Team snack backlash, indoor slides, stylish moms and bouncy castles. That’s what caught my attention this week. It’s lofty stuff, indeed.
If you have a child on a team of any kind, you’ll be familiar with the concept of team snacks. Well finally, after years of snack Nazi moms making food the most competitive part of kids’ soccer, there is a backlash. Rebecca Keenan’s article in Playground Confidential titled ‘Team Snacks Can Suck It’ caught my attention. Then after some discussion, I learned that there is a movement called MARS—Moms Against Rotating Snacks. I love it. While they’re in change mode, why not bring back the idea of winning medals for first place instead of dishing out participation medals for everyone? Just saying.
I’m pretty sure the moms in a new book called The Glow, an Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood are not eating snacks, thinking about snacks or going to the park for a soccer game, for that matter. It’s a picture book filled with pages and pages of inspirationally stylish moms—because that’s what motherhood is all about—being stylish. It illustrates the truth that for actresses and models and their children with names like Secret, Lazer or Rumi, the light in their homes is always perfect. For the rest of us, we have recipes from Gwyneth to keep us busy striving for perfection. That is, if we’re not too busy fighting the snack wars.
I prefer to follow some of my favourite stylish moms on Instagram. They’re a bit more real. So I was pleased that a lot of our Savvy Storytellers were recently featured in a top ten moms to follow on Instagram list from Babypost. I think you’ll like them too.
One mom who is clearly focused on fun, rather than healthy snacks or style is Trisha Cleveland, inventor of the Slide Rider—a slide for inside the home that actually goes down stairs. It caught my attention because one of my most dangerous childhood memories is of my sisters and I sliding down our stairs in a laundry basket (yes, it ended with blood and front teeth on the floor). So I don’t think this looks so bad. It appears to be a work in progress. I found it on this cool site called Quirky.com. You might be interested.
Finally, a more serious note about a story that was in the news last week that started with fun and frivolity but ended in near disaster. A bouncy castle was blown 50 feet into the air while two young boys were inside. Fortunately, the two boys fell out before it was lifted too high in the air and were seriously but not critically injured.
Since when do kids need bouncy castles anyway? They have slides. If you don’t like sliding, play organized sports and play to win, then go for ice cream after the game. Tell your mom she looks great even if she isn’t that stylish. She’ll definitely take you for ice cream if you do.
Have a good week.
Non-toxic spring cleaning, leading women, happy and healthy kids and more artisanal online shoppers caught my attention this week.
I generally don’t get excited about cleaning but I do get excited about spring because I like the freshness of everything—the smells, the bright green of new grass, etc. So although I don’t usually advocate spending a lot of time cleaning, I like wiping winter away to freshen things up a bit. C is For Clean is a brand new cleaning company that has launched a line of all natural, completely non-toxic all-purpose cleaners that smell divine. I love the pink grapefruit blend myself, because what smells cleaner than fresh grapefruit? And it’s a local Toronto company started by Maggie McKeown, a mom and foodie who wanted to cook on non-toxic surfaces. Who can blame her?
Maybe Maggie would like to attend The Art of Leadership Conference that Sarah and I are attending on May 29 at the Toronto Convention Centre. We’ll be hearing from an of impressive line-up of women including Martha Stewart (ahem), Hayley Wickenheiser and Arielle Fox, New York Times bestselling author of Winning from Within and a Harvard Law School lecturer, among others. So I’ll be taking notes! If you’re thinking of buying a ticket, you should know that there is a discount code available to SavvyMom readers—you can save up to $100 with the promo code SAVVYMOM32. Follow this link to use the discount.
Sometimes I have to take a break from being a serial career woman like Martha though. Luckily for me I don’t even have to leave the office to browse some of my favourite Canadian artisans from the One of a Kind Show. Just yesterday, they launched their online shop featuring 300 of their favourite vendors.
In more serious news, I attended an event at Sick Kids Hospital last week launching their Happy and Healthy Campaign. They claim that children today may be the first generation in our history to have shorter lifespans than their parents. Shockingly, fewer than seven per cent of Canadian youth achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per day at least six days a week. The stats go on and on…but if you’re interested in learning more about how your family can make small changes and make a difference to their health (and happiness) check out their site. Take the ‘How To’ quiz and see if your kids are Healthy and Happy…enough.
I was cruising Instagram last night and I noticed this tragic post from one of our bloggers, Angie, of Echoes of Laughter. She was sharing her sympathy for a mom blogger in the US who lost her son in a freak accident. Her three year old son ran out into the road for a Frisbee and was hit by a truck. It’s so awful but the silver lining in all of it is the way the mom blogging community has been reaching out and sharing messages of sympathy and condolences. Like any real community in times of crisis, the mom bloggers have displayed an outpouring of support. Follow #redballoonsforRyan to share yours.
Have a good week.