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Despite the slow pace that summer brings, there was still lots of news, entertainment and interesting tidbits that caught my attention this week.
1. I read recently that our beloved treat/toy for budding engineers, Kinder Surprise eggs, are illegal in the US. Do people know this? Apparently they are banned from importing into the US due to the ‘non-nutritive object embedded in it,’ which means the toy is viewed as a choking hazard. I can’t help but note the word ‘nutritive’ when referring to the chocolate—but I digress. According to the National Post, two Seattle parents returning home from Vancouver last week were stopped at the border in possession of the illegal substances and told by a border guard that they could be fined $2,500 per egg. They were then ordered to head to the port of entry, where they waited for more than two hours. In the end, the fines were dropped, the family was released and allowed back into their country. With the eggs in hand. (Slow day for the border police?) Good to Know:Don’t pack those illegal eggs in your travel bag of goodies for the kids when crossing the border.
2. Run, Fat Bitch, Run is the title of a new book written by Ruth Field, a British mother of twins and a hard-core runner (hard-core being the operative word here). She takes the tough love mantra to a whole new level, but does so in an effort to get women off the sofa, or rather, ‘that large arse-shaped dent in your sofa.’ Apparently her straight talking, funny, take-no-prisoners approach to self-loathing is working. Book sales are taking off. Imagine all those skinny British bitches running around England…and the sequel…The Skinny Bitches Win the Race. Let’s wait and see.
3. What caught my attention with this product was the title of the post: ‘Water Bottle Doubles as Wallet?’ That seemed a bit far-fetched, so I looked further and found that this No-Spill Kangaroo Bottle by Contigo is actually a pretty handy water bottle with a neat little contraption for keeping change or a key. I thought it might be perfect for those ‘fat bitches’ running around England. They’ll get thirsty, and I’m sure they’ll need a place to store some pounds.
4. On a more serious note, this cover of Newsweek titled ‘iCRAZY. Panic. Depression. Psychosis.’ caught my attention. The fact that technology and social media causes anxiety came as no surprise to me. Just a few weeks ago I actually heard my 13 year-old son say, ‘I’m going to turn my phone off. I need a break from the pressure of trying to keep up to date with everything.’ Thankfully, he went outside to throw the ball around. With other live humans. I felt a bit better, but I’m still aware that his brain is actually being rewired. According to the article, internet addiction is real, as real as any other kind of substance addiction. I’m not a scientist, but the thought of my son’s brain being re-mapped doesn’t thrill me. Reminder: Get them outside as much as you can, away from their devices. This article from The Daily Beast provides some good tips to avoid the psychosis.
5. Maybe all our kids need is some time in the kitchen with a bit of bacon. Everywhere I look these days I see it. But what really caught my attention was this recipe for Frozen Elvis Bites that our food editor, Jan Scott, sent in. It’s clear that bacon is the new ‘it’ food among foodies these days. Now that’s something I know my kids could get addicted to.
Toe-besity, a pregnant Yahoo! CEO, a hilarious birth plan, a delicious summer smoothie and great outdoor games for the kids. There is so much to talk about this week.
1. So I recently came across the term ‘toe-besity’. It’s an affliction felt by many women who are unhappy about the size of their toes. So displeased, apparently, that they are electing for surgery to improve the look of them. Shorter and thinner is what they are after. It’s the latest in the world of plastic surgery. Just when you thought that waxing your nose hairs was taking things a bit far, we learn that women are getting toe reductions. Good news for Havaianas, perhaps. Bad news for society?
2. Well, the recent Silicon Valley news that Marissa Mayer, former VP at Google, has moved over to Yahoo! as the new CEO, is big. There is a lot to this story that’s newsworthy but what makes it even more interesting is the fact that she is pregnant. She reportedly entered into talks with Yahoo! in June when she was 5–6 months pregnant and told them right away about her condition. The board didn’t blink. This is a big step for corporate America and women in business. She seems like an incredibly smart and accomplished woman, to be sure. What I find interesting is that people are already positioning her as an example of someone who can have it all. She hasn’t even had the baby yet. Let’s hope it works out for her and for Yahoo!. Interesting times…
3. We have all met the ‘perfect’ first-time parents who are sure that having children won’t change their aesthetic, hipster lives. They will allow no plastic into their homes. Their child will be the first to sleep through the night—every night. They will be speaking Mandarin by age two. Here is a hilarious birth plan note that has been making the rounds as of late. My favourite line: ‘In the event you are ever unsure how to proceed today, please ask yourself, ‘What Would Gwyneth Do?’‘
4. Moms are always looking for drinks that are not filled with sugar to help keep the kids hydrated during the summer months. We’re also always looking for ways to get as many fruits and veggies into them—whatever way we can. That’s why this delicious summer smoothie recipe caught my attention this week. One of our mom bloggers shared it and I just love it. You will too. Note: the frozen banana is important for the texture but if you don’t have time (or patience) to wait, just add crushed ice.
5. I have written before about my views on kids and their need to move, play outside, get off the couch, put down the screen, etc. That’s why I am particularly proud of our latest gallery: 13 Old School Ways to Play. I encourage parents to implement at least one of these games a week for the rest of the summer. You’ll enjoy the time as much as the kids will. I promise.