Coffee Break

Keep on the Sunny Side: I have so much to be thankful for!

Thankful for mom!!

I noticed the other day that when someone asked me about our rental house and how we’re liking it, inspite of the many positive things that I could have said about it, I zeroed in on the many features of the house and property that weren’t quite meeting our needs and expectations. When I thought about it, I realized that ... Read More »

Striking a Balance in Life – Something’s Gotta Give

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I have a really hard time fitting everything into a day. There are so many things that I want to do, so many things that I need to do. There are the regular immediate household needs, like loading and unloading the dishwashers, clearing off the counter tops, tossing a load of laundry into the washer or dryer, and sweeping the crumbs ... Read More »

A blogger sat down to write a simple blog post. What happens next will make your jaw drop!

When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop! (Spoiler: it’s a swimming pool.) She found this cardboard box, but when she rips it open, I’m speechless. (Spoiler: it’s puppies.) She put her toilet brush under the seat. Why? It’s Genius! (Spoiler: it can drip-dry before being put away.) This guy did the coolest, most illegal, DIY ... Read More »

That Time I Set My Oven On Fire

Lattice Top Apple Pie

It’s been a busy and long day. I know that because I have 13,479 steps on my FitBit and I wasn’t even trying today – whereas I usually clock in at about 10,000 these days unless I push it.  We had arranged to have friends over for dinner – a date that we’ve been trying to set since New Year’s Eve ... Read More »

Back to School Life Lessons from Netflix #Streamteam


In just two weeks, we will be saying goodbye to summer. An end to laid-back, relaxed days, and a return to routines and schedules. It can be a little nerve-wracking for everyone involved. Our 5-year old is now in Senior Kindergarten without his big brother in class with him – big changes. The 6-year old is in Grade 1 – ... Read More »

Hi, My Name is Jenn, and I Hate Running. #AfLFamily

I don't Run

I have a confession to make: I kind of hate most physical activity. I mean, I love the romantic notion of being a runner out on an early morning jog, but I feel like I’m going to die when I’m out of breath. I want to be someone that lives life on a bike, but somehow little molehills turn into mountains ... Read More »

What My Boys Are Reading this Summer

Boys Reading List

 Short and sweet post today! Our boys are good readers, but don’t LOVE it like I did when I was younger. They don’t tend to sit with a book and read on their own, so I wanted to encourage as much of that as possible this summer. To help with that, we stopped off at the library this morning and ... Read More »

Breaking the Silence

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I must not be the only blogger who struggles with this, but here it is: When I get into a busy period of life, such as moving / Christmas / everyone-in-the-family-gets-sick-one-after-the-other, I tend not to blog it. “Who wants to read about THAT?” I think.  The longer I don’t post, the harder it is to go back and post something. ... Read More »

To the Motherland… and Beyond!


My husband and I are both second generation Canadians, with all four of our parents originating in the Netherlands. Neither of us have ever been to visit, though both of us have always wanted to make the trip someday.  This past fall, two of our most dear friends packed up their worldly possessions and moved to Rotterdam for no fewer ... Read More »