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Oct
31
2016
Oct 31, 2016

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and the costume for my big kid is DONE with a capital D O N E. At times, I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d get the costume done on time what with the late start, sickies galore, excessive workloads, and general family life. Yet, there it is, completely DONE.

While I won’t tell you what the costume is (you’ll have to email me!), I can tell you that costume making is fun for me, for the kiddie, but also challenges my capacity to be flexible and creative. It’s why I love making the costumes! My kid has never been a fan of the conventional Halloween costume. She’s never been a vampire, ghoul, or witch. She was a monkey once upon a time but that was eons ago before I realized it made more sense to make the costume than buy one.

Why?

Well, for one, I make the costumes to beat the unpredictable fall weather patterns. The year my big kid wore her monkey costume happened to be an incredibly hot Halloween. She was one soggy sweaty mess of a monkey.

The best part of costume making is all the brainstorming my big kid and I do to make it all come together. I get to stretch my creative brain cells and she gets to wear something unique and fun which isn’t gory or gross. We embrace all the hiccups along the way and learn to adjust and adapt as we go.

Whether you make the costume or buy one, I’m certainly not the only parent that wants their kids to have a memorable and fun Halloween. So, on this big fun day, make sure you take a read at the “lucky 13” guidelines from the FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Have a wonderful night, be sure, be visible, and take care!

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!

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Oct
29
2016
Oct 29, 2016

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I know, I know. It’s been a while (see my earlier post) but hey, at least I’m posting. Now, I realize I’ve fallen so behind on posts that a significant number of recalls have been issued that I really can’t go back to or this would be the longest list of recalls EVER. So, hopefully, those of you who want to know about recalls have signed up for those updates directly in your own email. Here’s a highlight of recent things that have been going on in the recall world.

Reading material: from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Skin Patch to Treat Peanut Allergy Shows Benefit in Children

Reading material: from the FDA – Mammography: What You Need to Know

In Canada – IKEA Canada recalls IKEA SNIGLAR Cribs
Reason for recall: Physical Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Recall Re-Issue: Spirit Halloween recalls Feather Angel Wings
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Recall Re-Issue: Spirit Halloween Recalls Feather Witch Women’s Hat
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Inliten, LLC. Recalls Sylvania 50 Red LED C6 String Lights
Reason for recall: electrical hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – 2 blue ducks recalls Dr. Seuss Footed Sleeper – Thing 1 & Thing 2 – 9 Months
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Crownplace Brands recalls Kerosene Lamp Burners
Reason for recall: burn and fire hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – M Herman Co. Inc. recalls wick lighters (with no brand name
Reason for recall: fire and burn hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Food Recall Warning – Mr. Christie’s brand Arrowroot Biscuits
Reason for recall: potential off-taste Click here for more details

In Canada – Food Recall Warning – Soylent brand Food Bar
Reason for recall: reported illnesses Click here for more details

In Canada – Geomagworld SA Recalls Geomag PRO Magnetic Construction Sets
Reason for recall: well, how do I put this without being too graphic…think accidental swallowing of the magnet balls. Then imagine what magnets naturally do. Yep. Click here for more details.

In Canada – Spirit Halloween Recalls Spirit brand 100 Purple String Lights
Reason for recall: Electrical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Peter John M. Distributions Inc recalls guzzie+Guss safety gates and safety gate extensions
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard, Chemical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Spirit Halloween Recalls Pumpkin and Skull Tiki Torches
Reason for recall: Chemical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Tot Wearhouse Wholesale recalls Sili Pearls Gumball Teether & Soother Clips
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Benjamin Strollers recalls Cambrige Cribs
Reason for recall: Physical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada- Cardinal Gates recalls Stairway Special Safety Gate
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard, Chemical Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Dollarama recalls Water Balloon Pumps
Reason for recall: Laceration Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Sherwood Marketing LLC recalls 3 Squares Rice and Slow Cookers
Reason for recall: Fire Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada and the U.S. – Husqvarna recalls Certain Lawn Mowers with Briggs & Stratton Engines
Reason for recall: Laceration Hazard Click here for more details.

DO YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A PRODUCT?

Remember, I can only give you a snapshot of all the recalls that come out. Be vigilant and make sure you go directly to the source!

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.

Problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco? Tell FDA

Stay tuned to ThingsThatWeDo.com. We’ll continue to keep you all posted of product recalls and safety tips!

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Oct
26
2016
Oct 26, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

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Totally my fault, I take full blame. I’ve been up to my elbows in Halloween costume material spending my nights playing catch up. Good news is, the costume is almost done and it’s looking pretty good! The materials were easy to find, the design took some finagling but I worked it out, and so far, all my fingers are intact.

No, not spilling the beans. Those of you who want to know, email me and we’ll talk.

Family update: we’re all feeling much better but I still have the tail end of a cough (4 weeks and counting but really nothing to complain about).

I take a look around outside and I become very aware that we’re almost at the end of October. The days are getting shorter and shorter (hate that) and cooler and cooler (also hate that, though I don’t like super hot days either). The leaves are changing colour (that I like) and I know Winter Solstice is just around the corner (like that too).

As a parent, I’m always stunned by how quickly time flies. Each day is packed with an enormous ‘to do’ list that never seems to get any shorter. So, it’s up to all of us to make it manageable, to balance those priorities and determine what we should focus on. For our family we always try to make time for one each other, to spend some time together, to talk about life, to laugh, to share, to just be together even if that means I’m sitting on the floor with a needle in hand sewing a Halloween costume while my kid is working her magic with Lego while the hubby is busy nearby on the laptop. We chat while we each work on our own task content just to share the same space…

… which explains why my posts have been so staggered!

So, as time speeds towards October 31, expect that I’ll continue to post here and there. It just won’t be as often as I’d like!

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!

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Oct
5
2016
Oct 5, 2016

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Allow me to formally introduce you to corn.

Corn, meet people.

People, meet corn.

Ah, but it’s not just any corn. This is non-GMO corn and the best part is it came from a nearby farm.

A corn cob may look like a corn cob may look like a corn cob may look like a corn cob and maybe that’s true but the difference in taste is ridiculous.

I’ve had GMO corn before and well, it tastes like corn and sometimes it tastes sweet but you have no idea what you’re missing until you sink your teeth into some non-GMO corn. Sweet, flavourful, authentic corn that actually tastes like corn and not a washed out version.  Sadly, GMO products seem to be so prevalent in the marketplace that it becomes difficult to find gems like this non-GMO corn.

Do a taste test or a little experiment if you will. If you’ve never had non-GMO corn before, give it a try and see if you notice a difference between how it tastes, crunches, and smells as compared to its GMO counterpart. I know my family certainly noticed a difference! Succulent, sweet, and so incredibly flavourful, we devoured the non-GMO corn.

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This post is a ‘thank you’ post to all the farmers out there who continue to grow non-GMO foods. I know it’s hard, it’s difficult, and labour intensive. Know that folks like me appreciate your efforts and will continue to support you!

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!

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Oct
2
2016
Oct 2, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

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I have a lot of catching up to do.

For starters, I’m quite aware that Halloween is right around the corner and I haven’t even started on my daughter’s costume (which by the way, we have no idea what she’ll be this year!).

School has been going on for about a month now and we’ve all had our first cold (currently still have mine as I’m typing this but you’ll have to forgive how sour this post may sound).

Ugh.

Dripping noses, sore throats, coughs galore. Boxes of tissue, lozenges, and lots of ginger, honey, and lemon teas.

Double ugh.

On top of all that, the days are getting shorter and shorter and the weather has definitely gotten cooler.

Triple ugh.

Well, Winter Solstice is around the corner. After that, the days will get longer.

I can’t wait.

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!

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