Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

Christmas Giveaway!

Yes my dears, you are in for a treat – Life with Ktkinnes is hosting its first ever giveaway this Christmas! For more information, please keep reading!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and sitting in the corner of my room is this lovely set of prizes for one lucky winner. As some of you may be aware, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Yes, there’s all the food, and the lights, and all the happy music playing while you get drunk (just me?), but my favourite thing about this time of year is that I can give people random presents and no one can say no! I’ve always loved being able to give a little something to the people who matter to me and that is why I have decided to run this giveaway – a chance to say thank you to all you wonderful people who actually take the time to come read my posts, drop little comments, and basically encourage me to keep doing something I love.

“This is cool, what are the prizes?” I hear you ask. Have a little look below!

Prizes Include:

Christmas Colouring book

colouring pencils

Body Shop Tea Tree set

Wreck This Journal

Glowsticks

Nail file (Christmas themed of course)

Seventeen’s Match My Mood set

Seventeen’s Blend and Blur Brushes

Mark Hill minis set

And a few little surprises!

giveaway
Your prizes will be in this lovely box

So, the giveaway will be running from December 1st 2016 to December 24th 2016, with the winner being picked at 6pm. I will announce the winner on Twitter at 8pm and they then have 48 hours in which to reply. Yes, there is only one winner for all these wonderful prizes worth over £150! But yes, there is only one mandatory entry requirement, alongside a few other ways to gain extra entries! Just click on the link below to enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions Apply:

1. You must be following me on Twitter. This is the only mandatory entry requirement. After this, you can get extra entries by completing the other options such as following me on Bloglovin’ etc.
2. Only one person will win this prize.
3. Prize will be sent via tracked or recorded postage.
4. Open to U.K. residents only i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
5. All Entries will be checked to make sure you are still fully complying with the rules.
6. No giveaway accounts. They will be disqualified
7. Winner will be announced 24th December at 8pm. They then have 48 hours to reply to me before another winner will be picked.
8. Items will be posted by the January 11th and I will keep in contact with the winner to keep them updated.
9. I am not responsible for any damage to the prizes during delivery.
10. Running from 01/12/2016 to 24/12/2016.

All that’s left for me to say is good luck!

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

MIA

Okay, I have been completely neglecting you all and I am so so sorry for this. I’ve suddenly realised just how close we are to Christmas and there’s been so much going on that I can’t even really think back to what I’ve been doing is that makes any sense.

 

I’m currently working my way through blogmas, trying to revise for exams (which start in just over 2 weeks!!!), I had a report to write, normal uni deadlines, and to top it all off I am going home for a surprise visit because I miss Baron too damn much to sit in this flat any longer.

 

I’m now in bed with my electric blanket on, writing this post after another day of uni work and having hosted the GRLPOWR chat again, exceot this time I did something a little different. I basically played a game of Would You Rather with everyone and it was so much fun!!! Except now I desperately want a pet dragon, and I lost an hour I could’ve been working on blogmas. Did you realise that starts up the week after next? So much to do!

 

But yes, I just wanted to let you all know that I am in fact still alive, I am writing (just not posting yet), and I miss you all so so much but I just haven’t taken the time to write yet.

 

I’m hoping to have a restaurant review slash night out summary for you over the next few days, but with tomorrow being my busiest uni day, and needing to pack on Tuesday, it may be Wednesday or Thursday before that’s with you. Also, I was nominated for the UK Blog Awards! So if any of you have a favourite post of mine then please let me know! I’ve to give 2 but my two favourite ones are favourites because they meant a lot to me to write them, not because they were necessarily good posts. So yes, please comment below in the next 24 hours.

 

Still thinking of you all!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

Hello lovely people! It’s finally the weekend! Sorry for the lack of post on Wednesday, I can’t really excuse it as I’ve not actually done much this week. Well, that’s not fully true, Tuesday saw me attending my first ever blogging event! But I’m going to talk to you about that next week.

 

The post I had planned to write for Wednesday was my favourite recipe for dessert during flat dinners but I’ll now keep it for closer to Christmas. And the post I had planned on writing for today was about the election results but I think we’re all so tired of hearing about it. So for a different take on the election story, I thought I’d try and make you laugh. In a moment of despair, we turned to memes to lift our mood. So while I can’t claim I own these, and I’ve no idea who created them so please don’t hate me for not giving credit!

 

Hope these give you a good laugh!

 

 

Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Lifestyle

Procrastinating Again

Okay so I started out pretty badly this morning. I completely overslept after being awake talking to Jordanne until well after 3am and so had 30 minutes to get ready for uni today only to end up getting to my tutorial and doing very little as I had no questions to ask about the work that had been set.

 

So of course, me being me, I went onto Twitter and started just scrolling the way we so-called millennials are stereotyped to do. I came across a post (once again I do apologise because I can’t remember who wrote it or what it was even called) all about how 2016 wasn’t going the way they wanted it to so they decided to make a change. This hit home a little and got me thinking. Why do we always set a time to change from? Surely if we want to change, we should just jump in there – 2 feet at the same time.

 

Every year, around this time, we suddenly realise that in just over a month we’ll all be talking New Year’s Resolutions and the likes, and I always set them. I even manage to last maybe a month before I give up! But why should I wait until January 1st to make the changes I feel are necessary? And why do I assume I need to make changes?

 

Over the past 48 hours, I’ve done a lot of thinking about different things, and I got so wound up about some of it when talking to Jordanne last night, and this morning I found myself asking why I let these things build up for so long. I spent the first 8 months of 2016 being a bit of a mess. I decided I wanted to come back to uni and put the effort in and I’m doing that. The majority of the time anyway, yes I’m blogging now instead of studying but I can manage my time the way I want to.

 

I want to make the effort to be consciously happier. But why should I sit and wait for happiness to find me? It’s my responsibility to go out there, grab life in both hands, and make myself enjoy life. I don’t want to sit at the age of 50 and question where my life has gone and why I didn’t do this thing or another thing. This year, I want to travel more and see more places. Even just places in Northern Ireland and Scotland! It’s why going to Edinburgh for the day, or Aberdeen, or even the fact I’m going to Dundee this weekend makes me so excited! This weekend I have Dundee. Next weekend is a friend’s birthday dinner and I get to travel to a different part of Glasgow. Weekend after that, I’ve decided to take a spontaneous trip home – I miss the animals and haven’t seen my parents in ages. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but I just want to go home to a house that’s bigger than the flat for a few days. Anyway, I got distracted there. So I’m home for a while. The weekend after that is our flat Christmas dinner and I can’t wait to cook that and have fun with Mary, Nuala and Jason. The weekend after that? LONDON!!! I cannot wait to see Jordanne and the others and get to spend time with them, all while exploring a new place! The weekend after that, I will be home for my mum’s birthday (so more travelling), the weekend after that is Christmas. After that comes New Year, which I’m hoping to spend in Glasgow or Edinburgh. Weekend after that? Well, that’s the weekend before classes start again and knowing us we’ll have a welcome back party for our friends from halls. So that’s 9 weekends in a row I have at least one thing planned!

 

This has been a very rambley post, and for that I apologise. But I just wanted to update you all on what’s been going through my head recently. It can get a bit messy in there, and I never know how I get from one topic to another. So in conclusion, I’m so excited to be going home for a weekend soon, even if it’s purely to see my furbabies!

 

Hope you’re all well!

 

Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Food, Lifestyle

A winter meal

Hello again everyone! How are you all doing?

 

I was dozing off last night when I realised it’s been almost a fortnight since I was snapchatting about the dinner I made for my friends, and I forgot to share with you how to make it. This is one of my favourite meals for at this time of year. Considering I’m not a fan of stews, Mum always made this for me and Rachel as an alternative and it has now become a top dinner in the flat. Just realised I haven’t shared what it is with you! Chicken, chorizo and chickpea casserole. It’s simple to make and you can change things up if you want.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 500g chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • glass of red wine
  • 275g chorizo, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 400g can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

 

Method:

  1. Heat half the oil in a large pan. Lightly brown the chicken thighs before removing them from the pan and keeping them warm somewhere – I tend to put them in the oven at the lowest temperature possible.
  2. Add a bit more oil to the pan, before adding the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and chilli. Cook this for approximately 5 minutes. Add a splash of your red wine (but not all of it!) and simmer until reduced by a half.
  3. While doing this, in another pan heat the rest of the oil and fry the chorizo for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the rest of the glass of wine and cook until the chorizo is crisped.
  4. Pour the chopped tomatoes into pan containing the vegetables and bring to the boil for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken stock and return to the boil.
  5. Now add your chicken, chickpeas and chorizo and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Serve with chopped parsley and crusty bread!

 

The ingredients above serve for 4 people. It’s really easy to cook, and can appear so impressive!

 

Let me know if you make it and what you think of it! Have a great weekend!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

Late Again

Well, as I’m sure you may know, today is not the first day of November. In fact, it is the second and I am now beginning to enter my Christmas mode. We picked Secret Santa names last night and then I sat down to write this with my Christmas playlist on. It’s totally acceptable now, isn’t it?

 

Anyway, this post is my usual monthly wind-up and goal setting! I’ve had a busy October, although I’m still not 100% sure what I’ve been up to this month. It started with a trip to Edinburgh to see Rachel and Mum at the Edinburgh Napier open day. That same week had Launch Night for GULGBTQ+ which ended messily and resulted in me going to uni hungover for the first time ever! The Apprentice returned to our screens, I had another night out with LGBTQ+, met up with 2 of my amazing GRLPOWR friends (they are amazing, just saying) and hosted my first ever Twitter chat. I had two 21st birthday parties to go to, both equally as fun but for different reasons, had several flat dinners, visited Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, had Rachel stay over, and fed a squirrel! It literally came and ate a cashew nut out of my hand – it was so cool!

 

Now, I did try to keep the goals for this month simple enough. Attend every lecture? I only missed 4! While that’s not achieving the goal, that is actually a brilliant achievement for me. Two of them I genuinely didn’t wake up on time for, the other two I was having a really crappy day mentally and had a killer headache at the same time. So while this goal wasn’t achieved, it certainly wasn’t a fail! Be conscious of spending? What exactly does this mean? Okay, I kind of over spent this month, however a lot of it was Christmas related so I’m saving money over the next couple of months. Keep my room tidy? Okay this one was a definite fail. I can honestly say looking around myself at the minute that my room is not at all tidy.

 

As some of you may know, I had a few bad days this month. I’m trying to ‘normalise’ them by talking to people about them when they happen, and I opened up to Jason about aspects of it that have been worrying me or have been on my mind. With this in mind, my spending, tidying, and lecture attendance are actually something to be really proud of in my mind. Keep looking forward, and all that jazz.

 

So onto November! The cold, dark nights. Christmas markets begin to open up. There’s so much to be excited for this month! Already the calendar is beginning to fill up. With this in mind, I want to set more goals that are achievable and hopefully by the time December comes and I start blogmas you can all be proud of me for achieving them all.

 

  • Attend all my lectures. There are quite a few ‘no lecture’ days this month with the lead up to exams and the end of courses, so this should be even more achievable.
  • Read one book. Jason and I went book shopping (which somehow ended up in dinner out and cocktails??) and I bought some new books so hopefully I can get through one of them at least.
  • Keep my room tidy.
  • Talk about the stuff going on in my head. Whether it’s here, to a friend, or even taking my own advice and seeing a professional, as long as I talk about it I can deal with it.

 

So there we have it! I am going to try to blog more frequently than I did over the last week or so. I did kind of abandon you all… Hope you can forgive me!

 

 

Ktkinnes xx