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Self Tanner vs. Jen: Volume 1

Last night I did something.  I succumbed to my sanity and tried self tanner.  Some would ask "Why?" and all I can tell you is, I blame YouTube and beauty influencers with long tanned legs. You see, it started with tan lines on my stomach. Since having kids my stomach hasn't seen the light of day, and it legit startles me every time I take a shower and have to face myself in the mirror. I figured a self tanner would help solve that problem and I set out for product reviews, DIY strategies, and tips and tricks. Which then led me to YouTube. Which then led me to Instagram. Which then led me to hashtags. Which then led me to realize Jergens is still around and hey, a newish (to me at least) product: foam! I could have gone for the gradual self tan lotion that Jergens is so famous for, but no, I went straight for the big guns. If you're gonna do something, you have to be all in. No "gradual tan" BS I told myself. So a few nights ago, I tested the self tanner on m

#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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