Kids Video Camera

Two Kids, Their Toys And A Video Camera

My wife and I recently bought a new camera and we decided to give our old camera to the kids. We taught them how to take pictures and thought it would be funny to check back in to see what they came up with. In my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined that they would have figured out how to shoot their own videos, but they did…

After marveling at their work, I plucked my favourite video off the memory card and loaded it up onto the YouTube. Without further ado, I present to you a short film by my children entitled, “Nice To Meet You”. Enjoy and never underestimate your children!

Dyson Cinetic DC77 Multi Floor

3 Things The Dyson Cinetic DC77 Vacuum Doesn’t Do Well

I have always wanted a fancy Dyson vacuum cleaner so when the opportunity to take one for a test drive came about, I jumped at the chance. In my head this was a device that could do no wrong but as I tried it out in different areas of my life, I learned that there were some things that it just could not do.

Here is my list of the Top 3 things that the Dyson Cinetic DC77 Multi Floor device could not handle.

1. Children’s Bedtime Stories

I mean, honestly, it’s not like I was asking the Dyson to shower the kids as well. All I needed it to do was to take care of the kids bedtime stories so that I could flip the laundry (a task it also failed at, by the way). When I heard my daughter crying, I entered her room to find the Dyson DC77 just lying in her bed pretending to sleep. Strike #1.

Dyson Cinetic DC77 Storytime

2. Designated Driver

Every now and then I like to go out for drinks with my friends and I figured the “multi” tag that the Dyson Cinetic DC77 carries meant that I had a full time designated driver. Wrong! I guess I should have clued in when Dyson just sat in the car the whole time I was hanging out with my friends. As the car sped through a pile of garbage cans and right into my garage door, I knew I had put the car in the wrong hands.

Dyson Cinetic DC77 Driving

3. Road Hockey Goalie

Picture this. Tied at 9 in a next goal wins situation against my 6 year old and he is in on a breakaway. All the Dyson has to do is make one save but it doesn’t even move an inch as my son easily stickhandles around him and taps the ball in for the winning goal. Do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to lose to your 6 year old in a hockey game?! I used to be good at hockey!!!

Dyson Cinetic DC77 Goalie

Luckily for the Dyson Cinetic DC77 Multi Floor Vacuum it does do one thing better than any other vacuum I have ever owned. It makes me look like a superstar cleaner and it does so with ease. One of my favourite features is the self-adjusting cleaner head because it picks up the dirt that sneaks between the hardwood floor boards and with little ones in the house there is a lot of it… I also love that the hose stretches from my main floor all the way to the top step on the second level. Anyone who has lugged a vacuum step by step up the stairs knows how valuable that feature is!

I guess when I really think of it, the one thing the Dyson Cinetic does really well kind of outweighs the things I was picking on above. You get what you pay for, folks, and the Dyson Cinetic DC77 Multi Floor Vacuum delivers in every way. Check out the links above to see more details and information on where to pick yours up today.

Disclosure: I got to keep the Dyson Cinetic vacuum I received in order to facilitate this blog post. It really did stink at driving the car and I wouldn’t recommend trying it. Also, I got through this entire post without making a joke about how the vacuum sucks. D’oh!

Harlem Globetrotters Family

What Do You Do When A Harlem Globetrotter Rings Your Doorbell?

The other day we were fortunate enough to have a special visitor in our home. His name is Zeus McClurkin and he is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters! The Globetrotters will be playing at the Canadian Tire Centre at 3pm on April 12th and Zeus thought it would be fun to stop by to shoot around with my kids and to teach them some new tricks. Check out the video of our experience and then read on to find out why these guys are my new favourite show to see with the kids.

I’ve always been amazed at how long the Globetrotters have been able to sustain their show, especially considering all the distractions today’s world offers our children. After watching Zeus interact with not only my kids but also all the neighbourhood kids that gathered around, I am no longer surprised by this. He brought autographed pictures for every kid in the neighbourhood and took the time to pose for photos until everybody had one.

As Zeus was leaving, my daughter chased him down the street yelling, “Huggy, Huggy!”, with her arms outstretched. That’s the kind of impact these guys and gals have on kids and that’s why we will never miss another Globertrotters show. If you are interested in attending the show in Ottawa on April 12th, you can enter promo code DADS to get 25% off your purchase. Go, now!

Harlem Globetrotters Hug

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Win 4 Tickets To See The Harlem Globetrotters in Ottawa!

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Ottawa on April 12th at 3pm at the Canadian Tire Centre for their Harlem Globetrotters 2015 Washington Generals’ Revenge Tour! I’m happy to announce that I have been able to secure a 4 pack of tickets to give away to one lucky family and also have an amazing discount code for those who don’t win.

You might remember my previous experience with the Globetrotters when I challenged Buckets Blakes to a Dad-Off in which he destroyed me at every game we played… I have included to clip below and have something cool to share from this year’s visit but you’ll have to wait a few more days for that one.

GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT CODE

On to the fun stuff! To enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters on April 12th at 3pm at the Canadian Tire Centre, simply visit the Harlem Globetrotters website comment below and tell me which Globetrotter you are most excited to see. I’ll draw a winning name on April 9th!

Also, if you want to buy tickets right now, you can VISIT HERE and enter the code DADS to save 25% off your tickets! That’s a huge savings!!

Kinder Surprise Easter

Hop, Hop, Hop Little Bunnies

It’s that time of year again where I get to go digging through the basement for the box labelled “Easter”. Then I get all dressed up in my bunny costume so I can play the game where my kids believe a fictional rabbit hides chocolate all over the place. It’s not for everyone but we have a good time with it and the kids excitement that morning make it totally worth it. Also, for obvious reasons any photos of said bunny outfit have been destroyed or confiscated from my wife’s collection of embarrassing photos of me.

I think it’s important to mention that while I am the one who gets to wear the bunny costume, my wife is the one who makes the day a magical one for our family. From a house filled with decorations, to crafts, games and the egg hunt, I feel like we are the luckiest family in the world to have her in the driver’s seat. I will say that I make a pretty mean breakfast though!

Instead of the usual dollar store chocolates this year, we decided that we were going to splurge on some Kinder Surprise eggs for the kids and hide those around the house. Pro-Tip: For you first time egg hunt planners out there, make sure that you have an equal number of eggs for the kids and try to find a way to separate them by colour. Anyway, I was excited to see how many Easter themed Kinder packs there were available and we may have spent too much money…

Kinder Surprise Easter Packs

Did I end up buying myself the package with the monkey in it? Yes. Yes I did. You got a problem with that?! Sorry, where was I? Ah yes, it’s shaping up to be a great egg hunt this year and I can’t wait to see the kids faces as they search high and low while missing the eggs right in front of their faces.

Before I go I wanted to let you know about a cool contest that Kinder Canada is hosting on their Facebook page where you can Unwrap the KINDER® SURPRISE® to Win a bunch of great prizes! You’ve still got a couple of days left to enter, so head on over now! Also, don’t forget to share all of your Easter egg hunt pictures with the Kinder Canada Instagram page.

Happy Easter!!

DISCLOSURE: I’m a #KinderDad who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team. I also sneak bites of my kids chocolate while they are not looking. I am not proud of this so I thought it was fitting in this portion of the post that people usually don’t read. Don’t tell my kids…

Dad Kids Video Games

The World I Know

I wake up, fall out of bed and drag a comb across my head. Before I get sued by the Beatles I should point out that this is a stunningly accurate portrayal of my daily routine. Every morning I groggily stumble out the front door on my way to work before the kids are even awake. I make sure to check in on them as I pass by their rooms, mostly just to enjoy their tiny faces in their most peaceful of moments.

I somehow manage to make it in to work on time each day, drink way too much coffee and potentially talk a little too much. At the end of the day, I Yabba Dabba Doo my way out to my car where I listen to the same radio show, talking about the same thing they do every other day with a traffic report on the 1’s. I glide peacefully home where I have about thirty minutes of quiet before picking up the kids from school.

The thirty minutes often feels like three but I’m always excited to see the kids. My daughter comes out first and lazily gives me a hug, which I’ve dubbed the leaning tower, as she throws her backpack at my feet and joins the procession of people walking to the next pick up spot. Her brother exits next and they hug a hug that shows how much they love each other. I have to be honest, this is my favourite part of pickup.

Once we get home, it’s road hockey, scooters and laughter until suppertime, which is usually later because it’s hard to be the reason the laughter has to come to an end. Dinner, baths, homework, story time, songs, laughter and sleep round out the day, every day.

When you read through this story it may seem kind of familiar and maybe even a little boring. The truth is that it can be boring at times and that’s fine because every so often you get a moment of difference. It could be an unprompted hug, a random compliment or even just a look from your child that conveys how much they love you. You know the look I’m talking about. In those moments, time stands still and I can’t wait to do it all over again the next day.

Photo credit to David Redding from Redding Photographics

OneTap App

Is One Second Worth A Lifetime?

A couple weeks a go I shared a story about a distracted driver on one of our local highways. Since then I have been paying a lot more attention to the cars around me while I am out and about, and not only can I not believe how distracted we are, but I also started to notice my own tendencies.

I’m guessing we all like to think that we are good drivers. I know that I drive with the confidence that I am being safe on the road, especially while transporting my family. That said, after my last post I started noticing that I am susceptible to my phone’s notifications as well. It was disheartening to say the least and I have been taking steps to eliminate those distractions ever since. After all, one second of distraction is all it takes to cause a lifetime of pain and guilt.

I downloaded the OneTap app, developed by Canadian owned App Colony, a couple weeks ago and have really been enjoying it so far. OneTap works by blocking out pings, rings and other notifications that I get while driving and since I enabled it in my car, I have been a lot more focused on what is going on around me.

I highly encourage you to check out the OneTap app in the Google Play Store and coming soon to the iTunes App Store! You can also follow along with OneTap on Twitter by tracking the hashtag #JustOneTap.

And if you’re still not convinced, I think this video does an excellent job at describing the value that OneTap offers. Drive safe, my friends!

Disney on Ice Mickey Roadster

I’m The Guy Who Broke Mickey Mouse’s Roadster At Disney On Ice

Hi, my name is Chris and you may remember me from such things as “My Day With The Cast of Disney on Ice“. As much fun as that was, when I found out that the fine people at Disney on Ice were going to allow me to drive Mickey Mouse’s roadster at this year’s event, I was even more excited than before!

This year’s Disney on Ice event was the Worlds of Fantasy tour and in the video below you will see my interview with cast member, Ben Smith, who discusses his fear of potatoes, followed by the multiple ways in which I break Mickey’s sweet ride… Enjoy!!!

PS – I asked the kids what they thought of the show and they both said “We liked it”, because my children seem to show the same emotion for every single thing we do, making it impossible to ever really know. Also, it’s Disney and even though I had seen most of these performances in past years, the kids seem to have zero memory, which is a good thing in cases like this.

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What Do You Mean The Batteries Are Dead?!

As parents, we’ve all been there. You’ve thought of everything for your family outing. Everything except batteries, that is, and now you’re dealing with the sinking feeling you get when you see that last bar mocking you as it flashes its final countdown.

We recently had such an experience at my son’s class performance when our camera ran out of batteries just minutes after the show began. I can still remember the sweat pouring down my face as I was faced with having to report my error to my wife as she beamed with excitement at the thought of having these memories forever.

There was a small part of me that wanted to pretend to take the pictures anyway but I knew I would eventually be found out, so I fessed up to my crime. My wife took the news well but I figure it could be years before she gets her revenge, as I would do to her. Maybe the half opened sugar lid or flushing the toilet while she showers. What, that’s totally normal, right?

The point here is that we go through a lot of batteries, as I’m sure most families do, and with March Break on the horizon, we are starting to stock up now so I don’t make the same mistake twice. This year we are trying out the new Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries in hopes of getting a longer life out of our various devices.

FYI – The Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries are the world’s first battery made with 4% recycled batteries and are Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline battery.

Double FYI – When you purchase Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries at *participating stores between February 1st –March 16th, 2015 and go to energizerwinsmart.com to enter your product UPC, you will be entered for your chance to win a smart fortwo ($26,000 value!). There are also 10 secondary prizes of $100 President’s Choice Gift Cards are also available to be won!

Yeah, I know. Makes you want to snag some batteries next time you’re enjoying some quiet grocery time at Loblaws, doesn’t it?

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Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, however my fear described above was very real…