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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: The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin


You're never going to believe this, but in January I read two whole books! In a matter of days. And while it spurred a sense of motivation to read more, I haven't cracked open a book since. But let's not get into the nightmare that is these past few months in lock down filled with remote work, remote school, remote playdates and family chats. Remote. Remote. Remote. Remote. I'm over it.

January was a great time to escape into the world of fictional characters. I was drawn to this book because I am a huge Emily Giffin fan, and also, I have a love for any book that will take me out of reality for awhile and sweep me off my feet by way of a romantic comedy.

You can read a full description of the book here on Emily Giffin's website. But in a nutshell, fresh from a recent breakup, the main character Cecily finds herself in a bar at 2 am drinking her sorrows away. As she is contemplating drunk dialing her ex, she hears a deep, unfamiliar yet intriguingly handsome voice say "Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.”

I'm sure you can imagine what happens next...hot guy talks cute-vulnerable-recently-heartbroken girl up. Hell ya you know what happens next! BUT what I refuse to do is give you any more details because I don't want to give it all away. There are so many twists and turns in this book and also, some heartbreaking parts as the characters live through the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Through the trauma comes clarity and so much growth for Cecily and the men in her life. Which is something I love to see in novels regardless of the genre of book.

Another thing I absolutely am obsessed with, is knowing the inspiration that authors draw upon for their novels. It's sometimes hard to find, and many times I never find the answer. BUT Emily Giffin has a book club kit on her website and in it, she shares what inspired her to write the book. I wondered why she would have chosen to put such a historic and traumatic real life event (9/11) in the story. And then I read this...and I was sold. I had to read more.
Source: EmilyGiffin.com

Have you read this book? What did you think?

What's on your reading list for February?

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