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Jun 30, 2015 - crosby's fancy molasses

You’re probably going to tell me it’s Crosby’s Fancy Molasses, right?

Well, you’re only partly right.

You see Crosby’s Fancy Molasses, I see a container of pure scariness. You see, I’ve always been afraid of baking with molasses. I don’t know what it is about molasses but it just plain ol’ freaks me out. Maybe it’s because molasses seems so different from everything else that I bake with. It’s not butter, I’ve seen that solid and in liquid form and I know what white sugar and brown sugar do, but molasses?

No way.

The truth is, though, my big kid happens to like baked goods that use molasses as one of the ingredients. There are all these gingerbread cookie and spice loaf recipes that I’ve been wanting to try so I finally built up the courage and picked up this box of Crosby’s Fancy Molasses. I’ll tell you about my baking adventures another day. Today’s post is all about the big M. – Continue Reading

Jun 29, 2015 - smartfood creamy dill popcornYou know, I’m a person of very simple means. I don’t need much and I don’t ask for much because quite frankly I like seeing the world from a ‘cup half full’ perspective. So, even the smallest acts of kindness will put a huge grin on my face.

Like when it was my birthday and my pals at work gave me a hummus cake adorned with rice cakes (you had to be there to appreciate it).

Or when they gave me a basketful of edible goodies.

Yep, they sure do know how to make me happy: FOOD.
This bag of Smartfood Creamy Dill Popcorn came as part of the birthday gift so of course I had to open it so we could all try it together! – Continue Reading

Jun 28, 2015 - inside out movieThe big kid and I haven’t watched a movie in the theatre in ages. No particular reason, there just hasn’t been time. We’ve watched a few movies at home (which note to self: we still have to review) but going to the theatres just seemed like a chore.

That is, until we saw the Inside Out trailer and decided a trip to the movie theatre was mandatory. Inside Out is a children’s animated movie that’s been in theatres for a few weeks now but boy am I glad we saw it in the theatres. Inside Out is a children’s movie that makes me think, it makes me reflect, and more importantly it reminds me of how important all our emotions are.

I kid you not, I cried 3 times while I watched the movie. There is so much I want to say and I can’t quite figure out how to say it all without completely confusing all of you. So, let me talk for a bit with fair warning that you might read some cryptic spoilers below. – Continue Reading

Jun 27, 2015 - discovery kids 1000 awesomely gross disgusting facts bookMy child, Jenny, is now 9 years old. She’s always been an avid reader and our home is full of books. Once upon a time, she used to love Barney and Dora and Thomas the Tank Engine. She loved Clifford, Little Critter, and Pinkalicious. She loved Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and she loved Geronimo Stilton. In recent years, her taste in books has certainly diversified. Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and quiz books have become favourites.

Of course, let’s not forget gross books like this Discovery Kids 1000 Awesomely Gross and Disgusting Facts Book.

Oh yeah…this one was a home run from the minute she saw the front cover. – Continue Reading

Jun 26, 2015 - marvis ginger mint toothpaste

A little while ago, contacted me and asked if I’d do a review on Marvis toothpaste.

Huh? Marvis?

Marvis, who?

Obviously, I had no idea what Marvis toothpaste was so I had to do a little digging. Turns out, Marvis is a particular brand of high end toothpaste with a variety of unique flavours. I agreed to try the Marvis toothpaste because I was honestly intrigued.

A special thanks to the folks at for giving me this opportunity to test the Marvis toothpastes. – Continue Reading

Jun 25, 2015 pic - product recall 2015 pic

Yes, it’s a recall post and yes, there are recalls. In today’s post, you’ll see a lot of recalls for electrical hazards, some fall hazards, some bad bugs, and a strangulation hazard too.

1. In Canada – Recall: Kingswood Drapery Service Ltd recalls residential Roman shades with inner cords and beaded cords
Reason for recall: strangulation hazard. What else is new? Click here for more details.

2. In Canada – Recall: Visonic Ltd. recalls PowerMax Express and PowerMax Complete panels
Reason for recall: electrical hazard. Now, not many were sold but I wanted to highlight this recall because it deals with installed alarms. Always good to be mindful. Click here for more details.

3. In Canada and the U.S. – recall: SR Suntour N.A. recalls various SR Suntour Bicycle Forks
Reason for recall: Fall hazard. Over 33,000 units in the Canada and over 67,000 units in the U.S. so do check this out if you own a bike. Click here for more details.

4. In Canada and the U.S. – recall: Positec Tool Corporation recalls Worx 12 Amp Electric Blower / Vacuum
Reason for recall: Electrical hazard. Click here for more details.

5. In Canada – recall: La Cigogne brand “Munster Géromé” cheese
Reason for recall: Staphylococcus. Click here for more details.

6. In Canada and the U.S. – recall: PetSmart recalls Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters
Reason for recall: electrical hazard. Click here for more details.

7. In Canada and the U.S. – updated recall: Papillon brand Roquefort cheese
Reason for recall: Staphylococcus Click here for more details.


Health Canada – how to 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 We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Jun 24, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - nature 2015

Summer is finally here. I know, I know. I’m a few days late. June 21, 2015 was the official first day of summer and well, it sure does seem like the summer weather has arrived.

You know what that means, right? If you haven’t yet found your ‘thank you teacher’ gifts, you’d better hurry up because school is almost done for this academic year. This year, the big kid and I opted for something sentimental (which is standard) and something tasty.

It’s fascinating to see how my daughter’s skills have progressed over the years. Instead of a sentence or two in each thank you card, I now see paragraphs that highlight key memories she’s had during the year. The illustrations are more elaborate and detailed and are tailored to each teacher. There’s no doubt about it, a lot of learning takes place when you give children the freedom, trust, and security to make academic discoveries.

So, here’s to an amazing beginning to the summer season. Of course, what’s summer without a little barbecue action?

In case you need a quick FYI refresher, see a recent reminder from Health Canada on Barbecue Food Safety.

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Jun 23, 2015 pic - kids 2015

If you’re a regular reader of, you’ll know that I’m a huge Pentatonix fan. If you haven’t heard of them before, then you have some serious musical homework to do.

Pentatonix is the most brilliant acapella group on this planet (okay, I may be biased). A strong group of 5 dazzling minds, Avi, Kirstie, Kevin, Mitch, and Scott prove that instruments aren’t necessary to make beautiful music. They’re smart, they arrange their own music, they make their own music, they’re dedicated and hard working, and they sing LIVE.

Pentatonix is magic personified. I can’t quite put it all into words and I won’t bore you all with the history of the group. Do a quick internet search and you’ll learn more than you can imagine about them. From the Sing Off competition to 2015, Pentatonix continues to amaze me.

All I can say is Pentatonix is sheer perfection and they’ve just released a new video titled, “Evolution of Michael Jackson”. You’ve never seen a compilation of Michael Jackson’s work quite like this before.

Things to do: watch it! It was released just yesterday and it already has over 500,000 views.

Pentatonix “Evolution of Michael Jackson”

Yep, I am a fan.

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Jun 22, 2015
Posted in: Thoughts pic - chess and checkers

It’s been a long time since I last rode a bike. I’m not the most coordinated but I did pride myself on being an exceptionally adept kid who could ride a bike with ‘no hands’. I remember zipping around on the sidewalk and laneways.

Well, those days are long gone (again, I’m not the most coordinated although I must have been a while back). Then, one day, I’m hanging out with a friend and she asks me if I’d heard about the backwards bike.

The what?

The backwards bike.

I have no idea what she’s talking about so she sends me the link.


Jun 21, 2015
Posted in: A Kid's POV, Thoughts pic - kids 2015Father’s Day 2015, can you believe it?

Question is: how will you spend today?

Some families make Father’s Day and every other holiday a lavish celebration. Others prefer to take a more relaxed and casual approach to these highlighted days. There is no right or wrong to how you choose to spend today. The key is to embrace its meaning in a form that works for your family.

Here’s a little caption from Jenny,’s regular contributor:

“The meaning of Father’s Day is to spend time with dad and to have fun with him and thank him for all that he’s done. Father’s Day is wonderful because dads always treat you so you have to treat them back. Like, dad takes you to the park so you should get him a card at least!”

Yes, spoken like a true 9 year old with that quirky humour and all.

Things to do: celebrate that special parental figure in your life. Maybe, it’s your father or maybe it’s the wise neighbor who’s always looked out for you or maybe it’s that mentor in your life who’s been your solid foundation. Whoever it is, appreciate that gift, commemorate that gift.

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