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Aug 31, 2014 - snap peas 2014Copyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Gardening and I don’t even have a green thumb which is seriously quite remarkable. As the summer comes to a close, it is probably timely that I give an update on what’s been happening in our wee little garden.

Take a look at these snap peas that came from our garden. Don’t they look amazing, vibrantly green and sautéed gently for dinner? We didn’t plan to have snap peas in our garden but through a few random acts, there they were. - snap peas 2014Talk about not having a green thumb, I had no idea when to actually pick the snap peas so by the time we did eat them, they were uh…a little chewy and stringy. The snap peas were certainly sweet and had great flavour but most of it ended up on a side plate and not in our tummies.

Would we grow snap peas again? I’m not so sure. My big kid certainly loved watching them grow in the garden but they did seem to overtake our two tomato plants. So, once we picked the snap peas we got rid of the plants to make more space for the tomato plants. Who knew a few randomly placed snap pea seeds could take up SO MUCH SPACE?! - snap peas 2014Right now, we’re enjoying a few tomatoes here and there and can’t wait for more to ripen. Snap peas? That was a great experience and I can’t wait to see what happens to the lemongrass!

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Aug 30, 2014
Posted in: Tips - Families - Built big apple buddies lunch bagCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Who’s getting ready for the start of the new school year??

Hey, let’s face it, we parents could sure use all the help we can get especially when it comes to school lunches. As we’re all getting ready for the new school year, here’s a post from the FDA with “4 Tips for a Healthy and Stress-Free Lunchbox”. For some of us, these tips might already be in our repertoire and for some of us, these might be completely novel ideas. Regardless, we could all use the help.

So, click on and enjoy the read!

From the FDA: 4 Tips for a Healthy and Stress-Free Lunchbox

Aug 29, 2014

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I haven’t posted recalls in a while and today there are a few big ones. Think: dangerous metal buckets from the dollar store, power cords that can overheat and more.

1. In Canada: Dollarama recalls galvanized metal buckets

Reason for recall: the good news, it’s not lead. The bad news is the identified products have sharp edges on the rim and handle. Imagine running your hand along that, even accidentally. Translation: pain delivered in the form of cuts or lacerations and with over 1 million sold, this is no laughing matter! Click here to read more.

2. In Canada: Star brite Waterproofing with PTEF and Star brite Aluminum Polish sold in 650 mL spray containers

Reason for recall: aspiration hazard. Click here to read more.

3. In Canada and the U.S. : Hewlett-Packard recalls Notebook Computer AC Power Cords

Reason for Recall: potential for burn and fire hazard because the power cord can overheat. A lot of units were sold so make sure you don’t have one at home!! Click here for details.

4. Updated recall in Canada: MaraNatha brand almond butters and peanut butters and Trader Joe’s brand raw almond butters 

Reason for Recall: Salmonella. This is an updated recall on the identified nut butters with corrected codes for the MaraNatha brand almond butter and peanut butter products. Click here for details.

Time is running out. Have you done your homework yet? - crofters organic mango premium spreadReminder: 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.


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.

In the United States, if you have a complaint about a particular medicine, medical device, or food product, contact the FDA. Click here to read more.

Stay tuned to We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Aug 28, 2014 pic - face in cheesebreadCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Ah, the whimsy of creativity hits when you least expect it but only if you keep your eyes wide open.

Allow me to introduce you to exhibit A. A regular old cheese stick, daintily sprinkled with some cheese. Ah…but it’s not so average is it?

Take a close look and you’ll see what my big kid saw: a face. Yep.

There it is. She was happily chomping away and then out of nowhere, she sees the image of a face and insists that I take a photo of it. I don’t mind because I think it’s neat and impressive that she’s able to see beyond what is in front of her.

Truth be told, ever since she was but a wee one, she’s always stared and analyzed her food. She was never the child that scarfed down food by the mouthfuls. She’s always looked at every bite and would comment about what she liked and didn’t like. During her preschool years, she went through a phase where she wouldn’t eat the lunches at her day care. When I asked her why, she said ‘the food smells bland’.

Yep, that’s my child and she’s amazing. As parents, I think it’s our job to celebrate our children as they are, to embrace every strength and skill and give them the space and trust to grow as individuals.

Having a little bit of creativity will hopefully translate into a creative adult capable of coming up with innovative ideas that may lead to some pretty big things.

At least, that’s the hope!

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Aug 27, 2014 - organic meadow low fat pressed cottage cheeseCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

My big kid is a big fan of cottage cheese. She’s liked it ever since she was a wee one. She’ll happily eat individual cups of cottage cheese, plain if you please.

Now, I know regular cottage cheese probably isn’t made as well as it could be so I’ve been looking for a better alternative and I was ecstatic to find the Organic Meadow Low Fat Pressed Cottage Cheese. I figured this would be the perfect replacement.

Yeah…about that. - Continue Reading

Aug 26, 2014 - Built big apple buddies lunch bagCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Well, well, well, what do we have here? The beginning of the new school year? Ah, yes. That’s coming up, isn’t it? I didn’t notice.


Back to school isn’t just about getting children ready for academics. As parents and caregivers, many of us are also rattling our brains trying to come up with school friendly lunches. It’s not always easy.

Sure, there are luncheon meats but you know those are all full of preservatives and nitrates. Cheese is always a staple and hot lunches in a thermos are always good but they can get messy.

Oh, wait. Then there’s the whole allergy thing, the big A word. Allergies and food intolerances are no laughing matter. It’s no surprise then that Health Canada issued a reminder about the importance of carefully considering what we put in our children’s lunch boxes. Even if your child doesn’t have allergies, it’s important to remember that there are many children that do.

Take a moment and read this important reminder from Health Canada: Allergens and food safety at school – What’s in your child’s lunch?

Aug 25, 2014 - zing air zcurve bow brokenCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Back on August 25, 2012 did a review on the Zing Air Zcurve Bow. At that time, my big kid was all about Brave and loved this toy. I thought it was a super cool toy and it seemed sturdy and well made.

Almost 2 years later, sadly, I have to report that the Zing Air Zcurve Bow has come to an end. It’s broken, it’s a goner, and it’s done.

How did it happen? - Continue Reading

Aug 24, 2014
Posted in: A Kid's POV pic - flyCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Yes, August is almost over. It’s Sunday, August 24th, 2014. For many families, the new school year will begin in the next 2 weeks. That’s a lot of pressure for everyone!

Since it’s the Sunday before it all begins, why not have my big kid writer do a little post. Here she is. Take it away, Jenny!

Hi there, it’s Jenny. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about things that are happening this time of year. So, first I’m going to talk about school which will be starting soon. Do you have your back pack ready? Starting school is very fun indeed to meet your new teacher. School teaches you lots of new things too.

What have you done this summer? Have you done lots of physical activity because I think I have. I went biking, skateboarding, walking, and I used my scooter a lot (I tried to say scootering but apparently, it’s not a word?!). I went to the park, I went swimming, and I got to hang out with friends and we went to lots of birthday parties and we went to a few weddings too (I got to be a flower girl!). pic - birdsWe’ve done a lot of cooking too. We made a new carrot cake (yum), chocolate cake, tomato rosemary muffins, a whole lot more.

Reading? Still my favourite. My current favourites are Junie B. Jones, The Black Lagoon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Matilda, and Calvin and Hobbes. I also really like doing Mad Lib books because you can fill in words and make sentences like “My mom ate 10 purple bananas.”

Hope you all enjoyed your rainy summer (hahaha) which was more like Spring and Spring was more like Summer. I’ll talk to you all later.



p.s. See that picture of the fly? I took it this summer. Isn’t it GROSS? Look at its beady red eyes!!!!

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