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.

new mom must haves by Pamela pekerman

New Mom Must Haves, As Seen On TV

Hey Mamas,

So, I’ve been getting around the country (Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas) sharing new mom must haves, while trying to manage my own mama drama – hello sick kids galore and a new house that we likely will not move into until late 2018!

Any who, today is the first day in nearly three weeks that both kids are not sick, and, thus, attending daycare. With a slew of “free time” on my hands, I wanted to share my new mom must haves with all of you.

If you’re expecting a little munchkin, or know someone who is, check out these great products and services that will make motherhood a little easier – just a little.

NEW MOM MUST HAVES

Medical Innovations

New Mom Must Haves Medical Innovations

PreTRM, preterm blood test for premature birth
I can’t stop talking about this important blood test, which is a clinically validated prenatal blood test women can take to determine their risk of delivering prematurely. Results can now empower moms and their doctors to better manage and prolong their pregnancy and improve the health of the baby. Check out my full blog post about this new mom, game changer.

Pacidose Pacifier Medicine Dispenser ($14.99)
If you’ve ever tried to give a baby medicine you know all about the mama drama that can occur. Pacidose attaches to a hospital-grade oral syringe for perfect measurement, and a tiny tube down the middle that prevents the liquid from being wasted in the nipple. It’s a fuss-free, safer and more effective baby medicine dispenser.

TempTraq Wireless, wearable thermometer ($19.99)
When babies are sick, the last thing you want is to wake them up for a temp check. TempTraq monitor fevers continuously via an FDA-cleared, wearable, wireless temperature monitor in the form of a soft patch that continuously senses, records and sends temperature data to mobile devices through the free TempTraq app. Mamas, you can receive alerts when a child’s temperature hits a user-set red zone level. Otherwise, just keep sleeping.

Dream Support Team

Baby Brezza Formula Pro, Formula Mixer & Dispenser ($179)
The Formula Pro is the best way of prepare your baby’s formula bottles. It uses patented technology to measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature and consistency! No more midnight formula mixing and mess ups!

Baby Brezza Safe + Smart Bottle Warmer ($69.99)
App-Connected Bottle Warmer that saves you time and energy! Mom can enjoy a 5-minute (yes that counts) power nap, or go to the lady’s room with peace of mind. The only Bluetooth-connected bottle warmer to warm both breast milk + formula. Its integrated Bluetooth capability – allows you to receive notifications from a smartphone app once the bottle is ready.

Baby2Body Digital Content Platform for Expectant and New Moms
Beyonce and Amal Clonney don’t get generic baby advice, and neither should you. They have a dream team of support and this new iOS app gives new and expecting mom’s direct access to the same star treatment. Basically it’s a personalized nutritionist, stylist and motivational expert in the palm of her hands… guiding women through all their trimesters and beyond.

New Mom Must Have Products

Better Bed Time

Olababy Trimmo Electric Nail File ($39.95)
Trimming babies nails isn’t just a beauty ritual, it’s a medial must. It’s also a maddening fuss!!! The Olababy Trimmo is an electric nail file designed for parents to delicately, yet effectively trim their baby’s soft, growing nails. It features a central disk with a rotating buffer pad that can be interchanged with various grit sizes to trim babies’ nails at 0 months through 12+ months.

Nanit by PENSA Re-imagined Baby Monitor ($279 + $50/year for insights)
Forget what you know about old-school baby monitors! Nanit is the smartest baby monitor ever because it learns how your baby moves, and tells you if they’re fussy, awake or sleeping like a dream. Insights help parents identify sleep issues, track sleep patterns, parent visits, room conditions and much more. Plus, a Sleep Score let you know if baby’s sleep is improving.

Kepi Kozy Kit safer swaddle($98)
Kepi Kozy Kit is the first-ever swaddling system to support and protect newborn’s head, neck, and spine thanks to a clever “spoon” nicely tucked under the swaddle. The design allows friends and family, from the youngest to the oldest, to support and hold a baby without worry. Seriously, this is the safest, smartest way to swaddle your baby.

New Mom Must Haves Baby Sleep Aid

Looking for more, new mom must haves? Check out my TV segments from ABC’s Good Morning Washington, NBC’s Miami 6 In The Mix, and EyeOpener TV syndicated to several markets including my new #CityCrush Dallas.

Pam does Miami
NBC6 6 in the Mix with (mom of two) Roxanne Vargas

Pam does Dallas
EyeOpenerTV with (new mama) Neeha Curtis

Pam does Washington, D.C.
Good Morning Washington with Autria Godfrey

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

Hey Mamas,

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

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

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

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

TIP 1 –Remember Expiration Dates

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

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

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

TIP 2 – Buy Nontoxic Lipstick

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

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

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

BRANDS TO TRY:

TIP 3 – Wash Face with Coconut Oil

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

TIP 4 – Skin-friendly Skincare

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

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

TIP 5 – Chemical Free Acne Care

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

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

TIP 6 – Kill Cold Sores with Flowers

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

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

TIP 7 – Smarter Nail Care Sorting

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

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

TIP 8 – Natural Nails

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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.


Drink Wine Day Celebration – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Unbreakable glasses, Muscat from Justin Vineyards, velvet truffles, lactose-free cheese … there are so many reasons to celebrate National Drink Wine Day, a day early.

Don’t wait until tomorrow, February 18th, to toast to your greatness.

Today’s Friday 5 Finds are all about wine and the many ways you can enjoy it solo, or with company.

drink wine day Friday 5 Finds Pamela Pekerman

Drink Wine Day – The Innovation

Pure Wine The Wand – Don’t want a headache after your glass (or three) of wine? Pop this wand into your glass, before you’re ready to drink, and it will absorb the histamines and sulfite preservatives from your wine. This helps alleviate headaches and congestion, as well as enhance the taste through rapid aeration. Okay, that last bit is just for my real wine-savvy mamas. I lifted it from a press release. #AlwaysHonest #AlwaysDrinkingWine

Drink Wine Day – The Hygge Life

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living – I couldn’t help picking up Meik Wiking’s book on all-things hygge. I’m already in a very grateful, happy place in my life, but I love how this tiny book is loaded with adorable tips, recipes, happiness perspectives and wellness advice. #ImWithTheDanes

Drink Wine Day – The Vessel

LifeFactory Wine Glasses – Because sometimes you just need to drink while the kids are still awake … Silcone sleeves protect the glass if you accidently spill it with your elbow while running to save your kids, who are about to  go all mosh-pit off your living room couch. #DrinkAnyTime

Drink Wine Day – The Noshing

Alter Eco Organic Velvet Truffles – Chocolates that are made with love – organic, fair trade, gluten-free, carbon-neutral product – and taste divine.  #NoSharingWithKids

Cabot Creamery Muenster Cheese – If you’re lactose sensitive (like me) or full-on lactose intolerant, this lactose-free cheese is the creamy ticket for a decadent night at home. #CheesyIsGood

Drink Wine Day – The Vino

Justin Vineyards 2015 Sunny’s Block – I’m no sommelier, but I like what I like. I very much like this Orange Muscat which looks, tastes and smells bountiful. This isn’t sugar in a bottle, like many Muscat. Sunny’s Block has layers of peachy, orange goodness. Just drink, don’t overthink! How’s that for wine philosophy? #InVinoITrust


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

Hey Mamas,

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

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

Gray Malin Leading Lady Minnie Mouse Prints

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

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

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

 

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

DIY Gray Malin x Minnie Mouse Manicure

Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit, featuring LED lamp

Red Carpet Manicure Iconic Beauty Gel

Red Carpet Manicure Red-y to Party Gel

Disney Nail Art Stickers

Minnie Mouse Manicure tools

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

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

Minnie Mouse Manicure by Pamela Pekerman

 

Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Good Vibes, Inauguration Day Style – FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

The day has come, Friday! Oh, and it’s Inauguration Day, as if you didn’t know that little fact.

Regardless of whom you voted for, we should all use today to inaugurate good vibes. As moms, we have the power – the greatest power – to keep America great. Moms have the power to raise kind, competent, cultured and considerate young men and women, who will populate our planet with good vibes and compassionate decisions.

So, my Friday 5 Finds are all about positive affirmations, worthy leaders to emulate and all-over goodness. Enjoy.

GOOD VIBES JEWELRY

Wear your love around your neck, with Capsul Jewelry‘s Block Necklace. I have one with the intials of everyone in my family, but you can also use their fun emojis and hashtags to create your own good-vibes bling.

GOOD VIBES STYLE

Spiritual Gangster‘s Good Vibes Only V-Neck Pullover says it all in a fun, collegiate top. I wish they made mini versions, for my daughter. The fabric feels super lush. Check out my Instagram for photos, as I wear the shirt, today.

GOOD VIBES IN BED

Because we can always use a little extra sexiness, to up our good vibes game. Gooseberry Intimates Be Mine Bra Longline & Tanga is just what you need on a Friday …. or Tuesday … night. Abs no included – total bummer.

GOOD VIBES WITH FAMILY

Spread the fun and positivity during family gathering. Personalogy Family Fun Card Game is a great way to get everyone – from both sides of the family – talking, laughing and learning new things about one another.

GOOD VIBES READ

If you want to get schooled on what it means to go make it in America, not to mention plenty of womanly wisdom, read My Own Words, by the one-and-only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

 


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

Hey Mamas,

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

Create Love Rituals

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

SELF-CARE SHOWER

Self Love Journeu with Pamela Pekerman

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

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

SELF LOVE EVENING RELEASE

Self Love Moorea Seal 52 Lists

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

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

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

Surround Yourself with Love

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

SPIRITUAL SETTING

Self Love Home Decor

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

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

The Sarling Project Candle Self Love

 

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

DRINK YOUR GOODNESSSelf Love Celebration with Pamela Pekerman

Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe

1 cup boiling water

1 heaping teaspoon of grated ginger

1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey

20 drops of Naturopathica Skin Radiant Tinker

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

Benefits of Ginger

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

Drink ginger before meals to sooth the stomach.

Ginger tea can help ease stress and anxiety.

Home Made Ginger Tea Self Love


Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

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

Hey Mamas,

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

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

Mermaid Blankets & more Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

I Can Be A Mermaid

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

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

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

Greek Yogurt Hair Care

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

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

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

Thoughtful Toys

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

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

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

Choose Happiness

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

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

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

Copper for Your Feet

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

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

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

Simple Bone Broth Recipe, Wellness Benefits & Collagen Beauty Boost

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Mamas,

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

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

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

If you’re tired – bone broth.

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

My bone broth brings all the boys to the yard …

If your tummy hurts – bone broth.

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

Collagen!

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

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

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

My sous chef.

 

My sous chef recruited her own sous chef. #SmartGirl

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

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

Le Creuset Stockpot, every home needs one.

Enjoy. Or as my family says, Nazdaroveya.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

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

4 Medium Carrots, cut into threes

1 Large Parsnip, cut in half

1 Yellow Onion

1 Celery Stick, cut in half

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

Directions

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

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

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

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

I saved a bowl for you. XO