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Toronto Readers: July 15th Pop-Up Event


Last year we had the opportunity to head down to check out this event and it was a lot of fun.

If you’re in the Toronto-area this weekend, I strongly recommend heading down to Adelaide Street and checking out the Blooms and Brunch event.

Please see details below:

FIGO and Tonic Blooms have partnered up to bring you the 2nd annual Blooms x Brunch event on July 15th at FIGO.

Tonic Blooms is setting up a pop-up flower market where guests can either design their own arrangement or select the pre-made FIGO themed bouquet from the “bloom bar”.

In celebration of the event, FIGO has created an exclusive “in bloom” cocktail.

The festive cocktail is garnished with fresh flowers and made up of:

1.5 oz Bombay gin
0.5 oz cocchi rossa’
0.25oz fino electrico sherry
1oz lemon juice
0.75 oz berry tea syrup

Sounds delicious!

Again, here are the details:

WHO: FIGO and Tonic Blooms

WHAT: DIY bloom bar and flower market

WHERE: FIGO patio, 295 Adelaide Street W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1P7

WHEN: Sunday, July 15th at 10:30am to 2:30pm

 

If you can’t make it out don’t worry, Tonic Blooms is offering the FIGO themed bouquet online from July 15th to August 15th to those in the “on demand” area specified on Tonic Blooms website. Additionally, online orders for the FIGO bouquet will receive a complimentary “in bloom” cocktail redeemable at FIGO until September 3rd, 2018.

 

If anyone goes, please take some photos and send them back to us, or tag us on Instagram @TheUrbanDaddy.

 

Thanks

 

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Sunwing’s 5 Fun Family Vacations (with Kids)


I came across an email which was entitled; “Creating Back to School Memories NOW!” and I’m a huge fan of anything which creates fond memories for us, as parents, and especially for the kids.

Since we’re never really sure when an opportunity for vacation might pop up, I thought I would re-post this fun list from Sunwing.ca, just in case it could inspire us in the future or inspire one of you.

If you’re looking to take a family vacation this summer that won’t break the bank, grab the kids and Join the Club!

From slime to surfing, Sunwing has rounded up some amazing experiences that are bound to make your little one’s friends jealous come back to school this September. Plus, Kids Clubs are free and part of your all-inclusive package, and the best part, they’ll ensure the kiddies are occupied all week long, you are voted “the best parent ever,” and that you get in some time to relax under the sun.

Here are five extraordinary experiences in the Caribbean to check out this summer:

Get Slimed at Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana

1

Prepare to get slimed and partake in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle slime-making classes! Kids can get up close and personal with their favourite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. The resort’s Kids Club also features a mega-ball pit and two-storey slide. When the children are not at the Kids Club, the whole family can join in on the Nickelodeon experience: from breakfast with Dora the Explorer, to meeting the splash mob of characters at Aqua Nick water park, to grabbing a selfie with all your favourite characters at Character Central.

Be a Zookeeper for a Day at Memories Holguin Beach Resort
2

Kids can look forward to Zoo Day Tuesdays at this resort in Holguin, Cuba. Hop on a fun carriage ride to the petting zoo as part of the daily Kids Club program. Other highlights include a Friday talent show for kiddies to express their creativity, water games and meet-and-greets with favourite characters, Toopy and Binoo. While the kids are being entertained, parents can look forward to sipping on tropical cocktails on the beach or trying out some exciting water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling.

 

Splash-tastic Fun at Grand Riviera Princess All Suites Spa and Resort

3

Get ready for some fun in the sun in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico! Boasting its own pool and waterslide, the Mini and Teen Club at the Family Club section has everything needed for endless water fun. The property’s daily program of activities run until the evening so parents can take advantage of the many onsite, à la carte dining restaurants with options that include Italian classics, sumptuous seafood dishes, authentic Mexican dishes and more.

 

Live like a Cowboy at Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort

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Visit the Red Ruby Ranch in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, where little ones can pretend they’re in the Wild West with activities that range from horse grooming lessons and hay rides to bonfires and laser tag. After dropping off the kids at this Kids Club, parents can work on their swing at the Championship golf course (green fees are complimentary) or enjoy a game of tennis. Afterwards the whole family can cool off in the onsite water park, the largest in Montego Bay.

 

Surf it Up at Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa + Big Kid Fun

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Surf’s up in Punta Cana! At this newly opened resort, the entire family can experience the ultimate surf machine ‘FlowRider’ and practice catching waves. When the family has dried off, enjoy meet and greets with favourite characters Max & Ruby™. For the teens, a hangout club includes all the latest video games, flat screen TVs, snooker tables and more. A phone charging station makes sure they won’t miss a beat posting their fabulous vacation pics on social and making their friends jealous. They can even call their friends for free with the Royalton app and access to free Wi-Fi. While taking a break from the kids, parents also enjoy their own downtime, relaxing as they float down the resort’s lazy river or savouring a cocktail at one of the eight bars.

 

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It’s All My Fault!


canadian iglooIt’s all my fault.

Not the fault of the many who removed their snow tires, or put away their shovels, but my fault that it’s snowing in Toronto on April 4th.

And for that, I’m sorry.

You see we have family just south of the border in The United States of Donald Trump, and for what seems like the past couple of weeks, that area has been pounded by snow.

Snow.

I know, crazy, eh?

Since it is my long-lasting belief that most Americans believe that north of the boarder Canada is always covered in snow, I mockingly sent a Facebook message to said relatives telling them that they needed to move to Toronto, not the Southern US because it was plus 8 here and we hadn’t seen snow in quite a while.

I mean really…

Spring weather in Toronto.

Snow in the US…

In April.

 

Clearly Trump saw my message and commended Mother Nature to sick light snow flakes on the City along with 90 km/h winds.

 

Heck… I’ll take the little bit of snow and I’m okay that Americans generally think we live in igloos in exchange for not having to arm our school teachers with guns, and not electing incompetent leaders…

Wait.

Disregard the leader comment, and let’s stick with no guns!

Brrrrrr.

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Travel With Kids! Yeah! As Much As Possible, Please!


I opened my Twitter feed this morning (I’m @urbandaddyblog if you’re not following me yet – and if you’re not… SHAME!) and the first tweet that greeted me was this one;

“Up next with on Travel Edition. Are healthy eating and traveling even possible with hotel stays and security restrictions? Tune in to hear more…

Then I thought about all of the travel we have done over the years with the kids and food, make that nutritious food, has never been an issue… anywhere!

By “travel”, I’m not just referring to East York, Mississauga, or GASP, Richmond Hill – which if you live in or near the Greater Toronto Area, you will know take 40 minutes to an hour no matter what time of day, and literally used to take “5-minutes” when I was younger…

Here are some of the places we’ve taken the kids (current ages are 8-13);

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • PEI
  • England
  • France
    • Paris 3 times
    • Drove the country heading south
  • Spain
    • Barcelona
    • Madrid
    • Seville
    • Drove the country / took trains
  • Italy
    • Venice
    • Rome
    • Amalfi Coast
    • Florence
    • Drove the country / took trains
    • Tuscany
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Holland
    • Amsterdam
    • Ghent
    • Edam
  • Florida

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some…

We’re big into the experience, so I’m not including cruises, but we backpack – take the least amount possible, and when we look for places to stay, there are no hotels.  We want to experience our destination as the locals would, which is why Air BnB is great for us.

With Air BnB not only do we save on accommodations because 5 people at hotels require an extra room, or extra charge, but we ensure we have WiFi, Air Conditioning and most importantly a kitchen!

With a kitchen, the food, especially healthy food, never becomes an issue.   We are so lucky to have a spouse who is almost certified as a nutritionist, and who is so incredibly organized that when we (read: she) plans our accommodations and itinerary around grocery stores so we can gather the food we need for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Without having to rely on eating out all the time, we save money, and eat much better and much healthier, plus we have snacks available for taking with us on our excursions / day-trips.

That’s how we get to experience the world with children, while eating healthy, and having a ton of fun.

 

 

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So little time…


Life with a 2-year-old and an almost 4-year-old. So much to do, so little time, and even less energy…

I’m still trying to get used to WordPress – having recently switched over from Blogger – and have been having a ton of trouble logging in, so I just waste time somewhere else, hence, no posts.

I’m also having trouble on the home front.  Stewie turned 2 a few days ago and we got him a big-boy bed (toddler bed) but he wont sleep in it.

He didn’t want to sleep in his crib, which is why we got him the bed, and now he doesn’t want his bed.

That leaves our bed and his brother’s bed.

I don’t see a good nights’ sleep happening for a long time.

The other thing on my mind involves politics. With the Canadian Federal election right around the corner I am so utterly dismayed how it is that the Conservatives are not running away with this election.  Their main competitors, the Liberals have a bumbling idiot for a leader that cannot answer a question directed towards him, and make his parties platform seem stupid.  The guy is a joke and so is the party.  To think their biggest achievement to date in this election has been to find 3 lines of a speech that the Prime Minister read 5 years ago and accuse him of plagiarism.  It’s not like the Libs lifted their “Green Shift” plan from the Green party… heaven forbid.

I hate the Liberals and cringe every time I see that in Ontario – especially in Toronto – that the Liberals are expected to take the majority of the seats.  Argh.  What’s wrong with people?!?    This election should be a Conservative majority – end of story.  I suspect if it’s not, Harper might be replaced with someone capable of getting that majority over weak competition, and Peter MacKay might be the guy.  Until then, I have my fingers crossed.

Today is the 13th of October – 6 days until my first ever 5K run.  I have run 3 times in the past 3 weeks (ball hockey games aside) and I have never run in the morning – race is at 8am – and I have really never run without my headphones on.  This race discourages the use of headphones… OY.  I’m getting nervous already.

Also on that day is a 20th wedding anniversary party for my first cousin.  I was in their wedding party, well, 20 years ago.  They are having their party at the Liberty Grand here in Toronto, ironically where we were supposed to be their first wedding but they were not ready in time and as a result, we wound up getting married at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Anyways, they are having this party because my cousin won it online.  She is the youngest of my first cousins on my Dad’s side and all she does with her time is enter contests. She wins a ton of great stuff.

Side note: It seemed to me that every time the stock market bombs, the price of gold goes up a lot.  I suggested to UrbanMummy that we put a ton of cash on gold next time the market bottoms out, but that day the market bottomed out, so did the price of gold.  This is why I stay FAR away from the market…

So I’ve been driving to and from work for a month now and I have decided what I hate about other drivers… I hate the drivers who – in traffic – jump out to the right exit lane, zoom by the line of traffic only to jump back into the line where the lane ends.  HATE that!!!  Want there to be a cop there to ticket them all. They hold up the right lane and quite frankly make me wish that the rocket launcher plastic switch that every car had in the 80’s worked.  I’d blowed them all up.  lol.  I also hate drives who are on the phone.  They don’t signal when they change lanes, they are too distracted to move up and they drift from one side of the lane to the other.

Yesterday we ventured west near Milton Ontario and went apple picking at a gold mine called Chudleigh’s.   Bumped into a couple old acquaintances, picked the biggest Northern Spy apples I have ever seen, some Macs and Courtlands (My Dad’s favourite apple).  Grabbed a couple small pumpkins on the way out.  The line-up at 10am when it opened was unbelievable, as was the line up of cars trying to get in to the place at 2pm when we were leaving.  It’s went almost all the way to the 401.  That place must be raking in the cash hand over fist.  Hmmm.  Sounds like time for an audit.  LOL.  Cash business, you know.  Tons of employees.  Sorry, that’s what they teach us at the CRA…

On a lighter side… For those of you poor souls who have followed this blog since 2006 would know that I was pretty pissed off way back then when I was booted off my own ball-hockey team by my friend.  Well fast forward almost 3 years and with all my running, I no longer get tired playing ball-hockey and as a result, my game has improved ten-fold.  I’m one of the top players on my team in terms of stamina and hockey sense and I no longer panic when I have the ball.

So, boy was I surprised, when my friend asked me to play back on my old team this winter.  I was actually quite proud to say no, because the games are Sunday and the kids have SportBall, Karate, and swimming on Sundays.  What made me feels good was when he said, “We really need you!  We are counting on you”.  I smiled, politely declined, before agreeing to maybe fill in on any late games (9, 10 or 11pm).  The team I’m on now asked me back too.  YAY.