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As painful as it is to type, summer is officially half over. On September 2nd, 2014 we will all officially be heading back to school. We have spent much of this month at my parents home in my home town of Clifford, Ontario. I have spent time with public school, high school and friends made through athletics and via summer jobs.


The truly shocking part has been how wonderfully our children get along. It is a very surreal experience to see how the next generation interacts, so very similar to how I did in my youth, with he offspring of those I shared my hopes, dreams and shed tears with so very long ago.


Talk about eating my words, this past week I tweeted that I was avoiding seeing the movie Planes. Just days later here I am at the Hanover Drive-In, watching it on the large screen old-school style while my son sits in his Planes tent, cuddled in his Planes sleeping bag and holding onto his Planes lantern. Nothing says summer in Southern, Ontario like a drive in on a Friday night and me being wrong.




July has also brought many road trips and mini breaks along with way.  Trying to keep my children occupied has been challenging. DD 10 has taken up photography , this is one of her favourites so far.



Yes, I know. This is my best side.

I am sending everyone good thoughts as we embark on the last half of the summer. Thank you for following along with our #GuthrieFamilyAdventure.

Are you looking for something fun & easy to participate in for the month of August consider adding your pictures to our Awesome August #AfLKids Instagram Photo Challenge. Follow @ActiveForLifeca on Instagram, check out the daily action word for inspiration and post with the #AfLkids hashtag and you are entered to win Active for Life Swag.




Secret Agents and Femme Fatales! Are you ready to party?

On Saturday, April 26, secret agents and femme fatales will gather incognito at the Canadian War Museum. Their mission: to put an end to child hunger in Ottawa… while having a great time, of course!

Gala Guests Walker


The Ottawa Gala, presented for a tenth year by TELUS, and featuring HOT 89.9, is the city’s premiere event for young professionals and has raised over $700,000 for local youth initiatives since its inception in 1993.

Gala 2013 Glasses

This year’s event will be held at the Canadian War Museum, and a stellar entertainment lineup will feature Ottawa Gala favourites HOT 89.9 and DJ ACRO, and newcomers The Hornettes. For more information please check out


Gala 2013 Dance


Date: April 26th, 2014

Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each

Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

Ticket Prices: General Admission – $65
VIP Tickets – $115 each

Baby shows are a chance for parents to see the latest toddler gear, check out the information sessions and get up to date on the latest baby trends. Lucky for families in Ottawa, The Baby Show is coming back on May 3rd & 4th, 2014.

This time around, it will be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre located in the heart of Ottawa on the banks of the Rideau Canal.

This show is perfect for those expecting a new family member or for those with children under five. The Baby Show is the largest pregnancy and early parenting show in our capital city. I have found important information about community groups, fitness activities and safety issues that are relevant to my lifestyle and needs at The Baby Show.

This year’s highlights include:

  • Massage Area
  • VIP Lounge
  • The CReATe Photo Booth
  • SavvyMom Seminar Series
  • The Heath & Wellness Mat

and of course Contests & Giveaways!

Did I mention there are 3000 grab bags available at the door with a value of over $30 dollars each?

There will also be a bouncy castle, visits from Barney and Angelina Ballerina and many other kid friendly activities.

Adult tickets cost $12 each, children under 12 are admitted to the show for free.

I am giving away two pairs of tickets for The Baby Show. It is simple to enter, tell me your favorite baby item to give as a gift at a baby shower. The contest runs from April 15th until April 28th, you can enter once per day.

Good Luck and we will see you at The Baby Show!


Old Navy and I have had a very long history.  Before the kids came along it was the place I would by thematic dog collars for Snickers & Easton. By far my favorite dog collars are the red & white Valentine’s Day collars I bought them when they were puppies. Now, as a teacher I enjoy being very thematic in my clothing choices during special holidays. Old Navy had  the most affordable and  the best selection of Halloween, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day gear. My favorite items include pajama pants, long sleeve graphic tee’s and fun socks.

Old Navy is at is again this Valentines Day! Old Navy keeps our hearts aflutter with flirty Valentine’s Day finds starting at under $20. That is the perfect price point to keep my family and I stylish and fun this Valentine’s Day. 

Check out more of the affordable styles at ! Here are a couple of my favorites:

The Love Sweater 

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The Poplin PJ Pants

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The super Crepe Dress

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There are so many great deals on line and in store! Happy Shopping 🙂 


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