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Exploring Historic Grimsby Beach

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids on another little adventure. I stumbled on this blog post from In Search of Sarah about these fabulous colourful houses in a town not too far from where I live.  I packed up the kids and recruited my parents to come with us. We've lived in this area for decades and never knew this little historical area existed. So, I had to share the cuteness with them.  I won't pretend to be a historian and tell you all the amazing things about these houses but suffice to say, they were just as cute in person as they are in the pictures.  You can learn more about these houses here: Grimsby Beach - Visitor Info History and Heritage - Village of Grimsby I LOVED the colour of this home and it was just as fresh looking in person as it is in the photo. This home was stunning in person, the picture doesn't do it justice.  The kids wanted to sit on these stools so bad but I wouldn't let them! I had to remind them we were the too look not touch. But I

#CurrentlyJenBookClub: What I Read in January


I mentioned it before, but this is the year of me! The year where I stop putting my wants and needs last and start doing some things that make me happy!

I used to read a lot of books, pre-kids. Then babies happened. Life exploded. And I literally haven't enjoyed a novel since 2010.

This past January, the family and I went on vacation, and in an attempt to reclaim my hobby (and try to sharpen my exhausted mom brain), I packed two books with me to read. Kind of an ambitious goal, mainly because:


  1. Kids

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  2. All-inclusive resorts have alcohol. Need I say more?

BUT I am happy to report that I did get through one book! 

I used to love thrillers and gory killer type books, but as I've gotten older, I'm a mega wuss and now only read celebrity memoirs and what I call "easy beach reads," also known as "chick lit."

Last month was no exception. I downloaded I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella and after just a few pages I was hooked.

I won't bore you with a lengthy synopsis of what the book was about (you can read about that on Good Reads). But what I will tell you is this:

Fixie Farr has this bizarre obsession with fixing things and people. Her heart is in the right place, but sometimes it creates problems for her. No one takes her seriously, despite being the smartest one in the family. And when her high school crush shows up, well, let's just say all logic goes out the window. Oh, and did I mention there's a yummy stranger in a coffee shop that Fixie happens to save his laptop from an epic disaster? Ya, you're going to want to read it to find out what happens. Between Fixie's family, her high school crush, and this new handsome stranger, she has her hands full.

And ok, I'll level with you. Is the book a bit predictable? Ok, fine, yes. Does the author, Sophie Kinsella, have a tried and true formula for all of her desperately insecure heroines who save the day in the end? Yup. Totally.

But - are us die-hard rom-com, chick-lit, hopeless romantic types still going to read this book and thousands like it because we just can't help but love a cheeky little disaster between a young woman and some random hot guy who you know they're going to fall hopelessly in love with each other? Also yes.

Trust me - the book is excellent, it's amusing and in a world were everyone, and everything is just so serious all the time, it's the kind of story you can really get lost in for a while.


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