Beauty Benefits Coconuts

Beauty Benefits of Coconuts: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

Is anyone else crazy about coconuts? Have any of you mamas been wondering if all the beauty benefits of coconuts are just, well, nuts? And, does anyone else feel like it was a coconuts kind of week, maybe more coco-nuts than usual?

Yes, to all of the above; at least on my end.

On Monday night, my daughter, Ilana, started to look and act sick – you know that look kids get with glossy eyes, followed by an increased desire to be quiet and still. This was during the first night of Passover. We left our family’s seder early (aka 10pm) to get home and find out Ilana was running a 101.7 fever.

Naturally, Tuesday’s planned day of fun in Manhattan was canceled.

Ilana, I found out to my delight, had tonsillitis. So, while I scrambled to find someone to help with David so that he wasn’t near her, I also began to cancel the rest of my week – save for a PIX11 segment that was focusing on, ironically, “Spring Break Survival for Moms”.

So, now, I needed to survive.

Crafting with Toddlers Pamela Pekerman

Sleeping Sick Toddler Pamela Pekerman

Fortunately, my coconuts week only strengthened my mommy game, desire to be more present with the kids, gratitude for creating the flexibility to be all-in when needed, and reaffirmed my infinite love for all things coconuts.

HELLO!! Passover means no usual dessert need apply. And, I was home – all week – with a sick toddler. Let’s pop those coconut macaroons, mamas.

While those particularly coconuts might not be the healthiest or have any beauty benefits – okay, who am I kidding, coconut macaroons are saturated with saturated fat AND artificial flavor; there are, however, plenty of other coconut-infused products that are good for you inside and out.

Today’s Friday Five Finds focus on the beauty benefits of coconuts. From your kitchen cabinet to your beauty cabinet, you want to go coco-nuts over this amazing fruit!

Friday Five Finds: BEAUTY BENEFITS OF COCONUTS

Coconut Beauty Products

Kopari Coconut Melt – Use this Vitamin-E & fatty-acid packed, organic and unrefined coconut oil as a facial cleanser that doesn’t sting eyes!!, deep-conditioner for softer hair, belly-balm, even a baby skin soothing massage oil! #Multitasker

Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water Cleansing Cloths – Need an on-the-go refresher, something to keep at work or in your gym bag? Maybe just around the house for the days when a shower isn’t an option? These cloths are pH balanced to work with your body, while removing oder-causing bacterial. They are all free from harsh chemicals like parabens, dyes and alcohol. #TheMomShower

Dr Teal’s Coconut Oil Foaming Bath – Stress relief and smooth skin in one? Sign this mama up. This is one of the newest foaming bath options from Dr Teal’s, which has been a staple in my bathroom since I gave birth. The muscle soothing benefits of Epsom Salt are a clear winner. And with the smoothing beauty benefits of coconuts, I couldn’t ask for a better bath companion. #MamasStressSalvation

Farmacy Beauty New Dawn Coconut Gel Mask Medley – If a farmer and a scientist had a baby, it would be called Farmacy Beauty. As you know from my Instastories, this is my new beauty brand crush (and I honestly, don’t have that many – I’m loyal that way!) These masks are a post Sunday shower ritual, for me. Tune into my Instastories Sunday around 7/8pm to find out why they coco-nuts rock my world. #Mascaraed

Zico Coconut Water – There are dozens of coconut waters to try, but this one gets my Pam’s Picks approve for its taste and brand-with-heart goodness. Loaded with electrolytes, including more potassium than a banana and 15x the potassium of sports drinks (hello gym bag essential), Zico also supports the sustainable use of natural resources where Zico is produced and gives back 5% of its profits to these communities. #IWannaBeLikeAlba

Zico Coconut Water Jessica Alba


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.


Friday 5 Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Beauty: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

I’m coming at you with Red Carpet ready goodies in this week’s Friday Five Finds including how to get fuller lashes, glowing skin, even a sweat absorbing garment shield.

So, whether you’re going on a date with the hubby, planning a fun dress-up Oscars viewing party at home, or simply thinking ahead to wedding season, you’ll want to check out my Pam-tested picks.

Red Carpet Ready Beauty Finds by Pamela Pekerman

Red Carpet Ready Lashes

Go big or go home with Grande Cosmetics Mascara, formulated to boost lash volume. Plus, it’s waterproof. So, enjoy that Kleenex moment while Emma Stone accepts her win for Best Actress in La La Land.

PS Use this in the morning when you’re running off to daycare and have no time for any other makeup … or even a shower. It’s an instant fake-awake that will certainly distract from the fact that you might be wearing the same shirt you picked the kids up in, the previous night. #ItHasntHappenedYet #ItCouldHappen

Red Carpet Ready Dress No Mess

I’m a sweater. Wearing long sleeve dresses, has always been a problem. When I was little my mom would cut up some special fabric and sow oval shields under my armpit area, which would absorb my sweat.

These days, I use Hollywood Fashion Garment Shields, disposable apparel shields. I have no shame in my sweat-free game. #KeepingItHonest

Red Carpet Ready Skin

I’ve been testing a lot of masks, lately and I love The True Tincture Chamomile Mask from belif. Belif which stands for “believe in truth” is a cleaner-greener brand that’s becoming a staple in my beauty repertoire.
This tincture mask is loaded with real, organic chamomile flowers that will sooth and deeply hydrate your already glorious face. #EcoMama

Red Carpet Ready Glow

Never have I been so in love with a bronzer, as I am with Vita Liberata Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals. I’m not sure about the “self-tanning” part, and the claim to long lasting glow with prolonged use.

But, I can 10000% confirm my skin has never looked better, than when I apply this miraculous bronzing dust of goodness. #GoldenGoddessAlert

Red Carpet Ready Body

I promise to stop selecting finds from This Works, when This Works stops working!

If you’re looking to cover up skin imperfections and walk your Red Carpet with head-to-toe confidence, lather on Perfect Legs Skin Miracle. It helps diminish the appearance of skin discoloration and scars. #SexyLegsContest


Premature Birth Breakthrough PreTRM blood test

Premature Birth Blood Test: One Less Pregnancy Stress

Hey Mamas,

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

Who Should Worry About Premature Birth?

Ball 1 – Your Health

Ball 2 – The Fetus’ Health

Ball 3 – Your Looks

Ball 4 – Home Prep

Ball 5 – Work

Ball 6 – Your Fitness Routine

Ball 7 – Your Nutrition

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

…. And so on.

Who Should Worry About Premature Birth?

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

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

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

PREMATURE BIRTH SHOCKING FACTS

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

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

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

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

PREMATURE BIRTH BLOOD TEST

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

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

PreTRM blood test deliver baby prematurely

PREMATURE BIRTH BLOOD TEST PreTRM LEARN MORE

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

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

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

Premature Birth PreTRM Blood Test

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


Everyday Lingerie

How Sexy Can You Go? — Every Day Lingerie Ideal for You

Hey Mamas,

How sexy can you go?

Valentine’s Day is TODAY … no pressure.

No, seriously, no pressure.

Valentine’s Day, in my humble opinion, is a commercialized joke forcing terrible husbands to run into a drug store during their lunch break, to purchase a terrible box of over-priced chocolates.

It’s also a day when terrible wives put on their sexiest lingerie for an annual “play date”.

Guys – you should get your wives flowers and chocolates every day; and, give her the attention she deserves, on the regular.

Mamas – you should wear sexy undergarments on the regular. It’s not just for your man; it’s for your own sexual confidence.

I’m sitting right now in a lacy peach bra from Hanro of Switzerland and my wickedly glamorous Gooseberry Intimates kimono robe (which you’ve likely spotted in my Instagram or Facebook pages). I feel feminine, confident and extremely sexy. #AlwaysBeYourBestYou

Get inspired not intimated, to wear lingerie every day. Simply decide, how sexy can you go?

There’s no right or wrong lingerie, no right or wrong level of sexy. Just own your look, own you sexiness, and don’t save your sexy for one day a year.

Everyday Lingerie – The Angel

How Sexy Can You Go? Evereday Lingerie

Pretty Little Things Nude Knickers and matching Nude Sports Bra

Flora Nikrooz Showstopper Venise Lace Robe

Miel Sisters Simply Sexy Nana Everyday Bra and matching Iris Seamless Culotte Hipster

Everyday Lingerie – The Sweetheart

How sexy can you go? The Sweetheart

Only Hearts Loulou Heart Hipster 

Hanky Panky Cross-Dyed Crossover Bralette

Parfait Charlotte Side Support Bra and matching  Charlotte Full Brief

Everyday Lingerie – The Tease

How sexy can you go? Everyday Lingerie

True&Co Crochet Lace Cut Out Bodysuit

Gooseberry Intimates Honey Bee Bodysuit

Cosabella Cheyenne Triangle Bralette

Everyday Lingerie – The Seductress

How sexy can you do? The Seductress

Bordelle Webbed Suspender paired with Nami Guipure Ouvert Wire Bra

Only Hearts Whisper Sweet Nothing Coucou Brief

Frederick’s of Hollywood Angelica 3 Piece Lace Bra and Satin Tie Set

Happy Valentines, err, Happy Tuesday.


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