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Aug
31
2013
Aug 31, 2013

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At least it is at my home. Sure, the tomato plants are still in the garden but well, you can tell home grown tomato season is almost over.

So, what’s been happening in your home garden this year? Well, we tried to grow cucumbers this year but that was a total FLOP. The plants grew fine enough and then one day, POOF! They’re turning yellow, some creature that I can’t find has made the plants its own personal buffet, and it’s bye bye cucumbers.

Thankfully, the tomato plants thrived despite the crazy summer weather. The plants grew and grew and still continue to grow. We ate plenty of home grown cherry and grape tomatoes. If I had to be honest, they just weren’t as sweet as the tomatoes from previous years and the tomato skin was also a lot tougher and thicker than our past successes. Given that I so DON’T have a green thumb, I don’t know if that’s because of the weather or our choice of tomatoes but either way, we ate them and enjoyed them.

So, as September nears, this post is dedicated to all those hard working parents out there who continue to tirelessly do their best despite daily ups and downs. Back to school time is a hustle and a bustle and it’s yet another transition we all have to get used to. Continue to stay positive, excited, and energized as we all move forward to greet this new life event for our kids so that we can be the best role models EVER!

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Aug
30
2013
Aug 30, 2013

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Back to school food safety reminders, blender blades that snap and break, salmonella covered parsley in bird food, and the recall list goes on and on….

Recall: Baby Jogger Car Seat Adaptor Reason for Recall: because not everyone installs them properly and now, ‘oops!’, the child could be falling, falling, falling, falling…. I didn’t even know what a car seat adaptor was until this recall came along! Over 6000 units sold in Canada and over 23000 units were sold in the United States which means I may have had no clue about these things but obviously a bunch of other people do! Click here for more details.

Recall: Do you own a Vitamix blender? Reason for Recall: The recall isn’t for the blender per se as it is for select blades used with the Vitamix blender. Apparently, on goes the blender, around and around go the blades and oops! Crack crack break break go the blades! That’s kind of scary. Click here for more details.

From the FDA: What about all that caffeine? When I was growing up, caffeine only came in chocolate, coffee, and tea. Caffeinated energy drinks and snacks just didn’t exist back then (and I’m no dinosaur). Read this post from the FDA about what’s going on with all this caffeine. Click here to read more.

FDA Recall: Goldenfeast Bird food Reason for recall – Salmonella from the parsley that’s in the bird food. Well, that’s nothing to squawk at especially when you look at all the affected items. Click here to read more.

Health Canada Reminder: Back to school time – watch out for those school lunch allergens! Back in the days, I could go to school with a PB and jelly sandwich (again, I am not a dinosaur but look at how much has changed). Nowadays, as parents, we have to be extra diligent about what we send to school. Click here to read more.

DO YOU HAVEA COMPLAINT ABOUT A PRODUCT?

Health Canada – how you can report a consumer product. If you experience an incident with a consumer product, you need to know how to report it. 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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Aug
29
2013
Aug 29, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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and school is just around the corner. I’m not quite sure how to take this. My child is certainly more than ready for the first day of school. Question is: am I?

This has been quite the eventful summer. We didn’t do a lot of ‘big’ events per se, but there was a lot of personal stuff to do and plenty of one day excursions. So, as we round that ceremonious corner to the new school year, here’s a quick checklist of things that you may or may not have done (yet):

  • Annual visit to the doctor?
  • Regular visit to the dentist?
  • Have you had your kid’s eyes checked yet? That’s always a bonus before going back to school.
  • Back to school shopping? – unnecessary if you’ve been carefully planning throughout the year. Besides, why buy into all that consumerism hype?
  • Do you need to have your child’s hearing?
  • Did you kid’s feet grow over the summer? – better make sure those running shoes fit for gym class!
  • Fall jacket? – you’ll need that soon enough. Again, if you’ve been planning ahead, you may already have one in storage!
  • Lunch bag? – if it smells from the last school year, you’d better toss it out ASAP (if you haven’t done so yet) and get a new one. Then, be sure your child can use it independently with no spills, messes, or tears.
  • Emergency pick up and back up plan – in the event that you can’t pick up your child from school, do you have a back up plan in place?
  • Back to school lunches – you knew this was coming, didn’t you? I won’t go into extensive details here because you’ll find a ton of info elsewhere on the internet. What I will say is that  it would be a really good idea to involve your child in the planning process. The more you involve a child, the more likely he/she will actually eat the food.

Whatever the to dos or must dos or “I’d better go and do soon”s that you have yet to do, be sure to enjoy every moment to its fullest.  It may be back to school time but it’s still family time and that’s what counts the most.

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Aug
28
2013
Aug 28, 2013

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I’m not much of a chocolate fan. It’s not that I don’t eat it but chocolate isn’t something I can polish off in one sitting. I used to, you know, eat the whole chocolate bar and wish for more but somewhere along the way my love for chocolate waned. I might open a chocolate bar, take a bite, and then the poor thing sits there unloved until it’s time to throw it out.

Enter Green and Black’s Organic milk chocolate. See this cute little tiny bar that I got at a recent event. Given that I haven’t tested a chocolate product in a while, Green and Black’s Organic milk chocolate seems like the perfect test subject. It was free and certainly small enough that it won’t go completely to waste.

If you’ve never had Green and Black’s Organic milk chocolate, now might be the time to try it.

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Aug
27
2013
Aug 27, 2013

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Lately, I’ve been on this mango kick. I’ve had everything but the fresh mango (can’t be bothered to deal with the mango peel and the utter fear that I’ll pick one that isn’t ripe enough to consume which will lead to ultimate heart break).

Determined to seek mango perfection, I came across this unassuming bag of President’s Choice Mango chunks. Frozen mango chunks with the peel removed and in bite size pieces, this may just be the answer I’ve been seeking. Mangoes are naturally sweet (unless you pick one that isn’t ripe which would be my luck) so in theory, President’s Choice Mango chunks should be an easy win.

*fingers crossed, fingers crossed*

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Aug
26
2013
Aug 26, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Reading labels, it’s important. Once upon a time, I didn’t read labels and then my brain kicked in and I discovered how much I could learn from a simple label. Once upon a time, I would have looked at this E.D. Smith lemon spread and thought it would make a great pie filling or maybe it would be perfect for a pastry pocket of some sort (if I baked). Things look a whole lot different when you actually pay attention to labels.

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Aug
25
2013
Aug 25, 2013

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A little while ago, I reviewed the PC Blue Menu mango peach smoothie bars which I thought were a little on the gross side (my own personal feeling of course. Others may find them absolutely delectable). Then, boom! Browsing through the frozen aisle at my local Loblaws recently my eyes came across this box – PC Loads of Mango fruit bars. Now, I don’t recall seeing them before but I’m determined to give them a try because I’m sure they’re going to taste better than those PC Blue Menu mango peach smoothie bars. Well…at least that’s what I’m hoping. Summer may be fading but the weather is still warm so I think it’s perfectly justified to test out these PC Loads of Mango fruit bars.

*fingers crossed they don’t disappoint*

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Aug
24
2013
Aug 24, 2013

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You knew it was coming, didn’t you? No recalls in a few days, there must be a bunch of them by now. Well, you’re right. Check out some of the recalls I’ve highlighted below:

Recall: NeoCube Magnet Sets Reason for Recall: because little magnet balls are very dangerous especially when they’re swallowed. Click here for more details.

Recall: Superex 12V Ceramic Car Heater Reason for Recall: Fire fire fire! With over 67,000 units sold, make sure you do NOT have this. Click here for more details.

Recall: Chefmate 2-Quart Tea Kettles Reason for recall: kettles are supposed to steam and whistle but this one is faulty posing burn hazards. Over 700,000 units were sold exclusively by Target stores in the U.S. and online at Target.com and about 100 units were sold through Target Canada stores. Huh. Click here to read more.

Health Canada Safety reminder: Do you Can? If you do, this Health Canada reminder is for you. Learn how to reduce the risk of botulism if you plan to do any home canning Click here to read more.

FDA Recall: Fresh Cilantro from Buurma Farms Reason for recall – Listeria. Click here to read more.

U.S. Voluntary Recall: Justin’s – Limited Lots of Maple Almond Butter Jars and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Jars Reason for recall – metal fragments found. Note: only select products affected! Click here to read more.

DO YOU HAVEA COMPLAINT ABOUT A PRODUCT?

Health Canada – how you can report a consumer product. If you experience an incident with a consumer product, you need to know how to report it. 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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