Messes and Spills Go From Clumsy to Cute with the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute!

You’ll never know how messy your home can get until you have little creatures making themselves comfy in every nook and cranny. Some people have pets. Some, small children. But whichever you have, the same thing’s invariably true—thy create a mess wherever they go. Crumbs. Toys. Spills. Stains. It’s a daily ritual to get on my hands and knees after dinner and clean to keep our kitchen looking presentable.

For context, this is what I got in one clean from a staircase we vacuum EVERY WEEK.

But this need not be my reality—there are far better ways. And that’s what Dyson’s looking to show me with their Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute, the latest in their long line of powerful cord-free vacuums!

Now, this is far from my first Dyson rodeo. We’ve got a Dyson Animal DC 61 in the house; another Dyson v7 Car + Boat in the car; and two fans—a Dyson Pure Cool Link for my house, and a Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link moderating temperatures in my sister-in-law’s portable where she teaches. Sarah even tried the Dyson Supersonic at one point to see how different it was from the traditional hair dryer!

But we’ve never used a Dyson like this.

Dyson v7 Car+Boat | Cleaning Seats, Vents, Well-Worn Floors and MORE!

You can’t be a Dad Blogger and forget the Dad part!

I mean, sure, I love my #BloggerLife—it’s let me see many places and try all sorts of interesting things! But lots of that hustle keeps me away from home—events, dinners, staying on top of things at the 9-5… I’m all about keeping our house happy and healthy for my family, but the more uncomplicated that can be, the better.

And when it comes to uncomplicated, Dyson’s one brand that’s doing it right!

The Dyson Difference — Giving Us Better Ways to Win at Cleaning!

We’re no strangers to what the Dyson difference can do for you—they first showed us love with a Dyson DC61 Animal a couple of years back,  and with two little guys creating messes faster than we can clean ’em, tools like handheld vacuums are key in keeping on top of it all.

But the bigger these boys get, the more we’re picking up behind them in places outside the home, and as good as the DC61 Animal is, what’ll you do with 30 minutes’ suction time without an outlet to recharge it for more?

For different situations, you need entirely different tools, and that’s where the Dyson v7 Car+Boat comes into play!

Best Buy | Scoring the Best Gifts Thanks to the Blue Shirts!

I’m apparently impossible to shop for.

If you send me to Vegas and you’re all like, “Hey Casey, here’s $1000 to spend,” you’d better believe I’m going all-out!!!

In the nine years we’ve been together, Sarah’s seen firsthand how I operate. When I need something, I usually get it myself. My purchases usually involve a ton of research and consideration before committing, but when I’m ready, I’m not one to wait for permission to add a new tool to my life.

Which makes it really hard to get me Christmas gifts when I’ve already bought the things I’d put on my wishlist months in advance. But my fierce independence didn’t dissuade Best Buy Canada who approached me with a mission—to choose a cool gift for myself from their Top 20 Under $200, a list curated by my helpful local Best Buy Blue Shirt, and find someone on my “nice list” who’d get something too!

I guess there’s plenty of people I could’ve chosen for my nice list, but really—the more I hustle, the more I realise how important my family is to me, and whether good times or bad, they’re always the ones I’ll think of first.

So after making a list (and checking it twice), I saw something I’d always wanted to try, but never saw reason to buy for myself, and added the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit to our home!

The Dyson Pure Cool Link — Making it WAY More Convenient to “Chill”.

I’m reminded all too often that home ownership is usually a pain in the rear. It’s exactly why condos prove such an appealing option for the modern homeowner—with the numerous things we use to fill our days, we don’t have the time that our predecessors had to mow lawns, mend fences, and weed gardens. There’s a lot involved in home upkeep, and none can pull it off without a lot of extra help!

But as the list of household tasks grows in size, you often discover things to do that you never even considered—in our years here, we’ve had to replace pipes, install latches, upgrade locks, and more. We’ve needed to prune fallen branches and re-pave our driveway… you never know what problems you’ll have to solve until they make themselves known, and easy as it is to find Band-Aid fixes so you can move on with your days, it’s far better to do things right the first time so it’s unlikely you’ll have to deal with the same problem twice.

This in mind, the powers-that-be sent me a number of tools to help my family get the most from the house we call home, and in this series, I hope to show you what even small changes can do to improve your quality of life!

And the first item on the list? The Dyson Pure Cool Link cooling and air purification system!

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — Dear February: Goodbye and Good RIDDANCE.

Thanks, Li, for sending this one my way!

Dear February,

You were a real pain in the rear, you know that? With temperatures plunging into the negative 30s, the blogosphere in a quiet lull as the influencers hibernate, and motivation at a standstill as the deadly winter saps the life from everyone it touches, you’re only four weeks long, but easily one of the hardest months to endure.

January was so promising, too — I hit up the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship with TELUS and learned much about my nation’s love for hockey; relaxed as I segued into a trip to Cuba that temporarily got my mind right enough to write Dat Varadero, Doe, written after some much-needed reflection and change of pace from my hectic life here in Toronto; and felt like a new me after shedding the skin of a 2014 Casey Palmer who very much felt like he’d sold a bit of his soul for a taste of success. If you sat down for a chat with January 31st Casey Palmer, you’d be talking to a guy full of hope, confident the year ahead would bring amazing things, and all he needed to do was put pen to paper and keep doing all the things he was doing.

That changed all too quickly when Toronto was hit by a storm bad enough to cripple the city for a day, setting the tone for a winter with no one all that enthusiastic to deal with it.