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Nov
30
2014
Nov 30, 2014
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - almond snowball cookiesCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Alright, here I go again. Time to do some more baking. I need to get as much practice in as possible for the cookie exchange that I’m attending. I know myself. If I don’t consistently bake every week, something awful happens to my baking magic powers. Last time I took a break I made muffins that were so rock hard I could have used them the patch holes in the cement sidewalk.

Yes, they really were that bad.

Today, I decided to make almond cookies lightly dusted with icing sugar. The good news: these almond cookies were super easy to make and were delicious. I tweaked the recipe to make them less sweet to suit my taste buds so if you’re looking for a decadent almond cookie, look no further! – Continue Reading

Nov
29
2014
Nov 29, 2014
Posted in: Thoughts

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There’s a reason why people say ‘time flies’. They weren’t kidding! In a blink of an eye November is done and I am sooooooo happy about that. There’s nothing wrong with November per se except that it’s dark and dreary and it just drags on forever. I mean, September is yucky but November is super yucky. With November at its tail end, you know what that means, right?

DECEMBER!

December is awesome for so many reasons. Of course, there are the designated holidays that we all know about but that alone isn’t what makes December so spectacular. My favourite part of December?

Winter Solstice!

When that first day of winter hits, it’s the shortest day of the year and then all of a sudden the days get longer and longer, a few minutes at a time but it’s palpable. Before you know it, March arrives and Spring isn’t far behind.

That’s what I like about December.

So, with only a few days left of November, let’s all look ahead to all the good stuff that is coming our way. Let’s be positive, enjoy this weekend to its fullest even if that means relaxing at home with a good cup of hot chocolate (real whip cream is a must).

Things to Do: enjoy this last weekend of November 2014 and appreciate the arrival of December!

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!

Nov
28
2014
Nov 28, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - brookside dark chocolate fruit crunchCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Not that I don’t already sound like a broken record (OMG, I’m dating myself. How many people actually even know what a record player is?!) but I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m not a big fan of chocolate. My big kid likes chocolate and I do concede to occasionally liking chocolate but quite often, I’d rather skip it for something savoury.

I have this friend who found a phenomenal deal on Brookside chocolates. If you know the Brookside brand, you know it usually costs at least $4 for a bag. Well, my pal went to a store and found them on sale for $2 which means I scored myself a free bag of Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit Crunch. She tells me she loves it and that I must try it and that I’ll love it too.

Well, here we are. I’ve got a bag in my hands and she’s begging me to try it. Fine, fine, fine….

Let’s hope she’s right. – Continue Reading

Nov
27
2014
Nov 27, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - st francis herb farm deep immune kids tinctureCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Ugh…wintry cold season, icky sicky feelings, runny noses, coughs, germs, you name it, it’s here. G R O S S. What more can I say? It’s no wonder then that, as a parent, I try to look for different ways to keep my child healthy and well despite the changing temperatures and influx of germie wormies. Sleep more, eat well, washing hands, coughing in to your elbow, you know all that stuff but if I can get some extra help, I will.

Enter St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids. Well, that’s quite the tongue twister. Now, I didn’t stumble upon this product on my own. I went to my local trusted health food store, asked a bunch of questions and St. Francis Herb Farm Deep Immune Kids is what the staff recommended. It sounded simple enough to use and offered an extra immune boost for my child so I took it home with me. – Continue Reading

Nov
26
2014
Nov 26, 2014

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely detest shopping. I learn about Black Friday and yep, it’s a big shopping event. While I know a lot of people take advantage of all the deals that happen on this special day, I just can’t do it.

I am MUCH too lazy to take advantage of those sales. The idea of lining up, lugging stuff, looking for deals…just thinking about it exhausts me.

Now, with all that shopping comes a huge responsibility to our consumer dollar. I mean, if you’re going to work hard for your money, you should know what you’re buying. Thus, today’s post isn’t just about me whining about shopping but contains some serious homework for all of us to do.

Canada, the United States, and Mexico have teamed up to remind consumers about toy safety.

Here is your homework: click on the link to learn about this teamwork and learn a few tips along the way!

News Release: Canada, United States and Mexico Work Together to Promote Toy Safety

Let others know: it!

Nov
25
2014
Nov 25, 2014

thingsthatwedo.com - lumiere de sel himalyan salt crystal lampCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

It’s dark out. It’s dreary. While I may love the winter holidays, I certainly do not like how doomy and gloomy it looks outside my window. Recently, our family picked up one of these Himalayan salt crystal lamps.

According to what I’ve read online and on the box, it sounds as though these Himalayan salt crystal lamps offer a lot of potential benefits. It’s a natural ionizer to reduce positive ions. It provides cleaner air and it even notes on the box that Himalayan salt crystal lamps help to reduce electro magnetic pollution.

All that in one lamp? – Continue Reading

Nov
24
2014
Nov 24, 2014

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It’s been a while since I last posted on product recalls but today’s post starts with a biggie. If you own a Graco stroller, take note!

1. In Canada and United States: Graco Children’s Products Inc. recalls strollers & travel systems

Reason for recall: Laceration hazard. This is a big one and it’s bad. With over 4 million sold in the U.S. and 200,000 sold in Canada, this recall affects a lot of people. The worst part is, there have been injuries and the word amputation shows up! EEK!!!! Click here for details.

2. In Canada: Urgent safety information for insulin pump users

Reason for this notice: apparently, there’s been an increase in reports of the tubing getting detached at the connect/disconnect location on the identified products. If you use an insulin pump, do check out this posting to make sure you’re not affected! Click here to read more.

3. In Canada: Stocklots Distribution recalls Boys Print Fleece Top with Hood Drawstring

Reason for Recall: Strangulation Hazard. Drawstrings…sigh. Can’t win. Not many sold but still important to post as a constant reminder for all of us to be mindful of what we buy! Click for more details.

4. In Canada and U.S. : Leatherman Tool Group Inc. Recalls Leatherman Leap Multi-Purpose Tool

Reason for recall: laceration hazard. While not many were sold, the fact that it’s a tool with a blade makes it pretty scary! Click here for more details.

5. In Canada and the United States: Mohawk Industries, Inc. recalls Altitude Shag Gold Rug

Reason for recall: flammability hazard which is not good considering it’s a rug with a lot of surface area for danger! 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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Nov
23
2014
Nov 23, 2014

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I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you that I love Pentatonix. I have since their Sing Off days. I’m a big fan of a capella. The capacity to sing without the use of other instruments fascinates me. There’s nothing to hide behind so you either can sing or you can’t. Pentatonix, a 5 member group, takes a capella to a whole new level of genius.

If you love Christmas music, you’ll want to check out Pentatonix’s latest Christmas album, That’s Christmas to Me titled after their original song. In true Pentatonix fashion, they breathe new life to classics like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Sleigh Ride, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Winter Wonderland has a neat new spin, infused with Don’t Worry Be Happy. I’ve never heard “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” performed only with the use of human voices. “White Winter Hymnal” is beautiful and completely boggles my mind (you should definitely check out their official video on YouTube).

I’ve always loved the song “Mary, Did You Know” but listening to Pentatonix sing it makes me want to cry. It’s captivating. My current favourite on the EP is an original song by Pentatonix titled, “That’s Christmas to Me”. It’s pure, it’s moving, and highlights the very essence of Christmas.

I listen to this Pentatonix EP “That’s Christmas to Me” every single day and I’m not kidding when I say that it puts me in a really happy festive mood. It’s a must for my Christmas holiday and likely I’ll be listening to it during the rest of the year too! – Continue Reading

Nov
22
2014
Nov 22, 2014

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Update: December 20, 2014 p.s. it’s not melted cheese but cream cheese frosting.

I’m happily chomping away at my pita, not a care in the world. Hey, it’s food and I like food, a lot. Next thing you know, my daughter points it out.

Do you see it?

There it is amidst my melted cheese topping is a very cheesy looking face. No longer is it just a piece of pita. It’s at this point in time that my big kid insists that I go and grab the camera to take a photo for ThingsThatWeDo.com. I’m instructed to include it among the ‘Creativity is Everywhere’ posts.

So, here I am.

Why bother with this you ask? Well, moments like these are a great opportunity for my big kid to exert her creative right brain. She makes a divergent observation and then her left brain kicks in and she’s got a plan.

You see, that’s the beauty of the big brain. Give it a chance to flourish and watch it go to work. Our family has always encouraged creative thinking, to be open minded, to think of alternative options, but more importantly to provide the environment for divergent thinking to take place.

Let’s face it, the world is just getting more and more complex and we want our children to grow up as fully functional independent thinkers. While it’s extremely valuable to know facts like red + yellow = orange and that a square has 4 equal sides, it’s equally important to have the creative thought process to then do something with that orange colour maybe even combine it with the square somehow. Ultimately, it’s that blend of left brain right brain functioning that will make the biggest impact for our children.

Things to Do: encourage your child’s creativity using everyday moments and materials.

 

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!

Nov
21
2014
Nov 21, 2014
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - lemon glazed cookiesCopyright© 2014 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Did I ever tell you about my recent muffin mishap? You know, the time I made muffins that were so rock hard that I probably would have torn a hole in the wall had I thrown one of them? Well, that was a recent event and ever since then I haven’t really been baking.

I took a few weeks off and re-focused myself by baking my fail-proof recipes (that carrot loaf I make is a guaranteed win). Well, I took an adventurous leap recently not because I want to but because I’ve been invited to a cookie exchange and I said ‘yes’.

Why? I have no idea. I’m not particularly good at making cookies but I do love seeing other people’s work of art and at a cookie exchange, I get to take some of their goodies home. Long story short, I’ve been spending some of my weekend time testing out different cookie recipes. If I can master one of them I’ll have a great cookie to bring to the cookie exchange.

Today’s recipe: glazed lemon cookies. After playing around with different recipes, I came up with this modified version that isn’t very sweet and has a citrusy lemon glaze. – Continue Reading

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