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Dec
31
2012
Dec 31, 2012

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A little while ago, ThingsThatWeDo.com did a product review on the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond milk drink. At that time, I decided I’d do a few more tests on other brands of almond milk. After all, how can you really tell if something is good unless you check out the competiton? Enter Natur-a Enriched Almond Beverage. I picked up the original flavour of the Natur-a Enriched Almond Beverage because I’m not a big fan of flavoured drinks in general. Let’s see how this Natur-a Enriched Almond Beverage measures up.

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Dec
30
2012
Dec 30, 2012

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Happy Holidays! Pass me the raw cookie dough with raw eggs laced with salmonella please! Can you also pass me the raw oysters that have been sitting on the buffet table for the past 4 hours? They look absolutely delicious! Ohh, and I’m a little thirsty too so could you pass me the homemade eggnog that may or may not be laced with bacteria? YUM!

Ah, you see, holiday festive foods don’t sound quite so appealing once you factor in all the potential OH OHs that could happen. Thus, you see why Health Canada issued this food safety reminder to all of us. Granted, I received this notice a while ago but with all the product recalls and other updates, this food safety tip made it just in time for the New Year festivities.

So, before you get start prepping for your New Year’s Eve bash, read this Food Safety tip sheet from Health Canada and you may just be saving your guests a few unnecessary trips to the bathroom. (Yes, I had to say it that way.). I mean, you want to be in front of the tv when the clock strikes midnight, right?

Click on this link to read the Health Canada holiday food safety tips.

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Dec
29
2012
Dec 29, 2012

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A long while ago, back in August 23, 2012 ThingsThatWeDo.com did a product review on the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt. At that time, we gave it positive reviews and would recommend it to others.

Fast forward and it’s now December 29, 2012. We recently purchased it again and this time my daughter had a stronger opinion of the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt that I felt was worthy of sharing (given that this is a product review site that we both work on!).

Let me set the record straight by telling you that my kid isn’t a big yogurt fan. She goes through phases. Sometimes, she’s willing to try it and if she loves the yogurt, she’ll devour it. But, it doesn’t take much for her to completely be thrown off by a particular type of yogurt (note: she’s not a big fan of Liberte – too thick and gunky she says).

So, what does she say about the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt? Today, she sat down and had not just one serving but two whole servings of Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt with honey drizzled on top. Trust me, even during earlier yogurt tests, she’s rarely this zealous. At one point, she loved the PC 3% Plain Yogurt but it kind of came and went with the product review. Today, my kid claimed that the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt was her favourite and asked, “Mom, can you get me this Organic Meadow all the time?” Ah…music to my ears!

The Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt just does not disappoint. Take a bite and you’ll realize how incredibly smooth it is with just the right amount of tartness. Add honey on top (as much or as little as you want) and you’ve got the perfect calcium fix.

For those of you who want to know the ingredient list for the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt, it’s on our original product review, but here it is again: Pasteurized organic milk ingredients (organic partly skimmed milk and organic skim milk powder), active bacterial cultures (L.acidophilus, B.bifidus, S.thermphilus and L.bulgaricus) and that’s it. Did I mention it also gives you 25% of your daily recommended intake in a ¾ cup (175 g) serving? Wow.

If you’re looking for a good easy yogurt for your home, try the Organic Meadow 2 % plain yogurt. To Organic Meadow, thank you for making a simple quality product that I feel good about spending my money on.

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Dec
28
2012
Dec 28, 2012

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Back on December 20, 2012, ThingsThatWeDo.com did a product review on the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract which I still continue to love. At that time, I raved about the potential benefits that I feel like I’m getting from taking the Barlean’s Olive Leaf Extract.

My only outstanding thought at that time was that I couldn’t determine if in fact the ingredients were organic. Although the company itself is called Barlean’s Organic Oils, because the ingredients weren’t listed as organic, there was a big question mark left in my brain.

With that big question mark, I decided to contact the Barlean’s Organic Oils company and I learned the following information. According to the email I received from a representative at Barlean’s, they work exclusively with a farm out of Australia. The Archer family provides them with the olive leaves and although it does not have an organic certification, I have been assured that the farm does not use herbicides or pesticides to treat their olive leaf plants.

Deep breath and sigh of relief!! After reading this email, let me send a big online thank you to Barlean’s for sending me this detailed email that gives me the peace of mind I needed to continue to include the Barlean’s Olive Leaf extract in my health regime. Times are changing, there is no doubt about it so thumbs up to Barlean’s for making such a quality product available to consumers!

If you want to read my original review of the Barlean’s Olive Leaf extract, click here.

Stay tuned for more product reviews and posts from ThingsThatWeDo.com (because you know I’m not going Boxing Day shopping) :)

For more details, visit the Barlean’s website by clicking here.

 

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Dec
27
2012
Dec 27, 2012

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Did you go out Boxing Day shopping? While I may write for a product review site, the last thing I wanted to do was go out on Boxing Day. I just don’t have it in me to do elbow battles with others all in the name of a good deal. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that true deals don’t necessarily happen on Boxing Day or Boxing Week. Keep my eyes open and I may score a deal when I least expect it (you should ask me about the time I picked up a bunch of $8 jackets. That was awesome!).

In any case, let’s get back to the roots of ThingsThatWeDo.com. If you’ve been following along with us, you’ll know that I recently received a BzzAgent kit containing a variety of Burt’s Bees products that I’ve never tried before. I did an initial post about the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage. At that time, I’d only had the kit for about 2 days and could really only give a basic review of how I thought things were going at that time. Well, today’s post is an update review. After all, just because something works in the beginning doesn’t mean it’ll continue to be fabulous. So, question is, how’s the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser with Clary Sage doing now?

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Dec
26
2012
Dec 26, 2012

Free Kobo Mini With Any Kobo Arc

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I love a good deal especially when I don’t have to carry them home myself. If you feel like doing some Boxing Day shopping, I strongly urge you to visit Indigo.ca for some great Boxing week deals.

Starting today, December 26, 2012, you can get a FREE Kobo Mini (that’s an $80 value!) with the purchase of any Kobo Arc! For those of you waiting to get your hands on a Kobo, this is quite the deal but it’ll only last until January 6, 2013.

For me, I’m eyeing the up to 75% off sale and I’ll be browsing through the books, music, toys, electronics, gifts, and a bunch of other stuff. This is a great time to stock up on gifts for upcoming birthday parties that you know your child will be going to as the school year moves forward. Hey, if you’re lucky, you might even find some ‘thank you’ gifts for the teachers in preparation for the end of the school year. Yes, I really do think that far in advance because I really do hate shopping so much that I’ll shop early enough just to get it out of the way!


Now, truth be told, the indigo.ca website is a pain to navigate so I’ll share a trick with you that I use to save my shopping sanity. I’ll browse through all the pages and the minute I’m even remotely interested in something, I’ll add it to my cart. Then, when I’m all done, I’ll review my cart and delete everything that I don’t actually want. This way, it reduces all the backtracking that I’d otherwise have to do to find what I wanted 10 minutes ago.

Indigo.ca, if you’re out there listening, I’d highly recommend you to work on the navigation system on your site. You have so many goodies that can be hard to find. For us savvy shoppers though, a little perseverance does pay off!

Enjoy and happy shopping!

Dec
25
2012
Dec 25, 2012
Posted in: Thoughts

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, to drink eggnog (which I don’t, not my thing), and enjoy some good cheer with family (yes, this part I like). Call us cheeseballs but my daughter and I love Christmas music. We belt along with Michael Buble (she thinks the Puppini Sisters are awesome in his version of Jingle Bells) and she knows the lyrics to Holly Jolly Christmas better than I do. You may not want a hippo for Christmas but that is one seriously funny song and of course, who can forget all the classic songs attached to kid favourites like Rudolph, Frosty, and the Grinch?

My kid and I will happily sing along with Christmas music all year round if we could except I’m pretty sure dad would revolt and have an absolute tantrum if we did. In fact, my kid and I even contemplated the whole idea of caroling (her idea, not mine). Hubby likes the classic Christmas songs (hello Bing, goodbye Cee Lo Green) and I have to agree with him that the oldies really are the goodies unless of course your name happens to be Michael Buble in which case you really can do no wrong! For the record, no I’m not related to Michael but if he’s looking for some new family members, we’re in.

On this Christmas Day, December 25, 2012, we’re going to celebrate with family as we do every year. We’re going to eat, we’re going to laugh, and we’re going to eat (yes, we are). Do we all have personal woes? Sure we do, but today is not a day for woes. Today is a day to focus on the positive.

To all our readers, may this holiday season be filled with memories that you can call your own. Celebrate with loved ones. Create your own traditions. Focus on the positive and make a vow to yourself to enjoy every moment, even if it involves cheeseball Christmas singing.

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Dec
24
2012
Dec 24, 2012
Posted in: Thoughts

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Blink blink, it’s December 24, 2012. Wow. I’m sure I say the same thing every year and yet this year seems different. It’s different because my kid is another year older and she’s grown up so much.

Holidays are a time to gather with family regardless of what holidays you celebrate. For us, we do celebrate Christmas and really, it’s not about the presents. I am seriously looking forward to some much needed time off. We’ll spend time with family. We’ll eat and be merry. My kid and I are going to hang out, chill out, maybe catch a movie, and I might even bake. HA HA. We’ll see how that goes.

Over the next few days, I’ll still continue to post but they’ll be shorter since I’m going to be a little bit busy with last minute gift wrapping and making alternate arrangements for gifts that should have come in but haven’t yet.

To all of our readers, may your holidays be filled with laughter and cheer. Spend time with loved ones and enjoy the little things in life whether it be a walk to the nearest coffee shop or grocery store. This has been a very busy year for all of us so let’s take a moment to just enjoy.

Wishing you all a very wonderful holiday season and thank you for your continued support of ThingsThatWeDo.com.

Sincerely,

Jenna, ThingsThatWeDo.com

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