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Fountain of Youth Fruits: Beauty Benefits of Apples, Pomegranates & Pumpkins

Hey Mamas!

I was planning to post this on Friday – actually I should have posted it the previous Friday, but sick kids, my gut issues, charity work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation, life …. Sorry! One of these days, I might get my whole act together.

For now, let’s talk apples.

We’ve all heard the adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But, an apple a day may also keep the plastic surgeon away.

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Yup, apples, as well as two of fall’s other fruit harvests – pumpkins and pomegranates – have amazing beauty benefits.

Some of you may have caught me discussing this food to face topic on PIX11 Morning News, last Tuesday, with my dear friend, and mentor, Sukanya Krishna. (Side bar: I LOVE this woman. She’s a momBOSS, girl’s girl and killer anchor).

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the segment – Fall’s Fountain of Youth Fruits – check out the clip below.

I got quite a few emails and social media pings about the items on the table, so here’s some more scoop about the skincare and beauty finds, as well.

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Benefits of Eating Apples

  • Ursolic acid, found in the peal, is linked to lower risk of obesity because it boosts calorie burn and increases muscle
  • There are 4gp of fiber per one medium size apple. Fiber will keep you fuller longer, so you’re hopefully less likely to much on unhealthy snacks.
  • Fiber also improves your digestive system and increases metabolism. If you’ve been following my gut health drama on Instastories, you know I’m all about good gut health.

Nutritious Nibble featuring Apples

  • An apple bar is a fun way to get the whole eating the fruit. Slice up (with the skin on – because apple skin has the majority of the vitamins, fiber and other benefits) and put on the table with various sides like almond butter, peanut butter, Nutella, honey.
  • At my house, we’re big on baking apples. Wash, decorate with cranberries if desired and pop into the oven at 375degrees for approximately 45minutes. Baked apples with their skin on, retain more of their nutritional value, as compared to making apple sauce.

Beauty Benefits of Apples

Juice Beauty, which has Gwyneth Paltrow as their creative director, have an amazing green apple collection that is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances (yup eco excellence). The apples are even sourced from organic farms. On PIX11 I spotlighted the Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer $18.

  • brightening malic acid from organic green apples combined with other ingredients for lux lotion that helps with skin glow
  • essential fatty acids and apple’s Vitamin C nourish and help firm skin from head to toe
  • No parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances

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Benefits of Eating Pumpkins

  • Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A, which helps with vision.
  • In the mood for less Wrinkles? Pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which helps fight UV damage.
  • Vitamin C found in pumpkins is a natural immune booster that may help during cold/flu season

Nutritious Nibbles featuring Pumpkins

noosa yoghurt Pumpkin Flavor 4oz. 4 pack $4.99, Available at Whole Foods.

  • perfect for snack time, grab-and-go
  • made with whole-milk and fresh pumpkin puree and infused with wildflower honey on local dairy farms in Colorado

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Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins

PCA SKIN has a great pumpkin wine-based toner. Yup, you can make wine from anything. Who knew! The Nutrient Toner is $35.

  • It’s packed with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins helps minimize appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and leave skin with a healthy glow
  • pumpkin wine produced by fermenting whole pumpkin, which releases the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, including vitamin A and vitamin C
  • Best of all, this product is free of synthetic dyes and fragrances

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Benefits of Eating Pomegranates

  • Pomegranates protect against heart disease and cancer, due to antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols
  • They Contain a natural inhibitor that inhibits production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk
  • Blood pressure-reducing properties, thanks to phytochemicals in pomegranate

Nutritious Nibble featuring Pomegranates

POM Wonderful POM POMS Fresh Arils 4.3oz $3.99, Available at local grocery store  

  • Time-saving package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils
  • good source of fiber, 4 grams per half-cup serving. With polyphenols and free-radical fighting antioxidants, only 100-calories for 4.3oz
  • For easy entertaining, the 8oz size is great for the home chef that wants to jazz a dish in seconds, giving it a punch of color, sweet taste and a healthy bonus.

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Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates

WELEDA is another one of those brands I trust for their cleaner, greener approach to formulation. IF you’re looking for a new night moisturizer, try their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream $37, available at Whole Foods.

  • organic pomegranate seed oil contains high-level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect skin from damaging free radicals (sun other environmental damage)
  • results in the reduction of wrinkles, for firm refreshed skin
  • 100% certified natural by NaTrue

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I’m so passionate about finding cleaner, green beauty and lifestyle products. So, if you have a brand or product you love – skincare, cosmetics, cleaning agents, baby/kid items, whatever – leave a comment below. Let’s detoxify together. #CleanerGeenerLife

NOTE above medical/health claims: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on f TV. All benefits are those I’ve heard from medical experts, research online and via interviews, and/or found in recent studies. If you have concerns about eating something or the effects of a certain product/ingredient on your skin, please call your REAL doctor.

Also, the food brands listed above and featured in my segment are not endorsing any of the benefits claims I’m mentioning, unless stated otherwise. Because, like me, they are not fans of law suits.

Okay, that’s all. Just gotta get that out. Like I said, I’m not a fan of law suits. Stress is just toxic for your skin.

Until next time, here’s hoping you #AlwaysBeYourBestYou.

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Innovative Products Created by Women for Women, Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

After a hectic two weeks in The Land of Motherhood (hello temper tantrums, is this what you look like??), I was thrilled to wake up at 4:30am and head out of the house!!! for another PIX11 Morning News segment with the lovely anchor Sukanya Krishnan.

This week’s topic was “Ahhhh-Ha Ideas Created by Women for Women.” I loved spotlighting innovative creations by fierce female entrepreneurs, that are hustling to make their businesses better and our lives easier. There were SO many wonderful, innovative products created by women, that came across my desk, below are the six that made the final cut. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spotlight more of them in upcoming segments. Ladies, you inspire  me to keep the hustle dance alive!

Fashion Fix: Tucktails ($19.95) Just in time for tank top season, this camisole is longer in the back, so you can move with confidence and comfort knowing you’re not overexposing your main asset. You can thank two savvy Southern sister for helping us all finally say no to crack.


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Leg Up on Legwear: Bootights ($25) Love your legs and worship your feet- no more sacrificing comfort for style!  These knee highs not only have pretty lace cuff detail, but also has a performance sock at the bottom!  Provides that extra warmth during early spring season,  adds a sturdier base preventing those rips, prevents feet from slipping in boots, adds arch support with sculpted cushioning for comfort and the moisture-wicking material provides ventilation so feet stay cool and dry!

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Shoe-In: Shh-oes ($139) Ssh-oes founder, Mary Arnett, moved to NYC  from the suburbs. Wobbling to her apt in her uncomfortable heels from the subway, she was always very self- conscious about all the noise her heels made. Then it dawned upon her, why don’t you make quiet AND comfortable heels? Hello Ssh-oes! They were amazing on set, this week. And, the comfort factor helped me get through a whole day 5am-6pm without any foot pain at all. Don’t be ssh about it … tell your girlfriends.oliviablack1_large Face Pilates: NuFACE Limited Edition Petal mini facial toning device ($199) In just 5 minutes this handy, easy-to-use device gives your face a Pilates-worthy work out, resulting in visible face lifting fabulousness. Carol Cole, the creator of NuFACE, began her career an aestheticism specializing in high-end microcurrent facials. Understanding her client’s desires for a non-invasive, at-home, easy-to-use, anti-aging solution, she developed a handheld device that utilizes microcurrent technology for women who wanted to take anti-aging into their own hands. PS I’m going to announce a NuFACE giveaway … stay tuned!!

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Kissably Ready: Kissamint ($19.50) Moist lips, red pout, fresh mint drops – who’s ready for a spring fling, with there husband of course!! Founder & CEO Joey Lauren is on a mission to create innovative products that deliver the highest quality ingredients to keep your breath fresh, lips hydrated and your smile fierce!Kissamint_WebOnly_65-300x300_large

Mom’s Helper: Kids Passport ($39/month for 2 classes and $99/month for 6 classes at TheKidsPassport.com) Have you ever tried to find a good kid’s class near you, on YOUR schedule? Kids Passport was created by a clever group of female techies that wanted to help parents expand their kids’ social circles and continually introduce new & fun activities. Now, as fast as you can hail an Uber, you can scout their discovery calendar for fun, age-appropriate classes near you, reserve your spot (up to 2 weeks in advance or with only one hour notice- flexibility is so key when it comes to kids) …  and get all details conveniently texted right to you.  Mom’s you need to check this out ASAP! all_books2

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Youthful Eyes in Minutes, Even If You’re a Sleepless Mom, Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

I’ve always looked younger than my age. A huge chunk of that is do to amazing genetics – thanks mom. Another part is to good skincare habits – thanks mom. And, a final bit is due to minimal drinking – thanks mom. Wow, mom is awesome.

And, then, I become the mom! SHIT!

Erratic sleeping, constant worrying, breast feeding/pumping. It was starting to take a tole on my face, namely the area around my eyes.

But after 30-years of fabulousness, I wasn’t going to let a gorgeous 6lb baby be the cause of my skincare downfall.

I went into action, hunting down the best ways to not only take care of the delicate skin around my eyes, but also find ways to fake the “bright eyes, bushy tail” look that one has when sleep is so easy to come by.

This morning, I was happy to share some of my favorite finds for Youthful Eyes in Minutes on PIX11 Morning News. Below is a recap, in case you missed it.

Youthful Eyes Pams Picks PIX11 Morning News1. Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Eye 5. Serum $72

2. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm $38

3. Patchology FlashPatch™ Eye Gels $50

4. BECCA under Eye Brightening Corrector $29

5. IT Cosmetics BROW POWER Super Skinny $24

6. RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum $49.95

If you have a favorite product that help busy moms Always Be Your Best You, leave a comment below or find me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Maybe, if I get my tech act together, you’ll soon find me on Periscope or at the very least updating my Pintrest page more regularly. That latter hasn’t been touched since Ilana was born in 2013.

Oh, in case you missed my last segment on Charcoal Beauty Finds click here.

And, tune in February 22nd to PIX11, when I share my five fashion must haves for an easier morning fashion routine. These are the pieces I turn to over, and over, and over again. They have saved me many mornings when my children aren’t as angelic as I like them to be, and I’m running low on time. Remember, always have plan a, plan b and plan S*!t so you can Always Be Your Best You whether you have 5-minutes or 50-minutes. Umm, if you have 50 minutes in the morning you might be reading the wrong blog!

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Charcoal Beauty Products, Beauty Buzz or Bust? on PIX11 Morning News

Wahhu! It’s 9:30am and I’m pumped for the day, despite being up at 6am, after going to bed at 2am …

Okay, I kinda want to plop down and take a power nap in the hotel bed behind me  (oh ya, did a 1-night Manhattan getaway with the hubby for some fun and extra sleep time before this mornings PIX11 Morning News segment).

Did you watch it? I shared some of my favorite Charcoal Beauty Products for your face, body, hair, even your  man. As always, it’s was wonderful sharing the morning with the upbeat, super mom, super anchor Sukanya Krishnan. If  you’re wondering if her joyful spirit is the real deal – it is!!! There’s nothing but warmth coming from that lady.

Charcoal for Your Face

1. Erno Lazlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar $45

2. Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask $3.99

3. Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray $38   charcoal beauty products Charcoal for Your Body

1. Tree Hut Fig & Olive Detoxifying Mediterranean Salt Scrub $8.99

2. The Body Shop Spa Of The World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay $24 charcoal_beauty2_pix11

Charcoal for Your Hair

HASK Charcoal with Citrus Oil Collection

charcoal_beauty3_pix11 Charcoal for Your Man Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash $20 (FYI my Mr. gives this product, along with the sonic brush with charcoal-infused bristles, a big thumbs up!)  charcoal_beauty4_pix11 And, because I love sharing all the behind-the-scenes scoop with you, here’s what went into 3-minutes of air time and why I decided to even do this segment.

I’m not a fan of beauty fads. I AM a fan of smart beauty products that help busy women like you and me save time and still look fabulous.

When I heard the beauty and wellness world buzzing about charcoal, I thought – really? That’s for BBQs. I need to learn more. So, I did some digging, talked to some doctors, pharmacists, spa owners, and women from various cultural backgrounds, and discovered that charcoal really is black magic.

Here’s the 411:

There’s common charcoal that you already can envision – if you remember what summer is like … what blizzard?? –, and then there’s “activated charcoal” which is regular charcoal that has gone through a special heating process. The process creates gaps or “pores” in the coal, and those gaps act as magnets attracting toxins and impurities – aka the nasty stuff – and then flushes said toxins out of your system or off your face/body, in the case of beauty products.

In today’s segment, I shared face, body and hair products that all use a type of charcoal to help aid in cleansing, decongesting and even minimizing the appearance of pores on your skin’s surface.

Pretty, cool!

Oh, you can also ingest charcoal. Just check out the supplement section at your local pharmacy. Trust me, you’ll find it. I even found it my local mom-and-pop pharmacy in Staten Island. Hey Delco Drugs on Richmand Avenue!

Turns out, everyone from my Ukrainian nanny to my party hopping friends in Mykonos have taken it at some point or another.

Activated charcoal adsorbs substances in the stomach and intestines, in a similar magnetic-like style that it topically does on your skin. Many cultures have used it to help with stomach bloating, and other purposes. It’s also been an effective tool in hospital emergency rooms with drug overdose patients.

But, here’s the skinny: taking activated charcoal along with medications taken by mouth can decrease how much medicine your body absorbs, and decrease the effectiveness of your medication.

Lastly, the newest fad is detox drinks with charcoal. A popular one is Dirty Lemon Raw Detox https://dirtylemon.com. It actually tastes good. It has lemon juice mixed with activated charcoal and other ingredients. From my research, the point of an activated charcoal drink is not to have it every day, but to use when you over eat heavy foods (think burgers and fried) or over drink. Again, the aim is that the charcoal is helping to flush out all the excess you just took in.**

**In case you needed clarification, I’m not a doctor – sorry, grandma. I don’t even play one on TV! Before ingesting anything, it’s always best to chat with your doctor. Something that is healthy for one person, may be harmful to another.

And before, I have to hand in the card to this room, head off to a preview, charipractor appointment, hop on bus back to Staten Island, do laundry, get groceries and pick up toddler number 1, I wanted to let you know that I’m very commiteed to putting the best possible products into mysegments. I spent hours reviewing labels to ensure the ingredients are as clean as possible. As I become cleaner and greener, I hope you’ll join me for the healthier, happier ride. I want you to Always Be Your Best You, but do it in a smart, healthy way.

For those on the East Coast, WINTER IS COMING. Enjoy and make sure to have a little spa time #MeaningfulMeMoments, this weekend.

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Being Real on TV

Back on TV & Being Real, Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms with Lifestyle Expert Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

TV is my favorite form of media. It’s live (usually), fun and I get to interact with interesting personalities. I also treat the camera like it’s my best friend, which I hope comes across when I’m doing my thing.

There was a time – aka pre-babies – when I traveled the country doing all kinds of segments.  At first, it was just bags and accessories, because I used to run an online shop, magazine and host live events with BagTrends.com. Then I had agents and other chirping birds telling me to diversify – that was the ticket to more money. So, I did. I started doing celebrity scoop, runway fashion reviews, home decor, college fashion trends … you get the idea. I went from being a solid expert in handbags to being a pointless, talking head. After a few years, I felt lost, but I didn’t know what to do.

Ya, and then I had BABIES!

After much soul searching and excess thinking (thank you to my dear sister, mother and husband for listening to my often, all-over-the-place thoughts), my life and my career are finally in sync.

Much like this blog, the segments I’m currently developing will focus on smart style and beauty tips and empowering lifestyle changes, for real women and busy moms. If it doesn’t save YOU time, if it doesn’t make YOU smile, if it doesn’t rock YOUR world, I’m not interested. Overall it’s about helping you and me find ways to #AlwaysBeYourBestYou, as well as find time for Meaningful Me Moments.

I can’t do a segment about college fashion. News Flash: I’m NOT IN COLLEGE.

I can’t talk about beauty problems and resolutions for women in their 50’s. I haven’t been 50 yet!

When I see a 20-something talking about style for all ages, I cringe. When a non-mom is telling me how my mornings are going to be easier if I use X product, I say, “Hey, toots, you have NO IDEA what I need in the mornings.” (Side note: to be fair, these gals are wonderful experts and TV personalities, they just don’t realize they aren’t speaking their own truth. Duhh. I was them!!!)

So, now that I’ve unloaded that nugget, I’m delighted to share that I’ve been getting back into TV land with a string of segments on PIX11 Morning News. It feels so great to be on set with my friend and fellow mom Sukanya Krishnan. PIX11 was one of my first television spots – thank you to my friend, and diva, Tamsen Fadal for hooking up a young, 24-year-old, back in the day!

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Here’s one of my favorite recent clips that focus on Multi-Tasking Products for Multi-Tasking Moms. Yes, this ran during the summer and today is the last official day of summer, but most of the items are great all year long. Enjoy.

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