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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.


“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.”



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.

My life is busy. I don’t wear ‘busy’ as a badge of honour, it is just the way our lives have evolved. Our children, pets, home, farm and careers take a lion’s share of our day. Once in a while my husband and I stop and reconnect.

My husband loves nothing more than being at the cottage, sitting on the dock and enjoying the silence, but in the middle of winter that is impossible. I asked my best friend to take the kids for a couple of hours while I prepared a simple, healthy meal, with our favourite ingredients. I found a recipe on and decided to modify it to suit our tastes.

Sherrie-Mae’s Chicken & Bacon Brown Butter Sacchetti

1 600g package of Olivieri Chicken & Bacon Sacchetti

6 slices Maple Leaf pre cooked bacon (chopped)

1 medium sized orange bell pepper 

1/3 cup of unsalted butter 

pinch of sea salt 

dash of roasted garlic powder 4re4

sprigs of fresh cilantro 

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 


The fresh Olivieri Sacchetti pasta took only three minutes to prepare. I browned the butter, cooked bacon and slices of orange bell pepper in a large saute pan  for 4 minutes, just until the peppers began to soften. I drained the pasta and tossed 1/2 of the cooked pasta into the the saute pan. Gently, with a wooden spoon I sautéed the pasta with the brown butter mixture. I then sprinkled roasted garlic powder and sea salt over the pasta while maintain a low heat for 2 minutes.  I finished the dish with a sprig of cilantro and shredded mozzarella.  In less than 15 minutes I created a romantic dinner with my husband.


We enjoyed the dish sitting by the fire place warming our feet and reconnecting.

The good people Olivieri Pasta are running a Valentine’s Day contest. The grand prize is a luxurious spa trip for two, a fabulous gift for the most romantic day of the year.



You can find more recipes and healthy ideas on Olivieri Pasta’s Pinterest page. I personally use the the Amazing Appetizers board weekly, for quick meals on the go.

I also follow Olivieri Pasta on Instagram, they post inspirational dishes daily. You should really check them out.

I am also giving away 6 FPC from Olivieri. Each coupon is good for a package of fresh Olivieri Pasta, flavorful Olivieri Sauce or Olivieri Garlic Bread. Use the entry form below for quick and easy entry. Winners will be notified on February 7th, 2014.

Good luck!

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Not long ago I hosted my first twitter party, launched a Canada wide contest and picked up some amazing “naming” tips from the fantastic Candace Alper.


During the contest there were more than 60, 000 name entries submitted. And drum roll please…Here are the top three finalists for the Starbucks Canada #NameYourBlend contest:

True North, Kanosak and Aurora Borealis!

Each entry has an interesting and cool background story that you can check out at

Best of all Canadians can cast their votes at starting TODAY. Voting ends on February 28, 2013.

The winning name of the #NameYourBlend contest will be announced in March and awarded a trip for two to meet a friend(s) for coffee at a Starbucks location anywhere in Canada as well as a $500 CAD Starbucks eGift card and $400 spending money.

Runners-up will each receive coffee for a year in the form of a $1,000 Starbucks eGift card.

Now that the contest entry period is over I can share my entry….are you ready? Beaver Blend..come on it is snappy, fun and very Canadian sounding. Maybe next time right?

So vote, make your voice heard !

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