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Jul
21
2014
Jul 21, 2014

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What do you see? Do you see a couple of paint lids and a paint brush? Yes, most adults would see this. Now, if you’re an 8 year old child, you see an experiment. Rewind to last night and both paint lids contained water, leftover from a painting project. As my big kid was in the midst of tidying up, she asked if she could leave the water in the paint lids.

I, as the curious parent, asked, “Why?”
Big kid response, “I’m going to do an experiment to see what happens to the water overnight.”
Her prediction: that the water would evaporate.

This recent experiment was fueled by the work she was doing in school. Her class had just finished doing a unit on the water cycle and at that moment she wanted to do her own water experiment so of course, I agreed.

Sure enough, the water is no where to be seen the next day thus providing further evidence that water does indeed evaporate. More importantly though, in this one small instance a child’s scientific curiosity was nurtured which may lead to subsequent scientific discoveries and opportunities for child directed learning.

Enough said. 🙂

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Jul
20
2014
Jul 20, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - brookside dark chocolate acai with blueberryCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.
I’m not a big fan of chocolate. I’m pretty sure that’s how I begin every review that involves chocolate. I say it because I want you all to know that I’m not easily swayed byt the sight of chocolate. I don’t automatically say a chocolate bar is yummy simply because it’s coated in the brown stuff. I’m also generally not a fan of fruity flavoured chocolate. I’ve never liked the whole chocolate orange combo and I certainly never liked the liquid fruit filled chocolates.

You’ve probably seen those bags of Brookside candies at your local grocery store. They come in all these different combinations. I’ve seen them, I’ve looked at them, but I’ve never been interested in trying them.

One day, I’m at a local grocery store and I notice that the Brookside candies are on sale. Translation: I decide to buy a pack to try them out. I have a look and set my eyes on the Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry. I like blueberries because they’re on the tart side so I’m hoping it’ll be a good complement with the chocolate but I’m not sure about the acai berries. – Continue Reading

Jul
19
2014
Jul 19, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - pc mini greek yogurt smoothie barCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Nothing beats a free sample to test out a new product. I was at my local Loblaws one fine day and there they were, handing out these little PC Blue Menu Power Fruit Mini Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bars. It was hot out and hey, how can I pass up a free sample that comes in a smoothie bar? My big kid and I each got a sample to try. I have to tell you, I was particularly intrigued by the yogurt granola coating. I really really hope it’s nice and crunchy! – Continue Reading

Jul
18
2014
Jul 18, 2014

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My darling child was rummaging through her pile of stuffed animals one fine day and made a discovery – she has her very own Hobbes. Actually, as she puts it, technically it’s her toy tiger but he sure could be Hobbes if she so chose it to be so.  Not her words exactly, but you get the idea.

You see, this is what I love about reading and books. Books are like the world’s best fuel for creativity.  Before Calvin and Hobbes, that poor Tiger lived amongst her pile of stuffed animals. I can’t even remember how she got that toy but she rarely goes near it.  Since Calvin and Hobbes, that same toy Tiger has found new meaning.

But, it goes beyond Calvin and Hobbes. Reading is an avenue to learn about new concepts and new information.

Confession: we went to our local book store today and yes, we bought more books. There was this huge sale and we just couldn’t resist!

Sigh…books, they really are the BEST.

Jul
17
2014
Jul 17, 2014

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Fluorescent lights overhead, infant formula that’s been tampered with, and contaminated cheese…ooh, what fun. NOT.

1. In Canada: fluorescent lights that can overheat the recalled products are recessed recessed downlight fluorescent lights by Peachtree Lighting. Apparently, the recalled units can overheat and lead to some pretty serious problems. Click here to read more.

2. WARNING ISSUED In Canada: Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula Reason for Warning: The seal on soem bottles were found broken and the culprit put blue tape in its place. The scary thing is, the tampered bottles appeared to contain water and some formula residue instead of the actual infant formula. CREEEEEEPY. Click on the link to see photos. Click here to read more. http://www.thingsthatwedo.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=13718&action=edit#edit_timestamp

3. Updated Recall in Canada: Updated Food Recall Warning – Citadelle and Grey Owl cheese Reason for Recall: Staphylococcus Click to read more and see photos.

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!

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Jul
16
2014
Jul 16, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - one step sanitizer sprayCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.
I’ll admit it, I use hand sanitizer. Our whole family uses hand sanitizer, not every second of every minute but we do use it. I find it hard not to when I see people on public transit sneeze directly into their hands and then promptly hold the hand rail. Ugh…that gives me the shudders.

I recognize hand sanitizer isn’t the answer for everything but depending on the type and kind of hand sanitizer you have, it can kill most of the germies on the surface that it comes into contact with. Of course, it works better if you’ve already washed your hands first to remove the organic materials that can prevent the hand sanitizer from doing its job.

Anyhoo, I recently came across this bottle of One Step Sanitizer Spray and I was intrigued because it was in a spray format. I’ve only ever come across one other hand sanitizer that came in a spray format so I was interested to see how this one would fare.

Let’s just say the other brand has nothing to worry about.

– Continue Reading

Jul
15
2014
Jul 15, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com pic - what is a true friend?Copyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Yes, it’s time for your homework, consumer homework. Sure, it may seem daunting but the consumer awareness you’re building in yourself and the knowledge you’re sharing with others is very important.

So, what’s on the list of consumer ‘to do’s?

1. Homework for our Canadian readers: Government of Canada proposes changes to nutrition information on food labels – share your input!

An online public consultation has been launched this week so it’s time for you to share your feedback. How do you feel about the nutrition information on food labels? Speak now that you have a chance! A lot of key changes have been proposed so be sure to give your feedback NOW.

Here are some links to find out more details about the proposed changes and the online consultation:

Consulting Canadian Parents and Consumers on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Information on Food Labels

Commitment to Consult on Ways to Improve the Nutritional Information on Food Labels Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to click on the ‘Participate Now’ button!!!

thingsthatwedo.com - pic - life is colourful in the smallest places2. Homework for our American readers: U.S. Food and Drug Administration released updated data for its Total Diet Study (TDS). This is a heavy read but it’s an interesting one too. A lot of foods were tested for different chemical contaminants and nutrients. The newly available data give you results from foods collected from 2006 to 2011. It’ll still take me some time to plow through all the numbers but its an interesting read. While I haven’t completely figured out how the numbers work, let’s just say I may be steering clear of certain foods for the next little while! Click here to read more.

Okay, that’s a lot of heavy reading and homework to do. Be sure to share your feedback if you’re able to. After all, consumer laws will affect us all somehow so be sure to have your say.

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Jul
14
2014
Jul 14, 2014
Posted in: All reviews, Thoughts

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Well, that’s it. The FIFA World Cup is done. I’ll be honest, I uh..didn’t watch much of the World Cup but I certainly got my fair share of updates from the hubby and my daughter. Like many other parents, I also noticed a change in my big kid’s choice of physical activity. All of a sudden, it’s all about soccer! Ah, yes…the power of FIFA.

For me, the best part of FIFA is that it’s a physical sport that involves a lot of running. If my kid is just one kid who’s been influenced by FIFA to spend more time running around kicking a soccer ball, I’m pretty sure other kids are doing the same thing. Sure, there’s been a lot more TV watching lately too but hopefully the physical activity time won overall. I know our family never had time to watch an entire game. We’d often catch a snippet and maybe the ending of a game or we’d watch highlights to get caught up.

To everyone involved in FIFA from the soccer players to all the behind-the-scenes work that goes to sustaining such a big project, this post is dedicated to all of you. It’s been a long haul. Only 4 more years to go until the next one!

In the meantime, I need to go get my kid a soccer ball.

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
13
2014
Jul 13, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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Do you remember Calvin and Hobbes? I do! I used to love Calvin and Hobbes when I was a big kid. My daughter picked up her own copy at a recent book sale for one whole dollar. We came home that afternoon and plowed through it together.

And good thing we did.

You don’t realize how much things have changed until you take a glimpse at the past. I used to love Calvin and Hobbes and I still do. Perhaps my favourite part about Calvin and Hobbes is Calvin’s complete love and adoration for his stuffed toy, Hobbes.  Despite all the antics, Calvin loves that stuffed tiger.    Now 2014, the illustrations are still as goofy and as exaggerated as ever but some of those stories really do need an adult accompaniment. – Continue Reading

Jul
12
2014
Jul 12, 2014

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Here are the recalls, reminders, and FYIs for the next little bit. There’s a lot to read so be sure to check out the links below.

1. From Health Canada: Food Safety tips for Fresh Produce We all know it’s summer and picnics in the park, BBQs with friends and family are bound to happen. It’s all fun and games until everyone’s running for the same bathroom. Read up on these Food Safety tips for Fresh Produce from Health Canada. Reminders are a good thing! Click here to read more.

2. Recall in Canada, a must read if you have young children: Chimparoo Versatile cardi-wraps Reason for Recall: Imagine a dual purpose cardigan that serves as a baby wrap too, you know the kind that covers mommy’s body while also keeping baby nice and snug to her body. Well, the identified item has been recalled because the fabric could tear quite abruptly under certain conditions and then down goes baby. NOT GOOD. Click here to read more.

3. Recall in Canada: Darth Vader Gauntlet – Children’s Gloves and “Michael Myers” Children’s Halloween Costume Reason for Recall: chemical hazard – phthalates. I wanted to post this recall not because there are millions of these units sold but because I think it’s important for consumers to be aware of hidden dangers like these ones. This children’s item is recalled because it exceeds the allowable limit for phthalates. Lesson learned here: think before you buy! Here are 2 links to learn more about what I’m talking about.

Darth Vader Gauntlet – Children’s Gloves

“Michael Myers” Children’s Halloween Costume

4. Joint Recall – Canada and United States: Porter-Cable 3ÂĽ HP fixed-base production routers and router bases Reason for Recall: electrical hazard. OUCH. 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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