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.
Spring caught my attention this week. It was pretty hard not to get excited about its arrival after the winter we have all endured. I also noticed some interesting spring fashion launches, spring cleaning items, a Mother’s Day gift idea and a new way to get fit.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, a new line of mommy and me dresses, designed by Victoria Beckham, was launched for Born Free, a charity that aims to decrease the transmission of HIV in Africa. I’m not the biggest fan of mothers and daughters dressing as twins (or of Posh, if the truth be told), but it’s a good cause and it’s nice to see celebs contributing in a positive way. The dresses are cute too. Read more on 29Secrets for where to buy.
Scarves are everywhere this spring, but the beautiful bright patterned ones we see now don’t need to keep us warm, they just need to look effortlessly cool. If you’re in a scarf rut and looking for a new way to twist and tie it, check out this video for inspiration.
To kick off your spring cleaning, I like the new products just launched from Attitude, a line of eco-friendly solutions for families. What caught my eye was the new fragrance-free toy cleaner, because we all want to clean the winter germs off our toy collection. Don’t we?
For Mother’s Day, why not look to one of my favourite charities, the Children’s Aid Foundation and its Ignite the Spark Fund, which was created to provide opportunities for kids who face poverty, neglect and abuse daily. If you make a Mother’s Day donation this year on behalf of your mother, your money will help a child gain access to life-changing sports, arts and recreation programs for kids in foster care who would not normally have access to the programs we all take for granted. In return, The Children’s Aid Foundation will send your mother a card wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day and letting her know of the donation. For more information or to donate, head to cafdn.org. I think your mom would be very proud of you.
On a lighter note, I received a press release about a new product that makes it sound like all you need is 10 minutes in the bathroom to get fit. It’s made of paper and it looks like a flower so they called it The Bathroom Begonia. You stick it on the mirror while you’re brushing your teeth and putting on make-up. It lists a number of moves for you to do as part of a mini fitness routine. If this actually works I’m pretty sure every single fitness club and gym in the world will go out of business. We might not need trainers or chiropractors because nobody will get injured from working out too much. Lululemon could go extinct. Think of the hours you have spent sweating in the gym, and all you needed was 10 minutes in the bathroom. I’m in.
Have a great week.