With the colder days and darker nights setting in I find myself spending more time at home and look for ways to add little updates around the house without spending lots of money. I also go through phases where I can not stop scrolling through Pinterest looking for ideas and and this is where I found the inspiration for these coasters.

I had some left over chalk paint from up-cycling some of my old furniture (in fact, who am I kidding, I’ve painted just about everything in my house with these chalk paints, even my Halloween pumpkin, not even kidding) and I bought these coasters from Paperchase ages ago so I decided to have a go at painting these cork coasters.

What you will need

4 cork coasters

2/3 different colours of paint (I used chalk paint)

masking tape

What to do

Cut four even pieces of masking tape and stick the tape in different directions on each coaster to create different shapes and variations. You can be creative and place the tape any way you like.

Paint the coasters at either side of the tape a different colour, again you can be creative here and use as many colours as you like, where you like.

Leave the coasters to dry for a few hours before you remove the tape.  Once the tape is removed you should have something like this…..

I then went over the top of each coaster with a clear nail varnish to seal in the colour and prevent marks/stains on my coasters.

It’s amazing what can make from items lying around your home, these were so easy to make and I’m really pleased with how they have turned out.

You might have spotted over on my Instagram that I have recently been asked to become an ambassador for Botanics skincare. As Botanics is a range I have been familiar with for years I’m really excited to be part of the collaboration and  trying out more products from the range especially as they have just had a huge re-brand.

Botanics have partnered up with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to create a plant based natural skincare range containing high quality plant extracts which are beneficial to the skin. I have included these products in my daily and weekly skincare routine so I can share my thoughts with you guys and so far I have been really impressed with the quality of the products and the results on my skin.

In the morning I start off with the refreshing toning spritz with rosewater. This has been my absolute favourite of all the botanics products I’ve tried so far, it’s so calming, refreshing and helps to wake me up in the morning. I also find myself reaching for this throughout the day to refresh my skin. Next I use the refreshing eye roll on with hibiscus which helps to brighten the skin. The roller ball is so cool when applied which helps to de-puff my eye area and makes my dark circles less visible. I then apply the all bright day cream SPF 15 with hibicus. As well as giving me protection from UV rays it keeps my skin hydrated and radiant all day long. Honestly, I’ve been so impressed with the moisturiser as I normally get dry skin around this time of the year and it’s yet to make an appearance. Once I’ve let my moisturiser dry in I apply the all bright radiance balm as a primer. It’s the perfect base for makeup and adds radiance to my skin. I’ve also been putting a small drop into my foundation to avoid it drying out my skin.

In the evening I’ve been applying the hydrating day cream with rosehip oil only because I’ve run out of night cream and with rosehip extract being rich in omegas and essential fatty acids I figure they will work well while I sleep. I’ve been waking up with my skin feeling and looking hydrated so it’s doing the trick.

Once a a week I’ve been applying the radiant youth refine microdermabrasion polish with gingko. This is great for getting rid of dead skin cells and the gingko plant helps with anti aging.  My skin feels so soft and clean after using it and I’ve noticed my makeup goes on so much better.

*These products were sent to me as part of theplantone community with Botanics on Instagram but I was not required to write this review and these are my own views in this post.

 

My apple tree has produced so many apples this year I literally can’t keep up. I’ve handed out bags of them to friends and family, froze batches and cooked plenty of pies and crumbles.  I had been thinking of other things I could bake with my apples and decided to give apple turnovers a go.

It took me two attempts to get them just right as I tend to mix up a few different recipes and add in my own ingredients but I have to say, these turned out to be delicious and super easy to make.

If you fancy making these easy apple tunovers you will need the following:

Ingredients

A sheet of ready rolled Puff Pastry (320g)

6 large cooking apples

3 tablespoons of water

2 teaspoons of sugar

40ml of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ginger

1 tablespoon of skimmed milk

1 egg

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

Peel, core and chop the cooking apples in to small chunks and add to a pot along with the water, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Cook on a medium heat for five minutes.

Roll out the sheet of pastry and cut into six even squares.

Fill the middle of each square of pastry with the apple mixture, brush the edges with water and fold one corner over to the opposite corner. Press along the edges to seal and gently press  a fork along the edge to create a pattern. Make a small hole at the top with the fork to let the steam out while in the oven.

Mix the milk and egg in a jug and brush the mixture over the top of the pastry and finish off with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon over the top.

Bake in the oven for approx 20 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden brown.

Leave to cool for few minutes before eaten.

It’s been just over a year and half since I moved into my house and I’m gradually trying to decorate each room. Now that I’ve finished the open plan living space downstairs, apart from purchasing a bookcase and emptying the last two boxes (I know, surely I don’t need whats in those boxes if I haven’t been in them for well over a year).  I’m now ready to think about decorating the next room, the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom I would love to lift the carpet as hidden underneath are beautiful white wooden floorboards that just need a lick of paint to bring them back to life. Once I have done that I would love to replace the bedroom furniture. When I moved in I up-cycled my old Ikea furniture which is badly needing replaced.

I’ve been searching for ideas on Pinterest and local furniture stores in Glasgow, particularly BoConcept and I’m currently lusting over just about everything in BoConcept. I would love to go for a white and grey colour scheme with a Scandinavian feel and BoConcept have just what I’m looking for.

The Lugona bed frame with a grey fabric headboard would work as the perfect center piece of the room.  I can already imagine myself spending cosy winter nights tucked up in bed watching box sets.  As well as the bed, I would also love the matching  Lungona set of drawers. I love how it has two sides which can be split into his and hers so me and my other half can have a side each. It is quite a pricey set of drawers but think of it for two for the price of one.

 

 

Now comes the fun bit, lets add some accessories. A cosy rug so when I step out of bed in the morning my feet don’t have to brave the wooden floors, a vase so I can display some fresh blooms, a super stylish clock and some candles to create that cosy Scandinavian feel.  Now, I better get saving so I can have everything on my wishlist.

Combi Vase

Living Tealight Holder

 

*This is a sponsored post but these are my own thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only 2 hours away from Glasgow, Arran is the perfect place to visit if you want to escape the city for a few days.

We recently visited for an overnight stay and I was surprised how much we managed cram in during our 24 hours on the Island.

As soon as we got off the ferry we headed in the direction of our of accommodation, The Butt Lodge in Lochranza.  On the way we stopped off for lunch in this pretty little village Corrie and if you follow me on Instagram you will know how much I love a cute, little cottage so I was absolutely in my element.

After lunch we quickly checked into the Butt Lodge, parked up the car, dropped off our bags and walked down to the Isle of Arran distillery for the 4 o’clock tour which I had booked in advance incase it was busy. The tour lasted 45 minutes and included 2 tastings. The Arran Gold  which is very similar to Baileys was my favourite

Once the tour was finished we walked back to the Lodge for the complimentary tea and cakes  (I’m never one to pass up the opportunity of free cake) which we took back to our room so we could chill out before dinner and  take advantage of the beautiful views and the peace and quiet. I had booked the castle suite which was a beautiful big room with a four poster bed, a mezzanine and stunning views over the hills and golf course.

Later on that evening we walked down to the Lochranza hotel for dinner and when we walked in we were surprised at how dated the decor was but I’m glad we didn’t let that put us off as the food was delicious so I’m guessing with the food being so good they don’t have to worry about the interiors. On the way home the sun was setting over Lochranza Castle which was really stunning.

After a delicious full Scottish breakfast we checked out and headed down to Lochranza Castle to explore. I’m going to sound like a geek but I just love exploring castle ruins and reading about the history behind them so where ever we go I’m always on the look out for a castle.

Since the sun was shinning a wee trip to the beach was a must and Kildonan beach was a nice surprise, I didn’t expect it to be so sandy. It was also really quiet which was nice as we had the beach to our-self.

Our final stop was in Lamlash where we stopped for lunch before we set off for the boat home. Lamlash was another lovely village with cute little cottages. Can I live here please.

I really loved our our trip to Arran and can’t wait to explore more of Scotland, we really do have the most stunning scenery on our doorstep.