Embrace the Season: 20 Things to Do This Autumn

by Elizabeth Sellers on 1 September 2014 · 2 comments

20 Things To Do This Autumn

Red, orange and yellow… marshmallows, crispy leaves, and fresh air… hot chocolate, baking and knitwear. These are all symbolic of Autumn for me. My favourite season of the year.

Now, I’ll be totally honest. This year I’m struggling a bit with the coming of the season. Usually, I’d be excited, almost giddy, that Autumn is now upon us. September is my favourite month and as today is the 1st I should be feeling joyous.

But instead I’m feeling a little forlorn.

As much as I love Autumn, I cannot stand being cold. I’m a contradiction like that. This year I just didn’t feel like I had enough warmth. I’m sure the Summer was the same as every year, but I just didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. And now it has passed already and I’m filled with dread that Winter is heading our way and I have months of being cold ahead of me.

So I could get all mopey and miserable, or…. I could write a positive list to get me in the zone. I need my brain to embrace the Autumn season ahead.

Here are 20 Things to Do this Autumn:

1. Bake a sweet pie 

I’m thinking going all-American with a Pumpkin Pie?

2. Bake a savoury pie

I’d like to try something new but will probably bake this Chicken, Bacon and Spinach Pie again

3. Buy a new scarf

I am a little obsessed with collecting scarfs so I know that treating myself to a new one will totally get me in the mood for Autumn. This red cable knit scarf is top of my wishlist.

Blackberry Vodka

4. Foraging

Autumn is my favourite time for foraging. I’m definitely going to forage blackberries to make this Blackberry Vodka again. And I’m keen to try Rosehip Syrup this year.

5. Indoor Picnic

It’s been so long since we had an indoor picnic. So I’m thinking candles, blankets and loads of picky food.

6. Make a Shooters Sandwich

This has been on my recipe to do list for yonks. Obviously as non-beef eaters I will be making an adapted version for the boyf and I.

7. Walk in the Woods

Autumn is the best time to enjoy the local woods and forests. The colours are incredible and I just love the feel of crispy leaves under my feet as I walk.

8. Chai time

Nothing like getting into the Autumn spirit than cooking up a huge pan of Chai. I also need to make up some more Chai Syrup for quickie chai time.

Happy Diwali and candles

9. Plan a Diwali Feast

We celebrate Diwali in Autumn so I want to plan a huge vegetarian Indian feast. This will definitely include Kidney Bean Curry and Masala Dosa.

10. Make Sloe Gin

Foraging is rad. It’s even more rad when you get to enjoy the efforts months later with delicious things like Sloe Gin.

11. New Notebook

Nothing like fulfilling that back to school feeling with some fresh new stationery. I am a big fan of notebooks and have my eye on this little map-inspired beauty.

12. Learning

No matter how old I get I still feel like I should be learning something new in September. So I plan on taking a new course. Probably an e-course as they are my favourite thing at the moment.

13. Sunset Photography

When the leaves turn and it hits the golden hour (just before the sun goes into sunset mode) photographs are just guaranteed to turn out awesome.

14. Campfire 

We have a fire dish at home that my blacksmith brother made years ago. I want to spend an evening outside with a fire, wrapped up in loads of layers and possibly toasting marshmallows.

15. Make a Autumn Leaf Garland

Like the one I made here.

munchkin pumpkins

16. Make Pumpkin/Squash EVERYTHING

I freaking love pumpkin and butternut squash in my food. Last year’s Pumpkin Risotto went down a treat. And Butternut Squash Soup makes every day a better day.

17. Host an Autumn party

The Americans have Thanksgiving, and Halloween is all about the fancy dress. Bonfire Night is edging onto political. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a party just to celebrate the awesomeness of Autumn? I’d like to host an Awesome Autumn party where we wear thick jumpers, drink spiced cider, eat hot chilli con carne (tastes great with pork you know), toast marshmallows and stand around a roaring campfire.

18. Bake Apple Crumble for the boyf

Because it’s his favourite.

19. Wear a poncho

Because poncho’s are Autumn-wear in my mind. I love this one from River Island as a fun option (I guess it’s more cape than poncho) and this one from Jigsaw for being ultra chic.

20. Have a board game day

We love board games. My favourite is Trivial Pursuit, the boyf loves Cluedo.

Phew! That’s quite a list. And you know what? It worked! I’m totally excited for Autumn now. 

So the question is, what would be on YOUR list?

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Make Your Own Temporary Tattoos

by Elizabeth Sellers on 31 August 2014 · 2 comments

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium!

Make Your Own Temporary TattooTemporary Tattoo

The Boyf has been going on about getting tattoos since I’ve known him but being a perfectionist and general dilly-dallyer he is yet to have them done. He’s got plans and designs and even a great pinterest board but has been apprehensive about taking the plunge.

He had been considering getting henna tattoos by someone to test out some potential designs, that way he’s less likely to regret it like I do my own tattoo! But when I got hold of the new Cricut Explore we started thinking I could make temporary tattoos like we had as children. So armed with an idea we proceeded to do the research to work out if we could make our own temporary tattoos.

We discovered something called Waterslide paper that works is by “trapping” ink between 2 layers of adhesive sheets, one double-sided to stick to your skin. Cricut is not purpose built to make temporary tattoos but I’ve created a workaround that can use the paper and create single colour tattoos that worked out perfectly for us. And they’re so fun!

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Blogging Bootcamp e-courses: are you interested?

by Elizabeth Sellers on 22 August 2014 · 6 comments

Blogging Bootcamp

We are back! Big, bolder, and better. The Big Blogging Bootcamp e-course served as well, but now we have THREE e-courses to choose from. Whoop whoop!

After three intakes this year of The Big Blogging Bootcamp I have learned LOADS about teaching blogging shiz through the e-course format. Each time I seek to improve on the last and I am super proud of where I have got to.

Now, I have decided to split the e-course into three to suit the needs of the bootcampers. I am incredibly lucky to have bloggers joining my e-courses from all over the world and all at different stages in their blogging journeys. I have learned so much from these e-courses that I feel it was time to totally revamp and re-do the e-course but as three separate streams. This will allow me to better serve the bloggers taking the e-courses, meeting the level of blogging.

The original e-course was a solid 30 days of tasks, quite the challenge! So this time I’ve decided to break the e-courses into 5 week programs with two days off in between (a weekend to catch up!). This should help those with super-busy lives to keep up with the course and work on their blog improvements incrementally – which is what I recommend.

The other big change is that the e-course will be available to join at any time! Yey! So no more missing the enrolment date, you can join when it suits you. Of course, I’m hoping we can all start together on September 8th. Because that would be rad.

Click here to be notified when the e-courses are open

As my Rosalilium readers are the best, I’m going to offer a sneaky peek at what to expect from these three new blogging e-courses.

Blogging Ecourses

The e-courses are pretty much divided into beginners, intermediate and advanced. Each Blogging Bootcamp e-course will include different topics and feature a separate private forum for bootcampers to meet, share and talk to each other.

The e-courses are called:

***Beginner’s Breakthrough Blogging***

***Boost Your Blog***

***Broaden and Branch Out***

 

The Beginner’s Breakthrough Blogging e-course will be aimed at those starting their blog from scratch or newly started. It will cover all the basics to help you get your blog off to a great start.

The Boost Your Blog e-course is aimed at more established bloggers, perhaps those who have been going a few years, who are looking to hone their content, boost their creativity, increase traffic and engagement and find new systems to help with blogging.

And finally, the Broaden and Branch Out e-course is aimed at advanced bloggers who are ready to seek pro opportunities whether it is through monetising their blog or using it to further their career.

I am super excited to be bringing these e-courses back. And fingers crossed you love them too!

If you are interested in taking one of these e-courses do sign up here to be the first to know when we open for business. 

Thanks so much for all your support!

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Lil bro came to visit

by Elizabeth Sellers on 21 August 2014 · 0 comments

Vlog Lil bro visits

I don’t get to see my blacksmith of a brother very often these days, which is a massive shame. He is off being a country bumpkin, artisan blacksmithing guy over in Herefordshire at the moment. But he did pop over to visit a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to vlog the day.

It’s a couple of weeks late, oops! You can’t throw ALL the vlogs out there at once, eh?

If you like this video do pop on over to Youtube to subscribe to my channels RosaliliumTV and RosaliliumExtra. Some fun videos planned very soon.

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Joss & Main: Awesome Homewares (£50 giveaway)

by Elizabeth Sellers on 15 August 2014 · 48 comments

Win £50 Joss & Main Voucher

Time to get swooning over a new home and interior’s website, and it’s a good’un! Joss & Main launched recently in the UK, they’re huge over in the US, and they have some mighty fine offerings. If you are not yet familiar with them, it’s one of those members websites that has short sales on exclusive items, I believe the term is flash sales site. So, it’s great for grabbing some nifty deals on your homewares. And it has to be said, I have a big weakness for homewares.

Joss & Main covers a range of price points, so you can pick up fashion-forward desk lamp for your office for around £30 or you can find a stunning sideboard (who doesn’t love a good sideboard?! – says the girl with two in storage at the moment) for around £300. All of the items are heavily discounted from retail prices, up to 70% off.

As to be expected, I’m generally drawn to the retro inspired pieces. These are some of my favourites:

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Living the unconventional life

by Elizabeth Sellers on 14 August 2014 · 25 comments

Switzerland

It was never for me, the conventional life. That is, I never grew up imagining the standard degree, career, marriage, kids, house, car, holiday once a year, etc. I don’t know exactly why, it’s not like I thought I was particularly special or anything, but I just never pictured my future that way. Instead I would dream about travel, strange places, people, performing, adventure and discovery. There was always a man, yep…I always wanted a partner – someone to share my life with. And I always wanted kids. But I just didn’t imagine the settling down bit. Maybe I’m just a dreamer, but my life has never followed the conventional path. Instead I have taken the scenic route at every opportunity, not always an intention, yet it appears that scenic is my path.

I mentioned last week that I felt like I might quit blogging.

It was an interesting post to share. The feedback from my dear readers, you lovely lot, was really encouraging. So thank you for that!

Long time readers will know that I take honesty and integrity very seriously here at Rosalilium. This blog is, after all, an extension of me. It’s a personal blog, even if it has been monetised so I can make a few pennies. So, it was important to me that I shared how I was feeling and kept you in the loop, even seeking feedback where necessary. And as it happens, the process of both writing and sharing has proved most cathartic. I’ve had a good mull and I think I’m finally getting to a point where I know what will be next…

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Blogstock

Last Saturday I went to Blogstock – the UK’s first blogging festival. Yep, much like a music festival but filled with bloggy-ness. Straight from a day at Summer in the City I was totally in the zone for all things creative and digital. Oh, and I got to hang out with some of my fave […]

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Cajun Chicken with Lemon and Coriander Quinoa

If you make your own spice mix for the Cajun Chicken you instantly have a sugar free meal, whoop! As part of my healthy living diet I am experimenting with new recipes. This recipe is one such experimentation that ended up being an instant family favourite. Simply combine a bunch of spices to marinate the […]

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Summer In The City 2014 – Creator’s Day

On Friday we hotfooted it down to London to attend the Summer in the City 2014 Creator Day at the Alexandra Palace. Summer in the City, for those who have yet to hear of it, is a Youtuber event spanning two days where fans get to meet some of the top names in Youtubing. Originally […]

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Colouring Books, they’re not just for kiddies {plus a giveaway}

Colouring in is not just for kiddies anymore. No siree, us grown-ups now have some rather smashing colouring books to get down with and what’s even better is that apparently it’s good for the soul! Colouring books for adults have been taking France by storm where over 1 million of these Art Therapy books have […]

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