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Parents on cell phones, kids on cell phones…everyone on cell phones. That’s what caught my attention this week.

I’m certainly not the only one who is noticing people on cell phones everywhere. Writers and bloggers are documenting it for us. The irony is that we can appreciate how absurd we look when we view the images on our digital devices. If we ever looked up and around us, we might notice it ourselves. Here’s the blog post that caught my attention first.

Then I found this blog, dedicated entirely to images of parents on their cell phones—aptly called Parents on Phones. Keep scrolling down—it gets better and it’s actually pretty funny. I’m sure you’ll find some that you can identify with.

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If you’re more concerned with running out of battery on your phone than having real human interaction, you might be interested in Ampy, a new device that literally charges your cell phone by harnessing your own kinetic energy. The catch is that you have to be moving (ie. running, walking, even dancing) in order for it to charge. Note that driving in a moving car does not count (even if the windows are open and the kids are getting fresh air that way). You literally have to get your butt in gear to get your phone charged. There is a beautiful, subtle irony in all of this—could it be progress?


To be clear, I’m as guilty as anyone of phone addiction, so I don’t wish to sound sanctimonious in any way. The Parents on Phones blog is hilarious because we can all relate to it. Personally, I keep telling my teenage kids that if they learn to put the phone down, look people in the eye, shake hands with purpose and communicate properly, they will be ahead of their generation. Then, when I start feeling old because I’m turning into that person who is so worried about the ‘next generation’, I remember the wine purse. And I’m happy again.

And on a much more serious note about cell phone use, it’s National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada and I’m happy to help raise awareness of this issue. My eldest son is learning to drive right now so I care about his safety, but I care about the safety of others on the road now that he is driving! While young people only make up 13% of licensed drivers, they account for approximately one quarter of all road-related injuries and fatalities. Most of these injuries are a result of distracted driving and could easily have been prevented. I encourage all drivers to protect themselves and their communities by pledging to #PracticeSafeText while they are driving. Remember: keep two hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road.

Look up this week. I hope you see some interesting things!

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I’m back with my fave five this week, and I found some pretty fancy bracelets that work for you, spied my savvy business partner Sarah and one of our amazing savvy bloggers on TV, and watched a clever new ad. It’s been a good week.

Need help perfecting your selfie? This wearable drone wraps around your wrist and detaches when it’s time to take your perfect shot. Think of it as a flying GoPro, designed by developers who want to take those tough-to-take shots. Still in development, the camera that claims to take the perfect selfie just won a $50,000 grant from Intel’s Make it Wearable campaign. You could be wearing it on your wrist sooner than you think. 

Another hard working wristband caught my attention this week. Meet Pavlok—a wristband that acts as an alarm of sorts to remind you to do or not do something—whatever you program it to. So if you want to stop scrolling Facebook for hours during the day (as was the case of the Pavlok founder) you can program Pavlok to send a shock wave every time you are on Facebook. Yes, I said shock wave. Ask it to shock you every time it’s time to work out, stop eating donuts, etc. Shocking, really. 

A bit of shameless self-promotion is allowed on my blog, isn’t it? Especially if I’m bragging about my business partner, Sarah Morgenstern, who looked and sounded fab on Canada AM Tuesday morning talking about affordable toys for birthday parties. Check it out here for all kinds of savvy coming from Sarah. You can even enter our contest for a chance to win the great toys she is talking about.

Sarah Morgenstern

It’s not just the founders of SavvyMom you see on the TV screen these days, though. We have a bounty of amazing writers and blog contributors who are making a difference in their communities and the media is paying attention. I’m so proud that Krista Rowland-Collins is a member of our blog community (find her blog at She’s the mother of a very special child with Down syndrome and she has made it her mission to make the first few days and weeks for every child born with Down syndrome easier too. Watch more about her story here.

Finally, a very funny and clever ad for General Electric I thought was worth sharing. Jeff Goldblum is awesome in it. It’s clever, funny and it gets all the product information across at the same time without the product itself being the hero. It’s sheer entertainment—what every creative advertising agency aims to achieve. I’m sure you will see it on your Facebook feed very soon.

Have a good week!

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