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Nov
30
2012
Nov 30, 2012

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It is product recall time! Today there is just one product recall.

Product recall:Banana Boat Sun Care Products

Creepy: Imagine spraying on some sunscreen only to have it ignite on your skin because it was close to a flame. Just imagine that and then click on this link to learn more about this product recall from Banana Boat. Click here for details.

Stay tuned to ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Nov
29
2012
Nov 29, 2012

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m not the overly adventurous type. However, I do believe in constantly trying to improve on the food choices our family has. Sure, we don’t have all the money in the world so I want to be as wise as I can be with the money that we do have.

Take granulated sugar for instance. You know, that basic white stuff that almost all homes have. Well, I’ve got white sugar in our home too. Usually, I add it to my coffee or I’ll use it for baking. However, I’m quite aware that it isn’t exactly the best sugar for our family to consume. It’s still better than that artificial stuff (ugh to aspartame!) but there are better alternatives out there like honey or brown sugar.

On a recent trip to my local health food store, I was chatting with a staff about another product and somehow we got on to the topic about sugar and she said that organic coconut sugar was the lowest on the glycemic index compared to other sugars. That perked my ears up and I decided to buy a bag to try it out. Since I have no clue which brand might be the best, I opted for the Madhava organic coconut sugar which cost me under $5 for a 16 oz. bag.

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Nov
28
2012
Nov 28, 2012

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You’ve got a cold and maybe a sore throat. Most of us know about those big brand name sore throat lozenges. You can smell them from a mile away and they’ve often got that really strong mint flavour. I’ve used them in the past and I always found them a little lacking. Sure, they always seemed to work at first but I couldn’t help but feel as though the intensity of the flavour was somehow trying to bore a hole through my cheek.

I was sick recently and it wasn’t fun. My nose was dripping and my throat was sore. I drank a lot of the Stash Lemon Ginger tea with a ton of honey and it seemed to do wonders but there is only so much tea I can drink without constantly being stuck in the bathroom. I decided to go to my local health food store to see what I could get for that sore throat of mine.

The staff that I spoke with showed me to all the different sore throat lozenges that were available and I didn’t recognize any of them. So, uh, which one do I pick? End result: the staff highly recommended these Wedderspoon organic manuka honey lozenges. She said that among the lozenges available, these had the best flavour and were very soothing at the same time too. This seemed like the right time to do a product review on these Wedderspoon organic manuka honey lozenges for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

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Nov
27
2012
Nov 27, 2012

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Have you tried Danone OIKOS vanilla Greek yogurt before? I certainly haven’t and I had never heard of it until a free sample magically made it into our fridge one day. I don’t know how it got there but I know I didn’t put it in there. So, either the hubby got it one day or someone else did and it was left in the fridge calling me to ‘hey, try this’. Generally speaking, I like yogurt so why not give this Danone OIKOS vanilla Greek yogurt a try? 

This Danone OIKOS vanilla Greek yogurt is 2% and it looks like it has potential (the ingredient list looks pretty good) so let’s just see how it holds up to our ThingsThatWeDo.com taste test!

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Nov
26
2012
Nov 26, 2012

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It is product recall time! Today’s post includes recalls include the following:

1. CAPITAL brand and COMPLIMENTS brand HAM SAUSAGES
2. Simply Charming Hair Clips
3. KROWN brand CHERRY TOMATOES
4. Children’s Rings from the MAJA collection by Créations DPR
5. Metal Mood Rings

Make sure you click on the links below for more details and product images!

1. Food recall:CAPITAL brand and COMPLIMENTS brand HAM SAUSAGES

All I need to say is this: identified packages may be contaminated with Listeria. Yep, now go click on the link and make sure it’s not in your home. Click here for details.

2. Product recall: Simply Charming Hair Clips

Not many were sold but again, one word should do the trick: lead. Would you take the chance that your child might be exposed to lead because of a hair clip? Click here for details.

3. Food recall: KROWN brand CHERRY TOMATOES

Identified lots may be contaminated with: salmonella. Now, this is a tricky one because select party trays that were made with this lot of cherry tomatoes from KROWN may also be contaminated with salmonella. Click here to see affected stores and more details.

4. Product recall: Children’s Rings from the MAJA collection by Créations DPR

Risk: you guessed it -lead. What’s worse – over 4,000 units of these rings were sold in Canada. That’s a lot of children wearing some seriously dangerous jewellery. Click here for more details.

5. Product recall: Metal Mood Rings

Risk: Did you think it was lead again? Nope, this time it’s cadmium (which is even more toxic than lead!) and there are over 2,000 units of these things floating around on unsuspecting fingers. Children would have gotten these awful things in vending machines at different shopping markets or department stores. Click here for details.

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Nov
25
2012
Nov 25, 2012

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My child is an avid reader. She’s always loved books and so, when I saw this Giant Treasury for 5 Year Olds, I figured she’d probably like all the little stories in it. It’s quite the big book with 35 stories all geared for the 5 year age range. I thumbed through the Giant Treasury for 5 Year Olds book while I was at the book store and it seemed like a potentially good book. It has larger size font, colour illustrations, although there is quite a lot of text of some pages. Would this book be worth its $5.99 price tag?

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Nov
24
2012
Nov 24, 2012

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You know kids like sweet treats but you also know we can’t just stuff them with junk all the time. All in moderation is the key to food success. Thank goodness for companies like Yummy Earth who make my life easier because they offer me options that I wouldn’t have if they didn’t exist.

Have you heard of Yummy Earth before? Have you EVER had a Yummy Earth organic lollipop? Trust me, after you try a Yummy Earth organic lollipop you will see absolutely no reason to switch back to those conventional sugar laden, chemically made lollipops. Come take a look and find out why and how Yummy Earth won me over.

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Nov
23
2012
Nov 23, 2012

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Breakfast, yes breakfast. Should it come as any surprise to you that I am reviewing yet another box of cereal? Ah, but my reasons for featuring Barbara’s Puffins Cinnamon cereal are a little different. Take a good look at this cereal. Does it look a little familiar to you? Like, maybe you’ve seen this shape before?

AHA! But, that’s where the similarity ends because that other brandname cereal uses BHT in its packaging with claims that it helps to maintain freshness. Well folks, I don’t intend for my cereal to sit on the shelf for 200 years so I don’t see a point in having my cereal laced with BHT. After all, what do you think happens when you open and close the cereal packaging over and over again? You can’t tell me little bits of BHT don’t go sprinkling down into the cereal too. Ah, well, I digress. Let’s take a closer look at Barbara’s Puffins Cinnamon cereal and see why you should kick that OTHER cereal to the curb.

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Nov
22
2012
Nov 22, 2012

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Recently, I decided we would try and make our own rice blends using a variety of grains. Our first attempt used a combination of barley, rice, and red split peas which resembled mushed up risotto. Over the past few days, we continued to try a variety of combinations and we came up with 2 amazing winners!

Have you ever tried a blend of spelt, pot barley, and medium grain brown rice? I used approximately equal parts of each, washed them and added just enough water to cover my hand. Set it on the stove and cooked it like regular rice.

Next thing you know, it’s done and it was phenomenal. The combination was perfect. Each grain added its own chew factor and the spelt added its signature nuttiness. By far, this was the best combination to date. Sadly, in my excitement to eat the rice, I uh, sort of forgot to take photos. Sorry! You’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂

A few days later,  it was my husband’s turn to cook and we decided to have rice again (we alternate but I have to admit that lately, he’s been doing more of the cooking – thank you hubby!). So, away he went to make the rice medley but, we didn’t have any more of the medium grain rice so he only used spelt and barley.

Now, prior to this whole making-your-own-rice-blends adventure, we would never have considered putting spelt and barley together as the carb for the designated meal of the day.  Dinner is ready and we had the absolute best grain blend ever.

Here’s a close up shot of what the cooked barley and spelt mix looked like. Notice how every grain is separate and fluffy. The spelt and barley mix tasted delicious and there was such a great crunch that we honestly didn’t miss the brown rice at all.

The spelt added the nutty flavour with a substantial chew. As I ate the spelt, I literally felt as though my jaws were getting much needed exercise and these grains were fully cooked! The pot barley was the perfect partner in crime since it also added its own chew. It was such a hearty grain mix, I could actually feel my body screaming ‘thank you’.

Since then, this barley and spelt mix is our go-to first choice when we’re thinking of some grains for a meal. Sure, we’ll continue to experiment but for now, this combo is king!

Lessons learned:

  1. Persevere even when your first attempt to make your own rice medley looks like mush.
  2. Be adventurous enough to try something new. I mean, spelt and barley? I would have never thunk it in a million years!
  3. Be inspired by the smallest things. Who would have thought I’d be inspired by a bag of Uncle’s Bens? There’s always a first!


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Nov
21
2012
Nov 21, 2012

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I have to give it up to Loblaws and the brains behind the magic that happens there. There always seems to be new products out and about and I am amazed at how they can keep those creative wheels turning.

On a recent trip to my local Loblaws, I came across these PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Mini Bars with Salted Caramel on sale for $2.49. Now, it’s not a big box and you get only 6 little mini bars but I was intrigued and they were on sale. Considering that each bar would be just shy of 50 cents, I thought it would be worth a product test. Now remember, I’m not a big fan of chocolate so these PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Mini Bars with Salted Caramel are going to have to do a lot to impress me. Let’s just see what happens, shall we?

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