Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

A March Break Giveaway from Church & Dwight: Spring Forward!

Church & Dwight Giveaway

Tomorrow is the last day of school before March Break.  How did that happen already?! I’ll be honest: I meant to have this post up an entire week ago….but then we got that wonderful snow storm, and then the weather magically turned to spring, and, well, we’ve pretty much been enjoying as much of the Great Outdoors as we can ... Read More »

The Best Kind of Book Club (And No, You Can’t Join!)

The WINE

It’s World Book Day today and as I was thinking about what I should write about, I realized that a post on my book club – the Best Book Club in the World – is long over due.   Six years ago I sat in the lunch room with three of my co-workers commiserating about our respective book clubs. We ... Read More »

How to Oil Butcher Block Counter Tops

How to oil a butcher block counter: before & after

There’s no denying it – butcher block counters make a kitchen look rich and warm. They were one of the reasons why we fell in love with the first house that we bought – I mean, what a charming kitchen, am I right?  However, we soon learned that butcher block counter tops require quite a bit of love and attention ... Read More »

Easy Dinosaur Cake: Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Cool Dinosaur Sheet Cake

It’s birthday party time again! I can’t believe we have a five year old in the house already… Where does the time go?  Anyhow, the theme for this year’s birthday party has been set for a full year, ever since Target cleared out their dinosaur birthday party accessories. We had the plates, the table cloth, the banner, and the ‘goody bag’ ... Read More »

Alligator Popsicle Stick Puppet

Popsicle Stick Puppets

One of the many benefits to our family membership at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton/Burlington is the crafts table. Every week, the team at the RBG puts out a new craft for visitors to do – they make a few examples, post the instructions, pre-cut the pieces, and leave all the supplies nicely organized for little hands.  The current ... Read More »

One New Year’s Resolution Every Busy Mom Should Make #StreamTeam

featured new year

Traditionally, I abstain from making promises about drastic life changes on the eve of a New Year. I don’t like falling short of goals that I set for myself. I don’t like being disappointed in myself. Because, let’s face it – no matter how good the intentions, adding an extra ‘beneficial’ behaviours to an already busy day spells long-term failure ... Read More »