Author Archives: Jenn vanOosten

LEGO: When Toys, TV, & Learning Come Together #StreamTeam

#StreamTeam

After extensive research*, I’m confident that in saying that there is only one negative thing about Lego: Is there any other toy (besides a smartphone or a tablet) that a 5 year old and 45 year old can equally appreciate and enjoy? Just little bricks of plastic with some bumps and holes. So simple, yet so brilliant.  Our two kids ... Read More »

Easy Easter Craft: The Hatching Chick

Hatching Easter Eggs: An Easy Easter Craft

Far too often in day to day life these days I find myself planning to do a craft with the kids, but then real life takes over and it doesn’t happen. The church needs to be cleaned, supper needs to be prepped, H-Man needs to be walked to school, we’re having a play date with friend, we need to get groceries, ... Read More »

The Perfect Spring Break Treat – Disney on Ice in #HamOnt

Dare to Dream #DisneyonIce

It’s been kind of a chilly and wet March break this year – much more pleasant than the very cold & snowy March break the last two years, but still, a little harder to find things to do. The weather this morning was looking up – 8 degrees and sunny – and then, just after lunch, the dark clouds rolled ... Read More »

#CloroxCanada Casts a Spell on Bathroom Germs with the ToiletWand

featured toiletwand

As you know, in December I started my new job as custodian of our church, which means that I spend about 15 hours a week vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, disinfecting, and scrubbing toilets. I am, therefore, no stranger to rolling up my sleeves and getting dirty.  However, while I don’t scrubbing the floors and cleaning the kitchens, tackling the bathroom has ... Read More »

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 »