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Minnow Hamilton

Editor and Chief Curator, SavvyMom Media

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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Some Savvy Holiday Crafts and Recipes

Get creative -- or just get inspired -- with these simple DIY activities and recipes that don't just look good on Pinterest. We've got holiday crafts and recipes you'll love to make for the holidays.
12/12/2012 05:17 EST
SavvyMom Roundup: Train Wreck

SavvyMom Roundup: Train Wreck Edition

It was another busy week. The local news captivated me with football, mayorality disgrace, stolen toys and Justin Bieber's wardrobe malfunctions. All train wrecks.
11/30/2012 07:42 EST
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Top 20 Savvy Gifts Under $25

"Holiday budget" doesn't need to be an oxymoron. Our Top 20 Gifts Under $25 has something for everyone on your list--including the babysitter, the dog and the teacher.
11/29/2012 05:19 EST
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Savvy and Original Holiday Cards

Don't panic. It's still early enough to get organized with your annual Christmas cards. We know you want your beautiful family to stand out from the rest. That's why we rounded up a list of the 18 Best Holiday Cards. It won't take long to find something fabulous and original -- just for you.
11/23/2012 12:27 EST
SavvyMom Roundup: Kickin' It Old

SavvyMom Roundup: Kickin' It Old School

This week I am obsessed with all things old school. Specifically, I mean the popularity of, recurring presence of and constant reference to all things "old school." It's so over used that it's almost (as my kids would say) "over," but we keep hearing the phrase (as in "kickin' it old school"). Here are five examples of old school being new again that I noticed this week.
11/23/2012 11:25 EST
SavvyMom Roundup: A Holiday Gift Alamy

SavvyMom Roundup: A Holiday Gift Guide

We have officially entered into the holiday season, whether we like it or not. It's all about the sounds of Christmas jingles in grocery stores, gingerbread house kits, sparkles, baubles and great gift ideas everywhere we turn. Instead of fighting it, I say bring it. Get your shopping done early so you can enjoy the festivities and family when the big day (and school break) arrives.
11/15/2012 05:30 EST
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34 Savvy Toys for the Holidays

We're not going to lie, being a parent is tough work. But there are lots of perks -- like those sweet sloppy kisses and trips to the toy store. Every. Year. Have fun getting started on your holiday toy list with our 34 Hot Toys for the Holidays.
11/14/2012 05:14 EST
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Savvy Ways to Keep Kids Warm

We like to enforce the belief that "there is no such thing as bad weather --just bad clothing'" because we don't want our kids to be cold weather wimps. They will be dressed in style and warmth with these 19 winter gear picks that are sure to keep them outside playing for hours.
11/11/2012 12:18 EST
SavvyMom Roundup: Stop and Scan Holiday Shopping Is

SavvyMom Roundup: Stop and Scan Holiday Shopping Is Here

It's safe to say that the virtual pop-up store is the latest and greatest. It's no wonder that with the holidays approaching Mattel and Walmart have come together to launch the first one for commuters in Toronto. The virtual toy store will run for four weeks and will provide the ultimate ease in shopping by providing images of toys and a UPC code to scan for purchase. Then the commuter/shopper goes home and waits for the delivery.
11/09/2012 11:38 EST
SavvyMom Roundup: Does That Baby Have a AP

SavvyMom Roundup: Does That Baby Have a Moustache?

It was a wild and crazy week, what with Sandy blowing through town and leaving her wreckage. Fortunately we were left unscathed, and I'm truly grateful. Then I came across this hilarious kids' pacifier with a fake moustache attached. It's so awful it's almost cute.
11/04/2012 01:14 EDT
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Savvy Tips to Survive the Halloween Sugar Rush

We love Halloween and we love how much our kids love Halloween. That's why we don't want to sound like the fun police, but we do want to make some sense of the excess (read: the sugar excess). Here are 12 simple and subtle ways to manage the candy rush -- including tips on how to curb our own temptations.
10/31/2012 05:00 EDT
SavvyMom Roundup: Mom Strike, Inside Google and

SavvyMom Roundup: Mom Strike, Inside Google and More

It's been planes, trains, hotels and automobiles for me this week and here's what caught my attention along the way. How many times a day do you Google something? It's such a part of our everyday life that it's as important as oxygen at SavvyMom HQ. But have you ever wondered what the "Google machine" actually looks like?
10/28/2012 02:14 EDT
Totally Weird and Wacky Items for

Totally Weird and Wacky Items for Babies

New parents have a lot of purchasing decisions to make in the early years. Here are some wacky and wonderful finds (note that we're not using the word essential) to baffle even the most savvy buyer. Swarovski sparkle pacifier, anyone?
10/25/2012 05:40 EDT
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Fun and Savvy Halloween Activities

Moms know that Halloween isn't just one night -- it's an official season. Capture the fun of the season by spending time with your kids creating crafts, costumes and delicious recipes you can all enjoy together. Get inspired with our Fun Halloween Activities.
10/24/2012 05:05 EDT
How Amanda Todd Affected

How Amanda Todd Affected Mothers

I don't really want to mention the horrifying tragedy of Amanda Todd's story, but I will because teen suicide and cyberbullying has to stop. These difficult issues have taken the mom media by storm lately, prompting discussion on how we can all help -- are legislative changes required or will more basic community changes make a difference
10/18/2012 05:19 EDT
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Savvy Items for Your Medicine Cabinet

The worst part about cold and flu season? That midnight run to the pharmacy that's made even worse with the onset of decision paralysis. So many products...how does one choose? Start with this list of 24 Things You Should Have in Your Medicine Cabinet. Stock up and be prepared. Trust us.
10/10/2012 05:20 EDT
SavvyMom Roundup: Mean Daddies and the Yahoo! AP

SavvyMom Roundup: Mean Daddies and the Yahoo! Baby

Well it's been a busy week in parenting news. Consumers are up in arms about meat, the Yahoo! baby was finally born, Canada's got its first official Mom of the Year, and the mommy blogs are all over one mean daddy. I also saw a very interesting and entertaining product sent to the office this week -- I just had to share.
10/04/2012 05:28 EDT
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Recipes for Success This Thanksgiving

Sometimes we all need a little reminder of what we're grateful for -- like a long weekend, good food and our families. We hope you enjoy some of these simple Thanksgiving recipes and craft ideas. Be warned -- there are a lot of delicious dessert recipes ahead (but we didn't leave out the brussels sprouts).
10/03/2012 05:11 EDT