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Apr 15, 2017 - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

This was a random buy. I was intrigued. Pita crisps? Chia and quinoa? Hm…The Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps looked promising. Non GMO, quinoa and chia seeds, no cholesterol or trans fats, the Sensible Portions Chia and Quinoa Pita Crisps seemed like an ideal school snack alternative. - sensible portions chia and quinoa pita crisps

Cut to the chase: so happy I discovered this product!
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Apr 10, 2017
Posted in: Thoughts pic - pipe cleaners

I try to be a label reader. I really do. Generally, I like to pick up a product and read its label before I plunk it into my shopping cart. I know money is hard to come by. We all know that.

Is it easy to read labels though?

I’m not so sure.

Let’s do a little exercise, shall we? Imagine you’re at the grocery store and you happen to walk by the little containers of applesauce. You see two applesauce products sitting side by side one another both from the same company.

Let me introduce you to Exhibit A.

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Apr 5, 2017
Posted in: Recipes pic - streusel coffee cake
Am I natural baker?

Um, NO.

Do I try? Do I make an effort?


Am I also humble enough to admit when I fail?


Am I will to persevere and keep trying?


Case in point: streusel topped coffee cake. I’ve always loved those streusel topped coffee cakes that you get from the grocery store. The crunchy bits on the top are my favourite. What I didn’t like was how sweet the store bought coffee cakes were. The excessive use of sugar seemed to overwhelm all the other flavours in the coffee cake. - Continue Reading

Apr 1, 2017 - bolthouse-farms-berry-boost-smoothieSometimes, I wander the aisles in the grocery store. I have a few minutes to spare and I pick up different products to gander at their choice of ingredients. I read a few labels, I think, and I move on.

On this particular day, I picked up the bottle of Bolthouse Farms 100% Fruit juice smoothie. There are a variety of flavours. The one you see pictured here is their Berry Boost smoothie.

I take a good look at their bottle, the packaging, the words and then I start thinking. For starters, I never make smoothies at home. I just don’t. I’d rather eat the whole fruit. Occasionally, the family might pick up a smoothie while we’re out and about but really, they’re not part of our everyday repertoire.

Oh, I should apologize in advance: I took these photos while I was in the store. They’re not the best quality, wobbly handling and all. What can I say? - Continue Reading

Mar 27, 2017 pic - product recall 2015 pic

Here they come, product recalls and a few good reads. Given that I’ve been posting intermittently, here are a few recent recalls. There are a ton more so I’ve only chosen a few that I think warrant a second look. As consumers with hard earned dollars, I always think it’s wise to be mindful and vigilant of where we put those dollars.

Have a read and remember to sign up with the appropriate websites to get such product recall updates directly in your inbox.

Reading material from “Medicines and Pregnancy: 4 Tips to Help You Get the Facts” Click here to learn more.

How about a webcast?: “FDA Grand Rounds – Vaccine adjuvants: New ways to evaluate their safety and effectiveness.” This sounds really interesting. It takes place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. EST. You will have to register though so if you’re interested, I’d register as soon as possible. What will you learn? Find out but for one thing, you’ll learn what adjuvants are and how they work. Let’s just say it’s a jam packed hour. The good news: it’s presented by Dr. Hana Golding, Research Chemist from the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Cool, right? Click here to learn more and register.

On to recalls:

In Canada and the U.S. – Chef Destinations, Frankly Fresh Salads and Fresh St. brands Fresh Guacamole
Reason for recall: ListeriaClick here for more details

In Canada and the U.S. – Haibike USA recalls XDURO Race, Superrace and Urban Electric Bicycles
Reason for recall: the structure of the front wheel section of the bike can break resulting in a fall hazard (ie. this is not your typical bike fall). Click here for more details

In Canada – Bargain Basket recalls Children’s Metallic Flower Ring
Reason for recall: lead Click here for more details

In Canada – The Little Tikes Company recalls 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing Pink Toddler Swings
Reason for recall: fall hazard. p.s. with over 10,000 units sold in Canada, please take a look and make sure you’re not affected. Click here for more details - Continue Reading

Mar 23, 2017

The world puzzles me sometimes. On the one hand, there is so much to be happy about, so much to appreciate, and so much to cherish. On the other hand, there is tragedy and events that make me scratch my head.

Sometimes, I just don’t understand.

Life should be simple, right? At the end of the day, we’re all humans with feelings, lives, memories, thoughts, opinions, emotions, and heartbeats. Sure, there are differences but there are so many more similarities that make those differences irrelevant.

John Lennon may have sung Imagine years ago yet it still holds meaning today. Pentatonix sings Imagine with heart. The visuals are simple but oh so powerful. Just take a look at the group – need I say more?

Watch the video if you haven’t already!

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Mar 16, 2017 - pacific-organic-chicken-broth

Chicken broth, cool? No way.

Yes, way.


Well, if you’re Pacific Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth, you’ve got a few reasons to feel cool. For one, it’s made with a decent list of ingredients and as if that wasn’t enough, this recent pack I picked up comes in 4 individually packaged portions each containing 236mL. - pacific-organic-chicken-broth

Why is that cool you ask? Well, let’s start with the ingredients, shall we? - Continue Reading

Mar 11, 2017 - snyders-of-hanover-honey-mustard-and-onion-pretzel-pieces

Long title I know but it had to be said! My viewpoint, I know.

I used to love potato chips and, I’m not going to lie, I still munch on a few here and there. My love for potato chips however, just isn’t what it used to be. This is probably a good thing considering chips aren’t exactly a standup food group. In moderation, yes, fit chips into your lifestyle but I wouldn’t recommend eating a bag a day.

A fun substitution: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Pieces. They’re savory, flavourful, and the best part is, you only need a few to feel satisfied. Yes, they are salty (they are flavoured pretzel pieces, after all) but I’d rather eat a small handful of Snyder’s Pretzel Pieces than eat an entire bag of chips. - Continue Reading

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