Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

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 »

What a Mom REALLY Wants for Mother’s Day

What Moms REALLY Want for Mother's Day

If there are children in the home, there’s a pretty good chance that there’s one thing that tops everything else on mom’s Mother’s Day wishlist: TIME. ALONE.  Nope, not even with you, hubby. And not at home, where there’s laundry to do and lunches and suppers to make and endless To-Do lists that never get tackled when other people are at ... Read More »

How to Make a Bed Safety Rail for Less than $5

How to make a bunk bed safety rail for $5

Last summer, I spent hours upon hours refinishing my childhood bunk beds for the kiddos. I finally had them up, and the kids moved into them – they were THRILLED! Now, these bunk beds predate my birth – my mom picked them up at a yard sale in the early 80′s – so the top bunk didn’t have a safety rail ... Read More »

Canadian War Cake: Eggless Dairy-Free Raisin Spice Cake from 1915

Canadian War Cake - WWI Recipes

This month’s Wine & Cheesy Book Club pick was Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery. Now, as a self-proclaimed Canadian Lit & Historical Fiction enthusiast, it should follow logically that I have read all of Montgomery’s books. Should.  In fact, I have only ever read Anne of Green Gables…and even that was probably two and a half decades ago. I love the story ... Read More »

Win 4 Tickets to #MonsterJam in Hamilton!

Win 4 Tickets to Monster Jam in Hamilton! #MonsterJam

You can not know how thrilled I am that the #MonsterJam trucks are on their way back to Hamilton for another show. Didn’t peg me as a Monster Jam fan? I’m not. I’m really not. However, the newly minted 5 year old in our house very much IS, and he’s been talking about this year’s Monster Jam show since last April. I’m just ... Read More »