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Jul
31
2013
Jul 31, 2013

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Short and sweet: check it out, recent recalls that may affect you.

Updated CFIA Recall: Igor brand Gorgonzola Cheese Reason for Recall: Listeria. This is an updated recall from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Click here for more details.

Updated CFIA Recall: Tahini Sesame Paste Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Yet another updated recall. Select brands are affected. Click here to read more.

Health Canada Recall: FIREFLY Inline Skates Reason for Recall: crick crack, oops, did the central screw just break? Identified product was sold at Sport Chek. Click here to read more.

Health Canada Product Recall: “trinité professional” Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer Reason for recall – not up to code. Now, only 250 units were sold at Winners and Marshalls (TJX Canada) stores in Canada but given that there was one report that it was smoking or sparking when it was turned on…yeah, not good. Better check to make sure you don’t have one at home. Click here to read more.

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Jul
30
2013
Jul 30, 2013

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I was at a different health food store recently and my kid spots this product and asks me to buy it. I read the package: JSK Protein Crunch with pumpkin seeds.

Huh…interesting.

Pumpkin seeds, made simply and looks like it might be healthy. It’s a bit pricey but then again, one suggested serving is about 7 squares and the bag has a ton of squares so why not test out the JSK Pro Protein Crunch with pumpkin seeds?

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Jul
29
2013
Jul 29, 2013

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I was in one of my local grocery stores the other day and came across this box of Monsters University chocolate chip cookies. I won’t lie. I was intrigued. Ever since the Monsters University movie, my kid has been talking incessantly about the movie. As of right now, she’s memorized almost all the names of the monsters and is grilling me to see how much I know ( which is not much. My brain just won’t retain the info although I’ve now learned that the PNK group have hooves not feet or at least that’s what my kid noticed). So, I wander over to this box of Monsters University chocolate chip cookies to take a better look. - Continue Reading

Jul
28
2013
Jul 28, 2013

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Man, it’s been a hot few days. It’s summer where we are and the heat is to be expected but I hate it when it gets crazy hot. You know, the kind of hot that cooks your brains when you even think about the heat. Ugh..give me Spring or Fall or Winter any day over that scorching heat.

Alas, it’s hot and it’s a matter of making lemonade at this point. I hate turning on the air conditioner and I fear the idea of brown outs and black outs. So, what to do in this heat?

On days like this, our family just tries to take it easy. No crazy outings or tennis matches for us on days like these. For starters, we keep the curtains drawn to prevent the sun from overheating the home. We use our fans as much as possible until we can’t bear it anymore. Then the air conditioner gets turned on but we definitely don’t keep the home ice cold. it’s comfortable but not winter and it shouldn’t be. The colder it is, the harder it is to adjust when it’s time to go outside.

We also try to make sure we stay indoors during the really sunny hours and if we do have to go outside, we do so in the early morning or after the sun has started to set. That way, we can walk on the shady side of the street. Most importantly, we stay hydrated with lots of liquids, fresh fruits (or frozen ones!), and healthy alternatives.

OH! Probably my best tip that I can think of: cook your meals early. You reduce the drain on the energy grid because you’re not cooking during peak times. This also works very well if your kitchen doesn’t have AC. You can cook while the kitchen is still cool and you’ll have yummy meals just waiting for when you’re ready to eat!

Enjoy summer but let’s make sure we do it safely! Here’s a little reminder from Health Canada on safety precautions during these big ol’ hot moments.

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Jul
27
2013
Jul 27, 2013

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Getting hit by a toy, glue guns that don’t meet safety requirements, portable generators that catch on fire, and illegal diabetes treatments? Huh….

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) launches new web tools: What’s the big deal? Well, these new web tools are designed by the CFIA to be interactive and they’re supposed to help explain the whole beef processing and inspection process. Huh…remind you of some recent events from not too long ago?? Yeah…. On top of that, the new web tools will also help to highlight the food safety investigation and recall process. Click here for more details.

Health Canada Recall: Viking built-in refrigerators with bottom freezers Reason for Recall: fall fridge doors. Ugh…yeah… that sounds like a lot of fun. NOT. Fridge doors, are you serious? This is an expanded recall so be sure to check for updated info. Click here to read more.

Health Canada Reminder: Watch out for those Raw Sprouts Reason for Reminder – I never thought of this but those raw sprouts while yummy and healthy can pose as possible germ traps for E- Coli and Salmonella. Sure, it happens with a lot of fresh goods but apparently, it’s a big problem for raw sprouts. I had no idea. Raw sprouts just haven’t made it into my cooking repertoire. Click here to read more.

FDA Recall: Olam Tomato Processors – Salsa recall Reason for recall – glass pieces in the salsa. YIKES! Click here to read more.

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Jul
26
2013
Jul 26, 2013

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We’ve been really busy for the past few days but we finally managed to get out and watch a movie. Of course, with it being summer, a ton of children’s movies are out. Our choice: we watched Turbo, the tell tale story of a wee little garden snail’s desire to be fast.

Turbo isn’t just a movie about a snail. There is so much more to this movie. I’m so glad we got a chance to watch Turbo in the theatre. It’s available in 2D or 3D. Given that 3D movies make both my child and I nauseous, we watched Turbo in 2D format. Have a read of today’s movie review and see what Turbo is all about!

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Jul
25
2013
Jul 25, 2013

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If you’ve been following along on ThingsThatWeDo.com for the past little while, you’ll know that every year our family tries to grow something that we can eat. In the past, tomato plants seemed successful.

This year, we were a little bit more adventurous and planted a bunch of tomato plants along with a few cucumber plants. Any guesses on how they’re doing?

For starters, let me remind you all that I do not have a green thumb. Based on past experience, I’ve now figured out how to get rid of those pesky flea beetles that seem to love tomato plants so much (hint: a little bit of hard work, a lot of eye work, and some basic kids school glue in a cup with a cotton swab will do WONDERS).

As of right now, we have our first little tomatoes ready for eating! Hurray!! Sure, it’s only a few but that’s more than what we had yesterday. The tomato plants are now huge and we’ve got a bunch of little green tomatoes just waiting to ripen.

Um…as for the cucumber plants, yeeeeeeeeeeeah…they’re not doing so well. Not sure why but some other bug must obviously love them because the leaves are all chewed up, there are splotches, and well, quite frankly, I don’t think they’re going to make it. I haven’t seen any pesky critters so I don’t know what’s attacking those cucumber plants. But, if I find out, those guys are outta there!

Now, I’m curious so I do a little digging on the ever friendly internet and found this website that I found useful re: those cucumber vermin. Fair warning, if you don’t like the look of bugs, don’t click on the link below. It’ll take you to the Clemson University website. It certainly gave me some insight into what might be attacking my cucumber plants. Apparently, there is such a thing as a cucumber beetle and I know I did get rid of something that looked like it the other day (using my friendly neighborhood school glue method. Not their suggested methods but I think my school glue will work just fine) but I haven’t seen anything since. Looks like I’m going to have to take a closer look!

For now, we’re going to enjoy the fruits of our labour!

Visit the Clemson University website for more details on these pesky critters: Cucumber, Squash, Melon & Other Cucurbit Insect Pests

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Jul
24
2013
Jul 24, 2013

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Getting hit by a toy, glue guns that don’t meet safety requirements, portable generators that catch on fire, and illegal diabetes treatments? Huh….

Health Canada Recall: Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper Sun Toy Reason for Recall: Your wee infant might just get attacked by that so-called fun looking toy sun when it springs back. Hmph. It may sound impossible but in fact there have been 100 incidents and children have been hurt. With over 400,000 units sold in the United States and Canada, that’s a whole lot of potential ‘oh ohs’. Click here for more details.

Health Canada Recall: Safeway Expansion Gates by KidCo Inc. Reason for Recall: choking hazard and safety standards. More than 11,000 of these gates were sold in Canada! Click here to read more.

Health Canada Recall: Subaru SGX Series portable generators Reason for recall – fire fire, fire alert! Click here to read more.

Health Canada Recall: watch out for those glue guns Reason for recall – these glue guns may not meet required safety standards. There are a number of glue guns that have recently been recalled. Click on the following links for more details:

1.Wellson Glue Guns

2. Tool Tech Glue Guns

3. Sabre Glue Guns

FDA WARNING: Watch out for bogus treatments for Diabetes The FDA issued a warning to consumers about diabetes treatments that may be sold illegally. I find this highly appalling. That is SO wrong. Click here to read more.

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

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