SmartBuyGlasses | Dope Optical Fashion!

Dear Canada,

Now that summer’s finally upon us, it’s time to get your summerΒ look on,Β too! It could be a fresh ‘do, new clothes, or even some new accessories! While we shed the layers away on everyΒ other part of our bodies, it’s aΒ perfect time to think about what goes on our faces! SmartBuyGlasses wants you to remember that prescription or no, a great pair of glasses of help bring itΒ all together!

Getting Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses β€” How it All Works

Get Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses! β€” Get Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses! β€” Styling and Profiling with the Ermenegildo Zegnas

I’ve spent a long time developing my bespectacled look, wearing specs as early as the 3rd grade. And they’ve come aΒ long way since thenβ€”no longer do you need to visit your optometrist, leaving with frames ill-suited to your face. The sheer variety of styles and materials we have eclipses what we could get in the ’90s, and though many today choose to go the way of contact lenses and laser correction, there’s still something about a great set of frames that can help a faceΒ stand out.

Get Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses! β€” Get Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses! β€” Being Daddy with the Ermenegildo ZegnasSo this summer, why not consider giving SmartBuyGlasses a try? As a leading online eyewear retailer, they’ve got more thanΒ 30,000 pairs of designer sunglasses to choose from, and offer affordable prices so you can look fly for less! They’ve even got various waysΒ to shop, including their summer shopping guide and a Virtual Try-OnΒ service that uses your computer’s camera to show you just how well your frames fitΒ before you buy! In 2017, we’ve so many tools to help you get the look you’re going forβ€”why not make the most of them?

SmartBuyGlasses β€” From Ermenegildo Zegna With Love.

As we make our way through summer with family travelsΒ aplenty to look forward to, I’m glad to have a pair of frames like the Ermenegildo Zegna ZC0001s to do it with. Harkening back to Dwayne Wayne’s flip-top sunglasses fromΒ A Different World, it’sΒ just what my wardrobe needed to offer something different for my boys and me alike!

Get Dope Optical Fashion with SmartBuyGlasses! β€” Palmer Kiddo with the Ermenegildo Zegnas

With school a wrap and prime vacation season upon us, make sure you get your mostΒ stylish game face on and check out everything SmartBuyGlasses has to offer! Your visage will thank you for it!

Until the next,

–case p.


Disclaimer: SmartBuyGlasses sent me a pair of Ermenegildo Zegna ZC0001s for review, but all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush | How to Help Dad Shine Bright!

Mama Palmer ain’t no joke, y’all.

When I recently visited theΒ original Casa de Palmer this Mother’s Day to spend time with the woman who gave me life, she gave me gifts to take back for the fam! For the boys, there were clothes and toys. For Sarah, magazines and a top. And for me, the eldest of her three darling children? Well….

Help Dad Shine Bright with the Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush! β€” Oral-B Genius Parts β€” Crest 3D White Toothpaste

Yeahβ€”seems she wasn’tΒ as keen on my BConnected headshot asΒ I was (it’s my profile pic on every social media channel), and that I couldΒ brush up on a couple of physical attributes before I let a camera get that close. (#DadJoke.)

But it’s not like she’sΒ wrongβ€”remember that commercial from 20 years back when a kid calls his teacher’s teeth “mother of pearl”? Yeah. That’s sometimes how I feel aboutΒ mine.

I mean, how do we get to this point? We’re taught how to brush our teeth inΒ preschool. But somehow many of us build horrible habits that stain and wear our teeth away, dulling our smiles as we grow older.

But fortunately, toothbrush technology hasn’t sat still over the years, continually bringing us new ways to take better care of ourselves…Β and ourΒ teeth.

My friendsβ€”welcome to the Oral-B Genius 8000!

Help Dad Shine Bright with the Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush! β€” Oral-B Genius 8000

PLAYMOBIL | Fun’s a Sure Bet with PLAYMOBIL Take Along Sets!

Not many bloggers I know personally have kids as young as mine. It seems almostΒ alien to have kids by 30 these days, something I see reflected in my peers and the opportunities coming my way. So when thingsΒ do come in with a 3-year old and 1-year old in mind, I feel it gives a fairly unique opportunity to show things from the perspective of our young familyβ€”and that’s precisely the case with PLAYMOBIL!

Fun's a Sure Bet with PLAYMOBIL Take Along Sets! β€” PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 My Take Along Farm β€” In Action

Let me tell youβ€”it pays to be a blogger’s kid!

Woe be unto you in Casa de Palmer if you come to the door and my eldest doesn’t know youβ€”in his mind, couriers are the only other people to ring our doorbell, so you’d best not come empty-handed!

I do sometimes worry whether I’m spoiling these little guys, though. I didn’t think much of it atΒ first, but recent events have sent me downΒ other paths. Like when other Moms come over for playdates and mention how many toys we have. Or when the eldest puts two and two together, asking whether people “give me a lot of stuff.” Which in turn means that I need to doΒ more withΒ less, and make sure that the toys theyΒ do have areΒ great ones.

Fun's a Sure Bet with PLAYMOBIL Take Along Sets! β€” PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 My Take Along Farm β€” PackagingThat in mind, PLAYMOBIL sent along one of their PLAYMOBIL Take Along Sets for the boys, letting them discover the bits and pieces found within the PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 Take Along Farm (MSRP $43.99)!

Marben Pig Roast β€” Goodbye Chef Misha

Despite only really making Twitter part of my life these past 18 months, it’s not as if I had any shortage of events in a year and a half! From celebrations to coffee dates, conferences and cinema β€” it’s been a wild ride!

But considering all that, there’s a special group of Torontonians on Twitter that I never really broke into β€” the foodies. (Foodies are way better at writing about food than I am; if you want to see how this event unfolded through the eyes of a foodie, you should check out mi amiga Joie’s post on it!)

I’ve made a ton of foodie friends over time β€” conversation with them will invariably turn to the new place they tried, new technique/device they used in their cooking, or the new tastes they’ve been acquiring in their lives.

For someone like me who usually sticks to their stomping grounds and doesn’t often cook as to avoid poisoning himself and whoever else might fall prey to his cuisine β€” this was all completely foreign!

So when I heard through the tweetvine that this guy named Ken was organizing a pig roast Tweetup as a send-off to Marben’s chef, Misha Nesterenko, saying “no” didn’t even remotely sound like an option.

I’ve said that over time as you use Twitter, you come to learn who you could see as part of your life beyond 140 characters and who will forever be “just someone I know from Twitter”. Fortunately, this event was shared with plenty of people from the first category!

My name tag for the Marben Pig Roast
It’s these little added touches that can make an event stand apart. I might use the idea for future events, myself! (Thanks in advance, Ken!)

Upon arrival, Ken presented us with funky name tags and manoeuvred us around the Marben basement masterfully, finding seats for everyone without too much of a problem.

A picture of the lovely spread presented to us at the Marben Pig Roast
Left to right: Fries, Pork, Side Dishes. Everywhere: DELICIOUS.

For a mere $25, we go to gorge ourselves on:

  • delicious kale;
  • cranberry baked beans (thanks to Yvonne for reminding me!)
  • coleslaw seasoned with a Dijon mustard;
  • kim chi and apple salad;
  • fries with sides of ketchup and truffle aioli;
  • and of course β€” spit-roasted pig with a delicious BBQ sauce!

You’d get this all family style, so in servings meant to feed a group β€” so when the amazing ladies accompanying me in my group had their fill, I wasn’t left wanting for more β€” there was more than enough to go around!

Add the fact that Great Lakes Brewery was on tap (har dee har har) for the night to ply us with free and endless samples of several of their beers, and you had a winning combination!

The night was a testament to the good times that can come together on account of social media, and the fact that people who use social media every day of their lives can still keep the social in the equation (which was only further accented by the fact that this event marked my 1000th Foursquare check-in). While I didn’t get a chance to meet Chef Misha and wish him well, I’d like to think that the crowd that came out can be its own testament to the fact that his reputations preceded him, and preceded him well.

Thanks go out to Ken Samuel, Marben and Great Lakes Brewery for putting together such an enjoyable night!

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–case p.