Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies Recipe

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies – RECIPE

Hey Mamas,

Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies anyone?

I’ve taken bits from other recipes and melded them into the most moist, wholesome homemade cookies ever!

Best of all, they are gluten free, loaded with yummy and pretty pistachios. Plus, you get the beauty benefits and delicious texture of oatmeal.

Who’s ready to dunk these babies into some almond milk? Today is World Pistachio Day, after all.

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Now, let’s get cracking on the easy recipe. You can make your own Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies while watching tonight’s Oscars Red Carpet arrivals. Yup, it’s that easy!

Oatmeal & Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Ingredients

Makes 1-2 dozen depending on the desired size of cookies.

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
  • ¼ cup water

Tolders Baking Pistachio Gluten Free Cookies

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix on low/medium to combine. Mix in the mashed banana and 1/4 cup of water, until incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add the pistachios and oats, mixing briefly.
  5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out 2-inch dough balls, placing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake until just golden on top, about 10 minutes. Cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Premature Birth Breakthrough PreTRM blood test

Premature Birth Blood Test: One Less Pregnancy Stress

Hey Mamas,

Pregnancy is the stressful, pre-game to being a juggle-as-much-as-you-can, without dropping ANY ball, mom.

Who Should Worry About Premature Birth?

Ball 1 – Your Health

Ball 2 – The Fetus’ Health

Ball 3 – Your Looks

Ball 4 – Home Prep

Ball 5 – Work

Ball 6 – Your Fitness Routine

Ball 7 – Your Nutrition

Ball 8 – What’s the New Norm? What’s the Happy Formula?

…. And so on.

Who Should Worry About Premature Birth?

With regards to Ball 1 and Ball 2 – i.e. the health of mommy and baby – there’s a new blood test called PreTRM that aims to relieve stress in the health department.

PreTRM is a prenatal blood test a woman can take during the 19th or 20th week of pregnancy, that determines her individualized risk for delivering a baby prematurely.

Having gone through two pregnancies, I truly never considered myself at risk of delivering prematurely, which is defined as delivery before 37 weeks. Boy, was I naïve.

PREMATURE BIRTH SHOCKING FACTS

The March of Dimes estimates that the preterm birth rate in the U.S. is approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies, one of the highest rates in the developing world.

50% of women who go on to have a premature birth, have no risk factors

The best predictor of preterm birth is a previous spontaneous preterm birth. However, 40% of women who have a premature birth are first time moms.

Premature babies are at an increased risk of developing serious and sometimes long-term health issues including: neurological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, vision and dental problems, and behavioral issues such as ADHD and anxiety.

PREMATURE BIRTH BLOOD TEST

As mentioned already, the PreTRM test is a breakthrough in helping reduce the problem of premature birth by simply taking a prenatal blood test at your doctor’s office. Your doctor shares your individualized risk assessment and determines the next steps for your pregnancy management.

The goal is to identify women, who are carrying one baby, show no signs of delivering prematurely, but still test at a higher risk of having a preterm birth, according to the blood results from the PreTRM test. Essentially, the PreTRM blood test now let’s doctors create the best plan so the mom-to-be is less likely to delivery before 37-weeks. The test doesn’t prevent preterm delivery, but it’s an awesome tool for your health care provider to do his/her job and hopefully keep the bun in the oven for a longer period of time. #StillCooking

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PREMATURE BIRTH BLOOD TEST PreTRM LEARN MORE

Mamas, if you’re currently cooking a bun, or plan on getting pregnant, check out PreTRM.com. You’ll learn all about their clinically validated studies, as well as other useful peer-reviewed medical journal reports.

Since PreTRM is a new, first-of-its-kind test, your insurance may not cover the hefty $945 price tag. However, years ago, the genetic testing that today is covered by most insurance companies, was also not covered. Once the insurance companies understand the financial benefit of having less premature babies to take care of (sad but it always comes down to their numbers!) PreTRM will probably be covered. That, of course, is my hope!

If I’m blessed to have another baby, I certainly am going to ask my doctor to perform this test. I’d rather downgrade the cost of clothing and fancy strollers, for the peace-of-mind of a potentially healthier pregnancy and healthier baby.

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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

 

Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

FRIDAY 5 FINDS: Hygge Life Essentials for Cozy Weekends, January 5, 2017

Hey Mamas,

It’s my first Friday Five Finds of 2017, with a hygge twist!

Check out what’s keeping me sane and stylish, this week. I wasn’t really looking for a theme, but every find has a hygge vibe (that’s Danish for “cozy” aka celebrating the everyday moments).

Hygge Finds by Pamela Pekerman

1. Insta Print

If you’re like me, you have thousands of photos of your kids – waaaay more than your parents have of you! But, your parents, and mine, actually printed photos. Ya, they took the time to print photos and make albums.

Prynt let’s you print instantly. Simply attach the device to your iPhone and snap a photo. A tiny, built-in printer produces a hard-copy photo, and the Prynt app records a video to go with the image. The Prynt case photo can be scanned with your phone’s QR technology to bring the image to life on your screen via that video.

Don’t even ask meabout that last line means. I took it from their website. I know it’s a cool feature. I still haven’t used that bit. But, I have made my grandmother very happy, by giving her photos right on the spot. #GranmasLovePrints 

2. Sweeter Sweaters

J Jill makes some of the best sweaters and pullovers. When I can’t think in the morning, I grab a cream or white knit, pair with a skinny jean, some diamond-stud earrings and wide-rim sunglasses, and I’m done. NO SWEATPANTS TO DAYCARE. Repeat as needed!!

For mamas who still aren’t familiar with J.Jill, I urge you to check them out online, or a store near you. The photos don’t do most of the sweaters justice. You have to feel, try and style your way. Head over to Instagram for my insta stories, to see which sweater I’m wearing, today #KeepingWarm

3. Ending Mealtime Madness

N+B is a hip brand that focuses on “toys for cooler parents” – gotta love that slogan! This Meal Wheel is great not only for promoting family conversation, but, it makes a game out of eating. Playtime meets mealtime meets sanity! #Winning

4. Chicer, Cleaner Candles

Lucid Candle always looks great, never melts, is super safe (no sparks, no soot) and has a natural fragrance. The candle shell is made of a polymer that never burns down, and you simple remove the top fiberglass wick, pour in lucid liquid paraffin, and enjoy. Click here to see how they work.

Candles are hygge approved. And this fuss-free option, is a Friday-night essential. #AllKidsToBe #WereAdulting

5. Speak-to-Me Stones

I found Eye of the Sea, a fabulous new-to-me, jewelry brand, last year, at an Accessories Council showcase. With my new love for gemstones and spiritual jewelry, I was hooked on the simple, yet, elegant bracelets.

I’ve been rocking the brand’s Rose Quarts (self love) bracelet, but for 2017 I’m adding amethyst (stone of spiritual healing and growth) and maybe peridot (color of the year and stone of relationships). Give it a try. If nothing else, you have a nice piece of jewelry. #GettingStoned

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman

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The Gift of Sleep, a Mom Essential: Sleep Comfort Month

Hey Mamas,

I hope you had a blessed, joyful holiday weekend.

Okay, I actually hope you got lots and lots of sleep. Really! Isn’t that what we all want? Just a small spot (pillow optional) to curl up and drool for a few hours.

With the holiday hustle-and-bustle upon us, does anyone find it odd that November is National Sleep Comfort Month?

Forget about comfort, how about just lobbying for National Mom Will Sleep Anywhere Anyway Month? (PS I’m so going to try and make that official, some day.)

Day-care holiday parties, Thanksgiving decorating, charity fundraising, corporate gatherings, gift shopping, fa la la la la la la la la ….
Sleep, when?

But, seriously, quality sleep is a luxury me and most moms could not put a price tag on. And, it’s something we need to try and prioritize.
TRUTH – I’m sitting at Le Pain Quotidien on Lexington Avenue and 64th Street, at 3pm on Monday barley keeping my eyelids open, as I draft this post. This has become my permanent state.

Which is why I’m committing myself to focusing on sleep.

Oxygen. Food. Sleep.

Here are a few tips I’m trying to incarnate into my life, in order to improve my sleep routine. I hope they resonate with you, as well.

1. Learn to Say NO

There are only so many hours in the day, and 9pm-12am is not the time to work on an arts-and-crafts project for your son’s class. (Guilty – but I’m trying to change). It’s okay to say no to someone or something else, and say yes to you time, sleep time.
Don’t volunteer for every cause. If you pass out while gathering canned soup, you’ll be of no use to the charity you’re supporting, or your own family. Don’t agree to bake a cake for your kid’s holiday party – buy it! Don’t feel the need to accept every holiday invitation. Your friends will understand. And, they would much rather you focus on the dark circle under your eyes. Seriously, they told me so.

2. Learn to Let Go

Your kids will be fine if you go on vacation, mini vacation, or frequent date nights. They will live if someone else tucks them into bed. You are a kickass mom. But, if you are running low on fuel, you will burn out and be a miserable Grinch. Don’t be a Grinch.
Get yourself to a bed – even if it means you sleep at your mother-in-law’s house during the day, while a babysitter comes and watches the kids for a few hours. YES, I’ve done that. I’ve actually called a babysitter to come and watch my kids while I “go to work”. Work meant sleep … one block down … at my in-law’s house… at 2pm. #ChooseSleep

This Works Deep Sleep sleep comfort month

3. Go to Your Bedroom

Going to your bedroom doesn’t mean you have to go to sleep. But, commit to being in your sleep space by a reasonable hour. I’ve trained my kids to be in bed by 8pm. Now, I’m aiming to train myself to be in the bedroom by 10pm. This can be journal time, reading time, meditation time, bath time, whatever time. #MeaningfulMeMoments

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4. Get Soothing Sleep Supporters

From sleeping on silk, to spraying your pillow with sleep-supporting essential oils, the below are my absolute favorite sleep props. You’ll especially want to get everything – EVERYTHING – from This Works, a UK-based brand that puts sleep at the center of its beauty empire. All their products focus on your body’s natural circadian rhythm (aka your sleep/wake cycle or body clock). This Works’ Deep Sleep Superblend, is a must for any mom looking to reboot her sleeping beauty routine.

essentials for beauty sleep1. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak $41  ;  2. Shhh Silk 2-Pack Queen Marble Pillowcases $139  ;  3. This Works Deep Sleep Breathe In $33  ;  4.  Slip Silk Eye Mask $45  ;  5. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray $29

Enjoy the last few days of Sleep Comfort Month, and keep me posted on your sleep strategy and success. As always, I’ll be sharing my highs, lows, and sleep-deprived woes on Instagram, Facebook ,and Twitter. #GiftMomSleep

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman

World Kindness Day: NEON by Paul Mitchell Supports Anti-Bullying & Positivity

Hey Mamas,

It’s Sunday night, and I hope you had a kind, cozy day, because today is World Kindness Day. And, with the angry, bitter presidential election behind us, I wanted to spotlight a brand that’s actually putting more positivity and kindness into the world.

Recently, I attended the launch of NEON a new teen-focused hair care line from Paul Mitchell. The event was a feel-good gathering of women in media, surrounded by inspirational quotes and neon bright lights — and yellow rock candy!

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Aside from being powered by sugar ingredients that allow for sweet, endless styling possibilities (Ya, I’ve tested the goods and rediscovered my teen spirit) NEON is also all about #StandOutStyle.

It’s about you being you, not following the herd. Or, as I always preach, Always Be YOUR Best YOU.

NEON aims to empower teens, at a time when social media is bringing the bully home. As a mom, I worry about cyberbullying, not to mention the overall negative tone our media and political leaders are projecting to our youth.

That’s why I want all you moms to support companies like Paul Mitchell, that are leading the charge against bullying and putting more kindness into the world.
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Let’s empower our girls to be unique, love themselves, spotlight positivity, squash negativity, create positive changes within their schools and communities, and be leaders we can admire.

Via NeonHair.com as well as the NEON instagram feed, you’ll find a space for anti-bullying advocates and organizations to share their message in order to drive awareness and create a conversation to inspire teens.

There, you can get to know Britain Bennett, an amazing 17 year old who blew me away at the  NEON press event, two weeks ago. She’s turned her own bullying hardships (including not wanting to get it of bed, and even wishing she were dead!!) into a movement dubbed TBH to show all girls we are united against negativity.

The TBH platform, stands for

T – “talk to someone”

B – “block harmful words from your head and your heart”

H – “help others”

Here’s to girls like Britain Bennett, brands like NEON by Paul Mitchell, and anyone else that’s putting a little kindness into the world.

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With the kind and sweet Brittney Levine, host of Marie Claire’s The Fix.

As my mom always says, “Kindness counts.”

Happy World Kindness Day! And, have a kind and happy week!

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3 New Kids Shopping Websites and Apps You’ll Love

By now, Back-to-School is in full swing. From Manhattan to Miami and Houston (waha Texas mamas, it was great seeing ya’ll last week!!) to Hoboken, moms everywhere are breathing a little easier now that summer’s casual vibes have been replaced with fall’s structured schedule.

For me, last week was the first time that both my munchkins were in full-time day care all week long. It was also the kick-off of my first media tour (translation: lots of TV segments, in many cities, in a short period of time) since the birth of my daughter back in 2013.

During my travels, I had the pleasure of chatting with many moms, and one thing we all agreed upon is that time is not on our side.

“I just need one more day,” said one mom on my flight from Houston to Dallas.

“It’s a lot. All of it. Work. Kids. Home. I just want to catch my breath,” said another young mom at LaGuardia Airport, as we bonded over our love of Korean skin-care brands.

These amazing women reassured me that my desire to focus on time saving tips and products for busy moms, is essential!!

With both my munchkins in day care, I’m going to make a stronger push to blog more often, share more products (because I do come across so many amazing tools that have made my life easier, and can help you, as well) and also share more about my journey in the crazy land of motherhood.

Now, looping back to back to school mode, if you haven’t found the time to scoop up some new fashion and accessories for your kids, fear not! I’ve found three cool and innovative kids shopping websites and apps that will make yur Back to School shopping a breeze.

KidsShoes.com

Am I the only mom that can’t figure out what shoe size to buy for her kids? I get so excited when I find a shoe that fits, I tend to keep my daughter or son in them for as long as possible. (Which explains why we had no rain boots today! What, sandals were totally appropriate in terenchal downpour.)

So, if you’re like me, and shoe-shopping for your kids is an exercise in click, receive, print return label, and repeat, then you will love KidsShoes.com. KidsShoes.com creative director, Sarah Caplan, teamed up with footwear experts to create a patent-pending universal measuring system called KidsSizing, which allows parents to size their child’s foot online via an app, and purchase shoes that fit correctly every time.

If you’re not a mama that likes to app, there is an option to print out their simple size chart, as well.

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RocketsofAwesome.com

The name alone is killer, right? Well, RocketsofAwesome.com will rock your kid’s wardrobe world by saving you time finding on-trend and affordable fashion that your toddler or tween will want to wear.

Each season, they handpick a selection of high-quality, stylish clothing and ship it to your doorstep in a color-me-if-you-like box. That’s a fun bonus, my 3-year-old and 2-year-old really enjoyed, while I enjoyed a cup of Café Bastelo instant coffee.

Another bonus: value. All items are under $40 and can easily mix and match with each other.

Below, Ilana wears sunglasses, black leggings with hearts and a pink top that are awesome, of course.

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KidBox.com

How can shopping become a tool for social good and education? Simple. KidBox.com not only has stylists curate seasonal essentials from top brands lie Reebox, Kensie, Seventh Generation and PUMA, at below retail prices, they will also donate a box of clothing to a child in need if you keep your entire box.

A whole box costs $98, and there are four per year. Each box contains 5-7 items, including a fun lifestyle goody like ABC stickers or a book, depending on your child’s age.

When we got our box, I let my daughter play with the clothing and try them on, but I also told her that we would be helping give clothing to another little girl or buy that really needs it. Even at 3, I want her to know that we always have opportunities to give of ourselves, be it via time, money or making purchases with heart.

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momBOSS Interview with Nicole Feliciano MomTrends.com Founder and Author

I’ve known Nicole Feliciano, the founder of MomTrends.com, for over five-years. I can’t recall how we met, but I can recall the countless amount of times she has shown up for me – at events I was hosting (even when she only had 15-minutes to spare), social media contests that I needed help promoting, even personal advice when I felt lost in motherhood land. She’s a girl’s girl, a sharer, a dreamer, a media mogul, and a natural voice for the next generation of moms itching to find their inner momBOSS.

Last week, Nicole’s first book Mom Boss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids and Success hit shelves. Before kicking off her book tour, she sat down with me to share some wisdom about her journey from the corporate world, to mommy land and her happy formula for mom boss success.

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So many moms have dreams they never pursue. What gave you the courage to leave your corporate job, start MomTrends and become a killer momBOSS?

I’m so inspired by the women, like my mom, who worked so hard to give my generation of women OPTIONS. I was raised believing I could do anything I wanted. Now, I want to blaze one too–where women get to work on their own terms. I wanted to create a life full of family and opportunity, and I knew no one would hand me the life I wanted.

What was your original vision for MomTrends and how has it evolved?

MomTrends was always meant to be a resource for moms to find lifestyle tips and a emotional boost, in an otherwise busy day. All our content is meant to be pretty, purposeful, inspiring and social.

What does a typical morning look like for you?

I get up at 6:45am. My girls, now 11 & 8, usually come in for snuggles in the morning. Mr. Momtrends whips up breakfast, and we take turns walking them to school. I try to work out in the morning before I head to my We Work office in DUMBO.

Once at my desk I try to do something creative to kick start my day–either styling a fashion shoot or writing. Then, it’s time to dig into calls and strategy sessions with my team. In the afternoon, I try to attend networking events. Most nights we eat dinner as a family. I cook 5-6 nights a week. Unplugged time is sacred. I try to log off from 6-9pm when the family is together. I have special reading time with each girl. My tween and I are really into adventure books; right now we are knee-deep in Masterminds. I read with the little one second because she’s the night owl. Right now we are reading Melody, the newest book from American Girl.

I pop back online after spending time with the hubby. Usually writing and taming the beast of email until well after midnight. Did I mention I crave more sleep?

Mr.Momtrends and I have date night once a week where we go out and try to avoid talking about work and kids–it’s our time to rekindle the romance!momboss_nicolefeliciano_2

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Quite the schedule! What’s your biggest tip for juggling personal, professional and family needs?

Keep a calendar. When I look at my calendar I can tell if I am overcommitted. I need to see a month, week and day mapped out and where I need to cut back. Sometimes the kids’ calendars look too complicated and I trim those down, sometimes I have too many meetings for work. I am constantly trying to juggle the calendar.momboss_nicolefeliciano_5

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What other tools/services do you recommend for aspiring mom entrepreneurs?

Get a good accountant–one that will really hold you accountable for profitability.

In your book, I love that you say “Comparison is the thief of joy.” How do you avoid looking over your shoulder and comparing yourself to other moms, as it’s such a cultural epidemic?

When you have a pride in authorship, you know you are on the right path. When I truly enjoy what I am creating I tend to look forward to what’s next, not side to side to see who is doing the same thing. Stay interesting. Never stop learning and don’t be boring.

What advice would you give to a mom who’s been out of the game for 5, maybe 10 years and now would like to become a momBOSS not only in her home, but outside the home, as well?

Start small. Find a part-time gig and test out your skill set. Experiment trying on a few things–maybe at home sales, or setting up a small Etsy shop. Analyze how you feel with each step and what worked so you can make informed decisions about your future.

Many moms turn to social media and the web as a means to create a business, while still being more available to their family. Is there still space in the online world for new voices?

Absolutely! Find a niche that inspired you. New faces need to come in with a fresh voice. Ask yourself what makes you passionate? You need to be able to have a sustained enthusiasm for your topic. And figure out early on, is this a hobby or a business. If it’s a hobby, don’t get frustrated that you aren’t making money. If it’s a business, figure out early on how you are going to become profitable.

What tips would you give to an aspiring mommy blogger, vlogger or Instagramer?

Have a consistent look and voice. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. To create a true community you need to be niche. I suggest making a mission statement for your personal brand. What are you about? What topics WON’T you cover. Make a vision board and stick to it. Don’t chase trends, make trends.

What’s next for MomTrends Media?

The Mom Boss big book tour! Coming to a city near you!Mom Boss Nicole Feliciano book cover

Balance is a loaded, unrealistic goal, I prefer “Happy Formula”. In your book you also state “You have to embrace that you can only do a few things really well at one particular time.” What’s your Happy Formula for managing all corners of your momBOSS world?

I focus on family first, then work. If I feel like I am giving these two things my best I am winning. I say no to so many things. Saying no allows me to make more space to live in the moment. My girls are the delicious ages of 11 & 8 right now. I don’t want to miss a moment. Sleep gets sacrificed and pursuit of outside interests.

How do you find time for YOU #MeaningfulMeMoments in your busy life?

I run! I have two women who I regularly run with. I love multi-tasking. I catch up with my girlfriends AND get exercise. It’s a win/win! If you aren’t on social media or don’t run, it’s tough for me to maintain a friendship.

Quick, you only have 2 minutes to prep and pamper your face. What are your top makeup/skin products?

I love the Kiehl’s tumeric mask for a pick me up. I always keep a mask in my fridge to de-puff my eyes in a flash.

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Currently reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

Currently drinking raspberry iced tea, unsweetened.

I hope my daughters think mom is inspiring.

Motherhood is my passion.

The best advice my mom ever gave me was never make a big decision when you are exhausted. Everything usually looks more clear in the morning.

 

momBOSS Quotes: Gold Medalist & Olympic Mother Kerri Walsh Jennings

In the spirit of Rio 2016 Olympics, I couldn’t help but get inspired by the personal story of Volleyball champ (to put it mildly) and momBOSS mother Kerri Walsh Jennings.

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Sometimes my passion is just to make it through the mornings. #momlife

In a recent NBC profile, I saw how Walsh Jennings’  manic mornings “mamagering” three children ages 7, 6 and 3, is no different than any of our mornings.

Sure, she has three consecutive gold medals in beach volleyball from 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. 

Sure she’s poised to win another gold medal tonight, in Rio, with new partner April Ross. Tune in TONIGHT 8pm! (Okay, record it because chances are the kids aren’t sleeping, yet. Rggg daylight saving time. I long for it to get dark at 6pm so we can be back at our 7:30/8pm sleep time.)

And, sure Walsh Jennings has graced the covers of countless magazines.

But, were I to have the privilege to speak to her, I’m sure she would say that the hardest and most fulfilling job is these mornings with daughter Margery, and sons Joseph and Sundance. 

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Kerri Walsh Jennings at TheMoms event, dishing on motherhood.

Since I can’t phone into Rio to get a direct quote, here are some inspirational nuggets Walsh Jennings has said over the years. They don’t all directly pertain to her role as a mom, but I feel many of them can help us better ourselves personally and professionally.

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Translation: Stop judging other moms. Be the best mom YOU can be.

momBOSS mother Kerri Walsh Jennings

Tomorrow, I might actually be a better version of myself, but I’m in no way interested in being any version of someone else. #authentic #selflove

I hope some of these Olympic inspiration quotes from Kerri Walsh Jennings help you refocus and be better morning mamagers, when it’s time to … 

negotiate with toddlers, get everyone dressed, no shoes are not an option, feed yourself while you stand, comb hair (yourself included), put on their SPF, make sure everyone’s bag is packed with snacks because g-d forbid they go to day care where everything is 100% organic and yummy with a snack from mom … okay that was my morning! I’m documenting it on Instagram’s new Stories feature