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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 caasco.com/focus and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road.

#CAA

#CAA

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

#WWDOTT

#WWDOTT

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 🙂


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.

#PROTNIS

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!

#protinis

 

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.


There are only 29 days left until the end of the school year, which means that it is time to update my winter ready wardrobe. My children and I spend most of the summer in or around the water. My children swim each day at the community outdoor pool, then splash around in our own pool and play by the lake side at the cottage on the weekends. Old Navy has all of our stylish summer fashion &  swimwear needs taken care of with their 2014 budget friendly collection.

Swim Title

 

There are several stylish collections that I could wear to a variety of summer events. The “Sophisticated Sport” collection is perfect for our summer pool parties with friends. It has bold colours but is supportive enough to play a game of beach volleyball.

SportThe “Retro” collection gives beach goers the opportunity to channel their inner 50’s sex symbol like Bettie Page or Jayne Mansfield.

Retro

 

My sister and niece love the bright colour & geometric patters that the “Printed Perfection” collection offers for frequent beach goers.

Printed

 

I love the relaxed yet stylish poolside pairings. Wether I am watching the mini me’s participate in a local swim meet or we are fishing off the dock at the cottage, these items will keep me comfortable and ready to entertain at a moments notice. pairings

 

My biggest compliment is the affordability of all the collections. At these prices I can give all five Guthrie’s a wardrobe update thanks to Old Navy.

 


This is more of a PSA for last minute buyers of Mother’s Day gifts. You all know how much I love coffee. Can you pass this along to my husband as well?

Unbelievable Stats:

 

Last year, Canadians spent $46.2MM at restaurants, jewelry stores and florists on Mother’s Day, according to data from the VISA network. This year, get ahead of the last-minute rush and give your mom something she’ll LOVE and reward yourself in the process! Whether the mom in your life is close by or far away, Starbucks has a number of ways to show her you’re thinking about her.

eGifting made easy – A gift for mom, a thanks for you!

Tea with Oprah

Starbucks and Visa® are making it even easier to send the gift of Starbucks to that special mom in your life. From May 5 -11, Canadians can visit Starbucks.ca to send an eGift card in various amounts by email. Customers who purchase eGifts with their Visa® credit card or Visa® Debit card will also receive a $5 Starbucks e

 

Gift Card for themselves. Starbucks is proud to be one of the latest brands in Canada to accept Visa® Debit – as secure and simple way to use funds drawn from your bank account to make purchases on Starbucks.ca.

Buy one Get one – New Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea
If you haven’t tried new Teavana Oprah Chai tea, this Mother’s Day is a great time to indulge. Visit any participating Starbucks store this Sunday, May 11th and treat your mom to the NEW Teavana Oprah Chai Latte and receive one for yourself for free! The Buy One Get One offer is available on Mother’s Day only (May 11, 2014).

STARBUCKS COFFEE CANADA - Starbucks and Oprah Winfrey Come Toget

 

I will be taking part in all three of these Starbuck Canada specials this Mother’s Day. Remember there are only 6 days till Mother’s Day!

 

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!

 


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.

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“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.”

 

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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.



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