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The kids and I were on an adventure last summer. We were headed to Manitoulin Island to see my friend Christine.  After a long drive from Clifford we finally pulled into the holding area for the cars waiting to get on the Ferry.

The kids immediately jumped out of the car and ran towards the wharf to feed the ducks and watch the boats. Just as I closed my car door, the car behind me bumped into the back of my car. Thankfully, that car was going 10 km s or less, when it hit my car. I was even more thankful, that my children were not standing behind my car as the driver of the car, who was checking his text messages, would not have seen my children standing behind my vehicle. We checked out the minimal damage, just a scratch really and everyone seemed fine as we walked over to the grocery store to pick up snacks for the boat.

Anything for this girl

Anything for this girl


Later on as we enjoyed the quiet sailing across Georgian Bay, we entered the on board gift shop. KT, who had earned money helping me clean out the pool, bought some trinkets for herself as the other two picked out their favourite items.


Later on that evening as we settled in for the night, after the two littlest Guthrie’s had fallen asleep, KT said she had questions.

“Mommy you know today, when that car bumped our car?”

Yes, honey…but no one was hurt, everyone is OK.

“I know Mommy, but I wanted to give you this because you drive all the time and I always want you to come home.”

Don’t worry KT, I’ll always come home.

“Mommy, you don’t text and drive ….right?”

No honey, no I don’t. 

From my Kt

From my KT


Even though it was a very small bump, it had effected my oldest as she knew what could have happened. I promised myself that I would keep my phone in the middle council of the car when I was driving because it is too much of a distraction for me. I made a promise to my daughter I would come home each night and I intend to keep it.

A simple message

A simple message


The folks at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and other traffic safety partners have come together to launch a six week long education and awareness campaign (July 29 – Sept 12 ). They are urging all drivers to make a promise. It’s simple, go online to and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road.



A couple of simple facts made my Promise to Focus on the Road an easy one to make:

1. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions and easily one of the most avoidable.

2. Distractions can come from almost anything that makes you look away from the road. A split second is all it takes to dramatically change the rest of your life.

3. Driving requires your full attention. Losing your focus on the road can lead to weaving in an out of your lane, missing a traffic sign and putting yourself, passengers and others at risk.


Are you ready to make the promise to end distracted driving?










Swimming, gymnastics, running, and kayaking…you name it and my family and I are doing it! We are a busy family and one of the problems we face is eating healthy food on the go. We already pack fresh fruits & veggies for our commute between events, but we were missing the protein needed to keep our bodies functioning efficiently. The girls and I recently tried Maple Leaf Natural Selections Protinis snacks.


The easy to open and compact Protinis gives a powerful protein punch especially when the girls are training for gymnastics events  & swim meets. KT enjoyed the Oven Roasted Chicken with Mango, AndiePandie thought the Oven Roasted Chicken and Apple was the perfect snack during breaks at the club and I enjoyed the Mild Salsa Chicken as my snack of choice.


I completely feel like the parent in this commercial, running from practice to practice and consistently being late!


The new PROTINIS™ snacks are available in eight flavours including Oven Roasted Chicken, Sweet Thai Chili Chicken, Mild Salsa Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, Oven Roasted Chicken and Cranberry, Oven Roasted Chicken and Superfruit, Oven Roasted Chicken and Mango, and Oven Roasted Chicken and Apple. They are available at major grocery stores across Canada and retail for approximately $4.99. Each retail pack comes with two PROTINIS™ snacks.


I would love to know what you think of Protinis! I will be giving 2 of my lucky readers, 5 free product coupons to test out these tasty protein packed snacks.

Beckett even decided to try a Protinis on his last field trip. His teacher made a comment to him about how healthy his snack was, he was very proud!



Just leave a comment and tell me what is your favourite on the go snack? You can enter once per day!

For an extra entries:

1. Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment with your handle.

2. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your handle.

3. Like my Facebook Fan Page and leave me a comment that you did!


Take a moment to find out more about Maple Leaf Products on their Facebook Fan Page & Twitter social media channels. You can follow along with the conversation by using the hashtag #Protinis.

Thanks for entering, the winners will be chosen on June 30th and notified by email.

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:

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



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


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!


 As an parent, educator and community coach I look at the Active for Life site, for proper coaching techniques, developmental checklists and fun outdoor activities for my three children. I am proud to be hosting a twitter party with them on February 3, 2014, with prizes to capture you special moments with your family and prizes to keep your kids active.

By design Active for Life is:

Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children. Research shows there’s a right way and a right time to develop the fundamental movement and sport skills that benefit kids for their entire lives. Learning these basic movement and sports skills is known as becoming physically literate.

Being physically literate is the foundation for being successful in sport and in life. Physical literacy gives active kids the best chance at becoming top-level athletes who may someday compete in high-performance sport. It also results in them leading an active life. And as the word “literacy” implies, just like reading, writing and arithmetic, movement skills need to be taught.

A social enterprise founded by B2ten, Active for Life is a national movement about physical literacy. We target parents who want to raise active and successful kids and we benefit not just them but communities across Canada.

By providing expert advice, inspirational tips and activity ideas we can help parents make sure their children get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. And experts tell us that physically literate kids have fun being active, and that makes them more likely to stay active for life.

Come Chat with Us and Win!

On Monday, February 3, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET (5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT) we’re hosting a winter Twitter chat. (If you’ve never joined in Twitter chat (or Twitter party as they are sometimes called) that’s no problem. You can easily join in the conversation by starting here.)

Spurred on by our excitement for the upcoming Winter Olympics we’ll be talking about inspiration, passion, and winter activities for kids. Follow the hashtag #AfLkids to meet new friends and chat with other parents, role models, and experts.

We have excellent prizes to give away and we’ll be announcing winners throughout the chat. Sherrie Mae Guthrie will be asking the questions while Diana M. will be announcing the winners. To be eligible for prizes you need to have a Canadian address and you need to pre-register using the form below.

As a warm up, we’re asking parents to tweet, Instagram, or pin photos of the fun and active things your kids love to do. For more chances to win, make sure you use the #AfLkids hashtag.

Don’t forget to RSVP and participate to be eligible to win.

See you on Feb 3rd!

Sherrie-Mae 🙂

SBUX Blonde CDN Image

Not long ago I hosted my first twitter party, launched a Canada wide contest and picked up some amazing “naming” tips from the fantastic Candace Alper.


During the contest there were more than 60, 000 name entries submitted. And drum roll please…Here are the top three finalists for the Starbucks Canada #NameYourBlend contest:

True North, Kanosak and Aurora Borealis!

Each entry has an interesting and cool background story that you can check out at

Best of all Canadians can cast their votes at starting TODAY. Voting ends on February 28, 2013.

The winning name of the #NameYourBlend contest will be announced in March and awarded a trip for two to meet a friend(s) for coffee at a Starbucks location anywhere in Canada as well as a $500 CAD Starbucks eGift card and $400 spending money.

Runners-up will each receive coffee for a year in the form of a $1,000 Starbucks eGift card.

Now that the contest entry period is over I can share my entry….are you ready? Beaver Blend..come on it is snappy, fun and very Canadian sounding. Maybe next time right?

So vote, make your voice heard !

I reached the tipping point, it was time to either quit the dabbling the PR world or make a serious effort into creating my own business. The social media elite (@weewelcome, @yummymummy @PTPA) had all given me the opportunity to explore their domain, and I will always be loyal to them for taking a chance with me. Now I realize that we here in the Ottawa or GOA need the same Social Media Marketing and  Mobile Marketing expertise as our larger markets. Yes, GOA is a smaller area, but no I am not limited myself or my business, I am working within my field of expertise. It truly is all about connections who you know and when you know it, but the other part to that puzzle is who you are. Fake or plastic personalities do not work in this business, that is where I excel. My personality makes people at ease and that is my greatest asset. Wether you are a small business looking to make a presence in social media, an inventor with a product/website that needs exposure via Mobile media, or a reporter with a parent/family/mommy blogger HARO request in the GOA, I have your connections. If I don’t I can direct you to the proper larger company for your needs. I continue to test products for various companies ethically, meaning I am not paid for testing products, I give my honest opinion, in exchange for the chance to test the product via PTPA and  independently on my blog. I will continue to represent the fabulous WeeWelcome and be a YummyMummy whenever possible. The tipping point has made my PR business a reality, and to Alsion, Kelli, CL, Carrie Anne, Tamara, Ziyada, Tina and my dear friend Tanya, thanks for the encouragement, I am finally ready to jump.

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