06/03/2012 01:16 EDT | Updated 08/02/2012 05:12 EDT

SavvyMom Roundup of Serious Dos and Don'ts


Another interesting week. There is no end to the editorial fun around here at Savvy HQ and this is what caught my attention:


1. I'm not a crazy cosmetics person, but I do have my favourites and one of them is a new company called Mereadesso. Started by Toronto-born, former Estee Lauder professional, Linda Stephenson, the brand is all about style, simplicity and quality. In an industry where packaging is 50 per cent of the product (I'm not saying that's right, I'm just sayin'), she nailed it off the bat. As for the product, I'm addicted to the face and neck toning gel, but my new favourite is the lip line. Try the sheer pink lip for a summer treat. It's better than a gelato.


2. I hate adding to moms' list of things to be worried about, but I agree with this story about the new laundry pods being dangerous for kids. They do look fun and colourful and shiny. There's no question kids might want to play with them. So keep them out of reach, along with all the other cleaners or items that are sharp and dangerous for children. Keep them out of the toy box and everyone is safe and worry-free.


3. I'm 100 per cent sure that my mother would not have agreed in a million years to let me wear these boots to my wedding -- even if we were in the arctic. In fact, I still don't think my mother would let me wear these boots. Some things just aren't worth the fight -- and these certainly are not. Seriously people, who would do this? More importantly, what is UGG thinking? Is this an example of a great brand gone bad?


4. The thrill of cross-border shopping is becoming much less attractive now that all the big U.S. retail names are here. We've got Brooks Brothers, Anthropologie and J.Crew already, Target is on the way for 2013 and now another one of my fave U.S. retailers, Ann Taylor, is coming to Canada with its first store opening in Toronto next fall. It's all good news. We have all the choices now, all the selection that we always wanted, finally. But I wonder if I'll like them all as much now that the we-can't-get-this-at-home factor is gone?


5. In an age when competitive parenting often manifests itself on the soccer field and hockey arena (or in my case, the baseball diamond), and with childhood obesity on the rise, many parents worry that they should be doing more to encourage their children to be active -- especially if the child doesn't show interest. Should you push your children into sports? I was relived to see this sage counsel from our SavvyMom experts, who weighed in this week with some strategies for helping your kids find the right sports for them -- not you.

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