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May
31
2012
May 31, 2012

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I haven’t done a makeup review in a while so it seems like a good time to do a makeup review. I don’t like to buy overly expensive makeup unless it happens to be organic or have super amazing ingredients. Thus, for something like mascara, I’d opt for whatever is on sale and then do a review on it for ThingsThatWeDo.com. On a recent trip to the pharmacy, I came across a sale on the Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender Mascara for $5.99. I’ve never used a lash extending mascara before and certainly never one with lycra in it.  The packaging is attractive and makes bold claims to give  you 60% longer lashes and 50% more curl. Will it actually work?

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May
30
2012
May 30, 2012
Posted in: Tips - Families

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Back in April 2012, I had mentioned to all of you that I started my 30 day challenge inspired by the whole notion that children essentially learn habits after 30 days. My logic back in April focused on using my laziness to my advantage. If you’ll recall, I’m notoriously lazy but I’m efficiently lazy because I’ll move faster than a rabbit and multi-task and make sound decisions just so that I’ll have more time to relax and chill out with my child or do other things I consider more fun. Thus, back then, I figured if I brushed my teeth with my daughter, not only would I be role modeling healthy hygiene habits but I’d avoid late night snacking because I’d be too lazy to brush my teeth. Yes, folks, that is how my brain operates.

Well, it’s now the end of May and you might just be wondering how I’m doing on this whole ‘not snacking at night’ idea. After all, the old habit of ‘eating at night’ was replaced with the new habit of ‘not eating at night’ and back in April, I was quite successful at keeping it up. Could I keep it up?


The “Don’t Eat After You Brush Your Teeth” habit: what’s going on in May?

Well, overall, I’d have to say that I’ve noticed some physical benefits to not snacking at night which is proof positive that I really am that lazy and will abstain from eating at night because I don’t want to brush my teeth all over again. Now, the physical changes I’ve experienced aren’t just from not eating at night. To stretch out my tired muscles from hunching over the computer typing away, I’ve taken to do some exercises in between periods of typing. What kind of exercise, do you ask?

Well, they certainly aren’t your average typical exercises (remember, I’m lazy). So, what I usually grab are 2 books or bottles of shampoo or anything that has some weight and I’ll do a variety of repetitive moves to music to stretch my poor shoulder muscles. Combined with the ‘not eating after brushing my teeth’ habit, my whole body is toner and my clothes are certainly fitting a lot looser. In fact, I’ve dropped down a dress size! That’s pretty amazing huh? The physical change is enough for fellow colleagues to comment however I’ve never jumped on a scale (I don’t believe in it) so I can’t tell you how much I weighed before or after but the physical difference is noticeable.

I decided to make this habit change because I know that late night snacking is not good for me. I still snack during the day and haven’t denied myself of any specific type of foods. I eat what I want to eat but just not at night after I’ve brushed my teeth. Sure there have been a few days here and there that I’ve eaten later at night but it’s no longer an ongoing occurrence.

I’ve also continued to bring coffee from home to work. The potential money saved from just bringing coffee from home is astounding. I could be $500 richer just by not buying a coffee everyday, 5 days a week. That is pretty mindboggling. The added bonus is, because I’m not at the coffee shop, I’m rarely tempted to buy the muffin or doughnut or cookie which again makes a difference in the long run.


Final Thought (for now):

I’m going to continue on with this lazy habit idea because it’s obviously working and requires a minimal amount of effort to me. At least, I’m not dragging myself to the gym at 4 or 5 in the morning which I would never be able to commit to. I commend everyone who can because it seriously is just not in me especially when you consider that it’s almost midnight and I’m still typing away on the laptop for this post!

I’ll continue to keep you all posted on how this “no eating after brushing” habit plays out! In the meantime, consider what you can do to make these little habit changes in your life that will amount to something bigger.

Missed my first post on the 30 Day Challenge? Click on the links below to read more:

Tip: Building Better Habits – The 30 Day Challenge

Tip: Building Better Habits – Part 2: Stop Snacking at Night

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May
29
2012
May 29, 2012

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In the morning, there are a few breakfast items that become a staple in our home. Sometimes, my child will eat cereal, other times she has oatmeal or a grain of some sort. Sometimes, we’ll eat bagels and recently, I discovered Crofter’s Organic Strawberry Premium Spread and since it was on sale for $3.99, I decided to give it a try. For me, I’d rather buy fruit spreads or jams that have been made with organic fruit. After all, the same pesticides and junk that I worry about on fresh fruits would logically also be in the products that are made from those same fresh ingredients. The question is, does Crofter’s Organic Strawberry Premium Spread taste good enough to make a continuing appearance in our home?

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May
28
2012
May 28, 2012

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Children learn through play. As parents, our job is often to provide a safe learning environment where our kids feel comfortable to explore and learn. Crayola has always been a reliable play partner for parents and children alike. Crayola crayons provide rich vibrant colours for children to discover as they scribble and draw away, no matter what age they are. I recently discovered this package of Crayola washable kids paint in a 10 pack of assorted colours and decided to feature it in this post for ThingsThatWeDo.com. You’d be surprised how much learning can take place with a little bit of paint when you add a child’s creativity to the mix!

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May
27
2012
May 27, 2012
Posted in: Thoughts

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It may not officially be summer yet but the warm weather has certainly kicked in. It’s Sunday and what better way to enjoy a sunny day than to spend some time in the park with your child. Yes, I know, there’s a ton of chores that need to be done. From shopping to cleaning to cooking to the birthday party that you have to rush to or another event that is a ‘must’, we often forget that the best times are those that we can spend the time to enjoy.

Most families nowadays spend so much time rushing from place to place that we forget to pause and appreciate the bird that just chirped or the super cool firetruck that just whizzed past. If you get a chance to go to the park this weekend, try to appreciate each moment of it. Take it as an opportunity to see your child grow in their confidence and in their gross motor skills.

One thing our family does is go to the playground whenever we can. My kid loves to swing on the monkey bars. Sure, she likes the slide and the balance beams and can climb like a monkey but she can hang on those monkey bars forever. Her next monkey bar challenge is to swing to the next rung independently. She hasn’t quite gotten the momentum yet to move from the first bar to the next without some extra help but she sure is trying and that speaks volumes for a kid’s determination to persevere and push forward.

Over the past few weeks, she’s made her own breakthrough. With practice, she’s now managed to get to the second monkey bar! It may seem like such a small feat for an adult (although, I can’t do it but hey, that’s just me) but for a kid, it takes timing, courage, and strength and all at once too. Where else would my kid get the chance to practice this type of whole body coordination except at the park? Not even rock climbing or a gymnastics program can do that!

To see that big proud grin on my kid’s face makes each playground trip well worth it! As a parent, I couldn’t ask for more.

May
26
2012
May 26, 2012

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Oh yes, it’s getting warmer and at ThingsThatWeDo.com, it’s time to start testing products that will help us all to stay cool. If you’ve been following our site, you’ll know we tested a number of products last year too but we certainly haven’t exhausted the options yet. For this post, I decided to test out Chapman’s Super Lolly aka a popsicle made by Chapman’s that come in 3 different flavours: cherry, orange, and white grape. Most kids love ice cold popsicles even when it’s not a hot day so the question is, are these Chapman’s Super Lolly popsicles worth buying for your kid?

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May
25
2012
May 25, 2012

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I am a label reader. I’ve always been a worry wart but add in the parent factor and now I’m a worried warty label reading parent.

Take the lowly gummy bear for instance. Sure, it’s cute and adorable and seems harmless enough but do you really know what’s in that generic gummy bear? I mean, what ingredients are used to make them all those funky different colours? What ingredients are used to make gummy bears squishy and boingy (my kid’s word)? Well, when I last tried to read that generic gummy bear ingredient list, I couldn’t pronounce much of it and that creeped me out. Add on top of it the recent talk about how red food colouring is made (red beetles crushed anyone?) and it seems timely to consider other options for those times when your kid is going to have a sweet treat.

I found this Surf Sweets brand at my local health food store and decided it was time to do a product review on it for ThingsThatWeDo.com. Would this Surfs Sweet brand be better than those generic gummy bears?

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May
24
2012
May 24, 2012

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A while ago, ThingsThatWeDo.com did a product review on the Yonanas machine with frozen raspberries and frozen bananas. Back then, we loved the Yonanas machine for the delicious frozen treat but we had only managed to test it out with raspberries and bananas and the occasional banana and strawberry combo. It has taken this long for us to finally to a re-visit of the Yonanas machine to find out how the frozen treats would taste if there were no bananas. Why did it take us this long? Well, there were a number of factors but having a variety of product ideas for testing means we have to balance out what we test and what we re-test.

For this ThingsThatWeDo.com product test, we used only PC Organics frozen strawberries. In fact, it was my child who reminded me that I had yet to test out the Yonanas machine with only strawberries. The question on our product testing minds: will the frozen treat still feel smooth and silky like soft serve ice cream without the frozen bananas? Let’s find out!

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