High Five! We Reached A Parenting Milestone

High Five! We Reached A Parenting Milestone

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Sept. 19th 2014 is a big day in our house. Yes it is our son’s 5th birthday. He will and should get all the attention. But the day marks another important parenting milestone. My wife and I will be celebrating being parents for five years.

We made it! We survived. We are tired.

While Harry enjoys cake, presents and a lot of attention, my wife and I will be silently high-fiving each other on all…

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My Conversation With Amir Johnson Of The Toronto Raptors

My Conversation With Amir Johnson Of The Toronto Raptors

Amir tests out the Swiffer WetJet

Yes, that’s right, this everyday dad got to talk on the phone with one of the stars of the Toronto Raptors.

Amir Johnson is known for his hard work on the court. Taking charges, rebounding the ball and never quitting. He has even hit some impressive three pointers in his day.

But my chance to talk with the NBA star, was not about hoops. It was about a movement he is leading that is going to put…

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Amir Johnson And The #ManClean Movement

Amir Johnson And The #ManClean Movement

Amir Johnson does more than clean backboards. He cleans house too.

See how Amir’s skills carryover from hardwood courts to hardwood floors.

 ShowYourClean.ca is now live. Go and brag about how you #ManClean

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Status Check: Top 10 Questions On Us

Status Check: Top 10 Questions On Us


The last few weeks have passed so fast, that I am realizing that there are many of you out there wondering how we are doing? I have not been sharing a lot on Facebook or keeping up with emails.

Moving is a process. Moving while your oldest starts school for the first time is a huge process. So instead of calling, emailing, IMing and sky writing to you all, I figured a blog post would suffice.


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The Morning School Drop Off

The Morning School Drop Off

Greetings, guess who is back in the world of blogging. Yep, it’s me. After a few weeks of moving, getting school started and doing the job hunt thing, I am finally starting to have time to write again. Granted, I may have to stop in a few minutes if Charlie stops being so calm.

Harrison started SK (senior kindergarten for the non parents) and with Nova Scotia not having the junior version, this…

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Job Hunting While Home With Kids Is The Real Job

Job Hunting While Home With Kids Is The Real Job


We have all had to look for work. Some more than others. Some with more success than others. Job hunting is a true grind. The highs and lows of getting phone calls for good news and phone calls with bad news. These days, just a confirmation that someone looked at your Linkedin profile can feel like win.

It’s tough. All the resume and cover letter writing, sifting through postings and trying to…

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Renting Vs Buying In Toronto

Renting Vs Buying In Toronto


Since we moved back to Toronto, we knew it was going to be a gigantic challenge to find somewhere to live. We were lucky enough to have a buffer thanks to my wife’s parents. They are away until December, so part of the plan was to live in their house, while we figured everything out.

The figuring where we are going to live part of the adventure has arrived.

We currently are two minutes from…

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Reviewing like a dad will cover my favourite and not so favourite places, products and events based on my experiences. As a parent, it is always better to hear it from another parent, rather some person who has no idea what it is like to do anything with kids.

Have a place, product or event you would like us to check out, please contact like a dad today.

Place: Greenwood Smokehouse

Location: 673 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

The 411: We first tried Greenwood Smokehouse for my birthday. It was a takeout meal and it was exceptional. I have a taste for BBQ and this food fit the bill. You knew you were in good hands once you entered the place and it smelled like actual smoke. We ordered the dry rubbed ribs and beans. Again, exceptional BBQ. The ribs were fall off the bone and had a great flavour. The beans, well you knew they were home-made. I have been trying to suck up to Greenwood Smokehouse on Twitter, hoping to get the recipe.

My family has since been back to eat in and they also were amazed. They had the wet ribs and enjoyed some beer with it. They said the atmosphere was great and the staff seemed to be having a good time.

Favourite thing: Those beans. They come in an environmental tub and the flavour is something you can only get from low and slow.

Least favourite thing: It’s not really their fault, but if you need to drive there to eat or pick up an order, parking is pain. I went down so many one-way streets looking for parking and I ended up illegally parking on Danforth to run in.

Kid friendly: Of course it is kid friendly. It is food you want to eat with your hands. Like I said, we had takeout, so that worked well. But if you wanted to eat in the restaurant, there was nothing that said, don’t bring your little ones here.

Cost: I found the price to be very doable. The only entrees are the ribs and a full rack goes for $18. Well worth the money. It’s not somewhere you are going to eat every day (I wish), but as a treat dinner, it totally falls into the weekly budget.

More information: Want to see for yourself? Check out Greenwood Smokehouse’s website for the menu, weekly specials and how to follow them on social media.



Reviewing Like A Dad – Greenwood Smokehouse Reviewing like a dad will cover my favourite and not so favourite places, products and events based on my experiences.

Why Parents Should Make Time For Play

Why Parents Should Make Time For Play

This is a guest post by David Reeves.

Playtime is the highlight of almost every child’s day, which is why parents should make time for play.

Even wild animals seem to crave a break in the day for play. We see birds chasing each other through the trees and think, “I wish I could do that!”

Yet when our own children beg us for time to play, or to play with them, there are often so many other things…

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You Know Who Understands Kids - #JackAstors

You Know Who Understands Kids – #JackAstors

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Do you like to eat out? Do you have kids? Do you still like to eat out?

Taking kids no matter the age can be a real challenge when it comes to eating food outside of the house.

We have always taken our kids to restaurants and for the most part, it goes well. There has been the occasional meltdown but for the most part, our boys can handle the situation.

The frustrating part for parents…

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