Dad Knows All

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Just before Black Friday of 2016, I actually had some blog money that was unspoken for, meaning I could actually check out the deals.

Short story even shorter, I hit The Source and scored a deal on a 40 inch TV, an Xbox One S and a second controller. I was pleased.

Now the idea behind it was, we really felt a TV in the basement would help us get our living room back from the kids. They could watch Netflix and eat their snacks in the basement and leave our nice stuff, nice.

The Xbox was an added bonus for the boys. It came with Minecraft which is Harry’s new obsession.

I have not really gone into great detail in setting up accounts and security, so right now my PayPal is connected but you don’t need a password to buy.

The other day while I was upstairs watching TV and the boys were in the basement playing Minecraft, I got an email with the subject line – Your Microsoft order of Skyrim Mash-up: Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

Huh?

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2016: It Wasn’t A Total Dumpster Fire

As the year closes, I have been pulled in by my computer to put a stamp on 2016, in my own words. If you simply live your life through your social feed, it has been a shitty one. So many celebs we grew up with passing away, the whole Trump thing and an endless supply of other WTF moments. While I agree the last 365 days have been overall bad, I do want to focus on all the good, especially when it comes to my personal life.

Remember, life is how you look at it, so I suggest stop dwelling in the negative and celebrate the good times a lot more.

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Win a Week of Fun for Your Child at Adventure Valley’s Winter Break Camp

Already wondering what you’re gonna do with the kids over Winter Break? Well what about camp? This great summer day camp in Toronto runs an annual winter break camp to keep your little ones entertained after they immediately get bored with their holiday gifts.

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The activities mix in nature, art, cooking, music, science, dance, sports, games and outdoor fun. They also offer an option to have a hot lunch made fresh on site, and door-to-door transportation by bus for most areas in the GTA. Check out more info here.

Right now, you can enter to win a free week for the upcoming holiday season.

How to Enter Contest

Go to my Facebook page, and leave a comment on the post pinned to the top, sharing your family’s favourite winter activity to do together. You must also like Adventure Valley Day Camp’s Facebook page to complete your entry.

Contest Rules & Info

Only one entry permitted per person. If you’re selected as the winner, you’ll receive a message on Facebook asking for you to provide further contact details. Entries that are deemed inappropriate or fraudulent will be deleted.

Buying Our First House in Toronto

You have heard all the scary stories, read about all the crazy prices and for many, gave up on the dream of owning a house in Toronto.

It’s all true and with the banks starting to raise the roof so-to-speak on mortgage rates, it’s not going to get any easier.

As we just hit the first anniversary of buying our first Toronto home, I wanted to share a positive story that it can happen in a quick time frame. For us it was being at the right place at the right time. I want to share a story to show it is possible to buy a house in an area that meets your needs as well as staying under budget. Everything lined up for us and we could not be happier a year later.

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But the adventure to get there? It was a roller coaster that I am glad we don’t have to go through again this year.

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