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!
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