Posted in Christmas, Lifestyle

Christmas Card Swap!

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 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!



Ktkinnes xx

Posted in Lifestyle

The pre-sleep thoughts

Every night before I go to sleep I follow the same routine – change, close curtains, use the bathroom and brush teeth, get into bed, close blinds and go through the apps on my phone, normally starting with my emails. Tonight as I finished going through the multiple discount emails, I remembered the fun I used to have when I’d come back from a holiday. 

It was exciting to see how many emails I had received when I had no internet to see them. Now, with technology being what it is and almost all hotels having some form of Internet access, it’s quite rare for my emails to build up. There’s no longer that anticipation, the silent begging that went on inside my head, willing the computer to hurry up. No more sitting on the edge of my seat as Internet Explorer slowly loaded. 

Instead, for £3 a day, Vodafone allow me to use my normal contract when travelling within the EU. This means 3G, or sometimes if I’m lucky 4G, access pretty much anywhere. Even better if there’s wifi. Last year in Ibiza we refused to pay €7 a day each for wifi and so each day one of us would take it in turns to share around one phone. It didn’t matter if we didn’t get on that day because then you knew you would get on the next. This year there’s apparently free wifi in our bedrooms so there’s even more chance of me accessing emails and Facebook and, more importantly, WordPress.

At first I was delighted to hear about the wifi. It meant I could keep in touch with my friends back home, or check what’s going on with Wimbledon and other TV shows I watch (yes I know that makes me a little pathetic…). But it also means I can still be brought into different discussions about who’s fault it is that we were fined for not cleaning the kitchen. I will have access to my emails, none of this waiting around. If I wanted to I could even check on my dog Baron on the live webcam from his room in the kennels he’s staying in.

So now I ask myself, has technology gone too far into our personal lives? As a family, when mum comes home from work, the TV is turned on and it isn’t turned off again until bed time. We all sit together to eat at the kitchen table, which is more than a lot of my friends can say. The volume is turned down but the news or Pointless is on in the background. However we do have one rule of no mobile phones allowed on us during dinner and they should be on silent out in the hall. After dinner, my sister and I do the dishes and chat before moving back to the living room to watch TV. But we don’t really watch it. We’re on our phones, checking Facebook or messaging people. Mum by this stage is normally on her iPad, looking things up and sharing random bits of information with us, while Dad just zones out completely focused on the TV. This continues until we go to bed where we all continue to either watch TV or use our phones. 

This routine we have found ourselves in is actually quite depressing if you think about it. Families used to talk and play games or do things as a unit, giving each other their undivided attention. So my aim for tomorrow is to use my phone and laptop less. You never know, I might find that I actually like my family!

Good night everyone, thanks for reading 🙂

Ktkinnes xxx