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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

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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


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The Gift of Sleep, a Mom Essential: Sleep Comfort Month

Hey Mamas,

I hope you had a blessed, joyful holiday weekend.

Okay, I actually hope you got lots and lots of sleep. Really! Isn’t that what we all want? Just a small spot (pillow optional) to curl up and drool for a few hours.

With the holiday hustle-and-bustle upon us, does anyone find it odd that November is National Sleep Comfort Month?

Forget about comfort, how about just lobbying for National Mom Will Sleep Anywhere Anyway Month? (PS I’m so going to try and make that official, some day.)

Day-care holiday parties, Thanksgiving decorating, charity fundraising, corporate gatherings, gift shopping, fa la la la la la la la la ….
Sleep, when?

But, seriously, quality sleep is a luxury me and most moms could not put a price tag on. And, it’s something we need to try and prioritize.
TRUTH – I’m sitting at Le Pain Quotidien on Lexington Avenue and 64th Street, at 3pm on Monday barley keeping my eyelids open, as I draft this post. This has become my permanent state.

Which is why I’m committing myself to focusing on sleep.

Oxygen. Food. Sleep.

Here are a few tips I’m trying to incarnate into my life, in order to improve my sleep routine. I hope they resonate with you, as well.

1. Learn to Say NO

There are only so many hours in the day, and 9pm-12am is not the time to work on an arts-and-crafts project for your son’s class. (Guilty – but I’m trying to change). It’s okay to say no to someone or something else, and say yes to you time, sleep time.
Don’t volunteer for every cause. If you pass out while gathering canned soup, you’ll be of no use to the charity you’re supporting, or your own family. Don’t agree to bake a cake for your kid’s holiday party – buy it! Don’t feel the need to accept every holiday invitation. Your friends will understand. And, they would much rather you focus on the dark circle under your eyes. Seriously, they told me so.

2. Learn to Let Go

Your kids will be fine if you go on vacation, mini vacation, or frequent date nights. They will live if someone else tucks them into bed. You are a kickass mom. But, if you are running low on fuel, you will burn out and be a miserable Grinch. Don’t be a Grinch.
Get yourself to a bed – even if it means you sleep at your mother-in-law’s house during the day, while a babysitter comes and watches the kids for a few hours. YES, I’ve done that. I’ve actually called a babysitter to come and watch my kids while I “go to work”. Work meant sleep … one block down … at my in-law’s house… at 2pm. #ChooseSleep

This Works Deep Sleep sleep comfort month

3. Go to Your Bedroom

Going to your bedroom doesn’t mean you have to go to sleep. But, commit to being in your sleep space by a reasonable hour. I’ve trained my kids to be in bed by 8pm. Now, I’m aiming to train myself to be in the bedroom by 10pm. This can be journal time, reading time, meditation time, bath time, whatever time. #MeaningfulMeMoments

Me Time Sleep Time Sleep Comfort Month

4. Get Soothing Sleep Supporters

From sleeping on silk, to spraying your pillow with sleep-supporting essential oils, the below are my absolute favorite sleep props. You’ll especially want to get everything – EVERYTHING – from This Works, a UK-based brand that puts sleep at the center of its beauty empire. All their products focus on your body’s natural circadian rhythm (aka your sleep/wake cycle or body clock). This Works’ Deep Sleep Superblend, is a must for any mom looking to reboot her sleeping beauty routine.

essentials for beauty sleep1. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak $41  ;  2. Shhh Silk 2-Pack Queen Marble Pillowcases $139  ;  3. This Works Deep Sleep Breathe In $33  ;  4.  Slip Silk Eye Mask $45  ;  5. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray $29

Enjoy the last few days of Sleep Comfort Month, and keep me posted on your sleep strategy and success. As always, I’ll be sharing my highs, lows, and sleep-deprived woes on Instagram, Facebook ,and Twitter. #GiftMomSleep

Always Be Your Best You Pamela Pekerman

Spa Week $50 Treatments are Back, Moms Rejoice & Rejuvenate

Hey Mamas.

It’s Sunday. And …

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Spa Week!!!!!

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You didn’t actually think I would say holiday shopping? It’s WAY too soon to think about that, so stop stressing me out.

In fact, stop stressing yourself out, and indulge in Spa Week $50 treatments during the week of October 17 – 23, 2016.

It’s still not too late to save money on a luxurious facial (try a diamond facial, it will glow you up and remind your skin what it’s like to look like you actually get enough sleep), or a foot massage (because mama’s feet scream at the end of the day.)

Whenever I’m near my hubby’s office in midtown, I try to get a foot therapy massage at Sheva Spa NY. Outside the spa doors, it’s the business buzz of one of Manhattan’s most frantic, dollar-driven neighborhoods, inside it’s a zen-zone of purple and orange flowers, gilded deities and all-you-can-drink Thai tea.

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I never cared about foot massages until I became a mom. Mom is the most on-your-feet job I’ve ever had, more demanding and damaging (physically …. and mentally) than anything I could have imagined.

So, I indulge. I indulge whenever, wherever.

I create Meaningful Me Moments at home (hello kid-free bedroom with candles), in the bathroom (because locking the door and putting on Brazilian bum bum cream while munchkins are screaming outside counts!!) in the car (yes, I’ve been know to stay in the car longer than needed while my mom or nanny are with the kids, so I can listen to music, or just listen to my brain go numb … like you haven’t don’t that?) and, at the spa (by far, the best option).

Like I always say, I’m no good to anyone else, if I’m not at my best. And, I’m not at my best, if I’m not taking some time outs.

My good friend, Latham Thomas, whom I recently profiles in my momBOSS series (more inspirational moms coming soon, promise) says, “You need to mother yourself first.”

So, if you’re looking for your next mommy-time-out that’s actually away from the house, check out SpaWeek.com. And, while you’re there, check out my latest articles for SpaWeek’s blog, where I discuss why it’s so important to make time for yourself.

There are tons of high-end spas and medi-spas participating in Spa Week October 2016, all across the country. So, moms everywhere can rejoice and book up.

Share your #MeaningfulMeMoments spa experience with me @PamelaPekerman on Instagram, and let me know how taking time out makes you feel better about yourself, makes you more productive and even makes you a better mom.

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8 Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home, on Great Day Washington

Ya, so it’s National Relaxation Day …

I should stress (pun intended)  that I’m working from home, with two sick kids and a segment taping coming up tomorrow morning! Oh, and the magical 4-day, family-and-friends weekend the hubby and I planned never happened … because someone, then two someones had near 103 fevers. Yup, that’s #momlife #circuslife.

But, today is National Relaxation Day and I am going to take a nap, just as soon as this post goes live. Praying it’s 3:30pm.

Cue zen music.

Cue silk mask over eyes.

Cue ear plugs and sound-reducing headphones.

Cue grandma coming in to save the day.

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(UPDATE: this post went live at 5:45pm because my daughter refused to get out of bed with my mom. Then, my mom decided to tell me about it, at which point my daughter realized I was home … #MadatMyMom … #FeelingGuiltyAboutThatEmotion. Nap time might happen 6-7pm)

On my last trip to DC, I taped a fun pampering segment, which ran today. I hope it inspires you mamas to take some time for yourselves. I know how hard it is to put yourself on the to-do list, but it’s extremely important for your well being.

Call mom. Call the next door teenager. Take a nap. Lock the door and do a little yoga or a self mani appointment. But, first, watch my Great Day Washington segment on wUSA9. XO.

Pampering Yourself at Home

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Pamper Yourself at Home MakeupPlus app

Treat yourself to an at-home makeover with MakeupPlus, a virtual makeup counter that allows you to experiment and create classic to bold makeup looks in seconds.  It’s an easy-to-use and free app, that let’s you create and share the perfect selfie.  It’s an instant way to step up your beauty game and test drive looks before heading over to your fav beauty shop to make a purchase.

Treat Your Lashes Lushly 

Pamper Yourself at Home Rapid Lash

Pamper your lashes and take them to beautiful lengths with a simple brushstroke of RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum ($49.95) . Featuring a  proprietary mix of six highly effective ingredients, including Biotin, Amino Acids and Pumpkin Seed Extra, you start to see full, fluttery lashes in as little as 30 days. Two of my closest girlfriends swear by it!

At-Home Facial

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When you can’t make it to your facialist, WUNDER2 WUNDERTOX Cleaning Detox Mask  ($22) delivers a shot of oxygen and moisture to your skin to energize your complexion when it’s looking and feeling lackluster.  This innovative formula contains oxygen molecules to help deliver additional oxygen to your skin’s surface, giving skin a more youthful and refreshed look.  Best of all, it’s takes just 2-minutes. Ya, you know I love those time savers.

Pamper Yourself at Home NuFace

I raved about my love of NuFace before. Yup, I’m still excited about the NuFACE mini Facial Toning Device ($199).  Anti-aging power in a palm of your hands.  The device stimulates the underlying structure of the skin to tone creating a lifted, more youthful appearance. Do it while watching the evening news or your go-to reality show. Some nights, both are like a reality show, especially with the current election cycle.

DIY Salon Services 

Pampering Yourself at Home SweetEase Wax

Body waxing can be time consuming! And those of us with dark hair have to go at least every three weeks … sometimes I need one after two weeks!  SweetEase Waxing Kits ($3.99-$4.99) makes it easy and super affordable to get hair-free trunks in minutes in the privacy of your home. And, it’s mess-free strips wont turn your bathroom floor into a sticky, syrup bowl.

Silly girl. Don’t leave the house the chipped nails. When you skip your nail appointment, stay in and give yourself professional worthy nails with PIXEL High Shine Nail enamel ($3.25) .  With 44 versatile shades, I like to stack up a few classics and one or two season-specific shares.

Pampering Mind & Body

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Zarbees Immune Support + Multivitamin ($8.99) drink mix is packed with Vitamin D, Selenium and Honey, with a yummy mixed berry mix. It’s like having a personal nutritionist. You’ll be pumped up for the day ahead. It gets two green thumbs up for being free of artificial flavors,  artificial sweeteners, dyes and drugs.

Pamper Yourself at Home Yogaforce

When I first saw the Yoga Force A-line Mat ($89), I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been created sooner. This Ergonomically shaped mat has orange alignment guides that ensure proper positioning to help both beginner and advanced yogis reach perfect posture in every pose. It’s like having your own instructor, at home!

Meaningful Me Moments: Glowing, Youthful Skin with Diamond Microdermabrasion Facial, Plus SpaWeek $50 Event

I’m shining bright like a diamond!

Maybe that’s because this past Thursday I had my first, but definitely not my last, diamond microdermabrasion facial.M3_041116_1

As part of my new partnership with Spa Week, where I’ll be sharing my Meaningful Me Moments and Always Be Your Best Your wellness and beauty tips on their blog SpaWeek Daily, I went to get what has literally been a life-changing, rocking-my-world facial, at the New York Fashion Beauty Spa.

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I believe your face is your calling card, and must be tended with delicate care. Heck, I even taught my kids to sit in the bathroom and count my nail polish or read a book, so mommy can apply her 7+ step Sulwhasoo and Naturopathica masks, serums, emulsions, moisturizers, eye creams, oh my.

How have I never done a microdermabrasion, let alone one with diamonds?

So, what is a microdermabrasion? And, how is it that Pam actually spelled that word correctly? (I know you’re thinking that big sis!!)

Well, a microdermabrasion is a type of treatment during which dead skin cells are exfoliated and vacuumed off the face.Ya, it sucks all the nastiness right off your face. Eek!! I looked at the removed dead skin and debris. It was totally unnecessary baggage.diamond-microdermabrasion

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Oh, so the diamond part, the tip of the microdermabrasion wand is covered in tiny diamonds, which, together with the strong suction, make it possible to exfoliate the skin more thoroughly than other procedures. With the flexibility of using different suction levels, this procedure also increases blood flow to the skin, which helps to produce collagen. #winning

My skin instantly felt lighter, looked smoother, and shined. It truly shined like a radiant, diamond.

Following the appointment, I had lunch with some pr and TV-anchor friends – these gals know good skin. Everyone kept asking me what new shimmer I was using on my face, even what procedures I’d done.

The compliments continued at home, with my husband. And, have following me for several days since.

Aside from promoting a healthy, glowing complexion, a microdermabrasion:

  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Decreases or eliminates mild to moderate acne scarring
  • Helps decrease hyperpigmentation or brown spots
  • Diminishes look of stretch marks

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Youthful, rejuvenated skin – check.

Painless spa procedure – check.

Relaxation #MeaninfulMeMoments – check.

Getting a great deal – double check, thanks to SpaWeek.

The diamond microdermabrasion facial I received normally costs $140. But, this April 11-17, as part of Spa Week’s  bi-annual event, it’s just $50 for the treatment.1

Simply visit SpaWeek.com, become a member (no cost, only benefits!), search for $50 spa treatments, and book your appointments online or call the spa.

Not in New York? No problem. Spa Week works with hundreds of spa and wellness locations across North America to provide two to three full-service spa treatments for just $50 each, offering everyone access to the spa and wellness lifestyle. Meaningful Me Moments for everyone!

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Meaningful Me Moments with Hoda Kotb Where We Belong

Hustle, heart and HODA … Hoda Kotb, that is.

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Hoda (of TODAY Show fame, in case she needed an intro!) at The MOMS Mamarazzi event with Secrets Resorts & Spas, held at Hunt & Fish Club NYC. FYI if you come to NYC, do try their Steak and Egg Ravioli for breakfast. It’s an epic experience for your mouth.

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THIS is why everyone loves Hoda! #Authentic

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Selfie alert !!

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The MOMS Denise and Melissa interview Hoda Kotb about Where We Belong

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Picture time after PIX11 Segment

I can not image better Meaningful Me Moments, then taking some time away from the home, kids, and work (okay this was still kind of a work event, but really it was all about enjoying the love in the room and unwinding after an early PIX11 segment, before heading home to the kiddos) and basking in the overwhelming glow that radiates from Hoda.

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Pamela Pekerman with Hoda Kotb at the MOMS Mamarazzi Event with Secrets Resorts & Spas

Don’t you just love feeding off of others’ good vibes? I get a rush from positive energy!

Hoda is a ray of positive energy and inspiration.

She was speaking with The MOMS’ Denise Albert  and Melissa Gerstein, to a room filled with fifth fierce mommy bloggers, TV anchors and execs about her latest book Where We Belong, sharing personal and professional struggles, and the journey that led her to question if she was, in fact, where she belonged.

“I feel that something is missing,” she told us. “I saw Sandra Bullock [with her adopted child] and I thought ‘look what she did?’ Often times, you don’t know what you are missing until you have it.”

It’s a bold move to say all that outload. But, then, that’s why I – we all – love her. She’s real. She’s authentic. She’s open. She, like many of us, is on the journey to discover if she is where she belongs.

Part of my mission with Meaningful Me Moments, is to create pockets of time that allow me to connect with that inner voice that always knows what’s right, or, rather, what’s right, right now.

Tonight, I can’t wait to delve deeper into Hoda Kotb’s Where We Belong, and learn how others are finding themselves in a point in their lives that may require a pause, in order to properly, and with passion, move forward.

Who’s joining me for the read? #P2Read and let’s talk about this book, once the kids are in bed!

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Moscow Mule anyone? Moms needs drinks!

PS A special hug goes out to Canada’s finest and feistiest moms, Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer Thompson of Social Common. We shared a passion for Moscos Mules, Meaningful Me Moments and madness. It was lovely chatting with you, after the event. It’s on, for next time. See you in Toronto.

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Having fun with the gals behind SocialCommon.ca

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Massages Make Moms Better Moms

Health Benefits of Spa Time & Relaxation #MeaningfulMeMoments

Some gals love to shop. Some gals love to decorate. I love to spa.

I’m OBSESSED with SPAING.

Even the waiting rooms at spas make me happy – cozy robe, a glass of water infused with limes, sounds of birds chirping. Zensational.

Going to the spa isn’t just about being pampered. It’s about getting away, finding time for Meaningful Me Moments, and giving myself permission to disconnect from the rest of the world (which means the kids have to be with at least one grandparent and/or my hubby – nannies don’t make me feel 100% disconnectable. Know what I mean?)

But, I digress.

As I was saying, getting a luxurious massage or facial gives me time to be alone and not think. Moms are always on. It’s how we are programmed. But, it’s important to have the release and tranquility, to recharge in a big way – not just a quick 30-minutes reconnecting with your favorite BRAVO Housewives or running out for a mani.

There are many health benefits of spa time and relaxation. Not to get all medical on you, but the good people at the The Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group, have confirmed that “Relaxation techniques are an essential part of stress management. If you’re an overachiever,” OR A MOM “you may put relaxation low on your priority list. Don’t shortchange yourself. Relaxation is invaluable for maintaining your health and well-being, and repairing the toll that stress takes on your mind and body.”

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I want you to give yourself permission to take one day a month, even if it’s not a full day, and unplug. Take care of yourself by making wellness and Meaningful Me Moments a mainstream part of your lifestyle. When I talk about “Always Be Your Best You”, it’s not just about your fabulous nude lips or your well-edited closet, it’s about you being at your best physical and mental state. Always Be Your Best You means you are making positive lifestyle choices that will actually help you be a more nurturing and alert wife, mom and human being.

Yes, ladies. Going to the spa will actually make you a better, happier, zen-filled woman!

What have we learned?

Massages = Meaningful Me Moments = Smiling Faces = Less Irritated Mom = Bliss for All

Now, if you need another reason to get your spa on, next week, October 12th – 18th, is Spa Week. STOP! What is this amazingness you speak of?

Spa Week is when hundreds of spa, wellness, and fitness facilities across the country offer premium full-service treatments at a major discount of $50 each.  It’s a chance for everyone to experience luxury treatments at more affordable prices. Check out my Instragram feed, next week, as I indulge in me time.

Now, off to baby David. Not bad kiddo, you slept for over two-and-a-half hours. Another 15-minutes and I would have even finished the images for this post. #Blessed #WorkingMom #WhyAmIHashtagging ??

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Moms Midnight Cocktail kicks off Meaningful Me Moments Movement

Moms Midnight Cocktail, What a Way to Kick off Monday Meaningful Me Moments Movement #MeaningfulMeMoments

It’s sort of perfect that my first, official post about Monday Meaningful Me Moments and the kick off of the #MeaningfulMeMoments Movement is going live on Tuesday morning, not Monday!

Life. It’s REAL.

Monday – David threw up (for the third time in a week), Ilana decided eating wasn’t important, my neck and left shoulder gave out, finding a caterer for Ilana’s 2nd birthday (aka the Matzo Ball / B-day Bonanza / second Passover seder of 5775) isn’t as easy as in a not-so-Jewish part of New York, my husband will be running very late from work, my mother reminded me several times that I wasn’t eating enough, and my internet decided since I can’t work why should it work!

Which brings me to today, Tuesday morning, March 31st, 2015 at 9:18am.

Good morning! It’s a new day people. And, in case you are wondering, I DID find time for Meaningful Me Moments, yesterday. I just got a bit too tipsy to share it.

So …

The kids were sleeping.

The husband was still working.

And …

This happened at 10PM.

Mom’s Midnight Cocktail
70% Cipriani Food Peach Bellini Mix
30% Balinoff Vodka (or your preferred vodka)

Poured into a Jasper Conrad for Waterford flute, this peachy drink was the ideal way to cap off a hectic day. It was just me, the cocktail and nothing else. I didn’t turn on the TV. I didn’t read a book. I didn’t call anyone on the phone to discuss the happenings of the day.

Peachy. Pretty. Perfection.

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How will I create Meaningful Me Moments, today? The plan is to park myself in a hotel lobby or Starbucks, in between fashion previews and meetings, for an hour of reading. Currently, I’m devouring Helena Rubinstein: The Woman Who Invented Beauty by Michele Fitoussi. If you’re looking to be uplifted by a trailblazing, no-nonsense woman, this is a must-read.

Now, the most important question of the day:

How will YOU create Meaningful Me Moments for yourself, today? Go. Do. See. Read. Jump. Dance. Live! Laugh! Love! Oh, and get a manicure, while you’re at it. 

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help from family or friends, if you are a stay-at-home mom. We all deserve a break. If that’s not an option, join me for some midnight tea, once the kids fall asleep … ya, I don’t do Moms Midnight Cocktail every night. That’s kind of an issue. But, tea or a yummy cappuccino …. who’s in?

#MeaningfulMeMoments on Instagram. Let’s do this, ladies. mmm_bellini2

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Monday Meaningful Me Moments, a Self Love Movement

Meaningful Me Moments. They are my oxygen. They are my source of rejuvenation.

California’s former First Lady, Maria Shriver urges graduates to “pause”.

Entrepreneur, Angela Jia Kim wants you to have a “savor” moment among your daily, to-dos.

TheMomCreative.com founder, Jessica N. Turner advocates for you to find “fringe hours”, which is also the focus of her new book The Fringe Hours. (Side bar: this book should be on your spring reading list!)

We’re all talking, maybe even SHOUTING, about the same thing – the need for YOU time, a need for quite time away from work, kids, spouses, home chores, and everything else that gets in the way of you disconnecting in order to better connect with the most important person in your life – YOU!

I never realized the value of Meaningful Me Moments until I became a mom, when life became more blessed, but, also, more complex. I could no longer be on my own schedule, running out for a quick press preview, meeting Steve for dinner at one of our favorite city hangouts, or sitting online to find the perfect coral pumps. Ya, I did the latter for way too many hours – resulting in some wicked Christian Louboutins. But, I digress.

Adorable, little people; very needy, little people now depended on me.

I was a mom.

But, wait, I’m still me!

I may not have all the time in the world, but I need to find time for ME in my world.

That’s when I began to “pause”, “savor”, carve out “fridge hours” and consciously create Meaningful Me Moments.

Whether it’s buying fresh flowers while grocery shopping, arranging them in pretty vases and accenting the arrangements with butterflies, birds or bows purchased at Michaels (my favorite craft store), or getting extra help 3 times a week so that I can go and exercise and stay a sexy, sassy mama, I’m making time for ME.

I love myself enough to say “I deserve this time. I need this time so that I can always be my best self, so that I can be my happy self.” I know that if I’m not happy, nobody in this house will be happy. That’s just how it goes.

If you’re a new mom, a favorite auntie, a beloved grandma, or a crazed graduate student, join me in a self-love adventure I’m calling Monday Meaningful Me Moments.

Every Monday, I’m going to highlight how I’m doing something by myself, for myself and having fabulous Meaningful Me Moments. Some days, I only have a few minutes – tea time with fancy tea cups! Some days, I may take a bigger bite out of the clock and go to a museum in between meetings.

I hope you’ll be inspired to find joy in being with yourself, find a need to reconnect with your inner voice in activities (again they can be a few minutes or several hours, if you’re lucky!) that make you happy, and, ultimately, enable you to Always Be Your Best You in every corner of your glowing, glorious life.

What are you going to do today for your Meaningful Me Moments? Leave a comment below or share with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. #MeaningfulMeMoments

FYI My Meaningful Me Moments today came in the form of a 20-minute swim at the gym. In between grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and a run to the bank before baby David woke up, I had to unwind. Swimming is great for my pelvic floor muscles (greatly weakened after the second pregnancy). But, mostly, I go because when I do my funny frog swim stroke, I’m thinking of nothing else but the current stroke. It’s total mind emptiness. That’s worth a heck of a lot more than a gym membership. 😉

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5 Stylish & Zen Ways To Channel Spring, Happy Spring Solstice

Happy Spring! Wait, it’s actually sunny today and above 40 degrees. I’ll take it! Us East Coaster are ready for the new season and I’m jumping in full force with a little decorating and style changes, and playful R&R.;

Here’s how I’m celebrated spring solstice:

1. Holding my belly and dancing to Pharrell  “Happy” song. I’ll have to have the hubby take a picture tonight.  

2. Swapping out my living room pillows for something a bit more yellow and joyful. I love these from the Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler collection for JCPenney. This man can do no wrong and these prices make me very, very, sunshine happy. 

Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler for JCPenney = happy living room

3. Making sure the hubby comes home today with fresh flowers. A few more calls to the office should do the trick!

Peonies are such a delicate flower, and a great way to welcome spring

4. Shopping for a pink coat – I’ve been seeing so many and it’s such a mood lifter.

1.ASOS Vintage Cocoon Coat, $207
2.Boss 
Cesinala Wool-Cashmere Coat, $417
3.
CHAREX Wool Coat, $54
1. REISS Regale Mandarin Collar Coat, $500
2. 
ASOS Skater Coat with Zip Front, $141

5. Heading for a walk in the park with my daughter. It’s 5pm and this mama needs to go play with her munchkin. 

Happy Spring. Enjoy and embrace the sunshine, ideally while wearing cute shoes ;-).