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Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

Mom Pampering Getaway is Selfcare not Selfish, review Sanctuary Camelback Resort & Spa

Hey Mamas,

I love my at-home Mom Sunday Spa Night, but it’s also nice to plan a weekend pampering getaway.

Two weeks, I was able to scrape (yes, scrape) together child care for five days, in order to tack on a two-day pampering getaway onto an existing two-day charity gathering.

Back in October, when the Vasculitis Foundation decided to hold our board meeting in Scottsdale Arizona, I had no objections. Sun, sleep and the opportunity to spa-it-up in the dessert during winter in NYC – sign me up. (Side bar: this was when I still had some part time help I could call upon to fil-in when I needed to fly somewhere for work.)

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

I’ll tell you more about the Vasculitis Foundation, my amazing late father, and my passionate commitment to empowering and educating the vasculitis community, in a post later this week.

For now, let’s talk about getaways. Whether we can plan them on a whim, or need to block out dates a year in advance, a solo spa trip, or moms-only getaway is a must for my mental sanity.

I need time to wake up to myself, tend to my own wellness with no thought of anyone else, be surrounded by women that understand my daily mama hustle, and spa-it up from head to toe.

The Sanctuary Resort & Spa in Scottsdale provided me with the perfect setting for complete relaxation – minutes away from breathtaking hikes, tranquil décor with views of the Praying Monk and Camelback Mountain, and let’s not forget their Asian-inspired spa.

The irony of the trip, is that my two and half days of pampering really amounted to less than one full day (thanks to food poising) but I made it work – night time spa appointment and a morning hike before our (went with my mama BFF, my sister

) flight back to New York City.

Whether it’s a one-day getaway at a local spa (here in NYC, I’ve heard great reviews of Sojo Spa Club) or a cross-country trek to the amazing Sanctuary Resort & Spa, a trip like this is like a major battery pack for your mind, body and soul.

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

For many of us, it’s not easy getting way, but this is where we need to involve our families and let them know how important it is for our sanity – yes, I mean sanity – to get some away time that is ALL ABOUT YOU.

As mothers, we are often giving without asking, protecting our family without protecting ourselves, nurturing without feeding our own souls. A pampering weekend isn’t selfish, it’s self-preservation and, yes, sanity salvation!

If you agree, I’d love to hear your comments.

Also, if you have a getaway you love, drop a comment and let our mama community know which wellness retreats or spas rock your world.

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

Sanctuary Spa Arizona Mom Pampering Getaway

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BTL Ultra Femme 360 Pamela Pekerman feminine health

BTL Ultra Femme 360, Reclaim Your Sexual Game

Hey Mamas,

Can we talk about that thing we never about?

Can we talk about the mama drama we experience in the bedroom after pushing out those babies?

Can we talk about women’s intimacy health issues?

Ladies, can we talk about sex, and enjoying it once again?

Recently, I completed a three-part series of  weekly treatments of BTL Aesthetics Ultra Femme 360. This procedure is the newest vaginal rejuvenation treatment that using radio frequency heat to stimulate collagen production and improve blood flow to the downstairs area. This helps heighten sensitivity – winning – while also improve the overall look of the external lips.

 

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It’s a non-surgical, virtually painless alternative to vaginoplasty and labiaplasty procedures.  BTL Ultra Femme 360 uses radio-frequency technology to heat internal and external tissues in your most intimate of areas.

A water ­based gel is applied to the skin of the downstairs area, and the radio frequency energy is delivered in pulses as a tip that looks just like male genitals is moved across the area.

The tip is inserted into your vaginal area, releasing heat in a full 360 uniform way. The heat helps the body’s natural processes to stimulate collagen production and restore the vaginal and vulvar areas to a more youthful, pre-pushing-out-baby status.

It takes about 8-minutes for the inner massage (ya, think of it as a heated massage), and 8-minutes for the external area. External is more for the appearance of your vaginal area, helping with labial remodeling. Goodbye floppy outer lips!

I did three sessions, spaced one to two weeks apart. You can do anywhere from 3-4 session to achieve the best results. I may opt to do a yearly maintenance treatment. We’ll see.

For now, I’m VERY happy.

BTL Ultra Femme 360 – What it Feels Like

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I didn’t experience any  irritation during or after the procedure. It simply feels like a warming sensation.

There were a few times when I felt the heat was too much, so my amazing nurse practitioner at JUVA Skin & Laser Center turned down the intensity. She also added more gel, which cooled off the area and I was able to continue in seconds.

Really, it’s so simple and easy, you can do this procedure during your lunch break or while you book a baby sitter for one hour. Ya, book that sitter and do this self-care essential. You and your sexual health deserve it!

BTL Ultra Femme 360 – Where it Helps

  • Increase Blood Flow to Clitoris

  • Increase Sensitivity & Improve Orgasm

  • Plump Outer Genital Lips 

  • Lift and Firm of External General Skin Folds 

  • Tightening of Vaginal Opening  

  • Improvement in Vaginal Lubrication

  • Improvement in Stress Incontinence

Obviously, results will vary. And, you must go to a reputable medical office.BTL Ultra Femme 360 Pamela Pekerman_1

If you’re in the New York City area, I strongly recommend visiting JUVA SKin & Laser Center. Their staff is attentive, friendly and super knowledgeable about the latest and greatest ways to keep it tight and sexy all over.

This was my first ever procedure, all-be-it non-invasive, and I was so hesitant. But, I knew I needed to address my intimacy health issues and provide myself with the utmost love and self care to enjoy bedroom activities.

Everyone at JUVA made me feel comfortable, and provided me with all the knowledge needed to be ready for, what turned out to be, a truly simple, safe and very satisfying experience.

BTL Ultra Femme 360 – Love Your Whole Life

In addition to this procedure, I recommend every woman begin to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into your daily wellness routine.

We do not need to suffer with feminine intimacy issues, incontinence and other mama drama.

Start a conversation with your gynecologist or dermatologist or your physical therapist or your girlfriends about your body post baby. Help is there, you just need to be honest with what’s going on with your body.

Listen to your body. Love your body. Use your body, in good, sexual health!

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DISCLAIMER: This procedure was provided to be free of charge. I did not promise a positive review, but an honest review. All words and opinions are 100% my own. All benefits are 100% my own, too! You will NEVER read anything here that is not honest and vetted by me. No mama has time for bullsh*t. 

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Wellness Experts Share Best Health Bars, for Smarter Snacking

Hey Mamas,

Do you ever get lost in the health bar section at the grocery store? Do wonder if your power bar is a power fail?

For all you on-the-go, busy mamas, I’ve tapped into 5 wellness and fitness experts to find out what they look for in a good-quality, health bar. Happy snacking.

Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and founder of F-Factor

Her company recommends No Cow Bars to all their clients. This protein-packed bar is obviously #FFactoryApproved (google it – I’m OBSESSED and will share more about how F-Factor has changed my life and body for the better, in future posts!!) This bar has 20+ grams of dairy free protein, and only 1g of sugar. It’s also Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO.

Shannon A. Garvia, MDS, RD, LD with KISS in the Kitchen

My favorite on-the-go bars are Thunderbird Bars and RX Bars. I look for bars with real food ingredients (the fewer the better) and ideally are gluten and dairy free, for my own dietary restrictions. Her fav flavors include Cashew, Fig & Carrot from Thunderbird and we both agree that RX Bars’ Chocolate Sea Salt is a winner.

Jeannine Morris, Multimedia Beauty & Wellness Journalist

Being Vegan and Gluten Gree, I love Kind Bars. The dark chocolate, nuts and sea salt are my favorite flavors. Also, the Lara Bars Blueberry is delicious. I never know where I’ll be when I run into a situation where my dietary restrictions can’t be met, so it’s ideal to have healthy snacks like these on hand.

Bianca Jade aka Mizzfit, Fitness Expert, TV Host, Founder of Mizzfit Box

Rise bar is really simple. It’s a protein bar with 5 ingredients or less that’s non-GMO, gluten-free and soy-free. It doesn’t kill your appetite, but it cuts your craving pre and post workout.

Kristin McGee, Celeb Yoga + Pilates Instructor, Author of Chair Yoga & Wellness Expert

She really likes the quality and taste of Clean Eats Bar, which she’s discussing today on Mommy Moments with Pamela. Tune in 1pm EST for our live chat.

Simple Bone Broth Recipe, Wellness Benefits & Collagen Beauty Boost

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Mamas,

Bone broth, it’s the latest buzz for wellness warriors and beauty buffs. You need a good, simple bone broth recipe in your cooking repertoire.

My Baba (that’s Russian for “grandma”) Emma swears by bone broth.

If you’re feeling under the weather – bone broth.

If you’re tired – bone broth.

If you’re looking to boost your mood – bone broth.

My bone broth brings all the boys to the yard …

If your tummy hurts – bone broth.

What’s so special about bone broth, and why is every doctor, health expert and beauty blogger buzzing about it?

Collagen!

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post “3 Wellness Trends Worth Trying”, collagen is the most abundant protein in our body – basically like the “glue” that holds everything together. As we age, our bodies produce less and less of this magical substance. Less collagen equals saggy skin, wrinkles, loss of bone density, brittle hair, chipping nails, even gut-health issues.

Back when most Americans actually cooked more at home – bone broth included – our diet provided us with the boost of collagen our bodies no longer produced. Sadly, many now turn to stock broth from the grocery store, as opposed to making their own broth – that stock was likely not made on a bone, and it’s loaded with sodium.

To be perfectly honest, I only began to make my grandma’s bone broth recipe when my kids were born. Baba Emma, my mom and my mother-in-law used to make it for my husband and I, back in the good-old days. Okay, sometimes, they still make it for us! But, these days, I’m in on the action, as well. I’ve even recruited helpers.

My sous chef.

 

My sous chef recruited her own sous chef. #SmartGirl

At first, I had no idea how to start. Sadly, I never took the time to watch my baba make her bone broth recipe for us. I simply devoured the goods. Fortunately, my 92-year-old grandma was kind enough to share her recipe with me. It’s actually quite easy, and not as time-consuming as other recipes.

Yes, you can simmer your meat and bones on low for over 24-hours. But, seriously, is that ever going to happen in your life? It sure as heck isn’t going to be an option for me. #LetsBeReasonable

Le Creuset Stockpot, every home needs one.

Enjoy. Or as my family says, Nazdaroveya.

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

8 Chicken Drumstick and Thighs (Bells & Even is the best store options – if you live on a farm, lucky you)

4 Medium Carrots, cut into threes

1 Large Parsnip, cut in half

1 Yellow Onion

1 Celery Stick, cut in half

Salt (to taste – trust: this is often where I need to phone-a-mom, my salt taste is terrible, hopefully yours is better)

Directions

Wash chicken and put into a deep pot. (I love Le Creuset 8qt Stock Pot because, aside from the beautiful enamel finish, you just get the best results with anything you make – even if you’re a faux-cook, like me. The $100 price tag pays for itself in yumminess and longevity of product.)

Back to the broth. Cover the meat with water and put on medium to high temp. Skim off anything that floats to the top. Once water boils, remove pot from heat and strain water out.

Gently wash the chicken. Put chicken back into the pot. Add whole onion, carrots, parsnip and celery. Pour already boiled water (I usually do it in the teapot) over chicken and vegetables. Turn stove to medium temp.

Keep skimming off fat and other impurities that float to the top, until the broth is clear. Then, turn  temperature to smallest flame, and let cook for 2 hours.

I saved a bowl for you. XO