New Blog Start…

When I started this blog, I just wanted to write. I felt like I needed a place to (anonymously) write my feelings. I wanted to write about travel (even if I’m only dreaming about it), my daily activities, if I found something neat while shopping, etc. I ended up writing almost exclusively about my subscription boxes and while I definitely love them, I want to get back on track for me.

There is a lot I will write about eventually. I’m an introvert, a mom, an animal lover. I love coffee and traveling, I’m obsessed with Scotland and Ireland. I’m religious but not overly, I’m a prude but then not, I… I… I… There is so much I feel like I need to get off of my chest at times and since I’m not a talker and don’t typically care for in person socialization, I will probably write it here.

Photo by Ann H on

There is so much running through my head like ADD on overdrive (although I’m not diagnosed with this). I have a child with ADHD and Dyslexia so I know how it works.

What are some topics I would like to cover at some point? Some things I am just interested in while others personally affect my family. Topics: grammar (affect vs effect), overthinking (Did I use the correct form of affect as opposed to effect?), mental health issues, my own anxiety, learning differences such as Dyslexia, traveling to Scotland & Ireland, being comfortable with me, being cozy, animals, memes, my favorite YouTube channels, products I love, kindness, recycling, history, being unique, raising a family, etc.

I’m not a tech person so I will try to add pictures in when I can. I know it adds interest and makes a story but… I’m overthinking, over explaining again. You know what though? I’m not apologizing. It’s time to be me, no apologies necessary. Now, time to relax and love on my fur babies.

Society Socks Review #1

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We love fun socks in our house and I love a company with a purpose. Society Socks was a great sock subscription to start with. You receive two pairs & they donate two pairs monthly on your behalf.

The products are well made and custom designed!

We received our first package today and I was very impressed even with the bag.

You can choose between men’s or women’s but we chose men’s for this go round.

Right away we we’re pleased because the designs were cute without being over the top.

The yellow and navy blue dog socks are adorable! There are a few bones and paw prints sprinkled throughout. These were relatively soft.

The other pair is a dark blue with orange at the herl, toe, and top. These were soft but not as soft as the other pair.

The socks are thick enough to be durable but thin enough to be comfortable. I feel these are very well made and even felt soft on the inside.

This is the tag that is on the socks. Both pairs were made out of the same materials.

The cost of a monthly subscription is normally $19 per month with longer subscriptions available. Currently they have a 10% off discount code on their website but I had found and used one for 50% off. Let me know if you would like that code and I will see if I can find it!

If this is a subscription that you would be interested in, I have provided the link to their website below.

Why I’m here… Who I am

I decided to start this page to have my own Lifestyle Blog and for it to be an online journey showcasing what I love such as travelling, product reviews, and animals. I’m an introvert so this is a fantastic place to share myself. I am new to this and am figuring out how to make this site look the best and be the easiest to navigate.

Cliffs of Moher – County Clare, Ireland – July 2017

My interests are often unique and special interest, hence part of the title ‘Esoteric.’ Tartan is a gorgeous pattern from Scotland which is also called “plaid” in the United States. This is how I came up with my name. My dream is to create my own tartan called ‘Esoteric Tartan.’ That will be its own post regarding a wonderful start-up that is in Scotland.

I have been in love with Scotland & Ireland since I was a child. I am blessed to say I have been on vacation to both places. I love everything to do with these countries: the culture, history, music, food, art, shopping, my personal heritage, etc. I hope to highlight both countries in the amazing light they deserve. The cover photo for this post was taken in Glencoe, Scotland in July of 2017.

Photo taken from Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland – July 2017

My family and I discovered subscription boxes/packages in 2018 and became obsessed (okay, I became obsessed!). I would love to try all of them and am always open to suggestions.

I will be writing reviews of products and services that my family and I have personally used. These could be subscription services (such as the quarterly subscription box of FabFitFun or the monthly beauty & makeup bag from Ipsy), a product from the grocery store, or unique finds.

There will be personal affiliate links in my posts which means I have the potential to earn something if you use my link. Sometimes we will each earn discounts, maybe rewards points, a free product, etc. You are welcome to use my links or go directly to the websites to purchase. I want to make sure there is transparency here. All opinions are my own. If I am fortunate enough to receive free items to review, I will note that but also, still stay true to me and give my true opinions. I will post my Legal Disclosure on all posts that contain a link whether I earn anything or not.

Once I have enough subscribers, I will start doing giveaways! I adore contests and giveaways. I am seriously excited to have the opportunity to do this!

Animals are everything! I have fallen in love with Highland Cows (Heilan’ Coos). Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, fish, birds, horses, cows, pigs… I love them all! We currently have five pets and they are so loved!

Cats and snow – December 2018

I enjoy photography and mostly take photos on my phone. Landscape photos are my favorite! All photos in my posts are my own unless otherwise noted.

We have four kids with three still at home (1 tween, 2 teens) & two grandkids. We have been down many paths and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Outside of The Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. The feather was laying there already, not placed – July 2017

I try to live a life filled with love, kindness, positivity, gratitude, openness, and being my best self. I believe in loving & accepting everyone no matter their religion, race, sexuality, gender identity, ancestry, disabilities, etc. Kindness always matter!

I would love to hear from readers on thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. If you have anything you want me to review (products, subscription boxes), let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.

You can find me on Twitter at @esoterictartan and in March 2019 on Facebook. Always remember life is what you make it and say daily, “Today is a fantastic day!”

“The more that you look for good things in life, the more you’ll find them!”

Sunrise in the Midwest, U.S.A. – September 2018

Cats and dogs…

When you try to work but your cat says no…

We ♥️ our fur babies!

Our dog is so spoiled. She won’t go outside in the rain to do her business unless someone walks outside with her.

Never alone…

Let’s add a guinea pig to our family.

I only sit still for food.

Just another stuffed animal…

I’m the queen…

I must go on all the car rides…

Me too, kitty. Me too.

The fish refused to have his picture taken. 🐟

Okay, maybe just one…

Love your pets and adopt don’t shop.

The 1st one…

ECastle#2Hello and thank you for joining me at The Esoteric Tartan! I’m excited to have a place to share my thoughts, pictures, and a myriad of things I enjoy. I will post scenery & animal pictures, my subscription box reviews, maybe some word of the day items, and anything Scotland or Ireland related. Enjoy… ♥️, Susan

The first picture above is of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland that I took in July of 2017.

“We will drain our dearest veins, but they shall be free” Scots Wha Hae by Robert Burns