Author Archives: Michelle Karam

“Featured Mom”: JESSICA ICLISOY, California Baby

Jessica-Zen 2 We proudly introduce Jessica Iclisoy, the founder of California Baby!

Jessica Iclisoy, the founder of California Baby, is not only a beautiful and intelligent woman (yes, she even reads the Wall Street Journal!), but a true visionary.  In 1995, her mission to raise her family in an all-natural, non-toxic environment was way ahead of her time.  Before most people were “thinking green,” Jessica created the hit product, Calming Shampoo & Bodywash, in her very own kitchen after learning that many of the cleansing agents and synthetic fragrances in most baby products were not only harsh on the skin, but suspected carcinogens.  Since then, she has grown California Baby® to include over 50 pediatrician and dermatologist recommended products that span hair care, diaper care, non-chemical suncare, bath fun, wellness, and more. Read more »

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Suffering from “the Curse”? Change the Cycle!

Go with FlowEvery woman has suffered, at one time or other, from “the Curse”, that oh-so-special time of month during which you have permission to whine and complain, and if you’re lucky, maybe even lie down for a bit.  However, if you suffer from menorrhagia a.k.a. heavy period (and you’d know it!), there’s help for you!!

We found out about Change the Cycle at the BlogHer convention in New York last summer where we saw a group of women swarming the booth.  Was this the booth that was giving away the free vibrators? No they weren’t, that was a different booth.  But of course, we had to check it out.

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Secret Geisha Facial at Valentina MedSpa

The Geisha Facial (a.k.a. “Bird Poop” Facial)

GeishaHave you ever wondered how Japanese Geisha’s have such blemish-free, porcelain-like complexions? Well, we have the answer, and it’s not just their makeup.  It’s BIRD POOP!  Specifically, Nightingale bird poop (see cute birdie below).  Yes, ladies, the answer to your skin problems is literally for the birds.  You read it right, BIRD POOP!! Read more »

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Sleep Like a Baby Post-Daylight Savings Time


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Did you have trouble getting out of bed this morning, two days after Daylight Savings Time?  I know I did!  Even with only a 1-hour time change, most people are thrown off by the lost hour of sleep and feel more irritable and stressed than usual.  According to a survey by the Better Sleep Council of over 1,000 adults, 40% state that they need at least a full week to feel normal once again.  The good news is that there are ways that you can help your body get back to normal! Read more »

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Cleansing Yoga for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer YogaMarch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month (I know, yippee!) and it’s time we pay some attention to the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. Besides getting screened for colorectal cancer, which is recommended for everyone over 50, and eating more fiber, there’s another thing you can do to help —  YOGA! Here’s an easy and relaxing yoga pose that you can do to help your colon stay healthy and clean.

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Jump into Spring & Boost Your Metabolism

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Spring has almost sprung and you should too! It’s time to shed that winter sluggishness and rev up your metabolism for the ‘tank-top & shorts’ season that’ll be here before you know it.  One of the best and, I think, most fun ways to boost your metabolism is by simply JUMPING! And all it takes is 2 minutes. Read more »

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Cat Cora’s Bucatini Amatriciana with Bacon

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The very first time I cooked for my dear friend Cat was Passover Dinner – and I was a nervous wreck.  Not only because an Iron Chef was going to be at my table, but also because I’m a “shiksa” who had NEVER before cooked a Passover meal!

With Manischewitz flowing, Passover was a success and soon after Cat cooked her first meal for me.  Bucatini Amatriciana was the super-scrumptious dish that she made and it immediately became a family favorite. My husband loves it so much that for his birthday one year she surprised him with a giant pot of this mouth-watering sauce. Here’s the recipe, from her latest cookbook “Classics with a Twist.”  I guarantee you will love it and crave it as much as we do! Read more »

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Feng Shui Secrets for an Early Spring & Good Luck

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Yippee, February is almost over! As the coldest weather in years freezes cities all over the U.S., this last week of February represents the end to the hardest month of the year and the hope for an early spring with flowers in bloom.  If you’re in need of something to perk up your spirits, lift your heart, and re-energize your body and soul until the groundhog shows his little head, here’s a simple Feng Shui strategy to help you get over the hump and prepare you for spring. Read more »

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An Apple A Day


A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting. Gotta love those Brazilians. We trust what they say… they know how to rock those bikinis! So if you feel like a snack today, reach for that apple! It’s full of fiber and will even help lower cholesterol.


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3 Steps to the Ultimate Valentine’s Day


Everybody loves and needs a little romance today. Here are 3 sure-fire things that you can do to spice up the night and get things going in the right direction. Read more »

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