Minnow Hamilton
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As the editor and co-founder of SavvyMom Media, Minnow manages the development of all content on the SavvyMom.ca website and newsletters.

When she is not consumed with finding practical solutions for moms everyday dilemmas on Savvymom.ca, she can usually be found cooking, harping on about finishing homework or driving around Southern Ontario to golf, baseball, football or skiing events for her 12 and 14-year-old boys.

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Here Are My Five Favourite Things

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Thank goodness there is more to talk about than Rob Ford and Miley this week -- I refuse to give either one of them air time (even though I just did, right there). I found a really cute Etsy video, a delicious quinoa snack (to buy, not make), some amazing...

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SavvyMom Roundup: the Flu Shot, Online Shopping and Rob Ford

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Statistics on moms, a reminder to get the flu shot, raising readers, a new place to shop and a very brief crack at the Mayor is what I've got this week. So much more caught my attention but this is all I can give you for now.

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SavvyMom Roundup: LumoBack, Daddle and More

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Funny Ellen videos, standing tall, too much screen time, online shopping deals and a Daddle -- that's what caught my attention this week.

1. This is a hilarious video recorded from an old Ellen DeGeneres show that has been making the rounds on Facebook recently. A call in from a fan named Gladys has Ellen, and everyone, in stitches. It's just so funny. I hope it brings a smile to your face today.

2. If you've been watching too many old Ellen videos at your desk, you might want to get your posture checked. We all want to stand tall, and now there is a device that we can wear around our waist (a thin belt) called the LumoBack which monitors our posture and sends data back to their app (for Apple devices only). When you feel the buzz, you know it's time to self-correct (i.e. sit or stand taller). I wonder if the signals get crossed when you're also wearing one of the new Up by Jawbone bracelets I keep seeing everywhere that monitor people's movements throughout the day. Sarah (the other SavvyMom) has the bracelet and she loves it. Now she's thinking about getting the back strap. That's a lot of data for one person to keep track of in a day, but I'm sure she can handle it. I prefer to go outside and move around.

3. Speaking of getting outside and moving, yesterday I read a post written by Rebecca Cuneo Keenan, one of our Savvy Storytellers, about the new media guidelines for children recently issued by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP). In an effort to encourage parents to scale back on screen time, the guidelines are backed by recent statistics claiming 8- to 10-year-olds spend an average of eight hours a day on some form of screen/media. I actually find this tough to believe if you do the math. An average 8-year-old wakes at 7 a.m. and goes to bed at 8 p.m. That's a 13-hour day. If they're in school for six hours, that leaves seven waking hours of the day that they could be attached to a screen. How is eight hours possible? Even if you take that number and cut in half, it's still not a pretty picture. The AAP recommends keeping it to two hours a day for your kids. It seems reasonable. For the rest of the time, take them outside and play with them, it's more fun than doing laundry.

4. One way to make sure you have more time to play with your kids is to get some of your shopping done online. I found a new deal site for online shopping called Ebates. It's been popular in the US for a while and is new to Canadians in 2013. I like that the savings keep coming in even after you check out and pay for your sale items from one of their 650 retail partners (think JCrew, Banana Republic, Chapters/Indigo and Amazon). They'll send you an average rebate of between 4-8% and credit it back to your PayPal account or even send it to the charity of your choice. Check it out and get started on that list which will remain unmentioned until next week.

5. Finally, I bring you the Daddle, for your little cowboy and his big, bad dad. It's a soft plush saddle that encourages your kids to ride your beloved's back for hours. And look, it comes with knee pads so he doesn't suffer from carpet burn. Next year, get him the LumoBack. He'll need it.

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SavvyMom Roundup: Some Things I've Had Enough of

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 5:43 PM

This week I'll tell you five things I've had enough of lately, like school shootings, Miley Cyrus, Martha Stewart, hockey fights and bad skin.


1. I received an email this week with the subject line "No. More. Miley." I thought it...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Gluten, Bacon and a Sad Kid at the Zoo

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 5:19 PM

The war against gluten, the problem with bacon, teens and social media, a sad kid at the zoo and apple season all caught my attention this week.

1. It's no secret that wheat and gluten are out. We hear about a...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Concussions, Thanksgiving and Sinead vs. Miley

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Concussions, Thanksgiving, a runaway kid, Sinead and Miley and BlissDom all caught my attention this week.

1. I'll tell you what has caught most of my attention this week and that's concussions. My 16-year-old son got hit in the head this past weekend -- on the football field. He's had headaches and is sleeping half the day. He can't go to school, read a book, watch TV, look at any screens or do any exercise.

It's scary, but I know he'll recover. Still, I want him to understand what's happening to him. So when he is well enough to watch videos again, I'll show him this one, from our favourite doctor, Mike Evans. I have shared it with you before, but I feel like it's OK to watch again...and again. Sometimes we have to see things more than once to remember them (especially if you've had a couple of concussions).


2. This weekend is Thanksgiving and it's my turn to host. I'm really excited about it, too. Actually, I completely nerd out when it comes to large family dinners. They are one of my favourite things in the world. We call it mandatory family fun in my house and we make sure it is. Of course, the food is important too--so I'm going to take some inspiration from our amazing gallery of recipes. You should too.


3. Meanwhile in the news, what caught my attention was the story of the nine-year-old boy who snuck onto a plane and flew to Vegas last Thursday. He reportedly managed to make his way through all the security checks in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a plane ticket and then charmed his way onto the plane. He even ordered a meal in the airport and left without paying. I suppose if you're going to run away from home, Vegas is a good place to go?


4. One little girl who never ran away from home is Miley Cyrus. It kind of seems like she has these days though, with the lack of advice or parental direction being provided. I'm all for learning the hard way and letting kids 'fail' but I'm not so sure I would play by the same rules if my child was so deeply entrenched in Hollywood. Read this letter from Sinead O'Connor to Miley. She explains that the team of people who are behind her latest escapades do not have her best interests at heart. They are getting rich from her --and when she checks herself into rehab in a few months/years/days, they will be drinking champagne on their yachts. Why isn't her father telling her this? Surely he knows this too.


5. Last weekend we went to BlissDom, and what did we see? We saw all kinds of amazing bloggers who were interested, engaged and eager to learn. It was lovely to see and speak to so many Savvy Storytellers and members of our Collective as well. And Oprah was there, did we mention that?

Have a wonderful long weekend with your family and a Happy...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Candida, Muffin Tops and Hashtags

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 5:11 PM

There are mom blog conferences to attend, frozen dairy-free treats to eat, muffin tops to buy, funny mom blogs to read and videos to share.

1. I'll start with BlissDom, Canada's national blog conference that SavvyMom is participating in...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Parenting Athletes and Louis C.K. on Cellphones

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Parenting athletes, Louis C.K. on cell phones, mobile strategies, foodie travel and mass shootings all caught my attention this week.


1. This has been going around for a while but it's time I shared. For all you sports parents who...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Jimmy Kimmel, the Real James Franco and More!

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Now that reality is the new fiction/entertainment, I find myself doubting what's true or false. Is everyone on Facebook really that perfect? Are we raising a generation of wimps? Can homegrown videos reach nine million people organically? Is bacon a food or an industry? And for the love of God,...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Wimpy Men, 1986 and Internet Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:22 PM

Wimpy men, 1986, Oreo cookies and internet addiction centres all caught my attention this week now that the kids are back at school.


1. The American Psychological Association sent out a press release last week stating that 'Men Feel Worse About Themselves...

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Savvy Roundup: Hannah Montana, Creative Breakfasts and More

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 8:34 AM

This week there was a lot that caught my attention -- from the rock/porn star formerly known as Hannah Montana, to creative breakfasts, the cost of raising a child and Max, the autistic child who was a victim of hate (read my last blog post if you missed...

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SavvyMom Roundup: GMOs, Music Apps and an Anonymous Letter

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 12:20 PM

The Google blackout, child advocates, an app to help you focus, bookshelves and ignorance. Those were a few things that caught my attention, and maybe yours too, this week.

1. Were you inconvenienced by the Google blackout last Saturday...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Ashton Kutcher, Saving our Skin and the Hyperloop

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Saving our skin, celebrity life tips, teens and Facebook, Elvis Dogs and the Hyperloop -- that's what caught my attention this week.

1. The temps are dropping but it's still summer and, most importantly, it's still sunny. That means you might not feel those rays, but they're still burning your skin. Watch this video from our good friend Dr. Mike Evans on why we need to protect our skin more than ever -- and show it to your kids if they are old enough to understand. He makes it simple and direct. Of particular note is the fact that melanoma is the second highest cause of death in young adults ages 25-29, and it's the most common cancer in that same age group. It's on the rise.

2. Here's another video of interest and one to share with kids who are old enough. It's a great message and, shockingly, it's delivered by Chris Kutcher (better known as Ashton) at the Teen Choice Awards last Monday Night. Remember, the medium is not the message, so don't focus on who it is but rather what he says. I also think the background on the stage is pretty cool.

3. If you have a teenager at home, they might post the above video on Facebook to share with their friends. But maybe not. This 13-year-old blogger who wrote a post titled 'I'm 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook' certainly would not. She's busy on every other social network out there because her parents aren't on them. Meanwhile, her parents think they are hip to social media because they know how to upload their perfect family photos on Facebook. It's a very interesting article written from a teen's perspective, but very important for parents to read if they want to understand where their kids are online. Teens are awesome.

4. Whether you have a teen or a toddler, what child would not love this lunch? It's called the Elvis Dog and I found it on an amazing blog called Lunch Box Blues. I love that it's written by a foodie dad who prepares meals for his son every day (many of which have bacon in them--his sons' fave food). There's nothing like peanut butter, banana and bacon to make a kid's day. You'll find more inspiring ideas for lunches if you keep looking. It's not all Elvis, I promise.

5. Speaking of awesome, the internet has been on fire over Elon Musk's proposal for a Hyperloop in California. Elon Musk is the co-founder of PayPal, electric luxury carmaker Tesla Motors Inc., and the rocket-building company SpaceX. Now he is proposing a high-speed, solar-powered city-to-city transport system that, in his own words, is 'a cross between a concord, a rail gun and an air hockey table.' It's actually made up of tubes. Watch the video for a visual, which makes it easier to grasp.

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SavvyMom Roundup: Life of the Child-Free and Child-Full

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:42 PM

Child-free women caught my attention this week turning my five favourite things into a hipster theme.


1. I do like to keep up with the controversial Time magazine covers, and this week didn't disappoint because they presented us with a mom topic again. This...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Kate's Post-Baby Bump, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:00 PM

I may be on vacation this week, but camping gear, Kate's "baby belly," Gwyneth's school choice, teaching kids how to succeed and nature's beauty all still caught my attention.

1. I'm not quite ready for back to school yet--even if Target...

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SavvyMom Roundup: The Royal Baby, the 7-Minute Workout and More

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Today I hand off my Roundup to the co-founder and publisher of SavvyMom, Sarah Morgenstern. I hope you enjoy what caught her eye this week. -Minnow

This weekend, at Sunday night dinner, my eldest daughter pointed out that she didn't think it was fair that Minnow always gets to tell...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Toddlers, Kids at Camp, and Family GPS

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 3:13 AM

Summer camp, kid trackers, crazy New York parents and toddlers gone mad...that's what caught my attention this week.

The July long weekend is always busy at my house because it's when we get the kids ready for camp. This year they'll be away for six weeks without any parents, homework,...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Mommy Wars and Advice from Gwyneth

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:44 PM

It's all about mommy wars this week. That's what caught my attention.

1. The mommy wars show no sign of dissipating despite the progress we have made as women and moms in society. Sometimes I think they are getting worse. Topics...

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SavvyMom Roundup: Nigella Lawson and Kimye's Baby

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:09 PM

Nobody's perfect, celebrity leaks, toddlers and guns, competitive parents and The Gift Network. That's what caught my attention this week.

1. If you read my blog you know I'm not into celebrity news, but what did catch my attention last week was the story that Nigella Lawson, one of

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SavvyMom Roundup: Tech Timeout, Social Media Narcissism and More

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:24 PM

A tech family challenge, First World problems are not so bad, social media and narcissism, Father's Day and finding happiness -- that's what caught my attention this week.

1. How much time do you and your family spend online? A better question is: how much time do you and your...

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