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Minnow Hamilton
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In celebration of spring and new beginnings, I’m turning a proverbial new leaf this week. I am actually going to write my blog again. Regularly.

I’ll be writing weekly about what caught my attention—whether it’s interesting new products, intriguing new business ideas or even the zaniness of celebrity moms. And I’ll try to keep it to five per post.

Here’s what I like this week:

  1. The new virtual store app. I was invited for a sneak peak last week to meet with Ali Asaria and his team at to learn about the launch of this amazing new App and virtual store that opened on Monday. This article in The Globe and Mail explains it well, referring to it as the ‘store of the future’. It‘s definitely a disruption in the digital retail environment and a really smart way to buy and order those large boxes of diapers and other drugstore items that are a pain to carry home.
  2. Easter crafts. I’m not that crafty but I do like finding things to do over the four day weekend with the kids. These ideas (submitted by our very Savvy Storytellers) are so good, I might need to break out of the chocolate mold and buy some glue this year. Or maybe both.
  3. Alicia Silverstone and her child feeding practices. I’m obsessed with this story about Alicia Silverstone chewing her food and allowing her son to eat right out of her mouth. The child is over a year old so he has teeth and can chew his own food. Early signs of helicopter parenting or a celebrity looking for attention? If it’s the latter, allow me to enable her. What’s even more fascinating is what she is eating (and sharing) with her son: ‘a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radishes, steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon’. There is so much more to say but I just can’t give this more air time.
  4. This awesome birthday cake below that our sales coordinator made for her husband who is (clearly) a U2 fan. Everyone at the office wants to be more like Leslie—and this picture kind of explains why.
  5. Tea Mug and Cake That Caught Minnow's Attention
  6. This very groovy tea travel mug. Our new intern Sarah showed up on her first day at the office with this mug and it was an instant hit (she was too—with her immediate enthusiasm for tackling our backlog of broken links). Find the mug at David’s Tea or order it online.

And that’s what caught my attention this week. How about you?

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Melted Crayon Art
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I am totally addicted to Pinterest. If you have never checked out their site, you really should. If you have too much time on your hands, like I know all working moms do (NOT), than that site is for you. You’ll find so much super cool stuff on that site. Funny stuff, motivational quotes, lots of DIY, recipes, style, cool places to visit, just about everything is on that site. So much FUN! So this is where this project idea was found. My 11 year old daughter did this whole project just by looking at a picture. Its a bit messy so be sure to have the area covered with newspaper.

  1. Choose lots of almost full or new crayons. We have so many crayons in this house, I was thrilled I could get rid of some. Line them up on a canvas board. I bought mine from the dollar store for $1.25. Line them anyway you would like. I tried to guide Lauren to do it in colour order but she had her own idea. Than you glue them on with a hot glue gun.
  2. Get a blow dryer and use the hottest setting until the crayons start to melt, which only takes a few minutes.
  3. Add some flowers to the top of your stems and presto, DIY project is done!

Doesn’t that look good? A super easy, fun project that would make a great gift for Grandma! The crayons are a bit crooked for an authentic look, right Lauren? Happy crayon melting!

The ladies (Sian, Melanie and Susan) at Strong Mommy are a bunch of women who love fun, adventure and hope to get fit as a result. They run, do yoga, Pilates, go to the gym, hike, bike, swim…well, you get the idea.

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