I don’t know if it’s just me, but there’s something about having fresh flowers in the house that makes me feel like I’ve got my life together. Sure I might be behind on the housework because I spent my evening binge watching the latest must-see Netflix Original, but if I’ve got a full vase on the windowsill I feel like I’m winning at life. An illusion of organisation and running a home like clockwork!
This year I have promised myself I’m going to reach peak adulthood. I want to organise myself better, get a grip of things and stop living in a whirlwind of chaos and activity. Part of this successfully-being-a-grown-up plan is to finally finish decorating the house. We’ve done almost everything, but there’s still the stairs and landing to do, plus the bathroom; both of which I’ve been putting off as, to be honest, they seem like hard work.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to celebrate than spending a happy hour trawling the shelves of what I consider to be the most wonderful shop on the High Street?
This past week I have been suffering with some sort of behemoth of a cold virus. My voice reduced to nothing but a squeak, my throat felt like there was a tiny little Samurai in there going to town with his blade, and I’ve been barking out a cough that sounds a lot like an angry donkey. All in all, I’ve not been a very well person. I cancelled the plans I had for Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enable me to take 15,000 naps instead, but there was one thing I wasn’t going to miss and that was a trip to Homesense to look at what festive goodies they had in stock and grab me some Christmas essentials!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with them a few times over the past year or so and, honestly, they’re one of my favourite brands to collaborate with. Homewares are my jam and their stores tick all the right boxes – awesome products, great quality and fairly priced.
But, aside from the fact that I want to fill my house with ALL OF THE THINGS you can find on their shelves, there’s something else that I love about them – their ethics and desire to give something back.
As soon as the clock strikes midnight on 30th September and the calendar flips over into the first few minutes of 1st October, the world goes Halloween mad. Everywhere you look there’s black paper bats hanging from the ceilings and pumpkins lining the floor – there’s no escaping it.
My version of Halloween is a little more low-key – I get cosy indoors with candlelight, a blanket and a mug of tea, and either watch a scary film or read a book that’ll give me chills. My own subtle nod to the occasion (along with the bag of sweets that I buy for “the trick of treaters” *ahem*)
As it’s only Ben and I in the house, I don’t bother with Halloween decorations, but I know a lot of people do and this year there are so many fantastic options to buy that I think Halloween lovers are spoilt for choice!