Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

10 Simple DIY Christmas Trees


I love small decorative Christmas trees. I think I was first inspired by my sister-in-law, who had a gorgeous collection of unique and creative trees.  I started to collect a few here and there, mostly on clearance.  I’ll share a picture once I’ve got my decorations out – I’m pretty pleased with my collection. I love the idea of making ... Read More »

Travel Tip: Ziplock Bags + Tablets = Happy {Quiet} Kids!


We don’t have a DVD player in our van, and watching video is a last resort for us to quiet our kids.  However, since one Grandma is 2.5 hours east, and the other Oma is 2 hours west, and our kids never sleep in the van, videos provide a respite for all of us from time to time. Actually, we purchased ... Read More »

MORE Christmas Crafts For Little Hands


The closer we get to the Christmas season, the more our children want to participate in crafts, baking, and everything Christmas-related.  So I thought I’d go through and find some of our favourite activities from last year and put them together so we can access them easily.  There are some fun ones here! Felt Snowman - what better way to build ... Read More »

Christmas Simmer Pot (from kitchen scraps)


One of the best parts of Christmas is the smells.  A combination of baking/cooking, along with the tree – just brings back so many memories.  And I love baking, but sometimes I don’t get around to it, but still want the smells.  That’s where simmer pots are so great.  You leave it on the stove to simmer, and it smells ... Read More »

{GF} Spicy Sausage Cocktail Meatballs


I made these meatballs this weekend for a babyshower. Come to think of it, it probably wasn’t the best option to make, since the new mother as well as the host of the shower don’t eat pork and, well, these are pork meatballs, but that just meant there were more for the rest of us. There’s going to be a theme ... Read More »

Must Watch Christmas Movies


Can you name all of the movies in the collage above? If not, it’s high time that you take a look at the list below! As soon as the ‘cold’ winds start to blow in the Autumn, my head turns to the upcoming Christmas season. I can’t help it – it’s just always been in me. I love the beginning of ... Read More »

Tuna Dippers


We’ve been making these for years – they are such an easy meal (especially if you’ve forgotten to take meat out to thaw!), and it is a great way to sneak extra veggies to your kids. We often make it as part of a dipping supper (all finger foods, all dippable) – the kids love it! This is a great alternative ... Read More »

Free Movies at Cineplex!


We love taking the kids to the movie theatre, but it can cost a fortune!  Here’s some information about Community Day at Cineplex:  free movies with cheap concession prices – with proceeds going to the Canadian Olympic Foundation!  November 16.  See website for showtimes and details. Read More »

Oven-Roasted Cabbage


I’m a big fan of buying what’s in season, and when I went to the store last week, apparently cabbage was in season! I bought a HUGE head for  $.99 – it was massive! Even after removing a few of the outside leaves, I was left with a lot of cabbage.    I knew we were going to make a ... Read More »