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Happy Shakespeare Day everyone! Without a doubt one of the most important figures in both British history and in worldwide literary history, on the 23rd April every year he’s celebrated, and today I’m working with Viking to celebrate him in my very own way.
I have some really strong memories attached to Shakespeare, all in very different ways. I can still vividly recollect sitting at my desk in English class as the teacher went round the room getting everyone to read a paragraph each – I can still feel that dread and fear in the pit of my stomach, knowing it would be my turn soon, and I can feel the fire of embarrassment sweeping through my face as people heckled “We can’t hear you” as I quickly tried to read my paragraph to get the moment over and done with. But, I also have memories of a brilliant, sunny weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon last year for Ben’s birthday, visiting Shakespeare’s old haunts and being wowed that a man from such humble beginnings over 400 years ago is still such an important part of society today. I also had the pleasure of spending an evening watching the Royal Shakespeare Company performing The Merry Wives Of Windsor with the wonderful Grace last year (read her review of it here), and I think watching it being performed is definitely my favourite way of hearing his stories, although I am going to try and read some of his stuff soon and see if my brain can cope with it yet!
Anyway, Viking contacted me and said they would like to challenge me to create something in honour of the big man himself, and being an absolute stationery addicted fiend I jumped at the chance!
Scented candles – I find they’re a little bit like marmite; people either seem to love them or hate them. I’m definitely a lover of them and with the chilly winter evenings and dismal rainy days, there’s something lovely about lighting a couple of candles and getting cosy.
That said, having two nosey cats in the house is a bit of a fire hazard, so we can only ever light candles if they’re tucked away safely inside the lanterns we have in our living room, otherwise there would be absolute carnage!
I was very kindly gifted with these beautiful flowers. All opinions are, of course, 100% honest and my own.
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 is a sponsored post.
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.
Homesense very kindly gave me a gift card so I could treat myself to some Christmas goodies. All opinions remain 100% honest and my own.
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!