SPONSORED POST: Canon Canada’s PIXMA All-in-One Shows Us a Better Way to Print!


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Yeah, I’m that guy. The guy who’s still printing the documents he needs to edit because he likes the look and feel of red ink hitting the page. The guy with the notepad on the subway scribing out his thoughts, knowing that they’ll ring truer than if he went straight to the computer keys. That guy who holds on to copies of everything, not knowing when it’ll come in handy sometime in the future.

I’m totally old school, and there ain’t no shame about it.

SPONSORED POST: Casey Palmer x Butterball Canada Present — Quitting Boring Summers Cold Turkey with Butterball!

It’s hard to believe that summer’s around the corner when you live in a city that feels a lot more March and a lot less May (I’d’ve said February, but we all know how horrible that was….)

This one will be a fairly new experience for me. Summer 2014 was fun enough, experiencing my city in different ways now that we had a baby to mind, but it’s not like he was going anywhere. Six-month olds crawl around at the best of times, and our son was content spending most of the summer planted firmly in place, simply marvelling at the new world around him.

For some reason, though, I don’t think we’ll have it as easy this time around.

The Art of Marketing Toronto 2015 – or – My Investment in Building a Better Me

One of the things I continue returning to each time my creative tank feels empty is The Art Of’s speaker series, sessions geared to help you hone your skills in various specialty areas, including sales, leadership and small business.

With life being as hectic as it’s been lately, I had to step away from the #BloggerLife for days — but days can become weeks, weeks become months, and months become years if you let them.

This unexpected hiatus was courtesy of many a reason — trips up to North Bay for some face time with our clients; Sarah’s birthday, Mother’s Day and our wedding anniversary to plan for; a son who makes a scene every time I break the pen and paper out because he wants to scribble, too — blogging simply ain’t as easy as it was before.

So, good thing another session’s right around the corner with The Art of Marketing at Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 25th!

Casey Palmer x Swiffer Present — 36 Hours in NYC

“Oh you gotta love it
Oh you got —
Oh you gotta love it”
— Drake, “6PM in New York”, If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late (2015)

New York, New York, it’s a helluva town… but I was too busy enjoying its people to enjoy much of the sights.

Casey Palmer x Swiffer Present — 36 Hours in NYC — Air Canada Pearson to LaGuardia Selfie
The look of a man on the start of a hectic but ultimately fun trip down to The Big Apple.

Earlier this month, Citizen Canada reached out to see whether I’d be interested in flying out to NYC to interview Black-ish star Anthony Anderson on his experiences Behind the Clean — the numbers and narratives behind what being a Dad really means today, specifically in handling household chores. I hadn’t hit The Big Apple since 2010 when I’d proposed to a certain woman I’m still coincidentally married to, so I figured why not? It’d be a good change of pace!

How little I knew of what would lie ahead….

GIVEAWAY POST: Subway Canada Helps Me #BuildAWinner — the #CarlsCrew Wrap-Up!

So it’s late April and we’re on the other end of the Carl’s Crew challenge sponsored by Subway Canada. Six weeks later, I’ll admit — I’m not much better than when I started. I’m still up at all hours working on the #BloggerLife, trying to turn all these ideas into… something. I still stress eat on the rough days at work, wolfing down Popeye’s three-pieces on the days that particularly suck. Life’s been dizzying lately, and while I’ve got a whole heap of reasons to take better care of myself, I repeatedly fail, continually choosing immediate gratification over long-term benefits.

I want to try, though. I’m a father now, and my son will pattern behaviour from what he sees around him. If he becomes a workaholic, it’ll be my fault. It he eats junk all the time, it’ll be my fault. I need to make better choices now to make the best possible future for him — and to make sure I’m part of it!

So even though I wasn’t being all that I could during the six-week challenge, I know there’re things I can take from the experience, slowly applying them to my life to make the right changes.

SPONSORED POST: A Little Bit of Help is All We Need – Arash and His #BMODayOff

We need to help each other out.

My life would’ve turned out far differently without people in my corner to help me along the way. When I started my first job at 14, my father was helping me understand what it meant to earn an honest wage and what more I could do with an education. When he recognized I could become an asset in banking, it was one of my Dad’s customers who helped, getting me the chance to successfully advance in the financial sector over several years. When unemployed in 2009 after a hasty career choice in the public sector, a manager I’d only briefly worked with pulled me out of my hole, effectively helping me establish the career I have today.

I don’t care what anyone says — you’re not getting anywhere without help.

But you can’t just take in life — you’ve got to give help to others, too.

Casey Palmer x TELUS Mobility Present — 5 Things You NEED to Know About the Samsung Galaxy S6

Partnering with TELUS is easily one of the best things to happen to me so far in 2015.

And to think — it all happened by chance.

Since our not quite humble beginnings cheering Canada on in the IIHF World Junior Championship, that relationship’s only deepened as we explored the quid pro quo needed to make sure everyone would wind up satisfied.

Even so, I was — and still am — blown away that this brought the opportunity to become one of but a handful of bloggers helping TELUS launch the Samsung Galaxy S6 nationwide, because my people, I kid you not… this phone is a game-changer for me!

GIVEAWAY POST: Learning Healthy Life Lessons with Subway Canada x Carl’s Crew!

I respect my friends who’re all about their workout regimens, dietary plans and paradigm shifts on how they can lead lives that benefit their minds, bodies and souls. It’s almost like a religion for some, their daily exercise like a sanctuary where they’re one with themselves, shedding the woes and frustrations from the rest of their lives away with the sweat equity of their workout routines.

Even well before the #BloggerLife and fatherhood, the only exercise I’d ever get was through competitive sports. Sarah tried to get me jogging, but I’ve never been one for going anywhere without a destination in mind. A number of friends have asked me to try their gyms, but I’ve never seen the appeal of paying money to run in place or lift lots of heavy things ad nauseam when there’re so many other things I could do with my time.

No, my friends, I suck at fitness, and it’s slowly taking its toll on this body that ain’t as young as it used to be.

GIVEAWAY POST: Getting Geared Up for Fatherhood with Future Shop!

Casey Palmer and Son in Varadero, Cuba on the Beach Chilling
We only look relaxed. Really, we’re just worn out from the roles we play in life. But it’s all love.

16 months into fatherhood, I barely remember what stressed me out in the beginning. The nights of worrying whether he’s still breathing, tip-toeing through the nursery to check his diminutive frame in the crib gave way to hoping he’d sleep in long enough that I wouldn’t feel the late night I’d just gone through. Gingerly changing his diaper like it was a delicate operation where I’d break my son with the slightest miscalculation soon became holding him firmly in place while I worked around his all-too-powerful limbs to change his diapers with the foulest of odours.

While the name of the game has changed and my fully mobile child keeps me plenty occupied with his antics, the struggles we face at each stage are a rite of passage for any Dad — a rite that comes with a hefty price tag.

GIVEAWAY POST: The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S and Pop 7 — Two Devices to Help Consumers Out of a Digital Stone Age


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I think I need a new phone.

Maybe it’s the way it only charges when propped up at just the right angle thanks to its damaged microUSB port, a port that’s ever so fragile on just about any device it graces. Maybe it’s the times when the phone randomly restarts, or spontaneously ejects the microSD card, or decides that the device memory is corrupt, requiring a battery pull to get it working again. Maybe it’s the fact that technology moved so fast these days that despite winning the phone at the end of 2012, it’s already several generations old, an ancient relic of a time when “4K” was only the price tag for that shiny new MacBook Pro you coveted from the Apple Store. Or maybe — just maybe — it’s a sign that it’s time to try something new, and fortunately, I got the opportunity to do so!

Because My Phone is My Lifeline.

I run my tech into the ground.

Ever since my first Nokia brick phone back in ’02, I’ve taken my phones to their limit before replacing them. The BlackBerry Bold whose letters rubbed off of its keys from all the vigorous texting. The Motorola C350 whose screen eventually stopped turning on — probably for the best, though, with my friends always trying to drag me out at all hours of night.

Time and again, I rocked phones that wound up getting… well, rocked… and with the sad shape my current Samsung Galaxy S III is in, I’m on the hunt once more for a device that can keep up with the ever-expanding demands on my #BloggerLife! Hearing my plight, Bell and TELUS stepped up to see if they could help with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S smartphone and the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet!