Living, Laughing & Experiencing Life in Canada's Capital Region

Category Archives: Social Media Gatherings

Having the opportunity to play hockey with my son, just as my Dad did with me, has been one of the most memorable experiences of my hockey life. After bumps, bruises and a few scrapped knees from our road hockey adventures we are now ready to take our game to the ice. We tried IP hockey two years ago but as a November baby he was just not ready to make the leap to an organized hockey environment.

mazda

This summer, just before we headed back to school. I applied for a once in a life time opportunity with my friends Mom Central Canada to attend a BioSteel NHL Training Camp with Mazada Canada. Remember, I am not a “big blogger” I have a small but loyal following (that I appreciate everyday) but Mom Central Canada recognized that hockey is in my DNA and I should attend this event.

The players on my media day were:

photo-136

We made the trek to Toronto to a secret location and were welcomed by the #MazdaFan team. The kids and I were given jerseys and the closest seats to ice we could possibly find. I could hear the chirping between the players as they skated & jostled with each other. The sound of their skates against the fresh ice gave me goosebumps.

 

photo-141

 

There was something else, but it’s hard to describe, that was evident in this training camp environment. I’m not sure if it was watching the Subban brothers give each other a tap here and there, or watching the massive Brian McGrattan thunder down the ice with a childlike smile on his face as he placed the puck behind the goalie, but it felt pressure-less as if they were playing for themselves not a logo on their jerseys.

photo-137

Here is a commercial made during the training camp with Paul Bissonette for Mazda Canada:

My son insisted on bringing his hockey gear in to the arena. Once we settled into our seats he watched the players, and cheered as they scored. Beckett pressed his face up to the glass to see how close he could get to the players and his ears to hear the banter. He quickly decided to put his gear on in the stands.

photo-139

I noticed the #DrinkThePink & #Camp hash tags on the players jerseys. I did a little googling and found BioSteel. Impressive company, with the very accomplished Matt Nicole and the story behind BioSteel:

 

“A veteran strength and conditioning coach with over 12 years of experience coaching athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA, NCAA, CFL, Tennis and Athletics Canada Matt has helped hundreds of clients break through their training plateaus with his innovative approach to training and nutrition.
Prior to his sports training days, Matt worked in Sport Supplement formulation, travelling the world sourcing the highest grade ingredients and techniques. He is Canada’s first Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor. Metabolic Typing scientifically identifies the ideal diet and supplements for each individual.
While training NHL athletes, Matt increasingly unsatisfied with the supplements his players were consuming – fearful they were doing more harm than good. In 2004 when the league unveiled strict anti-doping testing, Matt knew it was time to take matters into his own hands.
With his nutrition background and a team of reputable scientists, they formulated a safe and high-caliber sports nutrition product which today has become the #1 purchased product in North American pro sport and used by exercise enthusiasts worldwide.
Since Biosteel products were originally formulated for Matt Nichol’s professional athletes, they were designed as top shelf products using the world’s finest available ingredients.
Former Maple Leaf player and fitness enthusiast Gary Roberts swears by BioSteel recommending it to anyone seeking a safe competitive advantage.

Every production lot of BioSteel undergoes comprehensive testing from an accredited lab and prestigious banned substance screening program with WADA and Anti-Doping experience.”

biosteel

Overall this experience made me want to play hockey again, with the same joy that the players during our sessions exhibited. Thanks to Mazda Canada for hosting, BioSteel for providing samples and Mom Central Canada for the opportunity to attend.

 

mom central

 

Disclosure: I was part of the Mazda BioSteel Hockey Training Camp Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 


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.

All the fabulous girls #entrepreneurbarbie @barbie

A post shared by Sherrie Guthrie (@goodkarmababy) on

 

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.

 

“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.

logo02e

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.

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.

 

For extra entries (an extra entry for each follow/like) :

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)

3. Like the PRMomOttawa Facebook page (come back and let me know me know you have liked my Facebook page & leave your FB page)

 


Orleans Grand Opening

Orleans Grand Opening

Toys“R”Us invites families to participate in grand opening festivities on Saturday, July 12 at 9:30am for the official grand opening of our new Orleans location!

Toys“R”Us invites families to take part in grand opening festivities. Meet Geoffrey the Giraffe and enjoy a fun-filled day with fun activities, face painting, costume characters, exclusive deals, giveaways, and much more! The first 200 families to arrive will receive a mystery gift card valued from $5 to $100.

toys_r_us_giraffe.03

Barb Hall the District Manager of Toys“R”Us, Canada will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremoney which takes place at 9:30 am.  The festivities will take place at 3742 Innes Road in Orleans, Ontario. I hope to see you there! 

 

Sherrie-Mae


Growing up, the Toronto Maple Leafs were my Dad’s favourite hockey team. That of course meant they were my favourite team (until I moved to Ottawa and came to my senses became a Senators fan).  My first Leaf game, was an amazing experience in the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The entire place smelled like a combination of our hometown arena and warm salted popcorn. I remember thinking how close to players we were and how fast the skaters flew past my seat on the glass.

Darcy Tucker Tweet Chat

Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a tweet chat with Darcy Tucker, a long time Maple Leaf player. From mentoring rookie players to coaching, Darcy gives back to his community and wanted to tweet about the good work that he and @Scotiahockey are doing across Canada for our young hockey players.

 

giving back

 

Darcy spent an hour on twitter, using the #Scotiahockey hashtag answering all the questions his fans could tweet him in 60 minutes. He answered several of my questions:
TWEET

…and I might have taken a little bit of flack for my choice of hockey teams:

 

tully

But in the end Darcy made my Dad’s night, I could not have asked for more:

Dad

Scotiabank is proud to support of community hockey across Canada. They know that being part of a hockey team teaches valuable lessons about camaraderie and contributes to the richness of the lives of children & strengthens communities.

Did you know that more than 1,000 branches financially support local hockey teams? Throughout the year Soctiabank also recognizes teams across the country with unique hockey experiences like visits from NHL Alumni or the Stanley Cup!

You can find more about the work #Scotiahockey does in your community & communities across Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Thank you Darcy & #Scotiahockey for being so accessible and making my Dad’s night!


Spring is finally here and the entire Guthrie family is finally spending more time outside in the sunshine. We enjoy spending time together as a family, walking our dogs Snickers & Easton during the warm spring days. When the children were little one of the biggest challenges we found, while walking our dogs, was maneuvering the dog leashes around the pram or stroller wheels.

 

When we has our oldest daughter we had no clue what we needed, so we bought a hugely over priced & oversized pram. It was almost impossible to go for a walk without stopping to untangle the dog’s leashes from the pram wheels. When our second daughter came along,  we gave up on strollers all together and used baby carriers. Our problem then became making sure the baby did not fall into the dog poop as we scooped our pups poop.

IMG_3426

Can we go for a walk now?

Recently, as I was searching for a baby shower gift for a colleague, I came across a review opportunity for the SmarTrike® 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle. I was able to test this product and was immediately impressed by how easy it was to steer, the ability to switch between parent controlled with only the push of a button and the longevity of the product. I wish I had found this product just a few years earlier, I know this trike would have made a huge difference in our family dog walking experiences.

Great News! I am giving you, my readers, a chance to win the SmarTrike Chic in your choice of either  Pink or Black.

logo

.

 

SmarTrike® 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic Tricycle

The 4-in-1 Touch Steering Chic tricycle is SmarTrike’s premium tricycle offering both parent and child the ultimate outdoor experience. Equipped with SmarTrike’s patented Touch Steering technology, the Chic enables parents to steer the trike just like a stroller, directing it easily in any direction with the lightest touch of the parent handle.

chic

Its red navigator button allows for easy transition from parent steering control to child steering control. Its 4-in-1 capability allows the trike to grow with your child featuring 4 stages for children from the age of 10 months up to 3 years old. The stages include: Stage One – Parent-controlled trike: At 10 months, the baby is comfortably seated in the high back padded seat with full control in the parents hands. Stage Two – Guided trike: At 18 months, the back support is removed while still being fully controlled by the parent. Stage Three – Training trike: At 24 months, the footrest is folded in and the child learns how to pedal. Stage Four – Classic trike: At 36 months, the parent handle is removed and the child can ride independently. The SmarTrike Chic comes in two colours (black and pink) and includes several accessories including: telescopic parent handle, extendable UV protective canopy, bottle holder, toy phone, storage compartments and more. Age: 10 months – 3 years old MSRP: $169.99.

pink

Entry is simple! Leave me a comment with the best piece of advice you have for new parents who want to get outside and active with their little ones? (one entry per day)

For bonus entries:
1. Follow me on Instagram (SherrieGuthrie) then come back and tell me your handle so I can follow you.

3. Follow me on Twitter @SherrieMae23 and/or @PRMomOttawa then come back and tell me your handle so I can follow you.

3. Like my PR Mom Ottawa Facebook Fan Page.

4. Follow my PR Mom Ottawa blog.

That is a total of 5 bonus entries and you can comment on my post everyday!

 

The winner will be notified via email on May 24th, 2014. Good luck to everyone & happy Spring!

 

Sherrie-Mae 🙂


I cannot wait to support  the “Shop for Hope” campaign at my local Winners & HomeSense stores between Saturday April 12 and Sunday May 11, 2014. As Mother’s Day & Easter are quickly approaching I will purchasing specially marked Canadian Women’s Foundation products as the perfect gift for my loved ones. Tshirt

 

The net proceeds from the Shop for Hope collection, including t-shirts, pillows, jewellery boxes and mugs will help raise hope for women and children in local communities across Canada.

Cups

“With 50% of women in Canada experiencing physical or sexual abuse, violence against women is a critical issue. Through this annual campaign, we want to raise hope for women who have experienced abuse as well as build awareness about the issue of violence against women in Canada,” says Mina Mawani, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation. “Supporting and investing in emergency shelters and violence prevention programs helps provide women who have experienced abuse access to a safe place and opportunities to learn the skills they need to rebuild their lives and live free from violence.”

 

Ele

Shoppers can also purchase Hope decals for $2, $5 or $10 with all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s 10th annual campaign to end violence against women.

I will feel good about purchasing these items to help support the Shop for Hope campaign. My favourite items are the decorative elephant, classic mugs and inspirational sports towels.

“WINNERS and HomeSense are committed to helping the Canadian Women’s Foundation raise hope and end violence against women. Together, along with other campaign partners, we are proud to have collectively raised more than $12 million over the past nine years to support women who have experienced abuse,” said Shannon Johnson, WINNERS HomeSense spokesperson. “Our carefully created beautiful Shop for Hope products inspire people to join this cause and help women in Canada who have experienced violence to rebuild their lives.”

I am giving away a Shop for Hope gift pack to one of my readers. The giveaway will begin on April 13th and end on April 28th.

It is easy to enter, just tell me what is your favourite Shop for Hope item. You can enter once per day!

For bonus entries:
1. Follow me on Instagram (SherrieGuthrie) then come back and tell me your handle so I can follow you.

3. Follow me on Twitter  @SherrieMae23 and/or @PRMomOttawa then come back and tell me our handle so I can follow you.


This weekend I am attending the B Connected Conference in Ottawa. I am working with Active for Life to bring awareness to their site and social media channels.

” Experts agree that physical literacy is just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

This simple statement made me want to work with the Active for life team. Really, that is it. They capture my values as a parent, educator and community coach.

As well, I hope to help parents, community members and coaches develop an understanding of physical literacy.

AfL_Logo

“Physical literacy comes from developing a wide variety of fundamental movement skills such as hopping, skipping, throwing, catching and jumping. Kids have a lot more fun being active when they are physically literate. Physically active kids get higher grades in school, have better social skills and are happier and more confident.”

Is there really anything else we want for our kids then for them to be happy?

This weekend, I will be asking questions, tweeting pictures and generally engaging my community to connect with the #AfLKids community.

RT my tweets or ask me questions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using the #AfLKids hashtag this weekend, and each impression will enter you into a draw to win an Active for Life Spring Kit. My friends at Active for Life headquarters will pick a winner Sunday night.

Good Luck to all my readers and active families across Canada. If you are at the B Connected Conference come over and ask me Physical Literacy.

Save the date! We will also be hosting a Facebook party on April 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. There will be interesting questions, fun ideas to keep your kids active and of course prizes. There will be more information to come!



%d bloggers like this: