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Oct
31
2012
Oct 31, 2012
Posted in: Tips - Families

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Yes, it’s Halloween today and I thought it was appropriate for me to highlight Health Canada’s reminder for all of us to have a safe Halloween.  In light of  Hurricane Sandy, some of us might still be feeling the after effects of all that rain and wind. In fact, Halloween may be far from your thoughts. This year will be a very different Halloween indeed.

For those of us who celebrate Halloween and are able to go outdoors for some local ‘trick or treating’, here are some key factors from Health Canada to keep in mind so that Halloween can be enjoyed safely.

Click below to read tips offered by Health Canada that reminds us about safety precautions for costumes, the candies and treats, as well as safety while children go out trick-or-treating. After all, we’ve spent all this time talking about Halloween, planning the costume. Let’s make sure we stay safe and have fun!

Click this link to find out more from Health Canada.

Oct
30
2012
Oct 30, 2012
Posted in: Thoughts

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I generally don’t post about the weather and the stormy events that take place around the world because I know your local news network can give you far better updates than I could ever do. However, I can’t help but comment on Hurricane Sandy.

It’s not just about the crazy winds and rains and flooding and power outtages that are happening all over. That all freaks me out but as a parent, I can’t help but feel really small in this world. It’s time like these that I’m reminded of how vulnerable we humans are. No matter where you live, it’s times like these that Mother Nature sends a very strong wake up call.

We’ve prepared for Hurricane Sandy the best we can and now I’m sitting here typing away with my toes crossed that everything will be okay.  Our daughter knows about Hurricane Sandy. Her teacher talked about it in school today and we talked about it at home too. She knows about the wind and the rain and about trying to keep the outdoor drains clear of debris.

As I sit here and type this post, I can hear the powerful winds gusting outside and my daughter is sound asleep. The power has flickered off and on just 5 minutes ago.  I can only hope that Hurricane Sandy will quickly dissipate and that this will all be positively resolved.

To everyone out there: my thoughts are with you. Keep safe.

Oct
29
2012
Oct 29, 2012

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A week wouldn’t be complete without yet another product recall post. Have a read below of some of the recent recalls that have been issued.

Product recall: Clef Des Champs brand products

Turns out, the identified Clef Des Champs brand products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Scary thing is, there is a line of products that have been affected, from Organic Ginger Ground root to an Organic Curry Spice Mix. Click here for more details.

Product recall: “Pollen Allergy” aka “Tongqiao Biyan Pian”

This is apparently, a natural health product and the identified lots are being recalled because Health Canada has found levels of arsenic that exceed allowable limits along with a few other ingredients that are found in the product but aren’t listed. Click here for more details.

Warning from U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): “Pollen Allergy” aka “Tongqiao Biyan Pian”

The FDA recently issued this warning about those over the counter eye drops and nasal sprays, reminding all of us about the dangers when children might accidentally ingest them. Yikes. Think about it, those caps on eye drops and nasal sprays aren’t exactly hard to manipulate especially if you have a particularly inquisitive child. Click here for more details from the FDA.

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Oct
28
2012
Oct 28, 2012

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If there were 56 hours in a day, I would be one very happy camper. For one thing, I’d do more baking and I wouldn’t constantly feel as though I’m trying to play catch up. Now, for the record, our family is quite good at pacing ourselves. We try to be very careful about how we schedule events so that we can enjoy them and not feel as though we’re just rushing from one activity to another.

You see, if life were a little slower, I’d make my own applesauce. I’ve done it twice and it isn’t hard to do but it does take a little bit of time especially if you don’t want to use the apple skins. Not all applesauce is created equal however.

Have you ever browsed the applesauce section of your grocery store? If you do, I bet you were quite surprised when you discovered there is absolutely no vitamin C in that big brand name applesauce so many of us gravitates towards because of its recognizable name. The question is: have you met Applesnax yet?

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Oct
27
2012
Oct 27, 2012
Posted in: Thoughts

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Well, it’s the weekend before Halloween 2012 and I think we’re ready for it. The costume is ready and my kid is pretty excited about the whole thing. We have some pumpkins on display but none of that creepy stuff on our lawn. We don’t believe in it. I mean, really, must we do the whole fear thing? After all, truly, a skull is a skull is a skull. Why make children fear something that doesn’t need to be feared? It’s so wrong, in my books.

This year however, my kid has decided not to make a Jack-o-Lantern which I’m totally fine with. We’ve done it in the past, but hey, if she doesn’t want to do it, I can respect that. Our pumpkins look just fine as they are. She says she might want to add glitter to one of the pumpkins but has no intentions of adding faces to any of them.

Whenever we can, it’s important to offer children opportunities to make decisions. The more practice a child has in weighing the information before a decision is made, the better he/she will be able to make bigger life decisions as time passes. So, why not let my kid choose what to do with the pumpkins?
Question: what decisions has your child made today?

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Oct
26
2012
Oct 26, 2012

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Have you ever tried reading the ingredients listed on your bottle of facial lotion? Now, if you follow ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know I like to read labels. I may not always know what things mean but at least I can do a quick comparison amongst products. I look for ingredients that I can pronounce and the shorter, more natural the list, the better.

Well, I’ve been trying to find a good facial lotion that will protect my combination sensitive skin while having a list of ingredients that won’t petrify me. A while back, I was at my local health food store and was recommended to try the Weleda almond soothing facial lotion. According to the knowledgeable staff there, the Weleda almond soothing facial lotion works well on sensitive skin and has basic ingredients. Let’s see how well this Weleda almond soothing facial lotion holds up!

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Oct
25
2012
Oct 25, 2012

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I’m freaking out right about now because it’s Halloween season and a lot of children end up using face paint. A recall has been issued on this face paint that comes in “10 dazzling colours”. Now, I tried to look at the images of the identified product and I can’t seem to figure out the actual name of this face paint so please do take a good look at the product images included in the link below. Health Canada has determined that these face paints contain high levels of lead. This is terrible when you consider that the face paint goes directly on to skin which means the chemicals get absorbed directly into the body. Worse yet, over 4,000 units have been sold! Please do yourself a favour, click on the link below and make sure you DON’T have these face paints at home!

Product recall: Face paints with “10 dazzling colours”


Additional product recalls:
more Halloween costumes have been recalled all for the same reason – flammability. Click the links below for more details.

Product recall: Spirit Feather Angel Wings

Product recall: Skelanimal “Kit the Cat” Costume

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Oct
24
2012
Oct 24, 2012

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Now that my child is older, she occasionally eats lunch at school which means we needed to find suitable containers to pack her lunch. To the person that doesn’t have children, this may seem like an easy feat until you realize it’s not just a basic container that you need. You have to factor in your child’s ability to independently open the containers, whether you want the lunch to stay warm or not, and you have to think about what kind of lunches you’re going to send to school.

My husband stumbled upon these Steeltainer products but prior to his discovery, we didn’t even know they existed. So, why not do a product review for ThingsThatWeDo.com and see how these Steeltainer products hold up? Featured here is the larger 560 mL Steeltainer but we also purchased a smaller 320mL Steeltainer with adjustable divider.

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