Sunglasses for Babies and Kids, Cute & Essential

I always thought babies in sunglasses were so cute. Heart-shaped frames for girls, and maybe a rockin’ aviator for boys.

But, when Ilana, my eldest, refused to wear her shades, I shrugged it off and went about my day, with her. Ilana was in a wide-rim hat and SPFed out. Sure, sometimes, okay, lots of times, the hat came off, but her skin was fully protected – always reapplied, never out between 11am and 4pm.

Mom of the Year Award … where are you?

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David sporting his cool, black Babiators.

In my recent sun-safety investigations, I’ve learned more about what the sun can do to our eyes – especially the eyes of our little munchkins.

Kid’s eyes are more susceptible to irreversible damage from UV rays, as compared to adults. While kids receive three times more UV exposure than adults annually, more than 30% of parents say their kids rarely or never wear shades, this according to Babiators, a leading children’s sunglasses brand.

With new facts, I tried to reintroduce Ilana and David to sunglasses.

Two years wiser (yup we just hit the bit 2 mark!), David loves his black aviators from Babiators. He actually requests them when we go outside.

What I like about this brand is that the sunglasses are Polarized, meaning they have an anti-glare lens coating that help babies and kids see more clearly when they’re playing near water, or any reflective surface. They are also extremely durable – trust me, David has does extensive testing! Of course, they features 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Now, as for sunshine contestant number two, aka Ilana, she’s still a hard sell on wearing sunglasses. I’m hoping that by stressing she will be like mommy, i.e. wearing sunglasses like mommy, she’ll see it’s a cool thing to do.

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s daughter sports sunglasses (Babiators, actually) just like mommy!

Kids, especially toddlers, LOVE to mimic their mommies. When you step out the door and slip on your shades, they will see it as a necessary habit, much like washing hands after the bathroom. – You do do that, right?

FRIDAY FIVE FINDS: Celebrating National Rose Month – Rosé Anyone?

Hey Mamagers!

Happy Friday. We’ve managed our families from Monday through today, and we’ve managed to make it to the weekend with our sanity – well, most of it! With Saturday on the horizon, it looks like everything is coming up roses.

No, seriously, it’s all rosy and roses, with June being National Rose Month. Here’s a fun post I found about it on TheGardenDiary.com.

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Do you have a favorite rose? Mine is the Cabbage Rose.

To celebrate National Rose Month, I’m spotlighting five of my favorite rosy finds for mom, kids and home. I hope you love this romantic, elegant flower and scent just as much as I do.

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1. True Violet 2 In 1 Pencil Dress In Rose Floral Print $96 – If you’re like me and will never sport the crop top look, but like the idea of a layered crop over a high-waisted skirt, this dress is your summer-style solution. Wear this rose-print dress without worrying about things (you know what I’m talking about) popping out, or feeling out-of-bounds for your age. Sorry, but the rules do change as you get older, and some things – ie crop tops – should be left to the teenagers. 

2. Le Grand Courtage  Brut Rose $25 – Fruity, fresh and super fun to drink alone, or serve to guests -mini bottles available and perfect for al-fresco parties-, this rose is my new go-to summer drink. (PS Be on the lookout for it to pop up in an upcoming Pamela+Vanessa #momsandwhine episode).

3. Naturopathica Rose Geranium Soothing Mist $28 – Ideal for keeping skin hydrated during the summer heat, I also keep this mist by my desk for a mid-day refresh. And, it was one of my lux labour bag essentials. Steve, my husband, misted me during delivery. It’s a fabulous touch to a not-always-so-fab process.

4. Schylling Children’s Tin Tea Set $19.95 My little girl loves to play tea. Actually, so does my son! They must get it from their mother. My tea obsession knows no bounds.

5. Diptyque Roses Candle $62  — This is great to burn when guests are coming. I’m a fan of burning candles in hallway bathrooms, used by guests.

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Sun Safety Tips on Great Day Washington w Pamela Pekerman

After an initial cancellation due to … life … aka life as a mom …

Two kids with step, one that had croup, as well. And then, the other got a nasty stomach bug from daycare that landed her in the ER for a few hours … ya, That’s Life

I finally made it to Washington, DC to share my Sun Safety tips on Great Day Washington. Check out the clips below.

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DC was amazing, and I made sure to leave myself several extra hours to enjoy the city and savor some Meaningful Me Moments. Naturally, I was covered in my go-to mineral sunscreen with SFP 50 (yes, I follow my own sun safety tips #PracticeWhatYouPreach), as I strolled along the Tidal Basin, made my way through several sculpture gardens, and capped off near the Capital.

SkinMedica TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR ($68)

Traditional sunscreens may no longer offer us enough protection.  Research shows infrared radiation (IRA) could be causing more damage, as the rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing premature aging, aka winkles, loss of skin elasticity and firmness. Total Defense, is the first and only rejuvenating “superscreen” that prevents the appearance of premature aging from chronic exposure to infrared rays (IR), thanks to a proprietary SOL-IR Advanced Antioxidant Complex, which counters the negative effect of the free radicals that IRA rays produce when then penetrate your skin. The lotion also provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

CosMedix Reflect ($47)

If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreen is the way to go because it doesn’t absorb into the skin. Mineral sunscreens create a physical barrier on top of your skin, an when UVA and UVB rays hit the skin then bounce/reflect off.  This spray is non-irritating, chemical-free, oil-free formula. Combining micronized titanium dioxide—nature’s own sunscreen—with two skin-specific antioxidants, Reflect provides lightweight UV protection. To learn more about mineral vs chemical click here. 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Stick SPF 70 ($10.99)

Neutrogena’s #mimicmommy campaign is all about setting a good example… mom applies and then kids want to use th fun stick – or what I call “the crayon stick”!   Sunscreen sticks provide a fun application that kids will want to use on their own and mom can go in and assist in spots they missed.  The unique wide-faced stick that’s water and sweat resistant is ideal for both face and body… and no messy hands required!  It’s formulated with HELIOPLEX Technology, a breadth of stabilizing sunscreen technologies that deliver superior protection from UVA/UVB protection

ALMAY Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup SPF 15 ($13.99 )

I’m all about double-duty beauty so skin coverage that’s also giving me SPF protection, is ideal for busy mommy morning. Almay’s smart shade makeup adjusts to the natural tones and of your skin thanks to their Almay tonemimic shade-sensing bead technology which uses the skin tone enhancing benefits of synthetic melanin pigments to blend and adjust to the essential pigments of your unique skin tone for seamless, natural-looking coverage.  This is for daily use ie walking to work, a quick lunch break, not beach-bag, swim-time worthy.  

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 iS CLINICAL Hydra-Cool Serum ($90)

Formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate and soothe the skin, this penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bionutrients, which helps relieve the sting of sunburn.  It provides intense, penetrating hydration as it cools, calms and soothes dry, irritated or damaged skin.  It also great for replenishing dehydrated skin due to air travel.

First Aid Beauty Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer ($28)

Get that J-low glow without exposing your skin to harmful rays. First Aid Beauty’s Slow Glow Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturizer is a completely odorless (eek have you smelled some of those other self tanners??), lightweight formula can be used on both face and body for an even, all-over glow that gradually deepens over three to four days with continued use. Complete with nourishing vitamins, emollients and antioxidants, the formula goes on effortlessly and doubles as a rich moisturizer to hydrate and condition, leaving skin silky soft with a beautiful bronze glow.

Lands’ End Women’s Swim Tee Rash Guard ($59)

If spending a lot of time at the pool or beach- you can now sport a fashionable “Swim Tee”- a stylish tee, provides maximum coverage you can swim in, plus blocks harmful UV rays with UPF 50 protection!  Designed to wear over your swimsuit top, it’s soft as your favorite tee and incredibly lightweight – even while wearing it in the water! It’s not just for swimming though. It also works as a colorful cover-up when the air turns cooler or you’re just looking to shade your skin.Sun_Safety_Tips_2_PiecesofPam

I’ll be back on Great Day Washington with the lovely Meaghan Mooney, later with month, sharing more Sun Safety Tips for sun-fun family adventures. Check my Instagram or Facebook page for air-date updates.

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5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids and Babies #Don’tFryDay

Some mom’s at our local park think I’m crazy because when my munchkins were born (in April and late June, respectively), they didn’t get much sun until after they were 6-months old. It was head-to-toe coverage, an occasional cameo in the sun before 10am or after 5pm. That’s it.

Now that Ilana is 3-years-old and David is almost 2-years-old, rest assured the SPF Police still patrols the exit door.

No park, no sun after 11:30am. We come back after 4:30pm. And, that window will change as the weeks go by, and the sunshine rays gets stronger.

When we do go outside, it’s all about sun-fun, but safety first.

SPF – check. (My preference is a mineral lotion sunscreen with an SPF of 50).
Lip SPF – check.
Loose clothing – check.
Hats – check.
OK, now we can go have fun.

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The above proves once again, I am my mother’s daughter. She raised my sister and me to be cautious of the sun, and the health and beauty problems it could cause us in the future. Actually, did you know that just one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life? Thanks mom. My healthy (knock-on-wood) and youthful-looking skin in very grateful for your common-sense approach to sun-fun.

Before you head off into the sun (pun very much intended), here are 5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids and Babies. Happy Don’t Fry Day!

1. No sunscreen for babies under 6-months of age

Keep infants out of direct sunlight, as their fragile skin is thin and delicate. Once they turn 6-months-old, look for a sunscreen that is formulated specifically for their sensitive skin. Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of COOLA, one of my favorite sunscreen brands, also suggests looking for “sunscreens that are hypoallergenic and fragrance free, and come in a form that is easy to apply on your child”

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Baby Pamela, all covered up, playing with Grandpa Yuri.

2. Lotion Sunscreen vs Spray Sunscreen

Lotions are ideal, especially for younger kids that are fidgety during application. You don’t want to spray into their month or eyes. Also, with a lotion you will likely have a more even distribution.

3. Grab a shot glass

Most parents don’t apply enough SPF on themselves, not to mention their children. As a visual aid, use the recommended shot-glass amount (for toddlers you can use 2/3 a shot glass). Reapply every 2-hours, or after excessive swimming, toweling and sweating. Note that water-resistant SPF’s are now labels with “40-minutes” or “80-minutes”, but if you’re kid wants to stay in the pool for 80-minutes, you need to use some common sense and pull them out once or twice for a rest and reapplication. It’s a good time to get them to sit in the shade for 10-minutes and eat a fruit.

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Mini Me toweling off in the Catskills.

4. Don’t let clouds fool you

Birchby recommends we, “Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. Clouds don’t absorb all of the UV radiation that may harm your child. About 80% of UV rays are allowed through clouds.”

5. Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreens

a. Mineral (also called physical) sunscreens use minerals, namely Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, as their main active ingredients. These minerals form a physical barrier over the skin that reflect and scatter UVA and UVB rays. Because of this “bounce off” effect, mineral sunscreens are better for sensitive skin. Also, they are effective right after application – no wait time. However, they do slide off easier, so you will need to reapply more frequently after swimming, sweating, and toweling/
b. Chemical (also called classic) sunscreens use chemicals as their main active ingredients. These chemicals absorb and dissipate harmful UVA and UVB rays before they penetrate the skin. Chemical sunscreens need time to absorb into the skin and form a protective layer, so you must apply them 30-minutes before sun exposure. This is another reason why mom’s with antsy kids prefer mineral … can your toddlers wait 30-minutes before running to the pool on a hot summer day?

Dr. Julie E. Russak, a prestigious dermatologist in New York City (whom I have turned to for both my own and my kids skin concerns) says that, “The most important ingredient I want my patients to look for, no matter the age, is Zinc and Titanium, both physical blockers.” These are always found in mineral sunscreens, and in some chemical creams, as well. The fabulous Dr. Russak also helped to dispel a mineral sunscreen myth. “A common and dangerous misconception unprotected sun exposure is the best and only source for Vitamin D.  A much safer and effective way of getting the daily-required amount of Vitamin D, without putting yourself at risk for skin cancer is via your diet.  Foods rich in vitamin D, such as eggs, fish and some dairy products are a much better alternative.”

Best SPF for  kids and babies

1. COOLA Mineral Baby Organic SPF 50 Unscented $36, 2. Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 $9, 3. Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50 $10-$48, 4. Mustela SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Stick $13

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. And, if you live in the DC area, tune into Great Day Washington on WUSA9 with Meaghan Mooney, for my Sun-Safety 101 segment on Tuesday May 31st at 9am.

Also on Monday 9:30pmEST / 6:30pmPST, after you put the kids to bed, grab your glass of wine and tune into Pamela+Vanessa #momsandwhine. This week we’re talking about sun-safely, crazy moms (like me) and also doing a great giveaway.

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momBOSS Interview: Latham Thomas founder of Mama Glow

Pamela Pekerman:How would you describe yourself and what you do?
Latham Thomas:I’m a single mother with an 11-year-old son. I’m the founder of Mama Glow. I’m a maternity lifestyle maven, whose focus is to support women before, during and after pregnancy. I’m known as the celebrity doula, serving women everywhere as they journey into motherhood.

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Pamela: MamaGlow – the website, the book, the brand – is so much to so many.
Latham: How would you describe the mission of MamaGlow?
Mama Glow is a holistic maternity lifestyle hub that offers nutrition, yoga, and birth doula services to women during pregnancy and beyond. We are all about celebrating this special time in a woman’s life and helping her look and feel radiant for those precious 9 month and beyond.

Pamela: At what point did you realize, “Wow, I’m onto something big!”?
Latham:When I was pregnant with my son I was looking for resources and realized they didn’t exist, so the entrepreneurial spirit within me led me to found Mama Glow. I realized when I started getting cold calls from celebrities and when Vogue asked me to partner on an event early on, that this birth business I was cultivating could be a big deal. I still consider it something that’s growing on people. Not everyone is ready to talk about birth.Latham_Thomas_momBOSS

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Latham Thomas with Deepak Chopra

Pamela: Who is the Mama Glow woman? How are you helping her Always Be Your Best You?
Latham: The Mama Glow client is a woman who is hip, savvy, trendy, fashionable and very conscious. She believes in the value of organics and limiting toxic exposures. She is educated and an active participant in her own well-being- she is also very driven and really benefits from the mindfulness area of our practice.

Pamela: What tips or daily rituals do you recommend for the mom who’s trying to find her passion and live her true path?
Latham: Writing down our goals and desires has a peculiar way of activating them in the world. It also gives the universe a clear indication that you are ready to take your thoughts, dreams and desires to the next level and spin them into action.  Start a Daily Gratitude & Desire journal practice. When you wake up each morning write down two columns: 1. What you are grateful for and be really specific here, and 2. what you desire- details are a must. When we call upon the universe to help send something into our orbit, we must be crystal clear on what we are asking for and be ready to receive.

Pamela: Do you have any tips for juggling personal, professional and family needs/obligations?
Latham: It’s a juggle. It’s not about balance, but about dynamic equilibrium and keeping the balls in the air and catching them when they come down. I believe in a strong self-care and self-reflective practice, whether that’s meditation, yoga, dance. Glow time is my self-care movement and it’s all about relaxation, whether you have 2 minutes or 2 hours.

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Pamela: Yes, I’m all about Meaningful Me Moments.
Latham: Exactly. When you indulge yourself, you honor yourself. You’ll be a better mother and better business woman for it.

Pamela: Speaking of business, is there something you do with him after a long day at work/being away?
Latham:We share highlights from our days when we get home. We have a tickle-time ritual where I tickle him and make him laugh after a long day away. I make sure to do an activity he loves with him like puzzles, Monopoly, or a game of pool.

Pamela: Quick, you only have 2 minutes to prep and pamper your face. What are you top makeup/skin products?
Latham: Tata Harper skin care- Regenerating Face cleanser. Uma oils – wellness face oil to seal in moisture. Obsessive compulsive lip tar– it’s vegan, and I smudge some on the cheeks too. Boom! Done.

Pamela: What’s the coolest product for new moms, which you’ve recently uncovered?
Latham:Right now I am obsessed with Munchery Meal delivery service- It’s amazing. Moms get meals prepared fresh by chefs. It takes the guess work out of cooking and it’s a great price. You can order online.

Pamela: What’s next for you and Mama Glow?
Latham: Mama Glow is expanding into new territory. I’m launching a new platform based on rituals which I am excited about unveiling this summer. It’s all a blessing.

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Currently reading The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

Currently drinking Green Juice – always

I hope my son thinks mom is a woman who created a life of purpose and inspired him to be his very best!

Motherhood is MY BIRTHRIGHT.

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Dry Shampoo 101 – What It’s For & How to Properly Use It

Dry Shampoo – dry what?

Ya, that’s what I used to say about this beauty product.

I didn’t get the concept. I didn’t know how to use it. I didn’t bother.

Several months ago,  I was getting my hair done by  Valerie Star, Beauty Director at Caravan Stylist Studio (oh, and she used to do Amy Winehouse‘s makeup and that’s why Amy decided to sing “Valerie” – epidemically cool, right?) and she whips out some dry shampoo, and I’m all like, “Val, what’s with the dry shampoo?”

And she’s all like, “Pam, it’s totally an essential”.

And, I’m all like, “Fareelz”?

And she’s all like, “We’re totally having a 90’s moment”.

And I’m all like, “As if”!

Sidebar: The 90’s are coming back, people. Ultra-young Millennials be warned, you will not be able to fake your way through this totally awesome decade.

OK, so back to dry shampoo.

Valerie was kind enough to educate me on Dry Shampoo 101, and I’m sharing her knowledge with all of you. Now, can someone pass me the pink bubble gum?

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Pamela Pekerman: What does dry shampoo do?
Valerie Star: Dry shampoo is used to help extend your days in between shampooing. It helps to absorb the excess oils your scalp/hair creates. It freshens up any environmental scents that may be in the hair.

Pamela: Sweet, as a busy momBOSS, showering doesn’t happen every day.
Valerie: Well, dry shampoo can also be used as a styling product when the hair might be too flat or when you’ve freshly washed your hair and it’s too fluffy or full of flyaway.

Pamela: How do you properly use it?
Valerie: Dry shampoo should be applied to the roots of the hair by separating the hair to expose the roots and spraying the product directly onto the root area, working your way around the crown of the head and anywhere you have excess oil in your hair.

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Before and After Valerie Star, Beauty Director at Caravan Stylist Studio, does her magic on me.

Pamela: Then what?
Valerie: Once the dry shampoo has been applied to the roots, you should give it at least 5 to 10 minutes to work its magic before touching/styling your hair. The dry shampoo needs time to absorb the oils in your hair.  Rub it into the roots with your fingers to evenly distribute the product throughout the hair, this helps to blend the dry shampoo all the way through the hair.

Pamela: Are there any dry shampoo don’ts?
Valerie: DON’T drench your entire hair shaft with dry shampoo. The product works best when applied primarily to the roots. A very light misting can be applied to the entire length of the hair as long as it’s applied minimally.

DON’T forget to wash it out. Dry shampoo can create a buildup in your hair. A clarifying shampoo is a great option to use once in a while to strip out any lingering product buildup.

DON’T use a flat iron. The dry shampoo can burn and clump the hair where the hot tool was just applied.

Pamela: So, how many days can I go without washing my hair? A busy mom’s gotta know her limits.
Valerie: Well, you want to avoid layering it on day after day without a proper shampoo in between. This can cause too much buildup in the hair making it heavy/weighed down and texturally unpleasant.

Beauty Tips Dry Shampoo 101

1. ACURE Organics $8.49 ; 2. Moroccan Oil $26 ;  .3 Aveeno Active Natural $18.96 ;  4. Not Your Mother’s $6.19

Pamela: Any last-minute styling tips?
Valerie: Apply dry shampoo before you go to sleep, so that while you toss and turn it will work its way throughout the hair. When you wake, you’re one step closer to being ready. This is a helpful hint in the summer months when you may find yourself getting hot in your sleep.

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Insta-Ready, Insta-Shower, On The Go Shower Beauty Essentials

Overshare: I don’t always shower.

Fact: many (maybe even most) moms don’t shower every day.  Right? Please tell me I’m not the only one!!

Come on, ladies, you know you’ve been in my spot – two toddlers, too much on the plate …

If given the choice between a 10-minute shower, or a 1-minute insta-shower, 4-minute makeup application and 5-minute breakfast, I’m going for latter! I need food and I need good face. I can live without lavender shower gel for a day or two.

In my time-saving beauty hunt, I’ve found some insta-shower and insta-ready essentials that will make you look good and smell fresh even if you haven’t showered in days. (Okay, so I try not to drag on for more than two … okay three days … bit it happens. #Really #REALmoms.)

Below are some of my insta-ready, on the go shower essentials that can help you save time in the morning, as well as on-the-go.

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YUNI Shower Sheets ($12) – Non-toxic, plant-based whips immediately cleans and deodorize. Sure they were probably intended for your gym bag, but hey when you gotta get clean on-the-go (even at your own home) this is a perfect option.

Caption Nails Onto The Next Crème Remover ($5.95) – Super fast, soothing on cuticles and a spill-proof casing, makes this remover ideal for busy moms that need a quick fix, when a mani appointment just isn’t an option and you have some polish coming off. No nasty smells, so kids won’t mind if you do this in the car – chipped nails even at daycare drop-off  is NOT an option.

Sphynx Razor ($14.99) – When you find yourself shaving in a cab – ya it happened, please don’t judge – this is the best option. Genius inversion, a 3-in-1 razor that has refillable water spray bottle, moisturizing bar, and two blades. If you’re happy and you know it … yes, you can raise your hands! You’re shaved J.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($5.99) – Clean hair without stepping into the shower? Stop it. Freshen up you coiffe with this bad boy. The dry shampoo will absorb the oil built up since your last shower (and we don’t need to get specific on how long ago that way, right?)

And, in case you missed it, I spotlighted one of these insta-shower, insta-ready items in the recent episode of Pamela+Vanessa #momsandsandwhine. Did you catch it Monday night 9:30pm EST? Guess what, see  video below.

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momBOSS Interview: Cozy Friedman founder SoCozy Salon Formulas for Kids & Cozy’s Cuts for Kids Salon

Youth has its perks – you have an idea, jump right in and lead with your ambition. That’s what I did after graduating college and launching my first business BagTrends, with a gorilla marketing campaign during New York Fashion Week. And that’s exactly what Cozy Friedman did 20-years ago when she decided their was a need for kid-friendly hair salons, and she would be the one to fill the void with the launch of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids.

But time and age have their own perks, as well. Great listening skills and team building on all fronts – personal and professional – has allowed Cozy to braid together a successful and family-full life, and continue to expand her SoCozy line of salon formula hair care products for kids. I’m so proud to share my new friend Cozy Friedman’s entrepreneurial tips and momBOSS journey.

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Cozy Friedman posing with her expanding SoCozy collection of salon formulated hair care products for kids.

Pamela Pekerman: Risks can be scary. What gave you the courage to go into a field in which you had no experience or education?
Cozy Friedman: This may sound naive, but I was young and didn’t see opening a kids salon as a risk, just an exciting opportunity. I was raised by courageous business go-getters and that focus and drive was instilled in both my brother and I. It just never occurred to me that the concept wouldn’t work out. And for that mindset, I’m thankful.

Pamela: Many moms have dreams, but don’t know how to take the first steps. What tips would you have for a mom who wants to launch a business?
Cozy: Take one step at a time and educate yourself so that you’re confident and prepared. Knowledge is power, and you should never go into a new venture blindly. In my case, I enrolled in barber school, worked at many different children’s businesses, and absorbed as much experience and information as I could, before launching my first salon on Madison Ave. Education is still at the pulse of my brand. It’s important to me that SoCozy is always offering the latest advice, solutions, tips, and trends.

Pamela: With Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, at what point did you realize, “Wow, I’m onto something big!”?
Cozy: When I was looking for a location for my first salon, I couldn’t find a landlord that was willing to rent me the space. They considered my business a risk because they didn’t understand the concept. However, I finally found the perfect location to launch my salon and within a few months, a landlord that had previously turned me down promptly called to offer me my next salon location. The tables had turned, and that’s when I felt I was onto something big.

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Cozy Friedman of SoCozy on TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

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Cozy Friedman with Ivanka Trump, at Cozy’s Cuts for Kids Salon.

Pamela: It’s been twenty years and two kids since the launch of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and the start of what has become a hair empire. What was it like growing your baby while raising two boys?
Cozy: There’s no doubt that it can be tricky to grow a business and raise a family together, but “together” was always essential for me. I never saw my family and my business as two separate compartments. They were always very intertwined. My sons grew up at my salon. As kids, they would play there while I worked and as teens they experienced their first part time jobs there and often work at our corporate SoCozy office. It was always a family effort, with the support of my husband, friends and family. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by such a great “team”, and as a mom of two boys, it’s all about balance. I’m either leaving a soccer game to go to work or leaving work to go to a soccer game.

Pamela: In an average day what would you pack into the 7am-9pm grind?
Cozy: I wake up at 5am and meditate for 20 minutes. I’ll then run, spin or do yoga, which gets me ready to conquer the day. Next is breakfast with my boys and I take them to school at 7:30am. I’m then off to work. While commuting into the city, I work on our SoCozy social media, which is such a big part of our business. I love connecting with our consumers. Once I’m in the office, my days always vary. I consult with my team on various initiatives and then may head out for a speaking engagement, retailer meeting and/or event and of course visit my salons. I always enjoy wrapping up my day with family dinners and time to connect.

Pamela: What tools/services/people help you manage your momBOSS life?
Cozy: I fully believe it’s all about being part of a strong team. I wouldn’t be able to manage it all without my salon team, corporate office team and of course my family “team.”
What was the most difficult part of creating your hair care line, SoCozy? How did you deal with obstacles in productions, packaging, wholesaling etc.?
I faced the biggest obstacle when I needed to create custom formulations in small batches. I had to find manufacturers, and this was before the Internet days! That meant heading to tradeshows and networking the old fashioned way. I then had to convince the right manufacturer to take a risk and invest on creating these custom formulations. I’m proud to say that 14+ years later, we’re still working together.

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Cozy Friedman with her teenage sons and husband.

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Cozy Friedman and her family team.

Pamela: What differentiates SoCozy products from other hair care lines for kids?
Cozy: We specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, so parents have a “go-to” that gets the job done quickly with great results every time. It was created for all kids and all hair types! We pride ourselves on SoCozy being safe with “no nasties” (i.e. parabens, phthalates, etc.)- just good, clean and completely non-toxic formulations that perform at the highest level. SoCozy also has incredible fragrances that kids and parents equally love- from notes of Peppy Pink Guava to Creamy Vanilla, Orange Blossoms and more. I’d also say our sophisticated packaging sets us apart as well as our motto, “Being You is Our Idea of Cool.” As a brand, we encourage and support individuality. For all kids and any hair type—our mission is to build confidence and inspire originality.

Pamela: What’s next for SoCozy and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids?
Cozy: SoCozy is really growing leaps and bounds. We’re increasing our distribution by teaming up with new retail partners in different verticals and expanding our product offerings – it’s an exciting time! In fact, I’m thrilled to share that our new Splash collection (for swimmer’s hair) will be hitting shelves this month- just in time for summer.

Pamela: How do you find time for YOU in your busy world? AKA what do you love to do during Meaningful Me Moments?
Cozy: I wake up an extra hour early so I have time for myself physically, mentally and emotionally- which makes me happy. By starting my day on a positive note with meditation, a good workout and family time- I’m able to pass on that positive energy to my family and colleagues. I think it’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle. When you feel happy and strong you can perform at your optimal best- whether that’s at home or the workplace. I’m actually hitting a Soul Cycle class with my team later- and we’re all looking forward to it.

Pamela: Quick, you only have 2 minutes to prep and pamper your face. What are you top makeup/skin products?
Cozy: I’m honestly not a big makeup person- it only takes me about two minutes to apply. I’m currently loving IT Cosmetics mascara and then I use eyeliner and BECCA blush. For me, it’s more about my hair. I use our new SoCozy Boing products for my curly hair and then I’m out the door.

Pamela: What’s your Happy Formula for managing marriage, two kids, your growing business, and finding time for yourself?
Cozy: The secret to my happy formula is to not view my marriage, kids, business, etc. inseparable compartments. I believe in teams and I’m just one part of those teams. Whether it’s my marriage, my business, child rearing- it’s all a team effort. I also take one day at a time and do my best to stay focused and present in each moment.

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Currently reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek. I love motivational books.

Currently drinking sparkling water or an evening Cabernet Sauvignon

I hope my kids think mom prepared them for everything that comes their way in life- and that they feel confident in themselves to go after their dreams.

Motherhood is everything! Nothing will ever prepare you for how incredible it is and how it changes you in the best possible ways.

The best advice my mom ever gave me was that everyone complains they don’t have enough time. However, she told me that if I wake up an hour earlier everyday… it’s the equivalent of adding an extra day to your week. That advice has always stayed with me and that’s why I start my day at 5am. Having extra time is so empowering.

 

Want more momBOSS inspiration? Check out my interviews with DivaMoms founder Lyss Stern and fashion designer Ramy Sharp of Ramy Brook

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What Does Mom Really Want for Mothers Day? Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Sleep, Sanity, feeling Sexy on NBC6 Miami in the Mix

Working hard … hardly working?

Quando estoy en Miami, trabajar es un placer. (ya I speak a little Spanish.) If I made errors, sorry. No tengo una persona con quien hablar, tambien no estudio Espanol despues de diez y ocho anos.)

Back to our English program.

So, I was in Miami, last week, taping  my version of the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide. The segment, which airs today at 11:30am on NBC6 Miami in the Mix, spotlights my three Mother’s Day desires – Sleep, Sanity and Sex. Now, before you get your Brazilian thongs in a tizzy, I didn’t actually go on a day-time show watched by moms and their toddlers, and say “sex”. My mother is a Children’s Manners and Social Skills Coach, after all – shameless plug for Ask Malvina! The phrase I used was “feeling sexy”, something many women don’t think about, at least not enough, once they enter mommy land.

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Here’s a run down of what was featured.

Feeling SEXY – This is about feeling good, taking care of yourself, and having that sizzling twinkle in your eye. (Alas, nipple tassels were not allowed in my PG13 segment)

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  • Ambrielle intimates exclusively at JCPenney ($10-$38) – Sexy, yet sensual, and a great price point, this is the prrr-fect gift idea for the man in your life to show that he still views you as his sexy kitten.
  • NEOVA DNA Damage Control SILC SHEER SPF 40($45) – My mom always said I should take care of my skin. Now I can give her a gift that will boost up our sun-safe and skin-care-loving game. This product is triple beauty threat, providing broad-spectrum sun protection, a photo finish sheer tint that evens out the skin (hello Mother’s Day  photos) and it repairs damage caused by previous sun exposure. That last bit is thanks to DNA repair enzymes which support and accelerate the body’s natural repair system, slowing formation of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and discolorations. Make a beauty basket (I find great baskets at the dollar store) and get mom NEOVA Refining Eye Lift ($56) and DNA Total Repair ($99).

SLEEP – It’s such a simple task, and, yet, so hard for a mom to properly complete. Show mom love and giver her the time and the tools to recharge, so she can continue to hold down the fort! #MeaningfulMeMoments

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  • Remedy Heat Sensitive Memory Foam Sleep Mask w/ Music Input ($16.10 Overstock.com) – Even if the kids are being load, the hubby can hardly manage the situation and its daylight outside, this sleep mask has you covered it total darkness. Plus it has built-in headphones, so you can zen out to Buddhist nirvana sounds or Kurt Cobain Nirvana sounds.
  • Art Naturals Essential Oil Diffuser ($29.99, Overstock.com) – Mom can calm her nerves and set the mood for a good night’s sleep, with this beautiful ultrasonic oil diffuser. I love that it’s super quiet. Duuhh, I’m trying to sleep!
  • Alder Creek Lavender French Flower Bucket ($26.99, Overstock.com) – In the mood for a quick fix, nothing like a lavender scented basket. Useful. Peaceful. Done.

SANITY – Mom, by nature, is not sane. How can she be? Have you seen her to-do lists (yes, multiple lists, in multiple places in the office, kitchen, car, beg ….) Help her try to keep it together with organizational and inspirational essentials.

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  • Burlington Stores (Jewelry Box and Journal $4-$38) Motherhood can be maddening, and sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out there, journaling is great outlet. I found so many beautiful options at my favorite off-price retailer Burlington Stores. Keep walking those aisles and you’ll likely find other goodies like a jewelry box. Pop in a bracelet as a gift within a gift. Moms love surprises – at least this one does. Hint, hint, family.
  • Erin Condren Organization & Home Décor Items ($6-$75) – All hail the queen of organizational chicness. I have so many items from this brand, but the personalized schedule pad (which lives in my kitchen) if my life safer. Everyone knows what’s goes on, who needs to eat what, who’s traveling, who’s picking up kids, etc. I’m also in love with the Picture This! Acrylic Tray ($75) which is great to use a tray to hold my book and coffee if I’m going to read in bed. Not sure when that fantasy will happen … but I love to dream big.
  • Cooks 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker ($120) – So I’m not a coffee drinker (tea is my poison), but for those who bean it up, this machine is ideal for the mom who’s always getting pulled away from her warm cup. Thanks to a thermal carafe, mom’s cup stays hot for hours. Plus, she can program the coffee maker up to 24 hours in advance, so her cup is waiting for her at 7am, 6am, 5am (5am can not be managed without caffeine.)

Special thank you to Johanna Gomez, who beautifully filling in as host of Miami 6 in the Mix, while my friend Roxy Vargas is on maternity leave. FYI Johanna is a sassy mama of 3, who’a originally from New York. Check her out on Instagam.

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Co-hosting New Mom Lifestyle Show Pamela + Vanessa #momsandwhine Plus Baby and Beauty GIVEAWAY Alert

If you’re on this page, chances are you just watched the first episode of Pamela + Vanessa #momsandwhine.
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I hope you liked it and will come back next week 9:30pm EST when Vanessa and I muse about Mother’s Day and tell our husbands what we REALLY want for our gifts.
This week’s show focused on Traveling with Toddlers. Don’t forget to comment and let us know if you’re on Team Vanessa and love to take your tots on vacation or if you’re on Team Pamela and prefer to just vaca with just with hubby, no kids allowed, for now.
At the end of the episode, as with all future episodes, we did a little show and tell of our current obsessions. Below we’re giving one lucky viewer the chance to win a Baby Dee Dee Sleepsies (which Vanessa raves as a must-have when traveling with a drooling munchkin) and Amore Pacific AGE CORRECTING FOUNDATION CUSHION Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (which is my go-to when traveling, and just out-and-about – you know how I love my skin)
! Good luck, mama.
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Contest ends May 1, 2016 11pm EST, and is open to all continental US residence over the age of 18.

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