Living, Laughing & Experiencing Life in Canada's Capital Region

The Baby Show is ‘Springing’ Back into Ottawa

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!

 

 

Shop for Hope with Winners and HomeSense

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.

Active for Life at the BConnected Conference

This weekend I am attending the B Connected Conference in Ottawa. I am working with Active for Life to bring awareness to their site and social media channels.

” Experts agree that physical literacy is just as important as reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

This simple statement made me want to work with the Active for life team. Really, that is it. They capture my values as a parent, educator and community coach.

As well, I hope to help parents, community members and coaches develop an understanding of physical literacy.

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“Physical literacy comes from developing a wide variety of fundamental movement skills such as hopping, skipping, throwing, catching and jumping. Kids have a lot more fun being active when they are physically literate. Physically active kids get higher grades in school, have better social skills and are happier and more confident.”

Is there really anything else we want for our kids then for them to be happy?

This weekend, I will be asking questions, tweeting pictures and generally engaging my community to connect with the #AfLKids community.

RT my tweets or ask me questions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using the #AfLKids hashtag this weekend, and each impression will enter you into a draw to win an Active for Life Spring Kit. My friends at Active for Life headquarters will pick a winner Sunday night.

Good Luck to all my readers and active families across Canada. If you are at the B Connected Conference come over and ask me Physical Literacy.

Save the date! We will also be hosting a Facebook party on April 26th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. There will be interesting questions, fun ideas to keep your kids active and of course prizes. There will be more information to come!

Tea with Oprah

Starbucks and Oprah have teamed up to bring patrons a special Oprah-style Chai Tea. I for one, love the idea of intense cinnamon and clove flavours in this special Oprah-inspired tea. I also appreciate the fact that a portion or the proceeds will go to Oprah’s Leadership Academy Foundation.

The following is a press release outlining the upcoming release of Teavana Oprah Chai in late April. I might be first in line to try in out! Don’t forget to answer the poll at the end of my post!

STARBUCKS COFFEE CANADA - Starbucks and Oprah Winfrey Come Toget

Oprah Winfrey personally developed the tea with Teavana’s leading teaologist Naoko Tsunoda. The distinctive blend of tea, which features a bold infusion of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves, blended with loose-leaf black tea and rooibos, will be made available to customers in time for Mother’s Day in the U.S. and Canada in handcrafted latte and loose leaf tea formats.

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“I looove tea,” said Oprah Winfrey. “My daily tea ritual is a vital part of my morning. Savoury and spicy chai, with its deep flavour, has long been a favourite of mine. When Howard Schultz offered to have me come into the Starbucks tasting room and create my very own tea blend, I thought that sounded like such a unique opportunity and fun to the tenth power. To share one of my favourite things with the rest of the world and support youth education at the same time is truly the perfect blend.”

“With the introduction of Teavana Oprah Chai, we are going to elevate the tea experience in the same way we did for coffee,” said Schultz. “Partnering with Oprah Winfrey in the creation of this distinctive and remarkable tea is a strong next step forward in accomplishing this objective, while also giving back in a meaningful way through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. I am personally humbled to work with such an inspirational leader and visionary who shares so many of our core values and beliefs. I truly believe that, together, we will set the bar for a world-class tea experience at Starbucks and Teavana.”

Contributions from sales of Teavana Oprah Chai products will go to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, which provides funding for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa and is dedicated to helping its graduates attend colleges and universities. For more information, please visit http://www.oprah.com/SteepYourSoul

Starbucks Canada Tea Heritage and Future with Teavana
Tea has been a part of Starbucks heritage since 1971, when the company was founded as Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spices. Tea represents a $90B global market and with Canadians consuming almost 9.7 billion cups of tea each year, the market in Canada represents more than $500-million1. For Starbucks Canada, tea is the third largest beverage category. Last year, more than 1 in every 10 beverages sold was a hot or iced tea beverage and Starbucks Chai Tea Latte is consistently among the top five-selling beverages across the country. This year, Starbucks is taking steps to integrate Teavana® teas into its more than 1,300 Canadian company owned and licensed stores, beginning with Teavana Oprah Chai at the end of April.

“Canada is a nation with deep tea heritage, connected by traditions and cultures from around the world,” said Richard Burjaw, vice president of marketing for Starbucks Canada. “We’re excited to build on this heritage and bring new tea experiences to more Canadians with Teavana teas in our stores.”

SteepYourSoul.Com
Also unveiled today is SteepYourSoul.com, a new online destination built around the concept of community featuring original videos and articles that inspire moments of reflection and an insider’s look behind-the-scenes at how this partnership came together and how Oprah “steeps her soul.”. In addition, starting this Sunday, March 23, Oprah will engage with spiritual thought leaders, best-selling authors and filmmakers about how they personally steep their soul. Interviews will feature Shirley McClain, Arianna Huffington, Gary Zukav, Louis Schwartzberg and Sue Monk Kidd, among many others. The site also features information on the new Teavana Oprah Chai and the youth education organizations that will be supported through this partnership.

Availability
Pricing, availability and additional product information will announced closer to the launch in late April. To learn more about Teavana Oprah Chai Tea, please visit http://www.teavana.com or http://www.SteepYourSoul.com.

 

 

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Our Valentine’s Day Traditions & a Guthrie Mishap

Valentine’s Day holds a special meaning in our home. It is not about the paper hearts or chocolate covered cherries, but about spending time together as a family. This past weekend we created a family event to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

This year we started with the decorations for our evening. Andie created this winking heart themed Owl to watch over us as we have dinner.

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Then we finished our homemade Valentine’s Day cards for our family and classroom friends.

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For dinner. Beckett decided we would have “P” inspired dinner including pasta, peaches, pie, pears and peppermint tea.

We tried to find the best heart-shaped pasta we could. Everyone agreed that the Oliveri fresh pasta was the best. Katie likes to eat hers plain, with a little parmesan cheese, Beckett toasted and sprinkled with olive oil, while Andie and likes a nice melted cheddar cheese sauce.

I wanted something a little different for my husband and I. We found a recipe for on the Oliveri.ca site that caught my eye. The Melting Heart Ravioli with Vanilla Champagne Butter sauce, sounded like the perfect recipe to try.  The recipe took less than 15 minutes to make and is at a basic skill level to create.

The picture below is NOT my picture. It can’t be, as once the dish was completed and ready to serve my border collies knocked the pan out of my hand and onto the floor. I love my dogs, I think this might have been their way of saying they wanted to join in the Valentine’s Day celebrations with the rest of the family.

 

 

Melting Heart Ravioli with Vanilla Champagne Butter Sauce

I modified the ingredients slightly to suit our tastes.

  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) Butter, divided
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup (125 mL) Champagne or dry sparkling wine
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) Whipping cream (35%)
  • 4 slices of cooked Maple Leaf Bacon
  • green onions
  • 1 (300 g) Package Olivieri® Hearts Cheese Ravioli
  • Arugula
  • Parmesan cheese curls

We didn’t even actually taste the dish, but it smelled fabulous. I hope everyone has a chance to try fresh  Oliveri Heart shaped pasta, but remember it’s only in stores for a limited time!

 

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Don’t forget to enter the Olivieri Spa giveaway for two at  http://www.winwitholivieri.com/generic

Make sure to follow Olivieri on all their social media channels.

Active for Life Twitter Chat Update – Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Prize Pack!

Are you ready for our twitter chat on Monday, February 3rd from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST?

The fabulous group at Active for Life, my talented friend Teacher Mom of Two and I have some excited news about our Twitter Chat.

Canon has given us an EOS Rebel SL1 as our GRAND PRIZE!

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This is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR  and is perfect for travel because of its size. It captures amazing photos day and night as well as Full HD movies. The perfect tool, in our opinion, for capturing your family’s active lifestyle. It could be playing at the park, a game of shiney on the neighbourhood rink, a hike through the conservation area.

  1. It’s the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* so it’s not a burden to take wherever you go.
  2. Day or night, the SL1′s large sensor delivers amazing quality photos to remember your vacation by.
  3. Enjoy the complete range of Canon lenses that give you complete creative control. From a panoramic beach sunset to a detailed close-up of Japanese cherry blossoms, your friends will admire the photos you share.
  4. It’s loaded with great features like Creative Filters that give you a unique perspective of famous landmarks and make food shots absolutely appetizing.
  5. No need to carry more than one camera on your trip, you can capture both stills and full HD movies.
  6. Not everything slows down for you when you’re ready to take a picture, especially on a wildlife adventure. Not to worry, with continuous shooting at 4 frames per second, it’s a cinch to capture fast moving subjects.

Our #AfLKids Prize pack will consist of:

EOS Rebel SL1 Body
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
Eyecup Ef (Not shown)
Battery Pack LP-E12
Battery Charger LC-E12
Wide Strap EW-300D
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
EOS Digital Solution Disc & Software Instruction Manual CD
Camera Instruction Manual
Phat Strap

We cannot forget about our other awesome prizes from Mastermind Toys and Active Kids Club:

  • From Mastermind Toys, an indoor activity prize pack with an indoor hockey set (2 sticks, 2 sets of carpet skates, and 1 “puck”), 2 indoor curling sets, and an indoor snowball set (with 2 forts and a case of “snowballs”)
  • From Kari Svenneby, founder of ActiveKidsClub.com, a family pack of safety reflectors (2 hearts, 3 butterflies, 2 soccer balls, 1 purple active kid, 1 yellow active kid, 1 hockey player)

We cannot wait to giveaway all of these outstanding prizes on Monday night!

Have you been to our RSVP page yet? Click here to RSVP.

It’s easy to participate in a twitter chat. Just answer the questions I post on Twitter,  Monday February 3rd, form 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST, using the hashtag #AfLkids. You must RSVP to be eligible to win!

See you then!

Sherrie-Mae :) 

Sherrie-Mae’s Chicken, Bacon, Brown Butter Sacchetti: A Giveaway

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 Appehtite.ca 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 

#Recipes4Romance

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.

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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.

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#Recipe4Romance

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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