Michelle Karam


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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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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Kiwi Capiroska Cocktail

It’s Friday and the weekends here!! You know how we do… time for a cocktail!  This one is clean, refreshing and will take the edge off!  So kick up your heels, let loose and enjoy! xo

Kiwi CapiroskaKiwi Capiroska

2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
12 mint leaves, divided
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 limes, juiced
2 cups GreyGoose Vodka
2 cups tonic water (or coconut flavored sparkling water)

ice cubes
garnish:1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
Directions:
1. Line six glasses up and fill each with 1/3 cup of diced kiwis, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juiced.
2. Muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.
3. Fill each glass with ice and top off with 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup tonic water.
4. Stir, finish each with a kiwi garnish and serve.
 
recipe & photo courtesy of The Poor Girl

 

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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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Strawberry Basil Margaritas

The weather is starting to warm up and with that comes my overwhelming desire to sit outside in my backyard on Saturday afternoons… watch the kids play with matches (I’m KIDDING) I mean on the swing set and sip on these delightful Strawberry Basil Margaritas while I soak in the sun! 

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Perfect for get togethers, make a pitcher in advance and enjoy! xo 

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

1 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
1 Container of Fresh Strawberries cleaned & quartered
10 Basil Leaves Roughly Chopped
2 1/2 Cups Tequila
3/4 Cup Cointreau
2 Cups of Water
Pitcher full of ice

Combine all ingredients into the pitcher and give a good stir!

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Flu Season! Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

 

Flu Season is just about to peak and it’s time to fight back!  What better way than with a body cleanse! Let’s do this! It’s easy and will not only detoxify your body, but will cleanse your skin and if you’re fighting the last of that stubborn cold or feel one coming on, boost your immune system.  What is this magic cleanse I speak of?  Why it’s the Apple Cider Vinegar cleanse! Read more »

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail LUCKY LEPRECHAUN

kiss me I'm irishSt. Patrick’s Day!! Time for green beer?  Not feelin’ it?  Yeah, us too.  Kinda seems un-natural and icky really the thought of drinking a lime  green anything if you didn’t make it that color naturally?  RIGHT?

If you really feel like you can’t hold back and you MUST have a green cocktail… go for this one!  The Lucky Leprechaun.  It’s a Moms Gone Zen favorite! So do St. Patty’s day right this year and serve up this cocktail!  May you come home covered in kisses… Irish or not!

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Boru Vodka

2 parts of Boru Irish Vodka (Vodka)

1 small cucumber, quartered

1 small cucumber (for garnish) 

10 fresh mint leaves

3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice

1 cup of ice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Dash of sea salt

Put cucumbers, mint and lime juice in a blender on high until well blended. Put ice, vodka, agave, and a dash of salt in a shaker. Pour cucumber mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the shaker as well. Shake well to combine and chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with sliced cucumber & fresh mint.

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Celebrate!!! Today Is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day!  Who knew?? Right?

While we aren’t saying dig into a big tub of Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie… which would be OH SO YUM!  We are saying that this holiday Is onto something OH SO SWEET!

One of my favorite almost guilt free swaps is VitaTops!  They come in a zillion flavors and one of my favorites is Chocolate Mint!  If you’ve never had a VitaTop… think of it as just the top of a super delicious muffin and the best part is they are: 

 

 

 

 

So happy National Chocolate Mint Day!  Don’t feel like you can’t be part of the fun.  See…. Didn’t that make you feel better?

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HEATING up Valentine’s Day!

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