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Jun
30
2016
Jun 30, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - the laughing cow party cubes

I occasionally like to try new things. It really depends on my mood. Some days, I’m a bit more adventurous. Other days, I go with the same old, same old. I’m also incredibly lazy (or as I like to call it, I’m efficiently lazy. Translation: I move lightning fast to get tasks done so I have more time to do nothing). Being incredibly lazy means I’m not always up for the effort of trying something new.

Well, today, I decided to try something new: Laughing Cow Party Cubes. - Continue Reading

Jun
25
2016
Jun 25, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - crescent rolls

Regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com know my baking skills have progressed over the years but I am nowhere near the ‘expert’ level. I have many fumbles but I also have many successes.

Sometimes, I venture into the world of yeast and try my hand at making bread. On this particular occasion, I tried to make little crescent rolls. In all honesty, they turned out a lot better than I thought because quite frankly when yeast is involved I never know what to expect.

The family loved the crescent rolls. We ate them all and no one got sick so that’s a good thing. Let’s just say I haven’t quite perfected them yet.

They came out in different shapes and sizes, fully cooked but then again, I don’t know how to tell when yeast breads are fully done so I may/not have over-baked them. I’ll never know. The only way to know is to keep making these crescent rolls until I’ve mastered them. - Continue Reading

Jun
22
2016
Jun 22, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - product recall 2015 pic

Recalls and more recalls. Yes, that’s the way it goes. What I can’t get over is how many recalls still involve Listeria! Years ago, Listeria seemed like a fictional character in some long lost story that no one read. Now, it’s EVERYWHERE. Ugh.

In the U.S. – Molly & Drew Voluntarily Recalls Three Lots of American Original Beer Bread
Reason for recall: E.coli Click here for more details

In Canada – CTM International Giftware Inc. recalls Infinity Bamboo Torch
Reason for recall: product doesn’t meet labelling requirements Click here for more details

In Canada – Expanded recall: SamaN recalls LEGEND protective Tung oil
Reason for recall: product doesn’t meet labelling requirements Click here for more details

In Canada – Expanded Recall: Dollar Tree Canada recalls Doctor Playsets
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S. – STIHL Limited recalls Battery Powered Hedge Trimmer
Reason for recall: laceration hazard Click here for more details.

In the U.S. – Over-the-Counter Antacid Products Containing Aspirin: FDA Drug Safety Communication – Serious Bleeding Risk

Reading Material, anyone?

From the FDA: A New Partnership with Canada on Food Safety

From the FDA: The Facts on the FDA’s New Tobacco Rule

FDA to host a webinar on Monday, June 27, 2016, to review the Nutrition Facts Labeling Final Rules and what industry needs to know about the changes to Nutrition Facts labels and serving sizes.

LISTERIA!

Warning: this is a really long list and I know I didn’t even manage to include everything.

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Jun
20
2016
Jun 20, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - nature 2015

One minute I’m staring at snow and the next minute, Summer Solstice is here!

Wow.

Will you look at that?

I honestly don’t know how that happens and I know I say this every year and I still can’t figure it out. I mean, knowing that Father’s Day just passed should have given me some clue.

It didn’t. - Continue Reading

Jun
19
2016
Jun 19, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

Father’s Day.

In the ideal world, we’d all have time to focus on the really important things in life: family.

The word ‘family’ means different things to different people. There are different memories that are attached to the word, ‘family’. If you’re one of the lucky ones, it might conjure up many moments of joy and laughter where unconditional love is the foundation for learning. For others, there are bittersweet moments.

Today is Father’s Day and I can’t help but wonder how everyone might spend this day. Will it be spent with loved ones? Will it be spent at work? Will it be spent with quiet revelation, basking in love for oneself because after all, family comes in many different shapes and sizes.

However you define the word ‘family’, I hope we’ll all spend today appreciating the good moments in our lives. Goodness knows, there are always dark patches and sometimes they resemble the darkest, gloomiest clouds of an impending storm. If we focus on those clouds we’ll never see the glimmer of sunshine that’s trying so desperately to peak through.

Our family has always lived simply. We don’t ask for much, we don’t expect much but we always try to do the best we can with what we have.

One of my favourite memories of my own father comes from my childhood. It was a cold frigid winter day and I wanted to go ice skating. The rink was outdoors and did I mention, it was a cold, frigid day. To this day, I remember whipping around on that ice rink and glancing over to see my dad sitting on a bench in the cold, frigid weather just so I could skate.

Yep.

Today’s post is dedicated to unconditional moments and unconditional memories and all the people who make those moments happen. The moments may be fleeting but they leave an everlasting impression.

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. 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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Jun
13
2016
Jun 13, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - product recall 2015 pic

Wow. Who knew so many recalls could take place in such a short span of time. Gosh, from mould build up to listeria central, I am overwhelmed! With all the listeria recalls, I’ve lumped them all to the bottom half of the post. Confession though, 90% of the way into all the posts on listeria I ran out of steam. The list just got so insanely long so please do yourself a favour and extra mindful of what you’re eating.

In Canada and the U.S.: Mayborn USA Inc. recalls Tommee Tippee Sippee Spill-Proof Cups
Reason for recall: mould build up Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Nature Made® Recalls Various Products
Reason for recall: Salmonella or Staphylococcus contamination Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S. – Expanded Recall: Southwire Company LLC recalls Non-Contact Voltage Detectors
Reason for recall: burn hazard. I honestly don’t know what this product is but I’m guessing everyone that has one would recognize the name. Over 1 million were sold in the U.S. (much fewer in Canada) so please do take a look! Click here for more details.

In Canada: SamaN recalls LEGEND protective Tung oil
Reason for recall: the recalled products do not meet the labelling requirements Click here for more details

In Canada: Osprey Child Safety Products LLC recalls Poco AG, Poco AG Plus and Poco AG Premium Child Carriers
Reason for recall:fall hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Jululu Bijoux recalls pacifier clips
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Cyntur recalls Mini Lithium-Ion Jump Starter
Reason for recall: fire hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Health Canada advises consumers about fire hazard associated with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Food and Bottle Warmer
Reason for recall: fire hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Joe Fresh Baby Girls Denim Overalls
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Debco Bag Distributors recalls Tonal Thirst 355 ml (12 oz) Ceramic Mug
Reason for recall: burn and laceration hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Traxxas LP recalls X-Maxx Monster Trucks
Reason for recall: fire hazard. Click here for more details

In Canada: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Joe Fresh® Boys Sports Sandals
Reason for recall: fall hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Joe Fresh® Pre-Walker Footlets
Reason for recall: choking hazard Click here for more details

LISTERIA!

Warning: this is a really long list and I didn’t even manage to include everything.

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Jun
8
2016
Jun 8, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

As parents, we all want our children to do well. If we could, we’d probably put them all in protective gear (aka that big giant bubble) so they wouldn’t have to suffer through some of the pain that we’ve all been through whether it be a scraped knee or a broken friendship.

At the same time, we know that’s not possible. Living in a protective bubble limits what children can learn and the skills they’ll need to be successful in the future.

Occasionally, I’ll watch different Ted Talks and when they’re pertinent, I’ll share them with my big kid. I hope they’ll provoke thought and discussion and propel her thinking forward.

Perfect example: A Ted Talk from Dave Morris titled, “The Way of Improvisation”.

Now, whenever we watch these Ted Talks together, I don’t usually over-explain before she watches them. My hope is that she’ll watch and come up with her own conclusions that we can discuss afterwards.

So, I won’t over-explain here either but I will share with you her thoughts that I managed to write down:

“Improvisation is important because life isn’t perfect and if you can’t improvise then nothing will seem to go right for you because there will be obstacles and if you can’t improvise to go over them, then you’ll get stuck.”

I may be paraphrasing slightly (she was talking very fast and well, I can only write as fast as I can write) but you get the idea.

Thus, do yourself a favour, take 10 minutes and watch this Ted Talk by Dave Morris.

Question: what conclusion did you come up with?

Reminder: this post was written by and for thingsthatwedo.com only and reflects the opinion of one wee small family. 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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Jun
3
2016
Jun 3, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - lafes crystal deodorant stone

You know summer is just around the corner and with that comes sweat. Sure, we sweat during all the other seasons too but you know and I know people seem to sweat a whole lot more during those hot summer days.

Not everyone is a big fan of antiperspirant and heavily scented deodorants can be overwhelming. At the same time, so is body odour.

A possible alternative? What about a mineral salt stick like Lafe’s crystal deodorant stone? Now, I’m not saying you should buy Lafe’s crystal deodorant stone or that it’s the only brand that carries mineral salt sticks but it is something to think about. I mean, as a consumer, information is valuable. - Continue Reading

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