Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

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 »

Ham & Spinach Quiche {Layered Mediterranean Pie}

Layered Mediterranean Pie

 This Ham & Spinach Quiche has been one of my favourite meals since my mom discovered it in a Robin Hood Flour booklet years and years ago. Although we follow the same recipe, my mom’s ‘Layered Mediterranean Pie,’ as they called it in this booklet, is always better than mine. I don’t know how she does it. Perhaps the ingredient that ... Read More »

Wash Out Hair Dye for Kids: Rainbow Crazy Hair

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This past school year was my first as a parent, which means that I was a newbie to all of those School Spirit days – chief amongst them being Crazy Hair Day.  I feel like crazy hair days are easy to approach with girls. Just put their hair in a million braids or ponies and add some ribbons. Voila! Crazy.  But ... Read More »

The Pinterest Instant Water Jug Lantern: Does it Work?

The Pinterest Water Jug Lantern-

We’ve all seen the Pinterest posts about making lanterns by emptying glow sticks into bottles of Mountain Dew – and I think we’ve all figured out by now that it doesn’t work. At all.  You might have also seen the posts about making a lantern from a plastic water jug and a flashlight. Does this one work? Marya and I ... Read More »

Pimp My Pop Up

Tent Trailer Modifications

About a month ago, we acquired our very first camping trailer. It’s a 7′ Bonair with two double beds and a kitchen table that converts to a single. While it has been my dream since I was little to have my very own camping trailer, I have to say that while it’s a huge step up from camping in a ... Read More »

No Bake Potato Chip Squares: Rice Krispies Squares All Growed Up.

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One Saturday morning at the beginning of the summer, I finally decided to make my maiden voyage to the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. 2016 marks my 15th year living in Hamilton, and until last month, I had never set  foot in the Farmer’s Market.  And I love farmer’s markets! Whenever we’re in Belleville or Sarnia, I try to go with my ... Read More »

5 Steps to Rekindling Your Romance [with Your Fitbit]

FitBit Charge - Fall In Love with Your FitBit Again

There comes a point in any relationship when the romancing stops. What was once fresh and exciting enough to have you bounding out of bed in the morning becomes routine and background noise. When the romance began, you found yourself checking in more often than you checked the time. You went to bed after a late night walk with a ... Read More »