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Rachel’s presents

Wow okay sorry this is late! As you may have noticed, I kind of stopped blogging last Friday after my birthday before trying again on Thursday. Unfortunately I’m just in a slump where even though I know what I want to write, I just can’t make myself sit down and write it. Sunday (yesterday) was my sister’s 18th birthday and so I went all out. Check out the planning post here!

As my friends have learnt, I love putting thought and effort into birthday presents and so I started with the intention of buying her 18 presents that would all be given to over the course of the day. Unfortunately this would include starting super early so instead I decided to give them all to her in one go.

In the end, I managed to buy all 18 presents and numbered them for giving them to her! So here they all are, listed and shown below. Technically it’s 19 presents but shhh…. These aren’t in the order she opened them in by the way, I forgot to make a note of what was what.

a travel toothbrush
A travel washbag and miniature bottles
A book on how to adult
A CD containing the top songs the year she was born
Travel adaptors – now she can stop stealing mine!
A passport wallet for her travels
A travel wallet for her boarding passes
Her favourite chocolates
Soap and Glory Birthday Set – her favourite stuff
An 18th birthday survival kit
The makeup brushes she’s had her eye on for months – Real Techniques
A shopper so she always has a bag handy
A small set of eyeshadows – she asked for eyeshadow but I don’t think these are what she wanted
A Smuggle your booze umbrella hipflask – perfect for that night out!
A percy pig cup with straw – she loves Percy Pig, and has recently become obsessed with only drinking through a straw
A Swarovski crystal statue of Tinkerbell – After Dumbo, Tink is Rachel’s favourite
A scrapbook for her to keep the cards and photos from her birthday weekend
A real leather hand luggage case – not what she asked for but I’d bought it before she specified what she would like…  Whoops!

The final present was that I am taking her away on a mini break to Lanzarote in March, just the two of us, to an all inclusive adults only hotel. I’m actually so excited to get away – here’s the hotel we’re going to!

 

What do you think?

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Sister’s 18th Birthday

Rachel, if you are reading this, stop reading now! 

Otherwise you’ll ruin your surprise!

 

 

This September (2016) my younger sister turns 18 and I have never felt so old. Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows of my love-hate relationship with Rachel but they also know I’d do anything for her. And now she’s turning 18, a legal adult. What on earth does that make me?!

 

A person’s 18th birthday is one they will remember for years to come. It’s special and so needs to be celebrated in such a way. My 18th birthday didn’t go the way I expected it to however it was one I will remember for a long long time, even if only for the wonderful cake Rachel baked me!

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Rachel with me on my 18th and the delicious cake she baked!

So, as I will be back in Glasgow for university (hopefully) on the day of her birthday and therefore won’t be baking her a cake, I have decided to go to town on her birthday present this year.

 

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to do an ’18 for 18′ themed present, i.e. 18 presents for her 18th; mainly 17 smaller presents and 1 main present. Now, Rachel used to be really easy to buy for. Even as children, I set myself a budget and tried to buy her as many things as possible that I knew she would like. This year, for some reason, it was more difficult. Finally, I settled on her 18 presents:

  1. A scrapbook of pictures and memories, something she can look back on for years to come.
  2. A book – Adulting: How To Become A Grown-up In 168 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown.A lot of people recommended ‘Oh! The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss but I wasn’t too sure whether or not this would be a good idea.
  3. A C.D. – I’m going to make her a C.D. of 18 songs that mean either something to the 2 of us or to her. This way, she can put it on her phone or something and listen to it. Unfortunately, the car we borrow from our mum is that old there is still a cassette tape slot in place of a C.D. player, otherwise she could’ve put it in the car.
  4. A smuggle your booze umbrella. Pretty self-explainitory, every teenager loves alcohol and so this way she can take some with her pretty much anywhere!
  5. Alcohol – to go with the above. I’m thinking of getting her bacardi as I know she drinks it but should I buy her something different?
  6. Sweets. I saw recently a retro jar of sweets that I can customise the label on and so I’ll get them for her.
  7. Portable charger. Having been stuck walking home alone in the early hours of the morning through Glasgow city centre with no charge on my phone, I know how important these can be. Hopefully she’ll never have to experience a 2 hour walk home at negative 4 degrees Celcius in only a t-shirt!
  8. Soap and Glory Birthday Washes gift set. This holds a travel size shower gel and body lotion – perfect for present number 18! As she likes it and doesn’t use anything else, hopefully she’ll appreciate it.
  9. Pyjamas – a set to again go with present 18. Something cute and comfortable, that she’ll wear frequently.
  10. Earrings. Every 18 year old gets jewellery and, as it’s something I always buy her anyway, I want to get her a nice set of earrings that she’ll always have to remind her of her 18th birthday.
  11. Compulsory ’18th’ wine glass. While she doesn’t really drink wine, this is something I’ve always planned on buying her.
  12. A bikini – again, all will make sense with present 18. Also, everyone likes having a new bikini for the next holiday.
  13. A birthday survival kit in a tin. You can get these online and they look really cool! When it arrives I’ll post a picture of it.
  14. 18 pairs of either pants or socks. Something light and jokey for the lead up to the final presents.
  15. A passport wallet. I always envied anyone who had a passport wallet and so I’m going to buy one for Rachel.
  16. A holiday document wallet. This will have to match the passport wallet as usually the two are given together. It holds your boarding passes, extra money for at the airport, travel insurance etc. I recently got one because as a single traveller it’s always useful to have somewhere safe to keep everything together.
  17. A leather hand luggage bag. Now this is something she actually asked for and believe me it was difficult to trace. Well, not difficult to trace but they’re flipping expensive! So to find one that wasn’t over the top in price but still real leather and looking lovely. I found one on ebay for £35 and it looks great! I’ll post pictures of it with the final collection of presents.

 

My final present to Rachel will be tucked inside her birthday card, which she’ll of course be made to open last (Mum and Dad will be given that instruction). I have booked for the 2 of us to go on holiday to Lanzarote for 3 nights in March when she’s off school for half term. It’s an all inclusive weekend in the sun for the 2 of us to relax and enjoy ourselves. I’ll be flying back here to Northern Ireland for a night before we fly to Lanzarote for 3 nights and then back to school and lectures the next day. Do you think she’ll like it?

 

 

Let me know what you think, would you appreciate this sort of present?

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Habitat for Humanity

Well today hasn’t been a disaster of a day. Although I didn’t make it to Maths or Physics, and our Fundamentals of Education lecturer didn’t show up, I did come back and get some work done. After a while of working on Physics questions because the Maths was impossible to do due to the fact that I haven’t been to any of the lectures. Yes I am slightly concerned that the hand in homework is important but I am not worried enough to do it tonight.

Instead I watched Greys Anatomy with Mary over lunch. Nuala came in during it and watched the end. Maybe when her essay has been submitted I can persuade her to watch the first few episodes… Have we got a new fan of Shonda’s weekly torture??
After this we did our usual weekly shop and then I cooked my first ever roast dinner! Jason and Mary joined me for it but unfortunately Nuala couldn’t as the turkey was already stuffed with non-gluten-free stuffing. Apparently they enjoyed it but I wasn’t over fussed about whether or not I ate it.

After dinner I mainly just watched Criminal Minds and sat on Facebook but this brings me to my main reason for this post.

I understand you don’t know me or my sister or anything about us really except for what I write in this blog. However, Rachel is currently fundraising to travel to Romania for Habitat for Humanity. Across Eastern Europe many families are living in crumbling apartment blocks from the communist area. One third of Poles live in poor housing and 35 percent of Romanian homes are in urgent need of repair. In Romania Habitat NI is supporting building homes and community development projects for vulnerable groups in Episcopia and Commanesti.

Rachel is going to Romania in July 2016 with her school for Habitat for Humanity. There will be a group of twenty of them building houses for families. We would both really really appreciate it if you could donate? She needs to raise around £1550 and the last time I checked, she had managed to raise £345. If you would be so kind as to help out, you can find the link here. I’ve also included a link to the charity’s blog. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me or comment or anything.

Also, I would appreciate any suggestions you may have as to how else to fundraise. Currently, Rachel is planning on going to a car boot sale, doing a bake sale in the church, selling sweets in school, a pub quiz at our rugby club and possibly a danceathon. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Night!
Ktkinnes xxx