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May
31
2013
May 31, 2013

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I know Scrabble, you know Scrabble but do you have any idea how hard it is for a child to learn how to play Scrabble? It’s more than just the words. It’s the rules and the tiles and the rules and the tiles and the rules and then there’s the Scrabble board with the double points and triple points and the limitations of where you can put your tiles.

For a child, Scrabble is no mere board game. It is BRAIN BUILDING and brain building is good.

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May
30
2013
May 30, 2013

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FREE WEBINAR OFFERED BY FDA, JOIN TODAY AT 1PM ET:

I have no idea what time you’ll be reading this post but hopefully it’ll be before 1pm. Why? At 1pm, ET, the FDA is offering a free webinar with tips on how to keep your picnics as safe as possible. Nadine M. Shaw, of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will offer key tips to keep your picnics as safe as possible. Click here for more details and get the link to join the webinar

SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING WEBINAR FROM FDA – June 4, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Foodborne Illness and Vulnerable Populations

Based on what I’ve read so far, it sounds as though this webinar will be more on the technical/clinical side of things but I think it might be an interesting thing to watch. In particular the webinar will be highlighting the risks of Listeria. Given how often this bad word is creeping up, I think we could all benefit from watching this webinar and maybe even getting an inside perspective. Click here for more details and learn how you can watch the webinar

Here are a few product recalls to make note of:

FDA Product recalls:

1. Salmolux Recalls Cold Smoked Salmon Products – Reason for recall: Listeria. Yeeeeeah, suddenly that webinar is looking like a really good idea. Click here for more details

2. Eco-Cuisine baking mixes – extended recall – Reason for recall: Salmonella. More products have been added to the list so do check the update and make sure you don’t have any of the identified products at home. Click here for more details

SAFETY NOTICE:

Health Canada – be careful if you eat lobster tomalley – I actually had no idea what lobster tomalley was until I read this safety reminder. It’s that ‘green’ stuff you find inside the lobster that basically would be the lobster’s equivalent of a liver and pancreas. Since it works like a liver, you know it’ll collect all the yuck that the lobster doesn’t want or need and some test results have found toxins in it. DOUBLE YUCK. 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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May
29
2013
May 29, 2013

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t been in much of a mood to type and post lately mainly because I spend more time holding a tissue to my nose or covering a sneeze with my elbow than I do on the keyboard itself. So, whatever thoughts I think I may have probably went out of my brain with the tissue.

You can imagine my ‘ah HA’ moment when the idea for this post came to me (note: I also did just take my allergy medication about 30 minutes ago which may explain my moment of clarity). I noticed that I haven’t written a post on money saving tips in a while. It’s not that I’ve stopped trying to save money. That happens daily. I think I’ve just neglected this section because I am doing so often that I just don’t remember to capture it in words.

Thus, today’s money saving tip: pass it on.

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May
28
2013
May 28, 2013

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Haven’t had a chance to formulate my thoughts yet but my 7 year old daughter and I just watched Epic on Sunday and we loved it! We chose to watch Epic in 2D since my daughter and I can’t quite stomach the insanity of 3D (makes us nauseous and all) but I tell you, the visuals were amazing and intricate and there was absolutely nothing missing in the 2D version (plus, it’s cheaper which means more money for popcorn).

Here’s a brief story line about the Epic children’s movie. There is life beyond what we humans can see with the naked eye. The “Jinn” live in the forest and there’s a queen, Queen Tara who is the life of the forest. Leafmen, little tiny and seriously cool soldiers, help to protect the forest and Queen Tara from the bad guys known as the Boggans who resemble dirty scruffy lizard like creatures intent on killing the forest and spreading their moldy-fungus-like rotted darkness.

Then there’s Mary Katherine (better known as “MK”), a human, who movies in with her father, a very eccentric scientist. You can tell from the get-go that the two aren’t exactly close and something has obviously happened to MK’s mom. My daughter picked up right away that mom “probably died”. So, what happens next?

It’ll take me forever to explain every single thing that happens but in essence, MK shrinks and ends up with Nod (yes, his name is Nod, took me forever to figure it out) who is Leafman material but just doesn’t seem to have the conventional discipline to keep it all together and Ronin. Ronin is the leader of the Leafmen and along with MK, Nod, and the unseemly likes of a snail and a slug (Mub and Grub, can’t remember which is which), they work together and save the forest.

There is a lot of action in Epic and I have to say, the storyline isn’t all completely easy to understand but it sure does lead to some pretty interesting conversations with my child afterwards. Young or old, I think Epic is a great children’s movie. There’s a lot to see and a lot to appreciate. There are some darker moments that younger children might find intimidating but overall, Epic is a really really good children’s movie. Okay, that’s it for now. Will report more in a few days when I get a chance to write something more coherent.

Short and sweet. Would I watch Epic again? Yep and so would my kid. Enough said!

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May
27
2013
May 27, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Ugh…it’s Monday. Yay, what fun. Do I look impressed? Do I sound impressed? The personal side of me detests Monday. The idea of waking up early, getting back to the week’s grind, rushing, hustling, bustling, uh…is so NOT me.

Lucky for me, I’m really good at being a mom. I see my kid’s face and I can’t help but smile. The game face goes on and next thing you know, my face is smiling and I look ready to enjoy Monday.

As a parent, I think we’re all really good at putting our best foot forward even on days when we don’t feel particularly ecstatic (ie. like on Mondays). As a parent, my job is to be the best role model I can be and to remind my daughter how to make lemonade when life gives you nothing but lemons.

Case in point, my daughter also does not like Mondays. She moans and groans and complains that it’s Monday. Hey, what can I say, we’re two peas in a pod. Rather than wallow in our mutual ‘ugh’ about Mondays, I validate how my daughter feels and let her know I’m not fond of Mondays either.

Ah, then I remind her, there is an upside. You see, after Monday comes Tuesday which means we’re one day closer to the weekend. On top of it, she gets to go to school to see her friends and do all the things she loves to do during the day. While Mondays may be hard for us to get back into the swing, if it weren’t for Mondays we wouldn’t appreciate the rest of the week quite as much as we do now. Imagine, life without Mondays would be like, “Ugh..I can’t believe it’s Tuesday.” Imagine that.

 

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May
26
2013
May 26, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Children are such good observers. They see everything and notice everything that no one else does. Children also remind us to appreciate those little things in life that we busy adults forget about because of the constant daily grind.

Case in point: take a good look at today’s image. Do you know what THAT is? I had no idea. At least, I had no idea until my daughter told me they were ladybug eggs. How did she even SEE them? Then again, she was the one climbing the tree, not me. My hubby and I were under the tree keeping a close watch while she climbed. Did we ever notice the ladybug eggs? NOPE.

Once she pointed them out though, the whole family went to go and take a look. Sure enough, there they were. Even if you’re standing right beside the tree, you’d have to be really really looking to see this little gem of nature. Of course, I then had to ask my child how she even knew they were lady bug eggs. As it turns out, she saw the ladybug a few days ago right beside the eggs. She put two and two together and that’s how she came up with the conclusion that they were ladybug eggs. After she told me, I did a little online research and sure enough, she’s right!

So, what I have learned from this one moment amongst many moments of daily life? I am reminded to appreciate all around me, more so than I did before. As adults, we become so absorbed in the day to day that we forget about those little moments that should be cherished. I’m also reminded of just how observant children are and how we can turn those fleeting moments into learning opportunities. For instance, I could have simply nodded and muttered and ‘oh, that’s nice dear’ when my daughter first told me about the lady bug eggs. Instead, as we usually do, I asked open ended questions. I asked for details so that she could substantiate her findings. In essence, we were doing hands-on science!

What are we doing now? Well, whenever we climb the tree, we go to check up on those lady bug eggs. So far, they still look the same but I wonder if we’ll catch them hatching? If so, we’ll be sure to report back with more details!

 

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May
25
2013
May 25, 2013

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I was at a grocery store recently and came across this brand of peanut butter. Peanut Butter & Co.? A name I’ve never heard before. Intrigued, I picked up the jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl all natural peanut butter blended with cinnamon and raisins. According to the label, it’s all natural, has no trans fats and no cholesterol.

Okay, so my interest is peaked and I turn the jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl to read the ingredients.

*reads list of ingredients*
*pause*
*scratches head in puzzlement*
*reads list of ingredients again*

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May
24
2013
May 24, 2013

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Acetaminophen products for children and infants and little tiny magnet balls.
*shakes head*

Important to read, important to share. That’s all I’m going to say. See more below:

Product recalls:

1. Acetaminophen for children and infants – Reason for recall: quality concerns. No, I have no idea what that means beyond the fact that it’s a quality concern and that 4 products from the Prestige Brands have been affected. The Health Canada link provides more details but it is important to note that this is a precautionary recall. Click here for more details

2. BuckyBalls magnet sets – Reason for recall: imagine this. Child has the Bucky Balls magnets. Child ingests the magnets. Don’t know why, don’t care why. It’s already happened. Look, we all know what magnets do, but can you imagine what would happen when a child swallows a few of these BuckyBalls? Can you imagine what would happen inside the child’s body as the magnets attract to one another? YEAH. I think you get the idea. What irritates me about this ‘voluntary’ recall is that it’s only happening after a risk assessment was conducted by Health Canada. Really?? You needed Health Canada to tell you it’s a risk? Come ON. Click here for more details

SAFETY NOTICE:

Health Canada – making moves to get rid of those teeny tiny magnets – Thank you Health Canada for taking action. Those teeny tiny magnets may have been marketed to adults but you KNOW children are going to get their hands on them one way or another. My daughter used to be fascinated by them but I never did buy any because they always worried me for the exact same reason that Health Canada is taking action now. I decided to include this safety notice because it identifies other brands of magnet beyond just those BuckyBalls and also mentions past recalls that involved magnets. Click here for more details.

Boy, there’s been a lot of recalls lately. Stay tuned to ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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