TRY YOUR LUCK: The Worldwide $450 #BlizzardBucks Cash Giveaway!!!

Okay, now I think we can officially start getting ready for Christmas.

We’ve filled the neighbourhood kids’ baskets on Halloween. We’ve bought our poppies and hopefully explained Remembrance Day’s importance to our children so they don’t take the sacrifices made on their behalfs for granted. And since we celebrate our Thanksgiving in October, and Black Friday isn’t officially a thing up here, we can safely bust out our tinsel and trees free of neighbourly shade!

But you’re not getting something for nothing—Christmas is easily the most expensive holiday, and no one wants to be the parent who couldn’t get their kids something nice under the tree. Remember what Drake said?

“I’m more concerned with ████ thinkin’ ’bout Christmas in August
Do anything to buy gifts for their daughters”

— Drake, “Lord Knows”, Take Care (2011)

All that said, may I present Exhibit A—the #BlizzardBucks $450 Canadian Cash Giveaway, a way for you to make your Christmas season a lot merrier!

GIVEAWAY: Getting Prepped for Winter’s Hex with the Help of COLD-FX®!!!

December is arguably the most important time of year to be on your A-game. Colder weather aside, we pack more time in with family and friends than we do all year, too busy getting festive to worry about things like sleep and proper diet. It’s fun and all, but everything’s best in moderation, and enough bad behaviour only gets you one place—laid up in bed, wondering how you could’ve prevented this tragedy from happening!

But that, my friends, is putting the cart before the horse. There’s little good to be found from trying to manage a cold after it’s taken hold, which is why COLD-FX® invited me in for Cold and Flu Defence 101 to learn how to prepare for the cold and flu season ahead!

Covering immunity boosting tips, balancing the ever-moving bits of our lives, and what to do when you’re already feeling sick, special guest Candice Sockett, a nurse practitioner, helped explain how COLD-FX® could help set me up for success in a world filled with harmful microbes galore!

GIVEAWAY: T-11 Months ’til the 2017 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship — are YOU Ready?

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship came and went, Canada’s dreams of a golden repeat gone along with it. We still had the #AllHeartCanada hashtag (which won one lucky tweeter a trip to Finland to catch a game), which was not only used more than 12,000 times, but also inspired TELUS to give $10,000 to the Hockey Canada Foundation to help support our future stars. Canadians were still glued to their TVs to see how Team Canada would fare in their trials abroad. Our nation still cheered as our under-2o men played the Helsinki out of the game overseas*, but it was nothing like having them here at home to see them show their opponents how to really own the ice!

It’s already been a little over a year since hockey fever last took over Toronto’s streets, and I can still remember what it was like sitting in the bleachers for Team Canada’s quarterfinal victory, only imagining what the electricity must’ve felt like in the air the moment those guys won gold.

While my family didn’t personally grow up with much hockey in the house, I learned to appreciate it a little more from friends who bled it through and through, rhyming stats and plays off like a second language. I know hockey’s no joke in this nation. If 2015 was any sign of how far this city’s willing to go to show Team Canada some love, I expect Toronto to go absolutely ballistic when the World Juniors come back at the end of the year!

Buffalo Wild Wings | The Week That Was… January 3rd – 9th, 2016.

Here in early 2016, it’s a different kind of hustle than the one we saw closing 2015 out. In that last stretch, there was no end to the work on my plate, keeping me hustling at all hours to keep my blog on point. I had a list of things I wanted to get knocked out of the park before the year’s end, using every free moment I could find to hit my intense deadlines.

Now that it’s January, in some ways things are more relaxed — I mean, sure, any day now I’ll be racing to the hospital to welcome our second child into the world; and though I got a lot done in the weeks that just passed, there’s still plenty of unfinished business that’s followed me into 2016 — but I can hack away at my ideas gradually, taking my time to find the truth in my half-formed ramblings, not forcing square pegs into round holes and rush it all.

It’s giving me the time to build foundations, putting all the pieces in place so I can finish 2016 with a bang!

And this week was just another step towards that goal.

The most important meal of the day… for the second time in a day. #TeamNoShame

GIVEAWAY: A Case Cringle Christmas, Day 2 — My Toddler, Me and a Little Cloud b!

Hey there Internetland, and welcome to the second installment of a Case Cringle Christmas, where I find cool stuff to give away, but you get it after Christmas, since everyone needs a pick-me-up once those credit card statements come in, amirite*?!

Since I’m a bit of a blogger sans niche, you can expect all sorts of things with my Christmas giveaways — yesterday we introduced the Alcatel onetouch Idol 3 for you folks in need of a new smartphone, but today we’re taking things in an entirely different direction!

As the blog’s grown in 2015, I’ve become all too familiar with our Purolator, FedEx and UPS distribution centres from the packages I miss while at the 9-5**.

I’m used to stuff coming through the door for me to give away and review, but as my brand starts maturing into a family blog, I’m discovering that my #BloggerLife’s beginning to impact other members of my household as well.