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Sep
30
2012
Sep 30, 2012

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Almost every child I know at some point or another becomes fascinated by dinosaurs. As a child (an adult), it’s hard not to be lured in by these gigantic extinct creatures with those big bones and teeth. Imagine what it was like all those years ago, to have dinosaurs living and breathing on earth.

When it comes to dinosaurs, children also seem to have one additional advantage over us adults. They seem to be the only ones that can remember and pronounce all those dinosaur names! So, it should come as no surprise to all of you that I’m featuring this cool activity book, so aptly named Sticker Stencil Draw Dinosaurs written by Chris Scollen.

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Sep
29
2012
Sep 29, 2012

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I’m so sorry to do this to all of you but do please check your kitchens. The food recall for beef is no longer just for ground beef but now includes whole cuts. In case you haven’t heard yet, effective immediately, the CFIA temporarily suspended XL Foods licence to operate of the identified plant with the E. coli travesty. Click here to read more from the CFIA.

Add on to the recent focus of arsenic in rice, I am left scratching my head about we’re all going to do about our food safety. Regular posting resumes tomorrow. In the meantime, click on the links below for more details on the beef recall and arsenic in rice.

Questions and Answers on Recall of Specific Products from XL Foods Inc. – Establishment 38, Brooks, Alberta: click here

Product Recall date: September 28, 2012: Beef recall from XL Foods: Beef Recall: More than Ground Beef from XL Foods

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/consumer-centre/food-safety-investigations/xl-foods/questions-and-answers/eng/1348090287501/1348090501848

Arsenic in rice, article from Taste for Life: read Arsenic in rice, article from Taste for Life

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Sep
28
2012
Sep 28, 2012

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Well, if these product recalls keep coming out, I might as well change ThingsThatWeDo.com into a product recall site! Whether we do product reviews or disseminate information about product recalls, one thing that’s common among both is that we’re building consumer awareness. When you’re a parent, you just have to be aware of those factors that could be impacting your family’s health. I’ve contemplated doing a number of posts in one day when we get these recalls but my fear is always, “but if I post a recall and then have a product review on the same day, people may not see the recall.” So, for now, I err on the side of over communication and make sure the recalls are always the main post in each day. At least today’s post isn’t about the beef recall.

Today’s post deals with a children’s product recall for identified Bella Bling Charms children jewellery. The Bella Bling Charms children jewellery line has necklaces, bracelets those fancy dancy charms. Sadly, the identified items contain lead and cadmium. YUCK and NOT COOL. By now, we all know that exposing our children to lead and cadmium is just a big no. With over 6,200 units sold in Canada alone, it is something to be mindful of. Check your children’s stuff and be sure to send this information along to others. Click on the link below for more details.

Product Recall date: September 27, 2012: Bella Bling Charms children jewellery recall: Children’s Jewellery Recall: Bella Bling Charms children jewellery recall

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Sep
27
2012
Sep 27, 2012

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Here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, we’re always trying to test out different products that other families might be interested in. I came across this Tom’s of Maine natural Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in silly strawberry flavour and wondered how well it would work for my child. Her previous toothpaste had fluoride in it so I wondered how this fluoride free toothpaste would compare.

I have no idea if there is a difference between fluoride free toothpaste and regular children’s toothpaste that contains fluoride but hey, in the name of adventure and product testing, let’s just see what we discover!

Any thoughts?

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Sep
26
2012
Sep 26, 2012

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It seems like this ground beef recall is ever expanding. Please click on the link below because there are new products that have been identified including burger patties and more. Sigh…this is starting to look like a never ending saga.

Updated September 25, 2012: Yet another Expanded Beef Food Recall: Food Recall: Expanded Beef recall on Sept. 25, 2012

Here are past recalls included for ease of access.

Updated September 23, 2012: 6th Ground Beef Food Recall: Food Recall: Ground Beef recall

Expansion: 5th Ground Beef Food Recall: Food Recall: Ground Beef recall

Summary of the Investigation by the CFIA Food Recall: Ground Beef recall – Summary of the Investigation by the CFIA

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Sep
25
2012
Sep 25, 2012

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Yes, you all know, breakfast is the key to a good day. Empty stomach = brain that doesn’t work. I totally get that but at the same time, we all know that breakfast in the morning usually isn’t as relaxed as we want it to be. So, cereals are often an easy option. Add a bit of milk and you’re off to the races. The only thing is, not all breakfast cereals are made equal. Recently, I came across Nature’s Path organic love crunch aloha blend granola cereal and thought I’d give it a test run for ThingsThatWeDo.com. I know the name and I’m wondering what this granola will do. It sounds fun, it looks good, but is it actually good for you?

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Sep
24
2012
Sep 24, 2012

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Okay, I haven’t been in much of a chip mood lately but recently did decide to try yet another pack of the Kettle Brand Baked potato chips even though the last flavour we tasted was somewhat mediocre. However, given that I appreciated the baked potato chip concept, I decided we’d give this Kettle Brand Baked Potato chips one last taste test. This time, we chose the aged white cheddar Kettle Brand Baked Potato chips. Would they win me over?

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Sep
23
2012
Sep 23, 2012

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Updated: 4:00pm my time September 23, 2012 Yet another related ground beef recall. Just last night I posted an update and yet here I am with another one. Take a look because the recalleld ground beef items list has been expanded again.

Updated September 23, 2012: 6th Ground Beef Food Recall: Food Recall: Ground Beef recall

I apologize to all the regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com. By now, you’ll all have learned about the food recall on ground beef products that originated XL Foods Inc. sold in a variety of grocery stores and supermarkets. Well, just recently, there has been a 5th expansion on the ground beef recall with over 200 products affected. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now investing the matter so if more recalls come up, I’ll be sure to let you know. Here is the latest link for the food recall on the ground beef which includes past recalls too.

Expansion: 5th Ground Beef Food Recall: Food Recall: Ground Beef recall

Summary of the Investigation by the CFIA Food Recall: Ground Beef recall – Summary of the Investigation by the CFIA

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Sep
22
2012
Sep 22, 2012

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Our family loves miso soup. Eat it at a restaurant though and often times, we find it too salty. A long time ago, I reviewed the Hanamaruki White Miso Paste which I loved and made some seriously yummy dishes. But, given the nature of this product review site, I’m constantly on the lookout for trying new and different products to test drive for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

Recently, I came across Amano Shiro Organic Miso Paste. I gravitated towards the Amano Shiro Organic Miso Paste because it was organic and hoped that it would live up to my miso loving expectations. 

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Sep
21
2012
Sep 21, 2012

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Do you have children’s paint at home? Most of us do. There is so much that can be done with basic every day children’s paint. Recently, my daughter and I decided to have some good ol’ paint fun. We used her set of Crayola Washable paints that we reviewed in the past, some painters tape, and sturdy white paper. Take a look at what she came up with!

Using the painters tape, we sectioned off different portions of the paper and then she went to town painting away in each section. Once it dried, we peeled off the tape and revealed distinct colour blocks with sharp edges.

This is certainly a different twist than just having her paint away on the entire sheet of paper. She decided where the tape would go and what colours she’d use for each section. Although they may seem trivial, allowing children to make decisions helps to strengthen those exact same skills for use in later life. After all, how will children learn to make decisions if they’re never given a chance to do so? Thus, whenever possible, the hubby and I will give her opportunities to execute these vital life skills.

You should have seen her eyes when the tape was peeled off. The end result is quite vibrant and stunning. Ultimately, art isn’t about the end product. After all, the learning took place during the entire process. The brush strokes strengthened her fine motor skills and the decisions she made certainly strengthened her big brain matter. Being able to create and explore art in a way where there is no right or wrong, well, that’s one big boost to self-esteem and self-worth because you’re not judged by how good or bad you are at it. So, go ahead and paint away with your child!

 
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