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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

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 can while I'm working, and anything that takes more one-on-one support is saved for the evening when I'm finished working for the day.

Taking the pup for her daily walk
The kids are plugged into their iPods, Netflix, and Xbox and I'm ok with it. We break up their screen time with chores, school work like I mentioned above, and daily family walks (to get some fresh air).

Showing her brother how it's done!
This past weekend was beautiful and while we can't really go anywhere, we spent the majority of Sunday playing basketball on our driveway, short bike rides, and walks in the neighbourhood.

Supervising the garage clean up
We've also been spending more time as a family, having movie nights a few evenings a week.

Has it been hard not being able to socialize with our family and friends? Yes. It's been really hard and being isolated has made my depression and anxiety bubble up again. But, we're taking it day by day and the daily walks are helping us all get some much-needed exercise!

How are you handling the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation?

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