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Jun
30
2013
Jun 30, 2013

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Okay, it’s been a few days now and I’ve had a chance to settle back into some semblance of a rhythm and routine. As promised, here is my more thorough movie review of Monsters University by Pixar. By now, most of you will have read other reviews about Monsters University so I won’t go in to too many details except to tell you that if you’ve watched Monsters Inc., you’ll love Monsters University because it really helps to flush out the two main characters, Mike and Sulley, and how they came to be best friends.

Today’s post is going to highlight what I really liked about the Monsters University movie and the lessons children can learn from it.

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Jun
29
2013
Jun 29, 2013

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Health Canada Product Recall: Fred & Friends Buff Baby Rattle Reason for Recall: CHOKING. I’ve never seen these rattles before but they’re designed like a dumbbell. The only problem is, the end cap can come off and all the little beads inside now become a prime choking hazard! A ton have been sold so make sure you don’t have this in your home! Click here to learn more.

Health Canada recall: Prince Brand Tahini Reason for recall – Salmonella. Enough said. Click here to read more.

Health Canada recall: Joanna girls’ sandals by Stride Rite Reason for recall – CHOKING. This particular style of sandal from Stride Rite has a cute little flower attached to it. Only problem is, it can come off and thus becomes the infamous choking hazard. Too bad. Just goes to show you even good companies like Stride Rite can have hiccups too. Click here to read more.

Health Canada recall: Portfolio nine-light chandelier Reason for recall – it might fall on you. Boy, that sounds adventurous – NOT. Click here to read more.

FDA Food recall: Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Reason for recall – HEPATITIS A!!! What??!! Are you serious??!!! I kid you not. Now, keep in mind the recalled items have been product tested and don’t show the presence of Hepatitis A but the recall is voluntary as a super duper pre-caution. Click here to read more.

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Jun
28
2013
Jun 28, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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My heart is palpitating, my palms are sweating, and I can barely believe that the last day of school is just around the corner. Forget around the corner, it’s knocking at my doorstep and I’m just not ready for it and I’m not even talking about the summer plans for the kids. We’re a low key family so all is good on that home front.

What am I freaking out about? OH…September…that’s all. You know, that first day of school. Your child is starting a new grade with a new teacher and you’re not quite sure how it will all turn out. As of right now, I have no idea who my kid’s teacher will be next year but I’m about to find out in a few short hours and I’m not quite sure how I’ll handle it. Sure, on the outside I’ll appear calm, cool, and collected. But, on the inside I’ll be butterfly central.

Take a deep breath and breathe. Now, objectively my kid has had great teachers to date and I never knew them before I met them so why should that change? I also have to keep in mind the type of parents my husband and I are. Is that even a proper sentence? I have no idea. I’m rambling and I know it.

The bottom line is, we’ve always been supportive parents for our child and for the teacher. If the teacher ever needs a volunteer – we’re there. If the teacher is running out of supplies – we’re there. If the teacher ever needs anything – we’re there. We respect the hard work that teachers do. Ever volunteer for a school trip? I have and it’s not an easy job. Now, imagine doing that every single day.

And yet, after all that, I can’t help but worry and fret. What parent doesn’t want the best for his/her child? It’s only natural. I can only hope and beg that all will go well next year too. Fingers crossed.

Today’s post is dedicated to all the parents out there who are in the same boat as we are. The nervous anticipation of a new school year, embracing the unknown, and the whole ‘get ready for school’ pandemonium, are just a few of those things that we all have to face and get used to. Sigh. Group cheer for a good next year!

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Jun
27
2013
Jun 27, 2013

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After a somewhat abysmal start to the week, I decided to try something new and different to get me out of this “I’m not enjoying this week” mentality. As it so happens, I’m out and about and I’m in need of a drink.

Rather than grab my usual water, juice, or coffee, I opted for an Arthur’s Green Energy smoothie. The Arthur’s Green Energy smoothie was on sale and I’d never had it before so I was curious to see what it would taste like. The Arthur’s Green Energy smoothie boasted a list of ingredients that quite frankly, I’m not sure I’d ever go near if I wasn’t in this daring mood. I’m not quite sure what I’m getting myself in to.

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Jun
26
2013
Jun 26, 2013

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Today is a much better day. Yesterday, not so much but you know, I’m staying positive and I’m moving forward. I’m trying to be a positive role model for my kid because really, life isn’t about wallowing. You just have to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

You see, I’m not great at baking but I sure am comfortable making pancakes! So, with a not-so-great start to the week, why not try something new (okay, a little new). It’s gotten to the point now where I actually am confident enough in my pancake skills to try substitutions. For me, that’s a huge step forward. Usually, I just try to follow the cookbook instructions and aim not to fail miserably.

Today, I decided to use coconut flour in my pancake recipe. Until now, I’ve only seen coconut flour in my local health food store but I’ve never tried to take it home. Here’s the tricky thing about making your own spontaneous substitutions: I have no idea how much to use. I also don’t know what this coconut flour will do to my pancakes. They’ll either be a complete hit or a complete earth shattering disaster.

Now, you can see by the image I’ve included that these cute little coconut flour pancakes turned out quite well. They’re light and fluffy looking but how do these coconut flour pancakes taste and what proportions did I use?

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Jun
25
2013
Jun 25, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Those of you who read ThingsThatWeDo.com must get the sense that I’m a relatively positive person. I’m generally cheery and I generally smile, but I have to tell you, today was NOT a good day. You ever get the feeling that something is just not right about the day, when everyone around you has ‘stuff’ going on ON TOP of everything else that happens to you on that VERY SAME DAY?!

Yep, that was my day.

We’re talking computer issues (A LOT of them), people issues (not me directly, but affect me nonetheless), family issues (my kid, school, don’t worry, she’s fine, but STILL), friends have issues, people I know have issues, and seriously…it all came pouring out from everyone TODAY.

So, just how am I supposed to make this day a positive one? Where is that silver lining that I’m trying so hard to find?

Well…let me think about it.

At least, the family is healthy and things weren’t as bad as they could have been. My computer did at least turn on and I could work although at turtle’s pace since most of the time the internet was cutting out, email wasn’t working and I couldn’t always access my files. I also need a new keyboard because it stopped working today, all by itself. At least, I didn’t break it. It was working just fine yesterday.

At least, there are feasible solutions for most of the stuff that happened today. People are on the mend, despite everything that has happened.

I guess today is really a day about appreciating what you do have and what could have happened but didn’t. Today is one of those days where I have to be humble and believe that this kind of ‘stuff’ happens so that we can learn and grow from them, to learn how to take action when action is needed, and when to laugh even when you can’t.

Boy, I am being really cryptic in today’s post but that’s just been the kind of day that I’m having. I could give you all the details but if I did, I’d have to rehash it all and well, that would be like repeating today all over again and that is the last thing I want to do.

Over and upwards, tomorrow, here I come!

That sounds positive enough, right? :)

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Jun
24
2013
Jun 24, 2013

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Just watched Monsters University with my kid (7 years old) and we LOVED it!!! I remember watching Monsters Inc. when it first came out but really, it’s only a faint memory now but that didn’t matter one bit. Even if you didn’t watch the original Monsters Inc. you’re going to love Monsters University.

I’m going to keep this first initial post short and sweet since I’m not yet coherent enough to give you a proper review of Monsters University. All I can tell you is that my kid hasn’t watched the original Monsters Inc. and she loved it. It may be Monsters University but a lot of the story lines are relatable for young and old.

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Jun
23
2013
Jun 23, 2013

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Canada: First Ever MANADATORY recall – NeoMagnetic Gadgets Inc.

Oh boy, you know it’s bad when your company gets the first-ever mandatory recall in Canada. Shame on you NeoMagnetic Gadgets Inc.! When you click on the link and see the little tiny magnet balls, you’ll immediately recognize them. I’ve seen them in the toy stores and once upon a time I did consider buying them. Thankfully, I didn’t! Apparently, the mandatory recall came about because NeoMagnetic Gadgets Inc. didn’t voluntarily remove their magnets from the consumer marketplace. Double shame! Money over safety?! That is SO NOT COOL.

NeoMagnetic Gadgets Inc., you should never ever do that. I, for one, as a consumer will remember that you chose to make a dollar over consumer safety and I’ll make sure to tell as many people as I can about this. Sure, these little magnet balls may seem innocent enough until a child accidentally swallows a few. Next thing you know, the magnets are doing what magnets do best except inside the child’s digestive system! AND, children won’t be the only ones that could get hurt. Pets can easily swallow them too. TSK TSK TSK.Click here to learn more about this mandatory recall.

For pictures and to read the recall for these NeoMagnetic Gadgets Inc., click here

Health Canada recall: Jeep Liberty Stroller Reason for recall – well, how do I put this gently? Imagine pushing your Jeep Liberty Stroller around and a part of the inner tube ruptures, the wheel rim then fractures and is now flying through the air. YEAH…think I’m making this up? NOPE, I’m not and trust me, people (that means adults and children) did get hurt. So, if you purchased a Jeep Liberty Stroller anywhere near June 2010 to June 2013, you would be wise to make sure your model isn’t affected and be sure to let friends know too. This is awful! Click here to read more.

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