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8 Tips for Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet, Let’s Talk Live #TVsegment

Hey Mamas,

Spring time, at least for today, – hello sunshine and 60-degree weather – is upon us. This season always makes me want to organize and update my beauty cabinet.

Except now, I’m not just thinking about a new shade of lipstick or a bolder bronzer. My cleaner greener journey is growing, and I took the show on the road, literally, sharing my finds on Let’s Talk Live DC.

If you’ve been following this blog and my Instagram account, you know I’m constantly evaluating and questioning the cosmetics and body products that come across my desk. This segment is all about the little changes you can actually do, not a total revolt against all products that don’t adhere to the “free from” labels.

Who’s ready to for a Cleaner Greener Beauty Cabinet?

TIP 1 –Remember Expiration Dates

Take note of the small cylinder with lid icon, located on your cosmetics and skincare products. Inside the cylinder, there will be a number (6, 12, 18, 24) following by an M. So, “6 M” means you should stop using the product 6 months after initially opening it.

With the products that most women own, it’s espier to label your beauty items, then try and remember “When did I buy that mascara?”

I also like to color code my cosmetics, so that it’s not all black ink, and easier to sort in my beauty cabinet/drawer.

TIP 2 – Buy Nontoxic Lipstick

If you are looking to upgrade and make one nontoxic beauty change, my suggestion is lipstick. Why? Because it’s the most reapplied cosmetics idea AND we ingest the ingredients via licking lips, drinking and eating.

Make sure your popular go-to lipstick is 100% lead free. If you aren’t sure, based on their website and/or ingredient list, call the manufacture up.

Recent science indicates there is no safe level of lead exposure, even though the FDA allows small dosages. Lead is a neurotoxin and can be dangerous at small doses. Medical experts are clear that any level of lead exposure is unhealthy.

BRANDS TO TRY:

TIP 3 – Wash Face with Coconut Oil

From your kitchen to you beauty cabinet, coconut oil is a natural way to gently stick away makeup and environmental build up, on your face. It’s completely non toxic, effective, and leaves a glowy dew. Best of all, it doesn’t sting your eyes, like many common makeup removes/face wash.

TIP 4 – Skin-friendly Skincare

There are so many “free-from” skin brands on the market right now, that help improve firmness, tone and texture of skin, that you don’t need a chemically-laced option. You also don’t need to spend a fortune on the free-from options.

FARMACY is affordable, effective, and focused on naturally-derived ingredients that are free of parabens, artificial coloring and formaldehyde. The brands prized ingredient is a unique, natural antioxidant, that helps to protect your skin’s collagen (aka the glue that keeps it tight, bright and youthful!).

TIP 5 – Chemical Free Acne Care

Women tend to break out during the change of the season and thank-goodness there are always new solutions coming out to help with this pesky problem.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask is a chemical-free, UV free solution for acne, using the power of blue light (which fights blemishes) and red light (which combats irritation). Dermatologists have used similar products in their offices for over a decade, now you can too.

TIP 6 – Kill Cold Sores with Flowers

As someone who’s prone to getting cold sores, I’ve don’t it all, tried it all. The over-the-counter cold sore remedies are often very strong, but feel like they are burning my skin.

Aubio Cold Sore Treatment Gel worked on me in less than 3 days. It’s made with a botanical blend that stops the painful itching, sooths and clears up the cold sore. This gel is natural, safe, and non-allergenic.

TIP 7 – Smarter Nail Care Sorting

We’ve all fussed through our beauty cabinet, to find a rainbow mix of nail polishes that never stay up. Bins and ziplock bags take up lots of space and just don’t help.

Color clutch is an innovative storage solution for nail polish, that’s compact (2 inches thick) and stands upright like a book. The clear lid allows nail color to be viewer while sitting upright in the case. #WhyDidntIThinkofThis

TIP 8 – Natural Nails

Who can stand the smell of nail polish drying? Eeek!! I’ve gotten headaches from doing my own nails in the bathroom. Can you relate?

Try Zoya nail polish for a more natural way to take care of and color your nails. Zoya is Big5Free meaning the formula is free of Formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.

Hey preggos, it’s safe for pregnant women to use. #BumpBonus

 

 

 

 

How to Create an Inspiration Board & Why Bother

Creating an inspiration board always seemed silly, to me. Really, if I put pictures and words to paper it will bring some personal or professional dream to fruition? My rational mind couldn’t wrap around the concept. But, when I was pregnant with my daughter, something switched. I wanted more order and clarity in my life. I wanted change in my professional life. I wanted balance. I wanted things I didn’t even know I wanted, but I wanted something else.

Well, Ilana Rose was born in April of 2013 and, needless to say, I never got around to the board. Then David was born in June 2014, and I still had not gotten around to the board. During those two years, I did read up on how to create an inspiration board, but none of the advice made sense for me. I was clearly still trying to over-think the process.

This past summer, I shared my frustration with my dear friend Nitika Chopra, TV host of Naturally Beautiful and founder of YourBellaLife.com. Her advice was very simple – start with a feeling. “Pam, what feelings and emotions do you want to have in your life?” And that clicked. I knew above all else I wanted to feel clarity, focus and have a calm mind. Everything else, my overall direction and purpose, would fall in line if I had a quiet mind and focus.

This weekend, in between baby feedings, I completed my inspiration board for 5775. FYI — 5775 is not a typo. Rather than make this my wish for 2015, I opted to go with the Jewish New Year, which starts in late September. September is more of a renewal time – leaves begin to change, school starts, lazy summer days are over, and I make my spiritual trip to the Synagogue to reflect.

My Inspiration Board for 5775 

STRONG – I want to regain my strength both physically (after having two babies) and emotionally (after years of letting other people make me feel small, or speak above me). I want my daughter to see an example of a strong, articulate woman. I want the strength to speak my mind with purpose, minimal verbal diarrhea, and focus. Hence …

FOCUS – A chaotic life does not bode well for anyone, let alone a mom. I want to clearly, focus my energies on personal and professional goals. To do that I need …

QUIET MIND – I have monkey brains; thoughts are always jumping around. To have strength, to be focused, one needs to quite the mind. Meditation, mantras, an upcoming trip to India and plenty of time in nature is helping.

ENTERTAIN – This was the last piece of the puzzle, which came to me after a business discussion with my husband about the future of my career. It’s been very hard to decipher what I want in my professional life, over the past few years. Finally, the word entertain came to me. I want to entertain. I want to host events for brands I love. I want to take these brands on TV and make women laugh and feel wonderful as I tell them about really cool products. To make this part of the board stronger, I put logos of brands I want to call into my life – Naturopathica, Mustela, TJMaxx, IT Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, LAGOS Jewelry, etc. There are brands I already know and want to work with in a bigger (aka $$$) capacity, and brands I have not worked with yet, but wear/use daily. I also want to entertain more at home – hence the image of the word “eat” in big lights.

HELLO ME – Most important on this board is the desire to reconnect with me. What do I really love? What really makes me happy? I know that the only way to be successful professionally and personally is to stay true to you. Even this blog, how can I share Pieces of Pam, if I’m not fully me? So here’s me:
I’m a hopeless, stop-and-smell-the-roses, romantic. Bicycles, especially those with baskets (like the one I ride), rock my world. Hello Kittty was my first idol. I fancy myself a modern lady. Art Deco is my preferred home décor motif. Gustav Klimt, duh deco, is the best artist ever. Roses should be in every home in my house. Eating as a family is nonnegotiable. All roads point to home.

Inspiration Board – Strong

Inspiration Board – Quiet Mind

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Inspiration Board – Entertain

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Inspiration Board – Focus

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Inspiration Board – Hello Me!

If you’re questioning whether or not to create an inspiration board, think about this:

  • It’s a great way to focus your thoughts
  • You may learn something about yourself and your inner desires
  • There’s nothing like an art project to call out your inner child and put a smile on your face

Questions to Ask Yourself, when Starting an Inspiration Board:

  • What emotions do you want to call into your life?
  • What personal attributes do you want to strengthen/ develop?
  • What makes you/will make you happy/content?
  • Who do you admire and why?

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Happy National Housewife Day, & Products that Improve Home Organization

It’s National Housewife Day.

According to Wikepidia, a housewife is “a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family’s home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed outside the home.

OK, technically I’m not a real housewife on account of my employment outside the home, but the rest of the list is spot on. And, if I may toot my own horn – toot, toot – I’m becoming a better housewife every day. The key is prioritizing tasks, working efficiently and knowing when to ask for help.

Prioritizing – Sunday night or Monday morning, I make a dump list of everything that is on my mind. Then, I prioritize which items need to be handled on Monday, which need to be allocated for the rest of the week and which need to go in my “parking lot”.

  • TIP: “parking lot” board houses tasks/ideas/items that you will address at a later time. By parking them, you are giving them a temporary home without forgetting them. At the end of the week, review the board and decide if it’s time to place one of these tasks/ideas on your daily to-do list.

Working Efficiently – There’s no room for dilly dallying when you’re a super housewife. I can’t get sucked into sorting the mail, when I’m on my way to the office (aka computer in my bedroom) for the 1.5hr work period in the morning during David’s first nap. Picking up the phone and talking to my great-aunt for 30-minutes is plausible after 8pm, but a time zapper at 1pm. If I’m heading out of the house for groceries and I know the dry cleaners and bank are on the way, it’s important to plan ahead so that all tasks can be done in one swoop, as opposed to venturing out again and wasting time on two or three trips. You get the picture. Efficiency improves with time. I’m still a work in progress, but I have two tips.

  • TIP: List all the home-related tasks you know happen every week. Allocate set days for certain tasks, i.e. Monday is laundry day, Tuesday is grocery day.
  • TIP: For a week, keep a journal of all your activities. You may be surprised to spot pesky, time killers.

Asking for Help – When given the choice, I always prefer home cooking. However, with two little kids, a career I’m trying to keep alive, laundry, grocery shopping, and, of course, my need for me time, it’s difficult to find time for cooking. Fortunately, my mother-in-law lives blocks away and is a kitchen ninja. That woman can make a seven-course meal with sand and stones. Between her and my own mother and grandmother, I have the culinary support needed to fuel my family. Knowing when to ask for help in any career, including that of a housewife, is essential to running a successful business aka family.

  • TIP: Show your thanks with a brief thank-you card or flowers. Mother-in-laws, also enjoy spa packages.

Here are some clever products to help you become an amazing, well-organized, never-forgets-a-thing, and always-looks-fabulous housewife.

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1. ShugabeeLane, Framed Dry Erase Board $159 – Ideal for your “Parking Lot”, this Etsy vendor lets you customize the frame around your erase board.
2. Knock Knock, Check It Off Wrist Note $6 – This is an ingenious essential! Now, I’ll never forget those easy-to-forget tasks.
3. Bob’s Your Uncle, 8 Days-A-Week Planner $18 – Keep this by your computer area or in your purse, for instant access. The extra 8th-day, space is great for items you can later put on your parking lot.
4. Erin Condren, Weekly Schedule Pad- oh! what a week! $30 – This is way chicer than the hand-made, calendar currently hanging in my kitchen.

The Dump LIst

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Organized & Healthy 2014, Pam’s Picks in BELLA NYC

I’m very excited to announce my new role as contributing columnist for BELLA NYC Magazine. I’ll be sharing my monthly must-haves in Pam’s Picks. First up: six products to help you stick to your health and organizational resolutions for 2014.
(L) Bella NYC’s January/February 2014 Cover with Aviva Drescher;
(R) Bella’s newest style contributor Pamela Pekerman
Pam’s Picks debut in BELLA NYC Magazine
Featured brands in Pam’s Picks for BELLA NYC Magazine:
 
Bestowed.com – monthly nutritionist-in-a-box package, curated by renounced nutritionist and author Heather Bauer
Perrin Paris’ Jet Set Clutch – there’s no better organizer for your bag, plus it’s ready to slip out and make you look chic for an unexpected night out after work
IT Cosmetics’ YSBB Your Skin BUt Better CC Cream – the best cover up I’ve ever owned and my quick fix every morning even when the only people who see me are the baby and the mail man
Pinch Provisions’ Skinny Minimergency Kit – everything you could possibly need is something needs to be fixed, plucked, ticked, etc. 
Clarisonic’s Pedi Foot Transformation System – because your stiletto feet need a pampering break, and mama can’t always get to the spa
Rochelle Behrens’ Icon Shirt – finally a shirt that doesn’t pucker around the lady friends, thanks to a patented dual-button technology 
 
Check out the March/April issue for dazzling accessories from inspirational women who decided to make a change in their lives in order to pursue their inner passion for design.