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Jan
31
2013
Jan 31, 2013
Posted in: All reviews

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Sigh…I thought I could avoid another recall post before February arrived but I guess I was wrong. Here are a list of product and food recalls issued by Health Canada and the FDA over the past few days:

Health Canada recalls:

1. Arbonne Men’s Facial Moisturizer – hazard: microbial contamination. Wait a second. In a facial moisturizer?! Seriously??? The good news (if you can call it that) is that only one lot of the product is being recalled.

2. Columbia Sportswear Fall 2012 heated jackets- hazard: you might get burned. HOLD ON. From a jacket???!!! Ah, as it turns out, these identified jackets come with some sort of heating system that’s flawed which ergo could lead to a burn hazard. Boy, call me naive but this is the first I’ve ever heard of outerwear with a heating system. Innovative, I guess.

FDA recalls:

1. Whole Foods Market – Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon – hazard: LISTERIA. Worse part is, this is an expanded recall. Enough said.

2. Sprouter Northwest – Alfafa, Brocco Sandwich Sprouts, Clover, Spicy Sprouts – hazard: LISTERIA. Yep….

For the record, I have no intention to post any product recalls tomorrow because I will not start February off that way. I refuse! I can only handle this every once in a while! At least, you know so please do tell others!

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

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Jan
30
2013
Jan 30, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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I am tired. No wait, I am exhausted. No wait, I am completely and utterly zonked to the point where I wibble and wobble in the hallways and every single word I say seems to come out backwards. Yes folks, this has been one draining week.

You know you’re a parent when you can troop and keep going. I am convinced the story about that Little Engine that Could really should have been titled, “The Parent that keeps Trudging Along.”

This week has been one busy work week and it’s ONLY Wednesday! Yet, the minute I see my kid, it’s like I’m refueled and re-energized ready to be there 100% for her. You see, as a parent, I know my kid comes first. I make sure I eat, sleep, and take of myself to the best of my ability so that I can be there for her. The only reason why I’m so blatantly aware of how badly I need sleep is because, well, she’s snoring now and I am soooo going to bed too.

Today’s post is dedicated to all the parents out there who go and keep going, no matter how tired or how pressed they might be. There are times when it seems like life throws too much at you and yet, somehow you manage to pushing through it all. Take some time and give yourself that much needed pat on the back. Do that while I go find myself some ZZZZss and hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with some zing in my step!

For those of you reading this post early during the day and you happen to like Live Clean products, my local Shoppers Drug Mart flyer is selling the Live Clean hand soap for $3.99! It’s a great deal for a great product that we reviewed a while back and is certainly better than the $5.99+ that is its regular price. For more details, click on this link to see our original review.

Jenna, ThingsThatWeDo.com

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Jan
29
2013
Jan 29, 2013

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It’s a weeknight and I’ve got about 30 minutes to get dinner on the table. Quick fallback dinner meal is always a pasta dish but there is only so much pasta sauce you can consume before you turn into a tomato. It’s times like these that I look to a pre-made sauce of some sort to help out. Granted, I’m fully cognizant of the fact that I could be making a healthier choice but I don’t use them often and well, sometimes, I just get plain ol’ bored of pasta sauce.

Drum roll please! Have you seen the PC memories of Korean Barbecue Grilling & Glazing Sauce? I love Korean barbecue but it’s not like you can get yourself to a restaurant to eat it every night. So, when I saw this unassuming bottle at my local Loblaws, I took a quick read of the ingredients and just couldn’t resist the temptation. I bought it home and kept my fingers crossed that it would live up to my amped up expectations.

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Jan
28
2013
Jan 28, 2013

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I’m a positive optimistic person and I KNOW Spring is just around the corner. Before you know it, the flowers will be blooming and there will be bugs galore. Ever take a good look at a bumble bee doing its job? They look so calm and peaceful, just buzzing along doing their thing.

Perhaps that’s why I decided to review this children’s book, Buzz, by Eileen Spinelli. It’s an enchanting book about a bee named Buzz. Buzz loves to fly, what bee wouldn’t? You’ll never guess what happened next.

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Jan
27
2013
Jan 27, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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*Dancing* *Skipping* *Jumping for Joy!* Yes, that’s how I feel about the fact that February is just around the corner which means that Spring is just around the corner.

You know, I used to be a big fan of winter. I loved the snow and I loved all the holidays. I still love the holidays and I still love the snow but I DO NOT LOVE all the germs that seem to go into full blown party mode during the winter season. There are just too many icky yucky germs = stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, and all that other stuff that I’d rather not mention.

This winter, our family has been extra vigilant about our handwashing and trying to stay healthy by eating well, sleeping well, and doing as many preventative measures as possible. My daughter and I both neti (yep, she netis and you don’t even want to know the stuff that comes out but it is oh so incredibly fascinating) and we gargle with salt water too. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

It seems like just the other day that we rang in 2013 with a gigantic Happy New Year and now it’s almost February. I for one can’t wait for Spring. Here’s to warmer days and fewer germs! I’d much rather focus on this than the fact that tomorrow is Monday yet again(*groan*).

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Jan
26
2013
Jan 26, 2013

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Let’s cut right to the chase. Here are a list of product and food recalls issued by Health Canada and the FDA over the past few days:

Health Canada recalls:

1. MasterKidz Wooden Vespa Style Scooter – hazard: toy tires that can explode while being inflated. Over 1000 sold. Lovely.

2. Infants’ Little Remedies for Fevers - hazard: one lot has been recalled; it may contain less acetaminophen than its supposed to have. Lovely.

3. Bialotti 1 Cup Espresso Coffee Maker – hazard: lead. So not cool especially since I’ve actually seen these coffee makers! Good thing I never picked up one. Over 5,000 sold. Not cool.

FDA recalls:

1. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce – hazard: specific lots recalled because something is wrong with the inner lining of the can.

2. Thomas’, Sara Lee, Publix, And Weight Watchers Bagels – hazard: regional recall because of metal fragments. OUCH.

3. Annie’s Homegrown Frozen Pizza - hazard: flexible metal pieces found in specific lots.

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

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Jan
25
2013
Jan 25, 2013

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Greek yogurt has officially taken center stage in almost every single section of the grocery store. Everywhere I turn someone is trying to do something with Greek yogurt. Hey, I like Greek yogurt so I’m not complaining but I do find it interesting how quickly the market can get saturated by one single item.

Case in point: have you visited your chip and dip aisle lately? You know, here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, I will often browse the dips aisle just to see what’s new. I like the read the labels and if something intrigues me, I’ll do a product test for ThingsThatWeDo.com. Well, look what I found. Summer Fresh has now come out with a line of Summer Fresh Greek Yogurt dips. Yep, they have. It seemed like this is a relatively new product on the grocery store shelf so I decided to pick up the Summer Fresh Greek yogurt artichoke and Asiago dip. I’m not sure I know what I’m getting myself into but oh well…

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Jan
24
2013
Jan 24, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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If my memory serves me correctly, it was sometime December 2011 that I happened to start on this so-called 30 Day Habit. You see, I ended up modifying 2 key behaviours that ultimately turned into some pretty cool changes in my life and it all worked because it capitalized on my key strength: I am extremely lazy. Now, my extreme laziness doesn’t mean that I’m a sloth or a couch potato.

No, if you are extremely lazy, you’ll move as fast as you can to get as much done as possible (and do it efficiently so you don’t have to repeat whatever it is that you’re doing) so you’ll have more time to do absolutely nothing. Now, absolutely nothing doesn’t mean absolutely nothing. For me, that means more time to do what I want. So, what exactly am I rambling about?

Go back in time with me. Remember when I mentioned that I started to bring my coffee from home because I couldn’t be bothered to wait in line at the coffee shop? Remember when I started to brush my teeth with my kid after dinner so I could be a good role model? Well, that was back in December 2011. At that time, I had read an article in a parenting magazine that it takes about 20 or 30 days for a habit in children to stick. So, I figured if it worked with kids, surely, it must work with adults too right?

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