It is official—I am now Mrs. Vancouver Island! Don’t worry, I did not lose my license to practice veterinary medicine and my “Doctor” title. Rather, I did something unusual last weekend—I entered the Mrs. BC Pageant. To answer some questions that have come up since I announced that I was running in the pageant: What? […]


Every morning, Facebook gives me a “memory” from the past and states that it won’t be shared automatically. I have to choose which “memories” I wish to repost. The past month was difficult for me as every morning I would wake up with dread and wonder what memory would await. Would it be the memory […]


Life Hacks

by janevermeulen on March 3, 2017 · 0 comments

I am someone who spends a lot of time on social media—it has become one of my great time wasters while standing in line, going to the bathroom and sitting in my son’s extremely boring (yet seemingly necessary) music appreciation class. I read an article about how I could use my time in the Starbucks […]


Managed Expectations

by janevermeulen on   January 27, 2017

Life has returned back to normal for our family after six weeks of holiday festivities. Multiple Christmas trees, dinners, decorations, presents and of course, baking. Growing up, I remember my mother’s Christmas baking—Dutch traditions such as olibollen (dutch donuts) and thai-thai. So, I was so excited to start introducing baking traditions to my children.  My […]

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Home Alone.

by janevermeulen on   November 17, 2016

Last month, the strangest and oddest thing happened to me—I was home alone for 51 hours. I had not woken up in an alternate universe, nor was my family abducted by aliens. Instead, my husband had headed off on a two day adventure with both children while I got to experience the freedom (and boredom) […]

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Never would I ever.

by janevermeulen on   October 11, 2016

I don’t think I have ever been called a sensitive person and as I have gotten older, I realize this is a good thing. Especially as a parent. Last week at my church’s Thanksgiving dinner, my son patted me on the belly and told me I had a big belly. But, I think he meant […]

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Suffering from Second-Child Syndrome

by janevermeulen on   August 16, 2016

Last night, I was hurriedly ordering cards on VistaPrint and discovered that there needs to be a new category for “second-child” stationary. My daughter is over four months old and she is getting baptized this week. I realized that I have not made any “formal announcement” of her birth. Since she has passed several milestones, […]

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Table for Four?

by janevermeulen on   July 4, 2016

I recently came to the conclusion that I am a parent. Considering that I have a three-year-old son and a three-month-old daughter, that seems like an odd statement. I feel like I had been an imposter parent or a full-time babysitter before my daughter was born, but now that I have “children” and not “a […]

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