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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Giveaway Rules
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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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Friday Five Finds: Earth Day Eco Essentials for Mom Kids & Home

Happy Earth Day!

Ever since I was in elementary school and we learned about the concept of “Reduce Reuse Recycle” – this was a rather novel concept to discuss with kids in the early 90s, at least in my corner of Brooklyn  – I’ve been a little budding environmentalist. I began to beg my parents to start recycling, which they did … eventually.

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an environmental lobbyist working for Mother Nature against the evils of those that want to strip her naked. (But, an internship at YM Magazine (RIP) altered my dreams).

When I got married and became a home owner, I laid down the rules for more intense recycling, of course by now the NYC government had my back. Fines make people do all kinds of things that are good for them – buckle seat belts, recycle, etc.

Most recently, as you may know, I’ve been on a greener, cleaner path to improve my beauty routine, as well as be mindful of the ingredients my family and I inhale via cleaning products.

So, while today is EARTH DAY, these Friday Five GREENER Finds, aren’t just a convenient way to get more traffic on a day when everyone is searching for ways to stroke their eco ego. I’m genuinely excited about the improved health and wellness of myself, my family and my planet thanks to the below items.

As always, I would love to hear from you. Drop a comment below and let me know if you use any of these goodies or have your own tips for a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

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1. Plum Organics Grow Well Organic Infant Formula ($32.99/21oz) So, breast may be best, but you either don’t want to give up the boob (I totally get you), or your schedule doesn’t allow for best feeding and the machine is just too painful (ya, I’m with you) or you just aren’t producing enough milk (total bummer mama), for any or these reasons, new moms on the hunt for organic formula should check out this new product. I trust Plum Organics, as do many moms. Once you have earned a mom’s trust, we are with you at every turn. Rest assured should I have baby #3, and breast feeding may be off the table (CLICK HERE to read  why) I will likely be turning to this formula (made with organic lactose, no corn syrup solids added, No genetically engineered ingredients, DHA & ARA – basically all the good stuff without all the nasties our munchkins don’t need).

2. Seventh Generation Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent Free & Clear ($28.99/150oz) When I realized my son had eczema, I got a little tougher with my laundry detergent and finally settled on this winner from Seventh Generation. It’s clinically tested to be hypoallergenic, gets the dirt out (which is key, duhh) and it’s made without dyes, synthetic fragrances, petroleum-based ingredient or optical brighteners. Oh and COSTCO carries it – winning!

3. Tata Harper Fortifying Body Lotion ($68) As my acquaintance, secret BFF, and the author of Gorgeous for Good  Sophie Uliano says, if you only  make one greener switch in your beauty routine it should be your body lotion because it covers the biggest part of your, well, body. I’m a huge – read HUGE the way Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump pronounces the word – fan of this farm-to-face brand. The lotion is a great anti-aging, hydrating creme that lives on my nightstand, and gets replenished every 3-4 months.

4. Force of Nature ($89.99) – a brand new appliance that electrolyzes water and a premeasured capsule of salt, water and vinegar, creating two super powerful, cleaning-agent ingredients that are a non-toxic solution for your home. It’s literally a one-stop cleaning, deoderizing and disinfecting solution for the mama who wants a chemical-free option for her home that actually cleans! Ya, so skeptics take note: the electrolyzed water lasts for 2-weeks and it’s up to 10 times more effective than bleach, without the nasty, causes-my-eyes-to-weep smell.

5. The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Face Cream $435 While I’ve been following The Organic Pharmacy on Instagram for about a year, I’ve only recently begun to use their products. While on the hunt for diamond-infused spa and beauty products for my first expert post for SpaWeek’s blog – wahhu READ IT HERE – I was having a hard time finding products that lived up to my greener, cleaner standards. Many diamond-infused and inspired cosmetic and skincare products had lots of luster on the outside and junk on the inside. Then I found this new Rose Diamond Face Cream and was blown away by its thoughtful ingredients. Most importantly, yes, it does have wonderful skin shining and plumping effects. You’ll start to see it over time. FYI This one is price, but when is a good diamond not?

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Meaningful Me Moments: Glowing, Youthful Skin with Diamond Microdermabrasion Facial, Plus SpaWeek $50 Event

I’m shining bright like a diamond!

Maybe that’s because this past Thursday I had my first, but definitely not my last, diamond microdermabrasion facial.M3_041116_1

As part of my new partnership with Spa Week, where I’ll be sharing my Meaningful Me Moments and Always Be Your Best Your wellness and beauty tips on their blog SpaWeek Daily, I went to get what has literally been a life-changing, rocking-my-world facial, at the New York Fashion Beauty Spa.

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I believe your face is your calling card, and must be tended with delicate care. Heck, I even taught my kids to sit in the bathroom and count my nail polish or read a book, so mommy can apply her 7+ step Sulwhasoo and Naturopathica masks, serums, emulsions, moisturizers, eye creams, oh my.

How have I never done a microdermabrasion, let alone one with diamonds?

So, what is a microdermabrasion? And, how is it that Pam actually spelled that word correctly? (I know you’re thinking that big sis!!)

Well, a microdermabrasion is a type of treatment during which dead skin cells are exfoliated and vacuumed off the face.Ya, it sucks all the nastiness right off your face. Eek!! I looked at the removed dead skin and debris. It was totally unnecessary baggage.diamond-microdermabrasion

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Oh, so the diamond part, the tip of the microdermabrasion wand is covered in tiny diamonds, which, together with the strong suction, make it possible to exfoliate the skin more thoroughly than other procedures. With the flexibility of using different suction levels, this procedure also increases blood flow to the skin, which helps to produce collagen. #winning

My skin instantly felt lighter, looked smoother, and shined. It truly shined like a radiant, diamond.

Following the appointment, I had lunch with some pr and TV-anchor friends – these gals know good skin. Everyone kept asking me what new shimmer I was using on my face, even what procedures I’d done.

The compliments continued at home, with my husband. And, have following me for several days since.

Aside from promoting a healthy, glowing complexion, a microdermabrasion:

  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Decreases or eliminates mild to moderate acne scarring
  • Helps decrease hyperpigmentation or brown spots
  • Diminishes look of stretch marks

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Youthful, rejuvenated skin – check.

Painless spa procedure – check.

Relaxation #MeaninfulMeMoments – check.

Getting a great deal – double check, thanks to SpaWeek.

The diamond microdermabrasion facial I received normally costs $140. But, this April 11-17, as part of Spa Week’s  bi-annual event, it’s just $50 for the treatment.1

Simply visit SpaWeek.com, become a member (no cost, only benefits!), search for $50 spa treatments, and book your appointments online or call the spa.

Not in New York? No problem. Spa Week works with hundreds of spa and wellness locations across North America to provide two to three full-service spa treatments for just $50 each, offering everyone access to the spa and wellness lifestyle. Meaningful Me Moments for everyone!

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Rainy Day Hair Tips from Nick Stenson, of The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney

Last week, after my “Innovative Products Created by Women for Women” segment on PIX11 I had to pleasure of getting an exclusive, one-on-one, behind the scenes look at the making of the Fall/Winter 2016 hairstyle trend book, which will be available for customers at The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney, starting in July.

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Nick Stenson, JCPenney Salon’s Artistic Director, styled the five-day shoot, and was kind enough to not only walk me around and share upcoming hairstyle trends, but even vamp me up for an impromptu photo shoot. TV gals LOVE cameras!

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The best part about these trend books it that they are very similar to the ones you’d see at upscale beauty salons, but the cost of getting your hair done at The Salon by InStyle inside JCPenney starts at just $25. Since good hair is almost as good as great sex – almost!! – a visit to this salon is a perfect idea for your next Meaningful Me Moments outing.

Speaking of outings, if you’re about to head out, like me, on this slushy, sun-less day, Nick was kind enough to share some Rainy Day Hair Tips that will keep your coiffé well coiffed.

Nick says, “A rainy day is anything but ideal, but it hardly calls for a bad hair day. Just make sure you have the right hair products.” I couldn’t agree more. #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

Nick Stenson, JCPenney Salon’s Artistic Director recommends:

Fight frizz with the Smooth Sexy Hair Frizz Eliminator Smooth & Sleek Serum. “It’s long-lasting, lightweight on your hair and provides a shield against the humidity.”

“If you decide to go with heat styling despite the weather, I highly recommend using the Matrix Biolage Keratin Does Renewal Spray beforehand. It protects against heat damage while taming frizz and flyaways.”

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“Always have a hair tie handy if you have to resort to a ponytail or topknot. You can never be too prepared,” says Nick. (FYI I’m a huge fan of invisibobble  – currently rocking their new POWER invisibobble which is great for extra strong grip, much appreciated by a gal who has thick, Jew-fro hair)

Sidebar about my obsession with invisibobble: this aint your  mama’s hair tie! The clever, smooth-surface design helps you causes no split ends. Plus it doesn’t cause headaches, has a strong grip and is anti-allergic. Clear is my favorite color because it’s trace less, but I sometimes have fun with the pink, as well.  It’s a rainy-day hairdo do.rainyday_invisibobble

Check back next week when Nick shares stress-free hairstyles for spring.

Oh, and click HERE for my Rainy Day Outfit Ideas.

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Innovative Products Created by Women for Women, Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

After a hectic two weeks in The Land of Motherhood (hello temper tantrums, is this what you look like??), I was thrilled to wake up at 4:30am and head out of the house!!! for another PIX11 Morning News segment with the lovely anchor Sukanya Krishnan.

This week’s topic was “Ahhhh-Ha Ideas Created by Women for Women.” I loved spotlighting innovative creations by fierce female entrepreneurs, that are hustling to make their businesses better and our lives easier. There were SO many wonderful, innovative products created by women, that came across my desk, below are the six that made the final cut. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spotlight more of them in upcoming segments. Ladies, you inspire  me to keep the hustle dance alive!

Fashion Fix: Tucktails ($19.95) Just in time for tank top season, this camisole is longer in the back, so you can move with confidence and comfort knowing you’re not overexposing your main asset. You can thank two savvy Southern sister for helping us all finally say no to crack.


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Leg Up on Legwear: Bootights ($25) Love your legs and worship your feet- no more sacrificing comfort for style!  These knee highs not only have pretty lace cuff detail, but also has a performance sock at the bottom!  Provides that extra warmth during early spring season,  adds a sturdier base preventing those rips, prevents feet from slipping in boots, adds arch support with sculpted cushioning for comfort and the moisture-wicking material provides ventilation so feet stay cool and dry!

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Shoe-In: Shh-oes ($139) Ssh-oes founder, Mary Arnett, moved to NYC  from the suburbs. Wobbling to her apt in her uncomfortable heels from the subway, she was always very self- conscious about all the noise her heels made. Then it dawned upon her, why don’t you make quiet AND comfortable heels? Hello Ssh-oes! They were amazing on set, this week. And, the comfort factor helped me get through a whole day 5am-6pm without any foot pain at all. Don’t be ssh about it … tell your girlfriends.oliviablack1_large Face Pilates: NuFACE Limited Edition Petal mini facial toning device ($199) In just 5 minutes this handy, easy-to-use device gives your face a Pilates-worthy work out, resulting in visible face lifting fabulousness. Carol Cole, the creator of NuFACE, began her career an aestheticism specializing in high-end microcurrent facials. Understanding her client’s desires for a non-invasive, at-home, easy-to-use, anti-aging solution, she developed a handheld device that utilizes microcurrent technology for women who wanted to take anti-aging into their own hands. PS I’m going to announce a NuFACE giveaway … stay tuned!!

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Kissably Ready: Kissamint ($19.50) Moist lips, red pout, fresh mint drops – who’s ready for a spring fling, with there husband of course!! Founder & CEO Joey Lauren is on a mission to create innovative products that deliver the highest quality ingredients to keep your breath fresh, lips hydrated and your smile fierce!Kissamint_WebOnly_65-300x300_large

Mom’s Helper: Kids Passport ($39/month for 2 classes and $99/month for 6 classes at TheKidsPassport.com) Have you ever tried to find a good kid’s class near you, on YOUR schedule? Kids Passport was created by a clever group of female techies that wanted to help parents expand their kids’ social circles and continually introduce new & fun activities. Now, as fast as you can hail an Uber, you can scout their discovery calendar for fun, age-appropriate classes near you, reserve your spot (up to 2 weeks in advance or with only one hour notice- flexibility is so key when it comes to kids) …  and get all details conveniently texted right to you.  Mom’s you need to check this out ASAP! all_books2

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Friday Five Finds: All You Need is Love for Mom, Baby & Home

Coming to you live from my bed – hot tea, toast and honey at hand.

Oh, ya, I’m sick.

The voice is gone, but the spirit of love is pumping inside of me. In honor of Sunday’s big day – Okay, I don’t really care about Valentine’s day, but I do love love – here are five heartfelt All You Need is Love Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home.

Friday Five Finds with Heart

1. GAP Baby Sweater Tunics $15.99-$24.99 each – After Tuesday’s PIX11 segment on Bright Eyes, I went to GAP to pick up some V-day attire for the kids. We’re having a V-day party, on Sunday. By “we” I mean me, my husband, Ilana and David. What else would I want to do?!? GAP’s kids clothing can not be beat – fun designs, amazing quality and ideal prices. #ImAGapKidForLife 

2. Target Threshold Small Metal Marquee Light Framed Heart $14.24 – Last year, my mom got us a cheesy heart shaped light. The kids love it. I love it. And, while mine isn’t exactly “chic”, this mimi marquee option from Target is definitively something you can weave into your bedroom, office, even kitchen decor.

3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter in Peach $15 – Love your lives and keep them moist, even if you’re having a Vday party at home with the kids. I’m absolutely smitten with this beauty brand, which has no artificial dyes, fragrance, additives, preservatives and lead. Your pucker deserves perfection not poison. 

4. Burlington Allover Lace Bodysuit $12.99 – Not that you should ONLY, were lingerie on Valentines Day, but do use it as an excuse to get a new set of naughties. This option, from one of my favorite off-price retailer (translation: amazing prices all the time) has maximum coverage, curved middle panels to create a slimmer look, and plenty of sultry appeal. Enjoy daily – AM or PM … or both.

5. Give Baking a Difference Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies $39.95 / dozen – Since my cold and lots of work prevented me from baking a heart shaped sweet challah, that was going to be served with natella, my hubbies favorite condiment, I took necessary precautions and placed an order for these yummy, home-made cookies. Aside from being delicious and arriving in a lovely box, each purchase supports a worthy charity. Follow the founder Saira Gallo on Instagram to see how this momtrepreneur is doing her hustle.

Ilana Rose is ready for her first Valentine's Day dance

Ilana Rose is ready for her first Valentine’s Day dance

 

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

Ilana Rose in GAP I <3 You tunic

My princess is all smiles before heading off to daycare

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Youthful Eyes in Minutes, Even If You’re a Sleepless Mom, Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

I’ve always looked younger than my age. A huge chunk of that is do to amazing genetics – thanks mom. Another part is to good skincare habits – thanks mom. And, a final bit is due to minimal drinking – thanks mom. Wow, mom is awesome.

And, then, I become the mom! SHIT!

Erratic sleeping, constant worrying, breast feeding/pumping. It was starting to take a tole on my face, namely the area around my eyes.

But after 30-years of fabulousness, I wasn’t going to let a gorgeous 6lb baby be the cause of my skincare downfall.

I went into action, hunting down the best ways to not only take care of the delicate skin around my eyes, but also find ways to fake the “bright eyes, bushy tail” look that one has when sleep is so easy to come by.

This morning, I was happy to share some of my favorite finds for Youthful Eyes in Minutes on PIX11 Morning News. Below is a recap, in case you missed it.

Youthful Eyes Pams Picks PIX11 Morning News1. Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye 5. Serum $72

2. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm $38

3. Patchology FlashPatch™ Eye Gels $50

4. BECCA under Eye Brightening Corrector $29

5. IT Cosmetics BROW POWER Super Skinny $24

6. RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum $49.95

If you have a favorite product that help busy moms Always Be Your Best You, leave a comment below or find me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Maybe, if I get my tech act together, you’ll soon find me on Periscope or at the very least updating my Pintrest page more regularly. That latter hasn’t been touched since Ilana was born in 2013.

Oh, in case you missed my last segment on Charcoal Beauty Finds click here.

And, tune in February 22nd to PIX11, when I share my five fashion must haves for an easier morning fashion routine. These are the pieces I turn to over, and over, and over again. They have saved me many mornings when my children aren’t as angelic as I like them to be, and I’m running low on time. Remember, always have plan a, plan b and plan S*!t so you can Always Be Your Best You whether you have 5-minutes or 50-minutes. Umm, if you have 50 minutes in the morning you might be reading the wrong blog!

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Friday Five Finds: Winter Warm Up for Mom, Baby & Home

Happy Friday, and Happy almost February.

Hello, how did we just swoop into 2016?

Gasp.

Pause.

Rewind.

Breathe.

Okay, feeling better? If the dragging days and winter’s chilly, slow pace has you down, just roll with the yin punches and check out the five items that are made my Winter Warm Up list.

FYI Head over to my Instagram page to find out how YOU COULD WIN one of these Winter Warm Up goodies. There will be five winners in all!!

Friday Five Finds Winter Warm Up

1. Olyve Flowers $85 – $150 – If you’ve ever delivered flowers via a 1-800 service or a local florist you don’t know, you’ve likely overpaid and been underwhelmed. This is NOT that type of flower delivery service. From the freshness of the flowers, to the beautiful vases and, of course, the signature mod-style box packaging, this might have to becoming my new monthly essential. I’ve had Lucy (see below) winking at me with her sexy eyes for over two weeks, and she looks just as youthful as when she first arrived at my doorstep. No botox, or event added watering, thus far, needed. Oh, but the brand currently only ships to NYC, San Diego, LA, Miami and Philly.

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Olyve Flowers Lucy

I LOVE Lucy ;).

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2. Wool and The Gang Beginner Kits start at $34.75 – Knitting, it’s not something I ever thought would become a trend. But, from celebs to college kids, everyone…and their grandmother…is a knit whit. While I’m not as fast as our nanny, my mother-in-law or the girl I was eyeing in SOHO last week, when I do my slow and simple knitting (still making my first scarf) I find it very soothing. If you’re looking for a relaxing, in-door activity that gets your mind off work, the kids and outside drama, pick up one of their kits. I kinda wish I was pregnant, so I’d have an excuse to make baby booties. Ah, next time.

Wool and the Gang hat

Ilana’s hat was knit by my mother-in-law from Wool and the Gang thread. Fur pom pom is from Amazon.

3. Kissamint Miss Independamint $19.50 – Nothing warms me up more than kissing my husband. LOVE it like it was 2002 (the year we met). This hydrating, shea butter and Jojoba oil-infused lip balm not only makes sure my lips are always in kiss-worthy form, but the reverse side of the tube is a powerful (translation: one drop needed) mint drop freshener. How is this product not a sponsor for a Valentine’s Day mixer? Oh, and in keeping with my greener, cleaner lifestyle, the product is Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Petrolatum Free, Phthalate Free, and Cruelty Free. You’re welcome.ff_12916_3

Kissamint Joey Lauren

With Kissamint’s fun and fierce femtrepreneur Joey Lauren

4. Bestowed for Home $20 for first box – Don’t you just love when someone things for you? As a mom I feel like I’m always thinking and planning. That’s why I LOVE these curated, healthy snacking boxes. Every month you get snacks, beverages and other healthy happy goodies (once I got a fab book with hundreds of ideas for salads. So, who’s doing the thinking, label reading and intense scrutinizing? Nutritionist, author and mom-of-three (ya she’s all that and a bag of GMO-free chips!) Heather Bauer. #GirlCrush Even if you’re not a box delivery kind-of-gal, check out their site for useful infomraiton about healthy snacking and meals. There’s a great section for kids snacks.

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5. Hello Kity by OPI $20-$26 – Being an 80’s baby, you could probably sell me toxic waste in the image of Hello Kitty and I’d be ALL IT! Fortunately, this isn’t toxic waste. It’s mani time! I’ve already begun to play around and can’t waitto share this with my nieces on Sunday. Oh, and my little munchkins love the “kotik” (cat, in Russian). For them, the box is a toy to adore.

Dear OPI,

Thanks for helping me get through some hectic feeding this week. Your Hello Kitty packaging was a welcome distraction! Also, thank you for sending me Hello Kitty cookies. Kotik, cookies and Suits was the name of the game, last night.

Love, Pamela 1983FF_12915_1

Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram page to find out how YOU COULD WIN one of these Winter Warm Up Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby, and Home.

PS Should I call it Friday Five Finds for Mom, Kids, and Home, since I technically don’t have a baby anymore? Or, maybe, I should just make a new baby?!

Hmm … something to ponder over the weekend.

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