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!

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.

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!

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!

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.