Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

Seatbelts, everyone! Take Chances, Make Mistakes, and Introduce Your Kids to Miss Frizzle! #StreamTeam

The Magic School Bus on Netflix

I grew up reading the Magic School Bus books whenever I could get my hands on them – which wasn’t very often, since they were some of the more popular books in the school library. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of the extra-ordinary fantasy world creeping into our ‘plain old boring’ world.  I desperately wanted Miss Frizzle for ... Read More »

Selling Your House for More: Step 2: Consult the Experts

Selling your house this year? Check out these tips to sell your house for MORE!

We sold our house this spring for a surprisingly tidy profit, but there was a fair amount of work involved before the house went up on the market. One of the most important lessons that my husband and I have learned in the last 9 years of our married life is that it’s not only a waste of time but also a ... Read More »

Faux Custom Art in Fifteen Minutes

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Have you ever noticed how incredibly expensive it is to buy large pieces of art for your walls? I don’t know – maybe it’s not that expensive if you’re not on a budget or you can’t think of a better way to spend $125 than on a one-of-five-hundred-thousand print from Home Sense.  Don’t get me wrong – I love having artwork on ... Read More »

To the Motherland… and Beyond!


My husband and I are both second generation Canadians, with all four of our parents originating in the Netherlands. Neither of us have ever been to visit, though both of us have always wanted to make the trip someday.  This past fall, two of our most dear friends packed up their worldly possessions and moved to Rotterdam for no fewer ... Read More »

MasterChef Season 6: A Few Thoughts (What did you think about it?)

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I lied a teensy tiny bit in yesterday’s post when I said that all of my TV consumption takes place via Netflix these days. I make one exception and one only: MasterChef. We no longer have an antenna on our house (and haven’t had cable or satellite since the 2012 Winter Olympics), so I’m now relegated to seeking it out online after broadcast or ... Read More »

What I’m Watching…

What to Watch Next on Netflix

I admit, I watch a lot of TV. Well, I don’t actually watch a lot of TV: a huge amount of the time, I just listen to it as I’m cleaning up the kitchen, hanging up laundry, making dinner. I put Netflix on my phone and connect to our Bose Mini Soundlink Bluetooth speaker and go about my business, listening to my ... Read More »

Be Still and Know

The last 6 months has been a little ‘up in the air’ for our family. Every decision that we made, starting in November, was made with the preface, “If Brian gets into grad school…” If Brian gets into grad school, we’re going to have to move or store any of these Christmas presents that we buy for the kids… do we really want ... Read More »

No Bake Rhubarb Torte


  What a difference one week makes! That #rhubarb looks ripe for the picking!! #rhubarbpie #rhubarbpopsicles A photo posted by jennvb (@jennvb) on May 6, 2015 at 7:43am PDT  Is your rhubarb ready for picking, yet? I’ve already picked 4 times from my patch in the back yard and it’s only May 19th! We’ve had Rhubarb Basil Pizza, Strawberry Rhubarb ... Read More »