Minnow’s Five Things


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.

the art of leadership conference for women

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.

one of a kind online

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.

 Sick Kids Hospital happy and healthy campaign

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.


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