Vasculitis Awareness Month pamela pekerman

Vasculitis Awareness Month, How Helping Others Led to My Healing

Hey Mamas,

Before May winds down, I wanted to share why this month is so special for me, and where I’ve been putting a lot of my energy, over the past few weeks.

May is Vasculitis Awareness Month, a month-long campaign design to increase awareness of vasculitis, a group of rare autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation of the blood vessels. Maybe some of you might recall the sad passing of famed, Ghostbusters actor and director Harold Ramis back in 2014 due to vasculitis?

Well, what didn’t make the news, but most certainly broke my heart, was that on December 18, 2009, my father Ilya Peckerman also lost his life to complications associated with vasculitis. My father had just turned 56-years-old.

Vasculitis Awareness Month Ilya Peckerman Fund

My heart broke, my mind went numb, my internal organs wanted to jump out.

But, my spirit new there was something to do.

In 2010, I created the Shop 4 Vasculitis campaign, gathering fashion and lifestyle brands to donate a percentage of sale during the holiday shopping season to the Vasculitis Foundation, specifically the Ilya Pekerman Fund.

This past October, I joined the board of directors for the Vasculitis Foundation, with a mission to get the media talking about this often-neglected autoimmune disease.

Vasculitis Awareness Month May 2017

FAST FACTS for VASCULITIS AWARENESS MONTH 

  • Someone gets diagnosed with vasculitis every 5-minutes
  • Nearly 24 million American’s suffer with autoimmune diseases, according to the National Institutes of Health. In comparison, in 2013, there were 14 million Americans living with cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.  
  • Early detection is key to potentially saving lives; education community and primary care physicals is essential

We need to START TALKING more about vasculitis and all autoimmune diseases.

From the launch of our new Instagram account, to wonderful TV segment on Good Morning Washington, CW33 Dallas and EyeOpener TV, as well as the creation of the Vasculitis Foundation’s shnazzy media kit, I’m so grateful to all my media friends for helping us increase awareness about vasculitis.

There are so many things one can do after a tragic loss, but the greatest way to heal is to help.

The greatest way to HEAL is to HELP!

Losing my father was life changing. It has taken me nearly eight-years to find my new happy formula for life, and I credit my work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation with my ability to find new passion and purpose.

Chatting with patients, care givers, working to get their stories heard so that maybe, MAYBE one more life is saved because one more patient starts to ask the right questions and get to the right doctor and get the right treatment … that’s living with purpose. That for me is healing.

Vasculitis Foundation 30th anniversary

WAYS TO SUPPORT during VASCULITIS AWARENESS MONTH

Victory Over Vasculitis Vasculitis Awareness Month tshirt

Helping really does heal. And, as mothers, it’s a wonderful learning moment to show children that it’s good to do good, it’s good to give of yourself, it’s good to move past your own grief for the greater benefit of all.

I’d love to hear how you do good. Have you turned personal struggles into greater success? How are you teaching your kids to be selfless? Share your mama wisdom below.

Last Minute Mothers Day Gift Ideas Pamela Pekerman

5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Buy or DIY

Hey Mamas,

Our big day is almost here, which means our own mama’s big day is also almost here.

If you’re still thinking about what to gift the most important women (hello sis, mom, grandma, auntie) in your lives, here are five ideas that you can still buy/make in time for Sunday.

Five Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Glam Her Up

Glamsquad – Mama doesn’t always have time to get to the salon, so gift her a salon that comes to her door. I’ve been a loyal fan of Glamsquad ever since they launched, back in 2014, in NYC. Since then, they have expanded to Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.

Let mom sit back and relax as the Glamsquad team (FYI trained so well, I’ve never been disappointed by a stylist!!) does her hair, makeup and/or nails. Get her a gift card today and a promo code will arrive via email, which she can use on the Glamsquad app or phone.  Check out the site for Mother’s Day promos including 20% off 5 Blowouts, good though the end of August (getting mom through her busy summer social calendar in VIP style).

Tea Time in Style

Villeroy & Boch New Wave Caffeon at Gilt.com –  Obsessed with tea? Obsessed with beautiful mugs? Obsessed with all that and a great deal? Pick up this gorgeous collection, currently on sale at Gilt.com for $69 (normally $159). This set is part of my Pam’s Picks What Mom’s Really Want curation for Gilt.com.

Buy it today via expedited shipping and you’ll get the products in time to gift mom some elegant Meaning Me Moments.

If you live in NYC, check out Pam’s Picks on GiltCity.com, where you can gift mom a unique experience like a semi-private tour of Guggenheim Museum.

Rose All Day

Wildfox Mama Needs Rosé Long Sleeve PulloverYou know what I always say, “You can’t have a bad day, if you end with Rosé.” Now mama can proclaim her love for Rosé in a comfy, yet stylish shirt.

Spoiler alter for my sister: you’re getting one. Best part: I have a matching one, already! Side bar: my sister hates when we match. I love it! #SistersRule

Choose Next Business Day (if shopping today) or Saturday Delivery, at checkout.

Picture Day

When was the last time you printed out a photo? Head on over to CVS, or your desired pharmacy, and print out some pictures of you, mom and the kids. It’s a simple gesture, that’s beyond retro, these days.

Bonus points if you actually put the photo into a cute picture frame you’ve scored at HomeGoods or any store that’s near your home.

PS That’s me and my mom (@AskMalvina), last week, on a pre-Mother’s Day trip to Miami.

DIY Scrub

No time to hit the stores and no extra cash for expedited online shipping? Make mom a nice sugar scrub. Yup, even if you’re in your 30s, your mama will still appreciate that extra personal effort. I know I would like that from my kids, at any age.

Wellness Mama, my new guilty pleasure, has some simple Sugar Scrub recipes, that take no time to make. You’ll final all the ingredient are already in your kitchen cabinet.

Simple go to the dollar store and find a cute jar, natural ribbon and maybe a chalkboard or other pretty label. DIY and done.

Nude Beauty Finds Pamela Pekerman

Nude Beauty and Style: FRIDAY 5 FINDS

Hey Mamas,

I’m typing en route to Miami, for a mommy and me (with my mommy) pre-Mother’s Day trip – I’m also taping my Mother’s Day Gift Guide on NBC6 6 in The Mix. That’s a lot of mama love!

Do you have anything special planned for your mama?

While you take some time to think about how to pamper your special mama, here are some rosy, nude beauty ways to pamper and accessorize yourself! My Friday Five Finds, are coming to you on Sunday because, well, that’s how my #MomLife played out this week.

With these blushing rosy finds, I’m sending you lots of love and positive energy.

FRIDAY 5 FINDS – Soft Rose & Nude Beauty Accents

Nude Beauty and Style Finds by Pamela_Pekerman

StyleStrings – Mamas, if you’re looking for that one accessory that you can turn to over, and over, and over again, this is for you. Cleverly designed with equidistant snaps, this multifunctional, PVC-leather string can be born as a bracelet, necklace, lariat, choker (hello 90s, again), hat accent, boot accessory, anklet, belt and more. Who things there daughters will want a matching string?!! #StyleYourWay

ZOYA Nails in Cathy – I love Cathy. She’s refined, simple and the best pinky nude nail color I’ve ever worn. She goes on smooth, and last longer than most regular nail colors. Oh, and she’s free from the top 10 most toxic ingredients found in many other nail polishes. Cathy, my cleaner green heart loves you. #CleanerGreener

bkr water bottle – The spikes are badass with a Nintendo (remember xx?) twist. The tutu hue is ballerina goodness. The whole look rocks my on-the-go, hydration world. There’s a reason why these bottles have a cult-like following. #WaterBottleCruch  

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shine in Soft Blush– Just in time for summer’s skin dehydration mode, I’m stocking up on this hydrating lip gloss, in ultra sheer with a slight pink hue. The formula also fills in fine lines, for a smoother, sexier pout. #DontCrackMyLips

Rose Quartz – Whether you wear it in your jewelry or have a piece of this pretty stone by your nightstand (like me!) you can benefit from Rose Quart’s self-love energy. It’s a reminder to always love and nurture yourself, something many of us mamas sometimes forget. Pick up a stone at a local healing/wellness shop or online. #RosyOutlook

Nude Beauty by Pamela Pekerman

new mom must haves by Pamela pekerman

New Mom Must Haves, As Seen On TV

Hey Mamas,

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

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

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

NEW MOM MUST HAVES

Medical Innovations

New Mom Must Haves Medical Innovations

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

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

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

Dream Support Team

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

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

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

New Mom Must Have Products

Better Bed Time

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

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

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

New Mom Must Haves Baby Sleep Aid

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

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

Pam does Dallas
EyeOpenerTV with (new mama) Neeha Curtis

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