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Sep
11
2017
Sep 11, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com pic - face in tea

Well, here’s a reoccurring theme on our site. Here at ThingsThatWeDo.com, you know we love to focus on creativity whenever opportunity strikes and today’s post is one of those posts. As you stare at the photo, can you guess why it’s been posted?

When you slow down just long enough and give yourself the freedom to think outside the box, you suddenly make interesting and unique observations that you otherwise wouldn’t have.

Case in point: this otherwise very boring cup of tea. - Continue Reading

Aug
29
2017
Aug 29, 2017

Do you try to eat healthy? Do you try to be mindful of what you eat? You’ve probably been keeping track of your sodium intake and your fat intake but have you ever considered how much sugar you consume on an average day?

I can’t say I pride myself on being the most health conscious person on the planet but my family does try to eat foods in moderation. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables mixed in with a bunch of different grains, meats, and dairy. Of course, you’ll know by these posts that we have occasional treats too.

Recently, I watched a really fascinating program about sugar called “The Secrets of Sugar” from The Fifth Estate, a Canadian investigative program. There’s research, there’s information, and a lot of hidden surprises that really made me question what certain companies are thinking about when they put their products on the market. - Continue Reading

May
17
2017
May 17, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - oatmeal with nuts and seeds

Lately, the hubby and I have been trying to find different ways to jazz up breakfast. I mean, really, there’s only so much bread and spread you can have in the morning. Bread, bagel, biscuit, French toast, pancakes, bread pudding, whatever you want to call it, having a chunk of cooked dough in the morning gets a little boring after a while. Sure, we pair it with fruit and a few other healthy options but it gets old quite quickly.

Oatmeal – for some, an equally boring breakfast option so how do you jazz that up without adding loads of sugar or junk on top of it? - Continue Reading

Mar
6
2017
Mar 6, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com pic - pig

By far, this has been my longest stretch of not posting on ThingsThatWeDo.com. I can’t believe it! Work life has consumed most of my evening time which has left next to no room for such pleasantries as writing for the site. Don’t get me wrong. I’m totally happy and relatively well adjusted considering how tired I am but I’m certainly in much better spirits than I was a few months ago.

Fascinating: more work does not necessarily translate into ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome. In fact, if I do a little self-reflection, I’d say it’s not the work but how much you enjoy/dislike the work that determines the severity of ‘grumpy pants’ syndrome.

Yes, most definitely. - Continue Reading

Dec
15
2016
Dec 15, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - pic-fall-leaves-2016

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.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - winter spring 2015

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.)

thingsthatwedo.com pic - christmas

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?’

thingsthatwedo.com pic - snow 2014

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.

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids 2015

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!

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Nov
17
2016
Nov 17, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - scotch-essentials-sweater-pill-remover

If you’re a regular reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com you’ll know I’m not a big fan of shopping. It’s an activity that just doesn’t agree with me. Malls with all the bright lights and noise are just far too excessive in my humble opinion. Now, clothes come and go and your favourites are always the first ones to get tossed because they’re overworked and overtired and show their age far too soon.

Enter Scotch Essentials Sweater Pill Remover. My big kid found this for me during one of our random excursions. We were browsing the aisles at one of our local stores and she gives me a poke and a jab towards the Scotch Essentials Sweater Pill Remover. Intrigued, I picked it up and read the box. - Continue Reading

Oct
31
2016
Oct 31, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com pic - halloween pumpkin

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!

Copyright© 2016 ThingsThatWeDo.com. All Rights Reserved.

Jul
24
2016
Jul 24, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - pasta salad with quinoa

With the hot summer months came really hot muggy weather and I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t feel like cooking in that kind of humidity.

The brain turned into mush and all I could think about was escape. My stomach however still wanted food so my brain had to quickly think of a decent alternative (because I’m also tired of take out).

AHA.

Brain blast.

Pasta salad!

thingsthatwedo.com - pasta salad with quinoa

I had tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, quinoa, and pasta. It seemed like the perfect summer dinner. With a splash of balsamic vinegar and a few other choice ingredients (hello, olive oil), dinner was on the table and it was a HIT.

It’s times like these I’m reminded that ‘less is more’. I didn’t need a big giant gourmet meal. I didn’t need a lavish 12 course sampler. All I really wanted was a refreshing salad made with delicious simple ingredients. It took no time to throw together and even less time for the entire family to plow through without feeling gross and disgusting afterwards. I also didn’t have to spend gallons of money on this pasta salad (you know, take out costs more than you think!) and there was even enough for my lunch the next day.

I should have thought of this a lot sooner!

Now, I don’t really have a recipe to share because quite frankly, I just threw a bunch of stuff together and hoped for the best. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar definitely played a part and I may have added a pinch of salt and pepper to round out the flavours.

So, if you’re having a really hot and muggy summer try making your own pasta salad. Surprise yourself. Throw in some quinoa, maybe some barley or buckwheat, or add a few seeds into the mix. You may end up with the best tasting salad ever!

thingsthatwedo.com pic - kids august 2015

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.

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