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Dec 31, 2014
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It’s New Year’s Eve. I can’t believe it. One minute, I was griping about September and all of a sudden it’s December 31, 2014.

I couldn’t be happier. This year has been an eventful year but I’m done with it now and I’m ready to welcome in 2015 with open arms. With the days getting longer, I can feel Spring slowly creeping closer. Yes, I’m quite aware that we’re in the midst of winter but when I’m optimistic, I’m OPTIMISTIC.

Over the course of the holidays, our family has been able to spend more time together to appreciate the little things in life. There’s been a lot of eating, a lot of sleeping, and a lot of relaxing. I think that’s quite the impressive holiday resume!

Today will be a day of relaxation but also a day of reflection, to think back on all that has happened over the course of the year (the good and the bad). To reflect, to accept, and to move forward. That’s what makes New Year’s so special. There’s hope and a commitment to that hope.

Today’s post goes out to all our readers at May you enjoy today however you please. Appreciate those small subtle moments that can often go unnoticed. Sometimes the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages.

If you’re up for a little homework, here’s a neat little site that I stumbled across courtesy of one of our regular readers “L”. offers a great selection of video clips that are extremely powerful and inspiring to watch. Some are about the friendship between humans and animals, some are about children, some are about random acts of kindness, and there are plenty of cool music clips too.

Here’s one that I particularly enjoyed that I think it a perfect fit for how we should all be: happy and at peace, even when sleeping! Baby Giggling in Sleep

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Do you see how deflated this bag of Sensible Portions Zesty Ranch Garden Veggie Straws is? It is completely empty. The contents are long gone. I should’ve taken a photo prior to opening the bag and I didn’t. I was careless. Next thing you know, the bag is empty, completely empty.

There is nothing in it because it was all eaten. I opened the bag of Sensible Portions Zesty Ranch Garden Veggie Straws at work and next thing you know, poof!

It’s all gone. I swear I didn’t eat it all by myself! – Continue Reading

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Warning: I’m about to talk about something messy. It’s a children’s product and it’s not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like mess or playdough or goop or paint, you’re probably not going to like the 4M Mould & Paint Fridge Magnets kit so you might as well turn away now.

Now, if you happen to love getting your hands dirty and appreciate a little experimental fun with your child, then this 4M Mould & Paint Fridge Magnets kit might just be the perfect thing for you. – Continue Reading

Dec 28, 2014
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Yes I did. I made an apple upside down cake. I would have never thought I could have made an apple upside down cake and I’ve certainly never made one before until today. A few weeks of consistent baking gave me the bravery to tackle this on and I wasn’t disappointed.

Seriously, if I can make an apple upside down cake, you know you can too! – Continue Reading

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Crunch crunch crunch crunch…snacks. My big kid takes snacks to school. What child doesn’t? While I’d love for her to take fruit and veggies to school for snacks, it’s often not feasible because she’s eating while she’s on the go. Thus, we tend to rely on dry snacks that she can easily eat and save all the fruits and veggies for the home meals.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but snacks aren’t all created equal. Take the basic saltine cracker. Have you ever read the ingredient list on your average saltine cracker? Do you know what’s in it? Well, I’ve read it and sometimes, I get creeped out which is why I search for other alternatives.

Enter Suzie’s Organic Saltines with salt and extra virgin olive oil. – Continue Reading

Dec 26, 2014
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Yes, it’s Boxing Day and no, I did not go shopping. For our regular readers of, it should come as no surprise that I avoided all crowded shopping malls today. The very idea of being crammed into one big space with a lot of people in the name of shopping really does not appeal to me. You know what that sounds like?

A whole lot of effort and that is so NOT my holiday motto.

Nope. Today, I stayed in my PJs. ALL DAY.

Yes, today is also the beginning of Kwanzaa. For those that celebrate, Happy Kwanzaa! This certainly makes more sense to me than crowded shopping malls and while I can’t possibly do Kwanzaa justice here, I think it’s important to remember that there are many different celebrations and festivities this time of year.

For those of you who did brave the malls and capitalized on great deals, you all amaze me. I simply don’t have the energy to do it!

However you decided to use today, enjoy it, embrace it, love it, and laugh. Take time to be with loved ones and remember to eat the yummiest food possible!

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Dec 25, 2014
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It’s December 25, 2014 and for those of you who celebrate: MERRY CHRISTMAS! After months of plastic trees and Santas in shopping malls that want me to shop, shop, and shop (which I’ve tried to avoid. I hate shopping, remember?), Christmas has finally arrived. All that aside, what are your favourite things about the holiday season?

Here’s a short post for today featuring the top 10 things I love about Christmas and the holiday season:

10. Warm hot soup and stews
9. Sleeping in until 8am
8. Staying in my pajamas
7. Desserts and other holiday treats
6. Pentatonix
5. Christmas music (not a joke, I could listen to Christmas music all year long especially if it’s Pentatonix and Straight No Chaser with some classics thrown into the mix and some Michael Buble of course)
4. Winter Solstice (anyone else notice the days are getting longer yet? I have!!)
3. Time with family
2. Time away from work (which is not the same as time with family)
1. The relaxed look on my kid’s face knowing that there’s no hectic schedule to follow which also happens to match my expression and the hubby’s expression

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy the day!

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Dec 24, 2014
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It’s Christmas Eve. Do you know what I’m listening to? As I type, Pentatonix is keeping me company with their version of “Mary, Did You Know?”. It’s enchanting, mesmerizing, and absolutely spell binding. I’ve been a big fan since their Sing Off days and I still can’t believe their magic happens with the use of 5 voices and no instruments.

Yes, Pentatonix is my Christmas gift of choice. LOVE them.

Alas, I digress. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m so thankful that it’s Christmas Eve. This year has been filled with nothing but the B word: BUSY. I’m sure I gripe about that on a consistent basis (every single year and possibly every single month) but this year seemed particularly grueling. I’m just so thankful to have some time to relax and unwind.

I kid you not that unwinding hasn’t been easy for me. The first night of holidays: I was greeted with a lovely stress dream complete with winding mazes and people yelling at me, getting lost, you know the drill. I usually don’t remember my dreams so the fact that many of the details were vivid speaks volumes of its intensity. Day 2 of holidays: yes, another stress dream although this one was a little less intense. Day 3: a milder stress dream this one tied to Christmas although the details were a little fainter which was a very good thing.

It should come as no surprise to all of you then that I plan to do very little this holiday season. Our entire family plans to relax and do as little as possible. If at all possible, we’ll live in our pajamas for the entire holiday season.

That would be most amazing.

Today’s post goes to all our readers at Enjoy the holiday season and all the festivities that your family celebrates. We may not all celebrate Christmas but it is always lovely to have some time off to be with our loved ones. I know that’s what I appreciate most about the holidays.

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Under normal circumstances, I’d tack homework posts with the recall posts. However, I’ve recently come across a number of important pieces of information that I think we should all take a moment to become familiar with. If you happen to be on holiday, take a few moments to read this post and then do a little holiday homework reading.

1. Do you know the dangers of Powdered Pure Caffeine?

I didn’t even know caffeine came in a pure powdered form. I was shocked when I learned more about it and that there have been deaths because of powdered pure caffeine. Coffee, I know, energy drinks I avoid but powdered pure caffeine?

This is tragic and scary. Do yourself a favour and read up on the dangers of powdered pure caffeine from the FDA. Click on the link for more details.

2. Remember when you were pregnant? Learn more about ultrasound imaging

I remember being pregnant and getting the ultrasound. It was the coolest thing ever to hear my child’s heartbeat for the first time. Getting that first grainy image of her from the doctor’s office will always be a highlight.

Since then, it looks like those ultrasound imaging machines have become more widely available for the public. I found this post from the FDA particularly interesting. Titled, “Avoid Fetal “Keepsake” Images, Heartbeat Monitors”, it reminds us that these machines were initially created for trained health care professionals to use.

Read this post from the FDA about ultrasound imaging machines and why they’ve issued this caution. Click here to read more.

3. Be Green but be clean! Remember to care for your reusable bags and bins

I use my own nylon bags whenever I go shopping. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of plastic that is floating around on this planet. However, I’m also very mindful of the germies that can linger on these reusable bags. Leftover food particles, spills, or the gunk you pick up from the floor (which is why I never put mine on the floor!). Here’s a little reminder from the Government of Canada on keeping yourself safe from food-borne illnesses by taking good care of those reusable bags and bins. Click for more details.

4. With the holidays in full swing, how can I not mention this post? Read up on holiday food safety

This is self explanatory and extremely timely. Yes, it’s great to celebrate during the holidays but it’s completely pointless if you don’t practice some pertinent health and safety procedures. I mean, really, who wants to get sick over the holidays?? Healthy Canadians: Holiday Food Safety

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Some things never change. Recalls seem to be an ongoing matter. Today’s post includes just some of the recalls that I’ve heard about this past little while. There are choking hazards, chemical hazards, scary ceiling fans, and more.

Sigh…I guess the ongoing message is: shop carefully and stay informed!

1. In Canada and the United States: BRP recalls Ski-Doo® and Can-Am® Children Hoodies

Reason for Recall: strangulation hazard of course with those drawstrings! Click on the link for more details.

2. In Canada: Learning Curve recalls VIA I470C model child restraints with various brand names

Reason for recall: the recalled products don’t meet current head and chest injury limits. Given that these are infant car seats, double check to make sure you don’t have one in your family! Click here to read more.

3. In Canada: Gemini Packaging Ltd recalls Fresh Power All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach

Reason for Recall: does not meet labelling and child-resistant packaging requirements. Translation: danger! Click for more details.

4. In Canada: Federated Co-operatives recalls Ceramic Baking Dish

Reason for recall: the knob on the lid is held in place by a plastic screw (of all things!) which could melt in the oven. NO DUH. If it does, you could end up with a pretty nasty burn. While there were only a few thousand sold, it’s still too many possible accidents! Click here for more details.

5. In Canada: Hong Kong China Electric Appliance Manufacture Co Ltd. recalls Harbor Breeze Belleisle Bay Ceiling Fan

Reason for recall: after all the different recalls about ceiling fans, I’m seriously starting to be afraid of them. The blades of this identified product can crack and break off during use. Yeah, flying ceiling fan blades even at a slow speed does not sound very enticing. Click here for more details.

6. In Canada: KidCentral Supply Inc recalls Textured Blocks 80pc by Edushape

Reason for recall: choking hazard. Click here for more details.

6. In Canada: MEXX Canada Co. recalls Children’s Winter Jackets with attached Flashlight

Reason for recall: choking hazard and chemical hazard because the batteries can be easily removed. Over 15, 000 units were sold so please keep an eye on this one! Click here for more details.

7. In Canada: Specialty Toys Direct Inc. recalls Lemur Plush Toy

Reason for recall: choking hazard because the eyes and nose can detach. Over 20,000 units sold. Click here for more details.

7. In Canada and the U.S.: Lenovo recalls LS-15 Power Cords

Reason for recall: fire hazard. With over 44,000 sold, this is serious so please check to make sure your computer isn’t affected! Click here for more 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.

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