Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Latte HBO Divorce Mom Sunday Spa Night

Mom Sunday Spa Night: Collagen Latte, Sarah Jessica Parker & Divorce

Hey Mamas,

With the weather dipping to near 10°C, today, here in New York City, I wanted to share a cozy drink that will add extra warmth and pampering to your Mom Sunday Spa Night – a Collagen Latte.

Below is a recipe for my Coconut Collagen Latte.

Yup, it combines warm coffee with the wellness benefits of collagen.

  • improved skin tone and elasticity
  • stronger nails and hair
  • improvement in joint health
  • boost gut health

After you pop out of the shower, (and maybe also after read that last bed time story, because #momlife is mom life) prep a cup of this yummy and beauty boosting Collagen Latte, which is made with Vital Proteins’ new Collagen Creamer. FYI lactose-free mamas, you will appreciate this non-dairy and delicious creamer.

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Make sure you have your cup in time for tonight’s Season 2 premier of HBO’s Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, airing 10pm-10:30pmEST.

I had the pleasure of speaking with SJP, this week, thanks to an intimate gathering hosted by Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein of The Moms  (total #hustlelikeamom afternoon !!) and I was so impressed, as always, with Sarah Jessica Parker’s ability to make the person she was speaking to, feel like they were the most important person in the room.

That’s what she does in person, and what she does in her role as Frances on HBO’s Divorce. She speaks to you, she makes you want to understand her story, her decision to file for divorce, her emotional journey.

I’m adding DIVORCE to my Mom Sunday Spa Night because the show is truly a reminder to love yourself, listen to your gut, fight for your joy, and never forget that it was “just us two” i.e. husband and wife, before it was mom+dad+kids.

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Divorce Sarah Jessica Parker pamela pekerman

As one of the other guests at lunch pointed out, watching DIVOCE can actually save a marriage. Hmm….

“The idea of liberation is very different than the actual experience,” Sarah Jessica explained, at our lunch. As star and executive producer of Divorce, she added that, “We fight [to show] the unpleasantness of divorce and life because it’s fun to play it” and it makes the show more real.

“The more people are candid and decent when describing experiences, the better off we will be.”

And with that morsel of goodness, my decent and delicious collagen latte recipe.

COCONUT COLLAGEN LATTE

Collagen Latte Ingredients

  • 1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer, Coconut
  • 6 oz cup of brewed coffee (I LOVE Cafe Bustelo)
  • 3 oz plus 1 oz milk or non-dairy milk (I use Almond unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg, to taste

Collagen Latte Instructions

  1. Add coffee, 3 oz. of milk, coconut oil, and Collagen Creamer into a blender.
  2. Blend until creamy.
  3. Pour the remaining 1 oz. of milk into a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until froth. Or use a hand-held frother, if you have one at home.
  4. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds. This will harden the froth. (I don’t own a microwave so I skip this step)
  5. Spoon the froth over the latte, and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg if using.

Vital Proteins Coconut Collagen Latte HBO Divorce Mom Sunday Spa Night

Collagen Latte HBO Divorce Mom Sunday Spa Night

Multi Functional Bags Handbags Hustle Like Mom by Pamela Pekerman

3 Multi Functional Bags, Handbags that Hustle Like A Mom

Hey Mamas,

You are all kick-ass hustlers, working every corner of your cuddles-meets-crazy-meets-chaotic world, as best you.

So, wouldn’t it be nice to wear a handbag that actually works for your busy momlife, a handbag that gets that you need help keeping it all together, and can take you from work, to weekend, to grocery shopping, to day-of-play in the city, to yoga class, to the park, and beyond?

I’ve found three amazing handbags that hustle as hard as a mom.

I hope you like these handbag finds, as much as I do. And, if you already own any of them, drop a comment below or head over to Instagram and snap a photo of yourself wearing one of the below mentioned bags using hashtag #HustleLikeAMom.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – J.Mater

J Mater Handbags Hustle Like Mom

J Mater Handbags Hustle Like Mom

 

 

 

 

J.Mater is what happens when two fashion-fierce women become moms and want a handbag that looks sleek, withstands vomit (yup tested that one myself!) and controls your chaos, aka the endless about out sh*t, I mean stuff, you have to carry around on any given day.

With three zip pouches ranging in sizes small (ideal for makeup), medium (loose papers, kids craziness, whips, crayons, crackers, extra undies/diapers…) and large (laptop friendly), plus a large zip wallet and changing pad, this handbag truly has it all handled for mamas.

PS What my interview with J.Mater co-founder Johanna Almstead.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – Be BrilliantBe Brilliant Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Be Brilliant Bags Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Yes, I will be brilliant today, thanks to this multi-functional tote, ideal for the mom wholikes a bag with structure, i.e. not a slouchy shoulder bag.

The Be Brilliant Tote wins my vote for the super convenient zippered bottom compartment, ideal for a change of shoes. Go from school drop off to stiletto deal-maker, in minutes!

You’ll find lots of other zippers, compartments and takeout pouches for all your motherly roles/needs, but the spot for the shoes, that’s really the clincher.

Handbags that Hustle Like a Mom – The ANDIAndi Tote Bag Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

Andi Tote Bag Handbags Hustle Like Mom with Mom Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman

A fashion-tech brand that’s ideal for a mama who is most likely to drive up to daycare playing Guns&Roses, DMX, or maybe a little ACDC for her kiddos, ANDI has that coolness factor woven into every fiber of this tote.

The Cameo Pink (other metallic and bold color ways available) is perfect for the busy commuter mom – or dad, as this is a unisex-friendly style. The tote can transform from a shoulder bag to a backpack with the ease of a few clicks.

Aside from being 100% vegan, the bags are waterproof and machine-washable. I don’t know about you, but when I hear “machine-washable” I get very excited!

Drop a comment below and let me know if you own any of these bags, or have other suggestions for handbags that hustle like a mom.

Mom Non Negotiables MNN Guide by Pamela Pekerman

Mom Non Negotiables, How to Discover & Demand Your Desires

Happy New Year, Mamas. I hope you all had an amazing holiday week full of the cuddles, the cuties, and the crazies, that is motherhood.

In an effort to be of more service to you, and keep our mom tribe conversation flowing, I spent some time processing the mommy moments of 2017 where I felt happier, calmer, and more impactful as a mom/mompreneur/domestic goddess/story teller/TV host/human being.

Amidst lots of reflection, one big aha kept rising to the top.

It wasn’t extra help at home, more interesting TV or hosting projects, or even less temper tantrums (although less tantrums are always a winner!) that gave me the feeling of contentment and control.

I was at my happiest, tranquil, flowing-in-the-now, getting-shit-done zone, when I refused to cave-in on a few key calendar items, i.e. non-negotiable activities and events that I felt allowed me to be the best me I could be, in all corners of my life.

Over the past week, I tasked myself with outlining my MNN – Mom Non Negotiables – which you can read here.

Below,  I’m sharing some tips I hope will help you not only uncover your own MNN, but create a blueprint to truly make your mom non negotiables a meaningful part of your life. And, as with anything in mommyland, there’s always an out button, because almost nothing ever goes according to plan!

Mom Non Negotiables Step 1 – IDENTIFY DESIRES

Mom Non-Negotiables Guide MNN by Pamela PekermanThe hardest part of being a mom is uncovering your desires. Believe it or not, not all moms are the same. (Insert sarcastic voice!) You don’t have to mother like your sister, your friends, or some influencer mom (me included) that looks like she has it all figured out.

Figure out your own formula for a happy life. Here are some prompts, to get the mama musings flowing:

  • What are your favorite moments from your own childhood? (I loved family dinners … before it got dark … this was, of course a different era, and my parents were not growing businesses and working in the capacity that my hubby and I do)
  • Can you incorporate your favorite childhood memories into your family formula? (I had to give up the notion of family dinners ever night at 6:30pm. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I’ve negotiated one dinner for all four of us on Friday. And, I have dinner with the kids a minimum of 3x per week. The options are finding another career or not having one for myself, moving to a less-hectic city, or finding a hubby with 8-4pm job.)
  • Is being the drop off, I’m-there-every-morning mom more important than the I’ll-read-you-a-book-and-put-you-to-sleep-mom? Can you afford to be both? And, if you canafford all the help in the world, does that mean you have to use it!? (Believe it or not, many women are torn about using or not using help. I was one of them! #NotAMamaMartyrAnyMore and no judgement on myself when I enlist paid help … usually)
  • Do you care to be on the PTA or is Personal Time Away going to make you a happier mama? (I need me time, and that might mean skipping out on a bake sale or other events/kid projects that don’t’ rank high on my happy-making list)
  • If your day flowed exactly as expected what three items/actions would you like to invite into your daily life? (For me, it’s creating useful time-saving content for you mamas, 1hr fitness which always feels like meditation, and crafting with kids. That’s my dream day, and sometimes this actually happens! You need to know your dreams, in order to drive the ship in the proper direction.)
  • Do you have a passion for your career? Is it time to off-ramp and be a stay at home mom? Do you care to be a full-time stay at home mom? Can you be a stay-at-home mom and explore a new professional endeavor? (Ya, these are heavy questions, but it’s key to pause and think them through. It’s taken me years and tears to be honest with myself about wanting to be more stay-at-home than I ever thought I could tolerate. And, yet, I still must be of service outside my family unit, hence our mom tribe community and my volunteering with The Vasculitis Foundation.)
  • What and whom do you want to put first? How much me is in mommy? (All I’ll say here is that you always have time for the things you put first, and putting yourself first will make you a stronger mother. So, yes, ask the hubby, sister, friend, babysitter to watch the kids for three hours, so you can indulge in Mom Sunday Spa Night).Mom Non-Negotiables Guide MNN by Pamela Pekerman

Which brings me to ..

Mom Non Negotiables Step 2 – SHARE YOUR DEMANDS

Demands is a strong word, but I like alliteration so “desires” flows nicely into “demands”.

You need to share your wishes with your hubby/partner, daycare helpers, family, friends, whomever needs to know your non-negotiables. Don’t be afraid to share, and don’t feel that you don’t deserve to have the you time, or the simple fun time with the kids (i.e. just the crafting, without the dinner making, dish washing, laundry washing … just the fun stuff … you know, like most dads get to do just the fun stuff … just saying).

 

 

Your hubby/family want you to be happy. Tell your nearest and dearest what you need in order to be the best mom you can be. They will, hopefully, help you achieve your desires, as your joy is their joy.

And, your nanny is paid so you can be free and happy. Be clear with your desires of them and yourself. Don’t be a slave driver, but don’t be afraid to ask them to cook, or lightly clean, if that means youwill have the time to create unique works of art, with your unique works of art. (Did you figure out, yet, that I love crafting?)Mom Non-Negotiables Guide MNN by Pamela Pekerman

 

Mom Non Negotiables Step 3 – DON’T DAMN YOURSELF

Sure, I’m all about non-negotiables, but I’m also a very realist mom, with very real kids, and very real mama drama.

If your kids get sick and you can’t make your monthly spa appointment, that’s okay. Mom life happens. We adjust, when needed.

Now, if your kids happen to get sick every month, at the same time, then you should talk to the hubby or other parties about pitching in, so you can commit to your non-negotiable.

Also, don’t set yourself up for failure by created a non-negotiable that’s unrealistic for your current situation. If your non-negotiable is exercising three days a week, or being home by 4pm so you can spend an hour practicing reading skills, but you begin to see that it’s just not feasible – you don’t have the job, the nanny, the extra hours to make it happen – that’s ok.

You may need to pause or edit the framework of your non-negotiable. Maybe you do a yoga video athome, and in a few months when the kids go to school or you convince your boss it’s a good idea to work from home twice a week, that non-negotiable can go back on the list.

Mom life is about being flexible.Mom Non-Negotiables Guide MNN by Pamela Pekerman

Mom Non-Negotiables Guide MNN by Pamela Pekerman

I truly hope these prompts help you, as much as they have helped me, to craft MNN (Mom Non Negotiables, which will feed you more vitamins of vitality and joy, better than a bag of pink M&Ms!!

Drop a comment and share your top Mom Non Negotiables or find me on Instagram @PamelaPekerman where I’ll be sharing how I hope to stay true to my own MNN.

 

 

 

Mompreneur Mom Self Care Routine

Top Mompreneurs Share Mom Self Care Rituals #MeaningfulMeMoments

Hey Mamas,

While prepping for this week’s episode of Mommy Moments with Pamela, I’ve been reading Going Beyond Mom, How to Activate your Mind, Body and Business after Baby by Randi Zinn, and I’m reminded once again how essential it is for us moms (and dads!) to create Meaningful Me Moments.

  • Self-care is not selfish.
  • Going out should not equal a guilt trip.
  • Your wellness and joy are nonnegotiable.

To inspire you to carve out time for yourself, I’ve asked some pretty bad-ass moms to share how they like to refuel, energize their spirit and carve out time for much needed Meaningful Me Moments.

Randi Zinn, author, mindfulness expert, and founder of Beyond Mom and BeyondMom.com

For me, self-care starts with carving out time with my girlfriends. There is something about the inner glow I feel after a date with my best friends; it feels like I’m cultivating ME. My husband gives me the free pass for Saturday nights. Unless we go out on a date night, I’m free to book whatever I want with my besties. Sometimes dinner, sometimes drinks, sometimes a mani/pedi, but there’s always the room to tell stories, laugh, cry, download about whatever is up. Self-care is about nurturing every part of ourselves, and as a busy mom, it’s easy to put our friendships to the side. When my friend time is part of the agenda, I feel fueled, youthful, and so incredibly supported.

Mommy Moments Randi Zinn Mom Self Care

Stacy Igel, Founder & Designer Boy Meets Girl

I just started core power yoga, and I’m hooked. The first week I did 4 classes and made time early am, late at night and on the weekends. This doesn’t always happen. I try to make it work before I relieve my nanny, or if I go early in the morning I make shifts with my husband. Twice per week, I drop-off for my son Dylan at his nursery school by 8:45am, so if I do not have a meeting to run to, I try to take a 9-10am class. It’s always a juggle to squeeze it in, but I’m really trying to fit this into my life.

Watch Stacy on Mommy Moments with Pamela

Stacy Igel Mom Self care

Nicole Feliciano, CEO of Momtrends Media, Founder MomTrends.com & Author Mom Boss

When it comes to self-care, I’m insistent on exercise. I’ll often sacrifice sleep to sneak in a run. Maybe it’s the endorphins or the sense of accomplishment post workout, but either way, exercise is a busy moms best friend. My girls are older now, so I usually workout right after school drop off at 8am, and then head into my office or meetings.

Read my full interview with Nicole.

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Kristin McGee, Celebrity Yoga Instructor, Wellness Expert & Author of Chair Yoga

For me it’s all about meditation, because it helps me stay sane and focused. It helps with any sort of depression and anxiety, as a new mom and as a working mom. We have so much on our plate, and being able to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, is a game changer. I used to do it first thing in the morning, like 5am, but my 1-year-old twins aren’t making that possible. Now, I try and do it right after I brush my teeth, and before I go to bed at night. I use a little lavender oil, dim the lights, watch my breath, and sometimes I use a meditation that’s guided by my friend David Romanelli

Watch Kristin on Mommy Moments with Pamela

Kristin McGee self care mom Pamela Pekerman

Yuena, Director, Producer, and Youtuber SimplyYue

At the end of the day I need to be able to moisturize. If I can’t do anything else, I just have to wash my face and use my Clinique moisturizer. I immediately fell better and pampered.

SImplyYue Self Care mom pamela pekerman