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Flashback!

Okay okay okay, we are officially nearing the end of blogmas 2016, and yet here I find myself considering continuing through until the end of the month. Am I wise??

 

Today’s countdown song is Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – the perfect song to have on the 21st! Children everywhere are beginning to get so so excited to see what will be left for them this year, and I just loved this video so much I had to share it!

 

 

But thinking of the children who’re currently getting really excited for Christmas Day actually reminded me of one of my proudest achievements to date – and you’ll laugh when I tell you about it!
Back in 2001, I lived in a tiny town on the east coast of Scotland. Every year we got snow at Christmas – it started to fall in November and continued until Easter some years! Now the particular year we’re talking about was brilliant for the snow. It was the perfect consistency, and Dad made us an actual igloo! I remember thinking just how awesome that was.
A few of my friends and I were sitting drinking our hot orange juice inside the igloo, when one of the women from further down the street (there were 20 houses) came up to tell us that she was running a snowman competition and there was a trophy for the winning house! So, of course, all my friends scattered – everyone dashing off to their own gardens to make the perfect Snowman.
Now unfortunately I don’t remember what ours looked like or anything, but Dad and I had great fun building him up! Rachel wanted to join in but she was only 3 years old and seemed to be intent on destroying him.
Judging time came, and I remember standing proudly beside my Snowman, and looking up at him thinking about just how tall he was. And then, to my delight, Dad and I were announced the winners! We even beat the teenagers down the road from us who had stuck googley eyes on their Snowman!
To this day, I still have our trophy in my “special drawer” (along with all my other memorable things).

Do you have any specific memories you’re proud of? Or any pictures of snowmen you’ve built?
Ktkinnes xx

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This Time Next Year Tag

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!

 

Today’s the 20th December, and we’re watching the days slip by. I can’t be the only one panicking slightly about how close we are now? Rachel and I are going last minute shopping today to pick up stuff for Dad and Granny B  but hopefully that will be quick and relatively painless. However, today’s song is a disappointing one, especially considering how close we are now!

 

 

Now today’s post is the This Time Next Year Tag, created by Sarah, and I was tagged in it by Claire! The rules of the tag are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you.
  2. Write your goals for next year
  3. Write how you’re going to achieve these goals
  4. Tag at least 5 blogger friends
  5. This last one is optional, but in 365 days, write a post about whether or not you’ve been successful!

 

So to begin, I really have to say a massive thank you to Claire. I was struggling for a post to write for today. Well, I had one planned but when I sat down to write it I found I had no motivation whatsoever and so decided that this would fit in perfectly here. Sorry it’s late, but here it is! But yes, a massive thank you to the wonderful Claire for tagging me. You all should go check her out now!!

 

My goals for next year… I haven’t overly thought about them yet. I probably will have some proper New Year’s Resolutions, but they’ll be coming later in a post all of their own. So here, I’m going to outline my goals for my blogging for 2017!

 

This time next year…

  • I will have 350 followers here on my blog.
  • I will have reached 2500 Twitter followers
  • I will post at least once a week.
  • I will take part in more Twitter chats

 

So there we have the 4 main goals for my blog. To achieve these? I hope to just become more organised and produce more and better quality content that you all enjoy reading!

 

I would like to tag

Francesca – bellamomento.blogspot.co.uk

Zoe – with-anoceanview.blogspot.co.uk

Tarnya – sweetallure.co.uk

Holly – holzieloves.co.uk

Alice – beautywithalice.wordpress.com

 

 

Remember though, you don’t have to be tagged to take part! Hope you’ve enjoyed the post!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Whatcha Listening To?

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

 

  1. The Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (the original one of course)
  4. Last Christmas – Wham! (Or Wham UK for any of our American friends)
  5. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko
  6. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  7. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
  8. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
  9. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  10. Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea
  11. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  12. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  13. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé
  14. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
  15. Stop The Calvary- Jona Lewie
  16. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  17. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – The Nat King Cole Trio
  18. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year – Andy Williams
  19. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  20. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  21. A Winter’s Tale – David Essex
  22. Cold December Night – Michael Bublé
  23. Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
  24. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  25. Winter Wonderland – Perry Como

     

 

 

What’s on your must-have Christmas song list?

 

Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Blogmas, Book reviews, Christmas, Lifestyle

Reading At Christmas

Well, this weekend is definitely a busy one! And there’s only a week left until the Christmas Eve craziness! At this stage, today’s song is one of the few things lifting my head from the chaos of getting ready for the big day.

 

 

Today, I wanted to share my favourite Christmas reads with you. No matter how old I am, I love these stories and often read them in the early hours of Christmas Day when I can’t sleep because yes, I am a big child who still finds it hard to sleep before Christmas.

 

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.
    Who couldn’t love this book?? Not only do I love the book, but I recently watched the film for the first time ever and can’t wait to join in when Cesca hosts the GRLPOWR movie night for it this coming Wednesday!
  2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
    Another classic tale that has had so many movie adaptations that I’ve lost count! It gets me thinking about Christmases past, present and future every year. Hopefully I’ll never be like Scrooge!
  3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.
    Actually, it was only when the film first came out that I realised this was a book first. Either way, the story of the little boy who struggles to believe in Santa is so reminiscent of growing up. Anyone else wish they still believed?
  4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
    Just because there are no words does not mean this isn’t a fantastic book that takes me back to my childhood any time I flick through the pages!
  5. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.
    Yes, okay, technically this isn’t a story, it’s a poem, but then again who can have a Christmas without it? Can you?

 

What Christmas books do you simply have to read?

 

Ktkinnes xx

8 more sleeps!

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What’s on my shopping list?

Wow okay time is flying by now and we’re fast approaching the big event, yet my shopping list doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. Anyone else with the same problem?

It’s for this reason that I start planning extremely early. In fact, the book I now use for jotting down blogging ideas used to be my presents book! During the year, if I thought of anything I could buy for anyone, I would write it down on their page in the book. Anything I had done would get highlighted so I couldn’t accidentally double up on presents.

 

But I’m getting sidetracked… again… Who’s ready for today’s Christmas Countdown song? Today we have Sleigh Ride – the original version without singing! Maybe something to leave on while you continue reading?

 

 

The images are lovely!

So, where was I? Oh yes, presents! I suppose it’s now safe to say I had Nuala for Secret Santa (since we exchanged presents back during our Christmas dinner), and I’ve now got a rough idea of what I’m buying everyone else.

 

Rachel has been asking for a mermaid tail blanket a lot recently, and with no one else in the family having a clue where to buy them or how I decided I would pick one up for her. I bought her this in purple and in the biggest size possible so it came to a total of £15. Now normally I would go all out on Rachel but this year I plan on keeping it simple so have bought her some Tinkerbell pyjamas.

 

Mum is always difficult as her birthday is exactly a week before Christmas. She dropped a few hints that she would appreciate some new pyjamas and so Rachel and I have got her some nice ones from Marks and Spencer. I would show you them, however Rachel is doing the purchasing and I am giving her money when I get home tonight!

 

Dad is another difficult person as he never actually gives you any help with suggestions. This year, we’re getting him hard soled slippers as these are the only type he wears and his current ones are wrecked. Again, we’ll put something with these, but he is banned from getting chocolates or sweets from us since his winter wardrobe seems to have come down from the attic about 3 sizes too small! In fact, maybe we should get him a new shirt that actually fits…

 

Granny H is always at ours or at least with us on Christmas Day and so for years Rachel and I have joined together to buy her a present. Like Mum, Granny’s birthday is in December so we tend to leave her Christmas present until after her birthday but this year we were prepared. Rachel went shopping with her to buy stuff for Mum, and Granny spotted a bag that she really liked so Rachel managed to sneak back and buy it.

 

Granny B is simple and yet difficult. You know those people who are happy with anything to the point that you don’t actually know what to buy them? Well we’re still struggling to think of something so please please please if you have any suggestions for an 85 year old woman then they would be greatly appreciated!

 

Nuala‘s secret santa present was a fruit infusing water bottle and an artist sketching set. Nuala’s brilliant at drawing or sketching or whatever you call it, and I would love to be able to showcase some of her artwork for you all sometime, but that’s why I went for these two.

 

Wow that’s a small present list this year. The past couple of years we’ve have my aunt, uncle and cousins with us so we’ve have another 5 people to buy for so this year looks a little strange. I have bought presents for Jordanne (and Leon) and Cesca but I went a little crazy and have actually forgotten what all I bought!

 

What’s on your present shopping list?

 

Ktkinnes xx

 

Posted in Blogmas, Christmas, Lifestyle

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Hello everyone! Welcome to day 13 of blogmas here on Life With Ktkinnes. How are you all today? As we start today with our usual Christmas Song Countdown, Stay Another Day! Now, this isn’t my favourite song, and I’m kinda sad because I wanted a really good song to go with this post but anyway. The British public have spoken and so today’s song is Stay Another Day. Although, I suppose, I wish I could’ve stayed another day in London!

 

 

But yes, as you might’ve guessed, today’s post is all about the adventures we had in London! I will be honest here and admit that, not only did I not take as many pictures or videos as I had expected, but I also managed to forget to save them from snapchat so have very few to put in. However, I will highly recommend you check out Jordanne and Becca’s posts about it!

Now,  Friday night, Jordanne and I were travelling down together by bus. Yup, we got a bus that took over 9 hours from Glasgow to London – dedicated! Excitement was high as we started on the road, the pair of us trying to take part in MoonChat as long as our data held up. We chatted, ate some of our snacks, and just generally had a good time. Before we even made it on the bus, however, some woman managed to turn a lot of the passengers against her. I’d been at the bus station from about 11ish for the 11:55 bus, mainly because I was sharing a taxi with Mary and she was on the slightly earlier bus. So when I said goodbye to Mary, I ambled round to the stand our bus was leaving from. Jordanne joined a little bit later and we chatted until we noticed a queue forming so we went and joined it. This woman then decided she was fed up standing in the crowd towards the back of the queue and suddenly pushed in front of us and a few others. We rolled our eyes and continued chatting, until we were aware of her arguing with a man she’d pushed in front of. It actually got kind of aggressive and in the end, the man she had pushed in front of managed to get on before her! Served her right…

After about 2am, Jordanne and I decided it was time to try and sleep. We actually managed quite well! Until we got to Manchester. Some people were leaving us, others were joining, and there was a scheduled 10 minute stop. Before we were told we could get off for a smoke stop etc, we had to sit there and listen to the annoying woman trying to tell this man where to sit. Literally. She wouldn’t leave him alone, telling him to move to a specific seat, and then getting really annoyed when he wouldn’t do as she said. By this stage, both Jordanne and I needed the toilet, however the toilet on the bus was ridiculous. According to her anyway, I personally didn’t even try it! It seemed no one knew how to flush, there was no toilet roll, and it just stank. So to arrive in Manchester and discover that the toilets there were closed up, we were not happy. We piled back onto the bus and started trying to sleep. Only once again the woman was annoying a lot of people. This time, she was on the phone. Now you can deal with people talking quietly on the phone. But she was talking full volume, with her phone on loud speaker. No. Just no. We were so close to saying something to her.

Eventually we dozed off. After about an hour, I was awake again and happily playing about on my phone. The driver announced he was pulling over to change drivers as he had been driving for 12 consecutive hours and his shift was over, and invited people to take the opportunity to stretch their legs or have a quick smoke. Jordanne was still asleep, and I was happy just sitting there, when next thing that annoying woman was storming to the front of the bus and some woman sitting near me whispered, ‘She’s an absolute nutter.’. The annoying woman was down, outside the bus, yelling at people and telling them to get back on the bus as she was tired, she’d been travelling from Scotland, and she just wanted to get to London. She herded everyone back onto the bus, whether they wanted to be on or not, and then got on herself still yelling and giving off. Woke up the entire bus because she was tired! Then proceeded to make another phone call on speaker phone.

Arriving in London was brilliant. We passed Regents Park and Hyde Park on our way to the station, and then finally pulled into Victoria Coach Station. To give Megabus credit, we did get there an hour earlier than scheduled! We set off on the hunt for toilets and coffee as neither of us were particularly hungry at this stage. Oyster cards were bought, and we successfully found ourselves on the right platform and then the right tube! Thank you again, Cesca, your directions were so so helpful! Unfortunately, we weren’t going to be allowed to check in until at least 1pm, so we left our bigger bags at the hotel and went on an adventure, looking around us at the shops, and stopping for lunch. At 1, we got checked in to our room and finally could get freshened up. It took us until about 3 to meet with Becca and Cathy but when we got together, the 4 of us set off to Winter Wonderland!

The first thing we did there was the big wheel. Well, I say that’s what we did first, we ended up walking in circles to find the way in only to realise we’d been walking past it each time. Now, I will be honest with you. I would rather go on the Tower of Terror in Disneyland Paris again over going back on that big wheel! The doors didn’t fully close, and there were gaps everywhere. It was raining and cold and windy, so of course the cars were rocking in the wind. I don’t do heights. What was I thinking going on this thing?? To be honest, it was fine when we reached the top and I could look around, although I did end up singing along to Mamma Mia in an attempt to keep myself calm! We got back to the ground and headed off in the direction of rides. Queues were massive, and the rain was really beginning to annoy me. We walked for ages to try and get dinner, and I ended up having my first ever Nando’s! Not sure if I was just starving, or if it really was as incredible as it felt, but either way – I can thoroughly recommend the medium spiced grilled chicken wrap! Afterwards, we bought some wine and headed to the hotel for a few drinks in our room and a game of Ring of Fire while Becca drank tea. It was a great night! After midnight, we crashed into bed and it felt amazing to be in a bed after the bus the night before!

Waking up on Sunday was difficult. So much so, we almost missed our midday check out time! But it was all good, and we headed to the underground so we could start our day again. Only a slight hiccup – Jordanne’s Oyster card hadn’t been working properly and she ended up losing over £10 because of it! We used the bag drop at Victoria (which cost £12.50 per item and not the £5 they advertised online) so that we weren’t shopping with our luggage. After a quick brunch in the station, we headed to Oxford Street and Lush! Now trust me. I know a lot of people are obsessed with Lush, and yes it could be considered expensive, but this was like walking into heaven on earth! Except for the number of people. But I didn’t know Lush did hair products as well as bath stuff! Let’s just say my bank account wasn’t too happy when we left…

I also very nearly finally got my tattoo! Well, we walked past a small place and Jordanne decided to get a piercing done, so I asked if they had any walk in availability but unfortunately they didn’t. Thank goodness they didn’t – Jordanne’s simple piercing (top of her ear, don’t ask me what the correct terminology is) cost her £40 as opposed to the £15 it would’ve been here in Glasgow!

The rest of the day was spent browsing a few shops and just generally having a great time! After a nice dinner and a coffee from Costa, we headed to the bus station. Our bus back was so much more comfortable than the bus there! We both got a sleep, and arrived back in Glasgow about 6:30am. I, of course, headed home and collapsed straight into bed for a nap before getting revision done.

London was an amazing experience, and I genuinely couldn’t imagine having a better time with anyone else! It’s actually quite weird not looking up from sending a quick tweet and seeing Jordanne opposite!

Have any of you been to Winter Wonderland? What did you think?

Ktkinnes xxx

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Quotes for Christmas!

 

Well that’s been a fun couple of days in London and I’m now curled up in bed getting some more revision done for these exams. Considering I’m the only one in the flat with exams this semester. Well, Jason has tests to do but they don’t count for anything.
London was incredible! And now that we’re on the 12th day of Blogmas, I’ve finished opening my Tanya Burr Beauty Advent Calendar! Would you be interested in a post about what is in it? Let me know below or tweet me! Today’s song on the Christmas Countdown is Driving Home For Christmas. While I’m not heading home for Christmas just yet, this always is on my playlist for travelling home at this time of year.

 

Now for today’s blogmas post (day 12) I wanted to share my favourite Christmas quotes with you! Last year I wrote these down and put them in my refillable advent calendar with a chocolate each day.

 

 

  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree” – Roy L. Smith

 

  • “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling” – Edna Ferber

 

  • “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year” – Charles Dickens

 

  • “Christmas is the day that holds all time together” – Alexander Smith

 

  • “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers

 

  • “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little more!” – Dr Seuss

 

  • “Christmas is not as much about opening out presents as opening out hearts” – Janice Maeditere

 

  • “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white'” – Bill Crosby

 

  • “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney

 

  • “Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

 

  • “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

 

  • “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” – Harlan Miller

 

  • “Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” – Augusta E. Rundel

 

  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles Schulz

 

  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

 

Hopefully some of these have caused you to smile, laugh or just think about the way we all view Christmas.

 

Hope you all have a lovely day! Do you have any favourites I haven’t included there?

 

Ktkinnes xxx