Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

Your Best / Worst Dad Joke Could Win You One of Four 4K TVs from Rogers for Father’s Day!! #MyDadJoke #LifeIn4K

Father's Day with Rogers: Win a 4K TV! #MyDadJoke

What is it that happens to dudes when they become dads? One minute, they’ve got a completely normal sense of humour, and the next, it’s groaners all around.  Kid: Daddy, I’m thirsty! Dad: Hi Thirsty, I’m Dad! Nice to meet you!  ******* Kid: Daddy, wait, I’ve got something in my shoe! Dad: I’m pretty sure that’s your foot, son! “Why don’t crabs give to ... Read More »

The Back Yard Bubble Hack that Saved My Summer Sanity

Blowing Bubbles

My children love playing with bubbles, and I can get behind that. Bubbles are a summer activity in its purest form. They don’t require fancy equipment or batteries, they can involve gaggles of children, and they spread happiness like pixie dust.  But man, am I ever over the kids spilling the entire contents of their bubble bottles in less than 3 minutes!  ... Read More »

I Never Promised You a Rock Garden

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The day that our little family has been waiting for has finally arrived: The Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden has finally reopened after a 2 year, $20 million makeover.  Pre-makeover, I had only visited once, but instantly fell in love with the place. I brought my mom and kids there for a Mother’s Day adventure, and it was an oasis ... Read More »

Build Your Own Bigger Kid Picnic Table

DIY Ana White Bigger Kids Picnic Table

If you’ve been on Pinterest AT ALL, I can guarantee that you’ve pinned at least one of Ana White’s wood working projects. Maybe for yourself, maybe for your husband to make for you… but you’ve pinned at least one.  How do I know this? Because my DIY Pinterest board looks like this:  A few months ago, I decided that the tiny little ... Read More »

To Pick or Not to Pick: That is the Question

Lilacs and blue sky

If you read what I wrote yesterday, or happened upon this post I wrote two years ago about the Lilac Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Hamilton, you’ll know that I heart lilacs. They have a special place in my memories. I also really miss being able to walk down the street and clip and armful of blooms to ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Traditions

Royal Botanical Gardens Lilacs

When you live two hours away from your mom, and Toronto is in between the two of you, you don’t get together maybe as often as you might like. We don’t do Sunday Dinners together, and we can’t do Mother’s Day together unless she comes here for the weekend or we go there for the whole day or weekend.  However, ... Read More »

This $3 Tool Will Save ALL THE SPACE on Your Outdoor Clothesline!

Laundry Hack!

One of my favourite things about spring is the return to drying clothes outside in the clothesline. So much of the Stay-at-Home-Mom job consists of inside chores – dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, tidying, making breakfast/lunch/supper, doing the wash – that when those warm-ish sunny days finally come knocking at the door, I can’t wait to fling it open and join it!  ... Read More »

Monster Jam: It’s a Monster of a Good Time!

Another MonsterJam adventure in Hamilton has come and gone and, from the reports by my son, a rip-roaring time was had by all.  In spite of a couple new trucks this year, Gravedigger remains at the top of Hendrik’s list – he knows how to choose them – apparently Gravedigger won 3 of the competitions!    Hendrik’s cousin Liam chose ... Read More »