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Mar
31
2015
Mar 31, 2015

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Chemical products that aren’t labelled properly, Listeria, toys that could hurt your child, that’s what today’s recall post is looking like. It’s never much fun but at least knowledge is power.

1. In Canada – V.I.P. Soap Products Ltd. recalls V.I.P. Citrus All Purpose Cleaner
Reason for recall: the identified product does not meet labelling requirements for consumer chemical products under Canadian law. Tsk Tsk. Click here for more details.

2. In Canada – Bed Bath & Beyond Canada L.P. recalls Podee® Hands Free Baby Bottle System
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details.

3. In Canada – Hape recalls Best Bugs Magnetic Maze
Reason for recall: the toy could hurt your child. How? Well, apparently the cover on the toy could break and when it does, small parts become exposed which leads to a choking hazard never mind the small broken bits that could be sharp. You get the idea. Click here for more details.

4. In Canada: Kärcher North America recalls Kärcher Vehicle Wash & Wax
Reason for Recall: the identified product does not meet labelling requirements for consumer chemical products under Canadian law. My, my….Click for more details.

5. In the U.S. and in Canada: Specialized recalls Aerobar Bicycle Handlebars
Reason for Recall: Fall hazard Click for more details.

6. In Canada: Correction – Food Recall Warning – Amy’s brand frozen entrée products
Reason for Recall: Listeria Click 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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Mar
30
2015
Mar 30, 2015

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What better way to cheer up a dreary day than with some bright colours and water? The best part: science comes as part of the package deal.

My child has always been a big fan of colour mixing activities. When she was a wee toddler, she spent a great deal of time painting her feet in different colours to make prints on large scrolls of paper that we taped to the floor. She spent more time painting than actually making the prints which was perfectly fine by me since she was obviously having a ton of fun. She’s mixed food colouring into white glue to use as a paint medium and then proceeded to mix the different pots of coloured glue together. Again, super fun, very hands-on, and with a lot of learning included.

Fast forward to today’s post. On this occasion, we decided to use some trusty Crayola markers and some water. Add some special paper (or coffee filters will do just fine) and my kid was happy as a lark. - Continue Reading

Mar
29
2015
Mar 29, 2015
Posted in: All reviews, Thoughts

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That statement alone deserves a serious ‘high 5′ or ‘fist bump’ depending on which pal I hang out with.

Let’s be honest with one another: this past week was a hard week. The whole Daylight Savings thing, getting back into a routine after taking a few days off (yes, I did take a few days off the previous week but managed to keep ThingsThatWeDo.com going despite my more relaxed mode), and conquering a work week with umpteen emails and deadlines after taking those days off… all THAT and more takes a toll on the human psyche.

Last Sunday I posted my determination not to let my disdain of Mondays destroy my Sundays. I came up with one strategy: cramming Sunday as full as I possibly could to reduce my brain’s capacity to think about anything beyond the task at hand. I am happy to report that it did seem to effectively limit my ability to fret about the impending Monday.

I did laundry (LOTS of laundry), simultaneously baked sugar cookies and a lemon cake, prepped for dinner with my big kid, helped her make dinner, watched a movie, did homework with my big kid, played a bunch of different games with my big kid (Jenga anyone?), and I’m sure I did some other stuff too which I can no longer remember.

I’m not sure how well my strategy worked but there’s no denying that we accomplished a lot in one day and I just physically had no time to think beyond the cookies in the oven, the lemon cake that had a different baking time, the laundry that was in the washer and the dryer, and all the other events that were happening simultaneously.

With all that buzz, I still made sure there was plenty of time to hang out with my family which is ultimately what gives me strength to go about my daily chaos. So, deep breath, this weekend came and I’ve got to do it all over again…TODAY!

Well, better get out the baking book NOW.

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Mar
28
2015
Mar 28, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - candleEarth Hour happens today. From 8:30 – 9:30pm your local time, what will you be doing for the planet?

Planet Earth, you know there’s only one.

Imagine how much energy we’d save if every single light switch was turned off for that hour. That’s just one act but it’s a strong statement about our concern for climate change. That’s what Earth Hour is all about.

Let’s think beyond one hour and think of how we go about our daily lives. Think of the products we use, the food choices we make, the way we travel, and how we spend. Then think of how you can affect positive change for our Earth.

Do we need to keep all the lights on in every single room of our home? Do we really need blinking screens and monitors in every restaurant and store? Do we need those giant blinking lights and screens on top of buildings? Do stores need to keep their doors open while the air conditioning is on? Those are some of my biggest pet peeves and I could go on but you get the idea.

As consumers, our voices carry weight. Next time you see a store with their doors open while the AC is blasting, ask them to shut their doors. It’s careless, it’s costly, and it’s such an easy switch.

More importantly, encourage children to learn more about Earth Hour. Ask them for suggestions on how we can make this world a better place to live. Climate change is no laughing matter.

Remember: March 28, 2015 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm your local time but don’t let it stop there!

In case you wanted to learn more about Earth Hour, visit the official website at: http://www.earthhour.org/

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Mar
27
2015
Mar 27, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - camino original milk hot chocolate - organic

I am in need of a sweet treat. The week is almost over, ALMOST, but not quite. Lucky for me, I have this can of Camino Original Milk Hot chocolate Instant Mix and it looks incredibly appealing. Big thanks to Camino for sending this along my way. My big kid was particularly excited to try out the hot chocolate mix. I may not be a big fan of chocolate but hot chocolate is a completely different ball game especially when it’s made with quality ingredients that I recognize.

Who cares if it’s Spring? If the weather doesn’t know the difference, what harm can a little hot chocolate do? - Continue Reading

Mar
26
2015
Mar 26, 2015

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Sometimes, you just need a good quick fast meal but you want it to be freshly made, not frozen or overly processed. Enter some really good quality wraps, some ground beef, leftover white beans, sweet potatoes, and sweet potato noodles, and you’ve got yourself a really hearty burrito.

We’ve never paired all those ingredients in a burrito before but they were all readily available in my fridge, so why not? My big kid loved the combination and happily ate 2 fully stuffed burritos for dinner. The best part was, it was fast and it was delicious and better than anything I could have conjured up from a frozen box.

Thank goodness for leftovers and a bit of creativity!

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Mar
25
2015
Mar 25, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kid superheroBy now you may have heard about Uncle Jesse or maybe you haven’t and that’s why I’m talking about him.

Let’s face it, we live in a big world. We adults have a hard time navigating this big big world. The buildings are big, the trees are big, the lights are always blinking, there are cars and trucks and noises everywhere, there are people EVERYWHERE, and that’s just for starters.

Now imagine that big big world from a wee child’s perspective. Everything is amplified and that big big world is now a gigantic one. That’s what makes Uncle Jesse so inspiring.

You see, Uncle Jesse has a 4 year old niece. He wanted to take her to watch Cinderella at a movie theatre. The only problem was, she was nervous to wear her princess dress in public.

Think about that for a moment.

How many times in your adult life (or your own childhood) were you faced with a moment where you felt vulnerable/apprehensive/unsure/nervous/anxious? Imagine having someone on your side cheering you on, encouraging you, and giving you the courage to do what you don’t think you can do on your own.

That’s what Uncle Jess did for his niece.

Uncle Jess put on a princess dress too. Together, uncle and niece went and enjoyed Cinderella at a movie theatre with their princess dresses in tow. Beyond the movie, beyond the dress, the message Uncle Jess sent to his young niece is crystal clear: you matter and I’m there for you.

Today’s post goes out to people like Uncle Jess who make a difference in the lives of others, in big ways, in small ways, in the little gestures we offer to others that make this world a lot more positive and a lot more reassuring. Imagine if we all did that everyday.

In case you haven’t heard about Uncle Jess, click on the following link below that will take you to an article from the ABC News website.

Why One Man Dressed as a Princess for His 4-Year-Old Niece

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Mar
24
2015
Mar 24, 2015

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Okay…I don’t even know where to begin but today’s recall list reminded me of an ongoing list of “OMGs, no way”. Everywhere I turned, there seemed to be another recall due to Salmonella or Listeria affecting both Canada and the U.S. Oh…and one choking hazard.

Wow.

1. In Canada – Amy’s brand frozen entrée products
Reason for recall: Listeria Click here for more details.

p.s. it appears a similar recall has been issued in the U.S.
In the U.S.: Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Various Products

2. In Canada – Variétés Pierre Prud’homme Inc. recalls the toy “Happy Cabin, Welcome to my beautiful Cottages”
Reason for recall: choking hazard because some of it can break into small pieces. Oops…. Click here for more details.

3. In Canada – Various products containing garlic powder recalled
Reason for recall: Salmonella. I posted about this a few days ago and the list is growing. The recalled products in the original post were long and lengthy and it looks as though more are coming in. So, here’s a collection of what’s come up so far:

Original recall I posted: Simply Organic and Frontier products recalled Click here for more details.

In the U.S. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Expands Recall on Organic Garlic Powder Due to Possible Health Risk

Latest one for Canada, Ontario only (also Simply Organic) Updated Food Recall Warning – Various products containing garlic powder recalled

4. In the United States: Voluntary Recall issued by Nutiva for select O’Coconut products
Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Note: it’s a precautionary measure so thank you Nutiva for taking this step. Better safe than sorry! Click for more details.

5. In the U.S. and in Canada: Aurora Products, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Aurora Natural Brand and Certain Private Label Brand Walnuts and Trail Mixes
Reason for Recall: Salmonella. Although this recall came as a post from the FDA, it is noted in the recall that the identified products were also distributed to Canada and Bermuda. Click for more details.

p.s. In Canada, a Food Safety Warning was issued for the Aurora brand Cranberry Health Mix. Read on for more details: Food Safety Warning – Aurora brand Cranberry Health Mix may be unsafe due to Salmonella

 

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!

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