If you’re old enough to sing the rest of that ad jingle for hair remover, then you’re also old enough to remember Daisy Duke -- the TV bombshell who will forever be associated with her, ahem, ”cheeky” cut-off jean shorts. Even if you’re too young to have watched the Dukes of Hazard in reruns, you likely know who I mean. Short-shorts are back.
The world of kids’ toys can be, well, a lot. If parents feel lightheaded just walking through a big box toy store, imagine how overwhelming and overstimulating little people must find the sheer volume and variety. Mile-high aisles in a rainbow of colours dazzle the eye, but they often end up in rainbow-coloured heaps on the play room floor at home. Here are a few simple tips for choosing well, and then caring for toys in a way that creates a simpler, greener play space with maximal play value.
It’s hard to believe that only 1 or 2 generations ago, it was considered kind of radical to teach your daughters that we could “be anything we want when we grow up.” Free To Be You and Me was considered revolutionary and Sesame Street seemed like leftist propaganda to some. In my parents’ skinny row house in downtown Toronto, this meant that my sister and I could wear striped OshKosh B’Gosh overalls, just like our friend Gerry next door. It meant we could ride Big Wheels or roller skates down our little dead end street. And it meant that when we saw a doctor, it might be a woman, and she might be wearing pants.
Flash forward to 2017. Now I’m raising three kids in Toronto. I’m proud of the fact that we’re way past having to tell our kids they can do what they want with their careers. Tell my son to take the garbage out and you get “Well, that was sexist!” from his sister. “Fair enough! You can take the recycling.” Recently, though, I got zinged with one I hadn’t heard before: “Mom, are you assuming my gender?!”
If you’re a lemon water person, the prep and storage struggle is real. All that alkalizing goodness, the tummy soothing warmth, the vitamin-C boost -- it’s so good! But cutting squeezing and storing fresh lemons is work. I also love fresh grated ginger tea, for the added anti-inflammatory and gut-goodness of ginger. My pantry, fridge, tupperware and freezer have ginger root pieces and lemon halves in almost every corner!