The bond between housemates is something else. Add to that a blogging obsession, regular Zumba workouts plus a penchant for pigging out and you have a very unique sort of friendship indeed. Most of you may know that I live with Lucy of Shiny Thoughts, my blogging bud of almost 7 years. We met at a Tampax event (!), took photos of ourselves in various parts of London and now we attempt ‘adulting’ alongside our other housemates (I once had to pay her back for my share in some sourdough bread). Not only do I chat to her about blogging, but all of the other, less-Pinteresty stuff as well and although I worried that living together would affect our friendship, it’s actually made it stronger.
I was asked by Lindt to share a ‘Magic Moment’ around Christmas time and to be honest, we don’t really have any traditions per se. Festive flatsharing is very different to being a child and marvelling at each stage of the season. I guess the magic for me, is taking time out every so often to share a drink (cuppa or cocktail) or some sweet treats in a cosy spot. It’s also thinking that we’ll probably look back on this time fondly, when we’re actually adulting for real in a few decades time.
I thought I’d share a few situations that happen when you live with a blogger, plus there’s a chance to win a hamper full of Lindt Christmas chocolate too! Perhaps you can share them with your bestie?
5 Things that only happen when you live with a blogger
Do you have a lounge? Not any more, it’s now a photostudio and occasional sorting office. You’ve memorised the best areas of the house in terms of light and may go on Instagram only to see that your favourite plant/print/shoe has been used as a prop. You may also be summoned to press a shutter or provide a ‘dainty hand’ to make the shot complete. She doesn’t care if you’ve just woken up.
You get envious about each other’s parcels
OK this is mainly me. I often get just as excited to see what Lucy’s received, since we have similar tastes when it comes to independent brands and homeware. If I sign for anything that’s perishable, then I know she’s unlikely to be able to finish it herself and I hang around strategically.
Every conversation turns into blog chats
Forgotten to empty the compost bin? No worries, you can apologise and steer the convo towards SEO instead. Most of the time I’ll pop in to ask a quickhouse-related question and three hours have gone by chatting about plugins. Oh well.
Your other housemates get used to your crazy ways
No, it’s not just us living together and I can only imagine how plant-filled and photogenic everything would be. Instead, our housemates are used to eating on their laps and watching tv with us creating our flatlays on the dining room table, plus there are those randomly-shaped parcels to sign for. It’s usually fine though, as long as we share out anything edible or help with the odd snap.
You help each other out
There’s no competitive element here. Even though we’re in the same industry, we recognise our differences and want to help each other succeed. We discuss fees, dodgy emails and Twitter rants, nothing is off-limits and there’s no judgement.
To spread some Christmas cheer, I’m giving you the chance to win a hamper full of Lindt goodies just by following the details on this Instagram post. Best of luck and have a great Christmas!