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Check out our amazing August #AfLkids Instagram Challenge!

After the thrilling success of our Twitter and Facebook parties we are very excited about having some more social media fun with our Active for Life community, but this time on Instagram. We hope you and your friends will join us for an activity-filled August, please help us spread the word.

Every day this month, simply check out that day’s activity keyword e.g. “jump” & snap a photo of your kids doing that movement e.g. jumping in puddles, jumping off rocks, jumping in the water, on the ground, whatever you and they want to do!

Summer can either be a wonderful time spent moving and exploring outdoors or it can be challenging to get kids off the couch and away from their electronics. Add a little physical activity to your daily routine, become a role model for others looking for inspiration to get their own children moving, and connect with a fun community who values raising active kids.

How you can join:

 

Follow @activeforlifeca on Instagram. We’ll be posting a daily reminder photo of each movement on our Instagram 

Each day, snap a photo of your child doing the movement then, follow and 

tag @activeforlifeca and add the hashtag #AfLKids in your caption.

Search for the #AfLkids hashtag to find others joining and following along with the fun! 

There will be random draws and fun surprises all month long. 

Not only will you get your family more active, make friends, and have fun, but your name could be drawn to win Active for Life swag and other surprises along the way. 

 

Have fun and we will see you on Instagram! 

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ARe you ready 

Are you ready? 


Are you looking for a last minute get away to Destiny USA?

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Living in the Ottawa region has many advantages. One of those advantages is living close enough to New York State, that a trip to the US can be an afternoon day trip or an overnight adventure.

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Destiny USA is less than a two hour drive from Ottawa, in Upper New York state. This family destination has hundreds of shops, various restaurants and many activities for families to enjoy.

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The Destiny USA Summer Fun Day Pass gives families the opportunity to experience four great attractions for one low price. There are nine amazing entertainment venues at Destiny USA that are working together to give your family a summer of fun and great new experiences at the same time helping you save money on your adventures. The Destiny USA Summer Fun Pass give you access to four entertainment venues of your choosing.

You can choose from:

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The Guthrie children have decided that…

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Living in the Ottawa region has many advantages. One of those advantages is living close enough to New York State, that a trip to the US can be an afternoon day trip or an overnight adventure.

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Destiny USA is less than a two hour drive from Ottawa, in Upper New York state. This family destination has hundreds of shops, various restaurants and many activities for families to enjoy.

daypass_banner

 

The Destiny USA Summer Fun Day Pass gives families the opportunity to experience four great attractions for one low price. There are nine amazing entertainment venues at Destiny USA that are working together to give your family a summer of fun and great new experiences at the same time helping you save money on your adventures. The Destiny USA Summer Fun Pass give you access to four entertainment venues of your choosing.

You can choose from:

 

 

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The Guthrie children have decided that the Canyon Climb adventure is our first stop, followed closely by Pole Position. Since we are making a day of it, we will be staying at one of Destiny USA’s hotel partners. We are fans of the Marriott family of hotels and the Marriott Courtyard is perfect for our family. Check out the Destiny USA site for directions, packages and more accommodation choices.

 

Having children ranging in ages from 5 – 10, it is difficult to find activities that are appropriate for everyone. Destiny USA offers free Tykes Tuesday program. Every Tuesday through August 26th, in the Canyon Area at Destiny USA, from noon to 2 p.m., there will be exciting free entertainment including a magician and hands on gymnastics demonstrations.

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In conjunction with the Tyke Tuesday and Regal Summer Movie Express, at 10 a.m.,  families can enjoy PG-raged movies for only $1. This is a perfect solution to the “I don’t want to shop anymore” complaint from my five-year old son.

I am giving away 2 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day vouchers. Each voucher is good for 2  passes. One winner will walk away with 4 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day passes. I will contact the winner via email on August 11th, 2014. The passes expire on August 31st, 2014. 

To enter please tell me which of the 9 Destiny USA Summer Fun Day adventures your children would enjoy the most? You can enter once a day.

Happy Adventuring!

Sherrie-Mae 🙂


Are you ready for the Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular Ottawa?

The Guthrie Family is very excited to attend this spectacular show at the Canadian Tire Centre. There are eight performances in Ottawa from August 20th to August 24th 2014. For show times, dates and to purchase tickets please check out the CTC website.

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The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.  

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Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs.  The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the terror of the ancient terrain, as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.  The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall, and 56 feet from nose to tail.  It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic.  Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire — all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

When we watched this video from USA Today, the kids had a much better idea what Walking with Dinosaur The Arena Spectacular has in store for us.

I have four tickets to give away to the Ottawa premier of Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular on August 20th, 2014 at 7pm.

To enter just tell me which is your favourite dinosaur?  You can enter everyday until August 10th. The winner will be notified on August 11th, 2014.

Follow along with all the dinosaur adventures in Ottawa by following along with the #WWDOTT hashtag.

My family and I will see you at the show. For the recored, my favourite dinosaur is the T Rex, all teeth, all business & a loving parent.

Sherrie-Mae 🙂


I might have an issue with my kitchen. As strange as it sounds I love waking up each morning to an empty sink as well as clean & dish free counters. It starts my morning off on a good foot and makes me feel a little less frantic.

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However, cleaning my kitchen is the last thing I want to do each night just before bed. Scotch-Brite contacted me about their new line of kitchen cleaning products designed to help make clean up less of chore.

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Scotch-Brite has two new Ultra Scrub Sponges to rid the mess in my kitchen. The new Ultra Appliance Scrub Sponge targets my microwave and toaster oven messes. One side scours away the mess and the other side wipes the appliance clean. I throw the sponge in my dishwasher after each use to rinse the bacteria away and reuse over and over again.

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I also used the Ultra Stainless Steel Sink Rejuvenator which shines worn out sinks, which leaves my kitchen sink spick and span, at least until the next meal. I have also found this sponge particularly useful at the cottage with burnt on grime from the campfire cooking. It brings my pots back to the original shine with little effort.

We have soapy dishes! Success #scotchbrite

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The entire line up of Scotch-Brite Stay Clean was impressive. However, even more impressive was how my AndiePandie got involved in the cleaning process. She is an experimenter at heart, just like her Dad the chemical engineer. AndiePandie wanted to see if Scotch-Brite Dishwand actually worked. While she was testing, all the leftover dishes from our spaghetti supper ended up sparkly clean. A complete win-win situation if you ask me!

Helping me clean! #scotch-brite #summer2014

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I will be giving away a Scotch-Brite prize pack to one of my readers. This is the same prize pack I received and it is chock full of all the tools you need to keep your kitchen clean. Just in case you don’t win, I also have a coupon for my readers to use to purchase one of the handy Scotch-Brite Stay Clean tools for your own kitchen.

Win this Scotch-Brite Prize Pack!

Win this Scotch-Brite Prize Pack!

Leave a comment letting me know which Scotch-Brite Stay Clean tool you are most excited to try? You can enter once per day! I will email the winner on August 11th, 2014.

 


My daughters, niece and I had an inspiring time at the launch party for Entrepreneur Barbie in downtown Toronto. At the event we had the opportunity to view some Barbie’s past careers choices, play with the latest Barbie’s & accessories, chat with Erica Diamond, Canada’s Chief Inspiration Officer and meet Alicia Moffat, the 2014 winner of The Next Star.

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I found the story of Ruth Handler to be inspiring, she truly was an entrepreneur. My niece Madison, is also a young entrepreneur and was amazed at the adventures Barbie has had during her various career paths.

Learning about the story of @barbie @EricaDiamond: Erica Diamond Named Canada's #EntrepreneurBarbie #EricaDiamond

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“It is hard to believe that Barbie has had 150 careers. Barbie has always encouraged girls that if you can dream it, you can be it. With the launch of the Entrepreneur Barbie doll, she is blazing trails along with other female leaders who are proud to be the boss. This year alone female entrepreneurs have graced the cover of Time’s Most Influential people issues.”

 

 

The very talented Alicia Moffat, who is the 2014 winner of The Next Star sang two songs including her recently recorded and her first released single, “Why Do Boys Lie”.

 

The guests at the launch of the entrepreneur Barbie were also introduced to the Barbie Bursary:

The Barbie Business Bursary encourages Canadians to nominate a budding entrepreneur, under the age of 18, who demonstrated true entrepreneurial spirit, from now until September 1, 2014. To enter the national competition visit the Barbie My Dreams site and share your nominee’s entrepreneurial dream.

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Barbie will select ten amazing nominees and post their video profiles on Barbie My Dreams; a jury panel will then select three winners to receive a $2500 Barbie Business Bursary to fund their big ideas.

 

We were also able to listen to the stories of the amazing & successful women in the room and their connection to the iconic Barbie doll. Including the fabulous & inspirational Erica Diamond creator and owner of Women on the Fence. I was also able to connect, once again, with Eric Ehm, the creator and publisher at Yummy Mummy Club who has inspired me personally with her tenacity and business savvy.

Listening to @ericadiamond story as an entrepreneur #EntrepreneurBarbie @ericaehm #YMCBuzz @yummymummyclubdotca

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I have an Entrepreneur Barbie to give one of my lucky readers. Leave me a comment & tell me what you think Barbie’s next career should be. You can enter daily. The winner will be emailed on August 6th, 2014.

Love the new @barbie @EricaDiamond: Erica Diamond is Canada's 'Chief Inspiration Officer' #EntrepreneurBarbie #EricaDiamond

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1. Follow me on Twitter @SherrieMae23 & @PRMomOttawa (come back and let me know you have followed me & leave your twitter handle)

2. Follow me on Instagram @SherrieGuthrie  (come back and let me know you have followed me & leave your IG handle)

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This summer the Guthrie kids are testing out the best toys the Summer of 2014 has to offer. With three children under ten, we have a wide variety of likes and interests. Luckily we have found toys that make all of the mini-me’s happy.

All three Guthrie’s wanted either a puppy, guinea pig, kitten or a new baby brother (WHAT?). A compromise needed to be reached in order to bring order back into our home.

We decided to add some aquatic members to our family. Meet the two newest members of our swimming family,

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and Bubble Puffy Guthrie.

 

 

We named our Hexbug Aquabot Orangie and she is the first waterborne mirco robotic creature with smart fish technology. She is powered with electro-magnietic propoulsion, and propells herself around her bowl to explore her envormonement. Orangie came with her own bowl that the kids clean once a week as part of their chores.

The only issue the kids had with Orangie was that they thought she was lonely. So our next pet needed to be someone to keep Orangie  company. We decided on another Hexbug, this time a Aquabot 2.0 Angelfish, named Bubble Puffy Guthrie,  which is packed with smart fish technology, added sensors and an inner glow that makes her seem even more alive.

We have taken our Aquabot in the our pool and raced them, most of the time Bubble Puffy wins. Both fish made the trek to Grandma’s house this summer and have provided entertainment for the cats who live here.

Thanks to Hexbug for allowing us to test these hot summer products. These fish have quelled the “Can I have a puppy, kitten, new baby brother”,  question at least for a little while.

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