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Canada’s Wonderland Discount Tickets – ONE DAY SALE – July 9th, 2014


One Day Blowout Sale $29.99 – Available July 9 ONLY 
Tickets valid July 12 – 31, 2014 

Summer is here and CANADA’S WONDERLAND is the place to be! Enjoy over 200 rides and attractions including our 20-acre waterpark for one INCREDIBLE price!

Tickets are valid any one day from July 12 – 31, available exclusively online on July 9. Get your Single Day Admission tickets tomorrow and tell all of your friends before this deal expires at midnight.

Here’s the fine print:

Tickets are valid any one day from July 12 – July 31, 2014
Tickets must be purchased on Wednesday, July 9 from 12:00 AM through 11:59 PM
This incredible offer is only available online

Click Here to purchase tickets. PLEASE NOTE: This link will not work until 12:00 AM tonight, an error code will pop up until that time. 

We will see you at the park! 



Toys “R” Us – Grand Opening in Orleans!

Orleans Grand Opening

Orleans Grand Opening

Toys“R”Us invites families to participate in grand opening festivities on Saturday, July 12 at 9:30am for the official grand opening of our new Orleans location!

Toys“R”Us invites families to take part in grand opening festivities. Meet Geoffrey the Giraffe and enjoy a fun-filled day with fun activities, face painting, costume characters, exclusive deals, giveaways, and much more! The first 200 families to arrive will receive a mystery gift card valued from $5 to $100.


Barb Hall the District Manager of Toys“R”Us, Canada will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremoney which takes place at 9:30 am.  The festivities will take place at 3742 Innes Road in Orleans, Ontario. I hope to see you there! 



Protien Packed Protinis Snacks!

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.


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.


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!


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.

Cottage Recipe Hacks

Cottage season is here and the Guthrie family is prepping for another fantastic summer on the lake.  Cooking at our cottage can be a challenge depending on the size of the crowd. As I would rather spend more time on the dock than in the kitchen, I’ve created some easy cottage recipes that save time without sacrificing taste.

Beckett vs The Fish

Beckett vs the fish

We have been testing two separate dishes using the very adaptable Demptster’s  Ancient Grain Tortillas for our first cottage weekend.  The first recipe is one that the kids can and the second can be created completely on the BBQ.


Dempster Ancient Grain Tortilla

Yummy, easy to make on the BBQ.


I prep everything we need to create the perfect hassle free cottage pizza including slicing the peppers & mushrooms, shredding the cheese and pre making our homemade pizza sauce. The kids then chose their own toppings and place everything onto a Demptster’s  Ancient Grain Tortilla. Beckett gives this two thumbs up!



Cottage Hack Pizza

Good Pizza = Happy Kids

Sherrie-Mae’s Home Pizza Sauce

250 ml of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 small can of tomato paste ( low salt option is best)

1 roasted garlic clove (medium)

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 tbsp dried Oregano, Basil & Rosemary

Salt & Pepper to taste

There is no cooking needed for this recipe. I mix everything in a mason jar the night before we go to the cottage & we spread it on the tortillas just before we pop the cottage hack pizza into the oven or on the BBQ. Just perfect.


The next cottage hack recipe is a family favourite. In order to make my time at the cottage less about working & more about enjoying our time together as a family I prep everything at home. I prep the pork roast the evening before by removing any excess fat & salt and pepper to taste and place in a sealed container in the fridge for a transport to the cottage.

Cottage Crowd Pleaser!

BBQ Pork Loin with Maple Syrup Marinade on a bed of Mexican rice & spring mix on a toasted Ancient Grain Tortilla

 Sherrie-Mae’s Maple Dijon Marinade 

125 ml Canadian Maple Syrup (dark)

25 ml Apple Cider Vinegar

10 ml Yellow Mustard 

10 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pinch of Brown Sugar

Salt & Pepper to taste

I simply combine all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake until well mixed. Once the pork loin is on the BBQ I brush on the marinade onto each side of the pork loin. I also slightly toast the tortilla on the BBQ to give it a crunchy texture. The unused marinade can be mixed with balsamic vinegar for a light salad dressing.

If you are interested in finding out more about the versatile tortillas I used in my cottage hack recipes, follow along on the Dempster’s social media channels. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Enjoy and let me know if you tried these recipes at our cottage!



Summer is Sizzling with Old Navy Fashions

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.



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. 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.


Talking Hockey with Darcy Tucker

Growing up, the Toronto Maple Leafs were my Dad’s favourite hockey team. That of course meant they were my favourite team (until I moved to Ottawa and came to my senses became a Senators fan).  My first Leaf game, was an amazing experience in the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The entire place smelled like a combination of our hometown arena and warm salted popcorn. I remember thinking how close to players we were and how fast the skaters flew past my seat on the glass.

Darcy Tucker Tweet Chat

Recently, I had the opportunity to be part of a tweet chat with Darcy Tucker, a long time Maple Leaf player. From mentoring rookie players to coaching, Darcy gives back to his community and wanted to tweet about the good work that he and @Scotiahockey are doing across Canada for our young hockey players.


giving back


Darcy spent an hour on twitter, using the #Scotiahockey hashtag answering all the questions his fans could tweet him in 60 minutes. He answered several of my questions:

…and I might have taken a little bit of flack for my choice of hockey teams:



But in the end Darcy made my Dad’s night, I could not have asked for more:


Scotiabank is proud to support of community hockey across Canada. They know that being part of a hockey team teaches valuable lessons about camaraderie and contributes to the richness of the lives of children & strengthens communities.

Did you know that more than 1,000 branches financially support local hockey teams? Throughout the year Soctiabank also recognizes teams across the country with unique hockey experiences like visits from NHL Alumni or the Stanley Cup!

You can find more about the work #Scotiahockey does in your community & communities across Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Thank you Darcy & #Scotiahockey for being so accessible and making my Dad’s night!

Condo in Orleans for Sale!

Open House Saturday May 17th, 2014 2-4 pm

NEW LOWER PRICE – priced to sell!

Beautiful Condo in Avalon.

Updated kitchen/bamboo flooring. 2 bedrooms. 2 ensuite bathrooms and powder room. Close access to bus routes, shopping, etc. Lower level unit with access to back step/porch and an area to BBQ. Comes with one parking spot.

See link below.


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