How to win at Father’s Day the AIR MILES Way!

People often forget about Father’s Day. You know—that day between Mother’s Day and summer where we celebrate dads with their ceremonial dress shirts and ties.

Well… not anymore.

See—Father’s Day doesn’t have to fall short in the effort department. It doesn’t need to be so routine or predictable. You might think you know everything about dad after all these years, but the man might surprise you! Part of agreeing to do this gig is giving up some of the man you were before, and you eventually forget that guy as you get used to your new normal.

But you can do better – and I have the solution! You can get a gift that truly matches dad, and get some benefits for yourself along the way. Friends—let me introduce you to the world of airmilesshops.ca and the curated Father’s Day Gift Guide that AIR MILES has created to help find that perfect match.

The AIR MILES Father’s Day Gift Guide

Let’s face it—everything’s online these days. You can buy just about anything from one of a million places out there, but that’s also kind of the problem, isn’t it? You use all this time visiting sites. Making comparisons. Trying to find the perfect place to buy from that won’t charge an arm and a leg for shipping.

But with over 200 online retailers to shop from with all sorts of unique gift ideas, the airmilesshops.ca Father’s Day Gift Guide lets you find just the right thing while getting Miles on gifts you’d buy anyways! That’s right—while shopping for others you can get Miles for yourself! I got spoiled with some of these gifts this year, ones that are both practical and personal.

HP Tango Printer – Get 5x the Miles

The HP Tango Printer is an all-in-one device that prints whatever you need, whenever you need, wherever you are – you don’t even need Wi-Fi!. I’m a dad constantly on the go, so being able to have the luxury of last minute prints from my phone is life changing. Not to mention the fact that with a young family, free space in our home is a commodity. So having a more compact tool that makes my life easier is a win-win!

Lenco L30 Turntable – Get 5x the Miles

The Lenco L30 Turntable has stirred up feelings of both nostalgia and curiosity in my house this Father’s Day, letting me revisit all the records I’d forgotten about while introducing my sons into the world of vinyl. Music is a big deal to me, and being able to share this new experience with my children is better than any gift I could have imagined.

So if you’re on the hunt for something unforgettable this Father’s Day, make sure to check out airmilesshops.ca—trust me; your dad will thank you!

Good luck, fellow shoppers, and until the next, I remain,

–case p.

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!

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Five — Of Sweet Treats, Toddlers and Tortilla Bowls.

I don’t know how to cook.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate—I don’t enjoy cooking. I’ve never found the kitchen a domain I called my own—growing up in restaurant culture, I always cooked to the beat of someone else’s drum. Chop these faster. Make sure that’s on the stove. It was a mechanical relationship, not one inspiring any love for the craft. And even now, years later, you’ll rarely catch me in there cooking food—between taking things at my own slow pace and the… particular approach Sarah prefers with respect to cooking, I’m rarely inspired to go in there and experiment. My skills feel better suited to other tasks in Casa de Palmer.

That said, this isn’t an attitude I want my boys to inherit. We need to eat to survive, yes, but preparing that food should be something we enjoy doing, putting a bit of ourselves into our cooking (metaphorically speaking, of course). We should ultimately benefit from food we can appreciate.

So perhaps it’s not a tradition, per se, but my promise to myself is to make sure my sons don’t end up like me. I need to roll my sleeves up, get out of my comfort zone, and start cooking with my boys now to make their lives far better later.

And what better way to do it than with Old El Paso, with flexible products that’re as simple or complicated as you need them to be?

Life is a Party’s Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes — Old El Paso ain’t JUST for Dinner!

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Five — Of Sweet Treats, Toddlers and Tortilla Bowls. — Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls and Grilled Pineapple Sundaes

Oh, the Prints We Can Print with HP Instant Ink!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HP Canada. All opinions are 100% mine.


There are three things which we can be fairly sure about in our lives—death, taxes, and that it’ll cost a pretty penny to buy new cartridges for about any inkjet printer.

It’s a costly business—people will do all sorts of things to avoid buying new cartridges! You had the kiosks that’d refill your empty cartridges with a syringe. Or the parents who smuggle school projects home from the office printer. I even know people who’d be so stingy on their ink consumption that their cartridges eventually dried out, and they’d try soaking them in water to revive them!

But this need not be the case in 2017, where the all-or-nothing approach is slowly going extinct. No one wants to pay everything up front anymore:  software subscription services are eating traditional purchasing alive. DVDs went the way of the dino when people realised you could pay one monthly price and access thousands of titles. We’ve done it with cars, video games, and office space, so why should ink be any different?

And that’s exactly what HP Canada‘s looking to answer with their HP Instant Ink service, a monthly subscription service available to all HP Instant Ink-enabled printers, like the Desk Jet 3755 Printer! Basically, all you do is select a plan and HP Canada takes care of the rest! For as little as $3.99 a month (to print up to 50 pages), they’ll cover the ink, the shipping, and the recycling. Your printing costs less and you’ll never run out of ink, so you can print to your heart’s desire! Flyers, photos and children’s characters galore—none of it’s an issue when you pay by the page and not by the drop.

GIVEAWAY: Checking out the Best Buy Smart Home at the National Home Show!

Part of me wants to think I was the perfect kid, never causing trouble for my parents… but my childhood home would likely disagree. I routinely fell asleep with the light on. I burned TVs out holding my place in the video games I kept on all night. Yes, I kicked holes in walls and jammed garage doors through idiocy—the fact that the house is in great condition today is a miracle unto itself!

But the ’90s it is not. We’ve come a long way since towering home entertainment systems with dedicated real estate to handle their bulk. TVs are slimmer, computers are lighter, and our phones are remotes for the whole shebang.

Though my childhood had wired peripherals and cords galore, the same doesn’t have to go for my boys, and I’m glad—I don’t think this house could outlast them otherwise!

What we really needed was a home far smarter than ourselves, and I knew just the people to help—none other than Canada’s go-to retailer with the best selection of the latest tech at the best prices.

It was time to say what’s up to Best Buy!

And it just so happened they had a Smart Home showcase at 2017’s National Home Show!

The Best Buy Home Show and the National Home Show — A Match Made in Homeowner’s Heaven!

GIVEAWAY: Getting Prepped for Winter’s Hex with the Help of COLD-FX®!!!

December is arguably the most important time of year to be on your A-game. Colder weather aside, we pack more time in with family and friends than we do all year, too busy getting festive to worry about things like sleep and proper diet. It’s fun and all, but everything’s best in moderation, and enough bad behaviour only gets you one place—laid up in bed, wondering how you could’ve prevented this tragedy from happening!

But that, my friends, is putting the cart before the horse. There’s little good to be found from trying to manage a cold after it’s taken hold, which is why COLD-FX® invited me in for Cold and Flu Defence 101 to learn how to prepare for the cold and flu season ahead!

Getting Prepped for Winter's Hex with the Help of COLD-FX®!!! — COLD-FX ProductCovering immunity boosting tips, balancing the ever-moving bits of our lives, and what to do when you’re already feeling sick, special guest Candice Sockett, a nurse practitioner, helped explain how COLD-FX® could help set me up for success in a world filled with harmful microbes galore!

Old El Paso Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Chapter Three — Double the Delicious with Double Layer Tacos!

The holiday season’s a not-so-subtle reminder that my hectic life’s about to get decidedly more so.

I’m a glutton for punishment—despite already having entirely too much on my plate at my 9-5, somehow I thought it a good idea to take the photos for our Halloween party and help choreograph a group dance for a Diwali celebration. And if the Christmas season wasn’t already busy enough, three years ago we were blessed with our elder son in mid-November—one who’s now old enough to know how he’d like to celebrate with parents willing to jump through hoops to make it happen. Any logical adult would put blogging on the backburner so they could handle the rest of their lives, but those adults obviously never met me—the holiday season’s the busiest time for the #BloggerLife, so ain’t no sleep on this side of the city this season!

But we’ve still gotta eat.

Old El Paso Let's Taco 'Bout It, Chapter Three — Double the Delicious with Double Layer Tacos! — Little Palmer is a Party Monster

Level Ups with Pampers Easy Ups — Getting Aware of the Better Way to Underwear!

Potty training is a pain in the butt.

Pun totally intended.

I’ll look back at this in the future and laugh, but I have a stubborn toddler refusing to do away with diapers. We’ve tried it all—using a sticker chart to reward every #2; promising every Paw Patrol toy under the sun if only he’d learn to use the toilet… even jealousy by putting his baby brother on the potty for some elimination communication, but nothing’s quite stuck.

But we can’t just give up—diapers aren’t a good look for kindergarten kids, so we’ve got just under a year to help him say the magic words:

“I’m ready for underwear!”

See, the transition from infancy to childhood need not be so difficult—parenting in 2016 offers so many options, and Pampers takes full advantage of this with their brand-new Easy Ups training pants—the better way to underwear!

Level Ups with Pampers Easy Ups — Getting Aware of the Better Way to Underwear! — Pampers Easy Ups Presentation Table

GIVEAWAY: Saying “Yes” to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting

As Dad to two rapidly growing boys, I can tell you it doesn’t take long for your well-manicured home to look like every kid from the block’s been through it with toys everywhere the eye can see, dust congregating under the furniture, and nary a refuge left from the chaos with a toddler who will find ways to get into everything imaginable, no matter how many lessons you try to teach or stern warnings you give.

But it’s through all this chaos—perhaps as a necessary evil—that we see our son develop and understand his environment in ways he’d never interacted with it before. He wants to help sweep the floors. Make the bed. Beat the eggs. Wash the dishes. He’s beginning to realize that yes, there’s a time for play, but that ultimately he’ll be responsible for cleaning up after his own messes, and it’s amazing to see him progress from a baby who needs constant care to a little boy who can start pulling some of his weight around the house.

And it’s through this transformation that the Palmer family can start saying yes to the mess.

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — The Messy Nursery

Perhaps we—as a society—have grown a little too particular about how we keep our homes and the people and things within them. Though I know that even Sarah and I have fundamental differences in how we keep up the home and the chores we consider priorities, I know that I’ve come to appreciate why striving to keep the home in order is a great mindset—even if our toddler doesn’t see it the same way.

How do you teach a 2-year old logic? Cause and effect? That there’s a place for everything and that everything goes in its place? With a little over 28 months under his belt, there’s little in our 1000-square foot bungalow that Little Man won’t get into, and the battle to teach boundaries and cleanliness is one slowly fought, some days feeling like the home will stay in a state of physical turmoil forevermore.

But there’s something to be said for routine and repeatable actions—as of late, after he’s played enough, he’s started cleaning up after himself. He knows which toys belong in which container, learning to put things away in the sets where they belong so everything will be there the next time he wants to play with them!

And it’s not limited to his playthings—maybe it’s through seeing both parents take active roles in domestic duties like scrubbing the floors after dinner or doing the laundry several times a week, but it’s clear he doesn’t want to be left out from the action, looking to help with household tasks whenever we’ll let him!

Which makes it amazing that Swiffer’s products are so easy to use—even for the toddler who may see dusting as a fun-filled activity, completely unaware that all the while we’re merely grooming him to become a well-adjusted adult who knows how to maintain a home when his turn comes.

But let’s get back to the point.

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — Little Man Loves to Clean with SwifferWe say “Yes to the Mess” in Casa de Palmer because we—like 70% of parents*—feel that letting kids make a mess encourages their creativity. And like 97% of parents*, we think our kids will learn even more from cleaning up a mess. And though I’ll deny my son’s outlandish requests many a time because of the mess it’d end up making (not unlike the 68% of parents* who’d do the same), you’d better believe I’ve long since learned to keep a bevy of Swiffer products in places that’re easy to reach when the inevitable mayhem rears its ugly head!

So how about you—would you say Yes to the Mess? If so, why not share your own experiences with Swiffer on Twitter with this handy button?


Or maybe you’re already a Swiffer user and want to leave a review of your favourite product over at the Swiffer website so they can continue developing products that help busy people like you and me keep their homes livable with minimal effort!

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — Swiffer Products to the Rescue!But there are those of you out there who’ve yet to experience the Swiffer Effect for yourselves, and to you I say “You’re in luck!”, for one lucky winner will walk away with several Swiffer products to call their own, because no one should be stuck cleaning like they’re still in the ’50s—modern lives call for modern measures, and tools like the Swiffer Sweeper and the Swiffer WetJet are sure to do the trick! (Contest open to Canadians outside of Quebec aged 18+. Contest runs until April 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM.)

Swiffer Say Yes to the Mess Giveaway

Saying Yes to the Mess with Swiffer — How You Let Kids be Kids and Learn to Live With It.

Saying "Yes" to the Mess — How Swiffer Helps with the Hot Mess of Parenting — The Messy Play KitchenAs our kids grow up, I’m pretty sure saying Yes to the Mess will be a regular occurrence—from a three-boy family myself, I’m plenty experienced in the hijinks that my sons will get into, and you better believe I’m glad that I’m raising kids in an age where technology makes it possible to still keep a positive lifestyle despite the sheer volume of things on my plate. The Mess will find its way to your home one way or another—it’s best that you find ways to say yes to it now and learn to deal with it as a regular part of your life, not trap yourself in some idealized fantasy land where things stay tidy forever.

In any case, Swiffer’s got your back. Swiffer will be there to help in those moments when you look around, thinking there’s no possible way you can clean everything up. Swiffer will be there when you’re short on time with company coming over, trying hard to make it look like you don’t spend all your time living like a total slob, having gone three weeks already without even touching your laundry hamper. But most of all, Swiffer’s there to be as flexible as you require, handling the spills, the smears and the dust you’ve given not-so-temporary residence in those hard-to-reach places.

If you’ve yet to say Yes to the Mess, consider giving it a second thought, because at the very least, there’s a brand out there that can help you make the most of it.

May you become the master of your messes and not their slave!

Until the next, I remain —

–case p.

Parents are invited to share their own experience with @Swiffer using #YesToTheMess.


*According to the Second Annual Swiffer Cleaning Index

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post as a member of Swiffer’s Swiffer Fanatics, a collective of content creators who share the Swiffer Effect with others through blogs, videos, and in-person activities to show people how to get the most out of their clean!

The 2010 20K: Day 51 – {SPONSORED POST} Guest Post Secrets!

Hey all! I came across an interesting link this week – Guest Post Secrets! The entire premise behind the site is that there’s a simple thing that one can do in order to become better “known” in the blogosphere – and that’s by writing a guest post for someone that’s better entrenched in the culture than you are! But, as you can learn from the site itself, this is far from being an easy feat! In fact, there are rules and regs, steps, do’s and don’t’s, etc. that one should do in order to make sure that they do it CORRECTLY. Getting Guest Post Secrets, from the research I did, looks like a pretty solid way to get the knowledge needed in order to do so!

If you want to see what a satisfied customer from the site looks like, please read below:

I greatly enjoyed the videos in Guest Post Secrets. Not only did they sound and look professional, you have a very good speaking voice and a great way of breaking things down step by step. 
I especially liked how you called out specific resources and provided cut and paste email templates.  You made it so easy to start guest posting; all the tools were right there for me.  In the 6 days since I bought your product, I’ve already sent out one guest post (will be published Monday), received a request to guest post from a second blog, and queried a third site and been accepted to do 2 for them.  (I offered two possible topics and the blog author liked them both!)

Thanks for taking the time to make up such a helpful product. It was just what I needed.

-Unsolicited email from Katrina McQuarrie, who runs Kick-Ass Genealogy

I think it’s pretty awesome. I can see myself checking it out – any other bloggers out there might want to think about it too 🙂

And I got to see this all because I’m part of a site called Pay Per Post where you can put up your blog as an adspace for others so that you can write a blog on their behalf for payola! I know, cool, right?

Get your blog on, baby!

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

–case p.