Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

Christmas Card Swap 2o17

Hello everyone! Now I know the title of this post has probably put The Fear into a lot of you and for that I’m sorry! But it’s coming up to that time of year again. Heck, I’ve even had blogmas posts in my drafts since March! However we won’t go there yet.

 

Do you love receiving Christmas Cards? Does writing them fill you with the Christmas Spirit? Well, how would you like to get involved in my Christmas Card Swap?

 

My plans to spread some Christmas Cheer in 2017 is quite a large one, and a major part of it is this Christmas Card Swap. The plan? Simply fill in the form by clicking the link below to take part! I will then combine all the addresses to be sent to the correct groups of people and will email them to you. Of course, if you’d rather not have your address sent to others that’s perfectly fine! Let me know below and I’ll keep your address to myself. You are free then to send Christmas Cards to as many people as you wish from the list I send you. I, myself, will be sending a card to everyone taking part so you are going to receive at least one card!

 

This worked really well last year, with almost 30 people involved. Of course, if you took part last year and would like to be involved again this year then please do let me know by filling out the form! I won’t just assume that you’re continuing to take part.

 

So yes. Here’s the link –> https://form.jotformeu.com/70667472294364 , and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sign up closes on Sunday 12th November 2017, and I will be in touch with the relevant addresses by Monday 20th November 2017!

 

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Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

Christmas Card Swap 2017

Hello everyone! Now I know the title of this post has probably put The Fear into a lot of you and for that I’m sorry! But it’s coming up to that time of year again. Heck, I’ve even had blogmas posts in my drafts since March! However we won’t go there yet.

Do you love receiving Christmas Cards? Does writing them fill you with the Christmas Spirit? Well, how would you like to get involved in my Christmas Card Swap?

My plans to spread some Christmas Cheer in 2017 is quite a large one, and a major part of it is this Christmas Card Swap. The plan? Simply fill in the form by clicking the link below to take part! I will then combine all the addresses to be sent to the correct groups of people and will email them to you. Of course, if you’d rather not have your address sent to others that’s perfectly fine! Let me know below and I’ll keep your address to myself. You are free then to send Christmas Cards to as many people as you wish from the list I send you. I, myself, will be sending a card to everyone taking part so you are going to receive at least one card!

This worked really well last year, with almost 30 people involved. Of course, if you took part last year and would like to be involved again this year then please do let me know by filling out the form! I won’t just assume that you’re continuing to take part.

Unfortunately sign up has now finished, and I will be in touch with all those involved as soon as possible

Sign up closes on Sunday 12th November 2017, and I will be in touch with the relevant addresses by Monday 20th November 2017!

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Posted in Blogmas, Book reviews, Christmas, Life

My Reads of 2016

Well, as the year comes to an end (and before I start to consider my New Years Resolutions) I thought I’d share with you the list of books I’ve read this year, all in the one place with their review where appropriate.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • The Freedom Writers’ Diary (review found here)
  • Carol by Patricia Highsmith (review found here)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (review found here)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (review found here)
  • The Housewife Assassin’s Vacation to Die For by Josie Brown
  • The Housewife Assassin’s Recipes for Disaster by Josie Brown
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Dog Who Dared To Dream by Sun-Mi Hwang (review coming in the new year)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Original Screenplay) by J. K. Rowling

Now I’ve to try and plan my books for the new year. Did you read anything you would recommend? Or did you read any of those books above – if so, what did you think of them?
I can’t wait to see what books 2017 will bring into my life!

 
Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas

My Christmas Day

Hello everyone! How have you been? Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Was Santa good to you all?
Unfortunately we’ve finished the Christmas Song Countdown! Will you miss them?

Today’s post is going to be just a photo diary of our day so there won’t be much talk from me. But hope you enjoy the view into my family Christmas! 

Prawn and Leek quiche starter!

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas, Lifestyle

The Big Day

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

The big day is finally here! I have now been up for 2 hours already and am so excited to get through the rest of the day. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to get an advent calendar that gives you a chocolate, or whatever type of advent you’ve been getting, today – I am very jealous. Today is the last in our song countdown and well done to any of you who managed to correctly guess what the UK voted as our favourite Christmas song of all time. In my mind, The Fairytale of New York is the perfect description of life – we slag each other off, complain, and just genuinely have those days when we want to turn into a loner and hide from the world. But then Christmas comes and we accept that we do really love each other anyway!

 

So I’ll go into all about my exciting presents in another post, but for today’s day 25 of Blogmas I thought I would share my tips and tricks for surviving today. This is the day that most students love and hate. We’re warm, well fed, surrounded by family, and there’s no question over who’s in charge of buying the next lot of toilet roll. However, we’re subjected to questions, we have to wake up at a normal time, we’re surrounded by family and still being in pyjamas at 6pm is generally frowned upon. There will be those certain questions we don’t want to be asked, things we don’t want to do, and very few hiding spots. Even worse when you’re expected to help out with the day! So how do I plan on surviving today?

 

For some reason, the older ones in the family often love to ask me when I plan on finding myself a boyfriend. Now, please trust me when I say I would love to tell them the full honest truth, however it would cause a lot of problems and this probably isn’t the right day to start explaining to my 85 year old granny that I am never going to find myself a boyfriend.

Another standard question is “How is university going?” Please be aware, this is more often than not just a casual question. Don’t go into how much you hate your course, are struggling with the workload, hate the flatmates, or any of that. A simple “Yeah, it’s good thanks! Just glad to be home for a change” will suffice. If they continue to question you then go for it and tell them everything!

“Have you put on or lost any weight?” Surely I’m not the only one who gets asked this? It drives me insane. I know they’re often asking because they’re worried, however I quickly learnt that the correct response to this is “Probably as much as you have”… instead, the safest option is “I have no idea, no scales at uni.” Then they can be left to decide for themselves.

 

After a few days in your family’s company, you may find yourself dying to be back in your cold student flat, on your own, listening to depressing music and eating ice cream from the tub. When these moments happen, take yourself to the bathroom for 5 minutes. Read some blog posts or tweets, take a deep breath, splash your wrists with some cool water (proven to help cool your skin and calm you down) and then rejoin the celebrations. Either that, or go wash some of the dishes in the kitchen! Not only do you get some time to yourself, but you also get praised and thanked for helping out.

 

The main thing to remember is that you’re only there for a few days. It can be hard, but remember just how excited your family are to see you again, and try and put on a brave face. Worst case scenario? You’ve ‘accidentally’ booked an earlier flight home than they were expecting!

 

 

Merry Christmas everybody. Have a lovely day, and may your day be filled with peace, joy, harmony, and lots of wine! Oh! And congratulations to 1weekmary who has won my giveaway! 

 

Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas, Lifestyle

Last minute shopping

Every year. Every year Dad manages to leave buying something until Christmas Eve and so there’s a mission task sent out to Rachel and me for the day. As if it isn’t hard enough trying to get everything else sorted, staying calm enough to attempt shopping on the one day shops should be empty is not one of my skill sets.

 

Today’s song? All I Want For Christmas Is You! Quite appropriate given the last minute shopping expedition I am already away out on. Yes, as this post goes live at 9am, I will already be in the town centre running around the shops. But before I continue, let’s all admire the penultimate song in our countdown!

 

Dad loves to try the trick of “In two days time, this will be on sale. Why don’t you sell it to me for the sale price now?” It is honestly the cringiest thing ever. So today’s blogmas is all about how to survive the shops today!

  1. Get up and out early. The sooner you get to those shops, the sooner you get to come home again. Plus, the early bird catches the worm. Want to beat the crowds and get the best parking spaces? Be there the minute the shop opens.
  2. Have a list. This is a standard of mine, but it is essential on Christmas Eve. You do not want to be roaming from shop to shop with no idea of what you’re buying. Know what you’re looking for and don’t get distracted.
  3. Set a limit. This applies to both price limit and time limit. You don’t want to overspend, and a few places actually up their prices on Christmas Eve in the hope of catching you out. Similarly, if you get into town for 9am, you don’t want to spend all day browsing. Set a time limit and stick to it.
  4. Be nice to the staff. Trust me, they don’t want to be there any more than you do. Most places no longer give one and a half or double pay to people working Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. It’s not their fault you left shopping until last minute, just like all those people in the queue in front of you.
  5. Have patience. Queues and traffic are going to be a nightmare. What did you expect? Take a deep breath and try not to swear under your breath unless the person really deserved it. Then you have my blessing.

 

I think that’s all I can think of. Do you have any tips? How many of you are heading shopping today?
Before I forget, come join Jordanne, Francesca and me on the GRLPOWR account from 11pm for anyone who’s excited for Christmas!

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas

The Nativity: What The Donkey Saw

Good morning one and all! How are you all today? I actually can’t believe it’s Friday 23rd December! Little did I think when I started planning my Blogmas posts that I would actually manage to get this far! Now I will be honest and say that this post was written last night after several glasses of wine so please be kind to me. My head won’t be kind!

Again, another very traditional song in our house. Although a couple of days ago Rachel thought that Merry Christmas (War Is Over) was Bandaid and so we spent a good few minutes correcting her. And yet she says I’m the thick one??
But anyway. Last night, Mum and Dad took the four of us to the theatre to see a comical take on the nativity story. Set in Belfast (of course) the cast was made up of 6 people and then a seventh on the keyboard in the corner. All I can say is – it was hilarious! 
They changed the words to some well known Christmas songs, and all of them were pretty good singers! They also managed to throw in a few topical references (Honey G was even referred to) and the audience were in stitches. In one particular scene, two actors were putting on American accents of some kind and one of them randomly returned to his Belfast accent which caused the other actors on stage to corpse (come out of character and laugh, thereby killing the atmosphere they had created – GCSE drama for ya!) and ask what accent he would like. They composed themselves and tried to continue the scene, until the same guy suddenly went to an Australian accent, so of course we were in stitches at it all!
The interval came and when we got to our pre-ordered drinks, there was almost triple what we had ordered! And so Mum and I ended up drinking a lovely total of 750ml of red wine each… no wonder my head felt funny getting into bed last night!
Act 2 started up with the great music again, and the three wise men appeared on stage. Just as Balthazar was about to share his divine knowledge with his brethren and the audience, the actor looked straight into the face of a woman in the audience and called her out for being on her mobile by simply saying “Words of wisdom! Turn that phone off, madam!” 
The rest of us in the audience laughed and cheered, but it got me thinking. Why is it considered difficult for us as a society to function without the mini computer in our pockets for the duration of a 2 hour play? 
Ktkinnes xx