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Dec
28
2016
Dec 28, 2016

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‘Tis the season but the product recalls just keep on coming my way. Have a read of some recent finds and be sure to sign up to get them directly by email! Apologies that I never did fix the title! The holidays are definitely in the air!

Reading material: from the FDA FDA Bans Powdered Surgeon Gloves; Powdered patient examination gloves; Absorbable Powder for Surgeon’s Glove

In the U.S. – Houdini Inc. Recalls Blue Cheese Savory Twists, 7 Oz Box
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Williams-Sonoma Announces the Voluntary Recall of Meyer Lemon Poppy Quick Bread
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S. and Canada – LG Electronics Canada, Inc. recalls Portable Air Conditioners
Reason for recall: fire hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – TJX Canada recalls Animal Bathrobes size 0-9 months
Reason for recall: Flammability Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S.: Old Dutch Recalls Various Flavored Potato Chip Products
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In Canada: Duncan Hines brand Apple Caramel Cake Mix
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In Canada: Nest Designs recalls Bamboo Sleep Suit
Reason for recall: do not meet the flammability requirements Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Conair Consumer Products ULC recalls Riveted Blades in Cuisinart Food Processors
Reason for recall: Laceration Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada – Siu & Sons Int’l Trading recalls Color Fantastik® Party Favors Rubber Ducks in Net Bag
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Fourth Street Barbecue, Inc. /Packing Division Recalls Mac & Cheese Dinner Cups
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details.

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

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Dec
25
2016
Dec 25, 2016
Posted in: Thoughts

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Merry Christmas! December 25th has finally arrived! I will keep this post short and sweet since we all have a million different things to do today.

To all our loyal readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. There are many different celebrations that take place during the winter months and we wish you all cherished memories with your loved ones.

Enjoy this holiday season by appreciating little moments in your life that make you smile (even when you don’t feel like smiling) and remembering that your smile brightens someone’s day too.

p.s. In case you wanted a little reading material and you happen to have pets:

From the FDA: Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards

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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Dec
20
2016
Dec 20, 2016

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Allow me to introduce you to this very unassuming bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. I did not buy this bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. No, I did not. It came to me as a free sample and as a wise family member once told me: “You don’t say no to free samples.”

So true.

Truth be told, the folks are belVita are quite lucky I received this bag of Cocoa Breakfast Bites as a free sample because I guarantee you I would have never bought this myself at the grocery store. It’s simply not something I would be interested in buying.

Question is: how are these belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites?

Well…personal preference is personal preference. - Continue Reading

Dec
15
2016
Dec 15, 2016

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Oh the weather outside is…well, white.  It’s December 15 and we’ve had our first real snowfall. I like all the fluffy white stuff. Snow always makes the day seem brighter and it certainly cheers me up despite the cold wintry chill. Snow is magical until it starts to melt and turns into a dismal grey brown mess. It can’t be helped but it sure is beautiful and zen while the fluffiness lasts.

There are 10 days left before Christmas and I’m nowhere near ready. There are presents to buy, cookies to bake (a mountainous feat all on its own), and I’m determined not to be overwhelmed by this tickle in my throat. I am NOT getting sick. The tree is up but there are no decorations on it yet. I still have 10 days, right?

Plenty of time…

NOT.

Given that my brain isn’t quite up to par today, I’ve asked my big kid to pinch hit and help me out with the rest of this post. Passing the baton off to Jenny:

First of all, why is it a baton and not a chicken bone? Yes, that’s me, Jenny. Winter is very nice. Here are some completely useless but fun things to do during the winter:

Number 1: Slide down a hill on your knees. Best to wear your snow pants or your knees will get all weird and clammy looking.

Number 2: Shovel your driveway, not completely useless but not exactly fun. It’d be more fun if you dyed the snow green but you probably wouldn’t use all that food colouring to dye your driveway green.

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Number 3: Go on your computer and type gibberish. Example: fjwe;aoirtuhg;lasjkdfl;aj. There, perfect. Pure gibberish. It’s fun, creative, and completely useless but fun!

Number 4: Go on your computer and type gibberish. NO, wait. I did that already. How about catching snowflakes with your tongue? Just don’t dive too close to the ground and scrape your tongue. That would hurt. I knew someone who did that…NO, just kidding!

Number 5: Go sledding. This is a notch higher than sliding down the hill on your knees and may be a bit safer so your knees won’t get completely bonked and clammy. Note: number 1 and 5 require snow. If you’re sledding on a sidewalk, it’s pretty much pointless.

Number 6: Decorate your Christmas tree. We still need to do that. (It WILL get done.)

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Number 7: Have a snowball fight. Just don’t throw the snowballs too hard and use snow, don’t use rocks. Or, pine cones. Or, your dad’s antique desk.

Number 8: Watch a movie. A good choice would be “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or “Elf”.

Number 9: Tell a joke. Pick a good joke, not one like “What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor?” ‘Where’s my tractor?’

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Number 10: Bake some cookies. If you want, you can use and knife and make cool shapes like glasses, ears, lips, figs. Yes, I said figs.

Well, that’s 10 things you can do during the winter. Passing the chicken bone back to my mom.

Thanks, daughter! You can see, she’s quite the hilarious creative writer, much better than what I could have come up with today.

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Today’s post is dedicated to all our readers at ThingsThatWeDo.com. As the weather gets colder and winter comes into full effect, we hope you’re all embracing each day for all its worth. Embrace the ups and downs, the ‘oh no…I forgot’ moments (which according to my daughter I’ve had a lot of!) to the ‘OH NOOOOO…’ (thankfully, I’ve had fewer of these) but most importantly take the time to appreciate what matters most to 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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Dec
13
2016
Dec 13, 2016

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‘Tis the season but the product recalls just keep on coming my way. Have a read of some recent finds and be sure to sign up to get them directly by email!

Reading material: from the FDA Using Adverse Event Reports to Monitor Cosmetic Safety: A Conversation with Linda Katz, Director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors (you might be surprised like I was!)

Reading material: from the FDA – Why FDA Is Making Data Extracted from Reports of Adverse Events for Foods and Cosmetics Available to the Public

Reading material:it’s a recall but an interesting one worth reading because it reminds us all to be mindful of what we buy. In this case, the affected products may have come in contact with aspergillus mold spores! Who knew?! In Canada and the U.S. – SFP Canada Ltd. recalls Box Medium Cube and Box Small Cube

Reading material: from Health Canada – hepatitis B and hepatitis CDirect-acting antivirals – Assessing the Potential Risk of Hepatitis B Virus Reactivation

In Canada – CTG Brands Inc. recalls Floating Duck Toy Set
Reason for recall: Choking HazardClick here for more details

In the U.S.:Deep River Snacks Issues Voluntary Recall For Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Stonewall Kitchen Recalls Limited Quantities of Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mixes
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Publix Recalls Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes
Reason for recall: Salmonella Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: The Yankee Candle Company recalls Luminous Candle Collection
Reason for recall: Laceration Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: Group Lemur inc. recalls Cars Lightning McQueen 2-piece Pyjama Set
Reason for recall: Strangulation Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada and the U.S.: Masterbuilt Manufacturing LLC recalls Masterbuilt and Cabela’s 7-in-1 Smoker
Reason for recall: Fire Hazard Click here for more details

In Canada: P.K. Douglass Inc. recalls EVA Puzzle Mat
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard Click here for more details

In the U.S. – Voluntary Class II Recall of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled
Reason for recall: presence of small plastic pieces Click here for more details

In Canada – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards recalls Mathew & Lauren collection crib
Reason for recall: possible fall hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Party City recalls Smile Maracas
Reason for recall: Choking Hazard, Laceration Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Roylco Ltd. Recalls Educational Light Cube
Reason for recall: Fire Hazard Click here for more details.

In Canada – Kidz District recalling “Kidsme – Glow in the dark” pacifiers
Reason for recall: Choking 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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Dec
9
2016
Dec 9, 2016

 

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I’m not the best baker and I’m certainly not the best cook on the planet but I do like to try new things (within reason). Recently, my adorable neighbour/pal called me over to get food. She’d made too much polenta and lovingly insisted that I take some home.

Well, how could I resist?

Best part: the polenta was delicious and she convinced me that it was easy to make. In theory, all I had to do was get some cornmeal, add it to boiling water, and by the magic of cooking, it’ll make polenta that I can cut into chunks, fry up and pair with whatever I so please.

Hey, it sounded easy (in theory) but the first task was to find the cornmeal.

Enter my local Italian grocery store. I browse the aisle and all the different brands of cornmeal that are available. My eyes land on the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta.

Why? - Continue Reading

Dec
5
2016
Dec 5, 2016

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I’m a big fan of label reading. I don’t claim to understand everything I read (nutritionist I am not) but I try my best to navigate the ingredients and make purchases that make sense for my family. Occasionally, I’ll browse the aisles and ponder the varieties that intrigue my eye. My daughter does the same thing (an important life skill if you ask me).

During one particular trip to the grocery store, I decided to pick up the box of Froot Loops. I won’t lie, I’ve had the odd Froot Loop here and there. They’re sweet, they’re crunchy, and they are oh so colourful.

Have you ever taken a good look at a box of Froot Loops? - Continue Reading

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