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.
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?
The days are passing quicker and quicker. I swear there aren’t 24 hours in every single day. At least, they aren’t being overly helpful – so much to do, so little time!
EEEEK!!! We’re into the last few days and I am beginning to really stress! Today, I’m going into town in the hope of seeing something somewhere to buy for Rachel’s final part of her Christmas present. Mum’s officially off for Christmas, and I think she had a good day on Saturday celebrating her birthday. Don’t think my liver will recover on time for this weekend though!
For once, I’m actually getting to listen to Christmas music on the TV while writing this post. It’s quite rare that I can have a TV show on while blogging, so the novelty is making me feel even more festive! While today’s post is all about my Christmas Playlists, we can’t have a blogmas post without the Christmas Song Countdown – have you been enjoying it?
I’ve found as the years go on I enjoy this song more. Can’t really explain why for years I didn’t like it, but it is slowly growing on me. I’m one of those people who stereo-typically likes sad, slow songs – unless it’s Christmas. Then it’s a case of the livelier the better!
So for today’s Christmas Playlist, I have included a list to my Spotify Christmas Playlist for you to listen to if you’d like, but also here are my must-have songs for a Christmas Playlist. Only another week of it being socially acceptable to listen to them!
My Spotify Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/user/1173089764/playlist/1DcTiCc5l3suS9Meb6fFwk
- The Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
- All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (the original one of course)
- Last Christmas – Wham! (Or Wham UK for any of our American friends)
- Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko
- Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
- Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
- Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
- Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
- Step Into Christmas – Elton John
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
- Stop The Calvary- Jona Lewie
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – The Nat King Cole Trio
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year – Andy Williams
- Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
- A Winter’s Tale – David Essex
- Cold December Night – Michael Bublé
- Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
- Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
- Winter Wonderland – Perry Como
What’s on your must-have Christmas song list?
Nostalgia is kicking in big time today! Welcome back to Life with Ktkinnes for yet another day of Blogmas. Can you really believe I’ve lasted a week? Yes, I have another exam tomorrow, but my mind keeps jumping to London and how excited I am to spend the weekend away, exploring a new city and spending time with the girls I’ve spent the last 108 days talking to. It’s crazy when you think we only started GRLPOWR 106 days ago!
Oh I’ve been looking forward to this post for ages! Last year I did something similar, and to be honest a lot of the decorations are the same, but it’s my favourite part of Christmas and now I get to share it with you all! If you have me on snapchat, I’ll probably have bored you to death with my little pics and videos of it all but I wanted to gather them all in one place for you all to see. Also, as it’s the third day of blogmas, we have our third song in the countdown of Christmas songs!
Now, I won’t go into detail about these pictures, but if any of you would like to know where certain things are from, or if you think something would look better in a different place, drop me a comment below or tweet me @kvburton657 !
As well as these few pictures, I have a little video of the wall way! Please bare with me as I figure out how exactly to video these things, edit them, and actually publish them!
How are your decorations looking?
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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!
Christmas Colouring book
Body Shop Tea Tree set
Wreck This Journal
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!
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!
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!
So I know that a lot of you will feel it’s too early for this kind of a post, but I have finally started Christmas present shopping and I’m getting really excited for the festive season!
In our flat, because of my ‘obsession’, there’s a rule that Christmas isn’t properly mentioned until at least 1st November. Apparently my excitement for the most wonderful time of the year makes people associate Christmas as a bad thing as they can’t talk about it without worrying they’re going to set me off. However, this year I have you lovely people to talk to about it so I think I’m doing better than last year! Alongside the other GRLPOWR girls, I’ve been getting more and more excited for this festive season, talking what we’ll be doing on our Twitter, blog, instagram and just our own accounts in general. Some of us are going to attempt Blogmas, and just the general mood is Halloween isn’t coming fast enough for us to hit that festive spirit!
I would love to share with you all the surprise part of our flat Christmas dinner this year, but as I am aware that Mary and Nuala now read here occassionally, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for them so if you’d like to know, tweet me! I started getting organised for it on Tuesday when I met Jordanne (thelifeofaglasgowgirl) in town for lunch. I had a great time and it was so much fun to be able to meet up with someone that I’ve been talking to for almost 2 months! Wow has it really been that long? It feels like years ago and yet it also feels like only yesterday… Does that make any sense?
I had the brainwave for it as I got the subway into town and so I’ve managed to spend at least 10 minutes a day thinking about what I’ve to buy and organise. With last year’s Santa’s Sweet Sleigh being so well received, I’ve really struggled to think of what I can do to make this year’s surprise even better. I’m also trying really hard to watch what I say here because I plan on writing a few blogmas posts on this!
As it’s now the 20th of October, and time is marching on, I wanted to bring up the topic of my Christmas Card Swap. By the way, I’m going to suggest we change the spelling of Christmas as every time I type it on a computer I type ‘CHristmas’ – it’s getting annoying! But yes, the Card Swap. Currently, I have 13 names and addresses of people who would like to be involved in this, and there’s still plenty of time for those of you who want to to get involved!
My plan to spread some Christmas cheer this year developed into the idea of a Christmas Card Swap. The general idea of it would be for anyone who wants to be involved to send me (either DM me on Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) with an address – this can even be a PO Box address as I know how people feel about sharing their address online – and in 3 weeks (probably the 15th of November) I will DM or email back with a list of the addresses that have been sent to me. This way, it’s up to you how many Christmas cards you send and there’s no pressure to send to everyone if you don’t want to! Of course, if you would prefer me to keep your address off the list then I’m happy to do that too! Cards can be homemade or store bought, and that part is entirely up to you. Just remember to check latest posting times and dates with your local post office as you want it to arrive before the 25th December!
So yes, if this is something you’d like to be involved in, I can be contacted on Twitter or through email with the subject line Christmas Card Swap.
Hope you’re all getting in the festive spirit and listening to those classic songs that come on every year!
What food makes you feel good and why?
Okay so by rights the question here should be ‘What food doesn’t make you feel good?’ – I love everything! Nothing beats a good homemade lasagne where the cheese has gone brown in places and the layers are clear, served with a warm garlic bread and salad. Or in summer, a barbecue is the go to food!
However, the one meal that will forever make me feel good is Christmas dinner. I’ve already started planning the Christmas dinner for our flat in December!
We always have a Bloody Mary Soup for a starter. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned it here but it’s basically a tomato soup with celery, Tabasco sauce and vodka, served with a freshly baked petit pain. Of course, the main course is the an important part. That succulent turkey, served with a slice of gammon, stuffing, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, carrot and parsnip, brussel sprouts, and a good gravy! Who here doesn’t love christmas dinner?
Our desserts are always the same – a lemon meringue, a trifle, and homemade christmas pudding. No one in the flat likes christmas pudding though so I may make myself a mini one just to be awkward… Finally, we always finish, or try to finish, with a cheese board. There’s a reason we start eating so early!
There’s just something about the Christmas Dinner that makes it special. I don’t know if it’s because we’re all feeling festive, or if it’s because the family are together and in a good mood, or what. But it is definitely my favourite food.
The countdown is real and it is on! Today’s song is Santa Baby and while there are many versions I think it is safe to say that only the original will suffice. I found it interesting that there is no official music video available for this song. It was quite hard to find a version that was considered acceptable for the blog without adding an age restriction considering we’re all aware of how sensual the song really is.Continue reading “23 sleeps…”