Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Beauty Stocking Fillers - UNDER £10

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Ho Ho Ho

Too soon? Naa!

It's the end of November which means CHRISTMAS! Of course it does. I'm genuinely so excited! I absolutely love Christmas as it means family time, presents, decorations, food, chocolates, being cosy, etc. I could go on (maybe that's an idea for another post). This year it really does mean a lot since at the moment I'm at university so Christmas means I get to go home and spend some proper time with my Mum, Dad and Tequi (my cat). I cannot wait!

Since I don't have much time to get out and go shopping in town, I often find myself procrastinating my work, scrolling through pages and pages of gifts. I love being able to choose unique gift ideas just so when my friends and family open their presents on Christmas day, they either smile or laugh. It's all about those moments. That little bit of surprise can really go a long way!
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I'm the sort of person who much prefers to give lots of little presents rather than one big present as that what I prefer to receive, unless it's something I really really want (like when I got my camera for my birthday). I usually try to choose something I know they would really like and then get lots of little random bits.

On the run up to Christmas, I'm going to do lots of little gift guides for him and for her. I will keep them as cheap as possible so that you could possibly buy even more. It's always great when you can buy more than one thing and keep it within you budget. Even better when you have money left over!

Today I am starting with a Beauty Stocking Fillers gift guide! Everything is UNDER £10!

Feel free to hover over each of the images to find out more info (eg. price and where they are from).

What sorts of presents do you like to receive inside your stockings? I love anything random. Bits of stationery, beauty things, food, baking utensils, etc. Bring on Christmas morning!

Happy Christmas Shopping!

- KC xx

PS. Remember if you're shopping online then if you could possibly do it through EasyFundraising, that would really help me out! It doesn't cost you any extra. All you do is shop normally and the retailers will pay a small percentage towards my fundraising. Every little really does help! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kiracurtis/ 

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Are there any specific gift guides you would like to see? What are you looking forward to the most this Christmas?
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Monday, 28 November 2016

Things to be happy about

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Hey!

After my slightly more negative post that was my little life update, I wanted to do a part 2 that is a lot more positive.

A Little Life Update Part 2

I want to focus on all the things I have to be happy about at the moment and what there is to look forward to, both in the short term and long term. Since I have been so ill at uni which made me struggle to keep on top of things, I haven't been able to do some of the things I love. Now, it's time to change that and focus of what I want.

THINGS TO BE HAPPY ABOUT

- My pot of money that I have raised offline for my Climbing Kilimanjaro is slowly starting to increase. It's now over £50 with an extra £115.96 raised online (not including gift aid).

- I've been eating proper meals pretty much everyday, and by proper I mean steaks, pork chops, stir fry, etc. It feels great to get some good food and cooking it is a good stress reliever!

- I have signed for a two bedroom house with my boyfriend for the next academic year. It's a lovely little terrace house with a big master bedroom and brand new fitted kitchen. All our bills shall be included in out rent too, including TV license! I'm sure I'll share more information on that when I finally move in!


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- I have been asked to be the choreographer in a production of Aladdin students are putting on here at Uni.

- Tomorrow I am going to York to see my Mum and Dad. I'm very excited about this as we're going to the Christmas markets and possibly the Railway Museum. After my last visit home, I need to spend more time with my parents so I can't wait. Luckily my timetable has worked out that I can stay for two nights as well!

- Last night I went to see a production of Dracula put on by the Drama Society and hopefully I shall be going to see their production of Neverwhere too!

- On Saturday I have a dress rehearsal for my dance show which is the following Saturday! I will be in three dances, including intermediate Lyrical, beginner ballet and open tap. Three styles of dance I have never done before so it has been nice getting to try out something completely new!

- For the past week or so I have been doing lost of crafts making all sorts of decorations and cards that I can sell for charity. I love making things and since I haven't done it in such a long time I've really enjoyed it. I hope I can make a lot of money!

- Following on from that, on December 6th I shall be selling the things I have made at my university's Christmas Fair. Anything that I don't sell shall be sold through Facebook and perhaps on Etsy.

- I've been considering selling both my PS2 (and games) and my Wii so myself and my boyfriend can buy a Wii U. What do you think?

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- I finally bought a FitBit around a month ago and it's been my favourite thing! I got the brand new FitBit Flex 2 and over the past two weeks, at least, I've done really well to do over 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week!

- A while back I was sent a few items to review, the first being an Eve Mattress memory foam pillow and the second being Slendertone. Because of how ill I've been, I had to put blogging on pause so I haven't been able to do a full review yet. In short for now, the pillow is amazingly comfortable and the Slendertone has really helped out my core strength!

- I found EasyFundraising, which I mentioned in my last post, and just by doing my usual Christmas shopping I've already started to raise that little bit extra for Childreach International. You can do the same to by clicking here!


- I only have two full weeks left of this semester then I'm a sixth of my way through my full degree already! In second semester we get to change modules too so hopefully I can start learning something new!

- Most of all I can't wait to finally be home for Christmas! Because I'm at uni I won't be able to help decorate the house like I have done for every year of my life but at least I can go home to a nice cosy and warm house, and sit and watch Christmas movies with my mum, drink hot chocolate, and devour an entire box of Celebrations. I cannot wait!

(Most of the instagram photos are from last years Christmas - time to start taking lots of Christmassy pics!)

When I think about it, there is actually quite a few things to be happy about at the moment. I think most of us can agree that 2016 has been a pretty bad year all round but it has had it's good moments. It's not over yet though so it's time to get into the Christmas spirit and make the most of this last month and a bit!

What have you got to be happy about? What are you looking forward to the most?

- KC xx
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Friday, 25 November 2016

CHARITY RAFFLE & FREE DONATIONS

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As you should know from the My Next Big Adventure post, I decided to take the plunge and begin my journey to the top of Africa. Over the next year I shall be doing all that I can to raise money for a very worthy cause that is Childreach International with the main thing being my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, next August! As I already mentioned, I have a MyDonate page set up which allows people to quickly and easily sponsor me in my climb. However, relying simply on sponsors will not be enough so I have a few ideas up my sleeve I shall be sharing with you over time, but for now I want to tell you about the most recent things and how you can help out!

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Firstly, the wonderful guys at Childreach International have been helping out in anyway they can by offering fundraising workshops, giving up buckets and t-shirts, and most recently, by sending us raffle tickets to sell. So all thanks to them, I am able to offer you the chance in winning some amazing prizes. Of course this is one of those things where you would usually do it in person, but since I have most of my life on the internet, I thought, why not share it on my blog.

Here's what you can be in with the chance of winning:

1st Prize - Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter Camera Drone (Worth £229.99)

2nd Prize - £100 One4All gift card (Can be spent in over 22,000 retailers)

3rd Prize - Logitech Z333 Multimedia 80W Speakers in Black (Worth £44.99)

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Here's what you have to do:

Visit my MyDonate page and simply donate £2, make sure you leave your name. Once you'e done it let me know so I can get in contact with you because, to be able to send off the raffle counterfoils, I will need your name, address, and either a phone number and/or email. 

You can let me know by commenting on this post (letting me know you've done it), emailing me at kira@kiralcurtis.com, or tweeting me @KiraLCurtis.

All the money raised from this raffle goes straight into my fundraising page which goes straight to the charity!

GOOD LUCK!

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Secondly, if you're struggling for money or simply don't want to give any right now, especially on the run up to Christmas, I have the perfect way you can help!


Easyfundraising is a brilliant way for you to simply do your normal Christmas shopping and still donate money without paying anything extra. Simply click on the link, find a cause (if you type in 'Kira', it's most likely the top one), and then register with basic details. All you have to do then is shop like normal, and if you're anything like me, you spend hours searching and buying Christmas presents online through sites like Amazon and eBay. You just have one thing to do then, remember to open up Easyfundraising first before you shop. Luckily they have that covered too, you can add the donation reminder to your Google Chrome and it will automatically let you know if a certain website gives donations. Pretty much all the top retailers will give a small percentage back.

The retailers usually only give a small percentage of the overall cost of what you bought which can be a very small amount but if I can get quite a few supporters buying their Christmas shopping through it then every little really does helps and it starts to build up. It's free to do so it can really help, even if overall I only manage to make £15. At least that's £15 more than without it!

Anything you can do to help me out would really be amazing!

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Finally, I would just like to let you know about some other fundraising things I shall be doing throughout December! I'm in the process of contacting local pubs to do a themed pub quiz or even host an open mic night, and over the weekend I'll be trying to get some bag packing times scheduled in. The 6th December is my uni's Christmas Fair in which I do have a third of a stall that I shall be sharing with some others from my uni who shall be climbing the mountain with me. For the fair, and for online, both myself and my mum and been working hard to create loads of little decorations, cards and gifts to sell. I shall hopefully be setting up my own etsy shop very soon where I shall be making and selling things throughout the year. Look out for more information on all that across social media!

If you do choose to donate, purchase a raffle ticket, or help by buying your Christmas shopping through easyfundraising, I'd like to say a big, big thank you in advance. It really does mean a lot. Even if it's as simple as spreading the word to your friends, I will be eternally grateful!

Thank you,
- KC xx
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A little life update - part 1

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Hey!

Life has been quite hard recently. Hard on the basis that I'm finding it difficult to fit things in and properly get myself into a routine where I can do everything. That, and the fact that I've been ill. I finally (touch wood) think I'm over the illness. It started off as freshers flu but then just didn't get better. In fact, it got much worse. So much so that I was in A&E at one point. Things are finally picking up but I have very little time left to catch up on everything. My blog included.

It annoys me when I can't find the time to blog because I enjoy it so much and it's something I'm very proud of and I don't want to let myself down. Now that I've had a break, and recovered from being ill for so long, it's about time I get back into things and arrange my life.

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University has been OK. I wouldn't say it's the best but that's just me. I'm like that. The course it's self has been alright but so far I am just repeating stuff I've done since I was in year 8. I guess that's the perks of having a teacher who was trained by Jacques Lecoq for a second time, so the method of teaching are very similar. We have a practical specialism module where we can focus on a specific technical aspect of theatre and this semester I've been doing sound. That's been fun and I've made some good friends out of it. It's reminded me how much I enjoy recording and editing! The lectures so far have been alright but nothing that's really inspired me, and the other module we do has just been boring. After speaking to second years, most say that everything get's a lot more interesting in second semester and especially in second year where you can choose what you study.

I'm the sort of person who's at uni to study and learn. I don't drink so I'm not a fan of going out to night clubs where I'm in a hot and sweaty room full of drunks. I am much more interested on gaining knowledge. So far, I don't feel like I've particularly learnt anything but I hope it gets better.

I am a part of the hockey team and I'm in the dance squad so outside of lessons I keep myself busy. I think it's getting to the point where it's a little too busy though. In semester 2 I'm going to have to make some changes to my schedule to allow myself more time to focus on all the things I want to do. I want to be able to film, record, and edit, to travel and to explore, and to watch a lot more science related documentaries. Sounds daft, but when I've had the time to watch travel or science documentaries, I feel so much more inspired. In the new year, I want to focus on what inspires me and try my best to create theatre and film from the inspirations.

I spent the past weekend at home. Since it's such a long journey I could only stay the night but I really didn't feel like I wanted to come back. It was so nice to be back at home with no worries which gave me the opportunity to focus on the things I want to do, including my fundraising. I didn't want to not come back at all, I just didn't feel ready. I felt like another couple of days at home would have calmed me down and given me the space I need. Now, I can't wait for the Christmas holidays. It's a little daunting though considering the amount I have to do.

I really don't know where I'm going with this post. I simply opened up the page and began to write. Sometimes that's the best way to get things off your chest. There's probably a lot more I could say but for now I've got this out. It doesn't seem very positive does it?! I guess I'll call it a little life update, but I'll do part 2 which is more positive.

I hope your lives are looking good on the run up to Christmas! I think that's what I need right now, some good ol' Christmas spirit! 

See ya later!
- KC xx
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