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