Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

How to Host an Easy PAW Patrol Birthday Party

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We’ve landed squarely in School Friends Birthday Party territory. The kids are going out to birthday parties, they’re wanting to have their friends over for birthday parties, and it’s all kind of busy and often intimidating!  There are stories of little girls hosting Princess Parties at Dundurn Castle, and little boys hosting action-packed jumping parties at The Flying Squirrel (this ... Read More »

HELP! Aluminum Free Deodorants: Which ones work? Which don’t?

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My body does something really interesting: It doesn’t sweat when I work out (I turn into a giant, perfectly ripe tomato), but it sweats profusely from the armpits when I’m just a little bit chilly. Ugh.  So, in spite of the fact that I don’t get crazy stinky when I exercise, I have always gravitated towards pretty powerful antiperspirants for ... Read More »

And Now It’s Time for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange

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It has to be a true story, and it has to be a short story. After that, it can be anything at all. After that, it’s up to you. Dear Stuart,  They say “No News is Good News,” but when this past September came and went without an update on your health or statement on the possibility (or lack thereof) ... Read More »

How to Not Get Stranded on a Road Trip

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Picture this. You’re driving home from a week at the In-Law’s place. It’s New Year’s Eve day, and you’re on the highway, still an hour away from home when your vehicle starts to shake and make a terrible clunking sound. You pull safely over to the shoulder of the road and stop. The next exit is in view; it’s 500 ... Read More »

How to “Age” Wood for Rustic Wood Signs

How to Age Wood with Vinegar

We’ve all seen those beautiful wood signs on Pinterest made of re-purposed pallets. Often, the pallets that you get your hands on will be beautifully aged, with that grey, weathered look. However, more often, you’ll find pallets that look pretty shiny and new. And if you’re going to use wood that looks new, you might as well use NEW wood.  But. ... Read More »