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Apr
30
2015
Apr 30, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts

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So, yesterday was Wednesday and yesterday I was incredibly grateful for Wednesday’s arrival. Of course, today is Thursday and I’m even MORE grateful that Thursday has arrived since Friday is right around the corner. I can actually smell Friday, it’s THAT close. - Continue Reading

Apr
29
2015
Apr 29, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kid slush2015Life is all about little accomplishments. Getting to Wednesday this week has been quite the feat. Posting hasn’t been easy this week. I’m exhausted from work (wait, that’s not new) and I’m also a little under the weather (either that or my seasonal allergies are threatening to arrive sooner than I’d like). Either way, my emotional fuel tank is running on low. Getting to Wednesday sure does feel good.

It’s times like this that we have to remember to celebrate the little things in life. So, let’s see…well, the sun came out. That’s quite impressive given the gloomy cold weather we’ve had. I’m sure I’ve had some pretty yummy food these past few days so that’s also a good thing (oh YEAH! Chia seeds in coconut almond milk = super yummy. I let it soak overnight and it’s like a fun little pudding for the next day. Must remember to post about that someday soon).

People. Yes people. How could I forget the people around me that keep me focused on the bigger picture. Family is what grounds me and reminds me of what’s really important in life. My big kid makes a goofy face or makes a funny observation and I’m instantly transported to a better place. Actually, who am I kidding, all she needs to do is look at me and I get a grin on my face.  Even looking at the pic I chose for today’s post puts a grin on my face and I’ve seen it a million times!

Things to do: even on your grimmest day, take the time to do a small act for someone else. Maybe it’s a smile, maybe it’s a gentle, “Tomorrow will be a new day”, maybe it’s giving someone else the benefit of the doubt.

You never know how meaningful that small act may be to someone who’s having a really horrid day.

Case in point: Could you have imagined the impact and life changes you’d be making for the residents of the nursing home you work at just because you brought your dog to work one day?

Watch this video from USA Today that’s posted on YouTube and see for yourself:
This teacup poodle rides elevators to visit friends

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Apr
28
2015
Apr 28, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - garden fresh gourmet cream cheese and salsa dip

I love dips. I love gravy. I love sauces although I’m not a big fan of mustard but that’s beside the point. Give me food and you’ll make me that much happier if a dip or sauce is included.

So…it should come as no surprise to you then that I get random moments when I WANT crackers and dip as a snack. On this particular occasion, I was at a grocery store with friends and stumbled upon the Garden Fresh Gourmet Cream Cheese and Salsa dip.

If you like a zesty zip in your dip, you’ll probably love this Garden Fresh Gourmet Cream Cheese and Salsa dip. - Continue Reading

Apr
27
2015
Apr 27, 2015

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“When you’re good, you’re good.”

 

If games could talk, that’s probably what Rush Hour would say. I’m sure of it.

Back in January 2014, ThingsThatWeDo.com reviewed the ThinkFun Rush Hour Jr. game and my daughter and I both loved it. What’s not to love about a game that strengthens your brain all in the name of good fun?

Watching my big kid tackle Rush Hour is incredibly awe inspiring. The basic premise of the Rush Hour game is simple enough. There’s one car stuck within a sea of cars and trucks. Your mission: to free that car. The only problem is, your car can’t fly and it can’t hop. It acts like a regular car so you have to follow the established lines. Figure out how the cars should move to make a path and set your car free.

Initially, every problem seems so impossible.

thingsthatwedo.com - rush hour game

I watch as my big kid scans the location of each car. She’s focused and she’s concentrating and I can see her wheels turning, determined to find a path of escape. Next thing you know, the cars are zipping around, a path is cleared, and the car is freed! It happens over and over again.

Today’s post isn’t really about Rush Hour as it is about appreciating all the learning children do in those early years. What looks like simple play isn’t so simple after all.  From time to time, my big kid will take out the Rush Hour game to play. To see her determination, her focus, her concentration, and that big grin she gets when she solves the puzzle, it’s all priceless.

As a parent, these are the moments we live for.

Things to do: take a moment and play with your children. Keep them company and be there to enjoy those little moments. Before you know it, they’ll all be grown up so embrace it all now while you can!

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!

p.s. in case you wanted to read more about the Rush Hour game, you can see my earlier post on the Rush Hour Jr. game by clicking on the link below:

Vroom Vroom, a great thinking game: ThinkFun Rush Hour Jr.

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Apr
26
2015
Apr 26, 2015

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Yes, it is a Sunday again and I find myself posting yet another list of recalls. This time, you get to learn updated information about ibuprofen, a vacuum cleaner that can accidentally shock you, lap top battery packs that can overheat, and more.

1. In Canada – do you know about prescription strength ibuprofen? NEW SAFETY INFORMATION
A must read: I’m no doctor or pharmacist so I pay extra careful attention when new safety information is released. The latest safety information released notes risk of heart attack and stroke at high doses of ibuprofen. Click here for more details.

2. In the U.S. and Canada – Euro-Pro Operating LLC recalls Shark® Brand Vacuum Cleaners
Reason for recall: electrical hazard Click here for more details.

3. In Canada – Expanded recall: Lenovo recalls Battery Packs for ThinkPad Notebook Computers
Reason for recall: possible fire hazard from the battery packs that might overheat. This is an expanded recall from back in March 2014. Click here for more details.

4. In the U.S.: Superior Nut & Candy Co., Inc. Recalls Pine Nuts
Reason for recall: injury hazard Click here for more details.

HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK, HOMEWORK

Learn about microbeads. That’s it. That’s today’s homework. Read more about what microbeads are doing to our environment. Many different products use them. The question to now ask ourselves is: do we really need them? Are they worth keeping around?

From David Suzuki Foundation website:
Microbeads are a sign of our plastic consumer madness

 

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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Apr
25
2015
Apr 25, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - bear relaxingOne busy week = one very much appreciated Saturday. I’m not even sure I can string a proper sentence together today but I’m going to try.

Why?

Because May is around the corner. Rewind back to May 7, 2011. At that time, ThingsThatWeDo.com had taken its first baby steps as a website. An adventure for my daughter and I, this concept has now ballooned into what it is today. We’re near the tail end of April and in just a few short days, ThingsThatWeDo.com will turn 4 years old!!!

I don’t even know how that happened. The time has flown by so fast even my big kid was surprised. She then quickly started to plan the post for that day and asked if we’d be doing the Q and A like we did the year before (personally, my brain is so sleepy I don’t even REMEMBER that post which is exactly why this site is a team effort!). I’m going to let her take the lead on this one.

I’m going to enjoy today. I’m going to reflect about life. I’m going to enjoy family time and I’m definitely going to get more sleep. If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, feel free to send them to us by email. You know the drill, contact us at: thingsthatwedo.com then add the funny ‘a’ and add gmail dot com.

Excellent.

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Apr
24
2015
Apr 24, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - astro original natural yogurt

I could end this review with those words and I’d be happy. I haven’t posted about yogurt in a very long time because quite frankly, dairy doesn’t seem to be agreeing with our family lately. We love dairy but dairy doesn’t always love us. Yet there I was at the grocery store and I just couldn’t leave this carton of Astro Original Natural Yogourt there. Individual containers with all the flavours that would make my palette sing, Vanilla Cream, Lemon Meringue, Key Lime, Coconut Cream, how could I NOT take it home with me? - Continue Reading

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