After a long weekend and a short week, there was a lot in my inbox to review. Here are the five things that caught my attention this week.
1. Here's an interesting pitch that came through this week--The Screaming O's Studio Collection. These chic, discreet and super-powered, multi-functioning vibrators and stimulant balms travel as an everyday, high-end make-up kit. Yes, I said vibrator. Because the busy mom apparently can't leave home without one.
2. If you're looking for more stimulation, you'll be happy to learn (as I was) that coffee is back on the good-for-you list! According to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine, it really does make you live longer. Hurray! Something we like that we don't have to feel guilty about. Here's more on this good news.
3. "Pass the sugar, sugar" was a popular turn of phrase in my house growing up -- might get stuck on the socially unacceptable list soon. Sugar is becoming the new transfat (or the new salt). With the rising tide of childhood obesity, experts are looking for an answer -- and a culprit. Sugar is one of them. Find out more about the sugary treats you're eating in this post from our food editor.
4. My favourite pick by far from our recent Outdoor Toys Gallery is the BoBike. Cycling with a small child (in a rear carrier) in my day was much scarier as you couldn't see what was happening behind you. I love that moms can see their toddlers sitting in front; there's even a shield that protects the child from any oncoming irritants. See, parents can stay active even with young children! Be an example for them so they don't become a childhood obesity statistic.
5. In shocking bad parent news, I read on Babble.com about a case where parents locked their child in a dryer at a laundromat. Here is the video footage. It's pretty awful to watch and begs the questions of why some people are parents. Sorry, people, but I'm not afraid to judge this time. The video is dubbed "Epic Parent Fail." I would say so. According to reports, the child is fine and only has a few bumps and bruises.