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Dec
31
2013
Dec 31, 2013

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The year 2013 is coming to a close and ThingsThatWeDo.com has done another 364 posts. A key part of ThingsThatWeDo.com is information sharing and throughout this year, we’ve shared a LOT of product recalls. I thought I’d end of this post with an update from Health Canada and the FDA. See links to their posts below and see what they’ve accomplished this year.

From Health Canada: A Year in Review – Steps taken to protect the Health and Safety of Canadians

From the FDA: We Moved Forward on Many Fronts This Year

I thought Canadian consumers might also be interested to read this little update from the Government of Canada about all the initiatives that were launched in 2013. Click on the link to find out some of the key events that took place in Canada to protect consumers: Harper Government Puts Consumers First – Ministers Ambrose and Moore highlight the many actions against unsafe products, unfair practices

To all our readers, thank you for your continued support of ThingsThatWeDo.com. I hope you’ve all benefited in some way from our product recall and safety posts. I know they’ve quite cumbersome and some of you may already be getting the details directly from the FDA or Health Canada but I think it’s important to spread the news as much as possible. Here’s to 2014: may it be filled with better quality products that we don’t have to worry about!

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Dec
30
2013
Dec 30, 2013
Posted in: Recipes

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Sometimes, I just get a craving for something crunchy and sweet but with a little kick. I don’t want a rice crispy square. I want something else. I want a cornflake cluster!

Once upon a time while I was digging around for a no-bake easy recipe and I stumbled across a cornflake square recipe. I fiddled with it and my cornflake clusters were born. If you’re looking for a super duper easy no bake recipe to make, look no further!

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Dec
29
2013
Dec 29, 2013

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Recently, my big kid and I watched Frozen, the super duper fantastic musical children’s movie about Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and the rest of the gang. Shortly after watching Frozen, my child just couldn’t get enough of all the songs. She came home belting what lyrics she knew and continued to sing them on a daily basis.

There seemed to be only one logical next step: get my big kid the Frozen movie music sound track. This Frozen CD has all the original songs from the movie itself and even has all the musical scores used throughout the movie.

Now that my child has been listening and singing along with this the Frozen CD movie music sound track she’s learned all the lyrics. She belts them out all day long, re-enacts different scenes, and reminds me about all the little funny moments in the movie. If you’re child liked the Frozen movie, you’re going to want to get this CD!

I have to admit, I’m kind of a big fan of this Frozen CD movie music sound track too!

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Dec
28
2013
Dec 28, 2013

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Take a good long look at the pic on the left. Any guesses what it might be? It looks like a spring – true. NO, it’s not a loose spring from my bed or from my head (ha ha). It’s definitely not from my cell phone or from one of my cooking misadventures.

This lovely readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com is an Epicare. An Epi WHO? No, an Epicare.

I know, I had never heard of Epicare until a recent email from the folks at NailPolishCanada.com. NailPolishCanada.com just recently started carrying Epicare and contacted me in hopes that I might be willing to review it on ThingsThatWeDo.com.

When I got their email, the first thing I did was visit their site to find out more about Epicare and what it does. Any guesses yet? Well, here’s a hint: facial hair removal. Think threading gone easy high tech. Get it?

My first reaction: I was apprehensive. Do I dare try Epicare? It looked awfully creepy and so NOT what I usually use to remove unwanted facial hair (which honestly, is such a PRIVATE thing to talk about).

My second more rational thought: if I’m apprehensive about trying Epicare and had never heard of it before, most likely a large number of my readers would feel the same way which means it would be a good product to review for ThingsThatWeDo.com.

Thus, I thanked NailPolishCanada.com for sending me an Epicare to test out and promised I’d review it in full honesty.

So, who wants to read about good ol’ facial hair removal?

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Dec
27
2013
Dec 27, 2013
Posted in: Recipes

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A few days ago, I did a post on our ‘delicious and easy lemon cake’ recipe. I’m not the best cook and I’m certainly not the best baker but I sure am creative when I want to be. Okay, I’m not crazy creative but I like to safely extend my capacity to bake without giving everyone food poisoning.

So, I was thinking of a way to jazz up my kid’s morning breakfast routine beyond the same ol’ pancakes and French toast. I know she liked the recent lemon cake recipe and then the light bulb went off. Why not change up that recipe and make them into muffins?

I discuss my plan with the big kid and she thought it was a great idea. We decided to omit the lemon glaze. My kid decided to make some plain muffins, some with a cinnamon brown sugar topping and some would have chocolate chips.

Read on to see how this all panned out. Remember, I’m not the best baker so don’t expect any miracles but you might just be proud of me!

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Dec
26
2013
Dec 26, 2013

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It’s Christmas Eve and I’m posting about…recalls. Is that even right? I have no idea but what must be done must be done. The good news is, there are also some free resources and reminders for all of us and freebies are almost always good news! See below for details.

Reminder – Canada: Food Safety Tips for the Holidays Tis the season to cook and prep food properly because one wrong move and you’ve got a whole lot of sick people that won’t ever come back for dinner any time soon! Click here read more.

Freebies – free packet of publications from FDA’s Office of Women’s Health and USA.gov Make 2014 Your Healthiest Year Yet! That’s the tagline for this package of freebies. United States only. Click here to read more.

Update from the FDA: Your Input is Bringing Change to Food Safety Rules Find out how from Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada and the United States: Red Wing Shoe Company work boots Reason for Recall: work boots that don’t protect. REALLY? What kind of crazy is this? Protective work boots that might not protect your feet upon impact. LOVELY. With over 9,000 sold in Canada and over 105,000 in the U.S. that’s NOT good. Click here to read more.

Playtex recalls Hip Hammock Infant Carriers – Canada and the United States affected Reason for Recall: Imagine – the buckles on the waist and shoulder straps crack or break. Next thing you know, your baby is on the ground. GOSH, that makes me cringe and the sad thing is, there have been injuries. About 36, 000 were sold in Canada and over 300,000 were sold in the U. S. so this is no laughing matter. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: Carousel Softoys Inc. – Gingerbread Man Plush Toy Reason for recall – choking hazard because the eyes might come off. Not many have been sold (under 1,000 and localized in Ontario Canada but I wanted to post this as a reminder to carefully consider before you buy to look for hidden ‘oh oh’s like this. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: Boutique Sélection Plush Penguin Reason for recall – choking hazard. Just like the gingerbread man toy, these eyes might come off too. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada but affects United States too: Recall of U.S Versions of CHEM C500/C1000/C2000/C3000 and Spectacular Science Experiment Kits Reason for Recall: these experiment kits contain “hazardous chemicals”. Yes, you heard me. I didn’t come up with that. I quoted that directly from the recall itself. Apparently, these science experiment kits have been sold in Canada without the required safety warning statements and labels. NOT COOL. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: Cuddly Cousins Plush Bear Reason for recall – choking hazard. Same things: plastic eyes that pop off but the worst part is, over 18,000 units were sold in Canada. This is NOT to be taken lightly! Click here to read more.

Recall affecting Canada and the United States: Candle Ring – Pine Berry by The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. Reason for recall – does not meet flammability requirements. Click here to read more.

Recall in Canada: UBERHAUS wall-mounted convection heater Reason for recall – it may overheat and well, you know what could happen. At least 17,000 units were sold. Click here to read more.

Updated Recall in Canada: natural health products contaminated with chloramphenicol Reason for recall – chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that could mean bad news for consumers because it’s connected to a rare risk of aplastic anemia, a serious blood disorder that can be fatal. 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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Dec
25
2013
Dec 25, 2013
Posted in: Thoughts

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Merry Christmas 2013! To all our readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com, our family wishes you the best of the holidays.

This year in particular, our family has a much stronger appreciation of the spirit of Christmas. There has been so much unpredictability and chaos. From power outages, crazy weather, worries about family and friends amidst insanely busy work schedules, it seemed like Christmas just couldn’t get here fast enough.

Through it all, we were reminded time and time again of the real meaning of Christmas. Boiling hot water for elderly neighbors, sharing warm cups of coffee, helping a mom who was struggling with a stroller and a child to get down the stairs during morning rush hour, family and friends who are safe from harm, those are just the few random moments that I’ll remember about this holiday season.

Right now, my big kid is fighting a fever, a very plugged nose, and incredibly droopy eyes. Gifts were opened today but I know she probably didn’t enjoy them as much as she would have if she was feeling better.

Yes, this Christmas is a little different for our family but we still tried to make the best of it. As my daughter so poignantly put it just a few moments ago, “This Christmas is different. There’s no party but it’s still fun.”

Here’s to family, friends, and loved ones. Here’s to good memories, and remembering that the cup is always half full. Let us all be thankful for what we have and remember to think of those around us.

Jenna, ThingsThatWeDo.com

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Dec
24
2013
Dec 24, 2013

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I was recently contacted by NailPolishCanada.com about the Babyliss Miracurl. I’ve never heard of it, never thought of it, so decided to check it out.

Ah…it’s a curler for your HAIR, explains why I don’t know about it. I barely have time to look at my face let alone my hair in the morning! The Babyliss Miracurl isn’t just any curler though. Apparently, it’s an automatic hair curler that does all the work for you. Boy, that sounds enticing. Remember the TV show “Will and Grace”? I always loved Debra Messing’s hair in “Will and Grace” but there is no way I’d ever get my hair to look like THAT. Anyhoo, I don’t know if the Babyliss Miracurl can do Grace hair but it sure looks neat.

From what I can gather, it looks like the Babyliss Miracurl is relatively easy to use. You put a strand of your hair into the chamber and it automatically pulls your hair into the curling chamber. There are beeping sounds to guide your moves, release your hair, and voila…masterpiece!

Now, that’s purely what I read from the NailPolishCanada.com site and I watched the video too. I have no idea if it works or not. The reason why I’m posting about it is because NailPolishCanada.com is currently giving away 3 of them! If you happen to win one, you can let us all know how well it works.

Contest details are on the NailPolishCanada.com website. Visit their site for more details. Happy Christmas curling and good luck if you decide to enter! Better hurry though, winners will be announced on December 25th!

FYI: in case anyone is wondering, I have no affiliation with NailPolishCanada.com whatsoever. I don’t own it, I don’t run it, I barely have time to run ThingsThatWeDo.com. This is just a friendly FYI post for our readers. Check out their site if you want to, no obligation at all!

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only. If you see this post anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this post (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. Practice ethical posting!

Credit: special thanks to NailPolishCanada.com for the image of the Babyliss Miracurl.

For more details, visit their site by clicking here.

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