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Father’s Day is Here (Father’s Day is every day!)

Father’s day makes me realize a few things.

  1. I Love being a father
  2. I miss my father – he would have loved my kids – had he been alive to meet them – and they would have loved him.
  3. Considering the traditional role that mother’s play in the raising of children, I believe in being an involved father, being there as much as possible – supporting your children, and you wife, girlfriend, partner, baby-mother, etc. It’s nice to have a day to recognize what it means to be a father, but every day is father’s day… Or should be.

If you’re a father and not involved with your kids by your choice, then snap into it and realize that it’s not about you. It’s about the way your kids grow up, treat others and expect from adults. You’re setting them up for potential failure. Having a relationship with your children is a privilege and to stubbornly walk away from them because you’re feelings are hurt is a reflection on your character – which your kids pay the price for – and will have to deal with long after you’re gone.

That being said, my friends at Dad Things Social, have provided me with this cool infographic for Father’s Day.

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And their blog:

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Unique Canadian Father’s Day Gift Suggestions

A Canadian company offering a fairly unique take on a traditional product caught my attention and seeing as it’s Father’s Day right around the corner, and graduation-season, I thought I would make a post about it.

The company is called, Solios, and they are a Canadian company which developed a solar-powered watch that combines style and responsibility for the environment. For men and women.

How, you might ask?

The watches are stylish, high quality, sustainability sourced, and Canadian. What more could you want.

How did Solios come to be?

As consumers, we are continuously pushed to buy a new version of what we already have and this practice has unfortunately, had a huge impact on our water, air, resources and for all species, including humans.

Fed up with the old fashion industry model that values low quality, short term ephemeral products, the founders of Solios wanted to give consumers the option to consume sustainable goods without having to sacrifice on design, attractive price or durable quality.

Their solar timepiece is their way to show the world their desire to disrupt an old industry.

About the Founders

Alexandre Desabrais and Samuel Leroux – The location – Montreal.

“Montreal is the perfect way to represent our brand: young, energetic, artistic, inclusive, sustainable and innovative. Our city is our greatest inspiration.”

Fun Facts:

These watches can run for 6 months off of 2 hours of sunlight.

Their website is fantastic.

Solios has provided a couple of codes for us to share with our readers:

1. Turn your 1% donation to 5% : Savetherainforest
2. Extra Strap: ExtraStrap

*One quick note – For the extra strap, people will see the amount changing in the cart at the checkout process. As for the donation, an additional email will be sent to people who use it to confirm their increased donation.

You can find Solios through the links embedded in the article or here;

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Overheard on a Train – Summer Vacation 2016

There is nothing that I enjoy more than finding hidden gems in my email. In effort to finally get organized – or at least working towards getting organized until my ADHD brain takes me somewhere else…

Nonetheless, I found an email dated August 12, 2016, and at this point in time, we were likely on a train heading somewhere in France, or possibly we were in Holland heading out to see some windmills.

Travelling as a family usually means we have plenty to do together on trains, whether it be playing cards, playing games, looking out the window and watching the world go by or taking a nap. On this trip, it was my oldest child, Linus, who overheard a conversation coming from the men in front of us which seemed very scattered and unusual, so we stayed as quiet as we could and jotted down some gems, which I apparently emailed to myself at 5:13 in the morning.

Here was the conversation;

“We’re roughing it man, like hiking… These trains… They’re really roughing it. I mean in these days no body is doing what we’re doin. No body takes trains. That’s rough. Like really rough. And nobody hikes. Hiking is what the olden days people do. Not today’s generation. Today’s generation… They’re not roughing it like we are. Really rough.

In the future scientists will solve this anti gravity thing and all cities will be in the sky. People will take air trains to each city. And you know what, we’ll still be doing that because that’s what defines roughing it. Travelling on sky trains. Nobody uses skytrains, or will in the future. That will be what roughing it is in the future.

(Other guy) That’s a bit far fetched, man…

(Back to first guy) It’s true. It’s from a German scientist who time traveled to the future instead of backwards like everyone else. He saw it. He went to the future and he took notes of what he saw.

(Other guy) Dude, stop… How did he get back then?

(First guy) Oh, man, you should know that. But you’re not from the future. In the future, they all have time machines. They can travel to any time, anytime.

Giant pause…

(Other guy) Whoa.

(First guy) I know right… Like if someone travels to the past and like kills you, then you would suddenly disappear from the future and I would be here all by myself talking to myself. People would think that I’m crazy, but I would know the truth…

(Other guy) Why would someone go back and kill me? Why wouldn’t they go back in time and kill you?

(First guy) Whoa.

(Second guy) Whoa.

My son – smacks hand on forehead…

Posted in Canada, Community, family, Food, Life, The Urban Daddy, Toronto

Returning This Summer: PC Insiders Report (YAY!)

I opened my email this morning and saw a teaser from Loblaws CEO Galen Weston, that an old favourite was returning.

My mind immediately began to race to PC products which I loved, that have gone by the wayside, and couldn’t wait to see what was coming back – hoping that it was something that we could actually use.

The email read like this:
“I hope you’re keeping well as we hold the course with our physical distancing measures. Most of my updates over these past months have been focused on logistics – the work we’ve done to help keep our colleagues and communities safe. But as the urgency has eased somewhat and I take a wider view of the situation, I have some thoughts I’d like to share.

Billions of people have been asked to stop, to stay inside. And as our worlds have gotten smaller, interesting things are happening out there. You may have seen pictures of mountain goats and monkeys roaming empty streets. Or images of cleaner waterways and side-by-side comparisons of skies over Los Angeles, New Delhi and Barcelona – grey and smoggy pre-pandemic, crisp blue today. Experts say this quieting of human activity has resulted in less seismic noise – that is, the planet is not vibrating as much as usual. Some have joked the birds must be singing much louder. But it may just be that we can hear them better now.

This large-scale slowdown can give us new perspective. We can imagine what we might do differently or better once this all passes. Many of us have become more focused on what we’re eating – what’s essential, what we could do without, or do with a little less of. In my case, I’m a bit of a carnivore, and I’m trying to eat less meat and more vegetables. I know many of you are too.

This movement toward flexitarianism – eating mainly vegetables, fruit, beans and grains, meat only occasionally – is growing. People are curious about the benefits, they want more information and options.

And it’s gotten me thinking: how can our team at President’s Choice do what it does best, keep Canadians up-to-date on the latest product innovations and inspirational meal ideas, while also going deeper on big food issues, like flexitarianism and sustainability? The team reminded me that the PC Insiders Report publication used to do all that.

So, this summer, we’re bringing it back.

For those of you who remember it, in the ‘80s, the Insider’s Report booklet was the kickoff to the big seasons, the highlight of summer and holiday grocery shopping. For those who don’t remember: it really was. This new, fully digital version will give you a taste of the latest trends, fresh recipes for BBQ season, and dozens of new and amazing PC products. And it will have more: I’m going to work with our team on thoughtful stories about larger food issues that Canadians are curious about.

Our team has worked hard to help you get the most out of summer. Every product and every story has been crafted with care, passion and ultimately the love of food in mind. The idea is that we can have both: joy in the food we want, and the information we need to help us eat better and live better. For me these days, that means more big salads. And several PC® Ice Cream Shop Banana Split Mini Ice Cream Bars.”

Let’s have a good summer.

Galen Weston

Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Optimum™

Can I tell you, if you do not remember the Insider Report, just how amazing it was… It provide a snapshot of new PC products that were coming down the pipeline, soon to be in stores. It was always a big hit in my family, and I have such fond memories of looking at all the different food options and choices, which we wanted to purchase.

The Blue Menu was one of the game changers that I remember seeing because there were many foods which we wanted to try but were traditionally too high in fat or salt, but the blue menu took a lot of those, cleaned them up, and made them available and affordable.

Around the holidays, I remember the fancy ice creams and desserts which we used to drool over, but never buy.

Rather than walk into a grocery store and search aisle by aisle, this report highlights the newest products and cuts down the wander time in stores, which make a ton of sense in this day and age.

Thank you, Galen!

Can’t wait!!!

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The Urban Daddy’s COVID-19 Pandemic / Self-Isolation Playlist

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, my self-quarantine playlist grows. Here are some of the songs which resonate with me during these unusual times.

Which songs have spoken the most to you while in quarantine or while performing your duties as an essential worker?

Tik Tok songs aside (I’m bored in a house, and in a house bored).

La List

Don’t Stand So Close (To Me) – The Police

Keep Em Separated – The Offspring

End of the World – REM

Situation Critical – Platinum Blonde

All By Myself – Celine Dion

Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

Longview – Green Day (reference the lyrics: “I’m in a house with unlocked doors, and I’m fucking lazy!”)

Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites

Living in a Ghost Town – The Rolling Stones

Alone – Heart

Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

I know there are many more songs which relate to being alone or social distancing, but the above songs are songs I like, and which – in my opinion – relate to self-isolation.

Please, add to the list in the comments! If the songs fit, I’ll add them to the post and provide proper credit – your name, blog, online presence, etc.