I’M NOT DEAD, I’M JUST A DAD: SodaStream #BubblesMyWay at My First Father’s Day!

SodaStream at Play — On the Playmat

These past months with the SodaStream Source have been fun—with summer afoot, I’ve thought up other places I could include the ultra-portable carbonation machine—days out at the park, trips down to the Toronto Islands, parties, hydrating garage sale customers, or even just on more nights out on the patio. Since it doesn’t need to plug in, uses no batteries, is fairly lightweight and pretty compact, there’re many places I can get my Bubbles My Way—I just need to use a little imagination!

SodaStream at Play—Buckled Up
Our little SodaStream was ready for its first road trip to a friend’s place, to share the joy of sparkling drinks!

Having #BubblesMyWay at My First Father’s Day!

For my first Father’s Day, it followed a couple of weddings, part of a frenetic weekend filled with cross-town treks, endless errands and unexpected irregular scheduling keeping Sarah and I on our A-game at all times.

In other words, life happened.

Tired and worn from it all at the week preceding, I wanted nothing more  than to just sit back, beer in hand, hammering away at the various projects on my plate.

But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men….

With a last-minute  confirmation, my parents and baby brother were coming over to spend some hours over beef, beverages and time with the baby. I was too tired to consider it then, but this was the first time I’d personally host my family for a meal (Sarah’s usually the chef at Casa de Palmer), and it would set the standard for what I’ve learned from my three decades so far about being a grown-up.

The featured meat was a blade roast from Stock in Trade, a hefty cut meant to feed three. We supplemented it with pork medallions, asparagus, corn on the cob, garlic bread and salad—we didn’t want anyone going home hungry! And to wash all this deliciousness down? SodaStream.

Though we’d informally introduced it to my family back at my son’s baby dedication, I guess my family never heard it by name, because they were gung-ho to give it a try like it’d be their first taste ever!

Thirsty guests are a waiting recipe for disaster, so it’s great that they found SodaStream just as delicious as Sarah and I have in the past, giving me time to get everything just the way I wanted it for a perfect family dinner under the sun!

Who could ask for anything more?

SodaStream on the Kitchen Table
SodaStream goes well with anything—fresh fruit, snacks, a full meal, drink recipes… you should try it out!

SodaStream’s a solid choice for something delicious when you’re short on time but don’t want to skimp on quality. Within minutes, Sarah filled a couple of SodaStream bottles with water, took some capfuls of syrup and turned it into delicious beverages that my family couldn’t get enough of! (Good thing each bottle of flavour syrup’s good for 12 L of sparkling beverage, right?)

With the time saved from what would’ve been a trip to the grocery store otherwise; the money saved from needing to buy any extra beverages for our unexpected guests and doing my part for my son’s future by not adding unnecessary waste to the Blue Bin afterward, ’twas a good situation all around (and ultimately, a better choice than the aforementioned beer!)

Because Fatherhood.

Despite unexpectedly running out of propane while cooking up a storm and finding enough breaks to pose for photos and play with my progeny, the celebration was a hit—my father even called the next day to tell me how well I did!

So even though this is my last of three posts for SodaStream, it’s not the end of the journey. There’s a long Torontonian summer ahead, including two picnics the weekend immediately after this goes live. We’ll visit different cities, see our city through new eyes now that we’re parents, and look for weekend getaways, even if it’s only camping in our backyard. We’ll bond, we’ll grow, we’ll rediscover what it means to be a family, putting in the time and care to make it all as memorable as possible!

And when all that hard work makes us thirsty, I’m sure you know what I’ll be reaching for! 😉

Thanks for reading! Until the next,

–case p.

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with SodaStream Canada and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. You can connect with SodaStream Canada on their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller. Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible. Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world. It's about so much more than just our kids. When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life! Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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