GIVEAWAY POST: Johnson’s So Much More β€” or β€” How I Learned to Stop Slacking and Love Bath Time

I’ve never been a huge fan of bath time, but I’m warming up to it!

In Casa de Palmer, when dinner’s done you have a choice β€” you either wash the dishes or give the baby a bath. Perhaps in search of what alone time I can find, I often choose dishes, unwinding after the work day and all its stressed.

But that’s stupid β€” I’m making the wrong choiceΒ every time, and deep inside, I know it.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S & Alcatel Pop 7 Review

I think I need a new phone.

Maybe it’s the way it only charges when propped up atΒ just the right angle thanks to its damaged micro USB port, a port that’s ever so fragile on just about any device it graces. Or 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 β€” justΒ maybe β€” it’s a sign that it’s time to try something new, and fortunately, I gotΒ the opportunity to do so!

Because My Phone is My Lifeline.

I run my tech into theΒ ground.

Ever since my first Nokia brick phone back in ’02, I’ve taken my phones to theirΒ 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 β€” 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,Β 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!

Casey Palmer x Swiffer. Helping Giving “Man Clean” the Rep it DESERVES.

“Ain’t nobody dope as me; I’m just so fresh, so clean!”

— OutKast, “So Fresh So Clean”,Β Stankonia (2000)

This is your house on parenthood.

Following a weekend church retreat to picturesque Muskoka Lakes whereΒ Walmer Road Baptist Church’s congregation studied The Word, found peace in tranquil nature, and connected with those they wouldn’t normally chat with otherwise… all was not well in Casa de Palmer.

A restful weekend in the woods it was not for the recently-expanded Palmer family, with new surroundings, smells and sounds driving their infant son to crying fits well into the wee hours of the morning. Sneaking naps in through the weekend while they swapped off on parenting duties, it was all they could do to survive and muster the energy to drive the hours back home to where things made sense.

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Back from a weekend on Arran Lake, I’m catching up with the digital life I put on hold for a few days to soak in moments like this:

Arran Lake β€” Sunset

But now that this urbanite’s back where he belongs, I’ve unpacked the bags, finished the chores we didn’t get to on the way out and I’m finally getting to the pile of notes and ideas that’reΒ supposedly what you’ll see on my blog for the rest of 2014!

One thing you definitely learn with a workload as big as mine is the Art of Prioritization β€” some things are simply moreΒ urgent than others, like when you’ve got baked goods in your fridge waiting to sate the sweet tooth of one lucky winner!

Sage North America | Making Sage Decisions in Your Life

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business,Β man

Let me handle my business,Β damn.”

— Jay-Z on Kanye West’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix)”,Β Late Registration (2005)

Holding a job down as a youth in 2014 has a very different meaning than what was I led to strive for a decade ago. Yes, the traditional jobs are still around β€” you can be a doctor, lawyer, carpenter or plumber β€” but life has gottenΒ harder, people are workingΒ longer, and here just aren’t as many opportunities to go around for everyone. Blogging’s shown me it’s no exception, with plenty of bloggers trying to make the jump from hobbyists to full-fledged digital consultants, always on the hunt for the next paid gig.

But being hungry for opportunity and working hard isn’t going to cut it in the ultra-competitive world we’re in today β€” you also have to workΒ smarter than the competition for success, and, from my experiences, Sage’s budgeting tools will help you keep organized so you can spend more time using your energy in theΒ right places.