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Apr
30
2013
Apr 30, 2013

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I think the weather may be changing. I think it might just be getting warmer but I’m afraid of speaking too soon. Now, I don’t like hot, humid, and muggy weather, but I would certainly appreciate some nicer, warmer days just for a change of scenery, please and thank you.

A few posts ago, we reviewed the Natural Choice Strawberry Fruit Bars and at that time, I had promised that I would eventually get around to testing the other box of Natural Choice fruit bars that we had gotten. So, here it is: round 2 of our Natural Choice product testing. This time, we’re reviewing the Natural Choice Coconut Fruit bars. I’m biased towards coconut because I love the way it tastes so I’ve got high hopes for these bars. I dream of a decadently rich and coconut explosion that will make me dream of blue skies and white fluffy clouds. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much to ask for in a frozen box of treats but hey, fingers crossed, maybe just maybe….
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Apr
29
2013
Apr 29, 2013

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Just a few days ago, I did a review on an updated version of the classic Mouse Trap game. From Hasbro, the U-Build Mouse Trap game allows children to build the structure of the game itself much like many of the Lego games do.

The very next day, I told my daughter that I had finally gotten around to posting up the review for the U-Build Mouse Trap game. That very same day she decides she wants to play with it. While we were playing, I thought I’d jot down some notes so that you’d get a child’s perspective (a 7 year olds perspective anyway) on the U-Build Mouse Trap game. Here’s what our star review, “Jenny” had to say about the U-Build Mouse Trap game:
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Apr
28
2013
Apr 28, 2013

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Ever since I got that first pack of Albert Heijn stroopwafels, aka syrup wafers aka what I call Holland’s decadently deliciously sweet treat, as a gift a few months back I’ve been trying to find the exact same brand in my own local grocery stores.

This week, I think I might have made some progress. I picked up this pack of Harvest Delights Syrup Wafers at a local Loblaws. I was browsing the aisles (I’m really good at browsing) and my eyes did a double take when I recognized the familiar wafer pattern. I picked up a pack of these Harvest Delights Syrup Wafers because I needed to know if they would be evenly remotely comparable to that first stroopwafel bite.

*dancing dancing excited* *little bouncy happy clap* *fingers crossed*

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Apr
27
2013
Apr 27, 2013

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Most children like jokes. Once children get to a certain age, jokes take on a whole new meaning but it isn’t just about the ‘ha ha’ and the giggles. There’s a lot at play for older children to be able to process and understand what is happening in a joke. Depending on the joke, the child will need to know about homonyms, the double meanings of some words, and the context in which the joke is given.

My child, now 7 years old, has been into jokes for quite some time. In the beginning, the jokes didn’t always make sense but the effort and the thinking was certainly well on its way. She’s always been an avid reader which has helped greatly in her joke repertoire. She’s borrowed joke books from school, laughing at the ones she gets while seeking clarification for ones that she’s not quite sure of.

Lately, she’s been coming up with a lot of her own jokes. Here’s one she told me today and I made sure I wrote it down before I forgot:

Child, “Mom, why was the book blue?”
Mom, “I don’t know. Why?”
Child, “Because it’s not red! Get it, like read the colour red and blue like blue when you’re sad but also blue like the colour!”

Now, I wasn’t sure if my daughter had made this joke up or if she had read it from a joke book and according to her, she made this one up all by herself. I cracked up laughing at the sheer brilliance of it all because honestly, it took some serious brain work to find the homonyms for two colours and use them both in the right context! As it turns out, her capacity to read has helped her once again.

Child, “Mom, did you know that the best jokes are ones that use homonyms?”
Mom, “How did you know that?”
Child, “I read that in H’s joke book. She brought it to school the other day and I read that jokes that use homonyms are the best ones.”

Well, if I was impressed before, now I’m floored. It’s one thing to read information in a book but it’s a whole other ball game to then extrapolate the information and use it appropriately. I’m sure other joke books have a similar joke but for my kid, this was quite the independent creation.

I often feel like children don’t get the credit they deserve for all the hard work they do. Reading isn’t easy. Once you can read, it doesn’t mean you understand all the words you’re reading. Once you understand what you’re reading, you might even want to apply the information you’ve read and you may or may not apply it correctly. That learning process is a dance of trial and error and it is not an easy process. It’s a lot of hard work for children, even if they smile and giggle through it all.

So, next time your child tells you a joke, take a moment to reflect: exactly how much work went into that one joke? After reading today’s post, you might just learn that it’s more than you originally thought!

 

In case you’re interested, the first image comes from an earlier book review on the Brain Games Kids Daring Doodle Book, click here if you’d like to read it!
 
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Apr
26
2013
Apr 26, 2013

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Today is Friday, April 26, 2013. Today is also going to be a product recall post. Wow, that’s exciting for a Friday, isn’t it? I can’t even begin to contain my excitement. All these recalls must be getting to me because I am absolutely dripping with cynicism and disdain but I think more than anything else, I’m irritated by some of these recalls. Read on and you’ll see why.

It’s a good thing I have a range of emotions. After typing out this post, I’m going to celebrate the beginning of the weekend. I plan to do some cleaning, some purging, and of course, some posting too. In the meantime, do check out the recalls to make sure you don’t have any of these items and be sure to let others know!

Product recalls and Food Recalls in Canada:

1. Cooked Chicken Breast Strips – Le Champ du Coq Inc. brand – Reason for recall: salmonella. Yuck. Need I say more? Click here for more details

2. Children’s Balloon Blowing Kits – Plastic Balloons – Reason for recall: this is not your average balloon that we’re talking about. This recall involves a balloon blowing kit. The idea – children dip a plastic straw into some sort of liquid solution. When they blow into the straw, they create balloons. Can you see the danger?! Sure, why not let children inhale all those fumes for those liquid solvents. UGH! Please, manufacturers. Do you NOT think of these things before you make your products? Thus, you now see why I’m so incredibly irritated by today’s post on recalls. These balloon blowing kits have apparently been prohibited since 1973…so why were more than 6,000 units sold between Feb. 2012 – Feb. 2013?! AHHHHHHH…makes me want to pull my hair out! Click here for more details

3. Roller shades and vertical blinds – Blind Clearance Center – Reason for recall: choking and strangulation. Click here for more details

4. Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Maker – Reason for recall: lead. Enough said. Click here for more details

Reminder from Health Canada – Contact Lens Solutions – Reason for reminder: I don’t wear contact lenses so this was news to me. Apparently, some contact lens solutions are made with a hydrogen peroxide base which require a few extra steps before you can use your contact lenses again. Apparently, Health Canada has received reports of eye injuries because of improper use of these hydrogen peroxide based contact lens solutions. I may not know anything about contact lenses but I know my ears hurt terribly even if they get an eyelash in them. So, for those of you who do use contact lenses, please do heed this safety reminder! 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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Apr
25
2013
Apr 25, 2013

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Crunch crunch crunch crunch. Yes, we all have moments where we want to eat something crunchy. Sometimes, it’s a celery stick (if that was me, I’d slather it with peanut butter and honey), sometimes it’s a bunch of almonds (yum, eat them plain!), and sometimes, it might be a bag of chips (hopefully not the whole bag in one sitting).

On this particular occasion, the hubby brought home this bag of Boulder Canyon Red Wine Vinegar chips and I was like “huh? Red Wine Vinegar? That’s different.” Did I feel like trying chips? Not really. I haven’t been into chips lately so I was a bit ho hum about it but hey, he bought it so I decided to test them out for ThingsThatWeDo.com. I mean, have you ever heard of the Boulder Canyon Red Wine Vinegar chips?

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Apr
24
2013
Apr 24, 2013

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Mouse Trap. I think most of us have heard of the Mouse Trap game at some point in our lives but it’s only been recently that I noticed a different version. What’s up with this U-Build Mouse Trap game? Most kids like Lego and construction so this looked like a promising game.

You see, the building aspect would strengthen a child’s ability to translate two dimensional instructions into its three dimensional form. That’s some serious brain work there and the game hasn’t even started yet. Based on what little I know about the general Mouse Trap game, you also need to do a bit of thinking to figure out how to trap the mouse. The U-Build Mouse Trap game was on sale so I decided to buy it for a test drive for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

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Apr
23
2013
Apr 23, 2013

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It’s Tuesday, April 23 and of course I have recalls to share with all of you. While I hate doing the recalls, I do think it’s important that we all stay aware. I mean, it’s unlikely that one family will have all these products in their home but staying informed will help you make better choices in the future and know what to stay away from or at least be mindful of. Here we go…

Product recalls and Food Recalls in Canada:

1. 12-volt heated jackets – Harley-Davidson and Gerbing brands – Reason for recall: fire, burn, ouch! Okay, maybe not full out fire and flames but do you want a burn from a jacket your wearing because the circuitry may lead to overheating? First off, I didn’t even know heated jackets exist! So, that’s something new I learned from a product recall. Second of all, over 11,000 Gerbing’s jackets and almost 800 Harley-Davidson jackets were sold. That means a lot of potentially serious burn marks on a lot of people. Click here for more details

2. Bialotti Espresso Coffee Makers – Reason for recall: Lead. I remember when this recall came out a few months ago. I was surprised because I saw similar espresso coffee makers at a local grocery store. The previous recall only affected the 1 cup espresso coffee makers. This time, the recall is for the Bialotti 1 Cup, 3 Cup, 6 Cup, 9 Cup and 12 Cup Espresso Coffee Makers which means a total of over 16,000 units sold (a jump from the earlier recall of almost 6,000 units. Click here for more details

3. Uberhaus Fan Heaters – Reason for recall: fire again. Well, fire hazards certainly seem to be the theme in today’s product recall list. Over 5,000 units of these fans were sold. Click here for more details

4. Haier Brand Chest Freezer – Reason for recall: fire fire and more fire. Enough said and almost 6,000 units sold. 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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