Book Club: 2024 Summer Must-Reads
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by jamesrcsmith
2w ago
It’s almost Spring, and that means – Summer is coming in hot, perfect for finding a shady spot and immersing yourself in a great book while everything else can wait. There are some fantastic stories, non-fiction, and wild rides on their way, and you know I’ve got the hot news. Spring 2024 New Books The Antique Hunter’s Guide to Murder – A Novel by C. L. Miller (On Sale: 02/06/24) A former antique hunter investigates the suspicious death of her estranged mentor at an isolated English manor and is drawn back into the dangerous world of repatriating stolen artifacts in this irresistible myster ..read more
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Keeping in Touch: How the Apple Watch SE Can Help Parents Stay Connected with Their Children at School
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by jamesrcsmith
3w ago
Being able to connect with our kids is a huge issue, however, with regions like BC and Quebec banning phones in school, we still need a way to reach our children or find out where they are, especially when they’re at school, on a field trip, or out with their friends. The Apple Watch SE, with its array of family-friendly features, emerges as a smart and subtle way for parents to keep in touch with their kids. Let’s explore how this innovative device can be a game-changer for family communication and safety. Tracking and Family Setup – Peace of Mind for Parents One of the standout feature ..read more
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Meta Announces Stricter Safety Measures for Teens on Instagram and Facebook
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by jamesrcsmith
1M ago
As Adam Mosseri just shared on Instagram, Meta (aka Facebook and Instagram) is taking additional steps to help protect teens from unwanted contact and to make it simpler for parents to shape their teens’ online experiences. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) Specifically, they’re announcing:  Stricter private messaging defaults for teens: Meta is turning off teens’ ability to receive messages from people they don’t follow or aren’t connected to, by default. This means teens can only be messaged or added to group chats by people they alr ..read more
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Running and Walking Shoes for Dads: How to Choose the Best Pair
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by jamesrcsmith
1M ago
Kicking off 2024 with a resolution to be more active? You’re gonna need something comfy on your feet, and I don’t mean those grass-stained New Balance you’ve had for 10 years. If you’re a dad who loves to stay active, you know how important it is to have a good pair of shoes. Whether you’re going to be running, walking, hiking, or just chasing after your kids, you need shoes that are comfortable, durable, and stylish. But with so many options out there, how do you find the best running and walking shoes for dads? What to Look for in Running and Walking Shoes for Dads Before we dive into the ..read more
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Social Media and Consumer Tech Trends Predictions for 2024
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by jamesrcsmith
2M ago
Continuing my series of ‘Wot I reckon’ predictive articles that get put out into the ether at the end of the year, I’ve been sitting quietly and going over what has happened during 2023 and what there seems to be an appetite for in the near future. Consumer Tech Predictions for 2024 Bigger Screens and Folding Phones/tablets The best iPhones are always the Plus Max models, Samsung, Oppo, Plus One and all the other phone creators are getting into either flip or fold devices because the customer wants options. Sometimes a regular screen works, sometimes I want a tablet. Now make it all in one ..read more
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SKI SEASON IS BACK – on Cypress Mountain
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by jamesrcsmith
3M ago
Finally! The snow is starting to sprinkle back on the North Shore mountains and I’m (as the locals say) stoked! While the first day of Winter is on 22nd November, people are snapping up their season passes (me included) for the nearby mountains which will be opening soon. Cypress Mountain is one of the most popular ski resorts in Vancouver, BC, and it’s easy to see why. With over 600 acres of skiable terrain, Cypress Mountain offers something for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Ticket Prices Cypress Mountain offers a variety of lift ticket options to suit yo ..read more
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The Surprisingly Easy Way to Grow Veggies on Your Balcony
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by jamesrcsmith
3M ago
Woah! Grocery prices continue to rocket, despite the apparent ‘price freezing’. $6.73 for a lb of onions? Um, no thanks. Perhaps a parting shot from Galen Weston as he steps aside as CEO at Loblaw. Spotted in my local Real Canadian Superstore today. Perhaps an error. Perhaps actual inflation. @bobmackin @jodyvance @steeletalk @bc_news_addict pic.twitter.com/Jl66KI6H9v — Peter Vogel (@PeterVogel) November 17, 2023 We’ve got to get back to growing whatever we can, wherever we can. Dig up that useless lawn, put in some food hedges, or if you’ve got a balcony, get some tiered planters – like thi ..read more
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10 Big Questions About Dealing with Mental Health as a Dad (And How to Answer Them)
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by jamesrcsmith
3M ago
Part One Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, and it’s essential to prioritize it for everyone, including dads. However, many dads may not know how to approach mental health or may feel uncomfortable discussing it. In this article, we’ll explore ten big questions about dealing with mental health as a dad and provide answers to help you navigate this important topic. 1. What is mental health, and why is it important? Prioritizing mental health is essential because it can help reduce stress, improve relationships, and enhance overall quality of life. Being a Dad is hard en ..read more
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How New Tech Might Help Me Train for the Vancouver Marathon
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by jamesrcsmith
3M ago
It’s about this time of year when I’m full of Halloween candy and gearing myself up for all the amazing Holiday snacks, that I start to think about how I feel, my aging body, and how it would be fun to train for a marathon. Am I being realistic? Not really. Will I give up? Yeah, probably. Might as well give it a try though, right? 6-7 years ago, I ran up to 20km every weekend, and now as my daughter turns 8 (coincidence?), I’m not sure I could comfortably run 5km without needing a week on the couch to recover. I was so young (and fit) back then! In addition to the new running shoes that will ..read more
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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical – VANCOUVER
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by jamesrcsmith
4M ago
Forget Taylor Swift’s tour, the only event worth getting tickets for this season is How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Ok, well maybe both, but still. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Dates: Nov. 14-18, 2023 Venue: The Centre in Vancouver, 777 Homer St., Vancouver Tickets: Ticketmaster.ca or call 604-263-2314 Innovation Arts and Entertainment is proud to present Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical for 7 performances at The Centre in Vancouver from November 14 – 18. Hailed by The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime ..read more
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