Travel Beauty Essentials by Pamela Pekerman

Travel Beauty Essentials: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Happy Friday. Happy sunshine.

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

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

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

Travel Beauty Essentials Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Travel Beauty Essentials for Lips

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

Travel Beauty Essentials for Health

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

Travel Beauty Essentials for Hydration

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

Travel Beauty Essentials for Hands

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

Travel Beauty Essentials for Stress

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

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Pamela Pekerman Friday Finds Memorial Day Activities Family

Family Memorial Day Activities: Friday 5 Finds

Hey Mamas,

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

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

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

Friday Finds Memorial Day Activities by Pamela Pekerman

Memorial Day Clean Games

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

Memorial Day Sweet Spot

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

Memorial Day ABC’s

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

Memorial Day Manicure

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

Memorial Day Mommy Me Time

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

 

 

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Vasculitis Awareness Month, How Helping Others Led to My Healing

Hey Mamas,

Before May winds down, I wanted to share why this month is so special for me, and where I’ve been putting a lot of my energy, over the past few weeks.

May is Vasculitis Awareness Month, a month-long campaign design to increase awareness of vasculitis, a group of rare autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation of the blood vessels. Maybe some of you might recall the sad passing of famed, Ghostbusters actor and director Harold Ramis back in 2014 due to vasculitis?

Well, what didn’t make the news, but most certainly broke my heart, was that on December 18, 2009, my father Ilya Peckerman also lost his life to complications associated with vasculitis. My father had just turned 56-years-old.

Vasculitis Awareness Month Ilya Peckerman Fund

My heart broke, my mind went numb, my internal organs wanted to jump out.

But, my spirit new there was something to do.

In 2010, I created the Shop 4 Vasculitis campaign, gathering fashion and lifestyle brands to donate a percentage of sale during the holiday shopping season to the Vasculitis Foundation, specifically the Ilya Pekerman Fund.

This past October, I joined the board of directors for the Vasculitis Foundation, with a mission to get the media talking about this often-neglected autoimmune disease.

Vasculitis Awareness Month May 2017

FAST FACTS for VASCULITIS AWARENESS MONTH 

  • Someone gets diagnosed with vasculitis every 5-minutes
  • Nearly 24 million American’s suffer with autoimmune diseases, according to the National Institutes of Health. In comparison, in 2013, there were 14 million Americans living with cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.  
  • Early detection is key to potentially saving lives; education community and primary care physicals is essential

We need to START TALKING more about vasculitis and all autoimmune diseases.

From the launch of our new Instagram account, to wonderful TV segment on Good Morning Washington, CW33 Dallas and EyeOpener TV, as well as the creation of the Vasculitis Foundation’s shnazzy media kit, I’m so grateful to all my media friends for helping us increase awareness about vasculitis.

There are so many things one can do after a tragic loss, but the greatest way to heal is to help.

The greatest way to HEAL is to HELP!

Losing my father was life changing. It has taken me nearly eight-years to find my new happy formula for life, and I credit my work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation with my ability to find new passion and purpose.

Chatting with patients, care givers, working to get their stories heard so that maybe, MAYBE one more life is saved because one more patient starts to ask the right questions and get to the right doctor and get the right treatment … that’s living with purpose. That for me is healing.

Vasculitis Foundation 30th anniversary

WAYS TO SUPPORT during VASCULITIS AWARENESS MONTH

Victory Over Vasculitis Vasculitis Awareness Month tshirt

Helping really does heal. And, as mothers, it’s a wonderful learning moment to show children that it’s good to do good, it’s good to give of yourself, it’s good to move past your own grief for the greater benefit of all.

I’d love to hear how you do good. Have you turned personal struggles into greater success? How are you teaching your kids to be selfless? Share your mama wisdom below.

Last Minute Mothers Day Gift Ideas Pamela Pekerman

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

Hey Mamas,

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

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

Five Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Glam Her Up

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

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

Tea Time in Style

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

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

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

Rose All Day

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

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

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

Picture Day

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

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

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

DIY Scrub

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

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

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