Loch Katrine

Loch Katrine in Scotland is absolutely beautiful, I wish we could have stayed there the whole day! I definitely recommend visiting!

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Hairy Coo

Petting the hairy coo was one of the funnest things I have done here in Scotland! Remember to bring bread or vegetables (some places only allow you to give the hairy coo veggies) to feed them! They are nice and like to lick, but stay away from the horns!

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The Monty Python Castle

The Monty Python Castle, also known as Doune castle, is adorable. Our tour guide gave us coconuts to re-enact the great happenings here, which was so fun!!!

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William Wallace Monument

The William Wallace Monument was a site to see. It is great coming here after watching Braveheart (I highly recommend watching it before going on a trip to the highlands) it makes the trip so much more historical and fun (although there is a lot of fiction in Braveheart, you still get the just of the story).

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle in Scotland was a site to see, very beautiful, and different from every side.

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Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle was a great little “village” in Scotland we got to visit while on the way to the Highlands, and I even got to hold an owl for 3 pounds! There were sheep, goats, great hearty food, and more!

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The Hairy Coo Tour

This last Sunday, my boyfriend and I had the opportunity to go on a FREE tour of the highlands in Scotland with the Hairy Coo tour bus! This was by far my most favorite tour in Scotland so far.

Starting out at 8:45AM, we checked in to our day adventure. Beautiful weather, a great tour guide, and great company, let the fun begin.

Our tour guide Donald was very informational, told us amazing historical facts about Scotland, I could not have been more satisfied. We first stopped at the Wallace Monument

 

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wallace monument

Then we went passed Stirling Castle

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And then at Aberfoyle, where I got to hold a beautiful owl for 3 pounds.

 

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aberfoyle

One of my favorite parts was feeding the “hairy coo”, such cute little cows!!! Donald (our tour guide) provided us with bread to feed the hairy coo, they came right up to us and were very friendly!

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the hairy coo tour

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Then we went on to Loch Katrine,

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and drove past Callandar, stopping at doune castle, the castle where Monty Python was filmed! Our tour guide even provided us with coconuts to clink together for our horses.

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doune castle, the actual side of the castle that was used in Monty Python in the throwing of the cows over the side

doune castle, the actual side of the castle that was used in Monty Python in the throwing of the cows over the side

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Our last stop was at Forth bridge, the beautiful scene,

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and then back to good old Edinburgh! Such a great tour, well worth it, and we were not prodded to tip anything specific, just what we thought the tour was worth, which was one of the best parts!

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Tips from Rita Reviews – Starting a Review, Family-Oriented, Cultural Blog


rita reviews blogger spotlight
Welcome to the blogger spotlight series! For my first spotlight, I am featuring ritareviews.net, since she was the first site to agree to be reviewed with me! For each spotlight, I asked bloggers to complete a questionnaire. I will leave that questionnaire below, but first I want to summarize some of the main points I thought were really inspiring about each blogger. Please leave questions and comments for the blogger and I below, this is a great way to share tips with each other!

Short Summary

I am so inspired by this blogger. It is amazing to make a review site like this from scratch and to turn it into your source of income. This woman is not only a mother of four, but also a very determined entrepreneur. Starting her typical day at about 6AM, she works until 12PM so that she can have time for her kids when they get back from school (of course there is the occasional emails that have to be answered later in the day). She highlights the importance of not comparing yourself to other bloggers, and the hard work it takes to get to where she is at today. Many people have the idea that being a successful blogger is easy! It’s not! It’s dedication and hard work.

What made you want to start blogging?

I began Rita Reviews because I needed something of my own again. After getting married I left the workforce and lost myself in being a wife and mother. Being gone form the workforce so long made finding a job difficult not to mention the costs of daycare and such. I had occasionally done some professional book reviews and then I learned about blogs and thought, “why not?”

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

My readers! I love the connections I have made. I have several readers who have been with me from the beginning when I was just learning and they are so amazing. I love connecting with them everyday and learning more about their lives.

What is a typical day like for you in the life of a blogger?

My typical day starts at 6 am when I go through emails from several of my blogs. Then I spend about an hour on social media, commenting, updating, and more. At 8 am I responding to comments on all of my blogs and then I work on reviews and other posts. I actually stop working at 12 everyday because I homeschool and want to spend as much time as I can with my kids. About 4 pm I check emails again and then at 11 pm I check them for one last time as well as respond to any blog comments that came in during the day.

What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you started your blog?

Just how much work blogging takes. When I learned about blogging and decided to start someone told me it was easy and took a few minutes of my time. Boy did they lie! This is a job and one I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

What is one amazing tip you would give a new blogger?

Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. We all do it but it is a vacuum that will suck you in and make you crazy.

Tell me about your family!

I have four amazing children: Daniel, Victoria and, twins Samuel and Magdalena. We are bicultural, American and Mexican and multi-generational in our home as my mother and uncle lives with us. We love blending our cultures together and our home is actually filled with love and laughter as well as the occasional mixed up understanding of words.

What is your ultimate goal for your blog(s) besides taking over the world?

To be the best blogger that I can be. I want my children to know that I started this venture with little knowledge but learned as much as I could and made it the best I could. Of course and take over the world :)

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How to Draw a Rose – Tutorial Tuesday

How to Draw a Rose
I found this amazing tutorial on how to draw a rose for beginners. Just thought I would share it with all you lovelies. This for people like me, the artistically challenged.

What is your favorite drawing tutorial?