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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

Living With Intention: 5 Things that Made Me Smile



It’s been a rough two weeks. I think the lockdown is getting the best of me and the family, and work is a bit haywire right now. Lot’s of drama and hurt feelings amongst team members. It’s so easy to get sucked in to other people’s hurt feelings. When my friends or people I care about hurt, I hurt too. I can’t turn it off. Know what I mean?

So today I’m starting my day with a positive intention: to focus on 5 things that have made me smile this past week. 


Here we go….


  1. Talking to an old friend on the phone after months of not being in touch.

  2. Learning that my family and I will be making more memories together this summer (and next) regardless of what happens with the pandemic. We’ve rented a cottage and can’t wait for our little getaway.

  3. Even though the kids are sick of eachother (remote school and the lockdown situation is most likely to blame) they’ve also found comfort in one another since they aren’t able to see or play with their friends. While they do fight and bicker, they also play with each other and motivate each other. And they’ve been helping each other with homework and issues that arise during remote school. It warms my heart when I see them genuinely be kind to one another.

  4. I’ve been on the weight loss and fitness train these past two months and my hubby has been so encouraging. He just told me how proud he is of me for sticking to my goal of working out every day and said I’m totally slaying it. It just made me feel so good to have my hard work acknowledged.

  5. Bedtime has the potential to be disastrous or easy peasy with my kids.There is no in between. And sometimes after a long hard day the last thing I want to do is lay down with the kiddos. The other night was like that. But, my littlest one Adrianna reminded me why bedtime is so precious. It is the one time of day that both kids are their most vulnerable and want to share things with me about their day, their thoughts, the fears, their wants etc. The other night, Adrianna was so over tired she just had straight up giggles. And it was infectious. And exactly what I needed - although I didn’t realize it at the time. We giggled for about 45 minutes about everything, and nothing all at the same time.That truly warmed my heart. She needed that connection with me, and you know what, I really needed it too.


What are 5 things that made you smile this week?

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