Disclaimer: The team at Uncle Ray’s sent over a Ray’s Backyard Bud & BBQ Kit (minus the Bud) for the Palmers to review. But all thoughts and opinions remain my own, and when I eat meat down to the bone… you know it’s a good sign.
The night before everything went to hell, my friend Gabe and I were supposed to have dinner. With us living on opposite sides of the city, I usually try to find somewhere in the middle to meet up, and this time it was Uncle Ray’s Food & Liquor.
Or rather… we would’ve, but bowed out as the world grew dicier and everyone sent home. But if you’d told me then that our city would shut itself down and we wouldn’t sit in a restaurant proper for months to come, we might’ve reconsidered.
So for a long time, it was a remnant of the world before, one of the things on a long list that we wouldn’t get our hands on for who knows how long.
But in June 2020, that need not be the case, since Uncle Ray’s Food & Liquor has both takeout and delivery options that go perfect with this weather!
Question: can you make underwear so comfortable that it barely feels like you’re wearing underwear at all? That’s the question BN3TH hopes to answer!
I first got into upscale underwear in 2012 when I started winning them at tweetups. They were a vast upgrade from the boxers and tighty whities that came before them, and a step closer to becoming the kind of Dad who doesn’t sacrifice style just because the world thinks we should.
See, I want to make fatherhood cool again. Suits, not sweats. Dividends, not debts. Letting our children enhance our lives—not learning to live with regrets.
Popular media’s vilified Dads for who knows how long, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. We’re not buffoons. We’re not aloof. There’re plenty of Dads putting their hearts, minds and souls into raising great children, and it’s a story we need to dive into far more often. I want to show that we don’t need to exchange the things defining our character to hold up our ends of the parenting bargain—we can kill it and still hit the gym. Or rock a three-piece. Or keep travelling, indulging and enjoying fancy foods without somehow feeling like we’re betraying our kids.
It’s time we shift the narrative around fatherhood, and BN3TH very much agrees.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Mobile Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.
You may not appreciate the great phones out there until you see what others can do with theirs. It could be that their phones are good at taking wide-angle photos. Or maybe they rock phones that offer cool augmented reality and 3D photo capabilities. In any case, if you feel stuck with your phone, it may be time to consider a new one.
But how do you choose? If you’re not a tech blogger or don’t obsessively follow news about the latest devices like I do, the number of features and specs out there can be overwhelming.
Which is why you can luckily find someone to do all of the hard work for you.
The Mobilist™ — The Smartphone Expert You Didn’t Even Know You Needed!
Allow me to reintroduce you to the Mobilist™—a smartphone expert at The Mobile Shop who can give you the unbiased advice you need to get the phone and plan you want.
That’s the thing about The Mobile Shop—you’re not tied to one kind of phone from one single carrier; you can get your hands on a wide selection of smartphones from major carriers in the same place you get your groceries! And there’s no shortage of places to check them out—found in numerous Loblaws, Fortinos, Zehrs, Atlantic Superstore and Real Canadian Superstore locations across the country; they offer not only great value but the opportunity to earn PC Optimum points on select phones and plans!
And at the centre of it all is the Mobilist™, who can give you advice on the things you might not even think about to make sure that the phone and plan you get are the right ones for you. Like getting the most storage you can on a phone versus unlimited space in the cloud because you’ll just use most of that space for photos. Or maybe you’re looking for more power without overdoing it on size. Whatever the question, there’s a Mobilist™ who can help answer it for you—you just need to take that first step and get thee to The Mobile Shop to make it happen!
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.
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!
Okay, everyone, it’s not too late. I know you’re stressed out—there’s not enough time to buy all the gifts, bake all the treats, see all the people and wrap all the things… but we’re a species that’s all too good at overcomplicating stuff for ourselves.
Ladies and gents, I’m here to show you a better way.
It wasn’t so long ago that people just knew TELUS for its phones. They’ve always had more services out West, but it’s not like you’d think to give the gifts of a mobile plan when Christmas came along.
But things have changed. Now you have the TELUS Connected Experience Stores and plenty of offerings online from their many brand partners. It’s a brave new world my fellow last-minute shoppers, and TELUS might just be the ones to help save your Christmas!*
(*Perhaps your Christmas doesn’t need saving at all and you just like cool stuff. If that’s you, don’t worry—this post’s for you, too!)
I’m no expert at parenting with just shy of four years’ experience under my belt, but you quickly learn that you use but a fraction of what you think you’ll need before kids. Travel chairs. Olive oil ointments. Kanye West’s greatest hits done as lullabies. Eventually, you just become well aware of the specific products you need to support your family and get those instead. You learn that a little investment today leads to greater returns tomorrow. That no two products are exactly alike. All things I want you to remember as we discuss the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat—a car seat that’ll challenge what you expect from that equipment constantly sitting in your rear view!
The Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat — Changing the Way You Car Seat!
If you’ve read my review of Graco’s Extend2Fit Car Seat, then you’ll know that I love how easy they make the installation process! Their seats fit into place with minimal effort between the InRight™ LATCH system and removable backing to easily thread a seatbelt through. And adjusting it is no problem between the Simply Safe Adjust Harness System and a one-handed ten-position headrest ensuring the proper fit for your growing child. There’s even a six-position recline on the bottom to make sure your child’s as comfortable as possible!
But the real reason why the Graco 4Ever stands out is that you only need to buy it once. No switching from a bucket seat to something more appropriate when they outgrow it—with a weight capacity ranging from 4-120 lbs. and ten years’ viable use engineered into it, it’ll carry your child well until they no longer need a car seat at all.
And trust me—the things we buy for our kids that we don’t need to think about are always the best ones!
But me telling you about the Graco 4Ever only does so much… what if I could give you the chance to experience it for yourself?
You might think all highchairs are created alike, for what more are they than baby seats on stilts to keep your kid in place for a meal? But that quickly changes the first time your toddler shows you how skillfully they can escape one.
A Highchair, A Highchair, My Kingdom for a Great Highchair!!!
Spoiler alert, new parents—kids get crafty with the quickness. One day they’re opening their eyes for the first time, taking the world in around them, but before you know it, they’re contesting the laws of physics, putting their lives at risk several times a day without any regard for the consequences.
When you have oversized children like mine, it’s hard to find a highchair that can hold them back, their gargantuan strength and serpentine flexibility overcoming almost anything you try to shackle them with.
But not so with the Graco Table2Table 6-in-1 Highchair, offering a convertible 3- and 5-point harness system to keep children snug while feeding their faces!
It’s hard to believe that when this all started years ago, it was little more than an idea. I’d blogged on different platforms ’til then, never shying away from sharing my honest feelings, but things have come a long way from having somewhere to share my thoughts with my digital friends.
These last seven years have taught me plenty, pushed my boundaries, and demanded more of me as the brand grew. I’ve become a father. I’ve found my voice. If you’d told me how much work was ahead for me back in late 2010 when I’d first bought this domain, not knowing what to do with it… I’m not convinced I’d have the strength to make it as far as I have today. There were times I doubted myself. Times where it felt like I was screaming into the abyss, my efforts seemingly doing little to grow my brand as my peers did things that were cooler, louder and more colourful. I’ll admit it—I had moments where I wondered how much I still had in me.
But just as the future’s a mystery, you never quite know what’s around the corner, so it’s important you keep pressing forward—especially when you don’t feel like it—because you never know when someone might come along with an offer you simply cannot refuse!
And all this is my roundabout way to announce I’ve signed a one-year deal with Scotiabank to serve as one of their two Scotiabank Ambassadors nationwide (so far), stomping out new ground where the only other footsteps have trod are Amber Mac’s!
And my first assignment as a Scotia Ambassador? To spend some time in Toluca, Mexico with some Scotiabank delegates for the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League U-13, covering a fútbol tournament for players 13 and under across North and Central America and the Caribbean, this year including none other than the Toronto FC! You’ll see plenty of content from me as I get to know Toluca and spend time with the teams, so keep your eyes peeled for it! They even put me in the press release!
Life as a Scotiabank Ambassador — Changing the Future I See for Myself!
I say it every day—I feel entirely blessed for the life I get to live and accept everything I get humbly. But it’s also taught me a lot—most notably the value of hard work—and I’m glad that as they get older, I can show my boys what happened when their Dad pursued his passion, even when it felt like his uphill climb wasn’t taking him anywhere.
There’s been no end to the changes I’ve seen over the years—new social media algorithms. New faces at events. Higher stakes. More hours put into the work. But through it all, it’s taken me here, and this is just the beginning of a new chapter—I’ll probably have an entirely new story to tell seven years from now.
And this is only the beginning….
So that’s me right now, leaping into a future of new possibilities. With a sponsorship of this magnitude, I can finally afford something I’ve wanted for quite a while now—the time to do this brand justice. It affords me the flexibility to say “no” to campaigns that grow increasingly complex, with more of my time spent on administration than it is creating great content. It gives me time to explore other mediums, like the videos I never record or the lists of infographics that never make it past planning. Overall, it just let me be me without constantly trying to meet someone else’s agenda, and I’m pretty sure that’s why I started this in the first place.
So thank you one and all for your support so far—I hope you’ll continue doing so as we discover what happens in this new chapter!
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: This post was my first entry as a Scotiabank Ambassador, a program that compensates for my thoughts and content with a stipend, unique opportunities, and exclusive access to Scotiabank staff and affiliations. I have a good feeling that it’s going to be a great year ahead!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
For any of you who still can’t believe I’m a Dad, allow me to remind you that I have a kid starting kindergarten this September.
As we get closer to life with a school kid, I’ve observed what other parents are doing to ready their kids for it. Chalkboards with roughly scrawled names on them. Toys arranged on the table teaching simple arithmetic. With all these parents working hard to drum foundational skills into their kids, into their kids, I couldn’t help but feel a little… behind.
Which is why when NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher reached out for the Palmer fam to try their new Disney Learning book series, I immediately brought them into our lives!