Pumpkin Voting. 🎃

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Hey there pretty little pumpkins. 🎃😉 How are you?

I feel like I have so much to update the blog with – posts about my Amsterdam trip, life updates and more, it’s all been happening.

Today I’m keeping things lighthearted and fun and asking everyone reading to please participate in a VOTE.

Yesterday my sister, her boyf and I had some fun carving pumpkins. We also baked cakes but they tasted absolutely butters, I didn’t even bother to take a picture of them they were that crapesco. 😂😂 We tried I swear but it’s clear none of us will be participating in the GBBO anytime soon. 🙅🏻🎂

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Fortunately our pumpkins turned out slightly better than the cakes.

With no carving kit due to unforseen circumstances (future life update post will tell you all about that), we had to use knives. Sharp knives which I feared deeply as knowing me, I would get too enthusiastic with my pumpkin carving and stab myself. 👍🏼 Thankfully no trips to A&E were required and we all managed to safely carve our pumpkins with relatively decent outcomes.

Obviously each of us thought our own personal pumpkin was the best one, but as we are all biased to our own I thought why don’t I share pictures of our pumpkins here on the blog and get people to vote!? 🤔

So that’s exactly what I am going to do.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you the three pumpkins you have to choose from…

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Pumpkin One. 🎃
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Pumpkin Two. 🎃
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Pumpkin Three. 🎃

Pumpkin One, Two, or Three? Which is your favourite? Please be sure to leave your vote in the comments below… Make sure you vote for mine, please. 😉😉

Thankyou for participating, I look forward to seeing which pumpkin gets the most votes!

With love, Jennie. ❤️🎃 xxxxxxxxxxx

Amsterdam Haul. 🇳🇱👜

Hello all!

I have just returned home from a brilliant long weekend away in Amsterdam where I had the best time with my best friend Emily.

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IAMSTERDAM🇳🇱

I will be doing more in depth posts about my weekend away but for now I will be sharing with you all the goodies I bought whilst in Amsterdam. I absolutely love shopping and this place is a spenders dream… Amsterdam has every shop you could possibly wish for from Chanel, Cartier, Urban Outfitters, ABH cosmetics, Burberry cosmetics, Pandora, Victoria’s Secret, about 1000 H&M’s and even a Waterstones, the list is endless.

Although I have to be honest a lot of things actually worked out cheaper to buy in the UK, for example in one store YSL’s Touche Eclat concealer was €39 whereas here in England it’s only £25. That’s a huge difference and with the exchange rate being so poor at the moment (thanks Brexit), it’s not very good at all.

Regardless, I made sure to treat myself to lot’s of Amsterdam exclusive goodies whilst there…

I knew before even arriving in ‘Dam that I wanted to get a Bike Charm from Pandora to symbolise the trip as the city pretty much has more bikes than people, there are bikes everywhere. When I went into Pandora I was in for a real treat as not only did they have the most beautiful Holland exclusive set of charms, including a pretty windmill, a bright orange charm and of course the dangly bicycle, but all the charms were on offer for 3 for 2. Such a bargain!!

I bought more jewellery at the Hard Rock Cafe gift shop, where I picked up the most awesome pair of jazzy guitar earrings. They are dangly and sparkly and I think they are so cool. I can’t wait to wear them.

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Rock On 🤘🏼🎸

Some of my favourite purchases are the souvenirs I picked up from the Anne Frank House, which is one of the most incredible places I have ever visited, a truly thought-provoking experience, I admit I shed a few tears. From here I picked up a copy of Anne Frank’s diary. I’ve never read Anne Frank’s diary before and I thought it would be amazing to read a copy I bought from the actual place the original was written.

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I also bought some postcards from the Anne Frank house, they are great souvenirs and remind me that Anne was just a normal girl like me, and that her story along with many others is truly remarkable.

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My favourite postcard of Anne’s father, Otto Frank, revisiting the house years after the war. I find this photo so amazing, as it captures such an incredible moment in time. To think of the emotions Otto Frank was feeling as this picture was taken, there are no words, just wow. 

Along with all these amazing purchases I bought the typical souvenirs one gets when visiting a new place. I collect shot glasses so I picked up 3 to add to my collection, although only two actually made it home in one piece. I bought a Red Light District postcard and a Red Light District magnet, both of which I have stuck on my fridge so I’m sure my parents will be very impressed. Ha ha ha.

I am so happy with all my wonderful purchases from Amsterdam. I love them ALL!!!

I think my favourite things I bought have got to be my Pandora charms and the souvenirs from Anne Franks house.

What did you like the best? Let me know in the comments below!

Thankyou so much for reading!

With love, Jennie. ❤️💙🇳🇱 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

Surrey Day Trippin’

Hello all!

This Sunday just gone, my parents and I took a day trip to one of my favourite places in the whole wide world – Surrey.

I was born in Surrey and lived there until I was 5, and spent my years growing up visiting the area to see my wonderful family.

Not only does Surrey hold a special place in my heart, with fond memories of family days spent in the county, but I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and I would love to own my own house there one day.

Nowadays when my family and I visit Surrey it’s usually to see relatives only, and we tend to stay indoors rather than exploring the outside.

This time however I insisted we visit some of our favourite spots and spend some time together out and about adventuring.

We decided to visit St Ann’s Hill, one of my favourite places growing up. St Ann’s Hill is a beautiful nature trail located in Chertsey, and with gorgeous woodland everywhere you turn it’s the perfect place for a stroll. There is even a lovely little stretch of grass where children (or adults) can run and play, families and friends can picnic and you can just generally bask in the glory of nature.

What I love most about St Ann’s Hill are the breathtaking views. There are a couple of lookout points dotted around the trail which make the walk extra special.

We stopped at one lookout point to admire the scenery and from here we could see water skiiers making a splash at Thorpe Park’s water sports lake, views of Thorpe Farm and also planes taking off from Heathrow airport. It was incredibly calming to stand here and watch the world go by, I could have stayed here forever.

Mum told me that back in the day we would go to this lookout point on firework night, as it gives an excellent view of Thorpe Park’s firework display. I was too young to remember any of this, but I can only imagine how incredible it must have been and I hope one day to return on firework night and watch displays from here.

After our delightful walk around St Ann’s Hill enjoying one anothers company and the joy nature has to offer, we took a drive to the wonderful Cockrow Hill farm entrance.

Cockrow Hill is another place I adored whilst growing up and whilst we didn’t actually have a proper visit this time, it was great to see the hill and the trees and the animals all the same.

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After our little exploration it was time to visit my Grandparents, who had cooked us a yummy lunch of chicken, chips and peas. Delicious!

My Auntie and Uncle also joined us at my Grandparents house which was so lovely. They didn’t stay for long but we had a great little catch up and I really enjoyed spending time with them.

I spent the afternoon helping out my Gran and Grandad with ‘The Facebook’, at 81 years old my Grandad has made his debut on social media and I couldn’t be happier. When I received his friend request it made my day.

We chatted and laughed the day away, my Gran is so funny and always tells the giggliest of stories with a mischevious chuckle and grin on her face. I love my Gran and Grandad so much, they are so sweet, kind and loving and spending time with them makes me so happy.

I had the most wonderful day in Surrey spending quality time with the ones I love the most. It was amazing to revisit St Ann’s Hill and make more happy memories with my Mum and Dad, and to spend the afternoon with my lovely Grandparents and Auntie and Uncle was so special too.

I simply can’t wait to visit again!

I hope you enjoyed my stories of visiting Surrey, thankyou so much for reading.

With love, Jennie. 💚🌳

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Gotta Go My Own Way ☄

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Hello!

I have had the most wonderful day today with my family, and I am so thankful for all the great memories that have been made. I have had the most perfect day with the ones I love the most, and I’m excited to talk a little more about this in tomorrow’s post, where I’ll share lot’s of pictures and stories and just gush about how great the day has been.

But right now I have something else to share…

This is a completely spontaneous post that should get a little deep as I talk about my feelings and matters of the heart. I am so excited to be writing this because these types of posts are my favourite to write, I love getting deep and emotional and just expressing my feelings.

Since I started this blog, and long before, I have been on and off with my ‘ex- boyfriend’, inverted commas because we were never actually official. I guess you could say he has been the love of my life and I’ve never quite moved on from him, but now I think it’s time to let go and I’m ready for the ‘relationship’ side of our relationship to be over. As in, we are never ever ever getting back together. Because for the first time I don’t want him to confess his love for me, I don’t want him to say he will change, I don’t want him to bring me flowers and offer me the world. I don’t want him in that way anymore.

I want to move on and fall in love with someone new, the real love of my life, preferably Zac Efron but I’ll settle for Harry Styles if I have to… Jokes aside, I don’t think this boy is the one for me.

As much as I want to move on I’ve still remained in contact with him, and we have been speaking consistently for over a month now which I’m more than happy about. I do want to be his friend, I’ll always be his friend, and I think it’s easier this way too. Completely cutting him out of my life, blocking and unblocking him, will just have us going round in circles.

Being friendly is one thing, but anything more than facebook messaging I’m not so sure about and tonight my ex asked me if we could hang out soon. Initially I said yes, but I regretted it straight away.

I know that to spend any real time together right now wouldn’t be right.

I just don’t think I’d be seeing him for the right reasons. I felt awful for saying no, but that’s not a good enough excuse for me to say yes.

The thought of hurting him or upsetting him by saying ‘no, I don’t want us to hang out’, really breaks my heart but that’s no reason to spend time with someone. And did he ever feel guilty for the numerous times he broke my heart? I’m not so sure. Sometimes we have to be selfish and in the long run, I strongly believe this is for the best.

I still love my ex, I can’t know for sure whether I’ll always hold a soft spot for him but it doesn’t take away how much I care about him now. I want him to be happy, he deserves all the happiness and love in the world and I hope he finds that.

He could have had that with me but it’s too late now for us to be more than friends and in fairness, I don’t think we were ever made to last as a couple.

One day he will find his true soulmate and I shall find mine.

It’s possible that we are soulmates. I’m not ruling that out and that’s another reason I don’t want to see him just yet, I think if we were to meet up and spend time together, having a laugh like we do, I could very easily find myself falling for him again and far too quickly I’d be stuck in the same old rut.

Which is not what I want at all. I want a chance to move on, I’ve never had that before because we’ve always come back to each other after a couple of months. We need more time apart to be able to move on properly, we need that chance to know whether what we have is something or nothing. How can I know for sure whether I truly am in love with him if I’ve never know what it’s like to let these feelings go and be without him. If in a years time I haven’t seen him, and I still have feelings for him then maybe I’ll consider acting on them, but only time will tell if my love for him will stay or fade.

I am SO proud of myself for being strong and saying no to him, for giving myself a chance to move on.

I could have so easily gone through with seeing him and I know the worry that it wasn’t right would be niggling at me constantly if I hadn’t turned around and said actually, I’m not sure about this…

I know I’ve done the right thing in not agreeing to see him because as sorry as I feel, a huge weight has been lifted off my heart and I feel lighter and more free, as if I have nothing to worry about.

I was so worried about hurting my ex’s feelings, but by pleasing him I’d be hurting myself and others in the process because I’d be grumpy and consumed with worry 24/7, no matter how positive I tried to be.

I am so happy I found the strength to put myself first and do the right thing, it was hard but I know it’s going to be worth it.

If you’re reading this ex boyf, don’t ever think I don’t love you, I will always be your friend.

But it’s my life, my journey, and I’m going to do what makes me the happiest.

My best advice I can give to anyone based on this post is don’t be afraid to put yourself first, and always follow your gut instinct.

Thankyou all so much for reading, and thankyou all for your continued advice and support with my relationship ups and downs.

I hope you’ve all had an amazing day.

With love, Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

 

LUSH Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt review.

CERIDWEN’S CAULDRON BATH MELT.

As like most people in this world, I am a huge lushie. Just walking into my local Lush store fills me with excitement as I breathe in all the yummy scents and browse the bath bombs. For me, the fun and exciting bath bombs are my favourite products that Lush have to offer.

Bath melts are something I tend to pay little attention to as I don’t find them the most exciting of products. They’re not something I’d usually buy, however whilst shopping for Lush’s Halloween products I discovered ‘Ceridwen’s Cauldron’ and because of the name, I thought it was included in the collection so decided to give it a go.

On further investigation – aka browsing the Lush website, I realised ‘Ceridwen’s Cauldron’ was not actually part of the Halloween range, oops! But I’m glad I tried it all the same, and to me it’s still Halloweeny as the word ‘Cauldron’ just screams all things spooky!

As I read more about Ceridwen’s Cauldron on Lush’s website I realised I had made another mistake. I’d made a tiny error with how I used the bath melt. Ceridwen’s Cauldron is packaged beautifully, the melt wrapped in an off-white cloth which I believed to be purely for decorational purposes. Before placing the product in my bath I removed the cloth, when in actual fact you are supposed to put the whole thing in the bath, cloth and all, and let the melt seep through, using the cloth afterwards to wash your body.

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Despite my slight error I still enjoyed my use of the bath melt. The scent was very ‘Lush’, you know that smell that hits you when you first walk into store, all the products mixed together to create a scent that’s just… Bathy. That was the first scent I noticed with the melt but once in the bath it smelt more like oats and wheats which is very, very yummy. I found the scent to be nice, and very mellow. As I relaxed in the bath the scent wasn’t noticeable or overpowering which I’d say makes sense for the relaxing purpose of the melt.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron has two ‘parts’ to it, a nice and creamy melt with oaty bits surrounding the outside and although not directed to do so, I really enjoyed scrubbing the oaty side over my arms and legs exfoliator style. I’m unsure as to whether this product actually exfoliates the skin but whether it does or not it sure did feel good.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron had my bath water feeling absolutely divine. I’ve clearly been missing out all these years by neglecting to use bath melts, I didn’t realise just how nice they are. My bath water felt noticeably creamier and silkier having used this melt, very nice indeed.

Designed to help with sensitive and dry skin, I made sure to pay attention to the feel of my legs after using this product as they can often feel itchy and irritated, probably due to my lack of moisturising. I didn’t notice any improvements to how my legs felt after my bath, if anything they felt a little irritated however what works for one doesn’t always work for another and vice versa. I know from reading other reviews on this product that many do find this melt helps their skin.

Overall this bath melt didn’t wow me but I would consider purchasing it again. The washcloth which the melt is tucked inside is a really nice touch and makes for a beautiful, more exciting product. The way Ceridwen’s Cauldron left my bathwater feeling so silky and soft, along with the rougher side of the oats to scrub over my body is what would have me purchasing this melt again. I loved the oats!!!

What’s your favourite Lush bath melt? Have you tried Ceridwen’s Caulrdon? Let me know in the comments below.

Thankyou for reading, love Jennie. ❤️

Don’t worry, be happy. 💛

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“Worrying doesn’t stop the bad things from happening, it just keeps you from enjoying the good”.

This is something I bare in mind often, so if and when something is troubling me I am able to push aside the negative vibes fairly easily.

In my opinion, worrying is a lose / lose situation. What is the point in worrying, what does it solve? Nothing. It just keeps you from enjoying the good.

Yes, there will be times in our lives that we feel troubled and worried about a situation. Worrying is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be.

I am a big believer in positive thinking and feeling good.

I strongly believe that as long as we feel good and send out happy, positive vibes to the Universe then what will be returned to us is more positivity and reasons to feel good.

Like attracts like, so as you think positive thoughts you attract more positivity. So as you think worrying thoughts, you are attracting more and more things to worry about.

Surely the life we all want to live is a peaceful, happy one?

If you are worried about a situation it’s understandable you would want to give it some thought and look for ways to try and solve the problem.

But don’t dwell on it, believe in the perfect resolution and let it go.

If you are consumed with worry how on Earth are you going to enjoy the moments you have been blessed with?

Live in the moment and enjoy everything.

Forget about your worries, accept that what will be will be, focus on all that you do want.

Focus on enjoying your life and feeling good so you can be sure that that is what you keep attracting back to you – a happy, positive life.

Don’t worry, be happy. 💛

 

Pumpkin Vibes. 🎃

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It’s Autumn, it’s fall, it’s the season of snuggling. It’s October, the month of pumpkins and vampires, it’s Halloween!!! And I really want to buy a cute little jumper with ghosts or pumpkins on it (or both), to get right into the spirit of things.

This year I’m feeling really festive, and I intend to embrace the Autumn and Winter seasons fully.

I’m going to carve pumpkins, wrap up in warm winter coats, wear berry coloured lipstick and of course, celebrate Halloween!!

Halloween is definitely one of the best times of the year, it opens up a world full of fun and I have lots of exciting plans to celebrate this month.

There should of course be the usual Halloween night out with the girls, most probably at Pinks. That’s where I went last year and the year before that.

I won’t be dressing up as such this year, I’m just going to buy myself a simple pair of cat ears. I’ve been there and done that with the whole dressing up thing and I’ve never been pleased with my efforts.

Last year I went all out and bought one of those ‘fancy’ costumes from Ann Summers, the Fallen Angel one. The outfit was absolutely beautiful and in fairness I would wear it again – as long as I had some tights to pair it with, the thing barley covered my butt cheeks but that’s Ann Summers for you right?! What I didn’t like about my attire was my makeup, which is a little awkward considering I have a qualification in makeup artistry. I feel I went too far with my makeup and looked too scary, when actually I just wanted to look pretty with maybe a hint of spook. That’s why this year I’m literally gonna stick to a smokey eye and maybe some black lipstick, paired with some cute little cat ears. I am definitely not one of those girls who dresses up scary for Halloween, you know like Cady from Mean Girls. I’m more of the Karen ‘I’m a mouse duh’ Mean Girl but without the mean.

I also have tickets for Thorpe Parks Fright Night this year which I am so excited for, yet also terrified. I have been to Thorpe’s Fright Nights twice before, although my most recent visit was a slight fail as we arrived so early on in the day we didn’t actually see anything scary. This year we plan on arriving a lot later on in the afternoon so we can experience all of the horror! I am excited but scared and it’s the horror mazes that I am most afraid of. Everything else I can deal with, it’s all really exciting… But the mazes, the mazes are terrifying. I’ve been on the Saw Maze just once before and it was an ordeal, it’s put me off for life but I’m going to have to suck it up. I can’t attend a fright night and not brave a horror maze. I’m just going to have to remember that these things are designed to scare us, that the frightening characters lurking in the maze are just actors with very good makeup, that most importantly it’s not real!!! Just so long as I’m not at the very back or the very front of the line, I’ll be okay(ish).

Wish me luck, pray for me, please.

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Along with these exciting events I obviously plan to carve and decorate pumpkins with my family. Unbelievably last year was my first time pumpkin carving and I most definitely want to do it every year for the rest of my life, it’s so much fun and it’s a must do activity for Halloween season.

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A scary movie night is definitely in order too, which hopefully the girls and I will be able to arrange at some point before the 31st. Chantal wants us to watch Saw, God help me. I was thinking something more along the lines of Twitches or Twitches Too, but I don’t think I’ll be that lucky. Again, wish me luck.

With the excitement of Halloween I have lots to look forward to, but there is much more to be excited for. I have my trip to Amsterdam with Emily coming up, day trips to see my family, more Autumnal fun with the fireworks and fair at the start of November, Christmas present shopping and of course going all out with my baths and using the festive products Lush have to offer. So far I have enjoyed baths using the Autumn Leaf bath bomb and the Monsters Ball bath bomb, and I am saving my Lord Of Misrule and Pumpkin bath bombs until nearer to Halloween.

Autumn / Halloween is such an exciting time of the year. I love the darker evenings and frosty mornings, and just the general excitement the Season brings.

What do you love the most about Autumn? What are your plans for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Thankyou very much for reading, love & pumpkins
– Jennie. 🎃💛 xxxxxxxxxxxxx