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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.

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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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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)

 


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.

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂


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!

 



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