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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'm Reading in April

I can't believe we are mid-month already. My plan to read one book a month pretty much died as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic blew up (in March). This month I'm reading another chicklit style book by a new'ish author I had never heard of (Sophia Money-Coutts). I picked up her book What Happens Now? (released in 2019) from Costco a few months ago and have just started it. I won't tell you what I think of it so far, you'll have to wait until the end of the month to find out! In the meantime, check her out for yourself and consider joining me in this month's book club! What I'm Reading This Month: What Happens Now?

Friday Five's: Fashion, Sales, Workouts and Serious Yummy Eats

Welcome to Currently Jen's Friday Five's! Here's what I'm crushing on this week... 1. Old Navy Canada has been having a massive clearance sale and I'm loving these Jersey Swing Dresses. I have about 7 of them already - but my black one (duh) and this navy polka dot one are my favourites. Click here to check out the collection. 2. Speaking of sale's, Children's Place Canada is having a crazy sale too. Graphic tees are on sale, $3.99 and up. Currently in my shopping car: this for my daughter , and this for my son . 3. Have you all heard of Blogilates ? I've been following Casey for YEARS but have always been intimidated by her workouts. But since we are on quarantine still, and I really need to move my tush, I thought I should try her 14-Day Quarantine Workout Plan . By the looks of day one "Quarantine Cardio" I already knew I wouldn't be able to feel my legs the following day. But to find out how I actually did with this workout, yo

Wordless Wednesday #2: Driveway Quarantine Picnic

Driveway Quarantine Picnic

3 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Stay Positive Today

There is just so much gloom and doom in the world these days. I feel bombarded by bad news and it's increasingly hard to keep my head above water and stay positive (something I've always prided myself on being able to do). I came across these quotes - I hope they carry us through the day and into the weekend and serve as a reminder to stay positive!

Currently: COVID-19 Edition

CURRENTLY on my mind... Feeling: A little bit anxious, a little bit like I need to get on the treadmill to get my butt moving, and a little overwhelmed with being cooped up in the house. We are on day 31 of quarantine /self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooking:  For lunch I'm warming up leftovers from our Easter dinner (chicken cutlets and rice). Tonight it's pasta with homemade sauce. Drinking:  Copious amounts of coffee...and wine...because we're in self-quarantine and let's face it....the only way to survive this with kids is to drink caffeine and wine.  Eating:  ALL THE THINGS. Kidding. Still munching on the the kids Easter chocolates and trying to supplement it with healthy Weight Watchers (WW) friendly eats.  Reading:  I just bought What Happens Now? by Sophia Money-Coutts . I haven't started it yet technically but I plan to this week!  Wasting: Time! I'm such a procrastinator!!! Also spring mix lettuce. Am I the only

Quarantine Survival: 4 Netflix Canada Shows to Binge Watch

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I am using this self-isolation/quarantine time wisely. I haven't started any new hobbies, nor do I have any interest in learning a new language (thanks for the tip Gwyneth). Basically, my quarantine survival kit consists of wifi, social media, screen time for the kids, and Netflix. Lots of Netflix. If you're looking for new shows to binge-watch...here are a few of my faves that I will probably rewatch soon! Workin' Moms OK, so I love this show. Not just because it's a Canadian original, but because I think every mom during different stages of parenting can relate to these characters and struggles at various points. It's hilarious, some parts are uncomfortable, and some storylines hit a little too close to home. But trust me, it's an easy and fast show to breeze through if you're quarantining yourself during this pandemic. GOOP Lab GOOP has a pretty comprehensive synopsis of what their Netflix docus

COVID-19: How My Family is Dealing with Self-Isolating

It's been 4 months since we first heard about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the effects it's had across the world. My kids have been home for a few weeks now while I've been working from home and I think we have finally found some peace of mind about our current situation and the way forward. I'm not one to stick to strict schedules...I mean...you've seen my posts declaring I'd blog for 365 days, workout for 300 straight days, read a book every month etc. I like the idea of strict schedules, but my lifestyle doesn't really gel well with that idea...and it's something I should probably come to terms with and just accept. But no...I like to torture myself with unrealistic expectations lol. Ugh. One day I'll get it! So back to self-isolation. We're hanging in there. I tried a daily schedule for the kids and it backfired so badly so now, we're just taking it day by day. The kid's teachers have started online learning/lessons so we do what we

Wordless Wednesday #1

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Camping Bucket List 2020

If someone would have told me 20 years ago, that I would end up being a camper, I wouldn't have believed it. My family (mom and dad) are not really outdoorsy people, we didn't go on family hikes or ski trips, or day trips to the lake. And I never wore running shoes as part of an outfit until I was living away at college and let's face it, was just too lazy to wear my platform Mary-Janes to class (yes I know, I'm totally dating myself here). But now, fast-forward to being an adult (gasp!) and having a family of my own, I've learned to embrace the outdoors. My kids are BUSY, and that meant when they were really young, spending time outside rain or shine. And as they've gotten older, and they're easier to travel with, we have plunged ourselves knee-deep into camping. We tried tent camping once - epic fail. And it took several years later to finally try again, although this time, we splurged for a trailer. First, a pop-up tent trailer, which we loved