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Nov
30
2013
Nov 30, 2013

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For those of you who are regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com, you may have noticed that today’s post is arriving a little later (okay, a lot later) than usual. Reason? I uh… sort of fell asleep last night and well, didn’t wake up until this morning! Shrug. Tired parent? *raises hand*

I guess that’s to be expected given how much we all run around on a daily basis. So, yes, I fell asleep a little earlier than expected and just never got around to writing a post for today which actually works out quite well because I have a special guest writer.

*handing today’s post over* (I’m doing the typing though)

Hi, my name is Jenny. I am 8 years old. My favourite celebration is my birthday and Christmas and Halloween. I like to read and write and draw pictures. I’m funny and I like to joke around.

The topic I want to talk about is Halloween. On Halloween, I was a Sea Queen. I got a lot of candy and I’m going to talk about if the candy is appropriate to eat or not. I got a skeleton puzzle candy or actually two of them and I didn’t know if it was right to eat because some of that candy looks like it is good and it probably tastes good but it may not be good so I checked with my mom and she said I shouldn’t eat it but I could play with it. At my school there was a girl named ‘Emma’ and she was eating a skeleton puzzle too. She said it tasted really good and she said you could have one but I didn’t know if it was good to eat.

Another candy I got was a little bottle of…CANDY LOGS!?! Okay, so they weren’t actually logs but they looked good but they didn’t look right.

Okay, now I’m going to talk about…TWIZZLERS! I know a lot of people like Twizzlers because they are a very popular candy. When I was Trick or Treating, I saw Twizzlers (out of their package!) sitting on the porch. I took one to be polite but I didn’t eat it because it was in my Halloween bag. (Fun fact! Did you know that red food colouring is made out of red beetle shells?)

I got this other gummy candy and well, it looked OKAY but it was not okay because there was like, here’s the list of ingredients: sugar, glucose-fructose, modified corn starch, gelatin, mineral oil, petrolatum, carnauba wax, natural and artificial flavour, colour. Well, I don’t really don’t think there should be sugar and then sugar in the list of ingredients and the petrolatum, carnauba wax, and mineral oil, I don’t really think you should be eating that. Hands up if you agree with me!

I’m not going to mention the ones…okay maybe just one of them that I do eat. I would eat the Kit Kats. I’m not sure why, they taste good? Anyways, I hope you like this and next time I’ll see you!

Jenny, ThingsThatWeDo.com

 

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Nov
29
2013
Nov 29, 2013

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Our family tries to stay healthy. Given the wintry weather and all the coughing and sneezing that goes around during this time of the year, you can’t help but try everything you can to stay healthy.

Ever since I hurt my back a few months ago (seems like an eternity but it wasn’t THAT far back) and had that long chat with my massage therapist, I’ve taken a much more serious look at how our family can stay healthy. In particular, I decided to pick up the Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic for my big kid. Why this brand? Well, I went to my trusty health food store and they suggested I try it so I did. Given that I’m a newbie when it comes to children’s probiotic, why not try Natural Factors Children’s Multi Probiotic?

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Nov
28
2013
Nov 28, 2013

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I make a point of keeping my kid involved when we go grocery shopping. It didn’t just start yesterday. My big kid has been part of the whole food shopping experience since she was a wee one and has always helped me to read the labels too. She knows about BHT and triclosan and acrylamide and nitrates and the list goes on. She also understands that there are some foods that I just won’t bring in to the home because there are other better choices available to us.

With any luck, my kid will grow up to be an informed consumer so she can make wise choices for herself when she gets older. The best part is, it already seems to be paying off.
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Nov
27
2013
Nov 27, 2013

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Well, this is one interesting product recall post. I’ve heard of those electronic beds that fold away and look like they don’t exist but this is the first I’ve heard of one folding away and killing someone. Then, there are those other product recalls that are equally scary: power adaptors that are counterfeit, avalanche airbags that don’t deploy…could it get any worse?

Health Canada Recall: Lit Mural Ga-Ma horizontal single fold-away beds Reason for Recall: death by bed that closes while you’re sleeping. Oh now, that’s fun. (NOT). Click here read more.

Health Canada Recall (affects the United States too): Backcountry Access, Inc. – Avalanche Airbags Reason for recall: an airbag that’s supposed to work DOESN’T. LOVELY (can you feel the sarcasm?) Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: counterfeit USB power adapters – model A1265 Reason for Recall: hasn’t been tested and may not comply with existing standards. Not good. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: Corded Bottom-Up Top-Down (BUTD) style Window Blinds and Shades with cord joiners Reason for Recall: possible strangulation. A number of brands are affected so do check out this link to make sure you don’t have these blinds in your home. Click here to read more.

From the FDA: CFSAN’s News for Educators – bi-monthly e-news from FDA’s
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Read this November 2013 newsletter and learn about food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics. Click here to read more.

From the FDA: Sodium in Your Diet: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Reduce Your Intake Click here to read more.

From the FDA: Trans Fat at-a-Glance Click here to read more.

DO YOU HAVE A 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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Nov
26
2013
Nov 26, 2013
Posted in: Recipes

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A baker I am not but when I find a recipe that works I like to play around with it to see how many different variations I can come up with. Recently, I decided to change up my no bake granola bar recipe that I’ve featured here on ThingsThatWeDo.com. Our family has been eating more sunflower and pumpkin seeds lately so I thought I’d see how they’d fare in the no bake granola bar recipe.

Let’s just say I’m a really good non-baker.

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Nov
25
2013
Nov 25, 2013

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Updated post: November 25, 2013
Originally posted: November 9, 2012

Back on November 9, 2012, I did a review on the Sunflower Kitchen Jerusalem Hummus dip. At that time, I loved it and couldn’t get enough of it. Since then, I’ve written another 100 or so reviews but my love of the Sunflower Kitchen Jerusalem Hummus hasn’t changed one bit. So, you can imagine my delight when I received an email from the folks at Sunflower Kitchen.

What was the email about? Back in 2012 when I reviewed the Sunflower Kitchen Jerusalem Hummus, I mentioned that one ingredient was listed as “spices” but I didn’t know what that entailed. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be anything too creepy given the standup company that Sunflower Kitchen is but today’s email confirmed it. If you’re wondering what is listed under ‘spices’, here is the answer: fresh parsley and cumin.

That’s it. Folks, that’s how you do it right: quality ingredients, simplicity, and plain ol’ goodness.

Intrigued? Want to read the original review? See below!

Original review from November 9, 2012

I love dips and spreads so is it any wonder that I regularly feature them on ThingsThatWeDo.com? I’ve also learned along the way that not all dips and spreads are created equal. Some sound promising and turn out to be complete let downs. Others, surprise me and wow me. Well, allow me to introduce you to Sunflower Kitchen and their Jerusalem Hummus. I’ve never had it before but it caught my eye during a recent holiday trip. I like eating donairs and shwarmas so I’m kind of hoping this will add some vibrant kick to my morning breakfast routine, especially while I’m taking a much needed break. Who knows?

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Nov
24
2013
Nov 24, 2013

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Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt, yogurt….mmm, often an easy snack but it’s not always easy to decide which one to buy. There are so many choices now that you just can’t help but do a little tasting from different brands.

For today’s product review, our family opted to try the Olympic organic probiotic lemon yogurt. It was on sale and with my kid’s current interest in lemon, this was a surefire way to get her input on it too. The Olympic organic probiotic lemon yogurt seems to have potential. It’s organic, it’s got probiotics, it should be good. Right?
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Nov
23
2013
Nov 23, 2013

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Life is never perfect, we all know that. Wait, correction: most adults know that life isn’t perfect. Some adults strive for perfection knowing that perfection is just an illusion. When you’re a child though, perfection is abstract with a capital A.

As parents, we can only hope to equip our children with the ability to cope with whatever life will throw at them in the future. Sure, what parent doesn’t innately want to swoop in and save the day at their child’s cry for help? But, is that always the best solution? After all, there won’t always be a superhero around to save the day.

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