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