Posted in Lifestyle

The Liebster Award

Firstly, I’d like to thank Courtney (@photoguidebook) for the nomination! Having not even been aware of this award opportunity, I’m extremely grateful that she even considered me for it!

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  1. Thank the blogger/bloggers that nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gave to you
  3. Nominate at least 5, but no more than 11 bloggers that you think deserve the award
  4. Tell the bloggers that you nominated them
  5. Create 11 original questions for the next nominees to answer


My questions from Courtney:

  1. What’s the most daring thing you’ve done?
    Haha, oh dear this isn’t a great start – I’m not exactly a daring type of person! I would have to go for year one of Ibiza when Rachel and I went for drinks with some of the staff. It doesn’t sound daring, but the actual story is a tad too age restricted 18 to share on this blog so I’ll leave what happened up to your imagination. Sorry for semi avoiding the question!
  2. What was your favorite show to watch as a kid?
    Oooh now this one is much more exciting! As a toddler, my favourite show was the Teletubbies. As I got older, I moved to The PowerPuff Girls, before settling on Hannah Montana as an 8 year old. I simply adored Miley and basically wanted to be her! She had awesome clothes, great friends and a singing voice I would’ve loved to have.
  3. Name a place you’ve always wanted to travel to.
    I’ve always dreamt of going to Italy, but recently I’ve been thinking more and more about travelling to somewhere like New Zealand or Australia. I’d love to be south of the equator.
  4. Spoons or Forks?
    Tough choice to make here…. I’m going to have to say Spoon, but only little spoons. Can’t be having any big spoons!
  5. What’s the last book you read?
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Get it and read it now. I loved the fact I got a chance to return to the magical world of Harry Potter 10 years after I last had a new Harry Potter to devour – yes, I devour the books, I don’t read them. Yes, it was slightly disappointing as any book that tried to continue our love of the series was going to be, but I certainly would recommend it – as long as you go in with an open mind.
  6. If you could be any Disney character, who would you be, and why?
    Can I be Ariel? Actually, I’d rather be her daughter – Melody. Getting to choose between being a human and a mermaid? A mum who understands that you feel you don’t belong because she never felt like she belonged? Plus I just love Ariel with all my heart.
  7. What song can you relate to the most?
    Family Portrait – P!nk. The lyrics are pretty much perfect and when I heard it for the first time during GCSE Drama, I knew I needed to have it on my iTunes library! I’ve put a link down below for you to listen to. Sorry it wasn’t a more upbeat song!

  8. If you could make any crayon colour, what would it be called?
    Morning mango – it would be that gorgeous orange colour of the sun as it rises in the morning. Actually, a bit lite the sun in the picture at the top of my blog!


  1. What is your viewpoint on love?
    I’d currently love to be in love! It’s a funny thing though, isn’t it? I mean, we ‘love’ inanimate objects, we ‘love’ our family (even if that love is tested) and friends platonically, and then there’s actual romantic love. Who you love is your choice, don’t let anyone else ever influence you one way or the other. And don’t be afraid to tell someone you love them!
  2. What is one thing your blog readers don’t know about you?
    This really is a tough question. A lot of you don’t know me, and so it would be so easy to put something here. Unfortunately, I can’t as I have a few friends who read my blog, and so there’s a lot they know about me! Hmm… (imagine, if you will, me sitting staring into space for the half hour it’s taken me to answer this question) I suppose the one thing most people won’t know about me is that when I was 6 and living in Forfar, there was a snowman building competition during the winter. Dad, Rachel and I spent forever working on our snowman, and competed against 17 other families to build the best snowman – and we won! I actually have our prize somewhere, I’ll have to look it out…
  3. If you could repeat one day of your life, which one would it be?
    I would repeat the penultimate day of our holiday in Ibiza the first year we went. I felt so happy and at peace with everything, I’d love to go back to that feeling.


I’ve decided to nominate:

I’ll be messaging them all tonight to let them know they’ve been nominated!


My Questions for them:

  1. If you could change any one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  2. Who or what inspires you daily?
  3. What’s your favourite thing to do on a wet Sunday afternoon?
  4. Where is the one place you wish you could teleport to? You can teleport there as many times as you wish, however you can only teleport between your house/flat and that place.
  5. When did you realise for the first time that you wanted to blog?
  6. Why do you regret that one moment of your life and what was it?
  7. How would you like to be remembered?
  8. Cats or dogs or what alternative?
  9. What was your favourite childhood song?
  10. Who would your 5 dinner party guests be?
  11. If someone was visiting your hometown and asked you for advice on one must-do or must-see attraction, what would you suggest?


Congratulations to everyone nominated, and good luck! Comment below with your links when you’ve answered the questions, I can’t wait to read them!


There’ll  be a new post as usual tomorrow morning at 9am – keep an eye out for it!


Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

Catch up!

Hello again everyone! I’m actually posting twice today, what is this? Well, to be honest, I realised that last week I posted my To Do list and never actually let you know whether or not I achieved it – sorry!


My homemade to do page. Write everything on post its so you can remove what you achieve!
  • Write at least one blog post for today
  • Schedule or at least draft posts up until Friday of this week
  • Order some prints from the lovely Tarnya (@sweet_allure)’s etsy site – honestly you should have a look at them!
  • Tidy and clean my bedroom. With being ill yesterday (and yes, a migraine counts as being ill), I was a bit of a slob and just left things lying.
  • Finish cleaning the flat (again, was ill yesterday so didn’t finish this)
  • Go to the gym or at least get some fresh air
  • Do at least 3 hours revision for my final resit
  • Look into classroom assistant jobs as I think I’ve found a course I would love to do!
  • Speak to family back home. This happens that regularly I often forget that I’m not actually with them. Think we spoke 4 times yesterday?
  • Put a wash on and actually deal with it before the 4th spin. We don’t have a tumble drier so I tend to over spin things
  • Finish reading The Cursed Child
  • Look at other jobs and courses that I could do instead of being at university.


Wow, I actually achieved quite a bit! Since then, I managed to achieve the final two on the list, both on Wednesday actually!


So how to do you organise your to do lists? Also, let me know if you enjoy this sort of post! I’m trying to learn as much as possible about what you like and/think so get in touch! Comment, email or send me a tweet!


Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Sunday's Summary


Hello once again for your weekly summary of what I’ve been up to! How was your week? Has it been busy?

My To Do List – use post it notes to use it again!
Sunday, I posted my to do list. I’ll be posting later how I got on with the to do list. Did you like that or prefer me to not post things like that? Let me know! I’d rather know these things than post content you aren’t interested in. The rest of the day was spent revising, cleaning, blogging, and I actually went to the gym! It felt great to be exercising again. The best part about it was I got to see some of the olympics at the same time! Later that day, a friend came round, we all had dinner together, then we went to a pub for drinks with some other friends. We ended the night just after 11, but the friend who came for dinner didn’t leave until 3am, during which time I had a great DMC with him. Eventually we realised the time, he left, and I collapsed into bed.

Monday was a great day for my blogging planning. I scheduled a load of posts, finally started filling in my bloggers planner, revised a bit, and got taking part in some great Twitter chats! A couple of friends called over to chat, and it was good to see people again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being alone, but I also like knowing there are other people in the flat. Oh, I also signed up to a blogging challenge for September but I’ll fill you in on that later in the week.
Tuesday was spent in bed, cramming for the maths exam. I went for a walk to enjoy the sun a bit but really I didn’t do very much. Sorry!

Wednesday morning dawned and I took myself off to my exam. I didn’t realise until I got to the main building that I hadn’t checked what room I was in or anything so had a momentary panic. I actually liked the paper, it was fair in that if you knew your stuff you were fine. Some poor guy sitting beside me literally answered the first 6 marks, read the rest of his paper, closed his books, and sat there for 80 minutes not writing anything… Whoops! Afterwards, Nuala and I went for coffee/lunch in a really nice little place near us. I’ll definitely go back, maybe when Rachel’s over at Halloween. Then, it was home to pack and make up Mary’s bed again before heading to view a few friends’ new flat. What was meant to be 5 minutes for a cup of tea and a tour, turned into 3 hours of a stay. I walked back to the flat, booked a taxi, tidied up once more, and left. The airport was fine, quite boring to be honest, as all airports are. I went to the nearest bar for dinner and discovered I was stuck between a Pokéstop and a Gym but unable to access either of them despite the fact they were both so close! However, someone had dropped a lure and so I sat and caught Pokemon while eating dinner and talking to some lovely people on Twitter. At last, my gate number was put up and I headed off to wait. We were queuing to board when next thing David Cameron walked past! Fun times, right? So we boarded, had a quick and easy flight, and then home for a relatively early night. Or so I thought. Could I sleep? Not at all! Got to sleep at 3am and was awake again from 5. 

And so Thursday was an interesting day, surviving on 5 hours sleep in the previous 48 hours. Rachel’s AS results came in, and while she was disappointed in 2 of her grades, she was over the moon about the other two! We rushed through the shower and headed to M&S to get some things for dinner, visited one granny, drove to school to speak to Rachel’s teachers about possible resits and remarks, and then went for lunch with the other granny. During a lovely meal, she decided to bring up the fact I don’t want to continue at uni and said something along the lines of “don’t give up just because it’s difficult”. Well at that point I started crying again, explaining that it wasn’t just that I clearly was struggling with passing, explaining everything I’ve thought, said and done in the last year. Afterwards, it was decided that my university stuff shouldn’t be talked about, hell I wasn’t going to complain about that! We then came back to the house for a barbecue and everyone ended up in bed just after 10. I decided that, since my new hand weights arrived this morning, I would do a mini weights routine before bed and so 20 minutes later crawled into bed in an attempt to sleep.
I actually managed a decent night’s sleep and so on Friday morning I woke up feeling fresh. My granny and aunt called round so we sat and chatted for an hour or so before they left and I was finally able to get through the shower. Stupidly, I decided to exercise after said shower – cue a rather sweaty Katie for the rest of the day. However, I was so proud of myself for motivating myself to exercise that really I didn’t care. That afternoon we went into Lisburn and I picked up a couple more things for Rachel’s birthday present as I now have 3 weeks left to sort everything for it – help! Then we went for drinks with Mum and Dad, and then out for dinner. It was actually quite a nice change of a day!
Saturday then was slightly less busy – even if the other days don’t sound busy they were! We were all through the shower and getting ready by 10am and set to clearing out one of our bookcases down stairs. Apparently people in this family get rid of books – the horror!! After lunch, we headed down to Boucher Road to try and get Rachel a bag for her upcoming formal, considering she managed to break my bag from the wedding that I was going to lend her. We didn’t get her a bag, however we did manage to get 4 new seat cushions, a photo frame, a table, and a bit of clothes shopping. Not bad for one afternoon! We visited Granny and then came on home. I got started on writing blog posts, and everyone else watched some of the Olympics. A night in front of the TV was had, and we went to bed reasonably early as Sunday has an early start with us taking part in a car boot sale. Wish us luck!!
Ktkinnes xx