Mark’s | In Search of a Superhero Dad

Last updated on April 22nd, 2021 at 12:35 am

It took me nearly thirty years to realise how good a man my Dad is. That he did literally everything he could to give us the life he couldn’t have, sparing none of his time, energy or resources to make it happen. And now that I’ve got my own kids, I appreciate it all so much more, hoping my kids can come to that realisation with me a whole lot sooner.

But there’s the million-dollar question to all Dads—are you your kids’ superhero, or are you the guy they love because they should?

Are You a Superhero Dad? Then Mark's is Interested in YOU.—With my Kid at the Zoo

I might not always be my sons’ favourite, but the smiles on their faces when I get home each day don’t lie. The joy I hear as we horse around tells me I’m doing something right.

Almost made me wonder why I didn’t have kids sooner.

But in any case, I’m grateful that my parents paved the way for a life where I regularly hang with my kids—it gives me the opportunity to keep being their superhero!

Graco 4Ever Car Seat

Last updated on April 4th, 2021 at 08:38 pm

I’m no expert at parenting with just shy of four years’ experience under my belt, but you quickly learn that you use but a fraction of what you think you’ll need before kids. Travel chairs. Olive oil ointments. Kanye West’s greatest hits done as lullabies. Eventually, you just become well aware of the specific products you need to support your family and get those instead. You learn that a little investment today leads to greater returns tomorrow. That no two products are exactly alike. All things I want you to remember as we discuss the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat—a car seat that’ll challenge what you expect from that equipment constantly sitting in your rear view!

The Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat—Changing the Way You Car Seat!

Discover Just What's So Clever About the Graco 4Ever!—The Box

If you’ve read my review of Graco’s Extend2Fit Car Seat, then you’ll know that I love how easy they make the installation process! Their seats fit into place with minimal effort between the InRight™ LATCH system and removable backing to easily thread a seatbelt through. And adjusting it is no problem between the Simply Safe Adjust Harness System and a one-handed ten-position headrest ensuring the proper fit for your growing child. There’s even a six-position recline on the bottom to make sure your child’s as comfortable as possible!

But the real reason why the Graco 4Ever stands out is that you only need to buy it once. No switching from a bucket seat to something more appropriate when they outgrow it—with a weight capacity ranging from 4-120 lbs. and ten years’ viable use engineered into it, it’ll carry your child well until they no longer need a car seat at all.

And trust me—the things we buy for our kids that we don’t need to think about are always the best ones!

But me telling you about the Graco 4Ever only does so much… what if I could give you the chance to experience it for yourself?

Well, guys, one lucky Canadian will.

Star Wars | I Am Your Father’s Day

Last updated on November 5th, 2020 at 08:41 am

“Your father? I am your father.”

Darth Vader’s classic line from The Empire Strikes Back has been quoted, misquoted, and referenced every which way since its first utterance in 1980.

But you’ve never seen a take on it quite like this—taking a fatherhood reveal that makes Maury Povich’s look like Page 6 news and turning it into something more… symbolic.

Star Wars Celebrates Dads with an I Am Your Father's Day Greeting—Chasing in the Woods

Any Dad who was still young enough to know how to have fun in the ’70s and ’80s grew up knowing how awesome Star Wars is. We used broomsticks as toy lightsabers. We treated the Force as a power we expected to wield in play—not something of imagination alone. And now that we’re Dads ourselves, it’s our turn to pass something down to our kids from our childhoods… and that’s why the folks at Disney and Star Wars want to wish you a Happy “I Am Your Father”‘s Day!

Happy Father’s Day from Tile!

Last updated on April 14th, 2021 at 12:16 am

Our Tile family’s grown significantly since last we crossed paths, tracking far more than just our car keys now! With a new Tile Mate four-pack keeping track of our house keys, additional car key, and Sarah’s purse (well, the one that matters most, anyway), it makes getting out the front door a lot easier, than it’s been in all the years we’ve been together.

Happy Father's Day from Tile—May You Never Lose Your Possessions Again!—Tile Mate Box

When I recently asked what Dads really want for Father’s Day, “time” was the #1 answer! It’s such a sparse commodity for far too many of us, and if a tool can help you get some of it back by taking the guesswork out of knowing where your stuff is, why wouldn’t you use it?

For those not in the loop, Tile’s a powerful way to track your prized possessions!

Mark’s | Father’s Day

Last updated on January 24th, 2021 at 11:53 pm

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You may have noticed that Father’s Day’s around the corner, and it leaves me with mixed feelings. Sure, as a Dad it’s great to have a day recognising our efforts, but it constantly feels like we put a lot less thinking into it than Mother’s Day.

Maybe we’re too hard to shop for. We invariably see variations on the same gifts every year—booze. Gadgets. Sports stuff. Shaving things. New tools, automotive merchandise… if you’re going to get Dad a gift this June, you should at least do it right.

This sentiment in mind, I’m here to remind you that Mark’s has so much more than shirts and neckties for your Father’s Day shopping this June! You can keep him looking stylish with gifts like a pair of Timberland Grantly Chelsea Boots ($159.99). Or Silver Jeans Co.’s “Eddie” Relaxed Fit Tapered Leg Jeans ($115.00). Or you could get him ready for when summer inevitably ends months from now (#TooSoon?), and put a Denver Hayes HD1 Cross Hatch Stroller Jacket ($119.99) on his back like the one I’m rocking this fall!

I like it—and shopping at Mark’s—because they carry product combining fashion with functionality. The Stroller Jacket’s water-repellent, breathable, and easy to wash, so for a Dad routinely at his little boys’ mercy, it’s a perfect fit. (#DadJoke.)

And if I’ve learned anything from my time writing posts for Mark’s, I’m not the only one who’s down with their brand—plenty of my readers tell me how much they trust Mark’s to give them the right gear for their work and personal needs!