Hello!!!

Hello beautiful people.

I am so very excited today as I am posting for the first time ever from my brand new laptop, which I treated myself to on Black Friday. A pretty blue HP laptop, I am so happy with my purchase.

Since the beginning of this year I have been blogging from my little iPhone 6 which has proved very difficult indeed. It started off okay but as the months wore on it became impossible to publish a post.

I always write up my posts on the note section of my phone to make sure I have it saved, and every time I came to publish that post here on wordpress, the page would suddenly ‘experience problems’ and be refreshed. This would happen continuously every time I tried to publish to the point where last week I spent 3 whole hours trying to publish one single blog post. As you can imagine, this was crazy & infuriating!!!

After that incident, I knew it was time for me to invest in a laptop and thankfully a delightful little tax rebate meant I was able to treat myself immediately. Hurray!!

Now I am so excited to be here blogging from my shiny new laptop!! Blogging is about to become so much easier for me and I’m really excited to be able to focus on writing my posts and getting them up when I intend to.

So before I ramble on any longer, I’m off to plan some posts for next month and watch a mad episode of Catfish where a guy seriously thinks he’s in an online relationship with Katy Perry… Ok then.

See you soon with some new posts,

love, Jennie.

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My Favourite Day In Amsterdam. 🇳🇱 The Anne Frank House, The Ice Bar & More. ❤️💙

Day 3 in Amsterdam was my absolute favourite day, I ticked things off my bucket list, visited the incredible Anne Frank house, made amazing memories with Emily and generally just had the most exciting and fun day ever.

We started the day with a visit to the Anne Frank house which was a short walk away from our hotel. Located by the Prinsengracht canal it was a surreal experience to visit the house that Anne Frank and her family hid in throughout the war. Stood looking from the upstairs window down onto the canal, it was very thoughtprovoking to know that Anne Frank once stood in that same room.

The museum was incredibly insightful, with photographs of Anne and her family lining the walls.

I learnt so much whilst at the museum and was surprised to find out that Anne actually kept her diary in the hopes of it being published after the war, it was her dream to be a writer.

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Visiting the Anne Frank museum was such an insightful and overwhelming experience which brought me to tears. It’s truly one of the most incredible places I have ever been and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to visit. I fully intend on visiting again in the near future, with plans to take my parents next year because I know my mum would love it just as much as me.

Following on from our amazing trip to the Anne Frank museum, it was time to tick ‘Having my picture taken in front of the I Amsterdam sign‘ off my bucketlist.

Before having our picture taken by the sign the coolest group of street performers turned up. A really talented and fun group of dancers, Emily and I watched with excitement as they spun on their heads, flipped around the square and busted some moves.

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After the street performers had done their thing, we had our pictures taken in front of the sign and explored the area.

We found ourselves in a street with the most beautiful designer shops including Cartier and Chanel. Walking down this street left me feeling inspired and motivated to work hard and follow my dreams as I would absolutely love to shop in these places and be able to afford all of the luxuries.

We also saw the Van Gogh museum although we chose not to go inside, but maybe next time I visit I’ll put it on my list.

We walked back to the hotel and had a look in some of the shops on our way. The shops in ‘Dam are amazing, from Lush to Waterstones to Urban Outfitters, there is something for everyone. They were even in the process of building a Primark when we visited which I believe should now be open to the public. Amazing!

Back in ‘Dam square we stopped off at the fun fair and had a go on the coolest Fun House ever, then headed back to the hotel to chill for abit before an evening at the Ice Bar.

This was my first time ever visiting an Ice Bar and it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do.

When we arrived we were given 3 drink tokens, one for before heading into the Ice Room and two for once we were inside. We had a drink in the normal bar and were given big coats and gloves to put on to ensure we would be as warm as possible in the ice room.

After about 20 minutes of waiting it was time to go inside to the freezing cold Ice Bar. A room 100% made out of ice you can imagine how cold it was, but it was so cool (literally)!! Options for drinks were shots of spirits with even the shot glasses being made out of ice. To start with I chose a shot of Whipped Cream flavoured Vodka which was actually alright and my second shot was Vodka Nougat which wasn’t so nice, in fact it was disgusting, never again.

They had music playing inside the bar which made for a fun and exciting atmosphere, I had lots of fun dancing away which helped to keep me warm. Emily and I managed almost half an hour in there before getting too cold and having to leave.

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We had so much fun at the Ice Bar and I’ll 100% be visiting one again.

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We spent the rest of the evening wandering around ‘Dam and we visited the Red Light District for the last time that weekend.

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Heading back to the hotel after the most wonderful day, it was time to pack up and get some sleep as it was home time for us the next day.

We spent our last day in Amsterdam shopping. I fell in love with the prettiest Burberry eyeshadow which unfortunately I couldn’t buy because they didn’t have any in stock however I was able to buy the prettiest Holland exclusive charms from Pandora which I absolutely love.

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After spending all our money it was time to head to the airport, and time to say goodbye to the wonderful city of AMSTERDAM.

I had the most amazing time in Amsterdam, it was truly one of the best trips of my life so far and I am so thankful for the wonderful memories I made with Emily.

I can’t wait to visit again and I would 100% reccommend a trip to Amsterdam to anyone who hasn’t been. It’s an amazing place that everyone should visit!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my Amsterdam posts, thankyou so much for reading.

With love, Jennie. ❤️🇳🇱 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amsterdam Day 2. Madame Tussauds, The Sex Museum & More. 🇳🇱🇳🇱

*For Amsterdam Part 1 please click HERE.*

After an amazing first day in Amsterdam exploring and seeing the sights, Emily and I were excited to see what our second day had in store for us. With slightly more of an agenda having pre booked tickets to Madame Tussauds and the Hard Rock Cafe, we knew the day was bound to be a good one.

For breakfast we decided to grab a Starbucks. Being a fussy eater myself and not quite trusting of the Dutch delicacy, this seemed like the safest place to go for food. After filling up on pancakes and hot chocolate we were good to go for a day of excitement and fun, with Madame Tussauds first on our agenda.

This was my first time ever at a Madame Tussauds and I had so much fun. Being that we were in Amsterdam there were obviously quite a few waxworks of people we weren’t sure of. We saw models of Dutch Royalty and Dutch sports stars and there was even a waxwork of Anne Frank, God bless her.

Although there were the odd few models we weren’t sure of there were plenty of ‘people’ we did know, such as Bob Marley, Barack Obama and the one and only Justin Bieber. They had the Biebs down to a T with all his tatts in all the right places, I almost thought it actually was him!

My favourite part was the DJ area which was just the best. There was a fun little stage section with a DJ Booth to pose by and wax works of Tiesto, AfroJack and Dutch trance producer Armin Van Buuren. It would make for the coolest nightclub.

After an hour or two we had seen everything Madame Tussauds had to offer and decided to go for a little stroll around the city. Whilst walking we stumbled upon the Sex Museum, which I’d been told by friends was a must visit.

The museum was not what I was expecting at all. In the nicest way possible, what I was expecting to see was crazy statues of questionable sex toys ect ect and though there were plenty of interesting statues including one of a giant penis, there was so much more than that including some very shocking pictures.

Graphic photographs lined the walls and there was one room completely dedicated to what I can only describe as the most disturbing photos I have ever seen. Now I’m by no means a prude but these photos were shocking. A room certainly not made for the faint hearted, I was fascinated by what I saw but more than happy to leave after a quick look around.

Leaving the museum with minds less pure than they had been when we entered, it was nice to get some fresh air and wander the streets, taking in the beauty of Amsterdam and making sure to get a pretty picture by the canals.

For dinner we had a reservation at the Hard Rock Cafe. Located a short distance away from the hotel we decided to get a tram there and back although it would have only been about 20 minutes each way had we walked.

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Me being me, I obviously ordered a cheese burger for my main course. Dessert was vanilla ice cream which I neglected slightly as I was too preoccupied with a cocktail. When dining at the Hard Rock Cafe, cocktails are mandatory.

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Once we were finished we had a browse around the gift shop and I bought the cutest pair of guitar earrings.

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Then it was time to head back to the hotel and curl up in bed, making sure we both got a good nights sleep in before our next jam packed day in ‘Dam.

 

Amsterdam In Pictures.📸🇳🇱 All The Fun Of The Fair.🎡

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well and having a lovely day today. ☺️

Exactly one month ago today I was on a weekend break in the wonderful city of Amsterdam with my friend Emily. We were there for four days and it was one of the best weekends of my life. Amsterdam is by far one of the best places I have ever visited and this trip with Emily is up there as one of my favourite holidays I’ve ever been on.

Emily and I packed so much into our trip to Amsterdam. It was a fun, exciting, incredible few days and we made the most of every moment.

Our first day in Amsterdam was amazing and I’ve decided to do a Day In Pictures style post as I tell you all about Day 1.

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Emily and I arrived in Amsterdam early afternoon of Saturday the 15th October and after much map checking and fighting our way through the busiest of crowds, we finally found our hotel and were able to check in. We stayed at Hotel Inntel which I have to say is a lovely hotel. Clean, tidy and nicely decorated, with super friendly and helpful staff, I will definitely be staying there again. The location of the hotel was perfect too as we were in walking distance to the best places. I would rate it 4.5* out of 5 only because we didn’t have a chance to try the food, I would highly reccommend Hotel Inntel.
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Once checked in, I had to take a selfie on Snapchat so I could use a cheeky location filter. I love location filters. 🇳🇱
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A picture of Emily and I by one of the many, many canals in Amsterdam. We spent the day exploring the beautiful city and dodging bikes, trams and cars as we ventured.
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With the amount of bakeries in Amsterdam it was impossible for me to resist this delicious looking nutella waffle. It sure did taste as yummy as it looks and I treated myself to alot of these whilst in ‘Dam. 🍫
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We discovered a really cool funfair in the main square where Amsterdam’s ‘The View’ ferris wheel is permantly located. I managed to convince Emily to join me on this spooky ghost train which was the best ever. Emily was so terrified she grabbed hold of me the whole way round and had to keep her eyes shut. I was freaked out too but I managed to keep my eyes open until close to the end, then I just had to shut my eyes as I knew someone was going to ‘chase’ us out of the ride. The ghost train was so funny and very fun actually as there were loads of hill drops, it was more than just a round in a circle you go type of ride. 👻
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In an exchange for Emily coming on the ghost train with me, I had to go on this beast with her. Scary as it was being so high up in the air on those delicate little chairs, I can’t deny the views were amazing. I’d say they were breathtaking too but I think that was actually just the cold night air. Whilst up there I was so scared and just wanted to come down, but as soon as the ride was over I really wanted to have another go.
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We ended our day of exploring with a walk around the Red Light District which is an unbelievable place, I’ll be sharing pictures here soon. We headed back to the hotel, bought some snacks and went to sleep ready for our next day of adventures.

Day 1 of Amsterdam was amazing!! I had such a fun day and the funfair was an absolute highlight, we weren’t expecting there to be one at all so it was a brilliant surprise when we stumbled accross it.

Day 2 of Amsterdam will be coming soon so make sure you stay tuned!!

Thankyou for reading,

With love, Jennie. 💙 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

October Reflections. 💥 A rollercoaster of a month.🏠✈️🎢

Hello all!!!

So this post is slightly overdue since we are almost two weeks into November, but finally my October reflections are here. I promise one day I will get these monthly reflections up alot sooner than I have been!!

October was an absolute rollercoaster of a month for me with so much happening. The good, the bad, the ugly – last month had it all.

I would never go as far to say October was the worst month of my life as I don’t believe in that sort of negativity, but I did go through a lot in those 31 days. I believe however that although I may have had a rough time, everything that happened was for a reason and it’s all working out for the best now. It’s onwards and upwards from here, positive vibes only!

To cut a super long story short, last month I lost my house and virtually all my possessions. It’s very complicated to explain but essentially I left work one day to find I had no home to go back to, with all my possessions locked inside the house I’d been calling home for the past year and no way of accessing them.

As you can imagine this was an awful time for myself and my family causing us a great deal of stress and upset, however we have been strong and gotten through this and we are now feeling more optimisic as we look towards the future.

We have gone to a solicitor so hopefully we will be getting our stuff back soon, we now have a new house to live in and most importantly we have each other and our health which I am so thankful for.

My parents mean the absolute world to me so aslong as we have each other then nothing else matters. ❤️

Barr the low that was losing my home and possesions, October had many many highlights and I had some great times with my friends and family. I travelled, adventured and ticked lots off my bucket list.

I spent alot of time with my family last month and one of my favourite days with my parents was when we took a trip down to Surrey. We went on a walk around the beautiful St Ann’s Hill, a place we used to visit often when I was younger. We also visited my lovely Grandparents that same day and were joined by my Aunt and Uncle which was lovely. It was a perfectly beautiful family day and I am so happy that my parents and I had a lovely time together.

My family and I also took a long weekend trip down to Wiltshire to see my brother, sister in law and nephew. We had such a good time! It was great to spend a quality few days with each other because we got to build on our relationships and I absolutely loved seeing my little nephew Tommy for a longer period of time, usually we only have one day together.

I had a great time playing with Tommy making him smile and laugh, he is the sweetest little boy and the cutest kid I know!

Whilst visiting Wiltshire my parents and I took an afternoon trip into Bath which is local to the area. We did some shopping and I bought a cute little backpack from Paperchase of all places. I also fell in love with the most beautiful jumper from Ted Baker which I so wish I had bought, the quality was divine. I’ll definitely be popping over to Ted Baker’s website and doing some online shopping soon.

Whilst in Bath we had a little look at the famous Roman Baths, which back in the day the King used to wash in. This was really cool and as I looked down into the water I couldn’t help but think how awesome it would be to buy every single Lush bath bomb in the world and throw them in… Whose with me?

imageI spent some more time in Surrey, visiting my Grandparents for a few days because they wanted to see me and make sure I was okay after the stress of the house situation. They are so sweet and caring, it was great to spend a few quality days with them. Staying with them reminded me of being little as back in the day I used to spend my school holidays at their house.

Whilst at my Grandparents I was lucky enough to get to see one of my lovely cousins Kirsty and her son Lucas. I haven’t seen them since Christmas 2014 so a reunion was long overdue. As kids we used to be quite close and we would often spend lots of time together staying at my grandparents so it was lovely to see her again.

I did alot of road tripping with my family last month and that’s not even the half of it, I also had many adventures with my friends.

My best friend Emily and I flew out to Amsterdam for a long weekend and I had the best few days. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for so long and it was even more amazing than I expected. Emily and I had a great time together exploring, we visited the Red Light District, the Ice Bar and best of all the Anne Frank house. The Anne Frank house is truly one of the most incredible places that I have ever stepped foot in, it’s very moving and genuinely had me in tears. It’s such an awe inspiring experience and amazing to think that I was literally standing in the very house that Anne Frank and her family hid in during the war. Wow.

My trip to Amsterdam with Emily was a truly happy one and I am so thankful for the wonderful days we spent together.

imageFinally to finish off the month and celebrate Halloween my friends and I went to Thorpe Parks Fright Night and had an absolute blast. We went on the best rollercoasters including SAW: The Ride and The Swarm, braved the SAW maze and had the best time dodging on the dodgems. The perfect way to end the month, I had a spooktacular time at Fright Night.

And so that was my October. Phew, I feel like this is one of the longest reflection posts I have ever written, I wasn’t kidding when I said October 2016 was a rollercoaster for me.

Here’s to a calmer November, even though we are halfway through… Oops. 🙊

How was your October, what were your highs and lows of the month? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Thankyou for reading,

love Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

October in Instagram’s. 📸 A pretty lit month. ❤️🎂🇳🇱

Hi guys!! How are you?

I can’t believe I’m saying this again so soon but it’s already time for my monthly Instagram roundup!!! The months are just flying by this year.

My insta was pretty lit throughout the month of October even if I do say so myself, so I’m really excited to share here with you some of my favourite pictures from the month. 🤗

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My first insta of October. I really do like this little eye look I created and I’m loving the collage I made to showcase the look. 👁
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How cute do these cupcakes look? My mum bought me these. 💕 I have to be honest they didn’t actually taste that great but never mind because I got a sweet instagram post out of them. 🎂
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My new favourite bath bomb from Lush. Shoot for the stars ✨ is absolutely delightful and I can’t wait to treat myself to another.
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My beautiful mother and I at St Ann’s Hill. This was a lovely day. 💚🌳
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One of my many fabulous Amsterdam shots, I absolutely love this one even if I do say so myself. A beautiful view of Amsterdam square from the window of Madame Tussauds, doesn’t it look amazing?! I loved posting my Amsterdam pictures on instagram because they got me so many likes and followers! 
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A typical tourist photo of Emily and I by one of the many beautiful canals in Amsterdam. We had an amazing time in ‘Dam and I love this picture of the two of us. ☺️
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Advertising my blog on instagram using lotssss of hashtags. I absolutely love this picture of my pretty Pandora charms.

 

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In a bid to channel my inner @VexKing (follow him on insta, he’s amazing) and have a go at a little life coaching, I decided to post this motivational quote on insta along with a super lengthy and inspiring caption, so if you fancy a bit of motivation then pop on over to my account and give this post a read. 😘
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Craving this all day, everrryday. How tasty does this meal I had from the Hard Rock Cafe look? Thinking about it now is making my mouth water. Again pls.
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My last insta of October. I’m a sucker for a location tag and the sole reason I took this picture was so I could upload it to the ‘gram and check myself into a different location. 🌎

So I told you my insta was pretty lit last month. 😉 If you want to see more then be sure to pop on over to my account and give me a follow. ❤️

Thankyou all for reading.

Here’s to November!! 🍾🍾

With love, Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Halloween at Thorpe Parks Fright Night. 👻🎢

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Hello all and a slightly belated happy November! I hope you’re all well and had a spooktacular Halloween. 👻🎃

I had lots of fun celebrating Halloween this year by visiting Thorpe Parks Fright Night with my friends Emily, Chantal and Charlie.

Thorpe Park is a brilliant and exciting theme park located in Chertsey, Surrey and every year throughout the month of October they kick the excitement up a notch and turn the park super spooky and thrilling in celebration of Halloween.

Fright Night has been running for the past 15 years and this was my third ever time visiting at Halloween which personally I think is the best time to go.

We arrived at Thorpe Park at around 1pm as we didn’t want to get there too early, because it was Fright Night we obviously wanted to stick around for when it was dark and if we’d have gone any earlier we’d have gotten too sleepy.

The first ride we went on was ‘Rush‘, a giant swing type ride which is one of my favourites. Known as a thrill ride it doesn’t go upside down but it does swing you really high up into the air back and forth, it’s so much fun.

Our next ride was Colossus, a ten loooped rollercoaster which despite being super exciting leaves you with a slight headache as you’re getting shaked about so much.

We then went on SAW, one of my favourite rollercoasters! This ride is so much fun and is based on the movie SAW which I have never seen. There are super creepy models as you queue and also whilst on the ride, including a mega creepy animated model of the Jigsaw. With lots of drops, loops and high speed I think it’s up there as the best rollercoaster in the park.

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By the time we had finished on SAW all the mazes were open so it was time to give SAW The Maze a go. I’d been on this just once in my life and I wasn’t a fan, every time I’ve ever queued for it since I’ve bottled out last minute but this time I faced my fears and braved the maze for a second time. I have to say it wasn’t even that scary, I got jumped out on a couple of times which frightened me a little but nothing major. It was pretty easy to handle as going through I just remembered that the people ‘scaring’ us were just actors and honestly, they have a pretty sick job.

Speaking of cool jobs I have discovered the coolest one going. As we went on the most fun ride ever (the dodgems), we noticed a guy dressed up all spooky and horrifying for Halloween. He was on the dodgems the whole time we queued, whilst we had a go and he stayed on afterwards. It was clearly his job to just stay on the dodgems looking scary in aid of Fright Night. What an absolute dream job.

Along with the dodgems we also went on ‘X‘, a cool indoors rollercoaster with music. Like clubbing rollercoaster style. We also went on ‘The Swarm‘, which was one of my favourite rides of the day being a wing coaster which makes you feel like you are flying. It was especially great because we went on this at night time so it was dark and breezy up in the air.

We only went on one other maze which was ‘The Blair Witch‘ live action maze. I’ve seen The Blair Witch movie and it wasn’t that scary so I wasn’t expecting much from the maze. It was pretty cool as we went on the maze at night so it was pitch black with just a few bright lights to guide us. I got jumped out on a couple of times and was scared a little but it was honestly pretty tame. I almost wish it had been a little scarier but I still enjoyed it and would definitely go on it again.

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Although we didn’t go on them apparantly the scariest two mazes were ‘Cabin In The Woods‘ and ‘Big Top’. I assume Cabin in the woods is based around the film but I know for a fact Big Top is focused around clowns which is an absolute no no from me. Even from the outside it looked absolutely awful, there is nothing creepier than clowns so there’s no way you would get me on that maze. I wish I had gone on Cabin In The Woods though for an extra thrill, maybe next year.

Our last ride of the day was another go on Colossus, we wanted to go on Saw but it broke down as we queued so we had to give that a miss, but there will be another time.

Trying to leave the park was a nightmare, we spent far too long at a standstill in the car park as everyone was leaving at the same time. It was okay though because we had music and eventually everyone just kept beeping their horns non stop. It was manic and pretty amusing.

After a long couple of hours, by 1am I was thankfully home and tucked up in my bed. After a long and exciting day I was so happy to hit the hay.

I had an amazing day at Thorpe Park with my friends. We had so much fun and I am so happy that I actually braved the mazes and faced my fears as such, it was brilliant. I had such a good, happy, fun time with my friends at Thorpe Parks Fright Night and I look forward to going back next year.

How did you spend your Halloween? Have you ever been to Thorpe Park? Please let me know in the comments.

Thankyou for reading, with love, Jennie. ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx