Author Archives: Michelle Karam

Rosemary Boosts Brain Power!

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I knew there’s a reason why I love walking by a hedge of rosemary, and why I adore roasted potatoes with rosemary!  Scientists in the U.K. have uncovered evidence that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil can sharpen your mental abilities.  (Shakespeare was right!) Hey, who couldn’t use a little sharpening in that department?  I say, if it can help me remember where I put my keys every day then “Gimme some rosemary right now! Read more »

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ValSlide & Zaggora: Secret Weapons in Weight Wars


Let’s face it — squeezing a workout into a mom’s already packed daily schedule is nearly impossible when there’s barely enough time to get coffee and groceries between drop-off and pickup.  For most moms, working out regularly is something that requires a level of commitment, energy, and organization that only emerges after the “countdown” panic sets in from a fast approaching ‘bathing suit-necessary’ vacation. Right?

Well, ladies, in our search to find the newest, coolest, most effective ways to help you stay healthy and happy, we discovered two amazing Secret Weapons that will help you work out, burn more calories, and lose weight quicker and easier than you could ever imagine. No, they’re not new miracle drugs… but they’re pretty close to miracles!  (Hint: they both have to do with heat.) To see both weapons in action, watch our video and read on! Read more »

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“Featured Mom” Tori Spelling – A Moms Gone Zen Exclusive!

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Read below to see how you can win an autographed copy of her new book, “Spelling It Like It Is” !

In the 90’s, America fell in love with Tori Spelling when she played Donna Martin on Beverly Hills 90210 (“Free Donna Martin” Anyone?!).  Decades later, thousands of fans (including us) have fallen in love with her all over again in her new role as SUPERMOM and DIY-maven extraordinaire!  As an actress, author of 3 NY Times bestselling memoirs – sTORI Telling, Mommywood, and Uncharted terriTORI, the star of her popular reality show Tori & Dean, wife to Dean McDermott (since 2006), and mother of four (yes 4!) beautiful kids ages six and under, Tori is notorious for intimately revealing her everyday antics onscreen and in print.  We’re in awe of how she finds the time to do all this, keep it together, AND manage to update her blog EdiTORIal by Tori Spelling on a daily basis!

Tori & DeanTori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her personal life, and she’s the first to admit that the “reality” behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn’t always real.  She’s always Spelling It Like It Iswhich is also the name of her fabulous new book, released October 22.  In it, Tori shares personal stories with her usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm. Spelling it like it is Tori Spelling

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After-Color Hair Treatment for Dry, Flaky, Itchy Scalp

Have you ever left a hair salon with gorgeous, newly-colored hair only to be left with an itchy head a few hours later? Unfortunately, most hair dyes contain peroxide, ammonia, and/or phenylenediamine, a very common allergen that can irritate the scalp and cause itchiness, dryness and flaking. Bummer, I know.

HELP is here with this all-natural hair treatment made with ingredients you probably already have at home that will not damage your new hair color, and will take the itch away.  Read more »

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Aromatherapy 101

Have you ever caught the whiff of a scent (either glorious or stinky or somewhere in-between) and suddenly felt transported to another place and time?  Recently we had the great pleasure of relaxing at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California.  In this beautiful oasis surrounded acres of lavender and rosemary, I had an olfactory experience that evoked deep-rooted memories and transported me to places I hadn’t thought of in decades. (I realize how sophisticated that last sentence sounded… but no joke it was that serious a feeling!) Read more »

“Featured Mom”: Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz - cover finalMoms Gone Zen proudly introduces DAPHNE OZ!

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Daphne Oz is one very busy lady whose life is about to get much busier!  In addition to being a natural foods chef, NY Times Bestselling author, and co-host of ABC’s ‘The Chew,’ Daphne is about 3 months away from having her first baby!  With just a few months of peace and quiet left before the big day, Daphne let us in on her preparations for life as a family of three, and how she’s relishing every minute of pregnancy. Read more »

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Fall Back Into YOU Giveaway

FALL GIVEAWAYSeptember’s here, kids are back in school (hopefully) and it’s finally time for you to take care of YOU!  This summer we took some time to step back, reevaluate, and revamp a few things at MOMS GONE ZEN… and we’re thrilled about the projects we have in the works.   (You’ll hear more about that soon!)

We hope our enthusiasm is contagious, so to help spread the love we’ve put together a fantastic FALL GIVEAWAY of great products worth over $500 for you, our favorite followers.  Each and every product comes from companies we’re working with to bring stress-relief and better health to YOU! Read more »

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Botox Stops Underarm Sweat!

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BOTOX:  Wrinkle miracle cure & underarm sweat-buster extraordinaire! Who knew? 

Let’s be honest: When most women, including us, think of Botox , they usually think of their faces, not their underarms. Well ladies, we have news for you. Believe it or not, Botox can safely reduce underarm sweat for up to six months!

Considering the crazy heat waves this summer, we thought it apropos to show you how Botox can keep you sweat-free and bring lasting relief to the more than a million people who suffer from an embarrassing condition called “axillary hyperhidrosis,” excessive underarm sweat.  People with this condition sweat up to 4x more than normal in order to maintain a normal body temperature, and they often suffer from difficulty in social situations and say it significantly interferes with their daily activities. However, as moms we know there are many situations that we face everyday that make us sweat!

We know, you’re wondering if it’s safe.  Apparently, it is!  In 2004, the FDA approved Botox for treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis (a.k.a you’re sweating a lot!) that can’t be resolved with prescription creams or antiperspirants. In studies, researchers found that after the first treatment, 82% of patients had up to a 75% reduction in sweat production in four weeks after the injection. They also found that the treatment had a positive effect on the patients’ quality of life by easing the social stigma of sweat.

Call us crazy (it wouldn’t be the first time), but we had to check this out for ourselves.  We had the pleasure of giving this lovely treatment a try at the Beverly Hills office of Dr. Rady Rahban, M.D. F.A.C.S. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.  After a little numbing cream to take the edge off, and a few pricks to our underarms (okay, quite a few pricks to our underarms), we were transformed into sweat-free moms in less than 2 weeks. It worked!!  We can say that both of us,  after undergoing this treatment, are part of that 82%.  No sweating. Really.

Minimal pain, TONS of gain!

If you’re on the fence about this, or if you’ve done this before, send us an email or leave a comment below.  We’ll answer any questions you may have and would love to hear about your experience with this treatment.

Check out our video, have a laugh, and see how botox can make you sweat-free too (and save you some dry-cleaning $ at the same time!)

Thank you again, Dr. Rahban!  This was amazing!

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3-Day Cleanse – Lose Weight Fast!

Cleanse“I regret eating healthy today,” said no one in the history of ever. 

Coming off a four day weekend fueled by way too many margaritas and all-American BBQ’d everything, there’s no better time to consider detoxing your body and shedding a few unwanted lbs. with a “cleanse.”  After all, it’s summertime and bikini season is here whether we like it or not!

While some extremists may opt for the “Master Cleanse” (which I recommend only if you’re lucky enough to have absolutely no kids around you and the opportunity to sleep all day… so, NEVER), I suggest trying a more sensible and realistic approach to cleansing such as the 3-Day or 5-Day Cleanse from The Juice Club. Read more »

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Summer Detox Fix


It’s July, temperatures everywhere are hitting record highs, and everyone is running to the beaches, to the pool, to WATER!!  And where there’s water, there’s bathing suits… and where there’s bathing suits, there’s STRESS. 

Well, we’re here to tell you that there are two very easy ways to ease your ‘bathing suit stress’ AND get you feeling happy and healthy.

mgz-juice-videoSummer Detox Energizing & Cleansing Juice Recipe

 

 

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