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Oct
31
2014
Oct 31, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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YES! It’s here, Halloween! The costume is done, my thumb is healing, who needs candy? I’m happy enough as it is!

You see, it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I get that the world is moving too fast and life isn’t getting any easier. I get that some days are up and some days are down but if I can, I’d much rather focus on what’s good in this world. Odd connection to Halloween, you ask?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

This whole Halloween costume making, sore thumb, falling and almost doing a face plant, work is zapping all my energy, oh my golly we got sick shortly after school got started, and more really made me reflect on what’s important in life. Sure, I chose to lump it all together but the bottom line is, events like Halloween for our family really is about spending time together and building memories. So, this year’s Halloween memory will include a really cool costume and a very clumsy mom who jabbed herself and got a super sore swollen thumb. Hey, it makes for a great story!

Beyond that though, I appreciate the time our family gets to spend together. My big kid and I came up with the idea for her costume, we worked on it together, we brainstormed together, and the hubby even got involved in some of the sewing when my thumb was out of commission.

So, whether you celebrate Halloween or not, here’s to a memorable day filled with fun moments whatever they may be. If you are going out for ‘trick or treating’ remember to stay safe!

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Oct
29
2014
Oct 29, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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If you’ve been following ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that I love making my child’s Halloween costume. I do it every year and it’s a great way for us to let our creativity shine. Everything was moving along quite well with this year’s costume making until my thumb got in the way.

Next thing you know, my thumb is swollen and it HURT. Costume making came to a halt and I think by far, this is the worst costume making injury I’ve ever inflicted on myself. I managed to take a photo of my thumb to post here. It’s not great but it’ll do. Considering that I only poked myself once, you can see I got quite the big boo boo for it. Mind you, I poked myself really well. I mean, it was an A+ poke that I hope never to repeat ever again. I actually went to the doctor’s to make sure I wouldn’t need antibiotics because my thumb was reaching balloon status. Oh, did I mention that I also fell the day after I jabbed myself and that said thumb played an instrumental part in saving my face from hitting the floor? Thus, why I think my thumb looks the way it does.

I took a break for a few days and as my thumb started to slowly heal, I picked up the needle again. The good news is, the Halloween costume is finally coming along and is almost done. There are a few final touches that need to be made but I seriously wasn’t sure if it would be done on time.

This has certainly been quite the adventurous process but with a little determination and elbow grease, our little Halloween costume making train is chugging forward full steam ahead!

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Oct
28
2014
Oct 28, 2014

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I wasn’t going to post recalls quite this soon but when they start stacking up, I have no choice but to share them all with you. The first one is pretty scary…and it just gets worse from there on.

1. In the United States: Shur-Green Farms Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Lascadoil/Soyoil

Reason for recall: Lasalocid Contamination. I don’t really know what this is and it’s certainly the first I’ve heard of it but for some reason, it may have been used as a feed ingredient which has led to some deaths of turkeys. I may not know exactly what’s going on but it’s definitely creepy. Click here to read more.

2. In the United States: Baby Wipes by Nutek Disposables, Inc.

Reason for Recall: may contain bacteria. If you use baby wipes, be sure to check out this recall as the company manufactures them under different brand names. Click for more details.

3. In Canada: McCain brand Hash browns

Reason for recall: anyone care to eat pieces of plastic? I think not. Click here for details.

4. In Canada: SKS Novelty Co. Ltd recalls Fun World Fantasy Feather Wings

Reason for recall: not meeting flammability requirements of course! Yet another Halloween recall. Click here for more 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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Oct
27
2014
Oct 27, 2014

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I’m lazy, I admit it so I sometimes shop online. I don’t buy everything online because that’s not me but there are trusted vendors that I’d use from time to time. I can be quite skeptical and there are just some products that I just wouldn’t buy online.

This recent notification from Health Canada reminds me of exactly WHY we should all be extra vigilant when buying online. This notification involves a product called Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) which I’ve never heard of before but apparently was sold online as treatment for a number of serious diseases. The only problem is MMS contains a chemical that could pose some serious health risks if ingested.

I’m no chemist and I’m certainly not a scientist but reading stuff like this seriously irritates me. I get irritated that companies make products with hidden dangers and then prey on vulnerable consumers. We’re all vulnerable to an extent because we tend to believe what companies tell us.

Well, not any more.

Thus, your homework. Read the following notification from Health Canada about MMS, not because you might have been affected but to build consumer awareness. The more we know, the savvier we become in the purchases we make for our home.

Your Homework: Health Canada seizes dangerous health products from online retailer

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Oct
26
2014
Oct 26, 2014

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It’s one thing to be excited and enthusiastic about getting a project done especially when you’ve got a tight timeline. It’s a whole other story when physical restrictions make it more difficult to reach that timeline.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about my thumb.

Yes, my thumb. It’s amazing I can still type this post given that I’m not able to use one of my thumbs.

Why?

Well..let’s just say I put a needle through it, not intentionally of course, but the end result is the same. My thumb hurts, it’s a little swollen, and well, it’s sore. Translation: holding a needle to do hand stitching for a Halloween costume just isn’t working for me right now. So, instead of having a complete meltdown that time is ticking, I’ve decided to embrace the fact that the needle isn’t my best friend and focus on other things that I can do.

For instance, I can still type which is pretty amazing. I’m a little slower but hey, the sentences are still coming out so that’s a good sign. The good news is that we’ve got the concept for the costume, it’s mostly constructed and really all I have to do are final touches. The final touches will take some time to complete given that cutting with scissors also is a little difficult at the moment. In case you’re wondering, yes, I did book a doctor’s appointment to get my thumb checked out because I value my digits and I’d like to keep them for all eternity.

Thus, important lesson learned: things to do – be eager and enthusiastic but go at a pace that your body can sustain especially when sewing isn’t your key strength!

Sigh.

 

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!

Oct
25
2014
Oct 25, 2014

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Well, this has been a long time coming. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recall. Here’s a long list, will try to keep it short and well, not sweet, but short..ish?

1. In Canada: Giant Inc. recalls Giant and Best Canadian hot water heaters

Reason for recall: fire hazard. Over 6,000 units sold. Click here to read more.

2. In Canada: Organic Traditions brand sprouted flax seed powder

Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Sigh. Click for more details.

3. In Canada: Indigo Books & Music Inc. recalls Magnetics Spheres and Magnetics 4 x 4

Reason for recall: small magnets, possible ingestion…you get the idea. Click here for details.

4. In Canada: More Halloween Recalls – Flammability Requirements

Not surprised, at all. Click below for specifics:

Deluxe Fantasy Feather Boa (black colour)

Spirit Halloween feather boas and feather wings

5. In Canada: Global X Limited Recalls For Living Brand Villa Solar Chandelier and Naturally Solar Brand Solar Gazebo Light

Reason for Recall: fire hazard. Click here for details.

6. In Canada and the U.S.: Toys “R” Us recalls “Just like Home” Toaster

Reason for Recall: plastic toast + breaking = Choking Hazard, Laceration Hazard = not good. Worst part is, a lot were sold in Canada and the United States. Click here for details.

7. In Canada: Shoppers Drug Mart recalls “Novelty Toy” Halloween Squish Ball

Reason for Recall: choking hazard 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!

Oct
24
2014
Oct 24, 2014

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Updated post: October 24, 2014. Call me clueless or maybe I just fell asleep with my eyes wide open? I owe the folks at Camino a HUGE apology. My early post on Oct. 15, 2014 noted that their bittersweet chocolate chips weren’t organic. What was I THINKING? They’re clearly marked as ORGANIC right there on the packaging. Thank goodness I include photos in my posts! Apologies to our readers for the confusion if any. I am definitely human, no spam posting here! Thank you to the folks at Camino for contacting me as well so that I could do this update post!!

Chocolate is not my favourite word in the alphabet, you know that, but it doesn’t mean I don’t eat it. My big kid happens to like chocolate and I do on very rare occasions. If my big kid is going to eat chocolate, I’d like her to eat something that isn’t completely disgusting and filled with garbage.

Enter Camino Bittersweet chocolate chips. The Camino Bittersweet chocolate chips were on sale so I picked up a bag to test out. We sometimes make chocolate pancakes or chocolate chip cookies so it doesn’t hurt to have some decent chocolate at home.

Question is: are your chocolate chips made as well as these ones? - Continue Reading

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