dual chamber delivery system, where one chamber is yogurt (hello protein, calcium, potassium and vitamins for my hair) and the other chamber contains fruit ingredients loaded with even more hair-healthy benefits.

Choose from Hydrating Fig & Honey (that’s my favorite), Repairing Blueberry & Acai, or Color Protection Pomegranate & Cranberry. Get yours at Walgreens. #GreekGoddessHair

Thoughtful Toys

I recently went on a donate-all-the-toys binge. YOXO building sets by Play from Scratch survived the purge because they really inspire my kids to imagine, create and, then, easily clean up!

YOXO is also the first line of sustainable building sets made in the U.S.A. of very durable wood pulp with vegetable-based inks and water-resistant coating. My son has yet to break a single piece.

Mamas, definitely check out YOXO To Go; it’s great for planes and other travel needs. #EcoToysRocks

Choose Happiness

Gorgeous to look at and thought provoking, Moorea Seal’s 52 Lists for Happiness is a great bed-side companion. I find myself falling in love with my life and myself thanks to the well-crafted list ideas and inspirational photos and take-action guidelines.

I would buy this journal for ALL of you, if I could. #MomTribeLove #52Lists

*** Washington, DC Mamas Tune In Tuesday, January 17th at 9:15am to Good Morning Washington. I’ll be sharing this journal and other Self Love Celebration ideas. ***

Copper for Your Feet

It took four-days of wearing iluminage’s Skin Rejuvenating Socks to believe the hype.

Copper-infused socks actually make your feet feel smoother and look better. I wore then to bed, to the gym and while running errands – no, it wasn’t the same pair – and felt comfortable.

When you slip them off and your feet don’t look dry and crusty, you’ll know why I’m singing the praise of these socks. #CopperPower

Simple Bone Broth Recipe, Wellness Benefits & Collagen Beauty Boost

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Bone broth, it’s the latest buzz for wellness warriors and beauty buffs. You need a good, simple bone broth recipe in your cooking repertoire.

My Baba (that’s Russian for “grandma”) Emma swears by bone broth.

If you’re feeling under the weather – bone broth.

If you’re tired – bone broth.

If you’re looking to boost your mood – bone broth.

My bone broth brings all the boys to the yard …

If your tummy hurts – bone broth.

What’s so special about bone broth, and why is every doctor, health expert and beauty blogger buzzing about it?

Collagen!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post “3 Wellness Trends Worth Trying”, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body – basically like the “glue” that holds everything together. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of this magical substance. Less collagen equals saggy skin, wrinkles, loss of bone density, brittle hair, chipping nails, even gut-health issues.

Back when most Americans actually cooked more at home – bone broth included – our diet provided us with the boost of collagen our bodies no longer produced. Sadly, many now turn to stock broth from the grocery store, as opposed to making their own broth – that stock was likely not made on a bone, and it’s loaded with sodium.

To be perfectly honest, I only began to make my grandma’s bone broth recipe when my kids were born. Baba Emma, my mom and my mother-in-law used to make it for my husband and I, back in the good-old days. Okay, sometimes, they still make it for us! But, these days, I’m in on the action, as well. I’ve even recruited helpers.

My sous chef.

 

My sous chef recruited her own sous chef. #SmartGirl

At first, I had no idea how to start. Sadly, I never took the time to watch my baba make her bone broth recipe for us. I simply devoured the goods. Fortunately, my 92-year-old grandma was kind enough to share her recipe with me. It’s actually quite easy, and not as time-consuming as other recipes.

Yes, you can simmer your meat and bones on low for over 24-hours. But, seriously, is that ever going to happen in your life? It sure as heck isn’t going to be an option for me. #LetsBeReasonable

Le Creuset Stockpot, every home needs one.

Enjoy. Or as my family says, Nazdaroveya.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

8 Chicken Drumstick and Thighs (Bells & Even is the best store options – if you live on a farm, lucky you)

4 Medium Carrots, cut into threes

1 Large Parsnip, cut in half

1 Yellow Onion

1 Celery Stick, cut in half

Salt (to taste – trust: this is often where I need to phone-a-mom, my salt taste is terrible, hopefully yours is better)

Directions

Wash chicken and put into a deep pot. (I love Le Creuset 8qt Stock Pot because, aside from the beautiful enamel finish, you just get the best results with anything you make – even if you’re a faux-cook, like me. The $100 price tag pays for itself in yumminess and longevity of product.)

Back to the broth. Cover the meat with water and put on medium to high temp. Skim off anything that floats to the top. Once water boils, remove pot from heat and strain water out.

Gently wash the chicken. Put chicken back into the pot. Add whole onion, carrots, parsnip and celery. Pour already boiled water (I usually do it in the teapot) over chicken and vegetables. Turn stove to medium temp.

Keep skimming off fat and other impurities that float to the top, until the broth is clear. Then, turn  temperature to smallest flame, and let cook for 2 hours.

I saved a bowl for you. XO

 

Wellness Trends 2017

3 Wellness Trends for 2017 That Are Easy and Worth Trying

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Me again, blog post number two for the week.

Today, I’m sharing 3 Wellness Trends for 2017, that are really worth embracing.

I learned about these trends through my own wellness evolution over the past year, as well as attending an amazing 2017 Wellness Trends event hosted by Well+Good.

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Gotta be honest – I’m not a “wellness expert” or “fit fab mom” or “health coach”. I’m just a gal trying to figure out the best way to live a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more spiritually-sane life. I’ve selected the below three “trends” (FYI I hat this word) because they are easy to implement, make sense, and could make your life a little brighter and better.

Wellness Trends #1 – Anti-Bootcamp Fitness + Body Recovery

We’ve become obsessed with high-intensity workouts and bootcamp exercise classes that leave us gasping for air. I was never into that craze, even though you do see amazing results.  Particularly, after the birth of my son, David, in 2014, I needed to find workouts that didn’t tax my back. That’s when I discovered Fluidity, a barre/pilates-inspired workout that uses your own body weight to delicately sculpt and tone the body, while also helping improve pelvic floor muscles and improve core strength. If you live in NY and LA, you can find Fluidiy classes in a gym. I actually have the Fluidity system at home, and I’ve never owned any exercise machine. Well worth the investment.wellness_trends_2017_8

You’ll also want to invest in a great foam roller. It’s a pre and post exercise essential, to loosen up muscles, prevent injuries, as well as sooth the body at the end of a long day of hustling kids, work, home and all. Check out Instagram for my favorite night-time foam rolling pose for total body de-stressing. My physical therapist calls this move “The Jesus”.wellness_trends_2017_1

Wellness Trends #2 – Collagen Boosting Suppliments

This one is kind-of funny. I’ve actually be on-trend, with collagen, my whole life, thanks to my grandmother!

Every time grandma nudged me to eat bone-broth (in Russian we call is boulon) because it would cure everything, she was right! Bone broth is a natural, age-old, proven way to increase your intake of collagen.

What’s so special about collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body – it’s what keeps your joints from squeaking, your skin from sagging, and your hair from shedding. Yup, it’s that amazing. But, sadly, we produce less of it, as we age.

Enter Vital Proteins, my new beauty BFF – no joke! My insta-stories can attest to my love for this NO-GMO powdered collagen, sourced from the best grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish. One or two scoops a day will really help you as you cross into your 30s, 40s and beyond.

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Sharing my collagen beauty smoothie on Good Day Philly with Karen Hepp

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Sharing my collagen beauty smoothie with Autria Godfrey on Good Morning Washington

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Collagen Beauty Drink        ——     1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens, 6oz Almond Milk, 2oz Coconut Milk, 1tsp Almond Paste, 1tsp Raw Honey, 1tsp Matcha.  Blend & beautify

Sometimes I make smoothies, even cookies, using Vital Protein’s Collagen Beauty Greens or Collagen Peptides with Vanilla & Coconut Water. Other times, I pop a scoop into my water or tea. (Check packaging to see which can go into cold vs hot mixtures).

PS I still make my chicken (sometimes beef) bone broths for the family. It’s delicious and easy. Click for recipe, and please don’t buy stock!

Wellness Trends #3 – Crystals and Chakras

Ya, so this one is new for me. I’ve gotten into essential oils, chakra meditations (thank you YouTube) and, yes, even crystal power.

Here’s how I look at it – if something makes you happy, and it’s not causing harm to your or anyone else, why not do it!?

That’s why I’ve placed Rose Quartz, the stone of self-love (selected at Well+Good’s Wellness Trends event from Luke Simon of La Vie En Rainbow)  near my bandstand, purchased numerous stone bracelets that speak to me (and then I google the meaning, to much delight — I always pick what I’m seeking/praying for) and try to do a Chakra mediation every so often.

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Here’s to YOUR Health

May 2017 bestow upon you all the brightness and beauty you seek. And, may you have many reasons to smile.

Remember, a happy mom, means a happy family.

If all else fails, there should ALWAYS be a bottle of Rose on standby.

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman