Category: Annoyances

The Fortnite fight

The Fortnite fight: Why I'm not letting my son play yet {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our eight-and-a-half-year-old son is obsessed with being allowed to play Fortnite and I am obsessed with saying “no.” (At least, that’s how he perceives this thing called “trying to be a good parent and never being quite sure.”) Here’s why he insists it’s a…

How we (finally) moved our shed

How we (finally) moved our shed {Heather's Handmade Life}

YouTube tutorials can be a wonderful resource when you’re trying something new. They can also fill you with false confidence and convince you to try a stupid (and potentially dangerous) idea that will leave everyone in a panic. It all started with the placement…

The thing about theme days

The thing about theme days {Heather's Handmade Life}

I love a good theme day. There was nobody as excited as me when I finally got to participate in my first Crazy Hair Day at our elementary school two years ago. I was delighted in hot-gluing LEGO bricks to barrettes and turning our…

The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}

As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out.  It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me…

DIY mittens (because you can’t buy them in February?!)

Make your own snow mittens [Heather's Handmade Life}

So in January or February, in Canada — CANADA!!! —  it’s practically impossible to buy new mittens, gloves, snow pants, and any of the other winter essentials we NEED in CANADA. Some stores have a few left, but the odds of finding your child’s…

Organizing kids’ art supplies

We keep our kids’ art supplies in our dining room. (I say dining room, but really, in these new-fangled open-concept houses, it’s our kitchen table area?) We always have, actually! It’s probably the hardest-working area of our house because IT IS USED CONSTANTLY and…

You’re killin’ me, Smalls

She wanted her Shopkins colour-coded! Well, OK, and I wanted it, too. We BOTH wanted it! It seemed like such a good idea at the time!

I hate buying presents for birthday parties

When we got four invitations within two days, I knew it was coming. I could feel its sticky icing-fingered clutches: birthday party season. Parties are a great way to entertain — and wear out — your kids on the weekend, and sometimes there’s a…

Weird work-at-home quirks + hacks

Today’s post is brought to you by Things That Annoy Me about working from home. Yes, you heard me — working from home is not all merrily-throwing-the-laundry-on in between tea breaks.  I noticed I have a couple of quirks that can interfere with my…

Why too many days off school make me crazy

I’m almost positive my son and daughter attend Grade 1 and preschool, respectively. It’s just that for the last three or four weeks, they’ve barely gone. At least it feels that way, between flu bugs, coughs, snow days, labour action, holidays and more snow…

On freelance life + Hollywood

Me, back in my entertainment reporter days. If I were to list my Top 5 Annoyances relating to my job as a freelance writer, do you know what they’d be? 1. People who don’t think I “really” work. No, I don’t think I’m automatically…

I hate camping … but here’s why I go

My husband, son and daughter all love camping, but I’m a cranky camper — I fully admit it. Camping just sets me on edge. I dislike feeling grubby and sweaty and itchy from all of my swollen bug bites. I dislike waking up in…