Canon Pixma Printing Solutions

Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions Helps You Hold On To Precious Moments

If you’re like me, you probably have about 700 photos on your iPhone at any given time. Going one step further, you most likely load the pictures onto a hard drive somewhere and then forget about them. What about the one in a hundred that are actually really great shots? What if I told you that you could snap the picture and then print it out at home from wherever you were at that moment?

With Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions you can do just that! Not only can you print your photos from wherever you are snapping them but you can also print off documents, concert tickets and whatever else you don’t want to forget about, and it can all be done from the comfort of your mobile device. You want to scan and print something using only your mobile device? PIXMA Printing Solutions can do that, too!

No more transferring all my photos to the computer and then sorting through all of them until I find the ones I like. From now on I will simply snap a photo, add filters if I’d like and hit print from my phone or camera and then pick up the photo from the printer when I get home. With a busy family, multiple hobbies and a career to juggle, cutting out one middle man is really important to me and the Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions does that for me. Check out the video below for more info on how the app works.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this program. That said, I really do have over 700 pictures on my phone and will be printing off the best ones remotely just to say that I did it!

Father Daughter Bubbles

Let Go, Dad

“Let go, Dad!”

We weren’t 5 seconds into her first lesson but I saw the confidence in her eyes as I let my hand slip off the handlebars of her bike.

I still remember spinning her around through a sea of bubbles and giggling together as we tried to pop them all. She was so little. The only thing that mattered in those moments was the laughter. She is 5 now and while there is still lots of laughter, something else has emerged. Now I see a little girl standing in front of me who has real thoughts and feelings and emotions, and I’m not going to lie, it’s a little scary.

It feels like a never ending struggle to find a balance between keeping her safe and letting her explore the world on her own, which I know she loves to do. She constantly pushes her comfort zone to the limit and surprises me at every turn, reminding even me that life itself is about pushing yourself and not being satisfied with the status quo.

The cliché goes, “You can do anything you set your mind to”, and we all laugh at the absurdity of it, but with her I believe it. Tell her she’s too little and she’ll fight to prove you wrong, which is good because we haven’t blessed her with height.

She beamed with pride on this day, as did her parents, as she felt the wind rushing past her face and rang her bell to let the neighbourhood know that the training wheels were gone. Letting go wasn’t easy but the reward was far greater than the fear.

Daughter Bike Ride

Kinder Canada Eggs Minions Movie

Win A Minions Themed Kinder Surprise Prize Pack! Plus, Minion Crafts!

I know I promised you an amazing Minions themed Kinder Surprise giveaway but in honour of the 11 new Minions toys inside specially marked KINDER® SURPRISE® Classic eggs I wanted to show you a very cool and very easy craft you can do with your kids! Follow along with the pictures below to create your very own Kinder Minions!

Step #1 – Gather your supplies. In this case you will need an empty Kinder Surprise Egg, scissors, a sharpie, googly eyes, glue, a piece off some old jeans and glue.

Kinder Egg Minions 1

Step #2 – Use the sharpie to draw a band across the top of your Kinder Surprise Egg.

Kinder Egg Minions 2

Step #3 – Glue a googly eye in the middle of the band and draw a smile and hair on your minion.

Kinder Egg Minions 3

Step #4 – Cut some pieces off the jeans and glue them to the bottom of your minion to make pants! (Parents beware, jeans are tough to cut! You may want to help here.)

Kinder Egg Minions 4

Step #5 – Let your minions dry and they are ready to go looking for a new master!

Kinder Egg Minions 5

MINIONS THEMED KINDER SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!!

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Good Luck and also, don’t forget to visit the Kinder Canada Facebook Page on Friday, May 22 for a chance to win four tickets to see the Minions movie in theatres when it comes out this July!

DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderMom/Maman/Dad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products.

COOKINA Prize Pack

Win A COOKINA Prize Pack! #WhatsOnYourGrill

You’ve heard me go on and on about the COOKINA Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet and now I’m giving you the chance to win some of your own! I wish there were a way for me to put into words how much the COOKINA grilling sheet has helped me on the barbecue but I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Cookina Grilling Sheet Steak Vegetables

A few weeks ago that steak would have looked like a charred mess and I probably wouldn’t even have attempted it. Ever since I started using the COOKINA Grilling Sheet my confidence on the BBQ has skyrocketed! I know this sounds like an infomercial but I am so excited about my new found confidence that I want everyone to know how great this product is! Because of the COOKINA “What’s On Your Grill” campaign, no longer will I scrape the leftover food from my grill and wonder what bacteria is left lurking!

Cookina Barbecue Logo

WIN A COOKINA PRIZE PACK!

Now it’s your turn to be a star on the grill! I have an amazing COOKINA Prize Pack (Pictured Above) to giveaway to one lucky reader and entering is easy! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Take a photo showing me what’s cooking on your grill.

2. Share that photo on social media, with a description of what it is, in one of the following ways. You can tweet it to me @CanadianDadBlog with the hashtag #WhatsOnYourGrill, OR, share it on the Canadian Dad Facebook Page with the #WhatsOnYourGrill hashtag.

That’s it! The important thing to remember is the #WhatsOnYourGrill hashtag as that’s how I will sort the entries. I will draw a winner from all valid entries on May 24th. You must be a Canadian resident to enter. Happy Grilling!

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in the #WhatsOnYourGrill campaign, however the COOKINA grilling sheet really has changed the way I cook and I can’t say enough good things about it!

#PringlesDuckLip Pringles Prize Pack

Show Me Your #PringlesDuckLip And Win A Huge Pringles Prize Pack!

I introduced you to the #PringlesDuckLip campaign last week with our Duckvengers trailer and now it’s your turn to join in for a chance to win! Your prize? See all those Pringles tins in the photo above? All yours!

For your chance to win the Pringles Prize Pack and possibly be featured in the #PringlesDuckLip documentary, all you have to do is follow these steps:

1. Take a #PringlesDuckLip photo or video and post it to Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook. (Check out my ‘DuckDevil’ example below)

2. Remember to use the #PringlesDuckLip tag and also tag me @CanadianDadBlog on Twitter and/or Instagram in order to be entered to win. If you share on Facebook, you can simply post the picture on my Canadian Dad page and use the #PringlesDuckLip tag.

Everyone who posts a photo or video will be entered to win a Pringles Prize Pack valued at over $200! I will also be sharing a few of my favourites along the way so remember to get creative with your entries. Good Luck! I will be selecting a winner on May 24th.

DuckDevil Pringles

You can follow along with all the #PringlesDuckLip fun by visiting the Pringles Canada Facebook Page or @PringlesCA on Twitter.

*Please note that any content/entries submitted by participants through their networks could potentially appear in #PringlesDuckLip video (airing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and Pringles owns rights to use of any materials for use on Pringles social media sites, in media and marketing materials and/or on their respective websites*

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this campaign

AIR MILES AMEX

Confessions Of An AIR MILES Enthusiast

There are things we admit to people and there are some things that we keep inside (like that time you decided that you really did like that new One Direction song), but some things you just need to be said. When it comes to the way I experience the AIR MILES program, there’s nothing I like more than educating my friends and family on the benefits of the program.

You see, I am what you call obsessive compulsive. When my daughter said she loved Beanie Boos, I bought every last one I could find. The same story can be told with my son and his short lived Pokémon addiction. Luckily, Toys “R” Us gives AIR MILES so I at least got something in return for the $$$ I dropped on those toys. When I get my head stuck on something I can’t stop until I have satisfied my craving for it. That is how I feel about my AIR MILES reward miles and that is why I am okay with admitting the following two points of excitement I find when using my AIR MILES Collector Card alongside my American Express AIR MILES Credit Card.

1. When I find out about new AIR MILES sponsors

There is a Sobeys just down the street from my house and although I would sometimes venture farther to different grocery stores, it was often more convenient to walk up to the Sobeys with the kids. Well, on one of our trips last month we received a pamphlet in our grocery bag informing us that Sobeys would be converting their point system to AIR MILES.

I excitedly turned to the people in line behind me hoping that they would share in the joy I was feeling and possibly partake in the age old tradition of the slapping of the fives. They didn’t show it and there were no fives slapped but I just assumed that my excitement had intimidated them. I may have also literally jumped for joy when I realized that I had not used a single Sobeys point in the 4 years I had been shopping there, which meant that I was due a sizable chunk of AIR MILES from the points conversion.

Side Note: I may or may not have also caught myself fist-pumping when I saw the 5X AIR MILES bonus reward miles at the Shell station the other day… I wish I was making this stuff up for dramatic effect.

2. When I got my new AIR MILES Onyx member Card

With the help of my American Express AIR MILES Credit Card, I joined an elite level of the AIR MILES Collectors program this past year when I reached Onyx status. With that membership came a lot of special perks, including amazing discounts on Dream Rewards, but all the perks paled in comparison to my shiny new black Onyx AIR MILES Card.

Honestly, I was so excited to test it out that I drove to the nearest AIR MILES partner (LCBO) grabbed a bottle of my favourite wine and excitedly handed over my Onyx Card to the cashier. As they held the Card in their hands I waited with anticipation for them to compliment me on my sleek new card, but they simply scanned it and passed it back without looking up. Assuming it was some kind of mistake; I drove to the next closest shop and proudly passed them my Onyx Card. Same result.

You’d think this would be enough to deter me but I am extremely stubborn. I now find myself trying new tactics with the store clerks as I pass my Onyx Card to them including, but not limited to, uncomfortable smiles, accidentally dropping it so they have to look at it, explaining its origins without being asked and giving them the wink and double finger guns as they scan it. None of these tactics have been successful so far but I am maintaining hope that the day will come where someone will compliment my new card.

Why am I so obsessive when it comes to AIR MILES, you ask? The answer is simple. Last year I earned enough AIR MILES to purchase almost all of my Christmas presents PLUS a flight to Washington for the Dad 2.0 Summit. The estimated retail value of my redemptions was almost $1100, for only one year’s worth of reward miles!

Achieving this goal was relatively easy. When you combine your AIR MILES Collector Card with the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card you can earn twice on all purchases from AIR MILES Sponsor stores. Aside from that, every time you use your Amex AIR MILES Credit Card, regardless of the store, you still earn AIR MILES on your purchases. Combine that with smart store selection and the points will start piling up in no time.

I should also point out that I pay the annual fee for a higher level Credit Card and the miles easily outweigh the cost of the fee. You use a Credit Card anyway, right? Why would you only collect half the miles you could be getting by only using the AIR MILES Collector Card? That would be like eating a sundae without a spoon or driving without a steering wheel. Go, check out the American Express AIR MILES Credit Card and thank me when you are flying somewhere exotic from all the points you earned!

This post was sponsored by Amex Bank of Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

Cookina Grilling Sheet

I Grilled The Perfect Steak With The Cookina Grilling Sheet, However…

…I may have been so excited about the fact that I was cooking a steak at 2 o’clock in the afternoon that I forgot to document the experience for this blog post. You see, I have teamed up with Cookina on their new “#WhatsOnYourGrill” program and part of that program is trying out their Cookina Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet.

Cookina Barbecue Logo

A little background on my barbecue skills. They are not great. I usually blame the barbecue because everything I put on there seems to burn. When I chose the steak it was because I wanted to hit the Cookina Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet by surprise instead of lobbing it a softball and it exceeded my every expectation. I usually tend to opt for funny over an actual product review but my steak was grilled so perfectly that I can’t say enough good things about the Cookina Grilling Sheet.

Cookina Grill Sheet

I even had the confidence to invite my family over for a barbecue dinner tonight, which is something that I would normally never do, and the food turned out great! Sure it was only hamburgers with grilled onions but nothing burned because the Cookina Grilling Sheet kept all the juices, sauces and cheese from dripping down into the barbecue, reducing the flame up and more importantly, the clean up. Also, I was able to simply wipe the grilling sheet clean and store it away until my next barbecue adventure. I mean, look at these bad boys!

Cookina Hamburgers

I’m not sure what else I can say about this grilling sheet. If it turns an amateur griller like myself into a wiz, imagine what it could do for the advanced grill master. I wish words could accurately convey how excited I am to finally have the confidence to take on bigger challenges with my barbecue. I think my mom summed it up best while I raced about the Cookina Barbecue Reusable Grilling Sheet when she asked, “Is there a hidden infomercial going on here?”. No, mom, just a grill master in the making!

I have seen the Cookina Reusable Sheets at places like Sobeys and Canadian Tire and highly encourage you to try them out. I have also included the video below because I got so excited watching it that I wanted you to see how I imagine myself in a few weeks with these Cookina grilling sheets… So, #WhatsOnYourGrill???

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this program but my confidence level really is bordering on arrogance now that I have found these grilling sheets.

Shreddies Search For Goodness

Nominate a Fellow Canadian & Join the Shreddies “Search for Goodness”!

I am a huge fan of volunteerism and in giving back to society. It’s something I hope to instill in my children the way my parents did for me. We already got them started on the right foot when my extended family helped found the Gil Read Memorial Foundation in honour of my father, to help give back to kids who can’t afford to play organized sports. Every year we host a fastball tournament and the kids love to participate.

That’s why I was thrilled to team up with Post Shreddies to help promote their “Search for Goodness” campaign. The “Search for Goodness” is a national search to recognize individuals for their selfless commitment to their community. Shreddies believes Canada is full of people striving to do good for others and want to recognize those who make a difference in their community. Canadians are backing up that belief as well:

• Almost 70 per cent volunteer their time to help someone they know with things like errands and snow removal
• Of those who volunteer, 60 per cent volunteer for a local, community-based organization
• More than 90 per cent feel a sense of pride and goodness after they volunteer
• Almost 90 per cent agree that volunteerism is an important function in building a strong community
• Over half of Canadians encourage their children to volunteer
• 86 per cent of Canadians think that young people who volunteer are more likely to grow into genuinely good adults

How Can You Participate in the Shreddies “Search for Goodness”?

If you know someone from your family or community who goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others, here’s how you can share their story and give them the recognition they deserve.

Nominations can be submitted by visiting searchforgoodness.ca before May 10, 2015. Once a person has been nominated, Canadians can vote for their favourite story once a day to help the nominee make it into the top 10 finalists. The top 10 stories will make the shortlist of nominees, and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges at Post Foods Canada Inc. The winning story will be told in a Post Shreddies’ ad.

Full contest rules are available at www.searchforgoodness.ca and on the Shreddies Facebook Page

Shreddies Infographic

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this campaign.

The Duckvengers

Watch The Epic Trailer For The Duckvengers & Win Stuff Too!

I receive a lot of pitches in my inbox every day and the first thing I think to myself as I read them is “Can I do something fun with this?”. The answer came quickly when Pringles asked me to be a part of their new #PringlesDuckLip campaign. Basically they wanted me to shove chips in my mouth and act goofy for a video. Anyone who reads this blog knows that this essentially describes who I am.

We worked together as a family to create a trailer for a new movie called, The Duckvengers, in honour of the release of the new Avengers movie this weekend. Scripts were written and re-written, costumes were fought over and mediocre movie editing skills prevailed to create the masterpiece you are about to watch below. Once you have finished the video you can scroll down to find out how you can win a Pringles prize pack! Enjoy!

I know. Kids, right? Ah well, we had fun goofing around with the costumes either way. Now, onto the good stuff!

For your chance to win a Pringles Prize Pack and possibly be featured in the #PringlesDuckLip documentary, all you have to do is follow these steps:

1. Take a #PringlesDuckLip photo or video and post it to Twitter and/or Facebook.

2. Remember to use the #PringlesDuckLip tag and also tag me @CanadianDadBlog on Twitter in order to be entered to win. If you share on Facebook, you can simply post the picture on my Canadian Dad page and use the #PringlesDuckLip tag.

Everyone who posts a photo or video will be entered to win a Pringles Prize Pack valued at over $200! I will also be sharing a few of my favourites along the way so remember to get creative with your entries. Good Luck!

You can follow along with all the #PringlesDuckLip fun by visiting the Pringles Canada Facebook Page or @PringlesCA on Twitter.

*Please note that any content/entries submitted by participants through their networks could potentially appear in #PringlesDuckLip video (airing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and Pringles owns rights to use of any materials for use on Pringles social media sites, in media and marketing materials and/or on their respective websites*

Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in this campaign and all chips were consumed in the making of the Duckvengers video.

Netflix Lies

Netflix Is Filled With Lies

Link bait is also a form of lying, isn’t it? Well, now that I have you here let me explain myself. I recently agreed to sign on with Netflix to be a part of their Stream Team, which means that every month I will be talking about the shows my family is watching and sharing some of Netflix’s suggestions with you.

My first month happened to be an eventful one as I had the chance to pre-screen a few episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil and then proceeded to watch the entire 13 episode season in under 4 days… If you have been on the fence about this show, it is seriously time to hop off and watch it. It is incredibly dark and violent, which was actually a plus when compared to some of the other comic book shows on cable right now.

My wife and I also just started watched a show called White Collar and definitely recommend it so far, especially if you enjoy watching something like Suits. And speaking of Suits, I want to say that my wife and I are patiently watching for Season 4 to arrive on Netflix but there is no patience in this house…other than with our kids, of course.

As far as lying goes, Netflix has you covered with classics like Liar, Liar and one of my personal favourites, Mean Girls. I’ve also been told that the next show on our watch list, Bloodline, centers around lies and we can’t wait to hit it up!

That’s it for this month but stay tuned as I will be sharing more of my family’s favourite Netflix titles in the months to come! Stream on!