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

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

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 3 - The 28 Things Left Over — Casa de Palmer Christmas Mode

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!

TRY YOUR LUCK: Wanna Buy for Baby Sans Fail? Hit the Best Buy Canada Baby Sale!

New parents, pay attention—all of Best Buy Canada’s baby gear is on sale ’til July 6th! So you can stock up on the things that’ll help keep your baby happy, healthy and safe as you introduce them to the world!

Wait, what? You… you didn’t know that Best Buy Canada sells baby gear? You thought tech was all that they’re about? My friends—we have a lot of catching up to do!

Best Buy — They Sell WAY More Than Just GADGETS!

Best Buy got into the baby gear game some time ago, offering a full range of products rivalling the selection you’d find at stores that do nothing but babies. Cribs, monitors, clothing and more, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what Best Buy carries!

TRY YOUR LUCK: Star Wars Celebrates Dads with an I Am Your Father’s Day Greeting


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“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!

TRY YOUR LUCK: Happy Father’s Day from Tile — May You Never Lose Your Possessions Again!

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!

TRY YOUR LUCK: Help Dad Look the Part this Father’s Day with Mark’s!

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!

TRY YOUR LUCK: An Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway!

Some products come along forever changing our world. The iPod—how we collect and consume music. Credit card and chip technology brought death to the penny, and possibly cash in the future. And now we have the Instant Pot, forever changing the way we cook!

An Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway! — The Instant Pot

I’d never even heard of the Instant Pot before Sarah wanted one for Christmas. But with a cult-like following and 2.5 million units already sold, it does the work of several other appliances in a fraction of the time. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté and browning pan, yoghurt maker, steamer and warmer all in one!

And if you play your cards right, you could win one in an Instant Pot Blogger Giveaway!

TRY YOUR LUCK: “There to Care” — A Spotlight on Father Figures by Dove Men+Care

Family’s a funny thing. We don’t choose the families we’re born into, yet in many cases, we learn to love them for the people they are and forge our bonds over time. And then you have the families we create ourselves, learning to love them in an entirely new way as we grow old with significant others and raise children to become the adults we dream they can become.

But what about everyone else? What about the people who enter our lives, making us better than we were before we met them, regardless of how closely blood relates us? It could be anyone—grandfathers, uncles, teachers or coaches—this Father’s Day, Dove Men+Care want to celebrate the other men who play pivotal roles in our lives, their deeds too often unsung. And with that in mind, let me introduce you to a man named Paul.

There to Care — A Spotlight on Father Figures by Dove Men+Care — Paul Burns

Paul’s my boss. My boss for the third time now. He stepped into my life back in 2009, doing me a solid when things could’ve gone a very different way.

TRY YOUR LUCK: The Summer Lovin’ Cash Giveaway!

Summer’s ’round the corner, y’all, but if you think you’ll make it through without lightening the wallet some, I think you need a reality check!

Though my boys are still quite young, I by no means expect summer to be cheap. These next few months alone sees camping, church camp, time at the beach, and time keeping my preschooler entertained while Sarah takes our toddler cross-country! Nah man, this season costs money, and if you haven’t been saving for it already, then hey—maybe I can do a little something to help you out!

I teamed up with dozens of other bloggers to bring you the Summer Lovin’ Cash Giveaway, where one lucky winner’s walking away with $425 USD to call their own! It doesn’t take much to enter—a valid email address and a blog comment—but hey: your chances drastically improve if you check out the optional entries in the Giveaway Tools widget below! You only have ’til June 19th to get in on it, so gon’ get’cha some! Good luck!

The Summer Lovin’ Cash Giveaway — Because Doesn’t EVERYONE Deserve a Great Summer???

Sure, money isn’t everything, but it does make some things a lot more enjoyable—maybe the Summer Lovin’ Cash Giveaway will help you take your summer to the next level!

Good luck to all who enter, and if you need me, I’ll be here budgeting for my boys to enjoy these summer days as much as possible!

Until the next,

–case p.

TRY YOUR LUCK: Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Six — How We Celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Old El Paso Broccoli Slaw!

Cinco de Mayo’s such a strange celebration—it’s often confused with Mexico’s Independence Day (actually celebrated on September 16th); it’s not widely celebrated in Mexico at all (except for Puebla City, population 2.5 million); in fact—I’m not entirely sure most people know what it’s for (celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the ever-powerful French in 1862’s Battle of Puebla. The more you know, right?)

But though Cinco de Mayo isn’t exactly what we think it is, we shouldn’t let that put a damper on things—there’re plenty of ways to still celebrate it, including some delicious options from Old El Paso!

How We Celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Old El Paso Broccoli Slaw! — Broccoli Slaw Ingredients

The theme for the sixth and final Let’s Taco ‘Bout It post from this year spent with Old El Paso is celebrating Cinco de Mayo—because tacos make the fiesta better! Here in Toronto, we take this sentiment to heart as we start consistently seeing temperatures that support this city’s visceral craving for patio season. With our days of warm weather as limited as they are, we take this season seriously and have culture and cuisine that go right along with it.

This in mind, to rise to the challenge at Casa de Palmer we put a little Quick Broccoli Slaw together to ring in the season!

TRY YOUR LUCK: Planning the Perfect Baby Shower with Pampers!

Won’t lie—if I didn’t have Sarah making sure our wedding and baby registries were on point, our kids would be walking around naked and our dining room flatware wouldn’t be nearly as nice. Stereotypes be damned—I’m just not that good a planner, and you need to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s whether you’re throwing the shower… or you’re the one in the spotlight!

Planning the Perfect Baby Shower with Pampers! — Our First Baby Shower — Gifts
As you can see, we didn’t get much in the way of diapers at our first baby shower.

Figuring out the gifts you’ll need at a shower’s a lot like planning your career path when you’re still in high school—you only know so much and you’ll just wish you did things differently years down the road. Let’s just take a look at Moms—when asked, 90% of Moms wished they’d included more diapers in their registry. 40% of Moms wished they’d asked for diapers of different sizes—babies grow, after all!

Just like with pretty much every parent in the history of the trade, these are but examples of things you learn as you go, and no matter how much your peers and parents tell you otherwise, there’re some things you’ll need to learn for yourself.