An Autumn Bucket List

Autumn post header

It’s summer in Scotland and this year I am very thankful for some wonderful warm weather and some very sunny days. We’ve had a record number of BBQs at the cottage, even cooking out multiple times after work, and have sometimes worn shorts and t-shirts – a rare occurrence! However we’ve also had some cooler days when it’s been hard not to think about autumnal clothes and activities.  It’s also been hard not to dread the shortening days and dark mornings/evenings once you pass the longest day so my husband and I have started reminding each other of the nice things we enjoy about the changing seasons. If you’re dreading longer nights too then read on, this post is for you!  Continue reading

Spring and Easter Decor For Your Home

Decorating your home for spring and Easter

If you’ve followed this blog for a while or even just glanced at the theme of a few posts then you will know that I love to update our home’s decor to reflect the season. This post is all about adding Spring and Easter decor touches to brighten up your home and welcome in the new season.

I absolutely love spring so most of the updates I make are just bunches and bunches of beautiful tulips, freesias, irises, ranunculus and daffodils! However I do like to get a bit crafty and make new displays so here are a couple of things I have done.  Continue reading

Working out first thing – my morning routine

how to work out in the morning

One of the most popular and most pinned posts on this blog is “how to become a morning person”, which I take to mean a lot of people out there would like to be better at getting out of bed in the morning! This is kind of a follow on post from that, it’s an update on how I handle early mornings and how I fit in a workout first thing when my energy is at its best (yes that is 0630…) Continue reading

Christmas in the Cottage

Country Cottage Christmas decor

It may be January but I wanted to share what I did for Christmas in our cottage and maybe give you some ideas for your own home this year… Plus January is the best time to buy new Christmas decorations for your house, lots of sale bargains to be had.

I love decorating for Christmas and I will start in late November by adding in “wintery” touches such as cute robin cushions on the sofa and a cheery red berry wreath to greet us in our entrance hall. I also block out a day in late November to make a wreath with my Mum. More on all of our Christmas decor below, I’ve put my tips for decorating at Christmas in bold.  Continue reading

Grown up Halloween Home Decor

Grown up Halloween decor flower arranging pumpkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year I wanted to upgrade our Halloween decor a little bit to something a bit more grown up but still fun. As you may have noticed from previous posts (including the last one) I LOVE decorating our house for each season.  It gives me the chance to get a bit creative with crafts, flowers and just lifts our house/our moods a bit too. Decorating isn’t just for Christmas (although it remains my favourite time of year to decorate for!)  So below I have shared with you what I have been up to in the Shire on the lead up to Halloween! Read on if you dare…. Continue reading

Decorating your home for Autumn

Autumn Fall home decor

I love Autumn, even though the days are getting shorter and evenings darker, I love to feel the seasons click, watch the leaves turn and start to see my breath on crisp days. I am also much more of an Autumnal clothing gal, I like warm and snuggly clothes and huge jumpers. However, one of the things I love the most is introducing autumnal decor to our cottage. I like to change things up in the house for each season but Summer is always a bit of a creative/decorative slump plus with warm evenings it has been time to be in the garden this year! In this post I am going to share some of the things I’ve been putting together for the cottage.  Continue reading

A few of my favourite things

Brand collage

As you may know if you have read my blog for a while, I work in comms/PR. Therefore, you may have guessed, I love brands. Not in a “I only wear labels” way, ick. Rather in an, obsess over packaging, font, presentation, design way. Having recently returned from a visit to the US and indulged in a spree in the shops of one of my latest brand obsessions so I wanted to share the design aspects of “stuff” that makes my little heart sing :).  Continue reading

One great holiday and reflections on 30!

bday collage

We have just got back from a trip to Florida for my 30th (eeek, actually not so scary) birthday. We had a fab time and I thought I would share some snapshots of that holiday and a reflection on 30!

These are just a few pics from our trip. One day we had a breakfast in the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom with Winnie the Pooh and friends, as it was my birthday trip they brought me a card and a birthday cupcake! How cute – bit emosh! Stuart, my husband, had also ordered me a wonderful cake for my actual birthday, right on theme too. What a guy. On my actual birthday we had an excellent meal at one of our favourite restaurants in the world, not just Disney World, and our waiter sang me happy birthday and brought this cute dessert. So kind. The main pic is me and Stu in Hollywood Studios – being photobombed by my dad! It was such a great trip and a really good way to spend the last days of my 20’s and the first days of my 30’s.  If you want to read more about our WDW holiday then you can check out my trip report on the Disney Tourist Blog forum here. In the end turning 30 wasn’t such a big deal and it has made me reflect recently on all the stuff I will be happy to leave in that last decade… Continue reading

My tips for planning your Walt Disney World holiday

 

Walt Disney World

Disney collage with writing

If you have never been to Walt Disney World  (WDW) before but are planning your first trip or if you’ve been a few times but can never get those dinner reservations or come away and then hear people talking about “must dos” that you had never heard of then this is the blog post for you.

I love Walt Disney World and I love planning things so a Disney holiday is pretty much the perfect holiday for me. WDW has changed a lot in the last ten years and changed massively in the last 20 years so if you are thinking of going back after a hiatus you should know that there is now a lot more planning involved!  As an example there are certain restaurants that you just won’t get into if you’re not on it 6 months out to book your table – nope not kidding. And if you have never been before then you may not have thought about dining experiences as something you’d get on a “theme park” holiday.

Here are (some of) my (many) tips…  Continue reading

How to cook quinoa perfectly every time

How to cook perfect quinoa every time, ten tips for cooking quinoa | NotesFromTheShire.com #quinoa #howtocookquinoa #eatclean #healthyeating #cooking #mealprep

If you are into eating healthily, eating clean or have done any research into the two then you can’t have failed to read about quinoa. The super grain is full of protein, is very filling and has a higher nutritional value than brown rice. Where’s the but? But it is a bit of a pain to cook! When I first started eating quinoa (which I then discovered wasn’t called kin-o-ah but keen-wah) I almost gave up first time as it turned into one big mushy mess and nowhere near the fluffy grains I had seen others prepare! But I did some research, I experimented and by trial and a lot of error this is my foolproof method to cooking perfect quinoa.  Continue reading