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Sep
29
2014
Sep 29, 2014

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Let’s face it, teaching isn’t an easy job. It never was and never will be an easy job. Every child, like every adult, is a unique individual and must be respected as such. As a teacher, you have to deliver a specified curriculum to a unique group of children every single year. Factor in all the other ‘uh oh’s that come into a child’s life and teachers really do have their hands full.

Traditionally, teaching takes place indoors. Sure, there’s recess but for the most part all the academic stuff happens at a desk with a pen and paper. More recently, there seems to be a movement towards more outdoor, nature based education and all the pros it can bring. – Continue Reading

Sep
28
2014
Sep 28, 2014

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Every year around this time, there seems to be a plethora of recalls related to Halloween products which, I understand, makes complete sense but I’d rather there was no need to have recalls in the first place. Companies should consider carefully choosing their products before making them. I mean, why go through all that trouble just to have them recalled?

Sheesh.

1. In Canada: Danson Decor recalls Halloween feathered boas

Reason for recall: they don’t meet flammability requirements. Click here to read more.

2. In Canada: Michaels recalls ArtMinds Craft boa

Reason for recall: flammability, but of course! Click here for details.

That’s it for now. As I get more, I’ll try and keep it on all this same post so you can have a one-step list of all Halloween related recalls.

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, click here to learn how to report it.

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 ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Sep
27
2014
Sep 27, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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Well, it’s Saturday. Do I dare say that September is almost over?

I CAN’T WAIT.

Is it obvious that I’m not a big fan of September? I think that’s an understatement. I’m not a fan of change and I’m certainly not a fan of all the change that happens EVERY September so I can NOT wait for September to be over and done with. As far as I’m concerned, with September out of the way we are one month closer to Spring.

You like how I completely jumped over winter, huh?

Yep, that’s what I’m going to go with. It’s also why I like Winter Solstice or that first day of winter because from that point onward the days get longer and longer.

September really is a grueling month. Every where I look people seem miserable. Even bright shirts and colourful umbrellas don’t do the trick. There must be something else we can do to combat the September blahs…I’m going to ponder this one.

In the meantime, let’s just all try to get along. Instead of griping and complaining, let’s just TRY to find that silver lining. I know it’s not easy, trust me, I KNOW. Remember, I hate September so I KNOW. I’ve got 4 more days of September and then it’s on to October. I think that is one positive thought in the right direction, don’t you? 🙂

 

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Sep
26
2014
Sep 26, 2014

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Recalls, recalls. What do we have this time? Well, let’s see. There are lawn mowers that pose fire hazards, some kind of gadget that can cause vehicle engines to shut down, water sports helmets that won’t stay on your head, and more. Man…the one good thing – a freebie!

1. In the United States and Canada: Country Clipper riding lawn mowers

Reason for recall: before reading this recall, I would have never connected a lawn mower to a potential fire hazard. Gosh…one reason why it’s best just to get a lawn mower you push wiht your capable hands. Click here to read more.

2. In the United States: FREEBIE! Free Mammography Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hey, this doesn’t come by often! Learn more, discover more, and share with those you care about. There is a wealth of knowledge from the FDA and it’s just one click away. Click to get free publications.

3. In the United States: Worth a good read – want to find out which organizations had color additive violations during the last 10 years and got issued warning letters? I sure did so I clicked and read. Now, I didn’t recognize many of the companies but it sure is a handy link to have around because you never know…
Click here for details.

4. In Canada: NRS recalls water sports helmets

Reason for Recall: The helmet has a chin strap held in place by rivets which are somehow faulty. Now, I’m no genius but one thing is for sure, a helmet with a temperamental chin strap is not going to keep anyone protected which is no surprise then that this recall carries the risk of a head injury.

Click here for details.

5. In Canada: Directed LLC recalls Directed Remote Start Systems and interface modules 

Reason for updated Recall: Cars are not my forte but this is a very dangerous recall involving over 800,000 units. However this thing works and is defective, the danger is this – the vehicle’s engine could shut down…uh, do you mean, as in shut down when I don’t expect???!!! Translate that into over 800,000 units sold and I’m ready to pull my hair 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.

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 ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Sep
25
2014
Sep 25, 2014

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I’m in the mood for chili. I go to the grocery store and decided to pick up a jar of Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes with roasted onion and garlic. It looked really good and I knew it would speed up the chili cooking time so home it went with me.

Take a look and see how our chili turned out! – Continue Reading

Sep
24
2014
Sep 24, 2014

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No, this is NOT how my rosemary plant looks now.

I have a confession. I should have posted this a while ago but I didn’t. Remember that one lonely rosemary plant that I picked up this year as part of our yearly gardening project? Yeah…well, it’s gone, done, kaput, blop, blip, bloop. Whatever you want to call it, the rosemary plant has decomposed and is nothing more than fertilizer for my garde at this point.

I think I’ve come to a conclusion that rosemary and I are destined never to be together.

I should have taken a picture of the tragedy but I didn’t. Rest assured I’m not lying when I say the rosemary plant is a goner. This is not the first rosemary to flop in our home. You see, our family does like rosemary and we’ll often use it in different dishes that we make to give it that extra kick. Buying and nurturing a rosemary plant seemed like a natural and relatively easy thing to do.

NOT.

I must be doing something wrong with the rosemary plants. After 2 failed attempts in 2 different years, I think I’ll try again next year but I’ll do things a little differently. I mean, there’s no point pining over this abysmal failure. I think it’s best to analyze the situation and move on to avoid making the same mistakes, right?

Next year, I think I’ll plant my rosemary outdoors. Both failed plants were in pots that I kept indoors by the window. My dear neighbor has a rosemary plant that is absolutely thriving and is still happily outdoors bigger than ever. Maybe the poor rosemary plant just needed a little extra outdoor love that I wasn’t garden-smart enough to provide? I certainly think I watered it plenty so the only thing I can think to change is its location.

Oh well, better luck next year.

 

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Sep
23
2014
Sep 23, 2014

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Who doesn’t want a treat? We all want a treat from time to time and almost every kid I know likes those gummy worms. I admit it, I could probably plow through an entire bag of gummy worms minus the creepy thought that gets in my head about what ingredients actually go in to some of those gummy candies.

Enter this pack of C-Juzee Sour Worms that I found at my local Loblaws grocery store. It claims to have natural colours and flavours and 20% fruit juice added to it. It even claims to be a source of vitamin C.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
– Continue Reading

Sep
22
2014
Sep 22, 2014

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Let’s see…today’s recall list involves a fish I’d never heard of, a shady laboratory that fudges their data, swings that could hurt your child, and more. Needless to say, it’s a list worth checking out to make sure none of these products are in your home!

1. In the United States: S&S Food Import corp. recalls uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla)

Reason for recall: possible botulism. Okay, let’s clear a few things up first. I thought this recall was about cockroaches. Yukc. Thank goodness, it’s not. The recall involves a certain type of fish known as a roach. I’ve never heard of it and I’ve obviously never eaten it or I would have been a bit more aware. In essence, this recall was issued because the innards weren’t removed properly and thus, the possibility of botulism. That’s a YUCK regardless how you spell it. Click here to read more.

2. In Canada: Health Canada requests quarantine of products from IPCA Laboratories following falsification and manipulation of data issues

Oh my…this is a first. I won’t go into full details. That’s for you to click on the link to read more but for me, this post by Health Canada is scary. In essence, IPCA Laboratories fudged their data which Health Canada estimates may have impacted about 21 active pharmaceutical ingredients. Shady shady, shady. Click here to read more.

3. In the United States: Gel Spice Company, Inc. recalls Fresh Finds Brand Ground Black Pepper

Reason for recall: Salmonella. Enough said. Click here for details.

4. In the U.S. and Canada:IKEA recalls GUNGGUNG Children’s Swing 

Reason for Recall: fall hazard. As it turns out, a part of the swing can break. Translation: child falls from the swing = injury. Not good. Yes, injuries have been reported. Click here for details.

5. In the United States: updated recall – Playtex Nurser Deluxe Double Electric Breast Pump 

Reason for updated Recall: the original recall issued back in March 2014 involved select AC/DC power adapters because the casing on some of them could come loose and separate, leading to possible electric shock. This recall adds another adapter production lot to the recall. Better safe than sorry so thank you Playtex for making this call! 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.

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 ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

Let others know about these recalls: it!

Sep
21
2014
Sep 21, 2014

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Ever hear that size doesn’t matter? Well, it’s true. If you’re good, you’re good regardless of your size. See this little toy? This is Bop it! It’s an electronic game that shouts out instructions to do different actions. Hear the instruction, do the action, and you keep going until you miss. It’s a fantastic game for kids because it hones their auditory skills, their ability to react quickly and they become more coordinated along the way. My big kid has the original Bop it! Game but it’s not exactly something we can easily carry everywhere we go.

That’s where the Bop it! Game: Mini Hand Held Travel Edition comes in handy. I picked up this little doo da at a street sale brand new and unopened. Guess how much it cost me? A whole $2.50! Now that’s an amazing deal. – Continue Reading

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