Wellness Trends 2017

3 Wellness Trends for 2017 That Are Easy and Worth Trying

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Me again, blog post number two for the week.

Today, I’m sharing 3 Wellness Trends for 2017, that are really worth embracing.

I learned about these trends through my own wellness evolution over the past year, as well as attending an amazing 2017 Wellness Trends event hosted by Well+Good.

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Gotta be honest – I’m not a “wellness expert” or “fit fab mom” or “health coach”. I’m just a gal trying to figure out the best way to live a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more spiritually-sane life. I’ve selected the below three “trends” (FYI I hat this word) because they are easy to implement, make sense, and could make your life a little brighter and better.

Wellness Trends #1 – Anti-Bootcamp Fitness + Body Recovery

We’ve become obsessed with high-intensity workouts and bootcamp exercise classes that leave us gasping for air. I was never into that craze, even though you do see amazing results.  Particularly, after the birth of my son, David, in 2014, I needed to find workouts that didn’t tax my back. That’s when I discovered Fluidity, a barre/pilates-inspired workout that uses your own body weight to delicately sculpt and tone the body, while also helping improve pelvic floor muscles and improve core strength. If you live in NY and LA, you can find Fluidiy classes in a gym. I actually have the Fluidity system at home, and I’ve never owned any exercise machine. Well worth the investment.wellness_trends_2017_8

You’ll also want to invest in a great foam roller. It’s a pre and post exercise essential, to loosen up muscles, prevent injuries, as well as sooth the body at the end of a long day of hustling kids, work, home and all. Check out Instagram for my favorite night-time foam rolling pose for total body de-stressing. My physical therapist calls this move “The Jesus”.wellness_trends_2017_1

Wellness Trends #2 – Collagen Boosting Suppliments

This one is kind-of funny. I’ve actually be on-trend, with collagen, my whole life, thanks to my grandmother!

Every time grandma nudged me to eat bone-broth (in Russian we call is boulon) because it would cure everything, she was right! Bone broth is a natural, age-old, proven way to increase your intake of collagen.

What’s so special about collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body – it’s what keeps your joints from squeaking, your skin from sagging, and your hair from shedding. Yup, it’s that amazing. But, sadly, we produce less of it, as we age.

Enter Vital Proteins, my new beauty BFF – no joke! My insta-stories can attest to my love for this NO-GMO powdered collagen, sourced from the best grass-fed beef or wild-caught fish. One or two scoops a day will really help you as you cross into your 30s, 40s and beyond.

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Sharing my collagen beauty smoothie on Good Day Philly with Karen Hepp

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Sharing my collagen beauty smoothie with Autria Godfrey on Good Morning Washington

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Collagen Beauty Drink        ——     1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens, 6oz Almond Milk, 2oz Coconut Milk, 1tsp Almond Paste, 1tsp Raw Honey, 1tsp Matcha.  Blend & beautify

Sometimes I make smoothies, even cookies, using Vital Protein’s Collagen Beauty Greens or Collagen Peptides with Vanilla & Coconut Water. Other times, I pop a scoop into my water or tea. (Check packaging to see which can go into cold vs hot mixtures).

PS I still make my chicken (sometimes beef) bone broths for the family. It’s delicious and easy. Click for recipe, and please don’t buy stock!

Wellness Trends #3 – Crystals and Chakras

Ya, so this one is new for me. I’ve gotten into essential oils, chakra meditations (thank you YouTube) and, yes, even crystal power.

Here’s how I look at it – if something makes you happy, and it’s not causing harm to your or anyone else, why not do it!?

That’s why I’ve placed Rose Quartz, the stone of self-love (selected at Well+Good’s Wellness Trends event from Luke Simon of La Vie En Rainbow)  near my bandstand, purchased numerous stone bracelets that speak to me (and then I google the meaning, to much delight — I always pick what I’m seeking/praying for) and try to do a Chakra mediation every so often.

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Here’s to YOUR Health

May 2017 bestow upon you all the brightness and beauty you seek. And, may you have many reasons to smile.

Remember, a happy mom, means a happy family.

If all else fails, there should ALWAYS be a bottle of Rose on standby.

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman

Fountain of Youth Fruits: Beauty Benefits of Apples, Pomegranates & Pumpkins

Hey Mamas!

I was planning to post this on Friday – actually I should have posted it the previous Friday, but sick kids, my gut issues, charity work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation, life …. Sorry! One of these days, I might get my whole act together.

For now, let’s talk apples.

We’ve all heard the adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But, an apple a day may also keep the plastic surgeon away.

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Yup, apples, as well as two of fall’s other fruit harvests – pumpkins and pomegranates – have amazing beauty benefits.

Some of you may have caught me discussing this food to face topic on PIX11 Morning News, last Tuesday, with my dear friend, and mentor, Sukanya Krishna. (Side bar: I LOVE this woman. She’s a momBOSS, girl’s girl and killer anchor).

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the segment – Fall’s Fountain of Youth Fruits – check out the clip below.

I got quite a few emails and social media pings about the items on the table, so here’s some more scoop about the skincare and beauty finds, as well.

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Benefits of Eating Apples

  • Ursolic acid, found in the peal, is linked to lower risk of obesity because it boosts calorie burn and increases muscle
  • There are 4gp of fiber per one medium size apple. Fiber will keep you fuller longer, so you’re hopefully less likely to much on unhealthy snacks.
  • Fiber also improves your digestive system and increases metabolism. If you’ve been following my gut health drama on Instastories, you know I’m all about good gut health.

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  • An apple bar is a fun way to get the whole eating the fruit. Slice up (with the skin on – because apple skin has the majority of the vitamins, fiber and other benefits) and put on the table with various sides like almond butter, peanut butter, Nutella, honey.
  • At my house, we’re big on baking apples. Wash, decorate with cranberries if desired and pop into the oven at 375degrees for approximately 45minutes. Baked apples with their skin on, retain more of their nutritional value, as compared to making apple sauce.

Beauty Benefits of Apples

Juice Beauty, which has Gwyneth Paltrow as their creative director, have an amazing green apple collection that is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances (yup eco excellence). The apples are even sourced from organic farms. On PIX11 I spotlighted the Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer $18.

  • brightening malic acid from organic green apples combined with other ingredients for lux lotion that helps with skin glow
  • essential fatty acids and apple’s Vitamin C nourish and help firm skin from head to toe
  • No parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances

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Benefits of Eating Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A, which helps with vision.
  • In the mood for less Wrinkles? Pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which helps fight UV damage.
  • Vitamin C found in pumpkins is a natural immune booster that may help during cold/flu season

Nutritious Nibbles featuring Pumpkins

noosa yoghurt Pumpkin Flavor 4oz. 4 pack $4.99, Available at Whole Foods.

  • perfect for snack time, grab-and-go
  • made with whole-milk and fresh pumpkin puree and infused with wildflower honey on local dairy farms in Colorado

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Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

PCA SKIN has a great pumpkin wine-based toner. Yup, you can make wine from anything. Who knew! The Nutrient Toner is $35.

  • It’s packed with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins helps minimize appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and leave skin with a healthy glow
  • pumpkin wine produced by fermenting whole pumpkin, which releases the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, including vitamin A and vitamin C
  • Best of all, this product is free of synthetic dyes and fragrances

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Benefits of Eating Pomegranates

  • Pomegranates protect against heart disease and cancer, due to antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols
  • They Contain a natural inhibitor that inhibits production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk
  • Blood pressure-reducing properties, thanks to phytochemicals in pomegranate

Nutritious Nibble featuring Pomegranates

POM Wonderful POM POMS Fresh Arils 4.3oz $3.99, Available at local grocery store  

  • Time-saving package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils
  • good source of fiber, 4 grams per half-cup serving. With polyphenols and free-radical fighting antioxidants, only 100-calories for 4.3oz
  • For easy entertaining, the 8oz size is great for the home chef that wants to jazz a dish in seconds, giving it a punch of color, sweet taste and a healthy bonus.

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Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates

WELEDA is another one of those brands I trust for their cleaner, greener approach to formulation. IF you’re looking for a new night moisturizer, try their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream $37, available at Whole Foods.

  • organic pomegranate seed oil contains high-level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect skin from damaging free radicals (sun other environmental damage)
  • results in the reduction of wrinkles, for firm refreshed skin
  • 100% certified natural by NaTrue

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I’m so passionate about finding cleaner, green beauty and lifestyle products. So, if you have a brand or product you love – skincare, cosmetics, cleaning agents, baby/kid items, whatever – leave a comment below. Let’s detoxify together. #CleanerGeenerLife

NOTE above medical/health claims: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on f TV. All benefits are those I’ve heard from medical experts, research online and via interviews, and/or found in recent studies. If you have concerns about eating something or the effects of a certain product/ingredient on your skin, please call your REAL doctor.

Also, the food brands listed above and featured in my segment are not endorsing any of the benefits claims I’m mentioning, unless stated otherwise. Because, like me, they are not fans of law suits.

Okay, that’s all. Just gotta get that out. Like I said, I’m not a fan of law suits. Stress is just toxic for your skin.

Until next time, here’s hoping you #AlwaysBeYourBestYou.

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

Hey Mamagers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celebrate National Donut Day in Style: FRIDAY FIVE FINDS

Wear it. Sit in it. Bake it. Eat it.

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From funny t-shirts to pool floats, take a little time to enjoy National Donut Day in style.

Yup, National Donut Day is real and it’s happening today. I’m heading out to Donkin’ Donuts to get my FREE donut with any beverage purchase. Crumb Cake Donut or a classic Chocolate Glaze Donut always hits the spot, for me.

Click here to find other national and regional shop celebrating National Donut Day with free food and fun social media events.

This weekend, take a bite out of life … and delicious donut. #NationalDonutDay

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1. Terez Donut Leggings 2. Kohl’s Donut Worry Tshirt $9.99, 3. Babycakes Nonstick Donut Maker $35,    4. BigMouth Donut Pool Float $19.95, 5. Mini Donuts by Jessica Segarra $12

 

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Friday Five Finds: Pineapple Fashion and Fun for Mom, Kids and Home

Brrr!! What’s going on outside? Is it really just two days until May?

In an effort to will summer (let’s just forget about Spring) weather our way, today’s Friday Five Finds are inspired by the palm trees and pineapples I enjoyed on my recent vacation at Malliouhana Hotel & Spa‎ in Auberge. Pineapple fashion, pineapple fun, pineapple Friday Finds for all!

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1. Overstock.com Pineapple Applique Burlap 20-inch Pillow $41.99 – Can someone please pore this mom a Pina Colada while she lounges? Reality check – mom, aka me, is likely poring someone a drink. But, my day will come!

2. MILLYicon Pineapple Print Rimini Short Jumpsuit $225 – Rompers are my new go-to staple because they can go from day to night with a change of shoes and some extra bold accessories. I’d totally rock this in Costco at 11am and a club (not that I’ve seen a club since 2010 … waaa waaaa) at 11pm.

3. MeMe London Lucky Pineapple Bracelet $51 – This is my new go-to brand for fun, stretchy braclets. Have you caught my arm candy love on Instagram?

4. Mini Melissaicon Baby’s & Toddler’s Pineapple Perforated Jelly Mary Jane Flats $58 – Because these are so much juicier than your average jellies.

5. ZARA Ice-cream and Pineapple T-Shirt $5.90 – Two fabulous summer essentials, plus one fabulous price, equals a win for mom and munchkin.

 

And now some views of the hotel, to warm up my soul before I head down to finish up tonight’s final Passover meal.

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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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Friday Five Finds: Brite Retail Therapy on Cold Winter Days, for Mom, Kids & Home

We made it!!

It might have taken some wine, but we did it!

Happy Friday.

I hope you enjoy this week’s installment of Friday Five Finds. It’s retail therapy that will brighten up your wardrobe, your office and get those kids smiling for spring.

Oh, did you notice I made the title switch from “baby” to “kids”? Eeek. It’s official. I don’t have babies. I have toddlers.

Time flies. Enjoy your munchkins at every step and turn of the road.

Friday Five Finds

1. Sugarfina “Pucker Up” Peach Bellini $7 – Yummy, all-natural gummies filled with a peachy flavour, then dusted in sweet & sour sugar, equals a spring-time party in my mouth.

2. Deepa Gurnanci Tegan Bracelet $185 – Colors, tassels, medallions oh my. I love the playfulness of this cuff and the easy snap on closure I can manage even if both my kids are jumping on me while I get dressed in the morning. #BusyMomStyleSalvation

FYI Tune in to PIX11 Morning News this coming Monday at approximately 8:45am, to see me wearing this cuff. I’ll be talking about my 5 Grab-and-Wear Fashion Essentials for busy commuters and moms. You won’t want to miss it!

3. H&M Lace Circle Skirt $69.99 – Spring-time here I come. Until the winds calm down, I’ll be pairing this burnt-orange skirt with my favorite new Skinny Shirt (omg it doesn’t ride up the back!!) and Joie booties.

4. Sazparillas Hair Clip ETSY find alert!! $5.89 – Fun prints for my princess’s curly, lovable hair.

5. Mapleton Drive Small Acrylic Vessel w/ Pink Agate and Acrylic Notepad Tray w/ Pink Agate $42 and $60 – I love the look of acrylic in home and office design. My pencils and paper are able to get a stylish makeover.

 

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.

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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.

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

 

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

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My princess is all smiles before heading off to daycare

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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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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.

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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

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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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Friday Five Finds - Health & Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

Friday Five Finds: Health & Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

I meant to write this post, yesterday, but I spent most of the day working on a very important charity project, the 2015 Shop 4 Vasculitis Campaign. More details to come.

As usual, by the time I picked up Ilana from day care (FYI she fell asleep during the 10-minute car-ride home – too cute), the kids got fed, tomorrow’s clothing got prepped, dinner was made, a quick 30-minute visit from the physical therapist to relieve crazy hamstring pain happened, and then it was 10:30pm.

No writing was coming out of me at 10:30pm. Steve and I crawled upstairs, after a failed attempt to watch Scandal. Am I wrong, or is Bellamy Young, the actress who plays the first lady, the real star of the show?

But, off on a tangent I go.

Today’s, Friday Five Finds was inspired by my new baking obsession, Cookie DŌ – ready-made cookie dough that bakes to perfection, and is edible pre baking! Yes, edible cookie do that grandma will not take away!!! Stop, is your inner child as happy as mine?

So, I’m on their website and I come across the newest flavor “Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chunk”. WHAT? This needs to grow on trees, ladies. If it tastes as good as it sounds, I may need to stock up and lock out the husband and kids. It’s going to be a major Meaningful Me Moments weekend.

These cookies will be my consolation prize for not being able to attend the Back to the Future concert at Radio City Music Hall, tonight.

Back to the pumpkins.

What’s so great about these orange fruits?

  • Need more oomf from your meals?
    • Stay fuller, longer by eating a diet rich in dietary fiber, which helps slow digestion. Hey, guess what pumpkins are made of?
  • Skin on your face starting to match the Halloween scarecrow outside?
    • The carotenoids that give pumpkins their orange hue, also help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that speed up aging. It’s like ridding The DeLorean, for your face. (I had to get in one reference!)
  • On snooze mode all day?
    •  A cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, than a banana. Eat up after the gym, to restore your body’s balance of electrolytes and keep muscles in tip-top shape.
  • Not sure which of your kids is talking to you?
    • Get a boost of aid to your vision from the Vitamin-A found in pumpkins
  • Can’t shake off that cold?
    • Get 20% of your daily Vitamin-C from pumpkins, so you can sneeze less and smile more.

Here are my Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home, focusing on Health & Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins.

Friday Five Finds All About Pumpkins

1. Sophie Uliano‘s DIY Pumpkin Papaya Facial Peel – I’ve been a fan of this woman since I  caught her on Oprah years ago sharing tips on how to live Gorgeously Green. Check out her site and be on the look out for upcoming posts where I’ll be chatting with Sophie on clean beauty, and greener ways to Always Be Your Best You.

2.Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel $56 – It was love at first you-got-rid-of-my-crazy-pregnancy-pimples sight.

3. Plum Organics hello dinner pumpkin, spinach, quinoa & baby grains $4.99 – This organic and nutritious meal came in so handy when I had to grab David, pack up in under 10-minutes, and head to grandma’s, on Tuesday. (Yes, she’s fine now. #ThatsHowThisFamilyRolls )

4. Cookie DŌ Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chunk $17 for 16oz – I’m pretty sure I explained the SOS need for this product in every mom’s fridge, above. Ready-made, heck, even ready-to-eat, cookie dough that’s made with clean ingredients. Spoon out, bake for 10-minutes and smile.

5. Candice Kumai‘s Slimming Pumkin Smoothie – I couldn’t end this post without sharing a great find from my dear friend, Candice Kumai’s book, Clean Green Drinks. Try this tonight. If you have a fireplace, light it up, up, up, and enjoy away.

      • 1 1⁄2 cups unsweetened almond milk
      • 3⁄4 cup organic pumpkin puree
      • 1 frozen banana1⁄2 Bartlett pear, cored
      • 1⁄4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
      • 4 tablespoons (1 scoop) protein powder
      • 1⁄2 cup ice

As always, have a fabulous weekend. If you try any of these products, do let me know. Use #FridayFiveFinds #PiecesofPam.

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