Putting Sailun Tires To The Ultimate Test

PTPA Sailun Tires Event

I recently had the opportunity to participate as a PTPA Ambassador for Sailun Tires. Part of that program was the chance to test out the tires at an event on a closed track at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. Not being a tire expert, I was skeptical about whether or not I would be able to tell the difference between the Sailun’s and the competing tires, but I surprised even myself.

The day started with a presentation from the Sailun team, where they explained that their goal is to provide a product for families that combines Safety and Performance for an amazing Value to them. As someone who is very interested in keeping his family safe, especially on the road, I was impressed to hear the lengths Sailun Tires were going to, to ensure that safety.

Next we were off to the closed course, with our race car drivers, Travis and Matt. There were two cars with Sailun Tires and two with competitor tires and we weren’t told which was which before we took our test drives. After each round, we would fill out a survey about how we felt the tires handled. In my opinion, there was a massive difference in the two different tire sets, and as I found out at the end, I chose the Sailun tires as the better of the two after each of my 4 runs. After finding this out, I was impressed at how well the Sailun’s handled the course, while making very little noise on the hard turns around the pylons.

In the end, after my experience on the closed course and judging by my test results, I would definitely trust Sailun Tires with my family’s safety. And if my endorsement isn’t enough, we managed to flag down an ice cream truck as the event was coming to a close and you can imagine my surprise to see that the truck was sporting, what else, but Sailun Tires. There you have it, Canadian Dad and Ice Cream Trucks both trust Sailun Tires.

Just a couple more items to get to. I’ll get to the amazing giveaway, but first, I decided to shoot a video of race car driver, Matt Pritiko, as he took a couple of us on a very fast test drive of the closed course. I am the one giggling like Beavis and Butthead for the entire ride. Not. Scared.

On to the good stuff! One lucky reader is going to win a Grand Prize of a set of Sailun Tires. There are also 3 runner up prizes of a $100 gift card to Petro Canada. You can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Please read rules and regs prior to entering.

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Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in the Trust Sailun Ambassador program.

Sailun Tires ~ With You Through Every Turn


I’m happy to be partnering up with Sailun Tires on a new program to put their tires to the test. When shopping for tires, there are three things that I look for above all others; Quality, Safety & Value, and Sailun Tires promises to deliver all three.

As someone who has been let down by his previous tire manufacturer, I am really excited to put the Sailun brand to the test. Just last year a faulty tire left me and my children stranded at the side of the road and it was an extremely unpleasant and helpless experience. There is nothing I would love more than to know that my family is completely safe while we are out on the road.


Sailun Tires manufactures and distributes various types of passenger and light truck, medium radial truck, and off-the-road tires in all major markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Sailun’s international teams have the ability, knowledge and long term strategies to expand in the tire industry.

Building on real world testing and continuing to develop a motorsports proven product, Sailun will continue to build the most advanced and cost-efficient platform for tire manufacturing and distribution, while utilizing its information technology and substantial research platform to help establish new tire enterprises.


PTPA Winner Seal

I think it’s also important to note that Sailun Tires are also the recipients of the PTPA Award. The PTPA’s seal is one of the most publicized and highly recognized award seals in North America, and whenever I see it, I know that I am getting a high quality product.

I will also be joining the PTPA and Sailun Tires in Brampton on June 12th for the Sailun Tires Summer Track Event, where I will get a chance to test out the tires first hand. I hope you’ll check back in to read about my experience and to check out the great giveaway we have planned for you!


That’s all for now. Please take a minute to follow Sailun Tires on Twitter and Facebook, and don’t forget to check back in for the big giveaway coming this June!

On Comfort Zones, Inspiration and Being Vulnerable {#Dad2Summit}

Floating on Air

It’s a constant struggle for me to turn my thoughts and my passions into typed words. Case and point, I am trying to do justice to the experience that was the Dad 2.0 Summit in Houston, Texas, yet I know that the finished product of this summation will be nowhere close to what I actually want to say.

Much like my trip to Blissdom Canada last October, I came into this conference with a fear wrenched stomach. The difference this time around was that these were my direct peers in that we are all occupying the space in the fatherhood advocacy industry. We write about fatherhood with the knowledge that there is still a limited market for what we do, which means that in order to get your message viewed you have to stand out from the crowd; or write like Black Hockey Jesus

The Dad 2.0 conference, for me, was about stepping out of my comfort zone and doing the exact opposite of what my brain was telling me to do. It was forgetting about idolizing people and realizing that we’re all just people. It was tackling my fear of flying. It was about not holding back the personality I tend to subdue and letting people see the real me. And yes, that crazy dancing, high fiving and ear to ear smiling maniac that a few of you saw at back to back karaoke nights was very much the real me. Special shout out to Amy Spreitzer Windsor of the Bitchin’ Wives Club for organizing those nights out. You can check out her amazing Karaoke montage right here!

I took so much out of this conference that I’m still processing and remembering things days after they happened. I had real conversations with people and I’m not talking about the average “being a Dad is kind of neat talks” either. I had meaningful conversations about people’s passions, kids, cancer, death, writing and relationships. Every single person’s story was unique and amazing and interesting. There were no ego’s, no competing and people were more than willing to engage in conversation, regardless of how many followers they had on their websites and social media accounts. It was awesome.

I had the special opportunity to stand before my peers and read to them something so personal to me, that I wasn’t sure I would be able to get all the way through it. Well, I got up there and I got through it; and then I went immediately to my room and I cried for what felt like hours, even though it was only a minute or two. I wasn’t ready to be completely vulnerable in front of everybody. I think I am now.

I think I accomplished almost everything I set out to do by attending this conference. The only regret that I can think of is that I didn’t take more time to sit down with Jim Higley, who I didn’t know much about going into the conference. I’ve come to realize that he is one of those rare people who inspires us to be better people to each other. He further exemplified this by telling that group that his $3,000 1st place prize from the Ready, Set, Eat competition, would be going to help a young boy with testicular cancer. I didn’t get a chance to tell him that he inspired me in person, so I’ll do it here.

I have a million Thank You’s to hand out but I’ll save a lot of them for emails because I’m sure you’ve either stopped reading this already or are getting close to it. That said, there are a couple people I would like to mention.

* To my roommate, Andy Herald of How To Be A Dad. If I bothered you with my incessant questions, messy side of the room or general hovering, you didn’t show it even one time. Thank you for being open with your thoughts and ideas. I got a lot out of our conversations and appreciate you taking that time with me.

* To my Blogger Spotlight co-readers: Whit Honea, Carter Gaddis, Jon Hockey Jesus & Kevin McKeever. It was an honour to share the stage with you and listen to your stories. Through this exercise I learned that I don’t have to write like other people in order to be successful. Just because someone’s writing is great, doesn’t mean that mine can’t also be great in its own way.

* To the brand sponsors, who are proving that they believe in the voice we are developing as fathers and as men. And to title sponsor, Dove Men+ Care for everything they provided to make this conference the huge success it was. Thank you for everything!

* A very big Thank You to Sharon, Zeev and the rest of the staff at Parent Tested, Parent Approved for sponsoring me on this amazing journey. Without your help, I would have never had the chance to experience it and I am eternally grateful for it. I’m excited to see what the future holds for us as partners and hope I did your brand proud.

* Last but not least, to Doug French, John Pacini and every other person that put their sweat and tears into this project, Thank You. I had the time of my life and that is not just lip service.

I got on the plane to come home and as I started writing this, I began to cry and had to stop. Every time I started trying to write again, I started to cry again. I don’t know why that is. Maybe I’m just tired. It certainly can’t be that I got emotionally charged and inspired by a bunch of dudes, right? I really miss my family and the only thing I want at this very moment is to be home with them. PS – After typing that last line, I put the computer away so my seat mates didn’t think I was unstable.

In the end, I laughed, cried, sang, spoke and even danced on a pole (for the first time, I swear). I left everything on the table, had few regrets, made many new friends and leave as a different man, who is more energized and inspired than ever. Thank you to everyone who took the time to get to know me and who made this the incredible event it was. I hope I represented myself and my country in a positive light and I’m already planning to do it all over again next year!

I’ll leave you with my interview with Brad from DadLabs, which was a lot of fun to do. Cheers!.

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Blog Soup – Week of November 5th

Each week, Blog Soup will highlight some of my favourite posts from other bloggers around the interweb.

1. What’s Important To My Kids – My Report Card by Wildsau – Fellow Dad blogger, Tom (@Wildsau), shares a story of a report card he received from his 8 year old daughter. I’m not going to lie, just the thought of this happening to me someday, gave me crazy goosebumps (and maybe a couple tears…)

2. He Never Let Go Of My Thumb… by Andy Herald (HowToBeADad) – How To Be A Dad co-founder, Andy Herald, shares a touching story about his 3 year old son’s first experience with Trick or Treating.

3. The Low Down On My Mo Down! by Zeev @ PTPA Media – This post, from my MoBro Zeev, takes a hilarious look at the Mo-Pro’s and the Moh-No’s to the moustache growing phenomenon known as Movember. The most important thing to note here, is that the PTPA has agreed to match any donations Zeev can get, up to $1000. If you’re going to give, make sure it’s to Zeev so you can double your contribution!

That’s it for this week. I was out of the fictional blogging office for a majority of it and didn’t get to read too many posts. I’m really glad I got to see the ones listed above and I think you will be as well.


What Can The @PTPA Seal of Approval Do For Your Brand?

I learned of the Parent Tested Parent Approved “Seal of Approval” long before I began my blogging journey. In fact, the first time I saw it was on a PlaSmart toy I purchased for the kids, that they loved!

Ever since that day, I have purchased a number of other products from PTPA Winners. From companies like Norton and Indigo to PlaSmart and Vtech, I always check for the seal when I’m out shopping for my family.

The reason I do this, is because I know that the products with the PTPA Seal have all been tested and approved by the people that matter most, the consumers. That’s right; every PTPA winner goes through a number of tests from Moms, Dads and Kids, before they submit a final review.

As a brand owner, there is no better feeling than knowing that your customers not only approve of your product, but that you can proudly show that Seal of Approval right on your packaging. Here are some of the other benefits of submitting your product or service to the PTPA for Approval:

• Brands receive objective reviews from volunteer parent testers

• PTPA’s mission is to be a liaison for the Brands and the parents – providing each access and a voice to share and engage with one     another

• PTPA provides access to all of the completed evaluations providing invaluable market research

• PTPA has 60,000 volunteer parent testers across North America

• PTPA is the only Seal that awarded based 100% on the parents evaluations

• Earning the Seal of Approval gives Brands credibility and a voice to communicate with their target market

• The PTPA Seal of Approval is one of the most publicized and recognized seal in the family consumer market

• Award winners receive direct access to their target market through a variety of innovative marketing initiatives

• No risk guarantee – companies who do not earn the Seal of Approval do not receive any negative attention and are refunded for their submission

• Founder and CEO Sharon Vinderine has been featured on over 55 morning shows including The Rachael Ray show

If you’re not convinced yet, please take a trip over to the PTPA’s website and poke around at all they have to offer and you’ll also find an impressive list of some of their clients. You can even register your product for award testing on that site.

Also, feel free to stop into one of the many social media channels the PTPA has to offer. Their Facebook page is filled with great information, testing opportunities and contests. Furthermore, you can follow them on Twitter @PTPA and watch how committed they are to promoting your brand through all of their amazing Tweet Chat’s (Don’t worry; I can explain those if you haven’t heard of them).

Finally, there is the Blogaholics’ Page, where you’ll find me and many other amazing bloggers, who are there to talk about the things that matter most to them; their families, lives and the products they love to use.

If I were a business owner, the decision would be easy. I would want my product to go through the rigorous testing process provided by the PTPA and their group of over 60,000 volunteer parent testers.

So, what’s it going to be? Go get the PTPA Seal and watch your business shine in the eyes of parents everywhere!

PTPA Media – Helping Parents Make Informed Decisions







I’m very proud to announce that I will be working the excellent folks at Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) over the next couple months, to help bring awareness to all the great work they do.

For those of you who are not familiar with the PTPA, they are an Awards & Media company specializing in finding and promoting the best products and services on the market for parents and their families. The PTPA Seal of Approval is one of Canada’s fastest growing Media companies with the most highly recognized Seal of Approval in the industry.

Speaking of that Seal of Approval, I’m sure you’ve seen it and probably didn’t even realize it! Here’s one picture of the seal and then another of the Seal proudly on display at Indigo Kids.


When I first signed up to be a tester over a year ago, I had no idea what the PTPA was all about. Let’s be completely honest though, at the time, I was in it for the free toys… What I’ve found however, is that I am a now a part of something bigger than that. I am a part of the PTPA community as a Blogger, a Tester and now as an Ambassador and the experience has been incredible so far!

Sound like a great community to you? Why not sign up as a Parent Tester yourself? It’s as easy as visiting the PTPA Sign Up Page and filling out the form. PTPA sends out thousands of products, free of charge, to parent testers for them to use in exchange for their honest evaluation about the product. Then you’ll be on your way to helping other parents make informed decisions about the products they are purchasing for their family.

As a Parent Tester, you are helping to decide which products will earn the coveted PTPA Seal of Approval. Now that I’ve been a part of the community for a while, I always look for the Seal before making a purchase and it’s always the deciding factor if I’m torn between two products.

The PTPA Winner’s Circle is a perfect place to start when you are starting your search for a new products. From strollers and internet security to Hot Wheels and eReaders, the Winner’s Circle has something for everybody in your family!

So what are you waiting for?? There are a number of ways to become a part of the PTPA Community. You can follow, interact and win lots of prizes through their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also follow along with the PTPA Blogaholics (That’s Me!) as we cover everything from product reviews and giveaways to parenting advice and fun conversation.

The most important thing you can do right now though, is to Sign Up as a Parent Tester! Don’t leave your purchasing decisions up to chance, sign up today and YOU will be the authority on what products are right for your family. After you’ve signed up, make sure to fill in your profile to at least the 80% mark and you qualify to start testing!

It’s really as simple as that! The Parent Tested, Parent Approved Seal is the one I trust most in my house and I hope you’ll consider joining our team, so you too can see what all the fuss is about!


Munchkin Canada Tackles Smell With Arm & Hammer {Review/Giveaway}





Hello there, my name is Chris and you might remember me from such posts as last month’s Munchkin Canada Grows With Your Baby review and giveaway! Well it’s a new month and my friends at Munchkin Canada have sent me some new items to take a look at. They’ve also approved a giveaway that you’re not going to want to miss out on!

As a Father and also a Daycare Daddy, one of the biggest problems I have with my house full of little Munchkins is the smell! I get that it’s not their fault. Part of the catch to the kids eating their fruits and veggies is that they produce some less than ideal smells. As one of the PTPA’s ambassadors for Munchkin Canada, I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful package of Arm & Hammer products that were supposed to help eliminate odour. Did they work, you ask?

100%!! Those diaper filling Munchkins tried their best to destroy it but the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail was up to the task and my house has never smelled better! Here’s a little more info on the Diaper Pail (which you’ll see again before the end of the post, wink!):



   Product Features:

* Powered by odour-eliminating baking soda
* Patented self-sealing system seals the bag as the lid closes
* Easy from start to finish – one handed use
* Just Snap, Seal and Toss bags to dispose
* Comes fully assembled and with 3 bag refills




Check out this Diaper Pail Demo for more information.

The best part about Munchkin Canada‘s line of Arm & Hammer products is that it’s not just about eliminating odour. They have designed a number of products to aim to make life easier for parents. After trying everything out, I wanted to share a couple of my favourites!

Arm & Hammer 3-in-1 Potty Seat:


Product Features:

* 3-in-1 Potty Seat grows with child – Potty Chair, Trainer Ring, Sturdy Stepstool
* Convenient toddler flushable wipes
* Replaceable freshener insert for odor control
* Removable trainer seat for use on adult potty
* Removable bowl for easy cleaning
* Includes one 36pk of 4”x7” Arm & Hammer™ Flushable Potty Wipes. Refills sold separately.



Arm & Hammer Nursery Wipes – 24pk:

Product Features:

* Safely cleans cribs, high chairs, changing stations, shopping carts, and other surfaces
* Natural cleaning with baking soda
* Kills germs on contact
* 8” x 6” wipes
* Perfect for on-the-go
* Also available in a 12ct Tray


There were so many other amazing products this month but I just wanted to highlight a few of our favourites. From Nursery Freshener Disks to Hand and Face Wipes, Munchkin Canada and Arm & Hammer have you covered! Now, about that giveaway I was talking about. I’m so excited to be able to give you the chance at not one, but 2 of Arm & Hammer’s best products!

Use the Rafflecopter form below and you can win BOTH the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail and the 3 in 1 Potty Seat! I know, you can thank me with nice emails or cash!

For more information on Munchkin Canada and their great line of products, you can visit their Website Here! They’d also love to hear from you on their Facebook and Twitter Pages! Also, be sure to watch out for a $10 Mail In Rebate Coupon on Munchkin’s Facebook page soon!

Contest is open to residents of Canada.

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I am participating as one of Munchkin Canada’s Ambassadors and I received a package of Munchkin products in exchange for my participation in this campaign. Opinions expressed belong to me and are NOT influenced in any way.

Munchkin® Canada Grows With Your Baby {Review & Giveaway}

I’m proud and very excited to have been chosen as one of PTPA’s Brand Ambassadors for Munchkin Canada! My little ones and our Day Care have been using their products for a couple years now so it seemed like a perfect fit. I love the variety they offer and how durable their products are, which is important when you care for 6 kids on a daily basis.

I received a wonderful package of goodies from Munchkin and my kids went right to work by ripping the packages apart and rifling through all the amazing new products. I think their favourite items were the Click Lock™ cups. My kids are really into cups for some reason (no, seriously, they are weird about cups right now) and this was a very welcome sight!






Munchkin’s new line of Click Lock™ Cups are just right because they just CLICK. These cups feature a simple click-and-lock lid to securely close for a leak proof seal – guaranteed. Parents will see, hear and feel the cup lock, so they have triple assurance against dribbles and drips. Munchkin is so confident these new cups are mess-free, we are backing up the promise with a 100% replacement guarantee.

Click Lock™ cups are available in an assortment of vibrant colors, fun artwork, licensed characters, and styles including sippy, trainer, straw, flip straw and Big Kid™ spout-less. Because sometimes things in life just click!

A couple of Mommy & Daddy’s favourite items were:

Large Dishwasher Basket:

Product Features:

* 40% larger capacity holds more items
* Patented accessory cleaning technology
* Unique slide-and-fold top for easy loading and unloading
* Straw cleaning rack holds 10 straws of various sizes (Awesome!)



Bath Fun Bubble Blower:

Product Features:

* Battery-powered bubble maker
* Conveniently works with any bath bubble solution1
* 8 rotating wands for continuous bubbles
* Strong suction cup mounting with grippy feet to rest on tub ledge
* Can be used both inside and outside the tub
* Requires 2-AA batteries*



There were so many great products this month that it was hard to pick only a few. Our daughter is teething right now and really loved the Orajel® Teethers as well. My son is a fish and loved using the bath crayons for his hour long bath! He comes out when he notices his prune hands, haha.

I’m also happy to be able to bring you a giveaway for one of Munchkin’s amazing products! This month I am offering Munchkin’s Nursery Projector & Sound System to one reader. Here are some details on the projector.


A voice-activated system with soothing sounds, dreamy images and a comforting nightlight that helps provide an ideal sleep environment – because getting baby to sleep quickly is the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s the little things®.

Product Features

* 10 soothing sounds, including Mozart, lullabies, and white noise
* 3 image discs
* Rotating projector head allows for projection onto the ceiling or wall
* Voice activation feature allows baby to self-soothe
* Optional nightlight and 3 timer settings let Mom customize for baby



Contest is open to residents of Canada. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

Good Luck! Remember to check out Munchkin Canada on Twitter and Facebook for great deals and more!

I am participating as one of Munchkin Canada’s Ambassadors and I received a package of Munchkin products in exchange for my participation in this campaign. Opinions expressed belong to me and are NOT influenced in any way.

What Do Dads Really Want For Father’s Day?

So in a complete brain fart move, I forgot to mention that I was asked to become a part of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved (PTPA) Blogaholics team. An invitation which I proudly accepted. You can find my musings here!

The PTPA is gearing up for Father’s Day and as a father myself, they’ve enlisted me to poll other Dads in order to let them know what we think.

I’m not asking you to do a lot of work, I know how busy you all are with your blogging and kids and golf! All I need is for you to answer these two questions.

1 – What do you really want to receive for Father’s Day?

2 – How do you want to spend the day?

That’s it! Two simple questions and you’re done. Leave a comment, send me an email, FB, Twitter, you know the drill!

In the meantime, I’ll give my answers in hopes of sparking some further dialogue.

What I really want for Father’s Day is a MacBook. What? It’s what I really want! Okay, okay, what I really want is something cool from my kids. My wife comes up with the best crafty ideas for the kids to make for me and I honestly love it. Cheap but extremely effective! From paintings to photo coffee mugs, they are all incredible!

As for what I want to do that day, we have a great event happening in Ottawa, called the Alterna Ultimate Run for Men’s Cancers. It is a cancer fundraiser but also has a great kids zone with a lot of fun family things to do. I am not a runner but I’d love to spend the day there having fun with my family, while also supporting a great cause.

See, that was easy and painless. Just leave me a note in the comments section and tell me what you really want. Your wife thinks she knows….but she doesn’t know. Help her out man!