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

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

Oh, ya, I’m sick.

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

Friday Five Finds with Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

Ilana Rose in GAP I <3 You tunic

My princess is all smiles before heading off to daycare

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

Happy Friday, and Happy almost February.

Hello, how did we just swoop into 2016?

Gasp.

Pause.

Rewind.

Breathe.

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

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

Friday Five Finds Winter Warm Up

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

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Olyve Flowers Lucy

I LOVE Lucy ;).

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

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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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Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home: Rain Day Activities and Accessories

I get that it’s raining and a major store is possibly hitting, but why can’t I find any Stonyfield Whole Organic Milk? How many stores must a mom visit to get the essentials? (PS $5.99 for milk!!!!! This is an outrage. I should invest in cows.)

Oh, hi, it’s you again. Thanks for coming back. Good afternoon. If you’re on the east coast and sobbing about the wet weather, here’s hoping my rain day activities and accessories Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home will get you excited about being indoors, while some goodies keep you warm and dry when you’re outside.

Have a fantastic weekend. Unplug. Play games. Sit by a fireplace, if you have one. Read. Breath. Make love. And, get the hubby, your parents, or in-laws to help, so you can have some Meaningful Me Moments.

Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home - Rain Day Activities and Accessories

1. Cuisinart CFO-1000 Lazy Susan Electric Fondue Maker $28 – If my husband is reading this: Babes, we’re scrapping dinner and doing fondue. It’s Fondue Friday. This particular set is convenient because you already have trays attached for all your fruits, veggies, bread and such. I can’t wait to light the fireplace and dive in. FYI Gruyere cheese is the best option, if you’re doing a cheese fondue, because it’s low in moisture.

2. dav Victoria Rain Shoe $98 – There are a million choices for rain boots. In full disclosure, I have three pairs, but dav boots are my favorite. They feel and look more like regular boots than rain boots. If the rain ends mid day, I don’t look weird walking around the city. I’m just a girl in her kick-ass boots.

3. Echo Touch Leather Glitten Gloves $88 – I just got these, yesterday, at the company’s Spring/Summer 2016 Press Preview. How smart of them to gift editors something they can use now. The mittens are cozy knit inside, allowing each finger to move about, with a leather mitten outside that zips open to reveal the finger-touch technology, so you can text away and stay warm. This is going on my holiday gift-giving list for many girlfriends.

4. Melissa & Doug Nesting, Sorting Garages and Cars $20 – I was having a difficult time trying to get my son to be as focused on one toy, as my daughter was at his age. Then I realized he loves cars – the sound, the look, everything. This toy has gotten him to sit, play and learn for over 20-minutes! In addition to being bright and beautiful, these cars help you teach kids colors, numbers, stacking skills and more. My daughter loves matching the cars to their respective garages, while my little munchi boy loves to play with the wheels and show we where he finds the four circles, aka wheels. Rainy days get brighter when you have the right tools and toys. It’s always about planning. Right, moms?

5. Monopoly – The Classic Edition $20 – Please stop tweeking my favorite game! Why mess with a classic? Period. Love, Pamela (and Danny and Sasha – my oldest freidns and bridesmen. We would be the first to petition for no more morphed, messed-up versions of Monopoly.)

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Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home: All About Zen

Hello Saturday. I don’t mean to confuse you with Friday, by posting Friday Five Finds, today, but, as usually, yesterday did NOT go according to plan!! Oh, ya, that’s just life in The Land of Motherhood.

Two words: Swollen Eye!!

Doctors. Blood work. No day care. Exhaustion for all.

But, back to the Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home, that I meant to post, yesterday. PS Thank you to my father-in-law for walking my son, and Mr. Tchaikovsky for creating The Nutcracker, which is currently entertaining my daughter, while I type away.

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1. Peter Pauper Press Tree of Life Journal $6 – Journaling has been part of my nightly routine since I was in middle school, but I haven’t been very consistent over the last  three years. Perhaps this notebook will inspire me.

2. Urban Infant Toddler Nap Mat $48 – I was searching for bedding that would fit easily on a day care cot, without sliding off. I also wanted something that was easy to bring back-and-forth, as we wash it every weekend. (I love when things are EASY.) This bedding is the smart solution for busy moms that what everything in one neat package – bedding, pillow, pillow case and pocket for pjs. Beauty sleep for Ilana and one thing off my to-buy list = zensation.

3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain $7 – There’s nothing like a good book to wind down the day. (PS I’m a NO-TV-IN-THE-BEDROOM gal, because you’re either sleeping or not sleeping – sometimes reading – in bed. )  If you’re reading this one, let me know what you think. I’ve always wanted to be part of a book club.

4. Cockscomb Flower – Making floral arrangements is a passion of mine, and one of the ways I create Meaningful Me Moments. So, when I was strolling through the Farmers Market in Union Square, earlier this week, I couldn’t help but purchase a bushel of these lovely, velvety flowers. I’ve never seen this particular version of the cockscomb, so I was VERY excited to snatch it up for the home. Check out your local floral shop and ask about these beauties. They bloom from late summer until late fall, and make for a beautiful wreath at your entry way.

5. Rachel Brown Jewelry  14K Gold Ring with Swarovski Crystal Eye Charm $595 – Playful and spiritual, this is the next item I plan to purchase from Rachel’s collection. You can engrave it with the 72 Names of G-d, your Kabbalistic Astrological Sign, or keep it religious free with just a Name/Initials. Her jewelry has an explainable power. I know you’re thinking, “Pam, you need a nap!”. I do. But, I also know in my gut I feel better when I wear her jewelry. Chalk it up to a placebo effect, if you so choose.

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Update:
This post was so close to being finished, save for a bit of editing and photo creation. I was hopeful to have a minute on Sunday – what I had was a deep desire for an EJECT BUTTON. #OneOfThoseDays … Which brings me to Monday. Hi Monday. You’ve been kinda good – except for the emergency doctor visit for David.

After dropping off Ilana at daycare, while putting David back in the car, I noticed a massive, MASSIVE bump on the side of his head. S#@t! Something hideous must have bit him in the car. Speeding to the doctor. Doctor checks all vitals and tells me he must have fallen. I didn’t see or hear him fall! Okay, but you’re good. Seven hours later, the swelling is down and I’m 100% certain it was a bug bit, based on the two side by side bits that are now visible. Assume 24 surveillance mode. Bug bites are no joke.

So, Monday, I still love you. It’s 4pm. David is OKay. I asked the babysitter to come over for three-hours, so I could catch up on work, go get some fun Sukkot decorations (ya I’m a bit late), grocery shopping, and pick up Ilana from daycare without lugging David.

 

Being Real on TV

Back on TV & Being Real, Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms with Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

TV is my favorite form of media. It’s live (usually), fun and I get to interact with interesting personalities. I also treat the camera like it’s my best friend, which I hope comes across when I’m doing my thing.

There was a time – aka pre-babies – when I traveled the country doing all kinds of segments.  At first, it was just bags and accessories, because I used to run an online shop, magazine and host live events with BagTrends.com. Then I had agents and other chirping birds telling me to diversify – that was the ticket to more money. So, I did. I started doing celebrity scoop, runway fashion reviews, home decor, college fashion trends … you get the idea. I went from being a solid expert in handbags to being a pointless, talking head. After a few years, I felt lost, but I didn’t know what to do.

Ya, and then I had BABIES!

After much soul searching and excess thinking (thank you to my dear sister, mother and husband for listening to my often, all-over-the-place thoughts), my life and my career are finally in sync.

Much like this blog, the segments I’m currently developing will focus on smart style and beauty tips and empowering lifestyle changes, for real women and busy moms. If it doesn’t save YOU time, if it doesn’t make YOU smile, if it doesn’t rock YOUR world, I’m not interested. Overall it’s about helping you and me find ways to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, as well as find time for Meaningful Me Moments.

I can’t do a segment about college fashion. News Flash: I’m NOT IN COLLEGE.

I can’t talk about beauty problems and resolutions for women in their 50’s. I haven’t been 50 yet!

When I see a 20-something talking about style for all ages, I cringe. When a non-mom is telling me how my mornings are going to be easier if I use X product, I say, “Hey, toots, you have NO IDEA what I need in the mornings.” (Side note: to be fair, these gals are wonderful experts and TV personalities, they just don’t realize they aren’t speaking their own truth. Duhh. I was them!!!)

So, now that I’ve unloaded that nugget, I’m delighted to share that I’ve been getting back into TV land with a string of segments on PIX11 Morning News. It feels so great to be on set with my friend and fellow mom Sukanya Krishnan. PIX11 was one of my first television spots – thank you to my friend, and diva, Tamsen Fadal for hooking up a young, 24-year-old, back in the day!

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Here’s one of my favorite recent clips that focus on Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms. Yes, this ran during the summer and today is the last official day of summer, but most of the items are great all year long. Enjoy.

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Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home: Time Savers

Second day in a row of blogging. I know. It’s epic! It’s 9:30am, I finished this post in 35-minutes – granted many of these goodies have been on my radar for months. I’m delighted to share them. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, I’ve been up sine 6:15am, like most of you gals … morning rush – laundry folding, baby feedings, edited beauty routine (yup 3-out-6 only) daycare drop off, nanny finally comes at 9am. Wahhuu. Friday is my work day, and a change for some extra Meaningful Me Moments time.

But first, here are my first Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home, in a very long time! Enjoy. They all focus on saving busy moms time in the morning. You welcome. Leave a comment and let me know if you have a go-to time saving product or tip.

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1. Party Partners Design Fancy Pre-Folded Paper Party Napkins $10/24 Napkins – I spotted these at Flying Tiger, a really cool store from Copenhagen that’s kind of like IKEA meets Bed Bath & Beyond meets the funnest DIYer. Yon can also find them on Amazon. My guests love them and it looks great on the table.

2. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion $60 – Obsession!!!! Cushion is the new wave in coverage. It’s lightweight, amazing coverage and has SPF50. If I have time for no other makeup, this – and mascara, of course – is the can’t-skip item. Seriously, it only takes a hot second to put it on. Please don’t leave home without it! #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

3. Remington Hair Bendable Head Wrap $7 – For those morning when a comb in not an option. There are over a dozen styles to create. Play around – when, um, if, you have time. Otherwise, wrap a bow and head out the door. Showers are options.

4. Plum Organics Grow Well Tummy $2.39  – This is a new product, which I just learned about this week at a fun Parenting Expo hosted by Cercone Brown Company. Plum Organics is my go-to for ready-made snacks. Usually we make everything, but sometimes I’m tired or we’re traveling and I just need a break. Any who, the new “Grow Well” collection has four categories focusing on what parents worry about most – tummy (ya that’s me now!), muscles, bones, and dha. Ilana is already enjoying her Tummy packets.

5. Keds Double Decker Quilted Jersey $55 – A comfy, stylish and easy choice that gets me out the in seconds. Plus, there’s a little wedge for minis, like me.

Have a wonderful weekend. Count those blessings. Oh, and come back next week. Maybe there will be NEW content. What? It could happen :).

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Day in The Life of Motherhood

Motherhood A Day in the Life aka Why Bother Making Plans

Motherhood A Day in the Life … So, where should I begin … oh, yes, 1am!

1amMs. Ilana Rose (now 2.5-years-old) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay,  you’re having bowel issues.

5am– Ms. Ilana Rose (who started daycare last week) is whining/sobbing. “Mama, ahah pee pee”. Wait, what? We sleep through the night. But, Okay, you’re a bit off since starting daycare.

5:10am – I’m not moving and not sleeping. Icing up the lower back/coxic bone area with Dr. Teal’s Muscle Relief Cream. Two toddles is no joke.

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5:15am – 5:45am Ms. Ilana Rose doesn’t want to sleep and I’m not in good form. Normally, I’m all for cry and leave me alone, but daycare has her in a tizzy. Striking a balance of comfort without coddle, I wake the hubby (HOW DOES HE SLEEP THROUGH ALL THE NOISE ANYWAY?!!) to go into her room and quietly put her on the potty,then let her know it’s still dark and time to sleep. This doesn’t work – twice!

6:10am – The morning rush has come. Time for my quick bathroom run and edited morning beauty routine, using 3-out-of-6 products. With toddlers you need plan A, plan B and plan S*#T if you want to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

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6:15am – Ms Ilana Rose has her beauty routine- brushing teeth. Wait, what’s that on your tongue? ____ insert preferred profanity

6:20am – Wake up daddy to show our booboo and enjoy a three-way-cuddle. Ilana is sad about her spot.

6:35am – Ms. Ilana Rose is ready for wardrobe and hair. PS Styling a toddler with curly hair requires patience and good tools. Thanks Wet Brush Mini.

6:55am – Baby Buddha, aka David (now 15-months-old) wakes up and assumes lotus position. He’s mumbling and then he spots us approaching, through the glass French doors of his room. Ilana plays while David does what he does best, laugh, while he’s being changed.

7:15am – EVERYONE is hungry. We head downstairs. Cue the back pain of holding one that is walking and one that you can’t yet trust to walk while the other is walking. Does that make sense? You know what I mean. If not, pardon my writing. It’s not even 8am and I’m exhausted!!!

7:25am-8am – Feeding David cream-of-buckwheat kasha, while Ilana drinks her milk and feeds herself mashed prunes. Then David chills in his chair with a car book, while I assist Ilana with her kasha.

8am – I scarf down leftover kasha and fruits. This is not an #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, healthy breakfast. I eat less than the kids. It’s one-of-those-mornings.

8:20am – Grandpa is going to work late and lives down the block. Sweet. Watch David, while I take Ilana to daycare!!

9am – Back home and ask grandpa for 5-more-minutes. Grab a LUNA bar (still HUNGRY), green tea with a spoon of matcha powder and my adorable Old Navy walking-the-kids-in-the-park bag. Oh, gotta check emails for a hot minute.

9:15am – I have the best Father-in-Law! David is outside in the stroller waiting for mommy. Off to the park. Secure doctor appointment for Ilana 11:30am, today. Hmm. Rggg. I don’t want to drag David. What if he gets sick. Babysitter comes through, last minute.

9:30am-11am – Swinging, playing, laughing, pushing his bubble machine and making me laugh my tooshy off. I’m so lucky to be David’s mom.

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11am – Babysitter takes David. I take to the wheel. Mad dash to get Ilana and pray to make it back to daycare by 12:15pm or she’ll miss lunch.

12pm – Wait, didn’t we have an 11:30am appointment. Ilana is so exhausted, she rests at the office. Good news: it’s just a canker sour. Put honey or rose preserve on the spot and we’ll be good.

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12:20am – Ilana falls asleep on the way home. Poor thing.

12:30pm – Hungry hippo, aka Ilana, eats mama’s meatballs, pasta and loads of steamed veggies. I’m SO HAPPY she’s eating more.

1:30pm – Ilana is in bed. The babysitter has left. David is in bed.

1:40am – Wait, I’m hungry too!!

2pm – 2:45pm Call hubby to tell him all is well in motherhood land. Field calls from grandparents and great-grandma. Ya, we’re THAT kind of family. #Blessed

2:45pm – 3:30pm Power nap with two phone call interruptions, but i’ll take it.

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Wow, loving the energy rush. Why not change bedding, unpack hubby’s luggage from business trip, and start this post?

4pm – Baby Buddha is awake and talking to himself. 25-minutes later he starts to talk to me “Mama, bee beep” He loves cars. “Mama, amm amm” He loves to eat.

4:30pm – “Mama ah ah pee pee.” A potty trained baby is good, except that they no longer chill in bed. They have needs! I’m coming my darling.

4:45pm – Ilana is dressed and we head to David. My mom pops in after work. Yes! I love help and good company of adults.

5:30pm – Everyone eats – even me.

6pm – Following some in-door play and counting games, it’s off to the park.

6:45pm – Walking back home, Ilana wants to push her brother’s stroller. I lower the handles and watch, realizing this was long, but blessed day. Don’t blink. It will pass. #MakingAMentalPicture AND taking a real one, for daddy.

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7pm – Last meal of the day, then it’s off to bed for David.

8:30pm Ilana is in bed, later than usual, but she got to see grandparents come over.

8:35pm – Too exhausted to eat anything dinner worthy. Tea and grilled cheese sandwich with sliced tomatoes always does the trick.

9pm – Physical Therapist arrives. Like I said, two toddlers is NO JOKE.

10:15pm – Delusional Me meets Reality Me. RM: “Hi, you’re not blogging tonight. You can’t even spell your own name.” DM: “Bi&ch.” But, she’s right. Off to bed, but first: check weather, plan tomorrow’s outfit and prep breakfast. Attempt a few pages of The Paris Wife.

 

If this sounds like a day in your life, grab a glass of Rosé, and park it here when the kids are napping, or when you just need a minute to yourself. I’m going to be making a better effort to post, now that one of the kiddos is in day care. But, you know, things rarely go according to plan in The Land of Motherhood!

As always ,wishing you a blessed day full of style and smiles. Oh, and don’t forget to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou !

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Friday Five Find mom baby and home March 20 2015

Friday Five Finds for Mom Baby and Home: Happy Finds for Spring Solstice and International Day of Happiness

Today, is the official first day of spring. It’s also International Day of Happiness! And, my son turns 9-months-old. Wahooweee.

Never mind that we are expecting snow in NYC, in a few hours.

Who’s ready to unwind and Get Happy, TGIF style?

To get you into the weekend spirit, here are Friday Five Finds for mom baby and home.

Friday Five Finds for mom baby and home spring 2015 solstice

1. Lollaland Lollacup $16 – a BPA-free, phathalate-free, valve-free, weighted straw cup designed by real parents who wanted their children to easily and effectively drink from a straw. I first saw this on Shark Tank (yes, they got a deal!) and it was also in a recent BumpBoxes.com package I received.

2. Keurig K400 machine in Marsala $169 – If you’re a wine lover, bring Pantone’s color of the year to your morning, coffee routine.

3. JCPenney Cooks 5-in-1 Metallic Power Blender $17 major sale alert!!!– It’s great for my new smoothie craze, pureeing the kids food and even grinding coffee bends.

4. Doyle & Doyle Victorian Garnet Necklace $2,985.00 – I’m a Capricorn, garnet baby who loves estate jewelry. This garnet carbuncle set in a heart-like shape circa 1890 must be mine. If you’re in NYC, check out their amazing assortment of jewelry. You may even run into some celebrity faces – like my recent encounter with a major fashion journalist/ tastemaker/ icon. (I’m not mentioning her name out of respect for her privacy … but, it was epic! NYFW, front-row epic!)

5. Shaffer LA The Rose Clutch $475 – This could be my favorite fringe clutch of the season.

For more spring fashion, check out my Spring 2015 Trend: 70’s Accessories Roundup.

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Friday Five Finds – Tropical Dreams, Wishing for Spring

Dear G-d,

I’m not asking for much, but can we get on with spring? Here’s a little poem just for you.

I love your blizzards, they’re fun for play.
And, it’s a blessing to be alive, on any day.
Now that that’s been said, let’s get on with the show.
I’m praying for sunshine, and an end to this snow!

XOXO,
Pamela

In case the above poem doesn’t move the big gal upstairs to usher in spring flowers, here are five finds for you, your kids and your home, that will uplift your sunny spirit.

Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to carve out some time for YOU! You’re fabulous, and you deserve it!

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1. Ted Baker London Oletta Mirrored Tropics Tunic Dress $275

2. Mini Boden Printed Tunic Pink Grapefruit Seed Packets $34

3. Keds x EOS Limited Edition Collection available in lavender (aka Passion Fruit) and baby blue (aka Blueberry Acai) $50

4. Fresh Flowers trimmed, arranged, and accented with butterflies and sparkly faux leaves from Michaels (This is one of my favorite things to do on a Thursday night, to have fresh flowers in the bedroom and living room for the weekend. #MeaningfulMeMoments) $15 for a dozen roses $5 for the props

5.Tommy Bahama Island Life for Her 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum $60

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