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Feb
11
2013
Feb 11, 2013

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Back in early January 2013, I wrote a post directly addressed to the folks at Paderno. The post was all about the Paderno Eco pan. As most of you will know, I’ve had my Paderno Eco pan for over a year and I still like it but I truthfully couldn’t sit idle knowing that so many of you seemed to have issues with yours.

Your comments drove me to write my little post to Paderno. At that time, I also sent an email to Paderno to let them know that many of their customers were unhappy with their Paderno Eco Pan. After all, if you want to make change, you have to let others know what you’re thinking.

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Jan
8
2013
Jan 8, 2013

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Back in November 21, 2011, our family did a product review on the Paderno Eco Pan. Every so often I do a product review update on the Paderno Eco Pan because of all the reviews I’ve done, it seems like the Paderno Eco Pan is the most contentious.

Most readers comment that the Paderno Eco Pan worked well in the first few months. Shortly thereafter, the functionality and performance of its non-stick coating seems to fall way down the hill and it also starts to stain. Readers have also commented that when they do contact Paderno, advice given is to clean the pan and when all else fails, the Paderno Eco Pan could be returned but by then, the cost of shipping exceeds the cost paid for the Paderno Eco Pan itself. Well, it’s now January 2013 and it seems high time for a product review update on this beast. Today’s post comes as a direct result of feedback from our readers.

Paderno, you’d better be listening because it sounds as though consumers are none too pleased with you. Think twice before moving forward.

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Oct
24
2012
Oct 24, 2012

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Now that my child is older, she occasionally eats lunch at school which means we needed to find suitable containers to pack her lunch. To the person that doesn’t have children, this may seem like an easy feat until you realize it’s not just a basic container that you need. You have to factor in your child’s ability to independently open the containers, whether you want the lunch to stay warm or not, and you have to think about what kind of lunches you’re going to send to school.

My husband stumbled upon these Steeltainer products but prior to his discovery, we didn’t even know they existed. So, why not do a product review for ThingsThatWeDo.com and see how these Steeltainer products hold up? Featured here is the larger 560 mL Steeltainer but we also purchased a smaller 320mL Steeltainer with adjustable divider.

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Oct
6
2012
Oct 6, 2012

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Children grow up so fast, don’t they? Before you know it, they’re 12 feet tall and towering over you. The work of a parent is never done. If we’re not worrying about one thing, we’re worried about another.

Now that my kid is in grade one, independence is a skill we’re really focused on. Of course, it’s not a skill you can just throw at a child and say, ‘Here kid, go be independent.’ Independence is a skill honed over time, not in random big tasks but in those basic everyday tasks like learning how to tie your own shoes. Why do I mention all of this? Well, independence was a big consideration when I picked up this Thermos Vacuum Insulated 26 oz Silver Hydration Bottle. I KNOW, my thinking is a bit on the ‘unique’ side, shall we say?

Imagine sending your kid to school with a water bottle that can’t be opened independently. That means your child will then have to go up to the very busy teacher, who is already dealing with all the other children, wait in line for a turn just to get help to open the water bottle. Multiply that for each child in the classroom and you’ve got one teacher who should be focused on something else OTHER THAN opening children’s water bottles.

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Jul
10
2012
Jul 10, 2012

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This is a special update post with a big thanks to one of our recent readers who reminded me that I haven’t given an update on our Paderno Eco pan in a while. When we last posted, our Paderno Eco pan was still working quite well. Nothing seemed to be sticking to it and it was certainly a better choice than using a Teflon based non-stick pan. The question is, after all these months of use, is the Paderno Eco pan still working as well as it did when we first bought it in November 2011? After all, it’s now July 2012!

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Jun
3
2012
Jun 3, 2012

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Back in November 2011, I did a product review on the Paderno Eco pan. Back then, I thought it worked like a charm and gave it a thumbs up. It provided a safe non-stick cooking surface (it’s got a ceramic coating, no Teflon in sight) and generally speaking was easy to cook with and easy to clean. Well, it’s now many months later and I’m here to give you all an update because if you’re going to spend money on an Eco pan, you’d want one that works and continues to work. So, how do you think this Paderno Eco pan is holding out?

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May
24
2012
May 24, 2012

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A while ago, ThingsThatWeDo.com did a product review on the Yonanas machine with frozen raspberries and frozen bananas. Back then, we loved the Yonanas machine for the delicious frozen treat but we had only managed to test it out with raspberries and bananas and the occasional banana and strawberry combo. It has taken this long for us to finally to a re-visit of the Yonanas machine to find out how the frozen treats would taste if there were no bananas. Why did it take us this long? Well, there were a number of factors but having a variety of product ideas for testing means we have to balance out what we test and what we re-test.

For this ThingsThatWeDo.com product test, we used only PC Organics frozen strawberries. In fact, it was my child who reminded me that I had yet to test out the Yonanas machine with only strawberries. The question on our product testing minds: will the frozen treat still feel smooth and silky like soft serve ice cream without the frozen bananas? Let’s find out!

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Mar
4
2012
Mar 4, 2012

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As I get older, I become more conscientious about what I’m putting out into the environment. As a somewhat informed parent and consumer, I try to find solutions for our home that won’t put too tight a strain on our finances but at the same time are healthier options for our family. For example, I’ve stopped buying canned products which instantly reduces the amount of BPA getting into my home. I buy dried chickpeas and soak them instead of resorting to canned chickpeas (click here to read my past blog about this).  I try to buy organic and/or locally grown whenever possible and I think more carefully about what our family wants vs. what our family needs.  Thus, even when it comes down to our dish washing liquid, I decided to give the Nature Clean dish washing liquid a try. I recently saw it on sale at my local Loblaws and decided to buy it since I happen to also like their fruit and veggie wash concentrate. From a brand I trust, it seemed like a good idea to put this Nature Clean dish washing liquid to the test for thingsthatwedo.com.

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Feb
20
2012
Feb 20, 2012

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Over the Christmas holidays, I decided I would treat myself to some new kitchen gadgets. Sales were good and I was in desperate need of a new hand blender. I’m not loyal to any particular brand when it comes to hand blenders because quite frankly, I just wanted a stainless steel one that would work. My own hand blender had seen better days so it was now or never.

As luck would have it, there was a sale on the Oster Whip Stick Hand Blender at one of my local kitchen stores and well, I picked it up. Remember, I hate shopping (which is ironic since I run a mommy blog product review site!) so I bought the Oster Whip Stick Hand Blender out of convenience (it was the only one I’d seen on sale) and I had no intentions of store hopping to find a better deal. While I knew of the Oster brand, I didn’t own anything from them so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.

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Feb
5
2012
Feb 5, 2012

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If you’ve been following my mommy blog here at thingsthatwedo.com, you’ll know that we recently bought the Yonanas machine, an easy to use kitchen machine that quickly turns your frozen fruit into delectable frozen desserts with the texture of soft ice cream or frozen yogurt.

A few days ago, I posted my review of the Yonanas machine. It’s taken me a few days to get this post up but I now have my daughter’s review of the Yonanas machine. After all, if you’re a busy parent, what better way to bond with your child than in the kitchen?! So, what does my child think of the new Yonanas machine? Read here to find out!

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