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Mar
31
2013
Mar 31, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Talk about fast. One minute I was bringing in 2013 and next minute you know, it’s almost April! Spring is here and it is SO nice to see the sun and spend more time in the park. I have to tell you all that these past few weeks have been BUSY! The other day I volunteered in my daughter’s class and truly realized how tough it is to be a teacher and the children were absolute gems. The exhaustion comes from the constant ‘on’ game, answering questions, teaching and sharing information, responding to comments and thoughts, and the list goes on and on and on. I didn’t even realize I was tired until I came home zonked. Actually, with all the talking I did, my throat was gone.

Today’s post is dedicated to my kid’s teacher and to all the teachers out there who work so hard at what they do. Thank you for the knowledge you all impart to our wee ones. Good teachers make the biggest difference in a child’s life. This year, because of her teacher, she’s made bar graphs, pictographs, tally charts all on her own accord at home. She’s got a daily journal going (again, her idea) and she’s learned a ton about energy in her Science unit. She’s learned about humour and social responsibility and all of that wouldn’t be possible without a teacher who cares.

The world is a better place because of all those great teachers out there. It could be why the sun is beaming that much brighter :)

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Mar
30
2013
Mar 30, 2013

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Febreeze, you all know the name. Whether you use it or not, you’ll have seen the Febreeze commercials with all the spritzing and dirty junk around. Sniff sniff and the people in the commercials can never seem to smell the garbage they’re sitting in.

You see, once upon a time I might have been impressed by that. Now that I’ve become a label reader, I can’t help but wonder if using Febreeze or any other synthetically scented product for that matter, is a good idea or not. I mean, do you know what you’re sniffing?

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Mar
29
2013
Mar 29, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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It’s Friday, March 29 and this day will have multiple meanings for everyone. For us, it’s a statutory holiday, it’s a holiday, it’s a Friday, and it’s a day to be with family. However, if I think very carefully, every day should be a day for family, for the ones we love and the ones we care about.

A day like today reminds me to reflect on everything that is happening in life. We’re all busy, we all know that. Technology has also made it near impossible to take a holiday without feeling as though you should check in.

All too often, you see families together but the adults are all plugging away on their devices while technically spending time ‘with the kids’. Children also seem more wired into technology and my kid is no different. She plays games on the computer and is quite comfortable with it all. Fortunately, in our home, we practice the ‘all in moderation’ approach so while she may like to play all those computer games, somehow we just don’t seem to have much time for it. We rarely get to watch tv unless we make an effort (ergo Croods!).

My whole point of today’s post? I’m not sure, actually. Sometimes, I think I have a thought and I type and let it percolate and then it comes to me but today it’s a little different. Maybe it’s because I’m just exhausted. It’s not easy going to work, being a mom, and then working on ThingsThatWeDo.com at night. At the same time, it’s also pretty neat to hear my kid earnestly say, “Mom, when you’re old, then I’ll do the site for you.” I remind her, “Remember, it’s our site so it’s yours too” and she replies, “I know!”

When it all boils down, I just like spending time with family no matter if it’s 5 minutes, 5 hours, or a whole day like today. I don’t care if we’re out or just hanging out at home. I realize the days are all too fleeting and before you know it, my kid will be a teenager and somewhere along the way I’ll have to admit I’m an adult.

I think today reminds me to live life to its fullest, to appreciate all that I have however much that might be. My cup is full and I’m grateful.

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Mar
28
2013
Mar 28, 2013

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I suppose I should be grateful that today’s post features only one product recall but it’s a big one because of all the units that have been sold in the US and Canada. If you know anyone who owns a Bugaboo stroller or if you have a Bugaboo stroller, please check to make sure it’s not a Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller. If you even remotely suspect that it might be a Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller, then please read this product recall.

Reason for recall: apparently, the carry handle can break if the load on it goes beyond a certain limit. OUCH. Now, mind you, some of you might be thinking “Isn’t that OBVIOUS?” but remember, when you’ve got a precious load in the Bugaboo and you’re tired or you’ve got a thousand thoughts in your head, you may not always know or remember what that ‘limit’ is.

Have their been incidents? Yep, but no reported injuries to date. Keep in mind, over 900 units were sold in Canada and over 9,000 units were sold in the United States. So……be vigilant, make sure you don’t have one and let others know! Click here for more details

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

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Mar
27
2013
Mar 27, 2013

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Easter is just around the corner and for many of us, that might mean decorating eggs and plenty of other activities. Today’s post features a reminder from Health Canada regarding egg safety which in all honesty are measures that we should all be practicing on a regular basis. In particular, the reminder focuses on how to shop for eggs, keeping eggs cold, cleaning the eggs, cooking the eggs thoroughly, and of course, the proper handling of those decorated Easter eggs.

For example, did you know that, if you plan to eat those decorated eggs, they really shouldn’t be left out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours in total?! You may think that’s a lot of time but it really isn’t when you factor in all the time that could be used for decorating the eggs so do plan accordingly!

Click on the link below for more details and stay tuned for another exciting post from me tomorrow!

Health Canada – Reminding Canadians of Egg Safety This Easter

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Mar
26
2013
Mar 26, 2013

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The weekend is almost here and you’re wondering, “what will I do with my family this weekend? Should I watch The Croods with them? Is The Croods a good children’s movie? Is The Croods appropriate for young children?” Our family watched it last Sunday and I promised I’d do a better review so here it is.  It took me a few days but I finally managed to get this done. Chalk it up to exhaustion. Life is fine but the pace recently has been hectic.

Let’s take a closer look at The Croods movie and see if it’s worth spending money on.

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Mar
25
2013
Mar 25, 2013

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Did that sound like a caveman chant? Well, that was the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to write today’s quick post. We watched Croods yesterday and we loved it! The whole family went but it was a very last minute decision. We’ve been so busy lately that we totally forgot it was the Croods movie was out. We woke up, did breakfast (homemade pizzas on pita bread with yummy pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese), did the Sunday chores (clean the bathroom, hallways, and laundry) and then dashed out to catch an early afternoon show.

Won’t go into too many details for today’s post (need some time to formulate my thoughts more coherently) but Croods was a great children’s movie! In case you haven’t heard just yet, the Croods are cavemen (as they call themselves) and well, they live in a cave with Grug (that’s dad) at the helm. Eep, the oldest daughter is ever so curious and wants to explore the big wide world out there which is the exact opposite of how you’re supposed to stay alive (according to the Grug philosophy). Long story short: their world is changing.

Eep meets a guy named Guy (my kid thought this was hilarious) who basically helps them to escape their current fate into a new world full of adventure and well…a LOT of stuff happens and yes, there’s a happy ending but there’s a lot of colour and vivid moments and suspense and awe and wonder and plenty of laughs for the children and adults in the audience.

Okay, there. That’s it in a nut shell. I promise to post a better review tomorrow but for the time being, if you’re thinking of something to do this weekend coming up, watching The Croods children’s movie is a great idea!

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Mar
24
2013
Mar 24, 2013

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Product recalls…should I be surprised? Should you? I guess by now, we should all just be really appreciative of the information shared in the product recalls. Imagine if all these products were just OUT there and you didn’t know of the hidden dangers? Ugh..gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Read below and be sure to share with others!

Canada Recalls:

1. Nut butters, Peanuts, Almonds, Sugar and Tahini Reason for recall – possible Salmonella. So sorry to make it such a vague header but there are a number of brands that were identified in this recall included roasted almonds sold in bulk along with a bunch of other nut butters and then some. Click here for more details.

2. Central-Epicure brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon Reason for recall – Listeria. Note: select identified products were distributed in Ontario and Quebec Click here for more details.

3. Nestle brand Kit Kat Chunky bars Reason for recall – identified chocolate bars may contain pieces of plastic. Well, that’s a little different isn’t it?! Click here for more details.

4. Magic Relighting Candles by Forum Novelties Reason for recall – these are those funny candles that relight after you’ve blown them out. Sure, it’s all fun and games until you go to toss them in the garbage and then…there’s that chance they might relight! Yeah, I smell a HAZARD. Click here for more details.

5. SOZO Sleepers and Polo Pyjamas Reason for recall – the products do not meet flammability requirements. There are about 1,600 units out there so please check and make sure they’re not in your home.Click here for more details.

6. Better Living Designs Reed Diffuser – Green Apple Reason for recall – Sold in Stokes stores across Canada, this product doesn’t have the necessary warning labels on them. Click here for more details.

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