A Night Out at Creeds — Redefining My Adult Expectations

Be a content creator long enough and plenty starts blurring together. Events run the same way. The same routine of reviewing the products left at the doorstep. One thing that’s always put me off as a creative is too much routine, and that’s without a doubt how I feel about the blog at times after writing it for so long.

Which is why I’m over the moon when something not only surprises me but also leaves an impact on my world and the way I see things!

A Night Out at Creeds — Redefining My Adult Expectations — Creeds Coffee Menu

Some weeks back, I got an invite to a casual event at Creeds, an upscale coffee shop and dry cleaners up by Dupont and Spadina. I admittedly didn’t think much of it at first—I didn’t like coffee, and already had a well-established relationship with my local dry cleaner—but I figured why not; as a fashionable Dad it’s always good to know about what’s out there, and it’d be a good change of pace.

And you know what? It’s a good thing I did because that evening changed a few things about my world I thought I knew for sure.

The Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad Christmas Gift Guide… for Grown-Ups!

Grown-ups need love, too!

The Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad Christmas Gift Guide... for Grown-Ups! — Gift Basket

As we close in on Christmas, it becomes blindingly obvious there’re two classes of shoppers during the holiday season—the ones who know exactly what they’re getting for every person on their list… and the ones who keep it all ’til the last minute, ‘cuz they’ve no idea what they’re getting!

You might think it too late in the season to be looking at gift guides, but I know we’ve all been the victim of a poorly planned gift at least once. The kind of gift where it’s clear the giver didn’t really think about you—merely crossing another name off their list so they can pat themselves on the back.

But if you’re not putting any effort into it, why give a gift at all? Christmas isn’t about presents, right? It’s about family. Quality time. Going to church one of the few times many of y’all make it there. (I see you!)

I think you get the picture.

All that said, there’ll always be some grown-ups in your life to shower with gifts. Parents. Spouses. Maybe some teachers or a chiropractor. (They might be really good at what they do!) No matter who’s on your list, here are a few gifts I hand-picked for the occasion!

(And with it being so close to Christmas, here are the direct links so you can get what you need with the quickness!)

Google Home & Google Home Mini
The Google Pixel 2/Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Chromecast
The Brewscovery Box
Philips Sonicare 9300 DiamondClean Smart
Altec Lansing Mini H2O 3
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
GoPro Hero 6
Küssi Stampede Classic 6-Piece Knife Set
Ice Evo Tweezers — Elegance
Ice Glass Foot File — Foot Care Pedicure — Lavender
Nespresso Vertuo Single-Serve Coffee Maker

TRY YOUR LUCK: Kick Up Your Coffee Game with Van Houtte and the Keurig K200 PLUS!

Once upon a time, coffee was simple. You got regular or decaf. You drank it while it’s hot. It was a world before “gourmet” was even part of the picture and our tastes grew so… refined. It’s a world where you find brands like Keurig and Van Houtte working hard to bring that indie coffee shop feel to the comfort of your home!

Kick Up Your Coffee Game with Van Houtte and the Keurig K200 PLUS! — A.L. Van Houtte's Storefront

It’s easy to talk about Canada’s 150th and think only of the end—all the celebrating we’re doing in 2017 to mark the occasion.

But we’ve travelled a long path to get here—much has happened in the nearly 55,000 days since Confederation, including that time in 1919 when Albert-Louis Van Houtte opened his first fine grocery store in Montreal where he could focus on his coffee passion. Ever since, the brand that is his legacy offers rich, premium-quality coffee through a single-batch roasting process that draws out the aromas and flavours of the beans.

All sounds great, right? And horribly complicated—you don’t have a signature blend dating nearly a hundred years by crafting something you can just find anywhere else!

Well, complicated until now—with several Van Houtte flavours available in Keurig’s signature K-Cups, you can wake up to a great cup of coffee every time you get out of bed!

Which would be great if I drank coffee.

How to Rock #StarbucksForLife Without Breaking the Bank

So unless you’ve been under a sizeable rock for some time, you’ll know that Starbucks is back with their #StarbucksForLife contest, rewarding droves of java junkies with chances to win a number of prizes if they complete the contest challenges!

My buddy Zach and I spoke recently about #StarbucksForLife, wondering those most efficient route to scoring the contest badges in a race to catch ’em all! (Because, you know, who would I be without an obligatory Pokémon reference?)

So, using the information we have so far, here’s a look at how I’d go about getting the maximum impact from the #StarbucksForLife campaign for my fellow Canadians!

How to Rock #StarbucksForLife Without Breaking the Bank — Starbucks for Life Challenges
The full list of #StarbucksForLife Challenges — likely an early prototype, as Afternoon Coffee Break seems renamed to BRB and This One’s On Me is absent from the current board.

An Aroma Kidz Adventure — Why I Can’t Take My Kidz ANYWHERE.

It’s no secret that I don’t drink coffee.

Every morning, Sarah makes herself a pot of coffee, filling her travel mug1 for whatever adventures she has planned for the day. Once she was running short on time, asking me to brew it for her… let’s just say she had to stop into a local coffee shop on the way to a play group that morning.

But that doesn’t stop me from frequenting my fair share of coffee shops, enjoying all sorts of other things their menus have to offer. Lattes, chilled drinks, pastries and more—not drinking coffee doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to everything else on the menu!

And so I heeded the call when Aroma Espresso Bar came looking for the Palmer family in their launch of a brand-new campaign — Aroma Kidz!

But one doesn’t do this on an empty stomach, so the first priority? A trip to Aroma—and where better than the Shops at Don Mills, just up the street from Casa de Palmer???

An Aroma Kidz Adventure — Why I Can't Take My Kidz ANYWHERE. — The Palmer Boys in a Stroll at the Shops at Don Mills