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Feb
28
2014
Feb 28, 2014

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We parents are REALLY GOOD at worrying about our children. As I sometimes say to my child, “my job is to worry but in a good way”. Hey, at least I admit it and I try to keep my worrying at an objective, I’m-not-spiralling level.

As parents, there’s a lot for us to worry about and our children’s safety is paramount. That’s why I like these reminders that I get from the Healthy Canadians website, funded by the Government of Canada.

This particular reminder that I received was a reminder about food safety practices especially when it comes to children 5 years and younger. Remember, those wee little youngsters are always more vulnerable because their immune systems just aren’t as developed. As adults, we all know what it’s like to get food poisoning. Imagine what it’s like for a child to get it.

NOT FUN.

Read this reminder from Healthy Canadians so you can stay abreast of best practices especially when it comes to food handling and foods to avoid for young children.

Food safety for kids who are five and under. Click here to read.

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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Feb
27
2014
Feb 27, 2014

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One day recently, my daughter and I wanted pizza for lunch but there was no pizza sauce in sight. Usually, we rely on the store bought stuff or I’ve used pasta sauce in a pinch. I have no idea what makes pizza sauce pizza sauce but all we were really looking for was some pizza.

Now, I could have easily found a solution but my brain has had more than enough opportunity to problem solve. So, I put it out there to my big kid. What could we possibly do? We’ve got no pizza sauce or pasta sauce and we both want pizza (dad doesn’t care either way). Did she have any suggestions?

To watch my kid’s brain at work is absolutely fascinating. Literally, I watched as her eyes flicked back and forth (a sign that the brain is trying to come up with a solution) as she then said, “Do we have any fresh tomatoes? We could just puree those and make pizza sauce with them!”

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Feb
26
2014
Feb 26, 2014

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Wow…more recalls and it’s only the middle of the week! Be sure to stay informed. Be sure to at least glance at the list and make sure you’re not affected. Then, pass the info along to others!

Recall – Canada: Mountain Equipment Coop – Onya Outback Child Carrier Reason for Recall: the sternum slider of the identified product is flawed. As a result, it may malfunction and the sternum strap could disconnect. Click here to read more.

Recall – Canada: Rollerblade Tempest inline skates Reason for Recall: possible fall hazard because the boot could separate from the frame. Click here to read more.

Recall: United States and Canada: BRP Can-Am and Ski-Doo heated gloves and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries Reason for Recall: fire hazard. Okay, I didn’t even know you could get heated gloves with rechargeable batteries but obviously you can. The bad news is, it can overheat while charging and minor property damage has been reported. NOT GOOD. Even if you don’t have one at home, it’s good to know. Click here to read more.

Recall – Canada: More clothing with drawstrings – FGL Sports, Ltd. Upper Outerwear Hoodies and Jackets sold at Sport Chek, Sports Experts, National Sports and Intersport stores Reason for Recall: choking and strangulation. 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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Feb
25
2014
Feb 25, 2014

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Remember that little movie starring Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Hans, Kristoff and a reindeer named Sven? You know, the one with special icy powers and singing trolls? I’m sure you’ve heard of it.

Well, it was a wee little movie called Frozen that my big kid loved. At this point, I think she’s memorized the lyrics of every song and has even written some of the lyrics for her classmates (they asked, she agreed).

Today’s post isn’t about the Frozen movie per se. Today’s post is about the creativity that lies in all of us.

Inspired by the movie, Frozen, my big kid decided to write about what happened and do it from Anna’s perspective. She magically decided to do it one day, out of the blue, without any prompting from me. She got the idea and went to work. Eyes on the page, the pencil went scritch scratch scritch scratch and before I knew it, she was done.

I took a photo of her written work and decided to type it out here so you could read it better.

Title: Anna’s Perspective
Written by: Jenny (co-writer of ThingsThatWeDo.com)
Age: 8 years

“Do you want to build a snowman?” I used to always sing that to get my older sister Elsa out of her room. It never worked. We both grew up and it was time for Elsa to be crowned Queen. I bumped into this handsome prince named Hans. I asked Elsa if we could marry and she said NO. After that she fled to the mountains and I was looking for her. I met this man named Kristoff. Elsa accidentally hit me with her powers and I went to ask Hans to kiss me but he did not love me! Actually, Elsa’s love saved my heart.

Anna


Creativity is Everywhere: Too cool and incredibly inspiring

As a mom, I can’t help but be proud of how much my kid has grown. It’s impressive to see how much she’s able to take Anna’s perspective and articulate it all in her own words. That’s a lot of brain work on that one page of written text. Not only did she have to juggle all the information she knew about the Frozen movie, she then had to express those ideas in her own words and on paper.

Impressive indeed.

It’s times like these that I’m reminded of just how important creativity is for young children. Nurture a child’s mind to think independently and you can literally see the sparks fly.

 
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Feb
24
2014
Feb 24, 2014

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Happy Monday..uh, that is filled with recalls? Sorry folks, a whack of recalls recently came to my inbox and I thought it was best to share and get it over with! The good news is, some of these recalls are only in select areas and aren’t widespread. But, let’s be honest with each other, any recall big or small, is NOT good. The only good thing is having the knowledge so you can get rid of it! See below and remember to pass on the info to others!

Recall – United States: Falafel King – Hatch Green Chile Hummus and Hatch Green Chile Wraps Reason for Recall: Listeria. YIKES. (select areas of the United States) Click here to read more.

Recall – Canada and United States: Sterling Rope Company – Sewn Cords Reason for Recall: I’m not quite sure what these sewn cords are used for but based on the description, it sounds as if they might be used with climbing equipment. The recall was issued because these sewn cords might break with a lower weight than what they are published at which in turn could lead to some serious falls (thus why I think they’re connected with climbing?). Click here to read more.

Recall: United States and Canada: LEM – 5 Tray Food Dehydrators Reason for Recall: Okay, this one is a little harder to follow. See if you can make sense of it. Apparently, back in May 2013, these 5 Tray Food Dehydrators were recalled. There were repair kit installation kits that were mailed out to people. Makes sense so far right? Well, this joint recall now involves that repair kit installation kit! Apparently, during that repair process, you can mess up the wires and end up with a pretty nasty shock.

I this is the part where I crack up and laugh and the insanity of the matter and throw the 5 Tray Food Dehydrator out in the garbage. I would if I had one. Click here to read more.

Recall – Canada: More clothing with drawstrings Reason for Recall: choking and strangulation. By now, you all know the drill but here is the latest recall. Souris Mini children’s clothing sold in Souris Mini shops

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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Feb
23
2014
Feb 23, 2014

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A while back I did a review on the Wan Ja Shan Organic Tamari which was a pretty good substitute for the typical soya sauce. Made with only 3 basic ingredients, In quite liked the Wan Ja Shan Organic Tamari. At that time, I said I’d do a little browsing at my local grocery store just to see how other soy type sauces stack up. Do they use only 3 ingredients?

Curious!

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Feb
22
2014
Feb 22, 2014

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Today’s post isn’t really about the book, “Another Day in the Milky Way”. Today’s post is about the love of reading. You see, my child has loved reading for as long as I can remember. Our home is overwhelmed by books. Our entire family reads and we have books galore.

Over the years, some books get read and donated. Other books have longevity and continue to be well loved. Take this book for instance. Another Day in the Milky Way is a children’s book written by David Milgrim. My child has had it for years and just recently, we were rotating our selection of books and she spotted it. Immediately, she asks to read it and settles in to polish it off by herself.

Now that my child is 8 years old, Another Day in the Milky Way by David Milgrim, is an easy read. Designed for children 5 years and up, Another Day in the Milky Way is a gem of a story.

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Feb
21
2014
Feb 21, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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YAY!!! It’s Friday, Friday, Friday, FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t ask for much in life but having a Friday greet me sure is awesome. We’ve had a few really busy weeks. It seemed like every weekend was filled with party after party and we barely had time to breathe. This weekend is going to be one of those weekends too but that’s okay. This weekend, we’ll focus on family and friends in a BIG way. There will be a lot of food and a lot of laughs and a lot of food. OMG…FOOD. I love food. Our whole family loves food. What’s not to love about food so long as it’s something you like to eat?

On the topic of food, you know what I like to eat? Vegetables. If I could, I’d plow through a whole plate of veg. My daughter sees me do it all the time. A big bowl of lightly blanched broccoli? Yum. Homemade beets with a splash of vinegar? YUM. Asparagus? Check. Zucchini? Yep. Sweet potato? HELLO. I could go on and on and on. Oh my, I think I’m rambling.

So..on top of spending time with family and friends, I’m going to be a really good role model because I’ll be the one with a giant plate of veg! Don’t get me wrong, I love steak, turkey, stuffing, meatballs, sausages, but veggies win my heart.

To all our readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com, have a wonderful weekend. No matter how busy you might be (at work or with family and friends), enjoy those little moments that make it all worth it.

Jenna, ThingsThatWeDo.com

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