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Jul
31
2014
Jul 31, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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Yes it is. I don’t know how it happened but the end of July is here. We’ve had a few family events, a few outings, but we’ve taken it relatively easy.

Odd question: does the summer feel shorter or longer when you cram it all in with stuff?

I’ve never known the answer to this question. Some summers, we cram it full with daily events and activities. End result: the summer days just seem to whiz by.

Other summers, we go slower and plan fewer big events. End result: the summer days still feel as though they whiz by.

So, what is it?

Maybe it’s all about perspective. The more you enjoy, the faster the days fly by? Maybe that’s it. I guess there’s some truth to that. After all, the days that you feel miserable seem to drag on FOREVER.

On this last day of July, let us all make a commitment to enjoy it to the fullest. After all, it’s the last day of July and you’ll have to wait a whole year before another July day comes around. So, do what works for you and your family. Enjoy it, have fun with it, and most of all, appreciate all that you have.

Onwards to August!

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Jul
30
2014
Jul 30, 2014

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Back in February 2014, I did a quick post on the A word: azodicarbonamide aka yoga mat in bread. At the time, I was appalled to learn that azodicarbonamide also showed up unexpectedly on a bag of Robin Hood Nutri flour blend with omega-3 and fibre. Ever since then, I’ve been extra vigilant about what I buy because quite frankly, I don’t need to eat any more azodicarbonamide.

A recent trip to my local grocery store gave me hope that things might be moving in the right direction. On a whim, I went into the bakery aisles and noticed the bags of Robin Hood flour. I decided to go and take a look.

Guess what I found?
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Jul
29
2014
Jul 29, 2014

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In only a couple of days, a string of recalls came through my door so I had to post them. Today’s recall deals with the letter S: Salmonella. It also involves infant moccasins with lead and Hepatitis C.

Go figure.

1. In Canada: Flying Swallow brand White Pepper Powder Reason for recall: Salmonella. Click here to read more.

2. In Canada: Winners Merchants International LP is recalling Ecoato brand Sweet Paprika Powder Reason for Warning: Salmonella. Wow, that’s 2 recalls both because of the S word. Click here to read more.

3. In U.S.: GOMACRO RECALLS “Almond Butter + Carob” and “Sunflower Butter + Chocolate” MacroBars Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Well now, that makes 3 recalls. Click here for more details.

4. Recall in Canada: Sears Canada recalls Nevada Moccasins for infants Reason for Recall: LEAD. Well, I think this is a first for me. I think it’s the first time I’ve heard of shoes that contain lead. It just goes to show you can never be too cautious. Click to read more.

5. In the U.S.: Update on Cures for Hepatitis C
Read this recent update from the FDA regarding treatments for Hepatitis C Click to read more.

Homework reminder: if you live in Canada and you haven’t provided feedback about upcoming changes to the nutrition information on food labels, you’d better do so! Online public consultations are from July 14, 2014 to September 11, 2014 so take some time and fill it out! Click here for details.

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!

Let others know about these recalls: it!

Jul
28
2014
Jul 28, 2014

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Summer time…ice cream…they go hand in hand. Correction: ice cream goes hand in hand all year long.

Yes, that’s my current mindset. Come rain or shine, ice cream can be a wonderful experience so long as it’s one you like.

A recent trip to my local Loblaws landed me with this tub of PC chocolate crunch ice cream. While I’m not a fan of chocolate in general, I quite like chocolate ice cream and I knew my big kid would appreciate the treat. Confession: the ingredients probably could be better but it was on sale, it had the word ‘crunch’ in its name, and well, I wanted to try it. So there.
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Jul
27
2014
Jul 27, 2014

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Today’s recall theme: salmonella, salmonella, listeria, a fire hazard and a strangulation hazard. That’s quite a bit of ‘oh oh’s.

1. In the U.S.: Dancing Star LLC, Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Snacks Reason for recall: Salmonella. As it turns out, the identified snacks contain an ingredient from a different source that may contain salmonella. A lot of different snacks were affected so do be sure to read this recall. Click here to read more.

2. In Canada and the United States: Mayborn USA, Inc. recalls Tommee Tippee Monitor with Movement Sensor Pad Reason for Warning: strangulation hazard. Click here to read more.

3. In U.S. and Canada too: Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Distribution took place in North America so best to check both links and make sure you’re in the clear!

From the FDA

From the CFIA

4. Recall in Canada: Jan K Overweel Ltd. recalls certain Italian cheeses Reason for Recall: Listeria. Read on to find out which brands are affected. Click to read more.

5. In Canada: Home Hardware Classic fan heater
Reason for Recall: Fire hazard. With over 28,000 units sold, be sure you don’t have one. Click to read more.

Homework reminder: if you live in Canada and you haven’t provided feedback about upcoming changes to the nutrition information on food labels, you’d better do so! Online public consultations are from July 14, 2014 to September 11, 2014 so take some time and fill it out! Click here for details.

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!

Let others know about these recalls: it!

Jul
26
2014
Jul 26, 2014

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Yes, we planted tomatoes this year but notice that I haven’t really mentioned them until now. In past years, I’d give regular updates about the veggies we were growing which pretty much consisted of tomato plants and a few sweet potatoes that sprouted in my pantry (which by the way, did grow some sweet potatoes).

Why the delay in updates?

Well, there really wasn’t much to report! You see, we started off late this year and then something happened. Somehow, we ended up with a number of ‘other’ plants in our garden. We initially thought they were green bean shoots but have now come to realize that they’re snap peas. Next thing you know, we’ve got snap pea plants all over that have completely surrounded our 2 tomato plants.

I kid you not. Our little garden space looks like a jungle.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - plants july 2014Lesson learned: tomato plants are heartier than we think. Despite the attack of the snap pea plants, our tomato plants thrived and we’ve got tomatoes growing! While still green, there’s no denying that they’re there and they’re staying.

I have a whole new appreciation for tomatoes. I’ve always loved tomatoes but this defiance to be taken down by the snap peas gives me a whole new admiration for how resilient they are. We humans could learn a lesson or two from them!

Oh..and if you’re wondering how those snap pea plants got into our garden..you’ll just have to keep wondering (but my daughter and I did NOT plant them ourselves).

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!

Jul
25
2014
Jul 25, 2014

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My family tries to be conscious about what we eat but there’s a limit to our clarity of what’s good for us amidst the confusion of all the information that is out there about what we should and shouldn’t eat and all the intricacies of all those details.

The reality is, arsenic has been found in rice. But, which rice grains are better? Which are worse? There’s BPA lining tin cans but is it only found in tin cans? There’s BHT in a ton of cereals, but which cereals?

Then, you hit the topic of GMO and my brain goes into a tornado of confusion with a capital C. I mean, there’s genetically modified food and then there’s non GMO foods but where does organic fit into all of this? Are organic foods automatically not GMO?
*head scratch*

Correction: *severe head scratching*


What’s up with GMO?
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Jul
24
2014
Jul 24, 2014

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Check this out! A little mini Simon game!

When I was a wee child (not that I’m dating myself at all…) I had a regular size Simon game and I used to play it all the time. I was pretty good at that Simon game too, following along with the coloured patterns but boy did it bother me when I pressed the wrong colour and it shrieked ‘EEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHH’ at me. The NERVE!

Fast forward to 2014 and I’m at a street sale and come across this little mini Simon game. You won’t believe the deal I got for it. It was brand new. I paid $5 for 2 little mini electronic carry along games.

thingsthatwedo.com - simon gameDoes this little mini Simon work?

Yep, it sure does. My big kid is currently having a blast with this little mini Simon. Just like its original large size counterpart, you watch the pattern of lights and try to repeat the exact same pattern which continues to grow until you press the wrong colour.

The Simon game sounds simple enough but there is some serious brain power at work. After all, it’s not easy remembering the order of all those blinking lights! This new little mini version comes with a little clip to make it an easy carry-along toy for outdoor trips.

Who knew I’d get such a great little nostalgic kick from a street sale?

 

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