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It's all about the giving as it starts to look a lot like Christmas

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, December 6 2013

As the song goes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now!

We played our first festive song on Monday’s Breakfast Show, the Christmas adverts are on the telly, and the shopping centres are full of frantic customers rushing to get their turkeys, Christmas puddings and presents.

If you’ve been tuning into the show then you’ll know we have been helping people with their Christmas shopping by giving away some amazing prizes including the brand new Xbox One that has sold out everywhere.

Other goodies up for grabs include perfume sets, designer sunglasses, Beats headphones, CDs, chocolates, watches, jewellery.

And the best thing is there’s more to come. Make sure you’re listening to kmfm Breakfast this week, as my co-presenter Rob Wills and I will also have panto tickets up for grabs.

Christmas can get expensive, so as we are counting the pennies with our new arrival on the way, this year I’ve decided to make hampers for the family.

Your hamper can be as big or as small as you like. You can make them look more expensive than they are and the person receiving it will know that you really thought about them.

Firstly, find a cardboard box, and cut the front edge so that it displays the gifts better.

Secondly, pick some wrapping paper to cover the box – cheap paper will be fine, don’t spend more than you have to.

Thirdly, pad out the bottom of your box. I scrunched up an old newspaper and covered it with a layer of wrapping paper, but you may wish to shred tissue paper.

Then it is on to the really fun bit, buying the goodies to put in it! I’ve bought things like chocolates, biscuits and wine to put in mine.

Finally, cover your hamper with a cellophane wrap. You can get this at the Post Office or most card and stationery shops. Use ribbon and a few sticky bows to make it look that bit extra special.

This hamper cost me a total of £17.89 and took me 30 minutes to make.

A bargain, and I think it looks great – even if I do say so myself!

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How we've been busy as Santa's little helpers

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, November 22 2013

A huge hello and thank you to everyone who came along to see Rob Wills and me last weekend at the opening of the new Asda store in Sittingbourne.

The event was a great success and the store was full of great offers on toys, gifts and everything you will need for Christmas.

We also went along to the Ashford Christmas light switch-on where I made sure I told Santa how good I’d been this year – I’m hoping to get a nice pair of comfy slippers for Christmas!

We also met Thomas the Tank Engine and there was lots of live entertainment to add to the festive cheer.

This weekend, Rob and I will be at Hempstead Valley for the opening of Santa’s Grotto so if you’re looking for something to do then make sure you bring the children down to the centre that’s just off the M2 at Gillingham.

We will be there from 11am on Saturday, November 23, helping Santa and keeping our eyes open for anyone who might be misbehaving!

Christmas is always fun but for some of us it can also be quite stressful. I always start my Christmas shopping early but this year I feel like I’m being slowed down by my now ever so big bump.

I’ve just made it to 27 weeks and my walk has now turned into a waddle. I’m getting really excited but instead of trawling around the busy shops I’m now buying vouchers for everyone this year.

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My dream break went without a bump

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, November 15 2013

Wow! two weeks really does fly by when you’re having fun! I got back from holiday on Monday and thank you for all your Facebook messages asking about my break.

Florida was totally brilliant. Being 25 weeks pregnant, I have to say I was a little apprehensive about flying, but it all went like a dream. Anyone who has been pregnant (or sat next to someone pregnant on a plane) will know that sitting down for a long period of time in a small, cramped place isn’t exactly fun!

But luckily for me we flew with Virgin Atlantic and paid a little bit more for premium economy. I would definitely recommend it. We were greeted by friendly staff from the moment we arrived at the club lounge where you can start your holiday with a breakfast – or even a cheeky cocktail if you’re not pregnant!

The seats on the plane are a lot bigger and for me that was such a relief as my bump is growing fast everyday! There is also a lot more leg room and the flight attendants were always making sure I was drinking enough and having plenty to eat. I can’t thank them enough.

After landing, we hit the Disney parks. Although I couldn’t go on many of the rides, everything was as magical as I remembered!

This week though it’s been back to reality and although it’s nice to have a break I love coming back to work – how many people can say that?

And with so much going on it feels like Christmas is going to be here in no time. We have lots of Christmas light switch-ons coming up and some great prizes to give away on air and online. So you better make sure you’re following us on Facebook at kmfmofficial/Facebook.com and twitter, just search kmfmofficial and you could find out about these prizes before anyone else!

Hopefully you enjoyed our Nineties weekend. I was whisked back to my school days and loved every minute.

We have some more winning weekends coming so make sure you stay tuned!

Have a great week!

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My holiday's been a bit of a bumpy ride

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, October 25 2013

For the first time, I am writing my column while I’m not in the UK! As I mentioned last week, I have got two weeks holiday from the kmfm Breakfast Show, and I have to say, it has got off to a brilliant start – as I am at Walt Disney World in Orlando!

My highlights so far include meeting Mickey Mouse and watching the great amazing evening firework display!

I am now in my 23rd week of my pregnancy, and my bump has got rather large, so the flight across the Atlantic was a bit uncomfortable, but the airline staff were really helpful and friendly when we travelled.

And my partner Mike enjoyed himself, laughing at the ‘glamorous’ flight socks I had to wear as a pregnant woman! I felt a bit like Nora Batty, but it had to be done.

Being here at Walt Disney World really makes me realise how exciting it is to have a new arrival on the way!

I may be stacking on the pounds, and look a little like Shamu the whale, but I can’t wait to meet our new arrival in February.

At the end of last week I had my second scan and instead of finding out the sex, we asked the doctor if they would write it down and put it in a sealed envelope for us.

Our plan is to keep the envelope safe and wait until Christmas when our families are together so that we can open it and make an official announcement.

That’s if we can wait that long. In the last few days we have already picked up the envelope and been tempted to take a peek!

Hopefully our willpower will remain strong!

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kmfm's got talent... and conkers too

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, October 18 2013

The wet, windy and cold weather is here, so I guess it is officially autumn! But there was good news this week, as apparently the long hot summer means that horse chestnut trees are producing more conkers than in previous years. And they’re shinier and bigger than ever.

I haven’t played conkers since I was a youngster, but I think it might just be the time to have another go. Maybe I will challenge my partner, Mike, to a match.

Do you have any top tips on how I can make sure I win? Contact me at kmfmbreakfast@thekmgroup.co.uk

Thank you to everyone who came along to Fremlin Live last week. The event took place in Fremlin Walk in Maidstone, and six brilliant local singers battled it out to win a recording session at kmfm’s studios and the chance to play at Fremlin Walk’s Christmas lights switch-on event.

There were also exclusive discounts, on production of a valid NUS card, from retailers in the precinct such as House of Fraser, Superdry and Hotel Chocolat, which opened late for the occasion. The musical talent was really strong, and it was great to meet so many of you lovely Breakfast Show listeners! After a fantastic evening, now it is up to you guys to vote for the winner! For all the details and to hear the finalists, head to kmfm.co.uk

Here at kmfm we have all been getting behind Kent Cadet Week, which started on Saturday. It is a great event, involving the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Sea Cadet Corps and Combined Cadet Force. My fellow Breakfast presenter Rob Wills went along to find out more about what they did, and was taught how to fly a real plane in a flight simulator, take part in a drill and rescue someone in the sea. Quite an action-packed experience!

He also saw how much the cadets needed adult volunteers, so if you have a few hours spare each week or even each month, do think about getting involved. Visit www.kentcadetweek.org for more information.

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kmfm's got talent... and conkers too

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, October 18 2013

The wet, windy and cold weather is here, so I guess it is officially autumn! But there was good news this week, as apparently the long hot summer means that horse chestnut trees are producing more conkers than in previous years. And they’re shinier and bigger than ever.

I haven’t played conkers since I was a youngster, but I think it might just be the time to have another go. Maybe I will challenge my partner, Mike, to a match.

Do you have any top tips on how I can make sure I win? Contact me at kmfmbreakfast@thekmgroup.co.uk

Thank you to everyone who came along to Fremlin Live last week. The event took place in Fremlin Walk in Maidstone, and six brilliant local singers battled it out to win a recording session at kmfm’s studios and the chance to play at Fremlin Walk’s Christmas lights switch-on event.

There were also exclusive discounts, on production of a valid NUS card, from retailers in the precinct such as House of Fraser, Superdry and Hotel Chocolat, which opened late for the occasion. The musical talent was really strong, and it was great to meet so many of you lovely Breakfast Show listeners! After a fantastic evening, now it is up to you guys to vote for the winner! For all the details and to hear the finalists, head to kmfm.co.uk

Here at kmfm we have all been getting behind Kent Cadet Week, which started on Saturday. It is a great event, involving the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Sea Cadet Corps and Combined Cadet Force. My fellow Breakfast presenter Rob Wills went along to find out more about what they did, and was taught how to fly a real plane in a flight simulator, take part in a drill and rescue someone in the sea. Quite an action-packed experience!

He also saw how much the cadets needed adult volunteers, so if you have a few hours spare each week or even each month, do think about getting involved. Visit www.kentcadetweek.org for more information.

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Why I'm craving peanut butter with marmite

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, October 11 2013

It has been a very special week for me as I got to meet one of my all-time favourite showbiz stars - Gary Barlow.

My fellow Breakfast Show presenter Rob Wills and I headed up to London to see the Take That legend, and chat to him about his new album.

It is called Since I Saw You Last, and is his first solo album for 14 years – can you believe it?! He was absolutely lovely, a real gentleman, and we had a fantastic time.

If you didn’t manage to hear our interview with him on the Breakfast show on Tuesday morning, you can find it at www.kmfm.co.uk.

Rob and I also had another showbiz encounter when we introduced Britain’s Got Talent finalists Luminites and singer songwriter Charlie Brown at kmfm’s Secret Concert.

We have been inviting listeners to apply for tickets to attend the intimate gig at a mystery location - which we finally revealed to be Mid Kent College in Gillingham.

kmfm gave away 250 tickets to listeners, and everyone had a fantastic night. A huge thank you to everyone who entered the competition, but if you weren’t one of the lucky ones then don’t panic, because we have a few more surprises on the way in the run-up up to Christmas.

Make sure you find out about it first at facebook.com/kmfmofficial and by following @kmfmofficial on Twitter.

It seems to have gone amazingly quickly, but I have now reached 21 weeks in my pregnancy.

Before I became pregnant, I never believed it when mums-to-be said they had bizarre cravings for things – I thought they were just making it up. But I can now confirm that it is very real.

At the moment my top treats are steak and salad cream sandwiches, chicken wings with tabasco sauce and peanut butter with Marmite on toast!

My partner Mike is really not pleased, as he is the unlucky ‘volunteer’ who ends up making a lot of the food for me, poor thing.

Being able to eat whatever I want is definitely a perk of being pregnant, though!

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Holiday surprise for our lucky winner

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, October 4 2013

We have had another fantastic week here at kmfm, and one of the highlights was revealing the winner of our Location Lottery competition.

Every day last week on the Breakfast Show, my fellow presenter Rob Wills and I gave clues on air about a mystery foreign destination, offering one lucky listener the chance to win a family holiday there.

Michelle Smith from Marden, near Maidstone, guessed correctly that it was Tenerife, and was very surprised on Friday when I turned up at her door to tell her she had won! I presented her with a bag of holiday goodies ready to send her off to the hotspot, with flights courtesy of British Airways.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and don’t worry, we have lots more brilliant prizes to give away on the show. Follow us on Twitter at @kmfmofficial or visit facebook.com/kmfmofficial to get your hands on some great goodies.

I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who joined me at Leeds Castle last Sunday for the Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Hundreds of people showed up, choosing a three or 10km course through beautiful parkland at the estate near Maidstone. We were lucky that the rain held off for the day, and everyone had a fantastic time, helping to raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.

During the past few weeks you may have heard us talking about Fremlin Live on the Breakfast Show. It is taking place at Maidstone’s Fremlin Walk shopping centre on Thursday, October 10, and is an opportunity for local bands and singers to showcase their talent. The musicians who appear will battle it out to win a professional recording session and the chance to appear at Fremlin Walk’s Christmas light switch-on event. There is still time to enter, so if you want to take part visit www.kmfm.co.uk for details.

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My lobster-red skin has turned a shade of orange

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Monday, July 15 2013

I have had a great week and one of the highlights was going to Willesborough Junior School.

During the past few weeks pupils in Year 5 have been taking part in the Citizenship Foundation’s Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge and they invited me along to see what they had been up to.

It all stemmed from a school trip that the children recently went on. They visited the nearby river and were really upset to find it was dirty and the area was covered in rubbish.

They decided to do something about it so they split themselves into a communication team, an ICT Team, a drama and arts team and came up with ways of encouraging people not to drop litter. They have also been taking it in turns to go and collect rubbish from the site and have collected more than 30 bin bags so far. They are doing such a great job and I was so impressed to see what a difference they had made in such a short amount of time! Keep up the good work!

Thank goodness the sun has decided to finally arrive – better late than never! I must admit, I overindulged a bit last weekend, but thankfully after a few bottles of aftersun, my lobster-red skin has now gone a shade of orange – at least it’s nearing a tan!

And it’s been great to hear from you about the ways in which you have been enjoying the gorgeous weather. Thank you to everyone who has been tweeting pictures and details of your days out to @kmfmofficial. Keep them coming in!

It will be a busy weekend for the team at kmfm, as all of the DJs will be heading along to the Kent County Show.

The tree day event starts at the Kent Showground in Detling on Friday, July 12, and we will all be there throughout the weekend to meet listeners and take part in some of the activities.

It looks like there will be sunny weather, unlike last year when the heavens opened.

I can't wait to get stuck in? Make sure you say hello if you see us!

One of the highlights on this week's show was getting to talk to teen singer Gabz.

You might remember her from this year's Britain's Got Talent, when she wore her trademark onesie!

The 14-year-old finished seventh in the ITV contest which was won by shadow dance troupe Attraction last month.

But she wowed boss Simon Cowell with her songwriting skills on the telly talent show and has just released her self-penned debut album Lighters (The One).

When I caught up with Gabz, she said she was really excited to hear her own song on the radio, and that she can't wait to get back in the studio and write something new!

We had a great chat and I really hope her music career takes off.

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Rolling Back the years to talk to pop icons

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Saturday, July 6 2013

It has been another exciting week here at kmfm. One of the highlights has to be talking to the Backstreet Boys!

The American boyband shot to fame in the 1990s with hits including Quit Playing Games (with my heart), Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and As Long as You Love Me. They are still going strong and have just released a new single, In A World Like This, which I talked to them about earlier this week.

They were lovely guys, and we will be playing the interview – and the new single – on kmfm Breakfast. If you don’t get a chance to catch the show, you can listen to our interview with them on our website www.kmfm.co.uk

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been texting kmfm for the last two weeks to be in with a chance of winning Two Grand in the Sand! We have 10 plots marked out on a beach in Kent and have teamed up with P&O Ferries to bury £2,000 in one of them.

My co-presenter Rob Wills and I have been reading out a list of items we’ve packed for our holiday, and listeners who could remember and recite 10 of them in 20 seconds got to choose a lucky plot.

The big finale will take place on Saturday, July 6, when the 10 plot winners will dig their area of sand for the chance to win £2,000. One of the plots contains the cash while the other nine plots will contain day trips with P&O Ferries, money to spend onboard and lots of cool goodies.

If you want to come and join in the fun and cheer on the people digging then make sure you are following
@kmfmofficial, @Robwills1 and
@presenteremma for all the details!

But the fun doesn’t end there – we are still struggling to give away £500 on 10 in 30! Its been almost nine weeks of us not giving away the jackpot! Listeners have 30 seconds on the clock and we ask one simple question that has more than 10 possible answers. For every answer you get right we give you £10, but get all 10 correct and we will give you £500!

Could you name 10 Michael Jackson songs?

Could you list 10 items in your house beginning with the letter S?

Could you name us 10 EastEnders characters?

If the answer is ‘yes’ and you think you could do it in 30 seconds then make sure you are tuning in from 7.30am every day for details of how to enter!

Earlier this year a restaurant opened in Maidstone called Buddha Belly, and if you’re anything like me and love your food then it will be just be the place for you.

An all-you-can-eat buffet with foods from all over the world, there are more than 16 different main courses to choose from - so it’s sure to have something for everyone.

At kmfm Breakfast we are offering a lucky listener the chance to enjoy a free meal at Buddha Belly - though there is a catch. You will get your meal for free but Rob and I will be cooking for you! As part of a new Team Rob vs Team Emma we will be testing who has the best culinary skills! For details of how to take part keep listening to kmfm and follow us on facebook.co.uk/kmfmofficial

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Hi, I'm Emma Saint - from the kmfm Breakfast show.This is my blog for all the latest kmfm news and gossip.Listen to Rob Wills and me on kmfm weekdays from 5.30am - 9am.Visit www.kmfm.co.uk to find out more.

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